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The 4 Best Roofing Books of 2022 (with Descriptions)

Roofing Books

Are you looking for the best roofing books for 2022? At Roofer’s Guild, we don’t blame you for seeking knowledge. After all, you are dealing with the first line of defense for your customer’s homes. So while nothing can take the place of hands-on training, it never hurts to supplement your roofing knowledge with a bit of at-home reading. 

Our team rounded up some of the best roofing books for contractors (and even some for non-roofing contractors) in 2022. The books in our list run the gamut from specific job guides to supplemental roofing education. 

1) The Calm After the Storm by Daniel Koren

In 2020, 4,611 major hail storms were reported in the United States. Severe storms are one of the leading causes of damage to any roof type. As a contractor, you should know all about roof storm damage. In The Calm After the Storm by Daniel Koren, you will learn about the damage various storms (particularly hail storms) can do to roofs. 

Your customers may also look to you for help with the insurance claims process. The Calm After the Storm tops our list of the best roofing books because it details the insurance claims process – one of the most problematic and common concerns for homeowners. 

2) Siding, Roofing, and Trim

If you are a roofing contractor, you probably don’t need a book to tell you how to replace or install a roof. However, you may want to branch out into other services to earn more money and expand your business. Siding, Roofing, and Trim by the editors of Fine Homebuilding is a book that can help. 

In it, you will learn the basics of how the roofing system affects a home’s exterior. More importantly, you can learn the basics of replacing and installing, you guessed it, siding and trim. Even a section dedicated to painting tips would be an excellent book for anyone looking to expand their repertoire of services. 

However, one of the best things about Siding, Roofing, and Trim is that it was written: “by pros for pros.” There is no baby-talk in this book. You will need to have some contractor experience already to get the most value from this book, but if you are looking to add more services to your menu, chances are you are a reasonably seasoned contractor. 

3) Roofing with Asphalt Shingles

An estimated 75% of houses in the U.S. have asphalt shingle roofing installed. Of course, as a roofing contractor, you likely have a lot of experience with asphalt shingles. Still, everyone could use some help to produce the tightest, most amicable, and most secure asphalt shingle roofs. 

That’s why we chose Roofing with Asphalt Shingles as #3 on our list of the best roofing books. It’s essentially a masterclass in asphalt shingle roofing. But, of course, you can skip all the basics of installation. Roofing with Asphalt Shingles offers advanced tips for installing asphalt shingles, though. 

There are chapters dedicated to installing the longest-lasting asphalt shingle roofs and producing aesthetically pleasing asphalt shingle roofs. Plus, you get a primer on how to estimate asphalt shingle roof jobs and ordering materials accurately. 

This book’s value is not that it will show you how to replace shingles but in the fact that it will teach you to become a master at one of the most common types of roofing work there is. 

4) Roofing, Flashing, and Waterproofing

Another great read by the editors of Fine Homebuilding, Roofing, Flashing, and Waterproofing provides an in-depth guide on protecting roofs from one of mother nature’s most damaging elements: water. 

Again, we like this book because it was written by pros, so even if you’re a seasoned roofing contractor, you’ll be able to get a lot of value out of Roofing, Flashing, and Waterproofing. 

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6 Reasons Roof Heat Cables are Ineffective for Ice Dams

Roof Heat Cables

If you have ever dealt with busted-up shingles and roof leaks due to an unchecked ice dam, you have probably considered a roof heat cable as your solution. However, roof heat cables are largely ineffective for ice dams. In the following post, Roofer’s Guild defines roof heat cables and outlines six reasons why you should avoid using them to address ice dams.

What are Roof Heat Cables?

Roof heat cables, for those who haven’t ever had to think about them, are pretty much exactly what they sound like: lengths of cable, tape or wire that is installed on top of your shingles that heat up to prevent water from freezing on your roof.

Why You Shouldn’t Use a Roof Heat Cable for Ice Dams in 2023

Roof heat cables sound like an innovative and clever way of preventing ice dams from forming on your roof. But before you haul off and pay someone to install them for you, take a minute to peruse our list of reasons why roof heater cables are actually not a great idea. 

1) Roof Heat Cables Can Be Dangerous

Think about it; you are putting heated pieces of wire on top of your roof. According to a Washington Post Safety notice citing a Consumer Product Safety Commission report, roof heat cables are responsible for around 2,000 structure fires yearly and over 100 injuries. So are roof heat cables dangerous? They absolutely can be. But roofing safety isn’t the only concern related to this de-icing method.

2) Heat Cables are not a Cure-All

Many people who start to shop around for roof heat cables have the same misconception: they think they will clear off all the ice from the roof. That isn’t how heating cables work. Roof heater cables only melt snow and ice directly around them. When they work, you will usually see thin streaks that are the clear paths that cables melt in the snow and ice.

Their function is simply to clear enough space and melt enough ice to prevent ice dams and provide a channel for the water to flow to the gutters. That being said, heating cables will not protect your roof if your gutters are clogged, and they will certainly not clear all the snow and ice from your roof.

3) Cables are an Added Utility Expense

If you have an average-sized roof, you will be looking at an average cost of $7.25 per day to run your roof heat cables. In the winter months when you will most likely need to run your heater cables all day for days at a time, that adds up to a lot of extra money. Now the argument can be made that $7.25 per day may still add up to less money than repairing a collapsed roof, which is true.

But in most cases, homeowners don’t actually need to install roofing heater cables. Some regular maintenance and some due diligence are enough for most homes to avoid dangerous ice dams in the winter. For instance, raking your roof (safely) when snow accumulates on it is an effective and cheap way to protect it against ice dams.

4) Roof Heat Cables Require Precise Installation

If the contractor you hire to install your heater cables doesn’t have a lot of experience and the utmost investment in the project, your cables can very well become more of a problem than if they were never installed at all. That’s because the ice they melt can simply refreeze again on other portions of your roof if not installed very cleverly and strategically. They need to be placed to channel all melted ice to the ground or gutters.

5) Cables Look Bad in Summer and Spring

Unless you live in the Arctic Circle, you aren’t going to need your roof heat cables year-round. While the snow covers most of the cables up in the Winter, in the Summer and Spring months, the cables are on full display to the neighborhood – think broken Christmas lights are strewn atop your roof all year long.

Also, roof heat cable uninstallation isn’t exactly DIY work. In short, it isn’t worth taking your roof heating wires down every year and then reinstalling them again every winter – especially when the average cost for roof heat cable installation is $447-$1200. So you may want to avoid the eyesore altogether. 

6) There are Better Ways to Address Ice Dams

Perhaps the most important reason why roof heat cables are ineffective for preventing ice dams is that there are much better ways to prevent them. In most cases, ice dams are caused because heat is escaping from inside, melting snow on top of the roof, and the melted snow runs down to a colder area of the roof and refreezes. Fixing these heat leaks is the most effective and beneficial way to prevent ice dams – and lower your heating costs to boot.

Patio Roof Repair Guide (Cost, Techniques, & FAQ)

Patio Roof Repair Guide

When it comes to patio roof repair, questions come up often. We know patio roofs are a great way to get more out of your backyard or other outdoor areas. They provide shelter from the harsh rays of the sun in the summer. And in the winter, they allow you to engage in outdoor activities even in inclement weather. But the sun, rain, wind, and hail can wreak havoc on your patio roof no matter what material it is made out of. 

Chances are if you have a patio roof, you paid good money to install it. You should be able to protect your investment as a homeowner or building owner. As a contractor, you should know the simplest method for patio roof repair. But whether you are a DIY dominator or a roofer just starting out in the trade, we have a patio roof repair guide that will help you.

Patio Roof Repair Cost

DIY patio roof repair projects will cost around $60-$100. Hiring a professional to repair a mid-sized patio roof costs between $200 and $1,000. The final price depends on the size and material of your patio roof and whether you do it yourself or hire a professional.

Patio Roof Repair Safety

Safety is always the top priority during any roof repair project. And you need to be extra cautious when repairing a patio roof. That’s because patio roofs aren’t as fortified as a normal roofing structure.

As much as possible, try not actually to step on the patio roof. Instead, do your best to do all the work while putting most of your weight on the actual roof itself. You should wear boots with plenty of grips and use a sturdy ladder firmly planted on level ground.

Repair Steps & Preparation for Patio Roofs

Make Sure the Roof is Clean

Once you are up on your roof, take a minute to observe your patio roof. Is there a bunch of leaves, twigs, and other debris on it? Before you can get to the heart of the matter, you must clean away all of this debris. In general, keeping your roof clean is a good idea because moss, fungus, and other damaging growths can make their home on your patio roof if debris isn’t regularly cleared away.

This can cause serious damage to your patio roof. The good news is that this kind of debris is easy to clean away. Simply use a sturdy push broom and push off any debris from the patio roof. Try to get as much dirt and dust off the surface as well.

Perform a Deep Cleaning

This next step will require a pressure washer and a roof cleaning solution. You can pick up a variety of roof cleaning agents at your local hardware store. This article by A Cleaner Choice also gives a helpful list of some of the best roof cleaning products. But if you don’t want to go out and buy a roof detergent, you can use a simple mixture of one-part bleach and three parts water.

Apply whatever cleaning agent you choose in sections. Pour the mixture over one part of your patio roof and then rinse it away with the pressure washer before moving on to the next section. It is important to keep a few things in mind when you are using your pressure washer:

  • Start off by using the lowest pressure setting. If that isn’t enough to lift mildew, moss, stains, and debris, move up to the medium setting. You should never use the max setting when pressure washing your patio roof.
  • Keep the spray head at least a foot above the surface of the patio roof. Too much pressure or painting the wand too close to the surface can strip shingles of their protective granule, damage the shingle or even blow it away entirely. 
  • Chances are, your patio roof is flat, but you should always spray your pressure washer downward or toward the edge of the roof line. Spraying upward toward the roof ridge can lift up shingles and cause water damage. 

Dry and Seal

After pressure-washing your patio roof, let it dry for a few hours. It may take a full 24 hours for it to completely dry. The important thing is to be certain that it’s dry all the way through for the sealant to take hold. When it’s dry, apply an even layer of sealant over the roofing material with a roof brush and on any affected spots (leaks). Here is a helpful list of some of the best roofing sealants.

Patio Roof Repair FAQs

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Roof Over a Patio?

Typical installations will cost between $6,000 and $10,000. But that is the typical price for a 20’x20’ patio cover. Keep in mind that the larger the patio cover needs to be, the more the project will cost.

What is The Best Material for a Patio Roof?

Aluminum is popular because it is affordable, low-maintenance, and provides reliable protection from rain and other environmental hazards.

Why Does Roofer’s Guild Care About Patio Roofs?

Here at Roofer’s Guild, we provide commercial property owners, homeowners, property managers, and contractors with the necessary resources. In the spirit of providing useful, practical information and resources to our community, we wanted to share today’s blog post, a basic patio roof repair guide.

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