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 […]

The Importance of Vapor Seals in IMP Installations

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Wesley Young

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) used for building envelopes offer great simplicity in terms of enclosing a building in an attractive, energy-conscious manner. However, they require somewhat different thinking in terms of design and installation compared to conventional single skin panels on metal building with separately installed fiberglass insulation and vapor liners. That’s because, while the […]

What You Need to Know Before Installing a Skylight

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Randy Tweedt

The beauty of skylights can be a real benefit to the aesthetic value of a metal building project. Beyond looks, though, the proven benefits of daylighting are many: building occupant satisfaction from natural lighting, mold and mildew growth prevention and, of course, energy savings, to name a few. In fact, once the decision has been […]

Sustainability and Metal Buildings

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Candy McNamee

The movement of the construction industry to create buildings that are more sustainable throughout their life cycle continues to be a fundamental part of a well-designed and well-constructed building. This comes from the building owners who are expecting it, designers who are more skilled at achieving it, construction companies who have incorporated it into their […]

Texas Department of Insurance Windstorm Inspection Program

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Jason Allen

Are you involved with a building project along the Gulf Coast of Texas in which metal roofing or siding is involved? If so, obtaining a building permit may be subject to compliance with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Windstorm Inspection Program. Here is some information that can help. What is the TDI Windstorm Inspection […]

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