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Comparing Roofing Materials

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

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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

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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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Testing Drip Edge Installations on Roofing

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

Sneak Peek: Brookline Rubber Roof

A mid-century modern offers a lesson in replacing a flat roof

Building a Flat Roof Right

Here's how the pros construct one so it stays tight and tight

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.

5 Safety Tips for Using an Extension Ladder

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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 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 Install a Copper Roof

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

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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 Prevent Ice Dams

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

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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.

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

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

Photoshop Redo: How to Update a Folk Victorian

A color update and period-style touches give an 1880s house even more charm

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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

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

Fire-Resistant Roofing and Siding

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

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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

Perfect Dormers at Winchester

At first glance the Winchester dormers look fine. But are they?

Walls (and Roof) That Won't Come Tumbling Down

The new construction at Carlisle consists of foam-core panels that are strong enough to stay put for a century, and solid enough to keep the fuel bills low.

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.

Emergency Roof Protection

What to do in the event your roof gets gored

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.

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.

Building a Flat Roof Right

Here's how the pros construct one so it stays tight and tight.

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.