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September 20, 2023

Energy Code = Competitive Advantage

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has completely changed the metal building industry over the past decade. Manufacturers have spent many years developing products to satisfy the code better. Insulated metal panels have gained an incredible amount of market share. Insulation producers have continued to develop technology around High-R fiberglass insulation systems. Some metal building Read More

April 4, 2023

Is the Screw-Down Roof Dead?

Standing seam roofs are superior to screw-down roof systems for several reasons. The most obvious is weather tightness. Standing seam roofs utilize a clip to attach the panel to the roof framing, minimizing the use of exposed fasteners. Fewer fasteners (or penetrations in general) mean less likelihood of leaks. Handling panel expansion and contraction is Read More

February 24, 2023

Hybrid Building Systems

As a pre-engineered metal building contractor, I would love to tell you that every building can be constructed using a metal building system. But, while metal buildings are highly diverse and their capabilities continue to grow, there are better solutions than traditional metal buildings. A hybrid building system can be a great alternative when a Read More

January 9, 2023

2023 Price and Lead Times are Back in Check

If you looked at using a metal building system in 2021 and the pricing and lead time didn’t work for you, it’s time to reconsider. The metal building industry got hit early and hard by the COVID lockdowns. Pricing rose, and lead times ballooned fast. Lead times were as long as 52 weeks for some Read More

January 4, 2023

Direct to Consumer Metal Buildings: More Benefit than Threat

For the past ten years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) metal building providers have grown in popularity. Many contractors in the metal building industry hate DTC metal building suppliers because they see them as a threat to their business. But in my opinion, they do more good than bad for the metal building industry. Here is a summary Read More

November 29, 2022

Excessive Roof Snow on Metal Buildings

Metal buildings are designed to accommodate snow build-up on roofs based on the local snow load requirements. While under typical snow storms, the roof is well equipped to handle the weight of the snow/ice build-up, some conditions can cause the load to exceed the capacity the roof was designed for. It is important to understand Read More

October 20, 2022

Pole Barns Versus Metal Buildings

Pole barns and metal buildings can often appear very similar on the exterior. While both systems typically utilize metal roofing & siding, the two systems are very different. For those who aren’t familiar with pole barns, a pole barn or “post frame” building is described by the National Frame Buildings Association: “Post-frame construction is an Read More

September 15, 2022

Use Caution When Modifying Existing Metal Buildings

Architects and engineers reach out to us all the time for some advice on how best to lay out a metal building for cost-effectiveness. In most cases, today’s metal buildings can be customized down to an inch, but some general rules of thumb help make some layouts more economical than others. Note: It will help Read More

August 24, 2022

Cost Effective Metal Building Design

Architects and engineers reach out to us all the time for some advice on how best to lay-out a metal building for cost effectiveness. Today’s metal buildings can be customized down to an inch in most cases, but there are some general rules of thumb that help make some lay-outs more economical than others. Note: Read More

July 14, 2022

Metal Roof Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Roof inspection and preventative maintenance is required for all metal building systems. Preventative maintenance is necessary to not only increase the lifespan of your building, but it is required in order for warranties to remain in effect. That being said, most building owners never step foot on their roof to do an inspection or perform Read More