Slate Roof Basics: How It Works and What to Expect from It

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Of all materials currently available on the market, slate roofing is one of the longest-lasting and most durable, with an expected lifespan of up to 150 years. This makes it a sizable investment for homeowners, who can expect a healthy ROI long after the initial purchase.

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Topics: Roofing, Slate Roofing

5 Common Metal Roofing Problems

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 8, 2019 11:46:49 AM

There is no such thing as a perfect roofing material. Each has its own Achilles’ heel, whether it be price, durability or installation complexity. Metal roofing is no exception. You need to weigh all factors, both positive and negative, when choosing metal roofing. Here we outline five of the most common issues experienced with metal roofs.

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Topics: RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, RoofLoc®, Roofing, Roofs, Metal Roofs

Slate Roofs aren't Just for Tudors—Why They're Making a Comeback

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 27, 2019 4:21:20 PM

Tudor homes have a very clear English style. They are characterized by a combination look of brick and half-timbering filled in with stucco, elaborate masonry chimneys, asymmetric design, and steeply pitched gable roofs. This unique look and craftsmanship may be what makes it easily recognizable, but its use of strong, long-lasting materials is another reason why this architecture is here to stay.

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Topics: Roofing, Roofs, Slate Roofing

The Do's and Don'ts of Winter Roofing Repairs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 7, 2019 4:48:45 PM

Many people get caught with a leaky roof dilemma in the Winter months. If a leak appears during the Winter, is it best to wait and repair it during the Spring or take action immediately? Leaks can actually cause more damage in the Winter because water continuously freezes and thaws, which can make leaks bigger or even causes new ones. For that reason, it’s recommended that leaky roofs are repaired as soon as possible. To the surprise of many, roofers do work throughout the Winter. While it’s more common to repair roofs during the warmer weather, some roofs are suitable for cold weather repair. Here are roofing materials that can be installed during the Winter, and others that will need to wait until Spring.

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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, RoofLoc®, Roofing, Metal Roofs, Metal Siding

Tips for a Leak-Free Roof this Winter

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 24, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Sometimes you see a small imperfection in a building, and you know that tiny flaw is an indicator of a much bigger underlying issue. A brown watermark on your ceiling is one of these imperfections that could spell disaster if not handled ASAP. Whatever caused that spot is not going to heal itself, so it’s up to you to take action. In the Winter, roofing problems can multiply exponentially from the combination of colder temperatures and pressure of ice and snow. Here are some tips to help you prevent that pesky little brown spot, and the impending headaches that can cause it.

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Topics: Roofing, Roofs

Techniques to Combat the Challenges of Zinc Roofing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 6, 2018 8:53:00 AM

While zinc is a seemingly new solution in the United States, other countries have been using zinc roofing for well over 100 years. Europe has been using zinc as a naturally weathering material that’s both inexpensive and long-lasting. Its average lifespan is about 70 years, but there are zinc roofs out there that are more than 100 years old and still performing well. With a lasting power like that, it’s hard to believe that it is not as popular as alternatives such as copper, aluminum, or stainless steel. Although zinc is a phenomenal roofing material, it only works well when installed correctly. Here are three important things to keep in mind to get the most of a new zinc roof.

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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, Roofing

Pros and Cons of Slate Roofing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jul 21, 2018 10:42:00 AM

When it comes to roofing, there are plenty of options, and very few materials hit everyone’s must-haves. A buyer needs to evaluate the pros and cons of the materials they’re comparing and determine the one that best meets their needs. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest, the longest lasting, or the easiest to install, there’s a roofing material for you. If you’re considering slate as one of your options, here are some of the pros and cons to consider.

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Topics: Roofing

Power Up! The Best Roof for Solar Panel Installation

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 19, 2018 9:15:00 AM

In a world where renewable energy is becoming commonplace, more people are thinking about implementing solar panels in both business and home spaces. Most frequently, solar panels are installed on the roof, but this can be a tricky process because roofs are not typically set up for solar panel usage. To get the best use out of solar panels, here are five questions to consider when installing solar panels:

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Topics: Roofing

5 Tips on Post-Winter Damage Control for Roofing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 3, 2018 9:48:00 AM

We’ve all experienced how harsh the winter weather can be on a house. In the spring, after the cold, snowy weather is finally gone, it’s time to take stock of how well your house and roof fared and address any damage as soon as possible. Even a little damage can result in a major repair if not properly repaired. Water can easily get into the smallest openings and create weaknesses in your structure that can result in costly damage, both externally as well as internally.

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Topics: Roofing

Metal Roofs, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Feb 10, 2018 11:01:00 AM

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we thought it was time to share our love of metal roofs. While metal roofing hearkens back to country living and farm life of yesteryear, there’s a reason it’s regaining popularity for both residential and commercial use … actually, there are six reasons.

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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, Roofing, Roofs, Metal Roofs


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