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Who Makes Easy to Install Metal Panel Systems?

Wade Architectural Systems offers easy to install metal panel systems. We have been serving the architectural market since 1988 with exterior metals solutions. We partner with manufacturers of panels that are simple to install and offer training to teams new to working with our metal panel systems. The panel materials have a wide array of metals options, including, including zinc, copper, aluminum, stainless and galvanized steel. We have been associated with more than 2,500 projects across the United States while maintaining our primary focus in the state of Texas.

Projects with which we have been involved include the Council on Alcohol & Drugs building in Houston, Galveston Fire Station No. 4, the Agriculture & Life Sciences Complex on the Texas A&M University Campus, the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing and many others.

With customer service at the forefront of our business, we go out of our way to provide excellence to our clients for each and every project. For instance, we not only provide metal panel systems designed to be installed efficiently, we offer design and detailing assistance, educational presentations, detailed engineering drawings, calculations and test reports. We offer many economical options to suit a range of budgets, so building owners and occupants can enjoy metal wall panels or roofing panels that are unique, aesthetically appealing and energy efficient as well.

What are Some Environmentally Friendly Metal Panel Systems?

One of the greatest benefits of selecting metal panel systems for your building project is that they offer many sustainable attributes. For example, zinc panels can have a lifespan of 100+ years as exterior cladding and are virtually maintenance free. Water runoff from zinc panels is clear and non-staining, and is not harmful to the surrounding environment. Similarly to copper, Zinc develops its own patina, which is a protective layer that gives the material longevity without the use of additional coatings. All of our metal panel systems use materials that are fully recyclable and have a high-recycled content. Centria, one of our primary manufacturing sources, has taken an active role in developing metal panels that are "green." Read more about the environmental benefits of metal paneling here - http://eco.centria.com/.

Metal panels can contribute to a more energy efficient building envelope. Find out more about how energy efficient metal paneling is by visiting this link - http://goo.gl/BVLyM.

Are Metal Panel Systems Expensive?

Wade Architectural Systems represents high-quality panel systems that suit a variety of different budgetary ranges. We enjoy working with design and construction teams early in the panel specification and selection processes to help identify areas that will provide the most cost-savings while maintaining the performance and aesthetic requirements of the team. Contact us today to review options for your project.

  • November 14, 2016
    There are dozens, if not hundreds, of unique metal panel systems available from top industry manufactures like Centria, VMZINC, Altech, Ceilings Plus and more. Most are designed for exterior use as facades or rainscreens on commercial, industrial or residential buildings, though some can also serve as roof surfaces. A few exterior panel systems can also be used on the interior, while companies like Ceilings Plus focus exclusively on interior panel systems for walls and ceilings. Metal panel systems come in numerous styles, depending on the manufacturer. Centria offers several lines of single-skin panels, with dozens of profile designs and either concealed or exposed fasteners. They also have several types of insulated panel systems, including the Formawall, Versawall and Intercept series. VMZINC offers a variety of rainscreen options, including corrugated, flat lock, interlocking and single or dual-lock standing-seam panels. They also feature a unique diamond-shaped panel, the Adeka series, as well as cassette and composite panels. Altech offers a wide variety of aluminum composite panels, such as the Accu-Trac and R-Trac series, which can be used for either interior or exterior purposes. Celinings Plus features a unique line of aluminum-core panels for the interior, featuring either painted or wood-grain surfaces.
  • April 3, 2016
    Ready to install a new metal panel system on your building?
    Before you roll up your sleeves, make sure you've accounted for these important considerations to ensure everything goes smoothly:

    Take note of potential panel movement. Metal panel systems do have a higher tendency to expand and shift when compared to more inflexible building materials like masonry cladding. This isn't the end of the world, but it is something that should be taken into account during the installation process. Space the joints between panels wide enough to anticipate thermal expansion and other potential movement. A good rule of thumb is between a quarter inch to one inch depending on the panel's size, but you should contact a professional for a second opinion if you're unsure. Double-check all the fasteners being used.

    Be sure to choose fasteners that are compatible to the metal panel substrate of your metal panel systems. Selecting metals that are dissimilar or work against each other can result in corrosion which will compromise the otherwise outstanding qualities of metal panel systems, such as units' longevity and durability. For example, galvanized steel fasteners should never be used with aluminum panels, rather you'll want to use either aluminum fasteners of the same grade or 300 series stainless steel fasteners.
  • Things to consider when installing metal panel systems ?

    Published by on September 14, 2015

    There are a number of things you need to consider when installing metal panel systems. From costs to benefits and potential pitfalls, you need to carefully evaluate every step you take.

    1. Ensure that all fasteners are compatible with the metal panel substrate

    Using a fastener that is dissimilar to the metal panel (MP) substrate can result in corrosion between the metals. Such corrosion can compromise the aesthetics, integrity, and performance of the metal panel system. To avoid this, you should choose fasteners made from the same material as the metal panel system.

    For instance, galvanized steel fasteners (which are rather common) cannot be used with aluminum panels. According to the Metal Construction Association (MCA), if you’re working with aluminum panels, the only two types of fasteners that can be used are aluminum fasteners and 300-series stainless steel fasteners.

    2. Specify colors early enough in the design

    At Wade Architectural Systems, we believe that if you're going to need color for your metal panel systems, then it is best to research and decide on the specific colors well in advance. The choice of color is typically limited to your local climate. Since most panels are insulated, extreme heat or cold can cause temperature differentials between the outer surface and the liner side of the panel, potentially leading to stress within the panel. This problem is particularly common when certain colors are used in extreme climates.

    For instance, on a sunny winter day, a dark-colored panel face may expand as it absorbs more heat. The liner side of the panel, meanwhile, is insulated from the face and may therefore not receive as much heat to generate uniform expansion. This irregular expansion can cause the panel to blow.

    3. Make provisions for panel movement

    Compared to other building materials such as concrete or masonry claddings, metal panel systems have a higher propensity to expand. For this reason, metal panel systems should be afforded special treatment. Designers of these systems must calculate the expected thermal movement due to variation in temperature and account for this in the final design. Joints between panels must be spaced wide enough to cater for thermal expansion and any differential movement between panels. Depending on other factors such as panel size, panel location, and tolerance issues, joint sizes can vary from one-quarter inch for small panels up to one-inch wide for large panels.

    4. Follow the product manual

    Metal panels are highly engineered systems that perform more than just one function. Most metal panel systems act as water barriers, thermal insulators, air barriers and so on. You need to install the joinery as instructed in the manufacturer manual to ensure that your metal panel systems perform all their intended functions effectively. Manufacturers have very specific fastening techniques for their products. If you’re not certain about the procedures, there is no harm in contacting the manufacturer.

    Wade Architectural Systems provides some of the highest quality metal panel systems in the market. Contact us today to learn more.