Join FRSA for their 99th Convention & Expo, the largest roofing expo in the country! Starting tomorrow, METALCON will be exhibiting in Booth #1509 at FRSA‘s ONE ROOF at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, July 21 – 23.
Being touted as the LARGEST roofing expo in the country, FRSA welcomes 240 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services in the industry. The Expo will have daily cash prizes, the Foundation Auction and special events in the Lounge.
Join FRSA for their 99th Convention & Expo, the largest roofing expo in the country!
METALCON looks forward to gathering with FRSA under ONE ROOF next week! Visit METALCON in Booth #1509 at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, next Wednesday, July 21 – 23.
Being touted as the LARGEST roofing expo in the country, FRSA will proudly welcome 240 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services in the industry next week. The Expo features daily cash prizes, the Foundation Auction and special events in the Lounge.
Don’t miss the chance for bragging rights in the hottest new recognition program in the metal construction industry! To be eligible for consideration, a product must have been introduced to the market after January 1, 2019, and its manufacturer must be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate more than one top metal product but not more than one product per category.
Nominations are accepted in the following categories:
Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry. NRCA encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.
With METALCON’s anticipated return to an in-person event in October, a newTop Products Award program is underway. Get bragging rights at this year’s show along with special product recognition in your booth. Get your nomination in today!
METALCON 2021 Exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories (see below). To be eligible:
A product must have been introduced to the market no sooner than January 1, 2019.
The product’s manufacturer MUST be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company.
Exhibitors are eligible to submit products in more than one category but not more than one product per category.
METALCON, the metal construction industry’s only global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, announces its new Top ProductsAward. 2021 exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories. To be eligible for consideration, a product must have been introduced to the market no sooner than Jan. 1, 2019, and its manufacturer MUST be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate more than one top metal product but not more than one product per category. For a current list of 2021 METALCON exhibitors, click HERE. Deadline to submit is July 1, 2021.
There are several key reasons why a metal roof is the right choice. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), among these reasons include energy savings, aesthetic appeal, performance in weather-related events, longevity and environmentally sustainability. In this era of increased focus on sustainability, copper is “king.” According to Copper.org (Copper Development Association, Inc.), it’s durable, reliable and often outlives its aluminum, plastic and other metal counterparts. Copper adorns one of the world’s most stunning homes in the United States — The Hope Residence, located in Palm Springs, California.
According to Metal Roofing Alliance, “For a home that is nearly as famous and unique as the American entertainer who inspired it, the Hope Residence has been compared to a spaceship, a mushroom and a volcano. Whatever shape you imagine it resembles, there is no doubt there is nothing like this nearly 24,000 square foot home set at the highest point overlooking the star-studded city. The most striking element of the curvaceous, expansive home is the roof itself. Made from copper that slopes upward from three points to meet at an enormous open oculus, the roof seems to rise from the mountains, its dark aged patina softly glowing in ever-shifting desert light.”
RoofersCoffeeShop reports, “For the second year in a row, solar led all technologies in new electric-generating capacity added, accounting for 43%.” According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2020 Year-in-Review report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie, the U.S. solar industry grew 43% and installed a record 19.2 gigawatts (GWdc) of capacity in 2020.
SEIA, along with their members and allies across the energy system, have set an ambitious goal for solar energy to comprise 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030. To reach this target, the industry must work collaboratively across technologies and industries to build a strong Solar+ economy.
Solar Solutions at METALCON
METALCON 2021 is thrilled to be returning to an “IN PERSON” event, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. As the demand for solar panel installation grows from both the residential and commercial sectors, so has the industry’s appreciation of metal for long-term durability. Discover the latest metal applications for solar at METALCON this year in a dedicated area on the exhibit floor. If you represent a business that manufactures solar components, develops performance monitoring systems or provides smart energy, energy storage or solar consulting services, consider exhibiting at the show. Participating exhibitors will meet hundreds of architects, developers, roofing contractors and others in the METALCON community who are eager to learn about solar energy. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
When IMPs first emerged as a building product in the 1960s they were predominantly used as an exterior wall assembly. Throughout the last 60 years, the materials and production methods have advanced considerably. According to the Metal Construction Association, “Insulated Metal Panel Roofs are premier building products on the leading edge of innovation.” The far reaching benefits include: high performance, sustainable building envelope, design flexibility, single component, and speed of build. The question isn’t “why an IMP roof” … the question is “why not.”
Join METALCONLive! and MCA TOMORROW as they present, The Advantages of an IMP Roof, by Greg Lusty, Vice President of Sales at All Weather Insulated Panels. Greg will provide a review of insulated metal roof panel systems in terms of their performance characteristics, profiles, and testing/approval requirements; along with the design and installation considerations that will help you be successful. This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE!
This year, readers expressed a significant interest metal panels. Whether roofing panels, wall panels or insulated metal panels, of the 22 products selected, 12 of them were metal panels.
The top selection was the Generations Slate Metal Roof Panels from EDCO Products Inc., Hopkins, Minn. These metal roof panels replicate the look of a slate roof with steel in HD (high definition) colors and PVDF finishes. Colors include Black HD, Charcoal Gray HD, Stat Bronze HD and Stone HD. The 50-inch-long by 12-inch-wide Generations Slate panels are installed with interlocking grooves and concealed fasteners. It shows that our readers still have a strong interest in roofing and in residential roofing products in particular.
Last week during our METALCONLive! event, we learned from leading authority on metal roofing recover, Charlie Smith, the number one reason to recover a roof with metal is for its longevity. According to Rob Haddock with S-5!, “A metal roof has three to five to six times the longevity of conventional asphalt shingles.”
While metal roofs have made significant gains in recent years, the industry still fights a perception that the value of metal roofing is less than other roofing materials, especially in the residential market. In his recent article in Metal Architecture, Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh takes a look on how to quantify the “return-on-investment (ROI)” for metal roofing.
The article cites, “Currently, a metal roof replacing the existing roofing material returned 61.2% percent of the cost within two years. For an asphalt roof replacement, the return is slightly higher (65.9%) but the cost is significantly lower. There is no data available for the return on investment of a metal roof on a commercial project. For commercial real estate investors, building owners, appraisers, municipalities, appraisers, school boards, insurers and others interested in property values, there is nowhere they can turn to identify the intrinsic value of a metal roof.”
Chuck Howard, PE, president of Metal Roofing Consultants, Cary, N.C., and another industry expert says, “One of the problems we have in our industry is that value of the metal roof is not clearly defined while the value of flat roofs and shingle roofs are. It’s going to be X amount of dollars per foot. You tell people, ‘a flat roof will be $6 per square foot and a metal roof will be $12 per square foot,’ and they say they can’t afford metal.” Howard goes on to explain that sometimes the metal roof is designed to work on a structure that will work with any roof and is consequently overdesigned for a metal roof. Once you get a customer past the “cost” conversation, the payoff– the ROI — for metal roofing comes in the maintenance and durability of the product.
To increase awareness of the longevity of metal roofing, Haddock pushed for a survey to document the real service life of a metal roof. Sponsored by the Metal Construction Association and the ZAC Association, the survey analyzed low-slope, unpainted 55 percent Al-Zn coated steel standing seam roofing in a wide range of environments across the U.S. The research concluded that the expected service life of such a roof constructed today can be expected to be in excess of 60 years. That value, the researchers argue, equals the assumed service life of the building, as described by USGBC’s LEED v4 rating program. Haddock suspects if metal roofing were to warrant roofs to the same service life standard, the warranties would likely run to 60 years.
To help customers overcome the cost objections to metal roofs, Howard developed a spreadsheet that compares the anticipated costs of a metal roof to a typical flat roof including anticipated maintenance. His analysis includes initial costs that show metal roofing coming in at about 30 percent higher but at the 20-year mark, the total cost for a metal roof would be 22 percent less than a flat roof. At 40 years, it would be 60 percent less. And at 60 years, it would be 68 percent less. Over the 60 year life span of the building, the 20-year flat roofs need to be replaced three times and have considerably higher maintenance costs.
The durability of a metal roof provides a significantly better return on investment than a typical flat roof over the predictable service life of a building. Durability and maintenance are key elements positively affecting the ROI for metal roofs. Research from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) suggests that investments in maintenance and making sure the building doesn’t deteriorate over time improves the return on investment.
“A metal roof, if properly installed, requires no maintenance,” says Haddock. When we were doing the study, we got up on roofs that were 30 years old and nobody had ever been up there.”
While the value of a metal roof may not be apparent at the start, it is fair to say the ROI presents itself later based on the longevity and ease of maintenance.
Last week on METALCONLive!, the Metal Construction Association presented leading authority on metal roofing recover systems, Charlie Smith with McElroy Metal, who gave a detailed presentation on the benefits of using metal to recover an existing sloped roof. You can stream the presentation on-demand by clicking on the above image. Some key takeaways from the presentation include the growing advantages of using metal for roof recover work, the future of using a “T” shape panel and if doing a retrofit, and knowing your clip offset before starting a project.
Charlie opened the presentation with the simple, yet important, question, “Why metal?” He answered his own question by saying, “Simple, it has the longest life expectancy of approximately 40-60 years.”
As industry events continue to change, cancel or postpone, our friends with Metal Construction News are keeping everyone up-to-date. You can find a running list of events on their WEBSITE. While some have postponed to next year (METALCON included) or canceled, many events are now offering a VIRTUAL platform. While they don’t replace face-to-face, these virtual meetings can still provide an excellent way to connect with industry leaders and peers and continue to learn how to better position your business. Here is the list for the upcoming events happening this fall, between now and the end of November.
The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published three white papers, two new and one updated, each covering important design and safety aspects of metal construction in metal roofing, metal walls, and metal fasteners.
This NEW paper is an overview of the sealant types commonly used in metal building including general guidelines application. The intent is to highlight standardized testing used to compare the performance of various sealant products so the end user can make an informed decision on the correct product for a specific application. Sealants are presented in a “quick reference” format highlighting benefits, features and limitations. Useful tool for roofing professionals, procurement departments, consultants and building owners. (Published June 2020)
This NEW paper clarifies safety standards in the International Building Code (IBC) regarding metal walls and ASTM E136, the test for material combustibility. The paper discusses topics such as what products or materials will burn, what criteria causes a product or its assembly to be deemed “non-combustible,” and cladding flame spread performance. (Published June 2020)
Profiled metal roof or wall panels rely upon mechanical fasteners to secure the components to a structure. This updated paper discusses the differences between primary and secondary fasteners and the importance of fasteners in securing the components to a structure. Also included is a Recommended Fastener Guide which clarifies the selection of fasteners used with metal roofing and wall panels. Fastener durability, compatibility, and load resistance is also explored. (Published June 2020)
For MCA’s entire library of White Papers, check out their Technical Resources section on their website. MCA conducts many technical studies and research projects in partnership with member and industry partners. These studies include bulletins, white papers, manuals and reports that ensure that metal is at the forefront of innovation, and proactive with codes and standards.
METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus on “Build Back Better” with special guest Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED), President of Kalin Associates Specifications and highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker and registered architect. See below for Mark’s valuable insight of the specifications industry and strategies to leverage more metal sales with architects.
Metal is Changing Perception in Residential & Commercial Design & Usage
METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus of “Build Back Better” with special guests Ken Gieske of McElroy Metals and Ray Smith of Australia-based AppliCad Software. Read on for important take-aways from last week’s discussion and REGISTER today for this week’s METALCONLive! as we welcome expert specification writer and architect, Mark Kalin of Kalin Associates Specifications.
METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, have begun shifting the focus away from crisis-mode to how the industry can “build back better.” Special guests Paul Lechiara, owner of East Coast Metal Roofing, and Bobby Darnell, principal of Construction Market Consultants, Inc., joined the discussion to offer their sales and marketing strategies implemented during the lockdown, which have proven to be successful.
METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, led last week’s robust discussion addressing current challenges and workarounds to the current coronavirus crisis. Their special guests included Danny Kerr, managing partner of Breakthrough Academy and Adam Mazella, executive vice president of Sheffield Metals.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since METALCONLive! first launched. We can’t thank you enough for your support and participation. METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, led last week’s robust discussion addressing current challenges and workarounds to the current coronavirus crisis. Joining them for this lively discussion were special guests Heidi J. Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoﬀeeShop® and owner of HJE Consulting and Scott Hutchings, sales director of U.S. Construction with SFS.
Metal Contractors and Manufacturers ARE Still at Work
Take Care of your People
For the third week in a row, METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, welcomed everyone last Wednesday, 4/15, to our FREE weekly “no-BS discussion” of challenges and workarounds happening in real time. Rob and Frank were joined by special guests Tony Buoquot, general manager of MBMA and Miguel Pena, sales, marketing and operations at GSSI Sealants, also a Metal Construction Association Board Member.
According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), coping with climate extremes, getting creative and achieving better, longer-lasting performance that adds more ROI for the home improvement dollar are all top of mind for U.S. and Canadian homeowners this year. MRA reports that the top five key style and performance trends in the U.S. and Canada include:
Magnificent Metal Monday hails the readers today by featuring Metal Construction News’ Readers’ Choice Awards for 2019. MCN comments, “In our sixth annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Metal Construction News readers identified four different roofing underlayments as their top products for the last year, and of those four, three were in the top six of overall products.
The list contains products ranging from metal roofing panels to insulated metal panels to chimney pots and caps. There were also a number of energy reduction products rising to the surface, including insulation materials and daylighting products that help reduce energy demands. But the bigger change in the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards compared to previous years is the number of tools our readers were interested in. The Empire Level Manufacturing Co.’s TRUE Blue Squares took the top spot.
For a product to be considered for the Readers’ Choice Awards, it must have been featured in the editorial coverage between the May 2018 and April 2019 issues of Metal Construction News. MCN tracks the leads generated by each product from their readers and ranks them according to the number of leads. Continue reading the full story for the full list of the 30 winners.
Many of these manufacturing companies will be exhibiting at METALCON 2019, October 16-18, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Check out the FLOOR PLAN for the largest event in North America dedicated to metal in design and construction and register today. On behalf of the METALCON team, congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Metal Construction News Readers’ Choice Awards.
METALCON 2019 is a “one-stop shop” for key training, education and one-on-one time with industry experts and exhibitors. It is a critical addition to any “punch list” for a roofing job. Recently featured in Metal Construction News, having a punch list is necessary in any metal roofing job whether it is a roof retrofit or new construction. The information that can be obtained at METALCON this year will give you the tools to complete a job accurately.
Increase Credibility with Clients with a Roofing Certification
Our friends with MBCI shared in a blog post, “Just because you’ve been installing roofing for 30 years, doesn’t mean installer training and certification isn’t necessary. From a bottom line perspective, it’s important for companies to be proactive in making sure there is always someone on their team who is a certified installer for the products they use—or might use.”
With the knowledge that comes with certification, you’ll be able to assist contractors and consumers alike in choosing the right metal roof for their needs. Being a certified provider, homeowners, design professionals and contractors will be able to clearly differentiate quality levels of steep slope metal roofing by applying industry performance standards.
According to the latest figures from the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), metal roofing is growing in popularity, especially in states that experience severe climate conditions. The report identifies the top five states for interest in metal roofing are Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York and North Carolina, with Texas close behind.
Building an airport fit for a Queen! Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina (the “Queen’s City”),is underway with a $2.5 billion capital plan, Destination CLT, that will expand and modernize the facility, allowing the airport to accommodate an expected increase in passenger flow. While the ongoing projects are not expected to be fully complete until 2026, METALCON attendees will enjoy some upgraded amenities when the trade show convenes in October.
METALCON attendees will be some of the first travelers to get a glimpse of one of the major projects known as the “Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front” project. This $50 million project will add more lanes for cars picking up and dropping off and add sky bridges for people walking to the parking decks.
Other current projects include:
Nine gates, and associated infrastructure, at Concourse A ($200 million)
51,000-square-foot, three-level addition at Concourses D and E that includes pet and children’s areas, a food court and 12,000 square feet of office space ($29 million)
Terminal improvements and renovations ($70 million).
Future projects in the design and planning stages include:
25,000-square-foot expansion of Concourse E ($30 million)
Terminal lobby expansion ($247 million)
Fourth runway ($422 million)
16-gate expansion of Concourse A ($300 million)
10 to 12 gate expansion of Concourse C ($463 million)
8 to 10 gate expansion of Concourse B ($463 million)
An air traffic control tower with no current cost estimate
This new construction project in the North Woods of Wisconsin features a standing seam metal roof comprised of zinc panels. Photos: RHEINZINK/ Roofingmagazine.com.
Zinc? Why yes, zinc! By having the awesome responsibility of blogging for the METALCON community, perusing the metal building and construction trades is a daily activity. Stories about zinc roofing projects seem to be appearing with regularity so it raised a bit of curiosity. Zinc has been around since the dark ages … well, maybe not that long, but zinc has a rich global history and is known for its long lifespan. Continue reading →
Innovation happens when two metal manufacturing companies team up! When McElroy Metal wanted to add solar panels to its California manufacturing plant, they called on fellow METALCON exhibitor, S-5! to assist. Although their California plant didn’t necessarily need a new roof, after seeing the success they had from installing solar panels to their facility in Peachtree City, GA, McElroy decided it was worth the investment. After almost five years, the energy generated at the McElroy Peachtree City facility surpassed the plant’s energy consumption, saving the company thousands of dollars. McElroy expects to offset their California plant’s electrical usage and show a return on investment in approximately three years.Continue reading →
METALCON 2018 will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12. This will be METALCON’s first appearance in the city nicknamed the “Queen City” in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who had become the Queen of England several years before the city’s inception. While Charlotte is not considered one of the United States’ “major” metropolitan cities … take note, THIS is a city on the rise. By attending METALCON this year, you will have the chance to explore why this is a city worth seeing.