During the last decade, the construction industry has seen an evolution of finishes and applications. This has changed the way metal panels are being designed—they are no longer viewed just as a durable means to enclose a building. This change in perception can be seen in the adoption of a complex metal rainscreen system comprising interlacing patterns to form beautiful, complex façades.
Irregularly sized zinc-colored metal panels provide an interesting visual feature on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library. Comprising aluminum composite material (ACM) panels with a zinc patina finish, the panels juxtapose with smooth-surface materials to bring a complexity and depth to the Iowa building’s façade.
Curtain walls are often the focal point of aesthetic design for a multi-story building. Behind the attractive façade are the pedestrian, yet arguably more important, functional components that ensure safety and reliability—fasteners that transfer loads both imposed and experienced by the assembly to the building’s structural framework.
Recognized as sustainable, durable building components, metal roofs are used in various applications. The performance of the assembly’s panels depends on the metal substrate, metallic layer, and exterior coating.
Some modern architectural designs use newer materials and metal panel assemblies for roofing applications, many of which are not intended to be used as roofing and, therefore, may not be well-suited for it.