Evaluating Metal Composite Panel Bids

When evaluating bids on metal composite wall panel systems it is important to not only know the finished product, but also the processes and technologies used to create it. While CNC fabrication of panels has become the standard in recent years, most fabricators still rely on hand field measurements to create the panel system. At Fairfield Metal, we use state-of-the-art 3D Laser measurements to create precise wall panel system designs. This method greatly improves the accuracy and also minimizes job site intrusion, in most cases eliminating the need for lifts. The typical 3D scan time for medium sized jobs is mere hours.

  • Building ready to scan

  • Scanned 3D point cloud data

  • Modeled panel system

  • Completed ACM façade

With four panel systems available and a huge variety of metal composite material sourced directly from top manufacturers like Alpolic, Alucobond, Reynobond, Vitrabond, and others, our pricing represents the best value while staying incredibly competitive. Our team of project managers, estimators, and engineers works closely with architects and general contractors to provide fast and accurate quotes and detailed shop drawings prepared in-house.

Pay attention to what is included in the bid, but more importantly, look for what is excluded. Items such as coping, flashing, and other trim are often left out of the metal wall system quote thus keeping the numbers lower, to be added later as a change order.

Here are a few questions you should consider researching when reviewing a metal composite wall panel bid:

  • What is the measurement and fabrication process? Does it guarantee high quality and precise fit of finished panels?
  • How will the measurement for panels affect the job site schedule?
  • Is the proposed system tested to withstand the wind loads and water penetration requirements?
  • Are shop drawings included in the scope of work? Are the engineers/drafters available for consultation?
  • Are all trim and finish pieces included? Is the quote for a complete system?
  • Does the fabricator have relevant experience with projects of your size and complexity?
  • What is the proposed project timeline?


Knowing the answers to these questions will help you paint a better picture of what you are getting and at what cost. Also, if time permits, take a tour of the fabricator’s operation to meet the project managers and see the facility. You can learn a lot about what you can expect from a fabricator by looking at their day-to-day operation.