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Are you choosing the right ventilation for your roof?

If your roofing material and ventilation aren't properly matched, then your roof is prone to rot, mildew, icicles, and premature aging. Our roof chart makes choosing ventilation easy.

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Roofing materials for the Western U.S.

Life in the Western United States is all about outdoor living. From hiking in the mountains to spending time at the beach, you can truly do it all out West. But here’s the challenge: those same weather and environmental conditions that make life so enjoyable can also take a toll on your roof.

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Roofing Materials for the Southeastern U.S.

Intense heat, hurricane conditions and invasive pests can be devastating to structures of all sizes. So, when starting a roof build or remodeling project, you need to make sure you’re choosing materials that can withstand the Southeast’s tumultuous climate and critters.

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Roofing Materials for the Midwest

The Midwest can famously see all four seasons in a single day, and while that might seem unpleasant to some, Midwesterners embrace the chaos with a sense of pride. But the dynamic weather patterns also mean Midwesterners have to be ready for anything. 

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Roofing Materials for the Northeastern U.S.

Fierce snowstorms and intense summer heat can damage roofs and create major headaches for homeowners and contractors. If you’re taking on a roofing project in the Northeastern U.S., here are some things to keep in mind.

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Roofing Materials for the Southwest Region

Blazing heat, constant dust, droughts, wildfires — even earthquakes or tornatoes in some states — the American Southwest sees it all. 

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Roofing Threats Across the Country

Homeowners and roofing contractors across the U.S. face a wide variety of conditions and critters that pose a serious threat to the health and safety of a roof. Find your region on this chart to take the best protective measures.

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When a Good Roof Goes Bad

Here are five warning signs you should look for when inspecting your roof.

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How to Choose the Best Roof for Your Climate

Because America can be a cornoucopia of climates, residents really need to do their homework when it comes to choosing hardy building materials for their homes.

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Finding Your Best Roof in Five Easy Steps

Understanding these key factors will help you make the best decision for your roof and your home's long-term health.

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How to Protect Your Roof from Pests

To keep everyone (who's supposed to be) living under your roof safe, read these tips on how to protect your roof from pests and critters.

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6 Ventilation Myths to Avoid

Ventilation is an important choice to consider partly because of its impact on curb appeal, but more importantly because of its impact on the overall life of your new roof.

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Roof Maintenance Checklist

As summer gives way to changing colors and colder nights, now is an ideal time to tackle the necessary home maintenance projects that get put off during those sun-filled months – especially when it comes to one of the most protective and necessary aspects of any home, the roof. 

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Featured Story – A Look Ten Years Later

Julene & Steve expanded their Minnesota Hardware store in 2007 and installed a new synthetic roof. It’s been 10 years since the Double Roman Composite Tile was installed; take a look at how the roof upheld after battling freezing Minneapolis temperatures.

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5 Reasons to Choose Composite Roofing

Today’s homeowners have more choices than ever. Choosing wisely will save you time and money in the long run.

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5 Design Tips to Increase Architectural Curb Appeal

Drawing attention to key architectural elements will increase the value,and enhance the character of the home you're designing.

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Can you install different types of vents on a single roof?

Why you never want to use mixed attic ventilation.

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Featured Homeowner Story - Aloha from Kauai

Meet homeowners Mike and Susan who decided 30 years ago to set their dreams on one day owning a home on the beautiful island of Kauai. How they made their dream come true is inspiring, and the photos of their completed home (and beautiful tile roof) will inevitably trigger inspiration in your dream home design.

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Can this happen to your roof? 

Who's decision is it? Should you leave the curb appeal of your home up to the roofing installer? What about the builder? A side-by-side comparision of the costs and aesthetics of different ventilation options. 

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The Importance of a Good Ventilation System

If your home lacks proper ventilation you may be at risk for mold, rotting decks, ice dams and increased home cooling costs.

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Attic Ventilation Checklist

A properly ventilated attic is critical to the overall life and performance of the roof structure. Use this 8-point interior/exterior checklist to assess your roofs attic ventilation system.

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Featured Reroof Story - Reviving a House to Its Glory

In the City of Pendleton, Oregon sits a one-of-a-kind home that has become a neighborhood icon. This circa 1922 Arts and Crafts and Tudor styled home became victim to the ravages of time and weather and the home's roof was in desperate need of replacement. A major concern before replacing the roof was to ensure the new roof structure would allow the historical characteristics of the home to remain. 

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10 of Your Roofs Worst Enemies

Educate yourself on the top ten elements that affect the lifespan of your roof.

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The Anatomy of a Roof

With modern improvements in materials and ventilation systems, your roof could last as long as 50 years. Provided you make the right choices.

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Roof Pitch Chart

A diagram highlighting different roof slopes and how to calculate them.

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Roof Style Chart

Here are nine of the most common roof shapes.

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