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.
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...

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...

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 c...

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...

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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-yea...

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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...

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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 pos...

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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...

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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 investiga...

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...

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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...

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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Architects | April 25, 2014 | Bob Zabcik

There are many examples of materials developed for the space program making their way into everyday life and radiant barriers are just that. SPONSO...

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Metals | April 17, 2014 | Stacy Milford

In 1997, Apple told us to “Think Different.” So we did. We thought about what could happen if the world went mobile, if information was boundless,...

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Building Materials | April 08, 2014 | Jeff Koos
Job number 61-001 changed everything. It was sold in 1961, a year of change for the nation and for Star. By January, John F. Kennedy would be presiden...
Architects | March 31, 2014 | Bryan Arlington

Landing a project feels like winning a prize, sort of like finding that forgotten $20 bill in the pocket of a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a w...

Education Facility | March 19, 2014 | Bryan Arlington

In every aspect of a metal building, you can tweak the cost by adjusting the finish, panel thickness, and panel profile. These changes might make a...

Metals | March 11, 2014 | Kim Mulder

We had worked together for 30 years. As a long-standing client of mine, he and I had gone through many projects together. And we were approaching a...

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