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Advancements in Metal Roof Walls and Panels

Metal roof and wall panels are among the most in-demand components in the building and construction industry. The benefits in using metal are numerous: long life, resistance to severe weather, versatility in style, shape and finish, aesthetically good-looking and much more.

Since the late 1800s, metal building materials have been used in office buildings, skyscrapers, utility and manufacturing plants, train stations, military installations, oil storage facilities and many other types of construction projects.

Let’s look at how metal has evolved since then.

old metal buildings1940s & 1950s

This era saw markets such as government, agricultural and industrial using more and more pre-built structures. These buildings weren’t very attractive, but they were strong and served the purposes they were designed for. Convenience was a big factor in these buildings: the project manager simply ordered a specific style of building, and it was delivered and installed quickly.


In 1959, pre-painted metal wall panels hit the market, creating a small revolution in the building industry. Now metal buildings didn’t look as drab and boring as they did formerly. A variety of commercial markets began using these colorful materials. Later in the 1960s, standing-seam metal roofing panels became available and provided many advantages to builders and building owners. Fewer seams raised above the panels and fasteners above the level of the panels resulted in a significantly lower chance of damage from rain and moisture. These and many other innovations during this decade made metal the material of choice for numerous commercial applications.

1970s & 1980s

Agricultural, industrial and other commercial buildings under 10,000 square feet were the focus of the metal panel industry during the 1970s. Popularity of metal roof and wall panels continued to grow into the 1980s, when new technologies for rust- and corrosion-resistance were developed. During this period, advances were made in the areas of wind uplift for roofs and wind loading for walls.


By the 1990s, construction of metal buildings grew by almost 100 percent. Metal proved to be an economical and time-saving material that was now being used widely for hospitals, retail structures, schools and a wide range of other applications. New computer technology aided in creating better design systems, which let contractors and metal component manufacturers provide pricing and delivery of design drawings more quickly than ever before.


New finishes for roofing and insulated metal panels were two important innovations in the metal building industry after the turn of the century. Also, more attention was put on safety factors in projects using metal materials, in particular in earthquake-prone California. Higher building standards were the result of studies on how seismic activity affected metal structures. Other advances included better energy performance, new finishes and styles for metal roof and wall panels, panel faces with smooth surfaces and horizontal (rather than vertical) siding systems.

What’s next for the metal building industry? Whatever it is, it will only enhance the popularity of metal roof and wall panels for commercial and residential buildings.

Advanced Aluminum Roofing and Wall PanelsGet to know more about why metal is becoming the material of choice in multiple building applications by contacting the experts, Advanced Aluminum of Lakeland, FL. We create top-line metal roofing materials used by leading contractors throughout our area. Reach us at (863) 648-5787.