2016

  • How To Install A Wooden Gable Roof Soffit

    If you have installed a gable roof (barn-style), add a soffit to enhance the look of your residence because it hides the joists and piping. Soffits are horizontal panels placed on the underside of the eaves. They can be made from wood, plastic, vinyl, or aluminum, but wood is the most common. It doesn't require advanced skills to install wooden gable soffits. Here are tips to install wooden gable end soffits.
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  • Three Ways To Tell If Your Roof Is Eco-Friendly

    Eighty percent or more of the homes in the United States have roofs made of asphalt shingling, a roofing material that's cheap and easy to install. However, some homeowners are looking for improvements in efficiency, reflectivity, and longevity. Even if you have asphalt shingling, there are ways to make it more eco-friendly. Here are three criteria you can use to help you estimate whether your roof is eco-friendly or whether it needs modification or replacement to live up to your standards.
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  • 3 Tips To Help With A Durable Metal Roofing And Energy Efficient Roof Improvements

    Today, energy efficient home improvements are a great way to reduce energy costs and make your home environmentally friendly. It can also be a good solution for your home when maintenance like roof replacement is done. If you are replacing the roof on your home, you may want to consider using metal roofing and doing other improvements. Here are some tips to help you give your home an energy efficient design when you have metal roofing installed:
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  • Two Environmental Benefits Of Asphalt Shingle Use

    If you're looking at some of the environmentally-friendly options for replacing your roof, you may want to ask your roofer about asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingle roofing is a popular choice and one that can stand up to nearly any weather or hazards. Before you make a final decision on your roofing material, here are some things you should know about asphalt shingles. Minimizes Environmental Waste When you choose asphalt shingles for your home, you can actually reduce the waste that finds its way into landfills.
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  • Cleaning Out Your Gutters? Make Sure You're Prepared With These Items

    If you want to ward off damage to your roof and the exterior of your home due to clogged gutters, this will mean you have no other choice than to clean your gutters a few times a year. While keeping your gutters clean is a fairly straightforward task, it is still one that can require a lot of work and will involve you trekking up on the roof, which can be dangerous.
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  • Metal Roof Installation: DIY Or Hire A Contractor?

    A metal roof is a great alternative when you have some areas on your existing shingled roof that needs to be repaired or if you need a whole new roof due to damage or age. A metal roof has several advantages over asphalt shingles and other roofing materials. A metal roof is generally a lower-cost option and is easier to install. Plus, a metal roof is a great complement to almost any style of home.
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  • How To Felt A Shed Roof

    If you are installing a shed roof, the roof needs to be sealed from water damage. Roofing felt, a paper material made from fiberglass material that has an asphalt coating, is commonly used to add a protective layer. It is installed on top of the decking. You should be able to complete the installation felt paper yourself. Here are tips to install felt on a shed roof. Prepare to Work
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  • Considerations When Choosing Roofing Materials For A Victorian Gothic Home

    Victorian Gothic homes marry the asymmetry of standard Victorians with the dramatic, cathedral style of Gothic architecture. Key features include windows with a pointed arched shape and the presence of architectural accents like a roofed front porch, turrets, or parapets. Residential Victorian Gothics typically have wooden siding with wooden trim and at least one steeply pitched gable roof on the main house. Do you own a Victorian Gothic home with a roof in need of roof repairs or roofing replacement?
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  • Special Considerations When Choosing Roofing Materials For A Richardsonian Romanesque Home

    Richardsonian Romanesque homes boast an eclectic style that gets at least partial inspiration from classical Roman architecture. The homes have a stone or stone and masonry construction, rounded arched windows, and an arched front door flanked by decorative Roman columns.  These homes come in a variety of sizes and shapes, which range from larger country estates to taller, narrower city townhouses. Varying sizes also means the Richardsonian Romanesque family contains several roof types, including hipped and mansard main roofs with supplementary gable roofs.
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  • Three Great Roofing Materials For Hot, Dry Climates

    Not all roofing materials are created equal. If you live in a hot, dry climate, you'll need to choose a roofing material that does not break down when exposed to heat, reflects a lot of sunlight to keep your AC bills in check, and does not become brittle in the dry air. Here's a look at three such roofing materials. Slate Slate roofs can be costly. (Prices start at $9 - $10 per square foot for a basic slate roof.
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