Tin Snips: A Few Things You Need to Know

Tin Snips: A Few Things You Need to Know

Tin snips go by quite a few names, including aviation snips and shears. These are a class of sheet metal cutting tools that are highly useful for workers and craftsmen in a number of industries, including but not limited to roofing. So what exactly are they, and why...
Mission-Critical Sheet Metal Tools

Mission-Critical Sheet Metal Tools

In this article, we’ll give you a quick look into some of the broader categories of the most important sheet metal tools out there. There are others, but without the ability to finely mark, shape and cut sheet metal with some of these, you won’t have much ability to...
Metal Roll Bender Highlights

Metal Roll Bender Highlights

At some point or other, every sheet metal roofer is going to need the help of a quality metal roll bender to make perfect bends and alterations to the aforesaid medium. Just like slate hammers are to slate roofers and brick hammers are to masons, metal roll benders...
Metal Roof Snow Guards: Why They Matter

Metal Roof Snow Guards: Why They Matter

Metal snow roof guards are often part of a larger snow retention system, oftentimes for slate roofs in addition to metal roofs. Being called metal roof snow guards, the term “metal” may refer not only to the roofing material but also to the material of the type of...
Let’s Get to the Point of Soldering Iron Tips

Let’s Get to the Point of Soldering Iron Tips

Unless you have ever personally performed a soldering operation – which might be done for a variety of different purposes, might it be added – then you might have fallen prey to the erroneous belief that all soldering iron tips were created equal. This...
A Breakdown of Metal Cutting Tools

A Breakdown of Metal Cutting Tools

At John Stortz & Son, we don’t just sell metal cutting tools – we offer the entire kit and kaboodle of carefully crafted, high quality tools for roofers, masons and many other craftsmen. Since 1853, tradesmen around the region and the country have turned to...