Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Metal Roof and Wall Systems

Specifying for Aesthetics, Durability and Energy Efficiency

Webinar On-Demand
Duro-Last®, Inc. and Exceptional Metals
Presented by Chad Engelsma
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of standing seam metal roof and wall systems.
  2. Identify grade vs. gauge and their importance for standing seam metal roofs and walls.
  3. Discuss oil canning and why it is prevalent with some metals but not others.
  4. Describe how to achieve greatest energy efficiency with metal roofs and walls.
  5. Describe storage, handling, onsite vs. controlled environment manufacturing, and how to obtain the right warranty for the product and application.



The popularity of standing seam metal roof and wall systems is easy to understand because of their beauty, durability, energy efficiency and other factors. They evoke both the past and the present, offering a variety of colors and profiles to the discerning architect or specifier. But not all standing seam metal systems are created equal. The savvy specifier will understand both, what the panels are made of and how and where they are made. In addition, attention to delivery, storage and installation will play a part in a successful project. Finally, the warranty will provide least exposure and most assurance for an effective, long-lasting and aesthetically striking project.

Photo of a metal roof.

Chad Engelsma Chad Engelsma has worked in the building products industry in a variety of capacities for the past 19 years promoting both residential and commercial building products with the primary focus on low and steep slope roofing systems. Chad has a BA in Marketing from Grand Valley State University and currently holds the role of Business Development Associate for Exceptional Meals, a Division of Duro-Last, Inc.

Duro-Last logo. Exceptional Metals logo.