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Quick Tip: Shingling a Roof
Here is a tip you can use to shingle your own roof. Make a starter course at the edge of the eave, laying the shingle...
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Quick Tip: Installing Wood Shingle Siding
Wood shingle siding installation is a breeze, but keeping courses straight is tough. If you want to shingle the side ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Shingles
When you think about solar power, do you picture bulky panels protruding from rooftops? If so, think again. With the ...
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Coming Soon to a Rooftop Near You—Solar Shingles
Solar electric systems are appearing on more and more rooftops across America, but their pace of adoption has not bee...
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10 Reasons to Reconsider Vinyl Siding
Today's vinyl siding products can mimic wood, insulate your home, and even stand up to tornado-force winds, making them a highly desirable exterior cladding optio...
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Composite Shakes and Slates: The Great Pretenders
Durable composite roof shingles arguably improve upon the traditional slate and wood shake shingles they are engineered to mimic.
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Asphalt Shingles 101
Economical to produce, relatively easy to install and widely available, asphalt shingles are today’s most popular roo...
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Leaky Roof? Some Repair Tips
[bobsays_inset]Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for homes today, accounting for nearly 70% of d...
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Asphalt Shingles: A Showcase of Roofing Styles, Colors and Options
Asphalt shingles are one of the best values you can buy with regard to roofing materials for your home. They are simple to install, and their prices are reasonabl...
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Touring the Home Exterior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the exterior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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Installing Wood Shingle Siding
Bob works with contractor Bob Ryley and carpenter Chris Clark installing new wood-shingle siding.
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Adding a Third-Floor Dormer to the Roof
Bob meets up with carpenter Bob Ryley, who is adding two third-floor dormers to the roof in keeping with the house's original one.
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Touring the Waldun Forest Products Shingle Factory
Bob travels to British Columbia and tours the Waldun Forest Products Company shingle manufacturing plant.
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Painting with Historically Accurate Colors
Architectural conservator Brian Powell helps Bob do some detective work to discover the original exterior paint color scheme. They then look at historically appro...
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Painting a Stucco and Wood Exterior
Exterior stucco walls and wood trim are painted, and repaired shingles are stained.
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Building a Pitched Roof
Bob reviews the construction of the pitched roof, from the framing to the shingling.
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Cedar Shingles' Manufacture and Installation
Bob tours the Maibec American Classics mill in Quebec, Canada, where the cedar shingles for the center-entry Colonial house were manufactured. He also discusses t...
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Relocating the Front Door
Bob works with the general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski to move the Medford project home's original front door, so they will be able to frame up a new foyer.
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Installing Architectural Shingles and Skylight
A representative from Owens Corning tells Bob about the architectural shingles that have been selected to replace the old roofing material. And Velux VSE skylight...
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Decorative Trim and Removing or Repairing Old Shingles
Bob talks with general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski, who's recreating decorative trim and replacing, or removing, old shingles.
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Exterior Prep and Painting
Bob discusses painting the exterior of the Victorian project house, which needed prep work before painting.
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Installing Dimensional Asphalt Shingles
Carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrates the installation of architectural-grade dimensional asphalt shingles.
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Photovoltaic Roofing Shingles Installed
Bob talks with Deane Evans (from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) and Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Engergy Laboratory) about phot...
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Asphalt Roof Shingles Installation
Roofing contractor Jack Viera demonstrates installing three-tab asphalt roof shingles.
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Porch Restoration: Custom Reproduction Moldings and Chatsworth's Columns
Porch restoration continues on the fifth Elmwood project house, with Forester Moulding and Lumber re-milling many porch elements.
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Discussing Cedar Shingle Siding
Homer Earl (from the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) explains what makes a quality shingle. The group takes a look at Sikkens Cetol shingle stain products, and Bo...
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House Eleven: Renovating Attic Space
Homeowner Don DeSantis is transforming the attic level into an exercise space. The floor structure is being shored up in order to hold the wieght of excercise equ...
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TPO Rubber Slate Roof Installed on Victorian-Style Roof
A new kind of rubber slate is applied to the roof, and the crew brings the spa down on a special plywood ramp, then carefully places it in the turret for installa...
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Installing Man-made Slate Roofing Shingles
Bob helps demonstrate the installation of man-made slate roof shingles.
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Mounting a Skylight and Laying Asphalt Shingles
Bob and roofer Paul Morris begin mounting the skylight, by cutting a rough opening in the roof and laying a weather shield. Once the skylight is mounted and the f...
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Shingle Siding
Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is putting sidewall shingles onto the exterior of the new addition.
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Exterior Shingles and Brick Walkway
Bob talks with contractor Bob Ryley about shingle exposure, brick surrounds for basement windows, and the design of a brick walkway.
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Installing Velux Skylights
Bob oversees the installation of a Velux skylight in a standing-seam metal-shingled roof.
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Standing-Seam Metal-Shingled Roof Installation
Bob looks on as the roofing crew installs a standing-seam metal-shingled roof.
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Victorian Architectural Style
Bob meets with an expert in Victorian design to look at homes with scalloped, diamond, and straight shingles. Gingerbread-style brackets and railings are also rev...
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Installing Cedar Shingles
Bob meets with carpenter Ron Jackson, who is installing Atlantic white cedar shingles and sidewall flashing.
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Window Trim and Scalloped Shingles
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley confer about adding trim to the curvilinear top edge of an arched window. After sheet lead is installed as flashing, Ryley attaches s...
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Installing Roof Shingles
Bob reviews the varous elements of the roof, including the fascia, soffits and sheathing. The shingles are applied in layers, each row adhering to the row beneath...
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Vent Pipe Installation
A vent pipe is installed in the ranch's roof. A hole is cut and a shield is added to create a weather-tight seal around the pipe and roof shingles. Down in the ba...
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Roofing Around Skylights
Contractor Larry Landers demonstrates how to install roofing shingles around skylights.
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Touring a Roofing Shingle Plant
Bob takes us on a tour of the IKO roofing shingle plant in Wilmington, DE.
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Applying Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Roofing contractor Kevin Benjer demonstrates the correct way to apply asphalt roofing shingles and a ridge vent.
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Applying Cedar Shingles
Sidewall contractor Dean Fraser shows us how to apply cedar shingles.
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Tour of the IKO Roofing Shingle Plant
Bob visits the IKO roofing shingle plant in Wilmington, DE, where he becomes familiar with different types of shingles.
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