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Roofing FAQ

Importance of Roof Inspections

Your roof is the most important protection that the contents and occupants of your home have against the elements. It keeps out rain, snow and ice, shades you from the sun and allows you to regulate the interior temperature to your […]

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Why Your Roofing Contractor Needs a Permit

If you are having a new roof installed or your roof replaced, you should make sure that your roofing contractor has a permit for the work. Building codes vary by jurisdiction, but just as an example, within the city limits of […]

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Roofing Services & Deposits

Often Roofing Services & Deposits may be requested if the contract is signed, but the specifics vary by contractor. Deposit requirements can also vary by the type of work and the scope of the job that is to be done. Here […]

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Roof Warranty Options

A new roof represents a significant investment, so it is desirable to have some protection in case issues develop. There are types of Roof Warranty Options that can come into play — the manufacturer’s warranty and the contractor’s guarantee. Roof Warranty […]

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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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