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Downspout Replacement Project

For this project, the Metalguard team replaced old cast iron downspouts with new PVC pipe.

In large industrial buildings the transfer of water through the building to the drainage systems is just as important as having a properly functioning roof.

In this building there are 7 internal gutters that are 9,700 feet in length.  The internal PVC pipes transfer the roof water to the interior drainage system. 

These are some pictures from the project.

Above: the old cast iron pipes are cut out using a cutting torch.
Downspout Replacement: Lowering the old pipes
Above: the old pipes are safely lowered. All the old steel is recycled.
Downspout Replacement: moving the new PVC pipes into place
New Pipes are moved into place
Downspout Replacement: Lifting the new PVC pipes into place.
New pipes are moved into place:
Downspout Replacement: After photo of horizontal 12' pipe
The horizontal pipes are 12”.
Downspout Replacement: After photo of new PVC downspout
The vertical pipes are 14”.
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Sustainable Metal Buildings

As the concept of sustainability in construction gains grounds, its no surprise to see contractors and building owners turning to sustainable metal buildings. This way, they can help minimize environmental impact and create a building with a suitable atmosphere both inside and outside. But a metal structure alone isn’t sustainable construction; many elements altogether make a metal building meet the sustainability standards.

If you are planning to construct a metal building or renovate an existing one, here are few things to include make it more sustainable and do justice to your project and the environment.

Insulation considerations for sustainability

Simply put, the more insulation you add to the structure of your metal building, such as the roof, walls, and floor, the more heat the building will retain, and the more efficient it will be throughout the year. But don’t make the mistake of using cheap insulation panels, as it’s not an area to cut corners. You want to use quality insulation material that not only properly insulates the building but also adds strength to the overall building structure. The best course of action to ensure that your building does not lack insulation is getting help from a metal building insulation company in Houston. We have many satisfied customers that have improved the R-value of their sustainable metal buildings with an insulation retrofit.

Skylights for Sustainable Metal Buildings

Skylights in a Sustainable Metal Building

Skylights do two things: they help maximize the amount of natural light in the building and save you hundreds of dollars in energy bills. Still, many metal building owners consider them as crucial a factor for sustainability as insulation or any other. But metal building insulation companies in Houston believe that after insulation, skylight installation is the next big step in sustainable building. When you use natural light instead of artificial lighting, you use less energy, which is one of the pillars of sustainability.

Ventilation is important

Fewer gaps in your metal building’s structure mean less heat loss and better insulation. However, it also leads to an uncomfortable atmosphere inside the building during the summer. To avoid this, you need to maintain a balance between airtightness and proper ventilation. Now ventilation can be mechanical or natural or both, which will depend on your building design. It’s always a good idea to get from a reliable metal building contractor to ensure that your building is well insulated and, at the same time, has proper ventilation.

Renewable Technology in Sustainable Metal Buildings

Renewable technology can be incorporated in sustainable metal buildings. Once the building structure is complete, think of how recent technological developments can make you save more energy and leave less impact on the environment. For example, the installation of solar panels for outdoor lightings or solar-powered water heaters for hot water supply can be an excellent step in the right direction. You can also try to incorporate a rainwater harvesting system to collect rainwater for general use. Renewable

If you are looking for a metal building insulation company in Houston or a contractor to help with your sustainable building project, get in touch with us. Metalguard has a wealth of experience and expertise in building, repairing, and making a metal building sustainable. No matter what your project requirements are, we have you covered.

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Metal Wall Panel Replacement

Cut and Paste Wall Panel Replacement

Metalguard has been repairing pre-engineered metal buildings and roofs for over 25 years. Our detail oriented team designs custom solutions for each job. Frequently, we are able to complete cut and paste metal wall panel replacements vs. a complete panel replacement to save our customers money. Click here to learn more about our metal wall panel services.

Project Overview

Photos shows the completed metal building wall repair.

For this project, the Metalguard team repaired this metal building. The bottom 7 feet of the metal panels were rusting out and the windows were at end of life. Our team replaced the metal wall panels, replaced the base angle, added insulation, and replaced the windows. Finally, we added a piece of metal trim to define the top and bottom, giving the building a finished sharp look.

After Photos

Metal Building Wall Panel Replacement
After: Our team replaced the bottom 7 feet of metal wall panels.
After photos showing replaced metal panels, windows, and metal trim
R-value improved significantly with new windows and insulation.
Metal Building Renovation with Metal Wall Panels
New trim added a nice contrast and was more cost effective than paining the entire building.

Before Photos

Rusting Metal Building Panels
Before: Metal wall panels rusting out on the bottom.
Old worn out windows that need replacement
Old windows and rusting wall panels.

Wall Panel Replacement

Worker removing metal wall panel
Removal of the old wall panels.
Worker cutting metal wall panel.
A Metalguard team member carefully cuts metal wall panels to the correct height.
Workers installing new metal wall panel
Installation of the new wall panels.
FInished section
Finished section of metal wall panel replacement.

Call us today at 713-449-3430 for a custom consultation on your metal building renovation project. Head over to for more details on our full line of metal building renovation services.

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Adding Customer Value

An Experienced Metal Building Contractor

Metalguard has been renovating metal buildings and repairing metal roofs for over 25 years. Our team is detail oriented and designs custom solutions for each job. We have full insurance coverage and have completed over 1000 projects on metal buildings. Call us today at 713-449-3430 for a custom consultation on your metal building renovation project. Head over to for more details on our full line of metal building renovation services.

Metal Building Renovation Project – Custom Engineering

For this renovation project, a customer wanted to convert an existing metal building from single use to a multi-tenant. Metalguard provided a custom engineered solution to facilitate the usage changes. Substantial engineering changes were required to prepare the building for the door installation. Metalguard removed 13 cross braces and engineered and installed a combination of portals and bracing systems. This allowed the overhead doors to be installed.

Metal Building Renovation

This was an extensive renovation project on a 700ft long building. The Metalguard team replaced 1700 linear feet of wall panels, installed 500 linear feet of interior liner panel , repaired various wall penetrations, and changed out all of the exterior trim. 55 man doors were installed, including frames and hardware. For the overhead doors, the engineered solution supported the installation of 52 overhead garage doors.


Customer Value Creation

Overall, the customer was happy with the final result. As you can see from the drone photos, this renovation added tremendous value to the metal building.

After: The building is ready for multi-tenet use