MCA Offers Metal Roofing Training

The market for residential metal roofing continues to grow rapidly as homeowners are learning of its many energy-saving, aesthetic and long-lasting benefits. Contractors wanting to capitalize on this expanding metal roofing market can find in-depth educational resources about metal roofing training for existing and incoming personnel on the MCA website.

On the website, visitors will find comprehensive training in the form of a Metal Roofing Installation Manual and an optional online exam. The manual is a free download, which includes 20 chapters and hundreds of pages and illustrations to help ensure industry best practices are used when installing metal roofs. The accompanying online exam was designed to confirm that installers and contractors have a full grasp of the best practices outlined in the manual.

The exam includes tests for each different chapter with 10 questions each. A “Save and Resume” feature is enabled for the participant’s convenience. Each question addresses the various topics of metal roof installation and related accessories and includes questions pertaining to both new construction reroofing and retrofit projects. A certificate of completion is sent electronically to successful participants. The exam is available for $100 from the association’s online store accessible at Unsuccessful participants may retake the exam at no additional charge.

Both are valuable resources to educate new and experienced roofing installers and can help spur contractor growth in the expanding metal roofing market.

MCA is also involved with the Metal Roofing Alliance, a great resource for residential roofing information and promotion through its national consumer marketing program.

University of Wisconsin Madison Offers Metal Roofing Continuing Education Course

Anyone involved in metal roofing design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, repair, and re-roofing can benefit by enrolling in a new 1.5 day metal roofing continuing education course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison December 1-2, 2016.

The informative course will be taught by Robert Haddock, director of the Metal Roof Advisory Group. Haddock has a background in the nuts and bolts of contracting, having operated one of the nation’s largest metal roofing companies. He has authored a number of training and educational curricula for various trade groups. A prolific technical author, Haddock served as a faculty member of the Roofing Industry Educational Institute and holds several US and foreign patents. He is a member of the NRCA and ASTM, as well as a lifetime honorary member of the Systems Builders Association and the Metal Construction Association.

Topics covered in the metal roofing continuing education course include:
• The History of Metal Roofing
• Metal Roofing Fundamentals
• Metal Roofing Materials
• Codes/Standards
• Panel Types, Attributes and Connections
• Roof Deck Substrates
• Common Metal Roof Accessories
• Safety Issues
• Tools and Field Operations
• Low and Steep Slope Standing Seams
• Seam Joining
• Sealants and Fasteners
• Re-Roofing/Roof Conversion with Metal
• Metal Tile and Shingle
• Snow Retention
• The Solar Metal Roof
• Maintenance

Gain insight on this ancient but fascinating field by enrolling now in this highly anticipated course. For additional course details and to enroll online, visit:

Event Details for MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games

Celebrating its 3rd Annual metal roofing challenges to be held at Metalcon October 26 and 27 in Baltimore, MD, the MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games Task Force finalizes event details.

This year, there will be five challenges each day under the appropriately named theme; “Battle Stars Over Baltimore” in recognition of our Star Spangled Banner birthplace. Each day, 5 teams with 2 contestants each will compete to split a $500 cash award in each of the challenges, or $2,500 total each day. In addition to these cash awards, there will be a Grand Prize each day of $500 to the team that has accumulated the most points collectively from the 5 challenges. This represents a total of $6,000 being awarded over the course of the two-day competition.

The Challenges with each of their sponsoring MCA Members are as follows:

1. The Triangle Fastener Corporation “Screw Gun Challenge”, where contestants install a series of self-drilling fasteners into a structural zee-shaped purlin member. Fastest time, alignment and properly seated fasteners will determine the winning team.

2. The Roof Hugger Inc. “Hug A Roof Challenge”, where contestants will install 40 lineal feet of factory-notched zee-shaped sub-purlins on a mock-up existing ribbed metal roof paneled frame. Fastest time, properly seated fasteners and sub-purlin alignment will determine the winning team.

3. The New Tech Machinery with Drexel Metals “Standing Seam Challenge”, where contestants will install 6 each 16-inch wide metal roof panels over the factory-notched sub-purlins. Fastest time, correct clip attachment and properly seated panel seams will determine the winning team.

4. The D.I. Roof Seamers “Seam It Up Challenge”, where contestants will operate a standing seam roof seamer over the 16-inch wide metal roof panel seams. Fastest time and properly seamed panels will determine the winning team.

5. The S-5! “Let it Snow Challenge”, where contestants will install S-5! ColorGard® snow retention onto the 16-inch metal roof panels. Fastest time, properly seated fasteners and ColorGard® alignment will determine the winning team.

Judging will be provided by: The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA).

$500 Game Challenge Award Sponsors are as follows:

AKZO Nobel
ATAS International
Atlas Bolt & Screw
Bradbury Co. Inc.
Chicago Metal Supply
Englert Inc.
NovaFlex/Novagard Solutions Inc.
Petersen Aluminum/PAC Clad
SFS Intec
If interested in signing up your team to compete in the competition, contact any of the Sponsoring MCA Members as follows:

1. Triangle Fastener Corp, Randy Allen at

2. Roof Hugger, Inc., Mark James at

3. New Tech Machinery with Drexel Metal, John DeBerard at

4. D.I. Roof Seamers, Jonathan Rider at

5. S-5!, Shawn Haddock at

Other questions about the Games can be directed to Mark James at 214-213-1070

Drexel Metals Releases Product Guide

Drexel Metals has released its 2016 Product Guide, complete with updated technical information, product test and warranty information, color chart options and a complete list of products and services offered by the company.

Drexel Metals has released its 2016 Product Guide, complete with updated technical information, product test and warranty information, color chart options and a complete list of products and services offered by the company.

Drexel Metals has released its 2016 Product Guide, complete with updated technical information, product test and warranty information, color chart options and a complete list of products and services offered by the company.

Drexel Metals’ 2016 Product Guide also features a section on the company’s ARM (Association of Regional Manufacturers), the coast-to-coast network of certified metal roofing manufacturers producing Drexel Metals panels locally and “on demand,” eliminating the need for lead times.

MBCI Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This year, MBCI reaches its 40th year in business providing customers with quality metal roofing and wall products, superior service and competitive pricing. The company launched its celebration in May with an interactive timeline, the first in a series of online activities commemorating its history of innovation and industry leadership.

MBCI was founded in Houston, Texas, with the three-fold concept: meet the needs of large and small contractors; make all customers feel important and welcome; and offer quality products at a competitive price, in a timely manner.

Today, the organization builds on this foundation, and remains committed to creating exceptional customer experiences. Led by its president, Bill Coleman and vice president, Joel Viechnicki, MBCI continues to innovate and expand its services.

“I am very proud to officially kick off our anniversary celebration,” says Coleman. “The success achieved over the past 40 years was only made possible by our employees, customers and partners, and throughout the year, we will recognize our joint accomplishments.”

CertainTeed Metal Roofing Exceeds Industry Standards

Roof specifiers and installers can now achieve project goals in fire resistance and solar reflectance more easily with CertainTeed Presidio Metal Roofing as a result of testing to the latest editions of industry performance test standards. Introduced last year, the line of steel roofing products blends the look of classic roofing materials with the exceptional wind/hail resistance and solar reflectance of metal roofing.

Specifiers now can achieve Class A fire rating with Presidio applied over a layer of a specific fire-resistant roofing membrane product paired with a single layer of select CertainTeed underlayments – a barrier board is no longer needed. Further, the Presidio metal roofing products now earn a Class B fire rating when applied over a single layer of a variety of CertainTeed roofing underlayments.

In regards to solar reflectance, seven colors from the Presidio roofing product line have recently been listed for solar reflectance and thermal emittance by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). Presidio Tile colors English Toffee, Nutmeg, Speckled Bronze and Terra Cotta, and Presidio Shake colors Ash, Sand Dune and Weathered Wood are listed by CRRC with initial solar reflectance values ranging from 0.26 to 0.34.

“Sustainability and providing customers with products that help ensure the safety of homeowners have long been top priorities at CertainTeed,” says Dale Walton, residential products manager for CertainTeed Roofing. “And, the recent ratings from Intertek and the CRRC serve as proof of this commitment. With Presidio, specifiers and contractors will have the peace of mind to install the highest quality energy-efficient, fire- and weather-resistant roof, all while more easily meeting project certification goals.”

Each easy to install Presidio panel has overlaps that conceal the joints and create a seamless appearance. Presidio Tile embodies the same Mediterranean magnetism of traditional clay, but weighs hundreds of pounds less, and at a fraction of the cost. Presidio Shake is pre-weathered, aged and distressed to recreate the look of wood. Lastly, Presidio Slate showcases the natural beauty of stone in a lightweight, fully recyclable, energy-efficient material.

Union Corrugating Sends ‘Hugs For Soldiers’ During Holidays

During the recent holiday season, Fayetteville, N.C.-based Union Corrugating, a manufacturer and distributor of metal roofing and siding products, teamed up with the Duluth, Ga.-based Hugs For Soldiers organization by providing care packages to deployed soldiers around the world. The packages reached the troops by Christmas Day.

Founded in 2003, Hugs for Soldiers, which supports all branches of the service, is a ministry of Duluth First United Methodist Church. The organization’s efforts resulted in 2015 Christmas care packages shipped to troops in 11 countries. Boxes were filled with snacks, holiday candy, personal-care items, Christmas stockings, hand-knitted caps, socks and hot chocolate. Heartwarming messages from caring citizens filled holiday cards and letters, assuring the troops citizens are thinking about and supporting them as they serve away from family and friends.

This was the first year Union Corrugating participated; the effort was organized at the Union Corrugating headquarters. “Our participation in this great program was our way of saying thank you to the men and women who have clearly sacrificed their safety for the safety of our families,” explains Jason Thornton, vice president, Sales and Marketing.

Union Corrugating hopes to expand participation next year. Mel Acosta, corporate fleet and logistics manager, helped coordinate the efforts. “We’re already looking to involve the other plants next year, so we can make a bigger impact,” he says. “It’s such a good feeling to provide a touch of home to our troops.”

MCA Publishes “Roof Seaming Best Practices Guide”

The Metal Construction Association has published “Roof Seaming Best Practices Guide” on its website. The free guide provides an overview of the different types of seaming for metal roofing; a glossary of terms; training guidelines; safety recommendations; pre- and post-seaming procedures; seaming operations; maintenance advice; and guides to sealants, clips, fasteners and more.

Metal Shingle Is Lightweight

McElroy Metal has introduced the Milan Shingle as a metal roofing option for homeowners and commercial building owners.

McElroy Metal has introduced the Milan Shingle as a metal roofing option for homeowners and commercial building owners.

McElroy Metal has introduced the Milan Shingle as a metal roofing option for homeowners and commercial building owners. The 29-gauge Milan Shingle is available in eight PVDF colors and seven PVDF Designer Prints that simulate cedar shake and slate. McElroy Metal offers a complete system, including starter edge, ridge/hip cap, gable edge trim, valley, sidewall flashing and nail clips. The interlocking Milan Shingle panels resist high winds while the G90 galvanized steel provides fire resistance. At 25 percent of the weight of conventional asphalt shingles, the Milan Shingle can be installed over most existing roofs, eliminating the expense of tear-off and disposal of any old roofing.

Swenson Shear’s SnapTable PRO Is Equipped to Notch, Slit and Hem up to 60-inch Offsets for Hip-valley Roofing Cuts

The new SnapTable PRO from Swenson Shear, Ceres, Calif., adjusts to accommodate panels between 12 and 24 inches.

The new SnapTable PRO from Swenson Shear, Ceres, Calif., adjusts to accommodate panels between 12 and 24 inches.

The new SnapTable PRO from Swenson Shear, Ceres, Calif., adjusts to accommodate panels between 12 and 24 inches. It is equipped to notch, slit and hem up to 60-inch offsets for hip-valley roofing cuts. The SnapTable PRO is the newest addition to Swenson Shear’s collection and was added to increase the capability to slit and hem up to 60 inches for any commercial, industrial or residential job site.

The SnapTable PRO is an all-in-one panel preparation system for standing-seam metal roofing. It was designed and is manufactured in the U.S. The product saves an average of 35 percent in labor costs.

SnapTable PRO was designed for light to 20-gauge metal, including Corten 1 inch; 1 1/2-inch nail strip; 1-, 1 1/2-, 1 3/4-inch SnapLock; 1-, 1 1/2-, 2-inch mechanical seam; Zip-Rib; and many more options.

It is available with a hydraulic notching system, optional cover and optional trailer.

SnapTable PRO comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“We wanted to remove limitations from panel preparations,” explains Jonathan Dravecky with Swenson Shear. “With the SnapTable PRO, our metal roof contractors can achieve any angle for any standing-seam panel up to 24 inches. And our trailer option eases transportation to and from the job site.”