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Metal Roofing & Metal Building Manufacturer

Jackson, TN 731-300-3200

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Clearing Up Terminology

February 24, 2017

You say tomato, I say "toe-mah-toe".

In the building industry, we hear different names being used for various roofing and/or building elements. It’s important for us to be aware of these different terms because we want to serve our customers as best as possible! We’ve compiled a list of terminology that we often hear being used interchangeably.

Metal vs. Tin

Instead of metal, some people still use the word "tin," which is not recommended. The word "tin" insinuates the possibility of rust, and we've come a long way in the metal world. In fact, Reed's Metals offers painted metal that has a 40-year paint system warranty. No fading, chalking, or rusting!

Slab vs. Pad

We often hear the word "slab" or "pad" being used interchangeably, specifically when referring to concrete. However, the word "slab" is typically meant for concrete work and "pad" is primarily used for dirt work. Knowing this key difference could save you some big time and even bigger money!

Purlins vs. Girts

Often customers will refer to purlins for roofing and metal buildings. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a purlin as “a horizontal member in a roof.” So, to be accurate, purlins are really only found in roofing. When looking at a metal building, one may notice purlins on the roof and on the walls. The “purlins” seen on the walls are correctly termed “girts” or “wall girts”

Steel Trusses vs. Chicken Trusses

Another term we hear customers use interchangeably is "chicken trusses". Customers may be used to seeing trusses in chicken houses, and have, in turn, dubbed metal trusses as “chicken trusses”. These two terms most often have the same meaning, but it’s important to know that steel trusses from Reed’s Metals are made from 1/8” thick angle iron and built to engineered specifications.

Red-Head vs. Wedge Anchor

These are another pair of terms that seem to be used interchangeably. “Red-head” is actually a common brand of wedge anchors, so the term has become synonymous with “wedge anchor” A wedge anchor is a type of shorter anchor bolt used in solid concrete. Wedge anchors allow the installer to drill a hole in the concrete and insert the anchor. The item expands, wedging itself secure.

Post-Frame vs. Pole Barn

Again, another pair of terms that are often used interchangeably. These two terms have similar meanings, but have one key difference. A “post-frame” building is just that, a frame made of wooden posts. A Reed’s Metals pole barn is also designed with wooden posts. The key difference between these two structures is the truss. When referring to a post-frame building, customers may also be considering a wooden truss. A Reed’s Metals pole barn is made with a steel truss. Defining the truss material is a key part of the communication process.

*provide photo with posts & truss labeled*

Metal Building vs. Steel building

I don’t know what to say about this one…. To me, these are the same things, but others may disagree on that. You may need to completely scrap this, but here’s the way I see it:

Metal buildings, whether residential or commercial, are a specialty of Reed’s Metals. Our metal buildings, otherwise known as “rigid frame” buildings, are framed using steel beams and metal purlins and girts. Roofing and siding materials come standard with our 26ga PBR metal panels, unless otherwise specified. Both metal and steel are used in our metal buildings, but for the ease of communication and the fluidity of verbiage, we refer to them as metal buildings. These two terms are used interchangeably with the same meaning.

The Trouble with Trim Terminology

Metal trim has been around for years, and as a result, has developed its own set of layman’s terms. The following chart may help clear up some of these terms versus standard Reed’s Metals trim. And while these terms are often confused, don’t forget that we make custom trim according to your exact needs (and you can name it whatever you’d like)!

Corrugated is a HOT COMMODITY right now

February 15, 2017

You know the saying, “what goes around comes back around”. Just like with fashion, metal has a way of making a "come-back". What was “old” will be “new” again-at some point. That is definitely the case for a type of metal called corrugated. Corrugated metal has been a long-time staple in agricultural building projects, but today architects and designers are finding new and innovative ways to utilize corrugated metal for accents, siding and roofing. It's an inexpensive option used in a variety of applications on residential, agricultural and industrial buildings...and its low-maintenance.

For those very limited in metal knowledge, corrugated metal is wavy or has many wave-like ripples in it. I like to call it decorative and fun with a bold industrial look. When paired with the right decor, corrugated metal can also give a farm or country feel to any home or business. For the very knowledgeable metal lover, our corrugated metal measures from center wave to center wave at 1.25 inches. The height of the wave is .25 inches. We recommend not installing under a 3:12 pitch. Keep in mind when measuring, our corrugated metal sheets come 24 inches wide.

While corrugated metal may be the original, classic metal roofing and siding style, these panels are tough, light weight and practical. Our corrugated metal comes in over 20 colors in stock with a 40-year paint system warranty or even an acrylic-coated galvalume substrate with a 25-year warranty. For a glossy sheen texture and look, we can make your corrugated metal sheets galvanized. Corrugated metal sheets at Reed's Metals come in 24", 26" and 29" gauges. These are an economical and durable solution for your next project.

The paint system employed on our product is energy efficient and offers optimum exterior protection plus superior resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet radiation. Not all people want their metal fading, so make sure you shop wisely. Quite a long way metal has come in recent years!

Color selections are close representations but are limited by processing and viewing conditions. Actual samples are available upon request. Estimates are free. Order today, pick-up today!

So, what are people doing with their corrugated metal now?

Kitchen backsplash

Bathtub and Showers

Replacing dry wall with corrugated metal

Wainescot your walls (doing half or a portion of your walls for a beautiful look)

Exterior Walls

Interior Walls

Interior Projects


Patio Covers






Kitchen islands

Book cases and shelving




Garden or flower beds

Window awnings


Trunks or toy chests

And plenty more. We've seen it all!

More info at We make metal fun!

Standing Seam

January 31, 2017

Reed's Metals of Brookhaven held a 3-day roofing seminar (January 12-14, 2017) to educate contractors and employees-coming from all across the Southeast-about the water-tight roofing system called "standing seam". Installation of this type of roof system is very labor intensive but worth the extra effort as roof leaks are big headaches in terms of time and money. On day one of the seminar, our employees received on-the-job and hands-on training. On day 2 of our Reed's Metals STANDING SEAM class, we had contractors come in and get a hands-on learning experience.

the Standing Seam style comes in Perma-Lok, Secure-Seam and MECH-SEAM, all of which have a concealed or fastener-free finish to give a smooth, clean finished-look.

Perma-Lok is the quality choice for residential metal roofing. A standing seam metal roofing system gives a smooth, fastener-free look. Perma-Lok has a 1 inch rib with slotted nail strip that snaps tightly together for completely concealed fasteners, offering superior wind and weather resistance. On-site panel manufacturing available.

Secure-Seam is the premium metal roofing panel. This snap-locking system is secured with concealed clip fasteners for a clean finish.

High 1-3/4 inch ribs offer maximum strength and durability. When properly installed, this system provides optimum wind uplift resistance and remains weather tight.

The MECH-SEAM system provides the ultimate performance in metal roofing. Ridges include a factory-installed sealant, and a seaming machine is used while installing to crimp panels together. This process encloses the hidden clips and screws, making this the most water-tight metal roofing system when installed properly, perfect for low-slope applications.

We believe in constantly educating ourselves, staying knowledgeable about our products and providing water-tight roofing so you can be worry-free about leaks. Ask us about STANDING SEAM and ask for a FREE ESTIMATE.

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