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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Feb 15, 2024 8:00 AM

Types of Commercial Metal Wall Panels

Commercial metal wall panels represent a superior choice for any commercial building seeking a robust and enduring wall-covering solution. Renowned for their exceptional durability and offering unparalleled strength and resistance to corrosion, these panels ensure your customer's investment remains protected even in the most challenging weather conditions. This post will cover the many benefits of commercial metal wall panels and discuss which panel type best fits your project.

Benefits of Commercial Metal Wall Panels

City Hall - Medallion-Lok WallOne of the standout benefits of commercial wall panels is their cost-effectiveness. Unlike other wall material options, metal panels require minimal maintenance and repair. This aspect is a significant time and cost saver, effectively reducing the lifetime expense of the customer's wall system.

Additionally, this minimizes business disruptions, providing a smooth and efficient operational flow. The ease of installation of these panels further enhances their appeal, notably cutting down on construction time and labor expenses. This feature makes them especially attractive for commercial projects under strict budgets and timelines.

Aesthetically, commercial metal wall panels are unmatched in their versatility. They come in a diverse array of colors, finishes, and profiles, allowing you to tailor the project's exterior to your client's style preferences. Whether your client is aiming for a contemporary, sleek design or a more traditional, rustic look, there's a metal panel option to suit their vision and elevate the property's overall appearance.

Environmentally, these panels stand out as a sustainable wall panel choice, and their energy-efficient properties are notable as they significantly cut down on cooling costs. In addition to these advantages, metal wall panel systems are often engineered to offer exceptional resistance to potentially dangerous situations such as high winds and fire.

If you want long-term value and aesthetics, look no further than metal wall panels. Now, let's consider the options for panel type.

Exposed Fastener Metal Wall Panels

1_800x507The most economical metal wall panel option is the traditional exposed fastener panel, also known as a screw-down panel.

Exposed fastener panels offer immense versatility thanks to the wide range of panels offered. Our customers can select from 12 distinct panel styles they can utilize on exterior and interior applications.

Exposed fastener panels are identified by five main criteria:

  • Rib Height
  • Center to Center Rib Spacing
  • Panel Width
  • Cover Width after Lapping
  • Minimum Slope

Panels are overlapped and fastened directly to the roof deck or framing through the face of the metal panel, and they are referred to as "exposed fastener" panels because the fastener head remains visible once installed. Commercial panels are typically 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" tall.

Protective metal panel coatings enhance the performance of exposed fastener panels. While there are several popular coatings, PVDF/Kynar 500® coatings provide the best protection against fade and chalk and give the best long-term performance. Available in a rich range of colors, high-performing coatings are essential when considering enduring performance and aesthetics.

Concealed Fastener Metal Wall Panels

AR School_Hot Springs_Wave_Slate GrayConcealed fastener panels are attached to the substructure with clips or screws hidden behind the face of the panel, creating a clean visual appearance and architectural appeal. With more than ten styles available, the design possibilities are virtually endless!

Another benefit of concealed fastener panels is the reduced leak exposure. Because the fasteners are located behind the panels, the risk of leaks is effectively minimized.

Insulated Metal Wall Panels

CubeSmart_GSP IMP_Waveline_Ash Gray_CubeSmart RedInsulated metal panels (IMPs) comprise metal facings bonded to a core material that provides insulation, creating an ideal material for industrial, architectural, and cold storage applications.

McElroy Metal's joint venture company, Green Span Profiles, produces a diverse line of seven insulated metal wall panel profiles. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Green Span Profile's panels are formed by a continuously poured-in-place manufacturing process binding interior and exterior steel facings to a polyisocyanurate insulating foam core. These premium insulated panels are built to perform and built to last, and they are an excellent resource for many projects. IMPs offer many benefits beyond their insulating properties. Showcasing a streamlined architectural appearance, they offer superior spanning capability and a desirable rigid feel.

If you are interested in comparing the pros and cons of insulated metal wall panels, check out this blog post!

Why You Should Consider Metal Wall Panels For Your Building

The blend of long-lasting durability, cost savings, design flexibility, and environmental friendliness makes metal wall panels an excellent choice for any commercial building.

Choosing these panels safeguards your investment and enhances the look of your customer's property while supporting sustainable practices.

Contact us to discuss your project; we will help you find the perfect products for your plans.

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About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The employee-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 14 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Metal Roofing, Metal Wall Panels, Commercial

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