How to Choose the Right Coating for Your Metal Panels

If you are building a structure using metal panels, the type of coating that you choose to apply to those panels is one of the most important decisions that you will need to make. In addition to providing your metal panels with an attractive sheen, metal panel coating can also provide extensive protection against corrosion and sun damage as well. To help you select the best metal panel coating for your next project, we'll take a look at the benefits and features of the various coating options available on the market today.


Polyester coating is a low-cost, multipurpose coating option that offers a number of advantages to go along with its affordable price tag. This includes advantages such as flexibility, good weathering, and effective corrosion resistance. While polyester coating isn't quite as durable as some of the other coating options that are available, its low cost combined with the fact that it can be formulated for a wide range of different properties makes it one of the most popular coatings on the market for coating metal panels.

Silicone-Modified Polyester (SMP)

Thanks to the fact that the carbon-silicone bond is one of the strongest chemical bonds in existence, silicone-modified polyester (SMP) coating is an incredibly durable coating that offers robust protection against even the harshest conditions. Compared to polyester coating, SMP coating provides better color retention, a harder, more durable surface, and better protection against weathering. While SMP coating is typically more expensive than a polyester coating, it is still a cost-effective option for protecting metal panels that are exposed to harsh outdoor elements.


If you are looking for a metal panel coating that will provide the most durable and long-lasting protection possible then you can't go wrong with a fluoropolymer coating. Fluoropolymer coatings come available in two main types - polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) - and both types perform exceptionally when it comes to resisting color fade and gloss loss as well as protecting metal surfaces from corrosion. Although fluoropolymer coating is more expensive than SMP or polymer coating, its especially long life-cycle means that you may end up saving money in the long run by choosing this long-lasting and durable option.

Dutton & Garfield is Here to Help You Construct the Perfect Metal Building for Your Needs 

Choosing the ideal metal panel coating for your metal building is just one of the many important steps that the construction professionals at Dutton & Garfield are able to help guide you through. If you would like to learn more about how Dutton & Garfield can help you construct the perfect metal building for your commercial needs, be sure to contact us today to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable customer service representative who will be happy to discuss your project.