If you mention the term “metal siding”, there are some people who will never have heard of the term. Give them another clue and say, “corrugated metal siding”, and they think it has something to do with boxes. However, as industrial designers have known for years, and as residential designers, architects and homeowners are increasingly discovering, corrugated metal siding is a product that lends itself to being applied in a myriad of applications, styles and colors in modern housing.
Long familiar to many as the exterior material of choice in industrial parks, modern advances in technology and a ‘press the envelope’ mentality among those in the field of residential design and construction have led to an explosion of interest in this versatile material. Moving beyond its utilitarian roots, it is often the material of choice among certain elements of the population, especially those seeking a contemporary, post-modern sort of look. As a result of this flowering of applications, and in an attempt to avoid any stigma associated with its industrial history, corrugated metal siding is now most commonly referred to by those in the business as “architectural siding driveway entrance bollards.”
For all its strength, metal sheeting lacks the strength of itself to make a suitable building material. For that reason, folds are made in the metal, rather like the inner layer of a piece of cardboard, lending rigidity and suppleness to the material. The presence of these folds are called corrugations, hence the term “corrugated metal siding”. It should be noted, that configured generally of heavier metal and with some other distinctions, corrugated metal makes a virtually ideal roofing material.
What are the advantages to using this architectural siding? From a practical perspective, it is virtually immune to fire damage, and is impervious to water. Nowadays, with the advent of the availability of powder coating rather than just paint as a coloring agent, not only is it brighter and more colorful, the finish will last for decades with the need only for an occasional hosing down or maybe a light brushing with soapy water. Many manufacturers provide a 50 year warranty on their products.