Roof

Keep your roof in top shape with these projects and tips that show you how install and repair shingles, improve ventilation and control water flow from your roof.

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  • Prevent Black Streaks on Roof

  • Black streaks on shingled roofs are a common, though mysterious sight. While not immediately damaging, they can prematurely age shingles. Here’s…

  • Roofing: How to Install Step Flashing

  • Continuous flashing is sometimes seen where a roof meets a sidewall, but in the long run step flashing will do a better job of preventing water…

  • Long-Lasting Metal Roof Panels

  • Interlocking metal roofing panels are expensive, but they’re DIY—friendly, they look great, and they’ll last 50 years or more. Get an…

  • Drip Edge Roofing Fix

  • The correct installation sequence for drip edge, roofing felt and ice and water shield can be confusing, since it changes from eaves to gable…

  • How to Roof a House

  • Follow along as we shingle a house from underlayment to ridge cap. The article includes detailed photos, drawings and clearly written…

  • How to Install Shingles

  • Learn the difference between “stair-stepping” and “staggering” shingles when roofing a house, and why staggering, though…

  • Add a Rain Diverter

  • Without gutters, rain and snow melt can flood steps, entryways and sidewalks. A rain diverter solves the problem without the expense of…

  • Prevent Ice Dams

  • Ice dams are a fact of life in snowy areas of the country, but they can be reduced and even eliminated with proper insulation and venting.…

  • Installing Chimney Flashing

  • This traditional, time-tested flashing method guarantees a leakproof fix. Follow this step-by-step process and you can fix the leak and save…

  • How to Build a Cupola

  • Roof-top cupolas can be used for both decoration and ventilation. In the days before roof and ridge vents, a cupola was the most effective way…

  • When to Clean a Chimney Flue

  • There's no one-size-fits-all rule for how often to clean your chimney flue. But in this article, we'll explain how to check your chimney to know…

  • How to Stop Chimney Water Leaks

  • The concrete crowns of masonry chimneys often crack with age, allowing water to leak in. This article explains how the crown works, what it…

  • How to Clean Soffit Vents

  • Blow out debris from your soffit (eave) vents to maintain good attic ventilation. It’ll save on air conditioning costs in summer and…

  • How to Clean a Chimney

  • Regular cleaning with a shop vac and standard chimney cleaning tools will prevent dangerous creosote fires. Here's what you need to know before…

  • Chimney Maintenance

  • Cracks and spalling in a brick chimney can get worse fast, but the fix is easy if you do it in time. Two pros share maintenance tips that will…

  • Do Gutter Guards Work

  • Solid gutter guards keep leaves and other debris out, prevent clogging and eliminate that unpleasant gutter-cleaning chore. They work better…

  • How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

  • Looking for a simple expansion that’ll give you more space in your home? A new dormer in a cramped, underused attic might just be the ticket.…

  • How to Improve Attic Ventilation

  • Adequate roof ventilation reduces cooling bills, extends shingle life, and prevents roof rot and ice dams in winter. Both roof and soffit vents…

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