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A flat-seam copper roof for a bay window A flat-seam copper roof for a bay window

When installed properly, this centuries-old roofing can last a lifetime

Using a Sheet Brake
Video: Using a Sheet Brake

A professional roofer demonstrates ways to use a stationary brake

Using a sheet-metal brake

Slate-roofing contractor John Mahan demonstrates how he uses a portable brake to cut metal for drip-edge flashing  

Battans Plus Roof Battens
Video: Battans Plus Roof Battens

New and noteworthy staff picks from the 2007 International Builders' Show

5 Roofs That Will Last a LifetimeOnline Membership Required

These premium products offer time-tested longevity, so your choice depends on price, appearance, and installation requirements

Roof sheathing: silver side down

Radiant-barrier sheathing

A House for the End of Cheap OilOnline Membership Required

Healthful, light-filled, and energy-efficient, this home reaches back to its California past and toward a sustainable future

Open Up a Ceiling with a Steel SandwichOnline Membership Required

Bolted between rafters, an angled steel flitch plate can eliminate the need for rafter ties in cathedral ceilings

Q & A: Plastic vapor barrier in a roof?

Q & A: A metal roof over old asphalt shingles?

Four Ways to Shingle a ValleyOnline Membership Required

A custom builder shows three conventional ways and one new method to weatherproof this crucial roof detail

Q & A: Fire-treating cedar shakes

Flashing a ChimneyOnline Membership Required

Installing the flashing along with the bricks makes for a more secure and much better-looking job

Installing Steel RoofingOnline Membership Required

A little more expensive but a lot longer lasting, steel roofing is an easy-to-install, attractive alternative to shingle or tile roofs

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