Roofing How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our roofing step-by-step tips & ideas.
How to Install Shingles on a Shed
In this DIY Smarts project, general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner the proper way to reshingle an old shed’s roof.
Common Roof Problems and How to Fix Them
Staying on top of these common issues will keep the water outside, where it belongs.
How to Patch a Roof Leak
The hard part about patching a leak in your roof is finding the leak itself. Once you’ve accomplished that, repairs are often relatively simple.
How to Install Drip Edge and Step Flashing
In this video, General Contractor Tom Silva teaches three apprentices from our GenNEXT program his method for roofing a section of the house that will receive significant snow loads.
Getting Algae Off My Roof
The black mold-like stains and streaks that appear on roofs, particularly light-colored asphalt shingles, is actually a blue-green algae.
How to Clean and Prevent a Mossy Roof
Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove moss from his roof and prevent it from growing back
How to Build a Copper Cupola Roof
Jason Senior of J&R Senior Sheetmetal Inc. illustrates how he forms copper panels for a standing seam roof
Testing Drip Edge Installations on Roofing
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the importance of a properly installed drip edge
Read This Before You Redo Your Roof
Four out of five homeowners opt for asphalt shingles—here’s the lowdown on choosing the right ones for your own roof.
How to Shingle a Roof
A step-by-step guide showing you how to secure shingles to a roof from start to finish.
How to Treat and Prevent Ice Dams
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the best ways to keep your roof and gutters free from those dreaded ice dams
How to Install Ice-Melting Roof Cables
Master electrician for Ask This Old House Scott Caron helps a homeowner install heat cables on his roof to stop ice dams
Antique Home Decor: 20 Easy Ideas
These modern versions of old world home accents give the same look without the wait (or cost).
How to Install Solar Panels
Renewable-energy expert Ross Trethewey demonstrates how photovoltaic solar panels work and the proper way to install them on a roof
How to Install a Copper Roof
This Old House experts install a standing-seam copper roof on a small addition
How to Patch a Leaking Rubber Roof
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva repairs a leaking flat roof with a new, long-lasting patch
How to Prevent Ice Dams
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to super-insulate an attic
How to Fix a Leaking Rooftop Vent Pipe
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to create a watertight seal around a vent pipe.
How to Get Rid of Ice Dams
Icicles may be pretty but they can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up into your house. Learn these fast fixes for ice dam removal, long term repair, and prevention tips.
12 Fall Fix-Ups That Pay You Back
Save yourself thousands in future repair, maintenance, and energy costs by not leaving these minor problems to get out of hand
Preventing Roof Moss with Zinc Strips
In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares tips for keeping a roof free of moss and mold
How to Make New Look Old
The homeowners, designers, and architect made mostly new construction on this 1830s farmhouse rehab look as if it had been there for nearly a century. Here's how
Roof Soffit Repair: Advice From a Pro
Need a soffit replacement? Here are pro-approved steps on how to rebuild your water-damaged roof edge, fascia included.
How to Reshingle a Roof
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to replace an asphalt-shingle roof
How to Remove Roof Moss
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares tips for keeping a roof free of moss and mold
From the Ground Up: Roofing and Siding
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how he installs roofing and siding to keep a house buttoned up and dry.
Some Commonsense Rules for Maintaining a Flat Roof
Flat roofs demand more attention than pitched roofs, but depending on your situation, flat might be the better bet.
Wright House, Wrong Roof
High-tech solutions for the architect's notoriously leaky design at Wingspread
How to Fix Damaged Roof Shingles
We share step-by-step instructions for the three most common asphalt-shingle repairs.