Consumer Education Articles

Metal Roofing and Wind Resistance for Homeowners

July 8, 2021

Over the past few years, weather changes have brought longer and more violent storm seasons to coastal areas and further inland. Our country has responded with requirements like stricter building codes and Fortified Housing guidelines. While Mother Nature can dish out a lot, homeowners can protect their properties, families, and belongings.  Usually, after a major… ( read more )

Your Roof: Fire Resistance and Fire Ratings Explained

June 15, 2021

Every summer sees its share of devastating wildfires threatening or consuming residential developments. But, if there’s any glimmer of hope from these tragedies, building science is developing better fire-safe ways to build homes. In particular, scientists have devoted effort to keep burning embers from entering homes through air vents, soffits, and walls. And, of course,… ( read more )

Energy Savings and Energy Production from Your Roof

May 18, 2021

The topic of energy is once again in the news all the time these days. I remember first reading about the “Energy Crisis” in my elementary school Weekly Reader, and it’s still relevant many years later. Back then, we turned our heat down to 55 degrees at night in the winter and no higher than… ( read more )

Cost of a New Roof? Insider Advice for Today’s Difficult Market

March 24, 2021

If you are making plans to buy a new roof for your home this year or build a new home, you will likely find the construction industry in disarray and navigating many changes. The cost of a new roof is rising, and the delays are frustrating. My goal with this article is to provide you… ( read more )

Metal Roofing:Mobile Home Owners Have Questions

September 30, 2020

Most contractors do not understand the installation and benefits of metal roofing for a mobile home. These good folks shared their challenges, and perhaps you’ve encountered the same. The ASK: We live in a mobile home. Today, we had two contractors tell us two different things regarding the installation of a metal roof on my… ( read more )

2 Homes: Different roofing problems with similar solutions

February 27, 2020

I want to share with you stories of two interesting homes I visited in late February to assess their roofing problems. Both are in Indiana, and both are situations where the homeowner and contractor are very concerned about mold and mildew inside the homes. They asked me to come and take a look, help triage… ( read more )