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Custom Sheet Metal :: Custom Kitchen Hoods

Highlighting the latest functional art installations crafted by our workers. 

Our company fabricates, finishes and installs venting and non-venting custom hoods as accent pieces in homes across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.  We can manufacture the venting insert or you can bring us a factory-made one that we form the hood around.  Whether your style is contemporary, transitional, old world, or traditional RD Herbert & Sons craftsmen can create the perfect focal point for your kitchen.

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Stainless Steel Kitchen Hood

Contemporary 24 ga Stainless Steel Kitchen Hood in a 3b Finish with accompanying  square duct cover.

Copper Island Hood

16 oz Copper Island Hood in a old world feel with rivets & custom aged patina finish with linear striations.

Copper Hood

Custom kitchen hood formed from 32 oz Copper Hood with 1/4″ Flat Bar trim. RD Herbert & Sons designed, fabricated & installed the Stainless Steel vent insert liner also.

Standing Seam Hood

Standing Seam hood constructed from 24 ga Rheinzink material

Metal Roofs: Benefits

If you are looking for a long term, low maintenance, eco-friendly, solution for your roof consider metal. Metal roofing products cost more than traditional asphalt shingles, but they also last two to three times longer. The upfront cost is two-fold, first in a premium material and second it takes a higher skill set for installation.  When considering a re-roof option, know that metal roofs weigh about a third of shingles and can be placed over existing shingles thereby reducing tear-off cost and landfill debris. Most steel manufacturers use a minimum of 25% of recycled content in the fabrication of their panels and even if the home is torn down in the future, a metal roof can be salvaged and recycled. 

 Corrugated Panels Standing Seam Panels

Offering multiple options in style, material and color, metal is an attractive alternative to shingles. Typically, steep-sloped roof styles are interlocking standing seam panels, exposed fastener panels or metal shingles.  Low slope roofs receive flat lock panels or standing seam panels. Standing-seam panels (above and below right) are long, narrow panels that often run the full length of the roof. These are suitable for both steep-slope or low-slope applications when machine seamed or sealant applied at the seams to ensure water-tightness.  Sheet metal panels (above left) offer a wider variety of profiles, sizes and thicknesses but are typically installed with exposed fasteners that may rust over time. Inspections require closely looking at the fasteners since they degrade at a faster rate than the panels.  Interlocking metal tiles are an attractive option however, are easily crushed if a technician walks on them.  Flat-Lock panels (below left) are ideal for low-sloped roofs because each interlocking panel is soldered creating a monolithic finished surface. 

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Material options for metal roofs vary from steel to aluminum to copper or Rheinzink.  Steel typically is the least expensive with aluminum a step higher and finally copper and Rheinzink are the top of the cost scale. 

Copper and Rheinzink attract people with their natural colors and copper ages over time turning from bright to green. Color selection on steel and aluminum varies from white to dark and most manufacturers have a selection of “cool colors” that quality for Energy Star solar reflectivity criteria. Daniel_01 Colors such as this Colonial Red roof are included even though it is not considered a light color. Solar reflectance measures the amount of solar energy immediately reflected from the surface.  Energy not deflected is absorbed by the panels and released after the sun goes down.  Cool metal roofing contributes to reducing a building’s annual energy consumption by having a lower surface temperature than dark asphalt roofs.  Buildings designed with correct amounts of insulation and ventilation further trims down the heat gain into the attic or living space below the roof. 

Whitland_01The eco-friendly benefits of metal include longevity, rainwater harvesting, and potential for solar panel attachment.  As a testament to the lifespan of a metal roof, this Nashville residence, built in 1931, has the original 5,000-square-foot standing-seam roof  that we have coated at least three times.  Coatings extend the life of the roof an additional 10-15 years depending on maintenance. 

Metal is the most commonly used surface to collect rainwater due to reduced algae, mold, moss or pathogens.  Steep-sloped metal roofs have a slicker surface making it harder for dust and debris to remain on the surface.  This makes annual cleaning unnecessary.  Metal roofs have a “collection efficiency” of about 95% while asphalt roofs average 85%.  Copper roofs do present a concern if you are intending to drink the harvested water, test to be sure that the copper levels are not too high.  All rainwater should be filtered and possibly tested for lead and other contaminants prior to use as drinking water.  For additional information on rainwater harvesting check out Brad Lancaster’s site.

Solar panels or photovoltaics (PV) convert sunlight to electricity.  Lightweight and flexible, amorphous silicon PV systems can be produced in a thin film able to be adhered between the ribs of standing-seam roofs.  Integrating into the design of the building while silently transferring energy without the boxy look traditional solar panels.  Serving as both roofing and energy provider can offer savings in electricity, reduction of fossil fuel use while adding architectural interest to the building.

Recapping, having a metal roof offers many benefits to homeowners and building owners: Longevity, solar reflectivity and PV conversion, rainwater collection, aesthetic, style and material options to fit the building. 

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Laurence Marston: 36 years of Service

Laurence is Suprised

Laurence is surprised

RD Herbert & Sons Company honored Laurence Marston with a retirement luncheon on March 16, 2010.   Attendance included Laurence’s’ wife, Janice, and son, Jonathan, current and retired RD Herbert employees, and representatives from Loftis Steel & Aluminum, Schreiber Foods, and AP Specialties.  Classic southern fare was provided by McConnell’s Catering Services.

After high school, Laurence worked at Container Corporation of America as 1st helper on the printing presses.  He served in the US Marine Corps. for 3 years including tours in Vietnam.  After receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of NCO-E4 on April 15, 1971 he returned to his position as a press helper before joining the sheet metal union.  Laurence started with RD Herbert in January 1974 as a sheet metal Apprentice under the supervision of Morris “Red” Shockley.  He worked his way through the ranks to Journeyman and eventually to Superintendent/Estimator, a position he held for 16 1/2 years.

Honoring Laurence

Houston presenting Service Plaque to Laurence

Houston Herbert presented Laurence with a plaque recognizing his 36 years of dedication and hard work with the company. Following his official retirement on Friday, Mark Stribling will assume the duties of Sheet Metal Superintendent and Estimating.

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