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How Long Do Roofs Last? (Every Type of Roof Discussed)

The length of time your roof will last has a lot to do with the type of material used on the roof and the climate in your region. Not all roof types have the same aesthetic and life expectancy; some are tailor-made for particular conditions. Our discussion of the various roof types and how long …

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How Long Do Roof Shingles Last?

The phrase, “you get what you pay for,” applies to most building materials. This can be especially true when looking at the variety of shingles available for roofing, and the price range is equally diverse. As the cost increases, the longevity of a roof increases also.  While every part of your building is essential, not …

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Solar Roofing Shingles (Everything You Need to Know)

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home or are looking for a way to do your part for the environment, you’ve probably heard of solar roofing shingles. But what exactly are they and are they really worth the investment? Fear not – this guide will tell you everything you nee to know about solar roofing …

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5 Hip Roof Types & Styles (Plus 20 Photo Examples of Houses with a Hipped Roof)

Related:  Types of Roof Vents | Types of Roof Trusses | Types of Roof Overhangs | How Long Do Roofs Last What is a hip roof? A hip roof or a hipped roof is a style of roofing that slopes downwards from all sides to the walls and hence has no vertical sides. The hip roof is …

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What is a Parapet Roof?

If you were one of the many people who read the “Game of Thrones” books, or maybe “Lord of the Rings,” then you’re already familiar with the word “parapet.” Pretty much every single book set in any sort of medieval-like era mentions this word. The thing is, parapets aren’t just for thousand-year-old castles in Europe…or …

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Things to Consider When Replacing a Roof

It goes without saying, but a new roof is sometimes needed (no matter if you have a commercial or residential property) for various reasons. Perhaps you purchased an older home with a roof that hasn’t been replaced in a few decades; or maybe the building you own went through a severe thunderstorm, causing irreparable roof …

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Discover How Much a New Roof Costs (by Sq. Ft. and Roofing Material)

Do you need to replace your roof? Every house incurs this cost at some point. A leaky roof will only cost you more in the long run. It’s best to deal with it when needed. Yes, a new roof is expensive regardless of which type of roof shingle you get. The good news is that …

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23 Different Types of Roofing Shingles (2023): Pros, Cons and Costs of Each Type

Quicklist: Roofing Shingles Three-Tab Asphalt Arhcitectural Hip and Ridge Metal Standing Seam Metal Shake Sheet Metal Wood Ceramic Tile Metal Tile Concrete Tile Bituminous Tile Polymer-Sand Tile Copper Tile Composite Tile Slate Rubber Laminate Copper Sheet Living (Green Roof) Solar Shingles Impact-Resistant Shingles Cool Roofing Shingles PVC Shingles This might boggle your mind. 30 years …

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6 Effective DIY Roof Repair Options to Fix Different Types of Roof Leaks

Once first raindrops and on your head inside the house you live in, it is too late to think about prevention, as you need to focus on repairing your roof. If there is a hole up there, then even a 5-minute shower will cause you problems but that might be for the greater good. This …

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12 Different Types of Roof Vents

The idea of roof vents existed for hundreds of years with natural vents employed in Chinese buildings during the Tang Dynasty, natural ventilation ducts in the Buddhist monks’ caves, and wind catchers incorporated in Arabian architecture. Vent roofs with steeples, towers, or cupolas can be found in different buildings from barns to cathedrals. The building …

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Parts of a Roof Gutter (Illustrated Diagrams)

Boring? Yes. Important, YES. Gutters are an important consideration for your home to help prevent water damage inside and outside of your home. While there are alternatives to gutters, most homes use some form of gutter system. At some point, you must replace and/or repair your gutters. In order to do this, it helps to …

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19 Parts of a Roof on a House (Detailed Diagram)

Like many aspects of a home, a roof is fairly complex. There are quite a few parts of a roof on a home including different layers and features. Below we created a very helpful custom diagram that illustrates the various features and layers of a typical roof. For more information about roofs, check out our …

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36 Types of Roofs (Styles) for Houses (Illustrated Roof Design Examples)

There are a surprising few types of roofs for the home. While 36 sounds like a lot, when you check out our list below, several are variations of one type. Intricate roofs have many parts that incorporate several of the basic roofing designs such as a gable roof sitting atop a gambrel or variations of …

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39 Parts of a Roof Truss with Illustrated Diagrams & Definitions

The roof truss structure and design are integral to the roof’s structural integrity and shape. There are many types of roof trusses (as well as many types of roofs)… more types than there are parts. This article and series of illustrated diagrams show you all the parts of a basic roof truss, king truss, and …

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30 Different Types of Roof Trusses (Illustrated Configurations)

Just as there are many types of roofs with many roof parts, there are many different types of roof trusses. This extensive article explains through a series of custom truss diagrams the different truss configurations you can use for various roofs. While this article focuses on configurations, we also have a very cool set of illustrations …

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20 Examples of Homes with Gambrel Roofs (With Photo Examples)

I remember the first time I saw a home with a Gambrel roof. It was a gorgeous, large home down the road from a childhood friend’s home. My first thought was that it was a barn turned into a home. As a kid I thought that was a pretty cool concept. Later, of course, I …

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21 Impressive Cedar Roof Designs

Welcome to our gallery featuring delicate cedar roof designs. Take a look around your neighborhood. What kind of roofing do you see? Nowadays, asphalt shingles are a very popular choice. Most of the time, asphalt is the most cost effective. Just because your neighborhood is flourishing with asphalt shingles doesn’t mean you should follow the group. …

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53 Top-of-the-World Rooftop Patio Ideas

Welcome to our gallery featuring a selection of incredible rooftop patio designs. As the urban landscape expands, we often find ourselves with small or non-existent backyards, which means a patio is out of the question. Or is it? Designing our homes with a rooftop patio is the perfect way to create an outdoor relaxation area …

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24 Astonishing Rooftop Swimming Pools

Welcome to our gallery featuring an astonishing array of rooftop swimming pools. Patios and gardens are not the only novel use for rooftops. In some rare and beautiful cases, a swimming pool is a great use of that space too! Having a pool is a great use of this extra space to create a fun and relaxing …

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20 Amazing Buildings with Green Roof Designs

Welcome to our gallery featuring a spectacular array of green roofs, one of the most innovative yet natural roofing solutions ever. We wanted to bring you a collection of roofs that covered the wildly varied and intriguing constructs also known as living roofs. A living roof is a roof of a building that is at least partially or …

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