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. Owners or developers who are hesitant about metal buildings can actually expect plenty of benefits that can positively impact both form and function and, ultimately, increase their bottom line.
Speed of Project Completion
A custom metal building solution under proactive management can significantly fast-track the completion of the project. When there is productive collaboration among the contractor, design team and the manufacturer, the project timeline can even be condensed further. In addition, metal buildings can be erected in even the least ideal weather conditions. Ready-made finishes make a one-step installation process that eliminates repetitive pass applications needed for conventionally applied finishes such as brick veneers or EIFS. In regular construction, the weather has a large role to play in project duration because installers need to wait for best conditions before they can go on with the succeeding steps 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 crucial to constructing metal buildings, which are known for R-values up to 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.
For applications where it is not ideal to use IMPs, several manufacturers have created high R-value standing seam roof systems. 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, which are a lot like foam IMPs except for their mineral wool core – are another addition to the industry. They are suitable for both external or internal applications, depending on the owner’s desire or what the codes require.
The metal building industry has now developed to provide a whole range of options in terms of colors, finishes and embossing, allowing owners to choose the final look of their building based on their own preferences. There are also other options, like factory-formed corners and others that boost the building’s aesthetic appeal. The diversity of available options offers construction professionals all the freedom to let their creative juice flow and still utilize a single supplier so the process can remain straightforward and efficient.
Indeed, it’s a great time in the history of the metal building business. Considering all the options there are, contractors are able to design solutions that at par with energy and aesthetic requirements, while costs lower are kept low and project timelines are reasonably shortened.