Roof Like a Pro – US Metal Roofing

Roof Like a Pro – US Metal Roofing

US Metal Roofing out of Holyoke, MA is a family owned business since 1971. They specialize in mechanically locked, double seamed metal roofs in 24 or 26 gauge steel. The owner Keith understands that doing a successful roofing job is doing it once. This is why...
3 Reasons to Own a Drill Seamer

3 Reasons to Own a Drill Seamer

The Latest in Seaming Products Stortz Tools specializes in getting you the right seamer for your architectural (1″ or 1.5″) panels. Our store has a wide variety of seaming options from manufacturers around the globe. We can help you pick the seamer that...
State of Slate

State of Slate

I visited the slate quarry area of New York/Vermont 2 weeks ago and feel it’s important to give a perspective of the slate industry. It’s a 5 hour drive from Philadelphia, PA and the last hour is through small towns, population 2,000, like Argyle and...
Double Seamed Valley – Pt. 5

Double Seamed Valley – Pt. 5

In parts 3 & 4, Craig demonstrated how he installed the field panels that intersect with the valley and prepped them to fit the formed valley piece. Next is the actual double seaming that will make the ridge and valley watertight. There is alot of seaming to be...
New Alpine Hybrid Snow Guards

New Alpine Hybrid Snow Guards

Alpine Snow Guards has introduced 2 new “hybrid” guards to their product offering. Complementing their popular products, the new guards aim to ease the disruptive supply chain that is the snow guard industry. If you are struggling to find your Berger...
Double Seamed Valley – Pts 3 & 4

Double Seamed Valley – Pts 3 & 4

In parts 1 & 2, Craig showed how to fabricated the valley piece from coil stock and connect the two pieces together at the cross-section. In parts 3 & 4, Craig shows how to prepare the intersecting field panels to seam into the valley. Notice how the panels...
Double Seamed Valley  – Pts 1 & 2

Double Seamed Valley – Pts 1 & 2

With so many standing seam panel systems available today from various manufacturers, traditional standing seam folding techniques are often substituted for simpler, less skill-based installation methods. In the videos below, Craig Hardin (Hardin Construction)...
Climbing Life’s Ladder

Climbing Life’s Ladder

Roofing is considered the 4th most dangerous job in the United States (Western States Roofing Contractors Association). No one wants to roof forever but when does a roofer decide they’ve worked long enough? When they can no longer climb a ladder? When their...
Why Is There Lead in Solder Bar Stock?

Why Is There Lead in Solder Bar Stock?

Generally speaking, solder is an alloy which contains tin and lead in varying proportions, occasionally with flux mixed in. While solder has a wide range of commercial and recreational applications, the solder bar stock we sell here is primarily used for sheet metal...
Soldering Techniques – Videos

Soldering Techniques – Videos

Anyone Can Solder! VIDEOS TO HELP Soldering is the technique of joining two metals that would not easily fuse together using an alloy. In the sheet metal roofing trade, soldering copper is most commonly thought of. Other materials that are commonly soldered in the...
Uses for Sheet Metal Pliers

Uses for Sheet Metal Pliers

Sheet metal pliers are an essential part of any sheet metal roofer’s repertoire of tools, and even the most highly specialized pliers are still highly versatile tools that can be put to work for a wide range of different applications. In the hands of a skilled sheet...