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Details for Patent: 5,724,780

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Details for Patent: 5,724,780

Title: Metal building roof structure
Abstract:A metal building roof structure includes a plurality of purlins in a parallel arrangement in which the purlins have a generally vertical leg and a generally horizontal top leg. An insulation support sheet depends from the horizontal legs of adjacent purlins, and a purlin cap, having a horizontal top portion, is positioned on top of the horizontal top leg of the purlin. The purlin cap also has two generally vertical portions extending downwardly from the horizontal top portion and is placed over the insulation support sheet so that the two vertical portions of the purlin cap cause the insulation support sheet to substantially conform to the shape of the vertical leg of the purlin, thereby defining an insulation area having deep corners to enable the full thickness of the insulation material to be used.
Inventor(s): Bolich; Richard M. (Toledo, OH)
Assignee: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technology, Inc. (Summit, IL)
Filing Date:Jun 07, 1995
Application Number:08/478,130
Claims:1. A metal building roof structure, comprising:

a plurality of purlins in a parallel arrangement, each purlin having a generally vertical leg and a generally horizontal top leg;

insulation support sheets depending from the horizontal legs of adjacent purlins;

a plurality of purlin caps, each purlin cap including a generally horizontal top portion positioned on tip of the horizontal top leg of one of the purlins, two generally vertical portions extending downwardly from the horizontal top portion, and shoulders extending from the vertical portions, each purlin cap being placed over an insulation support sheet so that the vertical portions of each purlin cap cause the insulation support sheet to substantially conform to the shape of the vertical leg of a purlin; and

a plurality of trim strips, each trim strip having opposing tabs mounted on said shoulders.

2. The metal building roof structure of claim 1, wherein said adjacent purlins and said insulation sheets define insulating areas, said structure further including insulation material placed into said insulating areas.

3. The metal building roof structure of claim 1, further including insulation strips applied to said horizontal top portions.

4. The metal building roof structure of claim 1, wherein the two vertical portions of each purlin cap are not parallel to each other.

5. A metal building roof structure comprising:

a plurality of purlins in a parallel arrangement, each purlin having a generally vertical leg and a generally horizontal top leg;

insulation support sheets depending from the horizontal legs of adjacent purlins;

a plurality of purlin caps, each purlin cap being formed of a foam and having a horizontal top portion positioned on top of the horizontal top leg of one of the purlins, and two generally vertical portions extending downwardly from the horizontal top portion, where the two generally vertical portions substantially conform to the shape of the vertical leg of a purlin, each purlin cap being placed over an insulation support sheet so that the vertical portions of each purlin cap cause the insulation support sheet to substantially conform to the shape of the vertical leg of a purlin, each purlin cap having shoulders extending from the vertical portions of the purlin caps; and

a plurality of trim strips, each trim strip having opposing tabs which are mounted on the shoulders of the purlin caps.

6. A metal building roof structure comprising:

a plurality of purlins in a parallel arrangement, each purlin having a generally vertical leg, a generally horizontal top leg, and a horizontal bottom leg;

insulation support sheets depending from the horizontal top legs of adjacent purlins;

a plurality of purlin caps, each purlin cap being formed of a foam and having a horizontal top portion positioned on top of the horizontal top leg of one of the purlins, and two generally vertical portions extending downwardly from the horizontal top portion, where the two generally vertical portions substantially conform to the shape of the vertical leg of a purlin, each purlin cap being placed over an insulation support sheet so that the vertical portions of each purlin cap cause the insulation support sheet to substantially conform to the shape of the vertical leg of a purlin, each purlin cap having a shoulder extending from a vertical portion of a purlin cap; and

a plurality of trim strips, each trim strip having opposing tabs, one of the tabs mounted on the shoulder of a purlin cap, and the other tab mounted on the horizontal bottom leg of a purlin.

7. A method of insulating a metal building roof structure having a plurality of purlins in a parallel arrangement, each purlin having a generally vertical leg and a generally horizontal top leg, comprising:

positioning insulation support sheets so that they depend from the horizontal top legs of adjacent purlins;

applying a plurality of purlin caps, each purlin cap having a horizontal top portion positioned on top of the horizontal leg of one of the purlins, two generally vertical portions extending downwardly from the horizontal top portion over the insulation support sheets so that the two vertical portions of each purlin cap cause the insulation sheets to substantially conform to the shape of the vertical leg of the purlin, and shoulders extending from the vertical portions of the purlin cap; and

mounting trim strips having opposing tabs on the shoulders of the purlin caps.

8. The method of insulating a roof structure of claim 7 further comprising applying insulation strips to the horizontal top portions of the purlin caps.

9. The method of insulating a roof structure of claim 7 in which the purlins have horizontal bottom legs and in which the purlin caps have a shoulder extending from vertical portions of the purlin caps, and further comprising mounting trim strips having opposing tabs on the shoulders of the purlin caps and the bottom legs of the purlins.

10. The method of insulating a roof structure of claim 7 further comprising applying insulation material into an insulating area defined by the adjacent purlins and the insulation support sheets depending from the horizontal legs of adjacent purlins.

11. The method of insulating a roof structure of claim 10 comprising placing the insulation material into a corner defined by a lower edge of the vertical portions of a purlin cap and an insulation support sheet, the corner being located at a lower portion of the vertical leg of an adjacent purlin for maximizing the height of the insulating area adjacent the purlin.

12. The method of insulating a roof structure of claim 11 in which the adjacent purlin defining the insulating area has a horizontal bottom leg, and the insulation material is placed in the corner located adjacent to the purlin at a location where the vertical purlin leg and the purlin bottom leg intersect.
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