Steel buildings have an unfortunate and undeserved reputation as being unattractive. This is largely due to the basic designs of much older structures of this type. Nowadays, there is as much emphasis on design and aftermarket additions as there is on quality engineering. For owners of these structures, curb appeal, and making the right first impressions are important concerns.
Personalizing the Exterior
Building owners have a number of ways to customize their buildings. They can add as many entryways as they need, skylights for improved natural lighting and decide on the pitch of the roof. The more aesthetic concerns usually involve the exterior of the building, and you now have more options than just attractive colors. A few of the style options you can consider for the exterior of your steel building are:
- This is the combination of lighter and darker panels to create visual contrast. The panels may be made of metal or some other type of material such as natural rock or brick. Wainscoting usually involves the trim as well. Your choices should be based on the building’s color, but other factors such as the architectural style may come into play as well.
- The applications greatly expand the design choices available to building owners. The styles and colors are varied, and the material can help to add more strength to the walls. It is a type of plaster that hardens to a very strong coating. This is a good choice for an old steel building that needs a facelift.
- Faux stone paneling. Building owners will find a number of suppliers and a wide array of product options to choose from. Faux rock and stone panels are easy to install and help to improve energy efficiency. If you have a small improvement budget, you can use it on only some sections of the building.
- Natural stone, rock, and brick. For the ultimate in curb appeal and a stylish look, nothing beats the real thing. For some steel buildings, the use of this material may be required. Whether you use it for wainscoting or to finish the entire exterior, your building is sure to stand out.
The range of exterior finishing products has expanded in recent years, and many of them are of high quality. Steel building manufacturers can suggest the right exterior finishes, or you can look at many of the examples available online. Give us a call at 407-316-8544 if you’re in the process of designing or customizing your steel building. We’ll help with the details and get your project off the ground.