Metalcon International is returning to one of its favorite cities, Las Vegas, for its convention this month. In addition to gambling, the city boasts plenty of metal roofing on its casinos and many private homes, making it an ideal place for Metalcon. Organizers are hoping to match or exceed the 6,500 who attended the 2005 show - the last time it was held in the nation’s gambling capital.

This year’s Oct. 3-5 metal construction event at the Las Vegas Convention Center includes a heavy focus on metal roofing and environmental building techniques. There are plenty of educational seminars on the topics, and the trade show is expected to have dozens of exhibitors promoting their metal roofing and “green” building products.

“We’re the only show that covers every aspect of designing and building with metal, from the foundation and framing to the walls, the roof and even the interior,” said Claire Kilcoyne, show director. “Every person who comes to the show learns something new and finds new products - that’s been our trademark since our first Metalcon in 1991. And it continues with each show. There is no part of the building we don’t cover and that makes for excitement each year. Plus, our exhibitors are very inventive and always have new products and ways of doing things to share with the designers, contractors and building owners who come to see them each year.”

For the second straight year, the metal-framed house erected for the convention on the trade show floor will be given to an injured member of the military through the Homes for Our Troops charity of Tauton, Mass.

Here is a list of some of the sessions most relevant to sheet metal contractors. Most sessions are held in the morning to avoid schedule conflicts with the afternoon trade show. Fees may apply for some sessions.

Sessions

“Understanding Metal Roofing: Part I” is set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3. Metal Roof Advisory Group President Rob Haddock will give his long-popular presentation on the history of metal roofing, coatings, materials, weathering and metallurgy. Application techniques, sealants and seams will also be discussed.

Part II at 10:15 a.m. will delve into paints, steep-slope construction, drainage and wind issues.

“Can Cool Metal Roofing Prevent Global Climate Change?” is a question many contractors and architects may be asking in coming years. It’s also the title of an 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3 seminar by Scott Kriner of Green Metal Consulting Inc. He’ll explain how tax credits, lower mortgage and insurance rates, and other incentives can make cool metal roofing profitable for contractors while improving the environment.

In a related seminar at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 3, “Is Green Building for You?” attendees will learn what architects need from contractors and how to determine if a project can be made “green.” Incentives for environmentally friendly building will also be discussed.

Licensed professional engineer Kwon Kim will present “Designing Metal Roofs to Accommodate Thermal Movement,” also at 10:15 a.m. Whether a roof is standing seam or screwed down, temperature-induced changes are unavoidable. This course will show contractors, owners, architects and specifiers know how to avoid thermal problems.

The Sheet Metal and Air-conditioning Contractors’ National Association is sponsoring “Discover the Exceptional: Architectural Sheet Metal Interiors That Deliver Innovative Design, Finishes and Function,” another 10:15 a.m. session. Royal Metal Works owner Bill Blazvick of Las Vegas will demonstrate his knowledge of metal interiors using copper, steel, aluminum and other materials. Walls, railings, hoods, counters and fascia are just some of the indoor uses for metal.

“Metal Roofing: The Devil is in the Details” is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4. Tamko Building Products Inc. is sponsoring this session. Vaughn Bacon of NCI Building Systems will talk about the metal roofing minutia most often overlooked. Techniques for detailing and preventing leaks, installing flashing and trims will be presented.

Myths and realities

“Residential Metal Roofing: Making the Sale,” also at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4, is sponsored by the Metal Roofing Alliance. Marcus Plowright, president of Big Sky Corp., will explain how new and seasoned contractors can overcome the price objections many homeowners have to metal roofing. Demonstrating “expert value” will be one of the topics discussed.

“Metal Roof and Wall Systems: What You Need to Know” will cover the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, slope, recycling, steep and low slopes and related topics. Sponsored by the Metal Initiative, Toy Henson will lead this talk at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

Zink and copper information will be given at the same time during “Double-Lock Standing Seam Roofing With Soft Metals.” Erik Berg, applications manager for Umicore Building Products USA Inc., will talk about the metals’ use in America and overseas. Flashing, tools, soldering and more is on the agenda.

Chuck Howard, P.E., of Metal Roof Consultants returns to Metalcon with “Five Keys to Successful Metal Roof Contracting” at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 4. Howard will offer his expert advice on metal roofing, gained through 30 years of work.

In a similar vein, “Systematically Building a Profitable Metal Roofing Business,” also at 10:15 a.m., entrepreneur Frank Farmer of Michigan’s American Metal Roofs will explain what’s made him a success. Farmer’s company, aimed at upscale home-owners, has grown despite a battered state economy.

“Residential Metal Roof Installation 101” will be at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5. Jerry Iselin, president of Metal Roof Specialties, also gave this presentation at last year’s show. He will talk about trim and flashing techniques. Drip edges, gable-end trims, valleys and vent stack flashings are among the scheduled topics. The session is sponsored by the Metal Roofing Alliance and Classic Metal Roofing Systems.

For more information on Metalcon, write to PSMJ Resources Inc., 10 Midland Ave., Newton, MA 02458. Call (617) 965-0055; fax (617) 928-1670; see www.metalcon.com on the Internet.