Seaming Techniques and Details on 26 Gauge Steel

Seaming Techniques and Details on 26 Gauge Steel

The type of metal you are working on has a lot to do with what finishing details you are able to perform. Copper and zinc, being softer materials, are able to form and maneuver easily. When working with 24 gauge painted steel, you are more limited. This series of...
7 Tools Needed for Slate Roof Repair

7 Tools Needed for Slate Roof Repair

Slate Roof Accessibility  1. Acro Slate Brackets The Acro Slate roof bracket is a shear necessity if you are setting up staging on a slate roof. The tongue portion hooks onto a roofing nail (at least a 16 penny nail, 3 1/2″) and then 2 more are then used to...
Rheinzink – Roofing Project Profile

Rheinzink – Roofing Project Profile

Organization and workflow on a job site is crucial to meeting deadlines on any roofing job. Natural Metal Associates specializes in Zinc installations on commercial and residential projects around the country. This blog will take a look at a high end residential...
Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2018

Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2018

Curious as to what our top sellers are for the metal roofing industry? In this post we review not only the most popular, but the highest rated metal roofing tools from 2018 in the Stortz catalog. Take a look below and find out what you’re missing! Biegetec...
Forever Snow Guard Installation

Forever Snow Guard Installation

The pictures below document the installation of a Sieger heavy duty snow guard on a slate roof. While retrofit hook snow guards are quick and simply installed, there is a case to be made regarding the fact that the nail is already serving a purpose of holding the...
Stortz Seaming Pliers

Stortz Seaming Pliers

How do these pliers differ from what you may find at your local roofing supply store? Strength – The size and weight of the pliers allow for ample leverage on any metal.  The heavy duty models allow for a particularly strong grip and the handles offer minimal...
Making Curved Standing Seam Panels

Making Curved Standing Seam Panels

*note: Special thanks to Kevin Roselli (Metal Solutions LLC) for the photographs of the copper bell tower project in this post “Whatever good things we build, end up building us…” There is something fascinating about architectural copper work. The...
RAU – Tools of the Trade

RAU – Tools of the Trade

Limited time COMBO DEALS Sale! Eaves Locking BundleRated 5.00 out of 5 $530.00 $495.00 Sale! Mechanical Lock Seaming Bundle $580.00 $539.00 60 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS RAU Systems has been manufacturing German made sheet bending and folding tools for...
Standing Seam Ridge Detail

Standing Seam Ridge Detail

This is an alternative to a ridge cap which is popular in the snap lock industry. Craig of Hardin Exteriors uses the double lock method to ensure water tightness and to maintain the double locked theme of the roof. There is also no worry of this ridge detail being at...
Stay Up To Date With Slate

Stay Up To Date With Slate

A Slate Story An elder couple walked into Stortz Tools yesterday looking to buy slate tools to repair their 100 year old slate roof in Wilmington, Delaware. The man was physically fit, and the woman had an expensive camera hanging from her neck. We talked a bit about...
Forming a Tapered Rake Panel

Forming a Tapered Rake Panel

When you get to the rake edge of a roof and the roof is not perfectly square, there is a need to run a slightly tapered panel to connect to the rake trim. In this process, it is necessary to measure and cut the panel to the proper taper and then bend up a leg to...
Seam Locking Without Scratching Panels

Seam Locking Without Scratching Panels

Craig Hardin from Hardin Construction is no stranger to working with mechanical lock standing seam panels. Here he shows how he single and double locks 26ga painted steel panels using the same tool for both stages. The Biegetec Finish Seamer is ideal for any painted...