flexiblefullpage -
billboard - default
interstitial1 - interstitial
Currently Reading

All metal panels are not created equal

billboard - default
interstitial1 - interstitial
Sponsored Content

All metal panels are not created equal


Metl-Span | November 13, 2019

Specifying the proper building materials is a crucial decision for every building project.

In fact, it can mean the difference between a building that achieves high R-values over the life of the building and one that leaves your facility susceptible to reduced R-value and weather penetration over time.

Thanks to their appealing combination of weather-resistance, durability and modern, sleek lines with a variety of profiles, metal panels have become an increasingly attractive choice for commercial, industrial and architectural applications.

Yet, all metal panels are not created equal. Specifically, insulated metal panels (IMPs) present several added benefits when stacked up against single-skin metal panels, which must be installed with a separate insulation system. In comparison to single-skin panels, Metl-Span IMPs deliver superior performance and aesthetic advantages that can help to make your building’s exterior stand the test of time.

 

Metl-Span IMP (Insulated Metal Panel), an all-in-one solution  

 

Performance Perks

Metl-Span IMPs deliver unparalleled performance with their all-in-one panel assembly, creating extremely effective air, vapor, water and thermal barriers without additional components.

Single-skin metal panels are typically specified to act as either a barrier wall or a rainscreen system. Despite their applications, single-skin panels still lack the performance standards of Metl-Span IMPs.

Barrier Walls – In this application, single-skin panels are designed to resist weather penetration without a backup drainage plane. It is typically used with fiberglass batt or blanket insulation, which must be allowed to fully expand within the wall cavity to reach its rated R-values and is subject to thermal shorts at all structural support locations. Taped seams connecting each batt and blanket also lose integrity over time, allowing unwanted air and vapor infiltration. This system also lacks redundancy and any water that breaches the panel system can get into the wall cavity, saturating the insulation and greatly reducing its R-value.   

Metl-Span IMPs combat these issues with continuous insulation. They are typically available in widths of up to 42” for exterior applications, saving installation time and cost. These wider module panels reduce the number of panel joints, providing further protection against moisture infiltration. IMPs also feature unique concealed fastener joinery to eliminate thermal bridging almost entirely.

Rainscreen Systems – Rainscreens provide the outer water-shedding layer, while an additional drainage plane—or backup wall assembly—provides secondary water protection and primary air, vapor and thermal protection. Single-skin panels are qualified to meet these demands, yet typically involve more complex detailing, more coordination between the wall trades and additional time and money due to multiple-layer wall construction. In contrast, IMPs are very effective at providing a unitized backup wall assembly for rainscreen construction due to their all-in-one construction.

 

Multi-component wall assembly with single skin metal panels

 

Design Decisions

A building’s façade should create an inviting environment, as it is every visitor’s first impression. With this in mind, it is critical for building materials to offer design flexibility to match the project’s aesthetic vision—whatever that may be.

In addition to their superior performance qualities, Metl-Span IMPs also deliver a wide range of aesthetic benefits. Metl-Span IMPs are available for both vertical and horizontal applications in profiles ranging from flat, striated and planked to deep ribbed, and in textures including smooth, embossed, heavy embossed and texture coated. With concealed fasteners, Metl-Span IMPs provide sleek aesthetics without unsightly exterior fasteners, while also eliminating the need for metal flashings, thanks to pre-formed corners and trimless ends.

With so many options available in today’s construction landscape, choosing the best product for your façade can be a daunting task. Metl-Span insulated metal panels provide a myriad of options that meet all your design and performance needs.

To learn more about the value of IMPs, contact a Metl-Span representative.

More from Author

Metl-Span | Nov 5, 2020

Metl-Span Delivers Lesson in Energy Efficiency at California Charter School

How do you construct a net-zero energy, state-of-the-art charter school that also reflects the area’s heritage? Designers for Rocketship Delta Prep School in Antioch, California, went to the head of the class by tapping into the energy efficiency and versatility of Metl-Span’s insulated metal panels.

Metl-Span | Aug 6, 2020

California instructional facility locks down Metl-Span solution for performance, efficiency

Designers charged with envisioning a new educational facility for the incarcerated turned to Metl-Span’s HPCI Barrier Wall Panels for the exterior walls. The result: A LEED-certified, award-winning building.  

Metl-Span | Dec 4, 2019

Insulated metal panels offer desired economic aesthetics for winery, hospitality center

Zialena Winery sits on a 120-acre property and dates back to the early 1900s when Giuseppe Mazzoni immigrated from Italy to become a grape farmer and winemaker.

Metl-Span | Oct 23, 2019

Protect IMP panels on job sites

Construction is tough enough without finding your IMPs have been damaged before they could go up. Following a few tips can keep them pristine no matter how long they sit on the site.

Metl-Span | Oct 9, 2019

Benefits of specifying insulated metal panels

Metl-Span's IMPs consistently pass or exceed code requirements involving air, water, vapor and thermal performance. 

Metl-Span | Aug 30, 2019

Multi-Story Design Considerations When Using Horizontal Insulated Metal Panels

Horizontally installed IMPs require a healthy amount of coordination with the project’s design team.

Metl-Span | Aug 20, 2019

Massachusetts office building goes from retro to retrofit

Metl-Span® Insulated Metal Panels transform 54 West Middlesex Turnpike.

Metl-Span | Jul 31, 2019

Profile depth of Metl-Span’s Insul-Rib panels provides ‘shape and shadow’

The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wis., was constructed to fit into its site where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet.

Metl-Span | May 24, 2019

Structural Insulated Panels and Foamed in Place Insulated Panels

We discuss the characteristics of structural insulated panels and insulated metal panels, then layout the best use of each.

boombox2 -
native1 -
halfpage1 -

Most Popular Content

  1. 2021 Giants 400 Report
  2. Top 150 Architecture Firms for 2019
  3. 13 projects that represent the future of affordable housing
  4. Sagrada Familia completion date pushed back due to coronavirus
  5. Top 160 Architecture Firms 2021

 


Magazine Subscription
Subscribe

Get our Newsletters

Each day, our editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Subscribe

Follow BD+C: