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Posted: Nov 02, 2017

Best Methods For Attaching Snow Retention Products

In the beginning, we only had rocks and logs to help keep snow and ice from avalanching off our roofs. These were crude but effective means of minimizing injury and damage from snow slides. With the advancements in adhesives and fasteners, we now have various methods of snow retention attachment.

Posted: Oct 30, 2017

For The Metal Roofing Industry To Reach Its Potential, Contractors Must Change

The Metal Roofing Association (MRA) recently released the results of its research into the use of metal in residential roofing and the changes during the past decade or so. They found that the percentage of residential properties specifying metal roofing has increased from 3% to 14% in that time. Spurred on by these results they have set an ambitious target of 20% market share by 2020.

Posted: Sep 28, 2017

Metal Coatings Take Sin City

Sparkling lights flash 24 hours a day, coaxing gamblers in for a night-cap and maybe even one more round of craps on their way back to the hotel. The metropolis shines just as bright in the late hours of the night as it does under the unforgiving Nevada sun. Visualizing the legendary Las Vegas Strip is not a difficult task, even for those who have never visited.

Posted: Sep 14, 2017

How Prepainted Metal Meets The Needs Of Fabricators

With its nearly endless color and texture possibilities, eco-friendliness and durability, prepainted metal’s popularity is on the rise when compared to other materials. With the technological demands of modern fabrication techniques, manufacturers may wonder if this new trend of greater use of prepainted metal can handle the rigorous processes of manufacturing, such as embossing and rollforming, while maintaining adherence to government regulations.

Posted: Jul 27, 2017

The Effect Of The Sustainable Building Movement On The Metal Coatings Industry

The green building movement has witnessed an overall shift in architecture in which locally sourced and responsibly manufactured building products are used. Today, the green building movement is focused on resource conservation and reducing the amount of toxic substances that are commonly found in building materials in hopes of creating healthier, more efficient building environments.

Posted: May 04, 2017

New Year, New Projects But Metal-Clad Structures Continue To Wow

Feelings of hope and excitement swept over the world as we welcomed 2017 – a new year means a new start and provides the opportunity to reflect on past experiences. We evaluate ourselves through the ups and downs, set goals for the future, reminisce about the good times and learn from the bad. It’s refreshing to have a clean slate. There are endless possibilities, and the uncertainty of what is waiting ahead sparks excitement.

Posted: Mar 02, 2017

Schweiss Doors: The Manufacturer With 1,000 Solutions

The last thing a customer wants to hear is “No.” Customers are looking for solutions. Being told something can’t be done does not instill much confidence in these so-called experts. Schweiss Doors, on the other hand, has been finding ways to say “Yes!” to customers for almost four decades. The Minnesota manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors produces custom doors for hangars, commercial buildings, agricultural buildings and residential applications.

Posted: Feb 09, 2017

Firestone Building Products' Red Shield Warranty Offers Complete Protection For Metal Roofs

It’s no secret that a new metal roof is a big investment. Hard earned dollars are devoted to designing and constructing a commercial building with a roof that is not only durable and high-performing, but also stands the test of time. Of course, issues can arise over the lifetime of a metal roof, and relying on a warranty can come in handy in protecting that investment. However, not all warranties are created equal.

Posted: Jan 12, 2017

Bringing Work Home: The Use Of Coated Metal In Suburbia

Whether we live in a big city or far out in the countryside, most of us spend our professional lives outside of the home. From skyscrapers and industrial complexes to big box stores and suburban strip malls, a large segment of the employed public works in buildings designed specifically to accommodate office space and commercial enterprises. And one of the growing features of these facilities is the use of exterior metal paneling.

Posted: Jan 05, 2017

Custom Material Handling For Roll Forming Equipment Fulfills Unique Manufacturing Needs

People get into business because they know they can provide a product or service better than the competition. They also get into business because they know they can make money providing that product or service. When it comes to making money, efficiency is the key in any business. Samco Machinery produces roll forming equipment for a number of industries, including building and construction.

Posted: Dec 01, 2016

Only The Best For Kansas Contractor's Ag Customers...Including Schweiss Doors

Koehn Construction Services of Fredonia, KS believes its loyalty to the suppliers with the best products breeds loyalty from their customers looking for the best buildings. When it comes to doors on the many large agricultural buildings Koehn has erected, Schweiss Doors is the only choice.

Posted: Nov 10, 2016

Industrial-Strength Roof Coating Systems Offer Longer Life For Aging Metal Roofs

Metal is one of the more practical and widely-used roofing materials on the market today. Introduced as an alternative to roofing materials such as clay and wood, metal roofs can last between 40 and 70 years. However, when one has reached the end of its lifecycle, building owners are left with very few options.

Posted: Oct 13, 2016

Accenting Education: How Color Plays a Role in the Classroom

Education is the cornerstone of our society. In addition to thoughtful curriculum, the youth of our nation need to have resources and well-designed spaces to help facilitate their growth and success. Color helps set the tone and mood of a building or room, and leaves a lasting impression. Utilizing color in the classroom, common spaces and building exteriors is no new trend; however, from elementary schools to universities we are seeing architects enlist color in new ways to encourage excitement and productivity.

Posted: Sep 15, 2016

VentSaver From SnoBlox-SnoJax Is A Real Vent Saver

One of the most common types of damage caused by sliding snow and ice is bent and broken ventilation pipes. They typically have little protection from being crushed or sheared during a snow and ice slide. Pipe boots are often damaged and can result in roof leaks.

Posted: Sep 07, 2016

SAF Marks 70th Anniversary As Anodizing Pioneer

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co.), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, marks its 70th anniversary this fall. At its founding in 1946, SAF was one of only two anodizing lines in the country. Founder Marvin McClatchey was a chemical engineer and pioneer in anodizing for architectural applications. Still in the family, SAF is currently led by second generation brothers and Co-CEOs, Penn McClatchey and Jim McClatchey.

Posted: Aug 18, 2016

AXYZ PANELBuilder Helps Growth Of East Coast Metal Systems

East Coast Metal Systems, Inc. (ECMS) is a full-service fabricator and installer of engineered architectural metal and exterior envelope systems. Through the years, the company has purchased multiple PANELBuilder Systems manufactured by AXYZ International. PANELBuilder, a CNC router with a user-friendly software system, is designed to process large volumes of cladding material quickly and efficiently.

Posted: Jul 07, 2016

Snow Management Solutions For Standing Seam Roofs

Of all the metal roofing options available for residential roofing, metal standing seam is the best-selling. Standing seams are not only unique in appearance, they’re also unique in the fact that attaching anything to them can be tricky in that you don’t want to penetrate the roofing material. When you’re looking for a snow management system that’s ideal for standing seam roofs, Alpine SnowGuards offers a variety of solutions.

Posted: Jun 02, 2016

Solar Reflective Coatings - A Cooler Way To Build

Anytime you look at a new building, whether it’s an impressive skyscraper or a quaint residential home, the architectural scheme and exterior aesthetic is often the feature that first captivates our attention. Although the exterior beauty is important, the functional qualities of materials used to build a structure are just as vital to both its short-term and long-term success, especially when it comes to sustainability and reducing energy consumption.

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