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The Importance of Ventilation in the Wood-Framed Structure

Date Posted: 3/10/2015

By Mark Mullins

Ventilation is a critical contributor to the life cycle performance of a building. Pole barns and post frame buildings can, in many cases, allow moisture to the interior of these buildings, usually caused by the moisture in the ground, contents and the fact that many of these buildings have no HVAC system.  This moisture can cause condensation and premature deterioration of lumber, truss gusset plates, metal panels and more. In residential buildings, moisture stems from the human inhabitants and our daily activities - cooking, showering, even breathing. Gas heating can also contribute to the introduction moisture.

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Selected Stock Now Ships from Duluth for SE Customers

Date Posted: 2/23/2015

Berger is excited to announce that over the past few months we’ve increased our product offering stocked in our Duluth, GA facility. This expanded selection means that we can now offer you shorter lead times on a broader range of Berger products.  

Reflecting customer demand, the product offering stocked at the Duluth, GA facility includes:

Please contact your Berger Territory Manager or our customer care team for questions.

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Building for Good

Date Posted: 12/11/2014

Berger Building Products Partners in Effort to Re-Home Haitian Families

Five years ago, a devastating earthquake shook Haiti, leaving around one million people homeless. Today, Berger Building Products is proud to partner with an organization that has found innovative, low-cost ways to re-home hundreds of Haitian families.

The Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) has been working in Haiti for 15 years and dramatically increased efforts after the earthquake to address the resulting need for replacement housing. In response to this need, a former BGF board member designed the ti-kay (kreyòl for "little house"). These 12′ x 16′ homes are constructed in panels and assembled in little more than one day, costing less than $7,000 USD to build.

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Best Practice Reminders to Keep Busy in Winter

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

With temperatures dropping, in the winter months the building supplies distribution business tends to decrease as well.  Use this list of marketing and internal oversite tasks as a reminder of best practices to stay busy during the slow season and prepare for a profitable spring.

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Gutters & Galvanic Corrosion

Date Posted: 12/3/2014

The selection of gutter material must account for the potential of Galvanic or Electrolytic Corrosion at contact points with other metals and at supports. Also, special selection is required for corrosive environments such as coastal or polluted industrial atmospheres. Galvanic or Electrolytic Corrosion can occur when dissimilar metals are in contact in the presence of an electrolyte. An electrolyte is any non-metal substance that will conduct an electric current, especially a liquid solution.

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The Process of Crafting a Copper Dome

Date Posted: 12/2/2014

Combining old world craftsmanship with modern day technology allows our team at our sister company, Coppercraft to build architectural products such as this one-of-a-kind dome. This custom 21' round, 6' tall architectural copper dome is currently under fabrication at our Grapevine, Texas facility.

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Shop Tips: Lift with Care

Date Posted: 10/30/2014

Building supplies are typically heavy and require that workers pay constant attention to safe lifting techniques to prevent serious injury.  According to OSHA, lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of workplace injury. There are some general recommended lifting techniques; however, different items may require specific methods of lifting. The technique would depend on the size and shape of the item and the frequency of lifting that is required.

Make sure the workers with lifting responsibilities commit to using the basic proper lifting techniques:

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How an Ice Dam Is Formed

Date Posted: 9/22/2014

Ice damming is maintenance issue on sloping roofs in cold climates. Ice dams on roofs form when accumulated snow on a sloping roof melts and the water flows down the roof, under the insulating blanket of snow, until it reaches below freezing temperature air, typically at the uninsulated eaves.

When the meltwater reaches the freezing air, ice accumulates, forming a think ridge--a dam. Snow that melts later cannot drain properly through the dam cause the dam to increase in thickness.

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CopperCraft, Our custom copper partner

Date Posted: 8/29/2014

CopperCraft specializes in fabricating products to fit any of the common problem areas. Don’t settle with segmented gutter on curved areas such as turrets and conical fascia, look for CopperCraft   products such as curved half round gutter, curved ogee and curved K style gutter.

 

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Project Focus: Handcrafted Church Steeple and Spire

Date Posted: 8/29/2014

After a severe thunderstorm destroyed the 50-year old steeple, parishoners of The Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington, MD, waited 2 years for a new one. Wagner Roofing selected Coppercraft, a division of Eurmax, for this restoration project because of our customizing ability, quality, service and support that we offer. 

 

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Berger Copper: More than a shaped commodity

Date Posted: 7/29/2014

When selecting Berger Copper Products for your project, you are opting to use much more than a shaped commodity.  The Copper Products we provide are the result of unmatched experience, technical and mechanical expertise, and supreme dedication.

Berger Copper Products were the contractor’s choice for the 19th and 20th Centuries.  We have learned much from our longevity and that knowledge enables us to enhance our offering for the needs of today’s building markets. 

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Shining opportunities in copper

Date Posted: 7/29/2014

The architectural copper market is growing. We identified almost $1 million dollars in projects last month. As more designers specify this time-honored metal, you may have attractive opportunities to sell copper products - copper gutter, spires, or dormers. Berger offers a complete line of these architectural copper products. 

Here is what's available:​

Berger copper products include gutter systems, roof components and architectural products including conductor heads, spires, dormers, vents, cornices as well as chimney pots and chimney caps. All of these products deliver function and are proven to perform.

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The tradition of copper continues at LSU

Date Posted: 7/28/2014

The Louisiana State University (LSU) Comprehensive Master Housing Plan is a project that is years in the making. Berger Building Products has been fabricating copper dormers and gutters for LSU for over a decade with pride. This project is specific to a new residence hall scheduled to open in 2015. 

Project Details:

Application: A 330-bed building is the latest step in keeping with the LSU Comprehensive Master Housing Plan, which in its eleven years has seen more than 57 percent of on-campus housing inventory replaced, renovated, or newly constructed.

 

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Customers are the lifeblood of our business

Date Posted: 7/24/2014

By Kevin Kelly, Customer Care Manager

We know that customers are the lifeblood of our company. Berger Building Products has been a trusted source for roof drainage and metal trim and flashing products for 140 years, and we understand that the Number One reason for our sustained success is a commitment to customer satisfaction.  

At Berger, no matter what department you’re in, exceeding customer expectations is the ultimate goal. The drive to achieve 100% customer satisfaction goes far deeper than sales and customer service. From manufacturing to shipping, accounting to logistics, every employee in every department is customer-focused and accountable for the experience our customers enjoy when doing business with us. We truly believen the mantra the customer signs our paycheck.

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Listening and Delivering

Date Posted: 7/24/2014

It’s more than a catchy marketing phrase, it’s a commitment from the Berger team and it’s a promise to you. As we speed through 2014, Berger is continually looking for ways to support our customers and add more value to every customer relationship.

That’s why we’re excited to let you know about a series of initiatives designed to help you and your customers learn more – and earn more – with Berger:

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Did you know…

Date Posted: 6/17/2014

...the original Berger Brothers building on Arch Street in Old City, Philadelphia is a neighbor to the the Betsy Ross house?

Dedicated to the Philadelphia Register of Historical Places in 1977, the current Berger Brothers building is now an upscale residence in the revived and thriving area. The original facade and signage have been refurbished to their original glory paying homage to a beloved and honored era.

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Snow Guards provide protection and peace of mind

Date Posted: 5/25/2014

This project exemplifies the process of successfully designing and installing a snow retention system. By leaning on Berger's experience and knowledge, the installer was able to complete the project with confidence and provide the homeowner with peace-of-mind knowing the system will perform for years to come.

When selecting a snow retention system, it is important to consider the following criteria: safety, budget and aesthetics. Knowing this, be sure to consider which guards will best reduce snow and ice slides, understand your client's budget and what products best fit their specific needs and determine whether the selection visually complements the project design.

Learn more about choosing Snow Guards from our resident expert, Joe Salvatore, whose article "Snow Guard Decisions" was recently featured in Metal Construction NewsClick now to read full article.

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