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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...
Let’s Get to the Point of Soldering Iron Tips

Let’s Get to the Point of Soldering Iron Tips

Unless you have ever personally performed a soldering operation – which might be done for a variety of different purposes, might it be added – then you might have fallen prey to the erroneous belief that all soldering iron tips were created equal. This...
How to Identify Quality in a Brick Hammer

How to Identify Quality in a Brick Hammer

Brick hammers, which are also sometimes known as mason’s or stonemason’s hammers, are only one of the many tools we sell here at John Stortz & Son. Like many of the tools we sell, they are tools that, though highly specialized, can really serve a huge range of...
Stubai Tools

Stubai Tools

Stubai manufacturing is located in Fulpmes, Austria. The facilities boast the highest quality of forging, hardening, and machining processes. Their tools cover a variety of industries ranging from Roofing, Forestry, Woodworking, Climbing, Cutlery, Automotive and...
Power Seamer Product Review

Power Seamer Product Review

When To Use a Power Seamer Power seaming mechanically locked panels is preferred on longer runs (20+ ft) when a uniform look is desired. Most seamers will seam the first and second stage in one pass which will reduce time of the project when compared to alternative...
Top 10 Soldering Questions Answered

Top 10 Soldering Questions Answered

1. Why do some soldering tips wear out faster than others? Lead free solder (pure tin) will wear out your copper tips about twice as fast as 50/50 solder.  Tin has a higher melting temperature than lead, so you need to use higher heat when soldering with lead free...
Ridge Detail – Answering YouTube Comments

Ridge Detail – Answering YouTube Comments

A video we shot of a metal roofing project by Hardin Construction attracted over 200,000 views. This clip shows how a roofer completes a double lock folded ridge in 26ga painted steel. The technique is seen in historical architecture and is not uncommon to last over...
Soldering Solutions by Sievert

Soldering Solutions by Sievert

Soldering is Expensive New irons and tips replace worn out equipment. Bar solder needs are a constant expense. Once you buy a certain brand of iron, it makes sense to stick with it for economical sense. Learn why the Sievert line of irons may be worth your hard earned...
Clips for Standing Seam Roofing

Clips for Standing Seam Roofing

We Have Added Fixed & Expansion Cleats to our Product Line! Clips are an integral part to any roofing system. Incorrect clip selection, installation, or quantity can result in total roof failure. We offer fixed and expansion cleats for both 1″ &...
When Will Slate Fight Back?

When Will Slate Fight Back?

Slate holds about a 1% foothold in the overall roofing material pie chart, maybe less. A simple goal would be to grow it to 2%. If natural slate is going to continue to be installed on exterior and interior projects, the industry is going to have to join together....
Preparing a Panel for the Eaves Edge

Preparing a Panel for the Eaves Edge

Notching Panels Hemming Panels Notching the seams/ribs off is required when preparing standing seam panels for installation. Depending on the seam type and metal thickness, notching can be simple or rather difficult. After the panels are notched appropriately, the...
Choose Your Slate Roof: Natural vs Synthetic

Choose Your Slate Roof: Natural vs Synthetic

Natural Slate vs Synthetic Slate The topic of this post addresses the appropriation of the term slate. Appropriation is the action of taking something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission. The manufacturers of synthetic slate have...