Premium Metal Cladding Provides Design Versatility
In architecture, cladding is a
commonly used method to protect a building structure from exterior elements. For
this purpose, it is the application of one layer of material over another to
shield against an infiltration of weather elements. Cladding itself is not the
weatherproofing condition, but in combination with a vapour barrier, will
prevent water from entering the structure itself. Different types of cladding
are available and a designer will choose different materials that are best
suited to a particular architectural vision. Cladding can be used with a
variety of materials, but one of the most efficient is to use metal; either
steel or aluminium. There are many different options available on the market,
so proper research should be taken to ensure the best one is chosen to realize
a design’s aesthetic effect.
Modern Versatility with Exceptional Benefits
Metal cladding systems are one way
to bring a modern look to either a new build or an existing building and can be
used both for interior design as well as exterior. Whether a single family
dwelling, or a multi-level condominium, premium
metal cladding systems are versatile and offer many benefits including
cost-effectiveness, environmentally friendly, energy efficient and can last
upwards of 50 years! Colours can be mixed and matched to suit anyone’s personal
tastes or to achieve a specific aesthetic effect. From different commercial
effects such as a high-rise lobby to a health and wellness spa, from a bank
office to a doctor’s office there are many different combinations for both
exterior or interior designs. Even some of your favourite stores or restaurants
are already using metal cladding systems in recent design upgrades.
Easy to Install, Easy to Maintain!
Metal cladding is installed by
attaching vertical panels to a mounting system on an existing or new substrate
including plywood, concrete, stucco, brick or glass to name the most common.
Aluminium is the material of choice for cladding panels due to its high
weight-to-strength ratio. Aluminium is also recyclable, so that when the time
comes for a new design update, years down the road, the materials can be
responsibly disposed of.
Maintaining a premium metal
cladding system is very easy to do! Many manufacturers include a premium
coating on the metal panels to prevent fading or other damage due to weather
exposure. Industry recognized Fluoropolymer paints provide added protection
that repels pollution, acid rain, airborne pollution and corrosion from salt
and minerals. For Canadians living in the Eastern provinces that heavily rely
on salt and sand for winter traction, this coating is imperative in protecting
the longevity of one’s exterior cladding system!
Annually, give your cladding system
a good wash – it’s that easy for basic maintenance! Cladding is generally easy
to repair – keep an eye out for any scratches or dents. As aluminium is a
softer and lighter metal, this makes it susceptible to denting. Often, dents
can be repaired. For steel cladding, (also a popular option due to its
strength,) be on the lookout for rust.
Partner with a technical designer
at a reputable firm who specializes in premium metal cladding systems. They can
help move your architectural vision into a reality. For any application, they will
partner with you to understand your needs and help to pick out the right system
and the right design!