House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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How to Prep Your Roof for the Fall

Don't wait until the first snowfall to get these tasks done! Keep that roof in tip-top shape by running through this quick list.

12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately

A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...


How to Install Aluminum Soffits That are Maintenance-Free

You'll never have to paint the roof overhangs again!


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How to Clean a Chimney

Cleaning tips for a wood-burning fireplace chimney.


How to Fix a Roof Drip Edge

Felt over roof drip edge or drip edge over felt? Get the correct answers here.

Metal Roofing Installation: How to Install Metal Roofing Over Shingles

Metal roofing installation: What to consider when putting a steel roof over asphalt shingles.


How to Roof a House

Our pros show you how to do it right—and save thousands!

Comparing Flat Roof Vents and Turbine Vents

Is one type better than the other?


Long-Lasting Metal Roof Panels

DIY metal roof panels that look great!


How to Shingle a Roof

Pros and cons of two popular roofing methods for a how to shingle a roof project.


How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

A gabled roof looks great from the outside and adds space and light inside.

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How to Remove an Ice Dam From Your Roof

Combat ice dams this winter to prevent water damage in your home.


Installing Chimney Flashing

Leak-proof your chimney using this traditional, time-tested flashing method.


How to Build a Cupola

Decoration, ventilation and a hangout for your rooster!


Prevent Ice Dams

Take action now before the snow starts falling


Add a Rain Diverter

Channel water where you want it to go, without gutters

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How to Get Your Gutters Ready for Fall and Winter

How to Get Your Gutters Ready for Fall and Winter


Reader Project: How to Build a Cupola

Making only a few modifications to The Family Handyman’s How to Build a Cupola project, reader Bruno Bucci built this...


Severe Weather Guide: How to Reinforce Your Roof

When severe weather hits, you're going to want to make sure your roof's in tip top shape. Here are some...


Roofing: How to Install Step Flashing

Why step flashing works and how to install roof flashing against a wall


How to Fix a Noisy Vent Hood Damper

Add-on dampers stop the noise


Prevent Black Streaks on Roof

Why it's there and how to deal with it


How to Prevent Ice Dams With Deicing Cables

Heat cables are a simple, inexpensive solution to ice dam problems


How to Clean Soffit Vents

The best way to clean soffit vents is with compressed air

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Roof Flashing Techniques for Outside Corners

Make roof dormers and other outside corners leakproof