Roofing, Siding & Gutters

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Old House Journal's compendium of articles about how to repair and install roofing, siding & gutters on historic or older houses, including clapboards, shingles, masonry, flashing, tile, color-matching and more. 

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Roofing for Historic Buildings

A weather-tight roof is basic in the preservation of a structure, regardless of its age, size, or design. In the system that allows a building to work as a shelter, the roof sheds the rain, shades from the sun, and buffers the weather.

The finished roof is a period-appropriate accompaniment to the author's 100-year-old Foursquare.

How To Install a Faux Slate Roof

Re-roofing a house can be an overwhelming prospect. That said, there’s a lot of instant gratification in roofing, and if done on a beautiful day, it can even be (dare I say it?) fun. Whether you’re looking to save money or just have a hand in sheltering your old home, some roof projects are worth undertaking.

Products of the Week

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Chelsea Decorative Metal

Chelsea Decorative Metal is a manufacturer and supplier of tin ceiling tiles, cornices, moldings, friezes and copper sheets. Specialties include hand-painted faux finishes and stamped walls, back splashes, wainscoting, and ceilings.

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WEST SYSTEM G/flex®

A toughened, versatile, liquid epoxy for permanent waterproof bonding of fiberglass, ceramics, metals, plastics, damp and difficult-to-bond woods. G/flex can make structural bonds that absorb the stress of expansion, contraction, and vibration. Ideal for bonding dissimilar materials.