Knowing When to Call the Manufacturer: Part 1

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Wesley Young

Metal panel installers have a tough job—not only navigating the details of the task at hand but also being confident enough to know when to seek the manufacturer’s guidance. Part of overseeing a successful project is for the installer to know when something is out of his or her comfort zone, beyond their expertise, or […]

Useful Tool: FM Wind Ratings RoofNav

Posted on April 14, 2017 by bzabcik

The concept of testing materials and assemblies in buildings has been around since the late 1800s, when John R. Freeman initiated Factory Mutual Laboratories (now known as FM Approvals) to test fire protection systems. Since then, the use of FM-approved building components and assemblies has become recognized as an accepted safety standard for insurance companies, […]

Fire Resistance for Insulated Metal Panels

Posted on April 4, 2017 by bzabcik

When it comes to understanding fire ratings for wall panels on buildings, one of the first things to overcome is incorrect information or misunderstanding that sometimes emerges around this topic. In an effort to achieve some greater clarity, let’s look at some of the basics of fire resistance ratings, particularly for insulated metal panels (IMPs). […]

Combatting Thermal Bridging with Insulated Metal Panels

Posted on March 23, 2017 by bzabcik

When using compressible insulation, say for instance fiberglass batt, consideration must be given to how that insulation is going to be deployed in the actual wall or roof. For instance, installers might place the insulation across the framing members and then smash it down with the cladding and run a screw through to the underlying […]

Alignment Tolerances of Substrates for Metal Panels

Posted on March 8, 2017 by Wesley Young

Installers take note! It is your responsibility to ensure the substrate material over which you place the metal panels is in proper alignment before beginning installation. Otherwise, you can suffer some significant negative impacts on the overall appearance of the system. As we’ve discussed in a previous blog article, Choosing Proper Substrates for Metal Roofing […]

Choosing Proper Substrates for Metal Roofing Systems

Posted on February 16, 2017 by Randy Tweedt

How to choose an appropriate substrate to support a metal roof is a frequently asked question and one which is equally important for quality installation and long-term durability of the product. Some of the considerations include ensuring a structurally sound metal roofing base, knowing the type of underlayment required, and how that required support can […]

Tips for Installing Metal Roof Curbs

Posted on January 25, 2017 by kbuchinger

Metal roofs made from galvalume-coated steel provide great corrosion resistance and can readily satisfy a 20-year weather-tightness warranty. However, when a large penetration in the roof is needed, such as a large exhaust fan or other equipment, the integrity of the roof can be compromised if not addressed properly. The common method of dealing with […]

Evolution of the Metal Building Components Industry

Posted on January 10, 2017 by kbuchinger

Metal building components have been in use ever since iron and steel became commonly available during the 1800s. However, coordinated metal building components as we know them today really got their start during the 1900s, with a lot of significant developments happening just in the past 40 years. Here’s a quick overview: 1970s: During the […]

Roof Penetrations Made by Non-roofing Contractors

Posted on December 20, 2016 by kbuchinger

In our last two posts, we have looked at the proper ways for roofing contractors to address different types of penetrations in metal roofing in order to assure that a watertight seal is achieved from the outset, as well as over the life of the roof. But what happens when another contractor, such as a […]

Structural Penetrations in Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Posted on December 8, 2016 by kbuchinger

In our prior post on “Pipe Penetrations in Standing Seam Metal Roofs,” we identified important guidelines for when pipe penetrations are made to metal roofing systems, typically after the metal roofing is installed. That means an opening is cut in the metal roofing, it is properly flashed or sealed, and the penetrating member is passed […]

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