Level of Development (LOD) BIM Specifications for Metal Buildings

Posted on August 21, 2017 by bzabcik

When designing and constructing metal buildings, an increasing number of professionals are using a computerized building information model (BIM) as their primary tool. This allows for detailed, three-dimensional computer models to be created, not only to develop the design, but to identify material lists, coordinate details, avoid conflicts between building systems and streamline the design […]

Proper Cutting and Cleaning of Metal Building Panels

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Jason Allen

Metal building panels, whether for roofing or walls, are manufactured with a long-lasting and durable finish of different types and in many colors, allowing the panels to hold up and look great for decades. However, once they get to the building they may need to be cut to fit a field condition, or they may […]

How Energy Codes Influence Metal Roof Panel Selection

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Candy McNamee

On a very basic level, specifiers can look at a climate zone map and get an idea of the metal roof panel best suited to a specific geographic region. The issue, however, is actually much more complex. One must know that overlooking any detail could result, not only in less-than-ideal performance, but also in costly […]

Understanding R-Values and K-Factors in Considering Thermal Resistance

Posted on July 19, 2017 by bzabcik

Described in their most basic terms, R-value is a measure of heat resistance, while U-factor (also know as U-value) is a measure of heat transfer (heat gain or loss). The lesser known K-factor is simply the reciprocal of the R-value of the insulation divided by the thickness. What they all have in common is a […]

How to Retrofit Existing Roofs with New Metal Roofing Systems

Posted on July 5, 2017 by Jason Allen

In our prior blog post, Benefits of Roofing Retrofits with Metal Roofing Systems, we looked at the benefits associated with retrofitting an existing building with a new metal roofing system. In this discussion, we will look at several ways to do it. New Sloped Roof Over an Existing Flat Roof Buildings with flat roofs can […]

The Case for Day One Weathertightness Warranties

Posted on June 20, 2017 by kbuchinger

Once upon a time, a “standard warranty” was indeed the industry standard for weathertightness warranties in the metal roofing realm. To make a long story short, this meant that manufacturers supplied a “manufacturer’s standard warranty” based on an initial review of the details to ensure that the roof could be properly installed but left it […]

What to Know About Dissimilar Metals in Metal Roofing Installations

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Jason Allen

While metal roofing is often used because of its resiliency, strength and longevity, there are circumstances under which corrosion and other reactions can become real issues, to the great detriment of the system’s performance and life cycle.  Some basic knowledge and awareness of common causes of galvanic corrosion (also called “electrolytic corrosion”) from the use […]

Benefits of Roofing Retrofits with Metal Roofing Systems

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Jason Allen

Many commercial buildings, and even some residential ones, have low slope or “flat” roofs that can be problematic to maintain. They typically rely on a membrane of some sort that in and of itself is waterproof, but every seam, penetration, flashing, and other detail is a potential leak if not installed and maintained properly. Further, […]

Respect the Module: Metal Roofing Panels are Modular for Good Reason

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Wesley Young

When installing metal roof panels, the sign of a successful installation can be seen in the way the spacing and alignment of the panels are held across the entire roof. Improperly done, the appearance suffers from standing seam lines that are wavy or non-parallel to roof edges. Even worse, the panels can be unduly stressed, […]

Reducing Peak Demand Costs with Cool Metal Roofs

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Candy McNamee

Among the many benefits offered by cool roofs—including a decrease in urban heat island effect or increased roof system longevity—perhaps the most significant is a reduction in peak demand energy usage which directly affects building expenses. Peak demand is the highest point in the day at which a building draws electrical consumption. A facility’s monthly […]

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