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Planning Solar-ready Roof: Advantages with standing seam metal assemblies


Last year, the California Energy Commission introduced new energy-efficient standards for all newly built residential and commercial structures. Essentially, ‘solar-ready roofs’ will be required on all new construction. While home and building owners are not required to install solar panels at the time of construction, their roofs must be prepared if they choose to install them in the future.

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Raising the roof on a new medical center

The new Western Health Center (Midfield, Alabama) is a two-story facility that features proprietary mechanically seamed 50-mm (2-in.) metal roofing panels. Photo courtesy Petersen Aluminum

A barrel-vault roof with mechanically seamed metal panels serves as the focal point of the new Western Health Center in Midfield, Alabama. The two-story building consolidates three older health clinics into a new facility more centrally located to serve the patient community.

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Specifying aluminum stretch forming


Stretch forming is a process in which s metal extrusion is kept under constant tension, while stretched and bent simultaneously over a die to create contoured parts. The variety of shapes and cross-sections that can be stretch-formed is almost unlimited. Window systems, skylights, storefronts, signs, flashings, curtain walls, walkway enclosures, and hand railings can be accurately and precisely formed to the desired shapes.

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VOCs… and Beyond: Powder and liquid coatings reviewed

Photo © Mark Kempf, St. Louis. Photo courtesy Dri-Design

When powder coatings were first introduced into the architectural market for metal surfaces, they were heralded as a vastly superior product and expected to quickly replace liquid paint and anodization. However, paint has had more staying power than predicted. To understand what attributes of liquid paint are causing it to remain popular, it is important to take a look a broad range of considerations, including color options, cost, ease of use and performance.

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