Roofing & Siding

metal roofing in remodeling is becoming a huge trend

Homeowners are choosing longevity over price when they replace their roofs with steel, aluminum, or copper tiles and panels

Homemade kickout flashing step by step

All photos: Sal Alfano

A step-by-step guide for the right way to make kickout flashing from a piece of step flashing

Kickout flashing replaces the first piece on step flashing and redirects water away from the siding (ideally into a gutter). Without a kickout, water will eventually get behind the siding and into the wall, where it will wreak havoc for years before you notice any signs of a leak.

Kickout flashing replaces the first piece on step flashing and redirects water away from the siding (ideally into a gutter). Without a kickout, water will eventually get behind the siding and into the wall, where it will wreak havoc for years before you notice any signs of a leak. All illustrations: Dan Morrison

Poorly installed or missing flashing at roof-wall connections is a common cause of water damage. Here's the solution

Mastic insulated siding

This siding product goes beyond traditional vinyl siding to offer far more, says Robert Smith of Maintenance Free Exteriors

El Nino is set to bring heavy rains and work for California roofers

The phones are ringing again at California’s 6,000 or so roofing companies, as weather systems launched by El Nino are set to drench the Golden State

Young homeowners

Millennials love vinyl—if you’re talking about vinyl records. Vinyl siding? Not so much

PPG fan deck for selecting exterior home colors

There’s a method to selecting exterior colors that dazzle

CertainTeed's MainStreet vinyl siding shows how far vinyl as a siding material has come.

 

Popular with homeowners: CertainTeed's MainStreet vinyl siding is one example of how far the siding material has come.

Affordability, durability, and low maintenance see vinyl continuing to be the siding material the market favors

roof storm damage trees fallen

Insurance work is a hefty source of revenue for some roofing companies; it’s also fertile ground for scammers

Just because OSHA inspectors aren’t on duty, it doesn’t mean cheating contractors can get away with anything

Millennial homeowners looking happy in bright kitchen

Millennial homeowners are relatively few and far between for the moment. But they want to be sold on their terms

Close-up photo of asphalt shingle roof repair

Some roofing companies call attention on their websites to what can go wrong in a re-roofing job. The clear implication is that they don’t intend to make those mistakes.

Roofer installs asphalt shingles on residential roof

Some roofing companies are reconsidering the terms of their workmanship warranty

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