Tackling franchises is one of our favorite things to do, especially when there are tacos involved. Taco Bell has been in business since the 1950s. With over 7,300 restaurants in 30 different countries worldwide, this fast-food chain is always a fun project to work on.
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. Ribbed metal panels are a great way to incorporate strong, bold visual lines into your design, whether for residential or commercial uses.
The Billings Public library has been serving Billings, Montana and its surrounding areas since being established in 1901. Home to thousands of books, countless resources, and serving as a central hub for the city, the new library opened in early January 2014.
One of the most well-known and popular metal panels, corrugated metal continues to be a favorite among both residential and commercial property owners. Corrugated metal’s versatility, durability, and low maintenance puts it at the top of the list for homeowners, builders, and architects alike.
Galvanized and galvalume may sound similar, however, both of these metal finishes have quite different characteristics and qualities. Both of these “metals” are actually two different coatings or finishes that are applied to a steel panel, which then reinforces metal’s strength and durability, and extends its lifetime.
New year, new decade, new design trends! This new year is bringing in some new design trends for the home, both inside and out. We’re here to share our favorite exterior and interior trends for the upcoming year. Give your home a refreshing new look this spring by incorporating any of these design elements!
The Fine Homebuilding House has to be strong, energy smart and of course, stylish. Nestled in the woods of California, the home’s aesthetic needed to complement the landscape, and stand up to the changing environment. Using metal panels as the siding and roofing materials helped this house become a shining example for educating both designers and builders on creating houses that are high-performing and stylish.
The siding on your home faces a lot: wind, rain, snow and sometimes hail. Siding needs to be tough, durable and most of all, look good! With a variety of different siding materials out there, it may be hard to decide which is best for your home.
Our team often get questions like, “We like the look of metal on our home, but our HOA won’t approve it - what other ways can we use metal on the exterior of our home?” or “We already have a metal roof; how can we tie that into the rest of our building?”.
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Residential Siding:
- Type of Construction— re-model or new build
- Installer— seasoned or first-time installer
- Location— surrounding environment
- Theme— modern, rustic, contemporary, and industrial
- Personal Value—budget, durability, maintenance
A well-designed modern home looks clean and almost minimalist in its finished form. This clean simplicity can sometimes hide the hours of intensive thought that went into each line, curve, and surface. Designers have to balance aesthetics, performance, longevity, and often most importantly, the surrounding landscape. New technologies have improved metal siding panel systems, allowing designers more flexibility in their designs, knowing that the performance and longevity of the product is up to their standards.
Charred Wood is the process of lightly applying an open flame to a wood plank to char the surface of the board. The charred exterior helps to weatherproof the siding and act as a deterrent to insects.
Shou Sugi Ban is a commonly used variation of the Japanese word Yakisugi. In Japanese, Yaki means to heat with fire, and Sugi means Japanese Cedar. Ban translates to a plank, in this case a wood plank.
Shou Sugi Ban was first seen used in 18th century Japan as a technique for charring the outer layer of a wooden plank (usually cedar) to help protect the facade against weather and insects. In recent years, the visual appeal of this technique has been adopted by architects and designers around the world. Commonly referred to as Charred Wood or Burnt Wood, this technique can be applied to a range of wood siding panels.