Fasteners are an essential piece of any metal building project. From the framing to the metal wall and roof panels, fasteners are necessary to put any metal building together. According to a Metal Construction News article, “With fasteners being such an important aspect of any project, it is also important to make sure that you are using the correct type of fastener for each piece of the building, since when improper screws are used, both the fastener and the panel system can fail.” Without the knowledge of properly selecting and installing fasteners, you may waste critical hours on a job site.

“Structurally, there are four critical factors that should be considered when selecting a fastener,” explains Tom Hulsey, director, technical services and applications engineering at SEALTITE Building Fasteners, Tyler, Texas. They include: the thickness, or gauge, of the steel girts through which the fastener will be installed, the spacing of the girts and the spacing of the fasteners along the girt, the design wind loading, and knowing the metal panel gauge and the configuration of the wall panel.

The article cites fastener material, head shape, length, styles and points, washers, and coatings all play a role in selecting the correct fastener for a project. When choosing fasteners for metal wall panels, Hulsey notes that contractors should be looking for a fastener that will provide the structural strength necessary to satisfy the building specifications and meet all applicable code requirements. He says, “Performance properties that are important to the contractor are drill performance, sealing characteristics, long-term corrosion resistance and ease of installation.”

Knowing the importance of this subject to our metal construction community, METALCON Live! and the Metal Construction Association (MCA) are proud to present industry expert Erich Schanzenbach, manager of engineering services for SFS Group USA, to review fastener selection and installation guidelines. SFS is an internationally renowned leader of precision-molded parts and mechanical fastening systems.

Earn your CE certificate. This webinar qualifies for 1 AIA LU and its FREE!

Course Learning Expectations:

  • Applications
  • Materials and compatibility
  • Fastener selection criteria
  • Proper installation tools and guidelines


THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 – 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

To receive your AIA LU credit or download a Certificate of Participation, you must attend the entire webinar and answer the post webinar survey while including your AIA Membership # (if applicable). We will submit for credit 2 weeks post webinar.

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