Parapets Part 2: Navigating Codes

Parapets Part 2: Navigating Codes

Part 1 of our discussion of parapets (Continuity of Control Layers) explored the many reasons continuity of water, air, thermal, and vapor control layers are necessary for long term performance. In Part 2, we’re discussing the challenges involved in navigating the range of national model codes and standards that will influence your design. Codes under…

What causes ice dams and how can you prevent them?

What causes ice dams and how can you prevent them?

Looks can be deceiving. For instance, there are few things as lovely as icicles hanging from roof eaves and gutters. In some regions, they dangle for months, like crystal jewels, sparkling in the sunshine. And yet, in many cases, they signal that the roof may have a problem with ice dams that needs attention before…

Holiday Gifts for the Contractor in Your Life

Holiday Gifts for the Contractor in Your Life

All year ‘round, roofing contractors spend their time, energy and considerable talents helping to make homes and businesses safe and dry. How do you reward such selfless dedication to protecting what matters most? By making sure your favorite roofer has a holiday to remember. (And if your favorite roofer is yourself? That’s OK too!)  The…

When to consider a mid-reflectance TPO color

When to consider a mid-reflectance TPO color

Get the Advantages of Welded Seams and Energy Savings, with a Non-White Membrane Imagine a roof design you are specifying, but the roof is adjacent to a taller building which could be offices or a hotel. You check the orientation and find that the mid-day sun will be reflected off the lower roof you’re designing and…

When to consider a mid-reflectance TPO color

When to consider a mid-reflectance TPO color

Get the Advantages of Welded Seams and Energy Savings, with a Non-White Membrane Imagine a roof design you are specifying, but the roof is adjacent to a taller building which could be offices or a hotel. You check the orientation and find that the mid-day sun will be reflected off the lower roof you’re designing and…

Ice Dams That Create Home Water Damage

Ice Dams That Create Home Water Damage

There are quite a few different ways to deal with ice dams that create home water damage. The first thing that we need to examine is how the water damage actually happens, once an ice dam forms on the roof. Believe it or not ice dams will force ice and water underneath your roof shingles,…

Common Roofing Terms Explained

Common Roofing Terms Explained

If you own your house for any amount of time chances are you are either going to have to repair or replace your roof. Whether you choose to do the repairs yourself or hire a contractor to do the work, knowing the common roofing terms will help you to understand what needs to be done…

The Home Business the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About

The Home Business the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About

On October 30, 2012, Maritza Roman, a petite 27-year-old single mom of two young girls, thought she had weathered the biggest storm she had ever lived through, Super Storm Sandy. Actually, Maritza had managed to avoid any major damage to her home, as Sandy barreled through the state devastating thousands of homes in New Jersey….

How to Shingle a Shed Roof

How to Shingle a Shed Roof

Step 1 in how to shingle a shed roof: When you shingle a shed roof, remove any old shingles if you are re-shingling the roof of an old shed. Check if the old paper has damages, replace; patch the old paper with new. When you’re shingling a new roof, be certain that the roof boards…

Rubber Roofing Compared to Other Roofing System

Rubber Roofing Compared to Other Roofing System

Membrane roofs refer to flat roofs or low slope roofs that provide water barrier with a membrane continually to the building. Rubber is an ideal material for such kind of roofing. Rubber roofing is cheaper alternative to metal, stale and other types of conventional roofing for covering extensions, garages, sheds, gutters, trailers, balconies, verandas etc….

All About Roofing Contractors

All About Roofing Contractors

Having your roof done right is important for longevity. Whether you are working on a smaller job such as a little leak that needs a few shingles replaced, or a larger job like installing an entirely new roof, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Roofing contractors are trained in the field to…

How to Choose a Good Roofer

How to Choose a Good Roofer

Finding a good roofer can be a difficult task. The fact of the matter is that most people don’t have a good roofing contractor until they really need one. That often occurs when you have a leak or a serious problem. If that is the case, you need to be able to know how to…

Hurl Your Concrete Cookies

Hurl Your Concrete Cookies

I know none of us has ever experienced this condition, but we all know of someone who has had the hurling issue, often after a period of personal discussion with some of the friends of George Thorogood. In this instance, I’m not thinking either of the example above, or the tasty oatmeal raisin cookies my…

Basic Maintenance for Home

Basic Maintenance for Home

Did you know that there is more to your home’s exterior than just siding and paint? Sure, you may recognize that, but it should also be noted that your roof is also a part of the exterior of your home. After all, without the roof, your home’s interior would not be protected! (shocking, isn’t it?)…

Energy Efficient Options For a Flat Roof

Energy Efficient Options For a Flat Roof

Energy efficient roofing is available in a material that will fit any home. As with traditional roofing materials, your final choice of the right new roof for your home will depend, to a large extent, on where you live, the architectural style of your home, and local preferences. Most discussions of residential roofing options, however, tend…

How to Shingle a House Roof – Important Things You Need to Know

How to Shingle a House Roof – Important Things You Need to Know

The roof is one of the important parts of the house that needs regular checking for possible leaks. It is important to find solutions right then as soon as small leaks are found to avoid having more problems later. It is also important that the shingling job is done at the right timing as well….

Tiki Bar and Tiki Hut Building Supplies – Also Complete Information on Thatch Roofing & Bamboo Poles

Tiki Bar and Tiki Hut Building Supplies – Also Complete Information on Thatch Roofing & Bamboo Poles

The Story Of The Tiki Bar The image of the care-free tropical island has been with us since long before the 1930’s. During most of the early 20th century, American kids actually read books, and grew up on 18th and 19th century adventure stories by the likes of Jules Verne, many of which featured tropical…

Installing a New Roof? Pay Attention to the Underlayment

Installing a New Roof? Pay Attention to the Underlayment

A new roof can be one of the biggest expenses a homeowner will face. The longer you own your home, the more likely you are going to be replacing the roof. When it does become time to install a new roof, pay special attention to the roofing underlayment. The covering on your roof, whether it…

A Standing Seam Metal Roof Shows That You Want Quality Materials

A Standing Seam Metal Roof Shows That You Want Quality Materials

Some of the newest innovations to roofing come in metal. For several years commercial buildings have used standing seam metal roofs and found them not only acceptable but also often superior to the traditional roofing materials. Homeowners are now looking at a standing seam metal roof as a viable alternative for their home. There are…

How to Measure a Roof For Shingles

How to Measure a Roof For Shingles

The final question in roofing is how to measure a roof for shingles, I get it. Now My thoughts are who is trying to measure the roof. Are you a home owner or new to the roofing business? At any rate the first suggestion is for the person measuring,to climb up on the roof, providing…