what you need to know about replacing your roof

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4 Architectural Sheet Metal Myths

by Vanessa Lord

Sheet metal is a common building material for many different types of projects. Yet, those that are needing these projects built may lack an accurate and thorough understanding about architectural sheet metal, which can hamper the decision-making process for these projects.

Myth 1: Sheet Metal Is Only For Structurally Significant Components 

It is a common assumption that architectural sheet metal will only be used in load bearing or otherwise structurally significant components. However, it is common for this metal to be used in many different aspects of construction projects. For example, it is possible to use this sheet metal as a decoration to give a building a rustic industrial appearance. Also, it is common for non-load-bearing industrial walls to be made of this material.

Myth 2: Architectural Sheet Metal Will Be Corrosion Prone

If you are planning to use this sheet metal on exterior surfaces, corrosion may seem like it should be a concern. However, architectural sheet metal is treated to drastically reduce its tendency to develop corrosion. Furthermore, this sheet metal may be made of aluminum, which is naturally resistant to corrosion. With aluminum, corrosion will typically stop at the surface of the metal. In contrast, corrosion can spread deep into steel and iron. This can make it easy to remove any corrosion that manages to form on the aluminum sheet metal.

Myth 3: Architectural Sheet Metal Is Difficult To Maintain

The maintenance needs of architectural sheet metal will be extremely low. Due to the fact that this metal is highly resistant to corrosion, you will typically only need to regularly wash the sheet metal to keep it looking good. If your sheet metal is located in an area where ice and snow are common, it will be important to regularly rinse any sheet metal that may be close to the ground. This will remove deicing chemicals that could get on the sheet metal. These chemicals are highly corrosive, and they can cause the sheet metal to become extremely brittle.

Myth 4: It Is Not Possible To Repair Hail Damaged Architectural Sheet Metal

Large hailstones can strike surfaces with tremendous force, and this can cause indentations to form. When this occurs to sheet metal, you might assume it will be impossible or extremely difficult to repair. However, it is often possible to repair this damage with similar techniques to what is used to repair a car that has suffered this damage. If the sheet metal is fairly thin, paintless dent repair can be used to pull these dents out of the sheet metal. When this is not an option due to the metal being too thick or the dents too large, metal filler can be used to restore the appearance of the sheet metal.


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