For steel frame buildings, a cladding system is one of the most important aspects of their design. As the primary skin of the structure, it serves as the face of the building that defines its visual appearance. Beyond the aesthetic function, however, cladding also performs a number of other critical functions that help makes a steel building usable. It provides the building with protection and security from the environment and also contributes to the life cycle costing, maintenance and durability of the structure.
There are a number of cladding materials available for steel building use. Some of the most notable ones include stone, concrete, glass and plastics. However, if you want something that will complement your steel structure and at the same time will add years to its service life, you might want to consider opting for profiled walls.
Profile walls: a brief description Simply put, a profiled wall system is a metal cladding that features trapezoidal, half round or sinusoidal profiles. They are fabricated by feedings sheets of steel or aluminum through banks of forming rollers that give them their unique profiles. Why opt for profiled walls? If you own a steel frame building and you are planning to replace its existing cladding system, there are a number of good reasons why profiled walls are worth your consideration.
Aesthetic value Profiled walls come in a range of profiles, colors, orientations and aesthetic finishes. Thus, if you place high value on the appearance of your steel structure, this array of selections allows you to pick panels that will complement your need for personalization, letting you express your personality and style as the building owner.
Watertight Water is one of the biggest sources of frequent maintenance and repair problems for buildings. Regardless if it is in the form of snow, ice or wind-driven rain, water can find its way inside your building even through the smallest openings in a wall. When that happens, water will damage your building’s components and cause discomfort to its occupants and, ultimately, cause the eventual deterioration of the building as a result of corrosion or saturated insulation.
Profiled walls help combat water infiltration as all their components work together to create a tight envelope around the building where no water can get through. Likewise, since they are protected with a premium quality coating that is impervious to water and its effects, the walls themselves will not easily succumb to rusting.
Fire protection Another desirable quality of profiled wall panels is that they can prevent either the start or spread of a fire. As opposed to other cladding systems that get easily burned, it has been found that profiled walls can withstand prolonged exposure to fire without losing their structural integrity and without passing on the fire into nearby steel framing. Thus, they provide more protection to you and other occupants in the event of accidental fires.
Support insulation Profiled wall panels are also designed for thermal performance as they readily accommodate a number of insulating materials. For instance, in a vertical orientation system, a quilt insulation can be easily integrated without sagging because spacers run horizontally across the walls, keeping the insulation in place. As such, the insulation performs better in maintaining the temperature indoors while keeping condensation at bay.
Jessie Moore is a writer who is particularly interested in writing insightful posts about steel frame building technology. She is currently a regular contributor for Steel Buildings UK.