Metal Buildings Overcome Hurricane Harvey
Posted on August 16, 2018 by Gregg Smith

It’s hurricane season – and for anyone who has experienced what that can mean for a building, there is reason to take notice. The time to pay attention is during design and construction to create a building that can resist the effects of high winds,…

The Benefits of Metal Roofing
Posted on July 18, 2018 by Gregg Smith

Selecting a roofing system for a low rise commercial building involves making a choice from the multiple options available. More than ever before, metal roofing is being chosen because it provides a number of significant benefits for building designers, installers, users, and owners, including the…

The Advantages of a Long Bay® Roof System
Posted on June 26, 2018 by Lynn Chesnut

A common need in manufacturing, warehouse, distribution and large retail buildings such as supermarkets is large, open spaces with minimum interruptions by columns. Often, in these cases, a steel structural frame is used with the roof supported by open web steel bar joists. Increasingly, a…

Flat Bed Trucking: Demand is Exceeding Availability across the US
Posted on May 16, 2018 by Lynn Chesnut

Metal building packages, like most other manufactured or fabricated products in America, are typically transported as freight by commercial trucking lines. Historically, there have been plenty of trucking companies with plenty of drivers who would happily take on the job of transporting a metal building…

What’s Going on with Steel Prices?
Posted on April 18, 2018 by Lynn Chesnut

Recent news reports about tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have resonated throughout the economy and caused a good bit of uncertainty for many businesses – especially in the construction industry. That’s because tariffs, essentially taxes added to imported products, get passed on to individuals…

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Total Envelope Solutions for Metal Buildings
Posted on March 15, 2018 by Liz McDonald

The task of designing and constructing a metal building requires many components that need to be designed, fabricated, coordinated, shipped, and installed. Consequently, a number of different people and companies need to be involved in the process, which increases the chances for miscommunications, delays, and…

Safe Snow Removal for Metal Roofing
Posted on February 14, 2018 by Danielle Smith

Winter brings snow to many places, and sometimes a lot of it. While skiers and school children may rejoice, those tasked with maintaining metal-roofed buildings may wonder what is the best action to take. Fortunately, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) offers some advice in…

Protecting Metal Building Primer in Winter
Posted on January 18, 2018 by Liz McDonald

The components of a metal building are known for their durability and longevity, but like any building material, improper handling can lead to problems. This is especially true in winter months when metal building components can be exposed to unusually harsh conditions. Manufacturers routinely provide…

Sustainability in Metal Buildings
Posted on December 14, 2017 by Lynn Chesnut

The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the well-known LEED® rating system to recognize and certify buildings that are “green” or sustainable. The current iteration of this popular system is LEED version 4 (LEED v4), which applies to a range of building types. In addition…

Warranties for Weathertightness in Metal Roofing Systems
Posted on November 16, 2017 by Lynn Chesnut

After reading our prior blog post on severe weather and resilience of metal buildings, some may consider manufacturer warranty coverage, particularly for metal roofing. When it comes time to repair damage from a storm or even from normal-use conditions, it’s always good to be clear…

Increased Resilience with Metal Buildings
Posted on October 11, 2017 by Bob Zabcik

News stories of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters have become common, but so have efforts to improve buildings to resist them. Building code requirements, for example, address the minimum level of protection needed to allow people enough time to exit a building and…

Insulation Options in Metal Buildings (Part 2)
Posted on September 13, 2017 by Liz McDonald

In our last blog post, we clarified the different ways to show compliance with energy codes—namely, prescriptive envelope trade-offs with COMcheck, or full computer modeling. For purposes of this post, let’s assume that we are going to use the envelope trade-off method to create an…

Insulation Options in Metal Buildings (Part 1)
Posted on August 16, 2017 by Liz McDonald

Thermal insulation is used in metal buildings to reduce heat flow between the inside and outside of walls and roofs, thus helping to keep the building warmer during heating season and cooler during air conditioning season. For building owners, that means lower energy use and…

Roll-up Doors in Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
Posted on July 12, 2017 by Liz McDonald

It is well known that pre-engineered metal buildings are suitable for a wide range of uses and can be customized to suit many different situations.  Part of that customization comes from the size and type of doors that can be designed and built into them….

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings Compared to Concrete and Masonry
Posted on June 13, 2017 by Liz McDonald

In our prior post we looked at the advantages that pre-engineered metal buildings have compared to wood-framed buildings. Since building owners, architects, developers, engineers, and others routinely seek the best value for the investment made in design and construction, it benefits us to look at a…

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings Compared to Wood-Framed Buildings
Posted on May 24, 2017 by Liz McDonald

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) tells us that over the past 80 years more than 14 million metal building systems have been constructed in a wide range of building types and sizes. They have grown in popularity to the point that MBMA estimates that…

Benefits of Designing with Insulated Metal Panels
Posted on April 17, 2017 by Liz McDonald

Have you ever wondered why there is an increasing push for insulated metal panels, or sandwich panels, in the industry, and how you can benefit from using it in the design and fabrication of your building? The Metal Construction Association (MCA) defines insulated metal panels…

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Using Roofs to Provide Natural Daylight in Metal Buildings
Posted on March 15, 2017 by Liz McDonald

In our prior discussion, we looked at exterior walls as a means to provide natural daylight in buildings, but roofs are also a superior source to bring in daylight. Building Shape: Low-rise and one-story structures are less restricted by building shape than multi-story buildings since…

Using Walls to Provide Natural Daylight in Metal Buildings
Posted on February 9, 2017 by Liz McDonald

Before the common availability of electrical lighting, natural daylight was the only real option in buildings. Many solutions, both simple and sophisticated, have evolved from the quest of bringing natural sunlight into the building envelope. Current building trends have seen a renewed interest in reviving…