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.

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 to ventilate a stable, barn or even a house, and with new, rot-resistant materials they still work well.

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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…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Roof Flashing Techniques for Outside Corners

    Outside corners on dormers needs special flashing details to prevent water leaks. This article explains two foolproof methods for making sure…

  • 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…

  • Installing Metal Roofing Over Shingles

    Need a new roof? Covering your existing asphalt shingles with metal roofing might be worth the expense. Here are some pros and cons.

  • How to Remove Old Roofing and Tear Off an Old Roof

    We show you how to tear off old shingles safely and efficiently. We include tips on how to protect plants and the yard below and minimize to…

  • 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 Clean Roof Stains

    Do shingles on your north, west or other shaded roofs have streaky, moldy stains? Here's how to clean the ugly discoloration and keep it from…

  • Under-Deck Roof

    Convert the space under a second-story deck into a dry, spacious patio by installing this simple, under-the-deck roof and gutter system.

  • Comparing Flat Roof Vents and Turbine Vents

    Although more vent is generally better, replacing a turbine vent with a standard flat vent is acceptable, as long the vent is big enough for the…

  • Roof Flashing: Replace Plumbing Vent Flashing

    The metal or rubber flashing around plumbing vents can deteriorate or rust through over time, creating water leaks. Here's how to replace the…

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