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Kimberly Reichert

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Celebrate the Legacy of Innovation of Rob Haddock in the Metal Roof Industry

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jul 11, 2019 3:08:38 PM

- An Interview with Construction In Focus and Manufacturing In Focus Magazines 

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Tags: Solar, Snow Guards, snow retention, metal roofing, manufacturing, quality control, interview, fall protection, innovation, research

What is Swarf? [Video]

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jun 20, 2019 9:31:11 AM

Swarf are the shavings of metal debris produced during machining. These chips or filings can also be produced during woodworking, grinding and other manufacturing processes. Metal, wood, plastic and stone can all produce this debris which is often called “swarf”.

At S-5 Manufacturing, the small chips and shavings created during the cutting, milling or drilling of stainless steel, aluminum and brass parts could be called “swarf”, but we commonly call them “saw chips” or “turnings” and produce tons of them each month. In that case, they are automatically collected at their source by special equipment and recycled regularly. We recycle approximately 40 Cu. Yd. or 14,450 lb. of aluminum chips every month. That amounts to over 7 tons per month of “swarf”. There are additional shavings produced when machining our brass and stainless steel clamps and brackets, but that volume is much lower than the aluminum.

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Tags: PV array, solar PV, trapezoidal, rust, exposed fastened, gavalume, Swarf, galvanized

What is COR-TEN® (aka Corten, CorTen)?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on May 23, 2019 11:32:46 AM

COR-TEN® is a special steel alloy that has a weathered, rusty-orange look. The material, also referred to as corten or CorTen, was developed to eliminate the need for painting the metal. Cor-Ten forms a stable rust-like appearance after being exposed several years to weather.

U.S. Steel owns the trademark on Cor-Ten. This steel alloy is encouraged to rust – and form a dark brown oxidation. This rust forms a protective coating over the surface that slows further corrosion.

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Tags: corrosion, weathered, corten, rust, alloy

What is a Trapezoidal Rib Roof Profile?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 29, 2019 12:03:47 PM

A trapezoidal roof profile has a ribbed trapezoidal-shape pattern across the panel. This means, it is a quadrilateral (or a four-sided shape – see Figure 1) that has just a single pair of parallel sides. Sometimes, trapezoidal roofs are mistakenly referred to as corrugated. This is a misnomer as the corrugated profile has a repeating wavy pattern across its surface.Trapezoidal rib roofs are popular with producers because the shape makes them very material-efficient (a high strength-to weight ratio). This makes for a very cost-effective profile. The shadows of the trapezoidal shapes offer clean lines whether installed vertically, diagonally, or horizontally. They also possess good structural characteristics and can carry design loads well (e.g. for snow and wind uplift). However, it is not considered as premium a profile as standing seam due to its attachment method.

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Tags: Brackets, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, rooftop mounting, round point setscrews, trapezoidal, cost-effective

PART 3: The Quality Buck Stops at S-5! Manufacturing

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 17, 2019 9:17:45 AM

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on S-5! Manufacturing. Part One featured the fortuitous meeting of Rob Haddock and Harry Carner, their partnership, and how they built their well-oiled manufacturing machine. Concerned about lack of control and a desire to always improve “the right way” to do things, these two men joined forces.

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Tags: Solar, manufacturing, S-5! Manufacturing, S-5-M, clamps, quality control, QC

S-5!® Featured Product at IRE 2019 - S-5-N Clamp

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 16, 2019 2:20:34 PM

 

In our booth at IRE Nashville this year, we showcased our usual innovative selection of clamps and brackets. But we also featured a new product: the new and improved S-5-N clamp is an innovative attachment solution that cures your nail strip profile seating issues.

The clamp features an insert to facilitate installation and fit. it also fits seam profiles having a base of rib dimension < .82". 

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Tags: pv modules, snow retention, solar mounting, metal roofing, exposed fastener, PV technology, PV, maintain roof warranty, non-penetrating, round point setscrews, weather proofing, rooftop utilities, non-corrosive, stainless steel

What are the Parts of a Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 4, 2019 11:18:59 AM

WORD OF THE WEEK: Dormer

PRONUNCIATION: \ ˈdȯr-mər

PART OF SPEECH: NOUN

SENTENCE: // A dormer is a structural projection from the main roof. It is usually gabled and typically has a window. The word dormer refers to the whole projection, not just the window. 

When referring specifically to the window itself, it would be called a “dormer window”. It comes from the Latin word dormitorium, which means “sleeping room”.

But what about everything else that makes up a metal roof? From flashing, ridges, to valleys and eaves. Where are all these on a roof and what is their purpose? Read on as we deconstruct the rest of the metal roof.

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Tags: metal roofs, metal roofing, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, roof panels, corrugated, metal panel, trapezoidal, sandwich panel

Top Takeaways from Nashville IRE 2019

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Mar 26, 2019 10:03:08 AM

The International Roofing Expo (IRE) recently concluded in Nashville, TN. Now that the busy din of the show has subsided, it is a perfect chance to reflect on the show’s success. What did those who actually went think of the show? 

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Tags: S5 clamps, Brackets, rooftop mounting, clamps, IRE, International Roofing Expo, Dallas, Sheffield Metals, Nashville, LMCurbs

Metal Roof vs Asphalt Shingles Comparison: 9 Tips for Choosing - 2019

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Mar 18, 2019 11:59:16 AM

Pop quiz. Should you install a metal roof or asphalt shingles? Asphalt shingle roofs are everywhere. But metal roofs have been in use for almost three thousand years. They have come a long way from the simple, yet functional corrugated or standing seam metal roof design usually associated with barns or sheds. So, which is the best choice for you? To answer this, let’s take a deeper look under the hood, or the roof, as it may be.

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Tags: standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, rail mounted, solar PV, solar technology, rooftop equipment, non-penetrating, manufacturing, maintenance, green, asphalt shingles, recycling, durability, environment

Part 2: S-5-Manufacturing: High Standards + High Quality = Über Production Efficiency

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 28, 2019 3:59:31 PM

 

In Part 1 of our three-part series on S-5 Manufacturing, we discussed the history and the relationship between Rob Haddock and Harry Carner. In Part 2, we venture inside the facility to learn more about how those mighty clamps and brackets are actually made. We'll also delve into all of the plant staff - the human kind AND the machine kind

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Tags: metal roofing, maintain roof warranty, non-penetrating, rooftop utilities, dimple, load tested, manufacturing, S-5! Manufacturing, S-5-M, clamps, UL Listed, UL

   

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