Retrofitting Step Flashing

By Robert Robillard

Roofing Over Existing Shingles This article discusses retrofitting step flashing on a re-roof where the contractor left the old flashing in place and did not install new sidewall, step flashing.    Before we get into the retrofitting we first must discuss roofing over existing shingles. It is possible to install new shingles over old shingles. …

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Installing A Roof Cricket

By Robert Robillard

What’s a roof cricket? Before installing a roof cricket you first should understand what it is and why it is important. A roof cricket is a ridge structure designed to divert water on a roof. Generally found on the high side of a chimney or the transition from one roof area to another, the cricket…

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Metal Roofs

By Robert Robillard

Metal Roofs On Rise I have three theories on why you see more metal roofs are on the rise.  First, let’s look at the state of Maine where metal roofs are common. Many of the roofs you see in Maine are the old, thin tin “barn roofs” which were very popular on agricultural buildings. These…

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Remove Algae Stains Off Roof

By Robert Robillard

Cleaning Algae Stains Off Roofs: I hate seeing black or green stains on a roof.  There are many reasons that cause mold, lichen and algae to grow on a roof but that doesn’t mean you have to tolerate it.   There are ways to eliminate these ugly stains and this article will explain how you…

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Duo Fast Cap Nailer DCR175CN

By Robert Robillard

DCR175-CN In Line Cap Nailer Review The folks at Duo-Fast recently sent me their Duo Fast Cap Nailer DCR175CN to review. The DCR175CN is a pneumatic nailer that is designed to deliver a 7/8 to 1-3/4 inch roofing nail along with a plastic cap to effectively and efficiently install building house wrap, synthetic roofing underlayment and…

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Replacing Your Roof

By Robert Robillard

Weather Concerns Top-of-Mind with Homeowners When Making Plans to Replace Roof More than half of U.S. homeowners* (55 percent) expect to replace their roof five or more years from now. Those expecting to replace their roofs believe that unexpected severe weather that deeply damages their current roof will be the key reason for their roof…

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Contractor Offers “Start-to-Finish” Roofing Project Overview

By Robert Robillard

DaVinci Roofing Products When contractor Rob Fanjoy moved into his home in northern Maine, he knew the roof would be the first thing that needed replacing. It was an old asphalt shingle roof that was failing badly. Despite being in place less than 15 years, the shingles were curling, crumbling and cracking. Plus they were…

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Tips On Choosing A House Color

By Robert Robillard

  Choosing a House color?  Start with the roof . . . That’s become one of the most common requests for homeowners in today’s marketplace as people look to add more colorful features to their homes as part of remodeling and new construction projects. “A well-chosen color scheme for a home’s exterior can bring out…

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