How Commercial Buildings are Getting Smarter
Posted on April 6, 2020 by Fredrick Moore

The transformations brought about by computer technology over the last few decades have reached just about every facet of life. Events like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) showcase the ubiquitous and appealing nature of the fruits of our electronic age, while others like the International…

Six Ways Custom Metal Buildings Achieve LEED® Status
Posted on February 26, 2020 by Greg Hekman

The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a popular and well-established program of the US Green Building Council that helps building owners, designers, contractors, and users understand the degree to which any building is considered “green” or sustainable. Using…

State of the Metal Building Industry
Posted on January 29, 2020 by Tim Schrock

Metal building systems have been part of the American construction scene for well over 60 years. During that time, the people, companies, processes, products, and perceptions have all evolved and matured. As it stands now, a substantial portion of all low-rise commercial buildings in the…

Aviation Industry and Metal Building Systems
Posted on December 11, 2019 by Gloria Tshilenge

  Protecting investments in aircraft from weather and ultraviolet light, as well as making them easy to access and work on, has driven many in the aviation industry to seek out the best ways to meet their needs and budget. Whether the requirement is a…

Snow Guards for Metal Roofing
Posted on November 19, 2019 by Rachel Mercado

  Metal roofing is used on a wide range of building types all over the U.S. and Canada. One of the benefits is that its smooth surface is essentially self-cleaning since rain water and wind will typically keep it clear of dust, dirt, or debris….

Secondary Framing
Posted on October 22, 2019 by Rachel Mercado

  In a prior blog post we discussed the basics of different primary building frame systems that form the main structure of a metal building. Installing the primary frame is the obvious first step during erection, but there is also a necessary intermediary step before…

Primary Building Frame Systems
Posted on September 12, 2019 by Rachel Mercado

Metal buildings are most commonly built from steel structural systems that use “welded-up” members instead of traditional milled steel shapes (I-beams, etc.) to create a structural frame. The beauty of the welded-up framing is that it allows every building to be custom-engineered and put the…

Blast Resistance and Metal Buildings
Posted on August 15, 2019 by Web Team

  Metal buildings are used for many different purposes by a wide range of different building owners. All of them are subject to building codes, however, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public and first responders too. The most widely adopted…

Using Drones in Construction
Posted on July 22, 2019 by Web Team

The most progressive companies in construction are embracing advances in technology of all types to improve work quality, communicate better with building owners, control risks, and gain a competitive advantage. This has certainly been true with the use of computers and information technology but it…

Metal Building Greenhouses
Posted on June 19, 2019 by Web Team

Commercial greenhouses often need to enclose a large area with a requirement for long clear spans to allow their operations to function efficiently. They also need a commercial grade construction system that can be flexible, durable, and affordable. It’s no surprise then that metal buildings…

Metal Building Flexibility for Future Expansion
Posted on May 22, 2019 by Gregg Smith

Building owners who are grounded in their current reality but have an eye to the future often seek flexibility in their building design. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a design professional to be asked how the building can be sized to meet the current…

Energy Code Insulation Solutions in Metal Buildings
Posted on April 10, 2019 by Ben Parks

In our prior blog post, we pointed out different ways to overcome confusion related to different aspects of the energy code. In this post, we will look at some of the ways that metal buildings address specific insulation provisions to successfully meet or exceed them….

Overcoming Energy Code Confusion
Posted on March 13, 2019 by Lynn Chesnut

All new and renovated buildings are subject to following not only general building codes, but also an Energy Code – the most common of which is the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). There are a number of misperceptions about this code that can cause confusion…

Using Seam Clamps to Support Solar Panels on Metal Roofing
Posted on February 14, 2019 by Lynn Chesnut

The standing seam metal roof is a very popular roofing solution due to its durability, water-tightness, relative simplicity, and clean appearance. While the standing seam, which is created by forming two adjacent metal roof panels together, contributes to all of these traits, some people may…

Metal Mini Storage Solutions
Posted on January 15, 2019 by Gregg Smith

People often have items that needs to be stored outside of their residence or business, so much so that there continues to be a strong demand to rent mini-storage units. Owners of these facilities obviously have choices in terms of the type of buildings that…

A Solution for the City
Posted on December 21, 2018 by Liz McDonald

Never in our lifetime has it been more evident than now that design and construction teams are incorporating so many different elements into projects. Customers are increasingly requesting more features and benefits to keep up with changing codes and their own personal requirements. It is…

Metal Building’s Modernized
Posted on November 28, 2018 by Lynn Chesnut

Metal buildings come in all shapes and sizes with color options that are almost limitless. The profiles, of pre-engineered metal buildings, are also extensive. With insulated metal panels that now resemble pre-cast concrete or stucco, you may mistake a metal building for being built with…

Designing with Insulated Metal Panels
Posted on October 24, 2018 by Lynn Chesnut

Energy conservation in buildings has become increasingly important in recent times making building owners, designers and constructors all quite interested in finding reliable, durable and proven solutions for well insulated wall and roof systems. Insulated metal panels (IMPs) offer just that in a complete, finished,…

Specialty Items and Hardware for Metal Buildings and Roofing
Posted on September 19, 2018 by Lynn Chesnut

Finding a reliable supplier that can provide quick service, knowledge of the metal building industry and available stock including specialty items can be the key to having a building completed on time and within budget. It does no good to have the metal building or…

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 Web Team

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…