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How to Choose the Right Interior Metal Panel

[fa icon="calendar"] 01/11/2022 / by Kaylee Beattie

Metal panels aren’t just for roofing and siding – they make a stunning statement on the inside of homes and buildings, too! Whether you want to create depth and texture in a living room or add extra durability to the inside of a garage, interior metal panels are designed to look beautiful and protect your walls for years and years to come. We’re giving you all the information you need to know on how to choose a metal panel that’s best for your interior project.

Interior Metal Wainscot

Factors to Consider

There are quite a few different panel profiles that work well on interior walls and accents. Here are a few factors to consider when you’re narrowing down your interior metal panel choices:

Intended Purpose & Use

Are you using your metal panels to cover the walls of a mudroom? Or are they going to be used as an accent wall in a bedroom? What about a wainscoting in a garage or basement? The way your panels will be used can help you really narrow down all the options.

Some profiles, like Corrugated or Tuff Rib panels, are designed to be extremely durable and provide easy cleaning. When used in garages and mudrooms where dirt and grime is inevitable, either of these options are a great choice.

On the other hand, if you want to use metal to do an entire accent wall or even dress up a fireplace, you may want to go with a Flat panel option that creates a flush, wall-like appearance. Of course, there are virtually no limitations to which panel you can use for your project – some are just more popular than others in specific applications!

Desired Style

Truly the most important and biggest deciding factor for narrowing down your interior panel choices is the style you want to achieve.

First, you want to decide if you like the look of concealed or exposed fastener panel systems. Exposed fastener panels will have the hardware that’s used to secure the panels to the wall visible on the outside, where concealed fasteners will be hidden underneath the panels. Concealed fasteners tend to create a more modern, sleek appearance and exposed fasteners typically create a more classic, rustic style.

After deciding between those two options, then you can start deciding on profiles within those two categories. Here are our most popular styles:

  • Exposed Fastener Interior Panels
    • Corrugated — Any of our Corrugated panel profiles can be used on interior projects. We’ve seen bars and islands created with 7/8” Corrugated panels because of their durability and bold waves, and we’ve seen accent walls created with ¼” Corrugated panels for a more subtle texture. No matter which profile you choose, it will make the perfect interior wall accent while providing unbelievable protection for your walls and an aesthetically pleasing style.
    • Tuff Rib — A perfect choice for interior liner panels in garages, barns, outbuildings, and more, Tuff Rib panels are popular and affordable. They provide toughness with a low maintenance benefit. Protect your walls from dirt and grime that’s bound to happen in garages with these interior liner panels.

  • Concealed Fastener Interior Panels
    • Flat — One of our most popular choices for interior projects, Flat panels have a versatility and sleekness that’s simply unmatched. From fireplaces to wall accents, these panels offer a seamless look on any type of interior project.
    • Batten — Bring the traditional look of board-and-batten into your home with the sturdiness of our Batten metal panels. Batten panels replicate the traditional look with a more modern and sleek flair. From entryways to the kitchen, wherever you decide to use these panels, they’ll look stunning and provide protection for years and years to come.

Inspiring Interior Metal Examples

Metal panels have versatility that allow them to be used in a ton of different ways — especially on the interior of homes and buildings. Take a look at a few different projects that used metal to create depth and texture on some of our favorite interior projects:

Corrugated Metal Bathroom PanelsSpruce up a bathroom with an easy-to-clean material like 1/4" Corrugated panels. They look amazing and are a simple way to add texture to small rooms.

Corrugated Wall Panels InteriorAnother room in the house that benefits from metal panel's easy-to-clean nature and durability against accidents is the kitchen! A Corrugated Wainscot helps keep your walls intact from chairs hitting the wall, swinging feet, and more.

Interior Liner Panels for GaragesA simple way to protect your assets inside garages, barns, and outbuildings, Tuff Rib works as a liner panel and keeps your walls protected while looking good.

Interior Metal panel fireplaceGive your fireplace and mantle a fresh feel with Flat metal panels. They look sleek and complement almost any style!

Ready to use metal panels inside your home or building? Contact Bridger Steel's Product Specialist team today. Our team of experts can help you choose the right interior metal panel for your project, and even make recommendations. We can help you choose everything from the profile to the finish. Contact Us today or fill out our Get a Quote form to get started!

Topics: Interior Metal, Home Advice

Kaylee Beattie

Written by Kaylee Beattie