Roof Construction

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Installing Dormer Windows to Arched Top House Dormers

They're available in various styles.

Installing Rafter Ties

Rafter ties are used to put together two opposite rafters.

How to Build a Steel Roof Truss

A steel roof truss offers strength and rot protection.

Understanding Roof Vents

We all want our homes to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. One way to help achieve that goal is to have a properly insulated and vented attic.

How to Install Metal Roofing

Metal roofing can hold up under all types of dangerous weather conditions.

Stick vs Truss Roof: Pros and Cons

Stick roofs are adaptable, but trussing offers more support.

How to Add a Gable Roof to Your Front Porch

Add curb appeal and value to your home with the addition of a gable roof to your front porch.

Valley Rafter

A valley rafter is built similar to other rafters but it runs from a wall plate to the ridge along the

Seat Cut

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

Roofing 8 - Applying Felt

Roofing felt acts as a waterproof barrier between the sheathing and the roofing material (shingles, etc.).

Roofing 9 - Shingles

Applying Asphalt Shingles Composite (asphalt) or fiberglass shingles is the most common roofing now

Roofing 4 - Layout

Just as you measured for spacing of the wall studs, you will need to measure for, and mark the location

Roofing 3 - Ordering Trusses

Ordering the Trusses Roof framing ranges from the simplicity of prefabricated roof trusses to the

Roofing 2 - Tools and Materials

Tools: Canvas Nails Belt Tape Measures: 33'' and 16 to 20'' 20-24 oz. Framing Hammer

Roofing

by Kim Kinrade Roofs were probably the first structures built by man. The skill to construct a shelter

Rafter

In construction terms, a rafter is a construction that is used to support a roof. In essence, the rafters

Purlin

Purlin, or purline, is a horizontal part of the support system in a roof. Purlins offer support for the

Pitch

Within the housing industry, the term pitch refers to the incline of a roof. A Carpenter builds rafters

Jack Rafter

A jack rafter is a unique rafter because it is cut off before it can reach the full length from the plate

Heel Joint

The heel joint of a trussed rafter is the most critical part of the rafter under standard conditions.

Gable Studs

Gable studs are the invisible members that hold a gable roof in place. Many do it yourself projects that

Gable End

A gable end is generally one of the main components of a gable roof. A perfectly crafted and jointed

Fly Rafter

A fly rafter is attached to the overhang, blocking, and the sheathing of your roof. It’s used beyond

Dormer

A dormer is a component or structural part of a building, usually one that comes out of the plane of

Built-up Roof

The built-up roof is generally a flat roof, or a low pitched roof, which is made of a number of levels.

Barge Rafter

A barge rafter is on the outside roof rafter, usually on the overhang of a gable. This ends up being

Saltbox Roof Pros and Cons

Colonial-era saltbox roofs offer interesting pros and cons.

How to Properly Cut Gambrel Roof Angles

A gambrel roof design is popular for barns or sheds.

How to Install Soffit to a Gable Roof

Installing a soffit on a gable roof sounds difficult, but with the proper tools and a little time, you

How to Build a Reverse Gable Roof

A gable roof or A-frame looks like an inverted V when viewed on end. This type of construction is popular

How to Build a Winged Gable Roof

A gable roof is the type that a child might make on a drawing of a house. This type of design is extremely

Installing Corrugated Plastic Roofing: Two Tips

If you are planning to install plastic roofs for your patio or porch, then corrugated plastic roofing

Roof Safety: 6 Essential Safety Tips

Before you even think about laying down your first shingle, review your roof safety rules first. Even

How to Build a Pitch Roof

A church steeple is a type of pitch roof.

How To Install Roofing Paper

Roofing paper is essential for a waterproof roofing system.

How to Replace a Wood Soffit with Vinyl

The wood soffit is prone to moisture damage and therefore could rot in time.

Tips for Using Copper Sheeting as a Backsplash

Copper sheeting is a popular metal used to make a kitchen backsplash. It creates a sleek and elegant design.

Hip Roof Truss Construction: Mistakes to Avoid

Less common than a standard seam construction pattern, a hip roof truss construction increases your home's aesthetic appeal and sets it apart.

Rubber Roof Coating Options

Many types of pre-packaged, rubber roof coating kits are available at your local hardware supply stores.

Choosing the Right Wood for Your Eaves

Wooden eaves have been used on roofs for centuries. A variety of different woods are available but which one is best for you?