Month: January 2018

January 2018 Blog Post



In January 2018, an updated version of the HCI Residential Roofs course will launch. This has been the most popular of the HCI courses, with over 10,000 attendees since the program’s launch, and we seek to provide an even better experience for the next generation of students. The goal of the update was to make the course more engaging for the attendees and provide more direct learning experiences. The course will provide current building code information and have information on newer roofing products that will help the attendees in their day-to-day work tasks and also earn the Haag certification that will set them apart professionally.

The HCI Residential Roofs course covers the various types of steep-sloped roof systems found on residences and multi-family buildings, as well as information on the severe weather events (hail and wind) that can damage roofs. In addition to asphalt shingles, the materials covered included wood shakes and shingles; clay, concrete, fiber-cement, and synthetic tiles; slate shingles; and metal roofing. For the various roof systems, video segments will show manufacturing methods, installation techniques, and repair procedures. Case studies will be presented to show how Haag engineers have made forensics evaluations on particular projects to determine whether observed damages were caused by construction defects, manufacturing issues, mechanical contact, hail impact, or wind. Videos also will be shown of simulated hail impacts and the wind simulator machine in the laboratory of Haag Research & Testing. In learning groups, attendees will perform roof repair versus replacement cost calculations. The course will also show and discuss the growing role of UAV’s, a.k.a. “drones”, in making roof inspections.

The HCI Residential Roofs course is designed with several objectives in mind for our attendees. Upon completion of the course, the attendees will be able to identify the various components and materials used in typical residential (steep-sloped) roof systems. For particular steep-sloped roof systems, the attendees will be able to identify the type of roofing; identify conditions related to manufacture, installation, normal weathering, hail impact, wind forces, and mechanical contact; and the explain repair options and methodologies. Once damage has been identified to a roof system, attendees will learn techniques to estimate repair costs and compare the cost of repair to roof system replacement. Finally, the attendees will be learn methodologies to report the findings of their roof inspections.  

If you have taken HCI Residential Roofs previously and are approaching your renewal time, this is a great opportunity to attend the updated course. Or, share this information with your co-workers and colleagues. An upcoming schedule of courses can be seen here



Richard F. Herzog P.E., Meteorologist, RRC, and Haag Principal Engineer (04/2015)

Richard Herzog’s primary areas of consulting are Roofing Systems, Building Envelope Systems, Evaluation of Wind Damage to Structures, Construction Defect Evaluations, Meteorological Investigations, Development of Hail Analysis Software, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He serves as a primary advisor in the creation of many Haag Education seminars and products.  See his profile here.