The metal building industry has evolved considerably and has become a top provider of affordable, on-time and attractive projects for its customers. Owners and developers who may be uncertain about metal buildings will surely discover several benefits positively impacting both form and function, and of course, their bottom line.
Speed of Project Completion
A proactively managed custom metal building project can be completed much faster. With good collaboration among the designers, the contractor and the manufacturer, the timeline can be shortened even further. Additionally, it is possible to erect metal buildings in any kind of weather. Ready-made finishes make a one-step installation process that eliminates repetitive pass applications needed for conventionally applied finishes such as brick veneers or EIFS. In typical construction, the weather has a big impact on project duration because installers will have to wait for ideal conditions before proceeding with every step of the construction process.
Considering that energy codes are always changing, becoming more rigorous with every release, it is a must that product improvements are made with considerations for energy efficiency. Insulated wall and roof panels are crucial to constructing metal buildings, which are known for R-values up to R-42. These insulation values are not only in compliance with current energy efficiency code requirements, but they also offer permanent energy savings to building owners through lower external HVAC equipment loads.
For applications in which IMPs are not be the best option, a lot of manufacturers have standing seam roof systems with high R values. With these systems, clips enable single-skin standing seam roof panels to hold a maximum of 12-inch blanket insulation (R-30) above the supporting roof members with little compression.
Another new addition to the industry are firerated panels, which are a lot like foam IMPs, but at their core is mineral wool. They are fine for external or internal applications, depending on code requirements or the owner’s preference.
The metal building industry has experienced a huge transformation over the decades and now provides an entire array of options of colors, finishes and embossing; this allows owners to decide on the look and feel of their building. There are also other options, like factory-formed corners and others that boost the building’s aesthetic appeal. The abundance of options available only means that construction teams have such great room to be creative while still using only one supplier to keep the process simple and efficient.
Indeed, it’s a great time in the history of the metal building business. Considering all the options there are, contractors are able to design solutions that at par with energy and aesthetic requirements, while costs lower are kept low and project timelines are reasonably shortened.