Archives by Year: 2017

Separation of Wood Truss Plates in a Fire

Posted by in Fire Damage, Wood | September 18, 2017

When examining wood trusses for fire damage there is more to consider than charred members, excessive drying of the lumber, and the release of sap. Here’s a reminder to check the steel plates for separation or loosening.   Disclaimer Read More

Our Thoughts & Prayers Are …

Posted by in Announcements | September 08, 2017

… for Our Family Members, Our Friends, Our Fellow Americans, & All Those Affected by the Calamities of the Recent Hurricanes “If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your… Read More

Happy Labor Day! (2017)

Posted by in Celebrate | August 28, 2017

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil —this is God’s gift… Read More

These Are DEFINITELY Intentional

Posted by in Shingles | August 14, 2017

Here are some photographs of intentional mimicking of hail damage. Note the curved impressions in the asphalt, the pulverizing of the granules, the pushing of the granules into the asphalt, the lip at the edge of the mark, and the matching… Read More

Is Hail Impact Damage to Shingles Immediately Noticeable? (Encore – Updated)

Posted by in Shingles | August 07, 2017

It is claimed by some that damage from hail impact may cause a gradual loss of granules that can result in premature aging of the shingles over time. They further say that without visible damage, there is no real way… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 15)

Posted by in Case Studies, Mold Growth, Roof | July 31, 2017

The feature photograph was taken of the underside of a roof deck in an attic.  This photograph provides helpful information regarding the cause and history of the damage. From this photo we observe the following: The pixelated pattern of the apparent… Read More

Indentations from Hail Impacts on Metal Roof Vents

Posted by in Hail Damage, Roof | July 24, 2017

What happens when a hail stone impacts a metal roof vent?  If the hail is big enough, many times greater than /14 inch diameter is big enough, the metal gets dented. The feature photograph shows where hail stones indented a… Read More

What Happened Here?

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, Simple Forensic Methods, Winter Concerns | July 17, 2017

The shingles along the eave of roof exhibit broken and dislodged tabs and surface gouges (Figure 1). What could have caused this?  Vigorous ice removal. The damage is along an area that was reportedly covered with ice (see featured photograph).… Read More