Roofing Installation Articles

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

September 15, 2017

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… ( read more )

Exposed Fasteners: Leaking or Condensation?

May 20, 2017

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… ( read more )

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

May 7, 2017

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… ( read more )

#40 – Roof Flashing: Lineal vs. Step Flashing Explained

May 3, 2017

I recently had an interesting conversation with a contractor who has installed traditional roofing for many years. He was familiar with a concept called step flashing that is used with many types of roofing. Step flashing may be used alongside a chimney or wall where the roof intersects it. Step flashing is a series of… ( read more )

#39 – Metal Roof Installation: Should Shingles be Removed?

Should Shingles be Removed Before Installing a Metal Roof? If your home is presently roofed with asphalt shingles, you may be able to avoid the expense of tear-off and protect the environment by reducing landfill. Metal roofs are much lower weight than most other roofing materials. Aluminum roofing weighs around 50 pounds per 100 square… ( read more )

#38 – Overlapping Metal Roofing Panels vs. Interlocking Metal Roofing Panels

There are metal roofing panels that simply overlap on the vertical and/or horizontal seams, and metal roofing panels that actually interlock wherever they connect. There are obvious benefits to fully interlocking panels. Those benefits typically include increased wind resistance and less chance of weather infiltrating the roof system. Over time, with overlapping panels, ice, snow,… ( read more )