Architectural Sheet Metal Installation
Sleek Metal Gutters, Overhangs, Soffits & More
Sheet metal is a versatile material that is commonly used in architectural applications due to its durability, flexibility, and aesthetic appeal. It is often used for roofing, cladding, flashing, and other decorative or functional elements in buildings. Aluminum composite panels, standing seam roof panels, soffit and fascia systems, flashing and trim have all become increasingly popular options for roofing and exterior cladding on commercial buildings—and even residential construction. By far, though, the most common use is for roofing.
Architectural Sheet Metal Built to last
The clean, modern look, ease of installation, and low maintenance are all compelling features of architectural sheet metal, but there’s more to the story. Sheet metal roofing is a popular application due to its longevity, resistance to weathering, and low maintenance requirements. It can be installed in various styles, such as standing seam roofs, corrugated roofs, or shingle-like systems. Proper installation techniques ensure water-tightness and durability. Metal roofs are exceptionally strong, will last much longer than conventional roofing (typically 50 years), and can reduce cooling costs by 10% to 20%. And when it’s time to re-roof, a metal roof can be recycled.
Uses for Architectural Sheet Metal
Architectural sheet metal has a wide range of uses in building design and construction. Here are some common applications:
Roofing: Sheet metal can be formed into various profiles, such as standing seam roofs, corrugated roofs, or flat sheets, to provide a durable and visually pleasing roof covering.
Cladding: Sheet metal can be used as metal panels, shingles, or composite systems for cladding the exterior walls of buildings to provide protection, insulation, and enhance the building's appearance.
Flashing: Flashing is crucial for preventing water infiltration at vulnerable areas of a building, such as roof valleys, chimneys, windows, and doors. Architectural sheet metal is commonly used for flashing due to its ability to resist moisture and provide a watertight barrier.
Ornamental Features: Sheet metal is often utilized to create decorative and ornamental features in building design. This includes elements such as cornices, finials, column covers, copings, and fascia. These features add visual interest, character, and elegance to a building's exterior.
Rainwater Systems: Architectural sheet metal is commonly used in the fabrication of rainwater systems, including gutters, downspouts, and rainwater collectors. These systems collect and channel rainwater away from the building, preventing water damage and ensuring proper drainage.
Interior Design: Sheet metal can be used to create unique and eye-catching features. It can be employed for wall panels, ceilings, decorative screens, partitions, and metal artwork. Its versatility allows for various finishes and textures, adding an industrial or modern aesthetic to interior spaces.
Signage and Branding: Sheet metal can be formed into custom letters, logos, and plaques to display a building's name, business logos, or other identifying information.
Sculptures and Art Installations: Due to its malleability and versatility, architectural sheet metal allows artists and designers to explore unique forms and create visually stunning artworks and is used for creating sculptures and art installations in public spaces or as part of building interiors.
Acoustic Applications: Sheet metal can be used in architectural acoustics to control sound reflections and enhance acoustic performance. Perforated metal panels, for example, can be applied to walls or ceilings to reduce noise reverberation in spaces such as auditoriums, theaters, or concert halls.
Structural Support: In some cases, architectural sheet metal may be incorporated into building elements such as beams, columns, or trusses to provide support and stability.
Custom sheet metal installation
Our main supplier, Petersen Aluminum, offers a wide range of painted and anodized panels in gauges ranging from .032 to .050, as well as corrugated panels. We can also special order insulated metal panels from Petersen. Every architectural sheet metal project we install is custom-made in our Milwaukee facility and installed to exact specifications by our crew.
Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the longevity and performance of architectural sheet metal installations. This may include inspections, cleaning, repair of damaged components, and recoating or repainting when necessary.