About Jeff Rodgers

Jeff Rodgers

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ROOF VENTILATION

I have installed all types of ventilation.  The least expensive are small 9”x9” vents.  The most common are turbines.  Turbines have improved since I got in the business.  We used to install turbines with steel ball bearings, these would later become noisy.  Lomanco has ball bearings that are lubricated and incased in hard plastic that will never make a noise.  Then there are electric turbines that operate with a thermostat.  I do not like these because the Texas heat requires that they are on often, and the thermostats tend to burn out in about 5 years.

My favorite ventilation is ridge venting.  This requires that the plywood is cut back and the shingles are installed on top of the venting.  It also requires that the home has effective soffit venting that is clear from insulation.  In a newer home, the insulation contractors will usually install plastic to keep the vents clear.  If these intakes are clear, then air will flow to the peak of the roof.  This will allow for the insulation to breath.

If a roof is not insulated properly the roofing material will not last as long. Recently, I inspected a 40 year roof on an expensive home.  The roof was about 8 years old, however the ventilation was poor and the roof was experiencing thermal cracking.  The material was full of cracks and curling as a result.  This was also causing de-granulation, or the minerals on the shingles were coming off.  The minerals are there to protect the asphalt.  Once the asphalt is exposed to the sun, the UV rays will deteriorate the roof at a rapid rate.  It is advisable to use a ventilation chart to determine how many feet or how many vents needed.  Later I will discuss the importance of proper ventilation and its effect on the house.   Jeff

Hail Storms

I have been in the roofing business since 1981.  In all of my years I have never passed out one flyer, telemarketed anyone, or knocked on a door to ask for work.  I have been a Allstate and Farmers preferred vendor and I have received all of my work by referral.  I started out installing roofs myself. I would sign a contract, purchase materials and install them with help.  I have years of experiencing many scenarios in installing roof systems. I have years of learning and watching how the insurance companies have paid claims, including seeing how their procedures have changed over the years.

When I got into the industry, there were not many roofing companies in the area and only a couple of suppliers.  The value of the amount of work you received was equivalent to the size of your Yellow Page add  The problem I have  with the door to door marketing is that I feel it is intrusive to one’s privacy. I also do not like the assignment of insurance contracts because that is between the home owner and their insurance company.  I will also add the following, most of the door to door salesmen do no not have the experience of a seasoned roofer and their primary focus is the commission.  Most companies offer a very sizable commission, which makes the salesmen more aggressive.

I would rather be a straight shooter and assist people in understand the products available, the importance of proper ventilation and how to work with the insurance companies.  I fell off a roof once and I am concerned about job safety.  I require my crews to wear fall protection. I am certified with OSHA.  During the summer months I conduct both fall safety classes and heat exposure classes on site.

Jeff