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.
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.
The most common question we are asked is, “Which S-5! clamp do I use on my metal roof?” We will explore the tools available to choose the best clamp along with the various options and other variables to consider, such as what type of roof you are attaching to and what you are attaching to it: solar, snow retention, or some other rooftop utility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As well as most residential buildings, nearly all commercial buildings, whether it be a hotel, office, or hospital, have what is called a ‘rain drainage system’ or what is more commonly referred to as rain gutters. Rain gutters come in several types, shapes, and materials. While homeowners have the freedom to choose what type of system or material they prefer, there is no denying that every homeowner should have rain gutters installed to protect their investment.
The solar industry experienced a fairly challenging year in 2017. Solar stock prices overall have experienced fairly sharp drops amid falling panel prices and regulatory uncertainties according to Forbes magazine.
Internationally, the solar industry faced a global decline in demand in 2017. This was primarily due to a decline in solar installations in China. A modest decline in installations was also experienced across the United States. These declines have occurred despite sharp drops in the costs associated with solar panels in both countries, and elsewhere around the world.
Rooftop solar panels are a smart move for today's homeowners and business owners. Financial and environmental benefits have increased even as prices have dropped, and modern solar panels are efficient and attractive. Although it is possible to place solar panels on any type of roof, there are specific procedures that must be followed to assure maximum solar collection and minimize roof damage. Photovoltaic (PV) systems must be properly sized, sited and installed whether or not they are connected to the grid.
Severe weather events are only expected to increase in intensity in the coming years, and it’s not just the plunging temperatures we need to watch out for – it’s also the accumulation of snow that can pose a danger.
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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.
RapidMaterials announces today that it will be the exclusive distributor of a new product line called PlankPanels™. The low-cost, prefabricated rainscreen cladding system features FunderMax Exterior F-Quality High-Pressure-Laminate (HPL) material, which is available in both an exposed fastener system as well as a concealed fastener system.
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 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.
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.
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.