The use of post-frame construction as a format for various structures has been increasing heavily in recent years, and certain panel and fastener materials tend to be particularly ideal for these applications. Metal panels, especially those with visible fasteners, are some of the most popular for use in post-frame construction – and there are a few key reasons why.
At Mid Michigan Metal Sales, we’re proud to offer a huge range of metal roofing, siding and other building products for clients around Michigan, including exposed fastener metal roof panels and several related options. What exactly is post-frame construction, and what are some of the qualities that exposed fastener metal panels bring that make them ideal for this setting in many cases? Here are some basics.
What is Post-Frame Construction?
For those just learning about it for the first time, post-frame construction is a building format that’s been around for centuries, but has only recently become more widely used in various applications. It utilizes large columns (usually made of wood) placed at key intervals to form the structural support for buildings – these are generally spaced farther apart than load-bearing walls in traditional structures, allowing for cost savings and other positives.
This allows for both vertical and horizontal support for walls and other building elements, plus more efficient weight distribution. The design of post-frame construction also allows for easier expansion or contraction as needed in the future.
More and more often, exposed fastener metal panels are being used for this kind of construction – both for roofing and for other areas. Our next few sections will go over why this is the case, and the key qualities these items bring to the table.
Versatile Design Options
One of the first and most notable benefits of exposed fastener metal panels is their wide range of design options. These panels come in a huge variety of colors, textures and patterns, allowing for truly customized looks that can fit any building or project aesthetic. Plus, we offer several different profile options here at Mid Michigan Metal Sales to fit your needs.
For instance, if you’re looking for a “rustic” appearance, there are several metal panels with this kind of finish that are perfect for post-frame construction. Other options include those with a traditional standing seam profile, or corrugated designs that add visual interest and texture to the building facade.
In addition, exposed fastener metal panels are highly cost-effective compared to other building materials such as wood or asphalt. This is especially true when it comes to post-frame construction, where the larger spacing between supports means you need fewer materials overall.
In addition, these panels are lightweight and easy to install, which can save time and labor costs during construction. And because they have a long lifespan and require minimal maintenance, they can provide cost savings over the life of the building as well.
Naturally, any structure needs to be strong and durable, and exposed fastener metal panels are no exception. These panels are made of high-quality steel or aluminum, making them incredibly strong and able to withstand harsh weather conditions.
In post-frame construction, this strength is particularly important due to the wider spacing between supports – each panel must be able to support more weight on its own. But with exposed fastener metal panels, you can rest easy knowing your building is well-protected and will stand the test of time.
There are actually multiple ways in which exposed fastener metal panels can be a more sustainable choice for post-frame construction. For starters, they are energy-efficient and can help reduce heating and cooling costs in the building.
But from an environmental standpoint, these panels also often contain recycled content, reducing their impact on the planet. And when it does come time to replace them decades down the line, they can easily be recycled again.
Extremely Simple Maintenance
Furthermore, maintaining exposed fastener metal panels is incredibly simple. They are resistant to rust, rot and other forms of wear and tear, meaning they require very little upkeep over the years.
And if there is ever an issue with one of the panels, it can be easily replaced without disrupting the entire roof or building structure – a major benefit for post-frame construction.
Overall, exposed fastener metal panels bring a variety of key benefits to post-frame construction, making them an ideal choice for many different projects. If you have any questions about these or any of our other building products, don’t hesitate to contact us at Mid Michigan Metal Sales today. We’re here to help with all your post-frame construction needs and other metal roofing, siding or related projects around Michigan!