Q&A / 

Sometimes I get the most interesting questions. Like this one from Joe Naymik who hails from Cleveland, OH. Joe wrote, "Is it possible to use a product like a driveway sealer (black top) to seal the plywood on a roof?  I want to use that like ice guard before I install my roof.  It is a lot cheaper […]

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DEAR TIM: We’re having a problem with the front porch on our home that’s forty-four years old. The outside corner of the poured concrete porch is curving up lifting the post that’s supporting the roof. There’s no tree or roots that could be to blame. The brickwork under the porch that connects back to the […]

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DEAR TIM: I spent some time at your AsktheBuilder.com website but couldn’t locate the exact video that answers my question. There’s a wide ugly gap between my concrete outdoor patio slab and the slab my house is built on. I’m trying to determine whether to caulk the crack or fill it with some cement-based patching […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m in the process of installing a metal roof over an outside deck. My rafters are in place and now I’m getting ready to purchase and install my flashing and sheathing. I was planning on putting plywood over the rafters and cross the rafters with a 2"x4" every 16" to secure the metal […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m building a new home and am quite concerned about possible flooding that could happen. I built on a hill and the land slopes towards my home. The builder didn’t put in much of a ditch at all and it seems like bad things could happen with a very bad storm or extended […]

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Did you hear a myth or two here on the Internet that gluing pennies to the top of your roof will stop the black roof algae? I've got bad news for you. It doesn't work. I do know what works, and works well. Keep reading. I want you to go now to these few pages […]

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Did a storm damage your roof? Are your shingles wearing out prematurely? Do you have a new leak or a chronic leak that won't go away? You need a roofer unless you have skills like I do that allow you to do your own  roofing work. But you want to hire a PRO, not some […]

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Tim Carter shows the different ways to cut and fasten Davinci Roofscapes Single-Width Slate. Synthetic slate is durable, much lighter than real slate and it looks as good or better than slate. This is a virgin polymer roof that can last generations. The DaVinci Roofscapes product is much lighter than real slate, but only a […]

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DEAR TIM: I have an unusual narrow roof valley against a dormer where snow builds up, turns to ice and then leaks into my house. The shingles look fine, so I’m wondering if the water is coming in through some wood siding that forms one side of this roof canyon. That’s what I call it. […]

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