When is the Best Time to Repair a Roof?

Posted by on 1/17/2019 to Roofing 0 Comments
When is the Best Time to Repair a Roof?

As a seasoned roofer, we would be willing to bet that at some point in your career, you have strongly encouraged a homeowner to replace or repair a residential roof prior to the winter season. We would also be willing to bet that said homeowners did not always take heed of your advice and expertise. Although it is best to complete roofing projects before winter, all roofing material can be installed successfully in cold weather, given adequate precautions are taken along with normal practices.

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RapidMaterials Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on 12/11/2018 to Gutters 0 Comments
RapidMaterials Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2018 holiday gift guide has plenty of gift ideas for the craftsman or roofer in your life, or maybe for yourself! No matter if you’re looking for gift inspiration, or sending our list to friends and family (hint! hint!), this list should help you select the perfect present this holiday season.

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Metal vs. Asphalt Roofing

Posted by on 9/13/2018 to Roofing 0 Comments
Metal vs. Asphalt Roofing

The roof is one of the most important parts of a home, and keeping it in good shape should be a priority. There are many roofing materials on the market, and each has its pros and cons. In terms of longevity, some are far better than others, but when you take their price, looks, installation, and required maintenance under consideration, some choices that might not immediately seem like the most practical, end up being a perfect fit.

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The Right Way to Fasten

Posted by on 7/30/2018 to Roofing 0 Comments
The Right Way to Fasten

The strong and long-lasting benefits of a metal roof begins with the selection, placement, and the installation of the fasteners used to anchor panels to the structure. There are hundreds of fastener options and variations, but don’t let this intimidate you! It's easy once you learn a few general rules of thumb, what the numbered sizes mean, and how to determine what length you'll need.

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5 Must Have Tools for Metal Roofers

Posted by Nye Ballard on 6/6/2018 to Roofing 0 Comments
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.

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The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Posted by on 5/14/2018 to Roofing 0 Comments
The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing systems are acquiring national popularity, and it’s easy to see why. They virtually compliment any architectural style, are environmentally sustainable, and they offer the opportunity for long-term savings. Discover the many benefits that metal roofs have to offer.


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NGI Specialty Roof Flashing

Posted by David Trefzger on 4/15/2016 to Roofing 0 Comments
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.

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Standing Seam Clips & Screws

Posted by David Trefzger on 2/20/2016 to Roofing 0 Comments
Standing Seam Clips & Screws

Standing seam metal roof panel clips and fasteners tend to get overlooked when putting together a metal roof panel system. Fortunately, SFS Intec has designed a great series of standing seam metal roof panel clips and screws that fit most roof panel profiles and provide no-compromise quality.


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SFS Standing Seam Metal Roof Panel Clips

Posted by David Trefzger on 1/14/2016 to Roofing 0 Comments
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.

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JS Designs Metal Roofing Tools

Posted by David Trefzger on 7/21/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments

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.

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Fall Protection Anchorage for Metal Roof Systems

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/24/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments

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.

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The Real Cost of Snow Retention

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/10/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments
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.

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

Posted by David Trefzger on 6/8/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments

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?

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

Posted by David Trefzger on 5/26/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments
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.

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SYCA Snow Guard Systems

Posted by David Trefzger on 5/26/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments
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.

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How to mount a satellite dish (or anything for that matter) to your metal roof

Posted by David Trefzger on 5/6/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments

I recently spoke with a customer regarding the question: "How do I mount a satellite dish on my metal roof?"

Turns out he had one of the "Dish" companies come out to install his dish and they refused to mount it on his roof because it was metal. He ended up having the dish mounted on a 10 foot tall pole in his yard. Now he has to figure out how to hide it!

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How to Install a Pipe Boot Flashing on a Metal Roof

Posted by David Trefzger on 4/24/2015 to Roofing 0 Comments
How to Install a Pipe Boot Flashing on a Metal Roof

So you're installing a metal roof and you need to flash those vent pipes poking out here and there. This basic step by step tutorial shows that it is an easy and relatively painless task!

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