Posted by Jessica Kane on 3/13/2018
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
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
Posted by Preston Guyton on 2/6/2018
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.
Posted by Darren Edwards on 1/10/2018
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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.
We now stock Equitone Tectiva for fast delivery!
Posted by Rapid Materials on 11/1/2017
Posted by Rapid Materials on 10/4/2017
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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.
Time to clean out some space in our warehouse, so we are selling all Midwest Snips and Tools inventory at cost until gone!
Posted by Rapid Materials on 9/27/2017
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.
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™.
Posted by Julie Roser on 9/14/2017
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?
Posted by David Trefzger on 7/31/2017
They are Panda shaped!
Its time for our annual Spring Tools Sale!
Posted by David Trefzger on 4/19/2017
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.
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.
Posted by David Trefzger on 3/14/2017
Posted by David Trefzger on 12/28/2016
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.
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!
Posted by David Trefzger on 10/7/2016
Posted by David Trefzger on 6/1/2016
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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.
Posted by David Trefzger on 4/15/2016
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.
Did you know your smartphone can double as a construction calculator, a construction management solution, or for sharing blueprints?
Posted by Steve Wright on 3/9/2016
Posted by David Trefzger on 2/20/2016
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.
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.
Posted by David Trefzger on 2/1/2016
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!
Posted by David Trefzger on 1/28/2016
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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.
Posted by David Trefzger on 1/14/2016
Rapid Materials now offers a huge selection of ACM (aluminum composite material) sheet goods from the best names in the business, including Alucobond® by 3A Composites®, Reynobond® by Alcoa® and larson® by Alucoil®.
Posted by David Trefzger on 10/30/2015
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Posted by David Trefzger on 10/23/2015
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This blog is from our parent company, Miller-Clapperton. We've included it here in it's entirety:
OUR TOP 10 #METALCON15 TAKEAWAYS
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.
Posted by David Trefzger on 9/1/2015
Posted by David Trefzger on 8/4/2015
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.