Roofing/hog valley


Reed shaffer wrote at 2014-07-24 12:30:25
You have been given simplistic, poor advise. A hog or blind valley is not a DIY project. The framing requires unusual bevel and angle cuts that are beyond the capability of the weekend warrior.  The EPDM work requires special tools and is not a big box store item.  Most companies that sell this type of roofing require contractors to become certified before being willing to warrant their work.  Furthermore a homeowner would have to purchase material in the larger quantities offered to commercial  contractors, leaving them with a good amount of excess very expensive excess. Find a local reputable carpenter and commercial roofer and get it done right.

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We are a "green" roofing company. We offer information and advice on metal and synthetic cedar, tile, and slate roofing products. We also address good, sound installation practices for lifetime and slate roof installations. Generally speaking, we are experienced with any materials that have 50 year or longer, expected lifespan, such as copper, terne coated steels, Kynar painted Steel, Aluminum, etc. We do extensive Infrared scans of homes with water leaks, moisture damage, air leakage, etc. So we have a good practical knowledge of what works and what does not work in the long term. We offer no advice on asphalt or fiberglass roofing products.


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