The top selections for our readers among all the metal bui lding products we featured over the last year
Metal Construction News readers are an inquiring lot, and over the last year they were curious about more than a thousand products we featured in our product coverage, project descriptions and regular features.
The editors of Metal Construction News established a one-year time frame from June 2010 through May 2011 for our identifications. To determine our top products, we measured the total number of leads from editorial articles only. Of all of those documented inquiries, the following 20 products garnered the most leads.
We feature them here, starting with the most popular and the issue in which the product appeared.
Solatube International Inc.
Solatube Metal Roof Flashing
Solatube International Inc. has introduced an innovative, versatile metal roof flashing that makes it easier for architects to bring daylight into buildings without sacrificing the elegant design of metal roofs. The new Solatube Metal Roof Flashing features a round-edge leak-proof design that reduces the exposed surface area by 50 percent (as compared to traditional flashings), eliminates the need for bulky crickets to divert water, and can be adapted to fit virtually any standing-seam rib roof profile. Its unique, inverted flange design reduces roof clutter by concealing the fasteners; while Solatube International’s DryLock Technique provides a triple-seal approach that virtually locks the flashing to the metal roof deck. Fully paintable, the new flashing provides a sleek, low profile appearance that complements any roof design.
Max/Block sunshades by Tubelite Inc. are now manufactured using EcoLuminum, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally friendly finishes. Along with responsible resource management, Max/Block sunshades maximize daylighting and minimize solar heat gain. These benefits are also key criteria for projects pursuing certification through the USGBC LEED Rating System. Complimenting buildings’ designs, Max/Block sunshades are available in airfoil, Z-blade and tubular architectural profiles. Each outrigger type can be extended from the building in various projection lengths to provide the desired performance.
Chicago Clamp Co.
Joist Grip Framing Clamp System
Chicago Clamp Co. has introduced the Joist Grip Framing Clamp System. Backed with the Florida Product Approval rating, the new framing system has a distributed load capacity of 4,000 pounds in uplift and download conditions. The new Joist Grip Framing Clamp System is installed underneath existing corrugated roof deck and is an ideal framing system for supporting rooftop units, exhaust fans and skylights. The patentpending Joist Grip Framing Clamp System is bolted into place offering greater flexibility in framing installation, removal and relocation as client needs change. The bolted connections eliminate the hazards and risks associated with traditional welding methods. The system offers contractors an engineered and certified solution, cutting project costs, minimizing installation time, and reducing risks associated with joist loading and roof framing projects.
Bosch Measuring Tools
GLR500 and GLR825 Measuring Tools
Bosch Measuring Tools is entering the long-range laser measuring category with two innovative laser distance measuring tools-the GLR500 and the GLR825. Capable of quickly and accurately measuring in 11 different modes over extended distances (825 feet for the GLR825, 500 feet for the GLR500), Bosch’s new range finding tools are perfect for builders, architects, construction supervisors, building engineers, finish and trim carpenters, project estimators, inspectors, plumbers and electricians. And, even over extended distances, both tools are accurate to within 0.04 inches. That means users of all types can measure with confidence in any application.
Hubbed Thin Wheel Abrasives
DEWALT’s new line of Hubbed Thin Wheel and Contaminant-Free Thin Wheel Abrasives are ideal for welders, fabricators and mechanical contractors tasked with cutting pipe, stainless steel and metal. The new Hubbed Thin Wheels are built with 5/8- to 11-inch threaded hubs that eliminate the need for a backing flange and nut. Interchangeable with other spin-on hub systems, the new wheels offer abrasive users a versatile solution that helps reduce downtime. DEWALT’s new two-piece hub design allows for maximum cutting depth because the wheel hub sits on top of the raised center of the wheel. With the thread on the bottom of the wheel, the wheel tightens onto the shaft as it’s being used and practically eliminates the possibility of slippage that may occur with conventional hubs.
Diamond Door Products Ltd.
Marquise Series Door System
The Marquise Series Door System (Knock Down and Preassembled) from Diamond Door Products Ltd. is designed to fit a large segment of contractor/owner needs for steel doors with high-quality components, a large selection of options and accessories, and applications to every wall type. The Marquise system provides: 3070, 4070 and 6070 sizes, smooth or textured door skins, 20- and 18-gauge doors, kerf frames, complete lines of hardware, and white or bronze baked-on finish paint.
MAX USA CORP.
RB397 Rebar Tier
MAX USA CORP.’s new RB397 replaces the MAX RB395. This extraordinary new tool is an incredible labor-saving device capable of reducing costs up to one-fifth of current budgets. The MAX Rebar Tier quickly pays for itself and then turns over a profit in no time. The MAX RB397 tying times per charge was increased by more than 400 percent to 2,000 ties per charge. MAX was able to achieve this performance with its 14.4v lithium-ion battery. The life of the twisting motor is also extended by introducing a brushless motor. The simple operation of the RB397 reduces potential wrist damage and helps reduce medical costs. Carpal tunnel claims are greatly reduced when workers use the rebar tools instead of tying by hand.
Super Stud Building Products Inc.
Super Stud Building Products Inc. has unveiled its new drywall framing system, The EDGE. The EDGE features an innovative design that not only sets new standards for performance, but also new levels of safety for the framer. The EDGE drywall framing system is designed with the framer’s needs and safety taken into major consideration. The EDGE has been awarded one patent and several additional patents are pending. The EDGE is UL-approved for use in one-, two-, three- and four-hour wall assemblies and also meets every criteria as spelled out in ASTM C645 and C754. The EDGE is manufactured using 40KSI steel, making it easy and reliable to screw into.
Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.
KingZip Insulated Standing Seam Roof System
To address the increasing design, performance and energy requirements of today’s builders and architects, Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc. has introduced its KingZip Insulated Standing Seam Roof System. KingZip is a preengineered, zip-up roofing system that provides enhanced performance, design flexibility, aesthetic appeal and fast-track construction. Available in a 1000 Series version, KingZip offers maximum thermal performance and a modern, streamlined look. Featuring a thermally broken hidden clip design, KingZip comes pre-engineered as a single component with the insulation already foamed in place, allowing for single-step installation.
Miller Electric Manufacturing Co.
Arc Armor Titanium Welding Helmet
Miller Electric Manufacturing Co.’s line of Arc Armor Titanium Series welding helmets is designed for industrial protection, performance and comfort. The Titanium Series is built upon a shell design that is lightweight for extended wear, provides excellent skin coverage, reflects radiant heat and features a quickrelease front cover lens to reduce welder downtime. Featuring Miller’s top-performing lenses and an exclusive aluminum heat shield secured within a durable shockabsorbing gasket, the Titanium Series is made to withstand the rugged abuse commonly associated with industrial welding.
Interior Pre-finished Hollow Metal Doors
Therm-All’s interior pre-finished hollow metal doors are available in 20- and 18-gauge steel, and come with a polystyrene core. These doors are offered in a complete range of fire ratings
(up to three hours) and are certified by Underwriters Laboratory. In addition, Therm-All also offers pre-finished hollow metal frames in 16-gauge galvanized steel. Frames are a knock-down construction and are designed to be installed in standard and non-standard wall sizes over prefinished or unfinished drywall.
United Solar Ovonic
United Solar Ovonic’s photovoltaic panels have created a smart solar wall for the Fairbanks North Star Borough District’s facility on Minnie Street in Fairbanks, Alaska. The wall incorporates innovative thermal insulation techniques, which will reduce energy consumption.
Knight Wall Systems Inc.
CI-Girt Rainscreen System
Knight Wall Systems Inc.’s CI-Girt, available in steel and aluminum, is a new rainscreen system that accommodates continuous rigid insulation on the exterior of a building, significantly increasing the structure’s energy efficiency. CI-Girt offers superior moisture handling and thermal performance and reduced risk of condensation, and is adaptable to any façade or cladding system. The new system enables a continuously insulated exterior wall that will meet or exceed current and future energy codes.
Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.
Series Minor Rib Panels
Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.’s versatile 300 Series Minor Rib panels are suitable for exterior applications in commercial and industrial buildings, as well as interior walls, partitions and suspended ceilings in cooler/freezer applications. The 42-inch-wide panels are available in 10- to 48-foot lengths and a wide range of colors and thicknesses (2 to 6 inches). The panel’s polyisocyanurate core is chemically bonded to non-permeable steel facings to provide continuous insulation and retain insulating values over time. R-values range from 16 to 49, and improved side joinery offers excellent foam-to-foam contact for full thermal seals. The exterior profile provides a clean, flat appearance and ensures excellent sealing of vapor barriers.
SunNet Blue Standing-Seam Panel
The SunNet Blue standing-seam panel and flat sheet coating from Englert Environmental, a unit of Englert Inc., is designed to match the color of its SunNet Building Integrated Photovoltaics, a standing-seam roofing technology that delivers solar-generated electricity. The new SunNet standing-seam panel matches the color of the SunNet PV laminates so that the PV material is indistinguishable from the standing seam to which it has been adhered.
Weather Snap Metal System
Used to create a smart solar wall for the Fairbanks North Star Borough District’s facility on Minnie Street in Fairbanks, Alaska, the 5.44 kW solar array is laminated to Whirlwind’s Weather Snap metal system. Comprised of approximately 80 photovoltaic laminates measuring 16 feet wide and 9 1/3 feet long, each panel is approximately 1/4-inch-thick. The panels fit between the ridges of the building’s standing-seam metal system and face south for maximum efficiency. Covering an area of approximately 1,000 square feet, the combined weight of the panels is approximately 1,000 pounds.
pinta acoustic inc.
SQUARELINE Metal Ceiling Tiles
SQUARELINE Metal Ceiling Tiles from pinta acoustic inc. are constructed of expanded metal that has a recycled material content between 35 and 50 percent, which qualifies for LEED credits. These tiles are available in three distinct patterns and provide a contemporary European flair in a choice of white or chrome metal. SQUARELINE tiles allow for custom dimensions and distinctive colors of metal to match the décor.
Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.
Benchmark Designwall Series
Kingspan Benchmark Designwall Series was the material of choice for the Central Ohio Transit Authority. The insulated metal panels used in the new addition help with the wall’s R-value. Metal was chosen due to its durability, aesthetic, fresh look, cost effectiveness and flexibility.
Custom Aluminum Brise-Soleil Shading
When working on the sustainable site at 6550 Cedar Springs, Dallas, Ennis Steel custom-manufactured the aluminum brise-soleil used to shade the west façade. This has helped to revitalize the area surrounding Love Field Airport in Dallas.
U.S. Door & Building Components
The roll-up doors and hallway system by U.S. Door
& Building Components were used to create a stateof-the-art, four-story self-storage facility that sits on 0.92 acres near the 580 Freeway, in Oakland, Calif. The 102,500-square-foot building includes 3,150 square feet of street-level retail space, security, loading area, two elevators, covered parking and a 1,200-square-foot manager’s apartment. The facility offers 68,828 square feet of rentable storage space in 792 units, with 487 that are climate controlled. Unit sizes range from 5 by 5 feet to 10 by 30 feet.