A metal building is more than four walls and a roof. It’s actually a complex coming-together of ventilation systems, building panels and accessories such as cupolas and roof flashing, all designed to carry out a unique purpose. When combined, those elements create spaces that make it easier to carry out your company’s work, store products and go about day-to-day business in general.
And at Metallic Products, we believe every aspect of that system deserves to be recognized in its own right.
Take metal building flashing, for instance. Though not quite as flashy (pun absolutely intended) as a structure’s power vents or ridge vents, this tool of the trade pulls a lot of weight when it comes to keeping your structure better protected on the whole. Let’s take a moment to dig into metal building and roof flashing — what it is, the purpose it serves and what to look for when purchasing it for your steel buildings.
Covering the Basics: What is Metal Building Flashing?
Metal building flashing is like an industrial raincoat for your structures. Comprised of waterproof material, it’s installed in areas prone to leaks and moisture, such as around windows, vents, walls, doorways and building joints. At Metallic Products, as you might guess, our flashing is made of metal.
Flashing’s job is to keep moisture out, and it does its work with help from strategically engineered angles. By redirecting rainwater, condensation and the like away from problem areas — and toward safer spots such as gutters and downspouts — it keeps metal building interiors high and dry, and helps ward off the damaging effects moisture can have.
Why is it Important to Keep Moisture Out of Your Metal Buildings?
Moisture infiltration can spell trouble for your steel buildings in all sorts of ways. Not only can it result in damaged insulation, rust and corrosion that require costly replacement, but it can lead to mold and mildew formation that stirs up allergies and makes working conditions unsafe. Increased humidity levels also create uncomfortable, sometimes unhealthy environments, while leaked water in general just tends to make spaces look bad.
The good news is, metal building flashing is a relatively inexpensive way to provide added protection against unwanted water. Easy installation and few (if any) ongoing maintenance needs make this one metal building accessory that really makes sense.
What to Look for with Quality Metal Building and Roof Flashing
It probably comes as no surprise that not all metal building flashing is created equal. There are nearly as many varieties of flashing out there as there are building types — and each flashing manufacturer goes about things in a different way. Here are some things to consider when you begin searching for a product — and company — you can trust.
Roof flashing — and metal building flashing as a whole — does a lot for your structures, and we’re glad to give the accessory its moment in the spotlight. If you have questions about any of the above, or if you’re interested in learning how we can help with flashing needs for your upcoming steel building project, feel free to contact the Metallic Products team. We’re here to help, and we look forward to hearing from you!