Metal Building Trends

The Metal Building Trends blog covers the latest trends, technologies, and techniques in the metal building industry. Founded in 1927, Star Building Systems has more than eighty-five years of experience in the design, construction, and sale of custom metal building solutions for all types of applications, from schools and warehouses to retail stores and airport hangars.
Building Tech | January 31, 2017 | Star Building Systems
GF Construction, led by Charles and Jerry Fombrun, designed an industrial manufacturing development in Haiti that spans one million square feet, provi...
Moisture Control/Building Envelope | December 13, 2016 | Cary Barger
The basic idea of a rainscreen is to have an exterior surface – a cladding layer - that breaks the force of sideways, wind-driven water movement, so t...
December 01, 2016 | Bryan Arlington
Today’s codes define more efficient, effective structures, but the engineering of them has become vastly more complex.
November 21, 2016 | Bryan Arlington
There is a mistaken belief among some people that steel buildings do not do well in earthquakes. The truth is quite the opposite.
Drones | October 25, 2016 | Doug Clark
People in the construction business are finding all sorts of great applications for drones, including the inspection of remote locations, getting a hi...
August 24, 2016 | Bryan Arlington
The pros and cons of a rolling sheet door
August 19, 2016 | Bryan Arlington
Metal building standard for contractors and erectors.
Metals | July 27, 2016 | Bob Zabcik
 A large roof can become a resource that saves significant money on energy consumption and helps reduce emissions of CO2 and it turns out metal roofs...
Roofing | June 29, 2016 | Dave Rutherford
When faced with the need to replace a flat roof, many building owners find retrofitting a more viable investment, and so they erect a long-lasting, lo...
Roofing | May 09, 2016 | Cary Barger
A report by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) found that 55% Al-Zn coated low-slope steel standing seam roofing systems suffer very little corr...
Steel Construction and Products | April 19, 2016 | Kenny Stoner
Not having a complete understanding of what the steel line is can affect the building process, causing delays and problems, writes Kenny Stoner
Metals | April 11, 2016 | Allen Hurtz
The fire safety of metal building systems is crucial. The ability of a metal building to prevent or slow down the spread of fire protects the structur...
February 02, 2016 | Dave Rutherford
Speed has a real impact on the bottom line, in ways that are obvious and in some that you might not be aware of.
Taking the LEED in Construction
Metals | December 23, 2015 | Bob Zabcik
LEED is a rating system that allows a building to score points for doing things more sustainably, in a variety of ways. There are different kinds of L...
Metal building maintenance is essential

Photo courtesy of Pressure Washing The Woodlands.

Metals | November 05, 2015 | Cary Barger
Inspect, repair damages, and clean the building
How To Identify A Metal Building
Metals | October 09, 2015 | Jeff Koos
The metal buildings of yesteryear were drab and largely windowless. Now, an application that depends on big, beautiful windows can have everything it...
Metals | September 08, 2015 | Cary Barger
Building owners worry that a problem will occur and no responsible party will fix it. This is when your choice of builder matters.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Metals | August 06, 2015 | Allen Hurtz
In a contemporary metal building system, the size and shape can be just about whatever the project "wants." 
Two loads you must understand before requesting an estimate

Mezzanine in a Bilbao metro station, Spain. Photo: Javierme/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | July 30, 2015 | Jenny Arrowood
Heat, Convection, Conduction, Radiation, Metal Buildings, Insulation, Heat Transmittance

Heat energy has only three mechanisms through which it can transfer: thermal convection, thermal conduction, and thermal radiation.. Illustration courtesy of kmecriunit/Wikimedia Commons

Metals | June 30, 2015 | Barbara Shirley
Thermal convection occurs when hot molecules move from one location to another.
What’s in a coating, and why does it matter?

Colofrul buildings in Tirana, Albania. 

Coatings | June 15, 2015 | Jeff Alexander
When the sun starts swinging punches at your building's coating, chalking and fading will start. But there's a way to prevent it.
How Big Of A Building Do I Need?

The good news is that metal buildings are expandable, especially if you plan expansion potential into the original design.

Building Team | June 04, 2015 | Allen Hurtz
Here is some advice on how metal buildings can be a solution for space shortages
Six Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Door

Things to consider before purchasing include wind speed requirements and need for door to be rated for fire.

Metals | May 18, 2015 | Bray Allen
A set of six questions to help you confidently purchase the right door.
How to get the most out of a metal roof

The finish on the metal is integral to preventing corrosion. Scratches can compromise that protection, especially if metal is exposed.

Metals | May 11, 2015 | Dave Rutherford
‘Low-maintenance’ is not the same thing as ‘no maintenance.’
Are Metal Roofs Lightning Magnets?

A metal building system, with a conductive metal roof and a conductive metal structural frame, gives lightning a low-resistance path to the earth. Photo: David Selby/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | April 24, 2015 | Bryan Arlington
According to The Metal Construction Assocition, a metal roof will not make lightning more likely to strike, but it may make a lightning strike less da...
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