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Roofing Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring roofing ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

Home technology expert Ross Trethewey displays solar reflective roof shingles.
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Future House: Solar Reflective Roof Shingles

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey explores the design and testing of asphalt roof shingles that can reflect some of the sun’s heat away from the building.

Fire-Resistant Roofing and Siding

Wrap your home's exterior with these naturally non-combustible and fabricated fire-resistant materials

Innovations in Metal Roofing Panels | TOH 2021 Modern Barnhouse

With the ability to be snap-locked or mechanically-seamed, a brand new product from Bridger Steel offers a quicker and easier installation than traditional double-seamed panels.

31 of Your Toughest Roofing Questions Answered

The TOH pros offer up their best advice for shingling properly, sniffing out leaks, and knowing when it’s time to reroof an old roof.

Roofing system at the Cottage on the Cape Idea House.
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A Reliable Roof at the Cottage on the Cape

A sturdy roof is crucial in regions prone to harsh weather, like our Idea House in Eastham, Massachusetts. Here’s how ZIP System’s roof assembly with integrated underlayment offers immediate protection during construction, and long-term protection for years to come.

3 Types of Flat Roofs

New flat roofing options are appearing. They wear better than older material, but they cost more, too.

Roof of the 2020 Idea House
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Roofing Innovations | 2020 Farmhouse in Fairfield County 

Learn how GAF’s Timberline American Harvest shingles combine texture, dimension, and beauty with exceptional durability to keep the TOH 2020 Farmhouse safe and looking beautiful for years to come.

Roof Shapes

From gable to shed to barn-shaped, discover the different types of roof designs that give each house its distinct character.

Antique Home Decor: 20 Easy Ideas

These modern versions of old world home accents give the same look without the wait (or cost).

Metal Roof Styles: Colors, Paint, & Accents

From smooth and seamed to deeply embossed, and in a range of colors, there’s a metal-roofing profile to suit virtually every architectural style.

12 Types of Dormer Roofs

Here are the different types of dormers that have been designed over the years to let in light and add more space to attics.

Discussing an integrated panel and tape system for roof and wall assemblies.
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Creating a Secure Enclosure for the Cottage on the Cape

Learn how ZIP System’s integrated panel and tape system for roof and wall assemblies kept the This Old House Idea House on Cape Cod construction moving swiftly and efficiently—and how it will continue to help the home achieve higher efficiency and protection for years to come.

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.

Photoshop Redo: Dressing Up a Cookie-Cutter Ranch

Facade improvements, including a new roof and porch, give a simple one-story house an elegant new look

Gables

The triangle formed by two sloping roof planes is a defining characteristic for a house. Take a look at some striking examples of the form these end walls can take.

Cupolas

These diminutive structures sit atop a roof ridge and bring light and air into a dark attic space. Check out a few cupolas that also bring style and interest to their top spots.

Roofing Materials

If you're building a new house or re-roofing an existing one, your choice of materials will have an enormous impact on the look of your home as well as on your bank account.

What to Consider When Buying Skylights

Even a small skylight can make a big difference in a dark room.