The metal clad façade is a relatively modern development of the metal roofing and cladding industry.
The main job of a façade is twofold; firstly it is to protect the building against the elements, but also to provide a visual face to the outside world.
The façade allows architects and developers to create aesthetically pleasing buildings that have surfaces both smooth and flat. With skilled craftsmanship and good materials excellent visually exciting results can be achieved.
It is necessary to combine the façade panel with an effective insulating material and a good firm base is required to ensure any details or fixings attached to the façade remain in place in the long term.
Wall cladding utilising flat copper zinc, stainless steel or other contempory materials sheeting should be applied in the same way as a roof covering- using standing seams and cross joints and double lock welts, or as shingles.
In most instances cladding is connected to a drop apron or moulding and the lower edge should be arranged so drips of water do not run down onto the lower sheet.
Cladding can also be connected to a cover flashing and fitted from beneath a lower roof surface.
Many member contractors can assist with the design of these products.