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Questions tagged [roof]

For questions regarding the roof of a home or other structure in general, including roofing types, installation, maintenance and repair, upgrades, venting, and potential problems.

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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

During heavy rain, the water collects from my second floor roof and runs onto the first floor roof as it should. The problem is that since all this water is now concentrated from the second floor ...
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Is it safe to remove the bottom chords of a series of garage roof trusses?

See attached picture. Looks like an 8x10 cut-out. He wants to lift cars up so he can walk under them. Is this safe? Doesn't removing the joists affect structural integrity?
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What is the safe/correct way to work on gutters? From a ladder or from the roof?

I am very comfortable working on the gutters (usually just cleaning them) from one story up by just sitting on the roof. I do this on my own home over the garage and at my parents one-story home. I ...
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What is this balloon with “eyes” printed on it, hanging from the eave on this house?

I have seen this, or something very similar on various houses in the city I live in. It is rare enough to be remarkable, but common enough to make me think it is a "thing". Any ideas?
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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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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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Is there supposed to be a gap between the wall and the roof?

We bought a new house last year. Going up to the loft we noticed there is a considerable gap (5-6 cm) between the roof and the wall, like this: Is it supposed to be like that? It's freezing up there ...
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How do I use an extension ladder to get onto my roof?

I have a two storey house and need to get onto the roof to apply some heat paint on my furnace exhaust pipe before winter. It looks about 20-22' from the ground to the edge my eaves, so to be safe I ...
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What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable?

Had some roof work done last year after mother nature abused my house by way of an errant tree branch. I had always suspected my roof had poor ventilation, most notably when I wound up with a 200 lb ...
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Are tin roofs “permanent”?

My house has a tin roof over a porch. The house is about one hundred years old, and the tin porch roof is original, as far as I know. My question is whether the tin roof (which is currently in good ...
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Should plywood be missing on my roof?

I live in Canada and I just had my roof done on my house. I recently went in my attic and found out that some part of the roof is missing plywood :( In the following picture, there is no nails ...
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What is this large pipe coming out of my roof?

I've looked at the other "What pipe is this?" questions, and none of them that I've found seem to match... I don't know what the large metal pipe is (on the right side). Can anyone identify what it's ...
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Can I raise a sagging shed roof by winching the walls back into place?

TL;DR Can I fix the sag by slowly jacking up the ridge, simultaneously tightening some steel cables attached to the top of each wall? Measuring between the top of the wall and the top of the ridge, ...
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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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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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I need to get up on roof anyway, so what should I inspect while I'm up there?

I noticed a filthy tree rat (squirrel) poking its head out from a hole in my gutter leaf guards today. Gotta get up on the roof to clean and repair that mess. Since I'm two stories up already, what ...
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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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Hail hit my roof. Do I need to replace it?

We had a hail storm last night. Some of the pebbles were about an inch in diameter, although most were smaller. I went up and took some pictures of part of the roof. Most of the shingles look ok, but ...
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Should we replace shingles that are curling and losing the asphalt coating before winter hits?

I don't know how long ago this roof was shingled, but we've noticed that the asphalt shingles, in two patches, have begun to curl and lose their grit. Even after a late summer of fierce rain, at ...
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Why is water leaking near my bathroom's exhaust fan?

This weekend when the snow started melting on my roof, I noticed a small water spot developing around all three bathroom exhaust fans in my house. I'm guessing the water leaked in around the exhaust ...
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Is it a good idea to lay a second course of shingles over an existing shingled roof?

My shingles were a little worse for wear and I had a "friend-of-a-friend-who-used-to-be-a-roofer" come take a look at it and he said I could save some money on the demolition by just laying another ...
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Roofing : Pros and cons of re-roofing or re-layering

I am considering changing my roof which is 28 years old. I was quoted a total new roof at $9K and a re-layering (putting second layer over the first one) at $6K. Any comments on what is the downside ...
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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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Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house

The air in my attic gets superheated during summer, from the sun baking the (clay? terracotta?) roof tiles (I live in Sydney, Australia). I have good ceiling insulation, and even put in some sarking ...
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How do you locate roof leaks?

Sometimes the source of a roof leaks is difficult to find. The best approach that I've found for locating the leak is to have someone watch where the water is coming into the house (may be easiest ...
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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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Can I make the contractor redo a roofing job because he didn't replace delaminated plywood?

My wife and I recently moved into our first home. It's a raised ranch in CT that was built in 1967. I've been doing a lot of "refreshing" myself inside; however, I hired a roofing contractor to ...
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Bathroom vent terminates to attic not outside.

Bathroom vents terminates to attic. The Inspector recommended that it terminates to the outside. What is the best way to do this. Should I just place the bathroom vent next to the roof vent opening.
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Should I replace my roof or just fix it?

Has anyone done their roof by themselves? I have a long term plan of building upwards (a second floor on top of my 1939 Cape Cod). Problem is I may not be able to do this right now but my old roof ...
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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 do I temporarily cover a hole in my roof?

What is the best way to temporarily patch my roof? Tomorrow I'm going to be taking two chimneys out of my house. They are both brick and mortar chimneys. Both of them stick out the middle of my roof -...
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Cladding removed from sides of dormer, should it be covered if not being replaced for a week?

I'm having all of the soffits, fascias & guttering replaced along with cladding to the sides of upstairs dormer windows. The upstairs windows look like this picture: The guy doing the work ...
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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 to fit vents in a roof

The home we have just brought has no vents in its tiled roof; therefore it is getting a lot of condensation in the loft. So how do I fit vents? Do the vent you fix from the inside (rather than ...
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What is the lifespan of plywood as roof decking?

We have a 30 year old roof in New England, which we have begun to interview roofers for this spring/summer. The topic of plywood has come up and 2 have said we definitely need to replace the ...
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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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Can hail-damaged shingles be repaired, or should they be replaced?

We had a nasty hail storm recently and while none of the shingles are pierced or broken there is extensive damage to the top layer but so far we had no indication that the roof is leaking. Based on ...
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How can I keep animals out of my chimney?

I own a three story house with two chimneys. The chimney in the center of the house has two flue liners, one of which is used by our hot water heater and the other was for a fireplace that is sealed ...
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How is installing roof sheathing horizontally stronger than vertically?

Prompted by a comment in this answer: What is better for a roof, plywood or OSB? Why is it stronger to install roof sheathing horizontally? Yes, it ties in more rafters, but in what manner is that ...
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What do I do with a leaky roof in the middle of January?

I removed the ceiling Sheetrock and insulation during a bathroom remodel in my master bathroom on the 2nd floor of my house. I have snow on the roof that is melting and I found two small drips coming ...
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What kind of vent is pictured here and what are its uses?

While my roof was being replaced, I requested that they install two roof vents. One for laundry and one for bathroom fan. They installed two of these. I just tried connecting the bathroom fan to this ...
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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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Is there a recommended vent for new roof?

I am redoing my roof. I already decided to add sofit ventilation which I currently do not have. I have gable vents, and already decided to go with normal eyebrow vents Vs ridge ventilation. Question ...
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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 just ...
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Is it better to vent a bathroom fan out the soffit, the side of the house, or the roof?

Working on a friend's house, we're installing a bathroom fan. He had planned to vent the fan out the closest soffit, which is only a few feet away. I'm trying to persuade him to vent it out the roof ...
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Mild water damage on drywall from leaky roof

We have a fairly new house (built in 1997). Cheap roof and we had a big windstorm a few years back that resulted in some lost shingles that I had patched -- no major problems. Recently we had a much ...
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How can I lengthen my vent stack and are there any negative effects in doing so?

I have observed that when we receive a lot of snow here in Ontario, at least one of the drain vents on my roof is covered by snow. While after one winter in the house I have not yet observed any ill-...
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Do I need soffit vents when I have 2 gable vents and 5 normal peak vents?

We are in southeast Idaho, have a plain simple gable roof on a 1,050 square foot floor house; the roof's pitch is not great, probably 3 or 4/12 but normal for our area. We have 1 vent at each gable ...
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the one in the pic is the worst). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the cut-...
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Will combining roof venting systems cause short cycling?

I'm looking into buying a new house here in Wisconsin that has soffit vents, ridge vents and some additional static roof vents installed. However, when the home inspector came through he said that ...