Let's face it. By the time the snow starts to recede in March (hopefully!) we are already thinking about home improvements and priorities for home budgets. Major renovations such as replacing exterior siding or roofing require some background research and planning. Siding and roofing can greatly enhance your home's exterior design and curb-appeal. What colours and style will help you achieve the look you are after? It's a big decision, along with what materials are used.
The start of a new year is traditionally the time to look ahead into the construction season and identify trends and preferences. Building material trends are built over-time and one trend that has been growing for years is the popularity of steel / metal building systems.
Principia Consulting produced an industry report, Metal Roofing 2018, analyzing standing seam, corrugated/ribbed panels, and specialty panel metal products. "Among the metal roofing contractors surveyed, 75% expect the market to grow over the next three years and suppliers echo similar growth expectations." source Going forward into 2019, metal roofing /cladding continues to be the high performance building material of choice to many consumers and commercial developers. And here is why.
Canada is a country with climate extremes, from dry heat, to high humidity, to sub zero temperatures. Climate puts the building envelope to the test, and engineers and architects are always looking for new materials that provide energy efficiency, comfort, design versatility. Insulated metal panels provide exceptional energy performance, cost savings, along with contemporary style for design features. They are available in a broad range of profiles, finishes, colours, and fastening systems. The superior thermal insulation capability of insulated metal panels is created through the manufacturing process, where factory injected insulation is integrated with dual metal facing panels.
Vicwest offers architects and building designers the latest options in insulated panels, with our range of profiles and finishes. Let's look at a few choices.
For most homeowners, the family home is the most valuable and important asset. Homeowners today, are looking to make renovations that not only increase the curb appeal of their property, but add lasting value. High performance exterior building products like metal roofing and siding are the perfect upgrade - delivering the latest design flare along with unbeatable weather durability and longevity.
The CISC Canadian Steel Conference is the Canadian steel industry’s annual business development and executive networking event and the largest gathering of senior level leaders and decision makers in the industry. Vicwest Building Products is proud to contribute as a Silver Sponsor and as a trade show exhibitor.
The Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (CCRC) in Edmonton Alberta is now 5+ years old, but the angular design looks as ultra modern as if it were completed this year instead of 2012.
The CCRC building was a joint project between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club includes space for stadium activities, football operations along with a community and fitness centre. The construction project was divided in 3 masses, gymnasium, aquatics, and field house, which define the buildings structure.
“We let the formal aspect - the shape - be the key feature. The steel cladding lent itself to this because it is a uniform, continuous materiality that allows the formal qualities to be really clear”, Ted Watson, Principal, MUMA
Architects and custom home builders have a history of recommending high performance metal roofing for the aesthetic appeal, and because of the array of superior durability characteristics. But, more and more homeowners, with homes of all sizes set in both rural and urban neighbourhoods, are selecting metal roofing to replace worn-out asphalt shingled roofs.
In 2018, consumers are aware of their environmental footprint, the need to select eco-friendly building materials, and the overall costs of home improvements, long-term. In addition, just as consumers seek out luxury upgraded fixtures for inside their homes, they are also choosing quality metal roofing when it comes to renovating their home's exterior or remodelling their roof.
On May 22nd, Vicwest will be relocating its head office to Burlington. Here is a letter for our business partners with the details (English, French). Are you interested in paperless payments and billing? Get in touch with us using the contact information below. We look forward to serving you from our new location!
We have some exciting news: as part of Earth Month, we want to share with you the Vicwest commitment we have made to eliminate our gas-related emissions footprint by 2020 with our partner, Bullfrog Power.
If you live in the Ottawa area, then you'll want to head out to the Cottage Life & Backyard Show this weekend at the EY Centre, (April 13-15). It's a fabulous celebration of outdoor living, and we'll be there. Meet exhibitors showing boats, docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more.