Roofing & Siding
This inspiring modernization of an 80-year-old historical structure holds lessons any remodeler can put to work
A big-ticket multi-family project can look super-tempting, but many siding contractors would rather not bid it
Homeowners are often shocked to discover that the roofing company that installed their new roof or repaired their old one is out of business
The more detailed and transparent you are in your bid, the more likely you are to get a signature on a contract
A trim system that solves one of PVC’s main challenges
Randy Burton is picky about exterior products, but he likes this cedar-look polypropylene shake
Combine step flashing on the roof with through-wall flashing at the masonry
The best siding companies make proper installation a calling card and point of differentiation
Offering custom roof flashing to clients can set you apart from the competition. Here are two ways to introduce the option into your business.
Products from Grayne, CertainTeed, Foundry Specialty Siding, and Mid-America
Solar power and a maximum fan speed of 400 cfm are key to this easy-to-install replacement fan
Photo: Max Pixel
For some roofing companies, 'customer for life' starts with a timely repair
The term ‘warranty’ may be used quite a bit in a roofing sale, but do homeowners actually understand what’s meant by it?
Gutters are often an afterthought for homeowners on roofing or siding projects
Although asphalt shingles still dominate, other materials are gaining ground
The ice dams that form on a roof can cause expensive damage, but a properly ventilated attic reduces the problem. Photo: Flickr user State Farm (CC by 2.0)
Creating an equal distribution of intake and exhaust vents can make a big difference in controlling temperature and moisture inside the attic
When is a roof inspection legitimate, and when is it just the precursor to an estimate?
The term “warranty” may be used quite a bit in a roofing sale, but do homeowners actually understand what’s meant by it?
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. All illustrations: Dan Morrison
Poorly installed or missing flashing at roof-wall connections is a common cause of water damage. Here's the solution