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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.

Paul Rubio

Paul Rubio is the Vice President and one of the owners of Western States Metal Roofing. He has been in the metal roofing industry for 25 years. WSMR is a manufacturer of metal roofing, wall panels, and metal siding. We have colors and finishes that nobody else has with nearly 100 different colors in stock. Our selection of color options and finishes is likely the largest in the industry.

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Metal Deck | B Deck | Roof Deck

By: Paul Rubio
February 9th, 2021

Metal decking can be used in a variety of commercial and industrial projects. This type of decking generally has a ribbed profile and can be used for flooring and roofing as well as fencing and gates. This type of decking can be welded as well as installed using screws. 

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Metal Deck

By: Paul Rubio
November 20th, 2020

Pan decking is a term that we get inquiries for on a weekly basis, but it hasn’t been manufactured for over 50 years. So why then do we keep getting calls for pan decking if it isn’t available?

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Metal Deck | Composite Floor Deck

By: Paul Rubio
October 30th, 2020

Do you have a job that requires metal decking for concrete? It might surprise you that there are a lot of factors that go into purchasing the correct metal decking for your project. If you install the wrong type of metal decking the building can collapse.

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Metal Deck | PunchLok II

By: Paul Rubio
October 8th, 2020

  Do you have a job that has PLB-36 metal decking specified and you need to learn more about it? You’ve probably installed B decking in the past, but have never purchased PLB-36. PLB-36 is a relatively new product when compared to the typical type of B deck.

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Metal Deck | Composite Floor Deck | Roof Deck

By: Paul Rubio
September 18th, 2020

Dovetail Decking is a type of metal roof and floor deck that blends structural metal decking and an architectural ceiling. It’s the perfect product to carry the load requirements of your structure, while still providing a sleek, modern, and finished looking ceiling.

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Metal Deck | Dovetail Deck

By: Paul Rubio
August 21st, 2020

Do you have a set of plans with a Dovetail metal deck specified and you have no earthly idea what that is? Well, that’s ok, because this is a new product. It’s been developed so that you can have a metal roof deck or floor deck that’s capable of long spans, shallower floor depths, and superior sound ratings.

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Metal Deck | Cellular

By: Paul Rubio
August 7th, 2020

  Do you have a job in which cellular metal decking has been specified? This type of metal decking system is not used that frequently. Before you submit a bid there are a few important things you need to understand. Cellular metal decking isn’t just another type of metal deck. It’s expensive, not readily available, and it serves a completely different purpose than non cellular metal decking.

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Metal Deck | PunchLok II | Button Punch

By: Paul Rubio
July 17th, 2020

If you have a metal deck job specified on your plans, you will need a tool to connect the side lap. You have two primary options for side lap connections: button punch or Punchlok II. It’s common to have questions about which sidelap connection is right for you.

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Metal Deck | HSN3

By: Paul Rubio
June 26th, 2020

  Do you have a set of plans with HSN3-32 metal roof decking specified and you need to learn more about it? You’ve likely installed lots of metal decking projects but have never heard of this type of metal deck. That’s because it’s a new product that’s intended as an alternative to N Deck.

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Metal Deck | B Deck

By: Paul Rubio
June 4th, 2020

  Do you have a job that requires a trash enclosure? Most commercial buildings will require a trash enclosure structure, but there’s just not a lot of information available online. That makes finding someone that can build a set of trash dumpster gates a difficult procedure.