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Wood Roofing

  • Products

    New prefinished hardwood strip flooring; NFL hardhats; concrete anchors to withstand seismic vibration; airtight attic hatch; shears for asphalt shingles; contoured underlayment for vinyl siding; no-drip faucet connectors; strap-on sandals for gripping roof surfaces; more

     
  • Builder Time Bombs

    These common oversights will lead to early building failure.

     
  • Notebook

    Cordless battery update, lumber price predictions, “green” building defined, geothermal heat pump rebates curtailed, job-site theft, storm shelters in tornado alley, algae-resistant shingles, residential silos

     
  • Letters

    Defining vinyl, using sloped-seat joist hangers, pressure-washing debate, closed valley shingles, glulam commentary, slope vs. pitch, more on safety

     
  • Alternative Roofing Materials

    Plastic, metal and fiber-cement shingles and panels make for durable, fire-resistant roofs — without sacrificing good looks.

     
  • Long-Lasting Wood Roofs

    Where wind-driven rain is common, wood shingle roofs require extra detailing, both to keep moisture out of the house and to allow the shingles to dry. A coastal builder describes the materials and methods that work for her.

     
  • Plywood vs. OSB

    Are these two products really equivalent, as manufacturers and grading agencies claim? A wood technologist puts to rest questions about OSB’s suitability as an economical substitute for plywood.

     
  • Eight-Penny News

    Plastic laminate flooring, new protections for small businesses, thawing a frozen site

     
  • Q&A: Bending Wood Shingles

    Q: I’m about to take on a wood-shingle roofing job on an unusual roof with a lot of sinuous curves. I’m planning on steaming and bending strapping to provide a nailing base for the shingles, then steaming and bending the shingles, too. But isn’t there an easier way?

     
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    Q&A: Heavy Roof Loads From Tile

    Q: We are designing a house with heavy clay roofing tiles (which weigh about 800 pounds per square). How should we calculate the dead loads for choosing our roof rafters?

     
  • Eight-Penny News

    Qualified Framer program, OSHA inspectors target small builders, retread roof, new itchless fiberglass insulation

     
  • Protecting Wood Roofs From Fire

    A wood products expert examines the effectiveness of fire-retardant treatments for both new and existing wood roofing.

     
  • Leakproof Details for Shallow Roofs

    Conventional steep-slope roofing materials can be made watertight even on low slopes. Here are some details and techniques that work.

     
  • For What It's Worth

     
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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?

     
  • For What It's Worth

     
  • Traditional Trim in Vinyl and Aluminum

    A New England builder tells how to trim capes and colonials with low-maintenance materials, and still keep a traditional look.

     
  • Letters

     
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    Q&A: Wood Roofs on Dormers

    Q: How should we detail wood shingles on dormers? Are the ridge shingles clipped on the same way as asphalt shingles? Is there a trick to getting the valley flashing to lie flat? What other details are important?

     
  • Eight-Penny News

     
 
 
 
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