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Are you a steel fabricator, general contractor, or engineer looking to learn about metal decking? Learn about roof deck, floor deck, Punchlok. Read our metal deck blog.

Kathy Midence

Kathy Midence has worked for Western Metal Deck since 2009. She has worked with each department to better understand all aspects of the metal decking, metal roofing and metal siding industry.

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Metal Deck

By: Kathy Midence
June 19th, 2020

This is a question we get asked often and it’s one that you are probably asking yourself. You need to know how heavy your bundles are or if your truck can even pick up the metal deck. You already know that the gauge of your metal deck is a big factor in the weight, but why does weight vary between panels of the same size? Why exactly do two different types of metal deck with the same gauge have a different per square foot weight?

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Metal Deck | Button Punch | Pneumatic Parker Punch | Deck Demon

By: Kathy Midence
May 28th, 2020

Maybe you have done a few metal deck jobs and had to attach the sidelaps using a button punch tool. You might have been able to borrow this tool free of charge or you just had to pay to rent the tool. Whatever the case, you are now ready to own your own button punch tool.

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Metal Deck | Composite Floor Deck | Form Deck | Gauge | Roof Deck

By: Kathy Midence
May 8th, 2020

If you have ever purchased metal, then you’ve been asked to specify the thickness or what gauge needed. If you are purchasing metal deck, then be prepared to be asked this same question. This is because there is a wide range of steel thickness. In general, steel sheet metal can range from 7 gauge to 30 gauge. However, the range of gauges that metal deck is manufactured in is a smaller range.

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Metal Deck | Composite Floor Deck

By: Kathy Midence
April 17th, 2020

  When a multi story or single story steel building is being designed there are many components that you have to consider. From the frame, walls, roof, floor and so on, the engineer has many factors that need to be accounted for.

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Metal Deck | B Deck | N Deck

By: Kathy Midence
March 27th, 2020

When you find yourself with a project that has a call out for metal roof deck, it is important to know your options. Metal roof deck comes in different profiles and each has different dimensions that affect the panels overall strength. A panel that is stronger will span longer distances, but will also cost more. Depending on how far you need your panel to span, will help determine which panel is right for you.

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Metal Deck | PunchLok II | Button Punch | Sidelaps

By: Kathy Midence
January 22nd, 2020

So you have metal decking spec’d on the plans for your project. You are tasked with installing it. Did you know that there are different ways to connect the sidelaps? Also, the name of the panel often (not always) indicates how the sidelaps are connected.

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Metal Deck

By: Kathy Midence
October 25th, 2019

  The cost of metal decking varies. There are several factors that impact the cost of metal deck, such as the cost of steel, the thickness of the steel, type and finish. What this means is we aren’t able to put up a list of our pricing, since those factors cause the price to vary. The aim of this article is to go through some of these factors to help aid you in preparing your budget. You will be able to obtain a clearer understanding of which factors make the decking cost more and which cause it to cost less. Below we will go over 5 of the top factors that affect the cost.