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Cost-Effective Metal Facades

2024-01-12

Metal Shingles

If you are looking for a generally flat wall but appreciate texture, then one often overlooked approach is small format, direct-attached, interlocking shingles. Because of their small size, metal shingles have several advantages over larger panels, making them more cost-effective. Because of the labor involved in installing shingles, they may not be the most cost-effective option overall, but they are often the most cost-effective way to get materials such as copper or zinc, which can last for 60 to 100 years over the life of the building.

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Exposed Fastener Metal Siding

Sine wave corrugated panels. You might know these from agricultural buildings and factories, or perhaps you associate them with the vernacular architecture of Glenn Murcutt and Miller Hull. Either way, they used them because they were cheap. All the upside of metal, for the lowest cost possible. You can directly attach a sine wave panel to just about any solid substrate with screws right through the panel and have a reliable installation. While many metal claddings require clips for installation, corrugated panels accommodate the natural movement of metal through their shape, so they can be attached directly to almost any solid substrate.

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Engineered Standing Seam

Standing seam metal siding and roofing has visual appeal almost as universal as brick. Standing seam is available in any color, any metal, and practically any length needed. Traditionally, the strength and water resistance of standing seam wall panels comes from the mechanical folding of adjacent panels. The standing seams are folded, once or twice, by hand in the field. This is a very robust method of installing the panels. However, it's labor intensive and may not always be necessary. Snap seam systems can be a cost-effective alternative, depending on the wind loads your building will experience.

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