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Ribbed Metal: Everything You Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar"] 05/19/2020 / by Kaylee Beattie

There are a variety of different metal panel profiles out there — from Standing Seam to Corrugated. One panel type that tends to get overlooked is Ribbed Metal Panels. Ribbed metal panels are a great way to incorporate strong, bold visual lines into your design, whether for residential or commercial uses.

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What is Ribbed Metal?

A ribbed metal panel has ribs with sloping sides. It forms trapezoidal-shaped voids at the side lap. The way the panel’s profile is raised provides much of its bending strength. The ribs on these panels create strong, bold lines that are aesthetically pleasing and offer a unique approach to traditional metal panels. Most ribbed metal was originally designed to work hard in agricultural settings, but has now moved to more residential and commercial environments. It’s durability and adaptability make it a favorite for roofing, siding, fencing, and interior projects alike!

Benefits of Ribbed Metal Panels

Ribbed metal has quite a few benefits that make it a favorite for homeowners, contractors, and architects. Here are just a few:

  • Easier Installation — Since Ribbed metal panels use an exposed fastener system, meaning the hardware used to secure them to the substrate is on the outside of the panels rather than underneath them, it makes installation easier. DIY enthusiasts love these panels for their easy use.
  • Versatility — Ribbed metal also has the ability to be used in many different ways. From commercial and residential builds to pole barns on the farm, this panel’s versatility is unmatched. Plus, it can be used in so many different applications, including roofing, siding, fencing, accents, and interior applications.
  • High Performance — Ribbed metal originates from agricultural settings. These panel's ability to perform well in all types of weather and environments can’t go unnoticed. From snow and hail to high-speed winds, you can be confident in your Ribbed metal’s ability to perform well and last for decades to come.
  • Longevity — Due to the Ribbed metal panel’s ability to perform so well, their lifetime expectancy is another added benefit. You can expect your metal panels to last between 40-70 years. Unlike other materials like shingles, which may only last between 10-20 years, your Ribbed metal roof, siding, fence, or interior project will be sure to stand the tests of time with ease.

What Types of Ribbed Metal Panel Profiles Are Available?

Bridger Steel has the following Ribbed metal panel profiles available to choose from:

7.2. Structural Box Rib

With an anti-siphon groove to help protect against leaks for a lifetime, the 7.2 Structural Box Rib panel is perfect for all different types of applications. From siding and roofing to decking, this panel uses exposed fasteners, making for simple and efficient installation. The long lines created from this panel are perfect for creating an aesthetically pleasing appearance in modern or industrial applications.

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7.2 Fencing Panel

The 7.2 Fencing Panel is perfect for anyone looking to install a strong and long-lasting fence. Durable and stylish, this panel will easily stand up to even the toughest environments. Whether you’re installing it for a windbreak or privacy fence, this panel is the perfect high-performing option. Your fence will last for decades to come, and with minimal maintenance required.

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Valley Box Rib

The Valley Box Rib panel offers a new and modernized look for metal siding and interior metal applications. It’s deep valley hides the exposed fasteners, making it perfect for both interior and exterior applications. From residential to agricultural environments, this panel offers a great solution for metal wall paneling.

Purlin Bearing Rib

The Purlin Bearing Rib (or PBR panel) is one of the strongest panels that uses an exposed fastener system on the market. Featuring a five degree over-bend on overlap, and combined with an anti-siphon groove, this panel is superior for weather tightness and the perfect roofing solution. Its strength and adaptability make it perfect for all different types of environments and applications.

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Tuff Rib

Considered to be our jack-of-all-trades panel, Tuff Rib works well for roofing, siding, and accents. Since it was also originally designed for agricultural buildings, you can be confident in this panel’s ability to stand up to some of the toughest environments, including wind, hail, snow, and rain. It’s durability makes it a favorite, and it works well in all settings, including residential, commercial, interior, and of course, agriculturally.

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If you’re interested in installing Ribbed Metal Roofing or Ribbed Metal Siding panels for roofing, siding, fencing, or interior applications, get in touch with a Product Specialist today. Our team can help you select the right Ribbed Metal Panel profile best suited for your environment. Then, we’ll help you choose the right gauge, or thickness of the metal, and color or finish to make the project exactly how you imagined. Fill out our Get a Quote form to get started!

Topics: Metal Siding, Metal Roofing, Home Advice, metal fencing

Kaylee Beattie

Written by Kaylee Beattie