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.
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/.
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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.
Published by Christy Serafini 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.