Roofing Installation Articles

Are All Metal Roofs Created Equal? 8 Factors that Determine Quality

July 5, 2019

  Something is weighing heavily on me these days. It’s the lack of education and depth of knowledge of many, if not most, roofing contractors. I had a contractor send me an email recently and, while I am paraphrasing a bit, here’s what he asked me: “All of this talk you make about different types… ( read more )

Condensation: It’s Raining in My Attic!

December 10, 2018

As someone who helps thousands of homeowners each year with their roofing questions and concerns, I can depend on one thing like clockwork. Every spring and fall, I will field many calls and emails from desperate, scared, and frustrated homeowners who are exclaiming “I had a metal roof installed, and now it’s raining in my… ( read more )

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 )