Category Archives: Roof

Inadvertent Reduction in Attic Ventilation

Posted by in Apparent Mold/Biological Growth, Attic Ventilation, Roof, Water Sources, Winter Concerns, Wood | May 30, 2014

We are often called to evaluate the source of moisture causing mold growth, water damage or wetting of building components in an attic.  These investigations commonly conclude with pointing out a roof or siding leak from a breach in the… Read More

Attic Wetness – Pattern of Condensation vs Pattern of Leakage

Posted by in Attic Ventilation, Roof, Simple Forensic Methods, Water Sources, Winter Concerns | April 21, 2014

We are often called to evaluate the source of moisture causing mold growth, water damage or wetting of building components.  These conditions may be in an attic, a living area, a crawlspace, a basement, a garage, etc.  The source of… Read More

Why is My Chimney Sweating?

Posted by in Chimneys, Masonry, Roof, Winter Concerns | April 07, 2014

When the chimney and/or the framing, plaster, or drywall around it are wet, most assume that the wetness is due to a roof leak.  And, although roof leaks at chimneys are not uncommon, sometimes the wetness is due to another… Read More

Chalk Up Another Victory Over Ice Damming

Posted by in Roof, Winter Concerns | March 03, 2014

In case you have been one of the lucky ones that hasn’t noticed, the weather conditions were pretty good for ice damming and leakage from ice damming during the middle parts of February 2014 in the Cleveland Ohio Metropolitan area. … Read More

Collar Ties Vs. Rafter Ties

Posted by in Roof, Structural terms, Wood | January 02, 2014

In common rafter framing the rafters support the weight of the roof construction and snow or live load by pushing against the opposing rafters (at the ridge plate at the peak), pushing horizontally outward at the top of the supporting… Read More

How much snow was on the roof when it collapsed?

Posted by in Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | December 16, 2013

Well, the weight of ice and snow is affected by many factors, such as, depth of snow, density of the snow, consolidation, or rainfall on the snow.  This article will discuss information helpful in calculating the actual snow load. Of course… Read More

List of Shingle Damages that Cause Suspicion of Intentional Shingle Damage

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | November 18, 2013

It takes a body of evidence to determine whether or not the shingles have been intentionally damaged to mimic wind damage.  Following are many of the characteristics or features that alone might mean nothing, but many of them together are… Read More

The Importance of Cleaning Gutters – A Fall Reminder (Encore)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Winter Concerns | November 11, 2013

Gutters collect roof runoff and drain it into a downspout where it is discharged at grade away from the dwelling or into an underground storm sewer line.  When debris from trees or small objects from a child’s play equipment collect… Read More