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.

The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Posted by on 5/14/2018 to Roofing
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.

The Pros and Cons of Copper Gutters

Posted by RapidMaterials on 3/23/2018 to Gutters
The Pros and Cons of Copper Gutters

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. 

Many problems can be prevented by having rain gutters in place, helping you avoid costly home repairs that could arise in the future.  Rain gutters are designed to redirect rainwater away from your home to avoid issues such as siding and roof damage, or even flooded basements.  Water that seeps into the home can lead to wet walls and mold, or even worse, water collecting at the base of your home that could weaken the home’s foundation.

2018 Solar Industry Innovations and Compelling Research

Posted by Jessica Kane on 3/13/2018 to Solar
2018 Solar Industry Innovations and Compelling Research
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.

Solar Panel Mounting Tips

Posted by Preston Guyton on 2/6/2018 to Solar
Solar Panel Mounting Tips

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.

Winter Weather Check

Posted by Darren Edwards on 1/10/2018 to Snow Retention

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.

Equitone Tectiva

Posted by Rapid Materials on 11/1/2017 to News
Equitone Tectiva
We now stock Equitone Tectiva for fast delivery!

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.


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
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

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