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What You Need to Know as a General Contractor About Insulated Wall Panels

For general contractors, finding more efficient and cost-effective ways to complete projects is incredibly important, but it is also essential that new building materials and tools do not impact the quality of their work. 

If you are a general contractor, you know that streamlining the construction process reduces the amount of time you spend on the job, which can translate to more money in your pocket. This is where Insulated Metal Wall Panels (IMPs) come into play.

This innovative and versatile building material is a game-changer for the entire construction industry, as it offers a wide range of benefits, including superior performance, reduced build time, and cost savings on materials. 

This guide will explain everything you need to know about insulated wall panels to enjoy their numerous benefits. From there, we’ll also highlight one of the premier options on the market today. 

What Are Insulated Wall Panels?

Insulated wall panels are prefabricated building components consisting of an insulating core sandwiched between two layers of outer-facing metal sheeting. While the type of metal and insulation used can vary depending on the manufacturer and style of wall panel, all insulated wall panels are designed to reduce labour costs and ensure lasting thermal performance. 

Why Are Insulated Wall Panels Useful for General Contractors? 

The following are some reasons insulated wall panels are superior to conventional building materials. Learn how they could save you time and money on the job: 

1. Reduced Installation Time 

As any contractor knows, time is money when taking on a construction or renovation project. Delays increase labour costs by preventing you from being able to move on to the next project. Missing deadlines can also impact your reputation. 

Insulated wall panels offer a practical solution: 

Single-Step Installation: Unlike traditional building methods and materials, which require you to assemble support beams, insulation, and cladding separately, insulated wall panels integrate all three steps into one. The panel contains everything, meaning it simply has to be fixed into place. This streamlines the entire building process. 

Ease of Installation: Not only is the installation process reduced to a single step, but the best wall panels are designed to be lightweight yet sturdy, making them much easier to work with than the materials typically used in wall construction. 

They are also incredibly easy to cut to size, allowing you to make quick field cut adjustments and further speeding up the entire process. The lightweight design also helps reduce costs when transporting materials to a building site. 

2. Superior Thermal Performance

With rising energy costs leading many clients to prioritize energy efficiency over just about anything, being able to offer your clients a completed project that will provide superior thermal performance over conventional insulation can be a huge selling point. 

Since the best wall panels offer a high R-value, they help maintain stable indoor temperatures for longer, reducing the strain on the heating and cooling systems used to control the interior environment. 

Plus, insulated wall panels are designed to be seamless, which helps reduce thermal bridging and prevents the loss of heat that is typically experienced with traditional builds. 

3. Long-Lasting Durability 

Insulated wall panels offer superior insulation, and the combination of metal panels and a solid insulating core means they have incredible composite strength. They are also designed to withstand the elements and impact damage, making them a long-lasting, low-maintenance building material. 

Using a material that offers a longer lifespan and is resistant to moisture, mould, and other common causes of deterioration will enhance your reputation as a contractor. As you know, your reputation reflects the quality of your work, and nothing will help you stand out more than never having complaints about your work. 

Encourage repeat business and enjoy the financial rewards that come with word-of-mouth recommendations. 

4. Flexibility 

Insulated wall panels can be used for just about any structure, enabling contractors to have a simple, go-to material for just about any job. Plus, the wall panels are incredibly customizable, as they are available in a wide range of colours, core thicknesses, and textures, which allows you to offer your clients more options. 

5. Cost Savings 

Arguably, the most compelling reason why general contractors should use insulated wall panels is the savings they offer. From reducing labour costs and the time spent on a single project to reducing material transportation costs by combining multiple materials into one prefabricated component, you can enjoy short-term and long-term savings.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about being called back to a job site due to poor thermal performance or premature deterioration of the finished wall. 

Introducing Isowall Insulated Wall Panels 

While most IMPs offer numerous advantages over traditional building materials, Isowall Insulated Wall Panels are the best option for general contractors. 

The rigid EPS (Expanded PolyStyrene) foam core provides outstanding thermal performance. With an R-value of 4.1 per inch that will not degrade over time, you can advertise long-term savings on heating and air conditioning costs as a major selling feature when approaching new clients. 

The 26-gauge pre-painted galvanized steel outer surfaces are also designed to enhance the strength and durability of Isowall Panels over the alternatives. Both outer-facing sides of the panels also meet CFIA acceptance for sanitary room requirements, making them suitable for everything from agricultural buildings to commercial kitchens.

They’re also fully resistant to mould, chemical damage, and the elements. Again, you can enhance your reputation as a contractor by assembling walls that provide reliable performance and longevity. 

Finally, Isowall Insulated Metal Panels are incredibly easy to install. Their unique tongue-and-groove edges provide a snug fit while simultaneously reducing installation time. The panels can also be customized to just about any workable height and field cut for on-site modifications. 

We also offer trims, flashings, and other accessories to help you achieve a professional and eye-catching final result. With a range of standard colours and finishes available, you can work with your clients to design walls that match their vision.

If you want to incorporate firewalls into the building’s design, Isowall Insulated Panels are also fully compatible with Rockwall Fire Rated Wall Panels, ensuring a harmonious transition from one surface to another. 

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