Know Your House: What Kind of Roof Do You Have?
Gable, hip, gambrel, mansard — the shape of your roof says something about your home’s connection to earth and sky Gable, hip, gambrel,…
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…
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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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
How to Install Aluminum Soffits That are Maintenance-Free
Wrap the soffits and fascias on your home with prefinished aluminum and you'll never have to scrape, prime or paint those roof edges again. New…