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Most homeowners don't think about all the components that make up the roof of their home, but there's a lot going on underneath your shingles. The shingles are the outermost layer of your roof and they help protect you from the sun's rays, rain, snow, and wind. Digging deeper, there's another layer of protection between the roof deck and the shingles: underlayment, which plays a vital role in helping protect your home from moisture damage.
From his original dream of traveling the world on missions as a priest, to coming to the United States at the age of 22 and working in the horse and restaurant industries, Luis Velasquez truly understands the value of hard work. All of these experiences have helped him to discover his passion for entrepreneurship—and eventually led Velasquez to a career in roofing.
As the seasons change, roof installations change along with them. Depending on your region, the local climate can subject roofing systems to extreme high or low temperatures. In most cases, Timberline® HDZ shingles can be installed year round—however, taking a few smart precautions helps to ensure that your customers' roofs stand the test of time.
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Storm season can be hectic, yet profitable for residential contractors; therefore, it's crucial that they're able to provide homeowners with the guidance and services they need to be prepared. But without timely, accurate insights and effective lead generation strategies, it can be difficult to identify homeowners who may need services. To solve this challenge, contractors can use social media to advertise their company and educate customers, launch direct response campaigns, and use weather information portals, such as WeatherHub, to surface potential storm jobs.
From hurricanes and hail to tornadoes, roofers face unique challenges protecting storm-damaged roofs—especially during unprecedented times such as shingle supply challenges facing the entire industry.
Upcoming roofing project? Prepare like a pro using this checklist to ensure that every detail is in order before the roofers start work. Read on to learn more about how to plan for a new roof and what steps to take to make sure the interior and exterior of your home are protected during the project, plus topics to discuss with your contractor before and after to make sure the project goes off without a hitch.
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The GAF Roofing Academy is a tuition-free training program designed to help students build the necessary skills for an entry-level roofing position in commercial or residential roofing, including solar. Recent graduates, Ricky Gass and Juell Mollette, share their experience with the hands-on training program, as well as how it has set them up for success in their careers.
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There are two sides to every story—but what some homeowners may not realize is that there are also two sides to most roofs, too. Beyond the professionally installed roofing system that protects your house from water on the outside, an attic ventilation system works from the inside to protect your home from heat and moisture.
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When a building owner asks you if they need a commercial roof repair or replacement, your assessment of the roof's condition hinges on a few key areas. Veteran commercial roofing experts Dave Scott and Wally Brown share their roof inspection expertise in GAF's Roofing It Right with Dave and Wally: Roof Project from Start to Finish video series to help you assess the condition of critical areas on the roof.
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Shirley Mejia, Owner of Premier Home Renovations, shares how her dad inspired her to get into the roofing industry and how hard work always pays off. For tools and resources that can support your business goals, visit GAF's contractor resources.
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How do you pick the right attic vent? The first step is to check out this 60-second video and learn about the 1:300 rule, the difference between intake and exhaust ventilation, and why proper ventilation is so important to get right.To help calculate your attic ventilation needs, visit GAF Ventilation Calculator.
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See how a commercial roof gets measured thoroughly and safely, as GAF Senior Commercial Training Specialists Dave Scott and Wally Brown (Dave & Wally) gather the numbers they need to reroof 20-year old PVC membrane roof. Check out Part 3 of the Roofing it Right miniseries on installing a commercial roof, from start to finish.Watch the full Roof Project from Start to Finish miniseries.
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See for yourself – according to this recent extreme shingle testing demonstration, they're tough enough to withstand hurricane-force-winds, more water than any rainstorm will hit them with, and a continuous blast of red hot embers. Shingles with GAF Dura Grip™ Adhesive are engineered to endure.
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When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in 2017, GAF partnered with Team Rubicon to help rebuild local communities impacted by the storm. Learn how you can get involved with Team Rubicon and volunteer to support disaster relief in your area at https://TeamRubiconUSA.org/gafvolunteer
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Gary Kearns of Kearns Brothers Inc, a GAF Master Elite Contractor serving the Dearborn, Michigan, area, discusses how his company's early adoption of GAF tools — including GAF SmartMoney and GAF Project — helped his company be prepared to serve customers remotely, offer financing options, and rise to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.View more social distancing resources from GAF.
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Whether you're an experienced commercial roofer, a steep-slope roofer thinking of adding low-slope services, or just like to learn from the best, you'll want to join GAF Senior Commercial Training Specialists Dave Scott and Wally Brown (Dave & Wally) for the "Project Kick-Off" segment of the Roofing it Right miniseries on installing a commercial roof, from start to finish.
VIDEO ARTICLE
The GAF Roofing Academy is a tuition-free training program designed to help students build the necessary skills for an entry-level roofing position in commercial or residential roofing, including solar. Recent graduates, Ricky Gass and Juell Mollette, share their experience with the hands-on training program, as well as how it has set them up for success in their careers.
VIDEO ARTICLE
There are two sides to every story—but what some homeowners may not realize is that there are also two sides to most roofs, too. Beyond the professionally installed roofing system that protects your house from water on the outside, an attic ventilation system works from the inside to protect your home from heat and moisture.
VIDEO ARTICLE
When a building owner asks you if they need a commercial roof repair or replacement, your assessment of the roof's condition hinges on a few key areas. Veteran commercial roofing experts Dave Scott and Wally Brown share their roof inspection expertise in GAF's Roofing It Right with Dave and Wally: Roof Project from Start to Finish video series to help you assess the condition of critical areas on the roof.
VIDEO ARTICLE
Shirley Mejia, Owner of Premier Home Renovations, shares how her dad inspired her to get into the roofing industry and how hard work always pays off. For tools and resources that can support your business goals, visit GAF's contractor resources.
VIDEO ARTICLE
How do you pick the right attic vent? The first step is to check out this 60-second video and learn about the 1:300 rule, the difference between intake and exhaust ventilation, and why proper ventilation is so important to get right.To help calculate your attic ventilation needs, visit GAF Ventilation Calculator.
VIDEO ARTICLE
See how a commercial roof gets measured thoroughly and safely, as GAF Senior Commercial Training Specialists Dave Scott and Wally Brown (Dave & Wally) gather the numbers they need to reroof 20-year old PVC membrane roof. Check out Part 3 of the Roofing it Right miniseries on installing a commercial roof, from start to finish.Watch the full Roof Project from Start to Finish miniseries.
VIDEO ARTICLE
See for yourself – according to this recent extreme shingle testing demonstration, they're tough enough to withstand hurricane-force-winds, more water than any rainstorm will hit them with, and a continuous blast of red hot embers. Shingles with GAF Dura Grip™ Adhesive are engineered to endure.
VIDEO ARTICLE
When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in 2017, GAF partnered with Team Rubicon to help rebuild local communities impacted by the storm. Learn how you can get involved with Team Rubicon and volunteer to support disaster relief in your area at https://TeamRubiconUSA.org/gafvolunteer
VIDEO ARTICLE
Gary Kearns of Kearns Brothers Inc, a GAF Master Elite Contractor serving the Dearborn, Michigan, area, discusses how his company's early adoption of GAF tools — including GAF SmartMoney and GAF Project — helped his company be prepared to serve customers remotely, offer financing options, and rise to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.View more social distancing resources from GAF.
VIDEO ARTICLE
Whether you're an experienced commercial roofer, a steep-slope roofer thinking of adding low-slope services, or just like to learn from the best, you'll want to join GAF Senior Commercial Training Specialists Dave Scott and Wally Brown (Dave & Wally) for the "Project Kick-Off" segment of the Roofing it Right miniseries on installing a commercial roof, from start to finish.
VIDEO ARTICLE
The GAF Roofing Academy is a tuition-free training program designed to help students build the necessary skills for an entry-level roofing position in commercial or residential roofing, including solar. Recent graduates, Ricky Gass and Juell Mollette, share their experience with the hands-on training program, as well as how it has set them up for success in their careers.
VIDEO ARTICLE
There are two sides to every story—but what some homeowners may not realize is that there are also two sides to most roofs, too. Beyond the professionally installed roofing system that protects your house from water on the outside, an attic ventilation system works from the inside to protect your home from heat and moisture.
VIDEO ARTICLE
When a building owner asks you if they need a commercial roof repair or replacement, your assessment of the roof's condition hinges on a few key areas. Veteran commercial roofing experts Dave Scott and Wally Brown share their roof inspection expertise in GAF's Roofing It Right with Dave and Wally: Roof Project from Start to Finish video series to help you assess the condition of critical areas on the roof.
VIDEO ARTICLE
Shirley Mejia, Owner of Premier Home Renovations, shares how her dad inspired her to get into the roofing industry and how hard work always pays off. For tools and resources that can support your business goals, visit GAF's contractor resources.
VIDEO ARTICLE
How do you pick the right attic vent? The first step is to check out this 60-second video and learn about the 1:300 rule, the difference between intake and exhaust ventilation, and why proper ventilation is so important to get right.To help calculate your attic ventilation needs, visit GAF Ventilation Calculator.
VIDEO ARTICLE
See how a commercial roof gets measured thoroughly and safely, as GAF Senior Commercial Training Specialists Dave Scott and Wally Brown (Dave & Wally) gather the numbers they need to reroof 20-year old PVC membrane roof. Check out Part 3 of the Roofing it Right miniseries on installing a commercial roof, from start to finish.Watch the full Roof Project from Start to Finish miniseries.
VIDEO ARTICLE
See for yourself – according to this recent extreme shingle testing demonstration, they're tough enough to withstand hurricane-force-winds, more water than any rainstorm will hit them with, and a continuous blast of red hot embers. Shingles with GAF Dura Grip™ Adhesive are engineered to endure.
VIDEO ARTICLE
When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in 2017, GAF partnered with Team Rubicon to help rebuild local communities impacted by the storm. Learn how you can get involved with Team Rubicon and volunteer to support disaster relief in your area at https://TeamRubiconUSA.org/gafvolunteer
VIDEO ARTICLE
Gary Kearns of Kearns Brothers Inc, a GAF Master Elite Contractor serving the Dearborn, Michigan, area, discusses how his company's early adoption of GAF tools — including GAF SmartMoney and GAF Project — helped his company be prepared to serve customers remotely, offer financing options, and rise to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.View more social distancing resources from GAF.
VIDEO ARTICLE
Whether you're an experienced commercial roofer, a steep-slope roofer thinking of adding low-slope services, or just like to learn from the best, you'll want to join GAF Senior Commercial Training Specialists Dave Scott and Wally Brown (Dave & Wally) for the "Project Kick-Off" segment of the Roofing it Right miniseries on installing a commercial roof, from start to finish.
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Construction planning through to completion can be tricky to coordinate, especially within an urban area, which can present a range of complications. Building proximity, tall building heights, complex building structures, and densely populated areas are just a few challenges that can make it particularly difficult to consider traditionally heavy or large-sized materials when roofing or re-roofing a building.
When part of your building's roof has a flat section covered with a traditional low-slope roofing material (such as single-ply or modified bitumen membranes), while another part of the building's roof is steep-slope and covered with asphalt shingles, we refer to that as a "mixed roof."
Roof to wall flashing is critical to the performance of every single-ply roofing system. These transition points, where the flat part of the roofing system is tied into the parapet wall, are potentially vulnerable areas for water intrusion. Following the requirements for proper flashing can help ensure that the roof system offers better protection.
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Concrete decks are one of the more common types of low-slope roof decks for commercial buildings. Steel and wood roof decks are the other most common types. Concrete roof decks make up approximately 13-14% of the new and retrofit low-slope construction market, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) 2015-2016 Market Survey. This article examines the advantages of concrete roof decks, the various types, and some of the precautions that should be taken to ensure success.
Introduction Wind design of roof systems can be confusing from an engineering perspective. Wind design can also be confusing because the International Building Code (IBC) provides specific requirements, but so does Factory Mutual (FM). If FM is specified, do the IBC requirements need to be followed? What is the wind-design strategy for FM-insured and non-FM-insured buildings? This blog will discuss the following:
Cool roofs can help save you money on energy bills* in the North as well as the South. Here are some cool truths to ponder when planning a new roof.* TRUTH 1: It's All About Reflectivity A cool roof reflects the sun's rays away from the roof, helping to reduce rooftop temperatures. While a sunlight-absorbing black roof can reach up to 190°F in the summer, a reflective roof's temperature can be as much as 55°F lower. Dark surfaces also contribute to the urban heat island effect. (SOURCE: heatisland.lbl.gov/coolscience/cool-roofs)
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