Register Now: Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc) Education Course

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a course that covers the fundamental principles of and advanced topics in both low-slope and steep-slope metal roofing systems.

Looking to sharpen your craft of metal roofing systems? The University of Wisconsin-Madison has just the course for you.

This Metal Roofing Systems course covers the fundamental principles of and advanced topics in both low-slope and steep-slope metal roofing systems. You will learn everything from metal roofing history, commonly specified materials and coatings, typical seam profiles, attachment techniques, sealants, flashings, underlayment, snow retention, re-roofing concerns, and design details.

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University of Wisconsin


Course dates: December 5-6, 2019.

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:

Understanding Metal Roofing: Part 1

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

Understanding Metal Roofing: Part 2

  • Principles of thermal response
  • Panel attachment and fixity
  • Curving options
  • Slope considerations
  • Common sense roof design
  • Wind and its effects
  • Paint types and coatings

Rob’s Rules of Metal Roofing

Minimizing Oil Canning 

Re-roofing with Metal

Snow Retention Devices

Integration with Solar PV


See what past attendees had to say:

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

“The water intrusion and detail explanations/diagrams have been enormously helpful.” 
-Justin, Trachte Building Systems, Sun Prairie, WI (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, MN (December, 2016)

“Rob leads you down the path to understanding with such humor and simple clarity, you not only go away understanding, but remembering!”
-Darrell T. Blair, Architect

“Rob was excellent and his subject very informative.  This type of course is very beneficial to the industry.”
-James C. Ufaihr, Architect

“By far, you gave one of the best presentations we’ve had in a while … which is saying something!
 I greatly appreciated the fluid and logical approach to your talk: the what, history, evidence and examples, and conclusions.  You obviously excel at writing papers and I also liked the way you grabbed the attention of the audience with some eye-popping videos.  Thank you again for your great seminar!”
-Alastair Huber AIA, MOA Architecture, Denver

“Excellent presentation, great delivery and a lot of useful information.”
-Joe Byrne, Byrne Roofing, Inc.

“Rob answered all questions brought forth during each subject matter and gave examples to help better understand.”
-Ray McCarson, Roofing Contractor

“The PowerPoint presentation had excellent close-up shots of actual details and animation.”
-Jeffrey R. Lurie, Architect

“The history lesson was great and handouts are an excellent resource.  The information presented was invaluable!”
-James C. Weeks

“Your presentation was very insightful, and entertaining. I learned a great deal.”
-Rick Felton, Roof Consultant

For more information on this course, visit the course page on University of Wisconsin-Madison’s website.