Are you looking for the best roofing books of 2021? At Roofer’s Guild, we don’t blame you for seeking knowledge. After all, you are dealing with the first line of defense for the homes of your customers. 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 2021. 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, there were 4,611 major hail storms 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 what types of damage various storms (in particular 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 goes into great detail about 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 be looking 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 with producing the tightest, most amicable, and most secure asphalt shingle roofs possible.
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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