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Roofing FAQ

Should roof flashing be replaced in the re-roofing process?

Your flashings are critical elements of your roofing system. Flashing is used to form a waterproof seal around items that penetrate your roof, such as ventilation ducts, or to waterproof the area where two walls meet, such as where the roof […]

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When Adding Skylights

Open-air skylights were in use as far back as the days of ancient Rome, but closed skylights did not begin to see widespread use until the Industrial Revolution brought a dramatic reduction in the price of glass. During the 20th century, […]

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Is my roof decking acceptable?

Just as the foundation supports the home built on top of it, your roof decking supports the materials applied over it. Your decking covers the rafters and is beneath any underlayments that are used under your shingles or metal roof. If […]

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How can I tell if my home has adequate ventilation?

Proper ventilation in your home is essential to the health and comfort of your family. It is also essential to the health of your home itself. Ventilation helps remove smoke, odors, humidity and pollutants from your home, and it also helps […]

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Does my home have adequate roof-to-wall connections and gable end bracing?

The roof-to-wall connection defines how the trusses, also called the roof framing, and the walls are attached and anchored; high winds can exert an upward force on the roof that can cause extensive damage if these connections fail. Gable-end bracing refers […]

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What are the best roofing material choices for my home in the Austin area?

Over the centuries, many different roofing materials have been used for dwellings. For centuries, thatch roofs were commonplace in many European countries although they were banned in Massachusetts in 1640, primarily because of the problems that thatch roofs had in coping […]

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Are nails or staples better? What about hand nailing?

When economical, high-power air staplers were introduced, many roofers began using them to attach the underlayment to the deck. Staples were less expensive, and staple guns made the job go faster. Naturally, it was just a matter of time before these […]

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What Are Architectural Roof Shingles?

The basic three-tab shingle was one of the first styles of asphalt shingles produced, and it is still the most prevalent style sold in the United States. However, some homeowners felt that the shingles lacked the “pizazz” of natural roofing materials, […]

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How long will it take to complete my roof?

There is no definite answer to this question. The time required depends on a variety of factors, including: • Whether existing roofing materials must be removed • The area to be roofed • The type of roofing system chosen • Whether […]

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What are some of the benefits of asphalt shingles?

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing choices in the country, especially for residential properties. Their popularity is due to the number of benefits that they offer. Color Selection Whether you favor neutral browns, forest greens, reds or stormy […]

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