Metal Roofing Systems

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Course Overview

If you design, install, commission, maintain or repair metal roofing systems, this course will provide you with the tools and techniques to do your job correctly and avoid problems. Upon completing this course, you will be able to identify the best solutions to your metal roofing issues, whether you’re working on new constructions, performing maintenance, or re-roofing.

Who Should Attend?

  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Owners’ representatives
  • Materials specifiers
  • Manufacturers
  • Building Envelope Commissioning Authorities
  • Anyone involved in metal roofing design, construction, maintenance, repair, and re-roofing

Course Outline

Day 1

Understanding Metal Roofing: Part 1

  • History
  • Materials
  • Metallic coatings and metallurgy
  • Profiling and roll forming
  • Profile types
  • Hydrokinetic or hydrostatic?
  • Principles of joining and sealing
  • Sealant performance
  • Why do metal roofs leak?

Understanding Metal Roofing: Part 2           

  • Basic terms and definitions
  • Principles of thermal response
  • Panel attachment and fixity
  • Curving options
  • Slope considerations
  • Common sense roof design
  • Wind and its effects, and testing
  • Paint types and coatings
  • Warranties

Rob’s Rules of Metal Roofing

  • Dual fixity
  • Penetrations
  • Roof details
  • Drainage
  • Sealants
  • Repairs
  • Metallurgy

Day 2

Low Slope Hydrostatic Details

  • Fastener and sealant critical areas
    • Eave
    • End lap
    • Ridge
    • Expansion joint
    • Perimeter flashings
    • Panel clips
  • Flashings 
  • Troubleshooting

Steep Slope Hydrokinetic Details

  • Substrate suitability
  • Panel symmetry
  • Underlayments
  • Eave details
  • Ridge details, hip and headwalls
  • Panel fixity
  • Valleys
  • Rakes and other details
  • Soft metals
  • Oil canning, and what to do about it

Materials and Installation

  • Re-roofing with metal 
  • Snow retention devices
  • Integration with solar PV
  • Unities metal roof products


"A wealth of knowledge.  This was as amazing class … Liked hands-on demonstration, and the amount of in-depth coverage."
—Leonard, USAF, Hurlburt Field, Florida (November 2018)

"The water intrusion and detail explanations/diagrams have been enormously helpful."
—Justin, Trachte Building Systems, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (November, 2017)

"The most informative and entertaining presentation on metal roofs you will ever see. Simply put, if you own, build, design or inspect metal roofs you need to see this class!" 
—John, Northland Consulting Engineers, Duluth, Minnesota (December, 2016)


Robert Haddock

Rob Haddock has a background in the “nuts and bolts” of contracting, having operated for 15 years, one of the nation’s largest metal roofing companies. He has authored a number of training and educational curricula for various trade groups. A prolific technical author, Haddock served as a faculty member of the Roofing Industry Educational Institute and holds several US and foreign patents. He is a member of NRCA and ASTM, as well as a lifetime honorary member of the Systems Builders Association and the Metal Construction Association.

Mark Malkin

Mark P. Malkin, PE, is a Faculty Associate and Program Director in the Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. He is a registered Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in university facilities project management and HVAC systems design. His course offerings include HVAC, plumbing and fire protection fundamentals, building code reviews, and design and operation of science labs, data centers, museums and libraries. Mark received his bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from UW–Madison.

Upcoming dates (1)

Dec. 2-3, 2021

Madison, WI
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