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Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

If you don’t take care of problems with your roof before the cold weather arrives, those issues can worsen over time, creating an even more expensive roofing headache in the spring. Here’s what you need to know to prepare your roof for winter.

S18 E14, Tom Silva cleans a roof

How to Clean and Prevent a Mossy Roof

Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove moss from his roof and prevent it from growing back

What to Know Before Adding a Second Story to Your Home

If you live in a single-story home, at some point you may find yourself thinking about more space. While you could sell your house and buy a larger one, there may be more appeal to staying in your house and adding onto it. Read this guide to learn more about what it takes to add a second floor to your house.

How Much Does a New Roof Cost? (2022)

Many factors go into the price of a new roof, some of which you’ll have control over, some you won’t. Here’s a breakdown of what goes into a new roof cost.

The 5 Best Telescoping Ladders (2022 Review)

Telescoping ladders extend in one-foot increments, giving you the height of an extension ladder without the hassle of carrying and storing one. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best telescoping ladders on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Metal Roofing Cost Guide (2022)

Metal roofs are easier to maintain than their traditional asphalt shingle counterparts and can save you money on cooling costs in the long term. This metal roofing cost guide breaks down some of the most common types of metal roofs and their prices.

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.


Comparing Roofing Materials

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

old Ask segment, Tom Silva reshingles a roof

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

S20 E6, Tom Silva shingles a shed roof

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.

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

How to Shingle a Roof

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


Home Inspection Nightmares | Crooked Chimney

Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, mason Mark McCullough, and carpenter Nathan Gilbert share more home inspection nightmares

Best Sealants for Roof Leaks of 2022

Sealants cover roof leaks and protect the remaining area from water and sunlight damage. To learn more about preserving your roof, read our review on the best roof sealants.


Bringing the Outside In with Marvin’s Skycove

This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert explains a few features of Marvin’s Skycove window.

Common Roof Problems and How to Fix Them

Staying on top of these common issues will keep the water outside, where it belongs.

Training the Next Generation of Roofers

There’s a shortage of skilled labor in the building trades, and This Old House’s Generation NEXT program is seeking to attract and train workers to fill the gap. Learn how our friends at GAF joined the cause, inviting a pair of Youthbuild apprentices to their intensive roofing academy for invaluable hands-on education and experience.

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.

The 5 Best Snow Rakes (2022 Review)

To help make the snow removal process easier, the This Old House Reviews team researched the five best snow rakes on Amazon and created a comprehensive buyer’s guide that details the most important factors to consider before buying a snow rake. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores and online retailers like Amazon.

Fast Fixes for Ice Dams

Read these quick tips to help prevent ice dams before the snow even falls.

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.

How to Determine Roof Pitch

Here’s how to measure and calculate roof pitch from inside your attic.

3 Types of Flat Roofs

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

How to Fix Damaged Roof Shingles

We share step-by-step instructions for the three most common asphalt-shingle repairs.

Roof Shapes

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

Roof Drip Edge Installation

Protect your fascia with a sheet-metal drip edge.

Antique Home Decor: 20 Easy Ideas

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

All About Metal Roofs

It’s hard to top the versatile looks, longevity, and peace of mind that come with a roof made of metal. Read this guide to learn what you need to know before putting one on your own home.

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.

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.

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.

S39 E14 recreating decorative roof brackets with Kevin O’Connor and Charlie Silva

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.

Roofing system at the Cottage on the Cape Idea House.

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.