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April 16, 2021

Myths About Metal Buildings

Many people hear the myths about metal buildings before they hear anything good about the structure. Truth is, metal buildings are an incredible build with many benefits that customers can reap over the years. Coming from steel building owners around the nation—these are all simple misconceptions! It’s completely understandable why some are hesitant to build this structure after hearing all the apprehensions. It’s a huge investment that you want to last for a lifetime. Wagner Metal Supply is here to clarify all your apprehensions regarding myths about metal buildings. First, let’s begin with the concern of rusting.

Myths About Metal Buildings #1: Metal Buildings Rust Easily

Beginning with myth number one—steel buildings rust easily. Thankfully, we can attest that this is false. Cars get rusty overtime, so why wouldn’t a metal building? During the given lifespan of a metal building—rusting shouldn’t occur. The reason it won’t rust is the protective coatings applied to the metal. The steel itself without the coatings would easily oxidize, but thankfully we have galvanized and galvalume products!

  • Galvanized metal products are hot-dipped in a 100% formula of zinc
  • Galvalume metal products are hot-dipped in a formula of 55% aluminum and 45% zinc

Both formulas applied to metal products will protect the structure from deteriorating before its given lifespan is over. Galvalume is quite a unique formula with self-healing properties. This formula extends the lifespan by stopping rust once it begins. Think of how your skin heals after a scratch. The same concept applies to galvalume!

Myths About Metal Buildings #2: Metal Buildings Conduct Heat

The next myth on our list—metal buildings conduct heat. As we all know, metal is a natural conductor. We know this because if we go out to our cars on a hot summer day and touch the hood, we may burn ourselves! This leads people to the thought that metal buildings attract heat and get excruciatingly hot on the interior during summer. Luckily, this is just a misconception! We just discussed how galvanized and galvalume metal products protect the metal building against rust. The coatings also play a part in the energy-efficiency of the metal building. Metal roofs, for example, actually reflect 80% of the sun’s rays back into the sky. Your standard asphalt shingle will absorb more heat than a metal roof would. The reflection of the sun rays at this high percentage creates incredible energy-efficient properties for metal buildings.

Myths About Metal Buildings #3: Metal Buildings are Expensive

Onto the last myth—metal buildings are expensive. Initially, yes. Metal buildings are considered a high-end product, but it’s doable in most cases. The building is an investment that has incredible benefits that will give back over the years! Be prepared to pay more for a metal building but be aware that it will last decades longer than other structures. When comparing the lifespan of this structure to others, the price is justified. Constructing a metal building is an investment, but it will pay off! Are you interested in a metal building for yourself? Do you have any additional questions about the structure? Feel free to call Wagner Metal Supply today! We would love to assist you in any way we can.

Questions:

During the given lifespan of a metal building—rusting shouldn’t occur. The reason it won’t rust is the protective coatings applied to the metal. The steel itself without the coatings would easily oxidize, but thankfully we have galvanized and galvalume products!
Galvanized and galvalume metal products play a part in the energy-efficiency of the metal building. These coatings on the metal will reflect the heat rather than absorb it. Metal roofs, for example, actually reflect 80% of the sun’s rays back into the sky. Your standard asphalt shingle will absorb more heat than a metal roof would. The reflection of the sun rays at this high percentage creates incredible energy-efficient properties to a metal building.
Uponinitial purchase, yes. Metal buildings are considered a high-end product, but it’s doable in most cases. The building is an investment that has incredible benefits that will give back over the years! Be prepared to pay more for a metal building but be aware that it will last decades longer than other structures. When comparing the lifespan of this structure to others, the price is justified. Constructing a metal building is an investment, but it will pay off!
Galvanized and galvalume coatings protect metal buildings from rusting. Galvanized metal products are hot-dipped in a 100% formula of zinc. Galvalume metal products are hot-dipped in a formula of 55% aluminum and 45% zinc. Both formulas applied to metal products will protect the structure from deteriorating before its given lifespan is over. Galvalume is quite a unique formula with self-healing properties. This formula extends the lifespan by stopping rust once it begins. Think of how your skin heals after a scratch. The same concept applies to galvalume!