News & Resources

New N.E.O.R.S.D. Storm Water User Fees & Credits (Encore – They are HERE!!)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | October 17, 2016

(Note:  This week we have a guest writer, Peter D. Zwick, P.E., P.S.  Mr. Zwick provides surveying and civil engineering consultation services for surface drainage, roadways, grading, etc.  His article discusses the new storm water user fees for those of… Read More

Blistering in Shingles

Posted by in Shingles | October 10, 2016

If you have ever had a blister from doing yard work or from too many swings on a golf course you probably have a pretty good idea about what blistering looks like on shingles. Blistering appears as bubbles raised on… Read More

Mmmmm, Maple Seeds

Posted by in Shingles | October 03, 2016

“Mmmmm, Maple Seeds,” must be what the squirrel or another rodent was thinking when one of them scratched away at the shingles leaving a broken edge (see the featured photo and Figure 1). We see this sometimes on roofs with… Read More

Unnatural Pattern of “Alleged Wind Damage”

Posted by in Shingles | September 26, 2016

The relatively uniform spacing of the missing tabs within the fields of the roof slopes, the almost identical pattern of the fractures and cracking of the tabs, and the presence of this pattern on multiple slopes facing multiple cardinal directions… Read More

Buckling, Sliding, and Thermal Tearing of Shingle Strips

Posted by in Shingles | September 19, 2016

In the featured photo the shingles exhibit buckling at the ends of the shingle strips.  This buckling is similar to the buckling of a concrete roadway in the summer. The shingles have expanded from excessive heat or swelled from excessive… Read More

Case Study: Hand Torn Shingles

Posted by in Case Studies, Shingles | September 12, 2016

The dimensional shingles on the roof exhibited many torn and dislodged shingle strips (see featured photo).  The shingle strips were well sealed and when they were lifted, the underside of the mat adhered to the underlying shingle (Figure 1).  In… Read More

Thoughts for this Labor Day (2016)

Posted by in Celebrate | September 05, 2016

Two observations and a promise regarding labor on this Labor Day.  Observation #1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psa… 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