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Roofing: Re-roofing and attic insulation, roofing siding, roofing supply
roofing siding, roofing supply, insulation boards: It depends on how you define the term “expert�. Is someone that does Roofing & Siding and expert in roofing AND siding or does this guy spend half his time doing roofing and half doing siding? Would a person that spends every single day of his life doing...

Roofing: Re-roofing bids for a flat roof, shingle roofs, roll roofing
shingle roofs, roll roofing, poly urethane: On flat roofs you only tear off if the surface is too poor to work with or if there are just too many layers. They might feel they have a solid surface to work with. I don t know what kinds of roofs they do in your area but I never heard of any of the items...

Roofing: Re-roofing with dimensional shingles, composition shingles, dimensional shingles
composition shingles, dimensional shingles, lumps and bumps: Hi Doug, Although you can roof over many styles of composition shingles, T-lock shingles are one of the few exceptions. They make too many lumps and bumps which will eventually transfer to the surface of the new roof. When you add those lumps and bumps...

Roofing: Re-roofing over an existing Timerberline, hail storms, ply wood
hail storms, ply wood, insurance adjuster: Hi Taylor. I don t see any reason why you can t roof over your existing one. I would put a layer of 30# felt paper down first and then shingles over it. The other alternative is to put down a layer of 3/8 ply wood first then felt then shingles. Good luck...

Roofing: Re-roofing a Flat Roof, modified bitumen roof, roll roofing
modified bitumen roof, roll roofing, gravel surface: Kim, For your situation, I would suggest the modified bitumen roof. There is an outstanding question: does the existing roof have insulation above the existing roof deck and under the existing roll roofing? This would affect how the new roof should be...

Roofing: Re-roofing of flat roof, staircase construction, plumbing pipes
staircase construction, plumbing pipes, modified bitumen: I have no good reasons against TPO. I came across it once and it was hard and cracked when I bent it. Maybe it was junk. It is a newer thing so I have rarely come across it. I do mostly residential and it is not used on residential. Don t stay away from it...

Roofing: Re-roofing 'new' house, wooden components, good weather
wooden components, good weather, roof decking: Hi April. The degree of difficulty depends on the degree of demolition. If some of the roof decking/sheathing requires replacing due to rotten boards, then that is a bit more involved. This would have to be inspected once the old shingles and tar paper is...

Roofing: Re-roofing and Ridge Vent Installation, ridge vent installation, wood sheathing
ridge vent installation, wood sheathing, gable vent: Hi Kurt, The short answer... The gable vents may need some caulk. Ridge vents can be used, even when you are roofing over the existing roof. It s not a bad idea to go over the existing. The loooong answer... First, you can install ridge vents, even...

Roofing: Re-roofing: from shake to asphalt, asphalt fiberglass shingles, solar tube skylight
asphalt fiberglass shingles, solar tube skylight, presidential shingles: Hi Sharon, Discounting any other factors, an asphalt composition shingle roof will be much warmer than a shake roof. That s because the shakes breathe. They are installed over spaced sheathing and the asphalt felt that the shakes are interlaced with aren...

Roofing: Re-roofing and ventilation, eave vent, eave vents
eave vent, eave vents, silicon valley ca: It’s a simple concept and you can just use your gut feeling as you do when you air your house out. The whole idea is to vent as much of the attic out as you can to cut down on heat and possible moisture buildup. When you air your house out you know that...

Roofing: Re-roofing, asphalt shingles, new shingles
asphalt shingles, new shingles, starter strip: I just got an e-mail from AllExperts.com that said I had a question from you that has not been answered. Looking at the question I did answer it but I guess it never went through. Use 1-1/2” nails if there are going to be 2 layers of shingles. For the...

Roofing: Re Sheathing, new shingles, roof deck
new shingles, roof deck, sheathing: Hi Daryl, I thought so. I can tell you with a strong level of confidence that if you call your local building department and tell them the situation, they ll allow roofing over it without spending all that money on plywood installation. One issue to mention...

Roofing: Re-sealing Shingles, celotex shingles, types of shingles
celotex shingles, types of shingles, northern slope: Corey, Don t get me started on insurance. Obviously insurance companies are in the business to collect premiums and manipulate in any way possible to avoid payouts. Yes, having two different shingles on opposite slopes does devalue the home, even if...

Roofing: Re-sheathing over existing roof, cardboard type, firestone building products
cardboard type, firestone building products, stiff cardboard: By leaving the old roofing material under the new roof makes me feel like I m leaving my old trash burried in there. The fiberglass base sheet should be hot mopped or somehow fully adhered. Some roofers just attach it in places but then you re installing...

Roofing: Recomend skylight/flashing for low pitch roof, national roofing contractors, modified bitumen
national roofing contractors, modified bitumen, pitch roof: Chris, The modified bitumen material is not available at the big box home improvement stores. The modified bitumen membrane material and the adhesive can be purchased at local roofing materials suppliers. Check the yellow pages under Roofing Materials...

Roofing: Recovering over architectural shingles, asphalt shingles, architectural shingles
asphalt shingles, architectural shingles, hoa board: Hi Henry. Firstly, I would not recommend roofing over dimensional/architectural shingles for a couple of reasons. 1. They are much thicker than regular 3 tabs and may create waves in the new roof. 2. It is very unlikely that your local building code will...

Roofing: Reducing cooling cost...Additional question follows, metal roofing products, metal roofing system
metal roofing products, metal roofing system, osb board: Carl- The original decking needs to be removed before the OSB decking is put into place. It needs airspace to be effective, so it needs to be face down by itself, not placed on top of another piece of decking... Let me know if that helps... Tim...

Roofing: Remodelling roof options, composite shingles, roofing options
composite shingles, roofing options, gable roofs: Hi Rajeev, I love your diagram. I ve received nearly 1100 questions on allexperts.com and this is the first one where the person with the question had the creativity to do an ascii sketch :o) It looks like the roof line that s going to move is currently...

Roofing: Removal of Metal Roof, power shears, crimping machine
power shears, crimping machine, vinyl siding: It is going top be very hard to do this in a way that would allow re-assembly of the roof. One option is to just get a set of power shears and cut the ribs off / open. If you wnat to try to open them up, you could get a zip tool which is used for removing...

Roofing: Remove wood shake, install 50 yr Elk shingle, roofing companies, roofing company
roofing companies, roofing company, dry rot: There is no such thing as a set price for labor. I advertise that I m more expensive than other roofers. I actually brag about it and I still can t handle all the work that comes in. But I also advertise that I offer far more than anyone else. I offer quality....

Roofing: Remove wood shake before metal roofing?, metal tile, metal roofing
metal tile, metal roofing, sf bay area: This is a fairly common procedure, accepted by code. I feel it works well and, yes, creating a vented airspace between the old shakes and the new metal tile can have a very beneficial energy effect. Keep in mind, though, that your old shake roof was not necessarily...

Roofing: Removing old roof, asphalt roofing, lumps and bumps
asphalt roofing, lumps and bumps, tar paper: Hi Jason, If the roof is only slightly sloped then you need to get all the lumps and bumps out. Water that pools on the roof is the enemy. If a higher spot on the roof means water would have to go up to get over the bump, that s a problem. If water has...

Roofing: Removing plastic protective sheet, copper development association, proverbial creek
copper development association, proverbial creek, todd miller: Hi Darren, Yikes. That stuff is supposed to be removed fairly soon and the panels shouldn t be out in the sun with that stuff on them. I am really sorry ... I do not have any practical suggestions for you. I would suggest you might contact the Copper...

Roofing: Removing roof vent, roof vent, different pitches
roof vent, different pitches, winter water: You replace the shingles that have been cut or nailed through. It will probably be 3-4 rows on each side. The vent leaks because it was installed improperly. Maybe he made the opening too big in which case you have even more shingles to replace. You ll have...

Roofing: Removing a Sklight and Tie In new shingles, new shingles, nail bar
new shingles, nail bar, ply wood: Hi Luke, The key in the process is that you want to remove any partial shingle that s in the roof after the plywood is installed. So on the sides and top especially, you need to reach in with a nail bar (some call it a flat bar) and artfully remove any nails...

Roofing: Repair of a flat roof, roofer, shingles
roofer, shingles, plywood: No, it is not a reasonable price. A reasonable price would be $0. If single paper did not stop the leak than double paper will not do it. If the water gets through one layer now then when you have two layers it will still get through the first layer. Once...

Roofing: Repair a Hole in Shingle, roof cement, hole location
roof cement, hole location, shingle: Taylor, You can repair holes by shooting sealant or roof cement down into the hole. Then slide a piece of shingle under the top piece of shingle with holes. Let it run up beyond the hole at least 2-3 inches and same to each side. Cut the piece short of...

Roofing: Repair and overlay or tear off? That is the question., asphalt roof, kitchen ceiling
asphalt roof, kitchen ceiling, osb: Hi Michele. You have identified your two options very well. Firstly, if your local building department allow a roof over, that is the least expensive way to go. However, if the plywood, OSB or other type of decking is damaged or rotten, then a tear off and...

Roofing: Repair or replace - mildly warped plywood, asphalt shingle roof, roof cement
asphalt shingle roof, roof cement, new shingles: The best approach to resecure the plywood is shingle removal to expose the plywood, renail and patch in with new shingles. Of course, this patch rarely goes unnoticeable. You can try to refasten the plywood by screwing (not nailing) through the shingles....

Roofing: Repair roof before selling house, shingle roof, fire hazards
shingle roof, fire hazards, shingles: You don t have to do anything. Any house can be sold in any condition. Do you have shakes or shingles? Shingles last a minimum of 20 years so 10 years after installation there should be nothing to do if they were installed correctly. Shakes discolor....

Roofing: Repair to tar and gravel roof, tar and gravel roof, gravel roofs
tar and gravel roof, gravel roofs, metal gutter: Hi Rob, It s a benefit to cut back the old plywood enough to replace the whole sheet of plywood, but it s not essential. Especially if you re not going to be walking on that specific spot. Be sure to get at least two other bids, even if it takes 36 calls....

Roofing: Repairing Damaged Rafters, roof decking, foot piece
roof decking, foot piece, rafter: You can add a piece along the side of the rafter. It is called sistering the rafter. If you need one foot of rafter replaced I would suggest you add another 3 feet. So if one foot of the old rafter is bad add 4 feet of new rafter along side. You can use bolts...

Roofing: Repairing EPDM membrane roof, slope roof, insulation board
slope roof, insulation board, epdm roof: Pablo, You are correct in that you have an EPDM roof. The material under the roof membrane is an insulation board or cover board on the wood deck. This board is screwed to the deck with fasteners and plates then the EPDM is glued to the board. EPDM...

Roofing: Repairing Holes, rafter tails, roof cement
rafter tails, roof cement, rain diverter: First, buy the dish installer Installing DirectTV Dishes for Dummies . The holes through the roof should be sealed. At this time the best way to do this would be to buy a 50-year sealant from your local big box home improvement store and apply it around...

Roofing: Reparing Holes, roof cement, satellite dish
roof cement, satellite dish, overhang: You said you had a satellite dish installed. You never said you wanted to remove it. Once removed you can plug up the holes with some roofing cement or the professional way would be to replace the shingles with the holes in them. The roofing cement should...

Roofing: Replace/Repair Roof Question, new shingles, roof leaks
new shingles, roof leaks, leak location: There is no rule of thumb. Obviously he has the idea that if he does not work on older roofs he can sell more new roofs. The cheapest shingle you can buy is 20 years and they go up to 60 years so will he not work on a 60 year shingle after 15 years? Tell...

Roofing: Replace rotted fascia, metal drip edge, wood strip
metal drip edge, wood strip, dremel tool: The fascia should be the entire piece of wood up to the shingles so I guess someone added another piece. It would be nice if the front edge of the plywood rested on the new fascia but is not imperative. You could bang the nails flat so you can get a piece...

Roofing: Replacement of 19 year old roof, types of shingles, metal roofs
types of shingles, metal roofs, winter temps: If you have to replace half the roof then how far behind can the other half be? You might as well start over. I do not like metal roofs. All of what I ve seen look to commercial and ugly. There are many types of shingles that imitate certain looks. That s...

Roofing: Replacement Roofing, replacement roofing, three fingers
replacement roofing, three fingers, waterproof material: I don t know what “level” and “tightly” together have to do with each other. When you put your fingers together in the space is it side by side or end to end? In other words, is the space one finger wide or 3 fingers wide. One finger wide might not be too...

Roofing: Replacement of rolled roofing, pipe flashings, rolled roofing
pipe flashings, rolled roofing, metal flange: Bruce -What metal flange are you refering to? Generally speacking, working from the bottom to the top of the roof, it s always bottom under and top over. If you are using rolled roofing (EDPM is MUCH better), you will go under any vent pipe flashings on...

Roofing: Replacement roof in Hawaii, high density foam, asphalt shingles
high density foam, asphalt shingles, pole houses: Aloha Randy, Well, you are practically neighbors. I have had a number of projects on the North Shore over the past 17 years. From what you write I understand that you have some houses raised up on poles (for the storm surge/tsunami potential) with...

Roofing: Replacement roof, flat roofing, metal roofing
flat roofing, metal roofing, diyer: Adam, My answer is going to seem simplistic ... sorry about that ... but it is the fact. You need to choose a product ... products available to DIY ers are limited. I guess go to a home store or such in your area. Once you have chosen the product, contact...

Roofing: Replacing 3 tab singles with new style shingles?, tab shingles, new shingles
tab shingles, new shingles, shallow slope: Tim, If you are going to overlay the old roof with the new shingles, brand mixing does not matter. Additionally, you do not need the #30 felt over the old shingles. The old felt underlayment and the old shingles that will remain will serve essentially the...

Roofing: Replacing 6 1/2 yr old Roof, intermediate slopes, shingle roof
intermediate slopes, shingle roof, mail thanks: There are several things. 1. If it is a low slope shingle roof it is imperative to have Ice & Water Shield (not tar paper) on the ENTIRE roof. If the roof is steep it is not that important. Tar paper can be used on intermediate slopes. It acts as a moisture...

Roofing: Replacing Asbestos Roof: Metal or Asphalt?, asbestos roof, west coast florida
asbestos roof, west coast florida, metal roofing: Hi James, Thanks for your question. Ultimately, you understand, this is a question which you have to answer for yourself. All I or others can do is provide information. First of all you mentioned concerns over the aesthetics of metal roofing. Are you...

Roofing: Replacing Cedar Shake?, gable vent fan, composition shingles
gable vent fan, composition shingles, asphalt shingles: Hi Tony, Those are all great questions. I definitely agree that asphalt composition shingles are the way to go. Don t get the basic, 3 tab shingles. For just a few hundred dollars more you can get an upgraded shingle style. They ll last 5 to 10 years...

Roofing: Replacing metal roof with torch down on low slope because of improper installation and leaking, metal roofs, metal roof
metal roofs, metal roof, improper installation: 2/12 slopes are the absolute minimum for shingles and even then you have to use special procedures to keep it from leaking. At your slope stay away from shingles. Metal roofs do not go well with what your doing - such as skylights. Self-stick shingles? Ha!...

Roofing: Replacing a metal roof, proper surface preparation, loose screws
proper surface preparation, loose screws, surface rust: Best depends on the type and condition of the existing roof and the budget for doing the job. If the metal roof is still in relatively good condition with only surface rust showing, it can perform basic flashing repairs if needed and replace any missing...

Roofing: Replacing Roof on 10 x 12 shed, roof sheathing, roof of the shed
roof sheathing, roof of the shed, minimum thickness: Hi Mike, I recommend plywood instead of OSB, simply because plywood is time tested and we know it s reliable and long-lasting. The only benefit to OSB is that it s a little cheaper than plywood. But on a shed that small, the savings would be insignificant....

Roofing: Replacing Roof Shingles on My Home, corrosion resistence, hurricane district
corrosion resistence, hurricane district, roof shingles: Aloha Al, I was at first a bit mystified by the separation of the shingles in the valley until I realized you meant the gap at the valley itself. As to which is better, hard to say. Both should outlast the shingles. Of course, it depends on the quality...

Roofing: Replacing a Roof, composition shingles, severe storms
composition shingles, severe storms, replacing a roof: Hi Rich, I can t help you with price issues, since the average prices on roofing range very widely from City to City. But I can give you some good advice. Get at least 3 other roofers to check the roof. First of all, to get more opinions on whether the...

Roofing: Replacing my roof, south eastern pennsylvania, new shingles
south eastern pennsylvania, new shingles, steep slope: You said you have a flat roof. If you mean “low slope� shingles do not go well with low slopes. Your homework is to read my website (ZachariaRoofing.com) to learn how not to get ripped off. There is no way to guess at prices. You will have 5 roofers...

Roofing: Replacing a roof., british columbia canada, new shingles
british columbia canada, new shingles, roofing contractor: Hi Rebecca, The short answer... Functionally, it will be fine to install the shingles over the existing sheathing boards. That is assuming the sheathing boards don t have gaps between them more than 1/2 wide. The longer answer... Some people feel that...

Roofing: Replacing roof, decorative brick, poor workmanship
decorative brick, poor workmanship, landscrape: Hi Bob, 1. All roofers will say that you have to pay for any damage to your driveway. But driveways built correctly won t have a problem. The problem with asking the roofing contractor to guarantee the strength of the driveway is that the roofer doesn...

Roofing: Replacing rotted fascia, drip edge, new shingles
drip edge, new shingles, rule bu: You might be able to get the wood out without removing the drip edge. You might be able to lift the shingles to get the nails out of the drip edge. It depends on how low he nailed the shingles. Shingles should stick out about one inch. You want to make sure...

Roofing: Replacing Skylight, asphalt shingles, metal flange
asphalt shingles, metal flange, contractor friend: Hi Jaye, I strongly recommend the classic style of skylight that uses a 2 x 6 wood curb, metal flashing and a skylight unit that sits on the curb, with the 2 metal flange that extends down over the ouside of the curb and flashing. Home Depot sells a...

Roofing: Replacing tin flat roof, metal roofing systems, roofing contractors
metal roofing systems, roofing contractors, tin roof: Joel, This is pretty involved. I would like to start by asking you to email me at tmiller@classicroof.com I have some background info I can email to you then. Also, what can you tell me about the dimensions and pitch of this roof? Best Regards,...

Roofing: Replacing Wood Shake Roofing, concrete tile roofs, shingle roofing
concrete tile roofs, shingle roofing, composition shingle: Hi Ken, Unfortunately there are no roofing products that meet your needs AND that I would recommend. Installing new shakes is the simplest replacement, if you go section by section, over the course of several years. But shakes would only last 20 years...

Roofing: ReRoof with Cut Shingle Tabs Underneath, new shingles, friend warren
new shingles, friend warren, reroof: HI FRANK .YES HE CAN CUT THE TABS BACK AND INSTALL NEW SHINGLES . THIS USED TO BE THE WAY ROOFERS DID ROOFS BEFORE THEY HAD SEAL DOWN SHNGLES. IT WAS CALLED A CUT BACK. JUST MAKE SURE HE CHALKS HORIZONTAL LINES SO SHINGLES LINE UP PROPERELY. HOPE THIS HELPS...

Roofing: ReRoof with Cut Shingle Tabs Underneath, reroof, reroofing
reroof, reroofing, bad shape: Usually when you do a second roof you line up the back of the new shingle with the front of the old shingle. This will eliminate any lumps. If you remove the old tabs you lose your “line” and it makes it harder. But if the old ones are curled then you have...

Roofing: ReRoof with Cut Shingle Tabs, functional problem, reroof
functional problem, reroof, reroofing: Hi Frank, To sum it up, roofing over the original roof is fine. It s a matter of appearance and cost. The details... There s only one relevant issue. How flat is the surface that you ll be roofing over? If you do a complete tear off, then the surface...

Roofing: ReRoofing, architectural shingles, gaf timberline
architectural shingles, gaf timberline, visual benefit: Hi George, Architectural shingles come in three grades. 30 year, 40 year and 50 year. The 30 year shingles can be expected to last 25 years. The 40 and 50 year shingles can be expected to last about 30 years. since the 40 year shingles have more asphalt...

Roofing: Reroof against vertical siding, vertical siding, siding panels
vertical siding, siding panels, board and batten: Design into the wall a track that step flashing can be slipped into later. The stucco should not come all the way to the roof anyway. People do that to make it look perfect but it messes up the ability to properly redo those steps later. It s more important...

Roofing: Reroof - Felt Type and Ventilation, power vent, ridge vent
power vent, ridge vent, cardboard boxes: Hi Shawn, The short answer: One powered vent is all you need and it s a better choice than the ridge vents. The felt paper underlayment is better than the fiberglass. The 15 lb is better than 30 lb. The long answer: First, you re right, you do need a much...

Roofing: Reroof or New Roof and Question, hail damage, steep slope
hail damage, steep slope, qotes: Standard practice is to add a layer on top of the first. After the second layer you must rip off. If the first layer is lumpy this could show through on the new roof. The other disadvantage is that if a potential buyer comes along they may look at the roof...

Roofing: Reroof nailing pattern in a completed job, wall sheathing, wood trusses
wall sheathing, wood trusses, bearer of bad news: Hi baban, Unfortunately there s no way to verify the plywood nailing without removing the shingles and the aspalt felt paper underlayment. If it wasn t a matter of a required inspection, you would be able to tell in a year or two whether the plywood is...

Roofing: Reroof over the old one, new shingles, drip edge
new shingles, drip edge, starter strip: Hi Dennis, Yes, you definitely need to install new starter. The drip edge is mostly cosmetic, to cover the edge of the old roofing. The old roof needs to be trimmed back so it s not hanging over the edge. Then the new roofing will extend past the old roofing...

Roofing: Reroof Problem -- Sagging shingles -- HELP!, asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles
asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles, drip edge: Hi Eric, You can re-use the shingles, as long as they didn t get torn in the removal process. Another damage to be aware of is that sometimes the seal down strip is sealed so well that the seal will stay, and the underside of the top shingle will pull away...

Roofing: Reroof Problem -- Sagging shingles -- HELP!, asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles
asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles, drip edge: Hi Eric, If you have a digital camera, this is one of those situations where a picture is worth a thousand words. If you can send me a number of photos of the roof I think I ll be able to give you a clear idea of what s going on. The email for the photos...

Roofing: Reroofing, composition shingles, new shingles
composition shingles, new shingles, water shield: Jim, Thanks for your questions. I appreciate them. The self-adhering Ice and Watershield is undoubtedly a good product for this valley area. However, all of the self-adhering products I am aware of MUST be installed over a clean deck (plywood or OSB),...

Roofing: Reroofing, reroofing, shingles
reroofing, shingles, hanks: Aloha Tim, As long as the existing shingles don t have rot or some other sort of infestation, and they are the base roof, ie - they re not on top of an even older roof, it shouldn t be a problem and it can save you a few bucks. Not as much as you would...

Roofing: Reroofing, pitch roof, reroofing
pitch roof, reroofing, soft material: If you re talking shingles then they will form better in the warmer weather but summer it gets too hot as you will make many marks in the soft material. The best time is spring or fall. In the winter, any shingles that need to be bent need to be pre-heated....

Roofing: Reroofing, roofing problem, asphalt shingles
roofing problem, asphalt shingles, reroofing: It doesn t matter if the trusses are in good condition. A roof was made to hold a certain amount of weight. You are already pushing the limits. They don t make roofs to hold that much. There are national codes which are not law. They are suggestions from trade...

Roofing: Reroofing, asphalt shingle, metal roofs
asphalt shingle, metal roofs, reroofing: Thanks for your question. Putting an additional layer of shingles on an old layer is common and poses no major moisture issues. However, it is critical you understand that this usually voids the manufacturer s warranty on the new roof. However, if your...

Roofing: Reroofing, tab shingles, low pitch
tab shingles, low pitch, water shield: Every single roofing supply plus Lowes and Home Depot sell it since it is a main part of shingle jobs. Some roofers will try to skip it because it cost money. It costs about $30 per 100 sq-ft. It is a peel and stick material. It will grab the nail shaft as...

Roofing: Reroofing, cedar shakes, vertical surfaces
cedar shakes, vertical surfaces, reroofing: You can t shingle vertical surfaces as gravity will want to rip it. They will not seal as there is no force pushing the shingles into the glue strip beneath it. Manufacturers won’t guarantee shingles at those slopes. I don’t see how you can have a flat...

Roofing: Reroofing, wood shingle, new shingles
wood shingle, new shingles, reroofing: Hi Charles, For sheathing you can use OSB or plywood. The OSB is a little less money. The differece in cost seems to change from season to season. The only thing I have against OSB is that it s a fairly new product. It s only been used as sheathing for...

Roofing: Reroofing with architectural shingles, architectural shingles, new shingles
architectural shingles, new shingles, lumps and bumps: Hi David, The short answer... I d recommend stripping off the existing roof. The longer answer... You can install the new architectural shingles over the existing roof. If you do it correctly it will be a good functional roof. The down side is that...

Roofing: Reroofing around attic fan, asphalt shingles, plywood deck
asphalt shingles, plywood deck, ridge vent: Hi Paul, Unfortunately, it s number two. It s a little more work removing the fan flashing from the first layer shingles, but when you have the flashing completely exposed, it can be built into the new roof correctly. Down the road you ll be glad. Doing...

Roofing: Reroofing over dimensional shingles, dimensional shingles, new shingles
dimensional shingles, new shingles, shingle roof: Hi Pete, The short answer... It depends how bumpy your first roof is, and I think it would be a better idea to remove the first roof. The long answer... In most areas it s not against the building code to put a second roof over the first, even if the...

Roofing: Reroofing a low slope roof, slope roof, roofing material
slope roof, roofing material, corrugated sheets: You should remove all the loose parts. But if you leave some it might still be lumpy. But sometimes the stuck parts are hard to get off. The type of roof you are doing is only done by handymen. Roofers would not do that. It does not last long. So if you’re...

Roofing: Reroofing over old felt, southern california climate, plywood sheathing
southern california climate, plywood sheathing, tab shingles: Hi Paul, First things first, I recommend that you don t install shingles on this low slope. In roofing terminology, this is a 2 in 12 pitch roof. That means there s 2 rise in 12 of horizonal distance. All manufacturers recommend that you install shingles...

Roofing: Reroofing ove old shingles, pneumatic stapler, new shingles
pneumatic stapler, new shingles, worst case scenario: Hi Perry, If you install the new shingles over the existing shingles, the worst case scenario is that the new roof will wear out a couple years sooner. The other issue is that you ll need to install some nosing along the edges of the old roof, so you don...

Roofing: Reroofing my patio cover, composition shingles, shingle roof
composition shingles, shingle roof, patio roof: Hi Robert, Definitely don t do it. 1 in 12 is too flat. Some people think 2 in 12 is workable for a shingle roof. I m not one of them. For a 1 in 12 slope, I d bet lots of cash on the fact that the roof will be leaking within 3 years. Was that dramatic...

Roofing: Reroofing Using Ridge Vent, style ceilings, soffit vent
style ceilings, soffit vent, ridge vent: Hi Bob, If this answer comes to you twice, it s because my computer crashed in the middle of the response. If so, sorry. The short answer: 1. The venting you mentioned is all you need. 2. No more than one layer of felt underlayment is needed. 3....

Roofing: Reroofing and valleys, asphalt shingles, drip edge
asphalt shingles, drip edge, looking job: Hi Sean. Yes, you should tear off the existing shingles and tar/felt paper. Check the decking, drip edge, fascia etc. for rot and or damage and replace if required. Do not start the courses of shingles at the valley. There are two ways to finish at the valleys:...

Roofing: Reroofing vs. new roof, tab shingles, dimensional shingles
tab shingles, dimensional shingles, friend warren: HI PATRICK. THE ADVANTAGE OF ROOFOVER IS THE COST .IF THE ORIGINAL ROOF IS NOT STICKING UP AND YOU HAVE ONLY 1 LAYER YOU CAN RECOVER .WITH NO PROBLEMS . DIADVANTAGE IS YOU HAVE TO REMOVE BOTH LAYERS WHEN YOU ROOF THE NEXT TIME. IF I DID A ROOFOVER I WOULD...

Roofing: Reroofing, new shingles, water shield
new shingles, water shield, reroofing: You can t put ice shield on top of shingles. It must be put down on smooth wood but if you rip the shingles off in that area you have to rip off the entire side or it will be lumpy. It is possible to feather in new shingles with the old if the old shingles...

Roofing: Reshingle vs. New, roof ventilation, proper ventilation
roof ventilation, proper ventilation, friend warren: HI PATRICIA. IT SOUNDS LIE WHAT YOUR PROBLEM WAS ORIGINALLY YOU DID NT HAVE ENOUGH OR PROPER VENTILATION SO THE SHINGLE WORE OUT PREMATURLY. CONCERNING THE PRICE DIFFERENCE I CANNOT SAY . THE LOWER PRICE COUOLD BE THE ROOFER DOES THE WORK HIMSELF AND DOES...

Roofing: Residential Attic ventilation, attic ventilation, ridge vent
attic ventilation, ridge vent, ridge vents: You could look at this two ways. One is that to air out your house open as many windows as possible. The other is to open a window on one end and pull cool air through the house and expel it out the other with a window fan. It is sound theory to pull...

Roofing: Residential Flat Roof Coating, asphalt coating, flat roof coating
asphalt coating, flat roof coating, roll roofing: Hi Michael. Personally, I would use roll roofing material. Looks like roof shingles finish and has to be nailed and/or glued down. I believe that the product you have may, over time, start to crack and therefore leak unless you use an underlayment before applying...

Roofing: Residential Low Slope Metal Roof, commercial roofing contractor, standing seam metal
commercial roofing contractor, standing seam metal, metal roofing: Congratulations on your new home. Roof pitch is normally refered to in terms of rise over 12 of run. For example, 3:12 refers to a roof that rises 3 vertically in every 12 of horizontal run. Standing seam is pretty common in metal roofing. If you...

Roofing: Residential Roof Damage, composition shingle roof, shingle damage
composition shingle roof, shingle damage, asphalt shingles: Send me pictures to Brad@FallLine.org I have never seen shingle damage that I can attribute to ice damage. I have seen shingle where water got through and caused damage inside. I also have never sen squirrels eat shingles although one time I had an area where...

Roofing: Residential Roof - saddle, hog valley, rolled roofing
hog valley, rolled roofing, residential roof: Hi Dave, I think I can visualize what you are referring to. In the Bay Area, CA, we call that a hog valley or a dead valley. Usually hog valley would be if one end is open, like yours is. Just to clarify, what I m visualizing is a 20 long line with...

Roofing: Residential Roofing, asphalt roofs, asphalt roofing
asphalt roofs, asphalt roofing, tile roofs: What do you mean by asphalt roof ? Almost all roofing is Asphalt. It s all a matter of aesthetics. A tile roof will look a lot fancier than a shingle roof. A barrel roof is a shape of the building. You can t make the roofing material look like a shape. In...

Roofing: Residential roofing, asphalt fiberglass shingles, metal roofing systems
asphalt fiberglass shingles, metal roofing systems, residential metal roofing: Hi Cheryl. Thanks for the question. I assume you re referring to a new layer of asphalt / fiberglass shingles over an existing layer of same. In that case, yes, most asphalt / fiberglass shingles have their warranties voided if put over an existing layer....

Roofing: RIDGE SHINGLES, nail head, prevailing winds
nail head, prevailing winds, little water: You could do it either way, just like you could shingle from both ends of the roof and meet in the center with a seam down the middle but why make it more difficult. Start from one end and go to the other end. Face the open end of the shingles away from the...

Roofing: RIDGE VENT during Hurricanes, ridge vent, pitched roofs
ridge vent, pitched roofs, water intrusion: These are fairly good ridge vents, especially if your roof has a 3:12 or hopefully greater pitch. It is possible the splices have deteriorated and that has led to the leaks. During a hurricane, if you have soffit vents and no exhaust vents, that air has...

Roofing: RIDGE VENTING, ridge vent, minimum slope
ridge vent, minimum slope, pitch roof: I don’t know what they have in ridge vent for hurricanes, if in fact they even have anything. It might just be better to skip the ridge vent. Maybe go with an electric vent that will be harder to get water in and use one with a metal hood and not a plastic...

Roofing: Ridge board, concrete tile, roofing material
concrete tile, roofing material, tile roof: Hi Steve, There are two possible things you might be referring to by the term ridge board. I ll address both of them. On a tile roof, a board needs to be installed upright on top of the ridge line of the roof. That ridge board serves as a support for...

Roofing: Ridge cap shingles, shingle production, ridge vent
shingle production, ridge vent, ridge cap: Shingles will not seal until it gets hat but since you live in Florida I’m going to assume that that is not the problem. Nailing in the glue strip will not stop the shingles from sealing as long as the nails are not sticking up. If they are up then they...

Roofing: Ridge caps, quality elk, dimensional shingles
quality elk, dimensional shingles, roofing contractors: Hi Ronnie, Functionally, it would work, but for the next 25 years you ll be looking at a fix instead of a roof that s correctly done. And if you ever sell the house, the double capped roof is going to be noticed by potential buyers. No matter which...

Roofing: Ridge @ Gable Vents, eave vent, gable vent
eave vent, gable vent, ridge vent: Hi Dan, The short answer... Keep the conventional attic vents in place. Your roofer is right, in the sense that he s repeating the ridge vent manufacturer s instructions. But the ridge vent manufacturer is wrong. The very long answer... There s a huge...

Roofing: Ridge Line Vents, roll vent, shingle manufacturers
roll vent, shingle manufacturers, dead air space: Derek, There are several adequate venting options: continuous ridge, power ventilators, individual low profile square hooded gravity vents, larger metal housing vents, and turbine vents. All need to work in unison with proper soffit intake vents and a free...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, roof ridge vents, certainteed shingles
roof ridge vents, certainteed shingles, style ceilings: Hi Beverly, The short answer... The question you should really be asking is whether you should be adding soffit venting. For effective and efficient attic ventilation you need to divide all the venting between the lower and higher parts of the attic. That...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, ridge vent, ridge vents
ridge vent, ridge vents, hi tim: Hi Tim, With ridge vents, there should be nothing blocking the way from the interior of the attic to the exterior of the ridge vents. I m not sure what the pourous styrofoam is on your roof, but it s not good if it s blocking the pathway that air passes...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, soffit vents, attic space
soffit vents, attic space, interior ceiling: Under the following conditions I would suggest the ridge vent be properly installed so it can vent; otherwise get send this roofer on his way as soon as you can, and spread the word. 1) If the garage has a ceiling and its attic space is open to the attic...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, roofing shingles, ridge vent
roofing shingles, ridge vent, ridge vents: Hi Kathy, The short answer... The current ventillation is sufficient for the needs of the roof, but may be less than it would have been if you left the gable vents in place. Plus the roofers may have made a mistake installing the ridge vents. The long...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, ridge vent, sq ft
ridge vent, sq ft, gaf: It is not possible to have too much venting. The parts that are equal work together. The parts that are not equal are a waste of the unequal part but won t hurt. For instance, 100 sq-ft of ridge vent an 150 sq ft of soffit vent. The system will act as a 100...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, cobra ridge vent, roll vent
cobra ridge vent, roll vent, soffit ventilation: Dwight, I m not sure I understand the term simpson vent. In any case, it is recommended that you have a balance of soffit/eave (air intake) and ridge (air exhaust) ventilation at or near the peak. And the capacity/size/net free area of the vents comes...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, mold remediation, ridge vent
mold remediation, ridge vent, ridge vents: Negative pressure just means that the air might flow the other way. But that is rare and even if it occurred just means air is flowing the other way. As long as air flows either way it will ventilate the attic. If you add significant vents then you can t have...

Roofing: Ridge Vent In Addition with Power Vent, power vent, ridge vent
power vent, ridge vent, attic ventilation: Hi John, I don t know what you mean by a hat vent. Whatever that is, we probably call it by a different name in California. If you describe it, I may be able to comment on it. But the bottom line is that a powered attic fan trumps all other methods...

Roofing: Ridge Vent and Attic Fan, style ceilings, ridge vent
style ceilings, ridge vent, ridge vents: Hi Shelby, The short answer: Leave the attic fan there, just don t turn it on. The longer answer: It s a benefit to have no other attic vents, when you have ridge vents, with soffits. But it s not a huge issue. The main point is that a homeowner shouldn...

Roofing: Ridge Vent & Attic Fan, style ceilings, ridge vent
style ceilings, ridge vent, vent openings: Hi Frank, If you have a powered attic fan, that will give you better attic ventilation than ridge vents. I recommend using the powered attic vent and NOT installing the ridge vents. The exception to that would be if you have cathedral style ceilings....

Roofing: Ridge Vent-Cobra, cobra ridge vent, content documents
cobra ridge vent, content documents, gaf: Joe. Cobra Ridge Vent II is a fine ridge vent meeting all my recommendations for a proper ridge vent (see my previous answer to a similar question on 2/8/2007 under View Past Answers . Be sure your installer saw cuts the ridge (versus hatcheting) at the...

Roofing: Ridge Vent Covered By Snow, cobra ridge vent, soffit vents
cobra ridge vent, soffit vents, ridge vents: Thanks for the question. Your bathroom vents really should be vented through the roof to the outside rather than just into the attic. It is not uncommon for ridge vents to get covered with snow. One key to trying to keep that from happening is to make sure...

Roofing: Ridge Vent not cut, ridge vent, friend warren
ridge vent, friend warren, shingle: YEAH THATS RIGHT . BUT TO BE TRUTHFUL MOST ROOFERS PUT 3 IN ONE SHINGLE AND 4 IN THE NEXT SHINGLE. BUT TRUTHFULLY A SHINGLE WIIL HOLD WITH 3 NAILS IF NAILED PROPERLY . MEANING IF ITS NOT NAILED TOO HIGH . WHEN ITS NAILED PROPERLY YOU ACTUALLY WOULD HAVE 7...

Roofing: Ridge Vent not cut, ridge vent, friend warren
ridge vent, friend warren, filing a complaint: HI DARRELL. I DONT THINK THE SHINGLES ARE COOKING OFF IVE NEVER HEARD THAT TERM . TO FIND OUT IF THE VENT WAS CUT OUT IS SIMPLE JUST GO INTO THE ATTIC AND LOOK UP AT THE TOP OF OF RAFTERS AND SEE IF YOU HAVE ABOUT 1 1/2 CUT OUT ON BOTH SIDE OF THE PEAK .YOUR...

Roofing: Ridge Vent and Hip roof, soffit vent, ridge vent
soffit vent, ridge vent, roof vent: Hi Chris, Since you re dividing the ventilation space between the soffits and the ridge, then use 1 to 300 as the ratio for how much ridge venting is required. For a somewhat typical ridge vent model (Cor-a-Vent V-400 or V-600) the area of ventilation...

Roofing: Ridge Vent Installation, ridge vent installation, vent area
ridge vent installation, vent area, roof trusses: It sounds like you’ve been had with a fake vent. The wood should have been cut back about 1.5 inches from the center and then the shingles only go up to the edge. If you have roof trusses then the wood gets cut back less. The vent is then put on over...

Roofing: Ridge Vent -leak, maximum wind gusts, wet insulation
maximum wind gusts, wet insulation, ridge vent: HI MARK . I REALLY DONT THINK ANY VENT RIDGE CAN KEEP WATER OUT WITH WINDS OF HUNDRED PLUS MPH. WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER IS A POWER VENTILATOR OR STANDARD ROOF VENTS . AS FOR THE SHEET ROCK IF ITS NOT BUCKLED OR STAIN TOO BAD I THINK IT WILL BE ALLRIGHT . HOPE...

Roofing: Ridge Vent - leak, roofing wholesaler, air vent inc
roofing wholesaler, air vent inc, ridge vent: Hi Matt, The best answer to your problem is move to California! I can t imagine living in that kind of cold. I m shuddering just thinking of it. :o) Seriously though, the short answer is that you don t have a problem and I recommend that you do nothing...

Roofing: Ridge Vent or Power Vent, architectural shingles, ridge vent
architectural shingles, ridge vent, power vent: Hi Tom, The short answer... Whether you re in Mobile, or in the Northeast or in beautiful San Jose, California, powered attic fans will always move air through the attic quicker and more efficiently. Can you tell that I have civic pride? :o) The long...

Roofing: Ridge Vent with Power Vents, vent design, ridge vent
vent design, ridge vent, power vents: Hi Don, The short answer... Two powered fans are all you need in the attic. Any other vents will help out, but with both fans running, you ll replace all the attic air with outside air in a very short time. I recommend that you don t invest any additional...

Roofing: Ridge Vent Ratings, gable roof design, style ceilings
gable roof design, style ceilings, gable vent: Hi Randy, If you have cathedral style ceilings, ridge vents are the best ventilation system for your house. If you have conventional flat ceilings, then ridge vents are just one of several ventilation ideas that would work well. If you have ridge vents...

Roofing: Ridge Vent in roof, ridge vent, moisture buildup
ridge vent, moisture buildup, roofers: If there aren t shingles on the end of the roof then what s there- exposed plywood???? Some roofers don t extend the VENT to the end but I disagree with it and run it to the end. GAF recommends the vent stop short of the end but they don t state why. Bra...

Roofing: Ridge Vent System, ridge vent, vent system
ridge vent, vent system, attic ventilation: the answer is YES YES YES YES! ANY form of powered air movement will ALWAYS be better than a passive or static form of ventilation. You CAN definitely increase the air movement with a gable mounted fan in your attic. The farther away from the end of your...

Roofing: Ridge Vent vs. Attic Fan, power vent, ridge vent
power vent, ridge vent, vent air: hi jeff . your contractor is wrong . they will counter each other . what will happen the ridge vent will draw air from power vent and not from the soffit vents and the power vent if it does come on will only recirculate the ridge vent air .The idea is to create...

Roofing: Ridge Vent, wood sheathing, roofing nails
wood sheathing, roofing nails, ridge vent: HI DOUG. STAYING BACK 6INCHES FROM INSIDE WALL LINE ACTUALLY MEANS DONT CUT RIDGE OUT ALL THE WAY TO THE ENDOF THE RIDGE LINE. REALLY YOUR OVER HANG ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE SHOULD BE STANDARD 18 INCHES THEN ADD ANOTHER 6 INCES AND THATS HOW MUCH...

Roofing: Ridge Venting, asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles
asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles, foothill area: I don t have any experience in high winds but here s some ideas. If the shingles are rated for high winds then the ridge would be too if you used the same shingles. If you have dimensional shingles they make special shingles for the ridge. If you use a shingle-over...

Roofing: Ridge Venting, ridge vents, roofer
ridge vents, roofer, airflow: Hi Steve, In terms of ventilation, the ridge vents never wear out. The only reason they would get worse is if leaves are piling up on the ridge. I can t imagine that happening. Even with a fair amount of dust, the mesh will allow airflow just the same...

Roofing: Ridge Venting on Blind Dormers, soffit vents, moisture buildup
soffit vents, moisture buildup, ridge vents: It’s a simple concept and you can just use your gut feeling as you do when you air your house out. The whole idea is to vent as much of the attic out as you can to cut down on heat and possible moisture buildup. When you air your house out you know that...

Roofing: Ridge Venting vs Gable fan, attic ventilation, powered attic fans
attic ventilation, powered attic fans, ridge cap: Hi Trevor, You can t have too much attic ventilation. There used to be an attitude that venting was good in the summer, but in the winter the attic should be closed up as much as possible. That was wrong thinking. The air flow through the attic is going...

Roofing: Ridge Venting, style ceilings, ridge vent
style ceilings, ridge vent, adding a second story: Hi Steve, Just about any powered attic fan will do well. One is all you need. There are a couple types you can get, regarding the On/Off issue. Some are on when you turn the switch on. Others are automatically turned on when the attic hits a certain...

Roofing: Off Ridge Vents, wind shields, ridge vent
wind shields, ridge vent, ridge vents: Hi DAVID . I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOURE SAYING ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORS VENT RIDGE HAVING WIND SHIELDS INSTALLED OVER THE EX.OPENINGS. AND ALSO IM NOT FAMILAR WITH THE TERM OFF RIDGE VENT . WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST IS HAVE A QUALIFIED ROOFER TO LOOK AT IT...

Roofing: Ridge Vents, batten down the hatches, ridge vent
batten down the hatches, ridge vent, florida hurricanes: No, vents have openings. Openings can have water blown in in ways that normally wouldn t. You just have to batten down the hatches before a storm. That s like asking, my windows blew out during the 150 MPH winds. Do I know of windows that will withstand the...

Roofing: Ridge Vents, gable vent, ruby slippers
gable vent, ruby slippers, ridge vent: Hi Mike, It s a little perplexing, especially for a guy like me in beautiful California weather, to talk about hurricane resistant . All I envision is the Wizard of Oz house lifting off its foundation and flying off into the some other world :o) However,...

Roofing: Ridge Vents, ridge vent, ridge vents
ridge vent, ridge vents, extra 500: Venting was never done when I was a kid and roofs didn t fail early. It is a good idea though. The idea is to keep the attic cooler. If you can keep the attic cooler then the house will be cooler. You can also use fan vents to do the job. Neither will work...

Roofing: Ridge Vents, cobra ii, ridge vents
cobra ii, ridge vents, rubber washer: Hi Louis. I would say I prefer the metal ridge vents as I believe they give a little more air flow. Be sure to add the end caps and use rubber washer screws to secure them as nails tend to sometimes work their way out and therefore are a leak potential. Hope...

Roofing: Ridge Vents and Attic Fans, powered attic fans, ridge vents
powered attic fans, ridge vents, hail damage: Hi David, The powered attic fans are always going to give you better ventilation than the ridge vents or any other kinds of attic vents. They are powered. The other vents rely on the natural flow of air. There s no question that the powered attic fans...

Roofing: Ridge Vents and Gable vents, ridge vent, vent system
ridge vent, vent system, gable vents: Hi Christine, The short answer... That s correct. When you install ridge vents you don t need the gable vents. The longer answer... Some people, including the ridge vent manufacturers, say that it s a benefit to close the gable vents when you install...

Roofing: Ridge Vents Leaked Water during Hurricanes, hurricane force winds, water intrusion
hurricane force winds, water intrusion, ridge vents: Mike - Yes, you will haave to pull your old ridge vents and install the new cobraVent . If your roof is not steep and you can walk on it, either you and a friend or a good handyman can have this job done in a few hours. Go down to your local building upply...

Roofing: Ridge Vents & Soffit Vents, soffit vents, ridge vents
soffit vents, ridge vents, gable vents: Hi Scott, Yes, you definitely need soffit vents. If it s not practical to install soffit vents, another option is to install some vents in the roof, along the bottom edge of the roof. Usually soffit vents will be installed in every 4th rafter bay. ...

Roofing: Ridge Vents vs. Dormer Vents, style ceilings, roof rafters
style ceilings, roof rafters, vault ceiling: Hi Jon, The short answer... I m fairy confident that the dormer vents are appropriate for your situation, and I like the look of the dormer vents better, so I recommend that you go that way. The long answer... Since the angle of the ceiling doesn t match...

Roofing: Ridge Vents vs. Power Vents, installing ridge vents, asphalt shingle roof
installing ridge vents, asphalt shingle roof, radiant barrier spray: Ken- Find another roofer. This is completely and utterly untrue. Actually, quite the opposite is true. If you don t have other forms of air intake to your attic, such as gable vents or soffit vents, the ridge vents are totally useless and ineffective....

Roofing: Ridge Vents vs. Square Roof Vents, roofing job, ridge vent
roofing job, ridge vent, ridge vents: Hi George, The short answer is that all of the available ridge vents are going to be very comparable. Some may be a little bit better than another, but the differences would be minimal. There are a couple features available on some ridge vents, like ...

Roofing: Ridge Vents and Whole House Fans, gaf timberline, ridge vent
gaf timberline, ridge vent, ridge vents: Hi M Tagupa, First the short answer: Your roofer was right and the way things are right now is good. Now the loooong answer: Your roofer was correct in taking out the eyebrow vents. the ridge vent system, to work effectively, requires no other venting...

Roofing: Ridge Vents, turbine vents, marshfield wi
turbine vents, marshfield wi, roof rafters: HI BRIAN .IM REALLYU NOT FAMILAR WITH WICK HOMES .BUT WITH CATHEDRAL CEILING MOST OF THE TIME YOU NEED VENT RIDGE . IF YOU SHINGLES ON YOUR ITS PROABLY NOT LESS THAN A 3/12 PITCH. BUT HERE IS THERE SITE SEE IF THEY CAN HELP YOU MORE . WISH I COULD BE OF MORE...

Roofing: Ridge vent, ridge vent, roof vent
ridge vent, roof vent, roofing contractor: I don’t know about the Trimline roof vent. There are many brands. There are 3 types of ridge vents – metal that just gets installed, shingle over plastic and shingle over foam type. All are good. The plain metal probably looks the worst. I think the plastic...

Roofing: Ridge vent, roll vent, shingle manufacturers
roll vent, shingle manufacturers, ridge vent: Jane, I would suggest having the ridge vent installed to work in conjunction with the soffit vents. Your roof has enough slope for a ridge vent to work effectively, so long a the soffit vents are not blocked in some way, such as a build-up of attic insulation...

Roofing: Ridge vent, dual pane windows, roofing expert
dual pane windows, roofing expert, ridge vent: Hi Kent, It definitely isn t the roof. It s nearly impossible for water leaking from the roof to pass through the headers and other wood framing and go all the way down to the windows in the wall below. Long before that water would be leaking in at the...

Roofing: Ridge vent, ridge vent, interior conditions
ridge vent, interior conditions, finished attic: Hi Harry Dependant on the type of insulation used, humidity, interior conditions etc, you may or may not need a ridge vent. What I would say is that adding a ridge vent or two should cost you no more if you are having the roof done anyway, and should also...

Roofing: Ridge vent bump, ridge vent, straight roof
ridge vent, straight roof, southeastern mass: Hi Rick, It depends on how much of a bump you have. If it s 1/4 to a 1/2 , that s normal, where the two sections come together. But if you re talking about an inch or more, that s unusual. If you send a couple of photos I d be glad to check it out and...

Roofing: Ridge vent condensation during winter., roof sheathing, ridge vent
roof sheathing, ridge vent, vent openings: Hi David, It sounds like you have your ceiling attached to the underside of the rafters and the roof sheathing attached to the top side of the rafters. If I understood your description correctly, that means you have individual rafter bays between each set...

Roofing: Ridge vent and exhaust fans, style ceilings, soffit vents
style ceilings, soffit vents, ridge vent: Hi Barrie, There s no comparison between ridge vents and powered attic fans. Powered attic fans are much more efficient, quicker and cheaper (usually) than ridge vents. I m assuming that when you say, exhaust fan that you re referring to a powered attic...

Roofing: Ridge vent for metal roof., roofing manufacturers, ridge vent
roofing manufacturers, ridge vent, metal roofing: Katharine, Thanks for your question. Most metal roofing manufacturers either offer matching ridge vents for their roof systems or they have instructions on adapting standard off-the-shelf ridge vents to their roofing. I am not sure if this helps you...

Roofing: Ridge vent for metal roof, ridge vent, metal roofs
ridge vent, metal roofs, friend warren: HI ALAN . TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION THE TRUTH IS ALL METAL ROOFS ARE VENTED THE SAME WITH A VENT RIDGE THEN CAPPED OFF WITH METAL . ONE IS NOT ANY BETTER THAN THE OTHER .JUST MAKE SURE YOUR ROOFER FOLLOWS INSTRUCTION SO IT DOES NOT LEAK. HOPE THIS HELPS YOUR...

Roofing: Ridge vent o or roof powered attic vent, ridge vent, hip roofs
ridge vent, hip roofs, power vent: Hi Andrea, The short answer... This is an easy question. Stick with the powered attic fans and don t install any ridge vents. The long answer... First of all, a hip roof means that there is less ridge distance, so it s likely that you can t install...

Roofing: Ridge vent and power vents, ridge vent, power vents
ridge vent, power vents, soffit vents: HI GEORGE . YES THE POWER VENTS WOULD HAVE TO BE REMOVED FOR VENT RIDGE TO FUNCTION PROPERLY . THE GABLE VENTS WOULD NOT BE NECCESARY TO CLOSE THEM . AS FOR THE SOFFIT VENTS THOSE ARE YOUR INTAKE VENTS LEAVE THEM OPEN. P.S JUST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH...

Roofing: Ridge vent without soffit air intake, steep pitch, ridge vent
steep pitch, ridge vent, odd appearance: Hi Tobin, Your hunch is right. The answer is BS, for sure. It s hard for me to imagine an attic that had no ventillation at all. But if that s the case, the ridge vents will improve things a little. But without inlet vents installed at the lower part...

Roofing: Ridge vent VS Roof vents, wood sheathing, roof sheathing
wood sheathing, roof sheathing, style ceilings: Hi Celine, Roof vent is the more broad term, referring to any venting system or device that allows the air in the attic to be vented. Ridge vent is a specific kind of roof vent. With ridge vents, an opening is cut in the wood sheathing, along the...

Roofing: Ridge vent vs atttic vent, style ceilings, flat ceilings
style ceilings, flat ceilings, ridge vent: Hi Shua, If you have a ceiling that rises at the same angle as the roof, that s a cathedral style ceiling. If your ceiling is flat, matching the angle of the floor, instead of the angle of the roof. Most houses don t have that type of ceilings. In homes...

Roofing: Ridge vent, ridge vent, tongue and groove
ridge vent, tongue and groove, water leaks: Hi Chuck, If the ridge vents are leaking because the rain is simply being blown in by hard winds, there s not much you can do, other than remove the ridge vent, and install a row of conventional attic vents on each side of the ridge line. The down side is...

Roofing: Ridge venting, Attic Fan, and Sofit Vents, sofit vents, style ceilings
sofit vents, style ceilings, summertime temperatures: Hi Bill, Unfortunately your remodeler gave you some bad advice. Unless you have cathedral style ceilings, a powered fan is always going to ventilate the attic better than ridge vents. I m not saying ridge vents are bad. They are good. It s just that a...

Roofing: Ridge vents or not?, owens corning shingles, power vent
owens corning shingles, power vent, ridge vents: Hi Fay, Ridge vents are a fairly new innovation, so we don t really know how long they can be expected to last before they deteriorate. But they aren t directly exposed to the sun and rain, since a layer of ridge is installed over the vents. So I would...

Roofing: Ridge vents, cobra ii, ridge vents
cobra ii, ridge vents, clearwater florida: I like the solid vents because they give a rigid straight line. With the soft vents you have to be careful that you don t hammer the nail in too far or it pulls the vent down. That might give it a wavy look. So every nail has to be nailed in the same. They...

Roofing: Ridge vents, whole house attic fan, power vent
whole house attic fan, power vent, weather shield: You talk about ice damming and then venting but never relate the two so I am assuming you think that proper ventilation will eliminate the ice damming. Ice damming is a something that happens and you can t eliminate it (unless you get rid of your insulation...

Roofing: Ridge vents with no soffit vents, soffit vents, ridge vent
soffit vents, ridge vent, hail damage: It’s a simple concept and you can just use your gut feeling as you do when you air your house out. The whole idea is to vent as much of the attic out as you can to cut down on heat and possible moisture buildup. When you air your house out you know that...

Roofing: Ridge vents, soffit vents, ridge vent
soffit vents, ridge vent, plumbing vents: Laurie, Sounds like you are doing your research in order to avoid future problems. I am glad to hear that! Ridge vents function as an exhaust. Without intake, they really do not do much. Air will go in one side of the vent and right out the other, not...

Roofing: ROLL ROOFING, roll roofing, cap sheet
roll roofing, cap sheet, california contractor: Yes, it s a concern. If you have openings then you ll have leaks. Are you saying he only hot mopped the joints and not the entire material. If so, then the material is all loose except where it attaches to itself. The entire roof is loose. It sounds like the...

Roofing: ROLLED ROOF, leak leaks, waterproof material
leak leaks, waterproof material, roofer: Membrane and rolled roof are too ambiguous to know what you have. For instance, all roofing (except shingles) is rolled roofing. No matter what material is used it is waterproof material. How long it last is a factor of the quality of the material but...

Roofing: ROOF LEAK, chimney flashing, ridge vent
chimney flashing, ridge vent, driven rain: Hi Frank, The short answer... 1. You re missing some soffit vents and that s resulting in condensation in the rafter bay, which looks like a leak when the weather is moist. 2. Or wind driven rain is coming in at the ridge vents and you need to have sheilds...

Roofing: ROOF LEAK, stain killer, paint store
stain killer, paint store, home depot: Hi Ken, I ll answer the two simple questions first. Once the leak is stopped, to cover the stain you have to buy a spray can of something called stain killer . You paint the stain with that, and then after it dries, paint whatever color the rest of the...

Roofing: ROOF PAPER, roofing paper, roofing manufacturer
roofing paper, roofing manufacturer, small claims court: Sharon - Why didn t you just get your gun and give them an alternative: Stop of Die!? DO NOT pay your contractor. If he will not remove the roof and install it with new felt, call the shingle manufacturer and let them know what going on. If he still refuses,...

Roofing: ROOF PITCH, roll roofing, membrane roofing
roll roofing, membrane roofing, wood shingles: Hi Mike, All kinds of shingles, wood shakes, wood shingles, fiber cement, and tile needs to be 4 in 12. On a technicality, some of those can be installed on a roof as low as 2 in 12, but I don t recommend it. Roll roofing can be installed down to 2 in...

Roofing: ROOF VALLEYS, professional roofing contractor, asphalt shingles
professional roofing contractor, asphalt shingles, sbcglobal net: Hi Ken, Unfortunately, most of the cures for leaks that occur around the valley will involve pulling up some of the existing shingles. If you can answer the following questions, that might help me to zero in on some good advice for you. Hopefully. Do...

Roofing: ROOF VENTILATION, roof ventilation, soffit vents
roof ventilation, soffit vents, gable vents: First, you insulated the wrong part of the attic. You should have insulated the floor of the attic and not the rafters. Now you have a bigger envelope to heat and to cool. If you add a fan and gable vents air will come in the ends of the ridge and go out the...

Roofing: ROOF VENTILATION, plywood deck, roof ventilation
plywood deck, roof ventilation, ridge vent: A roof venting system is designed to allow air to enter at the eave & exit at the ridge. As the air passes under the plywood deck, it takes moisture with it to keep the wood dry & also to prevent mold growth. The air flow requires a draft to work. The farther...

Roofing: ROOFING, roof rafters, r torres
roof rafters, r torres, celing: Hi R Torres, A ceiling is not required. You can look at the underside of the sheathing, and the roof rafters if that s the look you re going for. It may be that your local building department has different requirements, so check with them first, if you...

Roofing: ROOFING, battens, roofing
battens, roofing, tiles: Hi Edward If you are talking about bundles of battens then this will all depend on what gauge you are using. The gauge will all depend on what slates/tiles you are using, the pitch of the roof and the headlap required. Usually your roofing merchants can...

Roofing: ROOFING FELT, low slope roofs, roof slope
low slope roofs, roof slope, roofing contractors: Hi Dan, The short answer... There s no advantage. On low slope roofs, a double layer of 15 is required, not because of the extra thickness, but because of the extra layer of felt. The long answer... If the roof slope is lower than 4 in 12 pitch then...

Roofing: ROOFING MATERIAL, asphalt shingles, architectural shingles
asphalt shingles, architectural shingles, rubber roofs: Pete, I am sorry to hear about the damages you sustained. There are lots of positive stories about metal roofing coming out of the recent storms. Generally, rubber roofing is not used on roofs over 2:12 or 3:12 pitch. I think that is largely an aesthetics...

Roofing: ROOFING AND VENTILATION, soffit vents, green mold
soffit vents, green mold, roofing contractors: I would suggest running out vents / fans from the high muidity areas of your home -- bathrooms and kitchen. Just put in standard exhaust fans and have them vented outside. After that, based upon what I know, I would use eave soffit vents as intake and ridge...

Roofing: ROOFING, composition shingles, pitch roof
composition shingles, pitch roof, snow region: Hi Rich, Composition shingles should do fine for you, as long as you install them correctly. There s a nailing line on every shingle. On a steep roof like yours, it s critical that your nails are on the line and not too high or too low. Being off even...

Roofing: Roll Roofing, roll roofing, shingle roof
roll roofing, shingle roof, minimum slope: Hi Ken. Your problem may very well be the fact that the tar paper/felt under the shingles does not have sufficient overlap or was not sealed down. I know exactly what you are going through and had a house with the same problem here in Georgia. If it rains...

Roofing: Roll Roofing / one-car detached garage, roll roofing, minimum slope
roll roofing, minimum slope, adhesive product: Hi Bjorn, The key issue is how much the roof is sloped. For a cold process roofing application, like roll roofing or the self adhesive product, the roof needs a minimum slope of 2 in 12. That means 2 of rise for every 12 of horizontal distance. If the...

Roofing: Roll Roofing products / detached Garage, roll roofing, roofing products
roll roofing, roofing products, adhesive product: Roll roofing is being used less and less these days because there are better options out there. Traditional roll roofing offers no warranty or garauntees, and most manufacturers are producing very little roll roofing anymore. A two-ply self adhesive product...

Roofing: Roll Roofing, shingles and a shed, roofing shingles, roll roofing
roofing shingles, roll roofing, foot rise: Hi Heather, Just so you ll know, the correct way to refer to the slope on your shed is 3/4 in 12 . That means 3/4 foot rise for every 12 feet of horizontal distance. In other words, it s less than 1 in 12, which is pretty flat. Definitely don t use...

Roofing: Roll Roofing, roll roofing, slope roof
roll roofing, slope roof, mineral surface: Hi Paul, You can install a new layer of roll roofing over the top of the existing roof. if there are any significant lumps or bumps in the existing roof, makes sure to flatten them out first. I hope that helps. Feel free to follow up in the future. ...

Roofing: Roll roof versus shingles, rolled roofing, roll roofing
rolled roofing, roll roofing, pitch roof: I would go with rolled roofing. The shingles may say warranty of 30 years, but read the fine print of the warranty, you automatically have 12 years and increased pro-ration with a 2in12 pitch. Also, your roofer will suggest ice & water shield under the shingles,...

Roofing: Roll roofing products / detached one-car garage, roll roofing, roofing technology
roll roofing, roofing technology, roofing products: I’m sure Home Depot is not selling some major advancement in roofing technology. I do not know what it is you saw at Home Depot. You’d have to get me the manufacturer and product name. They do make peel & stick material. It is new on the market and has...

Roofing: Roll roofing technique, plywood underlayment, roll roofing
plywood underlayment, roll roofing, hot asphalt: Nails were eliminated in roll roofing about 100 years ago. You don’t nail down roll roofing as you are making a thousand holes in your new roof. Only a handyman would do that as they do not have the equipment or skill to do it any other way. A real roofer...

Roofing: Roll roofing - underlayment and drip edges, roofing underlayment, roll roofing
roofing underlayment, roll roofing, drip edge: Hi Paul, The starter strip is common at most roofing supply outlets, but all it is, is 90 lb roll roofing, sliced into 1/4 sections. So you can make your own. Usually I say, feel free to follow up but I m leaving town for a week in about an hour, so...

Roofing: Roll roofing, roll roofing, roof cement
roll roofing, roof cement, cold cement: Hi Bob. I would put a layer of felt paper down first. Then overlap the roll roofing by at least 4 . If possible use roof cement or black jack to seal the edges and overlaps. Try and avoid using nails all together. If you have to use nails, then seal the heads...

Roofing: Rolled Roof Replacement, rolled roofing material, porch roof
rolled roofing material, porch roof, sealent: It depends what kind of rolled roofing material you have. If it s 90 then it usually winds up lumpy and should be removed but this is the only kind that a homeowner can do himself. Better roofs usually need a roofer to do it right. You can t do much with 90...

Roofing: Rolled Roofing Alternatives For curved Roofs, seam metal roof, epdm rubber roofing
seam metal roof, epdm rubber roofing, standing seam metal roof: There are alternatives to rolled roofing materials but they are more expensive. Generally in ascending order of cost: roll roofing, waterproof elastomeric coating, reinforced waterproof elastomeric coating, single-ply EPDM rubber roofing, modified bitumen...

Roofing: Rolled Roofing, rolled roofing, long term solution
rolled roofing, long term solution, patio cover: Rolled roofing is the only kind you can use on such a low slope. There are many different kinds. What a homeowner usually tries is 90# paper but it is not a long term solution. Longer solutions are asphalt Built Up roofing or modified (rubber) but both of...

Roofing: Rolled roofing, rolled roofing, roll roofing
rolled roofing, roll roofing, flat portion: Hi Dean, Torch down roofing comes on 39 wide rolls and it has granules pressed into the surface of the material, but it s definitely a different product from roll roofing. When one strip is installed on the roof, the next strip overlaps that strip by...

Roofing: Rolled roofing over asphalt shingles, asphalt shingles, rolled roofing
asphalt shingles, rolled roofing, roofer: I don t know what you mean by a 12 x 2.75 incline. That s not the way to describe a slope. If you mean you have a rise of 2.75 inches in a 12 foot run then that is way, way, way, way too low for shingles. Shingles will leak but you already found that out....

Roofing: Rolled roofing pitch, national roofing contractors, roll roofing
national roofing contractors, roll roofing, rolled roofing: Standard roll roofing may be applied on slopes as low as 2 inches per foot (17%) slope when applied in a manner that conceals the nails used to attach the roll roofing. A roll roofing product that has a 19-inch wide granule-free surface can be used as low...

Roofing: Rolled roofing, rolled roofing, residential roofs
rolled roofing, residential roofs, roofing products: All roofing that is not shingles is rolled roofing so I don t know what you re referring to. EPDM is rolled roofing. It comes in large rolls. For 800 sq ft use a quality modified roof but most homeowners don t have the knowledge to install it. It should...

Roofing: Roof, horizontal lines, vertical lines
horizontal lines, vertical lines, roofer: Normally you can go up to 2 roofs on a house before they must be ripped off so adding a second roof is not a problem. But in 25 years when you need a new roof again you will have to do a “tear off” instead of a “shingle-over”. That will be added expense...

Roofing: Roof, roofer, shingles
roofer, shingles, shingle: You don t buy shingles by the bundle as some are 3 bundles to a square and some are 4. You also need underlayment paper. I don t know how I m supposed to tell you how to roof in a paragraph. If it was that easy everyone would be a roofer. If I take on a new...

Roofing: Roof, chimney flashing, square of shingles
chimney flashing, square of shingles, barnboard: Anne, I am so sorry to hear about this. I am not sure what to say. As a businessperson, when I make a deal, I stick to the deal even if I lose money. Not all businesses behave that way. I am sorry for what you are going through. Maybe they did...

Roofing: Roof, wavy appearance, roofer
wavy appearance, roofer, shingles: Hi Fran, There s no significant problem in going over the current shingles. Since it s a fairly new roof underneath, it will be laying flat enough so that the wavy appearance won t be an issue. The only thing that needs to happen is be sure that they trim...

Roofing: Roof, asphalt shingles, aluminum awning
asphalt shingles, aluminum awning, roofing material: Richard, I am not sure where you re located but many contractors are very busy right now. I am a little curious whether a building permit needs to be pulled in your area for a project like this. If it does, that may dictate what sort of contractor you...

Roofing: Roof, aluminum awning, lumber yard
aluminum awning, lumber yard, front porch: Richard - I don t think I would let a roofer do carpentry. A 17x11 roof structure is a pretty nice project. I don t know what part of the country you are in but here are a couple of ideas. Try www.trusthss.com for a contractor in your area. Also, try www.servicemagic.com....

Roofing: Roof, roofing siding, aluminum awning
roofing siding, aluminum awning, front porch: In my area we have roofers Roofers and siding Roofing, siding, doors, windows (basically handymen). For my business I have enough roofing that I wouldn t take on a carpentry project but there are always someone that will. Maybe a handyman. If they...

Roofing: Roof, aluminum awning, lumber yard
aluminum awning, lumber yard, roofing contractor: Hi Richard, Technically a roofing contractor can t build it, because it s beyond the scope of his contractor s license. I agree that it s a fairly simple structure, but you won t find a roofer to do the entire project. But I do have some good advice....

Roofing: Our Roof, poor ventilation, ceiling insulation
poor ventilation, ceiling insulation, ridge vent: You said, The mold is due to poor ventilation which is a frost build up. That is a statement and not a question. But the statement is not necessarily true. Frost build up on a large scale is due to humid air escaping into the attic from the house. You can...

Roofing: Roof, roofer, roofing
roofer, roofing, squares: Hi Carlos, In roofing, a square is the basic unit of roofing. A square is 100 square feet. So you would talk about the size of a roof as being 25 squares or 30 squares or however many 100 square feet units there are. The cost for material will...

Roofing: Roof, roofing company, size of a football field
roofing company, size of a football field, epdm rubber: Of course price depends on location, difficulty of roof, supply and demand and many other factors. If I was doing an easy 6400 sq-ft roof with torch-down modified and I didn t have to rip off the old roof I d charge about $7,000. Maybe you also got ripped...

Roofing: Roof/Attic ventilation, cool air intake, cold snowy winter
cool air intake, cold snowy winter, cellulose insulation: Hi Michael, Too much exhaust would be if the ceiling is lifting (bowing up) between the ceiling joists :o) I have a comic image in my mind of your powerful fan pulling the ceiling out the attic vent and then all the furniture, with you barely hanging on...

Roofing: Roof/Attic got wet during Remodel, plastic tarp, water stains
plastic tarp, water stains, news once: Hi Patrick, The news is all good news. Once the rain stops, the attic will dry out very quickly. If the sun comes up, the entire attic will be dried out within one day and the insulation will be virtually undamaged. You most likely will have some water...

Roofing: Roof beam dry rot, roof beams, horizontal beams
roof beams, horizontal beams, roof beam: Hi Tom, I m guessing that the roof beams you re refering to are the rafters. If it s the rafters that have some dry rot on the ends, and if it s not more than 5 to 10 rafters, then I d recommend using a roofer for the project. Part of the process involves...

Roofing: Roof/ Cable and Phone line, asphalt shingles, electric meter
asphalt shingles, electric meter, cable lines: Hi again Kevin. Normally the utility companies responsibility stops at the electric meter or outside phone box. However, I m sure they would fix the problem for a charge. Wire guides could be an option but any unnecessary penetrations into the roof is not...

Roofing: Roof Certification?, cracked shingles, roofing expert
cracked shingles, roofing expert, functional problem: Hi Shane, The benefit in getting a roof inspection, done by a roofing expert, is that you ll get an accurate account of what to expect from your roof. Most home inspectors know the fundamental things to look for in a roof, but most home inspectors either...

Roofing: Roof Classification-Definition, saratoga california, roof on fire
saratoga california, roof on fire, roofer: Hi George, You won t be able to use cedar shakes the next time. The best you can get out of a shake roof is Class B. The Class A rating means that you can set a burning wood device, approximately 12 x 12 x 5 on the roof. If the wood device burns all...

Roofing: Roof Coatings on Rolled Roof, kool seal, rubber roofs
kool seal, rubber roofs, two coats: Hi Gary. Kool Seal is a good product I have used on metal, asphalt and rubber roofs. It works pretty well and would need at least two coats. I can t see any reason why it would not extend the life of your roof with re-application perhaps once every year...

Roofing: Roof Condensation, attic condensation, mold cleanup
attic condensation, mold cleanup, humidity meter: I guess an HVAC person but he might just say that since he can t prove it s the HVAC then he can t prove there s a job for him. Next step. Get a couple of humidity gauges and spread them out in the attic. You need to find the humidity at different points...

Roofing: Roof color, shingle roof, roofing supply
shingle roof, roofing supply, tiny samples: One thing I would never get into is picking colors. Maybe a decorator wouldn t mind doing that. What looks good to me looks terrible to the next person. Colors are a matter of opinion. Some people paint their houses pink or purple. They love it. I think it...

Roofing: Roof cost, sheathing, plywood
sheathing, plywood, estimates: Hi Jeff. Hard to estimate as so much depends on if you are including tear off and repairs to rotten sheathing and contractor. You can simply roof over one time but as you think you may have some rot, a complete tear off would be the way to go. Make sure...

Roofing: Roof Deck Condition (sagging), roof deck, roofer
roof deck, roofer, trusses: Hi David, functionally, as long as the roof has some slope, the sagging can be very extreme. It would be a matter of appearance more than function, when you finally say we gotta get those trusses replaced. If you re talking about a flat roof, there...

Roofing: Roof Deck, felt, and venting, asphalt shingles, roof sheathing
asphalt shingles, roof sheathing, tongue and groove: Aloha Adam, Well, shear strength in a roof is important in resisting the forces produced by either wind or earthquake. The wind is obvious and it applies pretty much anywhere, including the Northwest. However, earthquakes are also an issue, even in the...

Roofing: Roof Design/Installation, roofing materials, visual test
roofing materials, visual test, trusses: If the roof sags BETWEEN the trusses then something is happening between the trusses and not to the trusses. The trusses are staying put and what is between the trusses is sagging. And what is between the trusses is plywood. He used too thin a plywood and...

Roofing: Roof Dormer, fire pole, ballpark figure
fire pole, ballpark figure, roofer: Hi Erin, You can build any kind of framing on any building. It s just a matter of how expensive it would be to do it, and how it would look if you do it. I recommend that you call a couple carpenters who do small projects like yours and describe the situation....

Roofing: Roof - Drip Flashing, wood planks, drip edge
wood planks, drip edge, rain showers: Try a hose test to see where it comes in at. You can t use the fact the the roof is only 7 years old just as you can t use the fact that the windows are only 7 years old. Something is open and you have to find it. If the leak is at the ceiling then it s not...

Roofing: Roof Drip Guad, impact resistant shingles, drip guard
impact resistant shingles, drip guard, drip edge: 1) Should the drip guard be replaced with a re-roof? You could ask that of every aspect of a roof or anything else you build. Is it in bad shape? I assume it is aluminum so it will last a long time. Can it even be left if you re tearing off the old shingles....

Roofing: Roof as a deck, deck painting, wood pallets
deck painting, wood pallets, concrete tiles: Aloha Dawn, Just tar paper is not going to stand up to much of anything. Even with some kind of coating it s not going to hold up very well. A walkable deck is not something to take lightly. It needs to be built as such from the deck up. I d suggest...

Roofing: Roof decking, 7 layers, roof decking
7 layers, roof decking, rafters: Absolutely, you are on the right track. Some builders, roofers, etc think that you can t put plywood on top of plywood but they are wrong. Here s why. The reason you need a certain thickness to hold up between the rafters. If you stand on the wood directly...

Roofing: Roof delamination, waterproof properties, truss system
waterproof properties, truss system, sheathing: Hi Mike. What a good name ! Sounds as if you do have a problem. Four things come to mind... 1. The sheathing may be too thin. i.e. less than 7/16 - 1/2 . 2. There are no clips between the trusses. 3. The sheathing got wet and has started to swell. i.e....

Roofing: Roof design, roof sections, breaking the bank
roof sections, breaking the bank, degree angle: I am finally answering your question. I was in Bermuda when it came in and then I returned home to very, very heavy rains and tons of calls for roof repairs. I ve been on the phone all evening for the last two days since I came home. You have several choices....

Roofing: Roof Estimates, roof estimates, wall areas
roof estimates, wall areas, roof areas: Aloha Brian, Well, don t know how much help I will be as I don t do estimates, not detailed ones anyway, not anymore. It s way to involved and the prices move way to fast, just a month can make a serious difference. I just work with very rough per square...

Roofing: Roof Exhaust Pipe, sewage pipes, roof exhaust
sewage pipes, roof exhaust, straight pipe: Absolutely, they MUST be connected and sealed. Sewage pipes have to exit to the outside and not even be near windows because the stench coming from those pipes not only smells but carry disease. Those pipes are connected straight to the sewer underground so...

Roofing: Roof Exterior Insulation -followup, polystyrene insulation, asphalt shingles
polystyrene insulation, asphalt shingles, asphalt shingle: You can t put shingles on slopes that low. Fire the roofer. Shingles MUST be on a slope of at least 2� per foot slope. This is about 9 degrees. Even then you must use special installation procedures for these slopes since they are still low for shingles....

Roofing: Roof Exterior insulation, low slope roofs, shingle roofs
low slope roofs, shingle roofs, soffit vents: I’m assuming since you have a low slope roof that we are talking about a rubber roof or an asphalt rolled roof since you can’t put shingles on a low slope. You would insulate the roof using Iso board and attach it with screws and plates. You can then...

Roofing: Roof engineering, roofing business, aluminum tube
roofing business, aluminum tube, foot structure: In house construction weight is not a problem. People in the roofing business would not consider weight. That is for engineers. You re asking about some weird use of materials. Boat people or engineers in this area would have to answer that question. Engineers...

Roofing: Roof Failure, painting wood, duradeck
painting wood, duradeck, dek: There are a lot of gimmicky things they have. This is probably one of them. Coatings will not stop layers from opening or moving. If you coat something there is only a microscopic amount on the actual seam. The drops that are away from the seam will not do...

Roofing: Roof Felt, slip resistance, capabilty
slip resistance, capabilty, pinholes: Johnny, The preference is to use a coated felt (coated with asphalt) whether a fiberglass felt or an organic (traditional) rag felt. The felt underlayment is to have some waterproofing capabilty. If an asphalt saturated felt (without coating asphalt) is...

Roofing: Roof Felt Paper (Tar Paper), dimensional shingles, roof sheathing
dimensional shingles, roof sheathing, tar paper: Felt paper will buckle if it gets wet. Roofers then just shingle over it but it can look lumpy when done. It is best to rip off the paper and do new paper before shingling. There is special underlayment paper for shingles that will not buckle but roofer don...

Roofing: Roof Felt, asphalt shingles, warm moist air
asphalt shingles, warm moist air, new shingles: Hi Paul, Your roofer is correct, sort of. No moisture from outside will come through the shingles and if any moisture did come through the shingles, the underlayment (fancy word for felt under the shingles ) wouldn t do much to stop the water from coming...

Roofing: Roof Felting, spray foam insulation, weather damage
spray foam insulation, weather damage, sprayfoaminsulation: Hi Martin I would suggest that the age and type of the felt is the question here. If the house is fairly old (30 - 50 years) then there is every chance that the felt will perish through age more than roof problems. The first types of felt are what we call...

Roofing: Roof Flashing, shingle roof, chimney flashing
shingle roof, chimney flashing, tar roof: Hi Katie, It s a yes and no answer. If you can get your contractor to step up and fix it, it s a simple matter of removing the shingles right around the chimney and then reinstalling them with the new flashing. On the other hand, if your contractor is...

Roofing: Roof Flashings/skylights, roof flashings, architectural shingles
roof flashings, architectural shingles, landmark series: Aloha Rosemary, OK, you have the typical roof. If the skylights were installed correctly and as is usually done, the flashing on the side will likely be step flashing that will have been interlaced with the shingles. You can see how this works in the illustration...

Roofing: Roof fix it or replace it, eric worthington, domino effect
eric worthington, domino effect, great shape: Hi Eric, It sounds like you re getting a good deal. Unfortunately I can t tell what your expense will be when it s time to roof the house. The expenses on roofing vary widely from one area to another. I m in the San Francisco Bay area and the cost for...

Roofing: Roof flashing, brick veneer, lowes home
brick veneer, lowes home, housewrap: Ted - Riht on all counts. Keep in mind that if the leak is coming from above where the flashing will be and it gets behind the flashing, you will still have a leak. You can buy pre-bent flashing from your local building or roofing supplier in lengths of...

Roofing: Roof frost & snow in attick, power roof vents, attick
power roof vents, attick, intake vents: You can t just dump the bathroom exhaust into the attic. You re supposed to be getting rid of the stench from the bathroom and the humidity form the showers. That s like getting rid of your trash by trowing it in the basement. All that humidity is getting...

Roofing: Roof /Gutter flashing, roofing expert, drip edge
roofing expert, drip edge, roof gutter: Drip edge flashing is aluminum or galvanized metal that is bent at a right angle. It generall is about 2 on one leg and 2 on the other. It is installed along the edge of the roof decking, under the felt. It basically keeps the water that runs off the...

Roofing: Roof and gutters, rain gutter, reroofing
rain gutter, reroofing, medical expense: Hi Susan, The short answer... I d recommend that you get the gutters now. The Long answer... The issues are money and convenience. The cost of installing the gutters apart from the reroofing process is about $100 to $200, depending on your specific...

Roofing: Roof Ice Damning, roof ice, water shield
roof ice, water shield, massive ice: Ice Shield is good but not perfect but if you have multiple leaks then something s wrong. Do you have a low slope? I have seen may shingles put on low slopes that are too low for shingles and they will definitely leak. You can check the lower edge by lifting...

Roofing: Roof Installation in Rain, day laborers, royal sovereign
day laborers, royal sovereign, driving rain: Sharon, The fascia board and gutter can be installed after the shingles. Actually it is better to install the gutter afterward so that it isn t damaged during the shingle work. As far as the fascia board is concern, it doesn t really matter either way, unless...

Roofing: Roof Insulation, warm moist air, roof insulation
warm moist air, roof insulation, dam effects: Michael, The reflective property of the Reflextix is intended to reflect heat in desired direction. So, if the main concern will be to keep the heat out of the interior space, the Reflextix should be atop the pink insulation in the cavity. If you are in...

Roofing: Roof improvements, hurricane damages, tile roofing
hurricane damages, tile roofing, new shingles: There is nothing you can do beyond cleaning the roof. You could paint it but I think that looks ugly. Tiles are very expensive although there is imitation stuff on the market that are a lot lighter and cheaper. I have no idea what it would cost. Many factors...

Roofing: Roof installation in rain, shingle roof, roof ventilation
shingle roof, roof ventilation, roofer: Hi Lee, That s right, it is okay if the felt paper got wet during the installation of the shingles. Even with the shingles installed, the felt paper will dry out very quickly. The only concern would be if the felt paper bubbled up while it was wet. If...

Roofing: Roof insulation, spray foam insulation, foil insulation
spray foam insulation, foil insulation, roof insulation: Hi Shaun There are a few ways of doing what you describe, including batts, foil and spray foam. If the insulation you describe is the solid polyurethane board type insulation, this should work fine as long as it is fitted correctly. The problem with fitting...

Roofing: Roof Jacks on Existing Roof, nail holes, roof jacks
nail holes, roof jacks, roofer: Hi Mark, It s plan B. Nailing through the top of the shingle isn t a bad thing at all. Of course you wouldn t want to be doing it often, or without good reason. When you re done, put a very small dab of mastic or silicone or just about any caulking on...

Roofing: Roof Jacks, asphalt shingle, roof jacks
asphalt shingle, roof jacks, fiber cement: Hi Eric, I ve heard roof jack be used in reference to the flashing around a plumbing pipe that comes up through the roof. Also in reference to the metal brackets that you need on a steep roof, where 2 x 6 boards are inserted, in a way that will hold a...

Roofing: Roof jack, new shingles, diagonal holes
new shingles, diagonal holes, three nails: Hi Joseph, I can t visualize what you re saying. The tear drop holes make me think that those roof jacks are adjustable for the size or angle of the board you re going to use in them. Take a photo of the roof jack and email it to skarbekroofing@ sbcglobal.net...

Roofing: Roof/knee wall ventilation, dead air space, wall ventilation
dead air space, wall ventilation, dormer vents: Thanks for the question. You did a great job describing the situation. This is pretty long and involved though. I am on vacation this week but next week call me at my office -- 1-800-543-8938 ext 201 -- to discuss. I may have a couple of ideas for you...

Roofing: Roof Leak, concrete tile roof, silicon caulk
concrete tile roof, silicon caulk, vent pipe: Haniel - It is probably the rubber boot arount the vent pipe on the roof. Over a period of time, the rubber collar can become cracked. If you can get on the roof with some black silicon caulk and just coat the collar area where the pipe protrudes, that should...

Roofing: Roof Leak?, roof shingle, roof slope
roof shingle, roof slope, galvanized nails: Hi Tom, By your description of the flashing and the nails through the flashing, I m pretty confident that s not the problem. The only way that would be the problem would be if the slope of the roof is very low, nearly flat. In roofing, the slope of a...

Roofing: Roof Leak, concrete tile roof, mold concerns
concrete tile roof, mold concerns, concrete tiles: Hi Brian, The key thing to keep in mind is that the leak is coming through the roof somewhere. A specific place. The water isn t coming in by osmosis. There s a hole somewhere. Or a shifted tile. Finding the actual leak is a huge benefit. There are...

Roofing: Roof Leak, roofing paper, rubber roofing
roofing paper, rubber roofing, roofing material: HI STEVE . YES ITS BEST TO REMOVE LOD ROOFING .THEN INSTALL A GOOD BASE SHEET OR 30LB FELT . AND NO THE NEW ROOFING IS NOT NAILED DOWN ITS GLUED OR SEALED DOWN TO THE NEW FELT OR BASE SHEET WHICH IS NAILED DOWN. P.S YOU CAN GET INSTRUCTIONS FROM ROOFING SUPLY...

Roofing: Roof Leak, roofing paper, shinles
roofing paper, shinles, vinyl siding: Hi Ron, Based on your description, it sounds like your plan should be successful. You re welcome to send some photos of that area of the roof and I could see exactly what it looks like. If you send some photos, send them to skarbekroofing@sbcglobal.net....

Roofing: Roof Leak, asphalt shingles, roofing job
asphalt shingles, roofing job, ridge vent: Matt - It is possible for a ridge vent, especially the typical aluminum cheapy type, to leak on a hard, driving, extended rain. Once things clear up, if you can, check out the roof area above and to the left and right of the visible ceiling stain and look...

Roofing: Roof Leak?, water stains, roof leak
water stains, roof leak, white paint: If it s a roof leak it will happen only during rains. If it is condensation it can happen any time. You need to find out when it occurs. You can put some white paint up to see when the stains appear again. Condensation tends to be widespread where leaks tend...

Roofing: Roof Leak, dimensional shingles, water trickles
dimensional shingles, water trickles, minimum pitch: Hi Pam, The short answer... The pitch on your roof is too low for shingles. I recommend that you have a hot tar system installed. Either tar & gravel, or torch down roofing. The long answer... The third comment you made is the answer to the second...

Roofing: Roof Leak, heavy downpour, hail storm
heavy downpour, hail storm, shingle roof: Hi Sue, The good news is that the roof isn t too flat, A mistake many homeowners make is choosing a kind of roofing that works on 5/12 pitch roofs, but not on 2/12. The bad news is that your description doesn t really give any clues as to the cause of...

Roofing: Roof Leak at Fireplace, soft flow, water penetration
soft flow, water penetration, roof leak: Hi Lisa, There are a few things you could do. The leak is either coming from the chimney structure, the flashing around the chimney, or the roofing uphill from the chimney. I usually don t recommend looking for leaks with a hose, but this is an exception....

Roofing: Roof Leak Near Chimney - How can I find it, installing ridge vents, soffit vent
installing ridge vents, soffit vent, roof leak: Hi Paul, On a cathedral style ceiling, if there isn t ventilation in each of the rafter bays, there can be a problem with condensation developing inside the rafter bays. The moisture can build up enough so that it flows downhill, on top of the ceiling, collects...

Roofing: Roof Leak, roof leak, midline
roof leak, midline, heavy rain: Hi Doug, These are easy, short answer, questions ;o) 1) Do I complete the entire Left Side of the Valley before starting the Right? Yes. 2)The Right Side straight edge Shingles I assume are installed vertical running up the Valley? That s correct....

Roofing: Roof leading where house meets attached garage, aluminum siding, weep holes
aluminum siding, weep holes, driving rain: It sounds like you have a flashing problem but then you tried to get it to leak with a hose and it didn’t leak. Where the shingles meet the house you need step flashing or you will get leaks. Caulking is only a short-term solution as no roofer would do that....

Roofing: Roof leak, friend warren, roof leak
friend warren, roof leak, roofer: To be truthful if you have never roofed before it is very difficult to install A vAlley . my advice would be get a professonail roofer to do this . get some estimates and go with the best estimates . hope i dont sound blunt but you can save your self some...

Roofing: Roof leak, architectural shingles, roof shingles
architectural shingles, roof shingles, minimum slope: It’s simple. You did the wrong kind of roof. Shingles are for slopes. Sealed roofs like modified or BUR are for flat roofs. These basic instructions are on every single package of shingles sold. Shingles must have a minimum slope of 2� per foot and even...

Roofing: Roof leak?, vaulted ceilings, roof leak
vaulted ceilings, roof leak, roofline: It could be either although condensation tends to happen over larger areas. Your pattern does seem to to be a pattern from ice damming which is more prevalent in lower slopes. Many times shingles are put on slopes that are too low for shingles and will easily...

Roofing: Roof leak: False gable, ridge vent, both, niether?, gable vent, brick veneer
gable vent, brick veneer, roofing paper: Hi KK, Unless a vent is leaking into the attic, don t seal it. More ventilation is only good. You can only decide to install new flashing, based on whether the old flashing isn t doing what it should be doing. And only your eyes can determine that. ...

Roofing: Roof leak: False gable, ridge vent, both?, gable vent, mortar joints
gable vent, mortar joints, brick veneer: The best way is to set the metal in the brick when the wall is built. Later you can cut the wall to set it in but this is not easy to do. It is good but not easy. Next would be to do a good job by having a piece of flashing on the wall with a caulking lip...

Roofing: Roof leak: False gable, ridge vent, or both?, gable vent, brick veneer
gable vent, brick veneer, ridge vent: I am not sure how much I can help you. Sure, it is possible that air and potentially water are being drawn in the gable vent to feed the ridge vent. If this is happening, you should see some sort of staining on the inside of the gable vent. I would suggest...

Roofing: Roof leak, low water pressure, concrete tile
low water pressure, concrete tile, roof leak: HI DON. TO TROUBLE SHOOT THE ROOF LEAK AROUND THE CHIMNEY I WOULD GO INSIDE TH ATTIC IF POSSIBLE AND GO OVER TO WHERE THE CHIMNEY IS AND SE IF YOU CAN SEE DAYLIGHT UP AROUND WHERE THS CHIMNEY COMES THROUGH THE ROOF LINE . IF THATS NOT POSSIBLE THEN GO ON...

Roofing: Roof leaking after drying in before shingling, hurricane wilma, driven rain
hurricane wilma, driven rain, tar paper: Kay, I cannot speak much to your particular situation since I am not there. However, I will try to help. Felt paper is not the main protection for a roof. That is not true. In fact, it is not unusual for shingles to be installed without felt paper sometimes....

Roofing: Roof leaking where porch roof joins house roof, asphalt shingles, porch roof
asphalt shingles, porch roof, pitch change: El - Consider the flashing as one, long, continuous, shingle. The flashing needs to go OVER the shingles on the porch roof and UNDER the shingles of the house roof. I am assuming that there is a pitch change at the intersection of these two roofs. Hopefully,...

Roofing: Roof leaks, aluminum roof coating, rolled roofing
aluminum roof coating, rolled roofing, block masonry: Uday, Your contractor appears to be taking a proper approach to direct the water away from the wall. If the torch applied material has a granule surfacing you do not need to apply an aluminized coating. However, if no surfacing on the sheet, a coat is needed...

Roofing: Roof leaks below the ridge vent, asphalt shingle roof, ridge vent
asphalt shingle roof, ridge vent, butt joints: The vent itself is an item full of holes to let air through. If installed incorrectly water can blow up through the holes. If you can get up in the attic during a leak you can follow the trail of water. Maybe take it all apart and do over. Sometimes the shingles...

Roofing: Roof leaks, cold winter climate, roof slope
cold winter climate, roof slope, ventilation requirements: A 3/12 slope is borderline. From 2/12 up to 4/12 you need special procedures to keep the water out. Below 2/12 you can t do shingles. Above 4/12 you can do shingles in the regular way. At 3/12 you need to have ice shield material on the entire roof. You...

Roofing: Roof Mold, moss growth, green mold
moss growth, green mold, moist areas: The mold or moss grows wherever moisture sits. You probably have a part of the roof that the sun is not hitting and is staying wet. Certain areas of the country are more susceptible to this if they are more moist areas of the country. There are chemicals to...

Roofing: Roof meets Plywood / Stucco, asphalt shingle roof, mold mildew
asphalt shingle roof, mold mildew, adding a room: I think I know what you re describing. Unless you gave the roofer specific specs as to what they would do there, he just did what was standard on the edge. He worked with what you gave him. It doesn t matter how the edge was done with the metal. It would all...

Roofing: Roof mounted attic fan, dome type, attic fan
dome type, attic fan, attic space: Hi Chauncie, Required is a little strong. It s recommended, and the fan will be more effective if it s centrally located. But if there are other factors working against that location, it will still be very effective over at the side of the attic. Forgive...

Roofing: Roof mounted exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, attic fans
bathroom exhaust fan, attic fans, bathroom fans: Hi Sarah There Are Bathroom fans available For your ceiling and would be able to also roof mount. You will have to hire an electrician to install it. I went to attic fans on the Internet it seem s there are many to choose from. but this will put a hole in...

Roofing: Roof Nailing (w/ a 3D Comp. Asphalt Shingle System), asphalt shingle, roof rafters
asphalt shingle, roof rafters, roofing paper: I don’t know what “skip sheeting� is. Wood under the roof is called “Sheathing� but then what’s “skip�? Whenever you nail something to a surface you want the nails to come through the other side so you should see nails. But if they were nailing...

Roofing: Roof + New Chimney = persistent leak?, brick columns, roofer
brick columns, roofer, heavy rain: You have better logic then your roofer...or maybe he knows what he says is bogus but is trying to talk his way out of the problem. Want to prove it? Hose the chimney on the outside by the roof. If it leaks and you did not spray any water into the chimney...

Roofing: Roof near forest, composition shingle roof, composition shingles
composition shingle roof, composition shingles, true products: Hi Kellie, I recommend asphalt composition shingles. They re rated Class A for fire resistance. They re durable so that they ll last 30 years. You can walk on a composition shingle roof without worrying about breakage. They ve been manufactured for...

Roofing: Roof overlay technic, new shingles, cosmetic issue
new shingles, cosmetic issue, leakages: Going over lumpy shingles is only a cosmetic issue. You do not cover the old shingles with anything. There is a special pattern to the new shingles so you don’t see the rows of the old shingles but it is still a cosmetic issue. You butt the tops of the new...

Roofing: Roof Pitch, ceiling joists, different pitches
ceiling joists, different pitches, roof pitch: Aloha Claudia, I apologize if there was any confusion but didn t say that, please reread my previous answer. I said Not knowing anything else about your house, it s difficult to say. You had not indicated a length, nor a style. If you read further in...

Roofing: Roof Pitch for Metal Roofing, metal roofing alliance, putnam county fl
metal roofing alliance, putnam county fl, slope roofing: Good question. We commonly install Standing Seam Steel and Aluminum roofing down to a 1/12 pitch. We are also in a heavy snowfall area with ice damming issues, which is normally the worse-case issue for roofing systems. The panel we use is a double-lock...

Roofing: Roof Pitch, pitch roof, slope roof
pitch roof, slope roof, roof slope: It would be strictly an aesthetic opinion. The roof slope will have a huge effect on the curb appeal of the home. If you are going to use a lower-end roofing material like asphalt, you may want a lower slope roof so it is not so prominent. If you are...

Roofing: Roof Plenum Vapor Barrier, rigid insulation board, fiberglass insulation
rigid insulation board, fiberglass insulation, renovation project: Aloha Brian, Yes, this will work. Will you be replacing the roofing itself, if so you may want to consider a rigid insulation board with a built-in slope. This may be more expensive. Another option you might investigate is foamed insulation, which...

Roofing: Roof Plywood Questions, plywood roof sheathing, interior plywood
plywood roof sheathing, interior plywood, minor alterations: Hi Kurt. I ll try and answer your questions in order. 1. I usually try and run the plywood over the fascia as it can cause a small valley which can hold water. 2. If the roof deck is already 3/4 then use plywood. If it is only 7/16 or 1/2 , using 3/4 ...

Roofing: Roof Problems, kickout flashing, composition shingles
kickout flashing, composition shingles, wood shingles: Hi Jimmy, I hope this is getting to you soon enough to provide some benefit. I checked out the report that you sent. There are two issues with overspacing. One is that the nails could be exposed because the course that covers the nails could be too high...

Roofing: Roof Puffing Up, roofers, shingles
roofers, shingles: You d have to find out what the puffing is then you can figure out whose fault but I d figure that if you didn t get involved in any of the work then it has to be someone else s problem. Are the shingles loose? Is the wood popping up because they did not nail...

Roofing: Roof paper., roof underlayment, wood sheathing
roof underlayment, wood sheathing, warm moist air: Hi James, Please forgive the length of this answer. Here s the purpose of the felt paper. As warm moist air rises, it passes through the sheetrock ceiling in your home and up through the attic. The felt paper allows the moist air to pass through, but...

Roofing: Roof pitches, composition shingle roof, roof slopes
composition shingle roof, roof slopes, roof pitches: Hi Manuel. Roofing with shingles should be a minimum of 3/12 pitch. The more slope there is, the better the chance for less leak possibilities. If you don t know how to calculate your pitch, here is a web site that may prove useful. Hope this helps. http://roofgenius.com/roofpitch.ht...

Roofing: Roof plywood sealing, composition shingles, plywood edges
composition shingles, plywood edges, plywood deck: Hi John, The short answer... Don t install any of that extra material you mentioned. The only extra that you should include is an upgraded architectually styled shingle. The long answer... I strongly recommend against your plan. There will be thousands...

Roofing: Roof Question, modified bitumen roofing, drip guard
modified bitumen roofing, drip guard, drip edge: Modified does not come two ply. It is possible to do in that you could install two roofs and then you d have two plies but I m willing to bet you ve been had. If the lines on the roof are 3 feet apart it is one ply. I don t know if he used good material as...

Roofing: Roof Quote, modified bitumen, slope roof
modified bitumen, slope roof, tile roof: Granulated anything is what gives it its color and if it s a light color then it will reflect heat but if it is going to be under the tile then the sun would never hit it. It sounds like they know the tiles will not keep the water out because it s a low...

Roofing: Roof Over or Remove, new shingles, vicksburg mississippi
new shingles, vicksburg mississippi, architectural shingles: Hi Linda, There s no problem in going over the existing roof. The problems mentioned by the first contractor, about the nails, is simply wrong. Even if that contractor gives you a bid for roofing over the existing roof, don t use him. The only real benefit...

Roofing: Roof Repair, wind gusts, act of god
wind gusts, act of god, improper installation: Generally, I would say this is an Act of God and should be covered by insurance. The same would apply had a storm wrecked the shingles before they were even installed but they were sitting on your house. However, I would contact the manufacturer of the...

Roofing: Roof Repair, sqaure foot, initial inspection
sqaure foot, initial inspection, direct energy: It is common to fix any piece of wood by nailing (called sistering) a piece of wood next to it but it is not as strong as replacing the wood. Sometimes it s just too hard to replace it. Sometimes the old is not in that bad a shape so you just sister it to...

Roofing: Roof Repair, roofing material, soft spot
roofing material, soft spot, roofer: Hi James, What do you mean by soft spot ? Is it an 8 x 8 spot where the roofing material sags? Or a is it an area between two rafters where there s the sheathing dips low and easily? Or something else that I m not visualizing? Maybe it would help if...

Roofing: Roof Replacement, roofing company, friend warren
roofing company, friend warren, foot area: HI KELLY .FIRST OF ALL ITS NOT YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ROOF THE HOME OWNER SHOULD BE. THATS WAHT AN INSPECTION IS FOR TO PROTECT YOU . AT THE LEAST THE HOME OWNER SHOULD WORK WITH YOU . AS FOR THE INSPECTION MOST HOME INPECTORS DONOT EVEN GO ON TOP...

Roofing: Roof. Reshake or comp shingle?, composition shingle, composition shingles
composition shingle, composition shingles, shingle manufacturers: Hi Jamie, The short answer... All of the shingle manufacturers are about the same, in terms of function. The look of the shingles that some manufacturer s offer may be more to your liking than the shingles you can get from another manufacturer. But don...

Roofing: Roof raftor dry rot at tails, attention getter, dry rot
attention getter, dry rot, rafter: Hi Kevin, There are two ways to go about it. The main issue is that you need to cut off enough of the rafter tail so that all of the dry rot will be gone. Replace that piece with a new piece of wood. In the first, easiest way, cut off 6 of the rafter....

Roofing: Roof renovation, plywood sheathing, asphalt shingle
plywood sheathing, asphalt shingle, roof renovation: It may be OK but it is not the better method. It can be done that way and may work out but it will be stronger if the furring strips are removed. The furring strips will not support much weight so the real support is on the intersection of the furring strips...

Roofing: Roof repair, roofing job, down spout
roofing job, down spout, shingle roof: It sounds like a roofing job and a small job at that. A roofer should do it but as you said many only want the big bucks and ignore people with smaller problems unless they can talk them into a larger job. How about just taking some roof material and covering...

Roofing: Roof repair, colour variations, satellite dish
colour variations, satellite dish, home depot: Hi Roger, Considering that your roof still has a lot of life left in it, I would try to cut out the shingles that are damaged and replace them. You may have slight colour variations, but it is the best way to repair. If you want a more simple, but not...

Roofing: Roof repair, cast iron case, gravel roof
cast iron case, gravel roof, roof leaks: Hi Dawn. You say you don t know anything about roofs. I disagree. You know enough to say The roof leaks . I assume the roof is flat or close to flat. This is a common problem when a roof is old and over time it will deteriorate. Sounds to me like it is time...

Roofing: Roof repair contract, cobra ridge vent, asphalt shingles
cobra ridge vent, asphalt shingles, style ceilings: Hi Pat, The short answer... What that contractor recommended is the right way to go, including the removal of the powered attic fans. Although I usually don t comment on pricing, if it s under a grand, then it s not a rip off. At the same time, I recommend...

Roofing: Roof repair vs replacement, composition shingles, roofing contractors
composition shingles, roofing contractors, life span: When an object s repair costs exceed the value of the item then it s not worth fixing. If you have a $5,000 car and the car gets scratched with damage at $100 you fix the scratch. If it gets in an accident and it cost $1,000 to fix you fix the car. If the...

Roofing: Roof repair, roofing shingles, asphalt roofing
roofing shingles, asphalt roofing, metal shingles: My expertise is only with metal roofing. If these are metal shingles, then I can help. Let me know. If not, I suggest going to some of the handyman websites like Bob Vila or Ask the Builder or contacting ARMA -- the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association....

Roofing: Roof repairs and insurance, story townhouse, time homeowner
story townhouse, time homeowner, t pay: What to do first: Fix the roof first then paint. You call the insurance company when you can get paid for damage. How much is your deductible? Is it worth the claim and probably get your rates raised. Insurance companies don t pay for roofs that go bad....

Roofing: Roof replacement, roofing job, shingle roof
roofing job, shingle roof, roof drains: Hi Rick, The short answer... That is definitely too soon for damage to happen. The downspout needs to be changed, one of two ways. The downspout needs a bend in the bottom section so the water isn t dropping out of the downspout straight down onto the...

Roofing: Roof replacement, google, city buildings
google, city buildings, chicago city: We live near Chicago. The Chicago city government is promoting green roofing on city buildings, the type where gardens are planted over single-ply roofs. If you search on Google, you can find the published results. The city has a lot of cost comparisons...

Roofing: Roof replacement and A/C unit on roof, wood shingles, c unit
wood shingles, c unit, horror stories: Hi Ray, There are a number of ways that your A/C unit could be installed. The way the roofing goes would depend on how the A/C unit is installed. But most units are simply attached on top of the roof and secured to the roof. If that s your situation, you...

Roofing: Roof replacement, plywood sheathing, asphalt shingle
plywood sheathing, asphalt shingle, slate tile: Dennis, The 1x4 s are probably set for the shake installation based on slope, size of shake, and exposure of shake (i.e., visible portion in the finished installation). The only other likely option might be a metal panel roof system. Various profiles...

Roofing: Roof restoration, roof restoration, fire retardant
roof restoration, fire retardant, fire hazard: I have never done a wood shake roof so I don t now if it is past its prime. Many areas don t allow it because of fire hazard so you don t see any around my way. I guess the only thing you can do is get another opinion (estimate) and try to research his...

Roofing: Roof rising, air gap, expansion joints
air gap, expansion joints, insulating system: When you say, professional (certified) Certainteed system installed , what do you mean. What kind of system? Virtually no one is a professional. You have to figure out exactly what is moving. If the lines that pop are the full length of a rafter then the...

Roofing: Roof Sheathing buckling, asphalt shingles, roof sheathing
asphalt shingles, roof sheathing, horizontal joints: Hi Greg. You sure do have a problem. Very difficult to resolve. About the only thing you can do is to install 2 x 4 s under the joints to push the sheathing up. However, the problem is that it may well pop the nails that go into the trusses. If you can gently...

Roofing: Roof Shingle Overhang at Gable, tab shingles, roof shingle
tab shingles, roof shingle, facia board: Hi Steve, What I would suggest won t looks exactly as it should, but it shouldn t be noticeable to folks unless they re looking for some mistakes. Maybe your mother in law, for instance. Buy some metal nosing that normally extends under the shingles about...

Roofing: Roof Shingles blowing off, roof shingles, ridge vent
roof shingles, ridge vent, speedy reply: Hi Don, Are we playing stump the expert ? :o) If so, you re doing a hell of a job. Heh heh heh. Let s boil it down to the fundamental issues. There are only three reasons that shingles blow off a roof. One is that the wind is simply too strong....

Roofing: Roof Shingles / Ridge Vents / Facia Shield, installing ridge vents, tab shingles
installing ridge vents, tab shingles, architectural shingles: Hi Phil, You re assumption is right, you don t double it because of it being a two story house. The size of the attic is the important issue. Here s why 3/4 of the contractors are pushing ridge vents. They don t know how to do the math that we just talked...

Roofing: Roof Skylight, silicone caulk, exhusband
silicone caulk, exhusband, buffalo ny: Who is this?! (from a movie line!) OK. If a bat got in the house, the glass has come off of the curb at least 3 . You will need to reposition the glass back on the curb (that s the box that was built on the roof - it probably stands above the shingles...

Roofing: Roof Structure, asphalt shingle roof, asphalt shingles
asphalt shingle roof, asphalt shingles, tin roofs: Aloha Richard, Yes, most likely. Without knowing knowing how the original roof was built nor how the overlay roof was built, its next to impossible to say. However, tin roofs are usually quite light compared to nearly any other type of roof. A typical...

Roofing: Roof sheathing, roof sheathing, plywood
roof sheathing, plywood, roofer: Hi Renee, If you re going to make your roof sheathing thicker, install the new plywood over the existing plywood. I d recommend installing 1/2 plywood. The 3/8 plywood that you already have in place won t hurt anything and it will definitely add some...

Roofing: Roof shingle color, new shingles, roof shingle
new shingles, roof shingle, elkcorp: Paul, Just like paint, the installed color of the roof will typically be more pronounced than the small sample. I m not an architect, so I m not real good with color compatibilities. You could install new shingles but that is a lot of money. Another approach...

Roofing: Roof shingles wrap over facia, rain gutters, roof shingles
rain gutters, roof shingles, roof shingle: Hi Vince, I actually did understand your original question, I just couldn t imagine anyone doing the roof like that, so I figured that I must be misunderstanding you. :o) That s a really strange situation. I m certain that the work wasn t done by a roofer....

Roofing: Roof Tile Spraying ?, color variance, concrete tiles
color variance, concrete tiles, roof tile: Some roofs come with deliberate color variation for design purposes. Some do not. In either case these aspects should be published on the product or before you buy. I would think that lacquer would wear in time and you’d have to do it every so often....

Roofing: Roof trusses, wood trusses, roof trusses
wood trusses, roof trusses, steel framing: It partially depends on where you live. If you live near salt water, the salt in the air causes problems for galvanized trusses so they would not be a good choice. Generally speaking, that is there only real downside. Some companies have portable roll forming...

Roofing: Roof Under Exsiting Screen Room, patio cover, best solution
patio cover, best solution, shingles: Shingles cannot be put on low slopes or they will leak. You also can’t have post going through the roof or they will leak. Get the deck off and the posts out. Then do a modified (or some sealed type of roof) and then build a deck that only rests on the roof....

Roofing: Roof Vent, ridge vent, roof vent
ridge vent, roof vent, metal vents: There are instructions with the ridge vent. If you have a ridge pole construction then you have to cut back a certain distance for the air flow. If you have truss construction then you don t have to cut as much back. Before cutting the wood remove extra shingles...

Roofing: Roof Ventilation, installing ridge vents, gable vent
installing ridge vents, gable vent, roof ventilation: Hi Susan, A powered fan is always going to be more efficient than other ventilation systems that rely on simple air flow. Ridge vents would work and they would do an adequate job, but your powered fan is doing a much better job. I m not a fan of the any...

Roofing: Roof Ventilation-Followup, roof ventilation, ridge vent
roof ventilation, ridge vent, attic ventilation: Hi Peter, They don t cancel each other out. A powered attic fan is going to clear all of the attic air out in a short amount of time. It doesn t matter what other ventilation you have in the roof, the powered fan will do the job. The goal of attic ventilation...

Roofing: Roof Ventilation, roof ventilation, insect screening
roof ventilation, insect screening, ridge vent: Hi Susan, The short answer... Keep everything as it is right now, with a powered attic fan and at least two gable vents. The longer answer... You should definitely keep your powered attic fan in use. Nothing moves the air through your attic better or...

Roofing: Roof Venting, insulation baffles, soffit vents
insulation baffles, soffit vents, energy efficient construction: Mark, If the space between the interior ceiling and the underside of the roof deck (i.e., the space between the roof rafters) is filled with fiberglass insulation, you will get no venting in any case. The air flow will be blocked by the insulation. While...

Roofing: Roof Venting, roof ventilation, drip edge
roof ventilation, drip edge, ridge vent: Frost happens when you cool down humid air. Ice happens when you freeze liquid water. Liquid water could only get into your attic if you had a leak but that would only be in the spot you have a leak. Do you have leaks all over the place? If it is widespread...

Roofing: Roof Venting, Ridge/cans vs Gable and combining??, attic ventilation, roof venting
attic ventilation, roof venting, gable vents: Hi Dave, I disagree with your contractor. Attic ventilation is a simple issue. Vents in the soffits (low in the attic) allow outside air to flow in to the attic. Warm air rises. As attic air warms up, compared to the outside air, the attic air will move...

Roofing: Roof Venting, ridge vent, poor ventilation
ridge vent, poor ventilation, roof venting: Hi Sunil, The short answer... Install the fan and leave the ridge vents as they are. The longer answer... Putting in an attic fan won t make the ventillation worse. It will only be better. Those who propose that a fan will only suck air IN to the attic...

Roofing: Roof Vents, style ceilings, roof sheathing
style ceilings, roof sheathing, roof ventalation: Hi Richard, In most cathedral style ceilings between each set of rafters there s a layer of sheetrock for the ceiling, an 8 space, and then the sheathing for the roof. That space beween the ceiling and the roof sheathing, and between the two rafters is...

Roofing: Roof Vents, ridge vent, painting on the wall
ridge vent, painting on the wall, roof vents: You can’t shingle with the vents in place. The vent has to go over the shingles. That’s like trying to paint a wall without removing the painting on the wall to get underneath. So just replace the vent afterwards. They’re not expensive. I have no idea...

Roofing: Roof Vents, composition shingle roof, wood sheathing
composition shingle roof, wood sheathing, placement location: Hi Doug, You may regret that you asked for detail :o) I ll assume that you have an asphalt composition shingle roof and that you already have the flashing for the vent. The major steps are these... 1. Determine the exact placement location for the...

Roofing: Roof valley, copper sheathing, open valleys
copper sheathing, open valleys, patch job: Hi Al, I m having a hard time visualizing the problem. Severe erosion on a 5 year old roof is very unusual, regardless of the pitch. If you can send some photos of the situation I d be glad to check them out and give you some advice. Send them to skarbekroofing@...

Roofing: Roof vent installation, ashphalt shingles, shingle roof
ashphalt shingles, shingle roof, building cabinets: Hi Acky, It s a fairly simple procedure. I m sure you ll do fine. Buy some vent tubing that will correctly fit over the fan. Usually it s a 4 or 6 tube that s needed. That tube needs to be long enough to reach to the sheathing, plus another 6 to...

Roofing: Roof vent pipe boot repair, roof cement, roof vent
roof cement, roof vent, vent pipe: Hi Jeff, The simplest thing to do is to simply seal the cracks in the rubber boot with some mastic. At Home Depot it comes in a blue bucket and it s called Henry s Roof Cement. If you spread mastic over the cracks and gaps, it will keep the flashing watertight...

Roofing: Roof vent vs ridge vent, ridge vent, roof vent
ridge vent, roof vent, soffit vents: All venting systems require soffit vents. It’s a simple concept and you can just use your gut feeling as you do when you air your house out. The whole idea is to vent as much of the attic out as you can to cut down on heat and possible moisture buildup....

Roofing: Roof ventilation, vent holes, roof ventilation
vent holes, roof ventilation, friend warren: HI DAVE .IT SEEMS LIKE YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF. YOURE RIGHT THE VENT RIDGE SHOULD BE CUT ON BOTH SIDES FOR BETTER DRAW. ALSO THEY SHOULD COVER THE OLD VENT HOLES UP WHERE THE OLD ALUMINUM VENTS WERE SO THE VENT RIDGE DONT DRAW FROM THEM INSTEAD OF THE SOFFIT...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, slate tile, roof rafters
slate tile, roof rafters, roof ventilation: Most roofing materials have a lot of mass. Like asphalt, slate & tile. The sun s energy is absorbed into the roof material & radiates into your home all day & for a long time after sundown. With temperatures outside being 75 degrees, an asphalt roof s...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, dimensional shingles, gar ranch
dimensional shingles, gar ranch, power vent: Jeff, Please feel free to just email direct to me at tmiller@classicroof.com ... it is usually easier that way. I always suggest vent along the entire ridge and then a good amount of venting on the soffits -- at least between every third rafter. ...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, soffit ventilation, gable vent
soffit ventilation, gable vent, roof ventilation: Hi Matt, Definitely don t add the ridge or soffit vents. With the powered attic fan, you re going to draw in all the outside air that you need through the gable vents. With the powered attic fan and with the gable vents, all of the hot, moist air in the...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, roof ridge vent, roof shingles
roof ridge vent, roof shingles, shingle roof: Shingles MUST be on a slope of at least 2� per foot slope. This is about 9 degrees. Even then you must use special installation procedures for these slopes since they are still low for shingles. You can use these special procedures for 2� up to 4� per...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, gable vent, passive ventilation
gable vent, passive ventilation, roof ventilation: Hi Kevin, You asked, Is it worth putting in a ridge/turbine/box vent regardless, to keep the powered fan from working as much? I d say yes, but don t go to too much effort and expense. Like all things, it s a matter of weighing the pros and cons. On...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, tar and gravel roof, asphalt shingles
tar and gravel roof, asphalt shingles, turbine vents: Thanks Jeff for the extra information, it helps clarify the situation. In this case, although having vents high would be desirable, it doesn t seem like it will be practical or aesthetically pleasing. If it were a very large space, it would be much more...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, roof ventilation, asphalt roof
roof ventilation, asphalt roof, shed roof: You definitely want to vent the roof on your new addition. Not venting will shorten the life of your roof, promote mold growth and end up rotting the structure due to trapped moisture. A company called DCI Products makes the products you need. Look up...

Roofing: Roof ventilation for a cross-gable roof, installing ridge vents, ventilation area
installing ridge vents, ventilation area, vent area: It s hard to picture what you have but you want to bring cool air in at the bottom. Do as much as you can. If you have 100 sq-ft at the top and 75 at the bottom then you have a 75 sq-ft ventilation system. Some is better than none. There s no magic number....

Roofing: Roof ventilation help??, insulation level, roof ventilation
insulation level, roof ventilation, attic room: Hi Antonio, I would think that the only issue is whether the powered fan is going to suck out the loose insulation. Since the insulation is on top of the ceiling and the powered fan is up close to the ridge line, then I can t imagine it would be disturbing...

Roofing: Roof ventilation, roof ridge vent, turbine vents
roof ridge vent, turbine vents, roof ventilation: HI LANA. AT 900 SQUARE FEET THAT IS SMALL. WHAT I ALWAYS RECOMEND IS VENT RIDGE .. WHAT I WOULD DO IS IS ASK THE EACH ROOFER HOW MUCH RIDGE LINE FEET DOES IT REQURE FOR YOUR HOME . THEN I WOULD SEE WHICH ONE IS TELLING THE TRUTH .AND IF POSSIBLE GO WITH THE...

Roofing: Roof venting, cellulose insulation, insulation contractor
cellulose insulation, insulation contractor, gable dormer: Leaks from ice damming on a 12/12 roof is not likely so I d wonder what else is going on. Are there holes? Did they use Ice and Water Shield under the shingles? Are the valleys done properly? It depends where the leaks are. An individual shingle is easy to...

Roofing: Roof vents?, dormer vents, watertight condition
dormer vents, watertight condition, roofing contractor: Hi Sandi, There s no current warranty on the material, and there s nothing you ll be able to do to get a warranty in place from the manufacturer. There are several reasons. The first and foremost reason is that if there s any possible way for a shingle...

Roofing: Roof vents, continuous soffit vent, turbine vents
continuous soffit vent, turbine vents, inadequate ventilation: Hi Dan, Most of the turbines style vents you buy these days have a plastic washer that eliminates the squeek. AND... if it ever does start to squeek, point the nozzle of a WD-40 can at the two connection spots and give it two squirts. The squeek will be...

Roofing: Roof vents, roofing installation, proper ventilation
roofing installation, proper ventilation, roof vents: I agree with your husband in not wanting the typical mushroom shaped vents on your roof. Those things are ugly. You are correct, you must have ventilation inlets (soffits) and outlets. Without proper ventilation, your home will be damaged quite a bit over...

Roofing: Roof vents, sunny climates, roofing material
sunny climates, roofing material, metal roofing: Ridge vents are full length of the ridge, so they usually allow for a more uniform ventilation, plus they are hidden, so they look better. Radiant OSB really helps in hot/sunny climates. Tests have shown a 15 to 30% reduction in air conditioning loads....

Roofing: Roof vents on new roof, horrible water, hail damage
horrible water, hail damage, ridge vents: Maybe the ridge vents were installed improperly. Maybe the slope of the roof is too low. They seem to work for other people so you shouldn t have a problem. As you said, the electric bill will add up if you do it the other way. Make sure you also have soffit...

Roofing: Roof vents, pitch requirements, ventilation products
pitch requirements, ventilation products, minimum pitch: Obviously, without being there or having pictures, it is hard for me to say for certain. However, generally, I would say that the problem is that the vents which were installed are not intended for real low pitch roofs such as yours. Most of those vents have...

Roofing: Roof, tab shingles, inch exposure
tab shingles, inch exposure, friend warren: HI FRAN. THE DISADVANTAGE WITH GOING OVER THE ORIGINAL SHINGLES IS WHEN YOU GO TO ROOF YOUR HOUSE THE NEXT TIME YOU WILL HAVE 2 LAYERS TO REMOVE .WHICH IS VERY EXPENSIVE .BEING A NEW HOME STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION I WOULD HAVE THE SHINGLES REMOVED AND THEN...

Roofing: Roofer screwup?, working in the heat, cosmetic issue
working in the heat, cosmetic issue, tar paper: It was probably from foot damage working in the heat. If the damage is only on the top then they only damaged the coloring and it is only a cosmetic issue. If you can t see it from the ground then I d leave it as you might wind up with more damage trying to...

Roofing: Roofing, standing seam, roofing material
standing seam, roofing material, low pitch: Julie - Sounds like you are on top of the project as a whole. Congrats. My brother lives in Federal Way so I m familiar with the weather and such. Your current roof sounds like what is know as 5 ply or 3 ply roof. Basically it s 3 or 5 layers of felt...

Roofing: Roofing, brevard county florida, dimensional shingles
brevard county florida, dimensional shingles, shoddy work: MaryLou - You have been wronged. At the least, the contractor should have given you an option with ramifications(e.g. We will have to wait another 4 weeks for the same 40 years shingle. they may not match exactly in color shake because of the difference...

Roofing: Roofing, brevard county florida, dimensional shingles
brevard county florida, dimensional shingles, shoddy work: Hi MaryLou, The short answer... Get a lawyer. Your contractor is a crook, in the full sense of that word. No matter how nice of a guy he may seem to be, you re being ripped off. The longer answer... If you signed a contract, and the contractor didn...

Roofing: Roofing, asphalt fiberglass shingles, asphalt shingles
asphalt fiberglass shingles, asphalt shingles, metal roofing: Hi Daisy, My expertise, as listed in my bio, is in metal roofing, not asphalt shingles. For info on metal roofing, go to www.metalroofing.com or my company s site, www.classicroof.com Regarding asphalt / fiberglass shingles, I would suggest going...

Roofing: Roofing, composition shingles, roll roofing
composition shingles, roll roofing, asphalt coating: Hi Ryan, Three bundles of the 20 year shingles will cover 100 Square feet. If the roof on your rental property is low slope, or flat, you need to use a hot tar system. When the hot tar system is installed it becomes a solid membrane. If you install shingles...

Roofing: Roofing, asphalt shingles, tab shingles
asphalt shingles, tab shingles, typical lifespan: Hi Deanna, If it s a typical sunroom, the roof won t be steep enough to put on shingles. I know homeowners often put shingles on low pitch roof slopes, but it s a bad decision. You should have a 4 in 12 pitch roof, or steeper, for shingles. That means...

Roofing: Roofing, low slope roofs, gravel roofs
low slope roofs, gravel roofs, asphalt shingles: You can t put shingles on low slope roofs or they will leak. Low slopes get sealed roofs like rubber or asphalt. Gravel roofs went out years ago. Get a modified roof, more commonly known as a rubber roof. First you have to scrape the stones and moss off. $4...

Roofing: Roofing, roofing manufacturer, cleaning solutions
roofing manufacturer, cleaning solutions, black streaks: You did not tell me much. Do you mean black streaks? Some people have problems with algae and moss and these can leave streaks running down the roof. This is more of a problem where there is not a lot of sunshine on the roof to dry it out after rains and morning...

Roofing: Roofing, degree slopes, architectural shingles
degree slopes, architectural shingles, steep slopes: I cannot find the roofer! I hear that several time a day. Shingles cannot be put on very steep slopes. These specs are printed on every single package of shingles. The installation instructions on packages of shingles show the details. Usually standard...

Roofing: Roofing, roofing shingles, story storage
roofing shingles, story storage, ill need: Standard shingles are sold by the bundle usually which is approximately 33 square feet of coverage. Youw ill need to multiply and determine the square footage of your roof surface area and then I would probably add 5 - 10% for waste and then figure out how...

Roofing: Roofing., composition shingles, antenna installer
composition shingles, antenna installer, gutter cleaner: Hi Michael, I m a big fan of asphalt composition shingles. The first reason is that it s been around a very long time and we know what to expect from them. Newer roofing systems aren t time tested. Many great new products that have come on the market in...

Roofing: Roofing, shingle roofs, roofing product
shingle roofs, roofing product, slope roof: It sounds like you ve found the old method of doing the eves on low slope shingle roofs. It sounds like you re coating in the paper. They have a special paper for this called Ice Shield that you peel and stick. It would be cleaner that way. The idea of overlapping...

Roofing: Roofing, mississippi gulf coast, utility knife
mississippi gulf coast, utility knife, roofer: Hi Steve, A utility knife works great for cutting the shingles. There are other cutting options, but the utility knife is as good as any of them. I hope that helps. Feel free to follow up in the future. Your roofer with a keyboard, Stan Skarbe...

Roofing: Roofing, cedar shingle, metal vents
cedar shingle, metal vents, standard pitch: For that price, I ll be on the next plane out. He has about $300-$400 in materials plus the cost of getting rid of the debris. That leaves about $2,700 for labor and profit. I d say he has his profit set at about $2,500 for one day s work. That measn he makes...

Roofing: Roofing, light gauge metal, gravel roofs
light gauge metal, gravel roofs, pvc roof: Bob, The lowest initial cost alternative is typically going to be a new EPDM (black rubber) roof, likely fastened down the screws, but potentially held in place with rock ballast depending on the load capability of the underlying structure. Seams of the...

Roofing: Roofing, roof temperatures, many different ways
roof temperatures, many different ways, radiant barriers: OSB is a like plywood but made out of wood chips and glue. I prefer real plywood but to save money some builders will use OSB. A Radiant Barrier is a film, like a sheet of aluminum that reflects heat. It can be installed in many different ways. You just want...

Roofing: Roofing, drywall ceilings, asphalt shingles
drywall ceilings, asphalt shingles, ceiling joist: Hi again John. Only thing I can come up with is that the extra insulating value just tipped the balance for temperature difference between inside and outside allowing the sheathing to expand and contract. I am suprised there are no clips installed. An exhaust...

Roofing: Roofing, roof trusses, roof beams
roof trusses, roof beams, porch roof: Hi Tim. Without being able to see exactly what you are dealing with, it is virtually impossible to answer your question. So much depends on the configuration of the roof trusses. Basically you have to remove the fascia boards and attach new roof beams to the...

Roofing: Roofing, british sense of humor, humor humour
british sense of humor, humor humour, hurricane charley: Hi Randy. Simple answer - 80 nails per shingle and two pounds of glue. You have to forgive my British sense of humor (humour). Seriously though, having been through hurricane Charley in Punta Gorda in 2004, my heart goes out to you guys after Katrina. Normal...

Roofing: Roofing, ridge vent, ridge vents
ridge vent, ridge vents, attic vents: Hi Gene, There are different situations that could exist on your specific home. I ll speak to the situation in a more general way, since I don t know all the details of your house. Ridge vents are simply one way to ventilate the attic space. The more...

Roofing: Roofing, slope roofs, low pitch
slope roofs, low pitch, hi ed: Hi Ed, The manufacturer allows the shingle to be installed on slopes as low as 2 in 12 (that s 2 rise for 12 horizontal), if you install a double layer of asphalt felt underlayment instead of a single layer. I recommend against installing the shingles...

Roofing: Roofing, asphalt shingle roofs, membrane types
asphalt shingle roofs, membrane types, move laterally: Aloha John, Unfortunately, there isn t a standard minimum weight of roofing felt/paper that should be used in all cases. There are standard weights of roofing felt/paper, these are referred to in the industry and defined by the codes as Types and generally...

Roofing: Roofing, tunnel channel, space tunnel
tunnel channel, space tunnel, human occupancy: Aloha Chris, Mechanical , at least in regards to buildings, generally refers to Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC), in other words, the equipment and facilities that are used to heat, ventilate and air condition the building. These would be...

Roofing: Roofing, hail damage, roofer
hail damage, roofer, insurance company: Hi. You could do either. The insurance company will certainly need one or more estimates for any work. I would suggest getting two or three and also references. I assume you will have the work done wether the insurance covers it or not therefore you will need...

Roofing: Roofing, vinyl roofing, google search
vinyl roofing, google search, screw holes: I don t know what Ruftex is. Even a Google search showed no results. If it is a congregated material the screws must be on the high points. If you do it at the low points you can easily have leaks since that s where all the water runs. The high points don...

Roofing: Roofing, roof pitch, roofer
roof pitch, roofer, roofing: Hi Jo, It means that for every 12 inches of horizontal distance, there s x amount of rise. So 4 in 12 means that there s 4 of rise for every 12 inches of horizontal distance. In roofing, it s always 12. 3 in 12, 4 in 12, 6 in 12, 12 in 12, etc. Feel...

Roofing: Roofing, metal roofing products, roofing manufacturer
metal roofing products, roofing manufacturer, ridge vent: Hi Zannetta, Thanks for the question! There are many metal roofing products available which can be installed without solid decking beneath them. However, for residential applications, I would say that virtually all manufacturers, especially the better...

Roofing: Roofing, ft span, roofing material
ft span, roofing material, true measurement: This is how to measure a gable roof from the ground-- regardless of the shape, or the number of dormers or valleys: Three measurements are needed: the length of the roof at the eaves, the span (width) of the roof at the eaves, and the rise. For...

Roofing: Roofing, friend warren, tar paper
friend warren, tar paper, drip: HI MICHELLE. I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND THE TAR PAPER PART .ONLY THING I CAN SAY IS HE MAY HAVE THE TAR PAPER HANGING PAST THE SHINGLES AND IT NEEDS TO TRIMMED BACK. AS FAR AS THE DRIP EDGFE IT SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY GAPS. HOPE THIS HELPS YOUR FRIEND WARRE...

Roofing: Roofing, three fingers, friend warren
three fingers, friend warren, steep roof: HI ANNITA . WHAT TYPE OF WOOD IS HE REPLACING .THREE FINGERS IS A PRETTY BIG GAP. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS SAYING ABOUT THE BUILDING NOT BEING LEVEL AND CREATING SUCH A GAP. ITS UP TO HIM TO TRY AND SQAURE THE DECKING UP SO HE WILL NOT HAVE SUCH A GAP.BUT...

Roofing: Roofing, friend warren, tar paper
friend warren, tar paper, reroofing: HI KIM. PERSONALLY I WOULD COVER IT UP AND WAIT FOR THE RAIN TO STOP. TAR PAPER OR FELT PAPER NEEDS TO BE DRY WHEN INSTALLING SHINGLES . BECAUSE IT WRINKLES UP WHEN IT GETS WET CAUSING HUMPS UNDERNEATH THE SHINGLES NOT ALLOWING THE SHINGLES TO LAY DOWN...

Roofing: Roofing bids received, composition shingles, dimensional shingles
composition shingles, dimensional shingles, leak barrier: Hi Andra, Unless you have a fair amount of snow in your area, there s no benefit to you in using stormguard. If you have snow packed up on your roof and it stays there for weeks at a time, then you may do well to have stormguard on the eave areas. ...

Roofing: Roofing Companies, roofing wholesaler, asphalt shingle
roofing wholesaler, asphalt shingle, roofing companies: Hi Jack, The only oversight on roofing work is at the local building department. In most jurisdictions a building permit is required for a reroofing project. The local building inspectors need to do some inspections and sign off on the final inspection....

Roofing: Roofing Costs, price per square foot, car costs
price per square foot, car costs, tight budget: No there is no price per square foot. That’s like asking “about� how much does a car costs or “about� how much does a house costs. The way I price things like that is to stand across the street and say to myself 5, 10, 15, ah how about $8,000. Yeah,...

Roofing: Roofing claim on house that is for sale, hail damage, wind storm
hail damage, wind storm, high wind: The insurance company pays you for damage. You do not have to replace that damage. You can keep it or pass it on to the next owner. If you get in a car accident the insurance company pays you for the damage. You do not have to get the car fixed. You can keep...

Roofing: Roofing comparison, asphalt shingle, workmanship warranty
asphalt shingle, workmanship warranty, gaf timberline: They are all good names in the field. By far the MOST important thing is the quality of the installtion. Most all leaks are due to poor installation, bum roofers, etc. This so far outweighs the probelms with brands that I would concentrate on finding a good...

Roofing: Roofing contract, roof leaks, roofing company
roof leaks, roofing company, act of god: Different areas have different guarantees but I d look for at least a 10 year guarantee from the roofer. A guarantee is just his promise that he ll come back. If he comes up with a bunch of excuses there s not much you can do about it. You need a roofer with...

Roofing: Roofing contract, roofing company, verbal permission
roofing company, verbal permission, verbal contract: Hi Paula, This is actually more in the Legal Issues catagory than it is in the Roofing catagory, but I ll take a shot at it anyway. :o) Does your brother have ownership with you? I think that s the whole issue. If he has an ownership interest in...

Roofing: Roofing contractor guidelines, drip edge, roofing contractor
drip edge, roofing contractor, city inspectors: Hi Gary, I hope you re not in the Bay Area, CA. If your old roof is off and the new one isn t on yet, then your attic is pretty wet right now :o) The short answer... If the inspector says he s not signing it off until it s completed, you re at his mercy....

Roofing: Roofing Delays, sheathing, minumum
sheathing, minumum, roofer: Hopefully he used exterior wood - it would be labeled CDX (the X is for exterior). You can test the wood by carefully walking on it to see if any has rotted. Can you get another roofer or tarp it? Even if it is CDX it won t last forever in the rain. I don...

Roofing: Roofing dispute, tab shingles, shingle installation
tab shingles, shingle installation, roofing professionals: You can place blame all over the place for this one. Obviously the house was not built right before the roofer came along. If the flaws were there before why didn’t you notice them? Sometimes these things can only be seen when looking in a certain light or...

Roofing: Roofing double wide trailer, asphalt fiberglass shingles, tab shingles
asphalt fiberglass shingles, tab shingles, attic ventilation: That pitch is too low for asphalt / fiberglass shingles. Most manufacturers will void their warranty because of this. The contractor wants to compensate for this by using a superior underlayment. That is a good idea. Here is the only potential issue...

Roofing: Roofing drip Strip Costs, roofing job, inferior job
roofing job, inferior job, hail damage: You’re being ripped off. 1.The job should be priced as a quality job and if quality includes the strip (which it does) then it shouldn’t have been quoted any other way. Why did he quote an inferior job? 2.If I was doing it and I’m doing a job that’s...

Roofing: Roofing Engineers, civil structural engineer, roof consultant
civil structural engineer, roof consultant, roof consultants: It depends on your definition of engineer . To me an Engineer is someone that went to college for 4 years and obtained a degree in engineering. To others it could be the person that is designing a building but might have no formal training at all. If he is...

Roofing: Roofing in the Fall, fiberglass shingles, metal roofing
fiberglass shingles, metal roofing, warm weather: Mark, I am glad that you knew enough to check into this. Standard shingles should not be installed at the start of cold weather, such as now in Indiana. Installing them now and having them sit over the winter could damage their ability to seal down...

Roofing: Roofing Felt, roofer, roofers
roofer, roofers, underlayment: 15# felt is the standard felt paper used under shingles although they do make a more expensive underlayment just for shingles. #15 felt is not made for shingles but it works well, but you can’t get it wet so you can’t use it to temporarily keep the water...

Roofing: Roofing Felt: 15W or 30W, national roofing contractors, shingle roofing
national roofing contractors, shingle roofing, asphalt shingles: Jon, I d recommend #30 felt underlayment in the field of the roof and the peel & stick shingle underlayment in the valleys and at any slope transitions. If the slope is 4:12 or less you should have two layers of underlayment installed in shingle fashion....

Roofing: Roofing Felt Installation, side benefit, roofer
side benefit, roofer, sam smith: Hi Sam, Not only is it unconventional, it s wrong and there s not even some side benefit to doing it. Is it possible you misunderstood what you were looking at? I ve been in roofing for nearly 30 years and I ve seen many strange things, but I haven t seen...

Roofing: Roofing Felt, water shield, shingles
water shield, shingles, roofer: Shingles MUST be on a slope of at least 2 per foot slope. This is about 9 degrees. Even then you must use special installation procedures for these slopes since they are still low for shingles. You can use these special procedures for 2 up to 4 per foot....

Roofing: Roofing felt, roof cement, asphalt shingles
roof cement, asphalt shingles, shingle: Hi Amir, You didn t screw up, but you did more than you needed to do. That s okay though. Better too much than not enough. The things you did right was that you slid the new shingle tab underneath the shingle above. Then you used some roof cement underneath...

Roofing: Roofing felt, asphalt shingles, roof cement
asphalt shingles, roof cement, moisture barrier: The shingles are more important than the felt. The most important thing is not to have water come in. The felt is just a moisture barrier and I don t think any moisture is getting through all you did. In the future you just take out the nails in the area and...

Roofing: Roofing felt, roofing membranes, water ingress
roofing membranes, water ingress, roofing membrane: Hi Kelly Like you say, the majority of houses of that age will have no form of roofing membrane, except if they have been re-roofed previously. What I find is that most surveyors will highlight lack of roofing felt because they only learn the theory of...

Roofing: Roofing felt damage due to rain, tab shingles, new shingles
tab shingles, new shingles, architectural shingles: The rain likely did not hurt the felt. However, the contractor should look for tears from any winds that may have occurred during the rain, and repair any such areas. You will likely notice the felt wrinkles as it dries prior to shingles being installed....

Roofing: Roofing felt, hilton head island south carolina, hilton head island
hilton head island south carolina, hilton head island, roofer: Hi Fred, The biggest damage to the felt comes from the sun and the UV rays. Right around three weeks is probably the longest you d want the felt paper to be exposed. If it goes past three weeks before the felt paper is covered, you should require the roofer...

Roofing: Roofing & Gutters, litmus test, time brad
litmus test, time brad, cutouts: That s something hard to describe. It s just experience that one uses to know. A roofer and his experience could tell. The cutouts tend to rot first so if you re seeing paper or wood through the cutouts then it s definitely time. The cheapest shingle is 20...

Roofing: Roofing & Gutters, composition shingle roof, composition shingles
composition shingle roof, composition shingles, gutter guard: Hi Don, If you have an asphalt composition shingle roof, when the granules start to come up, exposing areas of black asphalt, then you re in the final stretch. Also, if you see cracks that are more than superficial. If you have 3 tab composition shingles,...

Roofing: Roofing & Gutters, tab shingles, waterproofing protection
tab shingles, waterproofing protection, hail storms: Don, There are 2 or 3 key indicators that you are approaching the end of a relatively trouble free shingle roof. If your shingles are have lost granules so that you can regularly see the underlying black surface, then the shingles are reaching the end of...

Roofing: Roofing Help?, cobra ridge vent, proper attic ventilation
cobra ridge vent, proper attic ventilation, state contractors license: That sounds pretty thorough really. GAF has a Master Elite certified contractor program ... you may wish to see if your contractor is a part of that. Again, your plan sounds very thorough. I do not see any mention of a new drip edge being installed ......

Roofing: Roofing a Hip, shingle lines, asphalt shingles
shingle lines, asphalt shingles, roofer: Hi Marc, with the differing pitches on the two sections, you can t get the courses to line up with each other. But that s okay because any time the courses DO line up, it s pure coincidence. No roofers plan for it. So roof the building with no regard for...

Roofing: Roofing help?, cobra ridge vent, proper attic ventilation
cobra ridge vent, proper attic ventilation, soil pipes: Vas - Sounds pretty expensive to me. 2800 sq ft (round it off to 3000) and thats about 30 squares at 6k. That s 200 a square. And that doesn t include plywood. Keep shopping. The quote has all the bases covered but unless there is anything unusual about...

Roofing: Roofing and Insulation in the Desert, tongue in groove, groove ceiling
tongue in groove, groove ceiling, insulation layer: I have heard of boards that you can install that are made of foam insulation but are hard enough that you can nail shingles to them. This would give you an insulation layer. You could also install Iso insulation boards that are softer and then plywood on top...

Roofing: Roofing insurance, national roofing contractors, roofing contractors association
national roofing contractors, roofing contractors association, national roofing contractors association: The National Roofing Contractors Association will have some info though the roofing contractors association in your state may be more helpful. In particular they should be able to help explain the details of workers compensation in your area. I would encourage...

Roofing: Roofing Layers, roofing products, roof coverings
roofing products, roof coverings, floor chicago: The International Building Code in the residential specs states that; R907.3 New roof coverings shall not be installed without first removing existing roof coverings where any of the following conditions occur: R907.3.3 Where the existing roof has two or...

Roofing: Roofing leak, roofing problem, shingle roof
roofing problem, shingle roof, roofing contractor: There are two reasons why this leak might occur. One would be a flashing problem, which would be the responsibility of the roofer. The second would be cracks in the sides or top of the chimney masonry. Those would require a mason for repair. I am asusming...

Roofing: Roofing Materials, roofing shingle manufacturers, tab shingles
roofing shingle manufacturers, tab shingles, ridge vent: Hi Al, Don t buy any of the basic 3 tab shingles. Other than those, you can t go wrong with any of the shingle manufacturers. The upgraded shingles are rated by the mufacturers as 30, 40 and 50 years. If you get the 40 year or 50 year shingle, you could...

Roofing: Roofing material needed, tab shingles, new shingles
tab shingles, new shingles, roofing material: Hi Sylvester. It isn t that difficult to calculate. Normally there are 3 bundles of 3 tab shingles to a square. A square is 100 square feet. Therefore your measurements are as follows: 78 9 x 9 3 = 78.75 x 9.25 = 728.4 sq ft. 728.4/100 = 72.8 bundles....

Roofing: Roofing material, gaf timberline shingles, fiberglass roof
gaf timberline shingles, fiberglass roof, aluminum coating: All residential flat roofing is asphalt . In older roofs (BUR - Built Up Roof) you had fiberglass layers that were set in hot asphalt. Many roofers still do this today. Later they chemically modified the asphalt (but still asphalt) to last longer. So...

Roofing: Roofing a mobile home, composition shingle roof, dark streaks
composition shingle roof, dark streaks, roof tiles: Hi MJ, On a regular roof, it s not a problem to install the second roof over the original composition shingle roof. However, on your roof there s a different factor. I assume that your roof, like almost all mobile home roofs is low pitch. If so, the first...

Roofing: Roofing Nightmare, roofing companies, matching colors
roofing companies, matching colors, warranty issues: Virginia - If you just had a few shingles blown off, it should t be a big deal to replace them IF you roof is workable. By that, I mean that the shingles can be walked on without crumbling or separated withought breaking. If you have quite a few shingles...

Roofing: Roofing nail penetration., roofing nail, roofing contractor
roofing nail, roofing contractor, attic area: Hi Dan, The short answer: A certain amount of nails coming through the eaves isn t a sign of bad roofers. And it s easily fixed, so tell the Roofing Contractor to fix it. The longer answer: The reason some nails come through the eaves is that the thickness...

Roofing: Roofing-do I need the shingles hanging over the edge, drip edge, roof decking
drip edge, roof decking, overhang: Hi Maria. Normally you would leave about 1/2 inch overhang from the drip edge. Problems you could experience would be water running back on the drip edge and onto the plywood/OSB roof decking and rotting it eventually. However, if the tar/felt paper was laid...

Roofing: Roofing with non-stop rain, shingle roof, roofer
shingle roof, roofer, shingles: Hi Ryan, I wish there was a trick of the trade for this. Over the years I think I ve spent a total of several years standing in front of houses thinking, Is this rain ever going to stop? Unfortunately there isn t. If you re installing compostion shingles,...

Roofing: Roofing Overlay, shingle roofs, new shingles
shingle roofs, new shingles, weather protection: Hi Christian Sorry for the delay. I am based in the UK so do not have too much experience with shingle roofs. However, going off my experience with tiled roofs, if you are thinking of re-laying shingles over existing then I would opt for using felt. The...

Roofing: Roofing - Pipe Vent Flashing, shingle roofs, rubber grommets
shingle roofs, rubber grommets, rubber gasket: I do not know of different rubber gaskets on the collars yet I know there are differences since I have also seen some crack. My guess is some companies are using a low grade of rubber but no one publishes their type of rubber or if there are slight differences...

Roofing: Roofing Problems - Non-Licensed Roofer, roofing problem, roofing problems
roofing problem, roofing problems, roofing companies: Hi Todd, You definitely shouldn t let the original roofer back on the roof. He s only going to make it worse with his unprofessional work. The reason a new roof is being recommended is because it s a significant amount of labor to pull the nails and carefully...

Roofing: Roofing paper and bitumen, modified bitumen roof, wood planks
modified bitumen roof, wood planks, roofing paper: It depends on what kind of paper it is. If it regular felt paper then it will buckle after getting wet. Replace it before doing the shingles. It’s cheap. Water should not puddle on a roof. If it stays more than a day or two after a rain then you have a slope...

Roofing: Roofing a back porch, metal joist hangers, metal fasteners
metal joist hangers, metal fasteners, rear porch: It sounds like your missing a bunch of basic information so it sounds like this is going to be way over your head but hear goes. How to dismantle a structure. You don t just read a paragraph on that so I don t know what I can say. Start from the top and...

Roofing: Roofing Question, roofing question, roof shingle
roofing question, roof shingle, cold temps: Shingles can be done at any temperature but very cold and very hot require special care. Shingles crack easily when handled in cold temps. I usually suggest spring or fall. A lower limit of 40 sounds good to me although there is no set limit. If you must work...

Roofing: Roofing Question, roofing question, landmark series
roofing question, landmark series, algea: Go to this website: http://www.certainteed.com/CertainTeed/Homeowner/Homeowner/Roofing/Prodindex/Shingles/AsphaltShingles/RoofingLandmarkSeriesProdIndex.htm Go to the bottom of the page. You will see a chart of specs for Landmark, Landmark Plus, Landmark...

Roofing: Roofing Question, roofing question, rolled roofing
roofing question, rolled roofing, drip edge: Wind can work in 2 ways. One is to catch an item and lift it up. I don’t know that such a small item should be of concern. It is possible but if the winds were strong enough to do that I think you need to worry about the rest of the house. The other way...

Roofing: Roofing Question, tab shingles, roofing question
tab shingles, roofing question, royal sovereign: You can use any shingle no matter what your roof is made of. The year length has to do with the quality or thickness of the shingle. Most people do 3-tab shingles so if you step up to a dimensional shingle you will stand out. Do you like to stand out? I do....

Roofing: Roofing question, roofing question, roofing contractor
roofing question, roofing contractor, keyways: Hi Rafael, The short answer... Those are good pictures. There s good news and bad news. The good news is that the roof looks like it s watertight and functionally good. The bad news is that since the roof is technically correct, and not likely to be leak...

Roofing: Roofing questions, roofing questions, roof nailer
roofing questions, roof nailer, staples: Hi Daisy, Definitely not the headless nailer. If the Stapler and the Roof Nailer are both available to you, I d choose the Roof nailer. The stapler isn t a bad choice, but it s not recommended by some manufacturers because some people don t use the stapler...

Roofing: Roofing and Ridge vent., soffitt vents, roofing companies
soffitt vents, roofing companies, ridge vent: HI DAVID . YOU CAN STILL HAVE VENT RIDGE EVEN WITH THE GABLE VENTS AND NO IT WILL NOT DRAW MOISTURE . BUT IT WOULD BE MORE EFFICENT IF YOU CLOSE THE GABLE VENTS OFF. THEN THE VENT RIDGE .CAN DRAW MORE AIOR FROM THE SOFFITT VENTS. YES YOU CAN INSTALL THE METRIC...

Roofing: Roofing: Ridgevent, linar homes, faulty workmanship
linar homes, faulty workmanship, aurora co: And does the fact that the contractor for the builder suggested I use a friend of his to repair the problem. There is something missing from the above sentence you wrote. I don t know what you re trying to say. It doesn t make sense. If the builder...

Roofing: Roofing after rain, asphalt shingle roof, roofing nails
asphalt shingle roof, roofing nails, wood sheathing: Hi Jimmy, Don t worry about roofing over the wet roof. It will definitely dry out, even though the new roof is covering it. The nails need to be long enough to penetrate 3/4 into the wood sheathing. For most shingle over shingle situations, that means...

Roofing: Roofing repairs, roofing repairs, roof materials
roofing repairs, roof materials, adhesive materials: Hi David, When you say 85 Square feet, do you mean something like 10 ft x 8 ft? I m guessing this is the storage shed behind your house. You guessed the answer. Brute force. There aren t any special tricks of the trade, other than common sense. Especially...

Roofing: Roofing replacement, asphalt shingle roofs, lightweight tile
asphalt shingle roofs, lightweight tile, metal roofs: Hi Billie. You are right on both counts. Having lived in Culver City, Santa Monica and Simi Valley myself, I always bought houses with asphalt shingle roofs and small chimneys and went through several earthquakes. If you prefer to use tile then make sure your...

Roofing: Roofing resolution, roofing questions, golden parachute
roofing questions, golden parachute, spinning my wheels: Aloha Pam, Well, if you can get satisfaction in Small Claims, that s certainly the easiest and least costly way to go. Then again, collecting is another matter entirely. But as you say, perhaps just the prospect of such will motivate the contractor to...

Roofing: Roofing-ridge vent, wood gap, ridge vent
wood gap, ridge vent, mercedes benz: Sure a ridge vent can fail. A Mercedes Benz can fail too. That’s why they have a repair department. No, water should not be coming in. No, that was not the only kind of ridge vent they made back then. That’s the cheapest one they made. The others...

Roofing: Roofing Shingles, roofing shingles, drip edge
roofing shingles, drip edge, tamko: Elk, GAF and Tamko are all popular shingles. One more would be Certainteed. Most of a shingle job is labor so the cost difference between shingles is minimal. If I’m going to hang off the side of a roof I could care less if I’m hammering in shingle A or...

Roofing: Roofing Shingles, roofing shingles, cold of winter
roofing shingles, cold of winter, wind storm: Hi Jeff, The shingles will do fine being installed any season. It doesn t take much of a warm day to cause the seal down strip to adhere. Even in the cold of winter, occasional warm days come along. The seal down issue is a legitimate benefit in installing...

Roofing: Roofing Shingles, elk prestique, roofing shingles
elk prestique, roofing shingles, gaf timberline: In general I m a fan of Elk Prestique and GAF Timberline series architectural shingles. Tamko, though a reputable company, is not a real prominent product line in my area so we do not see much of it. Tamko s Heritage Vintage shingle is relatively new. It...

Roofing: Roofing Shingles, roofing shingles, asphalt shingles
roofing shingles, asphalt shingles, fascia boards: Hi Larry. Depending on local code, you may be able to roof over existing shingles providing the sheathing, drip edge and fascia boards are in good condition. A layer of 30# felt/tar paper first and then shingles using at least 1 1/2 nails. There is little...

Roofing: Roofing Shingles Correctly, roofing shingles
roofing shingles: It does not matter left to right or right to left. It just depends on what you re comfortable with. Being right handed or left handed will also apply. Do you paint a room from left to right or right to left? Or maybe you paint upward instead of downward. ...

Roofing: Roofing Shingles, roofing shingles, horizontal cracks
roofing shingles, horizontal cracks, front porch: That sounds like a big house so maybe that amount of granules is not excessive after 7 years. If you have cracks in the shingles after only 7 years why just replace it at your cost? The cheapest shingle on the market is 20 year and most roofers use 25 year...

Roofing: Roofing for Solar panels, functional improvements, good customer service
functional improvements, good customer service, shingles: Hi John, Get the 40 year, not the 30 year. There are actual functional improvements in the 40 year shinlge over the 30 year shingle that will probably give you a few more years of service. Functionally, the 50 year shingles are not likely to give you any...

Roofing: Roofing shingle quality & tear-off questions..., asphalt shingles, roofer
asphalt shingles, roofer, roofers: Hi Mason. I don t know why this was sent to me as Stan had already answered your question. He is right in his response. However, I would like to add that you can buy a roofing spade which has teeth on the end which help guide the edge around the nails. It...

Roofing: Roofing shingles-asphalt, asphalt shingle roof, roofing shingles
asphalt shingle roof, roofing shingles, new shingles: George - Basically, you are installing the same application as a valley. I prefer the weave technique. Alternate the shingles from each side so that they over/under lap each other alternately. The other mor common method is a straight valley overlap where...

Roofing: Roofing shingles, hurricane katrina, roofing shingles
hurricane katrina, roofing shingles, architectural shingles: Hi Erin, First, I wonder if that roofer lied to you about how many squares of material you needed. 26 squares covers 2600 square feet of roof. Obviously, the roof is larger than the living area of the house, because the roof has a slope, overhangs and it...

Roofing: Roofing slopes, minimum slope, roof slope
minimum slope, roof slope, foot rise: The minimum slope for shingles is 2”run per foot rise. That s 2/12 or about 9 degrees. Even this is a low slope for shingles and special methods must be done under the shingles until you get up to 4”/foot. Above 4”/foot you can do shingles in the normal manner....

Roofing: Roofing systems, roofing material, roofing systems
roofing material, roofing systems, foam insulation: I would just stick with the tsandard - wood then shingles and insulate underneath. If you start getting into fancy stuff it will be expensive and many people can t do fancy stuff corectly. Shingles last as long a 50 years. Make sure the roof has a good slope....

Roofing: Roofing: Type, Underlayment/Taping, bikini underwear, roofing supply
bikini underwear, roofing supply, poor ventilation: Hi John, I m glad you have a sense of humor :o) The short answer... Don t spend more than $12.00 extra for a product or option that will give you a better warranty. The long answer... Shingle manufacturers have the worst warranties on the planet....

Roofing: Roofing Underlayment, boston metro area, roofing underlayment
boston metro area, roofing underlayment, clay tiles: Underlayments are not meant to stop water flow. They are to stop moisture. Each nail you put in is another hole. You can temporarily use it to stop the rain if you re willing to put up with potential leaks until the roof gets on. You might also have other...

Roofing: Roofing underlayment, composition shingles, worst case scenario
composition shingles, worst case scenario, roofing underlayment: Hi Jim, The short answer... It s no problem at all to install composition shingles over sheathing boards that have a 3/8 gap. The longer answer... However there s a fairly recent change in the building code that requires sheathing boards to be no wider...

Roofing: Roofing underlayment, heating ductwork, wood sheathing
heating ductwork, wood sheathing, value measures: You will not find anything with much R Value since R value measures resistance which requires thermal mass. I am a bit concerned about ventilation in the attic. Do you have soffit vents at all or just the ridge and gable vents? Ridge and gable vents alone...

Roofing: Roofing Vents, roofing vents, whole house exhaust fan
roofing vents, whole house exhaust fan, home ventilation: A great resource of information on proper home ventilation is www.airvent.com Basically, I like to think of the concept of doing what you can to continually bathe the entire back side of the roof deck with fresh air. Ventilation requires intake vents...

Roofing: Roofing ventilation, combine methods?, ventilation area, ridge vent
ventilation area, ridge vent, power vent: Hi Clarise, First, let me say that even though allexperts.com considers 3 days to be a good time for you to receive your answer, I personally try to respond within 12 hours. But I ve just been gone for a day and a half. I know that most people with a question...

Roofing: Roofing ventilation, cement tile, roofing vents
cement tile, roofing vents, roofing tile: But there is no such thing as standard vents. Turbine vents can do about 500 square feet of attic floor space. Ridge vents with soffit vents can do a lot but it is just one long vent. Electric vents can do about 1,500 sq-ft for a small motor or get bigger...

Roofing: Roofing in winter?, composition shingles, heavy rainstorm
composition shingles, heavy rainstorm, normal temperatures: Aloha Warren, Generally, I d say nothing less than 32F (0C). Looking through the available Certainteed literature online, I couldn t find any specific restrictions regarding installation temperatures but composition shingles do rely to some degree...

Roofing: Roofing, square foot roof, low pitch
square foot roof, low pitch, replacement pieces: Q. What surface is best for my roof? I like the IB System, but it is too expensive. I have only $8000 to spend on the 2100 square foot (approx) roof. A. What s an IB system? $8,000 on a 2100 square foot roof – I fly out myself to do it at those prices....

Roofing: Roofs, asphalt shingle roofs, national roofing contractors
asphalt shingle roofs, national roofing contractors, asphalt shingle roofing: Patty, For discussion purposes, I ll assume all your inspections involve asphalt shingle roofs. The shingle roof system is composed of the wood deck (plywood, OSB, or wood plank), underlayment material [usually felt (tar paper)], and the asphalt shingles....

Roofing: Roofs for cathedral ceilings, plywood sheets, strange bumps
plywood sheets, strange bumps, cathedral ceilings: I m sorry Rita. This appears to be outside my expertise for two reasons: 1. I am not familiar with the term SIP s 2. I don t understand what sleepers are when installed in a roof system. Please could you re-direct your question to one of the other experts....

Roofing: Roofs..., roof pitch, friend warren
roof pitch, friend warren, attic space: HI RICHARD. I THINK IT IS WORTHTHE EXTRA MONEY FOR THE 7/12. THE STEEPER THE ROOF PITCH IS HAS SOME GOOD ADVANTAGES YOU HAVE #1MORE ATTIC SPACE .#2 BETTER WATER RUN SO ROOF ACTUALLY LAST LONGER.#3 BETTER APEARENCE #4 IF YOU EVER DECIDE TO INSTALL ARCHETECT...

Roofing: Rooled roofing, rolled roofing, flat roofs
rolled roofing, flat roofs, mess on your hands: Are we just talking a 2000 square foot flat roof for $15,000? If that s the case I ll be on the next plane. There are many reasons that prices can vary for the same thing. How busy is the roofer? But he can t be too busy quoting those kinds of prices....

Roofing: Room on pre-existing garage, car garage, rao
car garage, rao, insulation: There are probably companies that do every odd thing but this would be too specific to set up a company for. You also need a real builder that can look at the garage and see how it needs to be rebuilt. You can t build a room just on top of the garage. The...

Roofing: Round Rings on new roof, butyl sealant, tie offs
butyl sealant, tie offs, choice in the matter: While they are up there painting, ask them to re-seal them as well. All in all, leaving them in place is probably better than removing them and leaving holes. It sounds like your roofing crew abided by OSHA regs and had their workers tied off. That is...

Roofing: RUBBER MEMBRANE, porch roof, rubber membrane
porch roof, rubber membrane, first timers: If you’re looking for a one piece system to cover the entire area I guess you’d use EPDM but that’s a commercial product and can be expensive. They come in large rolls and have special chemicals. It is not for someone trying out the first...

Roofing: Rubber Roof, commercial roofs, rubber roof
commercial roofs, rubber roof, roof material: Roof material should not go over the edge and be on the wall. There is no requirement or recommendation to do so. You only do that on EPDM which are commercial roofs and no one cares what it looks like. If the water is running off the sides then you don t...

Roofing: Rubber Roof Maintenance, rubber roofs, porch area
rubber roofs, porch area, epdm roof: Krista, I would guess that your rubber roof is an EPDM roof membrane material, especially if it is black and looks/feels like a tire tube. EPDM is a relatively low cost material that usually weathers well. However, expect it to last about 20-25 years...

Roofing: Rubber Roof Maintenance, decent answer, rubber roof
decent answer, rubber roof, hi doug: Hi Doug, I m not sure what you mean by rubber roof . I suspect you re referring to a hot tar system which is often called torch down roofing . It s called that because you apply a very hot torch to the roll of material, as you unroll it onto the roof,...

Roofing: Rubber Roof, galvanized nails, yr warranty
galvanized nails, yr warranty, rubber roof: Hi Charmayne. 1) Every roof is different. Some do require a lot of maintenance while others do not. I would do, or have someone do, an annual inspection on the roof just to ensure that everything is as it should be. 2) Copper vs Aluminium come down...

Roofing: Rubber Roofing Vs. Shingles, low slope roofs, rubber roofing
low slope roofs, rubber roofing, slope roof: Exactly, what is the slope of the roof? You can’t use shingles on a low-slope roof or it will leak. Shingles are not sealed and must be sloped to drain water. Modified is a material for low slope roofs. So you’re trying to compare materials from two different...

Roofing: Rubber Roofing, nail holes, rubber roofing
nail holes, rubber roofing, porch roof: The nail holes would try to seal but as the rubber dried out or go cold it would no longer grip the nails. If this did work then it would be a solution for doing shingles on low slopes. You d be taking a watertight roof and then making holes in it with nails...

Roofing: Rubber Roofs vs. Tin, rubber roofs, sloped roofs
rubber roofs, sloped roofs, commercial rubber: Rubber? Maintenance free? 30-40 years? Have you been talking to the roof fairy ? Rubber (or technically modified) will not last nearly that long. Get a name of a manufacturer from him and call them. They will tell you. Either this guy has not been around...

Roofing: Rubber roof is a sundeck - leaking - now what?, outdoor carpeting, long term solution
outdoor carpeting, long term solution, rubber roof: Hi Jody, I bet this is the quickest response you ever got. :o) I happened to be online when the question came through. Everything that roofer said was on the mark. It s a very good approach to pull up everything that s there. Many roofers would recommend...

Roofing: Rubber roofing, steam bubbles, air bubbles
steam bubbles, air bubbles, rubber roofing: I m not familiar with the glue-down method as I prefer the torch-down method. But bubbles mean that the material is not stuck in those areas. If the bubbles are pushing up or out it means air pockets have developed behind. This can be from not pressing in...

Roofing: Rubberized roof, roofing material, rubber roof
roofing material, rubber roof, thin material: The term rubber roof is too general a term and can mean many things. If it s EPDM it will be a very thin material and is rarely used on homes. It comes in 10 foot wide and bigger rolls. If it is Modified then it will be 3 foot wide rows and thick. But there...