All metal panels are not created equal

August 2020

Understanding the contrast between single-skin and insulated metal panels can make all the difference in building performance. Specifying the proper building materials is a crucial decision for every building project. In fact, it can mean the difference between a building … Continue reading

Profile depth of Metl-Span’s Insul-Rib panels provides ‘shape and shadow’

August 2020

The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wis., was constructed to fit into its site where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet.   The best designs have a specific direction right from the start. The Pablo Center … Continue reading

IMPs, a Pre-Manufactured “Perfect Wall”

August 2020

When it comes to metal building supplies, we know you have options, but when it comes to all-in-one solutions, Metl-Span’s insulated metal panels (IMPs) lead the pack for three simple reasons: performance, appearance, and ease of installation. PERFORMANCE Probably the … Continue reading

Three Metl-Span projects honored by MBCEA

July 2020

Three projects with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span received recognition during the recent Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association annual meeting. The Boston Sports Institute project in Wellesley, Mass., won the Sports and Recreation Award of Excellence. Metallic Building Company … Continue reading

Massachusetts office building goes retro to retrofit

June 2020

Standing since the 1970’s, the West Middlesex Turnpike building has served as a home to local businesses of all kinds in Bedford, Mass. Yet, after more than four decades of an aging brick exterior, the building owner wanted to bring … Continue reading

Perscriptive Vs. Performance Building Codes

June 2020

Building codes are a set of regulations that govern the design, construction, and alteration of structures. A general understanding of building codes helps all parties involved in design and construction understand the specific requirements involved in compliance, preventing errors, delays, … Continue reading

Protecting IMPs on the Job Site

March 2020

Construction is tough enough without finding your IMPs have been damaged before they could go up. Following a few tips can keep them pristine no matter how long they sit on the site. Introduction: Construction has enough odds and ends … Continue reading

Multi-Story Design Considerations When Using Horizontal Insulated Metal Panels

February 2020

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are an ideal cladding solution for multi-story structures for a variety of reasons. Lightweight, code compliant, thermally efficient and modern aesthetics make them ideal for these applications. Horizontally installed IMPs require a healthy amount of coordination … Continue reading

Fire Performance of Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs)

January 2020

In recent years, a handful of high-profile building fires have caused renewed scrutiny of using cladding systems with combustible content in multi-story buildings. Although these fires have not occurred in the U.S., and our building code is different than those … Continue reading

Benefits of Specifying Insulated Metal Panels

December 2019

  When it comes to specifying building materials, we know you have options, but when it comes to your next project or retrofit, there are benefits of insulated panels (IMPs) that will take your commercial build-out to the next level. … Continue reading

Structural Insulated Panels and Foamed in Place Insulated Panels

November 2019

When specifying insulated panels for a project, builders have an array to choose from. But when looking at two of the most popular types— structural insulated panels or insulated metal panels, it is important to understand which is best for the … Continue reading

Thermal Bowing

September 2019

When looking at evaluating different construction materials, particularly those that will have to withstand extreme temperature changes, it’s important to understand how they will react to the environment. An important aspect of using metal in construction is understanding the concepts … Continue reading

Keep it standard – Reasons to stay with 24”, 30”, 36” and 42”

September 2018

Standard sizing of lumber products began nearly a century ago to create a shared understanding between the lumber mills and the markets. Lumber products commonly traveled long distances by rail or water, making communication difficult. Standard sizes helped create an … Continue reading

Designing with IMP Roof Panels

August 2018

Combining both utility and aesthetics, insulated metal roof panels are growing in popularity. Once used primarily for cold storage, this versatile building solution is ideal for numerous commercial and industrial projects. The IMP roof panels provide air, water, and vapor … Continue reading

Flat vs. Profiled. Embossed vs. Smooth: How to select a wall system that’s right for you

August 2018

        Innovations in building science are enabling contractors, builders, architects, and property managers to meet new performance and aesthetic goals. Insulated metal panels provide a simple solution with a variety of looks and appearances, combining both design … Continue reading

Differences and Similarities Between Vertical and Horizontal IMP Applications

July 2018

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be installed either vertically or horizontally. With Metl-Span’s CF series of wall panels, the exact same panels are used for either orientation. However, there are key differences in how the supporting wall system must be … Continue reading