Stainless steel wall panels have been used for decades in areas such as airports, restrooms, kitchens, wash areas, food handling areas, subway stations, train stations, police stations, elevators, correctional institutions, hospitals, convention centres, and sporting venues. These panels offer a clean, bright, reflective, and modern look that can stand up to even the harshest abuse. They are easily wiped clean of dirt, grime, and fingerprints. The offer a clean sanitary surface that can even stand up to accidental and intentional damage. Similar to wall protection such as corner guards, push plates, kick plates, and chair rails the surface can take abuse from bumps and scratches and still maintain a professional appearance.
The use of stainless steel wall paneling has been spreading into commercial office buildings and even high end houses and condominiums. Architects have realized the value of stainless steel over other materials such as drywall, millwork, fibre-reinforced laminate (FRL), and fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP). These other materials are difficult to clean due to their porous surface and do not stand up well to bumps and scratches. They are in constant repair in order to maintain their original appearance. Some of these materials even emit toxic fumes! The overall life of these other materials is also substantially less than that of stainless steel.
Silver Star Metal Fabricating has completed numerous projects in which stainless steel was used for wall panels. We have over 30 years of professional experience in fabricating and installing these panels. Typically these panels are at least 16 gauge in thickness and are mounted onto a wood substrate. In many cases the panels are interlocked with a reveal.
In recent years we have also seen an interest in wall panels fabricated from aluminum, brass, copper, and traditional steel. These materials are slightly more difficult to work with and can present a premium in overall costs. Aluminum and traditional steel typically must undergo a finishing treatment such as anodizing, powder coating, clear coating, or electroplating.