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Concealed v. Through-Fastened Metal Roof and Wall Panels: How to Choose

All metal panels—whether for commercial, residential, industrial or agricultural applications—are attached to the structure using either fasteners, clips or a combination of both that keep them in place. Vertical panels, in particular, are often categorized by the type of fastening method used to attach them, which is most often either using hidden/concealed fasteners or using […]

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Proper Ventilation for Metal Roofs and Walls

Selecting metal roof and wall panels is a strategic investment for the life of a building. To protect that investment, installing the proper ventilation system is key. Optimal air movement not only promotes temperature regulation and energy efficiency but also reduces the risk of moisture-related issues like condensation build-up. Here, we look at some of […]

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Metal Panel Installation: Surface Considerations and Building Applications

In our last blog post, we outlined the steps to take before metal panel installation to ensure projects are built to last. In this post, we’ll take a look at the important metal panel installation considerations that should be made, particularly when working with varying surface conditions and building end-uses. Surface Considerations: During the installation […]

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Preparing for Installation of Your Metal Panels

There is no doubt that selecting metal roof and wall products is a wise investment. To make the most of that investment, it’s important to take certain preparation steps before beginning your metal panel installation. Once you’ve purchased the materials you need, the next order of business is to ensure the metal panels, trim and components […]

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Metal Roof Pitch Part II: Panel Selection for Your Building End-Use

In part one of our series on metal panel roof pitch, we looked at the engineering and strength considerations that need to be taken into account when designing or specifying a building. In part two, we’ll review how to make the right metal panel selection for your building end-use by looking at the building type […]

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Metal Roof Pitch Part I: Engineering and Strength Considerations

Whether you’re an owner who needs to consider roofing material options because of the nature or design of your building, or a distributor/contractor whose job it is to recognize whether a suggested design will or won’t work based on a range of circumstances, it is critical to understand the engineering behind why roof pitch and […]

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It’s the Little Things: How to Measure Metal Panels with a Micrometer

As installers and distributors know all too well, the tiniest differential when measuring metal panels for installation can mean success or failure. Close just isn’t good enough. That’s where a micrometer—a precision tool used for measurement accuracy—comes in. But how can you be sure the panels purchased for a project don’t exactly live up to […]

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Preserve and Protect: Tips for Storing Metal Panels

The decision has been made to invest in metal roofing or siding for a project or business. Now it is incumbent upon job site professionals, business owners and/or contractors to ensure proper care is taken to preserve and protect the integrity and attractive appearance of your metal roof and wall panels from damage caused by […]

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Metal Panel Material Delivery and Handling

Handle with Care What You Need to Know about the Delivery and Handling of Metal Panels As sturdy and resilient as metal panels are, there are a number of considerations that must be accounted for in order to maintain the integrity of the product, ensure on-time and cost-efficient delivery, and guarantee safe, effective installation. First, […]

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The Benefits of Metal Panels for Barndominiums

Another alternative residential construction trend (like tiny homes) gaining momentum is the “barndominium” movement.  Barndominiums are typically metal buildings that have been transformed from structures previously used for fully-functional industrial or agricultural purposes into residences boasting affordability, low maintenance and energy efficiency. These structures stand apart from traditional and tiny homes in that they may […]

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