Serving the Metals Industry since 1988
Economical Metal Panels
Variety of Profiles & Systems Available
Made with Zinc, Aluminum, Stainless & Galvanized Steel

Who Offers Economical Architectural Metal Panels?

Wade Architectural Systems offers quality, affordable architectural metal panels, something we have been doing since 1988. Our main office is located just outside of Houston, Texas, with additional representation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have been involved in more than 2,500 projects all over the United States, with our primary focus is in the state of Texas. We are a service-minded company, offering design and detailing assistance, educational presentations, engineering drawings, calculations and test reports.

Wade Architectural Systems specializes in metal wall and roofing systems and high-end, custom commercial ceilings. When specifying metal panel systems, selecting panels designed to incorporate the best dry-joint techniques for installation offer superior resistance to moisture intrusion into the wall system over traditional wet joint applications, which rely on sealants to control rainwater. We offer a variety of dry-joint metal system and finish options through Centria, Dri-Design and VMZINC. We are a registered AIA CES continuing education provider, which offers us the ability to better serve architects and specifiers by offering courses that help to answer common questions related to specification of exterior metal systems. If you or your firm would like to participate in a seminar at our office or yours, simply give us a call and we will set it up.

Where Can I Buy Architectural Metal Panels?

There are plenty of metal wall panel companies that specialize in custom-engineered high tech wall cladding systems. It largely depends on where you are and how fast you need the job done. It would be best to search for a local company, or at least one within your own state, for job completion within a timely manner. In addition, check out the company’s reputation by looking at reviews and listening to other clients that have utilized a company’s services and see what they have to say. Word of mouth can sometimes be better advertising than a television commercial.

If you are looking for a company that offers architectural metal panels in Texas, Wade Architectural Systems is the perfect source. We employ a team of seasoned professionals that have expertise in metal wall, roofing and ceiling design to assist both design and construction teams in selecting and procuring the most appropriate system to suit your project needs. Our company partners with industry leaders who produce high-quality metal systems to offer solutions for visually pleasing exteriors, balanced with installation strategies that are more cost-effective than others. We offer assistance to the design team in selection of systems that will help the project comply with LEED certification requirements and other sustainable characteristics. We also offer training programs to installers through some of our key manufacturing partners that allow a more thorough understanding of system installation and characteristics of the materials.

Who Offers the Best Architectural Metal Panels?

Wade Architectural Systems strives to offer the very best architectural metal panels available on the market. For instance, we are a long-time source for Centria Panels to contractors and installers. Centria systems provide superior performance, aesthetics and have many sustainable attributes. An industry-leader in advanced thermal and moisture protection, Centria also offers a wide range of profiles, colors and textures, lending the client an array of options to express their creativity. Read more about them here -

Our manufacturing partners include:

  • Dri-Design Metal Wall System
  • Centria
  • Ceilings Plus
  • Construction Specialties Louvers and Sunshades
  • Wilkinson Hi-Rise Chutes
  • Epic Metals

Wade Architectural Systems provides architectural metal panels made with a variety of metals alloys. Many of our systems are available in galvanized steel, aluminum, zinc, copper, weathering steel, stainless steel, and custom alloys. Zinc panels are relatively new to the North American market, but have been used successfully in Europe for well over 150 years. Read more about the benefits of architectural metal panels made from zinc here - We focus in complete envelope solutions that satisfy the most demanding aesthetic requirements without compromising the building performance. We also provide solutions for sun control, air movement, moisture protection, smart walls and assistance with LEED Certified projects.

We provide high quality systems for a wide range of project budgets. We encourage designers and contractors to call on us early in the design process so that we may offer appropriate options and budgetary pricing that will meet the expectations of the project team. If you would like to learn more, contact us today for more information.


  • October 3, 2016
    Why choose architectural metal panels instead of masonry cladding? Architectural metal panels are a great alternative to concrete or masonry surfaces for exterior cladding in large part because they offer far more design opportunities, with a variety of panel sizes, shapes, colors and finishes available from multiple manufacturers. They also have several other advantages, including:

    Reduced Weight: They are far lighter than masonry or concrete products and require less substantial building reinforcements, leading to lower labor and material costs.

    Fast Installation: Architectural metal panels require less preparation and labor to install, and they can cover a large area quickly, minimizing installation times and costs.

    High Strength: Architectural metal panels are extremely durable and can easily withstand high wind loads, inclement weather and thermal expansion and contraction when installed correctly.

    Low Maintenance: With long-lasting finishes and durable metal construction, architectural metal panels require very little maintenance and can last just as long as masonry or concrete products.

    Sustainability: Architectural metal panels are made from natural materials that can easily be recycled at the end of their useful life, and when used in conjunction with an appropriate insulation system, they can create an efficient outer envelope, minimizing the energy used to heat and cool a building.
  • September 2, 2016
    What materials are architectural metal panels made from?

    Depending on the manufacturer, architectural metal panels are available in several types of materials. Here are a few of the most common:

    Steel Panels: Made from carbon steel that has been painted or powder-coated, steel panels tend to be heavy and are more prone to corrosion and electrochemical reactions than panels made from other materials.

    Galvanized Steel Panels: Galvanized steel panels feature a thin coating of zinc that imparts a silver color to the steel, while inhibiting the effects of corrosion. Like carbon steel, galvanized panels are relatively heavy, and because of the zinc coating, they are slightly more expensive.

    Stainless Steel Panels: A special alloy of steel, stainless steel resists damage from corrosion and electrochemical reactions. Stainless steel panels are easy to clean and will not rust, but they are heavy and more expensive than steel or other materials.

    Aluminum Panels: Aluminum panels are significantly lighter than steel, and they are naturally resistant to corrosion. They are, however, much softer than steel panels and they are easier to damage through abrasion or pressure.

    Zinc Panels: Zinc panels are lighter than steel and form a natural patina that wards off corrosion. They have a long lifespan, often more than 50 years.
  • January 14, 2016
    Published by Wade Architectural Systems

    Are you looking for a building material that is durable, but won't break your budget, but is also capable of giving your project a fresh and unique look? Such a feat is possible with the use of architectural metal panels. Architects and designers working on everything from the private home build to the huge commercial project are increasingly turning metal for its proven durability, stable pricing, and distinct appearance.

    The following are just a few of the other reasons and uses for why these versatile panels are making such an impact on the construction industry:

    • Unique and dramatic appearances : Architectural metal panels are extremely versatile and can be bent, curved, cut, and joined with similar panels or other roofing and cladding to create a unique and dramatic appearance that can conform to most any desired style. Plus, special units like those with pre-patinated metals like zinc and copper deliver an exceptionally rich and organic color and texture that is oftentimes impossible to replicate with other materials.
    • Weather- and sound-proof capabilities : Modern architectural metal panels are being built with superior insulation and pressure equalization that offers increased protection from inclement weather when used as an exterior element and dampens sound when used as an interior element.
    • Go green with metal : Architectural metal panels are an inherently green building material, but they also have other attributes that can contribute to more energy-efficient design. For instance, the solar reflective value of these panels offset heat gain to improve the energy efficiency of a building.
  • January 3, 2016
    Published by Wade Architectural Systems

    Architectural metal panels are exploding in popularity. These stylish building components can give commercial, industrial, and even residential buildings that unique design element that collaborates form with function. Here are just a few of the commonly found areas and the top uses for these versatile architectural metal panels:

    • Exterior walls : These panels are most commonly used as a basic siding or rain cladding in order to improve a building's structural integrity, protect it from the elements, and give it a more stylish or artistic facade. Some newer panels even boast enhanced insulation and soundproofing capabilities.
    • Roofing : Metal roofs have long been in favor thanks to their having greater durability and longevity when compared to other roofing materials. However, today's architectural metal panels have become an even more desirable roofing component due to new technologies that have made them lighter than ever and have increased their insulation capabilities for a more energy efficient thermal envelope.
    • Interior walls : Architectural metal panels don't have to just be an exterior amenity. Many commercial and industrial building owners are opting to forgo traditional drywall material and instead sheathe their interior walls with these metal panels. Not only does this improve the building's energy efficiency, but the many available designs offer users to choose a unique texture and finish that meets their desired look.
    • Ceilings : Once the walls are cladded, the last place to look is up. A top use for both standard and composite metal panels are to give ceilings a unique, yet durable finish.
  • November 14, 2015
    Published by Wade Architectural Systems

    Looking for unique exterior wall cladding? Architects and designers are increasingly turning to metal for its durability, stable pricing, and unique appearances. Here are just a few of the top uses of architectural metal panels in homes and commercial buildings:

    • Dynamic facades : Architectural metal panels made of composite materials have a unique smooth finish and can be curved, bent, and joined with other panels or building materials to make a unique geometric appearance. Using a variety of panels and taking advantage of their reflective nature can give any building a more dynamic facade. Plus, because certain architectural metals like zinc and copper naturally age great, there's no need for expensive painting, repairs, or replacements for many, many years.
    • Easy weatherproofing : New insulated metal panels use pressure equalization along their joinery to offer increased protection from weather. These superior panels can be installed directly to studs without any additional insulation or sheathing components and still be able to provide better thermal and moisture protection.This means a minimization of leaking water in heavy rains and high storm winds.
    • Increased energy efficiency : Many contractors are opting to use perforated architectural metal panels in garages. These panels have perforated slots that protect the garage or other outdoor structure from rain while also allowing for air ventilation. Plus, while metal is a heat conductor, the solar reflective value of these panels offset the gain and actually increase the passive heating and cooling of a building for energy efficiency.
  • August 20, 2015
    Published by  Wade Architectural Systems

    Architectural metal panels have dozens of uses in both commercial and industrial buildings, and even in some residential designs. They can form interior or exterior walls, ceilings, roofs, soffits, sunshades, and several other common structural elements, or they can be used to create purely aesthetic details that draw attention to your project. With a variety of styles available, they are perfect for just about any type of building, including retail spaces, office buildings, performance venues, hospitals, schools, warehouses, distribution centers, storage buildings or maintenance facilities.

    At Wade Architectural Systems, we feature a full line of metal panels from top manufacturers in the industry, including Centria, Construction Specialties, VMZINC, Epic, Intercept, Ceilings Plus and many others. We offer both horizontal and vertical panel systems, with a wide array of mounting options, styles, profiles, textures and finishes. Our assortment of products can add the perfect finishing touch to your project, no matter how large or small it is.

    In commercial and industrial architecture, metal panels are used both to create the basic structure of the building, and to add a bit of style to the interior and the exterior. Here are a few areas where they are commonly found:

    • Exterior walls : Corrugated or ridged metal panels can be used as basic siding or rain cladding to add structural rigidity and to waterproof the building, or more complex metal panel systems can be used, with optional insulation or soundproofing. Custom metal panels can also be used to create artistic design elements on the exterior of the building.
    • Roof : Both standard metal panels and insulated composite panels are popular roof coverings because they are light compared to traditional built-up roof coatings and other competing options, and they are both durable and attractive.
    • Interior walls : Standard, insulated and composite metal panes are often used to sheathe interior walls, instead of less durable materials like drywall. They offer unique textures and natural metal finishes that are perfectly suited to many modern designs.
    • Ceilings : Both standard and composite metal panels can be used to create unique interior ceilings with a variety of shapes, textures and finishes.
    • Soffit and Trim : Metal panels can be used on soffits, fascia and trim to complement the building's exterior design, or to add a contrasting element that draws attention to certain design details.

    Metal panels are constructed from a variety of materials, including steel and aluminum, and are available in multiple sizes, styles and finishes.