Roofing Answers Articles

How To Determine If You Need A New Roof

February 19, 2011

I frequently get asked by homeowners for suggestions on how they can determine if this is the year when they need to re-roof their home. That’s a good question and I suspect that, with the tough winter that much of the country has had including lots of ice dams and snow and rain troubles, many… ( read more )

Ventless Gas Stoves and Condensation

February 13, 2011

Beverly recently wrote me the following: Q: I saw your email address on a net page about metal roof problems. So i’m hoping you can give me a little help. My story, My parents have lived in the same house for 37 years. It has a tin roof with nothing under it . They changed… ( read more )

Ridge Vents and 2nd Floor Conversions

February 12, 2011

A homeowner from Tennessee wrote and asked me: Q: I have ridge vents for a metal roof that I had installed this past year. To prevent wasps and leaves from coming in, the roofer told me he’d put metal screens in the vent. However, a man he sent over put in a black foam that… ( read more )

Snow, Ice Dams, and Metal Roofing

February 3, 2011

I was looking recently at my website statistics and one thing popped up clearly – folks are really searching for information on roof ice dams and also metal roofing as a possible solution to ice damming. This has been a tough winter with snow and ice in areas of the country that do not normally… ( read more )

Metal Roofing and Condensation

January 10, 2011

Q: Hello. I was reading about what you said concerning metal roofs. I have one and it sweats when the sun hits it in the morning (condensation). Can you help? I understand the need to reduce moisture from the inside, so I took the boiling pan of water off of the wood stove. Is this… ( read more )

Hot Attic Increases Energy Costs

November 10, 2010

A homeowner from Alabama, recently sent me the following question: Q: I live in southern Alabama in a home that was built in 1992, The inspector while inspecting this summer said my attic was running 150 – 180 degrees and suggested that something be done. Roof is original there are wind vents and soffit vents…. ( read more )