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Accessories Add Beauty, Strength, Safety and Functionality to Commercial Buildings

   Author: Jennifer Smith
Location: Chicago, IL

CHICAGO - May 1, 2017 - Just like accessories can make an outfit, accessories can make a building. Accessories help architects and building designers add head-turning aesthetics, much-needed strength, safety systems, and added functionality to all types of commercial buildings. Members of the Metal Construction Association (MCA) provide specifiers support on selecting the correct accessories for their project.

Metal roofing & wall panel accessories include a variety of ancillaries such as: barricades, bolt and washers, clips, closure strips, end trim and straps, fall restraints / safety systems, fasteners, flat sheets and coils, grips, insulation, light transmitting panels, roof curbs, roof jacks, rubber grommets, snow retention systems, strands, tape and sealant, touch-up paint, trim, underlayments, ventilators, walkways, wind clamps, and more. The MCA's online directory is a free resource to help specifiers find an accessory supplier:

Many MCA member companies also offer custom accessories to help architects and designers complete a project without design limitations. Nearly every building type uses metal panel and roofing accessories, including but not limited to: agricultural, architectural, commercial, industrial, residential, and more.

It is important to select the correct type of accessories for metal construction in order to ensure a strong and weather-tight building. MCA offers a technical bulletin to serve as a guide for the selection of exposed fasteners used with metal roof and wall panels. The bulletin can be downloaded here:

There are many benefits to using these products. Accessories add strength: metal roof and wall panels rely on fasteners, clips, and other accessories to secure the components to a structure. Accessories also add aesthetics: metal construction accessories don't just provide strength, they enhance aesthetics as well with visually pleasing trims and other accessories, in a wide range of colors and finishes. Accessories also add safety: many metal roof accessories are designed to lower liability risk and increase safety via snow retention, fall restraints, barricades and more. Accessories also add functionality: wind clamps, ventilators, tapes and sealants, and underlaments are designed to increase and improve the functionality and life performance of metal roofs and walls.

So architects and building designers should accessorize to make their commercial projects stunning, and so much more.

About the Metal Construction Association
The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. MCA's market development efforts increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

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