Kirtley Sheet Metal was founded in 1981 by Philip Kirtley. The company installed built-up roofing, mainly for commercial buildings in the Houston area. Upon forming his own company, Philip began a transition into the relatively new field on standing seam metal roofing. The trend of metal roofing was rapidly growing stronger in the Houston area and Berridge Manufacturing Company, founded in 1970, was establishing a reputation as a leader in the relatively new field of architectural metal roofing. Kirtley Sheet Metal began to install various types of metal roofing, including some aluminum shake shingle jobs using Berridge products.
Commercial projects which utilized standing seam roofing would comprise the majority of Kirtley Sheet Metal’s metal roofing work over the next three decades, while the firm also offered several flat roofing products.
In the mid 90’s Kirtley Sheet Metal began using Berridge portable roll forming equipment to fabricate continuous length standing seam metal roofing panels, and thus began a new process which would virtually revolutionize the company’s mode of operation.