August 17, 2012


by kbuchinger

Metal buildings have been around a long time and, as such, there are many in need of a retrofit of both the walls and roof. If the walls are R or U panel, as many are, then there is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to make that old building look brand new. And, if the roof is R panel, it too can be retrofitted quickly and cost effectively without removing the existing metal roof panels from the building.

To retrofit the walls without removing the existing R panels, you can add hat channels and then install a new panel, or you can simply install MBCI’s NuWall panel directly over the existing R or U panels.

An Existing U panel wall in need of retrofitting

NuWall panels are 12” on center and are installed to the existing girts with hidden fasteners, eliminating the need for removal of the existing wall panels or adding hats to the walls before installing new panels.

NuWall panels installed over the existing U panel with new trim added around window and door openings

The NuWall panels provide an aesthetic upgrade to the building’s appearance without interrupting business inside the building. The NuWall panel is easy to install, is fully engineered and comes with an easy-to-follow installation manual.

If you have an R panel roof in need of replacement, the MBCI Retro-R panel is a very good option. The Retro-R panel can be installed directly over the existing R panel without having to remove the fasteners attaching the panels to the purlins. The lap fasteners do have to be removed however. The Retro-R panels have a foam backer on the bottom side of the panels to prevent any rust that is present on the existing R panels from spreading to the new Retro-R panels.

foam backer on the bottom of the Retro-R panels protects them from the rust on the existing R panels
The configuration of the Retro-R corrugations eliminates the need to remove the existing R panel fasteners

A complete array of complementary trim, die-formed ridge caps and other accessories is available for use with this panel along with an installation manual. Complete engineering information is also available.

As you can see, using NuWall and Retro-R, it is quite easy to quickly give an old, tired-looking building a new, updated look at a very attractive price.

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