Icy Snow roof replacement

What Type of Underlayment is Best for Cold and Snowy Environments?

Your roof’s covering, also known as shingles, tiles, or panels, is the first line of defense in your roofing system and the most visible portion of your roof – but it’s not everything. Underneath the roof covering is a layer of waterproof or water-resistant material known as underlayment.

Underlayment helps keep your roof intact and your home dry should there be a leak in your roof covering. Many roofing experts would argue your underlayment is just as important as your roof covering.

If you live in an extreme environment that experiences significant cold or heavy amounts of snow you need to be certain you have the best underlayment to weather these conditions. Let’s learn the top styles of underlayment for cold and snowy environments.

Synthetic Underlayment

Unlike most traditional underlayment, synthetic underlayment is manufactured with plastics and other synthetic materials. Synthetic underlayment is stronger than traditional underlayment and can take much more punishment from snow and cold. There are several weights of synthetic underlayment available so match the underlayment’s thickness to the home and type of shingle.

There are even synthetic underlayments manufactured for cold and snowy environments.


Organic underlayment, known more popularly as ‘tar paper,’ is the most affordable underlayment for most roofing systems but it may not be what you want for snow or cold environments. Most tar paper is too flimsy to stomach continuous extreme weather and may fail after a few seasons. If are installing organic underlayment on your roof, make sure it is a heavy enough weight (30# for example) to withstand winter storms.

Ice and Water Shield

Ice and water shield is a specialized form of underlayment that adds extra protection to leak-prone areas of the roof like eaves, valleys, and penetrations. If you live in a cold or snowy environment, you should install ice and water shield on your home’s eaves at the least. The more severe weather you receive, the more ice and water shield you need.

If you live in the snow and cold you must be certain your roof can fight the outside elements. This includes choosing a strong roof covering but also the underlayment that goes under it. For cold and snowy environments roofing experts recommend synthetic underlayment and installing ice and water shield at areas vulnerable to winter leaks.

To get the strongest underlayment for your environment choose a local roofing company that knows the weather and the best way to protect your roof against it.

Why Asphalt Shingles Are the Best

10 Reasons to Love Asphalt Shingles

Let’s learn the top ten reasons that asphalt shingles are America’s favorite residential roofing material. 

1. They’re Affordable 

You can find asphalt shingles on three-quarters of residential homes. They’re many reasons for their popularity but one of the top reasons is asphalt’s affordability. There aren’t many roofing materials that match quality and price like asphalt shingles. 

2. They Can Fight Hail 

Low-end asphalt shingles will get shredded by hail but high-end materials like impact-resistant shingles will stand up against hail. Hail-resistant materials are so strong, they qualify most homeowners for an insurance premium discount. 

3. Dozens of Colors 

Whatever color you can think of, there’s probably an asphalt single for it. Asphalt shingles are available in cool colors, warm colors, natural colors – whatever color you need to match your home. 

4. Customize 

Whatever color you can think of, there’s probably an asphalt single for it. Asphalt shingles are available in cool colors, warm colors, natural colors – whatever color you need to match your home. 4. Customize 

Asphalt’s popularity means it’s available in many styles. You can choose different hip and ridge shingles, different underlayment, and whatever else you want for your unique roofing system. 

5. Mimicry 

Asphalt shingles are manufactured to mimic several other roofing materials including wood shakes, slate tiles, and clay and concrete tiles. You can avoid the expense of high-end materials by installing asphalt instead. 

6. Strength

Shingles come in many varieties. If you’ve got the budget, you can invest in strong shingles like triple-laminates or impact-resistant materials. High-end asphalt shingles can come with fifty-year warranties.  

7. Different Dimensions

The different varieties and cuts of asphalt shingles means you can get as much depth and dimension you want. If you prefer a simple roof you can go with a normal shingle but if you want a variety of depths, you can choose a triple-laminate shingle or a high-profile ridge. 

8. Easy to Install 

9. Asphalt shingles are easy to install. A homeowner with solid construction knowledge can even install shingles themselves. The ease of installation means you won’t be raked over the coals with it comes to price. 9. Easy to Find Contractors 

Because asphalt is the most popular residential roofing material, it’s easy to find a contractor. It’s easy to find a great contractor too. While specialty roofing like slate won’t give you many labor choices, asphalt shingles present many reliable and reputable options. 

10. Recyclable 

Asphalt is 100% recyclable. Your asphalt shingles won’t end up in a landfill, but back to the plant where it can be turned into your next roof. 

These are just ten reasons to love asphalt but they’re plenty more. Talk to your local roofing contractor to see what asphalt can do for your roof today. 

How to spot hail damage on your roof

How to check your roof for hail damage

How to spot hail damage on your roof

Checking for Hail Damage

If you live in the Denver metro or the Pikes Peak region, you may have recently been affected by large-
scale hail storms. Large hail can total roofs, siding, and your windshield, leaving you to pickup the pieces.
You have probably heard not to call your insurance agent unless you’re certain you have a claim, but
how do you know if you have damage or not? Let’s look for some common hail symptoms and what you
can to do to be certain you’re covered.

How to Spot Hail

If you weren’t home during the hail storm, you won’t know how bad the damage was but there are
other signs you can look for once the storm is passed.

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Checklist for Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Checklist for Hiring a GREAT Roofing Contractor

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Hiring a Roofer Checklist

If you’ve been affected by the recent Colorado storms or you just need someone to look at your rickety roof – it’s time to make a call to your local roofing company. The roofing industry is notorious for shady characters, out-of-state companies, and people who don’t want to give you the best job but there are plenty of reputable roofing companies out there too. Your goal is to do the proper research and get the best roofer possible out on your job. Follow this handy checklist to hire a great roofer.


Your first step is to confirm any potential companies are local and have worked in your area for several years. Check a potential company’s license and registration with your city. If they aren’t registered within your jurisdiction, you don’t want them. It’s advisable only to hire companies that are registered with your local Better Business Bureau too. An A+ rating with your local BBB is the best bet.

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Richmond, VA Roofer Scam Swindles Residents

The saying goes it only takes on bad apple to spoil the bunch and unfortunately that old adage rings true when it comes to the roofing industry. That’s what residents of Richmond, Virginia are learning about a man who has been scamming local residents for multiple years.

Authorities are now on the search for 55-year old Thomas Taylor who is accused of swindling Richmond residents out of thousands of dollars for roof repairs and other work that is entirely unnecessary. The suspect has hit multiple neighborhoods recently and left homeowners scratching their heads and trying to figure out how they can recoup their losses.

Unfortunately, this not the first time that a roofing scam and even Taylor himself has hit the same neighborhood for a quick buck. “The man comes into the neighborhood periodically and will approach a homeowner and tell them there’s a problem with the gutters or shingles. “If they’re unfamiliar with him or new to the area, often they’ll let him put a ladder to the home and climb onto the roof. He’ll often magnify the extent of the issue,” says Elizabeth Roderick. Roderick is in charge of overseeing the crime watch for Westover Hills Homeowners Association, a neighborhood that has been repeatedly preyed upon by Taylor.

Taylor will often hand over a business care to give the illusion that he is licensed and experienced though he will often make up issues with a home’s roof and gutters to make the “fix” and walk away with the homeowner’s money.

There are multiple ways that homeowners can avoid a person like Taylor’s scams or many other roof scams. Here are some quick tips on how to avoid criminals like Taylor.

  • Be wary of door-knockers and roofing contractors who come to your door
  • Always ask who a person works for and their credentials such as licenses, insurance information, and registrations before allowing them on your roofs
  • Never pay a roofer up front, wait until a job you requested is taken care of and you are satisfied with results

By being cautious and doing extra research, you can avoid many of the scams that some Richmond residents have fallen for. When it comes to your home, it always pays to be vigilant and thorough.