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How Contractors Can Advise Homeowners on the Asphalt, Tile, and Wood Roofing Material Shortage

Trevor UnderwoodJanuary 18, 2021
Supply chain disruptions and manufacturing slowdowns from COVID-19 have driven asphalt shingle, tile, and wood shake manufacturers to increase prices and enforce strict ...

5 Factors to Consider Before Remodeling Your Roof

Trevor UnderwoodJanuary 11, 2021
Studies show the average roof lifespan is 25 years, so many homeowners put off the investment for as long as possible when deciding on a replacement. If you're wondering ...

3 Tips to Clean a DECRA Metal Roof From Algae, Lichen, and Mold

Trevor UnderwoodJanuary 4, 2021
Due to the inevitable accumulation of dust and dirt, metal roofs may attract algae, lichen, and mold over time. Other factors, such as your home’s proximity to overhead ...

DECRA Metal Roofing Project of the Year: 2020 Winner

Trevor UnderwoodDecember 28, 2020
We are excited to announce the winner of the first DECRA  Metal Roofing Project of the Year! While the competition was fierce, we are proud to recognize the ...

Selecting the Best Roofing Contractor for the Best DECRA Roof

Trevor UnderwoodDecember 14, 2020
Step One: The Roof Inspection One of the most overlooked but prudent steps a discerning homeowner can take, even before beginning the search for a proficient roofing ...

Why Metal is the Best Roofing Material - Sophisticated Strength

Trevor UnderwoodDecember 7, 2020
Metal roofing is emerging as the superior choice for strength, durability, aesthetic appeal, and reduced environmental impact. Modern metal roofing systems can handle ...

DECRA Metal Roofing: Testing For Quality Above and Beyond the Competition

Mark GallantNovember 30, 2020
Since DECRA products are engineered to withstand anything Mother Nature can dish out, we submit all products for independent laboratory testing to verify that the ...

What’s the difference between direct-to-deck and batten installation?

Trevor UnderwoodNovember 23, 2020
The choice between direct-to-deck or batten installations will depend on your individual project needs, the condition of the existing roof, and the recommendation of ...

What Goes Into a DECRA Metal Roof?

Mark GallantNovember 16, 2020
What Goes Into a DECRA Metal Roof? In the 1940s, the Decraspray company was commissioned to develop a granular spray coating to camouflage shiny metal roofs in Allied ...

The Evolution of Metal Roofing and Why it’s the Most Durable Roofing Material

Trevor UnderwoodNovember 9, 2020
There was a time not so long ago when words like "elegant" and "sophisticated" rarely appeared in the same sentence as "metal roofing". For most of the 20th Century, and ...

DECRA Metal Roofing’s Manufacturing Facility: The Heart of Operational Excellence

Trevor UnderwoodNovember 2, 2020
DECRA Innovation Since 1957 DECRA has been the roofing industry’s leading innovator since 1957, with historical roots going back even further to World War 2. That’s when ...

10 Things to Know About Metal Roofing

Mark GallantOctober 26, 2020
For most of the 20th Century, metal roofing products were manufactured primarily for industrial and commercial buildings. High-maintenance wood shakes, clay tile, and ...

Case Study: A 1978 DECRA Tile Roof Passes the Test of Time

Trevor UnderwoodOctober 19, 2020
In 1978, building owner and master roofer Charles Lortle converted an Ottawa apartment building into an upscale condominium complex. Lortie chose DECRA Tile for the roof ...

DECRA: A History of Roofing Resilience

Trevor UnderwoodOctober 12, 2020
When the Decraspray Company was commissioned by Allied Command way back in World War 2 to develop a technique for protecting critical metal-roofed supply and ordnance ...

Strength and Beauty For All Styles With Stone-Coated Metal Roofing

Trevor UnderwoodOctober 5, 2020
For decades, residential architects and master home builders had no choice but to rely on less efficient, less durable, "traditional" roofing materials to fulfill the ...

Modern Wood Shake and Wood Shingle Roofing

Trevor UnderwoodSeptember 28, 2020
The term “wood shingles” is often used interchangeably with “wood shakes” but generally “shakes” for roofing are of a thicker cut than the wood “shingle” with its butt ...

DECRA Case Study: Algonquin Pod Company

Trevor UnderwoodSeptember 21, 2020
In 2012, the Algonquin Pod Company introduced a comfortable, secure, and versatile lodging option that revolutionized the North American camping and tourism industries. ...

DECRA Metal Roofing vs. Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Trevor UnderwoodSeptember 14, 2020
Metal roofing has evolved. There’s no question that metal roofs are the superior choice for durability, energy efficiency, and longevity. Any metal roof can easily ...

Stone-Coated Metal Roofing Tools: Steel Benders and Cutters

Trevor UnderwoodSeptember 7, 2020
Swenson Shear’s line of stone-coated steel cutters and benders can help save time, increase profit margins, reduce material waste, and improve craftsmanship for ...

Understanding Roof Underlayments

Mark GallantAugust 31, 2020
Roof underlayment is an essential part of the complete roof system that provides a weather-resistant backup barrier beneath the roofing surface materials. In this ...

DECRA Stone-Coated Steel: The Best Roofing Material for Fire Protection

Mark GallantAugust 24, 2020
Fire Risk in the US According to 2017 Verisk data reported by the Insurance Information Institute, 4.5 million US homes are at high or extreme risk from wildfire. ...

What Is Metal Roofing?

Trevor UnderwoodAugust 17, 2020
There was a time not so long ago when words like "elegant" and "sophisticated" rarely appeared in the same sentence as "metal roofing". For most of the 20th Century, and ...

Department of Energy Study Verifies the Thermal Performance of DECRA Metal Roofing

Mark GallantAugust 10, 2020
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), an acclaimed laboratory dedicated to research for the U.S. Department of Energy, completed a study that provides authoritative ...

Stone-Coated Steel: The Best Roofing Material for Desert Homes

Trevor UnderwoodAugust 3, 2020
Elements That Affect Desert Homes Desert home roofs face some of the most challenging extremes of temperature, wind, sand, low humidity, and sunlight exposure. While ...

What Roofing Material is the Best?

Trevor UnderwoodJuly 27, 2020
Metal roofing is emerging as the superior choice for strength, durability, aesthetic appeal, and reduced environmental impact. Modern metal roofing systems can handle ...

Metal Roofing vs. Synthetic Roofing

Trevor UnderwoodJuly 20, 2020
The 1989 Asbestos Ban and Phase-Out Rule launched the synthetic roofing market as manufacturers scrambled to fill the void in a sector where cancer-causing asbestos was ...

Are Metal Roofs Energy-Efficient?

Trevor UnderwoodJuly 13, 2020
The roof of a building is exposed to the sun more than any other part of the structure, making the roofing material a critical factor when it comes to energy efficiency. ...

What happens when lightning strikes a metal roof?

Mark GallantJuly 6, 2020
Lightning strikes on metal roofs are an understandable concern for homeowners considering an upgrade to a metal roof. Extensive research on lightning protection reveals ...

Clay Tile vs. Metal Roofing: What You Need to Know

Trevor UnderwoodJune 29, 2020
Clay tile was once the most popular roofing material of its time, far superior to wood for fire resistance and weather durability, with color, beauty, and form that flat ...

DECRA Case Study - Hearthstone Historic House

Tyler HollidayJune 22, 2020
When the switch was thrown on September 30, 1882, Hearthstone House became the world’s first private residence to be illuminated by electricity generated by an Edison ...

Supercharge Energy Efficiency With DECRA Metal Roofing

Mark GallantJune 15, 2020
Learn how using advanced underlayments with DECRA Metal Roofing products can increase energy-efficiency by up to 218%. DECRA contracted with R&D Engineering* to compare ...

What is the Best Roofing Material for Costa Rica?

Trevor UnderwoodJune 8, 2020
Facing the Variety of Climate Challenges in Costa Rica  With an average latitude just 10 degrees north of the equator, the tropical paradise of Costa Rica has unique ...

Best Roofing for Hurricane-Prone Regions

Tyler HollidayJune 1, 2020
Roofing profiles in hurricane-prone regions are often subject to the most rigorous building codes and for good reason. Hurricanes are the worst natural disasters we face ...

Filling the Increasing Demand For Qualified Metal Roofing Professionals

Trevor UnderwoodMay 25, 2020
If you're an experienced roofing contractor, you're in an excellent position to capitalize on a golden opportunity. Consumer interest in metal roofing is steadily ...

Do Metal Roofs Rust?

Mark GallantMay 18, 2020
To answer this question, it’s important to note that not all metal roofs are created equal. The rusty roof on your neighbor’s shed? That’s a sheet of corrugated metal. ...

Title 24 Cool Roofs For California Homeowners and Building Owners

Trevor UnderwoodMay 11, 2020
As California’s population rapidly increased in the 1970’s and the problems of urban heat islands, air quality, and stressed power grids became all too apparent, the ...

RoofScreen Selects DECRA Metal Roofing to Meet Wind Pressure Design Challenges

Trevor UnderwoodMay 4, 2020
Located in Poplarville, Mississippi, Pearl River Community College sits in the heart of the “Dixie Alley” tornado belt. The region gets hit by an average of 43 tornados ...

Understanding Wind Uplift Ratings for Roofing

Mark GallantApril 27, 2020
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to the fastest start in recorded history and warmer ocean temperatures are expected to generate hurricanes and tropical storms ...

Are Metal Roofs Loud in the Rain?

Trevor UnderwoodApril 20, 2020
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear from those considering the pros and cons of a metal roofing upgrade. Both homeowners and businesses have the ...

The Ultimate Metal Shake Roof: Traditional Style With DECRA Lifetime Durability

Mark GallantApril 13, 2020
What is Shake Roofing? A Brief History Shake roofing is a relatively modern term which came into use after the advent of mass-manufactured asphalt shingles early in the ...

Increase Home Value and Curb Appeal With DECRA Metal Roofing

Mark GallantApril 6, 2020
How Any New Roof Can Improve Home Value Even the best conventional roofs will require replacement, some as frequently as every 10 to 20 years. An old roof can definitely ...

Best Roof Material for Hail

Trevor UnderwoodMarch 30, 2020
In 2017 more than 10.7 million properties were assaulted by hail events in the U.S. according to the report Facts and Statistics: Hail issued by the Insurance ...

Best Roofing Material for Coastal and Beach City Homes

Mark GallantMarch 23, 2020
Elegant coastal homes face a unique set of weather and maintenance challenges, and the roof bears the brunt of the seaside weather assault as the first line of defense ...

What Homeowners Need to Know Before a Roof Replacement or Remodel

Mark GallantMarch 16, 2020
Even at the highest end of the real estate spectrum many of today's most sophisticated and elegant homes are encumbered by less than optimal "legacy" roofing systems ...

Why Metal Roofing is the Best Choice for All Regions and All Seasons

Mark GallantMarch 9, 2020
Location, location, location. Ask any real estate professional and they'll tell you that location is arguably the defining factor for establishing the value of any home. ...

Tornadoes on the Rise in 2019 Well Beyond Tornado Alley

Trevor UnderwoodApril 22, 2019
Historically, tornadoes have been a common occurrence in Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and Kansas earning these states the ominous title of "Tornado Alley". Since 1979 ...