Buying a new roof system is an important investment. Before you spend your money, spend time learning how to evaluate roofing contractors. You should insist on working with a professional roofing contractor. NRCA wants to assist you in getting the kind of results you expect-a quality roof system at a fair price. All roofing contractors are not alike, and NRCA recommends that you prequalify roofing contractors to get the job done right the first time. The following guidelines will help you select a professional: [Read more…]
American Society of Home Inspectors
932 Lee Street, Suite 101
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
4041 Powder Mill Road, Suite 404
Calverton, MD 20705
Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau
P.O. Box 1178
Sumas, WA 98295-1178
Metal Construction Association
104 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60603
National Association of Home Builders
1201 15th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
4900 Seminary Road, Suite 320
Arlington, VA 22203
National Tile Roofing Manufacturers Association
P.O. Box 40337
Eugene, OR 97404-0049
NRCA Consumer Advisory Bulletins
Guidelines for selecting a roofing contractor explains how to prequalify roofing contractors so that a job is done right the first time.
Roofing warranties discusses the importance of selecting a roof system based on a product’s qualities and suitability, in addition to its warranty.
Maintenance: The Key to Long-Term Roof Performance addresses the benefits of having formal, long-term maintenance agreements with professional roofing contractors. Roofing Qualification Statement as suggested by NRCA is a form home and building owners should ask prospective roofing contractors to complete and submit with proposals. The form asks for information about contractors’ companies, work in progress, references, finances and insurance.
The NRCA Asphalt Shingle Manual presents guidelines for asphalt shingle roofing. It addresses application techniques, construction details, general requirements and precautions.
The NRCA Steep Roofing Manual presents guidelines for steep-slope roofing, including asphalt shingles, wood shakes and shingles, slate, and clay and concrete tile. It addresses application techniques, construction details, general roofing requirements and precautions.
The NRCA Steep-Slope Roofing Materials Guide is a comprehensive, 230-page report about steep-slope products, including asphalt shingles, fiber-cement roof components, metal roof components, clay tile, concrete tile, slate and synthetic roof components. It contains detailed prodriptions, comparative data, manufacturer-reported wind and fire ratings, and code approvals.
For a free NRCA catalog of publications and audiovisual programs or to purchase any of these publications, visit NRCA’s publications and audiovisuals section or contact NRCA’s Marketing Services Department at (800) 323-9545, (847) 299-9070 (outside the United States and Canada) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penetrations: Vents, pipes, stacks, chimneys-anything that penetrates a roof deck.
Ridge: The top edge of two intersecting sloping roof surfaces.
Sheathing: The boards or sheet materials that are fastened to rafters to cover a house or building.
Square: The common measurement for roof area. One square is 100 square feet (10 by 10 feet).
Truss: Engineered components that supplement rafters in many newer homes and buildings. Trusses are designed for specific applications and cannot be cut or altered.
Vapor retarder: A material designed to restrict the passage of water vapor through a roof system or wall.
Q: How can a home owner recognize when a roof system has problems?
All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections often can uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts; and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas. [Read more…]
Buying a new roof system is an important investment. Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work. You should insist on working with a professional roofing contractor. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) wants to assist you in getting the kind of results you expect – a quality roof system at a fair price. [Read more…]