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METALCON Announces Keynote Speakers, Show Highlights and Major Sponsors for Tampa

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METALCON Congratulates MBMA on 65 Years

As announced by DesignandBuildwithMetal, “The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is celebrating 65 years of being the leader in the metal building systems industry throughout 2021. MBMA was founded in 1956 and serves manufacturers and suppliers by undertaking extensive technical research, promoting educational initiatives, publishing industry manuals and guidebooks, administering safety awareness programs, assisting with code development and much more.”

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[TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST] METALCON Live! Presents … Legal Updates in a Post-COVID World

METALCON Live! continues today as CEO of Cotney Law, Trent Cotney, provides contractors with an overview of how to manage legal issues in a post-COVID world. If you are involved on any live of a construction project, you won’t want to miss this important webinar to learn important steps to protect yourself from a dispute. What you learn today could potentially save you thousands or millions tomorrow.

In a 2020 report, Arcadis found that the average construction dispute was valued at $18.8 million in 2019 and took 17.6 months to resolve (Credit: Levelset). Construction law protects parties involved in a construction project including commercial and residential projects. Parties including project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, equipment suppliers, design professionals, project managers, construction lenders and others may all find themselves facing a construction dispute at some point. As a result, parties on either side of a dispute should know how to protect themselves if wrongdoing has been alleged, such as defective construction or breach of contract, but also what to do if they are experiencing construction defects or a party has breached a contract they are a party to.

The pandemic has caused almost all major industries to evolve how they operate. During this program, gain an understanding of material shortages, updates to contracts, and changes to OSHA standards.

Register Today and Earn 1 Free AIA LU!

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National Roofing Week Continues with a Focus on Employee Training

All this week, the NRCA is celebrating National Roofing Week. Today’s theme is employee training. How do you train your workers? Share your stories and photos to #NationalRoofingWeek. Check out one of the posts made by NRCA member Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal celebrating their training. Post yours today!

As a dedicated partner to the metal construction industry, METALCON offers year-round training opportunities through our virtual programming as well as on site at METALCON 2021, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. This year, we launched three new programs: METALFOCUS® Safety Program, METALCON Business Academy “MBA” Program and Metal Architecture at METALCON Live!. In addition to this virtual programming, join us IN PERSON at METALCON 2021 to take advantage of a full schedule of education and training. As an added bonus, most of the sessions will qualify for Continuing Education Credits (Including: AIA, CSI,ICC and more). REGISTER TODAY!

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METALCON Live! Presents … Legal Updates in a Post-COVID World

Join us next week — Wednesday, June 16 at 1:00 pm EST — for our next METALCON Live! webinar as CEO of Cotney Law, Trent Cotney, provides contractors with an overview of how to manage legal issues in a post-COVID world. The pandemic has caused almost all major industries to evolve how they operate. During this program, gain an understanding of material shortages, updates to contracts, and changes to OSHA standards.

Register Today and Earn 1 free AIA LU!

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TODAY is the DAY for METALCON’s Business Academy “MBA” Program

REGISTER NOW AND WATCH IT LIVE TODAY AT 1:00 EST

By summertime, it’s common that many of your staff lose the initial energy they brought at the beginning of the season due to long days and drawn out work. With no end in sight, it’s easy for productivity to drop and for you as an owner to be left picking up the pieces. Before you go putting on the “proverbial tool belt,” learn unique solutions to breathe new life into a hard-working team. In this session, you will learn:

Course Details:

  • How to identify the performance gap causing an employee’s low productivity
  • A unique goal setting & review process to align your team toward a common goal
  • The key process for working with employees that have low skill, but high commitment

BONUS!  You’ll receive the downloadable templates and frameworks to implement these tools in your business right away.

REGISTER NOW FOR TODAY’S COURSE AIRING LIVE at 1:00 PM EST!

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METALCON Business Academy “MBA” Program

WATCH VIDEO TO LEARN ABOUT METALCON’S “MBA” PROGRAM AND REGISTER FOR NEXT WEEK’S COURSE!

Developed in partnership with the trades business experts at Breakthrough Academy, METALCON’s  first-ever “MBA” program focuses on the six most critical things every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021, and beyond. This “breakthrough” program is available at NO COST to our metal construction community.

Take all 6 METALCON “MBA” courses and receive your diploma at METALCON 2021 in Tampa!

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE NEXT COURSE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 at 1:00 PM EST! (Read more for details)

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METALCON Live! TODAY @ 1PM EST – Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs

Earn your CE certificate. NABCEP approved course – CEU 1.5 JTA & RE Elective
AIA – 1 LU|HSW Course #: MRIL2142
SOLAR IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST TOPICS CURRENTLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – LEARN THE TECHNIQUES AND AFFORDABILITY OF RAIL-LESS
As solar mounting technologies evolve to improve installation efficiencies and reduce material and labor costs, some developers and installers on the job site often find it daunting to keep abreast of changing technologies and adapt their operating procedures accordingly. This seems evident by phobias some people have about rail-less PV mounting for metal roofs, while many others claim it is a piece of cake and saves a fortune. A few small shifts in thinking can produce huge savings in labor, material, and logistics, so it is worth a look. The shifts pertain to the mechanics of installation and a couple of other aspects of a project, such as wire management. This course will unpack metal roof installations with a brief overview of the various types of metal roofs and their advantages for PV. Wire management techniques will be presented along with other best practices and “how-to’s” for installing rail-less solar systems on metal roofs. Methods for installing various accessories from microinverters to home runs will also be covered.

Learn from experts in the field – Shelly Higgins AIA, CSI, IIBEC, NWiR
Architectural and National Accounts Director @S-5! and Mark Gies
Director of Solar Business @S-5!

Learning Objectives:
• Learn why a metal roof is a perfect solar platform.
• Define the advantages of rail-less solar PV mounting systems.
• Understand how solar on metal roofs prove to be the most economical and the most eco-friendly.
• Learn best practices for design and deployment of wire management.
• Describe best practices for installation techniques and other balance of system (BOS) components.
Register for FREE access to ‘Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs’ happening LIVE today at 1:00 PM EST.

Short on Continuing Education Credits? Earn them at METALCON 2021

If you are a licensed designer, architect, builder or contractor, continuing education is a necessity. Have you earned all of your credit hours this year? METALCON can help! In addition to its ongoing credit-earning webinars, METALCON is returning as an “in-person” event this October and will offer a comprehensive education program with most of the sessions qualifying for AIA, CSI, and ICC credits. Consider the show a “one-stop” shop for all of your education needs, while also exploring an exhibit hall packed with a vast array of metal products, equipment and technology, and networking with the “Who’s Who” in metal in construction and design.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – RAiNA

Newly Formed RAiNA Offers Many Benefits to Construction Industry

Just over a year ago, the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA), an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to serving the rainscreen market in North America, was founded, and is now the leading authority on rainscreen assemblies.

RAiNA provides a forum for designers, trades, test agencies, and material suppliers to gather to determine best practices, interpret and inform codes, as well as educate and address technical concerns in the industry.

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SELL AND BUY IN-PERSON AT METALCON 2021

METALCON Exhibit Floor 2019

Do you offer game-changing metal construction and design solutions? Are your products and services ready to meet the pent-up demand of eager buyers seeking new innovations? Are you ready to get back to business with a SAFE return to in-person meetings?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to exhibit at METALCON 2021! As vaccinations continue to roll out and concerns of the spread of the virus cautiously ease, in-person events are slowly resuming including trade shows. Recently, a trio of fashion shows was held in early February at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Trade Show News Network reported, “With the tactile nature of the fashion industry, many buyers and exhibitors were eager to move their networking and deal brokering back to an in-person format.” Not unlike the fashion industry, the metal construction industry has also thrived when buyers have the opportunity to see the products demonstrated in person.

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Do you Dream of Having a Rockstar Staff? Learn from the Pros TODAY at 1:00 pm

WHAT: “MBA” Course #2 – Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff

WHEN: TODAY, March 10 at 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: ONLINE – REGISTER HERE

WHO: YOU! Anyone on the business-side of the metal construction industry who is ready to become a more effective leader and/or increase performance, profitability, and productivity. 

COST: FREE! What would normally cost hundreds of dollars is available at NO COST!

Instructor, Danny Kerr, started Breakthrough Academy to help entrepreneurs in the trades grow their company’s profitability, while taking back control of their time. Currently, Breakthrough Academy works with over 300 trades business owners, managing over $900 million worth of revenue, and was named Canada’s 106th fastest growing company in the Globe and Mail’s 2020 Report on Business; the third consecutive year on a top growth list for the brand. Danny has been a presenter the past three years at METALCON and we look forward to welcoming him back this year in Tampa.

REGISTER NOW FOR TODAY’S COURSE

METALCONLive! Metal Business Academy (MBA) Continues TOMORROW – REGISTER TODAY

WHAT: “MBA” Course #2 – Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff

WHEN: TOMORROW, March 10 at 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: ONLINE – REGISTER HERE

WHO: YOU! Anyone on the business-side of the metal construction industry who is ready to become a more effective leader and/or increase performance, profitability, and productivity. 

COST: FREE! What would normally cost hundreds of dollars is available at NO COST!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Women in Construction Week

METALCON honors the magnificent women in our industry as this week marks Women in Construction Week (WIC) 2021! The focus is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.

NAWIC members can expect a wide variety of WIC Week events this year, however most of the events will be held virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 safety restrictions.

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The METALCON BUSINESS ACADEMY (MBA) Program Returns Next Week: Attracting and Hiring Rockstar Staff – Register Today!

If you’ve been too busy to plan the next big moves for your business, you’re not alone. Now is the time to stop reacting and start investing in your business, your employees and yourself. Developed in partnership with the trades business experts at Breakthrough Academy, METALCON’s first-ever “MBA” program focuses on the six most critical things every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021, and beyond.

BONUS! Take all 6 METALCON ‘MBA’ courses and receive your diploma at METALCON 2021 at the Tampa Convention Center!


Bringing on new team members is one of the most vital and misunderstood skills in business. We will be covering the key steps required to find, filter and hire the perfect team members, who give you the space and ability to grow your business to the next level. You will be given:

  • A proven system to have the top talent in your industry applying to work for you
  • A screening process to ensure you only spend your time with qualified applicants

BONUS! You’ll get all the templates and systems that you need to immediately to professionalize your hiring process.


Educational. Actionable. Manageable.
We know how busy you are. That’s why we’ve staggered these six courses over 12 months so you can plan to take the next step in your company’s growth while taking care of business.

  • Now on-demand! Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan
  • March 10, 2021 Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff
  • June 2, 2021 Increasing Staff Productivity Through Summer Production
  • September 1, 2021 Structuring Your Company for Maximum Productivity
  • October 6, 2021 Live at METALCON! Building A Resilient Contracting Business
  • October 7, 2021 Live at METALCON! Turning Your Strategic Plan into Measurable Action

Can’t make all of Danny’s “live” virtual classes on the above dates? No problem! All classes and resources will be available to registrants on demand.

NOW ON-DEMAND! Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan

Let us help you determine where your company needs to go in 2021 and show all your employees how you’re going to get there together. In this session, we will walk you through a proven, step-by-step approach to creating a simple, yet effective annual strategic plan. In the process, you will:

  • ESTABLISH your 2021 goals
  • LEARN how to put your company’s strategic plan on one simple-to-understand page
  • TRANSLATE your year-end goal into 3-5 key initiatives every employee can support
  • ACTIVATE ready-to-go systems to break initiatives down into a weekly focused routine that keeps you on track for the year

METAL CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OUTLOOK

Watch the webinar ON DEMAND and take the survey at end to earn one AIA LU!

In last week’s METALCONLive! webinar, “Trends in Metal Construction & Design for Q2 and 2021,” Frank Stasiowski, Co-Founder of METALCON in partnership with the Metal Construction Association along with industry experts Tony Bouquot, General Manager, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, ConstructConnect, discussed current market conditions in an effort to help the metal design and building community with strategic decisions for Q2 and 2021. Frank’s “half-full” glass, was often countered by Alex’s “half-empty” with Tony coming somewhere in the middle. The consensus, however, was that it is too early to truly know how the rest of the year will unfold but explained which markers to keep an eye on.

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METALFOCUS® SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM STARTS IN TWO WEEKS

METALCON’S SAFETY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM NOW APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LU CREDIT (Course 1 approved; remaining courses pending approval)

METALFOCUS® presents the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents―beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training―and address situations unique to metal construction jobsites. Courses focus on increasing safety, reducing job site risks and lowering the risk of regulatory penalties, and include the following: 

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Unique Use of Steel in Design

Steel gives way for design to have a “majestic, yet sleek look.”

Photo Credit: Metal Architecture; Hemant Patil, Pune, Maharashtra, India

As featured in Metal Architecture, the Sailboat Pavilion is an iconic structure at a seaplane terminal in Maharashtra, India, and features a sloped roof with curved beams that soar above ground level. The structure is wrapped with perforated louver screens, giving it the appearance of a sailboat’s full sails. At the roof’s highest point, on the coast-facing side, three columns angle down to the ground and attach to a single point, forming a triangle, which resembles a boat anchor. The dramatic architecture is the vision of Nashik, India-based Rohan Deore Architects. To achieve the soaring composition with its curvilinear form, anchor and sails, the design specified hollow metal sections in the roof and a variety of other distinct details.

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METALCON 2021 – CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Photo Credit: METALCON

How would you like to be part of a 30 year tradition and present at the ONLY global event devoted exclusively to the use of metal in design and construction? As we optimistically look ahead to meet in person at METALCON 2021, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, we are seeking presenters for our robust education program. Read on to submit your topic today.

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TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – METALCON Live! and the Metal Construction Association Presents: Demystifying Rain Screen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Systems

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE!

The Metal Construction Association says, “Rainscreen wall systems are a hot topic, not just for MCM and IMP but for high-end single-skin architectural wall systems.” You won’t want to miss today’s LIVE webinar presented by industry expert David Weidl CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Business Development Manager with ATAS International, as he explains the often overused “rain screen” terminology found in today’s construction practices. David will cover:
– The various types of rain screens
– Identifying the importance and critical nature of air and water resistant barriers
– Importance of continuous insulation
– How to simplify energy efficiency of rain screens

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! REGISTER NOW AND JOIN US AT 1:00 PM EST.

This course is designed to benefit anyone working in the AEC community, building owners as well as contractors to gain a better understanding of this growing use of metal in commercial and residential wall assemblies. 

If you can’t make it to the “live” event, REGISTER to receive an on-demand link following the broadcast.

To receive your one AIA LU credit, you must attend the full webinar and answer the post webinar survey (while including your AIA Membership #). Your credit will be submitted 2 weeks after the date of the webinar. Note: You will receive a downloadable certificate of participation upon completion of the survey.

METALCONLive! 2021 Webinars Jam-Packed with Industry Experts and Relevant Topics – Register Today!

As we ring in the New Year, we ring in new and robust virtual programming through our METALCONLive! channel! Check out the endless stream of live webinars featuring top industry experts presenting on relevant topics for the metal design and build industry. Here is a list of all upcoming programs – mark your calendar and register today!

Happening TOMORROW:

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! Join industry expert, David Weidl CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Architecture Business Development Manager with ATAS International, as he explains the often overused “rain screen” terminology found in today’s construction practices. WEBINAR IS TOMORROW, JAN 27, AT 1:00 PM EST. REGISTER TODAY!

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Construction Safety Training Saves Money and Lives

NEW Safety Training Program starting February 18 presented by METALCON

Is it worth your company’s time and money to invest in preventative safety training? The answer is a resounding YES!

According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), “The charts and summaries in the 2020 Safety Performance Report present the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers. The ABC created the report in 2015 to address the issue of not having sound data to prove the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites and the number of incidents that occur.

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METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: Folder Operator Safety TOMORROW – REGISTER for FREE

Join us TOMORROW and learn the most efficient, safest methods of operating folding and roll forming equipment. Our next METALCONLive! will feature industry expert and MCA Member, Chandler Barden with CIDAN Machinery, to review the necessary operating steps for various types of metal forming machinery.

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METALCON “MBA” Kicked off with Tools to Create a Strategic Plan

Danny Kerr, founder of Breakthrough Academy and METALCON presenter, kicked off the first of METALCON’s six-part Metal Building Academy (MBA) last week with usable tools and steps to help anyone in the trades business create a simple strategic plan and how to implement it. This MBA series is one of METALCON’s new initiatives aimed at providing ongoing educational opportunities and essential training for industry professionals. What would normally cost hundreds of training dollars, this series is available at NO CHARGE (keep reading to register).

Catherine Bruce, owner/CEO with Enviro-Cat and session participant, commented, “I didn’t realize that there were tools available to us small business owners. Danny explained them so well that it was easy for me to understand them. I look forward to receiving the templates and putting a Strategic Plan in place.” 

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Drive your Business Forward with our Free “MBA” Starting Tomorrow – Register Today!

STOP operating your metal business and START growing it with our “MBA” program. Introducing the single best thing you can do for your metal business, and yourself. If you’re so busy keeping up with the daily demands of running your metal business that you have no time to set goals, make plans and develop your team, you’re not alone. The METALCON Business Academy (MBA) program, produced in partnership with the experts at Breakthrough Academy, will focus on the six most critical things every trades business must do to succeed in 2021 and beyond. What would normally cost hundreds of dollars, these six one-hour courses are available to you at NO COST!  

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL 6 COURSES AND REGISTER TODAY – FOR FREE!

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METALCON LAUNCHES FREE 6-COURSE “MBA” PROGRAM – REGISTER TODAY

Help Your Metal Business Thrive with our “MBA” Program starting December 2

Do you want to grow your average revenue in the next 12 months? Do you want to grow your average net profit in the next 12 months? Of course you do! The METALCON Business Academy (MBA) program, produced in partnership with the experts at Breakthrough Academy, will focus on the six most critical things every trades business must do to succeed in 2021 and beyond. What would normally cost hundreds of dollars, these six one-hour courses are available to you at NO COST!  

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL 6 COURSES AND REGISTER TODAY – FOR FREE!

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METALCON Furthers its Commitment as the Industry’s Source for Ongoing Education with New Initiatives

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METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, announces a variety of new initiatives that provide ongoing educational opportunities and essential training for industry professionals.  “We’ve been working diligently to create meaningful programs for the metal construction industry during this time of uncertainty,” says Judy Geller, Vice President of Tradeshows at METALCON. “We’ve lined up some of the best in the industry to connect with you virtually and to deliver exceptional programming year-round – and until we meet again in person – for a world-class event next year in Tampa!”

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METALCONLive! TODAY at 1pm EST – Diversity in the Workplace | Sponsored by Roofers Coffee Shop

REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR FREE VIRTUAL SEAT – TODAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 1:00 PM EST

What? METALCONLive! Presents: Can You Afford NOT to Have Diversity in Your Workforce?

WHERE? Live on ZOOM using your computer, tablet or smart phone

WHEN: TODAY at 1 PM EST

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Diversity in the Workplace – Be Part of the Conversation brought to you by Roofers Coffee Shop

REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR FREE VIRTUAL SEAT – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 1:00 PM EST

Study after study has concluded that there is a clear link between workplace diversity, increased productivity, and the bottom line. In fact, according to a study by Forbes, companies with a diverse workforce produce 19% more in earnings than their less diverse counterparts. You need talented workers now more than ever. So why, at a time when the skilled labor shortage is hitting the construction particularly hard, do woman make up just 9% of the US construction industry workforce? You simply can’t afford NOT to diversify your workforce!

Join us next Wednesday, November 4 when Heidi Ellsworth, partner of RoofersCoffeeShop®, founder of National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and of Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) and past METALCON speaker, will moderate this important subject that profoundly impacts our industry; the challenges, benefits, rewards, and strategies associated with recruiting and retaining top talent in today’s market.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Key Takeaways from METALCONLive! on Metal Roofing Recover Systems

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.”

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