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How to select a contractor like a professional

Learn how to vet a contractor like the professionals do

Hiring the wrong contractor can be a very expensive and frustrating problem. In this article, we will discuss some of the things the professionals do when selecting and vetting a contractor. While there is no foolproof guaranteed way to make sure you don't get ripped off, the steps described in this article can help you change the...

Building Code For Roofer

I was working on a report today, and as usual, I was referring to various authoritative documents.  And I thought "Hey the people who come to might site might like this one" This link will take right to the Internation Building Code for roofing and roof assemblies.  It is a pretty great reference when you need to know something or cite an authoritative source.

The ABCs of Indemnity Agreements and Additional Insured Endorsements

Coverage Insights

The ABCs of Indemnity Agreements and Additional Insured Endorsements

Understanding your business’s risk exposures is the cornerstone to managing them. Whether your business relies on outside vendors to provide goods and services, or you’re a provider of goods and services to your clients, you should be aware of how to take contractual precautions to protect...

Help! I am Afraid of a Bee

Within the past few months in my CPR and first aid classes I have had construction workers say they have epinephrine pens because they have severe allergic reactions to bees. What really disturbs me, in one class, one guy said that he told his coworkers where his pen is, and that one bee sting can kill him and his coworkers started making jokes out of it.  This type of allergic reaction is...

Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Advice for Parents Who Need to Get Their Home Ready to Sell

(And Keep It That Way)


Selling a home is a full-time job from the time you begin prepping for the sale until you move out. If you’re a busy parent, it may feel impossible, but getting your home ready for sale and keeping it in tip-top shape is doable. There are...

Gallons per square or mil thickness which is better?

Which is it?  Gallons per square or dry mil thickness.  If you ever had a roof coated or coated a roof, you should have heard one or both of these terms. "Gallons per square" and or "mil thickness."  

Let's start by talking about how the coating works. To do that, I am going to use acrylic coating as my "coating." Since it is the most commonly used coating material, often referred to as...

Shingle Roof Systems

Common roof systems in Arizona: The asphalt single

The manufacturing processAsphalt shingles are manufactured by embedding a fiberglass mat in modified bitumen, then surfaced with a blend of colored mineral granules, both for protecting asphalt and providing a pleasing appearance.

3-tab shingles named for their appearance having 3 tabs are standard and perhaps one of the oldest...

Concrete Tile Roof System

The manufacturing process

Concrete Tile is manufactured using a mixture of smooth and combined with sharp jagged sand made from pulverized rock and reground tile that failed the manufacturing quality control process. The mixture is run through a series of tests to assure its quality mixture. The mixture is added to cement and water, along with color additive to make concrete. Which is...

Clay Tile

Common roof systems in Arizona: The Clay Tile Roof System

Clay is a natural resource that has been used for centuries to form all sorts of things out of, from pots to figuring and roof tile. When the clay is formed correctly and cured, it makes a beautiful roofing material, since clay is common in the southwest we see clay being used in roofing going back for centuries. Clay roof tile...

Specifications, Scope of work, Industry Standards, Arizona Workmanship Standards, Building Code, and All the Above

In this article, we will discuss the differences between a job specification, scope of work, industry standards, Arizona workmanship standards, and the building code. Knowing the differences, similarities, and how each applies to your project will help you be a more efficient contractor.

It has been evident to me over the past few years as a roof consultant, that there is much...


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