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Tips for Prepainted Metal Maintenance

For most buildings, the exterior is designed to be its most important eye-catching feature. While we’re wired to be extra mindful of the cleanliness and maintenance of the interior of our homes and offices, we sometimes neglect to remember to give the outside of our buildings the proper care. One of the biggest advantages of prepainted metal is its easy maintenance, but there are a few easy steps to make your metal panels shine bright.

Rinse the surface with water.

This sounds like a no-brainer, but this is one of the easiest ways to clean coated metal panels. Dirt and debris built up over time can affect the quality of the panel’s appearance and potentially reduce the lifetime of the coating. Simply rinsing the surface with a garden hose or pressure spray system will clean most buildups on a coating surface, allowing the panels to look brand new.

Clean with soap or water for difficult areas.

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When “Just Right” Means “Uh-Oh”

nccaA while back, I wrote about the “just right” conditions necessary for the formation of fog. That particular post discussed the scattering of light, which is done by materials such as titanium dioxide (the principal pigment in white paint) and clouds (where water droplets do the scattering). The birds are chirping at sunrise and the vernal equinox has already passed, which means the sun is finally in the Northern Hemisphere and the days are getting longer and warmer—and all of this points to the beginning of another building season. That got me to thinking about a few other “just right” conditions that seem pertinent for this time of year. And, once again, water comes into play. Continue reading


The Growing Popularity of Metal Roofing in the Residential Market

The Metal Roofing Alliance estimates that more than 750,000 U.S. homeowners chose a metal roof to protect their families in 2015. The Metal Roofing Alliance reports that demand for sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient home improvement materials continue to grow in North America.

According to a new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, the residential metal roofing industry saw a big jump in market share last year, moving from approximately 8 percent in 2014, to 11 percent in 2015. The independent survey showed that between 2014 and 2015, the total demand for metal roofing increased from 11.7 million squares to 17.7 million squares. This is the second time residential metal roofing has achieved double-digit market share in the re-roofing segment. Metal roofing is second only to asphalt shingle roofing in the remodeling market. Asphalt market share dropped 2 points overall, and it now makes up 78 percent of the U.S. market.

When the Metal Roofing Alliance began its national consumer awareness campaign in 1998, metal only made up 3.7 percent of the re-roofing market. The organization’s consistent effort to educate consumers about investment-grade metal roofing has helped to build this market.

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Securing Coils for Shipping and Related Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides specific requirements regarding shipping of products, including metal coils. The complete FMCSA requirements can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations. The following provisions of the code relate to securing cargo and safe loading:

  • Shifting or Falling Cargo: FMCSA, 49CFR393.100
  • Safe Loading: FMCSA, 49CFR392.9
  • Rules for Securing Metal Coils: FMCSA, CFR393.120

It is typical for shipping companies to properly secure cargo. Carriers assume responsibility for complying with DOT regulations, and coil coaters do not accept liability for the carrier’s responsibility to properly secure loads. Some companies require their carriers to acknowledge their familiarity with the federal shipping requirements and to agree to abide by the DOT regulations.

Some companies also include signs in their facilities to make drivers aware of their responsibility to be aware of the applicable regulations. An example of such a sign in a coil coating facility follows:

Notice of U.S. Department of Transportation Shipping Regulations: Continue reading


Nine Ways to Get the Most from Your NCCA Membership

 

You already know the tremendous benefits of coil coating metal, but do you know just how much there is to gain with your NCCA membership? Below are just nine ways that the more than 100 industry leaders involved with NCCA get the most from their membership.

Strength in Numbers – One company has limited influence on the media, regulatory agencies and legislatures. When many companies speak with one voice, you command the attention of movers and shakers at the federal, state and local levels. Acting as a unified industry, we speak more effectively and more cost-effectively through NCCA.

Cutting Edge Technology Resources – Through cutting edge technology resources, networking opportunities, educational materials and advanced training tools, NCCA provides critical resources to companies and allows them to grow the market for pre-painted metal. Continue reading


Preventing Job Site Storage Corrosion of Pre-painted Building Panels

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Prepainted building panels have been successfully used for many years. Properly installed building panels under normal service conditions have excellent corrosion resistance and extremely long life expectancy. However, prepainted building panels may be  subject to premature corrosion failures prior to installation if they are not handled and stored properly on the job site. Excessive storage periods or poor storage conditions can result in water intrusion into panel bundles. Prolonged exposure of bundled panels to wet conditions can cause paint blistering and substrate corrosion.

Environmental and Service Conditions

Water is a necessary prerequisite for corrosion of stored prepainted panels. When water or water vapor is available along the sides of a panel bundle, it may penetrate between the panels by capillary action. If proper precautions are not taken during transport, water may be present between the panels upon delivery at the job site.

Besides water, two other important factors that contribute to the corrosion of stored pre-painted panels are temperature and exposure time. Corrosion will accelerate with increased temperature. Given enough time, panel bundles will eventually become wet and storage corrosion may occur . Customer satisfaction can be increased, and storage corrosion can be prevented by: Continue reading


Five Benefits of Using Coil Coated Metal

Since the 1930s, pre-painted metals have become the superior choice in coating options in a variety of different ways. From going green to saving green, here are just a handful of the reasons why coil coating is becoming the future of the coating industry.

Beauty:

Architects, manufacturers and consumers appreciate the beauty  and benefits of coil-coated metal, including consistent quality, low cost, design flexibility and green properties. Many savvy manufacturers now know that pre-painted metal can be easily fabricated and joined.coil-coating-process-prepainted-metal-header-image

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