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Snow Retention Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Rapid Materials on 10/4/2017 to Snow Retention
Snow Retention Frequently Asked Questions

When snow avalanches off of a rooftop, it can damage anything in its path! This sudden release of snow can be dramatic—dumping tons of snow all at once. Learn how to retain roof top snow safely, and all your questions answered in this article.

Midwest Tools Clearance Sale

Posted by Rapid Materials on 9/27/2017 to Tools
Time to clean out some space in our warehouse, so we are selling all Midwest Snips and Tools inventory at cost until gone!

Now is your chance to get quality American made hand tools at discounts of 30% and more.

To see all of the clearance tools, go to our Closeout Tools Sale Page.

There is no end date to this sale...it runs until stock is gone!


Midwest Tool and Cutlery Company (Midwest) began manufacturing metal cutting snips and related hand tools in Sturgis, Michigan in 1945. Today, Midwest is a privately held Michigan corporation that operates manufacturing facilities in Sturgis, MI; Kalkaska, MI; and Caledonia, OH.

Introducing PlankPanels™ Featuring FunderMax

Posted by Julie Roser on 9/14/2017 to News
Introducing PlankPanels™ Featuring FunderMax
Austell, Georgia – September 14, 2017 – RapidMaterials, an e-commerce company specializing in high-quality tools for the construction industry, announces today that it will be the exclusive distributor of a new product line called PlankPanels™. 

On a Lighter Note - Panda Shaped Solar Arrays!

Posted by David Trefzger on 7/31/2017 to News
Reuters reports that the Panda Green Energy Group, a Chinese energy company, is building 100 solar farms in Beijing. What's so unusual about these solar farms?

They are Panda shaped!


Spring Tool Sale

Posted by David Trefzger on 4/19/2017 to News
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 News
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.