Metal roof decking has been around for decades. If you’re looking for it, you will find it on older buildings as well as newer construction. However, the metal decking you will find on older buildings is unlikely to match the metal decking profiles on the market today.
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.
By the time metal decking gets to a jobsite it has been put into bundles, banded together by steel straps, and moved on and off trucks with forklifts. So it should come as no surprise that the metal decking panels will have some dents and/or scratches. This is especially true of the bottom sheets of the bundles, they take the most impact with forklifts.
If you purchase metal decking then you have likely heard of Verco Decking or Vulcraft, or possibly even both. Did you know they are both divisions of Nucor? Whichever decking manufacturer you are more familiar with will largely depend on where you are located within the United States. This is because Verco Decking and Vulcraft are split into different territories. Meaning, if you need Vulcraft decking but your job is located in Verco territory, you will need to get Verco decking accepted as a substitute. Vulcraft will not sell decking in Verco territory and vice versa.
Have you ever looked at the metal decking specifications on a job and seen the words or equal and wondered equal to what? You will typically find these words listed right after the type of panel and the metal decking manufacturer.
On occasion, a metal decking job is designed with inverted or reversed metal decking. When this happens it is important to understand what inverted or reversed metal decking is. Without the proper knowledge, you could easily make mistakes that take huge amounts of money to fix.
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?
Working in the construction industry you learn pretty early on that once a job gets started, they tend to move quickly. So, when you are told you need to purchase material to keep the job going, you jump on it and try to get it to the jobsite as quickly as possible. The sooner you can get the material to your jobsite the better.
Q decking is a term we continue to hear from customers year after year, which comes as a surprise since Q deck hasn’t been manufactured in over 20 years. So why then do we keep getting requests for Q deck if it no longer exists?
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.