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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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 7 Roof Problems and What to Do About Them

    Your roof covers the largest asset you own, so it pays to know the signs of trouble. Fortunately, many of the danger signals are easy to see-you…

  • 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…

  • How to Fix a Noisy Vent Hood Damper

    A pair of spring-loaded dampers almost always stop the damper clanging in a kitchen range hood vent cap.

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • Do Light Colored Shingles Last Longer?

    Light shingle colors have been shown to lower attic temperatures, but whether this means light shingles will last longer than dark shingles is…

  • 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.…

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