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Metal Exterior Wainscoting Ideas for Your Home

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Are you considering adding a unique touch to your home’s exterior? Metal wainscots might be the perfect solution for you. They offer durability, strength, and a distinctive look that can set your building apart from the rest. According to latest survey of exterior wainscoting ideas, people are asking more questions like this: “We like the look of metal on our home, but our HOA won’t approve it – what other ways can we use metal on the exterior of our home?” or “We already have a metal roof, how can we tie that into the rest of our building?” These questions are exciting because they allow for creativity! Metal panels have come a long way and are now available in many colors, textures, and profiles, providing endless possibilities for customization. Whether for residential, agricultural, or commercial purposes, metal wainscots offer an appealing and practical option.

Incorporating Metal Wainscots into Your Building

Breaking the stereotype that metal is just for barns or sheds. While this might have been true years ago, metal panel systems have come a long way in recent years.  With so many colors, textures and panel profiles there are hundreds, more like thousands, of combinations to choose from. The process of finding the “perfect” color or panel profile can be daunting, but also allows you to find the perfect choice for your residential, agricultural, or commercial building. Metal wainscots have always been popular on agricultural buildings for their durability and strength, and now we are starting to see them on homes and commercial buildings for those same reasons metal wainscot’s unique look breaks the traditional mold. 

Exterior Wainscoting Ideas


Metal panels got their start on agricultural buildings because of their durability and strength, which still stands true today. Many farmers, ranchers and homeowners continue to use metal wainscots or full wall applications on their pole barns, shops or sheds for easy installation and the way it stands up to larger animals, protects crops in winter months, and reduces the risk of corrosion from animal waste or fertilizers. You also won’t have to worry about rotting wood from termites!


Metal wainscoting on homes is a fairly new concept but it doesn’t go away anytime soon, so call it more of a style since trends come and go. From rusted corrugated for traditional or rustic homes to a standing seam panel with clean lines for a more modern feel, wainscoting just might be the unique design touch you have been looking for. The best part about adding metal to your home is how it can differentiate your home from others within your neighborhood. Ultimately, with the amount of influx of new builds vs. resale homes making sure your home stands out could save you from mistaking the neighbor’s house as yours!

Residential application

Commercial spaces create a blank canvas and allow you to be creative with your design. You ultimately want a space that showcases your brand, but also draws in customers. Just a couple of ways to do this are through mixing materials such as stone and metal or by using fun colors and textures as exterior wainscots. Think of the wainscot as something that not only is an aesthetic feature on your space but this is also the first impact with your customer! Think of yourself walking up to a building and you are selling something that is in a saturated market, would you want to stand out to the customer when they came into your business? How could metal ultimately set you aside from the competitor? 


No matter what the building type you are looking to add metal wainscot panels to, you can always count on the durability, longevity and strength of metal. Metal will protect against weather, animals, machinery, just to name a few. Using metal as a wainscot along the bottom of a building, protects your exterior walls from kids running into the garage with their bikes, lawn mowers backing into the shed, or trailers scraping the side of your shop. Explore the possibilities and let metal wainscots transform your building into a standout structure.

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