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Tin is so in right now, and homeowners across the US are remodeling with corrugated metal interest pieces inside and out. Take advantage of your free time during quarantine to start a new project or to finish up an old one. From showers to interiors to DIY garage bars and sheds, corrugated metal elements bring texture and subtlety to interior and exterior design features. Corrugated metal can bring the softness of other elements into harmony with a more masculine feature.

Corrugated metal adds a lot of personality to a variety of areas of the home and makes them feel more welcoming and unassuming. That’s part of why we see it popping up everywhere from shed siding to alcoves to bars and shower stalls. Let’s examine a few DIY design ideas for your next quarantine project.

DIY Garage Bars and Sheds

One of the unfortunate realities of city living is looking out the window and seeing the same house repeatedly all the way down the block. Add some spice and individuality to your backyard and re-side your shed. Corrugated metal siding for sheds is an easy weekend project. 

All you need is a few tools and supplies and a helping hand to hold up each 36″ wide sheet. You can cut thicker corrugated metal with a circular saw or thinner sheets with tin snips.

Building a shed with corrugated metal is a lot cheaper than building one with wood. Building a shed with wood requires you to purchase expensive plywood sheets. Not only do you have to pay more for plywood, but you must also put siding over it or your shed will be ruined by the elements in a few years. 

It will also look terrible without siding. Siding is expensive. Corrugated metal sheets are quite literally half the price of plywood alone, and it doesn’t need to be covered. You put it up and that’s it. It’s an affordable, attractive and maintenance-free option for siding your shed.

You can coordinate the look of your backyard shed by building a corrugated metal garage bar or residing the bar you have now. Using corrugated metal to make bars is unique and eliminates some of the traditional challenges of building with wood. Bar frames are traditionally built with curved ends. If that’s how your bar frame looks, you’ll love using metal. 

Depending on the thickness of corrugated metal used, it’s easy to bend and form around a wood frame. There are fewer places to measure and cut because the metal comes in three-foot-wide sheets, making it a much faster and easier material to use.

Once the metal is up on the bar frame, that’s all you have to do. It doesn’t have to be sanded, varnished, waxed, painted or maintained other than giving it a good wipe-down occasionally. 

The best part is that stainless steel corrugated metal doesn’t rust. If you want the weathered, rusty look, just use corrugated tin. You can spray it with certain chemicals and give it an immediate rustic appeal, too.

Make Room for Metal

Not only is corrugated metal easier to build with than wood, using metal is more environmentally friendly, as it can be recycled or repurposed for other projects more easily. 

The opportunity cost of harvesting metal is lower than wood over the long-run, and in many cases, it lasts a lot longer than wood. It takes a hundred years to grow hardwood trees. Metal only has to be mined once. It takes hours to melt and mold metal.

Not only is corrugated metal more environmentally friendly than using all wood in DIY projects, but it’s also more structurally sound. It doesn’t mold when it gets wet. It can withstand storms that wood can’t handle. 

It doesn’t have to be painted, though it can be if that’s what you want. It’s harder and stronger, it doesn’t warp from moisture, it’s easy to clean, and very durable. Wood has its place and certainly isn’t obsolete, but if it’s all you’re using in DIY projects, it’s time to find other materials to incorporate into your projects.

The Protective Power of Metal

Corrugated metal is a unique material, especially if it’s made from stainless steel. It’s much stronger than plastic and won’t wear down from UV rays. Water won’t make it break down into micro-particles and pollute the environment. It’s naturally occurring, so if something does happen to it and it breaks down, it’s just a natural material going back into the earth.

Corrugated metal is very strong, especially in thicker sheets. The only thing that can really do much damage to it is extreme blunt force, very high wind or blistering heat. The same can’t be said for plastic or wood. Many builders are pushing corrugated metal roofing and siding because it means less warranty work for them later and fewer hassles for homeowners indefinitely.

Corrugated metal is easy to maintain. All you have to do is hose it down or brush it off if it gets dirty. If a metal roof is damaged or leaking, it’s easier to tell where the leak is coming from than it is with a traditional shingled roof. 

Making repairs is much faster too, as it’s just one large sheet to replace rather than hundreds or thousands of shingles to replace. Alternatively, the metal can be patched with a quick weld job. It’s also easier to install solar panels on metal roofs than on shingled roofs.

Many builders and homeowners strongly prefer using metal over other types of construction materials. It’s a lot harder to damage corrugated metal siding than it is to damage vinyl siding. Both look nice, but we know metal will last decades longer.

Quarantine time is the best time to finish projects around the house. Take advantage of the pandemic and use your free time to build sheds, re-side outbuildings, and build or refinish garage bars with corrugated metal. Find out more about pricing or sign up for great deals and tips about how to use corrugated metal in your DIY projects.

Metal roofs are quickly becoming the preferred option for new builds and replacement roofs among homeowners. Especially if you are looking for a high-quality, reliable roofing system that compliments the style of your home. It’s true that metal roofs do cost more to install than some other types of roofs. However, the higher initial cost is quickly offset by the savings realized by not having to replace the roof for decades.

Not only are metal roofs fantastic from a return-on-investment perspective, but roofing metal is widely regarded as the most environmentally-responsible choice. After all, the roof is the single largest structural component in your home. The materials you use for your roof can have a significant impact on your home’s carbon footprint and environmental impact.

8 Environmental Benefits of Metal Roofing

1) Roofing metal is manufactured from recycled metal

The raw material used to create metal roofing comes from a variety of consumer, government and industrial sources. Your new metal roof could be made from up to 95% recycled metal sourced from products such as discarded car parts or soda cans, or manufacturing plant waste. This means virtually no non-renewable resources are used to make roofing metal, and that’s a win for the environment.

2) Metal roofing is nearly 100% recyclable

Once your metal roof reaches the end of its functional life, it won’t wind up in the landfill like traditional asphalt shingle roofing tiles do. Your old roof will be diverted to an approved recycling facility. It will be sorted, graded and sent out to be re-manufactured into new products such as playground structures, metal beams or perhaps even more metal roofing.

3) Metal roofs last a long, long time

According to research by State Farm Insurance, the average lifespan of a high-quality, professionally installed metal roof is between 40 and 70 years. By comparison, traditional asphalt roofs are generally expected to last just 12-20 years. The cost of maintaining your roof over time is significantly higher with asphalt shingles. However, every time an asphalt roof is replaced all that debris usually ends up in a landfill.

4) Roofing metal is exceptionally energy-efficient

One of the lesser-known benefits of metal roofing is that it is exceptionally energy-efficient in comparison to other roofing materials. Metal is particularly good at reflecting solar rays, and that goes a long way towards keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer months. Unlike asphalt shingles that trap and retain heat, metal doesn’t hold heat in the same way, and that can lead to lower home energy consumption.

Metal roofing can be pre-coated with a cool roof coating by the manufacturer to increase the reflective properties, helping you achieve even greater energy savings. You can also opt for a light-colored roof to maximize the solar reflective benefits.

5) Metal roofing stands up to tough weather conditions

Insurance companies love metal roofs because these roofs tend to fare much better than other roofing materials. They are great during extreme weather events such as high winds, torrential rains and heavy snow loads.

Some metal roofs can hold up to wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour, and this type of roofing is naturally impact-resistant. Because metal roofs are so durable, they don’t need to be repaired or replaced as frequently as other types of roofs. That’s good for your wallet and the environment.

6) Metal roofs are naturally flame-resistant

Evolving climate conditions mean that many areas are seeking extended periods of long, dry weather, and that leads to an increased risk of forest fires. Although no roof is completely fireproof, a metal roof won’t spark and easily combust like other materials will. This can help reduce the chances that your home or cottage will wind up being fuel for a fire that devastates habitat for wildlife.

According to the U.S. government, “the roof is the most vulnerable part of a building during a fire”, and roofs made from shakes or shingles can be “serious hazards to the buildings on which they are installed…..also to any other buildings downwind from them which are similarly roofed.” Having a metal roof on your home can literally help stop a wildfire in its tracks.

7) Solar systems can be easily installed on metal roofs

Are you considering installing solar panels to help cut your non-renewable energy use and make your property more energy-efficient? It’s important to know that solar systems can’t be installed on some types of roofs. 

Metal roofs are highly compatible with solar systems because these roofs are durable, long-lasting and relatively lightweight. This is an important consideration when determining whether the roof structure in your home can safely handle the added load of a solar collection system. This is especially true if your plans include a roof-mounted solar hot water system, as these systems add a significant amount of weight to your roof trusses.

8) Metal roof come in a huge variety of factory colors

Another one of the environmental benefits of metal roofing is the fact that roofing metal now comes in a huge variety of colors right from the factory. This means you won’t have to use paint to get the color you want for your roof. Not using paint reduces your carbon footprint and conserves resources, and that’s a win when it comes to protecting the environment.

Have questions about the benefits of metal roofing?

To learn more about why roofing metal is the material of choice among homeowners, developers and property investors, give us a call or complete our online contact form. If you haven’t looked at metal roofs lately, you’ll be surprised at the wide range of modern, designer colors available in today’s roofing metal

Past trends influencing home improvement and home design styles have encompassed everything from eclectic to mid-century modern to shabby-chic. But one of the most enduring home improvement movements driven by our desire to live more simply and frugally is the return to rustic, “farmhouse” designs exemplified by corrugated metal.

Why Use Corrugated Metal for Home Improvement Projects?

Corrugated Metal

Corrugated metal is actually corrugated steel with a significantly stronger tensile rating than wood. It is the corrugations (grooves) in corrugated metal that makes it so much more durable and easier to maintain than wood and other porous materials. Corrugated metal is also highly resistant to high impacts and extreme weight loads. Grooves also enhance the ability of corrugated metal to shed water quickly and easily.

In addition to being one of the most popular roofing and building materials, corrugated metal is now the hottest thing in home improvement and home design projects.

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Interior Walls

Corrugated metal sheets make stunning temporary or permanent dividing walls for projects involving conversions of one room into two different rooms. Sheets can be erected from the floor up or cut into squares that can be hung from the ceiling. You can also paint corrugated metal interior walls/dividers to add color and personality to open-air homes or homes with large rooms.

Corrugated Paneling

Since the beginning of the 21st century, home improvement DIYers have been happily discovering the advantages to using corrugated metal instead of less versatile wood paneling. As an alternative to wood paneling or just plain drywall, corrugated paneling is a great way to remodel childrens’ rooms. Kids will love helping you redecorate their room with corrugated metal paneling. Let them draw pictures using poster paint, write their names in their favorite color paint or accessorize paneling with stickers. Corrugated metal paneling also makes the perfect background for painted-on water scenes featuring sailboats riding “corrugated” waves.

Home Improvement Project–Basement Storm Shelter

If you rely on a cellar or basement for shelter from tornadoes or other severe weather events, did you know that corrugated metal panels can strengthen walls and reinforce the shelter’s entrance? Placing sheets over earthen or non-cement walls offers excellent protection from dangerously strong winds. The extra sense of security provided by corrugated metal panels fortifying walls will help you and your family feel safer during severe weather.

Backsplash in Kitchens

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Ceramic tile backsplashes are out and corrugated metal is considered de rigeur when it comes to decorating areas behind kitchen sinks, countertops and appliances. Nothing looks more delightfully rustic and old-world modern than using corrugated metal as a backsplash.

Did we mention how easy it is to maintain and clean corrugated metal?

Clean Corrugated Metal

How to Clean Corrugated Metal

All you need to clean interior corrugated metal panels, walls or backsplash is mild detergent and water. Never use bleach on corrugated metal. It will alter the finished color and leave metal looking dull and damaged.

To remove dirt or other water-soluble materials from corrugated metal, use a mixture of hot water and stronger detergent (again, no bleach!). Gently scrubbing dirt with a rough cloth or soft brush won’t damage metal. Always rinse soap and dirt off corrugated metal thoroughly after you are done cleaning.

To remove oil, tar, adhesives and other non-water soluble dirt, you will need to use solvents or alcohol-based cleaners. When cleaning corrugated metal with organic solvents, remember these solutions are flammable and should be kept away from anything that could ignite them. Since solvents often exude strong odors, make sure there is plenty of ventilation in the area. Solvent fumes could make you nauseous and dizzy.

Types of cleaning agents you can safely use on corrugated metal include:

  • Denatured alcohol
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mineral spirits
  • Kerosene
  • Gum/wood spirits (turpentine)

No matter what kind of dirt you are cleaning off corrugated metal, never use abrasives like Comet, wire brushes, scrapers or other items that could leave scratches, abrade coatings or promote corrosion.

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Painting Corrugated Metal

Some people love the rustic minimalism of unpainted corrugated metal and others prefer adding color to their home improvement project. Painting corrugated metal is easy and paint won’t fade or chip like it does on wood, plaster and other porous materials.

First, mix a gallon of tepid water and a tablespoon of dish detergent in a bucket. Mix well to make a soapy solution. Dip a towel or other cleaning rag into the solution, twist the water out of the rag and start wiping down yuthe metal areas you plan to paint. Rinse off the soap solution and allow the surfaces to dry thoroughly.

Next, lay an old sheet or tarp on the floor near the wall or panel. Paint splatters no matter whether it’s wood, drywall or corrugated metal! Use a paint roller that is somewhat rough and thicker than other rollers. A nap of around 3/4 to one inch works well when you are painting corrugated metal.

Start applying primer to the metal. Move your paint roller back forth using long strokes. You know you have too much primer on your roller if it starts to drip. Once you are done priming, check how long the manufacturer of the primer you’ve bought recommends as a good drying time.

Throw away the primer roller cover and put a new one before painting corrugated metal. Don’t try to clean the old roller. It’s not worth the mess, time and possible mixing of primer and paint. Put a new roller cover on that has the same thickness as the one you just used.

Paint corrugated metal the same way you applied primer. Again, check how long you should let this paint dry. Different manufacturers have different drying times for paint and primer. After the paint is dry, apply another layer of paint.

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The Ultimate Home Improvement Project Using Corrugated Metal

Set your home apart from the look-alike homes in your neighborhood by replacing your old roof with corrugated metal roofing. Lightweight, durable and sturdy, corrugated roofing also boasts the best fire-retardant ratings among other roofing materials. With no shingles to worry about replacing, corrugated metal roofing will withstand the most severe wind, hail and snow events. This superior kind of roofing also reflects the sun’s hot rays in summertime, which can help reduce cooling costs by as much as 30 percent.

CBS Sheet Metal provides corrugated metal panels in all sizes for all your home design and home improvement projects. Call us today to learn more about the versatility and quality of corrugated metal.

Corrugate Metal Roofing

Corrugated metal has long been used as roofing material, but is becoming more and more popular as homeowners are realizing the value that this material provides to their homes. It tends to cost about the same per square foot as an asphalt shingle roof, but corrugated metal offers a combination of durability, energy efficiency, and a diminished need for maintenance. No other roofing material can offer all of these values at a similar price point.

These values can be maximized by proper upkeep. Although the need for maintenance is low, there are steps you can take to ensure that your metal roof lasts as long as possible.

First Thing’s First: The Type of Corrugated Metal to Choose

While different types of metal roofing may look the same, there are different metals to choose from. We won’t focus on this factor but, as a general rule, the higher quality metal you purchase, the more costly materials and installation will be.

Most people opt for something middle-of-the-road, with a standard gauge: not too heavy but not too light. Luckily, with corrugated metal roofing, you’ll still get a long-lasting roof material, even if you go with a more cost-effective option.

Corrugated metal roofing panels are typically made from galvanized steel to create the perfect combination of low weight and durability. Some corrugated metal roofing material comes with a zinc or aluminum coating — this may cost more, but it will protect the surface of your roof for longer.

From here comes the hard part – choosing a color. Corrugated metal panels are available in a variety of colors depending on the metal choice. Many people love the rough and minimal look of a basic metal, while others prefer a more modern look with red or blue roof. 

Corrugated Roofing Maintenance

Let’s imagine that you’ve chosen the specific metal, seam type, gauge, and color for your roofing material, and that it was installed onto your home correctly. There are additional issues that metal roofs may face when they aren’t installed right, ensure the installation is done by trusted professionals, whether the job is commercial or residential.

Congratulations! You have yourself a brand-new roof, made from one of the most durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance materials on the market. No material is completely free from upkeep though, and while corrugated metal roofing is about as close as they come, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible.

Things to look out for:

  • Surface damage like cracks, scuffs, scratches and corrosion
  • Structural damage like leaks, loose screws, and weak spots

These issues are rare, but may still occur, even with the most high-quality metal roofing materials. With some mild regular maintenance, you can avoid having to replace your roof prematurely.

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Surface Maintenance

Many of the things you can do more frequently to ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible fall in the category of “surface upkeep”.

Keep Your Corrugated Metal Roof Clean

Roofing of any material need regular upkeep on the surface, if for no other reason than making sure it looks its best. This means keeping the roof free of dirt, grime, and other debris.

While metal roofing isn’t susceptible to water damage from regular weather such as rain and snow, in certain environmental conditions however, it can develop mold, algae and other, similar issues. If you go too long without cleaning your roof, risk of premature corrosion and surface damage can increase.

Luckily, since metal roofing is smoother than the textured shingles of other materials, dirt and mold is easier to clean off with a hose turned up to a high-pressure setting or a residential pressure washer.

Keep Your Gutters Free of Leaves and Debris

Most people know the importance of keeping your gutters clean: it keeps leaves, sticks, and other debris from clogging up the gutters and downspouts, and preventing rainwater from pouring out the sides of your gutters.

Clogged gutters can also cause water to pool on and around the bottom of the roofing material as well. While corrugated metal roofing isn’t susceptible to damage from rain and snow, prolonged contact with standing and freezing water is a different story. It will still take a long time to cause noticeable damage, but there’s a chance it will shorten the lifespan of your metal roof.

Check for Dents

This part of corrugated roofing maintenance is the bridge between surface and structural damage. Many people don’t inspect their roofs for dents on a regular basis. Instead, they choose to have a professional inspection every 2 years or so to ensure there’s no new damage to the roof.

While it’s important to have your roof looked at by a professional, it’s also important to make sure you know about any dents that may exist. If there’s a factor (proximity to tree limbs, for example) causing dents in your roof, no matter the material, it can mean an increased risk for weak spots in the roof, which means that there may be structural damage.

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Structural Upkeep

Structural maintenance is the less frequent form of roofing upkeep, especially considering the longevity rating of metal roofs. Still, intervention into a developing problem with a corrugated metal roof will make sure it lasts as long as possible.

It is recommended that if your roof is exposed to harsh conditions like high winds and extreme hot or cold temperatures, that you should have a professional inspection done every 2 years or so. Here are some of the structural issues that an inspection may uncover:

  • Loose rivets or fasteners
  • Leaky panel seals
  • Loose flashing connections
  • Degraded sealants

Some of these may occur regardless of the material that your roof is made of. For example, if the sealant on components attached to the roof is especially old, it may weaken and cause leaks. Luckily, asphalt, vinyl, and wood shingles are all smaller than metal panels, creating more opportunities for leaks to occur, so it’s more common for structural breakdowns to happen with these materials than with corrugated metal roofing.

Corrugated Roofing Maintenance = A Long-Lasting Roof

When equipped with well-made seams, corrugated metal is graded to last longer than most other roofing materials, but low maintenance doesn’t always mean no maintenance. Keep these tips in mind if you want to get the most value of your high-quality corrugated metal roof.

Corrugated metal roofs are light in weight and are made in panels of identical sizes, which contribute to accurate installation estimates. These panels have wavy patterns that greatly facilitate the conveyance of water. This reduces the collection of water which helps to minimize damage by water to your home. Iron, aluminum copper and steel are some of the metals that are commonly used to produce corrugated roofing. Installing these roof panels is easy. Because they are large, hence it doesn’t take long before the entire roof area is covered. Here are some tips on how you should install corrugated aluminum roofing.

Step 1: Measurements

The first thing that you should do is to know how many roofing panels that you need. Therefore you need to measure the area where you want to install the roof. One metal sheet measures 3 feet by 6 feet. Measure the length of the roof ridge, divide the length by the coverage area. This will give you the number of rows of metal sheets needed. Measure the slope from the roof peak to the bottom in feet then divide by 6 to know the columns of metal sheets required. Multiply the rows by columns to get the total number of metal sheets needed for the entire roof.

STEP 2: Lay the roofing felt

The roofing felt is meant to create a cover of insulation. Lay the roofing felt horizontally along the plywood deck of the roof. Then cut it with a utility knife to fit properly. Fasten the roofing felt with roofing staples. Ensure to overlap each cover by at least four inches.

Step 3: Installation

To begin the installation process gather all the corrugated metal roofing supplies and start laying the metal panels from the bottom corner of the roof and work across. Once you have completed installing one row, you should move to the next, then progressively getting higher and higher until you reach the peak. Here you should ensure that the bottom of the new row is at the top of the first row. Doing this ensures that water flows down the roof without the risk of leaks. You should also ensure that the panels overlap by at least four inches.

The roof should also overhang two inches over the edges. To fasten the panels in place, you should use screws and waterproof washers. Slide a flexible washer onto a 1 ½-inch wood screw and use your screwdriver to secure it to the plywood of the roof.

Step 4: Attach the ridge cap

Finish the installation by attaching a peaked ridge cap that is shaped just like the roof. Place the corrugated ridge cap on the top of the roof, overlapping the row of metal panels below. Secure it with washers and wood screws to prevent entry of pests or rain.

Step 5: Seal the roof seams

The next step is to apply roofing cement or roofing caulk on the roof seams to ensure there are no exposed seams. Then leave it for twelve hour to dry.

Step 6: Paint the roof

To give your metal roof more appeal and durability, you can paint it with a color of your choice. You can use a paintbrush or paint sprayer which helps cover a large roof area within a short time.

Corrugated Metal Roofing

Corrugated metal roofing systems can add value to commercial buildings on many levels, from reliable weather protection and proven longevity to energy code compliance, carbon emission reduction, operational savings, higher property values, and enhanced occupant comfort.
Here are more benefits of corrugated metal roofing:

Leak-proof

Unlike roofing shingles which often expose buildings to leaks, corrugated roofing keeps the rest of the building dry. Proper installation is required to guarantee this. The appropriate coatings including epoxy and ceramic coatings also enhance their waterproof properties.

Durability

Corrugated metal roofs last longer thanks to the ridges and grooves that make up for their lightweight nature. The fact that they are not susceptible to corrosion and wearing guarantees their durability. Their noncombustible properties, on the other hand, ensures that they can withstand fire. They do not cave under extreme weather conditions.

Easier installation

You won’t need to use up a lot of material for structural support thanks to the lightweight nature of corrugated metals. The load on installation is also greatly reduced. You can always provide the aesthetic appeal that your clients desire with the right finish. Ideally, any customization plan can be effectively achieved.

Enhanced indoor comfort

Corrugated metal roofs can function as cool roofs helping business owners save on annual cooling costs by repelling, rather than absorbing, heat during summer. A comfortable working environment subsequently enhances employees’ productivity.

Increased property value

Corrugated metal roofs not only help you save on annual utility bills but they can also help commercial buildings command higher rents and selling prices. Markets are also taking notice that energy efficient buildings carry significant economic advantages.

Reduced environmental impact

With climate change rearing its ugly face, the need for environmentally friendly products cannot be overemphasized. Corrugated roofing materials are recyclable and suitable for any project that is focused on achieving sustainability.

Low Maintenance

Traditional roofing systems require regular maintenance practices to guarantee their durability. For corrugated roofs, you’ll only need to re-coat the panels once in a long while to take care of the corroded portions. To maintain water-tightness, you may also need to re-tighten the exposed fasteners.

Superior energy conservation

Although low maintenance and durability help keep long-term costs low, a corrugated metal roof design also helps conserve energy resulting in substantial savings over a commercial building’s life.

Choosing the ideal roofing design

Corrugated metal roofs can either be aluminum, stainless steel or copper and are told apart by their appearance and costs. When ranked in terms of quality and value, corrugated aluminum roofing stands out from the rest. Its rust resistance ability and flexibility makes it a popular option for a host of building firms.

Stainless steel roofing panels are easily identifiable thanks to their natural gray finish. Corrugated copper roofing is an expensive alternative even though its installation process is quite simple. The ultimate choice largely depends on your budget and the goals you intend to meet. If you are not keen on looking at the specific differences, then the standard corrugated metal or standard seam panels should have you covered.

Final thoughts

Corrugated metal roofs are set to define commercial roofing in the long term, as more businesses seek energy efficient and affordable roofing solution. At Creating Building Supply we can help you reinvent your business roof with our corrugated metal roofing solutions. Get in touch with us today and explore our corrugated and perforated metal products.

The markers of modern home design are instantly recognizable: concrete floors and countertops, brushed steel appliances, whites, grays, and blacks throughout, but today we’re going to talk about a new addition to contemporary homes that you may not be expecting: corrugated metal.

This material has been commonly found in rustic farmhouse-style homes for years but its versatility and low cost has made it grow in popularity in other areas. Here, we’re going to discuss some of the most popular applications of corrugated metal that are starting to show up more and more in today’s real estate market.

Modern Exteriors

Corrugated metal is increasingly being used on the faces of modern homes because it offers a unique contrast in texture from some common building materials. The signature waves of corrugated metal panels provide a great accent to concrete, wooden, and smooth metal exterior walls by adding a bit of texture to the exterior of a home. The uses of corrugated metal panels on the exterior of a home are more than just aesthetic, however. This material is also known to be used to create durable, long-lasting siding, making the choice easier for home designers.

While many modern home designers are starting to use the material more and more as an accent, some homes show that corrugated metal can also be attractive and functional as the medium for an entire house.

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Corrugated Metal Roofing and Roof Decking

 

Corrugated metal is being used more and more in residential roofing, especially in the new frontier of modern homes. In the past, corrugated metal roofing has been prone to rust and corrosion to the degree that homeowners wouldn’t dare use it on their homes for fear of having to replace and re-roof quickly. Today, much of the corrugated metal roof panels on the market have been reformulated to be much more resilient against the elements, making them viable options to create a unique, modern-looking roof on your home.

When it comes to roofs, corrugated metal also provides benefit as a structural material. Metals of varying gauges are now being used to support the structure of a roof because they’re more durable than traditional wooden roof decking.

Metal Privacy Fencing

In urban and suburban areas, it’s not uncommon to see privacy fences surrounding modern homes. It’s also becoming less common to see privacy fences constructed out of corrugated metal panels. As homeowners, designers, and builders use corrugated metal more and more in homes, they start to build fences to match. In addition, corrugated metal provides an extremely cost-effective fencing material on any home and can be versatile in appearance as well.

The Bottom Line

Basically, the lesson here is this: if you’re entering the real estate market in search of a contemporary home, don’t be surprised when you see more and more corrugated metal appearing the results as time goes on. This high-quality, cost-effective material is becoming more popular for all the right reasons in the world of home design.

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Whether you’re looking for durable exterior cladding product for your new garage; need a long-lasting roofing material that’s simple to install; or want to protect the walls of your retail shop or bar with a low-maintenance, sustainable product, consider corrugated metal.

Here’s everything you need to know about this tough, affordable product, including answers to common questions including what is corrugated metal used for, what custom options are available through our metal fabrication shop, and why corrugated metal is an eco-friendly choice.

What is corrugated metal?

Corrugated metal, also known as corrugated steel or corrugated sheets, is sheet metal that is made by pressing sheets of metal flat then processing the sheets through a series of rolling dies to create perpendicular corrugations (ridges and groves) in the metal.

These corrugations significantly increase the tensile strength of the sheet metal, and since steel is already significantly stronger than wood, corrugated metal tops the charts when it comes to strength-to-weight ratios of building materials.

In addition to the added strength that corrugating gives steel, the corrugated grooves and ridges also work to enhance the weather-resistance of the product, which is why corrugated metal is a popular choice for exterior applications like roofing and siding.

Here at our state-of-the-art metal fabrication shop, we have the capacity to produce custom corrugated metal panels in a wide range of patterns, materials, and finishes.

What makes corrugated metal a great building material?

If it seems like there’s more corrugated metal being used on both interior and exterior applications these days, your right – our metal fabrication shop has seen a steady rise in the popularity of both stock and custom corrugated metal panels. Here’s why:

  1. It’s durable. Corrugated metal stands up to the toughest conditions, including high winds, rain, and heavy snow loads. Because it’s free of organic materials, mold and mildew can’t form on corrugated metal surfaces, and it works great as a pest barrier.
  2. It’s stable. Unlike other sheet stock products that tend to warp, buckle, or dent over time, corrugated metal is highly resistant to denting from hail and thermal expansion, and it’s approximately four times more structurally-stable than comparable vinyl siding products.
  3. It’s easy to work with. Corrugated metal is simple to work with, even if you don’t have much experience with construction. It can be fastened to roofing joists using either nails or screws, and for small projects, all that’s needed to cut corrugated metal is a pair of simple tin snips.
  4. It’s sustainable. Steel is the single most recycled material in North America, which means that the corrugated metal sheets we make here in our metal fabrication shop made from sustainable raw materials and all of our corrugated products can be recycled again.
  5. It’s affordable. Corrugated metal sheet stock continues to be one of the most affordable building materials on the market today.

What are the most common applications for 4.2 rolling?

Here at our metal fabrication shop we have the capacity to produce corrugated metal panels to meet any need.

Many of our customers use corrugated metal sheets fabricated from 4.2 rolling stock for exterior walls and roofs on barns, sheds, and commercial buildings.

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Take a look at the rugged, reliable, and extremely precise technology that roll forms sheets of raw materials into corrugated patterns. We’re able to work with a variety of gauges, substrates, and corrugation patterns easily and efficiently with these machines.

Machines like this allow us to roll out panel after panel with spot-on results, keeping prices down and ensuring precise results. Flat panels go in, corrugated panels come out, and we’re able to easily adjust lengths, substrates, and gauges to create the ideal product for a variety of applications.

The Result

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The Classic Wavy corrugated metal pattern, ideal for roofing, siding, or decorative applications. A variety of other patterns, including sharp angles can also be achieved using our high-tech equipment.