Dec 13, 2016
What is the temperature range for installing roof shingles
Dec 30, 2016

In order for shingles to sit and form properly, it should be at least 36 degrees fahrenheit (2.2 celsius) outside when laying shingles. 

Dec 13, 2016
What is the temperature range for installing roof shingles
Dec 15, 2016

Each shingle manufacturer will specify if they have minimum temperatures for install.  40 degrees is a good rule of thumb. Below that, crews may have issues with their equipment (air compressors and hoses) working properly and shingles may not seal, espescially on northern facing slopes.

Dec 13, 2016
What is the temperature range for installing roof shingles
Dec 14, 2016

I would recommend not less than 40 degrees. If the shingles are a dark color in direct sunlight they will seal in one day from the solar radiance from the sun even if temps are low. 

Margot G asked:

Dec 13, 2016
If a chimney needs rebuilding who do I look for? A roofer or a stone mason?
Dec 14, 2016

Brick mason

Margot G asked:

Dec 13, 2016
If a chimney needs rebuilding who do I look for? A roofer or a stone mason?
Dec 14, 2016

Both, more than likely. The mason should replace the masonry products and the roofer should work with the mason to achieve a regletted counterflashing and flash the roof under counterflashings.

Margot G asked:

Dec 13, 2016
If a chimney needs rebuilding who do I look for? A roofer or a stone mason? My home is 59 years old and has a leak somewhere around the chimney that has been difficult to locate and stop permanently. It has cracks in the mortar on the side and top crown as well as some missing mortar. The flashing has been "fixed" with tar or roof caulk several times. Is it normal to need a removal and replacement of the chimney mortar after some period of time?
Answers
2
Comment
Hide Comment
1
Flag
Dec 13, 2016
What is the temperature range for installing roof shingles
Answers
6
Comments
Hide Comments
4
Flag

john barton asked:

Feb 18, 2014
Is there anything I can do from inside my attic to battle ice dams? I'll worry about preventing them next, for now I have them and want to speed up their melt.

Tim Brown Jr. of RGS Exteriors PRO answered:

Jul 10, 2014

The best way to fix and resolve ice dams is actualy proper isulation in the attic space. Next is proper ventilation. Both intake and exhaust. These are critcal but rarely done correct and very costly and hard to do rero. 

If the above are not done then a good qulity ice melting system is best. Either a commecial grade heat cable/heat tape or an ice melting system such as a heat panel.

Never use a continous watage cable as they are not safe or effecient. 

Only use a self regulating cable as they are safe and effecient. 

You will want the cable in the gutters and downspouts first, the next step is cable in the valleys and lastly weaved on the roof.

Feb 17, 2014
What's the best way to test out if my roof is leaking before it rains?
Jun 5, 2014

First have your roofer do a visual inspection for obvious areas where water could enter your home.  Then, do a simple water test.  Have one person look in the attic and one person in the home.  Have a roofer go on the roof with a running garden hose. Have the roofer start introducing water at the lowest parts of the roof and work up.  Have all 3 people on a cell phone conference line so that if water is seen coming into the attic or home the person on the roof can shut off the water. 

Feb 17, 2014
Is it time to replace my roof?

You may be asking yourself, “What can I expect my roof to look like as this aging
process takes place?” One or more of the following conditions may occur over time:
Curling: As the asphalt hardens over time, the granules which were once securely
embedded begin to break away. Occasionally you may have seen the colored
granules in your gutters. Also, as this hardening advances, the asphalt layers begin
to shrink. Of course, all of this is occurring at a microscopic level and is not
something which will be noticeable on a daily basis. As the asphalt layer shrinks,
it is being countered by the shingle reinforcement, which resists shrinking. We
now have a situation in which the top and bottom coatings are shrinking and the
reinforcement is remaining stable. As a result, the edges of the shingle may begin
to curl over time. In addition, organic shingles may exhibit signs of curling which
might be considered excessive, however, this is not a manufacturing defect and
would be considered part of the normal weathering process of organic shingles.
Surface Cracking: Another manifestation of the normal aging process may
be the development of surface cracks. For example, as the flexibilizing oils of the
asphalt are depleted due to heat, the shingle becomes more brittle, to the point
where surface cracking may appear. The stresses created by thermal shock and
the movement of the roof deck also increase the likelihood of surface cracking.
Blisters: During the course of natural weathering, small bubble-like raised
areas known as blisters may appear on the surface of the shingles. The blisters
may be small and pea-sized or as large as a quarter. The blisters may be open,
exposing the asphalt, or closed. Blisters frequently result when minimum ventilation
requirements are not met.
Staining: Finally, over a period of time, shingles may develop dark brown or
black streaks that are sometimes mistaken for soot, dirt, moss or tree droppings.
In actuality, this discoloration may be caused by algae growth. Although most
roofing systems are susceptible to algae discoloration, it is most readily visible
on white or light-colored shingles.

Feb 17, 2014
What's the best way to test out if my roof is leaking before it rains?

If you can get into your attic you should be able to see evidence of leaks. Look for staining and/or rotting wood at walls and penetrations.

Feb 17, 2014
What's the best way to test out if my roof is leaking before it rains?
Apr 13, 2014

Roof to wall intersections and pipe collars are probably the two most common locations. What is the height and pitch of the roof? I don't suggest hitting the roof with a bunch of water unless you know how to spray it. Shooting water from the bottom up can facilitate a leak on a roof that is otherwise working properly.

An attic inspection is a good idea an if you can separate out the difference between bulk water and condensation stains, you should be able to put an eyeball on the leak.

Good luck and do not get on the roof unless you know how to walk it and have PPE.

WoW Home Solutions.

Feb 17, 2014
What's the best way to test out if my roof is leaking before it rains?

One easy way is to simply go into the attic space and look around and see if there is any staining on the underside of the ply wood.  The most common areas are around pipe and chimney penetrations, in the valleys or where the roof terminates into a wall.  If your roof is walkable, and you feel comfortable enough to get up there, you can also use a garden hose and attempt spraying the roof from different angles to see if any water gets through.  Over all though, if you see any discoloration at all, then water is penetrating some way.

Feb 17, 2014
Is it time to replace my roof?
Apr 1, 2014

Make sure when you have a new roof installed that you check for the proper licenses, insurance & accreditations.  Get recent and old references.  Ask if they are going to use Gutter apron at the eaves and drip edge on the gable.  What type of ridge vent will they use?  Will it have a baffle in it to prevent wind driven snow from entering your attic?  Will they use ring-shanked nails for the ridge vent so the ridge vent nails won't back out over time?  Make sure you understand warranties and the fine print of these, especially the pro-rated portion.  Make sure to address both intake & exhaust ventilation, as well as attic ventilation as all of these properly working will dramatically extend the life of your roof and save on energy costs. A great way to educate yourself is to do searches on YouTube or you can visit our website www.croixco.com for helpful ideas and questions.  Check out our Pinterest page for other great pictures and ideas.

Show More