Mechanical Seam – Mechanical seam refers to metal roof products where the seams are mechanically attached together by ‘rolling over’ one seam with another by hand using special tools or with a mechanical seamer. This offers superior weather tightness and product performance in extreme environments.
Metallic Coating – Metallic coating refers to the process of applying additional metal elements, typically Zinc (galvanizing) or Aluminum and Zinc (ZINCALUME® or Galvalume®) to steel to improve corrosion performance of metal roofs and walls.
Mica – Mica is a specially formulated pigment that is added to paint for metal roofs and metal walls to create a sparkling or light-catching effect. This creates the effect of metal flakes in paint but with higher durability.
Oil Canning – Oil canning is a visual phenomenon seen as waviness or distortions in the flat surfaces of metal roofing and metal siding products. This effect is created by a range of different factors including stresses in the base material, improper fastener pressure, misaligned panels, and thermal expansion.
Pre-painted Metal – Pre-painted metal is the continuous process of coating steel rolls, called coils, with paint (also called coil coating). This type of metal is used in metal roofs and walls. The paint that is applied to the metal before it is formed into a finished product by a product manufacturer is called pre-painted metal.
Paint – Paint refers to the film applied to a surface to achieve a desired aesthetic and to protect the material underneath. Metal roof and wall paints typically consists of resins, solvents and pigments. Pigments add color, resins are the binder and add physical and chemical attributes, and solvents dissolve this combination into a liquid form.
Paint System – The paint system consists of a combination of the different painted layers, namely the pretreatment, primer and top coat to create a total finish solution. Paint systems can be modified to achieve different aesthetic or performance characteristics.
Polyester Paint – Polyester Paint is the most economical metal roof paint system and offers the lowest level of UV resistance when compared to SMP (Silicon Modified Polyester) and PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride) systems. Versatile and easy to form, their paint structure can be modified to suit a wide range of performance qualities and their flexibility means they can be offered in a variety of color and gloss options.
Pre-treatment – Pre-treatment refers to a coating process applied before painting in which the surface of the metal is cleaned to improve paint adhesion attributes to improve the longevity of painted metal roof and wall products.
PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride also known as Fluorocarbon or Kynar 500® and Hylar 5000®) – Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is the highest performing of the three common metal paint systems. It offers exceptional chemical, chalk, and fade resistance and can resist degradation when exposed to aggressive weather elements such as urban grime, air pollutants, salt, high temperatures and humidity. PVDF can be used on a wide range of preformed shapes, which is why they are often used for high-end architectural and high-profile commercial metal roof and wall projects.
Primers – Primers refers to a coating that prepares the substrate for painting by providing ‘bite’ for adhesion and directly supports topcoat color and flexibility. Primers also provide corrosion resistance for metal roof and wall products.