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    Brrr.... It's Getting Cold Out There!!!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    We talked a couple weeks ago about tips for avoiding the formation of ice dams. In that post, we touched lightly on the importance that insulation plays in preventing the buildup of ice, but the main reason for insulation is to keep your home warm and toasty during the chilly winter months. Proper insulation is also important to keeping your cost for heating as low as possible.


    All buildings have the same basic components to protect the things contained inside from the elements: a foundation, walls and a roof. These structures all work a little differently to provide protection from heat, water and wind. In order to provide the best protection, these structures all require insulation, but for different reasons, and therefore, it makes sense that different types of insulation would be required according to what the insulation material is made to do. There are three levels of insulation installation quality: Grade I, Grade II and Grade III, with Grade I being the highest. 

    Poor insulation can present four main problems: heat flow issues, moisture, air leakage and drying potential. 

    If you think that poor insulation is preventing your home from being protected from the weather, or if you want to know if improvements can be made to keep your energy costs low, give Fortress a call and we will be happy to check it out and see if there are any areas that need to be better insulated! The following link will take you to a page of the US Department of Energy’s site that will help you understand the different kinds of insulation, where in your home each kind should be used, and what purpose it serves:

    Fortress Roofing – A GAF Master Elite Contractor

    Last updated 5 years ago

    GAF is the nation’s largest roofing manufacturer. They’ve been in business for over 125 years, and have the top selling shingle brand in the country. They have complete roofing systems for residential and commercial projects, and have some amazing options for “green”, environmentally friendly systems, too.

    GAF also has some of the best warranties for their roofing systems in the industry. Their best residential warranty, the Golden Pledge, not only offers up to 50 year coverage on their shingles, but also offers up to 25 years warranty on labor! In order to put such a strong claim of confidence behind their roofs, they must be certain that the installation of their roofs are done precisely according to their highest standards. This warranty is not issued until GAF sends out their own expert to personally oversee a 40 point inspection checklist that guarantees that every component of the roof is installed per factory specification. 

    Obviously, GAF wants to be sure that their high standards are upheld, and so they do not offer this warranty to just anyone. This best-of-the-best warranty is only available through the most professional and proven contractors. In fact, only 3% of roofing contractors are certified as a Master Elite contractor, which is the certification required to offer their best warranty.

    Fortress Roofing is very proud to be one of only 5 roofers in the state of Utah that are a Master Elite contractor! Customers call Fortress because they want to know that their project will be done to the highest standards, and because Fortress has earned the distinction of being able to offer them the best warranties available in the industry. To become a factory-certified GAF Master Elite™ roofing contractor, we had to show that we are:

    • Fully Licensed
      Fully licensed by our state to perform roofing work
    • Adequately Insured
      for your protection
    • Have a Proven Reputation
      for providing quality roofing services throughout the community
    • Committed to Ongoing Professional Training
      to ensure quality installation 

    The GAF Roofing Wizard can help you look at your options and plan your new roofing project - check it out, then call Fortress and we will make it happen:


    How Steep is Your Roof?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    When you are ready to call Fortress Roofing for a free estimate on your roofing project, one of the questions you will be asked is how steep your roof is, or if you know what the “pitch” is. This is not something that most homeowners know about their roof. We would not advise that you take any unnecessary risks to find out (we will be prepared to measure your roof regardless of whether or not you know the pitch!), but as we’ve had people ask us how they can determine this, we thought we’d share this brief tutorial!

    The pitch, or slope, of a roof is simply the length of vertical rise of a roof over a 12” horizontal distance.


    The pitch of your roof can be easily calculated if you take a few safety precautions. There are two ways to measure the pitch: from the top of the roof (you should NOT be on the roof if using this method – just stand on a secured ladder that easily reaches the top of your roof), or from underneath the rafters. The latter method is often a more accurate measurement because the layers of roofing material such as shingles can distort the actual measurement.

    To measure the slope from the top of your roof, mark a level at 12”. Hold it perfectly level, and use a tape measure to measure the distance from the roof to the 12” mark on your level.

    To measure from underneath the rafters, there are three places from which to take measurements: from the underside of the rafter on an overhang, from the underside of a rafter in the attic, or from the underside of a barge rafter on the end of a gable.

    Whether your roof is very steep or flat, Fortress has the tools, knowledge and manpower to complete any job to your complete satisfaction. Call us today to speak to one of our knowledgeable estimators about your roofing project!

    Anatomy of a Roof

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Today we are going back to basics! Today’s post is breaking it down – we are going to talk about the different parts of a roof. There is a lot more to a roof than the shingles or TPO or other covering! In order to ensure that your home or building is protected adequately, there are many structures that must be constructed harmoniously in order to have a complete “roofing system”. We’ve included a couple of pictures, but today we are going to list definitions of each part of the roof structure so that you understand the terminology when you have us come out to take measurements and provide you with your free estimate!


    Deck/sheathing: The board – usually plywood or OSB – that serves as the base for the entire roofing system.

    Dormer: A dormer is a structure such as a wall that projects from a sloped roof, usually with a window.

    Eaves: The is the edge of a roof that hangs over beyond the edge of a house.

    Fascia: The board or trim that runs behind the gutter and eaves.

    Felt: Paper used by the roofer under the shingles.

    Flashing: Material used (usually sheet metal) that prevents leakage at junctions of a roof.

    Counterflashing: This is flashing that is overlapped over flashing on a vertical structure, such as a wall. It is usually embedded in the structure.

    Gable: The upper part of a wall that closes the end of a ridged roof (the triangular part).

    Hip: The angle of a junction of two sides of a roof where the supporting walls join.

    Joist: The horizontal structure of a flat roof to which the sheathing is nailed.

    OSB (oriented strand board): Panels made of narrow bits of wood (4 X 8 feet) used as a substitute for plywood sheets as the sheathing of a roofing system. The panels are installed in layers, lengthwise and crosswise, and are held together with a resin.

    Penetrations: Any area where a cut is made into the deck of a roof (such as a vet, chimney, swamp cooler, etc.).

    Rafter: A slanted structure to which sheathing is nailed.

    Ridge: The point where two sloping roof planes meet.

    Slope: Also known as the pitch. It is the number of inched vertical rise per each foot of horizontal distance.

    Soffit: The boards that run along the underside of the portion of the roof that extends beyond the walls of the exterior of the house.

    Square: Equal to one hundred square feet of roof.

    Underlayment: The material (usually felt) that is laid directly on top of the sheathing, before the shingles are laid.

    Valley: The area where two sections of sloping roof come together. This is an area that forms a valley, or is equal to less than 180 degrees.

    Plans for the weekend? How about cleaning out your gutters!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The weather forecast for the weekend is looking great! Although the temptation to play will be great, this will also be a fantastic opportunity to engage in some last minute chores to winterize your home before the cold snap hits.

    Cleaning out your gutters is relatively simple but crucial task that will go far to protects many parts of your home: the roof, windows, doors, and siding, and will save your foundations and basements from damage caused by flooding.

    Of course, Fortress Roofing always stands ready to help your protect your roof and home anyway we can, but you can also check out this YouTube video for a simple tutorial on how to clean out your gutters on your own:

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