What Effect Does Metal Cladding Have on a Building Envelope?
Metal cladding continues to gain in popularity as one of the top choices for not only commercial, but also residential siding. Metal paneling has a lot of benefits, including its versatility and finished appearance. The performance of metal and steel siding gives it a number of positive effects on a building envelope, helping it to last for years and look good while doing it.
First and foremost, metal, especially steel, is extremely durable. Depending on the abuse that your building envelope may or may not take (consider weather, and nearby activities), metal siding is available in different gauges and materials to make sure the cladding lasts for decades to come.
Metal is also resistant to heat and fire, and is not likely to burst into flames should it come into contact with a heat source. However, keep in mind that other building envelope components may not be fire resistant, and you may need to replace those should a fire break out.
Contrary to popular belief, metal siding actually has little effect on both the sound and heat insulation of a building envelope. Metal can provide slight insulation of both of these, but ultimately further wall insulation should be used along with the metal siding to ensure proper insulation.
Finally, metal cladding is available in a wide range of finishes which can allow the look and style of the building to fit your design dreams. When dealing with metal siding finishes, there are almost an endless number of choices, meaning you will have the best looking building envelope for miles.
There is a reason we are seeing more and more builders choose to go with metal siding for their building projects. When thinking about the siding for your building envelope on your next project, make sure you consider going with metal paneling.