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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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German tile roof installed using dowels

During a trip to Germany many years ago, I saw workers replacing broken red tiles. I was surprised to see them turn some sort of crank, and the whole line of roof tiles, hooked to some sort of dowel, ...
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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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How to prevent concrete roof from Absorbing water

It's winter again and rainwater still collects on my flat roof due to it's bad tilt, Because of that the concrete absorbs a lot of that water into the second floors roof and it's really visible on the ...
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Ways to Safely Repair 45 Degree Pitched Roof without Jacks?

What methods can a person use to safely repair a roof that is slanted at a 45 degree (or greater) angle without using Roof Jacks? Is there anyway it is possible for a person to safely walk on such a ...
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Flow rate of water in 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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Exhaust fixture for venting bathroom fan through roof

I'm planning to install a roof vent for a bathroom exhaust fan I'm putting in. I'm thinking about using one of these: but I was wondering if I need to worry about it getting blocked by ice or snow? ...
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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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Can I remove a furnace compartment vent that's obstructing roof repair?

There are two vents going up to our roof, one is the normal vent from the furnace exhaust straight up to the roof. But right next to it there's a second vent pipe, a little larger and single wall. ...
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Best shoes for walking on a standing seam metal roof?

I went up on my roof this weekend to do some work on an antenna and clean chimneys. It's the first time I've been up there since I replaced the hail damaged asphalt shingles with standing seam steel. ...
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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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Lift existing roof frame to replace top logs in log home

We have a log house with a 12/12 pitch roof. This summer we're planning to take off all the old asbestos tiles and leave the existing roundwood framing and put in new tiles of some kind, or metal ...
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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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Is Roof De-Icing Cable good for the roof?

Is heat tape or Roof De-Icing Cable good for the roof?
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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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Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?

I have built some of the "arches" for a gambrel roof, I know support is needed so the roof doesn't collapse. Is it reasonable to run twin metal straps around the roofing diagonally on the outside for ...
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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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What is the max distance between top of gutter and the roof tiles?

I am about to replace my gutters, one guide I have read say the gutter should never be more then 30mm below the bottom of the roof tiles, another says 50mm. What is the reason for this? What is a ...
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How do I approach new water stains on my ceiling?

I am a brand new home owner with almost no experience with DIY stuff. There was a few days of significant rain and now my wife noticed some stains on our 2nd floor ceiling that we are pretty sure ...
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Low slope roof (2:12) - acceptable for metal roofing?

I'm designing a garage for my backyard and I want to obscure my view as little as possible. I've read that asphalt shingles aren't great on a 2:12 slope, so I'm just planning on using metal roofing. ...
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How should I stop condensation on my roof that's leaking into my home?

Condensation in my attic causes frost which melts on warm days and leaks through my ceilings. I plan to add more insulation this spring. I have installed a bathroom ceiling fan to help with moisture. ...
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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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Why should I repair/replace roof just because it's old?

My roof is old. Shingles are worn down, some are torn, and there are some nails coming through some shingles. I'm being told by some contractors there for other reasons that my roof needs immediate ...
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How to I safely anchor a safety line to a chimney?

I am going to be installing an antenna at the top of my brick chimney and I'd like to be able to use a safety line with a fall arrestor. The chimney visually looks OK. I'm trying to figure out the ...
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How can I add insulation to my roof?

I have an old 1930's house, the upstairs of which is in the pitched roof space. I've just checked and it has no insulation what-so-ever up there, so it is very much the same temperature as a loft at ...
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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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Optimize insulation cost / benefit

I have roof made by scheme from images. Both should be same, just different angle. I have 20cm of space yet to fill. How can I calculate conductivity in W/m2K if i fill missing 20cm of space with 20cm ...
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What type of furnace vent pipe is this?

I need to extend my furnace vent pipe up 2 foot above the ridge of my roof to comply with IBC. So I need to couple this pipe somehow and extend it up. Any idea what type of pipe this is and how I ...
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concrete and slate roof has started to leak

I have a house with a concrete roof with slates stuck on it (probably using gypsum). The roof is pitched, I would guess somewhere around 20 degrees. It has started to leak in a few locations. Can ...
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Condensation at roof, down outside of furnace/water heater vent. What is happening?

I am getting condensation dripping down the outside face of my furnace vent at the roof. I think I know why this is happening I'm just curious how to remedy it. There is a cast iron exhaust pipe that ...
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How can I patch holes in the roof left by satellite dish removal?

My house came with 2 satellite dishes mounted to the roof around the same place. I've never used them. Recently, wind managed to push them down so that one came down completely and the other was ...
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Moisture/Dew on Roof in Morning

I just had a new roof installed and it looks decent enough. They replaced my metal ventilation with some plastic vents, which is fine, but I'm not sure if it was enough. I had a two layers of asphalt ...
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Extending the back of our house

We are going to be replacing our entire roof with a metal roof this summer. I was wondering if it would be possible to extend the back of our house before we put on the new roof. We would have to pour ...
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I need a blue print or measurements on how to build a barn roof

I am building a 16'x 16' shed and would like to get a blue print or mesuements on how to build a barn roof on the 16' shed
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Roofing solution for “dead valley,” where one plane goes into side wall?

Problem I am reworking my roof on the front of my house. The previous roof had been leaking down the corner of the house where the garage and porch roofs come together. The previous roof had a sort ...
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How do I clean a white cement Spanish-type tile roof?

I have a white cement Spanish type tile roof that is very dirty. What is the best way to clean it? Can I power wash it?
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Should I add wood sheathing to a metal roof car port?

I'm making a carport that is about 10 feet wide with 2x6's for the "roof frame" and 4x6 posts. I was going to use a medal roof using tin I think. Do I first need to put down wood sheathing? Or can I ...
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Which flat roofing system requires the least maintenance?

I am a board member of my townhouse homeowners association and our townhomes are unfortunately very tall (need a lift or 60 ft ladder to access the roofs) and also the builder made the roof one single ...
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Does water dripping through my soffit indicate a problem?

When it rains, water drips through the soffit and along the inside face of the fascia. This picture shows the water dripping through, but when it rains harder sometimes there's more: My landlord ...
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How to stop this small roof from leaking?

We have water stains in the ceiling drywall underneath this small section of roof. I suspect it's due to the loose metal that's on top of the shingles. The fasteners on the top of the metal are ...
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Fixing glass onto a porch roof

Ive made myself a fairly large porch area on the front and side of my house. Im in the UK but Ive always liked American style porches, so ive ended up with a porch that is 7.5m along the front and ...
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Do I run screws through the “tops” or through the “bottoms” of the corrugated steel in roofing?

Suppose I want to cover a roof with corrugated steel sheets. Imagine a sheet laying on the roof. It will have "tops" - zones that are further from the roof surface and "bottoms" - zones that are ...
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What's the true longevity of exposed fastener metal roofs?

I want to replace my roof. Exposed-fastener metal roofs are popular and common where I live, but nobody nearby has owned one long enough to really comment on the longevity. I worry that over time, the ...
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Will foam-filling this gap create problems?

I'm trying to find out if I can spray-foam fill a gap in my ceiling. I have an almost-flat rubber roof, 1" foam, wood planks, then a gap created by 2x6s, then the sheetrock ceiling. I'm in PA, climate ...
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Do I need to add roof vents if I close off a small attic space in the garage?

I have a small section of roof over the front of my garage, which I would like to insulate and drywall (making my garage fully insulated). It is 39" high, and 54" by 17', framed with 2x4 trusses, ...
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How do I handle significant snow and ice dams on a 4/12 gable roof with ridge vents?

It is our first winter in a new-to-us house, that has a pretty flat roof (3/12-to-4/12 pitch), and a ridge vent along the entire top of the roof. We just had the snowiest December on record ...
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Can you use plywood as roofing?

I've seen buildings where plywood was used as both wall sheathing and siding. T-111 is commonly used this way, for example. Would it work to do the same thing on a roof? I assume it wouldn't last ...
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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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Hardware (clamp and/or spacers) to mount a horizontal pipe to a roof?

Related question: What is this called (adjustable angle pipe footplate)? After posting that previous question, I began to think that there's likely both a cheaper, and sturdier way to accomplish what ...
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How much work would be required to repair this roof?

I'm looking to buy a new house that needs a lot of work doing (almost a complete renovation job, rewiring, plumbing, damp proofing etc). On the last visit I went up into the loft to see what work ...