Metal wall installation generates a strong Return on Investment (ROI) for business owners looking to modernize their facilities.
New metal wall panels can be installed over most cladding, including brick, block, pre-cast concrete or even an existing metal system.
The installation method is standard throughout the industry. Typically, 16-gauge metal furrings are secured over the existing cladding to provide a new sub-frame. The depth of the furring should reflect the insulation thickness and available airspace to reduce energy consumption and waste.
Most metal and metal composite wall profiles are fashioned from painted, galvanized steel and aluminum, though natural metals such as zinc and copper, as well as stainless steel, are becoming increasingly popular alternatives. Insulated metal wall panels are also widely used in applications where achieving and maintaining a particular temperature range is critical, such as cold storage facilities.
Cladding profiles range from flat or flush to several corrugated patterns. The most common installations are vertical, though some design schemes allow for a horizontal layout. To ensure that retrofit metal wall installations are fully moisture-resistant, all systems come with matching flashings that are installed around window sills, windows, corners and copings.
When retrofitting a wall system with metal, a professional engineer should be consulted to calculate loads and assess the integrity of spans and furring attachments. Before attaching metal to older masonry walls, it is advisable to have the fastener supplier conduct a fastener pullout test to determine the stability of the underlying substrate.
New metal wall panels can significantly increase the aesthetic appeal of a dated or damaged building — making it easier to lease or sell.
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