An essential aspect of a building aesthetically and functionally, metal column covers serve multiple purposes. Especially with steel reinforced concrete structures, reinforced concrete structures, and steel framed structures, some projects opt for concrete or paint coated steel frames. For the sake of design, most columns have claddings covering them. Within the building, one of the most defining design elements can be the building’s claddings or column covers.
For their design option flexibility, metal tends to be the preferred choice. They’re available in a number of finishes, are workable, and durable.
Column claddings or columns installed in the passages, large lobbies, lower-level arcades, and entrances of a building greatly impact space design. In the structure of a building, it often acts as the face of the building, or as the façade that greets passersby.
Given metal’s diverse design options, it is a particularly suitable material for columns. It’s also chosen for its functionality including workability, fire resistance, water resistance, strength, and durability.
In comparison to other materials, accommodations of complex design details or exterior/interior constructions are smoother with metal. Its workability allows for various design and form options, including pyramids, coins, ovals, dented or protruded forms, polygons, round, standard squares, and other free forms.
As stated, flexibility is an extremely desirable aspect of metal cladding. Depending on your selected finishes and materials, some limitations may present themselves.
Applicable materials used in metal claddings include bronze alloys, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and other metals.
You may also hear column covers referred to as column wraps. They are one and the same. In residential settings (porches, for example) or for the front of some commercial buildings, various types of column wraps can be used in addition to metal including the following:
Due to the many benefits, adaptability, and customizability of metal cladding/wraps, however, it remains the most desirable.
The following are negative aspects of various column wrap materials…
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