5 Must Have Tools for Metal Roofers

Posted by Nye Ballard on 6/6/2018 to Roofing
5 Must Have Tools for Metal Roofers

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Employ your time well, if you mean to get leisure.”, and with the following tools, you can achieve just that! Time is a valuable resource and investing in the proper metal roofing tools is essential to optimizing your time and productivity.


1: Rau Eave Bending & Finishing Tools & Rau Hand Seamer

Rau Eave Bending & Finishing Tools

The Rau Eave Bending and Closing Tools feature a high-quality, durable epoxy coating finish for a long life. The Rau Eaves Edging Tool has a 10" wide jaw that grips tight and allows a crisp clean bend of about 90°, even with gutters in place! While the Rau Eaves Closing Tool has an 8-3/4" wide jaw that quickly and efficiently closes the bent panel around the drip edge flashing.

Rau Hand Seamer

The Rau First Stage Hand Seamer is designed for single-lock seams (90° lock) or for the first stage of a double lock system. The blades are 8-5/8" wide and feature smooth connecting joints to prevent marring. This tool fits any 1" or 1-1/2" standing seam roof panel with a seam top width of no more than 1/2".

(Technically, the Rau Eave Bending and Finishing Tools and Rau Hand Seamer consist of three tools. However, this set speeds up the process of hemming material for a drip edge or gutter exponentially! As one of RapidMaterials best sellers, this set is probably being used by your competitors.)

2: Freund Radius Bender

Attempting to close seams on curved standing seam jobs with a hammer and anvil would take even the most experienced roofer thrice as long without the innovative Freund Radius Bender. The Freund Radius Roller Edge Bender bends inside and outside radii of copper, zinc, aluminum up to 0.32”, and steel up to a 22 gauge thickness. A 36" radius is nominal but can be made tighter depending on the type of material. Adjust the desired bend height from 0.2’ to 1.96” with an easy to read scale, including both inch and millimeter conversions.

3: Freund Forged Welt Iron Seamers

For more than 160 years, Freund has pursued a family tradition, namely, the design and manufacturing of state-of-the-art, handcrafted tools. Freund Forged Welt Iron Seamers are traditional metal roof seam forming tools, available in several designs including flat blade "scraper" models and an angled model for working tight corners.

4: Freund Seam Opening Plier

You’re an experienced and knowledgeable roofer, but mistakes are made by even the most qualified and well-practiced tradesmen. It is best to be prepared for the worst with the Freund Tools Seam Opening Pliers, designed to unlock double-locked standing seam profiles. The aggressive under-bite design gets under the panel seam allowing the user to leverage the seam open.

5: Freund Tinman's Sheet Metal Mallets

The Freund Tinman's Sheet Metal Mallet ismade of polydur with an angular design and features a 19.4 oz. PVC head and solid hickory wood handle. The PVC head is an excellent choice when working with copper and other expensive metals. Use the wedge hammer alongside the Welt Iron Seamer to quickly and easily form metal roof seams.

A labor-intensive job such as the installation of metal roofs requires not only an experienced metal roofer such as yourself, but the appropriate tools as well. Allow RapidMaterials to be your one-stop-shop for all your metal roofing needs.

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