Scotty Lariscy, our lead fabricator, isn't just a welder with good mechanical skills. He is a trained designer, who studied three-dimensional design at Georgia Southern University. He applies his knowledge of form, shape, materials, and texture to all of MetalCon's projects, and over the past 30 years has developed innovations unique to MetalCon that distinguish our buildings from others. Our buildings are structurally, functionally, and aesthetically superior to any other products on the market, and remain very competitively priced. We don't build cheap buildings we build great buildings at a good price. Some of the features common to most all our projects are described below.

Exterior Wall Panel:

The wall panel we prefer for our projects is an architectural AVP panel. This a reverse rolled panel of the PBR panel most often used in the metal building industry. The design of the PBR panel is such that fasteners are seen from two angles when viewing the building. The AVP panel has the fasteners recessed in flutes thereby, making the fasteners far less visible, and the building much more pleasing to look at. The AVP panel also has a distinctive light shadowing effect that is not common to PBR panels, and which our customers find very appealing.

Flush Wall Girt Framing:

Most metal buildings are designed with by-pass girts at the main frame columns, which places the column inside the building. Our design places the column even with the exterior of the concrete slab, which provides significant improvements to the owner, including an increase in the usable square footage on the interior of the space, and more flexibility within the space, as the columns do not jut out from the interior walls, which can be constructed seamlessly over the columns.

Additionally, there is significant improvement to Life Cycle Costing of buildings using our Flush Wall Girt Framing. Finished interior walls using conventional 2-inch x 4-inch construction will be thick (6-inch metal wall girts + A wall). If R13 insulation is used in this wall, and R11 is used in the metal building, the total R value is R24. However there is also a 6-inch dead air gap in this system and the total R value is even greater. We have learned from experience and testing that this design improves efficiency significantly, and lowers the cost of heating and cooling interiors.


Metal buildings need to be insulated. Otherwise, the metal will allow condensation to form on humid days. Insulation shields the metal and does not allow condensation to form, thereby extending the life of the building by helping to prevent rust, and helps to ensure the health of building occupants by helping to prevent mold.

The temperature level inside a metal building with blanket insulation is much more easily controlled, allowing for the greater comfort of people, as well as the safety of property. The size of a heating and cooling unit for a properly insulated metal building is surprisingly small.

Blanket insulation is usually wide and thick. Two-inch-thick insulation is available, but only saves about 15% on the insulation cost. We have found that three-inch-thick is the most economical choice over the life cycle of the building. The insulation is reinforced with a white fiber mesh that has good light reflectance and offers fair resistance to abuse.

Metal building as a Home:

We have many clients that have converted traditional metal buildings into their vacation getaway and primary homes.

A metal building can be dried-in faster and at less cost than conventional construction. Some home owners like to finish the interior of their home over time, with the flexibility provided by the low cost and quick construction time of metal buildings.

The open area of a freestanding roof system allows the home owner more initial options for interior walls, as well as greater ease in reconfiguring interior walls, years later there are no interior load-bearing walls to take into consideration.

Decorative exterior finishes, including brick and stone, can be applied to the exterior wall sheeting at any time during construction or after the home is completed.

As of 2016, we have completed over 50 finished home projects, for which we offer the same turnkey services as our traditional metal buildings.


Standard trim used by the metal building industry is designed for larger buildings, and if used on a smaller building will not give the balance needed between wall panels and trim. This is especially true for outside corners, eave trim, and rake trim. We have redesigned these and other trims to the appropriate scale to give provide a more aesthetically pleasing sense of balance.


Most buildings have roll up doors. Structural framing for these doors is usually red or grey depending on the manufacturer. Most building designs will allow this color to be seen when the building is complete. Our framing is capped with trim matching sidewall sheets and produces a more unified appearance.

Water Tightness:

Standard for the industry are flat ridge caps overlapping roof sheets by about four inches with a die-formed neoprene closure between the roof sheet and ridge cap. We use a ridge cap that is the same design as the roof sheet and overlap roof sheets 15" for a better seal.

Our roof sheets overhang sidewall sheets at least eight inches.

Concrete under sidewall lean-to and front and back roof extensions is 1.5 inches lower than the main building concrete, with a slight negative grade to the outside. Any roof system without sidewalls will allow for blowing rain to gather on the interior floor. MetalCon's design does not allow rain to enter the building; rather, rain drains from the floor to the outside.

The face of a roll up door is inside the building. Concrete ramps up to the door should taper beginning at the face of the door and extend out from the building as needed, depending on the grade of the dirt outside the building. If this is not done, rain hitting the face of the door will collect on the flat floor and possibly go into the building.

Plans and Production

We understand the special needs of the Southeast. Harsh summers, wet winters, and high humidity are something we live and work with every day, and our buildings come with a lifetime no-leak guarantee.

Custom design work is a specialty of MetalCon, and we can provide engineer-stamped architectural drawings in jurisdictions where they are required. In addition to custom work, we have many plans, including interior home plans, ready for you to review. We typically complete projects eight weeks to ten weeks from contract signing.

Our buildings are designed for 110mph to 130mph wind load, and we use a 4" concrete slab as a foundation in typical settings for general purpose needs.

We work hard to make every project meet the unique needs of each customer. Contact us today to find out what we can do to satisfy you.