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Quick Column Summary: Have asphalt shingles improved There are great shingles out there Metal roofing is great too Use ice and watershields Barb Koehler, who lives in Moultonborough, NH, is facing an expensive re-roofing project. I have a feeling she has the same decroted pieces-of-crap shingles on her house that I have. Read this: "Tim, […]

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Quick Column Summary: How do you create a roof rafter You need 4 simple tools and geometry How to determine your roof slope DEAR TIM: I'm now retired and starting to attack a huge list of projects. One of them is building a simple shed and I have no clue how to cut and create […]

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Quick Column Summary: Roof turbines keep blowing off  Should I just remove them Great roof turbines can take high winds Link to great turbine manufacturer Bill Curtis, who lives in Concho, AZ, emailed me with a fascinating situation: "We have a barn that we installed 8 roof turbines.  Four blew off, mangled.  Company sent 4 […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to create room in attic Comparing roof trusses with roof framing Get a structural engineer involved DEAR TIM: My family is growing and I need to move my home office. I looked up into the attic over my garage that’s built with standard roof trusses. There’s plenty of room to create […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to replace missing shingles Explore why they came off Remove old nails, don't shingle over them Follow manufacturer instructions on installation DEAR TIM: A powerful rain and wind storm damaged the asphalt shingles on my home. My neighbors are telling me I need a new roof. I think it can be […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm in a pickle and not liking it. I moved into an existing home only to discover a few months ago the shingles on my roof are defective. Fortunately, the previous homeowner saved all his product brochures and I know the brand and type of shingle. But I've run into resistance with the […]

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A roofing nail gun can save you time and energy. Nail guns for roofing are designed to drive roofing nails into the shingles at just the proper depth. Some current nail guns don't require pneumatic lines from a compressor.

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Thousands of roof on homes and other buildings suffer from black streaks. The roof algae is doesn't harm the shingles, but looks bad. To remove roof algae a solution of oxygen bleach can be applied to the roof shingles and then rinsed off. A copper strip at the top of the roof can prevent future roof algae.

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Knowing the proper way to install roof shingles is critical. Pay particular attention to the written directions from the shingle manufacturer. The shingle offset is important to avoid a leaking roof.

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