Roofing As An Occupation

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Roofing As An Occupation
By Herbert Sanchez
Roofing and shingles is a process whereby tiles are laid partially overlapping in an ascending manner up and along rooftops. This is done as much for style as it is for structural and architectural soundness.
Roofing and shingles is a particular occupation that specializes in roof repair and coverings. This job entails making sure that roofs are attractive as well as providing protection from the elements and increment weather. The particular conditions wherein these specialized tradesmen and women perform roofing and shingles are met with certain building and fire codes and architectural standards of the countries, states, cities, or provinces in which the job is done. Further, learning roofing and shingles, like the trade work of electricians and plumbers, requires particular knowledge and skills that must be conducted and completed correctly, otherwise the roofs could pose a hazard to those living in the house. Patching up holes and cracked wood before appropriately covering the roof securely with shingle tiles is one example of this.
Materials used for roofing and shingles vary, but everything used is sturdy and safe architecturally and health-wise. Shingles used to be made of wood, but due to growing fire and structural hazard concerns, this material is rarely or seldom considered; instead, bitumen-soaked paper covered with aggregate (asphalt) or ceramic shingles are now used for their safer and more visually appealing nature.
Roofing and shingles also used standard appending. Shingles are tacked or nailed on securely, but only where the shingle tile meets the roof; shingle tiles are never tacked or nailed at the overlap. Such a procedure would be deemed less secure (as it is more difficult to nail through multiple asphalt shingle tiles), and the appearance looks awkward. For ceramic (and occasionally with the asphalt), a heavy-bonding tar or paste is sometimes used to attach the tiles to the roof. The shingle tiles are laid in a row along the bottom edge of the roof, and each ascending row, as said, overlaps the one beneath it by about half a length of the tile. The top edge of the roof is then capped.
Roofing slates, also call ‘slate shingles,’ are also used in roofing and shingles, and are applied the same way. Because of the heavy consistency of slate, its unlikely that nails or tacks are used; instead, paste or tar seems the better choice for a bonding method.
Roofing and shingles is a meticulous and time-consuming process that must be carefully rendered for a roof to acquire that architectural appeal. Not only should know-how be necessary, but careful movement and stepping are a definite requirement as well.
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Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt Shingles
By Marcus Peterson

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly sold
shingles in the
industry, and statistics show that they can
be easily termed the
most dominant variety on the roofing market.

Relatively cheaper than most other types of
shingles, (roughly
at around $0.80 per square foot) they are
vastly used all across
the USA and Canada. But, as far as costs of
asphalt shingles are
concerned, they would generally vary
according to geographical
location, altitude of a building, and slant
of the roof.

Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of
colors and designs and
most are quite durable. Records say that
these shingles can me
easily maintained and repaired as well.

Broadly available in two basic types like
organic and
fiberglass, they can be further classified
into a number of
other types like the basic three-tab shingle,
the no cutout
shingle, the dimensional shingle, the
angle-lap shingle, the
interlocking shingle, and others that look
like cedar or slate.

Organic shingles are mostly used in colder
temperatures like in
North America and Canada. Fiberglass
shingles, on the other hand
are popular in warmer temperatures like in
the southern and
western American states.

Before making one’s choice of asphalt
shingles, it is extremely
important to know and decide what one will be
buying. Proper
budgeting, the climates of the place, slope
of one’s roof, and
other issues have to be carefully considered.
The warranty of a
particular product should also be reviewed
and judged properly.
It is always best to buy shingles that meet
standards perfectly. This may sometimes be
heavier on one’s
pocketbook, but one should rather be safe
than sorry.

Installation of asphalt shingles is fairly
hassle-free. Although
professional roofing experts should always be
consulted, asphalt
shingles maybe installed by the house owner
himself, even if he
isn’t an expert. The shingles can be easily
installed on any
existing roof.

Asphalt shingles with their easy
availability, durability, and
fairly simple installation process, are quite
naturally the most
widely used and economically feasible roofing
option for

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KTM Roofing Provides Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Asphalt Roof Inspection Tips

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 8, 2009

The majority of homes in the U.S. is roofed using asphalt shingles. Economical and able to last 20-50 years, these shingles are very reliable if maintained properly. KTM Roofing, a leading Atlanta roofer, has provided some basic asphalt roof repair maintenance tips on its website

Identifying common trouble spots on your asphalt roof will help increase the chances your roof makes it to its full life expectancy. To do this KTM advises the homeowner to begin with a visual inspection. Though most roofs are sloped, not all aspects of your roof can necessarily be seen from the ground. If safe, consider placing a ladder on the side of your home so you can inspect your roof annually, or call a professional.

DIY Asphalt Roof Inspection – What to Look for:

1. Debris – If debris from leaves or branches is present on top of your roof, clean the spot affected. You may need to sweep this area periodically if large trees are in the vicinity. It is important to keep your roof clear from debris because it can collect water, potentially weakening your roof.

2. Missing Shingles – Visually inspect for bare spots. Missing asphalt shingles can lead to water seeping into your home. If your roof is missing shingles, contact an Atlanta roofing contractor to replace the affected areas.

3. Shingles Lifting – If you notice shingles lifting the chances of strong wind blowing them away are greatly increased. If safe to do so, you can apply roofing cement under loose shingles.

4. Open Gaps – If you notice any open gaps along roof vents, chimneys, or plumbing boots there is a potential for leakage. These areas should be repaired and the area below the open gaps inspected for potential water damage.

When it’s too big for DIY:

Some jobs are not suited for DIY, roof repair can be one of those. Ensuring your roof won’t leak, can be difficult. Some homeowners do not like being on the roof because of the height of their roof, or the angle of the roof. If you are planning a DIY roof repair, KTM Roofing advises to make sure safety is a top priority. For those that performed a DIY inspection, but want to call in a professional, here are some considerations to look for in a roofer:

Local references and customer testimonials
Business License
Roofing credentials
Workers compensation insurance
General liability insurance
Written manufacturer warranties
Written labor warranties
Better Business Bureau website report

Celebrating 25 Years as a Metro Atlanta Roofing Company:

In 2009 KTM Roofing celebrates their 25th year as an Atlanta roofing contractor. Founded in 1984 and incorporated in 1995, KTM has installed thousands of asphalt roofs throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia, developing a reputation as a leading roofer within the community.

Follow KTM Updates:

For updates about KTM Roofing, trends in the roofing industry and trends in Atlanta roofing, visit KTM’s roofing blog.

For more information, or to receive a free roof quote visit

About KTM Roofing:

KTM Roofing has been raising roofing standards in Georgia since 1984™. This Atlanta roofing company is dedicated to excellence in professional roofing. Specializing in roof replacements, KTM can work with a variety of roof materials including natural slate, synthetic slate, clay tile, concrete tile, cedar, pine, cypress, modified bitumen and asphalt. You can receive a roof proposal from KTM Roofing by visiting, or by calling 678-565-7663.


Asphalt Roof Shingle Prices Expected to Raise in 2009 Despite Low Crude Oil Prices

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 11, 2009

Recent indicators from leading asphalt roof shingle manufacturers has lead KTM Roofing to warn consumers to expect further potential increases in the cost to purchase asphalt roof shingles. KTM Roofing, a leading Atlanta roofing contractor issued a similar statement in June 2008 as oil prices were continuing to rise.

From January 2008 to June 2008 KTM Roofing’s cost to surface a standardized 10′ x 10′ roof coverage area called a ‘roofing square’ with 3 tab strip shingles went from $ 30 to $ 46, which prompted the original June 2008 press release. Since the June 2008 statement, asphalt roofing shingle prices continued to climb, surpassing $ 50 and peaking around $ 60 where it is today. These costs do not include other roofing costs such as felt (also oil-dependent in its production), nails or labor, among other costs.

In recent times asphalt shingle pricing could also be tied into crude oil prices from Venezuela. Asphalt roof shingles are dependent on oil as a main component in manufacturing. The South American country was a primary source for crude oil used in the production of asphalt roofing shingles that are common to over 80% of U.S. homes. Recently oil production has been cut, which has limited the oil supply available that could be used in asphalt shingle production.

What is alarming to KTM Roofing and other roofing contractors is that the market is not behaving to reflect the supply and demand for crude oil or the demand for asphalt roofing shingles, which KTM expects to be lower in 2009 than in previous years for metro Atlanta as a result of the current recession. An explanation can be partly found by advances in the efficiency of gasoline production, which has resulted in fewer resources per barrel of crude to be used in the manufacturing of oil-dependent products such as plastics, diesel fuel and asphalt shingles.

In June 2008 the price of crude oil topped off at over $ 140. For the last few months the price of crude has hovered almost $ 100 lower than the previous June 2008 highs, but the price of asphalt shingles has not decreased. In fact the price of asphalt shingles is still increasing and expected to see further increases in the next few months.

Obama Infrastructure and Asphalt Supplies:

There is another increasing variable that could lead to increases in asphalt shingle prices, the Obama administration’s plans to expand infrastructure. If implemented, the expansion of infrastructure will further consume available asphalt resources for projects such as the paving of roads. This would result in the price of asphalt increasing, because of demand, therefore the price of asphalt shingles would be subject to price increases stemming from a shortage of asphalt supplies.

In his 25 years experience, President of KTM Roofing, Tim McLoughlin has seen many types of financial markets impact fellow national and local Atlanta, GA roofers. Experience has taught him that the price of asphalt roof shingles is dramatically different than the price of crude oil, despite the dependency of raw materials on production. Once asphalt shingles increase in price, they typically do not fluctuate like oil or other commodities.

“KTM Roofing wants to remind metro Atlanta homeowners that we have ‘A pricing’ among asphalt shingle manufacturers. This is the best pricing available as a result of volume,” McLoughlin explains. “We help save the consumer money on their roofing project because we take extra time to fully inspect your home’s roof before we provide an estimate. Our estimates are much stronger than a quote–it is a written contract that details all critical aspects of the project. With 25 years experience, KTM Roofing will provide a superior roof, with quality workmanship at a competitive price–guaranteed.”

25 Years Installing Asphalt Roofs:

In 2009 KTM Roofing celebrates their 25th year as a roofing company. In that time they have installed thousands of asphalt roofs throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia and developed a reputation for being a [reliable roof repair __title__ roofing contractor] and roof installation contractor.

For more information, or to receive a free roof estimate visit

About KTM Roofing

KTM Roofing has been raising roofing standards in Georgia since 1984™. This Atlanta roofing company is dedicated to excellence in professional roofing. Specializing in roof replacements, KTM can work with a variety of roof materials including natural slate, synthetic slate, clay tile, concrete tile, cedar, pine, cypress, modified bitumen and asphalt. You can receive a roof proposal from KTM Roofing by visiting