Roofing The Right Way
  

Roofing The Right Way

by McGraw-Hill Professional
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Do it yourself and do it right with the definitive step-by-step roofing manual. If you want to save up to 60 percent, or even more, on roofing repairs or replacement, this book can help you. It's like having a professional at your side to prevent mistakes that could be costly. Even roofing apprentices and construction professionals can learn from the information and advice inside this best-selling guide.

Completely updated with new material and illustrations, this editon gives you: Full details on the newest tools and materials Inside information on all the latest roofing techniques used by professionals Step-by-step instructions on roof repair and installation Clear work-in-progress illustrations Precise descriptions of application patterns Complete details on concrete tile roofing and other hot trends Tips on choosing a contractor Detailed field studies and best practice information

A useful appendix contains answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, you'll find comprehensive lists for sources of products and tools, and information on roofing associations and institutes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"... a detailed manual on how to apply all popular types of roofing... contains a lot of useful information that will be of great help to those who want to do their own roofing." -- The New York Times,

"... before calling a roofing contractor, take time to read... Roofing the Right Way." -- Owen Whetzel, San Jose Mercury News

"If you're one of the 23 million families in America whose homes are more than 50 years old, this is definitely a must read... gives you a complete rundown of what to look for when inspecting your roof, what materials are available-there are lots of new ones-and how to do the job yourself... There are plenty of good black-and-white photos and diagrams to help you understand the techniques of installing a roof." -- Morris & James Carey, San Francisco Examiner; National Syndicated Home Improvement Columnists

"Scores of excellent photographs and diagrams are provided." -- New York Public Library,

"With the aid of this guide, homeowners can successfuly complete their own roofing projects at a fraction of the cost of seeking expert assistance... the handyman homeowner will find it an essential reference." -- The Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book answers in words and pictures many of the questions that homeowners ask when they attempt to re-roof. While some of the metal details are incorrect (contrary to the authors comments) they still will keep the homeowner out of trouble. The book won't replace a competent contractor but sure comes close for the do-it-yourselfer determined to roof his/her home. A recommended read.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be July 9, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Pluses: lots of good, current how-to information with plenty of photos/illustrations.

Minuses: photos are black and white--they should be color at this price, and would be a lot easier to understand with the extra information color provides. Should be more consideration of *why* one might use a particular material or technique, instead it covers mostly the *hows*. The presentation is rather dry--the opposite end of the spectrum from the ...For Dummies books. A larger format would help make the photos and diagrams easier to follow
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author's response to misleading comments December 22, 2002
Format:Paperback
Because to date 25 of 26 people found misleading comments submitted by a "reader from upstate New York" to be "helpful," I would like to respond. I assure you that the upstate New York reader's comments are completely without merit. Apparently, this individual never actually took the time to read my book. No text, caption, or illustration in my book promotes "poor roofing techniques" or "directs you to flash with roofing cement." My book describes accepted roofing-industry practices and proven techniques. Such standard industry practices includes the appropriate, limited application of roofing cement to enhance the weatherproofing of metal or other roof-surface flashings. For unbiased comments about my book, please see the many posted editorial reviews from sources such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Midwest Book Review.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the DIY May 28, 2004
By Bryan
Format:Paperback
This book is loaded with helpful pictures to assist any DIY with a roofing project. I gave it only 4 stars because the BUR section is too brief with no cold app section and the use of cap nails is pictured but not in text for BUR. The book was still helpful in many areas that are part of BUR. If you are doing shingles, buy this book. If you are doing BUR, buy this book and consult your manufacturer's website and technical division for installation instructions and questions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book October 1, 2001
Format:Paperback
This book lives up to its name. Iam a contractor and i found it informative, thorough,well written and easy to understand. If this book got into the business end of things more-so it would be
perfect. This book is what it claims though and that is important. Worth the money
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars metal roofers need not apply April 5, 2003
Format:Paperback
This book has much info on traditional roofing methods, but if you want useful, up to date info on applying metal roofing, forget it! In this whole book, there are only a handful of pages dedicated to metal roofing( and even they appear outdated). I was very disappointed ...had nothing useful on metal roofing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for hips but okay for gables October 15, 2007
By Rusty
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Like many roof texts, this one is helpful if you are installing plain 3-tab shingles to a simple gable roof with maybe a valley and a dormer.

If you have a hip roof or hip roof section, or if you are installing shingles other than a plain 3-tab type, this text won't help you much.

I'm a chronically addicted do-it-yourselfer for everything. I learn everything by gathering multiple texts on a subject: electronics, mechanics, carpentry, among others ... and now roofing.

I think that no single textbook tells you all you need to know about anything so I have to recommend that you not rely on just one text for your roofing project. With that in mind, let me say that this text I'm reviewing titled "Roofing the Right Way" is helpful towards broadening your roofing knowlege base but it's not comprehensive enough to be your "bible."

As another reviewer has said, this text feels, to me also, a little dated. However, if you are installing plain 3-tab shingles or plain roll roofing to a simple gable roof, you might be able to rely on this text alone. Not many of us fall into that category, however. If you are installing dimensional shingles on a hip roof, you'll definitely need other texts besides this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little dated September 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book does a decent job of explaining roofing to the novice. It covers all the basics of planning, tear-off, prep, and installation, including a variety of specific types of roofs and sections. It felt a bit dated to me as it has very limited coverage of laminated (architectural) shingles and use of power nailers. There is a greater amount of detail on hand-nailing and alternative traditional materials than you see in some other books. The pictures are all in black-and-white which makes it very hard to tell what is supposed to be conveyed. More drawings or color photos would make things easier, particularly given that some of the methods are complex and the descriptions aren't always written clearly. All-in-all this book is adequate to the task for most do-it-yourselfers, but may not be ideal depending on your specific project.
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