Commercial Wall Cladding: Wood, Metal, Glass—The Pros And Cons

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Commercial wall cladding presents an abundance of positive construction options: it’s easy to install; it offers a striking appearance that gives a structure its own unique image; it comes in a variety of materials; and it adds strength and stability to the walls.

As a leader in the building materials field, Danpal has established a reputation for developing and manufacturing commercial wall cladding systems that expand our traditional understanding of architecture. South Korea’s Gwangju Universiade Swimming Pool is a prime example of how Danpal’s commercial cladding can provide a structure with the necessary protection from the elements that it needs while allowing its beauty to be fully envisioned.

By enhancing a structure’s appearance both functionally and esthetically, the structural design achieves a more complete realization of the original architectural vision. Customers interested in learning more about cladding options can find out the advantages and the potential drawbacks of the different commercial wall cladding systems.

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The Variety of Materials Available For Commercial Wall Cladding

Commercial cladding adds to the appearance of a building by providing both the familiarity of materials that people associate with construction, while adding the versatility of a commercial wall cladding system to provide unique appeal. Three of the most popular materials for commercial walling systems are wood, metal, and glass. Each option offers different advantages, as well as points of concern, for your building.

The Pros and Cons Of Wood In Commercial Wall Cladding

Using wood for commercial building cladding is not new; it’s been a practice for over 100 years. People associate a wooden exterior with natural, cozy appeal and the charm is definitely apparent in the look. However, it’s important to remember that if you’re choosing wood for your commercial cladding, you need to make sure the wood is treated with a weather-resistant finish. This choice of commercial walling system does need proper maintenance in order to protect the building’s appearance. That needed maintenance can present extra work and money: wood commercial cladding needs refinishing every so many years, or the exteriors can experience damage. There’s no doubt about the popularity of wood as a component of a commercial walling system, but be prepared to maintain it if you want that gorgeous exterior to hold its appearance. If it’s not painted or stained on a regular basis, commercial wall cladding systems falls prey to the deterioration and damage caused by weather, insects, and rot. When properly cared for, the appeal of wood asserts itself to give a building a timeless appeal.

The Pros and Cons Of Commercial Walling Systems Made of Metal

Commercial cladding that’s made of metal brings a very contemporary appearance to a structure. Architects use aluminum, steel, copper or zinc cladding so that a building conveys a vivid esthetic image while it reinforces the impression of strength. Metal does bring added cost, however, which may diminish its appeal for some building owners. When weighing costs, it’s important to keep in mind that, although zinc and copper will carry a higher price, you’ll reap a return on that investment because they’re resistant to corrosion, which saves money over time. Metal commercial cladding tends to be easy to install, thanks to panels that can be attached to a building’s exterior by using a fastening system. As long as your commercial wall cladding has a protective finish, it’s unlikely to require much maintenance. Depending on where the building is located, and the codes that are in effect in that area, it might be necessary to evaluate a metal commercial walling system’s ability to stand up to extreme weather conditions.

The Pros And Cons Of Glass In Commercial Wall Cladding

Glass has enjoyed popularity as a commercial cladding material for a long time. Its properties make it suitable for a building in which an abundance of light is desired. Danpal, which has pioneered daylighting architecture, understands why this building material is so often sought after as a choice for commercial building cladding. Glass, of course, comes with certain weaknesses, including its brittleness. In order to allow for this vulnerability, glass commercial cladding is designed with gaps between the panels so that movement is part of the system’s process.

With all of the esthetic features which make the Gwangiu Universiade Swimming Pool so inviting, the commercial wall cladding system does not neglect its functional needs. Any commercial product has a responsibility to deliver on the design of the architect and to support the expectations of the client. Customer satisfaction is something that Danpal, with 50 years of experience in the field, understands well.

The Danpal Reputation Backs Up The Quality Of Our Commercial Wall Cladding

Danpal building projects can be seen all over the world. Each one reflects the company’s commitment to innovation and quality. Danpal believes in supporting the research and development that puts us in the vanguard of manufacturing today’s top-quality products. We’re also hard at work developing the cutting-edge technologies that will bring us to the next stage of advanced building material production At Danpal, we set a high standard for quality.

Danpal’s commercial wall cladding can provide a structure with the protection that it needs from the elements while enhancing its esthetic possibilities. The expansive light within the structure demonstrates the way in which daylighting architecture can fully explore the creative potential of an architect.

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