1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

April 13, 2008

:104 Roof Types

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:104 EcoTip: A well anchored basic roof is less likely to suffer damage than a complex roof. Hip roofs seem to hold up better than gable roofs.


Hip Type RoofGable Type Roof

image credit: Restoration Consultants

Additional Information

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Intricate roofs or those with numerous valleys and changes in pitch are more likely to leak when wind-driven rain forces the water under the flashing or roofing materials or when roofing shingles are blown off. The roofing shingles near the roof edge, which faces the worst winds, should be set in special mastic during construction or re-shingling. Don’t run a solid line of mastic, use dabs so if water does get under the shingles, it will be able to drain back out. Try to eliminate or minimize penetrations through the roof with special louvered storm vents instead of the standard types of ventilation vents. Roof overhangs help protect walls against water intrusion much better than zero clearance overhangs.

Climate change isn”t only about warming. In my book- Extreme Weather Hits Home: Protecting Your Building From Climate Change, I discuss how to prepare your home for many extreme weather conditions such as high winds.

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