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Even Roofing Has Improved With Technology
Today's roof may appear comparable to those of a few decades ago, but that's where the similarities stop. Modern materials have been coordinated with ventilation and installation for more effective systems.

Get on Top of Roofing Repairs
How do you know when you need a new roof? Age alone is the biggest factor. An asphalt-shingled roof, which is the most popular kind in America, is likely to last an average of just 13 years, even if the shingles themselves are backed by 25-, 30- or sometimes a 40-year warranty.

Judging a Roof's Life Span Before It's Too Late
Roofing life spans vary depending on the weight of the shingle, the pitch of the roof, building location, maintenance and other factors. A metal roof lasts 40 to 60 years while, "the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years."

An upscale solution
When Hamilton Park, a multiple-dwelling condominium unit in Beverly Hills, CA, was in need of a new roof this past spring, several factors had to be taken into consideration. Andrew Hughes, owner/president of Ace Roofing Systems, of Wilmington, the contractor for the project, said the goal was to be as unobtrusive as possible

Hurricanes and Roofing
Observations on the recent Florida hurricanes have been collected by a number of credible sources, and reports will be forthcoming for the next several months. However, even the preliminary data on Hurricane Charlie reported by Mark Graham of the National Roofing Contractors Association

Roofing Colors
There are those who believe that all black or dark colored surfaces, such as asphalt pavements and exposed black roofing materials, are contributors to a "Heat Island Effect." In addition, much of the heat generated by absorbing the sun's ultraviolet radiation is also transferred to the building interior.

Roofing Tile Choices and Climate
As with most roofing materials, tile specifications cover a wide variety of climates. Details for valleys, wall flashings, and underlayments frequently offer several options for different geographic areas. Some fail to identify the climate limitations of each option.

New Roofing Technologies
Once again, the roofing industry is going through changes. In the 1980s, it was single plies. This time around it's self-adhered modified bitumen and peel and stick single-ply membranes. The changes this time around are less challenging, but equally important, for roofing installers.

Roofing and SPF
There are many myths among roofing contractors surrounding spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems. Some contractors will tell you about the large blisters their buddy saw on an SPF roof once in 1967. Others are willing to swear that SPF can't withstand a determined bird, let alone a hailstorm.

Metal Roofing System
Even today, many home and building owners are uninformed—or, even worse—mis-informed about metal roofs. However, stone coated steel is not your typical metal roof.

RSI Top 100 Roofing Contractors
Consolidated roofing firms that once dominated the top spots of RSI's Top 100 have slowly dropped down in the charts. A poor economy and poor timing may be the answer to their weaker performance. Those contractors remaining at the top of the list seem to be on the rebound from a sluggish economy, and that is reflected in their 2003 sales volumes.

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