Roof Construction

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Gambrel Roof Pros and Cons

They increase interior space but they can be hard to repair.

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How Much Do Standing Seam Metal Roofs Cost?

They're expensive up front but they outlast other materials.

metal gable roof with second floor balcony
Should You Use Metal for a Gable Roof?

Metal roofing is pricey but resilient.

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Transform Your Ceiling into a Sunroof

Putting a window in your ceiling? Do it like a pro.

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How to Shingle a Roof

Get it right the first time for lasting moisture protection.

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Gable vs Hip Roof

They're both popular styles.

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How to Add a Bird Mouth to a Roof Rafter

No, it doesn't have anything to do with fowl.

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How to Calculate Roof Truss Loads

Make sure your roof trusses are constructed correctly.

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How to Install Clay Roof Tiles

Follow these steps to install clay roof tiles yourself.

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How To Build A Sod Roof

This radical green option has become a popular choice.

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Building Shed Trusses

Shed trusses are no different from other kinds of roof trusses.

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Types of Tin Roofing

This affordable material is enduringly popular.

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Installing a Corrugated Tin Roof

It's an excellent material for light, simple buildings.

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How to Repair Leaking Roof Eaves

Eaves help direct water away from the building beneath.

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6 Tips for Installing Metal Roof Insulation

Insulating your roof helps provide energy saving as well as sound reduction.

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Roof Truss Spacing Made Simple

The key to building a proper roof truss is spacing. This comprehensive doit yourself guide will help you measure and install your trusses with ease.

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Seat Cut

A seat cut is a cut made in a rafter, specifically at the bottom of the rafter which will allow it to

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How to Build a Door Canopy

A door canopy is a cover that protects an exterior door.

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How to Heat Roofing Tar

It requires serious precautions.

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How to Clean Copper Roofing While Preserving its Finish

Keep copper from turning green with this process.

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Cutting Polycarbonate Roofing

Polycarbonate roofing is gaining popularity.

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Laying Flat Roof Felt the Right Way

Repel leaks with proper installation.

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Building A Mobile Home Roof

It's actually not so different from a stick built home.

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Tips to Repair Step Flashing

Step flashing on roofs is intended to prevent the intrusion of water between a wall and shingles where the step flashing on the side of the shingle meets a vertical wall termination. To repair these flashings there are certain facts you should be aware of to prevent unwanted water leakage. Preventing

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How to Add More Weight to Roof Truss Systems

Adding more weight to a wood truss system can easily increase the amount of weight that the entire roof can hold. Even though most structural engineers claim that each specific truss is manufactured to only hold a set amount of weight, adding some sister joists and braces can dramatically increase the

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Replace Roof Flashing Easily

Roof flashing is made up of metal sheets that serve as a last line of defense on your roof against water leaks. Roof flashing is placed on top of the wall construction and roof joints to prevent seepage of rain water inside the house. If there are water leaks in your roof, you can easily replace your

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How to Brace a Gable Roof

In roof construction, it is necessary to know how to brace a gable roof in order to maintain the integrity of the structure. Security and durability are the main concerns when building a roof, regardless if it is a gable roof, hip roof, flat roof or any other type. In the case of the gable roof, having

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Attaching a Porch Roof to Your Home: 6 Tips

Attaching a porch roof is a task which does not require too much work. Having a porch roof provides additional protection to your porch against the elements. Let us highlight a few basic tips which will enable you to attach a porch roof to your home by yourself. Tip 1 - Determine the Material A fundamental

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Circular Soffit Vents: Plastic or Aluminum?

Circular soffit vents are used to draw in cooler air at the eaves, which is then heated by natural convection in the attic and exits through vents in the roof or the gable ends or both. Older houses rarely have soffit ventilation of any kind, which can lead to problems. Circular soffit vents come in

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How to Hang Aluminium Fascia Boards

Aluminum fascia boards are placed on the edges of your roof in order to prevent water from seeping into the rafters and preventing damage. However, you must install them properly in order to ensure that the seal it creates is sufficient to keep the water out. Materials Metal Hole Punch Screws Brake

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How to Install Aluminium Fascia Trim

An aluminium fascia trim holds the fascia in place at the top along the roof rafters. The fascia itself hides or conceals the ends of roof rafters. This gives a smart look to the house and roof. The fascia is fixed to the ends of the rafter ends which it covers. Therefore, for a roof with rafters at

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Install Circular Soffit Vents in Existing Siding

Circular soffit vents are easy to install in existing siding, which ensures that your home meets necessary ventilation requirements for maximum efficiency. Proper ventilation allows your home to be moisture free, and prevents ice buildup during the cold winter months. It also allows the heat of summer

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How to Install a Strip of Circular Soffit Vents

One of the best ways to ensure your home has good ventilation is to install a strip of circular soffit vents. Attic ventilation is necessary to reduce utility bills and to ensure your roof will last a long time. Plus, with the correct ventilation in place, your home will suffer less natural weather damage

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What is the best way to paint corrugated metal roofing?

When painting corrugated metal roofing, there are important steps to follow. The first step is to clean the roof thoroughly. You can use a pressure washer to do this. Then use a wire brush to remove remaining rust. Next wash the entire roof with a bleach solution, rinse, and allow the roof to dry completely.

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Should I use metal roofing instead of shingles?

Choosing metal roofing or a shingle roof depends on the individual’s specific needs. Shingle roofs are more popular due to their lower cost and a variety of color and style options. Shingles can become loose and are easily damaged in storms. They may also harbor algae growth. Metal roofs, on the other

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Can I insulate metal roofing with rigid foam?

To insulate new metal roofing, it is easy to insulate it using rigid foam insulation. Place paper over the roof sheathing, staple this down, and install the rigid foam insulation on top of this layer. Place the pieces of rigid foam against each other, but do not permit them to overlap each other. Use

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Types of Floor Truss Systems

Every option has a different set of advantages.

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How to Cut Into a Hip Roof

When constructing a hip roof, one of your tasks is to cut the rafters that act as supports to the roof cover. As a roof specialist knows, there are three kinds of cuts that can be done to the roof timber. You have a “seat cut”, that is at a horizontally-level angle, a “plumb cut”, that is at

Roll roofing being installed by a professional.
How to Properly Install Roll Roofing

Find out if this less expensive option is right for you.

tile roof with chimney and metal flashing
How to Install Metal Roofing Flashing

It can help prevent moisture damage around tricky spots.

Large home with a hip truss roofline
Hip Roof Truss Construction: Mistakes to Avoid

Specialty construction requires some additional know how.

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Hip Roof Addition Mistakes to Avoid

This advanced task will yield appealing results.

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5 Ways a Hipped Roof Dormer Can Add Space to Your Home

An extra window can bring light into usable attic space.