Locking A Standing Seam Panel

Locking A Standing Seam Panel

Standing seam projects require an understanding of how panels lock together. Snap-Lock panels are a more simplified means of standing seam and this post will focus on mechanically locked panels. We will take a closer look at a few ways to achieve a double lock...
Soldering Tools of the Trade

Soldering Tools of the Trade

Brand New Soldering Tips Available at Stortz Tools Masc Long Life Tips – The Masc Long life soldering tips provide an alternative for any iron that uses a “rodded” tip.  It will fit in the Perkeo, Aero, Sievert ESK1-10, and Express 330 Soldering...
What You Think About Slate

What You Think About Slate

We created a post that explained how companies marketing synthetic material were naming their product “slate” and how this was not accurate and untrue. This post generated some lively responses that will mostly go unnoticed unless dug up from the comment...
How To Avoid Scratching Your Standing Seam Panels

How To Avoid Scratching Your Standing Seam Panels

Stop Stress Caused by Unsightly Scratches Homeowners can be tough to convince that marks and scratches come with the territory of hand closing panels and fabricating roof systems. No one imagines their newly purchased roof’s seams or eaves looking scratched and worn....
5 More Standing Seam Tools to Do Kick Ass Work

5 More Standing Seam Tools to Do Kick Ass Work

Part 1 Note: You can click on the title of each product to go directly to that product page. This feature image is provided by Peter Steetz of Calgary, Canada. Peter does superb sheet metal work in Canada and you can see some of his work on his website.   Masc...
Attn: Slate Roofers – Please Read

Attn: Slate Roofers – Please Read

Please share, comment, and respond if you feel the same way as this post. The industry needs to come together as a whole and the more people who read and comment, the louder the voice. What is Slate? The Slate industry is being picked apart by bigger companies with...
Products You Didn’t Know Existed

Products You Didn’t Know Existed

Biegetec Finish Hand Seamer A true finish hand seamer that will not scratch the paint coating on your standing seam panels. The Biegetec hand seamer has plastic, removable, insets that guarantee a clean, non-marring bend. The tool stands at 18″ which is an...
International Roofing Expo 2017

International Roofing Expo 2017

Here is the IRE link if you would like to register. Also, the floor plan of exhibiting companies. John Stortz & Son will not be paying for a booth this year. The costs of exhibiting do not meet the payoff especially when considering the foot traffic is down, while...
My Visit to PF Freund

My Visit to PF Freund

This past week I had the opportunity to visit the facilities of PF Freund in Wuppertal, Germany. Freund specializes in the production and distribution of hand tools for roofers of the slate and sheet metal variety along with many others. The company was started well...
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...
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,...
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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