Roofing & Siding

ben bogie putting in a window

For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop

Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Davis, Davis Photograph

This inspiring modernization of an 80-year-old historical structure holds lessons any remodeler can put to work

Image of commercial property with For Lease sign

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A big-ticket multi-family project can look super-tempting, but many siding contractors would rather not bid it

Roofer with harness on rooftop

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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

beach house shake

Randy Burton is picky about exterior products, but he likes this cedar-look polypropylene shake

Brick to roof flashing

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

fully installed isolar solutions solar attic fan

Solar power and a maximum fan speed of 400 cfm are key to this easy-to-install replacement fan

Small roof repairs can lead to bigger, more lucrative, jobs for roofing contractors

Photo: Max Pixel

For some roofing companies, 'customer for life' starts with a timely repair

The majority of roofing failures are installation-related, yet few companies offer anything but a short-term warranty.

The term ‘warranty’ may be used quite a bit in a roofing sale, but do homeowners actually understand what’s meant by it?

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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

men on roof

Photo: courtesy Gipson Corwin Homes, Jeffrey Volker

When is a roof inspection legitimate, and when is it just the precursor to an estimate?

roof warranties—materials and installation

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The term “warranty” may be used quite a bit in a roofing sale, but do homeowners actually understand what’s meant by it?

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

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