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Wildside Creative in Concordia, KS created a very useful time-lapse video of an installation of a post and panel sign for the Downs Chamber of Commerce in Downs, KS.  Watch the video here.

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Each year, Metal Architecture asks leaders of the metal construction industry to give their observations on the upcoming year.  Metal Architecture and their group of leaders state “there is some disagreement over the role of energy efficiency and its long-term impact on our industry, and we're all aware of how the political environment is having a corrosive effect on business.”  Overall, the group agrees that the market is growing and looking strong, but the growth is at a slow pace.

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According to Construction Manufacturing Association “The cladding of a building is just as important as the space and fittings inside it.  In some areas of the world, it’s vastly more important.  In areas prone to forest fires, you’d opt for metal cladding over timber or vinyl, for example.  We’re looking at how durable these materials are and how they affect our environment.”  CMA lists metal cladding as their number one choice for the building exterior… “It’s brilliant at keeping the weather out, it needs hardly any maintenance or inspections and it is a good insulator – it can keep heat

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Wondering what the difference is in metal wall panels? Single skin panels, insulated metal panels, aluminum composite material panels and metal composite material panels are the backbone of metal wall construction.   Laminators Incorporated helped Metal Construction News highlight the differences in helpful comparison charts that can be found here.

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Ever wonder what causes oil canning and how it can be minimized? Oil canning in metal is usually seen as waviness or buckling across the flat areas of sheet metal panels. Purely an aesthetic concern, oil canning doesn’t normally affect the building’s structural integrity. This inherent problem is typically caused by uneven stresses at the fastening points. While oil canning cannot be totally eliminated, it can be minimized by panel design, material handling and, most importantly, the installation process.

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