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    Reroofing over Asphalt Shingles

    Reroofing over old asphalt shingles is cheaper than a complete tear-off, but to look good and last long, the new shingles have to lie flat. A veteran roofer explains how to use special flashing, filler strips, and careful layout for a perfect job every time.

     
  • Practical Engineering: Roadworks

    Building a durable driveway

     
  • Q&A: Metal Roof Over Asphalt?

    Q: I am bidding a job where the owner wants to install a new metal roof over a double layer of asphalt shingles. The roof has solid lumber rafters and plywood sheathing. Should I install 1x4 horizontal purlins over the asphalt and attach the metal roof to those? Should the purlins be...

     
  • Practical Engineering: Reroofing Over Asphalt Shingles

    Rafter sizing chart for multiple shingle layers

     
  • Brick Veneer Basics

    Brick veneer lasts longer and requires less maintenance than other siding materials. A Midwestern masonry contractor describes installation techniques.

     
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    Q&A: Flashing a Stucco Chimney

    Q: What is the best way to flash around a wood-frame-and-stucco chimney for asphalt shingle roofs?

     
  • Q&A: To Felt or Not Under Asphalt Shingles

    Q: Is roofing felt necessary under asphalt shingles?

     
  • Q&A: Rot at Exterior Windows

    Q: We often encounter rot at the ends of window jambs and exterior casings that abut sloping wood sills. What is the best way to detail this connection?

     
  • Q&A: Fiberglass vs. Organic Shingles

    Q: What is the difference between organic and fiberglass shingles?

     
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    Q&A: Reroofing Over Asphalt Shingles

    Q: Are there any drawbacks to reroofing over asphalt shingles? How many layers can accumulate before you should tear them off?

     
  • Q&A: Painting Asphalt Shingles

    Q: Our clients are unhappy with the color of their roof now that the house has been painted. The asphalt shingles are less than two years old and are in very good condition. Is there any way to change the color of the shingles without replacing them?

     
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  • Q&A: Lifetime of Hot-Mopped Roof

    Q: What is the life expectancy of hot-mopped asphalt on a flat roof? Will aluminum paint extend the life of the roof? If so, how often should the roof be recoated with the paint?

     
  • Q&A: Installing Shingles in Cold Weather

    Q: We have a lot of trouble installing fiberglass shingles in cold weather. The shingles tend to split and the tabs won’t seal. The old organic asphalt shingles seem to be unavailable. Any suggestions?

     
  • Q&A: Shingling Over Tar and Gravel

    Q: I would like to replace a tar and gravel roof with asphalt shingles. What is the best way to strip off the old roof? Or can I avoid stripping the roof and sheath over the tar and gravel?

     
  • Restoration Primer: Brick Mortar Joints Raise Questions

     
  • Q&A: Painting Asphalt Shingles

    Q: Our clients are unhappy with the color of their roof now that the house has been painted. The asphalt shingles are less than 2 years old and are in very good condition. Is there any way to change the color of the shingles without replacing them?

     
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  • Landscaping With Brick Pavers

    Brick and concrete pavers can provide an attractive and durable outdoor surface. An expert explains how to select and install the materials.

     
  • Rural Driveways

    A paving expert describes how to plan, prepare, and pave a long driveway. The key to longevity is a good drainable base.

     
 
 
 
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