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    Are gutters important and why should we care about water control on commercial properties?

    Posted on 10/4/2016 3:58:38 PM
    Yes, gutters protect your building, your roof, and your people from wind and rain events which can be destructive to your roof, your property, and immediately impactful to your staff. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently approved the new ANSI SPRI GT-1 test standard for commercial gutters, which assists designers in ensuring gutters are tested to meet uplift requirements consistent with perimeter pressures witnessed in wind events. Metal-Era’s new gutter calculator can be found HERE.

    However, water control is also a future state investment, not simply for your facility, but as a socially responsible commitment.
    As the climate has warmed for whatever reason you believe it has done so, and the world population continues on its path towards a projected 9.3 billion people by 2050, our total world resource for drinkable freshwater is not projected to increase substantially. Newsweek, in their cover story from 2010, quoted T Boone Pickens as saying, “Water is the new oil” given the supply and demand side threats faced to meet humans needs.

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which tracks long-term and short-term trending in food and water consumption, provided some dreary estimates that may reiterate our personal and professional social obligation to at least understand where our water goes. Water usage has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. In addition, the FAO estimates that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could be under water-stressed conditions. Aquifers account for the majority of our drinking water, and they are often in desperate need of recharging, especially in areas affected by drought. Many countries have taken steps to artificially recharge aquifers with treated water, and have been finding success in doing so. With continued conversion of wetlands to paving and buildings, it becomes more important than ever to control and reuse water run-off through treatment and reuse. In addition, preventing contamination of run-off via fuel and oils will become more common place in the future.

    How impactful is water control on a 100,000 square foot facility?A 1” rainfall will produce 60,000 gallons of water run-off on a commercial building that is 100,000 square feet.Since the average human should drink a little under a gallon of water per day for optimal health, returning the entire 1” rainfall to an aquifer could provide enough water to properly hydrate 164 people for 365 days. The less it is contaminated, the easier in the future it will be for treatment systems to return and recharge our natural aquifers.

    For more information on water scarcity:
    For more information on gutter standard GT-1:

    What is Building and Roof Resiliency?

    Posted on 8/3/2016 8:58:14 AM
     “Resilience is the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and to withstand and recover rapidly from deliberate attacks, accidents, or naturally occurring threats or incidents.” —White House Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

    In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast as a category 3 storm. Insured losses topped $41 billion, the costliest U.S. catastrophe in the history of the industry. Studies following the storm indicated that lax enforcement of building codes had significantly increased the number and severity of claims and structural losses. Researchers at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, found that if stronger building codes had been in place, wind damages from Hurricane Katrina would have been reduced by a staggering 80 percent. With one storm, resiliency went from a post-event adjective to a global movement calling for better preparation, response and recovery—not if but when the next major disaster strikes.

    Improvements to infrastructure resiliency, whether they are called risk-management strategies, extreme-weather preparedness or climate-change adaptation, can help a region bounce back quickly from the next storm at considerably less cost. Two years ago, leading groups in America’s design and construction industry issued an Industry Statement on Resiliency, which stated: “We recognize that natural and manmade hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation. Aging infrastructure and disasters result in unacceptable losses of life and property, straining our nation’s ability to respond in a timely and efficient manner. We further recognize that contemporary planning, building materials, and design, construction and operational techniques can make our communities more resilient to these threats.”
    Resiliency begins with ensuring that buildings are constructed and renovated in accordance with modern building codes and designed to evolve with change in the built and natural environment. In addition to protecting the lives of occupants, buildings that are designed for resilience can rapidly recover from a disruptive event, allowing continuity of operations that can literally save lives.

    Many of today’s sustainable roofing standards were developed in response to severe weather events. Wind-design standards across the U.S. were bolstered after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 with minimum design wind speeds rising by 30-plus mph. Coastal jurisdictions, such as Miami-Dade County, went even further with the development of wind-borne debris standards and enhanced uplift design testing. Severe heat waves and brown-outs, such as the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995, prompted that city to require cool roofs on the city’s buildings.

    Hurricane Sandy fostered innovation by demonstrating that when buildings are isolated from the supply of fresh water and electricity, roofs could serve an important role in keeping building occupants safe and secure. Locating power and water sources on rooftops would have maintained emergency lighting and water supplies when storm surges threatened systems located in basement utility areas. Thermally efficient roofs could have helped keep buildings more habitable until heating and cooling plants were put back into service. In response to these changes, there are many opportunities for industry growth and adaptation. Roof designs must continue to evolve to accommodate the increasing presence of solar panels, small wind turbines and electrical equipment moved from basements, in addition to increasing snow and water loads on top of buildings. Potential energy disruptions demand greater insulation and window performance to create a habitable interior environment in the critical early hours and days after a climate event. Roofing product manufacturers will work more closely with the contractor community to ensure that roofing installation practices maximize product performance and that products are tested appropriately for in-situ behavior.

    Research on roofing materials is ongoing to find systems rigorous enough to withstand hail, UV radiation, temperature fluctuations and wind uplift. New techniques to improve roof installation quality and performance will require more training for roofing contractors and more engagement by manufacturers on the installation of their products to optimize value. Confronted with growing exposure to disruptive events, the building industry is working cooperatively to meet the challenge of designing solutions that provide superior performance in changing circumstances to reduce long-term costs and limit disruptions. Achieving such integration requires active collaboration among building team members to improve the design process and incorporate new materials and technologies, resulting in high-performing structures that are durable, cost- and resource-efficient, and resilient so when the next disruptive event hits, our buildings and occupants will be ready. [Excerpts from Business Sense in Roofing Magazine by Jared Blum]

    Metal-Era is already committed to training and supporting our contractors on installation of roof edges and many of our products are ANSI/SPRI/FM4435/ES-1 tested and FM approved. For more information, please visit our product pages or contact us at 800-558-2162 or


    When Politicians Actually Agree, It Must Be Important

    Posted on 6/30/2016 4:26:56 PM

    Regardless of which side of the aisle you are on, it's very common knowledge in the United States that politicians have difficulty agreeing on anything when there is a split public opinion.

    One thing both Republicans and Democrats have agreed on, is that it’s in the public’s best interest to continue to develop construction standards which protect more lives in high wind events. In 2004, President Bush signed Public Law 108-360, titled "The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act" with the stated intent to “reduce the risk wind hazards propose to life and property.” The law specifically directed several of the organizations it funded to recommend improvements and enhancements of “standards and technologies that will enable cost-effective, state-of-the-art windstorm resistant provisions to be adopted as part of state and local building codes."

    President Obama followed this up by renewing the law, signing bill 114-52 in September of 2015, reauthorizing the National Windstorm Reduction Act.

    In the 2015 document, Congress found the following: "(1) Hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, and thunderstorms can cause significant loss of life, injury, destruction of property, and social and economic destruction. All states and regions are vulnerable to these hazards."

    Funding for additional research was created and renewed in both of these bills. There have been many significant research projects completed by well respected organizations like NIST and NOAA to understand the effects of high winds, and more importantly, how to prevent future wind damage. The bills encouraged collaboration and pushed for additional cooperation between governmental agencies.

    According to NOAA, there were over 14,000 high wind events in the United States in 2015 where wind speeds above 40 mph and/or sustaining gusts of 58 mph or higher were recorded. While the number is staggering and quite high, until a high speed wind event has affected you or your loved ones, it is very common to underestimate the potential damage this invisible natural disaster can bring. Often thought of as only being found in hurricanes and tornadoes, wind damage is a forgotten intruder.

    Between 2004 and 2015, using data collected from the National Weather Service compiled by Weather DB, high winds and thunderstorm winds ranked number 8 and 9 respectively as the US most deadly natural disasters. They have claimed an average of 52 lives and injured more than 327 people annually, and accounted for over $1.18 billion in property damage. 

    The P in our SPEQ promise is Protection, and we are firmly committed to this goal regardless of whether politicians agree or not. To learn more about Metal-Era, visit To learn more about our SPEQ promise go to


    Hazardous Weather

    Posted on 6/3/2016 2:30:05 PM
    Hazardous weather causes billions of dollars in property damage and hundreds of fatalities in the U.S. every year. The most devastating combination of similar events are wind related, such as coastal storms, hurricanes and tornadoes, which rank 12th,  3rd and 2nd  respectively on the list of major U.S. disasters annually. According to The National Climate Assessment and NOAA, high wind events in the U.S. occur roughly 14,000 times annually with wind speeds of 58 mph or above. The analysis of the current data available suggests that as time goes on they will only continue to become more common.

    Any type of windstorm can cause property damage, but the places hit the hardest are often those which are not accustomed to these types of extreme weather.  Most industrial building structures can withstand high winds, yet the roofing system is where the damage typically occurs. Your roof edge is the first line of defense against a major wind event. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you have a rigorously tested and code compliant roof edge that is properly installed. If your roof edge is compromised, the building itself and everything inside are likely susceptible to wind and water damage.

    If you look at the two pictures below you will see that once the roof was compromised, large portions of the entire building collapsed.


    In 2011, an EF-5 Tornado hit Joplin, MO, with wind speeds exceeding 200 mph causing 161 fatalities and roughly 3 billion dollars in damage to 553 businesses. The Home Depot in Joplin (pictured below) was completely destroyed.  Of the 73 concrete slab panels (weighing roughly 100,000lbs each) that made up the exterior of the building, 63 fell. The roof was completely torn off the building in a matter of moments. Once the roof was torn off, the concrete panels lost their stability and fell resulting in several fatalities. The building was constructed to comply with local building codes which required it to resist winds up to 70 mph. The winds that destroyed it were estimated to be approximately 165 mph.


    Metal-Era’s Anchor-Tite products are rigorously tested to comply or exceed building code and FM approval for maximum wind uplift protection. Through our SPEQ promise we provide consistent wind protection, including the highest wind warranty in the industry covering the lifetime of the roof edge and winds up to 215 mph. For more information about Metal-Era or our SPEQ promise, email or call 800-558-2162.


    Installation Is Critical!

    Posted on 1/6/2016 8:18:41 AM

    A proper metal roof edge, including fascias, coping, drip edge, and miters, protects the roof from wind uplift and rain intrusion. While International Building Code in all states require that fascia and coping is tested to meet the ANSI SPRI ES-1 standard, it’s equally important that these systems are installed properly. According to Factory Mutual Insurance Co. (FM) in a review of losses following a major wind event, approximately 60% of roof failures are due to the perimeter edge metal. Often times it’s because they weren’t installed correctly.

    Below is a photo of a properly installed and tested metal roof edge system that remained intact after an F3 tornado struck a food storage facility in Pearl, MS. F3 tornados are estimated between 136 and 165 mph on the Fujita scale. As you can see in the foreground of the photo, the system cover and cleat held in place, and protected the roof from what could have been major damage (notice the destroyed warehouse in the background, missing walls and roof on the directly adjacent building).

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    There are several things to consider when installing your roof edge. Here are some pointers to help you avoid failure in low-slope roofs.
    1. The first line of defense is to use a roof edge that is tested and up to code standards. The International Building Code (IBC) governs that the roof edge should be designed in accordance with ANSI/SPRI/ES-1 (for more on these standards, view our webinars on Hole location, fastener type, and building type and location are some of the many factors that are considered when verifying roof perimeter securement meets code.                                                                                                                                      
    2. The metal gauge of cleat and cover can be critical factors in successful installations, both aesthetically and structurally in a wind event. Oil canning can be a pre indicator of failure, giving you a visual indication that the width of the product may exceed normal design standards. As you can see from the image below, this metal is severely oil canned, and could be an indication of improper metal thickness.
    3. Overlapping of cleats, or the use of spacers (see image below) in between extruded cleats can minimize the damage from thermal movement.
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    4. As simple as it sounds, pre punched and slotted fastener holes. Thermal movement will likely occur, and if your edge system has been designed to accommodate this thermal movement, the risk of damage to your edge metal will be significantly reduced.
    5. Using the correct fasteners is often overlooked by installers and can lead to the pullout of the roof edge. It’s not recommended to use roofing nails with certain systems, as they don’t have the pullout resistance that’s required for many of the systems in use today. While the use of a nail gun can be a faster installation method, it may not provide you the uplift resistance you desire. Utilizing a screw or fastener that has been tested with the assembly is a much safer solution.
    6. Welded or quicklocked miter systems provide a more durable wind resistant solution for inside and outside miter corners, transitions, and details. Often site fabricated details will lack engineering design for the wind uplift, offering little protection at the most vital component and area of the roof termination. In this image, a site fabricated corner has released and is no longer securing the membrane as designed.
    So having a tested product with a leading warranty is a great start, but remembering the above tips when specifying and installing the roof edge metal is critical.

    For more information, contact Metal-Era at or 800-558-2162.

    Which Metal Roof Edge Do I Use … Shop-Fabricated or Pre-Manufactured?

    Posted on 7/20/2015 3:31:20 PM

    Quite often when specifying a metal roof edge product this question comes up. The specifier or contractor has to make a decision on whether to use a local sheet metal shop to fabricate the material or to purchase a pre-manufactured system from a company like Metal-Era.

    Shop-Fabricated Edge

    Pre-Manufactured Edge

    Some of the reasons that shop-fabricated products are chosen are because they are perceived to have a lower cost and faster lead times. However, pre-manufactured systems can save a significant amount of labor time during installation. They also typically have a higher value because they’ve been tested and have a manufacturer’s warranty where shop-fabricated materials do not.

    While most shops can produce a roof edge within a couple days of measurement, many manufacturers are now offering express or quick-to-ship systems that can be delivered in a week or two. The other thing to think about is a pre-manufactured roof edge can account for more variances in field conditions so the measurements can occur sooner than those that are shop-fabricated. So when you consider all of these factors, the installed pre-manufactured system can often be less expensive and arrive to the jobsite faster than the installed shop-fabricated product.

    Most people think of the metal roof edge as simply an aesthetic way to finish off the building’s roof. But there is more to it than that. A properly installed roof edge actually holds the roof in place. In recent studies after major wind events, Factory Mutual Global (FM) and others have found that 60% of roof failures are due to the roof edge being inadequate. So when considering a roof edge during specification, a pre-manufactured system that will hold the roof membrane in place, as well as look good, can be key to the performance of the roof.

    Most pre-manufactured roof systems, like those from Metal-Era, are tested per ANSI/SPRI ES-1 criteria to ensure that they can hold up to the calculated winds on the project where they are used. Also, many of these systems are FM approved to meet liability needs, as well as to further assure the specifier of the highest performance.

    Along with their high performance and quality, pre-manufactured metal roof edges are consistent in design no matter where they are installed. Usually shop-fabricated systems will vary by contractor or location and quality isn’t guaranteed. Most pre-manufactured systems have no exposed fasteners, they have pre-fabricated and pre-finished miters, end caps and accessories, and they are able to produce radius sections to fit the project perfectly … all of which make for a clean, professional appearance.

    So the answer to this ever present question is to weigh your options carefully and don’t jump the gun by specifying shop-fabricated materials without consideration of the facts. Pre-manufactured metal roof edge systems from a company like Metal-Era could save you in the short and long run.

    For more information on Metal-Era’s metal roof edge systems, please visit our product pages on You may also contact us at or 800-558-2162.

    Metal-Era Sales & Marketing Team Takes Time to Have Some Fun in the Sun

    Posted on 7/13/2015 9:55:46 AM

    You know what they say ... All work and no play makes for a dull boy. So we decided to liven things up on Friday, July 10 with a lunch-time Luau (Wisconsin style). It featured a "celebrity" chef, Brad Van Dam, V.P. of Sales & Marketing who donned his apron and hat to grill up some Hawaiian fare, and a guest appearance by Tony Mallinger, President of Metal-Era. The delicious menu included pulled pork, hamburgers, chicken, grilled pineapple and various sides.


    No summer get together would be complete without party games to boost that competitive spirit. In Green Bay Packer fashion some of the guys threw the football around showing off their manly arms. Others partook in a "friendly" game of bags (or cornhole for non-Wisconsinites) with outstanding throwing accuracy. We do it right at Metal-Era or we don't do it at all!


    Summer in July in our state means warm, humid days and that was the case on Friday. But not to worry -- We had our kiddie pools filled with ice cold water to dip our toes in, and were able to cool off by running through the Giraffe sprinkler.


    The steering committee organized a great team-building event and fun was had by all. We capped the day off with a group photo sporting our Metal-Era Hawaiian shirts to mark this memorable occasion.


    Pictured above from left to right: Marlea Knox, Travis Orton, Brad Van Dam, Dan Rathmanner, Andrew Schmidt, Chris Parent, Eric Godfrey, Chris Edgar, Melissa Hughes, Tiffany Martinez, Heather Davis, Tony Knutson, Alissa Kuether, Chuck Dailey, Julie Peters, Anne Limberger, Carla Cisneros (not pictured Wayne Sheerer).

    Metal-Era's Sales & Marketing team is here to help with all your Roof Edge System and Ventilations needs. Contact us with any questions at or 800-558-2162.

    Custom Ventilation Solutions at Metal-Era

    Posted on 3/31/2015 10:54:05 AM
    In past blogs we have talked about how important it is for a building to have proper intake and exhaust airflow. View a log of all 16 airflow blogs that go into detail on how ventilation can save on heating and cooling costs, eliminate ice dams, and how one size does not fit all buildings. Metal-Era has worked on thousands of airflow projects across the country, some of which can be viewed in our Project Gallery. One particular project that stands out is Metal-Era’s work on Maywood Elementary School in Hammond, IN.

    Maywood Elementary

    Maywood Elementary School decided to reroof four of their five buildings. In the process of reroofing, they found that the buildings had no ventilation under the shingles which can easily lead to major problems like ice damming, increased cooling costs, moisture buildup and early shingle failure. The architect on the project recognized the need to create a cool roof system and recommended installing a vented nailbase.

    However, the eave is only half of the problem. For a balanced roof system, air needs to come in at the eave and exhaust at the ridge. Maywood Elementary had a very complex design that made it near impossible to install a ridge vent. To help with the complexity of the airflow for these particular buildings, Metal-Era was contacted. Using our free Net Free Area calculator, Metal-Era’s technical department calculated that 24 in²/lf of Net Free Area (NFA) was needed. After this was calculated, an order was placed for 1,848 lineal feet of Hi-Perf Vented Fascia in the specified NFA.

    The next step was determining what to do about the hipped roofs on the buildings which prevented traditional ridge vents from being installed. The eave to rake ratio on hipped roofs is almost nonexistent so Metal-Era explored other options. The solutions that Metal-Era created for this particular project were very custom and normally there are many challenges with hipped roof ventilation. However, in this case, Metal-Era designed custom Peak Vents specifically for this project. For other parts of the roof system, including gables, 96 lineal feet of Metal-Era’s Hi-Perf Ridge Vent Slope to Slope, Shingled Version was ordered.

    View how ridge vents and vented fascia work together to form a balanced, cool roof system by clicking on the image below.

    Balanced Ventilation

    After a short learning curve, the contractors were able to successfully install both the eave vent and the ridge vents. The roof ventilation system started working immediately after installation and in the hot summer sun, a heat shimmer could be seen all around the ridge vent as hot air exited the roof system. View the video of the Maywood Elementary Airflow Installation or download the project profile for more information on this project and the products involved.

    Metal-Era’s Airflow Solutions were introduced in 2006 and since then, we have developed numerous products to help with any project, no matter how unique. Check out the products below on our website for print approvals, installation instructions and testing and warranty information:

    1. Hi-Perf Vented Fascia
        • 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
        • Creates airflow at the eave 
        • Restricts heat build-up and moisture accumulation

    2. Hi-Perf Ridge VentHi-Perf Ridge Vent
        • 50% faster installation compared to other multi-component units
        • 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
        • Passed Water Infiltration Test TAS 100(A)
        • Snow load tested up to 490 psf

    3. Hi-Perf Custom Ridge Vents
        • Variety of versions available to fit any project
           • Slope to High Wall
           • Slope to Vertical Wall
           • Slope to Flat Roof
        • 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
        • Restricts heat build-up and moisture accumulation

    4. Hi-Perf Intake VentSlope to High Wall Ridge Vent
        • 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
        • Creates airflow for roofs without an eave
        • Extends the life of the roof

    For more information on Metal-Era's airflow and roof edge solutions, please visit our website You can also contact us with any questions at or 800-558-2162.

    Custom Roof Edge Capabilities at Metal-Era

    Posted on 3/16/2015 9:42:58 AM
    You are well aware that there are countless options for standard 'off the shelf' roofing solutions, but sometimes one size does not fit all and you need custom designs to fit your specific job requirements.

    Metal-Era’s custom roof edge products were used on Central Michigan University’s new student housing. An ES-1 tested coping was specified for this project and our tested Perma-Tite and custom coping was chosen. In addition to testing, our products are backed by a 20 year, 110 mph Wind Warranty which also contributed to Metal-Era being specified on the project.

    Metal-Era’s Michigan reps, Jim and Joe Bieszki from Architectural Building Specialties, traveled to the campus to measure the buildings. Both housing buildings had complex designs and all angles and walls had varying lengths. Jim and Joe had to be extremely precise when making these measurements because one wrong number sent to Metal-Era’s Engineering Department would cause the custom finished coping to not fit properly on the roof.

    When it came to actually installing the product on the buildings, the task of installing all these custom miters in the correct areas looked close to impossible. However, since there were multiple gables on each building, Metal-Era specially packaged each gable to simplify installation. Without custom packaging and labeling, the contractor would have had to sort through 150 miters to find the correct piece. At the end of the project, the punch list was void of any measuring mistakes. All 150 miters, 58 endcaps, and 2,262 lf of coping and gravel stop were measured and manufactured to perfection.

    Metal-Era strives to eliminate waste and provide 100% customer satisfaction. This project is a prime example of the quality products Metal-Era manufactures on a daily basis. Metal-Era’s custom engineering capabilities provide a finished look without sacrificing performance or code compliance. We pride ourselves in producing products that meet our customers’ needs with industry leading shop times and warranties.

    Check out some of Metal-Era’s products below for more information on what we can do for your next roofing project:

    1. Perma-Tite Coping
        • 20 Year, 120 mph Wind Warranty
        • ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 tested
        • Easy snap-on design
        • Variety of versions available – See the full line of Perma-Tite Coping products hereAnchor-Tite Fascia

    2. Anchor-Tite Fascia
        • Lifetime, 215 mph Wind Warranty
        • ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 tested, FM Approved, Miami-Dade Approved
        • Easy snap-on design – No crimping or stripping-in or heat welding required
        • Great alternative to coping
        • Versions: Standard, HG, Canted, Extended Canted, and Extended

    3. Perma-Tite Gold Coping
        • Lifetime, 215 mph Wind Warranty
        • ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 tested
        • Factory Mutual Approved
        • Perfect solution for parapet conditions where the slope must be created
        • Full snap-on design

    Even with challenging roof conditions, like the CMU Housing Project, Metal-Era is able to provide a custom solution. Metal-Era is proud to supply both stocked 'off the shelf' solutions, as well as custom options for those projects where stock simply won't do. If you have any questions on a custom job you are working on, please contact us at or 800-558-2162. 

    2014 Gene Mallinger Innovation Award

    Posted on 3/4/2015 9:15:02 AM
    Each year, Metal-Era recognizes an outstanding employee to receive the Gene Mallinger Innovation Award (GMIA). This award recognizes employees who exemplify innovation and ingenuity that contributes to the success of Metal-Era and its customers.

    The first GMIA was awarded to Joe Inzeo in 2011 for his efforts in production development. Since then, Joe has played an integral role in choosing deserving candidates for the GMIA. In 2012 I.T.'s Software Engineer Nathan Falk received the award for his role in creating Metal-Era's Quote to Shop program. In 2013, Steve Goodman won the award for his ideas that have contributed to continuously Aaron Rauchimproving our manufacturing process.

    Metal-Era knows that innovation is what drives our progress, so it is important to recognize those who continue to keeps at the forefront of the industry. For 2014, Aaron Rauch was awarded the GMIA for his contributions that have continuously help to improve the efficiency and quality of Metal-Era’s manufacturing processes.

    Throughout 2014, Aaron helped champion a new system that allows Metal-Era’s Perma-Tite System 200 Fascia splice plates to be bent at an increased quantity which resulted in a 78% increase in efficiency. Aaron also designed new tooling for Perma-Tite Gold Cantilever Coping and the Creative Design Bold Face Coping spring, both resulting in over 50% increases in efficiency. He was also able to correct a robotic issue, allowing it to run at full capacity after an extensive period of down-time.

    Metal-Era has a great group of employees that continue to bring Metal-Era to the forefront of the commercial roofing industry. Throughout 2015 there are plans for many continuous improvement objectives to increase Metal-Era’s capacity and efficiency. We look forward to the many changes throughout the year!

    Once again, congratulations to Aaron! Thank you for being a leader in innovation for Metal-Era, Inc.

    The Importance of Proper Roof Ventilation in Winter

    Posted on 11/4/2014 10:21:01 AM
    With winter approaching, saving on energy costs and preventing winter damage to roofs are high priorities for building owners. Proper roof ventilation may help reduce many of the costs and dangers attributed to winter weather. When working on a new building project, it is important to include the necessary intake and exhaust vents for proper airflow. Also, if roof consultants are inspecting an older building, it is important for them to note tell-tale signs of improper ventilation and the recommended steps to fix this concern. Examples of improper ventilation include:

    · Mold or mildew in attic/insulationIce Dams
    · Damp insulation
    · Ice Dams
    · High heating costs in winter, High cooling costs in summer

    Proper ventilation can help with all of these problems that many buildings are often afflicted with.

    1. Prevents Ice Dams

    Ice dams begin along the roof edge and build up continuously throughout winter. Moist, warm air rises from the lower portion of the building to the attic space. Once this air is in the attic, it condenses on the cold surfaces of the rafters, metal, roof deck, ect. This condensation causes several problems in addition to ice dams:

    Ice Dams· Swelling of the roof deck leading to mold, mildew
    · Condensation can infiltrate the insulation making it ineffective
    · Stain ceilings
    · Interior rot, mildew, and poor air quality

    Since the attic is significantly warmer than the roof due to improper insulation or ventilation, the warm air causes the snow on the roof to melt and run to the roof edge or gutter which is much colder. The water freezes on the roof edge/gutter creating the beginnings of an ice dam. This will occur countless times during the winter and can cause significant damage as more and more heavy ice builds up on the roof edge.

    There are a few ways to avoid the negative causes of ice dams such as proper ventilation, air sealing, and insulation. A balanced ventilation system will keep the flow of air under the roof deck at or below 32 degrees, which means the snow won’t melt and ice dams won’t form. Check out the
    animation below, which shows Metal-Era’s intake and exhaust vents working together to create a balanced system. Scroll to the end of our blog for examples of Metal-Era’s ventilation products.

    2. Decreases Heating (and Cooling) Costs

    A balanced ventilated system creates effective intake and exhaust airflow without the use of fans and other mechanical ventilation products. Reducing the use of mechanical products can greatly reduce energy costs for your building for all seasons, in all climates. Eave and ridge vents work together to provide maximum ventilation for your building, but having too little or Net Free Area Calculatortoo much airflow can cause issues too. Roof ventilation works most effectively when the correct Net Free Area is calculated for your building. Contact a roof consultant to evaluate your roof’s Net Free Area, or view our easy, free Net Free Area calculator.

    Water is the most common cause of rot and corrosion within buildings. Moisture inside a building can also contribute to the formation of mold. Additionally, moisture will buildup on and cling to the underside of the roof and the condensation will eventually drip and soak the attic insulation, reducing its efficiency and adding to the problem of increased heating costs. Ventilation can help create optimal airflow to prevent the accumulation of moisture in a building, which will help eliminate problems with mold, mildew and compromised indoor air quality.

    Not all ventilation solutions will work for your building. Commercial buildings have very different requirements than residential buildings. One of the biggest mistakes is installing a residential product on a commercial building, which severely undercuts the New Free Area and will not lower energy costs. Check out some of our commercial options below.

    3. Prevents Condensation & Mold/Mildew

    Snow infiltration is an issue often associated with the installation of roof ventilation products. However, ventilation products that are the correct size and are properly installed should not be the cause of any damage. If you are noticing water or snow infiltration, it might be because your ventilation gaps are too large which allows water to enter the attic space.

    Check out our Alta Ski Resort project profile which proves the benefits of ventilation products. The resort has seen over 2,500 inches of snow since Metal-Era installed Hi-Perf Vented Fascia and they have not had any issues with snow infiltration to date.

    Metal-Era Airflow Solutions

    You do not have to sacrifice proper ventilation in order to avoid snow collecting in your building. Metal-Era’s engineered line of commercial grade ventilation products have been proven to prevent snow and water infiltration. Our ridge vents have passed extensive testing including the Water Infiltration Test TAS 100(A).

    1. Hi-Perf Ridge VentRidge Vent
    · 50% faster installation compared to other multi-component units
    · 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
    · Passed Water Infiltration Test TAS 100(A)
    · Snow load tested up to 490 psf

    2. Hi-Perf Custom Ridge Vents
    · Variety of versions available to fit any project
    · 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
    · Restricts heat build-up and moisture accumulation

    3. Hi-Perf Vented Fascia
    · 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
    · Creates airflow at the eave
    · Restricts heat build-up and moisture accumulation

    4. Hi-Perf Intake Vent
    · 20 Year, 120 mph Wind and Ventilation Warranty
    · Creates airflow for roofs without an eave
    · Extends the life of the roof

    View our
    Hi-Perf product page for more information on Metal-Era’s airflow products. We also offer a contractor-friendly line of ventilation products called Eco-Perf. The Eco-Perf product line has recently been updated with a Ridge Vent and Vented Screen. If you have questions on our ventilation products, please contact us at

    What Does it Mean to be a Minority Owned Business?

    Posted on 10/29/2014 10:19:04 AM
    NMSDCMetal-Era is proud to be a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC will be holding a Conference and Business Opportunity Fair November 2-4 in Orlando, FL. Metal-Era will be sending two representatives to walk the Business Opportunity Fair on November 3rd. The Fair is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. Over 6,000 supplier diversity professionals and minority business owners attend the conference to support minority business growth.

    Many companies are unfamiliar with the benefits a Minority Business Enterprise can offer their business. A
    Minority Business Enterprise is defined as a business which is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled on a daily basis by one or more American citizens of minority status.
    For example, Metal-Era is a Hispanic owned and operated business and is the nation’s largest manufacturer of perimeter roof edge and ventilation systems for the commercial roofing industry.

    What are the benefits of purchasing from an MBE?

    • Increased contracting opportunities
    • Possible federal and state tax rebates
    • Meet supplier diversity requirements
    • Strengthen your company's identity as a supporter of supplier diversity

    Minority Business Programs in the United States began under President Richard Nixon in the early 1970’s. He authorized grants to public and private organizations to provide technical and management assistance to Minority Business Enterprises. Since then, minority business programs have spread across the United States and many large public and private firms have yearly diversity goals that they must meet.

    Metal-Era provides the highest wind-rated edge securement and ridge vent solutions in the industry. Metal-Era became a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council since 2006. The NMSDC is one of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations. They match more than 12,000 minority-owned businesses to their growing network of 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products or services. Membership included many of the largest public and privately-owned companies, healthcare organization, and colleges and universities.

    Metal-Era helps support company diversity goals by offering minority credit on all roof edge and ventilation products supplied by Metal-Era or our Private Label partners. Metal-Era is the nation’s largest manufacturer of perimeter roof edge and ventilation systems for the commercial roofing industry. We also have several other programs that companies can benefit from such as our Quick-to-Ship Program which delivers our products on time and on budget. In addition to reduced cost with material purchasing programs, Metal-Era’s products are backed by rigorous testing and comprehensive wind warranties.

    If your business is looking to expand their
    Minority Business program, you can learn more about the NMSDC on their website here. If you are going to be attending the NMSDC Business Opportunity Fair on November 3rd, reach out to Metal-Era prior to the Fair and we will be sure to connect as we attend the conference. Our President, Tony Mallinger, and V.P. of Sales and Marketing, Brad Van Dam, will be representing Metal-Era at the fair. For more information on Metal-Era’s minority business program and how your company can benefit, please contact us at or call 800-558-2162.

    You can also visit our
    minority webpage to download our National Minority Certificate. Within the past year, the NMSDC has restructured their minority business certification program. From January 1st, 2014 forward, minority businesses that are certified with a regional NMSDC Council will be recognized nationally. Even though our certificate specifically says ‘North Central Minority Supplier Development Council’, you can use it on any project in the United States.