Top Products of 2017

Top Products of 2017

  Biegetec Finish Seamer “What took so long….This seamer is a must have for anyone who does painted Aluminum or steel double lock standing seam. I couldn’t be happier with it’s performance!“ -Walt Frisch Construction (verified owner)   “This is definitely...
Acetylene vs. Propane Soldering Irons

Acetylene vs. Propane Soldering Irons

Which Gas Should I Be Soldering My Roofs With? Completely adequate and acceptable soldering of seams can be achieved using a variety of methods.  Hand irons, propane fueled, or acetylene fueled irons are all fully capable of producing long lasting watertight results. ...
Expanding Your Roofing Tools Potential

Expanding Your Roofing Tools Potential

Gasflow Through Your Soldering Iron Your soldering iron is not a complicated unit. Look at it as a gas vessel. Your regulator, you guessed it, regulates gas that travels through your hose and then up through your soldering iron. The “gas nozzle” is what...
Inspiring Instagram Follows For Roofers

Inspiring Instagram Follows For Roofers

Once your grandparents join your social network, it’s immediately “uncool”. Facebook has over 2 billion users and more people are using Instagram with regularity because it’s simpler. You take a picture, think of a caption, and post to...
Curving Metal With A Shrinker

Curving Metal With A Shrinker

All architectural metal roofers should have a working knowledge of shrinking and stretching panels. Being able to work on radius framing will increase your overall effectiveness as a roofer and the jobs you feel comfortable bidding.  The method and tools described...
Will Metal Roofing Replace Shingles?

Will Metal Roofing Replace Shingles?

Karis Roofing is a 90 year old roofing company located here in Philadelphia. It’s fair to say that they have seen a thing or two (cue Farmer’s jingle). Here is a message written by Guy Karis shared in his Trade News about the outlook of Metal Roofing. The...
Metalcon 2017

Metalcon 2017

The girls were like “we’ll take the picture for tips.” I was thinking a few bucks, whatever. They take the picture and then say, “people usually give us $20”. I gave the one girl $10 and the other was like “what about...
NSA Conference In Ithaca, NY

NSA Conference In Ithaca, NY

Last week was the National Slate Conference in Ithaca, New York. The conference dates, 9/28-10/1, included: A Walking Tour of Cornell University Presentations by Ron Williams of OSHA, John Chan of Durable Slate, Gary Traver from the state of NY, Jeffrey Chusid, James...
Soldering Technique – Stitching

Soldering Technique – Stitching

Soldering Step by Step Direction 1) Properly clean all surfaces of dirt, dust or residue that may be built up on the material being soldered. Using a wire brush is sometimes needed to strip any oxidized layers from the metal. 2) Using an acid brush, apply your flux to...
Soldering Terminology

Soldering Terminology

Soldering terminology Activity – The measure of flux cleaning strength. The more active the flux, the more effectively it cleans. Alloy – A metal consisting of two or more materials. One of these materials must be a metal. Copper – A reddish metal that is very...
A Guide To Locking Standing Seam Panels

A Guide To Locking Standing Seam Panels

Feature image submitted by Igor Akhmatov of IG Great Exteriors How do I choose the right hand seamer for standing seam metal roofing? Ask These Questions Q. What is my mechanically locked profile height and width? A: Your first stage hand seamer needs to be able to...
6 Tools Designed For Half Round Gutters

6 Tools Designed For Half Round Gutters

Half round gutters are a great way to increase the value of a home while adding a unique ageless look and feel.  There are many reasons why adding half round gutters is a good choice for a rainfall system on a home. Half-round gutters are low maintenance systems that...

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