2020 Gold Key Winner: Direct Metals Inc. (DMI)

Karen Knapstein
DIRECT METALS INC. (DMI) is a manufacturer and master distributor of fasteners, closure strips, and other building accessories for the steel-frame, post-frame, industrial and residential building industries. A core tenet of the DMI philosophy is to market products that enhance the value of any building project. It is a key supplier to the nation’s largest residential roofing supply buying groups.
By providing PAN-CLIP Wafer and Pancake screws for standing seam metal roofs and BULLET BOOT pipe flashings for residential shingle roofs that are Miami-Dade County listed as well as Florida Building Code and Texas Department of Insurance approved, DMI does provide value to these key customers. It also supplies standing seam panel clips in Galvanized and 304 Stainless Steel for a variety of panel designs.
Building owners and homeowners demand more quality in the accessories that have become a more important part of their commercial or residential metal roof project. The breadth of corrosion resistant fasteners DMI markets is substantial.
Carbon steel screws are standard with a 1000-hour rated corrosion resistant coating. 304 SS capped SCAMP, as well as zinc-aluminum molded head ZXL DIRECT SEAL and popular ZAC screws are essential to keep intact a 40-year metal panel warranty. Powder coated color matching is available for many standard industry panel colors.
Other building accessories include 304 and 316 SS rivets, BUTYL*ROLL tape mastic and tube sealants, EPDM pipe flashings, foil insulation, solid and vented closure strips and rolls. The most extensive polycarbonate panel offering available for sidelight and skylight applications has become a very popular option.
DMI would like to thank the readers of Rural Builder for this GOLD KEY OF EXCELLENCE award. Bringing value to customers is at the core of everything we do.