Why Upgrade a Roof to Metal Panels?

Have you considered using metal panels in building and roofing upgrades? Metal roofing panels from MBCI offer significant advantages over traditional roofing material, including the ability to be integrated with the existing structural system. For buildings that need to comply with strict code requirements, our huge selection of metal roofing can meet your needs.

Save Money with Metal Roofing

Using metal instead of asphalt shingles for roofing provides several cost-saving benefits, including:

  • 60-year lifespan: The strength and durability of metal is unparalleled compared to traditional asphalt shingles, and weathers the elements for a much longer period of time.
  • Sustainability: Our cool roof coatings are extremely energy-efficient, saving you cost associated with heating and cooling your building. With strict requirements in place for buildings today, reducing energy and maintenance costs is top-of-mind, and metal roofing is a simple solution that offers both. MBCI also works with LEED project documentation and has EPDs using LCA results for core panels.
  • Higher Quality Material: From insulated to standing seam and exposed fastening roof panels, our selection of panels are available in gauges ranging from 22 to 29, with a variety of finishes and coatings to ensure your metal roof stands the test of time.
  • Extensive Warranties: MBCI’s signature panels each come with their own unique warranty, with coverage for features including film integrity, chalk and fade, and more depending on the product.

It is important to note that when working with older buildings, there is a possibility of degradation of the subsurface as well as pre-existing structural issues such as overloading the structure.

MBCI's metal roofing panels are a durable and energy-efficient alternative to standard roofing products.
MBCI’s metal roofing panels are a durable and energy-efficient alternative to standard roofing products.

Panels & Systems for Every Application

  • Standing Seam Panels: Commonly used for a variety of commercial, residential, and recreational applications, these are some of the most durable and versatile systems available. We offer everything from mechanically field-seamed panels to curved and snap-together options. No matter what your building is used for, these systems withstand the elements and have fire and impact resistance ratings.
  • Lightweight Panels: MBCI’s product line features lightweight panels that can be used as framing and sheeting materials. For example, the BattenLok® HS is a high strength standing seam roof systems that can be installed directly over the purlins or bar joints. The type of metal paneling chosen for your roofing systems allows for additional customization by being able to choose your color with our extensive color chart. The experts at MBCI have years of experience matching the retrofit roof panels to the new roof membrane.
  • Exposed Fastening: With 9 different styles to choose from, MBCI’s vast selection of exposed fastener roof panels are sure to exceed your expectations. Cost-effective and easy to install, these panels are often used in commercial and agricultural buildings, and are designed for both vertical and horizontal installation.
  • Retrofit Systems: Selecting the correct roofing system is critical in the retrofitting process. MBCI’s NuRoof® retrofit system has the capability to “stick-frame” the current supporting structure. The new retrofit system allows for redistribution of loads while increasing the energy-efficiency of the building. If you prefer installing new panels over existing roofing, the Retro-R® Panel can enable you to skip the removal of the existing roof entirely. This is a great option for saving time and cost related to installation, and can keep your operation up and running with no downtime. The Retro-R® Panel’s Drip Stop membrane prevents rust from old roofs from interfering with new panels, providing a new look with a long life span. With availability in both 26 and 29 gauge Galvalume Plus® and 200 color options, the Retro-R® roofing system is a great option for retrofitting.

To find out more about which metal roofing panel is ideal for your new project or existing building, contact your local MBCI representative.


Air Leakage and Water Penetration Testing of Metal Roof and Wall Panels

Metal roof and wall panels have many test standards they must meet under certain environmental conditions. Test standards that are specified for metal panels in our industry are ASTM E283 (air leakage) and ASTM E331 (water penetration) for wall panels, and ASTM E1680 (air leakage) and ASTM E1646 (water penetration) for roof panels. While the corresponding tests are similar, the orientation of the panels is a little different for the wall and roof panels. Here we’ll take a brief look at these testing protocols and what they mean for the integrity of the metal panel system at hand.

For air leakage tests, the protocol has been to test at a specified pressure. It should be noted that some manufacturers have changed it from the standard as many in the market are testing at a higher pressure. And while it’s true that you are going to have air pass through, you want the air to be minimized. Air leakage is tested in terms of cubic feet per minute, with a lower number indicating a better, more efficient product. For water penetration testing, water is sprayed and is tested for the water getting through the seam or side lap of the panel system.

The purpose of air leakage and water penetration testing is to establish air and water infiltration rates on the referenced test specimen in accordance with ASTM E283 and ASTM E331.

Metal Wall Testing Standards

As indicated above, the wall test standards are: ASTM E283 (Standard Test Method for Determining Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure Differences Across the Specimen) and ASTM E331 (Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference).

The procedure for ASTM E283 is as follows: 1. Seal off test unit and measure air leakage (extraneous leakage); 2. Unseal test unit, then re-measure (total system); 3. Subtract extraneous air from total air = Performance.

According to ASTM, this test method is a “standard procedure for determining the air leakage characteristics under specified air pressure differences at ambient conditions.” Furthermore, the air pressure differences across a building envelope can have significant variation with numerous factors acting to affect air pressure differences relative to the particular building environment. For instance, the test method described is for tests with constant temperature and humidity across the specimen. These factors should be considered when specifying the test pressure differences to be used.

Additionally, rates of air leakage are sometimes used for comparison purposes but these comparisons would only be valid if the tested/compared components are of essentially the size, configuration, and design.

Using a Pass/Fail criteria, “Pass” results of this test indicated that water did not penetrate through control joints in the exterior wall envelope, joints at the perimeter of openings, or intersections of terminations.

The laboratory test procedure for ASTM E331 dictates that the test is conducted for a specified duration with water applied at 5.0 gal/ft 2 hr. at a specified pressure. The test has applied pressure and water spray for a period of 15 minutes.

According to ASTM, this test method is a “standard procedure for determining the resistance to water penetration under uniform static air pressure differences.” Furthermore, in applying the results of tests by this test method, ASTM points out that “the performance of a wall or its components, or both, may be a function of proper installation and adjustment. In service, the performance will also depend on the rigidity of supporting construction and on the resistance of components to deterioration by various causes, vibration, thermal expansion and contraction, etc.,” noting that exact simulation of real-world wetting conditions can be difficult (i.e., large wind-blown water drops, increasing water drop impact pressures with increasing wind velocity, and lateral or upward moving air and water) – and that it may depend to some degree on the design.

Metal Roof Test Standards

The Roof Test Standards are ASTM E1680 (Standard Test Method for Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Metal Roof Panel Systems) and ASTM E1646 (Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Metal Roof Panel Systems by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference).

According to ASTM, test method E1680 covers the determination of the resistance of exterior metal roof panel systems to air infiltration resulting from either positive or negative air pressure differences. The test method described is for tests with constant temperature and humidity across the specimen. (This test method is a specialized adaption of Test Method E283.)

ASTM literature explains that variables such as the slope of the roof and other factors can affect air pressure differences and, therefore, affect the implications of the resulting air leakage relative to the environment within buildings. Just as with wall panels discussed earlier, these factors need to be taken into consideration when specifying the test pressure difference to be used.

ASTM describes its E1646 test method as a “standard procedure for determining the resistance to water penetration under uniform positive static air pressure differences, and simulates win driven rain imposed on sidelaps and rain that is free to drain while building a water head as it flows.” For this test method, the slope of the roof is a significant factor.

According to ASTM, this test method covers the determination of the resistance of exterior metal roof panel systems to water penetration when water is applied to the outdoor face simultaneously with a static air pressure at the outdoor face higher than the pressure at the indoor face, that is, positive pressure. (This test method is a specialized adaption of Test Method E331.)

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