Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Finding a Good Roofer

Finding a Good Roofer

The importance of finding a good roofer with credentials and a good standing with the BBB is paramount when it comes to keeping your house dry. Leaky roofs are one of the most destructive forces in the decay of a home over time. They can rot the wood structure out, invite termites and cause foundation movement that results in cracks and even pipe...

Shingling a Valley with the California Valley method

Shingling a Valley with the California Valley method

There are several methods of shingling valleys with 30 year shingles, but the California look is, in my opinion the best looking and cleanest of them all. It also produces less waste and takes less time since there is minimal cutting involved. The Bottom Row of Shingles Essentially with the method you will start at the bottom of the valley at the roof edge and...

Finding leaks on your roof

Finding leaks on your roof

We recently had a large storm blow through Texas and one of my clients called to complain about leaks coming in around their hot water heater and on the inside of the outside wall. Upon inspection I saw a few problems… This first image is of the hot water heater vent pipe and its roof jack base. As you can see the base has been cut into several times to...

How to tear off old roof shingles

How to tear off old roof shingles

If you have an old roof that needs replacing the first thing you need to consider is how to demo off the old shingles. While removing an old roof is not complex, it is labor intensive. Make sure you can safely walk on your roof.  You may want to consider a roofing harness if the roof is steep and definitely if it is 2 stories. Here is a list of needs to start...

Roofing Questions

We get a lot of roofing questions so I wanted to answer some here. 1) Should I use nails or roofing staples to install shingles? That is up to you. We prefer nails and they are the industry standard. You can rent a nail gun for $20 a day if you have a compressor. Nails are also much easier to remove when it comes time to replace the roof. 2) How many layers of...

Green Roofing Alternatives

If you live in the typical American home you have shingles. Most of today’s homes have ashpalt shingles which is a residue formed after the distillation of petroleum. This is mixed with sand and other materials to make the modern shingle. It is definitely not green and they only last 15-30 years. If you live in the hot Sun that number drops even lower....