Roofing 101

Roofing 101

Ridge Vents or Box Vents: Which Should You Use?

Proper roof ventilation is critical to keep your roof and home healthy. While all homes should have soffit vents on the bottom of the roof, they also need to have another kind of vent near the ridge.

What is Class 4 Impact Resistance and Why is It Important?

In many parts of North America, the frequency of hailstorms is increasing. Hail, especially large hail, can cause significant property damage, including to our roofs.

A Review of IKO Shingle Products

So it’s time to replace your roof and you’ve done your homework. You’ve researched various types of roofing materials, from genuine stone tiles and natural cedar shakes to the latest in rolled metal roofing.

Types of Asphalt Roofing Shingles

There are so many different names for types of shingles that it can be a challenge for homeowners to get them all straight. Each shingle type has its unique features and benefits.

Hip Roof vs. Gable Roof

What is the difference between a hip roof and a gable roof? You may want to know as you consider what type of roof you should put on your home extension, gazebo or detached garage.

What is Roof Flashing, Why is it Important, and How Can I Install It?

Roof flashing is a thin material, usually galvanized steel, that professional roofers use to direct water away from critical areas of the roof, wherever the roof plane meets a vertical surface like a wall or a dormer.

An Introduction to Roofing Skylights

A skylight can do wonders for essentially any room in a home, but you need to choose the right kind of skylight to achieve your specific goal. Are you interested in a skylight to bring light into a room or are you looking to add ceiling height and make an architectural statement? Or do you want to add value to your home before a sale by showing off your home’s views even more?

Ice and Water Protector: What is it and Where Does it Go?

Ice and water protector is a waterproof roof underlayment membrane developed to protect vulnerable areas on a roof from ice and water damage. Ice and water protectors (sometimes called ice and snow shields in cold climates) are made with polymer-modified bitumen.

Disaster Contacts

Always keep a list of disaster or emergency contacts visible and handy. You never know when you might need to call for help. Firefighters and police recommend keeping your list on the refrigerator. It’s the first place they look for this information when called to the scene.

Get Your Roof Ready for Winter

The leaves are changing color, and you’re giving thought to digging out the snow tires for the car – you need to get it ready for winter. An equally beneficial time investment can be made on your home’s roof; it needs to get ready for winter too. Don’t worry, it won’t take long; mostly it’s just a simple visual inspection. And you want to have it done now before snow and frost gets on the roof.

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