Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 3)?

Posted by in Unusual | October 07, 2013

  Gutter discharges onto trim joint with caulking instead of step flashing.     No gap provided around vent to allow drainage. Shingles not sealed to vent flange.     This leaks only during rainfalls from the right (or wrong?)… Read More

The Structural Fascia Board

Posted by in Roof, Structural terms, Wood | September 30, 2013

“It is our professional opinion that it is poor construction practice to support roof joists on the fascia board at the ends of the roof rafters.”  We have rendered this professional opinion with minor variations more than few times. The… Read More

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 2)?

Posted by in Unusual | September 23, 2013

  Maybe the old flashings shouldn’t always be re-used?     Got step flashings?     Shingles improperly oriented on cricket. Also the valleys discharge into the wall.     A part of regular home roof maintenance is to remove… Read More

Compare: An Adhesive Failure Vs. a Cohesive Failure in an Asphalt Shingle

Posted by in Shingles, Wind Damage | September 16, 2013

The wind resistance of asphalt shingles is strongly correlated to the sealing of the tabs.  That is, if the tabs are well sealed, the shingle have excellent resistance to damage from exposure to high winds.  An exception to this is… Read More

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 1)?

Posted by in Unusual | September 09, 2013

  The dark boards to the left are board sheathing on the wall. There is no step flashing at each shingle tab, but a continuous piece of metal flashing.  Siding and flashing runoff is directed under shingles.     Short wall flashing and rake drip edge direct… Read More

Happy Rosh Hashanah at Sundown September 4, 2013 (Our 100th Post)

Posted by in Celebrate | September 03, 2013

We wish all our Jewish friends and visitors to this website a Happy Rosh Hashanah! It is the first day of the new year for the civil calendar for the Jewish people.  Some traditions believe that since this is the… Read More

Putting the Pieces Together…

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods | August 27, 2013

  During my school vacations as a child, my family and I often had fun working together on jigsaw puzzles.  My favorite puzzle had about 270 pieces and I put that one together so many times by myself that I… Read More

Some Considerations When Evaluating Wind Damage – A Case Study (Study #1)

Posted by in Wind Damage | August 20, 2013

Case Study #1 – July 10, 2013 – Bellevue, Ohio A severe storm passed through Ohio on July 10, 2013 causing various wind related damages.  The National Weather Service at Cleveland Hopkins Airport measured maximum winds of 38 MPH out… Read More