Roofing Materials 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 )

Roofing Materials: Is Polymer Roofing Right for Your Home?

January 2, 2018

My experience in the specialty residential roofing industry goes back to the early 1980s when I was working summers during high school and college in the factory my father had started. I started working for the company, now Isaiah Industries, full time in 1986 and have never looked back. While we have always been a… ( read more )

Hurricane Harvey Texas Coast Report: Roofing Material Performance

September 23, 2017

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… ( read more )

4 Types of Vertical Seam Metal Roofs

May 22, 2017

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… ( 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 )