Roofing

Black stains on roof

How to Remove and Prevent Black Algae Stains on Asphalt Shingle Roofs

If you live in a humid area of the country, you’ve probably seen unsightly dark streaks on asphalt shingle roofs. Though often attributed to mold or mildew; the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores. Read this article to find out more.

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Using Asphalt Shingles on a Low Slope Roof

Mike asks, “I just bought a house with a roof section that has a low 1″-2″ pitch, should I use rubber roofing or are shingles acceptable?”

Asphalt shingles usually require a 4” or greater rise for every horizontal foot of run, though it’s possible to use them on a lower sloped roof. Read on for details.

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Making a homemade rain diverter from sheet metal.

How to Make a Rain Diverter

Installing a rain diverter over the doorway to your house will make life a little easier the next time you come home during a downpour. While diverters are available at many building supply stores, they are not hard to make if you have trouble finding them.

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Danny Lipford installing a rain diverter on a roof.

Installing a Rain Diverter

Nothing is more annoying than having to walk through a waterfall coming off your roof to reach the front door every time it rains. Fortunately, installing a sheet metal rain diverter provides an easy and inexpensive solution to the problem. Read on to find out how.

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Homemade PVC Pipe Gutter Cleaner

Here’s a handy tip to help you clean out the gutters without having to climb onto your roof or a ladder. Create a long spray-wand from PVC pipe (1/2″ works well) with a “U” shape at one end.

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Flashing pulled away from chimney in need of repair.

Leak-Proof Flashing: Fixing Leaks Around Chimneys

Roof leaks around chimneys are often caused by problems with the flashing–the sheet metal that keeps the intersection between the chimney and roof watertight. Read on to find out how to properly install roof flashing around chimneys.

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New roofing on house roof

How to Hire a Roofer for Your Home

A new roof is a major investment that typically costs thousands of dollars; and unfortunately, roofing is an easy entry business that requires little more than a pickup, a ladder, and some basic tools. Read on to find out how to choose a good roofer for your home.

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Roof Painting Platform

If you’ve ever painted dormers or half gables on the outside of a house you know that resting a paint can while working on a rooftop can really be tricky. Our solution: create a triangular platform with an angle opposite the roof (a bevel gauge and level will show you what the level needs to be).

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