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Roofing Videos

These This Old House videos showcase all of our roofing projects, how-tos, and designs.

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How to Make Decorative Roof Brackets

Decorative cedar brackets are often found under an overhang like a balcony or a roof. Some brackets may be structural, but in this case, these ornamental brackets are simply decorative and are part of the home’s original features. Watch as This Old House Host Kevin O’Connor meets with Builder Charlie Silva in his shop while he makes brackets himself.

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Comparing Roofing Materials

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva compares the qualities of different types of roofing materials

People putting felt paper over a drip edge to prepare to install roof shingles.
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How to Shingle a Roof

A step-by-step guide showing you how to secure shingles to a roof from start to finish.

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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

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How to Install a Copper Roof

This Old House experts install a standing-seam copper roof on a small addition

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How to Prevent Ice Dams

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to super-insulate an attic

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Testing Drip Edge Installations on Roofing

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the importance of a properly installed drip edge

Installing roof flashing
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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.

old Ask segment, Tom Silva reshingles a roof
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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

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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

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Westerly in Detail: Applied Rafter Tails

How do you apply rafter tails to the exterior of a structure after the walls have been sheathed? Home builder Jeff Sweenor developed a simple solution that's efficient to execute

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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