Roofing Materials Articles

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 )

#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 )

#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 )