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Top 6 Roofing Materials

From wood shake to asphalt shingles, roofing material is an important consideration that contributes to the overall look and style of your home. Updating your existing roof allows you to add value to your home and communicate your home’s look and feel. While roof...

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Staying on Top of Roofing Problems

Q: We recently had a roof put on our house. When the contractors got started, one of them fell through the roof and into our kitchen. The contractor said our roof was too far gone to save, so he suggested the best way to fix the problem was to build another roof right...

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How to Repair a Leaky Roof

Learn how to fix different types of roofs including flat roofs, asphalt shingles, and flashing.   Patch a Flat Roof Small holes in a flat roof can be patched with a specially made primer and patching system. The technique will vary slightly according to the...

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Designing a Roof Addition

Consider these four options so the new portion of your roof matches the original one. If you want your addition to looking like it could be an original part of the house—instead of an afterthought—focus on the roofline. No matter how well the rest of the design...

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Roofing Needs Require Some Math

To determine the pitch of the roof, measure over on a level line 12 inches from the edge of the roof on any part of the roof and measure vertically to see what the rise is.   Q: I hope you can help me figure out a number of materials I need to reshingle my...

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Roofing Rules

Q: I'm having new shingles installed on my home in Vancouver Wa. Looking at the estimate, I could not find a price for the roof paper. The roofer said that paper is not required for the new shingles. I thought it was required by code. A: For an answer about codes,...

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Top 10 Roofing Tips

Here are 10 things you must know about common roof leak locations and how to fix them safely. Think Safety First Fussing to try and find a leak as soon as it happens is something that could put you in the hospital. Meddling on a roof while it's raining or covered with...

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Roofing Basics

Roofing terminology can be a bit overwhelming. These basic roofing definitions will help get your project off on the right foot.   There's a lot to cover when it comes to learning about what types of materials go into roofing a house. Some of it involves some...

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Autumn Maintenance Tips

Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter. Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot...

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