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How to properly ventilate a Mansard Roof?

I recently purchased a home with a Mansard roof, I had some roofers come to give quotes to replace the top (it is finished) and they all recommend adding ventilation (known issue with Mansard's). ...
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What is the method to seal a concrete roof?

We are staying in a home which has a concrete roof. Now we are facing leakage in the roof during rainy seasons. What do we have to do? How do we protect the roof from leaks?
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What is the minimum roof slope to accommodate rainwater drainage?

I have a patio with a 13ft(4m) by 26ft (8m) Roof, the slope runs vertically down the short (13ft) side.. and the height difference from the high point to the low point is only about 10in (25cm). ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of elastomeric coatings versus shingles?

I'm ready to reroof my house and want to consider an elastomeric coating rather than replacing the existing shingles. I'd use a local contractor either way
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Bringing unused chimney down below roof line?

I'm in the middle of renovating a balloon-framed house from the 1890's. The house is currently gutted. It originally had a standing-seam metal roof that was penetrated by a central chimney. At some ...
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Leaking corrugated metal roof

I have a place that has a corrugated metal roof under a wood deck. It's a pretty large area, maybe 40' x 40'. When it rains, water leaks through some of the nails. What would be the simplest way to ...
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Should I insulate my attic with a hot or cold roof?

I'm turning my 3rd floor attic into a usable space. It's a hip roof, 25' x 23', with one dormer. We just had new asphalt singles put on it and it was about 12 foot of ridge vent on the dormer / ...
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Possibilities for shielding porch deck from rain

My porch is farmhouse style (low to ground, no railing), and fairly narrow. The (metal) roof is exactly as deep as the deck. One annoyance that I have is that when it rains, the water coming off the ...
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Covering / Cap over DWV vent pipe

I've eliminated a DWV vent pipe during a bathroom remodel (consolidated fixtures and went from 2 vents to 1) but I don't want to mess with roof patching/repairing if I were to undo the penetration of ...
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Do I need soffit vents and can I add them without taking the roof apart?

Last year, we re-roofed out 83-year old house. We removed the 3-layer cedar/asphalt shingles and laid plywood decking, 30# paper, ice-barrier and 26-gauge metal roofing. As far as ventilation, we just ...
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Do I need Attic Fan in Garage?

My garage is about 20" x 24" and I have made attic in the Garage by adding plywood, insulation & sheet-rock, It is nicely done and as soon I finish this project, i realize, i do not any ...
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Galvanized Gutters Required For Dormer With Rubber Roof?

I have a long dormer and currently there is no gutter, water just runs off and is starting to seep into my basement. I got an estimate to install gutters on the dormer and the contractor said that ...
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Gable and Roof Vents Together?

I need to add some additional exhaust venting to my attics, along with some along the soffit as well. I need some knowledge on a few things as I can't seem to find answers for them on the interwebs: ...
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Is it economically reasonable to cool the roof by water evaporation

I want to estimate the outcome before going into hassle of installing the sprinklers/mist emitters. I have a place on the last floor, you can call it an attic, directly under a flat roof which is ...
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Getting R38 in roof with 2x8 rafters

I was planning to use foil faced 2" polyiso plus an air gap, plus 5 1/2 rock wool, to get 13+3+23, or r39. But this is all between the rafters below the roof deck, and the polyiso is impermeable. If ...
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Considerations for spray foam insulation with roof replacement possible in about 10 years

We have an old house in the Philadelphia area which we bought last year. This has a slate roof and we were told by our home inspector that we'd need to consider replacing it in 10 years. It is the ...
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Insulating a post and beam construction roof/cathedral ceiling

My house (built 1972) has a cathedral ceiling with post-and-beam construction in the main room. The ceiling temperature can get as high as 90F, or even greater on a very hot sunny summer day, as ...
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How do I seal a leaky roof and repair the minor ceiling damage it caused?

We recently had some very heavy rains and during the worst of it we had some leaks. When I noticed the problem, I went into my attic and found out that the leak was coming from around a vent in the ...
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Is sheathing required under a hybrid concrete tile roof?

We have hybrid concrete tile roof that has concrete tiles attached to a dense foam backing. The roofing was installed about 15 yrs ago. In looking in the attic, I noticed there is not plywood or ...
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How do I protect and insulate a ceiling built against the roof?

My upper floor used to be a large attic. Sometime in the past the entire space was converted to living space: 2 bedrooms, 2 finished closets, and two unfinished storage "closets". Much of the ...
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Need a new roof but have2 gable ends and no overhang for soffit vents

I have about a 1400 square foot roof with a 6/12 pitch. The house was built in the 50's and there are no soffit vents, but there are 2 Gable ends. I need to have a new roof installed and am adding a ...
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How do I build a Gambrel roof?

We would like to put a Gambrel Roof on a 32 x 32 log cabin we're building but I don't know the formula or how to build the Gambrel roof. Please help We're building this cabin ourselves and love the ...
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Reliability of stone granules on a steel roof

I am putting a new roof on my home. I am deciding between an aluminum roof, or a stone-granule coated, (Metro) galv-alum steel roof. I like the look of the Metro steel roof, but I am concerned that ...
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What are the pros and cons of steel vs. aluminum metal roofing?

I'm considering a new roof for my suburban home. The home is about fourteen years old and the shingles are in so-so shape. We have had two leaks already and I've been told that means it is a good ...
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Should I fill in 15-20 nail holes in my roof underlayment? If so, how?

I goofed right off the bat when installing shingles for my garden office roof. I forgot to trim the rake of the first shingle in the starter strip. The net result is that it wasn't aligned properly. ...
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question on the roof structure of my garage

This is a follow-up question on how to carry 20ft lumbers to home. Thanks for the advices and comments. I learned a lot. :) Because the question is now diviated from the original question, I made a ...
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Flow rate of water in a gutter system

I am attempting to build a waterfall out of a gutter system. I currently have an awning that is 72" by 48" with 3" high (tentatively) buffers on each side to keep the water from flowing off. The ...
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When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?

I'm getting ready to shingle a roof for a shed/outdoor office and I'm confused on if/when I should use plastic round cap roofing nails: I haven't seen these used in any instructions (including the ...
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Can I insulate flat roof using this method?

I just wonder if I can insulate my flat roof in northern India by following steps as under: Apply a cover of Bitumen Cover it with polythene (for water proofing) Lay used cement bags on polythene ...
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Cottage roof leaks

In a cottage that is unheated in the winter, snow sits on the eaves trough and when it melts it finds a way to seep into the cottage, run along the rafters and get leak into the living area. How can ...
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Should this roof be fixed now (shingles)?

My wife and I just bought a house, and it looks like the previous owners did a partial repair job on the roof. Shingles on the front of the house look OK, but the back not so much. I see some granules ...
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Water seeping through stained concrete in slab foundation - during heavy rain only

I bought a house in north Dallas, about a year ago, the house was built in 2000 and it is a single story house. There were no problems reported or found during the inspection for the foundation or the ...
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Pitch on a patio roof

Recently I decided to re-roof my patio because it has been leaking in several places. That's when I noticed that my patio had very little rain run-off. My patio is 24' wide by 17' deep. The roof ...
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Should I fill in holes in a roof deck before installing underlayment?

I'm getting ready to install roofing shingles on an outdoor shed/office. The roof has a small/moderate incline. At the moment, the roof just has bare plywood on it. In several spots, I needed to ...
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Is it possible to collect rain water from a roof for drinking use?

For a re-roofing or new build, I was pondering the possibility of capturing and purifying water for drinking use. Are there good examples of this? What roofing materials should be used or avoided? ...
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Conflict with roofer [closed]

I hired a local roofer to redo my roof. One of the items in the contract is to "INSTALL 7/16” OSB SHEATHING OVER EXISTING ROOF BOARDS." The roof boards are rough sawn 3/4 inch thick pine, with a 1/2 - ...
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Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod

I have a cape cod style home, pictured below. The second story living space on the back side of the home is created by having a lower pitched roof. So, the front and back sides of the roof have ...
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Where to start with raised deck

I currently have a flat roof over my patio which looks really solid as it is an extension of a flat room from my living room. I want to have someone come out and verify the integrity of it along with ...
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Ok to roof-over in the rain?

A buddy and I will be installing a second layer of composite shingles over the old ones already on my roof. Should we consider doing any of this in the rain?
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What is better for a roof, plywood or OSB?

While watching the builders next door do their thing, I became curious with their technique to install plywood on edges neighboring the next townhouse, and OSB for the rest (which for these narrow ...
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Does a vaulted ceiling roof need venting?

I'm buying a house in Colorado, and the house has a vaulted (cathedral) ceiling such that both the plywood sheathing and the ceiling sheetrock are attached to opposite sides of the rafters, i.e. no ...
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How to prevent squirrels from damaging pipe boots?

I have a few pipe boots on my roof that squirrels like to munch on. I'm not sure why but it creates a lot of work for me. How can I prevent this from happening again once I fix the boot? This is ...
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How to remove moss from my roof?

My roof seems to be growing moss and I'd like to remove it. I did some research and it looks like the solution is to mix water and bleach, spray the mix on the moss and then scrub the moss off about ...
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Is it possible to install soffits from inside of the attic?

Is it possible to install soffits on the inside? I requested a quote from someone to unblock or install more soffit vents and on the quote he wrote " more vents install by soffit". He made no ...
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How to calculate steel beam and posts size to replace existing wood beam in terrace

I have a covered terrace that extends 10' out (West) from the house towards the yard/pool and has a width/span of 32'. The current beam is made up of (2) 2x6 in wood placed side-by-side functioning ...
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Is a roof made out of glass viable?

I have thought about that if I am ever going to build a single floor house this is what I would do. I would make the whole roof out of glass (like a greenhouse). This glass roof would be made out of ...
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How to insulate roof from heat (sunlight)

I'd like to insulate roof which is over my flat in 4 store building. MY flat is the last one and every summer is a killer for me as about for 1 month a year I have constant temperature of 30 Celsius. ...
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Should I replace fallen gutters?

This past winter a heavy snow fall ripped two sets of gutters off our house, and I haven't had a chance to re-hang them yet. One is over our back door and it's really annoying having the running off ...
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Low-slope roofing

I bought a house a year ago and the section above the mudroom started leaking, so I had to tarp it. I am looking to reroof / roof-over the entire thing later this year, and I've done some research and ...
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Is this “ice damming”?

The north-north-west side of our house has a 2 foot soffit/overhang. This morning we notice that the vinyl siding of this wall is covered with icicles. It looks like water is somehow getting into the ...