Roofing Customer Education

Why GAF Timberline HDZ is the Best Roofing Shingle for Your Buck

Most roofing shingles look good, but every homeowner cares more about how well they keep the water out of the house.  The industry has settled into a place where roofing shingles generally look the same, and the real competition is on price and longevity. While price is easy to know (it’s on the contract), longevity …

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The Best Reason to Get a New Skylight

Lighting is one of the most mood-creating elements of a home.  With poor lighting, living spaces can feel smaller and lead to feelings of sluggishness. Opening windows goes a long way towards creating a sense of abundance inside any home.  The outdoor light gives the most natural feel and grows the living space. But most …

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Why a Darker Roof is Safer

Flat roofs used to be a lot darker than they are today.  They’d be tar or they’d be torchdown — usually black or similar. Then concerns about global heating became common.  This was a problem for dark-colored roofs because they absorb heat.  White reflects solar rays so much that people began asking for white-colored roofs …

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Why Do Roofs Need Underlayment?

Shingles alone should be fine, right?  They’re thick, heavy, and are designed to withstand everything the weather and sun throw at them. True, but only partly. Extreme conditions occur infrequently, but because they occur often enough, roofs need to be designed to function then as well.  Shingles alone can’t withstand some of the most extreme …

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Is a Shingle Overlay Right for Your Roof?

If your roof is approach end of life, you have two options: replacement or overlay. A replacement is when the roofers remove the existing waterproofing system (shingles and underlayment) down to the wood decking of the roof.  Then they resheet or prep existing sheathing, and re-roof with new underlayment and shingles (as well as other …

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