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How to Insulate a Flat Roof

How to Insulate a Flat Roof

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Atlanta architect Scott West designs a lot of contemporary houses with flat roofs, and he's looking for advice on the best way of insulating them. There are a variety of options, but at least one reader wonders whether he should junk the flat roof plan in favor of something else.

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Spraying Polyurethane Foam over an Existing Roof

Spraying Polyurethane Foam over an Existing Roof

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Spray foam isn't just used for insulation--it can also be used for roofing.

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How to Stay Cool With a Metal Roof

How to Stay Cool With a Metal Roof

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David Martin is thinking about a new roof, and he likes the idea of a standing-seam metal roof. The roofing is durable, recyclable and may actually cut his energy bill. Or will it?

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A New Roof is an Opportunity to Add More Insulation

A New Roof is an Opportunity to Add More Insulation

A homeowner in Baltimore needs to replace the built-up asphalt roof on his house, and wonders how to insulate it effectively at the same time

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Protecting a SIPs Roof From Decay

Protecting a SIPs Roof From Decay

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Structural insulated panels do an excellent job of keeping energy losses to a minimum, but they're also susceptible to moisture damage unless detailed correctly

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Can an Unvented Cathedral Ceiling be Insulated with Dense-Pack Rock Wool?

Can an Unvented Cathedral Ceiling be Insulated with Dense-Pack Rock Wool?

A homeowner building a house in Massachusetts asks for advice on insulating a cathedral ceiling

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Best Attic for Hot/Humid Climates

Best Attic for Hot/Humid Climates

Most houses in Hot/Humid climates don't have basements so that means that most ductwork in Southern house runs through super hot attic spaces. In this video I'll show you a rather civilized attic space that really makes for a comfortable & efficient house!

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Getting the Details Right for an Unvented Roof

Getting the Details Right for an Unvented Roof

The roof is on, and insulation contractors are now advising Ted Storm on how much open-cell foam to spray on the back side of the roof deck. Three contractors suggest the same thing, but is their advice on the right track?

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Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

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It's the time of year that I watch my neighbor across the street pulls out her roof rake and begin raking her roof. Now it you all knew my neighbor, you might think nothing of it. This is the lady...

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How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

This 10 year old house didn't have a radiant barrier on the roof and replacing the plywood wasn't an option. We sprayed on Sherwin William E Barrier paint for an easy retrofit that should easily pay for itself with lower attic temperatures. Simple, affordable, easy. Pretty nice.

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Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof

Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof

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Over the last year I've really been working on how to get my houses to the next level of greater energy efficiency and this video will show you my latest secret. We're laying down a thick layer of rigid ISO foam boards on top of the roof.

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House of 9 Gables in Alabama

House of 9 Gables in Alabama

This is the house I built for my family.  I did 90% of the work over 15 months.  This is built in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Opelika, AL, now a historic district.  On this site...

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Why I Dont Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

Why I Don't Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

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Just because it’s recycled doesn’t mean it’s green. Let me explain why I won't use cellulose or blue-jean insulation. . .

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