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Controlling Erosion and Runoff on Construction Sites

site erosion control

Metal building contractors are constantly reminded, "water is the enemy," encouraged to choose the right site location, building materials and techniques to avoid long-term moisture exposure. This time of year however, it's important to review the building practices you're implementing from job site to site, making sure rainfall, snow melt and mudslides aren't creating irreversible damage to the property and/or its surrounding environment.


An Introduction to Steel Moment-Resisting Frames

steel moment frame

One of the most pressing concerns when designing a metal building is the structure's resistance to lateral movement. Specifically, you want to design a building that can withstand the most dramatic natural events that cause lateral motion in a building, including wind force and seismic activity.

Typical Causes of Corrosion on Structural Steel and 5 Steps for Prevention

structural steel corrosion

Structural steel is incredibly durable and will last several lifetimes. That statement is true, but there are some caveats that should be added to increase its accuracy.

Structural steel is incredibly durable and will last several lifetimes if, and only if, there are certain protective features and practices put into place. Steel is certainly durable in its own right, but it is also highly susceptible to moisture damage. Once a little rust settles in, the corrosion that ensues can be extremely costly to repair and, in worst case scenarios, it can become a serious safety hazard to the building's occupants and neighbors.

7 Advantages of Structural Steel Frame Construction

structural steel framing

Structural steel isn't just for skyscrapers, large agriculture buildings and garages. There are multiple reasons why steel makes an attractive building option from start to finish, not the least of which are:

  • Sustainability
  • Affordability
  • Durability

What Are Hybrid Wood and Steel Buildings?

hybrid wood steel building

Trying to decide whether or not to build traditionally with wood or opt for a more modern, steel building approach? There's no need to choose one over the other. These days, many builders go the hybrid construction route, blending their favorite attributes of wood-framed and trimmed homes with the strength and durability of steel and metal building components.

The Lowdown on Exposed Fastener Metal Roofing

exposed fastener metal roof

Homeowners new to the idea of installing a metal roof will quickly jump to concealed fastener metal roofing options because they are concerned exposed fasteners will look unwieldy, preferring a more traditional and streamlined look.


Concealed Fastener Metal Roof: Worth Its Price in Steel

concealed fastener metal roof

When selecting the fasteners for your metal roofing system, you'll have two options: concealed or exposed. As one would expect, the former is hidden from view while the latter is visible in plain sight. There are pros and cons to each, and its important to always match the proper fastener-type with the right metal roofing system.


Metal Roofs and Insulation: Staying Cool while Saving Energy

metal roof insulation

Typically, the effectiveness of insulation versus a cool metal roof isn't an either/or question. Most building codes require some amount of insulation - quantity and R-Value being dictated by the climate where you live. Cool metal roofs, on the other hand, are specifically designed for warm and hot weather climates, where the lion's share of undesirable heat transfer is the result of UV absorption through the roof.

Most building experts recommend using a combination of insulation and a reflective metal roofing system in order to optimize energy efficiency and interior comfort while minimizing solar heat gain since insulation and reflective roofs mitigate heat transfer differently.

Cool Metal Roofing: LEED Certified and Sustainable

cool metal roof

The LEED certification program is a product of the U.S. Green Building Council and is now an internationally recognized system for ensuring and measuring the sustainability of new building designs. It is setup using a combination of categories and points. A building's design and material selection must gain a set number of points in a range of categories in other to earn the distinction of being LEED certified.

Reflective Insulation and Radiant Barriers in Metal Buildings

radiant barrier insulation

If you know anything at all about metal, you're familiar with rust. While metal buildings are virtually impervious to other traditional building threats, like pests, fire and strong winds, they can succumb to moisture damage without proper planning and design. They are also excellent conductors of heat.

One of the first lines of defense for metal buildings are the protective coatings used to seal the metal panels and components, providing a durable barrier against water, debris and environmental pollutants. A close-second line of defense is the combination of high-quality insulation with a radiant barrier. When these three items are in place, you can rest assured your metal building will be the low-maintenance and long-lived structure it was intended to be.

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