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A Guide to All Purpose Panels

[fa icon="calendar"] 12/01/2020 / by Kaylee Beattie

Designed with the DIYer in mind, All Purpose panels are made for any project you’ve got on your to-do list. These panels are built for durability and longevity. Adaptable and easy to install, All Purpose panels are made for general use.

Metal Panels on a Commercial Building

What Are All Purpose Panels?

All Purpose panels are a type of metal panel profile that use exposed fasteners and are designed for general use. They’re easy to install and are typically a more economical choice when compared to other panel options.

What All Purpose Panel Profiles Are Available?

Bridger Steel has four All Purpose Panel Profiles available, including 3’ Tuff Rib, Platte River, and Purlin Bearing Rib. Each of these panels use an exposed fastener system and their differences are mainly in the design and style of the panels themselves.

3’ Tuff Rib

Originally designed to work hard in agricultural settings, Tuff Rib has made its way into both residential and commercial builds — and for good reason! It’s considered to be a jack-of-all-trades panel, meaning it can be used for roofing, siding, accents, and interior applications. You’ll love the versatility and toughness Tuff Rib gives your project.

You may also want to know this information about Tuff Rib panels:

  • Available in 26 and 29 gauge (thickness of the panel)
  • Finished coverage is 36”
  • Rib height is 3/4"at 9" Centers
  • Has an anti-siphon groove for ultimate weather tightness


3 Tuff Rib Panel Profile

Platte River

One of our more affordable and stylish panels, Platte River adds the perfect pop of texture without being too overpowering. It adds a simple, industrial flare to any home or building. The long clean lines and subtle rib make it a perfect panel for siding, wall, and accent projects.

Here are some need-to-know facts about Platte River panels:

  • Available in 26 and 29 gauge
  • Finished coverage is 36”
  • Not recommended for roofing
  • Rib height: 1/4" at 4" Centers
Platte River panel profile

Purlin Bearing Rib

Purlin Bearing Rib, or PBR, panels are one of the strongest exposed fastener panels on the market. They’re able to be used over open purlins, can give a project a real modern touch of industrial flare, and are ideal in any environment. Even in the toughest types of weather conditions, the PBR panel holds up extremely well and its toughness cannot go unnoticed.

You may also want to know this information about PBR panels:

  • Available in 26 gauge
  • Finished coverage: 36”
  • Comes with 5 degree overbend on overlap & anti-siphon groove for superior weather tightness
  • Rib height: 1.25" at 12" Centers
Purlin Bearing Rib panel profile

Advantages of All Purpose Panels

All Purpose panels have quite a few benefits compared to other panel types and materials. Here are just a few:

  • Easy to Install — Since these panels all use exposed fasteners, which means all the hardware used to secure the panels to the structure are able to be seen after installation, it makes installing them a breeze. There are no specialty tools required. You just drive the screws through the face of the panel into your substrate — simple as that.
  • Durability — Metal panels are known for the toughness and amazing performance, and All Purpose panels are no exception. They’re built to last. No matter what type of project you have on your to-do list, they’re up for the test. You can expect your panels to last between 40-70 years, and even longer when they're used for interior projects.
  • Affordable — Out of all of Bridger Steel's different metal panels available, All Purpose continues to be one our most affordable options. This makes them a great choice for projects on a budget! If you're looking for long-lasting materials at an economical price, these are the perfect choice.
  • DIY Friendly — Due to their ease of installation, these panels are ideal for DIYers. They’re known for their adaptability and easy-to-use qualities, making them a favorite for those looking to install themselves.

Examples of All Purpose Panels In Use

Stuck on deciding which profile would look best with your project? Take a look at just a few examples of the different All Purpose panel profiles in use!

R Panel Siding

This building combined PBR and Corrugated panels to create a unique look.

platte river siding on a residential home

Platte River metal siding gave this residential home a crisp, modern look.

tuff rib siding

This building paired Tuff Rib siding with natural elements like stone for a beautiful aesthetic.

platte river interior liner panels

If you’re looking for a tough material to build your outbuildings, garages, or sheds with, Platte River is ideal. It’s tough and looks great.

tuff rib panels on a residential home

Tuff Rib siding is perfect for residential homes!

If you’re interested in using any of Bridger Steel’s All Purpose metal panels on your next project, get in touch with a Product Specialist today. We’ll work directly with you in order to find the perfect profile, gauge, and color or finish specific to your project’s needs. We’re also happy to make expert recommendations on which panel may be best suited for your roofing, siding, or accent needs. Fill out our Get a Quote form to get started.

Topics: residential, Home Advice

Kaylee Beattie

Written by Kaylee Beattie