If you can dream it, you can pretty much make it a reality when it comes to finishes for your metal building. The options, in colors and types of finishes, are almost endless.
When ordering your building, you will be asked to choose the color of the roof, walls, and the trim pieces, and you will have a choice of siding options for the exterior of your building. Each manufacturer will have different options, so be sure to shop around.
We’re going to look at the options that are available for metal building exterior finishes and colors. And if you happen to have an idea that isn’t listed here, feel free to reach out to your metal building supplier, because they can probably make it happen.
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When selecting your metal building finishes, you have the option to choose colors for your roof, walls, and the trim pieces. The number of possible color combinations are only limited by your imagination.
Each manufacturer will have their set of standard colors to choose from. They will usually offer custom colors, for an additional cost. Keep in mind that metal buildings are designed to last 20-50 years, so today’s trendy color may not be as attractive in 50 years.
You will also want to consider how the colors you select will affect the interior temperature of the building. Dark colors will attract and hold in heat, and lighter colors will reflect the heat, keeping the building cooler.
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No matter what type of exterior style you are looking for, whether it is the traditional metal building look or a more custom mix of materials, you can do it with a metal building.
Corrugated metal siding
Metal wall panels are mechanically attached to the steel building structure, and they have what could be called the “traditional metal building look.” The panels have raised ribs that run vertically from the roof to the ground or the bottom of the panel.
Metal building suppliers provide different metal wall thicknesses, measured in gauges. Unlike other materials, the higher the number, the thinner the material is. So, a 26-gauge wall panel is thicker than 24-gauge panel. And, the gauges are not consistent across different kinds of metal. Keep this in mind when comparing buildings.
There are a couple of ways to get the “look” of rock, brick, or stone on your building. One way is to replace the metal wall panels with actual rock, brick, or stone. The manufacturer will omit the usual wall panels, and you or a contractor can install the rock or brick. Make sure that you include structural reinforcement, such as rebar, in the wall to maintain the structural integrity.
You can also get the “look” of rock, brick, or stone by using GenStone, a metal panel system that has the look of these materials. It is cast from real stone or brick and is hand-painted with 12 coats of durable exterior paint to give it an authentic look. It is easy to install and can even be added to an existing building. GenStone can be purchased as part of your metal building package or separately from big box home improvement stores.
If you would prefer a stucco look without the real stucco price, you can use a spray that gives your building a stucco-like finish or install stucco panels. The spray can be installed on top of the standard corrugated metal wall panels or sprayed on foam boards for a flat look, while the stucco panels are installed like traditional siding.
Similar to rock or brick, you have the option of using real stucco in place of the metal wall panels for your building. Keep in mind that if you are adding a stucco finish without the standard metal wall panels, additional beams may be required.
Wood or shiplap siding can be used instead of the standard metal wall panels if you prefer the natural wood look. The sides of the building are left open, and the siding system is installed directly to the structural support system. Additional beams may be required.
As you can see, you can finish a metal building in as many ways as you can finish a stick-built building. Make sure that you investigate all the options, so you are getting the best look for your building.
Keep in mind that some cities or locations have restrictions on the colors and materials that can be used on the exterior of buildings. This can be due to neighbourhood restrictions or historical districts. Make sure you research these restrictions, if they exist, before you select the colors for your metal building.