Aluminum Composite Materials

The 2014 State of the Industry Report

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.

Metal Wall Comparisons

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.

Oil Canning in Metal Roof and Metal Wall Systems

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.

Understanding U-Factors in Architectural Metal Products

U-factor (U-value) measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping a home or building. U-factor ratings generally fall between 0.15 and 1.20. The lower the U-factor, the better a product is at keeping heat inside the building. U-factor is particularly important during the winter heating season in colder climates.