Technical Resources

MCA conducts many technical studies and research projects in partnership with member and industry partners. These studies include bulletins, white papers, manuals and reports that ensure that metal is at the forefront of innovation, and proactive with codes and standards.


Metal Roofs


Service Life Assessment of Low-Slope Unpainted 55% Al-Zn Alloy Coated Steel Standing Seam Metal Roof Systems

This report documents and summarizes the work conducted to determine with reasonable certainty the roof service life that can be expected of a “like-in-kind”, low-slope 55% Al-Zn alloy-coated steel Standing Seam Roof (SSR) system when installed today in a like environment using best practices. It incorporates the results of multiple field inspections, independent laboratory analyses of metallic corrosion of roof panels, components and sealants, and includes assessment of all integral ancillary components that impact the end of roof service life.

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Metal Roof Installation Manual

This manual addresses the installation of metal roofing material and related accessories and includes information pertaining to both new construction reroofing and retrofit projects.

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Ventilating Attic Fires: Press-Formed Metal Panel Roofs/Fire Service General Procedures Guide

General procedures for identifying a modular panel metal roof, accessing or ventilating a stone-coated metal roof, and ventilating attic fires.

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Static and Dynamic Analysis of Metal Roof Systems

Static and dynamic analyses of metal roof systems using Finite Element Method indicate that Finite Element Analysis is an appropriate tool for the product development of metal roof structures.

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• Roof Covering Repair Requirements and the International Codes

It is common for an existing building to be serviceable in every way; however, some roof repairs may be required. On many occasions, MCA has been asked what types of roof repair materials are required and what code supporting language exists. MCA investigated this issue and found direction offered within the Existing Building Code.

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• Lightning and Metal Roofing

When a metal roof is employed on a project, it seems to heighten people’s awareness of lightning and some question whether or not the use of metallic roofing increases the risk of lightning strike. Metal roofing does not in any way increase this risk.

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• Metal Roofing from (A) Aluminum to (Z) Zinc

This seven-part series written by Rob Haddock, president of the Metal Roof Advisory Group, Ltd., offers essential, detailed information on metal roofing including the history and material types, appropriate coatings and paint systems, induced finishes, profiles and profiling equipment, metal panel attachment, and the mounting of rooftop equipment. 

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Download Chapter 2 PDF: Metallic Coatings for Carbon Steel >

Download Chapter 3 PDF: Paint Finishes for Metal >

Download Chapter 4 PDF: Induced Finishes for Metal >

Download Chapter 5 PDF: Profiles and Profiling Equipment >

Download Chapter 6 PDF: Attachment of Metal Panels >

Download Chapter 7 PDF: Rooftop Equipment Mounting and Penetrations for Low-Slope Standing-Seam Metal Roofs >


• Metal Roof Design for Cold Climates

Metal roofs have long been considered a product of choice for snow areas because of their superior response and tolerance to many of the characteristics of these environments. This technical bulletin will provide the designer with the information required to make a prudent and informed decision through awareness of some general design parameters and snowmelt phenomena.

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Metal Walls


• Understanding Rain Screen Wall Systems

This white paper is published to clarify to the architectural and design community the key principles and background information employed in Drained / Back Ventilated or Pressure Equalized Rain Screen wall systems. It is also available as a resource to the General Contractor, Code Official or Owner communities to explain how the design properties of these two systems accomplish water infiltration management and prevention.

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• Visual Acceptance Parameters for Metal Composite Material (MCM) Panels and Panel Systems

Though building and fire codes primarily address structural and fire performance of MCM cladding materials, other performance indicators often are used in the construction industry to define an acceptable application. This document defines the unified position of the Metal Construction Association (MCA) and its members with regards to visual acceptance parameters.

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• Choosing Between Fire Retardant and Standard Core Metal Composite Material

Metal composite material manufacturers typically provide two types of core products: standard and fire retardant. The Metal Construction Association’s MCM Fabricator Council has developed this paper to clarify the allowable uses for standard and fire retardant MCM in accordance with the 2006-2012 editions of the International Building Code.

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Insulated Metal Panels


• Selection Guide for Insulated Metal Panels

Insulated metal panels offer benefits for the entire building team. When you consider insulated metal panel products, use the information presented herein as a start to properly promote, specify and detail a project. Additional information is available from the specific manufacturers. Contact the MCA for a list of member manufacturers.

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• Insulated Metal Panels and NFPA 285

IMP panels are required to be tested in accordance with NFPA 285 and specific IMPs have been tested and meet the conditions of acceptance of NFPA 285. Since every variation of a wall system cannot be tested,if the “basic” IMP panel system meets NFPA 285, minor variations in items can be allowed without retesting or an analysis.

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• Oil Canning in Metal Roof and Metal Wall Systems

Many uncontrollable factors contribute to oil-canning and no panel manufacturer, fabricator, or installer can assure the total prevention of oil canning on any given project. With careful attention to the production, material selection, panel design, and installation practice, the tendency for oil canning can be minimized.

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• Metal Roof and Wall Panel Components in Contact with Preservative-Treated Lumber

The use of copper-containing preservative-treated lumber in direct contact with certain metal products could lead to accelerated corrosion and affect the long-term integrity and performance of a metal roof or wall system. The most effective way to avoid corrosion is to ensure that the treated lumber used is either manufactured using the newer metal-free preservatives, micronized copper treatment or that there is a separation between the metal roof or wall panel and the preservative treated wood with some type of barrier material.

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• Recycled Content of Metal Roofing and Siding Panels

Metal roof and wall panels are made with the highest recycled content from the most recyclable materials on earth, making them a great choice not only for today, but also for future generations to use.

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• Roll Former Operators Manual

The purpose of this manual is to familiarize personnel with the general knowledge, basic operation, safety, and maintenance procedures followed by standard trouble shooting suggestions for standard roll forming processes.

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• Proper Tools for Fastening Metal Panels

This technical bulletin is intended to be a guide to proper fastening of metal panels to wood or metal frame buildings. The selection of the proper tools for the fastening of metal roofing panels is critical for ease of installation, proper watertight sealing of the building, and the integrity of the connection.

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• A Primer on Diaphragm Design Manual Order Form

This MCA manual provides the supporting theory, load tables, relevant problems, and illustrations regarding connection details for roof or wall diaphragm assemblies. The scope of the work includes a variety of material connections: elevated side flat fastening, top flat fastening, bottom flat fastening, fastening to wood, aluminum and steel as well as structural members and fastening of exposed cladding. This manual provides an extremely valuable design tool to professionals in the metal construction industry. This edition is for sale through the association at a cost of $68 for members and $118 for nonmembers with shipping and handling included. Please fax or mail the order form below.

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• Life Cycle Assessment Report

The Life Cycle Assessment report calculates the average environmental impact of the processes and the building envelope products manufactured by MCA member companies. The report is ideal for architects, designers, MCA member companies and the buildings and construction community at large to use for environmental benchmarking and decision-making.

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• Product Category Rule

This Product Category Rule (PCR) document, produced by UL Environment, Marietta, GA,  addresses three products - Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite Panels and Metal Cladding: Roof and Wall Panels. It is considered the foundation for creation of Environmental Product Declarations for each of the three product groups.

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• Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels

Profiled metal roof or wall panels rely upon mechanical fasteners to secure the components to a structure. It is very important to select the correct type of fastener for metal construction in order to ensure a strong and weather-tight attachment. This Technical Bulletin serves as a guide for the selection of exposed fasteners used with metal roof and wall panels.

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