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Metal Panels Vs. Traditional Building Materials

Metal Panels vs Traditional Building Materials

Oftentimes when making a purchase, we must ask what makes one product superior to another. This goes for our groceries, appliances, and the same should go towards building materials. What would make you choose one over the other? The answer is simple! The superior product is the one that saves you money and time. So let’s take a look at how insulated metal panels compare to other traditional building materials in cost and lifespan.

Traditional Materials

Framing, insulating, and siding all take time to install. Not to mention it can mean hiring additional trades to come in and complete one of the jobs. Not only does this lengthen the cost of your build, but increases the price as well. 

As far as materials go, generally speaking reinforced concrete can last anywhere from 30 to 60 years. While masonry or timber can last up to 100! Masonry and timber absolutely compete with metal panels in terms of lifespan. However, many building owners fail to consider the cost of maintaining and operating the structure.

Overall, these structures require far more upkeep and maintenance than metal panels. Think termite prevention, tuckpointing, repairs, repainting, water sealing, and more.

Metal Panels

Using insulated metal panels as your building material can cut down building time as well as labor costs. These panels take care of the frame, insulation, wrap, vapour barrier, sheathing, siding, and interior finish all in one easy step. The type of metal you choose to go with will determine the lifespan of your panel. For instance, copper panels can last well over 200 years, while steel lasts around 80.

Environmental factors should also be taken into consideration. Durable metal panels can resist hurricane force winds, easily outperforming other materials in wind events. Choosing to use metal panels opposed to traditional materials can also help protect your business from fire thanks to their flame resistant foam core.

Finally, consider the environmental impact of your building material. Recycling concrete is NOT economical, and at the end of the building’s lifespan this material often ends up in our already overflowing landfills. On the other hand, metal panels, which are already made from recycled material, are also 100% recyclable at the end of their use! Extending their lifespan again and again.

Ultimately, the choice between using a metal panel versus traditional materials comes down to your timeline, budget, envisioned design, and environmental factors. Wondering if metal panels are right for your project? Contact our team today to learn more. We will be happy to answer any of your questions at  1.855.838.9393 or info@londonecometal.com!