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Metal roofing tips, tricks and industry updates from American Building Components.


How Metal Trim Earns its Keep

Selecting the right trim and installing it correctly is crucial to ensuring metal buildings look good and stay dry. The success of any metal panel roof depends heavily on the trim. Aside from providing an elegant, finished look, these hard-working components serve as part of the flashing system by sealing joints, side seams and end […]

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Maintaining and Repairing Your Metal Panels

Understanding the maintenance requirements of your metal panels is essential to maximizing the longevity of your investment with the least amount of hassle. While metal panels have been engineered to provide decades of trouble-free protection, they can suffer damage from the build-up of debris as well as storm-related traumas like hail stones, falling branches and […]

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Metal Panels for Animal Housing: Consider This

Metal panels are buildings that house farm animals, whether cattle, hogs or poultry. But while the sheer number of such installations shows how well-suited metal is to this environment, animal confinement imposes specific challenges on panels that aren’t required considerations for residential or commercial uses. When considering metal panels for a barn or other animal […]

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Cool Metal Roofs Save Energy and Cost

Metal panels are a cool addition to your building in more ways than one. Besides looking great, a metal roof is a simple and effective way to make you more comfortable in warmer months while cutting your energy use and providing potential tax savings. What is a cool roof? A “cool roof” is one that’s […]

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Metal Panel Gauges: What you need to know

So you’ve decided to use metal panels for your building project, and now it’s time to get specific. One of the first decisions you’ll make is what gauge, or thickness, you need. There are many metal roof and wall panel profiles to choose from, and they are all available in several gauge thicknesses … but […]

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Your Guide to Steel-Curtain Roll-Up Doors

No building is complete without a door. In this blog, we investigate steel-curtain roll-up doors and how they deliver form and function across a wide variety of uses. What are Steel-Curtain Roll-Up Doors? You see them everywhere. They’re used at your local schools, recreation and retail centers, and government, medical and office buildings. They provide […]

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Hurricane Season is Here. Is Your Roof Ready?

Hurricanes are a part of living in most coastal areas in the U.S. and preparing for them is essential to keeping you and your family safe. This preparation is also essential to protect your largest and most important investments: your home and business. The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season spans from June 1 to November 30, […]

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Galvalume® vs. Galvanized

The coating makes a difference. Selecting metal panels made from high-quality materials is essential to the longevity and success of any metal roofing system—from the steel sheets to the fasteners. Although the quality of the paint system applied to metal roofing panels provides an essential level of protection (as discussed in our recent ‘Decoding Your […]

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Spotlight on Underlayment

What’s under your metal roof matters. Roof underlayment is the first layer of material laid prior to the metal roofing panels. It separates the roof covering from the roof deck, thus protecting it from detrimental resins, unevenness and—in re-roofing applications—fasteners and other old building materials. This water-shedding layer also provides secondary protection from weather, shields […]

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Decoding Your Warranty: Paint Chalking

The third and final element of our “Decoding Your Warranty” blog series covers paint chalking. As with fading, chalking is an expected occurrence with any paint system that is subjected to outdoor exposure, and while it may be preferable to other issues such as cracking or peeling, it is still important to the metal roofing industry […]

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