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Would I use a contractor? Yes. Would roofers be able to weigh in on it? Not really, you want a surface people will be walking on. You'll want someone with specific carpentry knowledge. A general contractor, a framing contractor, or better yet a deck-building contractor would be better. My advice based on your photos in the comments: The beam ...


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I would say no - do not install the shingles in the rain. I say that in particular because I highly discourage you from piling new shingles on top of old ones. And removing the old roofing is not something you want to be doing in the rain. Any short cut that you get out of such an installation with new shingles on top of old ones is highly leveraged into a ...


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The problem with roofing in the rain especially this time of year is the temperature. The backings on the shingles stick better when it is hot. Even on a reroof the staples are doing some of the bonding but it is really the "glue" on the shingles that hold them flat. Not saying it won't stick but this is why it is best to roof in the summer. If it sticks ...


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It is quite possible to slide off a wet roof even if it's not that steep. Shingles over shingles are not remotely close to vapor-tight, so they will dry eventually.


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When I asked the roof contractor about soffit/ridge venting for my 1890's house, his opinion was that my gable vents were perfectly adequate. Since the switch-over would have generated additional income for him, I'm inclined to believe him.


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What are the joists made out of? How far apart are they? "Looks really solid" isn't a very scientific assessment. ;-) If the joists are wood, what kind are they? Are they suitable for wet outdoor conditions? Or is the deck going to be sealed so that the joists never get wet? You want to start by determining what kind of wood the joists are made out of to ...


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Metal window screen and black spray paint. I have squirrels that eat my resin lawn furniture. I swear they are as bright as Stephen Hawking and more destructive than chain saws.


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If you're putting zinc strips on your roof, BE SURE to use roofing nails!! Zinc strips worked extremely well on my prior roof so that when I got a new roof, even tho "shingles with moss repellent" were used, they didn't work as well as just the previous strips had. So I had my son put up zinc strips again but he used regular long nails (which I wasn't ...


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Certainly seems like it should be some improvement over the traditional method - how much is not clear, since the bags will presumably pack down and lose most of the insulating air spaces under soil pressure, but even "more or less solid" LDPE would be a slight thermal improvement over soil, if you have access to a lot of cement bags. A rigid foam ...


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Concrete cannot be the top layer of any roof. Most likely you have just a concrete slab and not roof system (with layers of insulation).What you should do is to cover concrete with metal sheet for example. What is extremely important is that this metal sheet isn't horizontal; it must be under slope. Now if you want to get it done properly you should put some ...


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I don't like it when someone attacks a question, asked for education. Hopefully you will not take this as a thoughtless attack. I can provide you with the answer that comes is the result of college statics and dynamics classes. What I can not do is provide you with an answer that carries the weight that would be provided by the stamp of a public engineer ...



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