Roofing

Small roof repairs can lead to bigger, more lucrative, jobs for roofing contractors

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For some roofing companies, 'customer for life' starts with a timely repair

The majority of roofing failures are installation-related, yet few companies offer anything but a short-term warranty.

Roofing

The term ‘warranty’ may be used quite a bit in a roofing sale, but do homeowners actually understand what’s meant by it?

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Roofing

Gutters are often an afterthought for homeowners on roofing or siding projects

Industry Data & Research

Although asphalt shingles still dominate, other materials are gaining ground

The ice dams that form on a roof can cause expensive damage, but a properly ventilated attic reduces the problem. Photo: Flickr user State Farm (CC by 2.0)

Best Practices

Creating an equal distribution of intake and exhaust vents can make a big difference in controlling temperature and moisture inside the attic

men on roof

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Roofing

When is a roof inspection legitimate, and when is it just the precursor to an estimate?

roof warranties—materials and installation

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Roofing

The term “warranty” may be used quite a bit in a roofing sale, but do homeowners actually understand what’s meant by it?

Homemade kickout flashing step by step

All photos: Sal Alfano

Roofing

A step-by-step guide for the right way to make kickout flashing from a piece of step flashing

Kickout flashing replaces the first piece on step flashing and redirects water away from the siding (ideally into a gutter). Without a kickout, water will eventually get behind the siding and into the wall, where it will wreak havoc for years before you notice any signs of a leak.

Kickout flashing replaces the first piece on step flashing and redirects water away from the siding (ideally into a gutter). Without a kickout, water will eventually get behind the siding and into the wall, where it will wreak havoc for years before you notice any signs of a leak. All illustrations: Dan Morrison

Best Practices

Poorly installed or missing flashing at roof-wall connections is a common cause of water damage. Here's the solution

El Nino is set to bring heavy rains and work for California roofers
Remodel Sales

The phones are ringing again at California’s 6,000 or so roofing companies, as weather systems launched by El Nino are set to drench the Golden State

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Best Practices

Insurance work is a hefty source of revenue for some roofing companies; it’s also fertile ground for scammers

Codes and Standards

Just because OSHA inspectors aren’t on duty, it doesn’t mean cheating contractors can get away with anything

Millennial homeowners looking happy in bright kitchen
Remodeling Sales

Millennial homeowners are relatively few and far between for the moment. But they want to be sold on their terms

Close-up photo of asphalt shingle roof repair
Roofing

Some roofing companies call attention on their websites to what can go wrong in a re-roofing job. The clear implication is that they don’t intend to make those mistakes.

Roofer installs asphalt shingles on residential roof
Customer Satisfaction

Some roofing companies are reconsidering the terms of their workmanship warranty

Men on residential roof remove asphalt shingles.

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Best Practices

What do roofers do with all their asphalt shingle tear-off if the landfill closes?

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Project Management

Is it worth the time and trouble to hold a pre-construction meeting on small jobs? You bet. Here's why.

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Best Practices

Negative image of roofers in the media gives honest companies a marketing edge

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