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Spring Tool Sale

Posted by David Trefzger on 4/19/2017 to Tools
Its time for our annual Spring Tools Sale!




New look and more user friendly.

Posted by David Trefzger on 3/29/2017
On March 25th 2017, while most of the world was asleep, Rapid Materials launched a new platform for our online store.


Select Draco and Express Tools on Sale

Posted by David Trefzger on 3/14/2017 to Tools
Steep discounts on select Draco metal roofing seamers and Express soldering iron kits with FREE ground shipping for the lower 48 states. While stock lasts.

A recent Zambelli Painted Gutter Installation

Posted by David Trefzger on 12/28/2016 to Gutters
A recent Zambelli Painted Gutter Installation

Back in September we were contacted by Ted Powell regarding the possibility of using our Zambelli painted gutter system on his home in Oregon. He was replacing a painted gutter system that was just a few years old, but wasn't performing as he had hoped.

NEW FREUND BENDERS - INTRODUCTORY PRICING

Posted by David Trefzger on 10/7/2016 to Tools
Freund Tools is introducing three new sheet metal edge bending tools to the US market and to promote these tools, they are offering low introductory prices!

RapidMaterials takes on the new FunderMax line

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/1/2016 to Wall Cladding
RapidMaterials takes on the new FunderMax line

New to our product lineup - and relatively new to the US market - FunderMax manufactures an extensive line of compact sheet products called HPL (high pressure laminates or phenolic sheets) that are shipped worldwide and used in a variety of applications, including interior and exterior building facades, furniture and fittings.

NGI Specialty Roof Flashing

Posted by David Trefzger on 4/15/2016 to Roofing
NGI Specialty Roof Flashing

Mounting products such as PV modules and solar water heaters on a shingle or composite roof is always a challenge. NGI has introduced a new line of specialty roof flashing/mounts designed specifically for the solar industry (but can be used for other applications) that makes mounting anything on a shingle/composite roof easy, fast and watertight.

Top 10 Construction Apps by Steve Wright

Posted by Steve Wright on 3/9/2016 to Technology
Did you know your smartphone can double as a construction calculator, a construction management solution, or for sharing blueprints?

Standing Seam Clips & Screws

Posted by David Trefzger on 2/20/2016 to Roofing

Premium Soldering Kit by Freund

Posted by David Trefzger on 2/1/2016 to Tools
Premium Soldering Kit by Freund
One of our most popular products for the metal craftsman, the Premium Soldering Kit by Freund is perfect for the pro or do-it-yourselfer. These kits contain everything you need to successfully solder copper and zinc sheet.

49" Wide Zinc Sheets

Posted by David Trefzger on 1/28/2016 to Wall Cladding
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Custom counter tops, kitchen islands and tables are often wider than standard zinc sheets offered in North America. Manufactured by VM Zinc in France per our specifications, these 0.8mm x 49.2" wide sheets offer the best coverage available in North America. Fewer joints, less soldering and cleaner, faster installations!

SFS Standing Seam Metal Roof Panel Clips

Posted by David Trefzger on 1/14/2016 to Roofing
SFS Standing Seam Metal Roof Panel Clips
SFS metal roofing panel clips are the standard by which all others are judged. Manufactured to exacting standards at an ISO-9001 certified facility in Pennsylvania guaranteeing that the materials and manufacturing processes are first quality. With SFS clips you get accurately produced American made standing seam clips for a wide variety of panel profiles, including snaplock, mechanical seam (both fixed and floating) and a variety of quality bearing plates.

ACM Sheets Now Available From Rapid Materials

Posted by David Trefzger on 10/30/2015 to Wall Cladding

MetalCon 2015 - Our Top 10 Takeaways

Posted by David Trefzger on 10/23/2015 to Wall Cladding

This blog is from our parent company, Miller-Clapperton. We've included it here in it's entirety:

OUR TOP 10 #METALCON15 TAKEAWAYS

Painted Half Round Gutter Systems

Posted by David Trefzger on 9/1/2015 to Gutters
Painted Half Round Gutter Systems
Zambelli manufacturers some of the worlds finest half round gutter systems; their painted steel line adds aesthetics and beauty to any home or business at a cost that is more budget friendly than copper and zinc.

Lets Talk About Snips

Posted by David Trefzger on 8/4/2015 to Tools

Its a bit of a standing joke around the office. Evidently I like snips a lot and I get pretty enthusiastic about them when someone asks. Truthfully, I like all tools. I've always found the ingenuity that goes into creating or updating a tool fascinating. But today I want to talk a bit about snips.

JS Designs Metal Roofing Tools

Posted by David Trefzger on 7/21/2015 to Roofing

For more than twenty years JS Design has been manufacturing metal roof bending tools specifically designed for the task of bending the top (ridge) and bottom (eave) of roof panels, making the job easy, fast and economical. All JS Design tools are manufactured in the USA.

Cleaning and Maintenance of Zinc Countertops

Posted by David Trefzger on 7/16/2015 to Metal Sheets
Cleaning and Maintenance of Zinc Countertops

A commonly asked question by potential (and current) zinc countertop owners is: how do I clean and maintain a zinc countertop?

Fall Protection Anchorage for Metal Roof Systems

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/24/2015 to Roofing

One of the biggest obstacles facing the metal roofer or building maintenance professional is safe access of a metal roof system during and after installation. RapidMaterials has the solution for you.

The Real Cost of Snow Retention

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/10/2015 to Roofing
The Real Cost of Snow Retention

Snow retention is a phrase that gets tossed around in construction and remodeling from time to time. Its a pretty simple concept: a device of some sort is mounted on a roof top to "retain" snow and keep it from sliding off of the roof. This article explains why snow retention is so important and the cost of it.

S-5! ColorGard Snow Guards - How to figure out what parts you need.

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/8/2015 to Roofing

So the S-5! ColorGard snow guard/snow retention system is pretty incredible and super strong, but there are so many options to choose from! How do you know what fits the metal roof panels on your project?

Copper Leader Heads Now Available at Rapid Materials

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/2/2015 to Gutters
Copper Leader Heads Now Available at Rapid Materials

We now offer a great selection of the highest quality Leader Heads on the market in North America. With a selection of more than 36 styles in almost 300 variations, these hand-crafted copper and lead-coated (aluminum coming soon) leader heads are manufactured here in the United States using old-world techniques and quality.

Mounting Solar Panels on Metal Roofing Systems - New Kits Make it Easy!

Posted by David Trefzger on 5/26/2015 to Roofing
Mounting Solar Panels on Metal Roofing Systems - New Kits Make it Easy!

While there are a lot of products out there designed to mount solar panels (both photovoltaic & water heating panels) on metal roof systems, trying to figure out which one is right for your project can be difficult at best. Calling and speaking to a sales rep for most online suppliers can be a waste of time as most simply don't anything about metal roofing systems (present company excluded. If you need to information about mounting anything on metal roofing systems, email or call us).

Understanding that many folks are looking for an easy way to find an purchase a solar mounting solution for simple one to four module systems, we combined our thorough knowledge of metal roofing systems and put together a collection of Solar Mounting Kits that are designed to fit a variety of applications.

SYCA Snow Guard Systems

Posted by David Trefzger on 5/26/2015 to Roofing
SYCA Snow Guard Systems
Rapid Materials now offers the 2 and 3-rail snow guard systems manufactured by Métallurgie SYCA of Quebec, Canada. Featuring pressure die-cast aluminum standards and accessory parts, this system uses a 1"x1" square aluminum bar. This traditional, handsome design will look and perform great on a variety of projects where snow guards are needed.