Coordinating Roof Insulation with Metal Building Construction

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Wesley Young

Energy codes and increasing energy costs have prompted the installation of more roof insulation into metal buildings in recent years to make them more energy efficient. That is fundamentally a good thing and metal building manufacturers have developed ways to accommodate a variety of building enclosure packages that increase energy performance while still being engineered […]

Metal Roofing Performance in Hot, Dry Climates

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Ashley Casper

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) came to MBCI to assist in the construction of The New American Home®, a concept series built to demonstrate innovation and best practices in energy efficiency and green building construction techniques. This year, The New American Home® was built at the foot of Nevada’s Sloan Canyon where it […]

Quality Control Accreditation Programs for Metal Roofing Products

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Jason Allen

Performance-based building product testing and accreditation is a critical piece of just about every aspect of construction—affecting everyone from the manufacturer to the installer and ultimately to the owner and occupant. These certifications ensure real-world property loss will be prevented and provides protection when certified products are installed correctly. With roofing being such a vital […]

The Importance of Roof Installer Training and Certification

Posted on March 27, 2018 by kbuchinger

Many metal roofing installers may think that their years of experience on the job is enough. But even for those who have been putting up metal roofs for a long time, the truth is that if they haven’t put up a particular brand’s roof before, they need to go through that manufacturer’s installer training and […]

Five Retrofit Choices Using Metal Roofing Systems

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Jason Allen

Buildings usually need new or replacement roofing installed at some point during their service lives. New metal roofing is an ideal roofing retrofit option due to its longevity and durability, which can extend the life of the roofing and require fewer replacements over time. The aesthetic appearance of a new metal roof can also make […]

Understanding Today’s Vapor Barriers

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Randy Tweedt

One of the most misunderstood aspects of a metal roofing system is the proper use of a vapor barrier. There are many sources of information about this topic – some of which are based on science, some based on anecdotal field experience, and some based on journalism. Here, we will try to break it down […]

Ventilated Metal Roofing Systems

Posted on January 25, 2018 by kbuchinger

Metal roofing is commonly installed on residential or light commercial buildings, where longevity and aesthetics are a priority. When those buildings are wood framed or use roof sheathing, the desired results can still be achieved, as long as some basic guidelines are followed. One of the most fundamental items to address is making sure that […]

Air Leakage and Water Penetration Testing of Metal Roof and Wall Panels

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Jason Allen

Metal roof and wall panels have many test standards they must meet under certain environmental conditions. Test standards that are specified for metal panels in our industry are ASTM E283 (air leakage) and ASTM E331 (water penetration) for wall panels, and ASTM E1680 (air leakage) and ASTM E1646 (water penetration) for roof panels. While the corresponding tests […]

Proper Fastening Helps Prevent Leaks and Callbacks

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Randy Tweedt

Installing metal roofing and siding requires placing and aligning metal panels over the structural supports. But ultimately it requires installers to spend a fair bit of time fastening them in place, typically using a great many fasteners. It is easy to get complacent about this repetitive activity, but the reality is that every fastener plays […]

Proper Test Methods to Determine Thermal Resistance of Metal Panels

Posted on November 30, 2017 by bzabcik

For a given assembly, if the right information is not specified in conjunction with the desired R-value, the designer will likely not achieve the results he or she expects. This can lead to code compliance issues as well as poor performance of the finished building. Therefore, a more thorough approach must be considered to ensure […]

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