Why do we use roofing underlayment?

By Craig Cameron | July 19, 2024 |
Underlayment

Most roofing systems in the western world are a two-part roofing system.  The two main components that make of a roof are the product itself and the underlayment.  The three functions of underlayment are to protect the roof during installation, protect the home if the main material blows off and to protect the roof from…

Are all Metal Roofs Created Equally?

By Craig Cameron | July 12, 2024 |
Standing Seam

Choose the correct metal for your roofing project.  Metal roofing will increase the total value of your home, but is all metal roofing created equally?  What advantages do a standing seam roof have over an exposed fastener metal roofing system?  Is steel roofing appropriate for coastal locations? Limitations of Exposed Fastener Metal Roofing Due to…

How often does a roof need to be replaced?

By Craig Cameron | July 5, 2024 | Comments Off on How often does a roof need to be replaced?
Roof Damage

Shingles have been rated for 20, 25, 30 and 40 years in the past. Recently there have been great advances in roofing technology.   GAF now offers a lifetime roofing system with warranties to back up this claim. Are all shingles the same? There are lots of great premium shingles on the market, but not all…

Is It Necessary to Maintain Your Roof?

By Craig Cameron | June 28, 2024 | Comments Off on Is It Necessary to Maintain Your Roof?
Pipe Boot

Maintain Your Roof Monitor and maintain your roof to avoid costly repairs or premature failure.  Establish a relationship with a trustworthy roofer to routinely inspect and repair your roof.  When damage occurs, make sure you have a plan of action. Keep your Roof Clean Setup a maintenance plan with a local roofer to ensure the…

When should you replace your skylights?

By Craig Cameron | June 21, 2024 | Comments Off on When should you replace your skylights?

Most people have busy lives and never consider the state of their skylights until they notice a problem. Because skylights are located on the roof, you never see it up close. Skylights are a wonderful source of natural light in the home, but they are also a crucial component to your home’s waterproofing. When they…

Why it might be a good Idea to replace your roof sooner rather than later?

By Craig Cameron | June 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Why it might be a good Idea to replace your roof sooner rather than later?

Rising Prices Prices are not going down.  The trend of roofing materials will always go up in total price.  Unlike metals and oil, the price of roofing does not go down periodically.  Because it is a manufactured product, the costs tend to increase every year.  If you wait to replace your roof later, you will…

What are these black streaks on my roof?

By Craig Cameron | June 7, 2024 | Comments Off on What are these black streaks on my roof?

Gloeocaspa Magma You will find black streaks on older roofs are caused by a bacteria called Gloeocaspa Magma.  It travels in the wind and tends to thrive in shady parts of the roof or areas with lots of trees.  This bacterium is often referred to as blue-green algae and it feeds on limestone which is…

Can a roof have too much ventilation?

By Craig Cameron | May 31, 2024 | Comments Off on Can a roof have too much ventilation?

Ventilation can be Difficult to Understand Ventilation is one of the most misunderstood areas of roofing.  Older homes did not require much or any ventilation because they tended to be more drafty and under-insulated.  Because newer homes are sealed up tight and heavily insulated, ventilation becomes more important. Often little or no planning is done…

What roofing material is right for high winds?

By Craig Cameron | May 24, 2024 | Comments Off on What roofing material is right for high winds?

Roofing Options for homes in high wind areas When it comes to picking roofing material for homes located in coastal areas like Lewes, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, and Ocean City, Maryland, make sure to ask a pro for advice.  Some roofing materials like 3 tap asphalt shingles might be a good choice in…