Category Archives: Roof

My Roof is Sagging (Encore)

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Roof, Wood | November 04, 2013

Until homeowners see the ridge of their roof sagging or a big dip in the plane of the roof, they care little about how their roof is framed. When they observe a sag or dip in their roof they begin… 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

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Compatibility – Part 5

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | May 13, 2013

We have been discussing three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional manual damage  from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility vs. Incompatibility  In… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Sufficiency – Part 4

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | May 06, 2013

We have been discussing three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional manual damage  from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility vs. Incompatibility In… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Order – Part 3

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | April 29, 2013

In our last post we introduced three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional (advertent) manual damage from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – General Principles – Part 2

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | April 22, 2013

In our last post we discussed the increased frequency in the number of intentionally (advertently) damaged shingle roofs that we have evaluated over the years.  In this post we discuss the method of evaluating shingle roof damage with regard to… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – Introduction – Part 1

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | April 15, 2013

We have often been engaged to evaluate damage to asphalt shingle roofs.  Some of our evaluations have concluded that the damage was intentionally applied in a fashion that appears to mimic hail or wind damage.  By intentional we mean advertent,… Read More

Snow Related Roof Collapses

Posted by in Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | January 07, 2013

The January 2013 issue of STRUCTURE magazine contains an interesting article, Snow Related Roof Collapse and Implications for Building Codes, regarding snow accumulations and roof collapses in the New England area for “the storm of the century” during the winter… Read More