What Panel Thickness Should You Choose?

Have you ever heard the term “gauge” when referring to metal panels? Gauge is the term used to define the specific thickness of a metal panel. Like all materials used in construction, metal panels come in a wide array of sizes, shapes, colors, and gauges. One of the first decisions a person considers IMPs will have to decide on is what gauge they would like. So what exactly does that mean and how do you determine the right gauge for your project?

Range of Gauges

The thickness of metal panels can range anywhere from 22-gauge to 29-gauge, with 29 being the thinnest and 22 being the thickest. These gauges are associated with a decimal range. For example, a 26-gauge steel panel can range anywhere from 0.0179” to 0.0217.” This also means that a 26-gauge metal panel from one manufacturer may not be the same thickness as a 26-gauge metal panel from another. Although those seem like small numbers, they represent a noticeable difference in panel stiffness and strength.

When to Choose a Thinner Gauge

Almost all homes have a layer of plywood or something similar, covered by a weather-resistant barrier. In this case, the metal panels will be affixed to the sheathing as opposed to serving a structural role. A quality 29-gauge panel is more than adequate for this situation; which is why it’s used on nearly 80 percent of homes with metal panels!

When to Choose a Thicker Gauge

When a building needs to remain structurally sound without the support of sheathing, a thicker gauge is the best option. These gauges are also more forgiving in the event of an installation error, such as over-tightening screws. Thicker trim pieces also lay more accurately. A common combination amongst contractors includes 29-gauge roof and wall panels, accompanied by a 26-gauge trim. However, you can expect to pay more for thicker panels. The cost of a 26-gauge product will be about 15% higher than a 29-gauge with the same profile from the same manufacturer. 

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Do Metal Roofs Trap Heat?

Metal roofs are surrounded by misconceptions. From assuming they easily dent to being sure that they will make a lot of noise with wind and rain. Today we are going to debunk another common metal roof myth: the heat debacle. Will a metal roof trap heat and make your house hotter? Let’s find out!

No Metal Roof Is The Same

Before assuming a metal roof will trap heat, consider the vast array of materials metal roofs are made of. A copper roof, for example, will not conduct heat the same way a steel roof would. Aside from the type of metal, the color and ending finish will also have an affect on how much heat the panel retains. These days, there are plenty of finishes certified to reflect sunlight, helping to keep your home cool even when exposed to direct sunlight.

All Roofs Retain Some Heat

Whether asphalt or metal, any material exposed to the sun will retain some heat. The lightest material, however, will return back to its ambient temperature quicker than a heavier one. The longer these materials stay hot, the more heat is transferred to the building beneath.  In terms of roofing materials contributing to heat in a building, once the sun stops shining, metal is the best possible option.

Insulation Matters

Your metal roof is more than just metal. Joints are often made of wood, and other system features are a different material entirely. This is where the insulation comes in. Most metal roof installers account for heat build-up by leaving a space between the roofing system and home underneath where air can accumulate and escape. 

Overall, when it comes to choosing a roof that can help keep your home cool, metal should be your top choice. It provides insulation during the winter, while simultaneously allowing lower demand for air conditioning during the hotter months. Are you ready to make the switch to a metal roof? Contact our qualified team of professionals at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

What Are the Top Uses for Metal Panels?

While metal panels used to be shied away from in high end commercial and residential design, these panels are now at the forefront of stunning architectural design. Their versatility, malleability, durability, and lightweight qualities make them an excellent choice for building designers who are concerned with sustainability and longevity. So exactly how are these metal panels most commonly used today?

Metal Wall Panels

Architectural metal wall panels are used on the exterior of the building. These systems can include single skin, insulated, exposed fastener, concealed fastener and interior wall liners. Most of these panels can be installed both vertically and horizontally, providing additional flexibility in design. An added benefit? A room made of metal panels can help contain a fire from spreading, as well as keeping the room cooler in the event of an emergency. These panels can be used for new construction or to retrofit existing buildings. Common applications include retail, educational, self-storage, agricultural, residential and industrial buildings.

Metal Roofing System

Metal roofing panels have been used in a variety of educational, civic, agricultural, residential, retail, industrial, healthcare and recreational applications.. The benefits  of metal roofing include energy-saving technology, a lifespan of over 60 years, low maintenance requirements, and strong weather resistance. The ease of installation, longevity, sustainability, and durability of these panels also make them a cost-efficient investment compared to traditional asphalt roofing. 

Unique Interior or Exterior Design

Metal panels can be used for more than just siding or roofing. These panels can also add incredible aesthetic appeal to your building! Imagine unique textured walls or separators throughout your landscaping. Contrasting elements on the exterior of your building. An accent wall that looks like wood without the threat of rot. A unique kitchen island, ceiling medallion, or molding. Interior or exterior design capabilities with metal panels are nearly endless! And since this material is malleable, it can even be warped to create unique shapes.

Would you like to learn more about how metal panels can be used to enhance your building? Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to help! Contact us today at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

5 Reasons Why Metal Panels Are Gaining In Popularity

A quality rooftop is undoubtedly one of the most important factors when it comes to a building’s features. Your roof is your first line of defense when it comes to bad weather, maintains your home’s temperature, and prevents energy loss. Your roof should stand the test of time. Because of the high demands our rooftops are subjected to, great strides have been made to improve their material’s quality and durability. Enter the metal roof, which since it’s classic use has now been redesigned, streamlined, and optimized for both performance and aesthetics. So why the surge in popularity?

Design Aesthetics: 

Metal’s sophisticated, polished, and modern appearance is likely the biggest reason why it’s become so popular, offering nearly unmatched design choices. Metal roofs come in a comprehensive range of colors and styles. There are even finishes that mimic other materials such as clay! No other roofing material can provide you with the design options that metal can.

Energy Efficiency:

If there is one trend that’s not going away, it’s energy efficiency. And metal roofing is known to be one of the best when it comes to that category. That alone is a large reason why so many homeowners are making the transition to metal rooftops today. And why they will be used so widely in the future.

Solar Ready:

The long term benefits of solar panels are unmatched. Not only do they pay for themselves, but they also put less strain on the Earth’s resources. While solar panels can be installed on any roof, it’s a very complex process to do so. However, metal rooftops are an excellent option for solar panel installation thanks to their natural heat conduction and better structure.

Strength in Tough Weather Conditions: 

A metal roof is built to withstand inclement weather. Seriously. Hurricanes? Wildfires? Tornadoes? No problem. So, if weather is a problem in your area, there are very few options that can compete with metal roofing.

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of metal roofing? Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to help! Contact us today at 519-451-7663 or info@ecoinsulatedpanels.com.

The Basics of Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Long gone are the days of asphalt shingles being the only available, and affordable, roofing material on the market. Enter Standing Seam Metal Roofs! Once confined to commercial buildings or coveted by luxurious residential structures, standing seam metal roofs are now widely available to consumers. So what is this up and coming roofing material of choice? In this article we will cover the basics of standing seam metal roofs, and how they compare to their asphalt counterparts.

How Do Asphalt Shingles Compare? 

Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing materials available. However, since these shingles are derived from petroleum, their cost is largely dependent on oil prices. Secondly, asphalt shingles are by far less durable than Standing Seam roofing. The mineral based service decomposes with every season, and actions such as power watching speed up the process. Standing seam metal roofs are a completely different material. The initial difference in cost is easily made up by the metal’s durability, reliability, and ease of maintenance.

What Is A Standing Seam Metal Roof? 

Standing seam is a specific type of metal roofing that raises the seams above the level of the roof. The majority of metal roofs you see tend to be standing seam. In this style, continuous panels run from the ridge of the roof to the eaves, connected by raised fasteners. Keeping these seams above water level, as opposed to flush-mounted panels or asphalt shingles, is a top advantage of this style. Standing seam metal roofing also uses fewer seams because the metal panels run uninterrupted from the top to the bottom of the roof.

Durability is also a key factor in standing seam metal roofing. However, these panels are not impervious to damage. Fallen limbs and other high impact dents can cause holes which will need to be repaired. However with the proper maintenance, these roofs can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years. Other benefits include metal panels ability to prevent solar heat absorption, as well as provide a sleek and modern aesthetic with an array of color choices.

This roofing material is not without it’s disadvantages. Standing seam roofs cannot be used on flat roofs due to the flat pitches. Metal is also considered a more expensive material than it’s asphalt counterpart.

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