Category Archives: Roof

Nailing Something Tight Isn’t Always a Good Idea

Posted by in Roof, Synthetic Slate | January 30, 2017

When driving a nail, many of us drive it until it is firmly set, that is, tight.  However, that is not always the best practice. Unless one is nailing rough framing, it is better for many applications to set the nail… Read More

Snow Removal on a Roof

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | January 09, 2017

We have had a few articles regarding removing snow from a roof. Here is our latest.  It’s a long overdue follow-up to Chalk Up Another Victory Over Ice Damming where I discussed buying a roof rake. Here is the application:… Read More

Update: Low-flying Planes (Still) Damaging Roofs in Poland

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, Unusual | December 05, 2016

In July 25, 2016 we reported a story in the Dziennik Polski that low flying airplanes were damaging clay roofs tile on homes nearby the airport in Morawica. This is an ongoing story in Poland as the authorities have been flummoxed… Read More

Here’s a Layout You Don’t See Often (or Ever Before, for Me)

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, Unusual | November 14, 2016

Things that came to mind at first glance: How does a roofer handle this? Did the architect see this coming? How can this not leak? Now what can be done? Answers (Guesses): He routed one valley into another. Probably not.… Read More

Case Study: A Sagging Roof

Posted by in Case Studies, Roof, Wood | August 29, 2016

The roof of this barn exhibits a sag (featured photo).  The roof is framed with rafters (Figure 1).  The rafter ties are set very high to allow clearance for interior activities; however, this prevents the ties from adequately restraining the… Read More

Shingle Tab Lifted by a Raised Nail (Case Study)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Case Studies, Roof, Shingles | July 11, 2016

From the ground, I saw that the shingle looked slightly lifted.  See the featured photograph.  Further examination disclosed that the shingle was lifted by a raised nail. One of the nail had been installed at an angle and had backed out. … Read More

Hail Damaged Shingles

Posted by in Hail Damage, Roof, Shingles, Weather Events | May 09, 2016

Last week we took a quick look at hand torn shingles. This week it is hail damaged shingles. Yes, Virginia, there have been hail damaged shingles. Hail damage to a composite asphalt shingle is commonly characterized by a small area… Read More

Hand Torn Shingles

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, Wind Damage | May 02, 2016

Most things are made better by hand, such as, automobile engines, pies, furniture, chocolate, etc. However, hand-made “wind damage” to shingles is an oxymoron. Here are a few examples of hand-torn shingles and their evidence of being hand torn.  Look… Read More