Roofing Materials

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Can Reflective Roof Paint Save You Money?

The more heat you keep out, the less you have to cool.

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Ranking Roofing Materials

It's a huge investment, so weigh the pros and cons.

rain running off a corrugated metal roof edge
Best Roofing Materials for Rainwater Harvesting

Let the saving pour in with proper collection techniques.

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12 Things to Know If You're Considering a Metal Roof

They can be pricier, but they come with big benefits.

tesla solar shingles that look like slate
What Solar Shingles Should You Buy?

The tech is finally reaching commercial viability.

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Typical Life Span of a Copper Roof

It's one of the most durable exterior materials.

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Installing And Removing a Tar and Gravel Roof

It's messy and laborious, but easier with the right tools.

exterior house soffit
Alternatives to a Continuous Soffit Vent

Your attic needs to breathe. Give it the essential venting.

A metal roof.
5 Energy Efficient Roofing Materials To Use

There are many green options.

A person applying roll roofing on a flat roof.
How to Lay Asphalt Roll Roofing

It's a straightforward, waterproof solution.

Someone nailing down roofing tiles with a hammer.
Top 4 Least Expensive Types of Roofing Materials

Consider these materials if you're looking to keep your roofing costs low.

Man working on metal roofing.
Galvanized Flashing: Aluminum vs Steel

Weigh the pros and cons including cost and ease of use.

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Advantages of a Gable Dormer

These triangular roof areas create extra space for windows.

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3 Advantages of a Plastic Dry Verge

Dry Verge is used for protecting your roofing against moisture seepage and other weather-based issues. A dry verge is installed along the edges of roofs, and within any gapping in the roof space that can impair the structural or insulation integrity of the roof. Dry verges help against the roof being

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Installation Tips for Roof Ridge Vents

Installing roof ridge vents has several advantages, including adding value to your home. Adequate ventilation is an extremely important addition to the roof, because without the proper ventilation the roof material will deteriorate faster than it should, making it necessary to replace the roof sooner

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Alternatives to Vented Soffit Panels

A vented soffit is important since it provides ventilation and adequate ventilation is needed in attics; the rule of thumb is one square foot of ventilation area for each 150 square feet of attic floor area. Attic ventilation is needed to prevent condensation problems in the cold winter months. Also,

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Advantages of Vented Soffit Panels

Vented soffit panels are used to ventilate attic spaces. Ventilation is important to a home because it ensures the proper air flow throughout the house. Soffit panels are one of the best ways to accomplish this good air flow. Here are some advantages of vented soffit panels: Lower Energy Costs The attic

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Fascia Installation: Tips for Cutting Aluminum Fascia

In tackling an aluminum fascia installation for your home, you'll typically find yourself needing to cut the aluminum. There are probably a variety of methods you can use to cut it, but to do it the right way, if you've never attempted this, you'll need a few tips. Tip 1 – Wear Eye and Ear Protection

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How to Repair Plastic Fascia

You can buff out many imperfections and fill them back in.

Installing a slate roof
How to Patch a Leaky Slate Roof

Although durable, it's not indestructible.

Roof slate tiles
Repairing Damaged Slate Roof Tiles

Slate roof tiles are durable and beautiful.

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Pros and Cons of Asphalt Rolled Roofing

Asphalt rolled roofing is very popular.

What Is Composite Roofing?

Composite roofing uses a mixture of materials.

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White Cedar Shingles vs. Red Cedar Shingles

Red and white cedar is a great choice for outdoor projects.

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How to Make a Patio Roof with Polycarbonate Panels

This project takes quite a bit of time and effort.

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6 Common Roofing Materials

Choosing a roofing material is an important decision.

A white roof.
The Benefits of a White Roof

The color of your roof affects more than you'd think!

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How to Install Polycarbonate Panels in Your Greenhouse

Polycarbonate panels are used both as roofs and as walls.

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Fascia

The fascia is the final add-on that needs to be made when finishing installing a roof. If you have a

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How to Install Composite Roofing Shingles

Composite roofing shingles are very durable.

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How to Measure Roof Square

Measuring your roof square to determine material amounts.

Making Your Own Wind Vane

You can make a wind vane for a potting shed, deck or garden for decoration. Also called "weather vanes," these tools have been used for centuries.

A construction worker removing shingles from a roof.
5 ways to Recycle Roofing Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an environmental concern when disposing of them in landfills. Here are 5 ways to reuse them and keep the decomposing effects at bay.

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Asphalt Roll Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

When applying roofing materials to the roof, you have the option of going with asphalt roll roofing or with asphalt shingles.

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How to Finish Cedar Shingles

Cedar shingles are a wonderful architectural element.

Top 5 Most Durable Roofing Materials

When shopping for new roofing materials there are a lot of factors to consider.

tin roof
How to Install a Tin Roof

Whether you use a V-crimp or R-panel style, install a tin roof with some tools and 13 steps.

dilapidated roofing shingles
5 Types Of Roofs To Consider

Consider strength, aesthetics, and cost.

a metal roof with a dormer
How to Cut Metal Roof Panels

Here's how you cut metal roof panels correctly.

Essential Metal Roofing Materials for Installation and Maintenance

Metal roofing is preferred by many for its durability.

Galvanized roof with a fan and flashing.
How to Paint Galvanized Flashing

Galvanized flashing is an economical material to protect your home from unwanted water damage on your roof.

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How Much Metal Roof Material Do You Need?

Calculate the amount of metal roofing you need in six easy steps.

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How to Replace Polycarbonate Panels in Your Greenhouse

Polycarbonate panels are essential for the proper function of your greenhouse. However, over time the

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Pros and Cons of Polycarbonate Panels

Polycarbonate panels are a building material that few people may know about. A simple list of pros and cons is just the thing to start learning.

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The Evolution of Roofing Materials

From asphalt to solar panel shingles.