When it's time to talk to a contractor about a roof repair or replacement, knowing the components of a roof and how they help protect your home can help you navigate the decisions you need to make throughout the process.
Roy Campbell may be pushing 60, but it looks like 60 might be too scared to push back. He's the kind of roofer who won't tell his crew to tear off faster. Instead, he'll just sprint up the ladder with a shingle remover and set the pace himself. Setting a mind-boggling pace is a theme with Roy, whose company, Telge Roofing, of Cypress, Texas, recently replaced an 80-year-old VFW roof in about 14 hours, solving a problem that had festered for decades, and opening the door to a full renovation of the local landmark. That's just one reason we're calling Roy a GAF Roof Raiser.
By Don Kilcoyne
Are you hand-cutting 3-tab shingles instead of using perforated hip and ridge cap shingles? You're not alone. At one time, 3-tab shingles were the market leader, so hand-cutting and installing 3-tabs on ridges and hips was standard practice.
A balanced attic ventilation system is important to help prevent roofing system issues. This ventilation system consists of both ridge vents installed at the peak of the roof and intake vents installed at or near the soffits. Properly ventilating your attic helps reduce excess heat and moisture in the summer and also helps keep your roof system cold during the winter to reduce the freeze thaw cycle that creates ice dams.