Choosing the Right Type of Standing Seam Roof (SSR)

Posted on April 21, 2016 by kbuchinger

When it comes to specifying standing seam roofs, one type doesn’t fit all. While a standing seam metal roof system can be one of the most durable and weather-tight roof systems available in the industry, its benefits can be negated if you fail to understand the details in application parameters of the specific system. Do […]

Metal Roofing Retrofits over Asphalt Shingles

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Jason Allen

When an asphalt shingle roof wears out, one of the most long-lasting solutions is to retrofit the roof with metal panels, and not remove the asphalt shingles.  While it’s a change of appearance, the metal roofing panels will provide a long service life. Installing Metal Roofing Panels Over Shingles There are a number of considerations when […]

Daylighting 101

Posted on April 4, 2016 by bzabcik

In the age of increased energy efficiency requirements in buildings, designers often find themselves spending time and resources squeezing performance out of systems with relatively little gain in efficiency. More and more, building insulation systems seem to fall into this category. The authors of the building codes recognize this as well and have reacted by […]

Metal Roofs and Solar Energy: An Ideal Match

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Candy McNamee

Everyone is talking about—and doing something about—sustainability. Metal roofs fit nicely into the sustainable-material equation because of their myriad traits, such as recyclability, reflectivity, longevity and durability.  Another major component in the sustainability equation is renewable energy—the production of energy from renewable resources like sun and wind.  A metal roof is the ideal location for […]

How to Help Prevent Oil Canning

Posted on March 16, 2016 by kbuchinger

Oil canning is defined as the visible waviness in the flat portion of a metal panel.  Oil canning is a visual issue, not a weatherproofing or performance issue.  However, building owners will complain about waviness in metal panels on roofs, walls, and perimeter edge metal.  Edge metal and metal wall panels are more of a […]

Snow and Metal Panel Roofs: Part 2

Posted on March 3, 2016 by kbuchinger

  In part I of this blog, we discussed what to consider when deciding the roof material and roof slope to build with in snowy conditions. If you have decided to design a roof with metal panels, it is important to use the correct panel seams, evaluate the roof layout and consider long-term weatherproofing, and ensure your […]

Snow and Metal Panel Roofs: Part I

Posted on February 24, 2016 by kbuchinger

It’s February; winter storm Jonas happened last month. Snowstorms will continue to occur, and heavy snowfall can have many negative effects on roofs. What should you consider when designing a roof in snow areas, especially those with high snow amounts? What to Consider when Building Metal Roofs Roofs on buildings in snow areas—from a structural […]

Geo-thermal House Heats and Cools Itself

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Amy Crenan

Designed and owned by Raj and Asit Parikh, the “Zenesis House” is heated and cooled by an intricate geothermal system. It collects rainwater, heats or cools the water using a solar thermal system, and distributes the temperature-controlled water through pipes that run under the drive and walkways, as well as the floors and ceilings. With […]

Myths About Metal Roofing: Heat, Wind and Lightning

Posted on February 3, 2016 by Amy Crenan

Properly detailed and installed metal roofing is one of the most resilient, lasting, efficient and attractive kinds of roofing systems for commercial and institutional buildings. Yet there are plenty of questions about metal roofing, and building teams often find time in project meetings to address the most common, recurring topics and myths. I call these “mythbuster […]

Wind Designs for Metal Roofs

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Jason Allen

One of the most important requirements for roof installation is ensuring that a roof stays in place when the wind blows.  The core concept is that the roof’s wind resistance needs to be greater than the wind loads acting on a building’s roof.  Wind resistance is most commonly determined by a physical test; wind loads […]

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