Did you know Bridger Steel has a Knowledge Base? Our Knowledge Base is a resource on our website that’s full of our most frequently asked questions from customers. From questions about different metal panel profiles to specific building sections, we provide you with tons of different information so you can do your research about metal siding, roofing, and more. We want to share our top five most popular articles from this year – maybe you’ve been looking for the answer to one of these questions, too!
#1 What’s the difference between metal siding and metal cladding?
Metal cladding and siding are used interchangeably by Bridger Steel’s team. They both mean virtually the same thing – an exterior layer that covers the outside of a home or building. Whenever you hear us refer to siding as cladding or vice versa, we’re speaking about the same, durable option to protect your homes for years to come.
#2 What’s the difference between SMP and PVDF paint systems?
Bridger Steel’s painted metal finishes are available in two different paint system options: Premium Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) and Silicon Modified Polyester (SMP). Both options have their own benefits for different types of environments, weather conditions, and projects.
For example, PVDF is a commercial-grade paint system that’s designed to withstand rust-causing moisture. SMP is more economically priced option and is extremely resistant to abrasions. To know which option is best for you, you must factor in your panel’s gauge, your budget, and more.
#3 Can you install metal over shingles?
When you’re installing a new metal roof, our team NEVER recommends installing it directly over the old, shingled roof you’re replacing. There are many reasons to rip off the old roof instead of putting your new one right on top of it like being able to catch underlying issues, increasing your new roof’s lifespan, increasing your home value, and more. Leaving your old roof on underneath the new one can bring many issues to your home later down the road – some that may even cause a premature roof tear-off.
#4 Can you use metal panels near the ocean or saltwater exposure?
Contrary to popular belief, metal panels can be used in coastal regions that experience frequent saltwater exposure. There are certain types of metal that will provide your home or building in this type of environment with better protection, durability, and savings than others. You must consider your distance from the shoreline, proper accessories needed, the right finish, and more when choosing a panel for metal roofing or siding. For example, metal panel systems that use concealed fasteners rather than exposed are typically a better choice for this type of climate. Home and building owners in this climate often believe that metal isn’t a good building material option, which just simply isn’t true!
#5 Can you use metal roofing panels as siding panels?
Many of Bridger Steel’s metal panels can be used for both roofing and siding applications – not to mention fencing, interior, and accent applications too! Excluding our Ultra Batten, Flat, and Soffit panels, almost all of our profile options can be used for both roofing and siding. There are certain factors to consider when choosing the right panel for your roof or siding application, like your typical environment, desired aesthetic, and more. We offer a wide variety of profiles to choose from, so it’s important to narrow down all your options to find the best panel for your project.
Our Knowledge Base covers a ton more information than just these top five most popular questions. We have over 220 different articles published that can help you get informed about our products, company, and more. It’s so important to do your research about investments for your home or building like metal roofing and siding. Read through our different product features, comparisons, and more so you can be prepared for your purchase.