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BEAT THE TAXMAN!

Attention all Metal Roofing and Gutter Contractors !

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As we close in on the last few months of 2017 it’s a good idea to take stock of your roll forming equipment or any equipment for that matter used to operate your business. It makes sense to evaluate the condition that your equipment is in and determine if it needs to be repaired, replaced, upgraded or if you simply require additional equipment to handle the work load.

In the case of roll forming equipment it is highly recommended that you carve out some time throughout the year for regular machine tune-ups to insure that your equipment is running properly and at peak performance. It is so important to keep the tools of your trade in optimum performing condition.

If you find that you need additional equipment the IRS offers some good news.

Over the past decade or so the IRS has offered tax relief for companies who invest in new equipment providing that the equipment is put into service in that calendar year.

The PATH Act of 2015 has made permanent the IRS Section 179 Tax Deduction on equipment that allows companies to write off the full cost (up to $500,000) of any equipment purchased before December 31st 2017.

Equipment purchases up to $500,000 can be fully written off in the 2017 tax year provided that…

- You have not purchased more than $2,000,000 worth of equipment in the current tax year

- The equipment purchased is placed into service during 2017

- The Section 179 Tax
Deduction does not put your company at a financial loss for the year.

So if you purchase a new portable roll forming machine before the end of the year you can save!

Please be sure to consult with your tax professional for details on the Section 179 Tax Code before making any purchases.

Safety Begins Before the Metal Roof or Gutter Installation

Over the last few years Metal roofing and gutter contractors have placed a great  deal of emphasis on job site safety. Deservedly so, as insurance premiums rise it is important that your installation crews follow the proper safety precautions when installing metal roofing, gutters or any other building or home improvement product. It is critical that your crews be trained and retrained regularly on these safety procedures.  Failure to do so could cost your company a great deal of money or worse. Continue reading

Preventing Ice Dams

Early Spring is a good time to assess the problems you faced due to winter’s assault on your home, and make plans to address them during the warm weather ahead. If you experienced ice dams along roof edges and gutters there are things you can do now to keep them from forming next winter and causing damage to the roof, gutters and downspouts, as well as the inside of your home. Continue reading

Drip Edge: Insurance Against Those Wet Roofing Woes

Your existing shingle roof has had it and you’ve decided to replace it with a standing seam metal roof that will last twice as long and add value to your home when it comes time to sell it.

Aluminum Drip Edge from Englert is available in 4" and 6" sizes.You’ve gotten bids from two or three roofing contractors and you’re almost ready to make your decision. Most homeowners will trust their roofing contractor to do what’s necessary to replace the old roof but it doesn’t hurt to ask if your roof bid includes drip edge. A drip edge is a metal (usually aluminum) strip which extends beyond other parts of a roof and directs rainwater off the roof away from the fascia and into the gutter. The edge is configured so it prevents water from blowing under your roofing. At the same time, a lip along the edge makes water drip down out and away from your house, instead of directly down the side of the wall or fascia. In effect, it is an effective way to prevent water damage all the way from the roof to the foundation.

A drip edge provides a neat, straight edge to the roof, and is positioned so that roof water drips in the middle of gutters, along their full length. This is important because a badly positioned drip edge—or no drip edge at all– can cause overflowing of gutters, over front or back.

Sometimes, a roofing contractor will charge extra drip edge, particularly if he is hand cutting and bending the material which does take a little more work, time and skill.

But drip edge is available from manufacturers like Englert already pre-manufactured in 6” and 4” wide, 10-foot strips for new construction and retrofit roofing projects respectively to save the contractor labor costs in cutting and bending metal. Nearly every roofing contractor will vouch that drip edge is giving your home extra protection. And even home exterior painting contractors who have painted miles of fascia board with and without drip edge will tell you the paint job and wood always fair better when there’s a drip edge to help protect them.

Englert Introduces New Mobile App

Englert is pleased to announce the development of a new mobile Roofing App for Apple and Android devices.

Englert Inc mobile app for iOS devicesThis new App contains easy to access PDFs of all Englert brochures and catalogs as well as a section that displays all of the standing seam metal roof panel profiles and simulates how each profile is installed using very vivid animation.

In addition the new App includes an easy to use color selector for both roofing and gutter colors allowing the user to click on each color to see a larger version of the color swatch along with an explanation of which materials the colors are available in.

The Apps are available in the Apple store and also in an Android version.

For more information on Englert products please feel free to contact your local Englert Rep or visit the Englert website at www.englertinc.com

What Contractors Should Know When Buying Metal Roofing Coil

Contractors looking for a good deal on galvanized steel and aluminum roofing coil should always be careful—if it looks too good to be true then it probably isn’t.

There are some tools and “rules of thumb” for them to be sure they’re at least getting what they paid for.

Contractors order metal roofing coil by the square foot and most, in turn, charge their clients the same way.

So the number of square feet a coil is going to yield will dictate how much they are going to pay and how much they are going to earn.

There are a few unknowns in the process. Let’s use 24 gauge steel coil as our example. One coil of 24 gauge material can be different from another. That’s because industry standards permit “tolerances” in what constitutes a 24 gauge thickness. For example, we’ve know of one widely used “standard” that allows the thickness of 24 gauge galvanized steel to be anywhere from .0236 to .0316 inches thick. We know another one that only allows it to be from .0236 to .0296. A lot of contractors know this and realize that the yield of a coil may differ to some degree based on those tolerances. The only way to figure how many square feet the coil will accurately yield is to use a micrometer to measure the thickness of the material. And only a handful of large contractors and distributors have micrometers. Continue reading

Buildings Have Faces, RainPro Adds “Character”

Light commercial structures have faces.

And those faces—or facades as we also know them–are as interesting and diverse in every particular—color, shape, surface details and size—as your face or mine. In a world where our work and leisure environments increasingly wear the stamp of conformity,  the face of a small commercial structure remains an area where individualism can still express itself.The RainPro gutte blends well into the architecture of the building

Look around you. It must be abundantly clear from what you can see here in America that some commercial building owners have still invested substantial care in how their structures look outside.

And why not? Making something happen to the outside of one’s creation brings personal satisfaction but it also makes an impression on the world passing by.

That’s precisely the issue we were struggling with when we invented the RainPro Design Series gutter systems five years ago.  Sure, we wanted a gutter that would be eminently functional. And we made sure that—it’s larger than average capacity moves water away from your building faster than conventional gutters. RainPro’s wider gutter bottom and larger 3 3/8” outlet give you a dramatic increase in water flow capacity compared to a 5” gutter system which only has a 2 3/8” outlet.

But we also wanted to change the look of a gutter.  Conventional gutters serve their purpose but they do nothing for—and in many cases can actually detract from–the look of a building. Continue reading

Free Englert Roofing Mobile App Download:

Easy access to all Englert brochures and catalogs, a color selector for both roofing and gutter colors, standing seam metal roof panel profiles, and a convenient coil calculator to assist in estimating and completing your particular project.

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