Roofing and Flashing Tips
A bad roof can be a mold generator. Check out these tips for keeping a roof maintained and preventing mold in a home.
- All homes should have a tight roof construction, with sheathing of 1/2" plywood or OSB. Proper sheathing ties the rafters together and supports the shingles. When improperly installed, sheathing can buckle and cause larger holes around the nails resulting in leaks.
- A good underlayment (usually 15- or 30-lb. felt) between the roofing shingles and the sheathing, is essential.
- Flashing seals areas of transition or penetration (where architectural features, exterior electrical features, plumbing or the roof and walls meet).
- Venting: 1 square foot per 150 square feet of attic floor. Half the vents should be at the eaves and half at the ridge.
- Guttering can keep the moisture away from the sheathing.
- Remove overhanging tree branches to dry out roof mold.
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Tips on How to Weatherproof a Roof
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How to Identify Moisture Problem Spots
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Frame by Frame: The Roof
Check out this helpful information concerning roofing options and installation.
Anatomy of a Roof
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Learn about the different components that make up typical house framing.
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Tips on Choosing and Using Filler Compounds
Choosing a filler compound depends on what type of surface needs to be filled. Use this guide to filler compounds to pick the best one for the job.
How to Inspect the Exterior of Your Home
Prevent problems before they begin -- learn what to look for and how to properly maintain the exterior structure of your home.
Tips on Maintaining a Water Heater
Valuable tips and general information are revealed for checking, flushing and maintaining a home's water heater.
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