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What is a Cricket in Roofing? (Design, Framing, & Requirements)

Roof Cricket (Blog Cover)

roof cricket is a structure that diverts water around the chimney. It’s typically built as a double triangle, so water splits down each side of it instead of crashing into the chimney’s flat wall.

Not all properties require a cricket; however, they are mandated for chimneys over 30 inches wide. Most properties can benefit from a roof cricket whether or not their chimney meets the requirements. Ultimately, crickets divert water from your chimney and prevent leaks.

Purpose of Roof Crickets

Roof crickets prevent water from pooling behind the chimney, which can cause leaks and require costly repairs. Remember that water pooling is the top cause of premature roof failures. As a result, sitting water is terrible for any part of the roof, especially near the chimney.

Chimney Cricket

A cricket diverts water from the chimney’s flat wall, preventing degradation and protecting against roof leaks.

What are Roof Crickets Made Of?

Roof crickets can be made from all types of roofing materials and typically match the material used for a roof replacement. However, sometimes the cricket material differs from the roof material (i.e., a metal roof cricket on an asphalt roof).

Roof Cricket Framing

Find the center of the roof cricket by measuring the span and dividing it by two. Most drainage crickets are a quarter of an inch per slope. Check out the video below for more detailed instructions on framing your roof cricket.

Roof Cricket Design Guidelines for 2022

Adhere to the following design guidelines for your roofing cricket:

  • Panel slope doubles the surface slope
  • Proper length-to-width ratio (varies by surface slope)
  • Cricket functionality as determined by valley slope
  • Valley slope is independent of cricket slope

Other Chimney Cricket Considerations

Anytime you perform a roof replacement or new roof installation, many factors emerge that can derail or enhance the process. However, what all property owners can agree on is that the prevention of leaks is paramount to their roofing structure. 

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about roof and chimney crickets in 2022. Of course, you should always consult with your roofing contractor before investing funds in any project. If you are a roofing contractor, you’ll better understand how to implement roof crickets properly.

Are Crickets a Roofing Requirement in 2022?

The International Building Code (IBC) introduced a code in 2012 that requires chimneys over 30 inches wide to install a cricket perpendicular to the roof’s slope. As a result, if your chimney is over 30 inches, it is a requirement. Conversely, if your chimney is under 30 inches, a cricket is not required.

How Much Do Roof Crickets Cost?

Roof cricket installation costs between $3,000 and $6,000. However, the precise cost of roof crickets depends on the materials and labor, just like other roofing projects. In some cases, cricket installation may be part of your roof replacement fee.

What is a Dead Valley Roof Cricket?

A dead valley is a design defect requiring alternative drainage methods. In some cases, the drainage method may involve a roof cricket which accounts for the phrase “dead valley roof cricket.”

What are Flat Roof Crickets?

For flat roofs, crickets are typically made from insulation which is common with all types of commercial roofing. The flat roof cricket design is often diamond-shaped, whether a quarter diamond, a half diamond, or a full diamond.

Do You Need a Roof Cricket Between Two Gables?

A gable is the part of the wall between the edges of intersecting roof pitches. When the overhang of two gables touches each other, it will resemble AA. This dynamic creates a flat valley between the gables, requiring a cricket to prevent water ponding.

Why is it Called a “Roof Cricket”?

Conflicting theories exist about the name’s origin; however, the suggestion that it came from Disney’s Pinnochio movie is refuted by most. The reality is that, like with many terms used to define roofing structures, the name doesn’t have a verifiable origin.

Final Thoughts on a Cricket in Roofing

Even if your chimney size does not mandate a roof cricket, you should still consider installing one. Chimney crickets introduce many benefits for your entire roofing structure and property. In addition, your property’s chimney is vulnerable, and cricket installation can mitigate potential complications, particularly from water leaks.

Is A Roof Certification A Warranty? (Full 2022 Explanation)

Is a Roof Certification a Warranty? (Blog Cover)

A roofing certification can be a warranty, but typically contractors will introduce a separate formal warranty that covers any potential roof damage.

For many first-time home buyers (and even long-time homeowners), concepts like roofing insurance policies, warranting warranties, and roofing certifications can be very confusing. Of course, everyone knows that the roof is a vital component of the entire structure. Still, few people understand the subtle nuances of after-installation roofing protection. 

Two common concepts that confuse one another are roof certification and roof warranty. While these ideas are very similar, it’s essential to know their subtle differences. When you don’t understand the difference, you may think your roof is covered in case of damage when it isn’t. 

And your roof is something you don’t want to leave to chance. Roofer’s Guild compares roof warranties and certifications in the following post.

The Difference Between A Roof Certification and A Roof Warranty

It’s easy to see how people confuse certifications with warranties. The concept behind both is essentially the same. But one offers protection in the case of damage, and the other does not. Take a look at each concept, and you will see how they differ:

Roofing Certification 

A roofing contractor issues a roofing certification that thoroughly inspects your roof. They must be licensed in your state and offer inspection services. They check your roof and make sure it is devoid of defects that would prevent it from functioning as intended. 

If they find no defects, they will certify that it will perform as intended for a certain period. The certification period can be anywhere from 1 to 5 years. It is simply a document that contains a contractor’s certification that your roof will function appropriately for a certain amount of time. It does not provide any insurance if damage occurs. 

Roofing Warranty

A roofing warranty can take many forms, but the concept is always the same. You get a roofing warranty when a licensed roofing contractor works on your roof or installs a new one. The warranty lasts for a certain period, just like a certification. 

But unlike a certification, a warranty will stipulate that the costs of certain repairs or material failures will be covered by the contractor who issued the warranty or by the manufacturer that issued the material warranty. 

As you can see, a warranty is a document that saves you money if something goes wrong with your roof. A certification is simply a document that says your roof should be fine for a certain amount of time. 

You should also note that a warranty is not an insurance policy. An insurance company does not issue the document. Instead, it is an agreement between you and your contractor that the work they do will hold up for X amount of time. They will be responsible for repairs or re-roofing if it does not hold up.

Different Kinds of Roofing Warranties

There are many different types of roof warranties. Still, they usually fall into two categories: labor warranties and manufacturer warranties. So let’s take a look at both kinds:

Labor Warranty

A labor warranty (sometimes referred to as a workmanship warranty) is a promise made by your contractors that they will cover any repairs needed due to poor workmanship. This type of document covers things like faulty installations and substandard repairs. The warranty is issued directly from the roofing contractor.

Manufacturer Roofing Warranty

The manufacturer warranty is issued from the producers of the roofing materials used in your installation or roof repairs. This guarantees that the roofing materials will function properly for X amount of time. If they don’t, the manufacturer will be responsible for replacing the materials. 

The manufacturer warranty coverage length will vary greatly depending on the roofing materials used. With some materials, you can get 50 years or even lifetime warranty coverage. 

When is A Roofing Certification A Warranty?

A roofing certification can come with a warranty in some instances. But you will have to ask the contractor or carefully review the certification document to ensure that it includes warranty terms. 

Certifications usually carry a warranty when licensed contractors carry them out for purposes other than insurance claims and home purchases/sales. 

What is A Roofing Certification Used For?

For the most part, roofing certifications are more for roofing insurance claims and can also be required when selling a home. In cases like these, though, the roofing certification will not carry with it a warranty. 

You may need a roofing certification in addition to a roofing warranty if you are selling a property that is of a certain age. Home selling is usually when roofing certifications are required as they more or less let the buyer know how long the roof will be problem-free. 

Your insurance carrier may also require a roofing certification after repairs or new roof installation. In addition, some insurance carriers will use the roofing certification to inform potential amendments to your roof insurance policy. 

What to Look for In a Roofing Warranty

As we mentioned earlier, there are many different kinds of roof warranties. While you should always review the warranty carefully with your contractor or insurance provider, here are some general things to keep an eye out for:

  • Transferable: One of the most basic coverages for roofing warranties is transferability. This guarantees that if the owner of the house changes, the coverage will still stand for the allotted time. 
  • No Prorating: Your roofing warranty coverage limit shouldn’t diminish with time. Make sure that the warranty will not be prorated.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: As much as possible, try to get a warranty that covers as many different types of repairs as possible. Some warranties specifically cover things like wind damage and leaks, so try to get a warranty covering as much roof as possible. 

In summary, a roof certification can include a warranty, but it usually doesn’t. As a result, ensure you understand the difference between a certification and a warranty before your next roofing project.

6 (Costly) Reasons to Avoid Partial Roof Repair in 2022

Partial Roof Repair (Blog Cover)

Partial roof repair is generally a bad idea, costing homeowners more money in the long run. There are pros and cons to partial roof repair, but in most cases, the cons outweigh the pros. Of course, if we’re talking about something minor like a couple of missing shingles, you will not replace the whole roof.

There are also new roof rejuvenation products that contractors can apply to certain kinds of roofing materials, deferring the cost of a total replacement further down the road. Financial reasons are the driving force behind investing in partial roof repairs.

But a partial roof repair is rarely the best option if your roof leaks or has compromised decking. To exemplify our point, Roofer’s Guild will outline specific reasons why, in most cases, you should avoid partial roof repair.

1) Repair Frequency

Have you ever bought bulk items at a warehouse store to save money? The same concept applies to partial roof repairs. After fixing one roof issue, others crop up soon after. So you will have to pay for several repairs instead of one total. More often than not, this will cost you more money. 

In many cases, it is better to perform a total repair instead of having to call contractors every year to make small repairs. When all the work is done at once, you usually save a significant amount – just like buying in bulk instead of small retail amounts. 

Frequent repairs often end up costing more than a one-time full replacement

2) Time Investment

If you own a business, you can’t afford to have your doors closed to your customers or employees for too long. But unfortunately, some partial repairs will require you to shutter your doors. And when you end up having to make a bunch of partial maintenance every year, it can amount to a lot of time spent with your business closed. 

A complete repair will concentrate the time you need to close your business and help you avoid further closures. Plus, you end up spending much less time working with one contractor on a complete repair than calling a contractor multiple times for a bunch of partial repairs. 

Construction of any kind can slow down your business operation

3) Lifetime Cost

Most people think that partial repairs are cheaper than total repairs – and this is undoubtedly the case in certain instances. But depending on the amount of work that needs to be done on your roof, breaking up the repairs into smaller jobs may cost you more than a total repair. 

Plus, some partial repairs will require specialized work that could cost about the same as a complete repair. Of course, the cost will depend heavily on the type of roof damage. But even if an estimate for a partial roof repair is lower than a complete repair, you have to consider the likelihood that something else will happen to your roof. 

Roofing Contractor Uses Resources To Repair Roof

The lifetime cost of roof repair adds up quickly and will get expensive

4) Appearance

Many people don’t think about their roof’s appearance once completing a partial roof repair. However, it’s not up to the contractor to make your roof look beautiful when hired for a partial roof repair. A partial roof repair can leave your home looking uneven and unattractive, depending on the work. 

Newer roofing materials can clash with your older roofing materials and detriment your home’s curb appeal. On the other hand, roof replacement or total roof repair will maintain the uniform look of your roof. It may even add to the aesthetic appeal of your home or place of business. 

A roof that needs frequent repairs often hurts the overall appearance of your home

5) Invoice Tracking

When you make a bunch of small, frequent repairs, you better keep all of your invoices. It’s important to audit what was done to your roof if you want to sell your home or get roofing insurance. However, frequent small repairs can be tough to track. 

As a result, document management alone can create excess stress. Even if you can locate all of your invoices, correctly calculating your total investment becomes increasingly complex. As a result, prospective buyers may ask to further audit your expenses.

Keeping track of all your repair invoices becomes a hassle and may result in a miscalculation

6) Home Value

Opting for partial repairs on your roof rather than simply replacing the roof can hurt your home value. Usually, a new roof increases the value of your home. Partial roof repair may become an empty investment if you plan to sell your home shortly. 

Of course, people or companies sometimes buy properties intending to improve their value. But in these cases, they are likely going for a low-ball offer so they can turn a profit on their investment. You can be the one turning a profit if you properly replace your roof before the sale.

You can increase your home value with a new roof and earn more on the sale

Final Thoughts on Partial Roof Repair

Sometimes homeowners or property owners cannot afford a total roof replacement. Although partial roof replacement is rarely a good option, sometimes it is the only option. Roof rejuvenation products may allow property owners to defer the cost of their replacement to a later date.

If you can afford a roof replacement, you should go ahead and make the investment because it will likely save you money long-term. As a result, you should avoid partial roof repair unless it is your only viable option.

5 Causes of Roof Leaks in (Heavy + Hard) Rain (w/Solutions)

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Several factors can cause roof leaks in heavy rain. Every region in the United States is vulnerable to rainstorms, with some being more frequent and severe than others. However, unlike snow and hail, there’s no escaping heavy rain as a property owner. 

While it may be tempting to chalk leaks caused by rain to inevitable severe weather, it is important to address roof leaks in hard rain as soon as possible. 

Below are five causes of roof leaks in heavy rain:

1) Compromised Flashing

The role of flashing in any roofing system is to seal up the seams where the roofing material meets things like vents, skylights, and chimneys. It is usually made of thin metal and secured with special nails. If your roof’s flashing gets old, rusted, corroded, or improperly installed, you will likely experience a leak. 

The good news is that flashing can be easily replaced – for the most part. However, if the water damage is extensive, it will require significant repairs. Check your flashing for rust, cracks, or any kinds of breaks. Also, make sure the roof line is adequately secured. If you see any compromised flashing on your roof, schedule a replacement ASAP.

Corroded flashing is a sign of an impending roof leak, especially during or after rain.

2) Ice Dams

If you live in an area with a lot of snow or hail, you may experience ice dams on your roof. Ice dams can easily cause a leak on even new roofs. An ice dam forms when the weather outside is cold. Ice or snow may build up on an area of your roof and then melt when it gets warmer.

After liquifying into water, the ice moves down your roof to a cooler area and freezes again. This process is very hard on your roofing materials and can easily cause a leak. 

One of the most common causes of ice dams is poor attic and roof ventilation. In reality, there should be no warm spots on your roof. The roof should more or less stay at a uniform temperature. 

Check the ventilation in your attic. If it feels excessively stuffy or muggy in the attic, the ventilation may need to be improved. You should also check out the insulation between the stud bays if your attic is unfinished. 

It’s crucial to replace any insulation ripped, torn, or otherwise damaged. Installing an attic fan is also very helpful for moving warm air out of your attic and away from the roof. 

3) Improper Solar Panel Installation

Solar panels are a great idea to save money on your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint. However, they open the door to many roofing problems – leaks being one example. Installers must secure a solar array with mounts that require several screws. 

Each of these screws can cause a potential leak if improperly secured. If you have solar panels installed on your roof, it’s essential to have it checked out at least once a year. Also, be sure to work with a reputable and experienced roofing contractor when installing your solar panels. 

The contractor should have specific experience installing solar panels on your style of roofing system. They should also be able to provide you with references.

4) Plumbing Issues

Plumbing issues are prevalent with commercial roofing systems with pipes running through or near the roof. Contractors must adequately seal the entrance when you have plumbing running through your roof. Improper sealing or lack of sealing will almost certainly cause leaks.

Even properly sealed holes will wear eventually. Over time, the sealant dries and cracks, leading to more potential leaks. Furthermore, unforeseen plumbing issues, such as pipe breaks, can spring a leak and cause damage.

5) Pooling Water

Pooling water is more common in commercial roofs – flat roofing systems, especially. As a result, heavy rainstorms can overflow ponded water and distribute it to various parts of the roofing system. Since some parts of your roof lack sealing and flashing, the water infiltrates for new leaks.

Contractors should regularly check flat roofs for ponding water regardless of weather patterns. In addition, property owners must attend to any excess water before the rainstorm occurs. Aside from preventing leaks, treating water damage early is critical to limiting lifetime roof expenses.

Solutions to Roof Leaks Caused by Rainstorms

Leaks caused by hard rain generally require professional assistance from a licensed roofing contractor. Most property owners should not attempt to get on their roofs or diagnose leaks. Instead, property owners can try a few things from inside their building or home after rain-caused leaks.

  • Caulking: If the leak spot is dry, you can use putty or caulking to seal it temporarily
  • Buckets: Catch the leaking water with a buck from the inside of the property until a professional roofer can fix the problem
  • Sealing: Try sealing the leak from the interior if it’s coming from an attic or crawl space

In Conclusion

Roof leaks caused by heavy rain may severely impact your roofing system. Call a professional roofing contractor to address the issue as soon as possible. Furthermore, you should take preventive steps before it rains to reduce your vulnerabilities. For example, flat roof owners should eliminate ponding water before it rains to prevent infiltration.

How Much Hail Damage is Needed for a Roof Replacement?

How Much Hail Damage to Replace Roof

Hail is one of the most damaging elements to a roofing system. While there are hail-resistant roofing materials like slate and metal, no roof is invulnerable. Facing a hail storm can be nerve-racking, and you may wonder how much hail damage is needed to replace a roof

It’s a valid consideration, especially if the hail reaches a certain size. If you are pondering this question, pat yourself on the back. At the very least, it means that you are thinking long-term. In the following post, Roofer’s Guild reviews the hail damage claims process and how much damage is required for a complete roof replacement. 

Types of Hail Damage

Living in a hail-ridden region makes you acutely aware of its damaging impact. Between 2000 and 2013, insurance companies paid 54 billion dollars for hail damage. In addition, policyholders made an estimated 9 million roofing damage claims during that span.

Roofing hail damage is no joke, and while many people are concerned about their cars in a hail storm, your roof can take a pounding too. But how exactly does hail damage a roof? First, let’s look at some of the most common forms of hail damage:

Hail Storm

Hailstorms can prompt various types of damage to a roofing system, including those listed below

Impact Damage

A lot of times, hailstones are small enough to cause slight damage that isn’t apparent immediately. These types of damages come from impact damage. However, even small hailstones can dent or ding your roofing shingles. These minor dents compromise the structural integrity of the shingle and leave the roof vulnerable to leaks.

Puncture Damage

In severe hailstorms, softball-sized hailstones can be large and heavy enough to puncture a hole in your roof! Of course, this is only possible in severe hailstorms and usually only happens to old roofs, but it is certainly possible.

Melting Hailstones

Melting hailstones constitute a significant concern for flat roof owners but may also impact pitched residential roofs. The sun will eventually melt if hailstones are allowed to rest and settle after a hailstorm. 

Melted hail can create roof line water pooling which is never a good thing. The water in these little ponds can easily find its way into the roof’s decking, spur mold growth, or, worse, rot out your rafters.

Gutter Damage

One of the biggest challenges for homeowners after a hail storm is hailstones that make their way into the gutter. Not only are hailstones dense, but once they melt, they can overload your gutters and cause them to collapse. 

If your gutters collapse, it can compromise the leading row of your shingles and leave the entire roof system vulnerable. 

Factors That Influence Full Roof Replacement Claims

Every insurance company is different, and every insurance adjuster will inspect your roof differently. Multiple factors make a difference as far as your roof goes too. Some of the primary roofing considerations an adjuster makes when examining your roof include:

Insurance Claims Service

The roof’s age, material, and condition will determine whether you receive an insurance claim

Age of the Roof

A newer roof will stand up better to hailstones than an older roof, so one of the first things that adjusters consider is the damaged roof’s age.

Roofing Material

As we mentioned at the top of this post, some roofing materials prevent hail damage. For instance, slate is one of the most robust roofing materials you can have on your roof. Therefore, the adjuster will consider the roofing material when deciding whether to repair or replace your roof. 

Missing Shingles

The condition of your roof is also critical. One of the first things an adjuster will look at once they get up on your roof is missing shingles. 

Granule Loss

Most American homes have asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are made with a top layer of stone granules that provide protection to the shingle and your roof. However, in a hail storm, these granules can get knocked loose and compromise the efficacy of the shingle. 

So an adjuster will also look for granule loss on the shingles and displaced granules on the ground around the perimeter of your roof. 

Roof Repair vs. Replacement After Hail Damage

The next thing an adjuster will consider is whether or not the hail damage warrants a repair or complete replacement. If the hail damage is moderate, the adjuster will recommend repairs. 

What we mean by moderate damage is one or two impact marks on both sides of your roof. If there are only a couple of impact marks on either side of your roof, the adjuster will likely recommend a repair. 

So what warrants a complete roof replacement after a hail storm? First, an adjuster will generally test out your roof’s 10′ x 10′ square span. Next, they will inspect this swath of roofing and look for hail impact marks. Usually, if the adjuster finds 7-10 such impact marks in the test area, they recommend a complete roof replacement. 

Again, it’s important to remember that every insurance company, policy, and adjuster has different guidelines and ways of doing things. The criteria for a roof replacement may be different for you based on your policy, your insurance company, and even where you live. 

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Final Thoughts

The hail damage needed for roof replacement varies by insurance adjuster and depends on factors like roof age, materials, and climate. Sometimes, the adjuster will recommend repairs over replacements because they deem the damage minor enough to prevent replacement. Contact a professional roofer if you are concerned about hail damage.

Major Roofing Manufacturers (Best Updated List for 2022)

Major Roofing Manufacturers (Blog Cover)

Whether your roof requires full-replacement or minor repairs, it’s essential to know about the major roofing manufacturers so you can order the best materials. As a result, you should scrutinize prospective contractors, consider all your options, and know the best roofing manufacturers. 

We’re talking about the oldest and most reputable companies. We’re talking about manufacturers who make the best roofing materials and offer the best warranties. So whether you are a homeowner or a roofing contractor, it pays to work with materials from the best major roofing manufacturers. 

Roofer’s Guild outlines some of the major roofing manufacturers in 2022:

Asphalt Shingles Manufacturers

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof in the United States. An estimated 75% of American homes have asphalt shingle roofs.

With so many consumers in demand of this resilient and affordable roofing material, it can help to know who produces the best asphalt shingles:

Owens Corning

Owens Corning is one of the most distinguished roofing materials manufacturers, period. Their products are used worldwide, and they have won awards for their production quality. One of the things that makes them a top choice for asphalt roofing is variety. Whether you have a limited or flexible budget, Owens Corning products can fit it. 

Malarkey

Malarkey may not be the household name it used to be; but we would be remiss if we did not mention them. The company is known for innovation – being the first to produce a shingle that met the Miami-Dade county building code requirement for 110 mph winds. Even today, you can expect integrity in their asphalt shingle production. 

GAF

GAF products are outstanding in high-wind areas. For example, their Timberline HDZ asphalt shingles feature extra-wide nailing zones that are incredibly wind-resistant. They are also one of the oldest manufacturers of asphalt shingles in the country and offer a wide variety of products, including 3-tab and architectural asphalt shingles. 

IKO

If you are in California and looking to save money while accenting your roof, you may want to look into IKO asphalt shingles. One of their most popular product lines is the Cambridge Cool Colors series of asphalt shingles. 

The Cambridge Cool Colors line includes shingles in a wide array of colors. This line also complies with the California Energy Commission’s regulations for energy conservation and green design (Title 24).

Metal Roofing Materials Manufacturers

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Some types of metal roofing systems can last you 50 years or more. Metal roofs have come a long way in terms of aesthetic appeal and durability.

Some manufacturers to keep an eye out for include:

ATAS International

ATAS International is known for giving contractors what they need. They produce a wide array of metal roofing materials, including standing seam, batten seam, curve, tapered, through-fastened panel, and even metal roofing shingles. ATAS International is an award-winning manufacturer that was established way back in 1963.

Englert

Englert is the manufacturer to turn to if you are looking for eco-friendly roofing solutions. The company is known for its vast selection of EnergyStar-certified metal roofing materials and regulation-compliant finishing products. 

Not only are their metal roofing materials made to last a long time, but they can also save your customers money on utilities. They are also a great manufacturer if you require high-quality finishes and paints for your metal panels. 

Certainteed

Certainteed may be better known for their asphalt shingles. Still, every consumer and roofing contractor should also know that they make gorgeous metal roofing materials. 

They make various metal roofing materials that mimic the aesthetic appeal of other roofing materials. So whether you want metal roofing that looks like slate, wood shake, or even natural clay tiles, Certainteed will have something for you. 

Slate Roof Manufacturers

Slate roofs are an outstanding option for homeowners because of their unmatched longevity. In addition, slate roofing materials are the most stress-free option when considering the lack of required maintenance. Add its thaw resistance and fire retardancy, and you have a great roof.

Some slate manufacturers to consider include:

New England Slate

Vermont’s own New England Slate exceeds ASTM’s highest rating (S1) with a 75+ year warranty. Having been around since the 1970s, New England Slate Company is among the best manufacturers in the U.S.

As for its aesthetic choices, you can choose from black, gray, green, and purple slates. In addition, you can customize shape, size, and thickness to craft the ideal roof for your property.

Buckingham Slate

Buckingham Slate manufactures elite-quality slate material in Virginia, which can last for up to 150 years. Combining its longevity with minimal absorption rates and acidic resistance, you get an excellent material.

Glendyne

Glendyne produces a dark grey slate with a blue shade free of metal intrusions like pyrite. Its lack of metal intrusion prevents rusting, which allows the material to maintain its aesthetic appeal long-term.

Penn Big Bed

Another slate manufacturer, Penn Big Bed, offers various size, thickness, and shape. Their slate lifespan often exceeds 150 years. With headquarters in Slatitingon, PA, PBBS has been around since the 1930s.

Wood Shake Shingles Manufacturers

Wood shake shingles come in all types, sizes, and thicknesses. Some types of wood they are made from include teak, wallaba, and cedar. Teal has the longest lifespan: 50 to 80 years.

Here are some of the best manufacturers of wood shake shingles:

Watkins Sawmills

Watkins Sawmills is based in British Columbia, Canada. They are one of the oldest and most reputable producers of wood shake shingles in the Americas. In addition, they are one of the best manufacturers to work with because of the broad array of shingles they can provide, including certified and uncertified products.

Waldun

Waldun is another manufacturer based in British Columbia, Canada. They operate one of the country’s largest mills and produce a variety of wood shake shingles. So whether you require premium, number one, or standard grade wood shake shingles, Waldun will be able to supply you.

Imperial Shake Co.

Imperial Shake Company is relatively new on the scene, having been founded in 1998. However, they have direct access to raw materials, making them one of the best manufacturers of wood shake shingles. 

The access allows them to have more acute control over the quality of their product which is one of the reasons their brand has become synonymous with consistency in the roofing industry. They are best known for their red cedar shakes that come in 18″ and 24″ lengths.

Flat Roofing Manufacturers

Flat roofs need alternative treatments, including a waterproof membrane like EPDM, PVC, or TPO. Below, Roofer’s Guild evaluates some of the best membrane roofing manufacturers in 2022. 

Some membrane roof manufacturers to research include:

IB Roof Systems

IB Roof Systems has produced PVC membranes since 1978, including those designed for flat roofs. The 50 MIL PVC membrane has unmatched durability, pliability, and strength, with a seam strength of 247% above ATSM standards.

The lifetime material warranty makes them an excellent choice in the low-sloped residential roofing space as well. The IB white PVC membrane is an excellent option if you’re looking for an Energy-star qualified material.

Carlisle Construction Materials LLC

Carlisle Construction Materials LLC is a premium manufacturer of single-ply roof solutions including PVC, EPDM, and TPO. Considered one of the most respected and innovative manufacturers in the flat roof industry, CCM has been around for more than a century. In addition, they also offer roof garden systems.

WeatherBond

WeatherBond is the #1 supplier for single-ply roof systems like PVC, TPO, and EPDM. The first emerged in 2006 as a Carlisle Construction Materials, LLC subsidiary. If you seek an extended warranty with this manufacturer, you must belong to the WeatherBrond Recognized contractors program.

Working with the best major roofing manufacturers is a no-brainer.

Ranking the Best Types of Roofing Nails (2022 Update)

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As a roofing contractor, you probably know the value of using the proper roofing nails for the project. But all too often, these unsung heroes of the industry go overlooked. The types of roofing nails you use may not be a deal-breaker for your customers, but your reputation is on the line if you use the wrong kinds. 

While your customers will likely be more concerned with the kinds of shingles and vent caps used in the project, as a contractor, you must know the best types of roofing nails to use for each job. So today, Roofer’s Guild closely looks at some of the best roof nail types in 2022. 

1) Stainless Steel Roofing Nails

Our list starts with stainless steel roofing nails because they are a happy medium between more expensive galvanized steel roofing nails and less expensive aluminum nails. Plus, they have some unique advantages. 

First of all, stainless steel holds up very well to corrosion and rust, making it a reliable choice in many different climates. In particular, stainless steel roofing nails are probably your best option if you are working on a property in an area with a lot of salt in the air (properties near the beach, for instance). 

Stainless steel roofing nails are also a solid choice when corrosion is a factor, but you must keep project costs low. 

2) Metal Cap Roofing Nail

Metal cap roofing nails or steel-capped roofing nails are a good choice if installing rolled roofing systems. The main advantage of metal cap roofing nails is that they have a larger head, allowing more surface area to hold on to materials. 

These types of nails offer a very reliable hold which is why they work great for heavier roofing materials. In addition, they typically have a heavier shank gauge, which also improves their holding power over typical roofing nails. 

If your project requires even more protection, these roof nails can also be electro-galvanized to make them more corrosion-resistant. 

3) Galvanized Coil Roofing Nails

This is probably the most common type of roofing nail. Galvanized coil nails are so common because they tend to be the most affordable kind of roofing nails. In addition, galvanized coil nails have a zinc coating that allows them to stand up to corrosion reasonably well. 

The drawback to these kinds of roofing nails – what makes them the most affordable option – is that the zinc coating is not made to last forever. Therefore, these kinds of nails typically have a shorter lifespan than others we will mention in this list. 

Eventually, the zinc coating strips away, exposing raw steel. The raw steel will then begin to rust, and replacement will likely be required. 

4) Copper Roofing Nails

Moving down the list, we have copper roofing nails. You will want to use copper roofing nails if you are installing slate tile roofing and copper sheet metal roofing systems. 

Because slate roof tiles are held only by roofing nails, you need to ensure that you use at least copper nails instead of galvanized nails. 

Copper nails will also make your job easier if a slate tile needs to be replaced in the future. You will also need to use copper nails to install copper valleys. If you install any copper roofing components, you must use copper nails. 

Copper isn’t indestructible, though. Like galvanized coil roofing nails, copper roofing nails have an outer layer of zinc to prevent corrosion. The copper nail will be exposed to the elements when the zinc layer erodes. 

5) Plastic Cap Roofing Nails

While plastic cap roofing nails aren’t the most rugged and durable kind of roofing nails on our list, they certainly have their place. That’s why you will likely see these nails on most roofing job sites. These are ring shank-type nails typically made of high carbon steel. 

Plastic cap roofing nails are typically used to hold lighter roofing materials in places such as underlayment, vapor barriers, base sheets, or soundproofing materials. 

These are ideal for when you are at the stage of installing the roofing felt but don’t have the shingles yet. In addition, plastic cap roofing nails can hold materials in place and prevent leaks. 

6) Ring Shank Coil Roofing Nails

As the name implies, ring shank coil roofing nails are threaded. This is a very durable and reliable type of roofing nail because when you drive them, the threading creates a locking effect with the wood fibers you are working with. 

They cannot be removed easily and hold up very well in high-wind areas. 

Ring shank coil roofing nails are also ideal when working on a property where expansion and contraction are factors. You can also use them effectively when working with softwoods or roofing materials that might split if driven with a regular nail. As a result, they are an excellent choice for underlayment, asphalt shingles, and even siding. 

Do You Tip Roofers? (Best Practices + Etiquette in 2022)

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Do you tip roofer? There is no universal answer. Still, it is a matter of concern for both roofing contractors, independent roofers, and of course, consumers. As a homeowner having your roof worked on, you don’t want to come across as rude and not offer a tip. On the other hand, some might consider it rude to offer a tip – you may imply that their company doesn’t provide them with a livable wage. 

On the other side of the coin, should you accept a tip from a grateful customer as a roofer? Here at Roofer’s Guild, we have worked with countless roofing contractors and consumers, so we have a unique insight into this conundrum. So in the following post, we will be helping you answer the question, ‘do you tip roofers?’

Is it Ever Appropriate to Tip Roofers?

The short answer to this question is yes. If you feel that your roofers have done an excellent job and deserve a tip, by all means, make their day. While tipping is not traditionally expected in the United States, we have rarely come across any roofer who hasn’t or wouldn’t appreciate a tip.

Roofers in the United States typically make good salaries, so tips aren’t usually expected. 

How Much Money Do I Tip a Roofing Contractor?

Tip each roofer between $10 and $25 for most jobs. Consider boosting it up to $50 per contractor for major-scale endeavors or remarkable performances. However, remember, you reserve the option not to tip.

But Really… Should You Tip Roofers?

You should tip a roofer if you want to, but not feel obligated. Most contractors in this industry don’t need your tips to make a solid living. However, don’t let that stop you from showing your appreciation if you are so inclined.

When you have someone working on your home, it’s natural to show your appreciation for the work. However, besides appreciation, there are other things to consider if you want to tip your roofers.

Things to Consider when Tipping your Roofer

In our experience, we have yet to hear a roofer turn down a cash tip. And while many would argue that cash is king, it’s not the only way to show your appreciation. Depending on the job and whether or not you will be home, food is a welcome form of tip for almost all roofers. 

In addition, picking up lunch for the crew s a great way to show your appreciation for their work. If you will be gone for most of the workday and only see the staff as they start the day, consider preparing coffee or buying them breakfast. 

If you are home and it’s a scorching hot day, greet the crew on their lunch break with some cold beverages (we’re not talking about alcoholic beverages, although that may be appropriate once the workday concludes). Think water, Gatorade, vitamin water, etc.

Time Considerations

Another vital thing to consider is the timing of your tip. You never want to interrupt a crew at work, even when offering food or a cash tip. It’s simply bad etiquette and can even be dangerous. The best times to show your appreciation are before their day starts, during their lunch break, and after they finish.

Personal Considerations

If you have an extensive roofing project being taken care of, you may have many roofers on your property. It may not be feasible to offer everyone a cash tip in this case. Cash tips may be more reasonable when it’s just a crew of 2 or 3 roofers, depending on what you can afford. 

If you have a larger crew, you want to thank, consider baked goods, or order pizza. Maybe you have fruit trees or a vegetable garden. Gifting fresh produce is also a great way to say thanks for the hard work.

Many people worry about who to give their tips to, whether food, gifts, or cash. The general rule of thumb is to give your tips to each member of the crew individually. You can also give it to the boss or foreman and tell them how to disperse your tip among the team. 

24 Insane Roofing Statistics You Will Hear About in 2022

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Roofing statistics can be boring, especially when they outline extremely technical datasets that provide no real insights into the profession at large. As a result, visitors, including roofing contractors, stop reading.

What some don’t realize is that the roofing industry provides some very appealing data. You might be surprised by what goes on in this industry. In the following post, Roofer’s Guild shares 20 insane roofing stats.

1) Work-Related Fatalities

Roofers die at the fifth-highest rate in work-related construction accidents. At 29.9 deaths per 1,000 full-time equivalent workers, roofers die at almost twice the average rate for all construction workers (15.2).

Source: Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health

2) Roof Repair Search Term

The search term roof repair reached its highest interest point ever in July 2021.

Screenshot of Google Trends for "Roof Repair"

Source: Google Trends

3) NIR Reflectances

Gray-cement concrete tiles achieved a .60 NIR reflectance with coatings colored by NIR-scattering pigments.

Source: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

4) Producer Price Index

In October 2021, the price index for Asphalt Paving and Roofing Materials Manufacturing reached an all-time high of 294.0000. Conversely, the all-time low of 91.0000 occurred in February 1987.

Source: Trading Economics

5) Average Salary

As of October 29, 2021, the average salary for a United States roofing contractor is $37,070. Typically, the range falls somewhere between $33,463 and $41,519.

Source: Salary.com

6) Market Size

Roofing ranks 16th among construction industry market size and 196th in the United States, in general.

Source: IBS World

7) Workforce Growth

Employment in the roofing industry is expected to grow 5% over the next decade, slower than the average of all sectors.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

8) Hail Damage By State

Texas leads all U.S. states with 507 annual hail events, while Kansas and Colorado rank second and third, respectively.

Source: Carsurance

9) Roof Repair Cost

The average roof repair in the United States costs $985, and most homeowners spend between $376 and $1,649.

Source: HomeAdvisor

10) Roof Replacement Cost

On average, it costs about $8,000 to replace a roof in the United States. Most consumers spend between $5,500 and $11,00 for a replacement.

Source: Forbes

11) Roofing Businesses

As of 2021, there are 108,069 roofing companies in the United States, a 1.6% increase from last year.

SourceIBS World

12) Salary By State

New York State has the highest median salary for roofing contractors at $53,297, with Rhode Island second.

Source: Zippia

13) Roofing Electrocutions

Approximately 11% of roofing-related deaths are electrocutions.

Source: Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health

14) Florida Roofing Manufacturing Revenue

Statista projects asphalt paving, roofing, and saturated materials manufacturing revenue in Florida to reach about $948.2 million by 2024.

Source: Statista

15) Workers Compensation

Premiums on workers comp may increase wages by 80% for roofers, varying by State.

Source: Certainteed

16) Texas Roofing Contractors

There are 3,819 roofing contractors in the State of Texas.

Source: HomeEX

17) Fiberglass Shingles

90% of U.S. asphalt roofs sold are fiberglass shingles.

Source: RoofCalc

18) Residental Roof Square Footage

The average residential roof in the United States is 1,600 square feet.

Source: RoofCalc

19) Tile Roofing Global Industry

Research projects the tile roofing market to reach $13.31 billion by 2030.

SourceRFDTV

20) Commercial Roofing Sales

68% of surveyed commercial roofers expect sales to increase in 2021.

Source: LinkedIn

21) Projected Industry Growth

The roofing industry is projected to increase by 4.3% annually until 2030. The result would be an eight-year consecutive growth rate.

Source: Allied Market Research

22) EPS Insulation Plastic

EPS insulation typically contains about 2% of plastic. As a result, roofers should exercise gentility with the insulation, especially when removing it.

Source: Progressive Foam

23) Stormwater Reduction

The GSA concludes that green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff up to 65%.

Source: U.S. General Services Administration

24) Asphalt Shingle Market Share

Approximately 75% of North American homes have asphalt shingle roofs, giving the material a 3/4 market share for residential properties.

Source: All Point Construction

How To Supplement a Roof Claim (w/Roofing Supplement List)

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Whether you are a homeowner who has recently sustained damage to your roof or a contractor working with an insurance company, it pays to know the most commonly omitted items from claims. 

A lot of times, it’s just a harmless oversight. Other times, adjusters are trying to get away with paying out as little as possible for their company. In either case, it can be a nightmare for both homeowners and contractors. 

In our never-ending quest to provide contractors and consumers with helpful resources they can use in the real world, we have put together a quick guide on how to supplement a roof claim. 

Not only will the following items make it, so you get your customer the most insurance assistance, it will also make the claims process go quicker. 

Believe it or not, some insurance companies will request what they deem to be missing information. Therefore, it is beneficial to know how best to supplement your roofing claim to ensure a speedy (well, as swift as possible with insurance companies) claims approval. 

Below, Roofer’s Guild outlines a roofing supplement list, along with tips for maximizing your insurance process. 

Roofing Supplement List

Gable Cornice Strips

One of the best ways to supplement a roofing claim is to include detailed information about the gable cornice strips. Unfortunately, because these roofing components aren’t readily visible with a cursory inspection, many insurance adjusters will omit them from their estimate. 

Even when they seem to be intact, the cornice strips will have been damaged by a storm in many cases. In any case, it is best to replace these strips to stay up to code in most states. 

If you are a contractor or a homeowner, ensure that your adjuster has not left gable cornice strips off as one of their line items. If so, you should ask your contractor to check them out or ask the adjuster to take a closer look and at least include them as one of the line items.

The Drip Edge

The drip edge is another roof component that frequently gets left off of adjusters’ reports. The drip edge comes into play when shingles need to be torn off to be replaced. 

The problem is that some insurance adjusters will argue that you don’t also need to replace the drip edge when you replace adjacent shingles. However, whether they are damaged in a storm or not, drip edges aren’t very durable. 

If they are intact after a storm, chances are they won’t be reusable if they have to be removed to replace shingles. 

If starter course shingles don’t have to be replaced as part of your roof repair claim, you probably don’t have to worry about the drip edge unless they are visibly damaged. However, if the water & ice shield has been tucked under the drip edge, the drip edge should also be replaced. 

Flashing

All the flashing on your roof should be thoroughly inspected and included in the adjuster’s report, especially step flashing and end wall flashing. The problem is that it may seem like these types of flashings could be easily reused at first glance. 

What most adjusters don’t realize (or choose to ignore), however, is that face nailing flashing will generally render it unsuitable for reuse. That’s because the previous nail holes will pose a leak risk no matter how snugly the new nails fit inside the holes. 

The whole purpose of flashing is to shore up any potential weak points where water can permeate. Reusing flashing is, therefore, counterintuitive in almost every scenario. Be sure that your adjuster’s report includes headwall flashing, end wall flashing, and step flashing in particular. 

Starter Course Shingles

Start course shingles aren’t your ordinary shingles. It takes more time and labor to install them as opposed to field shingles. During insurance claims, the problem that arises is that adjusters will count the cost of new starter course shingles in the waste material for regular field shingles. 

Adjusters assume that the contractor will make starter course shingles from regular field shingles and save a few bucks. As you can imagine, this often results in a disconnect between adjusters and contractors. 

The fact is that some shingle materials are tough to convert into starter course shingles. In the first place, it takes more time and skill to install starter course shingles (yes, even manufactured starter course shingles), so if your adjuster leaves it out of the estimate, you will be missing some money because the contractor will likely charge more for the work. 

For this reason, you have to make sure that the adjuster has included starter course shingles in the estimate (both the material and the labor for it) or risk having your repairs held up. 

General Tips for Supplementing A Roof Claim

We have covered parts of a roofing system you should include in the adjuster’s report. Still, more goes into supplementing a roof claim than that. So here is what you need to know about supplementing a roofing insurance claim before even looking at an estimate:

  • Work with an Experienced Contractor: For contractors, we always advise getting to know the insurance claims process – it’s a huge aspect of the business. For homeowners, we strongly recommend hiring a roofing contractor with years of experience with roof insurance claims. That is the best way to ensure that any estimate you get will align with the required work.
  • Take Lots of Pictures: Whether you are a contractor or a homeowner, you can never take too many pictures of the roof. The best way to document any aspects of the roof that we covered in the previous section is to take pictures of them. Pictures will be your most substantial evidence when supplementing a roofing insurance claim. 
  • Share the Estimate: Contractors must see the actual insurance estimate and review it thoroughly before doing a lick of work. Homeowners typically have it included in the estimate and are advised to share the estimate with any contractor they hire. Getting on the same page with your contractor and your insurance company is imperative to the process. It will help protect the homeowner against inadvertently committing insurance fraud and is the best way for contractors to determine whether further supplementation is needed. 

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