The metal building industry has evolved so much and is now a leader in providing on-budget, on-time and innovative projects for its clients. For owners or developers who are unsure about metal buildings, there are lots of benefits they will find that have a positive impact on form as well as function, ultimately boosting their bottom line.
Speed of Project Completion
A custom metal building solution that is managed proactively can significantly fast-track the completion of the project. 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. Pre-applied finishes make it possible to cut the installation process to a single step, instead of requiring several pass applications that come with the usual field-applied finishes like 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.
Knowing that energy codes are ever evolving, even becoming stricter every time, energy efficiency must be a priority with every product improvement. Insulated wall and roof panels are vital to the construction of metal buildings, with maximum R-values of 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.
Manufacturers have come up with high R-value standing seam roof systems as a better option for applications in which IMPs are not suitable. These systems work with clips with which single-skin standing seam roof panels are able to hold up to 12-inch blanket insulation (R-30) over the supporting roof members with controlled compression.
Firerated panels – similar foam IMPs, except they are made of mineral wool at the core – are another new offering in the industry. They are fine for external or internal applications, depending on code requirements or the owner’s preference.
The metal building industry has changed so much through the years and now offers a full range of options as to colors, embossing and finishes, which means owners can now customize the look of their building as they wish. 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, the metal building industry has never thrived more in its history than today. With all the options and freedom available, contractors are able to develop solutions that will meet energy and aesthetic requirements while keeping costs lower and project timelines shorter compared to traditional construction.