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Roofing: Asbestos Roof, beautiful bones, asbestos shingles
beautiful bones, asbestos shingles, flanel shirts: Laura - Congrats on falling in love! My only exposure to asbestos shingles was many years ago. At that time, we threw on masks, gloves, and flanel shirts and demo d the roof into a dumpster. From there, who knows where it went. Now adays, as you obviously...

Roofing: Asbestos/Slate Roofing, asbestos cement, slate roofing
asbestos cement, slate roofing, asbestos contractor: Hi James Unfortunately I am based in the UK so have no idea when asbestos started to be used in the States. I would say that in my experience it is very unusual to use asbestos on the exterior of roofs, except if it is asbestos cement. Asbestos cement is...

Roofing: Asbestos, asbestos shingles, roofing material
asbestos shingles, roofing material, roofing materials: Paul - Yes, asbestos was qidley used during the 30 s and 40 s in roofing materials. One can go and pick them up and work them in an INSTALLATION without a problem. In taking them off of the roof, that s the danger. You could do it yourself but you would...

Roofing: Asphalt Composition Shingles on High Slope Roofs, roofing wholesaler, slope roofs
roofing wholesaler, slope roofs, composition shingles: Hi Roger, The only difference is that you need to use 6 nails per shingle instead of 4 nails. And you need to be very careful that the nails are going in at the nailing strip on the shingle. Otherwise the part of the shingle that s laminated to the base...

Roofing: Asphalt/fiberglass over solar reflective coat, new shingles, attic ventilation
new shingles, attic ventilation, ventilation system: Hi Richard, The shingles on the south side will age sooner because of the UV rays from the sun, but putting a reflective coating under the shingles won t help on that issue. Regarding the heat, the only thing you need to do is make sure the attic has ventilation...

Roofing: Asphalt and Gravel (BUR), roofing system, backpage
roofing system, backpage, roofer: I m actually going to call them and follow up on this. I went to their website and they show the rolls having lines at 2 , 8.5 , 12 , and 17 . That means that if you lay them on the 8.5 line you get a 4 ply roof. If you do them on the 2 line you get a 13...

Roofing: Asphalt hole repair, asphalt shingle roof, silicone caulking
asphalt shingle roof, silicone caulking, silicone sealant: Hi Raymond, What they did was the best way to fix it. When there s a hole, like a large screw hole, in the roof, if you pump a bit of that silicone caulking in the hole and on the hole, it will be secure for as long as you have this roof. Your roofer...

Roofing: Asphalt Roofing Warranty, asphalt roofing, installation contracts
asphalt roofing, installation contracts, warranty claim: That has always been a problem. In recent years some manufacturers have put their name on the back of the shingles. But if your roof is older you might not find a name. I always wrote the name on the customer s paperwork – not for a claim but so the customer...

Roofing: Asphalt roofing, asphalt roofing, roof slopes
asphalt roofing, roof slopes, type3: I forget what 2% comes out to be. Roof slopes are measured in inches rise per foot run. If 2% means 2 rise in 100 run then you d have to step up to Type III or IV. The higher the type the higher the melting point. If it melts too low it will flow when it...

Roofing: Asphalt Shingles, types of shingles, tab shingles
types of shingles, tab shingles, asphalt shingles: Hi Patrick, The short answer... 21 bundles. The explanation, if you re interested... The unit of roofing is one square. One square is 100 square feet. That means you have 6 2/3 squares. Different types of shingles come in either 3, 4 or 5 bundles...

Roofing: Asphalt Shingles, asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles
asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles, quality standpoint: Mark, From a quality standpoint, I d consider the shingles essentially the same. The appearance of the two products are similar but personally I like the pattern of the Tamko shingle a little better. Choice may come down the the color shade you prefer to...

Roofing: Asphalt Shingles, asphalt shingles, new horizon
asphalt shingles, new horizon, roofer: Hi Mario, The short story... The shingles are all the same, in terms of function, usefulness and longevity. The only thing to consider is whether you like the appearance of one more than the other. To say it another way... All the shingles with the...

Roofing: Asphalt Shingles applied to Skip Sheathing, asphalt shingles, miami dade county
asphalt shingles, miami dade county, plywood base: I just happened to be on line. It should be okay. Another alternative is to rip down some pressure treated 1 x 4 s and use them as fill ins. You do not need any gaps as asphalt shingles don t need to breathe. Make sure your contractor uses at lease 4 nails...

Roofing: Asphalt Shingles vs. Aluminum, asphalt shingles, shingle roof
asphalt shingles, shingle roof, asphalt roof: I never heard of aluminum shingles. I don t particularly like metal roofs. I took a glance at their website but they don t offer any details. They say it will be a cooler roof in the summer and then they add “because of the special coating”. Are they comparing...

Roofing: Asphalt Shingles, asphalt shingles, construction method
asphalt shingles, construction method, roofing: Why would someone start in the middle of a roof? You might have to do this when running up two sides that will meet at the peak. To make them meet you have to do a little math to make it work out. They should have squeezed in an extra couple of courses to...

Roofing: Asphalt shingle roof, composition shingle roof, asphalt shingle roof
composition shingle roof, asphalt shingle roof, roofer: Hi Peter, If you have a three tab composition shingle roof, then there s no problem installing a second roof over the existing roof. If you have a different kind of roof, the answer is, it depends. If you have something other than a basic, three tab composition...

Roofing: Asphalt shingle underlayment, low slope roofs, asphalt shingle
low slope roofs, asphalt shingle, roofer: Hi Bob, It s more than just a local building code issue. Every shingle manufacturer requires it. It would never come up as a practical problem on your roof. But technically your manufacturer s warranty may be interfered with if the roof isn t installed...

Roofing: Asphalt shingles & Copper Valley, asphalt shingle, asphalt shingles
asphalt shingle, asphalt shingles, copper valley: Hi Joe, First, you need to cut off that top corner on the shingle in the valley. But it s super quick and super easy. Just cut that top corner back at the opposite angle about 2 . The nails into the copper won t corrode the copper in a way that will...

Roofing: Asphalt shingles, asphalt shingles, osb board
asphalt shingles, osb board, roof jacks: But 50? That means on the first day he will work and not get paid since he s already been paid for half the job and he probably spent it already. So in his mind he s working for nothing that day since at the end of the day he will not see any more money then...

Roofing: Asphault Odor, roofing material, weather condition
roofing material, weather condition, tamco: I can t imagine roofing material giving off odor once it hardens. I never heard of that. Unless he did some kind of gooey coating on top. You can ask the manufacturer but I know I don t smell anything on any of the roofs I do after a few minutes. If you call...

Roofing: Asphelt roofs, yahoo mail, membrain
yahoo mail, membrain, human traffic: You make it difficult to comprehend what you are asking. I don t think your English is different from the USA English. And no, I am not faxing this from USA to England. I have no idea what you are talking about with membrane. Is it really spelled “membrain�...

Roofing: Attaching metal roof over a deck/screened porch of a mobile home, coastal vacation, vacation residence
coastal vacation, vacation residence, metal roof: I would suggest cutting pieces of flashing to go between the V s. They should have an uphill leg that rests on the roof and then you screw that down. However, before you do that, put these pieces of metal in a good bed of quality sealant and seal the edges...

Roofing: Attaching a patio cover to a roof, drilling holes, patio cover
drilling holes, patio cover, 2x6: I can think of many ways to do this but I d have to see what you have. Drilling holes in the roof is no problem if water doesn t get to the holes. You re supposed to finish off the roof above that so water doesn t get to the holes or the wood. Bra...

Roofing: Attic Access Through Roof Vents, custom feature, different shapes
custom feature, different shapes, roof vents: Hi Mike, Unfortunately I ve never seen or heard of a removable attic vent that would allow access to the attic through the roof. It sounds like you re going to need to design a custom feature for your house. My friend s cabin has one part of the roof...

Roofing: Attic concern., home depot, time joe
home depot, time joe, moist air: Hi Joe, It s most likely a matter of the moist air in the bathroom not being ventilated. Everytime the water is running in the sink, especially warm water, there is moisture going into the air. It tends to stick on the ceiling. After a certain period of...

Roofing: Attic Fan, bad fortune, attic fan
bad fortune, attic fan, 4 fans: Hi Ann, The problem isn t the fan, it s the roofing around the fan or the way the fan was installed in the roof. If water seems to be coming from the center of the fan, it s likely that the water is simply moving downward or downhill and the center of the...

Roofing: Attic Fan and Ridge Vent and Shingle Materials, shingle manufacturers, style ceilings
shingle manufacturers, style ceilings, gaf timberline: Hi Glenn, The others roofer was right. You don t want ridge vents AND the attic fan. It s one or the other, for best ventilation. Assuming that your attic area is all connected, your powered attic fan is better. If you have cathedral style ceilings...

Roofing: Attic Fan with Ridge Vent?, ridge vent, power vent
ridge vent, power vent, soffit vents: YES REMOVE THE POWER VENT AND SEAL THE HOLE . THE SOFFIT VENTS ARE THE SMALL VENTS THAT ARE LOCATED BETWEEN THE GUTTER AND OUTSIDE WALL OF YOUR HOUSE . YOUR ROOFER SHOULD KNOW WHERE THE SOFFIT INTAKE VENTS ARE LOCATED . THIS IS WHERE OUTSIDE AIR IS PULLED...

Roofing: Attic Fan and Ridge Vents, ridge vents, ridge vent
ridge vents, ridge vent, attic fans: Hi Stuart, Yes, just tell the contractor that you have two functioning attic fans and therefore you don t want to spend several hundred dollars on ridge vents. Tell him that with functional attic fans, other ventilation is a waste of money. If he says that...

Roofing: Attic Fan Shakes Roof, asphalt shingle, three nails
asphalt shingle, three nails, plastic cowl: Hi Dave, My best guess is the fan wasn t secured to the roof as well as it could have been secured. It s very common for roofers to put two or three nails through the base of the fan, which usually isn t enough. You ll have to go on top of the roof to test...

Roofing: Attic Fan, attic fan, square footage
attic fan, square footage, square feet: That would be like asking, My house heater is broken. What size should I get? That depends on your situation. How big is the attic? You mentioned square footage but that s not size of the attic. The attic has volume and you gave me area. How much air do...

Roofing: Attic fan with architectural roofing, architectural roofing, ridge vent
architectural roofing, ridge vent, attic fan: Hi Carolyn. Your roofing guy sounds full of it . Anything to get air moving in and out of your attic is beneficial especially in hot weather. I assume you have soffit vents and now a ridge vent installed with the new roof? That may not be enough to circulate...

Roofing: Attic fan installation...PLEASE HELP !!!, attic fan installation, r38 insulation
attic fan installation, r38 insulation, ridge vent: Danny - If we are talking about a motorized fan, mounted to the roof, then the ridgevents are fine as long as you have soffit vents that are clear. If you are talking about a wholehouse fan mounted in the ceiling of, say, a hallway, ridgevents still ok. ...

Roofing: Attic fan installation...PLEASE HELP !!!, attic fan installation, ridge vent
attic fan installation, ridge vent, cirulation: Thanks. I understand now I believe. I assume you have soffit vents which will be feeding intake air. If not, then that is a concern. There is a valid concern that what will happen is that the powered fan will just pull air from the ridge vent and not...

Roofing: Attic fan installation...PLEASE HELP !!!, attic fan installation, ridge vent
attic fan installation, ridge vent, ridge vents: Hi Danny, At least both of them sound passionate about their views :o) The guy that wants to remove the ridge vents is believing the results that were generated by the ridge vent people, in a laboratory setting, where a small model attic has openings at...

Roofing: Attic fan does not shut off, ridge vent, 4 vents
ridge vent, 4 vents, attic fan: Hi Mark. Several factors may be responsible for your problem. 1. Insufficient ventilation. 2. Faulty thermostat. 3. Not enough air flow. Have a look at this web site. It may be helpful. www.accurateinspection.com/attic%20Ventilation.htm It gives specifications...

Roofing: Attic fan/vent leaks, asphalt shingles, attic vent fan
asphalt shingles, attic vent fan, plywood boards: Doug - I live in Atlanta so I know what you mean. The roofer may have left a few toe board holes in the roof if it is a steep one. Other than that, it sounds to me like the blade, in wobbeling, may have cut the base flashing of the unit. To try and patch...

Roofing: Attic fan, continuous soffit vents, path of least resistance
continuous soffit vents, path of least resistance, gable vent: You are correct in considering airflow -- where will the fan draw from. I believe that you should close off the mushroom vents and just use soffit and ridge vents with a powered fan or two to turn on when it is very hot. A great source of info though is...

Roofing: Attic gable and ridge vents, gable vent, control levers
gable vent, control levers, ridge vent: Aloha Tom, I m with you. I tend towards the notion there s no such thing a too much venting in attics. Well, almost. During the winter, you actually want the attic to stagnate rather than vent. But as you suggested, that s easy enough to control with either...

Roofing: AtticHouse Vent vs. Evaporative cooler, gable vent, high dessert
gable vent, high dessert, whirly birds: Hi Brian, The short answer... The option I like the best is adding one powered gable fan, moving air through the attic in the direction that most matches the typical direction of the outside airflow. The long answer... You definitely need more attic...

Roofing: Attic insulation and ventalation, attic ventilation fan, shingle roof
attic ventilation fan, shingle roof, attic insulation: The blown in insulation wouldn t take up all the room so there should be room for air flow above the insulation so you can do an attic fan. You would use a turbine that spins in the wind and rising heat. It certainly won t hurt to add the fan so put one in...

Roofing: Attic Mold Question, ridge vent, exhaust vent
ridge vent, exhaust vent, rusty nails: HI JOE. PROPER VENTILATION . IS FIGURED BY THE ATTIC SQUARE FOOTAGE . EXAMPLE .YOU HAVE TO HAVE 1SQUARE FOOT OF INTAKE VENT (SOFFITT) AND 1 SQUARE FOOT OF EXHAUST VENT (RIDGE VENT ) FOR EVERY 300 SQUARE FEET OF ATTIC SPACE ..TO GET ATTIC SQUARE FOOTAGE MUTIPLY...

Roofing: Attic mold, ridge vent, fabric material
ridge vent, fabric material, gable vents: HI MIKE I WOULD MAKE SURE INSULATION IS NOT BLOCKING THE SOFFIT VENTS SO AIR CAN COME IN .AS FAR AS THE SNOW PART COVERING UP THE VENT RIDGE IVE NEVER SEEN THAT IM FROM GEORGIA. BUT IF IT PREVENTS THE VENT RIDGE FROM WORKING THEN THE GABLE VENTS ARE A GOOD...

Roofing: Attic/Roof Venting, ridge vent, roof venting
ridge vent, roof venting, abraham lincoln: Venting is a good idea but many houses were built without it and those houses didn t fall down. Venting the attic will keep the house cooler and can cut down on moisture problems if there are any moisture problems to begin with. Most building inspectors are...

Roofing: Attic Vent, ac ducting, roofing material
ac ducting, roofing material, wall spaces: Aloha Pete, Sorry, there just isn t enough information to give you a definitive answer. But I will give you what I can. I would imagine your primary problem is heat in the summer and so, yes, an attic vent might help. However, it would depend on a...

Roofing: Attic Ventalation, gable vent, attic ventalation
gable vent, attic ventalation, roof rafters: You probably only feel the air movement if you stand between the gable vent and the ridge vent as the air is only passing between those two points. It s like opening two windows in one room, standing in that room, and saying the air flow in the house is great....

Roofing: Attic Ventalation, attic ventalation, powered attic fans
attic ventalation, powered attic fans, attic space: Hi David, An attic can t be overvented, since you re only replacing the attic air with outside air. So the air in the attic is just getting closer to the temperature and humidity of the outside air. If you put two fans in, they should both be pointing...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation, vinyl soffit, soffit vents
vinyl soffit, soffit vents, attic ventilation: Gable vents tend to not work well so if you get the chance add more of them. No venting works well unless you have soffit vent too. Use continuous soffit vent if you can. There is no such thing as too much venting. It s like trying to air out your house. The...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation, soffit vents, attic ventilation
soffit vents, attic ventilation, insulation contractor: Dave - Your absolute best bet is to call your local elecric utility for an on site analysis (free!). They will know your area f the country andknow what will work in your situaltion. 2nd ry would be an HVAC or insulation contractor. I don t want to steer...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation, free energy audit, roof louvers
free energy audit, roof louvers, gable vent: Travis - You must remove the insulation covering the soffit vents and the gable vents. You may have to remove the actual soffit in order to do this. If the vaulted portion of the roof has insulation, were vent bats installed to allow for airflow? If not,...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation, gable vent, soffit vent
gable vent, soffit vent, vent area: Hi Dave, It s a fairly simple matter. The more you re able to replace the attic air with air from outside, the more the attic air is going to match the exterior air. Both temperature and humidity. A powered attic fan is the best way to move the attic...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation, gable vent, attic ventilation
gable vent, attic ventilation, drip edge: The way it s supposed to work is that cool air comes in the bottom of the roof. As it heats up from the hot roof it rises and goes out the top. If you have an electric fan at the top of the roof and vents at the end of the roof near the peak then the air will...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation - how to choose, ridge vent, shingle roof
ridge vent, shingle roof, attic ventilation: Hi! Thanks for the questions. It has been shown again and again that the best way to ventilate is eave soffit vents (as intake) with a ridge vent (as exhaust). Some houses, though, do not lend themselves well to this. This could be the case when there...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation Dilemna, soffit vent, attic ventilation
soffit vent, attic ventilation, ridge vent: Hi Don, Q1... How did you calculate that the soffit vent provides 62 square inches? Here in San Jose, CA (aka, Paradise on Earth) the rafters are typically 24 apart. When the eave extends beyond the wall of the house, the gap between the rafters, at...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation: how much, where, fan?, soffit vents, attic ventilation
soffit vents, attic ventilation, roof vent: Hi Damon, I drive through your town often on the way to Lake Tahoe. It definitely gets hot there. Unless you have a high pitched roof, cubic volume isn t a factor. The square feet of the attic floor is the number that matters. In your case, that looks...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation - Gable vs. Whole House Fan, soffit vents, attic ventilation
soffit vents, attic ventilation, moisture buildup: When you cool anything off keep the following in mind: 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...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation vs Insulation for Ice Dams, roof ice damming, attic ventilation
roof ice damming, attic ventilation, heat barriers: The forming of icicles has nothing to do with bad insulation or ventilation. On the contrary, if you had no insulation you probably wouldn t have ice damming. I am assuming you insulated the attic floor and not the attic roof. Ice Damming: This happens...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation w/ fan and no soffits, dead air space, gable vent
dead air space, gable vent, ventilation fan: Michael, Ideally you need soffit air intakes. However, if you can t create soffit intakes, you can install power vent(s) at the ridge line and let the gable vents serve as the intakes. This will allow for air movement in the attic to draw the air to the...

Roofing: Attic Ventilation, gable vent, attic ventilation
gable vent, attic ventilation, approximate square footage: Hi Jeff, You got some bad information. The short answer: With a powered fan in the gable vent, you have all the attic ventilation you need. The long answer: There are several equations that tell you how much ventilation you need for your attic. They...

Roofing: Attic Venting Problems, soffitt vents, blown insulation
soffitt vents, blown insulation, insulation company: Hi Susan, Since that opening is letting attic air into the house, I think your idea sounds like a reasonable one. Double check with the insulation company or a heating company to make sure it s not a problem to close up that opening, and then give it a try....

Roofing: Attic Venting - Ridge Vent, continuous soffit vents, ridge vent
continuous soffit vents, ridge vent, rusted nails: A great source of info for home venting is www.airvent.com Since the roof is hip, I assume you do not have much ridge. That is unfortunate. If you had more ridge, I would suggest continuous rdige vent and remove the fan. If you add ridge vent at...

Roofing: Attic Vents, low slope roofs, solar powered roof vents
low slope roofs, solar powered roof vents, parapet walls: Billy, Typically with low-slope roofs there is no venting of attic space because for all intents and purposes there is no attic. If the insulation in the roof area of the house is on the roof deck, or if there is not an attic space between the interior...

Roofing: Attic vent, roof turbines, google search
roof turbines, google search, rain storms: Janice - To my knowledge, there is not a vent systome for the roof that you can close off . The roof turbines do have covers available that you can put over during the cold months but I don t know how they would fare in a hurricane. You might want to try...

Roofing: Attic ventalation, mold remediation, gable vent
mold remediation, gable vent, attic ventalation: It is not possible to have too much venting. The idea is to air out the attic. It is not possible to air something out too much. If you wanted to air out your house you would open a window. It is not possible to open too many windows and air out the house...

Roofing: Attic ventalation, attic ventalation, oklahoma city area
attic ventalation, oklahoma city area, soffit vents: It s not the square footage for the house but the volume of the attic. I can show you an attic on a 2,200 house that is 4 times the size of another attic on a 2,200 ft house. It s not the number of vents you have. I can show you one vent that can air out...

Roofing: Attic ventalation, attic ventalation, sloped ceilings
attic ventalation, sloped ceilings, hip roofs: Hi Matt, I think that when you say, against this practice you re referring to a combination of ridge vents and slant vents. If I misunderstood you, you can send a follow up question with a little more description. This issue of combining ridge vents...

Roofing: Attic ventiation, soffit vents, roof sheathing
soffit vents, roof sheathing, gable vent: Erik, Gable vents in conjunction with roof vents at the gables should be eliminated. This could serve to pull moisture into the attic space as opposed to removing the moisture. It does sound as if moisture is remaining in the attic and is affecting the...

Roofing: Attic ventilation, vented drip edge, installing ridge vents
vented drip edge, installing ridge vents, roofing job: Hi Jeff, If you put a fan in one of the gable vents, you ll be set. The fan will draw the air through the attic, even if you don t have any soffit vents. When you make a decision on which gable vent should have the fan, think about which direct the breeze...

Roofing: Attic ventilation, attic ventilation, soffit vents
attic ventilation, soffit vents, whirly bird: Hi Wendy, The only way a powered attic fan would suck cooler air from your house is if there are openings in your ceiling and if you have no soffit vents, down lower in the attic to allow the outside air to come into the attic. If you have sufficient insulation...

Roofing: Attic ventilation, concrete tile roofs, shingle roofs
concrete tile roofs, shingle roofs, attic ventilation: Hi Lou, Your roofer is absolutely right. You don t need ventilation with the tile roof. Tile is not only cooler, it also breathes. Air flows freely between the tiles. Save your money on that fan and go out to a nice dinner instead. Your roof is going...

Roofing: Attic ventilation, gable vent, cedar breather
gable vent, cedar breather, attic ventilation: That’s like asking, “I have a 4,000 sq-ft house. Can I use one air-conditioner, 2 or 3�? I can show you one house with 10 window units or 1 or 2 central units. It all depends on your situation. The idea is to ventilate the attic to get the hot and...

Roofing: Attic ventilation, composition shingle roof, gallon water heaters
composition shingle roof, gallon water heaters, hot water heaters: Hi Buzz, 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 long answer... There s a huge...

Roofing: Attic ventilation, composition shingle roof, gallon water heaters
composition shingle roof, gallon water heaters, hot water heaters: You can’t use the logic that just because all the other houses were built a certain way then that must be the correct way. We know that many builders today build junk and many contractors are horror stories waiting to happen. On the other hand your roofs...

Roofing: Attic ventilation in an early 1900s home, rafter tails, warm moist air
rafter tails, warm moist air, water infiltration: Hi Phil, Thanks for your question. Most ice and watershields are meant to be installed only directly over decking so I assume you are planning to remove the old shingles. In that case, I have no problem with ice and watershield over the entire roof EXCEPT...

Roofing: Attic ventilation and/or fan, cement tile roof, barrel tile
cement tile roof, barrel tile, hurricane wilma: Aloha Peter, Venting your attic is a good thing, both for energy and for high wind conditions. What most damages buildings during hurricanes is wind-blown debris. A coconut traveling at 200 mph might as well be a cannon ball. The second most powerful force...

Roofing: Attic ventilation/indoor humidity, style ceilings, attic ventillation
style ceilings, attic ventillation, attic exhaust fan: Hi Al, Wow, I m amazed that you re getting condensation on triple pane windows. We installed double pane windows on our house and we haven t seen condensation on the windows since then. But of course we live in sunny California. In your earlier question,...

Roofing: Attic ventilation with no soffit, soffit vents, gable vent
soffit vents, gable vent, attic ventilation: Hi Greg, First, I apologize for the delay in my answer. Since Wednesday I ve been really sick with the flu. I m just now starting to walk around upright and feel like a real human being again. I understand what you mean now, by top and right side. ...

Roofing: Attic ventilation, piqua oh, attic ventilation
piqua oh, attic ventilation, static vents: Hi Mike, Thanks for the question. Good to hear from you. I believe I need more information in order to answer this. In fact, what would be really helpful would be some pictures. Is there any chance at all that you can send me some photos of your...

Roofing: Attic ventillation, master bedroom upstairs, gable vent
master bedroom upstairs, gable vent, ridge vent: Hi Kris, The issue of attic ventilation is fairly simple. There needs to be openings near the top of the attic for the hot air to get out and there needs to be other openings down low in the roof for cooler, outside air to get into the attic. If you have...

Roofing: Attic venting, attic venting, vapor lock
attic venting, vapor lock, soffit vents: Hi Steve, The short answer... The important issue is that each rafter bay has an opening at the soffits and an opening at the top of the rafter bay. Air comes in at the bottom and flows out at the top. It sounds like you have this already. If each rafter...

Roofing: Attic venting, ridge vent, gable vents
ridge vent, gable vents, attic venting: HI JAMIE.AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A CLEARENCE FROM THE RIDGE VENT TO THE SOFFIT VENTS YOU SHOULD NOT INSTALL GABLE VENTS. IF YOU INSTALL GABLE VENTS IT WILL KEEP THE RIDGE VENT FROM DRAWING AIR IN FROM SOFFIT AND WILL ONLY RECIRCULATE RIDGE AND GABLE. WHICH WILL...

Roofing: Attic vents with a Slate Roof, slate roofs, slate roof
slate roofs, slate roof, adding a bathroom: Whether you insulate or not you will have snow and ice buildup. If it snows you get snow on your roof. As it melts you will have water run down the roof. If it freezes before it can get off the roof you will have ice. The key is to keep the water from...

Roofing: Attic vents & wildfires, rafter tails, soffit vents
rafter tails, soffit vents, fire chiefs: Aloha Fred, Huh, I haven t seen any such comments. I d appreciate a citation on such. First off, attic venting is required, in most cases it s required much the same as exits are required. I d be very surprised to see authorities such as Fire Chiefs...

Roofing: adding more insulation to attic, venting question, proper attic ventilation, ridge vent
proper attic ventilation, ridge vent, rafter vents: Proper attic ventilation requires intake and exhaust. Right now your sifft vents are bringing in air and it is exhausting out the gable vents. Not the worsst but not the best. For optimum ventilation I would add a ridge vent next time you re-roof and cover...

Roofing: adding living space, upper decks, outer dimension
upper decks, outer dimension, raising the roof: You can do anything you want. You just have to make sure HOW to do it. You can t just add a floor onto a garage. You have to decide if the walls can take the extra load. The ceiling of the garage is probably not strong enough as a floor for the room above....

Roofing: adding to metal roof, front porch, exterior elevations
front porch, exterior elevations, back deck: Aloha Kathryn and Bill, Well, it s quite as easy as just having a set of instructions, though, sort of, it is. That s what a set of plans is, instructions to the builder(s) as to what and how to build whatever it is being built. The first step for you...

Roofing: adding a Sunroom to a L shaped house with hip roof, waterproofing protection, roof ventilation
waterproofing protection, roof ventilation, cross ventilation: Lesa, Your options are the lean-to or a flat roof. I would choose the lean-to. If the slope is relatively shallow (less than 4 per foot) use a peel and stick underlayment under the shingles in lieu of standard felt (or often referred to as tar paper)....

Roofing: adding shims for sagging roof, composition shingle roof, plywood sheathing
composition shingle roof, plywood sheathing, wood shingle: Hi Frank, I just read your thank you response. It comes in a different IN box than the questions, so I don t get around to looking at them as frequently as I look at the questions. You mentioned the plywood causing the sagging in the rafters. That...

Roofing: adding space and plugging a leak, roofing technology, insulation technology
roofing technology, insulation technology, stop gap: An attic with good ventilation acts like a cover over the house just shading the house so the sun doesn t beat down on it. It heats up the roof instead. It would be like a parasol. If you use the attic then you will need to seal it off from flowing air. This...

Roofing: addition, owens corning, shingles
owens corning, shingles, hard time: I don t know where to get them. I think I might have seen them sold somewhere. The use for them doesn t exist anymore. They were used in windy locations but many years ago manufacturers came up with sealing shingles that seal against the wind. Bra...

Roofing: adjusting hail on metal roofs, metal roofing industry, metal roofs
metal roofing industry, metal roofs, objective guidance: Wow. That is a HUGE topic. As a metal roof manufacturer, I think that far too many hail-damaged rooffsare totalled out but the problem is that contractors and property owners alike get on this bandwagon of cosmetic damage. And, to some degree, they have a...

Roofing: aluminum roofing, aluminum roofing, aluminum sheets
aluminum roofing, aluminum sheets, rubber grommets: I would be dubious of whether this will be a real long term roof but, with a playhouse, that probably is not a big concern. You can get screws with cap heads and rubber grommets ... these are normally used with through-fastened roofing. These are available...

Roofing: amount of shingles, sqs, square ft
sqs, square ft, shot gun: I cannot email you because I do not have your email address. Sorry. I would expect about 13 sqs of roofing allowing for pitch and overhang. Additional roofing would be necessary if there is an attached garage. Probably about 3 sqs per car . ...

Roofing: animal damage vs poor worksmanship, composition shingle roof, roofing contractor
composition shingle roof, roofing contractor, scratch marks: Hi Lisa, That s completely rediculous. There s no such thing as animal damage on a 4 year old composition shingle roof and certainly nothing that could be related in any way to the shingle coming off the roof. The wind line that he mentioned simply means...

Roofing: apparent fishmouthing shingles on a new construction roof, nail guns, work move
nail guns, work move, question thanks: Next step. Each one that is lifted, is it the middle tab of a 3 tab shingle. You would have to find the seams to know which are the end tabs. It might be random because one shingle was used from a bent bundle and another from a straight bundle. He might not...

Roofing: applied acrylic roof patch to valleys, asphalt shingles, razor blade
asphalt shingles, razor blade, right angles: Hi Leah, There are two answers. First, you don t need to cut the valley pieces. If you re going to seal the top of the roof surface, it would be the same in the valleys as in the plain sections of roofing. The other answer is to a question you didn t...

Roofing: applied acrylic roof patch over valleys, asphalt shingles, roof shingles
asphalt shingles, roof shingles, razor blade: A California Valley is not a good type of valley. Many manufacturers will not allow it and many towns will not allow it. It is too prone to leaking. You cannot paint a shingle roof. Shingles get water under the tabs and need to drain. You needed to use...

Roofing: applying peel and stick rolled roofing over porch, drip edge, roofing material
drip edge, roofing material, cap sheet: Here are the instructions for that material. It calls for a special base sheet nailed to the plywood first. The problem with a mechanically installed base sheet is that it is only attached where the nails are. As you noted it is more prone to lifting. This...

Roofing: architectrual shingles, architectural shingles, roofer
architectural shingles, roofer, joshua: Hi Joshua, Yes, it is okay to have two layers of architectural shingles. Some are thicker than others, of course. The thicker they are,the more noticeable the wavy-ness will be. But functionally, it will be fine. It definitely will seal just as well as...

Roofing: architectual shingles, architectural shingles, architectual shingles
architectural shingles, architectual shingles, highs and lows: Hi Sandra. Usually the shingles are staggered by 1/3 or 1/2 or 6 depending on the installer. Without seeing your particular roof, it is difficult to look at the problem. Here is a website that may be useful. Perhaps you could send them photos and ask their...

Roofing: architectural roofing pattern/low slope ?, cobra ridge vent, architectural roofing
cobra ridge vent, architectural roofing, closed cell foam: Alan, The layout and detailed application instructionts for the Timberline shingle can be found on the bundle wrappers or on GAF Timberline website at: http://www.gaf.com/Content/Documents/20302.pdf They do a much better job than I can describe here. ...

Roofing: architectural shingle bumpy appearance, composition shingle roof, asphalt roofing
composition shingle roof, asphalt roofing, wood shingle: Aloha Kate, First off, I am assuming what you mean by architectural roof is an asphalt or composition shingle roof that is both thicker, especially at the butt end. and often has greater variation of thicknesses. This is to create a roof with greater texture...

Roofing: architectural shingle insall procedure, scalloped bottom edge, architectural roofs
scalloped bottom edge, architectural roofs, architectural shingles: Hi Dave, Actually the procedure is exactly the same. There are two reasons why a well done roof could have lines that don t look right. The first is that the roof is designed to look more random. They wanted to get rid of the geometric look. The...

Roofing: architectural shingles, south east georgia, architectural shingles
south east georgia, architectural shingles, warm weather: My dear Matt. How did you know? This very day I was on a roof on which I laid the same shingles as yours just about one month ago. I did check and they have not yet stuck themselves down. I live in South East Georgia and we usually get plenty of sun. However,...

Roofing: architectural shingles, architectural shingles, functional problem
architectural shingles, functional problem, roofer: Hi Brian, The short answer... Yes. The long answer... There are different styles of architectural shingles. Some aren t as thick as others. The thicker the existing shingles are, the more uneven the next roof will be. But if the roof is installed...

Roofing: architectural shingles vs atandard shingles, architectural shingles, motorcycle ministry
architectural shingles, motorcycle ministry, woodstock illinois: Hi Greg, First, thanks for your encouraging PS. I ll check out your website a little later. Architectural shingles are a better way to go. They are thicker, heavier, they have more asphalt per square inch and they are designed in such a way that they...

Roofing: architectural shingles, architectural shingles, diagonal pattern
architectural shingles, diagonal pattern, shingle: Hi Matt, You can t have all the courses starting with a full shingle because then the ends of the shingles will be lined up vertically. That means the water will come in, between the shingles. If the appearance isn t an issue, just make sure that each...

Roofing: asbesto shingles on roof, asbestos shingles, asphalt shingles
asbestos shingles, asphalt shingles, asbestos fibers: Pamela, The is very, very, very little chance the in-place asbestos shingles are causing any potential harm. The hazard from asbestos comes primarily in the form of very tiny asbestos dust fibers/powder that can be ingested and in order to contract asbestosis...

Roofing: asbestos shingles, asbestos shingles, slate roof
asbestos shingles, slate roof, wet spots: I have heard talk among roofers about the chance of some old roofing containing asbestos, but never from anyone who knows if and which kinds for sure. I have been told while remodeling inside that the only way to tell if ceiling panels/old texture/insullation...

Roofing: asbestos shingles, asbestos shingles, slate roof
asbestos shingles, slate roof, friend warren: HI MARSHALL. I DONT KNOW WHEN THEY STARTED USING ASBESTOS . BUT IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE TO REMOVE . IF ITS NOT LEAKING I WOULD NOT BOTHER WITH IT. WHAT I WOULD DO IS GET AT LEAST 3 ESTIMATES AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF ROOF YOU HAVE AND HOW LONG IT WILL LAST...

Roofing: asbestos siding, asbestos shingles, asbestos siding
asbestos shingles, asbestos siding, asbestos materials: Asbestos materials are only dangerous in the powder form so don t smash it, crumble it, etc. As long as the tiles are intact leave them. If a piece breaks off then you just have 2 separate pieces. It s the crushed form that can be breathed in. Bra...

Roofing: asbestos, asbestos shingles, asphalt shingles
asbestos shingles, asphalt shingles, asbestos removal: Hi Michael Caiazzo. I THINK YOUR BROTHERINLAW KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT . ITS VERY EASY TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE IN ASBESTOS SHINGLES AND ASPHALT . ASPHALT ARE FLEXABLE AND ASBESTOS IS BRITTLE. BUT HERE IS A SITE THAT SAIDS SOME ASBESTOS WAS USED IN SOME...

Roofing: aspestoesroof, good shape, roofer
good shape, roofer, roofing: Hi Monica, There are places in your area that can analyze the material in the roof and let you know if it s asbestos or not. In California, they charge $25 for that service, if you bring a small sample to their office. If you check with a local roofing...

Roofing: asphalt roll roofing, roll roofing, granular surface
roll roofing, granular surface, specific weight: In the old days the numbers referred to its wight so if you bought a roll of 60 it was 60 lb per 100 square feet. A roll of 15 was 15 lbs. But today a roll of 90 is just called Granular Surface Material because they are now cheating and it no longer has...

Roofing: asphalt roll vs. rubber membrane roofing, low slope roofs, asphalt roofing
low slope roofs, asphalt roofing, roll roofing: You should get 15 - 20 years out of a single ply rubber or PVC membrane roof. Realistically, for your application, you may get about the same out of roll roofing. The membrane roofs really shine as superior on very low slope roofs but you have about...

Roofing: asphalt roof, asphalt shingles, reroofing a house
asphalt shingles, reroofing a house, asphalt roof: Mike, The answer is sort of yes . That inverted shingle is intended to serve as a starter strip giving the not only the proper shingle coverage at the eave but also providing the self-sealing adhesive bond of the eave shingle tabs. A true starter strip...

Roofing: asphalt roof -- mildew/power wash, asphalt roof, tree moss
asphalt roof, tree moss, bleach solution: Hi Dan. It really won t hurt the roof and is, as you say. an aesthetic problem. Power washing will not damage the shingles if done carefully without too much pressure which could blast off the granules. You could use a mild bleach solution but it will leave...

Roofing: asphalt roof shingles, asphalt roof shingles, moss growth
asphalt roof shingles, moss growth: I am not sure about cleaning the shingles against moss growth. This is more of a problem in certain areas of the country. It would be best to call some manufacturers. They do make special shingles to prevent moss growth but most people don t know about it....

Roofing: asphalt roof treatment for lichens, asphalt roofing, bleach solution
asphalt roofing, bleach solution, asphalt roof: Hi Jim As far as I am aware there are no hard and fast rules for removing lichen/moss from any roofing material. The plan you have may well work and could also be faster than other methods. There are products out there which are designed for removal of...

Roofing: asphalt roof, asphalt shingles, asphalt roof
asphalt shingles, asphalt roof, tiny stones: I m going to guess that the stones are stricly for color. The stones give shingles their color and I don t think there is a another purpose for them. Some will fall off during installation but that s OK. The color will still be there. Like Sprinkles on an...

Roofing: asphalt roofing, asphalt shingles, asphalt roofing
asphalt shingles, asphalt roofing, drip edge: Hi Adam. You certainly seem to have a problem. First of all, I have to assume you do not live in a snow prone area as 3/8 plywood is totally unacceptable in any region as far as I know. At this very moment, I am doing a roof with the same situation. 3/8...

Roofing: asphalt roofing whotout plywood, asphalt roofing shingles, roofer
asphalt roofing shingles, roofer, sheathing: Hi Ronny, The important element about the decking is that it s solid, not spaced sheathing. You can use plywood, but you can also use boards. Just leave 1/8 between the boards so they can expand and contract with the weather. Regarding termites, the...

Roofing: asphalt roofing, asphalt roofing, asphalt shingles
asphalt roofing, asphalt shingles, howell township: I am from Northern Ontario in Canada.... I do not know anything about code in NJ. If some does need replacing, than I would replace all. I would contact your local city bylaw office and find out what code is for your area. The idea of 1/2 is not a bad...

Roofing: asphalt shangles, composition shingles, shangles
composition shingles, shangles, sbcglobal net: Hi Dennis, I can t visualize what that must look like. It s very unusual for composition shingles to curl up. If you have access to a digital camera, take a bunch of photos and email them to me, and I ll probably be able to give you some input. My email...

Roofing: asphalt shingle loss, asphalt shingles, asphalt shingle
asphalt shingles, asphalt shingle, roofing contractors: Hi Jack, Just because it said 30 years on the package, doesn t mean it s likely to last 30 years. The shingles that were manufactured 20 years ago with a 30 year rating are more likely to last around 25 years. Anytime shingles blow off the roof, you...

Roofing: asphalt shingle reveal, asphalt shingle, roofing collection
asphalt shingle, roofing collection, shadow effect: I can not find any specific product on Certainteed’s website called “Roofing Collection�. It appears they use the term to refer to their entire line of shingles. I assume by a 5� reveal you mean a 5� exposure which is the term used in roofing....

Roofing: asphalt shingle, asphalt shingle, lumps and bumps
asphalt shingle, lumps and bumps, nail hole: Hi John, The short answer... Installing a third roof is allowed in most jurisdictions. Check with your local building department. But I generally don t recommend it. The long answer... The issue is that all roofs have some lumps and bumps. When you...

Roofing: asphalt shingles, asphalt shingle roof, asphalt shingles
asphalt shingle roof, asphalt shingles, gutter: Look at a neighbor s roof to see what a good one looks like. If yours looks drab compared to that then maybe it s time. Looks for cracks all over, pieces falling off, pieces break off when you bend them slightly, end curled up, lots of pieces laying in the...

Roofing: asphalt shingles, owens corning shingles, ownes corning
owens corning shingles, ownes corning, asphalt shingles: Tampko and Ownes Corning are both popular but I think Tampko is bigger in the market. I prefer Tampko but I can t tell you why. It s just a gut feeling that I like working with Tampko better. Dimensional shingles are nice. Most people use the standard 3-tab...

Roofing: Are all asphalt shingles the same?, asphalt shingles, certainteed shingles
asphalt shingles, certainteed shingles, personal preference: Hi Mason, Those are great questions. First on the shingles, all of the manufactures produce equal quality. All of the 40 year shingles produced by all of the manufacturers are going to last the same. all the 50 year shingles will last the same. By the...

Roofing: asphalt shingles over wet sheathing, asphalt shingles, damp basements
asphalt shingles, damp basements, high humidity: It would have been nice for the roofer to let the paper dry out although most roofers would go right to work. But just because most people do something does not make it right. Also, felt paper buckles after it gets wet so once it went through a rain it should...

Roofing: asphalt shingles, asphalt shingles, asphalt tile
asphalt shingles, asphalt tile, ok shape: Hi Bruce, You can buy special ridge shingles or you can buy regular shingles and cut them into thirds, as you mentioned. The cost for the material works out about the same. If you buy the special ridge shingles, they come in the same shape as the regular...

Roofing: asphalt, asphalt shingles, rain gutter
asphalt shingles, rain gutter, asphalt roof: Hi David, The short answer... The granules protect the asphalt in the shingles. You don t have to worry about traffic on the roof. In fact you can have a barn dance up on the roof and you won t significantly damage the shingles, in terms of wear and tear....

Roofing: attaching deck trellis directly to roof, metal fascia, joist hangers
metal fascia, joist hangers, screw holes: I m not sure what you re doing. It s hard to picture all that you said. One thing is certain - if you put screws through the roof they will always be leaks. You hit that nail on the head. What is the board for? If it is for the deck then no wind is going to...

Roofing: attaching a roof, pitch roof, screen porch
pitch roof, screen porch, roof pitch: Hi Kirk, I m not sure that I understand which angle you re asking about. I think you mean that you re going to lay out a 2 x 6 rafter that will die into the existing 5:12 pitch roof. So you want an angle on the rafter that matches the 5:12 roof. I m assuming...

Roofing: attaching thin wood shingles, wood shingles, thin wood
wood shingles, thin wood, allexperts: Hi Roy, You definitely won t need to attach them at all. When you slide them in, it s uncommon that you can even slide them in as far as you d like to without using a hammer to tap them in. They ll never slide out. I hope that helps. Feel free to follow...

Roofing: attic fan, warm moist air, ventilation fan
warm moist air, ventilation fan, ventilation fans: Hi Steve I am not really an expert on the actual workings of ventilation fans and the motors. However, I would doubt that any ventilation fan should be drawing air into the attic space as this would have the opposite effect to the one usually wanted. The...

Roofing: attic fan flow direction, intake vents, attic fan
intake vents, attic fan, flow direction: This would normally be an exhaust fan but you must have intake vents (such as eave soffit vents) for it to draw air from, creating air exchange throughout the attic. A great source of ventilation info is www.airvent.com Best Regards. Todd Mille...

Roofing: attic fan quit, apprentice electrician, roofing question
apprentice electrician, roofing question, attic fan: Hi Sheryl, This really isn t a roofing question, but I happen to have had the same thing happen at my house, so here s what I know about it. Did you install the fan or did a contractor? If it was a contractor, call him up today and tell him you re concerned...

Roofing: attic fan and ridge vent, vent holes, ridge vent
vent holes, ridge vent, solar fans: 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: attic fan vs. vent, piedmont triad area, ventilation system that
piedmont triad area, ventilation system that, first time homeowners: Hi Lisa, The short answer... Powered attic fans are always better at ventilating the attic. All unpowered attic ventilation will take longer and be less effective. I urge you to replace the powered fans with new ones. It s not that the fans cool the attic....

Roofing: attic fan, ventilation fan, attic fan
ventilation fan, attic fan, ceiling joists: Hi Dawn, To be more precise, the upstairs is much warmer because warm air rises. No matter what you have in the attic, the upstairs is always going to be substantially warmer than the downstairs. This is true in every two story home. It s likely that you...

Roofing: attic fans, installing an attic fan, ridge vent
installing an attic fan, ridge vent, ridge vents: Hi Dee, You caught me in the office on a Sunday, shuffling paperwork. Here s the short answer... Keep the powered fan several feet away from other vents, but other than that, the uphill/downhill placement isn t a significant issue. The long answer......

Roofing: attic humidity, spray foam insulation, air conditionar
spray foam insulation, air conditionar, attick: Hi Greg One possible option for you is spray foam insulation. This will help with problems of heat and cold in the attic and will also help any air conditioning you have work more efficiently. The foam insulation is different from other types of insulation...

Roofing: attic and roof, roof shingles, finished attic
roof shingles, finished attic, two windows: I would not. A lack of ventilation will result in a possible accumulation of moisture which may condense and cause problems, as well as an accumulation of heat which will increase your cooling costs and damage the roof shingles. The International Building...

Roofing: attic ventalation, attic ventalation, natural air flow
attic ventalation, natural air flow, soffit vents: Hi Charles, The air that comes into the attic through the ridge vents may slow down the air coming in through the soffit vents, but the air in the lower parts of the attic will definitely rise and exit out through the fan. Instead of 3 hours to completely...

Roofing: attic ventalation, turbine vents, attic ventalation
turbine vents, attic ventalation, attic ventilation: Glenn, Think of attic ventilation this way -- you want to bathe the underside of the roof deck continuously with circulating air. You want to do this as completely as possible. Ventilation requires intake air and exhaust air. The eave soffit vents...

Roofing: attic ventilation, soffit vents, ridge vent
soffit vents, ridge vent, attic ventilation: Gosh, Jeff. I am sorry ... not sure I can help you much. You have already donw your homeowork and seem to have a great grasp on things. If I were in your shoes, I d feel very good about what you have and the track you re on. Yes, my preference would...

Roofing: attic ventilation, attic ventilation, ventilation fans
attic ventilation, ventilation fans, gable vents: Hi Scott, Someone might tell me that a particular bug running around in my house is harmless and of no concern. But if I have a thing about bugs, I ll have to get rid of that thing. There s no price too high to pay for peace of mind. If you find yourself...

Roofing: attic ventilation, nooks and crannies, hidden crevices
nooks and crannies, hidden crevices, soffit ventilation: There are many things that could be wrong with your new home. It is likely that your problem is the result of a couple issues that are being compounded. It is great that you are pushing the issues. Being an involved homeowner is the only way to get things...

Roofing: attic ventilation, gable vent, ridge vent
gable vent, ridge vent, attic ventilation: Hi Duff, There s actually a formula to determine whether you have enough attic venting. For every 150 sq ft of attic space (the floor size in the attic) you need 1 sq ft of attic vent. That 1 square foot includes all the attic vents and soffit vents. ...

Roofing: attic ventilation, turbine vents, ridge vent
turbine vents, ridge vent, attic ventilation: I don t now what turtle vents are. The idea is to vent out as much as possible. It s like airing out your house - the more windows you open the cooler it will be. Problems with roofs are not the materials but the installation. Get a dumb roofer and you get...

Roofing: attic ventilation, metal drip edge, attic ventilation
metal drip edge, attic ventilation, knee walls: There is a company , DCI Products that makes several special purpose vents that may help your situation. They have vent types that install under the lowest 2 courses of shingles. They also have a hidden model that installs under the metal drip edge at the...

Roofing: attic ventilation, soffit vents, roofing nails
soffit vents, roofing nails, gable vent: Kath - A ridge vent won t do much without the soffit vents. the idea of vent an attic area is sort of like a chiminey. Hot air rises and as it does, it pulls the lower , cooler air with it. The soffit vents create the avenue for the draw. The best solution...

Roofing: attic ventilation, power vent, ridge vent
power vent, ridge vent, attic ventilation: Hi Randy, A 300 sq. ft. attic is pretty small. That s basically 20 x 15 . I just want to make sure that s what you have and that you didn t mistype a number. The solution for your situation is simple and fairly easy. Install two vents in the roof,...

Roofing: attic ventilation, attic ventilation, cross flow
attic ventilation, cross flow, wallboard: Hi Bill, There s no downside to putting in the soffit vents. You ll gain some benefit from having the soffit vents. I just don t think the cost/effort of installing them is equal to the minor benefit. But if you have time on your hands, it s not completely...

Roofing: attic ventilation, attic ventilation, power vent
attic ventilation, power vent, adequate ventilation: Hi David, The important parts of your question are more electrical than roofing. Your fan shouldn t have overheated. Is it possible the electrical circuit is overtaxed with other electricity eaters? If a device needs a certain amount of electricity, but...

Roofing: attic ventilation, flying houses, attic ventilation
flying houses, attic ventilation, powered attic fans: Hi Rita, Hold up in a hurricane? No. If your house stays on the ground in a hurricane, you should be pleased. I recommend that you move to California where we don t have flying houses. :o) Of course, the ground opens up occasionally and houses fall in,...

Roofing: attic ventilation, cubic feet per minute, attic ventilation
cubic feet per minute, attic ventilation, wind turbine: The wind turbine currently on your roof has a MAXMIMUM capacity of about 150 cubic feet per minute of air movement. This is by NO means adequate for your attic space. Powered fans are ALWAYS better than wind or non-powered. The best and most efficient are...

Roofing: attic ventilation, soffit vents, power vent
soffit vents, power vent, ridge vent: 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: attic ventilation, mold mildew, gable vent
mold mildew, gable vent, ridge vent: The basic idea is to not allow the air to stagnate & elevate temperature due to sunlight on the exterior roofing materials. As long as the air is moving and exhausting and not elevating, your system in place is working. There is not usually any benefit to...

Roofing: attic ventilation/ridge vent, baltimore washington corridor, ridge vent
baltimore washington corridor, ridge vent, slope roof: It s 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 more...

Roofing: attic ventilation, soffit vents, ridge vent
soffit vents, ridge vent, attic ventilation: All the work you did doesn t affect ice damming that much. If you eliminate all the insulation you will not have ice damming - how s that one. Ice damming occurs when the top of the roof is warmer than the bottom of the roof. The top melts first and runs down...

Roofing: attic venting, wood shingles, ridge vent
wood shingles, ridge vent, attic venting: You wouldn’t be switching to venting because you already have venting. You would be going to a different kind of venting or adding venting to what you have. Yes you can take up the shingles to do the vent. Then you have to cut out some wood. Shingles are...

Roofing: attic venting confusion, bathroom exhaust fans, flapper valve
bathroom exhaust fans, flapper valve, vent cap: Hi Werner, I m glad you asked. I can give you some good information on this. To sum up, install a powered attic fan. Leave the existing attic vents in place, unless they look hideous. Install vent flashings for the bathroom exhaust which is designed...

Roofing: attic venting, style ceilings, attic ventilation
style ceilings, attic ventilation, ridge vent: Hi Scott, Unfortunately, I couldn t follow your description of what you have there. You could try to describe the situation again, or you could send me some photos. If you have some digital photos of the situation you can send those to my email address...

Roofing: Bad leak in 1st floor AND 2nd floor bathrooms during rainstorm, downstairs bathroom, vent pipe
downstairs bathroom, vent pipe, drop ceiling: Hi Sheila, It s very unusual to have a roofing leak show up two floors lower. There s flooring, walls, and other connected materials, as that leak would try to trickle down to the first floor, so that it would usually have expanded into a dramatically huge...

Roofing: Barn Roof Replacment, new shingles, girard ks
new shingles, girard ks, wood shingles: Hi Robert, I recommend a complete tear off, down to the sheathing boards. Then install plywood (or OSB) sheathing over the existing sheathing boards. Then the shingles that your local roofer recommended. When the plywood (or OSB) sheathing is installed,...

Roofing: Basement Wall Cracks, wall cracks, rain water
wall cracks, rain water, basement wall: Sue - Unless you address the water problem from the exterior, you are always going to have a problem. There are company s that will come out and dig, clean, pressure fill the crack, waterproof the exterior area and backfill for you. Before continuing your...

Roofing: Basketball hoop on my roof, basketball backboard, metal roofing
basketball backboard, metal roofing, composition roof: I do not know what their reference to underlayment is all about. Generally, unless you were to create some added wider and higher protection perhaps using a grid of metal bars, I probably would not use the backboard on the roof. I am a believer in...

Roofing: Bathroom Exhaust Fan Venting Through Roof Or Soffit, bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan venting
bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan venting, soffit vent: That has some logic to it. If you’re venting the smell of the bathroom then just getting it away for the bathroom helps. If you venting steamy air then once it exits, steam rises and it would rise back up and hit more soffit. Then you could say that you...

Roofing: Bathroom Exhaust Fan, bathroom exhaust fans, bathroom exhaust fan
bathroom exhaust fans, bathroom exhaust fan, roofing question: Hi Tom, This isn t really a roofing question, but I happen to know the answer. :o) I ve installed a few bathroom exhaust fans over the years in my own home. The fan itself should have an internal flapper damper. It should be pretty close to the actual...

Roofing: Bats in attic/ replacing roof- best vent?, new shingles, ridge cap
new shingles, ridge cap, attic venting: Ridge cap venting is not always hard plastic. You can get it in metal or foam and there are other types of venting. You’re asking a roofer if bats eat plastic. Most humans have never come in contact with a bat. You should ask a biologist. My guess is that...

Roofing: Bay Window Roof, lag screws, roof framing
lag screws, roof framing, search engine terms: Aloha Don, Well, not wanting to sound cheezy, I d have to say I d use the search engine terms Bay Window Roof Framing . I did that but didn t turn up anything particularly useful. Actually, it would depend a great deal on the bay window itself and...

Roofing: Best modified bitumen solution, shingle roofing, smooth layer
shingle roofing, smooth layer, sonoma county: Hi Kiwi, With a hot tar system, hiring the right crew is far more important than any other factor. The skill and professionalism of the roofer makes all the difference in the world, on a hot tar system. Of course, if you hire a crew with professionalism,...

Roofing: Best place to buy wooden shakes in San Jose, wood shingle, home depot stores
wood shingle, home depot stores, wood shingles: Hi Tupac, Don t buy shakes for the repair. Buy wood shingles. Here s the difference. Shakes are 22 long and about 1/2 thick at the bottom. Wood shingles are 16 long and about 1/4 thick. Here s a short repair tutorial... There may be a few missing...

Roofing: Best Quality Roofing Shingles, roofing shingles, elk prestique
roofing shingles, elk prestique, cetainteed: I haven t heard of Elk as long as the others. I don t know if they are newer in the market or they just weren t in my area as long. GAF & Cetainteed have been long time players in the shingle market. Just a gut feeling would make me pick Cetainteed. A very...

Roofing: Best Ridge Vent?, roll vent, ridge vent
roll vent, ridge vent, polyethylene plastic: Mark, The roll vent product and a molded polyethylene (plastic)vent are both shingled over with ridge shingles to blend into the roof. The metal vent is not. Of the three options, I like the roll vent for it s overall low-profile appearance and I like the...

Roofing: Best Roofing Materials, roofing wholesaler, wood sheathing
roofing wholesaler, wood sheathing, hammer tacker: Hi Steve, There s a different answer for different circumstances and different weather factors. Here in beautiful California I recommend basic 15 lb. asphalt felt paper. It breathes. That means the rising moist air from the house and attic will pass through...

Roofing: Best roof for new Log home, shingle manufacturers, ft elevation
shingle manufacturers, ft elevation, hi doug: Hi Doug, The short answer... I agree with your thoughts about it... Use a 40 year shingle. The long answer... The 40 year shingles are made better than the 30 year shingles, so functionally, you ll get more than your money s worth for the extra dollars....

Roofing: Best Shingle Manufacturer, tamko, certainteed
tamko, certainteed, roofer: Hi Al, Functionally, all three of those shingles will be good, reliable shingles. The appearance of the shingles may be a little different from each other. But in terms of function, you can t go wrong choosing either of them. I hope that helps. Feel...

Roofing: Best Shingles to Get, fiberglass shingles, new shingles
fiberglass shingles, new shingles, demoing: Chuck, Thanks for your questions. Virtually every building code in the country does not allow more than two layers of shingles. Additionally, and contractors never tell you this, but when you layer new asphalt or fiberglass shingles on top of existing...

Roofing: Best way to seal leaks around flashings, roof penetrations, sealant material
roof penetrations, sealant material, support rods: Send me pictures and we can use e-mail instead at Brad@FallLine.org A good cement is Karnak. It is a national brand. Some brands are local only. Go to any roofing supply and ask for a good quality cement. The modified roof is put down first and pieces...

Roofing: Best way to seal leaks around flashings, tar and gravel roof, roof penetrations
tar and gravel roof, roof penetrations, insulation layer: When a roof meets a vertical surface a separate material is used to tie the roof into the vertical surface. In this case you have posts. The roof material needs go up and around the posts. Then the only potential problem is at the top of the material around...

Roofing: Best way to stop leaks, roof leaks, roofing contractor
roof leaks, roofing contractor, cement: Hi Miguel. The biggest problem with roof leaks is trying to find exactly where the water is coming in from. It can be up to eight feet away from where it actually comes through the ceiling. It sounds as if your roof is about time for replacement as if you...

Roofing: Bid includes refund for advertising, little fishy, insurance adjuster
little fishy, insurance adjuster, high winds: I have a bridge to sell you too. I m not sure what you re describing. You said one bidder said he would give you an invoice for the full replacement cost. Is that called the bill at the end of the job ? Is the invoice what the job costs? And doesn t the...

Roofing: Black Algae, chlorine bleach, asphalt roof
chlorine bleach, asphalt roof, clorox: Many of the older shingles that are not Algae Resistant get stains and one of the ways to clean it is to use a solution with Clorox. You can check with the manufacturers. I don t know what the mixture is. You can also try a hidden area first or if you have...

Roofing: Black alge spots on asphalt roof, ace hardware store, bleach solution
ace hardware store, bleach solution, asphalt roof: Hi Frank. I had a similar question on December 26th last year. I suggested a product called Spray and Forget . A mild bleach solution should also work but I would find a Charcoal shingle and try it first as it may affect the color. I also suggested that an...

Roofing: Black Roof Shingles, roof shingles, overhead sun
roof shingles, overhead sun, heat gain: It will make your house warmer in the summer and warmer in the winter. It will produce heat all the time. But there is less sun (by hours) in the winter and no overhead sun in the winter so you ll have little heat gain in the winter when you really want it....

Roofing: Black Roof Shingles, roof shingles, roofer
roof shingles, roofer, shingle: Hi Joe, I m not sure what you mean. Are the shingles gray or black? Unless the shingle are actually black, you have nothing to worry about. If the roof is black, then it will attract more heat than a dark gray roof, but that won t be a problem for you...

Roofing: Boards on each end of my roof, metal drip edge, asphalt shingle roof
metal drip edge, asphalt shingle roof, living in a hurricane: Hi Brian. Been there. Done that. Etc. Etc. This is tricky problem, but not, by any means, impossible. Depending on how bad the rot has set in, you can scab in pieces of new fascia boards or replace the rotten boards from each end. 1. Very (and I mean carefully)...

Roofing: Bowed Plywood, Bulging Rafters & Skylight Flashing Handling, finished attic, point edge
finished attic, point edge, skylights: Send any pictures, or communicate directly with me to Brad@FallLine.org You cannot reuse flashing as any nail holes will not match up with new roof. There could be some hollow spots as the bottom end of the Velux skylight is not sealed and just drain...

Roofing: Bowed roof, ridge beam, joists
ridge beam, joists, rafters: Hard to know exactly what the problem is without seeing. However, assuming the support joists were cut, you would have to jack the ridge beam or rafters/joists to re-establish the even roof plane and replace or reinforce by scabbing new lumber to the side...

Roofing: Bows in roofing board, degree day, rafters
degree day, rafters, shingles: If you noticed a bow in the wood and went in the attic you could have then seen if any wood was popped up off the rafters. You only said you went in the attic to see if there were any leaks. You said the roof was 20 years old so if you never had that before...

Roofing: Brad- I sent you an email..., bob vila, artciles
bob vila, artciles, expert website: You can t lose anything by phone except for the price of a phone call. The All Expert website pays the volunteers NOTHING. This is not a way to make money. This is a way for people to pass along the knowledge they have to help others. I wrote to Bob Vila becasue...

Roofing: Brand New Roof Leaking, roofing consultant, roofing contractor
roofing consultant, roofing contractor, weather shield: Lisa - Is this performance agreement in writing? Witnesses to the conversation? If yes to either one, you should contact the roofing contractor IN WRITING via CERTIFIED LETTER (return receipt requested) stating exactly wht you expect him (the contractor)...

Roofing: Brand new flat roofing with 2" water, flat roofing, flat roofs
flat roofing, flat roofs, drain location: Hi Kevin, 2 is much too deep for standing water on a roof. The building code says all roofs, even flat roofs, need to be 1/4 in 12. That means, for every 12 of horizontal distance, there s 1/4 of rise. When you have a roof that flat it could easily...

Roofing: Bubbles on ceiling, wet insulation, professional painter
wet insulation, professional painter, home hope: Your roof is not fixed. Your roofer neglected to remove the wet insulation, and the bubbles are caused by the moisture trying to escape. This is bad. The wet insulation has no thermal value, so you are losing energy from your home. This will eventually...

Roofing: Bubbles in Mod Bitumen, modified bitumen roof, c w griffin
modified bitumen roof, c w griffin, slope roof: The blisters, or voids, in the modified bitumen roof should not be normal , but may be common for installers who do not install the materials properly. The blisters result from moisture trapped in the roof (i.e., modified bitumen material laid over a wet/damp/dew/moist...

Roofing: Buckled Sheathing, roofing material, tear one
roofing material, tear one, sheathing: Buckled sheathing should be visible from the inside and outside. It can buckle between the rafters if it is warped or one end might not be nailed into a rafter and it is popping up. This could keep popping and come through he roof. You should be able to tell...

Roofing: Building a 2 Story-house with flat roof, concrete tile roof, commercial roofing contractors
concrete tile roof, commercial roofing contractors, trinh trinh: Trinh - Ah!! Southwest architecture! O.K. Here s the deal. You and your husband have got to decide WHAT your budget is first. From that point, a breakdown with your builder is necessary in order to have viable choices about the roof structure and what...

Roofing: Building Code 11 years ago on roof vents, professional roofing contractor, poor ventilation
professional roofing contractor, poor ventilation, smoke alarms: Hi Sandi, More ventilation may or may not have been required by the building code in your jurisdiction 11 years ago, but that wouldn t change the roof inspection done by a professional roofing contractor this year. The truth of the matter is that whether...

Roofing: Building a new roof over an existing, composite shingles, cedar planks
composite shingles, cedar planks, cedar beams: Strip the old roof off, then install insulation boards on the top of the roof and then shingle over that. You can get rigid boards that you can nail to or if you use softer boards then install plywood on top of that so you can nail the shingles on. Bra...

Roofing: Building a second story, loft apartment, tar paper
loft apartment, tar paper, leaks: As long as the roof can support it you should build on top of the roof. If you puncture it with lumber or nails you will always have leaks and headaches that you can t even get to. To level off a deck you just build one leg higher than the other. Bra...

Roofing: "Built-in" rain gutter, rain gutter system, rain gutters
rain gutter system, rain gutters, gravel roof: Hi Peggy, The short answer... The roofing in the gutter need to be removed, filler needs to be installed in the low spots and the roofing needs to be reinstalled. But only if the situation gets worse so that water takes 4 days to evaporate out of the low...

Roofing: Built up roofing, roofing material, roofing systems
roofing material, roofing systems, air bubbles: Hi Galen, If the gravel or granules are coming off the roof, so that you can see areas of exposed asphalt, that s usually an indicator that the roof is reaching the end of it s useful life. If you re able to walk around on the roof, look for bubbles. ...

Roofing: Bundles, asphalt shingle, asphalt roofing
asphalt shingle, asphalt roofing, roofing manufacturers: Hi Kent, My experience lies in metal roofing so I have never installed an asphalt shingle in my life. However, I will tell you what I know. Depending upon the weight of the shingle, there will usually be 3 or 4 bundles per square. A square is coverage...

Roofing: Buying house, needs roof - options, gravel roof, shingle roof
gravel roof, shingle roof, low pitch: Under 2/12 slopes you cannot do shingles or they will leak. The other option is a sealed type of roof such as hot asphalt or rubber (modified). Modified roofs are better and hot asphalt is fading out as they are much harder to do and they are for the bum roofers...

Roofing: Buying a house with wood rot found, ridge beams, water stains
ridge beams, water stains, ridge beam: Hi Bill, If you re seeing water stains, that s one thing, if you re seeing actual rot, that s another thing. I ll assume that you mean it s rot and not just stains. If wood gets wet and then it s able to dry out, rot isn t very likely. For the wood to...

Roofing: b vent flashing, b vent, storm collar
b vent, storm collar, roofer: Hi Jay, That s definitely a defective flashing. The dome part of that vent flashing shouldn t need any caulking at all. Tell the roofer he needs to install a new vent flashing. If he just seals the crimped seam, then it s going to be an ongoing repair...

Roofing: bad roof install, asphalt shingle, drip edge
asphalt shingle, drip edge, butt joints: Hi Robert. Very often a problem because some roofers just go at it Gung Ho without taking a few minutes to make a quick measurement to see if the last piece will allow at least two nails. There are several ways to install the shingles as normally there...

Roofing: is this a bad roofing job in progess?, dimensional shingles, roofing job
dimensional shingles, roofing job, weather sun: Hi Jan, The most likely issue is that the shingles haven t had a couple of hot days yet and that when they re heated up, they will lay down flat. Because this is a second roof, it s not going to be as flat as the first roof, but the shingles will lay down...

Roofing: barn roof, gambrel roof, rental outlets
gambrel roof, rental outlets, roofer: Hi Ian, The sides of a gambrel roof are nearly straight up. The only way to work on something like that is scaffolding. You can rent scaffolding from equipment rental outlets. There s some extra cost involved in renting the scaffolding, but you ll finish...

Roofing: barrell roof tile repair, barrel roofs, asphalt roofing
barrel roofs, asphalt roofing, tile repair: I would have to see some pictures. Barrel roofs do not have valleys unless they intersect something. Valleys should be open so debris and water can flow easily. Under that should not be asphalt. Valleys should be made out of long lasting material like copper....

Roofing: bath fan leak, humidity air, high humidity
humidity air, high humidity, extreme pressures: Water can freeze at 34 degrees...under extreme pressures thousands of miles below the surface of the Earth. Plus, if it s 34 outside it s warmer in your attic. You either have a roof leak or a humidity issue. A steamy shower will cause high humidity air to...

Roofing: best baffled ridge vent for steep roof and hip detail, ridge vent, architectural shingles
ridge vent, architectural shingles, roofing supply: There are many different kinds of ridge vent. It sounds like you are using a plastic one that you then shingle over with ridge caps. I don’t think anyone pays attention to the manufacturers of ridge vents as they all seem to be fairly good. They will all...

Roofing: best quality shingle, skylight company, tamko
skylight company, tamko, celotex: Certainteed, Tamko and Elk are all big player and all probably good although I ve never really studied along term process on the. GAF is the biggest. Certainteed and GAF have been doing it the longest. Velux is a skylight company and they don t make shingles....

Roofing: When is the best time to put on a new roof?, spring is in the air, time hope
spring is in the air, time hope, winter time: Hi Tara. I did respond to your question a few hours ago and was not able to send it, so, here goes again. Personally, I would leave putting on a new roof until Spring is in the air for two reasons: It is way too cold for anyone to be on a roof this time of...

Roofing: What is the best time to place tiles?, joint cracking, roof tile
joint cracking, roof tile, water infiltration: To minimize the potential for damage to finishes from movements, it is best to install the roof tile prior to doing the interior work. However, this is a tough question to answer with certainty. Any potential cosmetic damage to finishes due to the weight...

Roofing: What is the best way to cover a, galvanized sheet metal, grace ice and water shield
galvanized sheet metal, grace ice and water shield, hog valley: Hi Ben, That sounds like too large an area for a sheet metal covering. There are a couple different ways to install a large piece of sheet metal. Depending on how the workman did it, the problem may or may not be the actual sheet metal. You re right, there...

Roofing: best way to tie in new shake roof to existing shake roof, vertical line, roofer
vertical line, roofer, shakes: Hi Vince, Is the tie-in a vertical line, like from the gutter to the ridge? In that case, you remove the old roofing, of course. Then at the tie-in area, carefully remove the shakes from the section that you re tying in to. Pull nails and slide out shakes...

Roofing: Which one is better 75 pound felt or Tri-Ply, hurricane wilma, moisture barrier
hurricane wilma, moisture barrier, roofer: It doesn’t matter. Just get some kind of moisture barrier down. Most roofer use 15# or 30#. I never heard of anyone going up to 75#. I don’t know what tri-ply is. It must be a brand name. There is no way to know the value of the roof. Give me one 20...

Roofing: It is better to re-store Cedar shake vs new roof?, composition shingles, glass tiles
composition shingles, glass tiles, one of those guys: Hi Jose, I recommend asphalt composition shingles. If you use the ones that are rated for 40 or 50 years, they won t really last that long. But they will last 25 to 30 years. Disregard anything that other contractor said. His only goal was to take your...

Roofing: when and what it better: tear-off or reroof old shingles, new shingles, plywood deck
new shingles, plywood deck, extra materials: You can install new shingles over existing but you miss out on a few things: 1) opportunity to improve secondary protection with installation of new underlayment. 2) inability to inspect and correct wood deck damage, if any due to leakage (that may...

Roofing: bitumen roofing, uncomfortable weather, bitumen roof
uncomfortable weather, bitumen roof, roof application: Maria, The temperature of the asphalt at the time of application is a key to the proper application of the roof more so than the temperature during the cure process. The asphalt temperature at the point of application has a 50 degree window set around...

Roofing: black alge, zinc strip, black alge
zinc strip, black alge, prevention method: There may be no real cleaning system for black algae without harming the roof. You could try putting a zinc strip (from your local roofing supplier) and install it on the top ridge of the roof. When it rains, the zinc rains down the entire roof and reacts...

Roofing: black lines on my roof, roofing suppliers, clorox
roofing suppliers, clorox, shingles: It s purely cosmetic. There are certain solutions that will help clean it up. Contact any shingle manufacturer such as GAF or Tampko. I believe one is a Clorox solution. They do make shingles that prevent this but they are special order shingles and that would...

Roofing: black mould on my up stairs ceilings, dark stains, roofing contractors
dark stains, roofing contractors, slates: Hi Gerald From what you say I would think that the stains on your ceiling are from leaks in your roof. If the felt on the roof is torn then it is usually from either over exposure to the weather, i.e. leaks, or it is from someone ripping it to do roof work...

Roofing: black residue, warm roof construction, electric radiant heat
warm roof construction, electric radiant heat, air gaps: Hi Karen I can not really give a definitive answer on this question as there are different things it could be. If the black residue is simply dust then it could be being blown through the heating in the ceilings. If the residue is mould growth then there...

Roofing: black residue, electric baseboard heat, electric radiant heat
electric baseboard heat, electric radiant heat, black dust: I don t see how any of it can be related to the roof. The attic should be sealed from the house so air should not travel between the two. I have seen dark spots occur over years because air continually travels in that one spot. For instance, if air is leaking...

Roofing: black residue, electric radiant heat, ridge vent
electric radiant heat, ridge vent, gas appliances: Karen, I am sorry. I really do not have any good ideas on this. Radiant ceiling heat is normally extraordinarily clean heat. This may sound odd but there are not any gas appliances in the house that are not vented properly are there? The only other...

Roofing: blackened areas, punta gorda florida, shingle
punta gorda florida, shingle, bleach: Hi Stell. Without being able to see the problem, it is virtually impossible to diagnose a cause and remedy. It seems like the most likely cause is mold. I used to have a house in Punta Gorda, Florida with the same problem. A weak solution of bleach could fix...

Roofing: blocked ridge vent, ridge vent, backbreaker
ridge vent, backbreaker, 2x4: I never heard of this problem so I disagree that many other homes have this problem. He knows that when he installs the ridge vent that the main purpose is to flow air through it and if as he installed it he saw that the vent would not work he should have...

Roofing: my brand new roof shingles look terrible, asphalt shingles, timberline shingles
asphalt shingles, timberline shingles, roof shingles: It is not true that the shingles come out of the bundle wavy. Some roofers store them on the roof and bend them over the top. This will cause a buckle in the package and the shingles. The bundles need to be stored flat on the roof. Once the buckle is in there...

Roofing: Which brand of shingle do we choose, hail damage, insurance adjuster
hail damage, insurance adjuster, reroofing: Hi Jennifer, Both of those brands are very similar and I wouldn t rate one higher than the other, in terms of function, quality and performance. Personally, I prefer the look of the Elk shingles and I use Elk in all of our reroofing, unless the customer...

Roofing: buckled drip edge, aluminum drip edge, plywood sheathing
aluminum drip edge, plywood sheathing, asphalt shingles: Hi John, The short answer... It s not likely to be a problem with the drip edge or the plywood. It s most likely to be a problem with a bump in the asphalt felt underlayment or in the starter material, under the first course of shingles. Double check the...

Roofing: buckled roof sheathing, asphalt shingles, roof sheathing
asphalt shingles, roof sheathing, water shield: Hi Dan, The short answer... There are two possible reasons for what you re seeing, but the solution is the same. Remove the shingles and replace any of the bent and twisted plywood. The long answer... Those are excellent photos. The plywood isn t buckling....

Roofing: buiding a picht roof over a flat roof., archatect, pitched roof
archatect, pitched roof, eave: First I have to make a comment. If you want someone to take you seriously you have to upgrade your English. There is no excuse for the writing that I had to go through. I had to read it several times to figure out what you were asking. There was no punctuation,...

Roofing: building a cricket, shingle roofing, composition shingle
shingle roofing, composition shingle, metal roof: I do not think I can be of much help. I am sorry. A cricket or Saddle is just a double-pitched area behind the chimney to divert water around the chimney. Pretty easy to construct. You would then make saw cuts in the chimney to insert flashing into it....

Roofing: burning bitumen, wind storm, thanks for your help
wind storm, thanks for your help: EVERYTHING expands and contracts. You ll need to heat the entire back side of the roll and also the lap of the previously roll so they are welded together. The laps are the most important to keep it from leaking. If you heat only the lap then the entire roof...

Roofing: C-Profile Roof Edge Flashing for Low Slope Roof, commercial roofing contractor, fastener heads
commercial roofing contractor, fastener heads, fascia board: Kevin, This C-profile flashing is not a shelf item. It is a custom sheet metal shop fabrication formed on a metal break machine to the dimensions needed, and would generically be referred to as a cap flashing. Anthing you might find at a building materials...

Roofing: CAMPER, pop rivets, plastidip
pop rivets, plastidip, caswellplating: Aloha Tiny, OK, that changes things somewhat. However, now we need to know what kind of rubber is on there. Might be natural rubber, though I doubt it, or one of a number of synthetic rubber/vinyl/plastic products. Most of these or chemo-setting materials,...

Roofing: California Shakes, composite roofing, roof colors
composite roofing, roof colors, roofing products: It depends a lot on how much of a budget you have for the roof. I have no experience with the Fire Free products. We have seen other cement based products though. I am not sure if they have the efflorescence problems fixed. I still see new cement based products...

Roofing: Capping the seam or tying in shingles?, roofer, shingles
roofer, shingles, seam: Hi Beth, There are a dozen different ways duplexes come together. The way yours is built will determine which way the roof should be put together. From your description, I can t visualize what yours looks like. If you could take some photos of the roof...

Roofing: Carpeting on asphalt roofing, asphalt roofing, cabana room
asphalt roofing, cabana room, roofer: No roofer will allow you to walk on the roof and keep the guarantee in effect. Roofs are fragile to begin with. So anything you do on the roof is at your own risk. No one does studies to see how carpeting will affect a roof as no one’s supposed to be on...

Roofing: Carport roof condensation, insulation contractor, metal roofs
insulation contractor, metal roofs, waterdrops: As I am sure you have noticed, this problem is worse in some seasons than others. There is no easy fix. I have seen some self-adhering felt-like materials that coule be applied from the underside but I am concerned they would become mildewy and unsightly...

Roofing: Cathedral Celing- concerned w/ moisture & energy savings, ridge vent, air gap
ridge vent, air gap, metal roofing: Eric, Thanks for the question. I saw where you posted on the MRA board as well. I may let Alan Reid answer it there ... hopefully we will have similar answers. Overall, your plan sounds very good. I assume you will have soffit vents to feed the air gap...

Roofing: Cathedral ceiling ventilation, roofing insulation, asphalt roofing
roofing insulation, asphalt roofing, ridge vent: Hi Jerald, The short answer... All you need to do is install ridge vents. It will work wonders for you. The long answer... First of all, the baffles that you see down near the soffit vents serve one purpose. That is to keep the insulation from sliding...

Roofing: Cathedral ceiling venting, styrofoam insulation, style ceilings
styrofoam insulation, style ceilings, roof ventilation: Hi John, The short answer... You don t need ventilation. The longer answer... You don t have any air space between the living area and the roof. Ventilation has to do with air space. Since you don t have any air space you don t need any ventilation....

Roofing: Cathedral Roof, asphalt shingles, roofing options
asphalt shingles, roofing options, project weather: I do not see any problems with this and am glad you re adding a vapor barrier. Putting at least 1 of ventilation someplace within the system though would keep you within code and also provide further protection against condensation. It could also help with...

Roofing: Caulk Where Wood Siding Meets Roof, new shingles, wood siding
new shingles, wood siding, side edge: Hi David, It sounds like you re describing a split level house where the wall of the second floor meets the roof of the first floor. If I m not visualizing that correctly, let me know. The short answer... If the flashing is interlaced with each course...

Roofing: Cedar Shake Cleaning, fir needles, butt end
fir needles, butt end, tree leaves: Hi Dave, Use a leaf blower. Most of the debris on the roof will come off by using the blower. Some of the debris might be packed in between the shakes and it may not want to budge. For that, as you blow on the spot, rub the packed in debris with a thin...

Roofing: Cedar Shake Installation Cost, roofing company, pyramid style
roofing company, pyramid style, skylite: I have no way of telling how long it would take. A valley will eat up a LOT of time. I have seen some shingle guys go twice as fast as others. It depends on how much energy the person has. The higher up it is the slower the person moves. There are many factors....

Roofing: Cedar Shake Roor, bearer of bad news, oil treatment
bearer of bad news, oil treatment, best bet: Hi Dave, Unfortunately, it s bad news. Treating a wood shake roof is a waste of time, money and in some cases, the treatment actually does damage to the roof, depending on how the treatment was applied, and depending on how the roof was cleaned. If it was...

Roofing: Cedar Shake roof replacement, asphalt shingles, asphalt shingle
asphalt shingles, asphalt shingle, composition shingles: Hi Brian, I think you re confusing me with someone else. I don t like Euroshake. In fact, I would strongly urge you not to use it. The primary reason is that it s a brand new product. Over the last 30 years numerous new ideas for roofing products have...

Roofing: Cedar Shakes: nail vs staple fasteners???, natural air flow, attic ventilation
natural air flow, attic ventilation, power vent: Hi Michael, Hand nailing is a thing of the past. Using a staple gun or a nailing gun is quicker, less effort and as long as the workman is professional, the quality of the work is at least as good as when the roof is hand nailed. The only down side to the...

Roofing: Cedar shake vs. Euroshake, cedar roofs, cedar roofing
cedar roofs, cedar roofing, crumb rubber: I have a rather strong opinion on this subject. Personally, I think that it is a waste to use cedar on a roof. There are so many good uses for cedar. For example, a closet lining or furniture. These allow the cedar to be useful for 100+ years. When used as...

Roofing: Cedar shakes, wood shingles, southern sections
wood shingles, southern sections, sheathing: Hi Ron, The short answer... To oversimply things, the way a shake roof works is that the felt paper keeps the water out and the shakes protect the felt paper. If the felt paper is exposed to the weather, and especially the UV rays from the sun, the felt...

Roofing: Cedar shakes (sawn) #2, shingle roofing, wood shingle
shingle roofing, wood shingle, wood shingles: Hi Bob, The hip & ridge shingles are the same kind of wood, but they they take two shingles, trim them at the right angle and staple them together so that when you cut open the bundle, you just lay them out on the hip lines. Every outlet that sells wood...

Roofing: Cedar shakes, household bleach, life span
household bleach, life span, weed killer: Brent - Moss or mildew? If it s mildew, use a 3 part water 1 part household bleach mixture. Gently spray the effected area, let sit for aobut 30 minutes, gently rinse. If you have moss, there is a moss killing agent (sort of like weed killer)that you can...

Roofing: Ceiling Leak, water shield, melting snow
water shield, melting snow, cathedral ceiling: These are common problems on roofs that do not have Ice & Water Shield installed under the shingles. Another reason could be that the slope is too low. If you install shingles on a low slope it will leak. What is the slope of your roof? The longer you let...

Roofing: Celotex Roofing, warranty claim, shangle
warranty claim, shangle, certainteed: Hi Steve, I m very confident there weren t any 50 year warranties on the shingles back in the early 80 s. That started in the 90 s. Regarding the shangle specifically, I have a pretty good memory, but not a perfect one. I m pretty sure that the Celotex...

Roofing: Celotex shingle warrantee, roofing problem, roofing contractor
roofing problem, roofing contractor, reroof: Hi Richard, The short answer... Celotex did indeed file bancruptcy and there s no money there for a person in your situation. But you should know, the more likely explanation for your roofing problem is that there were mistakes made by the contractor,...

Roofing: Cert Landmark 30 vs Tamko Heritage AR 30, severna park md, roofer
severna park md, roofer, severna park: Aloha Ed, Either is a good basic laminated shingle. The warranties look to be about the same. They are of roughly similar construction and materials and they should perform about the same. More likely individual variations in the product will be cause of...

Roofing: Changing the color on asphalt shingles, asphalt shingles, first time homeowner
asphalt shingles, first time homeowner, new shingles: Hi Carrie, I wish I had better news for you. The answer is no, you can t change the color of the shingles. Reroofing with new shingles is the only answer. That s actually not too bizarre of an idea when you factor in what the cost would be to paint the...

Roofing: Changing roof, configuration geometry, roof pitch
configuration geometry, roof pitch, rafters: You can change the roof pitch by building over the existing but you do have to tie into the structural supporting rafters and headers of the original framing to support and anchor the new. To do this you have to cut through the new in some locations. As...

Roofing: Chaning pitch, hame, curb appeal
hame, curb appeal, rafters: Hi Therese. Of course you can change the roof in any way you like providing you have a trustworthy and knowledgeable contractor/architect figure out the best way. Depending on where you live, you may have to get a permit and submit plans of the proposed changes....

Roofing: Chase repair on rubber roof, 5-story condo bldg., low voltage wiring, rubber roofs
low voltage wiring, rubber roofs, pvc pipe: I m not sure what you mean by a chase. A chase is a channel or trench in a wall but what you described would not be through the roof. Some people bring the items through the roof and build a box around it. This box is then filled with pitch in the old days...

Roofing: Checking roof ventilation before adding insulation, gable vent, turbine vents
gable vent, turbine vents, attic ventilation: The ideal attic ventilation for most homes is complete ridge vent and complete soffit vents.The goal is to bathe the entire underside of the roof deck with fresh air continuously. If you can achieve this, I would remove the gable vent. A great source...

Roofing: Chimney Flashing, roofing nails, new shingles
roofing nails, new shingles, old chimney: Hi Don, I m not sure that I m visualizing your situation correctly. Let me describe what I think you re saying. Generally a chimney has 4 sides. Where it passes through a roofing surface there is a downhill side of the chimney, the two sides of the chimney...

Roofing: Chimney flashing/metal roof, metalbestos pipe, metal roofing
metalbestos pipe, metal roofing, metal roof: I don t know that much about metal roofing but I can give you some pointers. You re going to have a big headache if you run a pipe through the joints. Make sure it comes out through the roof in an open area unless the pipe is wider than that. There are flanges...

Roofing: Chimney flashing, shingle roof, shigles
shingle roof, shigles, attic area: Hi David, The short answer... Don t do anything more than you did. If it s the counterflashing with the problem, check it every 10 years. If it s the basic flashing on the roof surface, check it every 5 years. The long answer... There are two flashing...

Roofing: Chimney help, brick chimney, chimeny
brick chimney, chimeny, jalousie window: A good roof uses no sealant. The roof is just put together in the proper way that nothing will leak – like a jalousie window where the glass is not sealed but they overlap so no water comes in. The right way is with straight flashing along the lower and...

Roofing: Chimney Leak, chimney repair, brick and mortar
chimney repair, brick and mortar, los gatos: Hi John, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I ve been out of town all day. Unfortunately I can t help with your particular problem. You need a chimney guy. I don t know any particular chimney inspectors or chimney repair people that I would recommend...

Roofing: Chimney Leaking, chimney flashing, brick chimney
chimney flashing, brick chimney, chimney cap: Tom, If the chimney cap is in place and you get water showing up inside the fireplace with no water stains visible on the ceiling or walls, the water intrusion is most likely contained to inside the chimney. I m going to assume you have a brick chimney....

Roofing: Chronic Leak, asphalt shingles, siding material
asphalt shingles, siding material, vinyl board: My initial thoughts would be that the flashing at the 1st story roof to wall intersection was not handled properly; however, the fact that a water test did not reveal the leak clouds this conclusion. There are several possibilities here but I can t give...

Roofing: Cleaning Concrete Tile Roof, concrete tile roof, concrete tiles
concrete tile roof, concrete tiles, mildew: Hi Jeep I would be careful when pressure washing concrete tiles as they have a tendency to break apart when they are older. Depending on the age of the roof pressure washing may work fine, but I would check the condition of the tiles first. If you can see...

Roofing: Cleanng asphalt roof, asphalt shingle roof, asphalt roof
asphalt shingle roof, asphalt roof, functional benefit: Hi John, Actually I recommend that you don t clean the roof. For most roofs, there s no functional benefit to be gained by cleaning. The only situation that could warrant cleaning is if you have very thick moss growing on the roof. In that case, the...

Roofing: Closing soffit vents, insulation company, ridge vent
insulation company, ridge vent, soffit vents: Insulation does not stop things from freezing. It slows down the rate at which it will freeze. Turn your heat off for the winter and see what happens. Your house will not stay above 32 degrees. The better the insulation the lower the heat loss the longer it...

Roofing: COLOR OF ROOFS IN FLORIDA, time supplier, shingles
time supplier, shingles, mildew: Not just Florida but anywhere in the universe light colored shingles are cooler than dark colored shingles. That s why Arabs wear white in the desert. As far as mildew resistant, all manufacturers make an algae resistant shingle. You have to look for the ...

Roofing: COMPOSITE SHINGLES WARRANTIES, composite shingles, personal choice
composite shingles, personal choice, infinite number: I don’t know what you mean by, “I don’t believe it is 45 degrees�. That means there are an infinite number of different degrees that it could be. 3, 20, 44, 46, 80??? That’s like saying, “I don’t believe my car is green�. The years you...

Roofing: COVERING A METAL ROOF WITH PLYWOOD UNDER LAYMENT AND TRI-PLY, new shingles, rolled roofing
new shingles, rolled roofing, ply wood: I can show you wood structures that can hold up cars. It s not a question of the plywood but the structure under the plywood. You never said why you were throwing in the conversation about the shingles. How soes that tie in with what you are doing. Bra...

Roofing: Cobra Ridge Vent, cobra ridge vent, cobra ridge vents
cobra ridge vent, cobra ridge vents, wide gap: Hi Ted, The short answer... You shouldn t see direct light shining into the attic, but there should be a dim amount of light near the ridge line. The long answer... When there is no ridge vent being used, the underlayment under the shingles is usually...

Roofing: Cobra Ridge, roofing contractor, ridge vents
roofing contractor, ridge vents, odd reason: Hi Nancy, The answer is that ridge vents are used all over the place, but they aren t nearly as popular in some areas, as they are in others. There may be some local requirement that excludes ridge vents, in your city, for some odd reason, but the way to...

Roofing: Cobra Roll Ridge Vent Install, plywood sheathing, roll vent
plywood sheathing, roll vent, ridge vent: Ethan, I would recommend starting the vent slot in the plywood sheathing for your ridge vent 3 -4 in from the outside wall, or in the case of a hip roof, 3 to 4 from the end of the ridge. Run the Roll Vent 16 -18 beyond the slot. This will help keep...

Roofing: Code on wood shake & ice/water shield, shingle roofs, shingle roof
shingle roofs, shingle roof, water shield: Every town has their own code so you can t say The Code . There are standard practices of which each town decides to accept them or not and include them in their code. I have seen towns that allow wood shakes and others that do not. My personal opinion is...

Roofing: Cold roof condensation problem, zero humidity, plaster board
zero humidity, plaster board, waterproof paint: You said you have a condensation problem INSIDE the house. If that’s the case then you have too much humidity INSIDE the house. Humidity is in the air and will certainly be the same air that is outside. After all if the air didn’t come in to some extent you’d...

Roofing: Cold roof condesation - please help!, plywood deck, plaster board
plywood deck, plaster board, ceiling insulation: Your construction (flat roof) is much different than what I normally work with but I will tell you what I know and hope it is helpful. Those waterproof paints typically are not all that effective. Sorry. Ideal construction, from the inside out, consists...

Roofing: Combining ridge vents with power vent fans, ridge vent, vent fans
ridge vent, vent fans, power vent: Are you sure that the builder did not install soffit venting? A combination system of soffit (inlet) and ridge (outlet) vent has been the standard in building codes for many years. If the attic space gets hot on sunny days, then you could benefit from additional...

Roofing: Commercial Flat Roof, damage occured, hail damage
damage occured, hail damage, hail storm: There would be no definitive way to determine this unless inspections had been performed between the 2003 and 2007 storms. Additionally, I believe that Texas Department of Insurance tracks hail claims and maybe they know that a claim was paid in 2003 on this...

Roofing: Comparing Arch. Shingles, shingle styles, asphalt shingles
shingle styles, asphalt shingles, shingle manufacturers: Hi Michael, Functionally, both shingles are going to be about the same. You may have a preference for the look of one shingle over the other. They are pretty similar, but there are some minor differences in the color and look of the shingles. Some shingle...

Roofing: Comparison of Different Shingles, definition shingles, gaf timberline
definition shingles, gaf timberline, material choices: I never heard of Duration. GAF is the big guys in the market. Timberline is popular. Most of a shingle job is labor and not materials so a job should change only slightly due to material choices. Yes, a heavier shingle is better than a lighter one. That s...

Roofing: Comparison of Shingles, panama central america, definition shingles
panama central america, definition shingles, gaf timberline: Hi Andy. As I am only familiar with Gaf and other brands you do not mention I do not feel well enough qualified to answer your questions. However, I would venture to say that heavier types may outlast thinner ones. Remember that 30 years only last 30 years...

Roofing: Competing quotes, water shield, eaves
water shield, eaves, valleys: Rubber valleys? Unless it s some special rubber that last 30 years. Roofing rubber will not last as long as shingles and valleys carry a lot more water then the rest of the roof so they get more wear. That guy needs to go. Ice and Water needs to be at the...

Roofing: Composite roof over graveled roof, gravel roof, composition roof
gravel roof, composition roof, friend warren: HI DAVID. NO YOU SHOULD NOT LAY SHINGLES OVER GRAVEL . THE GRAVEL WOULD WEAR THE SHINGLES OUT PREMATURLEY FORM THE ROUGH SURFACE AGAINST THE UNDERSIDE OF SHINGLES . AND IF YOU EVER HAD TO WALK ON THE ROOF IT WOULD REALLY DO DAMAGE TO BACKSIDE OF SHINGLES....

Roofing: Composite Shingles over Wood Shingles, wood shingle roof, composition shingles
wood shingle roof, composition shingles, composite shingles: Hi Domenico, First, it s not a bad idea to install composition shingles over the previous wood shingle roof. But there s a way you re supposed to do it, for it to be correct. For instance, before the composition shingles are installed, a layer of 30 lb...

Roofing: Composition shingles painted white, composition shingle roof, composition shingles
composition shingle roof, composition shingles, roofer: Hi Tim, If you have a shingle roof, installed over an attic, there are very little benefits to a white roof. The amount of heat deflection that you would experience is significant, but with an attic, all you have to do is make sure there s the appropriate...

Roofing: Composition vs. hot mop roof replacement, slope roof, composition roof
slope roof, composition roof, gravel roof: When you say composition roof are you referring to shingles? You can call me. I am out working during the day but you can call me in the evinings. I am on the east coast so I am 3 hours later than you. You can call me from about 5 PM up to about 11 PM Eastern....

Roofing: Concerned about new roof installation quailty, architectural shingles, asphalt roof
architectural shingles, asphalt roof, facia board: They should have taken the underlayment as far out as they could. If you need the wood covered in the middle of the roof, why would the piece of wood at the edge be any different. If these are architectural shingles then any pattern where a nail on the...

Roofing: Concerning Base felt, drip edge, roofing companies
drip edge, roofing companies, fascia board: I live in northern canada where the climate is quite harsh, and no one in our region uses 30lb felt. 15lb should be adequate enough. The drip edge I would use the larger, you do not want water getting in behind your fascia board and rotting the wood. 3tab...

Roofing: Concrete Rood Tiles, concrete roof tiles, panama central america
concrete roof tiles, panama central america, concrete tile: Hi Glen. As I recently moved from Georgia to Panama, Central America, I am familiar with the product. It is used widely down here and has the same problem. I am not sure what the paint is but any good quality exterior paint should work. If you can a sample...

Roofing: Concrete Tile Roof, concrete tile roof, furniture carpet
concrete tile roof, furniture carpet, art work: If you are going to seal it, go to www.sanitred.com Regarding whether to head off a possible problem - - I would consider what kind of damage a potental leak would produce. Furniture, carpet, art work, etc should be considered. A barn or shed on the other...

Roofing: Concrete tile roof leaking, concrete tile roof, tile roofing
concrete tile roof, tile roofing, concrete tiles: Hi Estelle, I can help you on this one. The original builder isn t responsible, although, if you can track down the original roofer from 13 years ago, it s possible that the owner of that roofing company might have a conscience and might want to give you...

Roofing: Condensation, gas fireplaces, roofing contractor
gas fireplaces, roofing contractor, fall weather: Yes, things like houseplants, cooking, unvented bathrooms, ventless gas fireplaces -- those all introduce a lot of moisture into nthe environment of a home as well. You will need to watch this most closely during the spring and fall weather. I am disappointed...

Roofing: Condensation in Cathedral Ceiling, sofit vents, drip point
sofit vents, drip point, ridge vent: Are we sure this is not a rain leak? That means it happens on other days other than rainy days. It happens on sunny days too. If it is a condensation problem it can happen for several reasons. Condensation happens when you cool down humid air. If you have...

Roofing: Condensation issues, asphalt shingle, warm climates
asphalt shingle, warm climates, cold climates: Hi Fritz. I am sorry to say this sounds like a major problem which I am ill equipped to offer any advice or suggestions. As I have explained to previous questioners, I have really only lived and worked in warm climates and am unfamiliar with extremely cold...

Roofing: Condensation in loft space, cavity wall insulation, roof ridge vent
cavity wall insulation, roof ridge vent, loft insulation: I hope I can help. There may be some confusion on terms. Normally, cold roof refers to something which is very ventilated. Hot roof refers to unvented situations where attic moisture has been controlled by the use of a complete vapor barrier between the...

Roofing: Condensation problem, warm moist air, cool surface
warm moist air, cool surface, mezzanine level: Condensation occurs when warm moist air hits a cool surface. Now that this building is a living space, there is moisture being generated inside of it by cooking, laundry, showers, etc. Make sure that that air is vented out whenever possible. The building...

Roofing: Condensation problems., asphalt shingles, downstairs level
asphalt shingles, downstairs level, condensation problems: The way I understand it is that the problem is under the low slope section. What is the slope of this section? I need to know the angle in degrees or inches rise per inches run or as some say it 2 in 12 for a 2 inch in 12 inch slope . This is a ratio...

Roofing: Condensation and roof vents, w r grace, roofing company
w r grace, roofing company, roofing co: HI JOHN . YES THE ROOFERS SHOULD REPLACE OR NOTIFY THE HOMEOWNER THAT THEY FOUND BAD WOOD. AND YES THEY SHOULD INSTALL PROPER VENTS OR AT LEAST INFORM THE OWNER AND INFORM THEM OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. WHAT I WOULD DO IS GET THE COMPANY THAT INSTALLED THE...

Roofing: Condensation, seam metal roof, standing seam metal roof
seam metal roof, standing seam metal roof, standing seam metal: Wow. I don t know if I can help or not -- this is outside my area of expertise. First of all, normally in a larger building like this, there is a lot of air transfer and not typically a huge amount of moisture presnet to condense. I would suggest going...

Roofing: Condisation under roof., warm moist air, kool seal
warm moist air, kool seal, surface spring: Probably not much shy of dramatically changing the construction to provide a ventilated and insulated airspace beneath the metal. Condensation occurs when warm moist air hits a cool surface. Spring and fall, with cool evenings and nights, are the most conducive...

Roofing: Continual leaky roof, mail pic, small claims courts
mail pic, small claims courts, sole proprietorship: You are not to pay him any more money. He will try to say it is something else and you need to pay more. Then why didn t he say that in the beginning. If he s too stupid to diagnose a problem then he should get out of the business. If he wasn t sure of the...

Roofing: Continual leaky roof, mail pic, small claims court
mail pic, small claims court, bedroom ceiling: Julia - Contact the OWNER of the company. You are getting into a legal area here and I don t want to mislead you. Is the comapny you are dealing with an established fim or a guy working out of his truck? If it is a company, I would take you pics and your...

Roofing: Contract signed, california valleys, gaf timberline
california valleys, gaf timberline, seamless gutters: Hi Mike, You did good, friend. If the semi-cathedral ceiling means that the area between the ceiling and the sheathing opens into the larger attic area, then it s true that you don t need ridge vents. If the space between each rafter is completely isolated...

Roofing: Conversion to Open Beam?, celing, roofline
celing, roofline, trusses: Trusses cannot be cut or the system will collapse. You must take off the top part of the building (the trusses and ceiling) and then install a beam roof. You will also need to design a way to support the walls as the horzontal piece in the ceiling keeps the...

Roofing: Copper drip edge with Alum. wrapped fascia, aluminum drip edge, copper drip edge
aluminum drip edge, copper drip edge, copper gutters: You will want to separate the two materials from direct contact with building paper or roofing mastic or a hevay layer of paint. Something to keep them from direct contact. I would also have a concern with the streaking that run-off from the copper will...

Roofing: Copper wall panels, raw copper, copper wall
raw copper, copper wall, hand prints: Aloha Douglas, Well, depending on how significant the marks are, you might be able to buff out the copper. However, if you don t clear them, they will show in the patina. They may blend into the patina, but they will show. Your best bet is probably to add...

Roofing: Cor-A-Vent X-5 Ridge Vent, ridge vent, maine coast
ridge vent, maine coast, wind and rain: Steve, I have no firsthand experience with this vent. I can see where, over time, the vent flap may not close entirely; however, other aspects of the vent construction also help serve to keep water and snow out (e.g., honeycomb vent channels). Typically,...

Roofing: Correct attic temperature, shingle roof, attic ventilation
shingle roof, attic ventilation, typical ranch: Hi Scott, This is definitely a hot day. I think it would be a mistake to sort these things out this week. It s abnormally hot, even for the summer, this week. I think when the temperature is down around 90 - 94 degrees your attic will be doing much better....

Roofing: Correct way shingles should lay in a valley, roof shingles, having a nightmare
roof shingles, having a nightmare, brick exterior: The important thing to do is always think in terms of a drop of water. If a drop of water is running down the roof and hits a shingle that is on top of the one above wouldn t that drop of water just go right under the shingle? Water under shingles means leaks....

Roofing: Corrugated Tin Roof Installation on Gazebo, tin roof installation, tin roofs
tin roof installation, tin roofs, facsimile products: I admire what you re doing. It sounds like a beautiful project. Unfortunately, I know only a minimal amount about the corrugated through-fastened varieties of metal roofing. My expertise is with the products intended for residential use such as standing...

Roofing: Corrugated Tin, national register of historic buildings, one of the pioneers
national register of historic buildings, one of the pioneers, rubber washers: I am so sorry, Stan. This is one of the funnier questions I have ever gotten though. I am not the industry historian unfortunately. My gut feeling though is that corrugated steel did exist at the turn of the century. One of the pioneers was Follansbee Steel....

Roofing: Cost of 30 year roof versus 50 year versus cedar shingles, brainard mn, cedar shingles
brainard mn, cedar shingles, dormers: There s no way of telling without seeing it. Give me a plain roof at $10,000 and I can get there and see that it will really be $50,000. Some MAJOR factors: Access, height, obstacles such as dormers or valleys, part of the country, how much business the...

Roofing: Cost estimates, trees and plants, steep slope
trees and plants, steep slope, reroofing: I would ask, “How much does a car cost? Assume a 4 door.� There is no way to price such a thing. If it’s a steep slope I’d double the price. Too many obstacles let’s add some more. I’m too busy so I raise my rates. Too many trees and plants...

Roofing: Cost?, architectural shingles, roofers
architectural shingles, roofers, phoenix arizona: There is no such thing as a going rate . I routinely charge more than other roofers and I still can t handle all the work people want to give me. Why are they willing to pay me more? Because they know I m worth more. Factors that will apply: 1. What roofers...

Roofing: "Cotswald" type wavy roof with asphalt shingles, plywood sheathing, asphalt shingles
plywood sheathing, asphalt shingles, slate roofing: Dan, I m not sure I fully understand your question but I ll take a stab at it. I assume the wave you refer to is either a bow in the roof from ridge to eave formed by the underlying framing and a plank deck or thin plywood sheathing that conforms to the...

Roofing: Covering a metal roof., slope roof, metal roof
slope roof, metal roof, rubber roof: First of all, coating does not stop leaks. If you have a leak then you have a hole and you can’t fix a hole with a liquid. You need to find the hole and then cement it and then you can coat it to preserve what you have. You said you have a low slope roof...

Roofing: Creaking & Popping Roof, wood joints, foundation cracks
wood joints, foundation cracks, structural engineer: T - Sounds to me like you have a framing problem. The noise you hear is the wood joints rubbing and shrinking as the framed area shrinks down (cold contracts - warm expands). The sheetrock crack is one result of this constant moving. Unless you see foundation...

Roofing: Creaking roof at sunrise, plywood sheathing, plywood sheets
plywood sheathing, plywood sheets, foundation cracks: Well, this is a strange one. As you have surmised, it would appear the problem is most likely related to the sun heating up parts of the structure causing them to expand and as they do, make creaking noises. The first step to solving almost any problem is...

Roofing: CURVED PORCH ROOF, drip edge, porch roof
drip edge, porch roof, vertical piece: They don t make flexible drip edge. When you have something odd like that you have to fudge something. If a company made something so odd they would sell only a few pieces a year so it wouldn t be worth it. Normally you cut the back to curve it. But if you...

Roofing: Curling ashphalt shingles, zinc strips, asphalt shingles
zinc strips, asphalt shingles, zinc strip: Hi Katie, I don t know what you mean by zinc strips. Also, different people mean different things by curling up. I ve seen some curling up that can hardly be detected. Other times, the curling up shingle is dramatic. If you can send some photos...

Roofing: Curved Drip Edge, aluminum drip edge, low pitch
aluminum drip edge, low pitch, ice dams: Hi Sue. The only way to avoid cutting the drip edge that I can bring to mind, is to use a crimping tool on the vertical face of the drip edge. The spacing between crimps will depend on what radius the curved section is to be. I would suggest trying a short...

Roofing: Cutting hole for chimney in roof, installing a woodstove, roof joist
installing a woodstove, roof joist, floor joist: Tim - No problem cutting a joist or two - or three. did it for years in the skylight biz. If you cut mor than one joist, you might want to temporarily support them before you cut. Since you are goint to vent the stove vertically, I would place the stove...

Roofing: Cutting techniques and tools, tin snips, hot sparks
tin snips, hot sparks, steel roofing: Hello Dion. Thanks for the question. Steel roofing must be cut with a shearing action, rather than with an abrasive blade or a saw blade. Sawing the material does two bad things: 1) Creates red hot sparks which fly and embed themselves in the paint on...

Roofing: capping a hip roof, chalk line, shingles
chalk line, shingles, roofer: Hi Schuyler, Install the shingles all the way to the hip line, letting the shingles extend over the hip line. Then cut the shingles off, 1/2 back from the true hip line. Install the shingles on the section on the other side of the hip line. Lay the shingles...

Roofing: carpenter bees, carpenter bees, cement board
carpenter bees, cement board, cedar shakes: Hi Dave. Been there - done that. But only when the little boogers were eating the fascia boards. I ended up covering the fascia with 1/4 cement board and painting it. It is messy to cut and trashes saw blades but will never be a problem again. Without actually...

Roofing: cathedral ceiling condensation, hurricane katrina, filling out a job application
hurricane katrina, filling out a job application, fiberglass insulation: First, if you want to be taken seriously you must write seriously. You can write like that to your friends, even though you shouldn t, but there is no excuse for me having to read 1st grade writing and trying to decipher it. The internet has caused everyone...

Roofing: cathedral ceiling, soffit vents, moisture buildup
soffit vents, moisture buildup, attic space: It s hard to picture what you have but here s some basics on ventialtion. 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...

Roofing: cathedral condensation leak?, eave vents, ridge vent
eave vents, ridge vent, roofing system: Aloha Rob, If it is indeed condensation, the solution is ventilation. Lots of it. That includes both at the eaves and at the ridges. For the eaves you can use eave vents. These can be the little circular vents inserted into the eave blocking or if...

Roofing: cathedral condensation leak?, adequate ventilation, air gap
adequate ventilation, air gap, radiant barrier: Hi Rob. Difficult to tell without being able to see what type of structure you have. There are so many variables to consider. i.e. Is the ceiling dry wall or boards? Is there an air gap between the roof and the ceiling? Is a vapor barrier or radiant barrier...

Roofing: cathedral condensation leak?, vapor barrier insulation, warm moist air
vapor barrier insulation, warm moist air, foam insulation: There are different systems for doing this but condensation occurs when warm moist air hits a cool surface. Make sure that all moisture sources inside the home are vented to the outside. In my book, ideally, from the inside out you will have: drywall,...

Roofing: cathedral roof insulation, roof ice dams, rafter construction
roof ice dams, rafter construction, tin roofing: The reason you ventilate the roof is to keep the air from being trapped in the roof and heating up. Also, if trapped humid air cools down at night it can cause condensation. But you won’t have any trapped air as you are completely filling up the space. There...

Roofing: what is causing my ceiling to leak when the roof has been replaced, roof leaks, blowing rain
roof leaks, blowing rain, water in the basement: It s hard to picture what you have without pictures. If the water is under the roof then the roof leaks. If it was a wall you d have to be near a wall somewhere. Gutters don t generally cause leaks. They collect water that has already left the roof. They carry...

Roofing: What is causing these roof problems?, inadequate ventilation, shigles
inadequate ventilation, shigles, cap ends: My guess is that this is caused by inadequate ventilation. Of course, there could be other issues such as faulty shingles or faulty plywood. For that matter, the west side of the house might have gotten some wind damage at some point. But it probably is due...

Roofing: cedar roof repair, cedar shingle roof, exhaust fan
cedar shingle roof, exhaust fan, shingles: I don t know what a 3 cedar shingle roof is. For fans you don t use curbs. It sounds like you are making the job much more difficult than it needs to be. It should be just like shingles. Put the first few rows of shingles down, then the fan and then finish...

Roofing: cedar roofing repair, rusting nails, cedar roofing
rusting nails, cedar roofing, roofing repair: Hi dick, The short answer... The shakes aren t coming out because of rusty nails. But it s not uncommon for shakes to slide out when they get old. 18 years old is too young to have to reroof. Do some simple repairs, detailed later in this answer. Replacing...

Roofing: cedar shake roof maintenance, gaithersburg maryland, roof maintenance
gaithersburg maryland, roof maintenance, professional repair: Hi Chris, I strongly advise that you don t do any maintenance on the roof. Unless the roofer did a terrible job installing the roof, the roof doesn t need any maintenance at all until it gets to be about 18 years old. Even at that point, the maintenance...

Roofing: cedar shake roof, easy solution, roofer
easy solution, roofer, mold: Hi Doug, I recommend against treating a wood shake roof. Frist of all, nothing on the market is going to make the old wood look new. Most importantly, nothing that you could use to treat a wood shake roof is going to extend the life of the roof. The products...

Roofing: cedar shake roofer only using felt first 3 feet - OK?, wood shingle roof, wood shingles
wood shingle roof, wood shingles, wood roofing: Hi Gilles, To oversimply it, the way a wood shake roof works is that the asphalt felt paper keeps the water out and the shakes protect the felt paper, mostly from the UV rays and the damage from the weather. The asphalt felt paper comes on rolls that are...

Roofing: cedar shake roofer only using felt first 3 feet - OK?, cedar shingle roofs, vancouver island canada
cedar shingle roofs, vancouver island canada, roofing job: Thank you for the update, it is nice to see a homeowner get involved & force the turkeys in the business to do what is right. It sounds like you have a good building inspector too. That must be a relief to you! If it were my home, I wouldn t let the bad...

Roofing: ceiling leak at outside wall of house, attic floor, cold weather
attic floor, cold weather, attic space: Hi Jeff. It sounds to me like you have a ventilation issue. By installing new windows and doors, you have corrected a heat loss problem on your main level, and that has now transfered itself to your attic space. I would recommend adding or correcting...

Roofing: cellophane covering over shingle tar strips, asphalt shingles, florida hurricanes
asphalt shingles, florida hurricanes, friend warren: HI BOB . THE CELLOPHANE IS ON THE BACK SIDES OF SHINGLES TO PREVENT THEM FROM STICKING IN SIDE THE PACKAGES . IF YOU OPEN A BUNDLE OF SHINGLES AND LIFT ONE YOU WILL SEE THAT IT STAYS ON THE BACK OF THE SHINGLE. AND IT LAYS ABOVE THE TAR LINE OF THE SHINGLE...

Roofing: cellophane covering over tar strip on shingles, dade county florida, asphalt shingles
dade county florida, asphalt shingles, cellophane tape: Bob - the cellophane tape is used to keep the shingles from sticking together. Some areas of the country (Dade County, Florida as an example), now require that the celophane be removed as the shingles are being installed to allow the adhesive strip to bond...

Roofing: cellophane tar strip covering., asphalt shingles, florida hurricanes
asphalt shingles, florida hurricanes, cellophane: The manufacturers of shingles went out of their way to set up a printing machine to print on the shingles “Do Not Remove”. They didn t do that just to drive you crazy. They did it for a reason. You just don t know the reason. And your town s building official...

Roofing: celotex failure, plywood underlayment, humidity problem
plywood underlayment, humidity problem, black stain: There s no information there that points to a problem with the shingles. It sounds like you have a humidity problem which is a problem due to installation. Do you have the roof properly vented? Do you have too much humidity in the house? If the attic is not...

Roofing: certainteed vs gaf, certainteed, roofer
certainteed, roofer, sequoia: Hi Sheri, In terms of function, all of them are going to be about the same. You can expect them to last about 30 years. They all have longer warranties, but those warranties diminish as the years roll on, so in 30 years, there s not much value in them....

Roofing: certainteed vs timberline, certainteed shingles, little sun
certainteed shingles, little sun, roofer: There is not much difference in brands. One roofer probably just has a better feel for one brand and another roofer would feel differently about another. Don t worry about any major brands. Different brands do not get installed differently. They all get installed...

Roofing: cheap roofing materials, asphalt shingles, roll roofing
asphalt shingles, roll roofing, roofing materials: Hi Julie. I find it hard to believe you can t find rolled roofing. I thought that a store like Lowes or Home Depot would definitely carry it. If your roof is asphalt shingles, if is not too difficult to replace a few here and there. Problem is to find where...

Roofing: chimney lead, gas furnace, roof cap
gas furnace, roof cap, hard rain: Hi George, There are several types of vents, or chimneys, used to vent a gas furnace. Most of them are designed so that light can come in, the way you re describing. So, unless the wind is blowing the rain sideways, that s not your problem. It s more...

Roofing: chimney leak, rust spots, severe storms
rust spots, severe storms, spark arrestor: Hi Josh, This is an easy one to sort out. If the water is coming down insided the chimney, it s not the roof. There s no connection between the flashing and the interior of the chimney. So that means the water is getting in the top. do you have a spark...

Roofing: chimney leaking, brick chimney, vertical side
brick chimney, vertical side, roofer: Hi Heather, First, a minor lesson in chimney flashing, in case you don t already know... On a typical brick chimney, there s some metal flashing that interlaces with the shingles and bends up the vertical side of the chimney. Another flashing, called counterflashing...

Roofing: choice of roofing for flat roof, wolf in sheeps clothing, roofers
wolf in sheeps clothing, roofers, side walls: Both methods are work very well when correctly done. One contractor may recommend one over the other because this is their speicialty. The manufacturer will warranty whichever roof you select as long as the material has been properly installed. Personally,...

Roofing: choosing a new roofer (flat roof), composition shingles, glass skylights
composition shingles, glass skylights, gravel roof: There are many factors. In my area all the bids sound high. We usually do flat roofs in one day. How can someone charge that much money in one day? Maybe another day for the shingles but he will probably just add a guy or two on the job. The torchdown...

Roofing: choosing a roof, roofing nails, roofing nails, roof joist
roofing nails, roof joist, season sun room: Hi Randy, Cutting the nails off, flush, is exactly the way to do it. It won t hurt anything. In fact, if that area is very noticeable, and if your nippers end up leaving the nail stub sticking out 1/16 , the solution is to use a smooth face hammer and tap...

Roofing: cieling vent leaks, motor assembly, fan motor
motor assembly, fan motor, ranch style: Wm- the fans are either not vented or the ductwork that they are vented with is disconnected or clogged. Remove the cover by pulling down on the plastic cover. It generally has a couple of spreader springs. Squeeze these together and romove the cover. ...

Roofing: clarification about architecture shingles on top of cedar shakes, wood shingle roof, wood roofs
wood shingle roof, wood roofs, wood shingles: Hi Tony, I think there may have been a misunderstanding. There are two different wood roofs. Wood shakes and wood shingles. Wood shakes are about 1/2 to 3/4 thick at the butt of the shake. They are 22 to 24 long. The surface of the shake is split,...

Roofing: clay or concrete barrel roof, clay tile roofing, barrel tile
clay tile roofing, barrel tile, concrete tile: Aloha Bob, I personally prefer concrete barrel tile, both for its lesser cost and that it typically has a series of sealing lugs that prevent water being either blown or sucked back up under the tiles. They are also more uniform. However, a lot depends...

Roofing: clerestory flashing, fiberglass shingles, question thanks
fiberglass shingles, question thanks, water problem: I don t know why you d divert water away from the fascia as that is where water usually drips off of. Many roofers put the metal down and then a strip of shingle over it but if you nail it in then you re just putting holes in it. You could try roofing cement...

Roofing: clerestory roof, roofing product, metal roofing
roofing product, metal roofing, roofing material: Wes, I am sorry but this is way outside my area of expertise. This is something which would have to be calculated by an architect or structural engineer. Metal roofing is lower weight than other products so it really is not at all detrimental to what...

Roofing: closed roof valleys, dimensional shingles, california style
dimensional shingles, california style, bottom corner: Hi Ron, It s the bottom corner of the shingle that you want to line up with the midline of the valley. Unfortunely I ll be on vacation after today so if you have a follow up question, I won t be able to answer it for you. Good luck in the process. ...

Roofing: coal tar roofing versus EPDM membrane roofing, tar roofing, traditional roofing
tar roofing, traditional roofing, membrane roofing: Aloha Janice, Nope, can t tell you either the current thinking on roofs and how long they last or which is more expensive. Both are very good roofs. Obviously, if the traditional built-up roof was perfect, there wouldn t be any alternatives and if...

Roofing: cobra ridge vent installation, cobra ridge vent, ridge vent installation
cobra ridge vent, ridge vent installation, timberlines: Hi Dave, If it s true that they didn t cut the slots, then your roofer is simply trying to rip you off. That s a huge issue. It shows very bad roofing skills or an attempt to shortchange you on what you re paying for. This is a big thing and it s not a...

Roofing: code compliance, aluminum roll, extruded aluminum
aluminum roll, extruded aluminum, code compliance: Aloha Celestin, You ve got me a bit confused. I am not sure what you mean by extruded aluminum roll, lock deck . I take it is some sort of roofing but what I can t tell. In any case, your best bet on obtaining information would be the manufacturer....

Roofing: cold roof /condensation, condensation problems, rigid insulation
condensation problems, rigid insulation, groove boards: Leslie, This is pretty complex and there is a lot more information that I d like to have before I try to help you. I will be in my office next week. Can you please call me sometime? My phone number is 1-800-543-8938 ext 201 and I am in eastern time...

Roofing: colonial gambrel roof shingle style, gambrel roof, williamsburg style
gambrel roof, williamsburg style, roof shingle: I don t know what a Williamsburg style Gambrel is. You would need to talk to a designer or architect as they are the ones that study how things look. Roofers just put it on. Also, these kinds of choices are a matter of preference and what looks good to me...

Roofing: color of roof, roofer, air space
roofer, air space, color scheme: Hi Larry, The short is answer is, not significantly. A darker roof will cause the roof itself to hold more heat, but between the roof and the interior of the house you have a tremendous amount of insulation, air space and ventilation. So the difference...

Roofing: Can I combine 2 different intake vent systems ,(drip edge and soffit), bathroom exhaust fans, drip edge
bathroom exhaust fans, drip edge, roof sheathing: The more venting the better. It does not have to be coordinated. Just get airflow through he house whether it goes up or down. It sounds like you have air escaping into the attic from your house and if your house air is humid then you are adding humidity...

Roofing: comp shingle on low slope roof, waterproofing protection, shingle manufacturers
waterproofing protection, shingle manufacturers, slope roof: Kal, I don t believe you ll find anyone who will warranty at less than 2:12 slope. However, if you must install shingles on a 1.5:12 slope, use a peel and stick waterproof underlayment as opposed to felt underlayments. Nearly all shingle manufacturers have...

Roofing: composition roofing sliding down roof, composition roofing, fairview nc
composition roofing, fairview nc, nail heads: Hi Gary, The short answer... The nailing is most likely incorrect and the solution is to have all the shingles renailed correctly. Unfortunately, that s going to be a long, tedious and tiresome project. The long answer... The problems you re experiencing...

Roofing: composition shingles, composition shingle roof, shingle roofs
composition shingle roof, shingle roofs, composition shingles: Hi George, The short answer is no. The longer answer is that even if you found one of those slate imitation products that looked good to you, I recommend against using it. They are a new thing and many of the newer roof products have turned out to be worthless....

Roofing: composition tile roof, composition tile, tile roof
composition tile, tile roof, regional variation: Aloha Susan, Since I don t do performance testing (nor do I have the facilities to do so) and I don t have any long running experience with at least one of the products you name, I can t make a statement about their relative quality. One can only make...

Roofing: "compromised soffit ventilation", attic ventilation, dramatic problem
attic ventilation, dramatic problem, soffit vents: Hi Sammy, It s definitely a problem, but it may not be a dramatic problem. Even though it s only a layer of paint, the screen is still blocked, so it s removing 50% of your soffit vents effectiveness, closing them up with solid material. The reason that...

Roofing: concrete barrel tile roof, ft myers florida, barrel tile
ft myers florida, barrel tile, engineer firm: Hi Kevin, Unfortunately, without a hands on inspection of the roof, it s not possible to tell you if it s one way or the other. But I strongly recommend that you hire a roofing contractor that doesn t work for the insurance company and have him do an inspection....

Roofing: concrete tile roof leaking, concrete tile roof, roofing expert
concrete tile roof, roofing expert, concrete tiles: Hi David, I m sure it s not a matter of the tiles being porous. That would be very rare. Most likely there s a crack or a tile is shifted out of place or a flashing isn t seated as well as it should be. Sometimes it s a simple matter of diligently checking...

Roofing: concrete tile roof repairs, concrete tile roof, roofing asphalt
concrete tile roof, roofing asphalt, roll roofing: The point of the felt paper under the tiles is to act as a moisture barrier. The ties are not sealed (although you said he sealed them). They just interlock and are not sealed so air and moist air will go under the tiles. The moisture barrier keeps this moist...

Roofing: condensation, flat asphalt, drywall ceiling
flat asphalt, drywall ceiling, asphalt roof: Rob - Your description of the non ventilation of the attic area is a perfect scenario for the problem you are experiencing. You have GOT to get some airflow in the attic area OR you will need to foam insulate the roof decking. This is a sprayed material...

Roofing: condensation on ceiling beams, humidity gauge, shingle roof
humidity gauge, shingle roof, ceiling beams: Condensation usually forms when the ceiling is cold so I don t know this one. Condensation forms when the humidity is too high. Get a humidity gauge and see what the humidity is in your house. Maybe you have too much humidity in the house. That can come from...

Roofing: condensation on concrete slab after new roof, roof slope, slope roof
roof slope, slope roof, concrete slab: Hi Larry, If the roof slope is less than 2 in 12, then you have a big problem. 2 in 12 means that for every 12 along the roof line, there s a 2 rise. Another way to describe it is that the roof slope has to be at least 9.7 degrees. Shingles should...

Roofing: condensation inside roof (newbuild), semidetached houses, condensation
semidetached houses, condensation, many thanks: Do you mean inside the attic or inside the house? If you mean inside the house then you have your humidity set too high. If you mean inside the attic then you probably have house air leaking into the attic. There is no set place to put vents. Just air out...

Roofing: condensation in inside of roof, eave vents, roof shingles
eave vents, roof shingles, power vent: hi david . no this is not normal. you evidently donot have enough exhuast vents .you say you have an attic vent ,and 2 roof vents . what youre getting is condensation .the heat from your home is escaping into the attic and is not properly vented out .so when...

Roofing: condensation(I think), roof tiles, bedford stone
roof tiles, bedford stone, party walls: Hi Cathy I would say that it is not normal to have damp spots on any ceilings, and that if they are not sorted then you will end up with more problems. There are many possible sources of these problems so it is hard to say exactly what is causing them....

Roofing: condensation woes..., kool seal, problem crops
kool seal, problem crops, ridge vent: I am sorry ... did not understand that this still had the original roof. You have made the home tight enough now that it doesn t breathe the way it used to and you re ending up with moisture and resulting condensation against the roof. I doubt there...

Roofing: condensation?, loft area, furnace room
loft area, furnace room, roof vent: Then you have a humidity problem. Steamy cooking, showers etc are rising and hitting the cold ceiling and causing condensation. You can try better insulation at that area if you can get insulation in there or cut down on the humidity you are producing or get...

Roofing: condo roof, rain water, unit thanks
rain water, unit thanks, construction method: There must be a fire wall between the units so the space under the roof cannot be open. When you have a leak it almost always goes vertically. It is possible to have some side movement but that would be a small amount and rare. So if one unit does not want...

Roofing: condo roof, rain water, construction method
rain water, construction method, strange stuff: Hi. The short answer to your question is that I have no clue. It so much depends on when and where the condos were built. There should be a definite barrier between any two buildings so that in the event of a fire it would slow down or eliminate the possibility...

Roofing: connection from pitched comp to flat, shingle roofs, shingle roof
shingle roofs, shingle roof, roof rafters: One roof will have to overlap the other just as one rubber layer overlaps the next or one shingle overlaps the next. I assume by pitched composition roof that s a fancy way of saying shingles . Since one roof will overlap the other, where will this overlap...

Roofing: continual leaking roof, mail pic, roofing company
mail pic, roofing company, roofing contractor: :o) I think your allexperts.com message to me and my email to you passed each other on the way to their destinations. I clicked send on my email to you and 20 seconds later, I got your allexperts.com message. I m glad that things are at least moving...

Roofing: continuous gutters or not, aluminum gutters, continuous gutters
aluminum gutters, continuous gutters, rain gutters: Hi Danny, First, for clarity, a little tutorial in metal rain gutters... Generally, there are 3 grades of gutter. Seamless (continuous) aluminum gutters, seamless steel gutters and soldered steel gutters. The soldered steel gutters are much thicker...

Roofing: contract, roofing contractor, tile roof
roofing contractor, tile roof, sw florida: I don t deal in tiles but any contract should be common sense. State what you re going to do, how you re going to do it, how payment will be made in steps along the job and about how long it will take. Many contracts have dishonorable intentions that mention...

Roofing: contract, tile roofing, tile manufacturer
tile roofing, tile manufacturer, manufacturers warranty: Hi Bruce, In California, the State Contractors Board provides details on what notices and information is required by law to be in your contract. There are enough legal notices required so that a simple contract in 10 pt type ends up being 4 pages long. ...

Roofing: convert shingle to tile roof, shingle roofing, shingle roof
shingle roofing, shingle roof, barrel tile: Hi Woodrow, The short answer is... You re likely to have to upgrade your attic structure. The local building code may simply not allow that kind of upgrade. I personally recommend against it. But, below is what you need to do, to do it. The longer answer......

Roofing: convrete barrel roof tile, clay tile roofs, tile roofing
clay tile roofs, tile roofing, barrel tile: This is a very good question. There are many variables involved but I will try to give you some ideas. First, there is a distinction between concrete and clay tile. Concrete tile is typically white or light gray in color whereas clay is often red or taupe....

Roofing: cooler attic: what to install?, power ventilation, turbine vents
power ventilation, turbine vents, ridge vent: I am always a believer in ventilation that takes advantage of convective airflow rather than powered fans. That said, a couple of questions ... Do you detect that you currently lack ventilation? If so, what makes you think that? Do you have eave soffit...

Roofing: cooling, ventilation of an open beam ceiling, open beam ceiling, asphalt shingle
open beam ceiling, asphalt shingle, wood planks: Aloha Phil, Yes, maybe, no. It depends on how your roof was constructed. It would certainly help to ventilate your rafter spaces. But whether or not you can is a different issue. If the roof over your open beam living room is wood decking supported directly...

Roofing: copper roof, copper oxidation, copper roof
copper oxidation, copper roof, black plague: If an experienced craftsman installed it, it would not be discolored in that way. But, we do see this a lot. If the installers worked without the correct gloves, black fingerprints and smudges appear in 2-3 days. It they used an improper cleaner or polish,...

Roofing: copper roofing, stainless steel staples, red rosin paper
stainless steel staples, red rosin paper, titanium udl: The granular faced Ice & Water shield would not be good for copper at all. Copper can get quite hot in the bright sun, so the poly-faced Ice & Water shield would not be good because it isn t intended for higher heat applications. We commonly use the...

Roofing: copper roofing, stainless steel staples, red rosin paper
stainless steel staples, red rosin paper, copper roofing: The most common Copper installations use tar/asphalt paper, then a layer of Red Rosin paper like your dad said. The Rosin paper is cheap and easy to install. It prevents the metal from sticking to the tar paper when it gets hot from the sun. Copper moves...

Roofing: copper shingles/roofing, copper shingles, metal shingle
copper shingles, metal shingle, flat copper: Hi Henry, Thanks for the question. Good luck on your project -- it sounds beautiful. I am a little confused by exactly what sort of copper shingles you re using. Are these something you ll be hand-making? I am not aware of anything commercially available...

Roofing: corregated deck roof, metal roofing alliance, corrugated metal panels
metal roofing alliance, corrugated metal panels, porch roof: Try going to www.metalroofing.com that is the website of the Metal Roofing Alliance. You can access have lots of information there and see lots of different styles of panels available. You may want one of the heavier gage panels for your use, an 18 or 16...

Roofing: corrugated flat roof on garage, spray foam insulation, rigid polyurethane foam
spray foam insulation, rigid polyurethane foam, weather sealant: Hi Richard I am not sure about transluscent sealants but there are sealants available which you can brush on. Standards ones such as acrypol are available which are bitumen based systems and used for sealing roofs like yours. It is not a pretty job but...

Roofing: corrugated iron roof, porch roof, angle grinder
porch roof, angle grinder, slate roof: Hi Mary Its hard to talk about specifics on this sort of thing without seeing the job, but with regard to the sealing at the joint of the old roof if this join is going in to the wall you will need to flash the abutment joint with lead to seal properly....

Roofing: corrugated roof replacement, roofing companies, roofing company
roofing companies, roofing company, lumber company: The experts aren t skipping the polycarbonate roof because it s inferior. They re skipping it because it s not really a roof and no roofer would handle it. These roofs usually get screwed down with the screw heads exposed so you re already starting with holes...

Roofing: corrugated tin roof, metal roof restoration, metal roof coating
metal roof restoration, metal roof coating, google search: There are metal roof restoration systems available which consist of a mesh material adhered down over any gaps and holes and then then entire roof is spray-coated with an elastomeric coating. Elastomerics are sort of rubbery. I have not had first-hand...

Roofing: cost, composition shingles, roofing contractors
composition shingles, roofing contractors, san jose california: Hi Nancy, YOu didn t say, compared to what? If you meant, compared to basic 20 year composition shingles, then I can tell you that the difference is $500 to $700 on an average size house in San Jose, California. There are a dozen things that could easily...

Roofing: covering medal roof with shingles, drip edge, tar paper
drip edge, tar paper, two choices: Hi Dave. I think, without seeing your existing roof, you have two choices. 1. If your roof is flat metal you could install sheets of 1/2 or 5/8 plywood with a good construction adhesive and then put down tar paper and drip edge and shingles with nails short...

Roofing: creaking/popping rafters, lag bolts, expansion and contraction
lag bolts, expansion and contraction, douglas fir: Houses can creek. It is caused by either settling of the house or expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. If it was a new house I d say it was wood not properly processed but in an older home that leaves settling. If it was temperature changes...

Roofing: create a slope in a flat roof, aluminum roofing, roof sealant
aluminum roofing, roof sealant, cement board: Flashing cement is to seal holes. You don t coat a roof with it and you certainly wouldn t use it to lay boards down. If you are laying boards down why put anything under it. Just screw the boards down. What is roof adhesive ? I m totally lost in your...

Roofing: cricket viability, minimum pitch, viable plan
minimum pitch, viable plan, gable roof: Aloha Ron, Well, you ve asked what should be a simple question. Unfortunately, because a lot of the terms used in the question are vague, it s not possible to give a simple answer. First off, what do you mean by viable ? Can it be done? Certainly....

Roofing: cricket viability 2, typical weather, rain water
typical weather, rain water, several inches: Hi Ron, The several inches wide is the point end of the triangle. Actually, in the plywood part of the operation, the plywood would come down to a point, not several inches wide. But when the final project is done, the cricket will have an opening of...

Roofing: cricket viability, viable plan, gable roof
viable plan, gable roof, several inches: Hi Ron, A cricket is definitely not going to be a headache, as long as it s done correctly. That s the key issue, that the work is done correctly. Many crickets are problem spots because the work was done poorly. I strongly recommend that the cricket...

Roofing: crop valleys, open valleys, exact details
open valleys, exact details, roofing tar: Paul- I have an idea but not solid enought to act on. Call the inspector or go into the office with a picture of the valleys on the house and get exact details. The part about cement spooks me since a new roof should have NO roofing tar at all. Ji...

Roofing: curb mount yes, henrys work, sacramento area
henrys work, sacramento area, roofers: Actually, with the mod dit running up the dge of the curb, you don t need flashing at all. Work from the bottom of the curb first, then the sides, then the top. with a torch down roofing, it s basically a big patch. Go for it! And yes, water will travel...

Roofing: curved metal roofing, roofing question, metal shingles
roofing question, metal shingles, barrel tile: Wow. I really would not know what the framing expense would be. I am sure you probably have a good grasp on that. As far as the metal panels, yes, they will be a lot more money. There are not a lot of curved panels available but I would expect to pay...

Roofing: cutting in valleys, shingle, shingles
shingle, shingles, valleys: The easiest valley is to do the shingle on one slope first going up the adjoining slope about one foot. No nails can go near the valley. Then shingle the other slope overlapping the first set of shingles and then cutting them right down the center of the valley....

Roofing: DAMP ROOF IN THE ATTICK, water condensation, attick
water condensation, attick, dry weather: Sources of water: Condensation – can happen at any time and not just rain although humidity is higher on rainy days. Is the humidity in the house too high? That air could hit an ice-cold roof and cause condensation. Leaky roof – find the leak. Try hosing...

Roofing: Damage to shingled roof, shingle roofs, shingle roof
shingle roofs, shingle roof, pool enclosure: Hi Ron, The short answer: You probably don t have a good case. The long answer: Let me give you some general information first. The way a shingle roof works, to oversimplify it, is that the asphalt in the shingles keeps the water out and the granules...

Roofing: Damp plywood, ventilation air, plywood
ventilation air, plywood, 6 years: If it is a small area then you have a leak. If it is a large area then you have too much humidity in the house. That can be from too little ventilation, air leaking from the main part of the house, the house humidity too high or all of the above. Bra...

Roofing: Dark Asphalt Shingles In Summer, radiant heat barrier, asphalt shingles
radiant heat barrier, asphalt shingles, acronym finder: Hi Neil, The metalic lining is no benefit. As long as the ceiling is insulated and the attic is ventilated then the temperature isn t going to be a problem. During the hot summer months you don t want the temperature in the attic to be comfortable to...

Roofing: Dead flat roof addition, low slope roofs, roll roofing
low slope roofs, roll roofing, real choices: All roofs need a slope so you ll have to redesign the roof. This can be done with lumber or tapered roofing boards. All roofing for flat (low slope) roofs is roll roofing so you have no ay out of that. The best thing is modified roofs but they are kind of...

Roofing: Dead Valley Cricket Slope, minimum slope, shingle roof
minimum slope, shingle roof, roofer: Hi Jeff, If you mean that the cricket would be roofed by shingles, the lowest slope allowed is 2 in 12. That means 2 rise for every 12 of horizonal distance. If you mean a cricket that s going to have a hot tar system or a soldered metal piece, the...

Roofing: Dead Valley Cricket, vinyl siding, gable end
vinyl siding, gable end, e mail: Any builder that does not know how to build a cricket is not a builder. A cricket is a common carpentry item. I never heard of one at the bottom of a roof. Something sounds odd and I can’t picture what you have. Can you e-mail me pictures? Brad ...

Roofing: Deck over living, cement board, edpm
cement board, edpm, ft deck: Aloha Jim, If there is an edge which is not over lower spaces, which I am thinking you are suggesting with the drip ledge , that side of the pan should not be angled up but rather down. At any deck edges abutting second floor walls, the pan edges there...

Roofing: Decking, shingle roofing, composition shingle
shingle roofing, composition shingle, slidell louisiana: Hi Dan, The short answer... 1/4 is wrong. Call the building department and ask if it was inspected. The long answer... Are you sure it s 1/4 ? That s definitely wrong. The least you can use is 3/8 but that s ONLY IF you are laying that plywood...

Roofing: Decra roofing, base source, northern maine
base source, northern maine, metal roof: Trisha, I m based in the SE US so I m not familiar with the prominence of Decra products in the NE. However, I would not suspect there to be an issue. Of course your best base source of information will be the Decra website: http://www.decra.com/home.htm...

Roofing: Decra Tile Roof, tile roof, corona ca
tile roof, corona ca, decra tile: I have not heard of this before as being a problem with Decra roofs. I am inclined to think that, if it is related to the roof at all, it is related to improper installation. If you contact John Miller at the Decra office in Corona, CA, I am sure he will...

Roofing: Defective Shingle, insurance claim, shingle
insurance claim, shingle, shingles: Sorry that this took so long. The “All Experts” site has been down for 2 days and I could not get my reply out. Insurance should not replace a roof that went bad. Insurance is for incidents that happen in life such as a car accident. The car was good yesterday...

Roofing: Detached Roof Tiles, roof tiles, poor workmanship
roof tiles, poor workmanship, hurricane wilma: “How could the engineer doing the inspection only one year ago have not noted the loose tiles?� Easy – sloppy engineer. Why do bridges collapse that have been designed by engineers? Just because someone says something does not make it so. Your engineer’s...

Roofing: Deterioration, roof sections, tv antenna
roof sections, tv antenna, mechanical equipment: Hi Dan, The side of the roof that faces the sun most directly will deteriorate sooner. It s those UV rays. So for Americans, it s the side that faces south. Our friends in New Zealand have problems with their north-facing roof sections. The only exception...

Roofing: Determining age of a roof, shingle roofs, roofing experts
shingle roofs, roofing experts, clue: Hi Dani. My answer is also striaght foward and simple....I must be perfectly honest in saying I do not have a clue. My expertise is in metal and shingle roofs. May I respectfully suggest you direct your question to one of the other roofing experts. Sorry...

Roofing: DIY New low slope roof, working at home depot, drip edge
working at home depot, drip edge, roll roofing: The reason you cannot find a website on how to do this is because you re doing a junk roof. It s what I call a handyman roof. No real roofer would do a roof in 90# material. It s what homeowners or handymen do to slap on a roof. 90 has a short lifespan....

Roofing: Diagonal reglet?, downward slope, reglet
downward slope, reglet, brick wall: You also could just add a piece on top of the step flashing but not cut into the brick so it is not waterproof. If the step flashing underneath is waterproof then it does not matter if water got behind your finished piece. That way it would be a lot easier...

Roofing: Dimensional shingles, composition shingles, dimensional shingles
composition shingles, dimensional shingles, steep pitch: Jim - Go with the MFG s requirements. Your pitch is 2.5/12 or 3/12. This is not a percentage. It means that for every 12 on a horizontal length, a 2.5 or 3 drop is encountered. Water can meander more on a low pitch than a steep pitch, thus, the requirement....

Roofing: Dimensional shingles, dimensional shingles, shingle manufacturers
dimensional shingles, shingle manufacturers, new shingles: The weight of your shingles depends on the warranty, if they are fibreglass or orgnaic, if they are laminated layers, or if they are simply a 3 tab shingle with dimensional shading to give the 3-D appearance. If your roof has no curling or cupping and...

Roofing: Dimensional shingles, professional roofing contractor, dimensional shingles
professional roofing contractor, dimensional shingles, ac unit: Hi John, First the good answer: Those spots are likely to be damaged because someone did something that helped the granules to come loose. If that s the case, just leave them as they are, and there s almost no likelihood that they ll ever be a problem. ...

Roofing: Dimensional v/s 3 tab shingles, hurricane katrina, tab shingles
hurricane katrina, tab shingles, dimensional shingles: Hi Dan, The short answer... The dimensional shingle is heavier, thicker, shaped the same as the 3 tab shingles, (but with no tabs ) and on a tract house, about $600 more expensive. The long answer... The 3 tab shingles are fairly thin, lightweight,...

Roofing: Discontinued shingles, hurrican charley, patch job
hurrican charley, patch job, friend warren: HI DAVID. I UNDERSTAND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE PATCH JOB.TRUTH IS IF YOU HAD THE ORIGINAL SHINGLES THEY STILL WOULD NOT MATCH BECAUSE OF THE AGE OF YOUR EXISTING SHINGLES AND HOW THE HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE SUN AND WEATHER . I WOULD TRY AND GET A COMPLETE...

Roofing: Dormer W valley and sheet installation, roofing manufacturer, brick wall
roofing manufacturer, brick wall, direct email: Keith, I am sorry but I cannot help much with this. You really need to be working with a roofing manufacturer who can provide these details to you. The exact installaion varies so much from product to product. If you have absolutely hit a brick wall...

Roofing: Dormers on a metal roof, metal roofing manufacturer, metal roofs
metal roofing manufacturer, metal roofs, installation detail: As long as the roof and dormers are one at the same time, this can be done. You do want to flash up behind whatever covering is on the sides of the dormers. This is a pretty typical installation detail and the exact method is based upon what type of metal...

Roofing: Double or Triple Laminates, composition shingles, lifetime warranty
composition shingles, lifetime warranty, thoughtful answer: Hi Kim, Around the San Jose area, almost no one installs copper gutters. The main choices are seamless alumiminum or seamless steel. I recommend the seamless steel. they look the same as the aluminum, cost about $100 to $200 more, but they won t dent when...

Roofing: DRIP EDGE & COST PER FOOT, plywood sheathing, drip edge
plywood sheathing, drip edge, galvanized surface: Hi Bill, I m usually not this quick, but your question came at just the right time. New drip edge can be installed over the old drip edge. The exception to that would be if that process raises the edge of the roof enough to slow down the waterflow off...

Roofing: Drainage on Modified Bitumen Rolled Roof, gravel guard, drip guard
gravel guard, drip guard, roof perimeter: I don t know of any sites. You might try some of the manufacturers website such as GAF, Firestone, etc but I don t know how much detail it will give. I don t know if they ll actually state that the roof should go to the end of the building since that would...

Roofing: Dressing Up Metal Roofing, roofing panels, roofing manufacturer
roofing panels, roofing manufacturer, closure strips: Hi Rich, My company does not manufacture that sort of sheet roofing so I do not have any first-hand knowledge. However, I have noticed over the years some varying opinions amongst manufacturers as to where fasteners should go. Honestly, I think it all...

Roofing: Drip Edge Damaged by Tree, asphalt shingles, drip edge
asphalt shingles, drip edge, sbcglobal net: Hi Dave, You need to take out any part of a shingle that s been damaged and replace it with undamaged, matching material, as opposed to covering the damage. It s not too difficult to pop up the nails (or staples) and slide out shingle pieces and slide in...

Roofing: Drip Edge Guards, drip edge, shingle roof
drip edge, shingle roof, sealant: Hi Deborah. I am surprised that drip edge was not installed when the roof was shingled. I am not aware of any reason why it should not unless there is a local reason. However, it is not too difficult to install after the fact. The shingles above the fascia...

Roofing: Drip Edge for Hip Roofs, drip edge, hip roofs
drip edge, hip roofs, straight line winds: Hi Gil, Going with the upgraded shingle is definitely a very good practical decision. Plus they look a lot better. It sounds like you ve sorted out your options pretty well and have a pretty good sense of what you need to do. Good luck in the process....

Roofing: Drip Edge Replacement, drip edge, fascia board
drip edge, fascia board, waterflow: Hi Dave, Unfortunately, I m not sure I m visualizing your situation, by your description. But let me give you some general information that probably applies to your situation. No flashing cement is needed at the drip edge. If the only damage to the...

Roofing: Drip Edge, drip edge, seamless gutters
drip edge, seamless gutters, fascia board: Drip edge should be installed to protect the wood that is between the top of the gutter and the shingles as this area will constantly get wet. It can be installed now and just nailed on the face with a small lip sliding under the shingles. You might want to...

Roofing: Drip Edging, roofing nails, roof shingles
roofing nails, roof shingles, facia board: There is a lot of wood on the outside of the house that gets wet but it is not supposed to rot. Rotting wood is not proof it is getting wet and not proof that it shouldn’t get wet. Again, a lot of wood is on the outside of a house. Rotting wood is that there...

Roofing: Drip edge?, drip edge, edge type
drip edge, edge type, yellow stain: If the shingles are an inch over the edge then it s hard for the water not to go in the gutter. I can t see the gutters being that loose - an inch or more off the facia. Are the gutters that poorly installed? Do the gutters have slope? Are the starter shingles...

Roofing: Drip edge?, drip edge, roof shingles
drip edge, roof shingles, steep roof: Larry - If it is indeed a stain on PAINTED facia, it s probably dirt that the water is picking up and leaving behind. The other option would be sap. Sap looks like honey. Have you touched the stained area to see if it s sticky? Either way, if the roofer...

Roofing: Drip edge, tab shingles, gutter replacement
tab shingles, gutter replacement, drip edge: Hi Gwen, First the short answer: Hang the shingles 1 at the bottom edges. Good call on the shingle upgrade. You can save a buck or two if you do the gutters sooner. Now the long, boring answer: You definitely want the shingles to hang over. On the...

Roofing: Drip edge., drip edge, roofing expert
drip edge, roofing expert, starter courses: Firstly, ice & water shield should be applied at the eaves for greater protection, not felt paper. I do not feel that felt paper is adequate enough at the eaves, even on a high pitch. In my mind, the drip edge should be applied over the ice & water shield...

Roofing: Drip edge at facia board, metal drip edge, facia board
metal drip edge, facia board, roofing nails: Ron - You can actually use either a glavanized strip or and aluminum strip and simply slide it under the starter course of shingles. The started course is the row under the top first row. The starter course are shingles that are installed to provide an underlayment...

Roofing: Drip edge on High slope roof, drip edge, slope roof
drip edge, slope roof, fascia boards: It is true that a 90 degree bend won t work right on a 12/12 slope (45 degree slope)...that is why you bend your own metal with a 45 degree bend to fit perfectly. Either they don t have a brake or don t have access to one or, as you said, lazy. They don t...

Roofing: Drip edge installation, drip edge installation, metal drip edge
drip edge installation, metal drip edge, plywood sheets: Normally on drip edge, you would nail only through the roof surface -- into the roof deck. Nailing into the drip edge and into the fascia is probably going to cause the buckles. This could be made worse if you also glued it to the roof deck. You do indeed...

Roofing: Drip edge needed on fascia board on wall?, drip edge, horizontal edge
drip edge, horizontal edge, roof decking: Hi Laura, You don t need a drip end over the facia, as long as the shingles are installed right. It s important that the shingles extend past the edge of the facia 1 to 2 . When the shingles extend that far, they will tend to droop very slightly, so that...

Roofing: Drip edge vent versus smart vent, smart vent, drip edge
smart vent, drip edge, ridge vent: I had seen that website. In theory it is fine. I never worked with it so I don t have hands-on experience with it. It will make the bottom of the roof higher and then it feathers in. Will that show a non-straight line going up the roof? Will it be enough to...

Roofing: Drip edge?, roofing shingles, drip edge
roofing shingles, drip edge, friend warren: HI Larry .First of all i would get those gutter people to come back and renail the gutters . Also check and make sure your roofing shingles are hanging over the eave enough so the watere will run into gutters. Yes you can still install drip edge metal . Just...

Roofing: Drip Pa, drip pans, drip pan
drip pans, drip pan, shingle roof: I don t know what a drip pan is. It is either a local term or something he made up. There is no set way to do most things on a shingle roof. It is just experience and brains that make procures work better than others. If you have the tubes going through the...

Roofing: Dryer vent at roof line, vent hose, dryer vent
vent hose, dryer vent, driven rain: Hi Joseph, If water found it s way down the vent hose, there s a problem with the vent flashing in the roof. Rather than venting all that lint into your attic for the next 20 years, I d recommend just getting the problem with the vent flashing fixed. ...

Roofing: Dura-Ridge, class action suit, warranty issues
class action suit, warranty issues, information abou: I never heard of the company so it must have been a fledging business to start with. The manufacturer s warranty has no bearing here. The only thing that matters is what was the agreement you made with the homeowner. If you promised to take care of any issues...

Roofing: Dura-ridge roofing, cslb ca gov, california contractors board
cslb ca gov, california contractors board, roofs inc: Hi Ashley, I guess I m uncertain about what kind of information you want? Do you mean the name of the owner, mailing address, etc? There was never any warranty on the DuraRidge material, so even if the company didn t go out of business, there s no recourse...

Roofing: Duraridge, roofer, short answer
roofer, short answer, assumption: Hi Dave, The short answer... I m 100% sure. The longer answer... Back before they went out of business, I personally spoke with the owner of the company on the issue warranties. I had a problem on a job which, at first, seemed to a matter of faulty...

Roofing: damage, jot down, reroofing
jot down, reroofing, roofer: Hi Maureen, You need to get bids for the repairs that are needed. To be fair, you should get 3 bids, so the roofer can see that you are charging him the lowest of the 3 bids. Hand him a copy of the bids and say, since this is your responsibility, you re...

Roofing: damaged plywood, roof shingles, shoddy workmanship
roof shingles, shoddy workmanship, roof trusses: Hi Dean. Sounds to me like there may have been turbine extractors on the roof at some time if the holes are 16 diameter. Should have been attended to before shingling the roof as they could be a potential danger if stepped on. The way to fix this without...

Roofing: dark spots/lines, nooks and crannies, asphalt shingle
nooks and crannies, asphalt shingle, zinc strip: This is actually a form of algae. Airborne spores which tend to be very common in moist climates land on the roof and grab hold in all of the nooks and crannies. They find a good environment to grow and they creep down the roof. There are methods of putting...

Roofing: dead valley, pvc roofing, asphalt shingles
pvc roofing, asphalt shingles, architectural shingles: That is prbably not an all bad plan though it would be better (and more difficult and costly) to make a custom metal pan or to put rubber or PVC roofing in the area. Please understand that asphalt shingles are not warranted for low pitch areas like I suspect...

Roofing: dead valley, tar roofing, valley roofing
tar roofing, valley roofing, stucco wall: Hi Gale, Unfortunately, you can t just slide the material up behind the stucco. There are two ways you can approach this. One way is to chip out the bottom 6 of stucco, install the roofing and then install fresh stucco over the newly installed roofing...

Roofing: How to decipher a drastic quote difference, santa monica ca, residential roofs
santa monica ca, residential roofs, rubber roofs: You need a lot more information. “Hot Mop� can mean many different things from a junk roof to a good roof. If they actually only said “hot mop� then that roofer is no good. There are two types of residential roofs for flat roofs. 1. Built-Up Roof...

Roofing: deck on flat garage roof -- Tucson AZ, spanish colonial revival, plywood boards
spanish colonial revival, plywood boards, plywood sheets: Set up joists in the direction so water can flow between them. Then lay a deck on top. Cushion the corners of the joists with some material so it doesn’t puncture the roof. You can do a deck in the normal fashion. Just don’t go making holes in the roof. ...

Roofing: deck off house over room, deck leaks, sun room
deck leaks, sun room, split level: If it s level how will the water get off the roof. It will rot the roof again. You might have to raise the door. Also, many deck leaks occur from nailing the deck to the roof. The deck cannot be attached to the roof in any way or you will have leaks. Bra...

Roofing: A deck on a roof, roofing material, roofing contractor
roofing material, roofing contractor, story brick: I guess I did use the word deck too many times. The new deck will have weight to it. You have to make sure that the structure of the house will hold it up if you lay it on the roof. Glue-down modified is one of the current methods. I don t like it. With...

Roofing: deck roofing, aluminum skin, ondura
aluminum skin, ondura, tuftex: Thanks for your question. In my experience, Ondura performs very poorly. It used to be sold under the name Onduline and was subject to many lawsuits. Tuftex is I think made by the same people but different material. I do not know much about its performance....

Roofing: decra metal roof underlayment, metal tile, roof underlayment
metal tile, roof underlayment, roof tile: Versa Shield is not self-adhering. It is a fire-rated underlayment. Personally, I question how well it would stand up to possible moisture from condensation beneath metal panels from time to time so as long as the building inspector allows it, I would put...

Roofing: defective ceramic tile, ridge tile, class action lawsuit
ridge tile, class action lawsuit, warranty extension: Yes it is unusual. If this problem was widespread then the company would be out of business or they d have a class action lawsuit against them. You re assuming that it can t be installation or it would be more widespread. Then I d say it can t be defective...

Roofing: dents, residential metal roofing, bolds
residential metal roofing, bolds, metal roof: Natalia - Where the bolts (screws, actually) enter the metal, there is more pressure so you will notice a dimple . The screw should be evenly spaced, however. In other words, if the screw pattern is every 6 , you shouldn t have some at 6 and som at 8 ...

Roofing: design flaw? in roof, new shingles, shingle roof
new shingles, shingle roof, metal pipe: You said the area has been properly sealed ...but apparently not. You said they used sealer . Nothing gets sealed on a shingle roof. That s the first major mistake by many roofers. If a roof is properly installed it just works. If you have to use sealant...

Roofing: difference between contractor & Lowes, owens corning shingles, roofing supply
owens corning shingles, roofing supply, home improvement business: Most contractors will use the cheapest materials they can get so just because contractors use a certain brand does not make it good. Home Depot and Lowes will try to get the cheapest to sell and I belive that they will cut down on quality to do it. I have...

Roofing: two different pitched roofs, pitched roofs, 3 feet
pitched roofs, 3 feet, shingles: It s hard to picture what you have without pictures. I don t know what a California roof is. 4:12 is getting shallow for shingles but can be done. If you re not worried about looks you could do a sealed type of roof like rubber (modified). If you get up to...

Roofing: Two different pitches on a gable roof, composition shingles, different pitches
composition shingles, different pitches, roofing system: Hi Roger, I haven t heard that expression used for a particular roof before. Having two different pitches on the roof is fine. No problem at all. The only consideration is that each pitch needs to have a roofing system appropriate for that pitch. Most...

Roofing: different types of ridge vents, ridge vent, powered attic fans
ridge vent, powered attic fans, ridge vents: Hi Elizabeth, I m always in favor of powered attic fans, so if that s one of the options you re looking at, that s my vote. The rigid plastic ridge vents are just as good and maybe a little better than some of the other ridge vents on the market, but I...

Roofing: dimensional shingles, tab shingles, dimensional shingles
tab shingles, dimensional shingles, using some sort: Hi Joe, The leading edge of each course is set back 5 5/8 . That s also how much each course is exposed, so if you re using some sort of gauge to set the courses, you can use the same gauge to line up the set back on the next course. Everything else about...

Roofing: double layer of dripedge, drip edge, underlayment
drip edge, underlayment, roofer: I don’t know about damaging the plywood but it does stick pretty good once it is down. What he did will work. The only possibility is IF there is ever a leak and the water makes it to the underlayment, then runs down the underlayment, the metal is on top...

Roofing: double wide roofing question, interior vault, roofing question
interior vault, roofing question, water heater leaks: At one point you said the exterior walls are 2x6 (which is the frame) and then later you said the frame is steel (which can t be 2x6) so I don t know what you have. If you try to add to the tops of the walls the walls will be weak at that joint. I would...

Roofing: downspouts, downspout, eavestrough
downspout, eavestrough, hi ed: Hi Ed, The short answer... As long as there s not a large amount of moss growing at the outlet and as long as there s a bend in the bottom of downspout, so water comes out at an angle parallel with the roof, then leave it as it is. The long answer......

Roofing: drain vent pipes, vent pipes, stinky stuff
vent pipes, stinky stuff, s trap: Hi Cheri. This so easy. Allow me to take it step by step: 1. What are you doing on the roof at your age? 2. The vent pipes are usually referred to as Stink Pipes 3. Does that mean they stink? Yes. 4. Seriously tho Normally, there should be a trap at...

Roofing: drip edge, drip edge, aluminum compound
drip edge, aluminum compound, galvanized metal: Hi Sherri, Yep, that s how it looks. The understanding is that the nosing will be painted when you have the house painted the next time. Even though it looks unsightly to you right now, after it s there a few days, it won t seem so noticeable. If you have...

Roofing: drip edge, national roofing contractors, roofing contractors association
national roofing contractors, roofing contractors association, national roofing contractors association: Angela, Not sure I picture this correctly but I ll try. If I do understand correctly, you think the vertical face of the metal drip edge is behind the vertical fascia. Assuming you have an overhang with a soffit, the water you see is dripping out of the...

Roofing: drip edge, metal drip edge, facia board
metal drip edge, facia board, adding a room: I don t know who told you that. Not only it should never be done, I ve never seen it done. If you do that the gutter has no place to rest. The shingles should stick out about an inch so the water drips into the gutter and not behind the gutter. It s as simple...