Stuck weather patterns this spring kept storm after storm moving across parts of the Gulf Coast from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. CNN reports that for the first time ever, an average of 4.36 inches of rain fell on the continental United States in May alone – 1.45 inches above the long-term average. Our friends in Oklahoma and Texas were especially hard-hit, where the rain that fell was almost twice the average and the most ever in any month. [Read more…]
Get Quick, Reliable Turnaround for Take-Offs & Estimating from DOT Metals®
When it comes to takeoffs for metal roofing, few manufacturing companies offer the kind of knowledge and experience you’ll find at DOT Metals®. Contractors and suppliers trust our estimating department for fast take-off and estimating services. Using advanced software, we can help you calculate the size of your roof project to determine material requirements and usage, or verify your numbers. Comprehensive design service and a quick turnaround are all part of the professional experience that you will enjoy when working with our trained estimators – and unlike other metal roofing companies, we offer it free of charge for all customers. [Read more…]
Texas Contractors, Total JACK® Simplifies Rebuilding After Flooding
DOT Metals® extends heartfelt condolences to all who have been affected by severe flooding throughout Texas in recent weeks. Emergency management officials report that in Hays County alone, more than 1,000 homes have been either destroyed or sustained some degree of damage due to record-breaking flooding over Memorial Day weekend. Hays County is located in Central Texas, just south of Austin. [Read more…]
Traditional Roof JACK vs. Total JACK®: Comparing Form & Function
Roof jacks are used to prevent rain, snow and debris from entering a home through attic ventilation and vent pipes that exhaust kitchen and bath fans. The galvanized steel construction of a traditional roof jack provides durability, while the vent cap keeps out water. [Read more…]
Bullet Boot: A Better Alternative to Lead
Give leaks and lead the “BOOT” with Bullet Boot, an innovative pipe flashing provided by DOT Metals®. Bullet Boot is a one-piece flexible rubber boot and plumbing vent sleeve used as a terminal vent pipe roof flashing. Dangerous lead flashing has commonly been used around vent pipes and roof drains because it is pliable and can withstand hot temperatures. Bullet Boot is just as tough and eliminates the need for these environmentally hazardous lead pipe boots. [Read more…]
Metal Ventilation Products Keep Homes Safe & Healthy
The importance of a suitable roof ventilation system can’t be overemphasized. Every ventilation system functions by drawing fresh outside air through intake vents located on the lower roof and exhaling stale air through vents located on the upper roof. For this exchange of air to work well, there has to be a balance between the amount of air intake and exhaust – the amounts should be equal or the volume of air intake greater than the exhaust. The general rule of thumb is one square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. [Read more…]
The Contractor’s Handy Guide to Spring Home Maintenance
Spring cleaning of windows and furnishings is what most thoughts turn to at this time of year, but routine maintenance that addresses various home structures and systems is even more important. Help your customers take better care of their homes with the following spring home maintenance checklist. [Read more…]
DOT Metals® Product Highlight: Roof Edge Flashing
DOT Metal Products® produces all the metal supplies you need to finish a building project, including a full line of metal trims and flashing in a variety of substrates, profiles and finishes. These easy-to-install product offerings are extremely effective at guiding water away from the roof and creating a professional finish.
Installed along the edge of the roof, roof edge flashing protects against water infiltration that results in leaks and rot. [Read more…]
Always Get the Right Pitch with Total JACK®
For your ventilation needs, DOT Metals® manufactures the industry’s most innovative roof jack: the Total JACK®. Traditional roof jacks are only compatible with specific roof pitches, forcing contractors to carry jacks in multiple fixed pitches. The patented and adjustable design of Total JACK® is manufactured with the roofer in mind. Total JACK® allows you to save on inventory costs and warehouse space, and eliminates the second-guessing. [Read more…]
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