Author: Leo B

Rubber Roof Repair – How To Fix A Leaking Roof

Repairing rubber roofing is a fairly easy DIY job, if you have the right tools and materials.

I have been working with EPDM rubber membranes for over 15 years, and in this guide, I will teach you how to fix a leaking roof in just one weekend, all by yourself, for less than $230-280!

I will also discuss the benefits of doing a DIY repair vs. hiring a roofing contractor, and how much you will be saving.

Note:I will also showcase “EPDM Rubber Roofing Repair Kit”, which is a set of tools and materials designed specifically for DIY flat roof repair.

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Why Roofing Prices Keep Going Up In 2018

Roofing shingles prices

If you need to replace your roof, you may have noticed that prices seem to be higher than what they were only one year ago. The average reported roofing cost for asphalt shingles is $5,460- 8,750 on a 1,600 sq.ft. ranch style home.

In this post, I would like to offer a unique insider’s perspective on this pricing situation to homeowners looking to get the best deal on installing a new roof.

People who are doing any kind of renovation, including re-roofing, often face the fact that today contractors are charging at least 8-12% more for the job than what their friends or neighbors paid only a few short years ago.

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Homeowners Guide on How to Get Your Insurance to Pay for Roof Replacement

When it comes to asking homeowner insurance to cover roofing damages from a storm, most homeowners get the short end of the stick in terms of quality, often without even realizing what is going on.

Let’s take an in-depth look at how this process works for the three parties involved: 1. Property owner 2. Contractor 3. Insurance company.

I realize that the majority of you reading this will be homeowners, so I plead for you to finish this guide, because it can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on roof repairs.

Insurance companies do not pay for you to do high quality roofing. If you want to do it right you may want to get away from insurance work.

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New Roof Cost vs. Value: Are You Paying Too Much For Roof Installation?

The average cost of a new shingle roof is $4,870 – 6,750, installed on a classic 1,600 sq. ft. ranch house.

However, the reality is that roofing prices can vary drastically depending on many factors, such as quality of the material, contractor you hire, seasonal labor rates, your geographic location etc.

This post will help you figure out whether you are getting a fair deal from a roofing contractor. Compare the quality of roof installation for Low, Mid-Range and High-End price quotes.

We will show you the real value behind a roof estimate, and help you choose the right pro. This will help you avoid overspending or installing a low quality roofing material.

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16 Most Popular Roof Types

Are you overwhelmed by all the roof style options for your home? With so many choices, it may be a challenge to pin down which one will work best for your house architecture, your personal taste and your bank account.

In addition to aesthetic appeal, it its important to consider your local weather conditions, as some types of roofs are better suited for a particular climate than others.

For example, while a classic (most common) gable roof is not the best choice in areas that get hurricane level winds, it offers great protection against snow and ice dams.

Popular Roof Types

Before making a decision that will impact your home’s curb appeal and durability,

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Roof Shingle Calculator 2019 – Estimate Asphalt Shingles Prices

Average roofing shingles prices range between $3.19 and $5.12 per sq. ft. installed, on a typical Ranch/Cape house.

Shingle Calculator estimates the total installation cost on a gable / hip roof. This includes: materials (with all other necessary accessories), 1-layer tear-off, labor, dump fees and permits.

Roof Length:

Roof Width (Gable Side):

Roof Pitch:

Roof Type:

Gable Roof
Hip Roof

Region (US only):

National Avg.
New England
Mid Atlantic
South Atlantic
E.S. Central
W.S. Central
E.N. Central
W.N. Central

* Installation includes: Labor, Contractor’s Overhead and Profits, based on date from roofing contractors in our Local Roofing Directory.
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2019 Roofing Shingles Prices – Estimate Your Roof Replacement Cost

If your old roof is leaking beyond repair, replacing it with a shingle roof remains the most popular and cost effective option.

The average cost to install roof shingles is about $4,800 – 5,100 for a 1,500 sq.ft. ranch house, including materials and labor.

Total installation cost may vary depending on your location, roof complexity and the contractor you hire.

In this guide:

Shingles prices per square foot
Cost breakdown by shingle type
Price differences by shingle brand
Architectural vs 3 tab shingles
Cost of Home Depot shingles vs. roofing supplier
Accessories prices
Labor and installation costs
Roof removal and tear-off charges
Pros and cons of a DIY install
Regional cost differences
Avoid roofing scams

How much do roof shingles cost?

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Rafter Calculator – Estimate Length And Cost To Replace Roof Rafters

Roof Rafter Calculator will estimate the Length, Board Size, Quantity, Cost per board and Total Cost of Lumber!

The estimates are based on your house foot print (length and width) and roof slope.

Prices are based on quotes from multiple lumber yards and building material suppliers.

Gable width (Span):



Roof Length:



Roof Overhangs:



Roof Pitch

/ 12″ slope.

Rafter Spacing

12″ on center
16″ on center
20″ on center

Board Size (nominal)

2″ x 8″
2″ x 10″
2″ x 12″

Rafter Lenght
Lumber Size
Rafter Cost
Total Cost

0 ft.
0 pcs.
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How To Calculate Roof Pitch – DIY Guide

Using roof pitch you can quickly and accurately calculate a roof’s size and the amount of materials needed for installation.

Most contractors use this measurement as a primary way to calculate roof area.

In this guide:

Understanding roof pitch
DIY Calculation Method 1 – using ladder and tape measure
DIY Calculation Method 2 – making an estimate from the ground
Using Pitch Formula to get an accurate roof size

What is roof pitch?

“Roof Pitch” is a term you may often hear from a roofer, an architect or a framing contractor / builder. It is the most common way in US and Canada to describe a roof’s basic quality –

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7 Tips To Avoid Skylight Roof Leaks

tips on installing a skylight diy

Here is expert advise on how to complete your skylight installation so that your unit is durable and leak free. In fact, skylight waterproofing is one of the most challenging parts on the job and requires some technical knowledge.

Our pros share their secrets for homeowners who want to know how to install a skylight by themselves.

1. Select the RIGHT mounting option

When it comes to mounting your skylight on the roof, you will have three options. It is important to understand the difference between them prior to selecting your unit, as this will directly affect the total cost and the complexity of the installation.

•Flush-mounted: is generally easier to install in new construction,

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