Technical Bulletins

These bulletins offer concise, easy-to-understand information on common maintenance, repair, installation and weather-related topics affecting both residential and commercial roofs. Note: These documents and their related diagrams are copywritten by ARMA and are for the use of individual visitors to this site. They are not for duplication, distribution or inclusion into other texts without the express written consent of ARMA. Single copies of all ARMA technical bulletins can be downloaded directly by clicking on the title of the Technical Bulletin you need.

Further technical information can be found in ARMA's additional publications, such as the Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual, which can be purchased through ARMA's online bookstore. Click here to browse through ARMA's wide variety of general, educational, and specialized publications on both residential and commercial asphalt roofing. 

Residential Roofing

Click on the bulletin title for more information and a download link.

Asphalt Shingle Recycling FAQs

 

What is asphalt shingle recycling?

It is becoming increasingly common for shingles to be recycled versus being sent to a landfill. Shingle...

Asphalt Shingle Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

Asphalt shingle recycling is becoming very common as an alternative to sending materials to a landfill. Shingle recycling is the process of taking asphalt shingles from roof tear-offs and...

Algae Discoloration of Roofs

For many years, roof discoloration caused by algae has been observed throughout the United States and Canada. The discoloration usually has a brown to black appearance, and may be mistaken for...

The 2010 Florida Building Code, Residential and Asphalt Shingle Wind Classifications

Introduction

The selection of asphalt shingles to meet the 2010 Florida Building Code, Residential (FBC-R) requirements for wind

resistance relies on three...

The 2010 Florida Building Code, Building and Asphalt Shingle Wind Classifications

Introduction

The selection of asphalt shingles to meet the 2010 Florida Building Code, Building (FBC-B) requirements for wind resistance relies on three separate sets of...

Coating of Asphalt Shingles After Installation

ARMA strongly advises against the application of any type of field-applied coating over installed asphalt shingles. There are many types and formulations of roof coatings so it is important to...

Water Soluble Residue Found on Asphalt Roofing Products (“Tobacco-Juicing”)

The formation of a “tobacco-juice” residue, so named for its color, has been widely attributed to the weathering of asphalt roofing (i.e., roof coatings, base and cap sheets and...

When Does a Shingle Comply with ASTM D3462?

Shingles that are in conformance with ASTM D3462 at the time of manufacture have a proven track record of performance, meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

 

Asphalt...

Color Shading of Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Outline of the primary and secondary causes of color shading. Suggests ways to avoid this purely aesthetic problem.

 

Definition

As a roof is viewed from...

Plain Facts About Buckled Shingles

Reviews the causes, prevention and correction of buckled shingles.

 

Description

Buckling is the result of asphalt shingles not laying flat due to the...

Recommendations for Application of Asphalt Shingles on Steep Slopes and Mansard Construction

Defines the maximum slope for normal shingle application and suggests different installation methods for slopes beyond that maximum.

 

Over the last few years, architectural...

Preventing Damage from Ice Dams

Installation procedures for eaves flashing over low and steep sloped roofs. Includes illustrations.

 

Snow and ice formations on roofing structures can create ice dams at the...

Nail Application of Asphalt Strip Shingles for New and Recover Roofing

Criteria for proper placement and application of roofing nails.

 

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recommends that properly driven roofing nails be utilized...

Syndicate content

Modified Bitumen Roofing

Click on the bulletin title for more information and a download link.

VOC Considerations for Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt Roofs Can Meet VOC Requirements

While volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations have tightened over the years, asphalt roofing products have kept pace. Asphalt...

ARMA Lightweight Structural Concrete Roof Decks Statement

Decks may not be suitable for durable, sustainable roofing systems

The roofing industry is increasingly experiencing roof system performance issues when roof systems are...

Decking Recommendations for Built-Up Roofing and Modified Bitumen Membranes

Introduction

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recommends that the structural roof deck meet certain minimum requirements to be an acceptable substrate...

Photovoltaic Systems and Low-slope Commercial Roofs

Introduction

The push toward sustainable building practices has led design professionals to look at roofs as more than just the waterproofing element. They view the roof as...

The Effects of Ponding Water

Ponding water can have major negative consequences, regardless of the type of roofing system. Proper design, installation and maintenance of roofing structures can prevent this condition and its...

Effects of Roof Color and Solar Reflectance on the Accumulation of Moisture in Roof Systems

Introduction:

Moisture content within a roofing assembly may fluctuate significantly over the life of the roof depending on a variety of factors including, but not limited...

Self-Adhesive Modified Bituminous Roofing Membranes

Modified bituminous roof membranes continue to be popular option for low-sloped roofs due to their proven performance. Historically these products have been torch-applied, mop-applied using hot...

Water Soluble Residue from Asphalt Roofing Products ("Tobacco Juicing")

Describes origin of tobacco juicing and the effects this residue may have on modified bitumen roofs. Provides ways to minimize/eliminate residue runoff.

 

The formation of a...

Cold Weather Application Recommendations for Modified Bitumen Roofing

Overview of proper storage, handling and application methods in cold temperatures. Contains information for both torch-applied and hot asphalt-applied products.

 

...

The Effects of Greases, Oils and Chemicals on Modified Bitumen Sheet Materials

Breaks special contaminants into three categories: oils/greases, bacteria/fungi and other chemicals. Adverse effects are highlighted for each category. Includes methods for preventing roof...

Syndicate content

Built Up Roofing

Click on the bulletin title for more information and a download link.

VOC Considerations for Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt Roofs Can Meet VOC Requirements

While volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations have tightened over the years, asphalt roofing products have kept pace. Asphalt...

ARMA Lightweight Structural Concrete Roof Decks Statement

Decks may not be suitable for durable, sustainable roofing systems

The roofing industry is increasingly experiencing roof system performance issues when roof systems are...

Decking Recommendations for Built-Up Roofing and Modified Bitumen Membranes

Introduction

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recommends that the structural roof deck meet certain minimum requirements to be an acceptable substrate...

Photovoltaic Systems and Low-slope Commercial Roofs

Introduction

The push toward sustainable building practices has led design professionals to look at roofs as more than just the waterproofing element. They view the roof as...

The Effects of Ponding Water

Ponding water can have major negative consequences, regardless of the type of roofing system. Proper design, installation and maintenance of roofing structures can prevent this condition and its...

Syndicate content