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White colonial house with light gray standing seam metal roofing
12
May

The Skinny On Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Sherri Koones, a contributor to Forbes Magazine, writes an excellent article about what makes Standing Seam metal roofs a superior choice.  See the original article here. [caption id="attachment_2912" align="aligncenter" width="640"] This New England Farmhouse, in Concord, MA, has the beautiful traditional lines of a farmhouse but all the modern technology and materials available today. The standing seam roof adds a striking look to this stately house. PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC…

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Mirror finish on a concrete floor
25
Mar

Concrete Floors and Your Steel Frame Building

The floor is an often overlooked but very important part of every structure- it is literally foundational.  Concrete flooring for a steel frame building is the optimal choice.  This informative article by Karen Knapstein of Garage • Shed • Carport Builder Magazine gets down to the nitty-gritty of concrete floors. It’s hard to beat concrete as a garage or shed floor: It’s durable, strong, and can be finished in a…

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A snowy metal roof with Snow Defender Snow Guards.
28
Dec

Snow Guards and Your Metal Roof

Snow guards are an important part of your metal roof; they protect guttering, landscaping and even people from dangerous snowfall by breaking up the snow.  This informative article from Levi's Building Components, the makers of Snow Defender® Snow Guards, will help you understand their necessity and the different types available.  To view the original article, click here. Finding the Right Snow Retention System Finding the right snow retention system is…

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A puzzle piece graphic framing a photo of metal roofing and siding trim.
27
Oct

Metal Trims: An Essential Piece of Your Roofing & Siding Puzzle

Think about your roof for a moment: there are all sorts of bends, edges, vents, chimneys and meeting points. All of these need to be covered or edged to stop the elements from making their way into your home. Wind and water will take advantage of any opportunity, often resulting in water damage and higher utility bills.  On the other hand, ventilation is also a necessity in structures.  An improperly…

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29
Jun

Ornate Ornaments—The Industry’s Iconic Combo

Thinking about adding some character to a new barn or sprucing up a building you already have?  Shannon Clark of MWI Components writes a great article about the dynamic duo of barn decoration. Dutch doors, Arcadian sliding doors, horse stalls and, of course, horses, are the key factors of a horse barn, right? Well, sure, but what seems to be missing from this picture? You guessed it, the iconic cupola…

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27
Feb

MRA Touts Top Five Home Improvement Trends for 2020

Wonder what's trending in 2020? Here's an article by Jessica Franchuk of the Metal Roofing Alliance. From climate uncertainty to creative customized looks, homeowners are raising the roof this year on style and performance features. What’s on the home improvement horizon for 2020? 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.…

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Window in roof of blue barn.
12
Nov

Ice Dams Cometh: MRA Advises Homeowners on How to Avoid Costly Winter Damage

Winter is coming- is your roof ready? The Metal Roofing Alliance explains how to make sure your home is protected. PORTLAND, Ore.—With much of the Midwest and East coast regions facing below freezing temperatures, ice and snow, the Metal Roofing Alliance reminds homeowners to pay close attention to their roofs as the cold begins to thaw. When icy winter weather and snow hits, ice dams occur when roof temperatures fluctuate,…

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28
Aug

Special Touches for Horse Barns: Ideas to Spur Your Interest

Thinking about a new horse barn?  This excellent article from Frame Building News, a division of Construction Magazines, is a great place to start.   The horse barn market is heating up, and today’s owners are looking for more options in every price range. Nelson Witmer, owner of Witmer’s Inc., Columbiana, Ohio, has built horse barns for all budget sizes and says, “It doesn’t take a lot of money to do…

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27
Mar

Are Metal Roofs Loud on Rainy Days?

According the the Metal Roofing Alliance, the answer is a definitive no. PORTLAND, Ore.—It’s a common debate as the peak rainy season approaches, especially among homeowners as they consider re-roofing projects this spring: Are metal roofs really any noisier, and if they are, is that a pro or a con? “Homeowners typically fall into one of two camps—they either want to hear the patter of rain on their roof, or…

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24
Jan

Metal Roofs And Winter Maintenance: 5 Simple Tips For The Season

PORTLAND, Ore.—Nearly 14 percent of U.S. homeowners now have metal roofs, which experts say is an especially good choice in the winter months thanks to the exceptional energy efficiency, low maintenance benefits and ability to hold up under heavy snow and ice that metal roofs offer. However, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), that’s not to say that metal roofs don’t need a little TLC this time of year.…

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