Getting Started: Glossary, Basics & Complete Guide
Common Types Of Roofing Systems
Design & Installation: Guidelines Or Specifications
Roof Components: From Trusses To Gutters
Troubleshooting: Attics, Uplifts, Dams & Shakes
Retrofitting, Upgrades, Checkups & Maintenance
Resources: Courses, Tools, Experts & Books
1. Getting Started: Glossary, Basics &
Cant Strip & More
Do you think cant strip is a rule on the beach? Grace Construction Products has a good, easily searchable glossary
explaining roofing building terms.
Roofing 101: Diagram Of Main Parts & More
Do you often wonder what different parts of a roof are called? The Roofing People website provides a labelled diagram
and a lot of basic information on roofing components
Roofing Guide For BC: A Complete Guide (PDF
The Roofing Contractors Association of BC has put together a free guide to assist consumers with the selection of
roofing services in BC. This is a big document but is worth it if you are looking for more detailed information on roofing
2. Common Types Of Roofing Systems
Comparison Of Residentiall Roof Systems
This site from National Roofing Contractors Association explains
the main types of residential roofing systems. It has pictures
and more detailed info on each, as well as advantages and disadvantages.
Asphalt Shingle Systems
The Canadian Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers Association site has a number of free technical bulletins. These are quick-
to-read and cover various tips and issues.
Up Roofing: Tar & Gravel Systems
This RoofHelp site explains the tar & gravel system. It has in-depth information on materials, insulation values,
galvanic scale, and links to more roofing resources.
The Single Ply Roofing Industry also has its own resource site. Here you can find information on single-ply sheet
membrane systems, component suppliers and more.
Metal Roofing Systemsl
The Metal Roofing Alliance is an industry coalition of associations and manufacturers. Their site will help you learn more
about this relatively new (for BC) residential system.
Shake Roof Systems
The Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau is a non-profit industry association. There are lots of resources on this site,
especially the New Construction Manual on the “Roof Manual” link.
This technical information section of the Roof Tile Institute site has an installation guide, tech bulletins, news, and
member listings for the concrete and clay roof tile industry.
3. Design & Installation: Guidelines Or Specifications
Designing Roofs To Prevent Moisture Infiltration
Here is a free online booklet from the Engineered Wood Association. It has descriptions and good drawings of each
type of roof, along with proper design guidelines.
Spec & Reference Manuals
The Roofing Contractors Association of Canada offers two manuals for industry use. The CRCA Specification Manual
provides product specifications. The Canadian Roofing Reference Manual is a ready reference for use on the jobsite.
4. Roof Components: From Trusses To Gutters
All You Need To Know
This Resource Center of the Structural Building Components Industry site is great. It has basic and technical articles, calculators, glossary of truss terms,
links, and other information sources on trusses.
Sheathing A Roof
This article (with drawings) from Fine Homebuilding has some good tips and info that may help you save some time and money when sheathing a roof.
Types Of Flashing
This Old House Web site has a roof drawing that shows where each type of flashing goes, and what it is called.
Drip Edge Installation
This APA website has a simple animation of how drip edge flashing can be installed.
Sizing Gutter Systems
This three-step approach from Fine Homebuilding helps you calculate the best size of gutters for your house. The
rainfall intensity only shows the US but pick an area similar to yours.
5. Troubleshooting: Attics, Uplifts, Dams
Attic Ventilation & Moisture Issues
The amount and type of attic ventilation is a controversial issue. This free CMHC consumer report provides a good
overview of causes and solutions of attic moisture issues.
Uplift: A Common Situation
Carson Dunlop provides an explanation of truss uplift, with easy to understand drawings. These could be helpful if you
want to explain this common situation to homeowners.
Dams: Causes & Solutions
I told you about this Canadian site a few months back. It has the best article and drawings of various causes and
solutions for ices dams.
Shakes: Tips For Longer Life (PDF
This free factsheet from the US Forest Products Laboratory provides tips for longer life of wood shakes and shingles.
6. Retrofitting, Upgrades, Checkups & Maintenance
Energy Efficient Remodelling Of Roofs
This report from the NAHB Toolbase site provides good info on energy efficiency items to consider when retrofitting a
Rehab With Innovative Materials & Practices
This free Rehab Guide For Roofs from PATH gives good detailed info on products and procedures for upgrading roofs.
Roof Check-up Guide For Homeowners
This simple guide helps homeowners understand the need and process for checking their roof in the fall and spring.
Click on the “Consumers” link to take you to the guide.
Protecting & Maintaining Your Investment
There is no such thing as a maintenance-free roof. This RoofHelp site has a good article and links on maintenance
steps and resources.
7. Resources: Courses, Tools, Experts & Books
BC Trade Association Roofing Courses
The Roofing Contractors Association of BC offers roofing information and training courses for different people in our
industry. From trade certification to general technical information they are a great industry resource.
Roofing Layout Tapes
According to a past article in Builder Online these products can save you time and money during pre-shingling layout.
Ask An Expert
The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association has a free online question form to get answers to your questions.
A Classic Book For The Framers Out There
A Roof Cutter’s Secrets is a new edition book available online from the Journal of Light Construction site. It shows
how to layout and frame almost every type of roof, including tricky intersections and roof combinations.
Dittie For Today:
What do you call a clairvoyant midget that escaped from jail?
- A small medium at large.