If you know anything about cutting metal, you will be aware that much of metal these days is cut using computer-controlled laser cutting machines. While it is possible to find craftsmen to cut small volumes of metal sheets manually, it is much more common to find laser cutting used for large volume production. Laser cutting offers numerous advantages over traditional cutting methods. Principally, it is faster and greatly reduces the possibility of error, and therefore is much less wasteful of time and materials than manual cutting techniques. One industry that has certainly taken advantage of laser cutting is the roofing industry. Here are two ways your roofing company could be using laser cutting.
Use laser-cut roofing panels
When you need a lot of roofing panels, laser cutting is the obvious choice. Laser cutting can produce perfect panels, the exact size and shape needed, and it creates as many of those panels as needed with perfect results every time. As the machine operates via computer control, the operator only needs to press the button and set the machine running, following the programmed coordinates. Laser cutting can reproduce whatever custom design you might need for your roofing panels. Speak to a laser cutting company today, to find out what designs are possible for your metal roofing panels.
Install a pergola
If you have an outdoor space, you may be looking for a way to make better use of it. Many homeowners like to install a pergola to create a feature in their garden. Adding laser cut roofing panels to your pergola allows you to create shade, but also to add some architectural interest to the space. You can choose almost any design for the panels to produce a unique space for your property. Similarly, you could use panels to act as dividers, creating more privacy for those in the garden. Panels can also enhance dull, uniform fencing along the boundary of your property.
Which metal should you pick?
Your choice of metal will depend on how you intend to use the finished product. Many laser cutting companies can cut almost any metal including mild and stainless steel, brass, and aluminium. However, not all metals are equally easy to cut, and not every metal will be a good fit for your project. It is best to discuss your needs with the laser cutting company and be guided by their judgment and their experience gained on many similar projects.