Metal Cladding Systems

The metal cladding has many applications in construction. This type of construction material is popular for use in the construction of homes, schools, buildings, and pre-construction projects. Cladding can also be used to protect expensive art collections and delicate furniture from damage. The cladding does not add structural weight but rather is designed to withstand the weight of the materials that are placed on it.

Description: The composition of metal cladding products is typically comprised of aluminum, tin, copper, or brass. Description of metal cladding systems will indicate the method of mounting the individual components. Aluminum is typically used in the cladding of the outside structure of the building envelope. Tin and copper can be used as cladding components for the inside of the building envelope. Copper is frequently applied to reinforce the strength of the roof system of a building envelope.

Applications: The many applications of metal cladding products are evident in the diverse styles and designs that are available. Metal cladding can be used to strengthen the roof system of a building envelope. Frank Gehry's metal roof cladding system has been used to strengthen the roof structure of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. The system was also used to strengthen the structures of the antennae, chimneys, and other external buildings. Other applications include the repair of fire escapes and airplane hanger floors.

Materials: The primary component in the formation of metal cladding products is aluminum and tin. The combination of these materials creates an extremely strong barrier. The secondary metal in the cladding system is copper. Many businesses use a combination of these three materials because of their effectiveness in deterring rain, snow, and other weather conditions. One application of Frank Gehry's stainless steel backed by a copper metal skin has been used to support the roof structure of an apartment building in San Francisco, California.

Colors: The color of metal cladding can vary. Copper, for instance, is white on the outside but has a black or green lining on the inside. Stainless steel is a commonly seen metal cladding in black, gray, or white. Some buildings may have double-sided aluminum or stainless steel that has black and green panels that allow light to enter a room.

Protection: Although the primary function of metal cladding systems is to prevent external rain, they also prevent rainwater from leaking into the building envelope. These systems are effective at stopping rainwater from reaching the interior surfaces of the building envelope. This allows for reduced energy consumption and heating costs. These materials are resistant to oil, grease, and corrosion, and are very durable. Many experts believe that these materials are the best choice for any building, whether they are residential or industrial, because of their longevity, durability, and resistance to weather and environmental extremes.

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