Quality Roofing Tools, Masonry Tools, Hand Tools and More

John Stortz & Son, Inc. is a fifth generation American family of toolmakers located in “Old City” Philadelphia. Our record of longevity is still based on a commitment to our customer’s needs and their satisfaction. Behind every “Stortz” tool, stands our pledge to offer you superior quality products, competitive pricing and prompt customer service. We manufacture and distribute roofing tools, masonry tools, paint scrapers, other scraping tools, cooperage tools, and gardening tools.

Our well known line of slate tools includes rippers, hammers, cutters, and stakes. As the sheet metal roofing industry continues to grow we supply a line of sheet metal tools that include soldering irons and accessories, snips, standing seam tools, and many tools for general bending purposes. Our masonry tools include our unique Washington Pattern brick hammers, multi-purpose wall scrapers and our full line of brick pointing tools. The exceptional wood handled paint scrapers are preferred by the tradesmen because of the superior blade sharpness, overall strength and durability.

Choosing the Power Seamer Best For You

Choosing the Power Seamer Best For You

If mechanically locked standing seam is your line of work, and you have panels on top of panels to lock day after day, you need a power seamer. Hand locking will only take you so far and even though the cost of a power seamer may cause some sticker shock, it's a...

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Introduction to Slate Snow Guards

Introduction to Slate Snow Guards

Snow Guards Protect People Entry ways, walkways, driveways Parking Spaces Gutters Vent Pipes Roof Mounted Signs Skylights Expensive Landscaping Emergency Exits How Many Snow Guards Will I Need? Determined by: Roof slope, rafter length, climate, roofing material,...

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Snow Retention Systems: Why, Where and How to Install

Snow Retention Systems: Why, Where and How to Install

This is a post written by Tim Underhill of the National Slate Association In areas where heavy snow is common, a metal snow pan is built into the roof. Snow-retention, for obvious reasons, is regionally influenced. The overall picture is, historically at least, a lot...

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