Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Danny Lipford applies mortar to the chimney crown.

How to Install a Chimney Cap

Installing a chimney cap can help to prevent mold, mildew and moisture from damaging your home, while the mesh cage reduces fire hazards and keeps birds, squirrels and other animals out of the chimney.
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How to Remove Black Roof Stains

Tim asks, “How can I clean the black stains off my roof and keep them from coming back?”

Your stains are probably caused by the airborne spores of a blue-green algae. While doing little harm to your shingles, the black streaks caused by the algae are unsightly. Read on to find out how to remove them.
Flashing pulled away from chimney in need of repair.

Leak-Proof Flashing: Fixing Leaks Around Chimneys

Roof leaks around chimneys are often caused by problems with the flashing--the sheet metal that keeps the intersection between the chimney and roof watertight. Read on to find out how to properly install roof flashing around chimneys.
Man works on mold-damaged roof

7 Tips to Extend Your Roof’s Life

Roofs don't last forever, but you can extend their life with regular maintenance.
Ice dams pull down a gutter on a brick home

Ice Dams on Your Roof: How to Prevent Them

Glistening icicles hanging from gutters and eaves look beautiful, but they can be destructive. Here's how to prevent ice dams from forming.
Applying roofing cement to gap between metal flashing and chimney.

How to Find — and Repair — Chimney Roof Leaks

Watch this video for tips on how to find and repair roof leaks around fireplace chimneys, which are usually caused by gaps and cracks between the chimney and flashing.
Making a homemade rain diverter from sheet metal.

How to Make a Rain Diverter

Installing a rain diverter over the doorway to your house will make life a little easier the next time you come home during a downpour. While diverters are available at many building supply stores, they are not hard to make if you have trouble finding them.
Danny Lipford on ladder to roof

How to Clean and Inspect Your Roof

Watch this video to find out how to inspect, clean, and make minor repairs to a roof to prevent leaks from damaging your home.
Danny caulking a home before fall and winter arrive

4 Places to Waterproof in Your Home Before Fall

To protect your home, spend extra time waterproofing the house well before the first freeze hits.