Thursday , 13 June 2024
Home Architectural: News, Designs & Projects Custom Flat Panels: Project at Custom Residential Metal Siding

Custom Flat Panels: Project at Custom Residential Metal Siding

Flat panels

Project: Custom Residential Metal Siding 

Materials Used: Custom Flat panels (including screws and batten strips)

Finish: Truten™ A606 Weathering Steel 

Completely Customized Panels

The metal panels used in this project were completely customized flat panels — meaning no standard size was used and these panels were made-to-order to fit the scope and size needed for this customer’s home. The panels used in this project specifically were raw sheets of steel — typically 4’x10’ — and had a piece of trim (or batten strips) laid out every 16 inches. This project can sometimes be referred to as “flat batten”, but again, is not a standard panel.

A Unique Finish

This project used Truten™ A606 finish, which is a great way to add another custom, unique aspect to any project. Weathering Steel is a finish that begins with a top coat of copper, phosphorus, and silicon that forms a textured oxide surface film on the panels. Once the panels are exposed to different weather conditions, they begin rusting into a unique color. After the top coat is gone, the steel will ionize, preventing it from rusting all the way through. The base layer of steel will last just as long as other finishes, so similar life spans can be expected. Since this finish naturally rusts over time, the end results vary every time for every project. That’s the beauty of Weathered Steel — there is no “standard” end result, just a unique, one-of-a-kind look!

Finishing Touches & Installation Information

The finishing touch that added the final pop of customization were the screws and batten strips used to secure the panels. The strips of batten were spaced out every 16 inches and were secured with fasteners. This completed the look for these panels and gave the project a truly custom finished style.

Installation of these kinds of panels can be a bit tricky. It’s very important to note that no installation guides can be provided when it comes to custom panels, since again, they’re completely custom to the size and scope of the project. As with all flat panels, customized flats can be susceptible to oil canning. How the panel is attached and how wide it is can affect the severity of oil canning. Adding striations can help alleviate this latest issue


Using wall applications like this one in areas that are covered, as weather-tightness can pose an issue. This helps keep the panels covered from the weather as much as possible. This project specifically was used under an awning. In projects similar to this one, you can do any of the following steps to ensure the panels are as weather-tight as possible:

  • Use mastic and watertight caulking to seal up any butt and end joints.
  • Frame the wall application as a rainscreen. (rainscreens sit away from a building’s outside wall’s weather-resistant barrier, in order to create an air pocket directly behind the panels and help protect the barrier) .
  • Adhere a bituthene waterproofing membrane behind the siding. (this will seal the building envelope)
  • Ensure you are performing any regular maintenance needed to keep them intact. (touch up caulking, inspecting the panels regularly, etc.)  

Achieve This Look Without Customizing

If you are aiming to recreate this look, it’s important to remember that while we are able to produce similar products, it’s going to look different because of the customization used. However, there are a few ways to ensure you achieve a similar look without the extra customization.

  • Choose Truten™ A606 Finish — One of the easiest ways to achieve a look similar to this custom panel is to finish your project with Weathering Steel. This finish creates a unique look for every project, every time. This Truten™ A606 swatch shows how the finish transforms over time.
  • Choose Flat Panels — Opting for V Groove or Shiplap Wall panels can also help you achieve this look. These panels won’t have the batten strips and screws on the outside of the panels, but they will create a flush, seamless appearance similar to that of the custom panels.

Explore these tips and options to achieve a unique and custom look for your next project. By carefully selecting finishes like Truten™ A606 and choosing the right panel styles, you can create a distinctive and lasting impression that stands out. Whether opting for fully customized panels or using alternative methods to replicate the look, these strategies will help you achieve a beautiful and durable result.

Related Articles

Paint System

Breaking Down PVDF vs. SMP Paint Systems: Choosing the Right Finish for Your Metal Panels

There are two main types of paint systems: Premium Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)...

Colorful Houses

Deciding on the Perfect Color for Your Metal Panels: A Step-by-Step Guide

With so many different colors and finishes available for metal roofing, siding,...

Custom metal brings dream house

Custom Metal: Bringing a Dream Home to Life

Shannon Schad began his career in residential construction at age 15 alongside...

Galvalume steel featured

Metal Roofing & Rust: Key Insights You Need to Know

Metal roofs have become one of the most popular roofing solutions on...