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The Midwest is known for its massively unpredictable weather, which can alternate from freezing rain and snow to violent rainstorms to tornados to scorching heat. For most people, this is simply annoying and part of living in a state like Missouri. But this type of weather can also impact your home if there is weather-related damage. Building performance testing is something that can be accomplished during or after the construction of a structure. This type of testing not only gives you peace of mind about those severe weather events but also gives you information that can help you save money on energy costs. Here’s what you need to know. 

What is Building Performance Testing?

A building performance test is a professional evaluation of your home to ensure it is structurally sound enough to keep the wind, rain, snow, fire, and heat outside to keep your occupants and structure safe. Also known as “building envelope testing,” this type of test aims to separate the exterior and internal parts of your building as completely as possible. 

Building envelope testing isn’t something you do on your own. It’s an expert evaluation of your structure that analyzes the functionality and health of the building’s envelope. The test looks for any common and uncommon leaks that might occur, such as water, light, and thermal leaks. 

There are several reasons you might want to do a building performance test. Identifying and addressing weaknesses can:

  • Help protect your home from extreme weather events
  • Give you access to lower insurance rates
  • Lower your overall energy bills
  • Improve the internal air quality of your home
  • Boost your home’s value

How Building Performance Testing Works

Even the smallest leaks can become much larger issues when a major weather event arrives, or mold and mildew enter your home. Building performance testing can identify these minor issues with materials or installation so you can address them quickly and efficiently. 

The testing might involve several different solutions:

  • Duct test — This test will reveal if there is any leakage in the home’s ductwork. 
  • Blower door test — During this test, the interior of the home is depressurized, and then the air pressure is measured to determine if there are any leaks. 
  • Ventilation test — Building codes require that homes have a specified amount of ventilation. A professional can verify there is a proper amount of outgoing and incoming air. 

Understanding Metal Roof Performance Testing

Third-party laboratories test metal roofing systems to ensure they meet a variety of performance standards. These standards are in place so installers, customers, and insurance companies know the materials can withstand the damaging effects of extreme weather. 

Metal roofing materials are resistant not only to high winds but also to the impact of hail, the weight of snow, and even the heat of wildfires. If you want a high-performance roof for your home, a metal roof is one of the best options. 

Excel Metal Roofing L.L.C. has been in the business of installing and servicing metal roofs throughout Missouri for over 20 years. We have installed more residential metal roofs than any other business in the state. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.