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Does a tile roof have a good insulation value?

The combination of the roof tiles, decking and the air space under and between the tiles makes roof tiles good...

 

How do I check the condition of my clay tile roof?

Using binoculars, check for missing, cracked or slipped tiles and missing mortar. Be sure to check the ridge, horizontal row, valleys and any place...

 

I can see I have a few cracked tiles on my roof. Can I just replace those tiles instead of replacing the entire roof?

Usually the best choice is to replace tiles. Clay tiles last a very long time and it is likely that most of the roof is in good condition. A clay...

 

Can I walk on my metal roof?

Generally yes, you can walk on a metal roof. But like walking on any roof, be...

 

What is the advantage of a steel roof?

A steel roof does not support the growth of moss, mildew or fungus. They are also lightweight and can withstand severe weather. They also last...

 

Why are some metal roofs called “standing seam”?

A standing seam roof is one where the seam between sheets is raised to be above the sheet, and therefore is less likely to...

 

Will an aluminum or steel roof attract lightning?

Aluminum or steel roofs do not attract lightning. However, if the roof were struck by lightning, it would safely dissipate the charge throughout the...

 

What kind of nails do I use with a steel panel roof?

The most common nail to use is a nail with a washer that seals the hole from leaking. This is used because, unlike shingles, the nail on a steel...

 

Won’t an aluminum or steel roof be noisy in the rain?

Not necessarily. Aluminum shingles should be installed over a solid deck, and the insulation in the attic as well as any insulation between the...

 

What are the advantages of using a wood shingle on my roof?

Besides the beauty of natural wood, a wooden shake or shingle is a renewable resource and is highly durable in extreme weather such as hail, high...

 
 
 


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