Metal Building Trends

The Metal Building Trends blog covers the latest trends, technologies, and techniques in the metal building industry. Star Building Systems' Joe Edge has more than forty years of experience in the design, construction, and sales of custom metal building solutions for all types of applications, from schools and warehouses to retail stores and airport hangars.
Metal building maintenance is essential

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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.

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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...
The Inherent Sustainability of Steel

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...
Top FAQs for Metal Building Insulation
Metals | March 16, 2015 | Jim Place
Here are some of the most important issues for keeping fiberglass insulation working at its maximum.

The metal and glass S.R. Crown Hall of the Illinois Institute of Technology built in 1956, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo: Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0

Building Materials | March 10, 2015 | Gabe Savely
A new report by the Metal Building Manufacturer's Association explains the entity's efforts in refining and extending metal building systems as a cons...
Why Churches Are Being Built of Metal

Metal church in Spitak, Armenia (then part of the U.S.S.R), built after the earthquake in 1988. Photo courtesy of Mcsochi/Wikimedia Commons.

Religious Facilities | February 25, 2015 | Doug Clark
Affordability and speed of building are important factors.
Want greater energy savings? The answer is on your roof

A recent study compared the possible energy savings of metal vs. asphalt roofs by doing field testing on an asphalt shingle roof and a stone-coated metal shake roof.

Modular Building | January 30, 2015 | Jeff Alexander
A recent study finds that metal roofs can cut energy costs.

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Architects | December 05, 2014 | John Negich
A new 2015 construction outlook report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2015 will rise 9% to $612 billion. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Architects | November 19, 2014 | Gabe Savely
As technology continues to evolve exponentially, construction firms have ongoing opportunities to enhance the quality, speed, and efficiency of buildi...

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Architects | November 19, 2014 | Scott Bowers
Are you concerned with the long-life protection of your metal building project? SPONSORED CONTENT

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Architects | October 13, 2014 | Jeff Koos
It’s getting more and more difficult to spot a metal building these days. What looks like brick, stucco or wood on the outside could actually be a met...

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Architects | September 30, 2014 | Gabe Savely
Not long ago, the role of a construction project manager revolved around working with people: employees, vendors, consultants, designers, subcontracto...
Architects | September 24, 2014 | Mary Ed Cain
Mary Ed Cain was supposed to be born a boy. That was the first time she surprised everyone. The second time came on a daily basis during her 43-year c...

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Architects | August 25, 2014 | Joe Edge
About one out of every three construction projects is behind schedule or over budget, according to the Construction Industry Institute's Assessment of...

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Architects | August 21, 2014 | Gabe Savely
Customers are inherently inefficient and inconvenient to do business with, writes Customer Service Consultant Micah Solomon, in a recent Forbes post....

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Architects | July 21, 2014 | Allen Hurtz
We need electricity to power our building projects, along with water and gas and a faultless sanitation system. That’s what we think about when we thi...

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Architects | July 17, 2014 | Gene Bell
When you’re ready to build, land needs a serious amount of attention. Since it can singlehandedly shift your building plans, land must be investigated...
Architects | July 09, 2014 | Dustin Cole
Change. It’s inevitable. And success for any professional may very well depend on how well we adapt to it. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Architects | May 27, 2014 | Jeff Koos
The construction industry is on the road to recovery, according to a new survey by Metal Construction News. Most metrics improved from the previous ye...

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Architects | May 27, 2014 | John Negich
Compelling your clients to provide you with quality referrals is one of the best ways to build a successful business. Here are ways to ‘train’ your cl...
Architects | May 11, 2014 | John Negich
So, are you ready to start building? Completing these eight questions will help you answer that confidently. SPONSORED CONTENT
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