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What You Need To Know About Metal Roofing

When you hear the words “metal roofing” your imagination may immediately conjure up images of old-fashioned tin roofs, rustic and ridged. However, there have been major advances in the design and construction, thereby making these roofs more elegant, durable, and an increasingly popular choice among homeowners. In fact, there are now several options available to…

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Rubber roof

Rubber Roofs Provide a Resilient Sealant

If you find yourself always repairing the wooden shingles on your house, a rubber roof may be an interesting alternative. Its light yet durable substance thoroughly weatherproofs your home, and is also energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Often made from recycled materials, a rubber roof is low in maintenance and is especially resistant to hail…

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Brown roofing shingles

Roofing Shingles Come in All Shapes and Sizes

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to re-roofing their homes is neglecting to look into the wide range of roof shingles available to them for installation. Asphalt roofing shingles are, of course, the most popular and cost effective. If you’re working on a budget, there really isn’t any reason to look…

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Roof Ventilation

Roof & Attic Ventilation – Extend Your Roof’s Lifespan

More than ever, homeowners are frustrated by poor-performing roofing products, especially when a new roof costs between $5,000 and $10,000 and lasts only 12 to 15 years. In some cases, it is a troublesome brand of materials. More often, however, inadequate attic ventilation is the culprit. Building standards, driven by energy shortages, have sewn up…

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Roof flashing around chimney

Installing and Replacing your Roof Flashing

Roof flashing is an added guard against a leaking roof. This type of flashing is a strip of sheet metal installed at any break or crease in a shingled roofline. When installed around chimneys, sewer vents and fluepipes, it is often called chimney flashing or, simply, flashing. Roof flashing is an important part of basic…

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Common Roofing Scams

Common Roofer Scams & How to Avoid Them

Though there are scams to be found in nearly every business imaginable, con-games in the home improvement industry are some of the most hated. Not only can home improvement scams put unsuspecting homeowners out thousands of dollars, they can also leave you with problems that will cost thousands to fix the right way. Of the…

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Best Gutters for Your Home

Which Rain Gutters Are Best for Your Home?

Rain gutters are one of your home’s most important protections against the elements. Gathering the runoff from your roof caused by rain and melting snow and diverting it away from your siding and foundation to where it will do the least amount of harm. Because rain gutters are such an important aspect in maintaining the…

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Leaf guard

Gutter Leaf Guards: Defense is the Best Offense

Another weekend wasted hanging from the edge of a roof, balanced on a wobbly ladder, removing muck from rain gutters. Sound familiar? Attacking clogged gutters is a messy job, but absolutely necessary. If they aren’t constantly cleared from debris, it defies the entire point of having them, unless you want obstructed downspouts and rainwater spilling…

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Shingle roof

Radiant Roof Barriers: Are They Rotting Your Roof?

Roofs can rot, especially in areas of high humidity and heavy moisture. While radiant barriers take much of the blame, rotting roofs are usually caused by poor ventilation, not radiant barriers. Ventilation allows fresh air to replace the existing air and circulate within an attic. This keeps the attic, and your roof, at a moderate…

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Wood Gutters: A Little Piece of History

Wood gutters were the norm a hundred years back, before mass production and technology made metal and plastic the gutter materials of choice. Nonetheless, wood gutters are still out there for those who are purists at heart and for homeowners tackling renovations of historical homes. If you’re considering installing them on your home, here are…

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