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.
October 31, 2016 | Carissa Smith
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...
Metals | October 17, 2016 | Kirk Anderson
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...
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...
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.
January 14, 2016 | Doug Clark
December 28, 2015 | Dan DeKalb
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...
Metals | November 05, 2015 | Cary Barger
Inspect, repair damages, and clean the 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."
Mezzanine in a Bilbao metro station, Spain. Photo: Javierme/Wikimedia Commons.
Heat energy has only three mechanisms through which it can transfer: thermal convection, thermal conduction, and thermal radiation.. Illustration courtesy of kmecriunit/Wikimedia Commons
Thermal convection occurs when hot molecules move from one location to another.
Colofrul buildings in Tirana, Albania.
When the sun starts swinging punches at your building's coating, chalking and fading will start. But there's a way to prevent it.
The good news is that metal buildings are expandable, especially if you plan expansion potential into the original design.
Here is some advice on how metal buildings can be a solution for space shortages
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.
The finish on the metal is integral to preventing corrosion. Scratches can compromise that protection, especially if metal is exposed.
‘Low-maintenance’ is not the same thing as ‘no maintenance.’
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.
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...
It’s worth noting that recycled materials are not difficult for steel-makers to acquire. Steel recycling is well established in North America, and has been for decades. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Metals | April 03, 2015 | Allen Hurtz
The steel in a metal building system may contribute to points for Recycled Content under the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LE...
Metals | March 16, 2015 | Jim Place
Here are some of the most important issues for keeping fiberglass insulation working at its maximum.