Parapet Panels Bring Architectural Design into the Modern Age

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Elements of Design


There are many elements of building design that architects use when creating new structures. Line, shape, colour combine to make a statement. Formal compositions of architectural design create patterns, symmetry, balance, theme and unity. When these elements blend together well together, the effect is truly artistic! Engineering such a building uses specific approaches to realize a design vision. Cladding systems using metal or PVC panels are one way to achieve a smooth and flat design style. Cladding can also be used to extend walls and lines past the roof line by using parapet panels.



Historically Functional, Stylishly Modern


A parapet is the portion of a vertical wall that extends beyond the roofline. Think of it like a barrier extending past a roof, balcony, walkway or other structure. In architectural history, a parapet was used as a military function to defend buildings from attacks. Now, parapets are used as guard rails and to prevent the spread of fires. Modern parapets also help to protect the edge of the roof assemblies from upward wind forces. They dramatically reduce the differences in pressure, (vortices,) from wind blowing against the side of the roof. Parapets come in a variety of different styles, including plain, embattled, perforated or panelled. Parapet panels are assembled together to create an ornamental affect that offers this protection, but is also attractive and complements the overall building design.



Cladding Systems and Parapet Panels


Metal cladding systems provide a wonderful solution to designers who use parapets in their design. With specific parapet panels designed by top manufacturers, aluminium cladding systems will include specific parapet panels and mounting systems that are light weight, durable, environmentally conscious and above all, easy to install. Plugin panels feature a wide crest and a narrow trough feature and can be fixed multidirectional; vertical, horizontal and diagonal. These types of panels can also be manipulated and curved to incorporate specific design needs.          

A popular use for parapet panels is to create a rooftop balcony or deck, or to give the illusion of having a flat roof. When you see a "flat roof,” often you are seeing a parapet extending vertically to cover the sloping rooftop. The design elements of shape and lines are used here with the parapet panels – and the affect is quite striking! Modern designs are using this feature more and more in both houses and condominiums. Aluminium cladding systems can be used to give a uniform and attractive look extending past the roofline in a smooth and stylish manner.



Parapets in a Rising Skyline


New condominiums and commercial buildings are rising in major Canadian cities each year and competition is fierce. Using the elements of design, paired with a plugin panel cladding system has never been more apparent in residential and commercial applications. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is adding buildings to its recognizable skylines that continue to challenge design perception and speak to a specific target demographic. The design of these buildings is helping to forge a specific culture within the cities themselves. Unique and eye-catching designs create an ambiance and décor that speaks to future condo owners and businesses though a simple yet dynamic building tool. Consider utilizing the benefits of cladding systems for both residential and commercial use!

Nortem offers the most green and efficient cladding system. Our choice of fully recyclable material for our metal panelling products is based on research and innovation.

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