Steelscape Launches Metal Coil Prints Website

Steelscape LLC understands that inspiration for a building design can come from many places. In an effort to facilitate the design process for architects, building owners, and homeowners, Steelscape has launched the Design Solutions website featuring its portfolio of specialty metal coil prints ideal for architectural wall and roof panels.

“In working with our customers, architects, and designers to address specific needs, we have refreshed our portfolio of prints and have expanded our services to include custom solutions,” says Scott Cooley, vice president of sales and customer service for Steelscape LLC. “This website reflects our dedication and commitment to providing design solutions to the architect community.”

The Design Solutions website features prints which were developed through Steelscape’s collaborative approach with its customers. “Continuously engaging and listening to our customers’ needs helps us keep an outward focus on the market and continuously make adjustments to our product line,” states Cooley. “We are excited to announce we have expanded our services to include custom solutions for our customers, such a Montana based Bridger Steel.

“Working with Steelscape, we know we have more than just a vendor, but a partner in creating products that can satisfy our customers’ needs,” states Steve Collins, marketing manager for Bridger Steel. “The ability to collaborate on new ideas and concepts helps us stay in front of trends, and, with the expertise Steelscape can provide, we are ensured that the product exceeds all standards.”

“Bridger Steel has mastered the rustic design style, and they have an idea of what the market wants,” states Jon King, new product development specialist for Steelscape LLC. “When I presented test samples of rustic prints with more open patterns, Bridger was responsive and arranged exclusive rights to their new Rustic Rawhide print which has been a success.”

“We have mastered the art of combining metal to colors and patterns,” states Cooley. “If you can imagine it, we can help you achieve your vision.”

OMG Roofing Expands Website To Support Sales

OMG Roofing Products has expanded its website to include language specific micro-sites designed to support sales in target markets. The new Dutch, Spanish and British micro-sites join the company’s existing Chinese site with product information, technical data and language specific literature as well as access to the company’s list of videos, calculators and other content. In addition, product information on these micro-sites is presented with metric sizing and weights.

“As OMG continues to expand in Western Europe, we will continue to offer sales support materials in local languages. We are currently working on a German version and hope to have that complete in the next month or so,” says Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for OMG Roofing Products.

All of the language specific micro sites can be accessed from the OMG home page by clicking on the requisite country flag in the upper right corner of the site.

For additional information, please visit OMGRoofing.com or contact OMG Roofing Products at (800)633-3800.

Website Allows Business Owners to Review Clients

Are you a business owner who’d like to know more about prospective clients before you sign a contract? Do you want to ensure that you’re a good match before making a commitment? A B2B website can help.
 
ContractorsCustomers.com allows business owners to read and write reviews of past or potential clients. It reduces the uncertainty business owners feel when engaging with potential clients/customers about whether to do business together. Business owners know that gaining just one well-matched new customer can be a profitable and enjoyable experience. Avoiding a client/customer who is not a good match could save the business owner and the prospective client/customer time, money and undo stress.
 
The website is the brainchild of a business owner, who with the feedback from a focus group of business owners, conceived the idea based on their own experiences.  In a sense it is a reverse Angie’s list, a website where businesses can write and search for reviews on customers.
 
Current members have reported customers wanting business owners to write good reviews on them so they can attract and work with better quality businesses.
 
The site is free to business owners for a limited time. To learn more, go to www.contractorscustomers.com.

Malarkey Roofing Products Expands #KnowYourRoof Education Series

Malarkey Roofing Products continues to expand its website and social media channels #KnowYourRoof video library to educate customers. Ten educational videos were introduced in the first quarter of 2016 with additional videos being released later this year.

The videos are part of the #KnowYourRoof education series from Malarkey that can be found on their website and social media channels. Recent video topics include the importance of roofing granules, polymer modified asphalt, solar reflective roofing, underlayment, multi-ply built-up roofing, and available product lines. The educational videos range from approximately one to three minutes in length and can be accessed through low slope education and steep slope education video playlists on the Malarkey Roofing Products YouTube channel.

McElroy Metal Announces Website Relaunch

McElroy Metal, a metal roof and wall systems manufacturer serving the construction industry, announces its website relaunch at www.McElroyMetal.com.

McElroy Metal has dedicated sections of the new site to the specific markets it serves: residential, architectural/commercial, post frame, retrofit/recover, green building/solar and insulated metal panels. The site also contains animations highlighting installation sequences and a color visualizer enabling visitors to view their personal homes or businesses with McElroy Metal products and colors. The McElroy University portion of the site has been expanded to feature information on Hands-On Installation Classes, Substrate and Coating Facts, Finish and Substrate Warranty Education and Educational Videos.

MCA Enhances Its Website’s Technical Resources Section

It is now easier for architects, contractors and building managers looking for technical assistance to access a wealth of metal construction resources on the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) website.

The MCA has reorganized more than 25 technical resources that are available for free download from the association’s website. Resources range from MCM Specifications to Metal Roofing Guides for Cold Climates to best practices guides for Fasteners, Rain Screen and Wall Systems, and Roof Seeming. The technical resources section of the website has been enhanced to display the newest resources at the top, followed by resources grouped by application category. Categories include metal roofing, metal walls, insulated metal panels and an other category, which includes resources related to metal roof and metal wall components, fastening tools, life cycle assessments, roll forming, and more.

“We are continually developing new materials based on needs in the industry,” says MCA Technical Director Scott Kriner. “We are committed to raising the level of expertise among all those that take part in designing, specifying and installing metal building products.”

Valspar Launches Website for Coil and Extrusion Division

Valspar recently launched a new website for its coil and extrusion division. Keeping the same domain, the new website provides an easy to navigate layout, that is fresh and functional for visitors. From architects to installers, the new design addresses the needs of all end-users.

With a focus on innovation, Valspar’s new architectural coating website allows users to explore colors, industries, products and projects. An updated project gallery showcases the latest innovative uses for Valspar coatings across a variety of industries. Endless inspiration coupled with educational resources provides users everything they need to transform ideas into a colorful reality.

Visitors have the option to browse by color family or special effect to find the best fit for new projects. With more than 20,000 choices and the ability to create custom colors, the new website displays the wide variety of options in an easy-to-preview format.

The new website also houses a wealth of resources for customers to utilize, along with company news and updates. Visitors will find literature on everything from new coatings to Valspar’s commitment to sustainability. The site also features an education component geared towards AIA certification.

ROXUL Introduces Its Energy Design Center

Insulation manufacturer ROXUL Inc. has introduced its Energy Design Center (EDC) on its website. The EDC will serve as a one-stop hub for building industry professionals to access a wealth of resources, high-quality tools, training and tailored advisory services to unlock the energy savings potential of their buildings. Relevant to the North American market, the Energy Design Center is supported by a panel of international building science and energy-efficiency experts from industry and educational institutions.

In addition to providing direct and customized support to commercial building professionals, the Energy Design Center will provide comprehensive access to the latest third-party building science research, presentations, multi-media, case studies, product and service solutions, specification and application guides, technical and data sheets, industry news, events and more.

“The ROXUL EDC was created in direct consultation with architects, designers and specifiers to meet their real-world needs in an environment of ever-increasing energy targets, tighter building codes and legislation,” says Rockford Boyer, B. Arch. Sc., BSSO, North American manager, Energy Design Center, ROXUL Inc. “It is specifically aimed at helping them achieve the highest energy efficiency requirements without sacrificing other design and performance priorities, all while taking into account sustainability, durability and resiliency. The ROXUL EDC is rooted in science and innovation.”

ROXUL EDC services and resources are offered at no cost and focus on five core competencies:

  • Building Science Expertise: Building enclosure analysis, detailing and material specifications.
  • WUFI Modeling: 1-D transient hygrothermal analysis, heat, air and moisture analysis, roofing heat transfer models (climate-driven R-value).
  • Thermal Bridging: THERM models (2-D) / HEAT 3 Models (3-D), overall U-value analysis, insulation detailing analysis.
  • R-value Calculations: Code and standards compliance, overall effective R-value calculations, dew point analysis.
  • Full Building Modeling: DesignBuilder and IES-VE energy modeling, included HVAC and electricity (default) and building envelope sensitivity analysis.

Plans are in place for the EDC to support a fully integrated education center, offering American Institute of Architects (AIA) accredited training courses that qualify for continuing education credits.

In the meantime, visitors to the ROXUL EDC can find advanced learnings on commercial building construction and building science topics, such as climate-driven R-value, continuous insulation, hybrid roofing systems, the implications of temperature-dependent thermal conductivity for exterior walls and insulated sheathing, draining balance testing and wall comparison, deflection testing of exterior wall attachments, hygrothermal simulations and analysis of solar-driven inward water vapor, the implications of temperature-dependent thermal conductivity for commercial roofing systems, the impact and benefits of membrane colour and roofing strategy on the performance of conventional roofing assemblies, and much more.

ATC, MBMA and AISI Develop Website Providing Ground Snow Load Information

The Applied Technology Council (ATC), with the assistance from the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has developed a website, which provides a way for users to easily obtain an ASCE 7 site-specific ground snow load based on GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) or a street address.

This website overcomes the challenges in using the snow load map printed in ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. These challenges include insufficient spatial resolution of the map to determine some site-specific ground snow loads and the lack of reference cities or towns on the map.

On this website, users can obtain values from the ground snow load map printed in ASCE 7-95 through ASCE 7-10 (1995, 1998, 2002, 2005 and 2010). Ground snow load is used with the equations provided in ASCE 7 to determine design snow loads for buildings and other structures.

Ground snow load information is now available for use free of charge on the ASCE 7 Ground Snow Load website. The site is a companion to ATC’s Windspeed by Location website where users can obtain ASCE 7 site-specific wind speeds from ASCE 7-93 through ASCE 7-10.

GAF Relaunches GAF Style Guide

GAF has relaunched its GAF Style Guide. The web page focuses on “bringing the indoors, outdoors”, a trend in home design today. The resource helps homeowners select shingles that best match their personal style with their exterior home portfolio. It features a streamlined design with a focus on visual images to help homeowners explore shingle colors and styles. The style guide also features expert advice from Nancy Fire, HGTV HOME design director and creative director and founder of Design Works International.