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To Vent or Not to Vent a Metal Roof

Filed under: Home Ventilation, Metal Roofing

Proper ventilation meets a trend toward total attic conditioning. A homeowner asks whether or not to vent a new metal roof as it is installed…


Hurricane Harvey Texas Coast Report: Roofing Material Performance

Filed under: Articles, Metal Roofing, Roofing Materials

I visited Houston and Texas coastal areas shortly after Hurricane Harvey’s devestation in September, 2017. This eye-witness report on  roofing material performance in storm conditions can help homeowners in other areas prone to strong winds and rain prepare for the protection of their homes. I had the opportunity this week to visit the Texas gulf […]


Partial Roof Damage: Can a New Roof Be Installed in Stages or Sections?

Filed under: Metal Roofing, Roof Repair, Roofing Answers, Roofing Installation

From a homeowner in Texas who experienced only partial roof damage: Q. I read your post on metal over shingle and just had Hurricane Harvey further degrade my 2000 Comp roof on the west side of the house. Can I roof the West 1500 square foot with metal?  What would the top crown of a straight front composition […]


Ice Dams and Metal Roofing

Filed under: Home Ventilation, Ice Dams and Metal Roofing, Metal Roofing, Roof Repair, Roofing Answers

Todd from Washington recently asked me this question about ice dams and metal roofing: Q: We bought and moved into our house in January. The neighborhood is in a mountain setting and gets a lot of snow. We are new to the area and didn’t really know anything about ice dams. A few weeks after […]


4 Types of Vertical Seam Metal Roofs

Filed under: Metal Roofing, Roofing Materials

I often get asked about the different types of vertical seam metal roofs. Common questions surround the differences between them, and what would make one more appropriate for a particular application than another. I will explain the four different types of vertical seam and standing seam roofs here, in order of my perceived quality starting at […]


Exposed Fasteners: Leaking or Condensation?

Filed under: Metal Roofing, Roof Repair, Roofing Answers, Roofing Help, Roofing Installation

I am not a huge fan of exposed fasteners for roofs on residential applications. Probably 80% of the questions I receive about problems with metal roofs pertain to these types of panels. That said, I am happy to help when I can. I recently received the following question from Jane: Q. I noticed my inside […]


Is Ice and Watershield on the Entire Roof a Good Idea?

Filed under: Metal Roofing, Roofing Answers, Roofing Installation, Roofing Materials

Q. I’m going to take off my old roof and put on a metal roof. Would it be overkill or problematic for me to apply ice and water barrier that is self adhesive to my entire roof as my underlayment? I ask because I live on a bluff in the middle of Missouri. It goes […]


Is OSB Acceptable as Roof Decking for Metal Roofing?

Filed under: Metal Roofing, Roofing Answers, Roofing Installation, Roofing Materials

Oriented Strand Board, commonly referred to as OSB, is a type of engineered lumber similar to particle board, formed by adding adhesives and then compressing layers of wood strands. OSB is widely used as roof decking material. A homeowner recently wrote and asked me the following regarding OSB roof decking: Q. We are checking into a metal roof and we have a question […]


Gutters Torn Off By Snow

Filed under: Metal Roofing, Roofing Answers

A nice homeowner named Lisa emailed me the following about her recent issues with the gutters on her home being torn off by sliding snow. I came across an old posting of yours in which you were giving advice to a homeowner like me who had a metal roof and problems with cascading snow ripping […]


Recent Question About Roof Deck Insulation

Filed under: Metal Roofing, Roofing Answers

I received the following question recently from a homeowner named Tom. He is obviously doing his homework to ensure a successful roofing project. I like that! Todd, I saw your info on metal roofs over shingles and have a few questions. I have a double wide low pitch roof that has some saging between the […]