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...
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...
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...

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