Can Insulated Metal Panels Be Repainted?

repainting insulated metal panels

Insulated metal panels come in a wide variety of options. And lucky for us, the majority of insulated metal panels come pre-finished. You may have even been told that these surfaces never need to be painted again! While the factory coatings on these surfaces are durable, nothing lasts forever. Over time, they can chalk and erode, leading to fading of color and a loss of gloss. In extreme cases, the underlying metal can be exposed and rusting may occur. Begging the question…can insulated metal panels be repainted?

Repainting Insulated Metal Panels

That’s right! Insulated metal panels can indeed be repainted and restored back to their former glory. It just takes a little work:

  • Surface Preparation: As with all exterior projects, proper surface preparation is paramount. Begin by thoroughly cleaning your metal panels of all loose dirt, chalk, and other contaminants. This can be done by hand washing with warm, soapy water or with the use of a high-pressure washer. 
  • Apply The Paint: There are many different types of factory applied coatings used on metal panels. Most wear down to a surface that will allow repaint coatings to adhere to the surface. A test patch is recommended before applying your paint to the entire surface. You can use acrylic latex paint or oil-based alkyd paint; just make sure you buy one that is specifically designed to paint a metal panel. 
  • Pro Tips: Sometimes you may need to prime the surface, which will ensure that rust will not creep through and that the paint will stick. You may need a roller designed for corrugated panels, or to make things easy an airless paint sprayer will apply a clean, even coating of paint along the entire surface. A sprayer will also get the job done in a fraction of the time and use less paint as well.

Now that you have all of the information you need, it’s time to begin the painting process. Either hire a professional to help you out or grab a friend and the necessary supplies, and you can get started. 

Need more guidance when it comes to your metal panels? Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to help you along the way! Contact us today at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

Are Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) Cheaper Than Lumber?

Are Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) Cheaper Than Lumber?

Are you in the conceptualization phase of your construction project? If so, you have probably spent a lot of time considering which building material is right for you. Timber, brick, concrete, IMPs, SIPs…the options are seemingly endless. Of the many concerns you may have – durability, assembly difficulty – cost of materials is likely top of the list. Which brings us to one of the more popular comparisons. Are insulated metal panels cheaper than lumber?

Upfront Cost of IMPs

There are several contributing factors to the upfront cost of IMPs. These include the thickness of the panel, weight and snow load requirements, degree of fire resistance, and whether the panel will be used as a wall, for the floor, or for the roof. Also bear in mind the many customizations available. A blank panel with no customization will cost much less than one which is highly-customized and completely factory-finished. In general you can expect IMPs to cost $20 to $30 per square foot of living space. While up front costs may be a bit higher with IMPs than with lumber, it’s important to realize that’s only one part of the equation.

Reduced Labor Costs

Building with IMPs can decrease framing labor by as much as 55% over conventional construction! Such a significant impact to overall cost ought not be overlooked when tallying up construction costs. Factor in that pre-cut and pre-finished panels require less manpower to erect, while window and door installation is also less labor-intensive, further diminishing labor costs. 

Quicker Construction Time

While unloading and staging the panels takes time, the ease with which they fit together is less laborious and time-consuming than stick-framing a structure. Overall, studies show a 50% decrease in onsite construction time. Once again leading to reduced labor costs.

Reduced Waste and Improved Efficiency

Conventional construction accounts for 40% of the waste in landfills. But when you build with IMPs, onsite waste is nearly eliminated. This is due to several factors. Prefabricated panels mean no cutting or trimming is necessary, and little additional materials are needed for things such as insulation or structural support. And thanks to their airtightness, IMPs minimize heat loss or gain in a new home, increase comfort, and save money in the long run.

So are IMPs cheaper to build with than lumber? While the initial materials cost may be slightly higher than lumber, the sum total of all the reduced construction costs make them less expensive in the long term. Contact us at info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com or 1.855.838.9393 to see if we have an insulated metal panel that’s right for you.

How Does A Single Component System Work?

Single Component System

While there are varying types of metal panels available for your construction project, our go-to is the all-in-one insulated metal panel (IMP). IMP wall systems minimize trade conflicts, simplify wall system design, and offer all four environmental control layers through the use of a single component. How does this single component system work? Keep reading!

What Is An Insulated Metal Panel?

Insulated metal panels have an insulating foam injected between two aluminum or steel metal face panels which form a solid sandwich. They were originally made for the quick build of short-scheduled projects, but have quickly taken the world by storm thanks to their ability to reduce construction time and construction waste. Providing superior durability with fewer materials and man power that outlast conventional construction materials by a long shot.

How Does A Single Component System Work?

Because of the single-component design, IMPs are able to provide both outer cladding, sheathing, and an effective barrier to the elements. Essentially, they form the entire building envelope and provide insulation, vapor barrier, weatherproofing and finish. Because of their durability and versatility, they can be used in any construction project and any climate.

What Buildings Are Suited To Single Component Systems?

IMPs have been the standard building material for decades in the cold storage and food processing sectors, and are now also lending themselves to design forward projects. This can be airports, museums, even residential homes are beginning to make use of IMPs architectural adaptability. A variety of profiles, colors, embossing and vertical/horizontal applications can all be customized to create a unique and specific project profile. They can even be used for roofing!

If you are looking for a low-maintenance building material that will stand the test of time, look no further than IMPs. Their single component system comes with the added benefits of thermal performance, building efficiency, sustainability and durability.

Whatever type of building you are in the process of creating, it is well worth taking the time to see if IMPs single component system is for you. Contact us at info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com or 1.855.838.9393 today.

Top Reasons To Choose Insulated Metal Panels

When it comes to choosing building materials, you have a multitude of options. But when you want that building to provide superior durability and surpass building codes, you have Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs). This all-in-one construction medium can be utilized to create a structure that is one-in-a-million. Why else should you choose Insulated Metal Panels for your next project?

Code Compliance

Fire-resistant, LEED certified, load bearing, wind and impact resistant… In terms of safety and environmental requirements, nothing comes close to IMPs. IMPs provide the ultimate building envelope protection for even the toughest environments. Metal panels not only comply within code, but will continue to perform the entirety of their lifespan. Especially in terms of energy efficiency!

Aesthetics

Insulated Metal Panels can be used anywhere! From wall cladding to roofing structures – even flooring. Combine this versatility with a wide variety of colors, finishes and profiles that offer a generous palette of design choices. Because of their strength, they also require less structural support, leading to a more open interior. And because IMPs are all-in-one, you can say goodbye to interior drywall and framing.

Speed and Ease of Installation

Time is money! IMPs are easy to install because they can be manufactured to wider widths and longer lengths. With less panels to hoist and lift into place, installation time can be reduced and finished with more ease than traditional wall systems. And since they are pre-fabricated and shipped directly to the site, build time is streamlined from the very start of your project!

Moisture Resistant

When fastened and sealed correctly, the panel system is impermeable to the elements. Like a Thermos holds cold water inside without condensation on the outside, an IMP delivers a comfortable interior for occupants without thermal energy loss and moisture penetration. 

Ultimately, choosing IMPs is a sound investment that will deliver efficient construction, energy savings, design flexibility, and so much more. If you’re looking for a durable, sustainable, and low maintenance building material, IMPs are your first choice. Contact us at info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com or 1.855.838.9393 to see if we have a panel that’s right for you.

Do Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) Save On Heating Costs?

insulated metal panels heating costs

Whether a home, a facility, or an office – building owners are always looking for a way to improve the energy efficiency of their structure. Pair this with stringent building codes, and it may seem impossible to source a material that checks all the boxes. Enter the quintessential insulated metal panel (IMP). IMPs are durable, sustainable, easy to assemble, and energy efficient. So how do IMPs save on heating costs, and what other ways are they energy efficient?

How Insulated Metal Panels Save On Heating Costs

Technically, using IMPs can increase the thermal efficiency of a wall system by eliminating thermal short-circuits that are encountered with traditional stud and batt insulation walls. Basically, because IMPs require less material to create an outer barrier, insulation, and inner wall, there are less opportunities for the inner air to escape; and, vice versa, the outer air to infiltrate. Because the interior climate is able to stay contained, your HVAC appliances don’t have to work as hard to compensate for the air that would normally escape. All resulting in – lower heating and cooling costs!

Ensuring Energy Efficiency In Your Building

Like any building, focusing on the areas where there are openings is key to energy efficiency. This means windows, doors, skylights, and anywhere else your IMPs may have needed to be penetrated. Ensuring these areas are properly sealed pays off in short term comfort and long term costs.

Does This Mean My Building Will Be Hot In Summer?

Nope! Contrary to popular belief, metal buildings and roofs don’t make your home hotter during the Summer. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Metal roofs have a low thermal mass, which means rather than absorb light and heat, they’re built to reflect these elements. Resulting in a cooler, energy-efficient home all Summer long. So yes – IMPs can help you see energy savings year round!

Energy Efficiency From Production

The energy efficiency of IMPs starts long before they are being assembled on the job site. For starters, IMPs are produced using recycled materials. Because they are made to fit, this also reduces energy used to create other materials, the energy used to assemble them together, and can even eliminate material waste. Thanks to their low thermal mass, IMPs can even reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect!

Wanting to save on those high heating costs for your building? Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to discuss your options! Contact us today at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

Can Holes Be Repaired In Metal Roofing Systems?

Repairing Holes Metal Roof

When they are properly installed, metal roofs boast the longest lifespan of any roofing material on the market. While most roofs may last up to 30 years, metal roofs can last up to 100! But longevity is not to be mistaken with indestructibility. Harsh weather conditions, much like the kind we experience in Canada, can take its toll on even the strongest roof. So what do you do when that toll results in one, or several, holes on your metal roof? Let’s talk about how holes can be repaired in metal roofing systems!

Can Holes Be Repaired In Metal Roofing Systems?

The short answer – yes! The longer answer is that how successful that repair is ultimately depends on a couple factors.

  • The material used to patch the hole should be as close to the original material as possible to ensure similar expansion and contraction rates. This will help prevent stressing the patch area.
  • The weather the day of can also result in contraction and expansion of the patch area. This can result in splitting, cracking, and eventually, failure of the repair. 

How To Repair Holes In Metal Roofs

Whether you’re a DIYer or simply interested in the process, this is how we would recommend repairing a hole in your metal roof.

  1. Clean The Repair Area. Before beginning any metal roofing repair project, the repair area must be thoroughly cleaned, including the surface and the surrounding areas. If the hole in your roof was caused by rust, the, rust must be removed entirely. Alternatively, fallen branches or trees may be the cause of the damage. No matter how the damage occurred, it must be cleaned off entirely before repair can occur. 
  2. Scuff The Metal. Once the metal is clean, a wire brush should be used to scuff the repair area. These scuffs will help the sealant bond fully to the metal of the repair area.
  3. Measure Repair Area & Cut Material. After measuring the repair area, cut the panel at least 2 inches past the edges of the repair area. Once it has been cut and fit, round the edges to prevent sharp corners from catching snow or ice. 
  4. Install The Patch For Repair. Using a color-matched urethane sealant, apply the metal patch to the area that needs repair. Don’t be shy! You want to avoid gaps around the patch. Then, firmly press the patch over the damaged areas until the sealant squeezes from the edges of the patch.
  5. Fully Secure The Patch. Once the patch has been put in place, use pan-head sheet metal screws to fully secure the patch to the roof. Lastly, use a putty knife to remove any sealant coming from the edge of the patch. Note, it typically takes a week for the sealant to cure entirely.

Need to repair your metal roof? Contact us at info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com or 1.855.838.9393 to see if we have a panel that’s right for you.

How Long Will A Metal Roof Last?

While nothing lasts forever, some choices can span a lifetime. Or even a little more if you consider metal roofing. Just take a look at some of the roofs atop cathedrals and castles in Europe! If priorities for your roof include longevity, durability, and sustainability, then a metal roof should be your top choice! But just how long will that metal roof last?

General Lifespan Of A Metal Roof

When it comes to longevity, metal roofs are unrivaled. While asphalt shingles may make it up to 20 years, a metal roof can last 50, 70, even 100+ years with proper installation and care. This is because metal roofs are able to withstand strong winds, heavy rain, high impacts, and are even fire resistant. And when you eventually do need to replace them, they are 100% recyclable. So the circle of life continues! 

What Makes Metal Roofs So Durable?

Metal panels’ long lifespan make them the King of construction materials. But how are they able to last so long? Let’s see.

  • For starters, metal panels are better able to withstand the slight contraction and expansion that comes with changing temperatures compared to other roofing materials.
  • When exposed to the sun, they are not susceptible to cracking and crumbling like shingles. 
  • Thanks to their overlapping construction and protective sealant, metal roofs are far less likely to experience water damage.
  • Metal roofs are unattractive to pests, such as termites. Making them far less exposed to outer factors that would challenge the roof’s integrity.

Ensure Your Metal Roof Stands The Test Of Time

Proper care and maintenance are the key to ensuring the longevity of your metal roof. Remember to clean your metal roof at least once per year, but ideally after the change of the seasons. This includes clearing gutters, drains, and sweeping other dirt or debris from the surface of the roof. Structural maintenance requires a little more effort, but is just as necessary. Have your roof inspected once per year to check for structural integrity, and keep an eye on panel seams so areas in need of new or additional sealant are attended to.

Are you ready to commit to a long lasting metal roof? Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to help you along the way! Contact us today at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

Tips For Choosing The Color Of Your Metal Roof

If you’re planning to get a metal roof, you’ve already made a great long-term decision for your home. But you may now be faced with another important decision. Which color do you want your metal roof to be? While a seemingly simple question, the reality is that your options are nearly endless! To help you choose, we’ve compiled a few tips for choosing a metal roof color.

Stay Practical

While the world of colors and finishes may be available to you, it’s important to remember how the sun and other weather elements will affect your roof. If you live in a warm environment, choose a light color that will protect your house from extreme heat. If your house is rather cold, even in summer, choose a darker color, which will absorb the heat, helping you to keep your home warm.

Consider The Surrounding Environment

Picture how your roof will look in conjunction with your siding, shutters, landscaping. Will you go for a monotone color palette, or add contrast? Do you want a bold roof, or one that blends? These decisions will last for a long time, and can even affect the curb appeal of your home, so choose carefully. Will you still like this decision 10 years from now?

Examine Your Color Choices in Different Lighting

Remember that the color will look quite different depending on the weather and the amount of light it gets. Don’t choose a color from the hardware store just because it looks good under fluorescent lights. Check your color under the sun, under cloudy weather, and at nighttime to get the full effect it will have.

We hope these tips for choosing a metal roof color will help you to make an informed decision about this vital part of your home. To learn more about your options, get in touch with our exceptional team today. We will be happy to make recommendations for your home, and even steer you in the right direction based on your desired style. Contact us at info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com or 1.855.838.9393.

Home Design Using Insulated Metal Panels

Home design has progressed. In the past, architects and designers had little say in the production of building materials. But now, designers, architects, and homeowners are more mindful of the effects their construction materials create. That is why insulated metal panels (IMPs) are gaining ground in the building industry. IMPs are cost-effective, sustainable, environment-friendly and capable of standing the test of time. So how do you best design a home using IMPs?

Consider The Style

Available in a variety of colors and profile shapes, IMPs are able to meet a wide range of varying design preferences. IMPs even boast a multitude of finishes resembling traditional construction materials, such as precast concrete, stucco, masonry and more. When designing your home, consider how you want the facade to look, and how you can integrate metal panels into that facade.

Consider Insulation Requirements

When it comes to home design using insulated metal panels, you may also want to mix in some single skin metal panels for aesthetic purposes. This gives you greater control over where insulation is needed, and avoids spending money on IMPs where a single skin may be more suitable. 

Consider Durability 

The facings of IMPs already function as finished surfaces, while at the same time, provide air, weather, thermal and vapor protection for exterior walls. They also require far less load bearing than traditional building materials. Meaning when you design your home using IMPs, you can design an open floor plan that needs far less materials.

More Than Just A Wall

Insulated metal panels can be used as exterior cladding, roofing, and even flooring! Meaning all these areas of your home or building can be constructed quickly and more efficiently than traditional building materials. IMPs can even be designed with the ability for utilities to run through them, meaning no drilling!

There’s no doubt, insulated metal panels are the future of building construction and design. If you want an IMP system for your own home, feel free to get in touch with us. Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to help you along the way! Contact us today at 1.855.838.9393 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

Can IMPs Decrease Construction Time?

New construction can be an intimidating project to undertake. From flooring to wiring, there are so many details that go into the planning of a home or building. Not to mention the execution; which is a process that can vary dramatically depending on which material you choose to build with. A house constructed of wood, concrete, or insulated metal panels will all require different methods of planning and timelines. Which leaves the question – can any of these materials, such as insulated metal panels, decrease construction time?

Insulated Metal Panels Are Quicker & Cheaper!

The short answer is yes! A building constructed using metal panels can be erected far quicker than buildings using timber or concrete. You can expect construction time of a building utilizing metal panels to be reduced, both by time and by dollars, by about 20% to 40%

How Do IMPs Decrease Construction Time?

Insulated metal panels arrive pre-manufactured and pre-engineered – ready for construction. This means they are already precise in measurement, and simply need to be placed together. Not only does this save time on the job site, but also significantly reduces the necessary amount of material that’s needed to build. Meaning less waste and a lower carbon footprint. Because IMPs do not require as much load bearing support, construction with them also allows more flexibility for an open floor plan.

IMPs Aren’t Just For Walls

Insulated metal panels can be used as exterior cladding, roofing, and even flooring! Meaning all these areas of your home or building can be constructed quickly and more efficiently than traditional building materials. If aesthetics are a concern, rest your mind knowing IMPs come in a wide range of styles, materials, and finishes.

Not only do insulated metal panels decrease construction time, but overall construction and labor costs as well. Wondering if insulated panels are right for you? Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to help you! Contact us today at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.