While at times rusty and dilapidated, sheet metal that is often used in industrial architecture such as factories and warehouses carries with it a certain appeal. With the popularity of repurposed buildings and recycled materials, old sheet metal retains nostalgic associations of an industrial past through its weathered, used look, and can also be found on sheds, silos, and roofs. But, sheet metals are not only tied to industry and agriculture anymore.
Recently, corrugated sheet metal has become a popular material for use as external cladding on the façades of homes, libraries, and schools. Produced in sheets by pushing hot-dipped galvanized steel through a cold roller to produce a linear pattern, corrugated steel is popular because of its light weight and contemporary yet rugged look. Not to mention, the patterned material is easily transportable and highly durable. Take a look at why this shiny, weathered material is being used in contemporary buildings of all typologies.