Types of Metal Wall Panels

Metal wall panels are one of the most impactful revolutions in the use of architecture today. These panels bring a plethora of benefits, including longevity, weather resistance, and ease of installation. Metal wall panels also possess a high level of design freedom, coming in a variety of styles that bring their own individual benefits. Today we will take a look at some of the available types of metal wall panel systems.

Single Skin Metal

Single Skin Panels are one of the most popular systems in construction for a metal wall. These inexpensive panels come in a wide selection of profiles and design, including concealed or exposed fasteners. Concealed systems provide a clean, modern aesthetic. While the more inexpensive exposed system can be installed quicker. That being said, continuous insulation products must be added to both options to provide thermal protection.

Insulated Metal Panels

Insulated metal panels are known for providing exceptional insulation. These panels streamline the installation process and save money because their interior and exterior faces both act as a finished surface. Their foam cores are responsible for their insulating properties, and IMPs have been used in hospitals, airports, stadiums, and more!

Plate Panels

Plate Panels are one of the most versatile, functional, and high performing systems available. These panels can be manipulated to create one of a kind buildings by manipulating curves, tapers, depths, and more. Plate panels are also highly impact resistant and durable compared to some of the other available systems.

Metal Faced Composite Panels

Metal faced composite panels feature two thin metal sheets attached to a thermoplastic core. While similar to IMPs, metal faced composite panels provide no thermal insulation. They are also not as resistant to impact as plate panels. However, they are a more cost effective solution to alternative panels.

All metal panels boast a wide range of applications and can achieve a number of aesthetic styles. The deciding factor for which panel system to choose will ultimately come down to your requirements and budget. For more information on metal panel systems, contact our qualified team of professionals at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

Choosing the Right Mini Storage Building Materials and the Impact that Can Have

mini storage building materials When you embark on the construction of a new mini storage facility one of the primary considerations will be which type of material you should use to build it. It’s a question that until recently had a number of potential answers any of which were perfectly reasonable. Because of the advent of metal insulated panel technology, however, the number of reasonable answers has been greatly reduced.

Mini Storage Building Materials: The Choices

As we stated above metal insulated panels have pushed many older mini storage building materials aside in recent years. Still there are a few old fashioned materials that continue to be used including:

  • Concrete Blocks: Storage facilities built of concrete blocks dot the North American landscape. There was a time when they were the defacto choice of building material for this type of structure because they were relatively cheap and the alternatives were few. You’ll still find some new mini storage facilities built from concrete blocks but there numbers are diminishing.
  • 26 Gauge Metal Panelling: Many self-storage facilities today are constructed using 26 gauge metal panelling attached to a framework. Inside, insulation is added after the fact with a finish layer over the insulation. This method is typically faster than building with concrete blocks but there are potentially a number of different trades involved that can run up the cost. Also, creating a shell that is both energy efficient and airtight is a challenge not everyone is up to.

The Rise of Insulated Metal Panels

While concrete blocks and metal panelling continue to be fairly common mini storage building materials their use is declining due to the rise of metal insulated panels. Simply put their advantages extend to every aspect of building and maintenance including:

  • Faster builds – You’ll enjoy a much faster build as single piece insulated metal panels are simply locked together on site to form a completed, fully insulated and airtight shell. No miscommunication between trades causing problems with the finished product.
  • Superior insulation – Each metal panel comes completely insulated with Roxul R-value: 3.6/in, and EPS R-Value: 4.04/in. The panels lock snugly together using discrete fasteners to form a stable interior environment perfect for the needs of a mini storage facility.
  • Real savings – You’ll enjoy lower installation costs as insulated metal panels have a formidable strength to weight ratio that allows for wider spans. Having fewer trades involved also means measurable savings in labour while operation and maintenance cost are greatly reduced as well.
  • Design Versatility – Insulated metal panels come in a wide variety of finishes and colours along with a plethora of different accessories and trims. Keep it strictly modern or go gothic. It’s all possible with metal insulated panels.

The building of mini storage facilities today has become simpler and more affordable than ever as old mini storage building materials have taken a back seat to metal insulated panels from Eco-Insulated Panel Manufacturing. Give us a call on 1.855.838.9393 to find out more.