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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.

  1. 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 are easy to install in just a few hours. They'll protect your house from expensive future repairs. This article will help you determine if your attic is properly ventilated and show you how to install more vents if you need them.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

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    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. It'll create the additional headroom you need to make a comfortable living space--an extra bedroom, studio or playroom. And a dormer window provides natural light, fresh air and perhaps some dramatic treetop views. Dormers look great from the outside, too, adding variety to a plain front and improving your home's curb appeal, not to mention the resale value. We’ll show you the major steps to follow when building a dormer, including how to cut and reframe your existing roof, assemble the dormer walls and frame your new roof.

  2. How to Roof a House

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    Follow along as we shingle a house from underlayment to ridge cap. The article includes detailed photos, drawings and clearly written instructions for every step of the job.

  3. Installing Metal Roofing Over Shingles

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

  4. How to Fix Gutters

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    Seal leaky gutters and straighten sagging and bulging gutters. We'll show you how to restore good drainage and your self esteem at the same time.

  5. How to Clean a Chimney

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

  6. When to Clean a Chimney Flue

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    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 when it's time for cleaning. Having a clean chimney can eliminate chimney fires.

  7. Making a Skylight Leakproof

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    For a leakproof skylight use a special flashing kit and installation techniques we show here.

  8. How to Prevent Ice Dams With Deicing Cables

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    Heat cables are a good solution to ice dam problems. They are inexpensive and easy to install if you have an outside outlet nearby. Photo Courtesy Of Easy Heat Inc.

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