Metal roof and wall panels provide strong wind resistance

In areas that experience strong winds, metal roof and wall panels provide a sturdy, well-tested option for building envelope design.

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September 08, 2014 |
Ken Buchinger
Metal roof and wall panels provide strong wind resistance

Photo: Detlfef Schobert/Flickr

In areas that experience strong winds, metal roof and wall panels provide a sturdy, well-tested option for building envelope design. A recent example is the Archer Government Complex in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a city with an annual average wind speed of 12.9 mph, ranking it first in the U.S. During winter, Cheyenne has frequent periods when wind speeds hold steady at 30 to 40 mph, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph.

The MBCI SuperLok standing seam roof panels (27,634 sf in total) and Artisan L-12 soffit and wall panels used in the Archer Government Complex project meet Florida’s stringent wind resistant code requirements. SuperLok panel is a mechanically field-seamed, vertical leg-standing seam roof system that combines a 2-inch tall slim rib with exceptional uplift resistance. The wall and soffit elements also provide robust wind and impact resistance.

MBCI wall and roofing products, including roof assemblies, have undergone rigorous testing for uplift resistance, positive load resistance, and other structural qualities according to standards set by ASTM, FM Global, and Underwriters Laboratories.

The Archer Government Complex proves the mettle of metal panels for locations consistently buffeted by high winds. If metal panels can make it in blustery Cheyenne, they can make it anywhere.

For more information on SuperLok, click here.

Ken Buchinger | The Latest in Metal Facades

Ken Buchinger is the General Manager of Technical Services for MBCI. He began working at MBCI in 1988, and throughout his tenure he has been responsible for handling field problems, developing weathertightness warranties, erector training, research and development certifications, and the creation and management of the MBCI installation manuals and catalogs. Buchinger is actively involved in several trade associations and has written numerous articles for various trade magazines and gives presentations for various organizations. Prior to working at MBCI, Buchinger was part owner of Whitehouse Construction Company and erected metal buildings for Brown Erection Company.

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