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This Old House July/August 2020

This Old House gives you the inspiration, information and instruction you need to take on home improvement projects of all sizes and succeed. In every issue, find fresh design ideas for every room, creative DIY solutions, step-by-step projects, and tips from the pros. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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get the job done right

TEAR OFF THE OLD While heavily embossed metal panels can be laid over old asphalt shingles, a full tear-off of the old roof is recommended. That way, the sheathing and flashing can be inspected (and, if necessary, replaced) before the new roof goes down, reducing the chance of a leak. PROTECT THE SHEATHING Water will get past metal joints; the best way to stop it is with a high-temperature, waterproofing underlayment stuck to the entire roof deck. This material also seals around each fastener penetrating the roof. ALLOW THE METAL TO MOVE Slip sheets, typically rosin paper, laid between the roofing and the underlayment, allow the metal to expand and contract freely, and protect the integrity of the underlayment. INVEST IN THE RIGHT SEALANT If you see tubes of home-center silicone on the…

1 min
keep your cool

> You may be surprised to learn that during peak hot-weather months, a metal roof stays 50 to 60 degrees cooler than one made from any other material. Light-colored metal roofs naturally reflect more of the sun’s energy than darker ones, but thanks to new heat-reflective paint pigments, even darkcolored metal roofs can meet the EPA’s Energy Star criteria. In sunny places like Florida, Texas, and California, the energy savings from such roofing can be as high as 50 percent. Elsewhere, expect air-conditioning bills to go down by 10 to 15 percent. To find roofing with a high level of performance, go to the Cool Roof Rating Council’s database at coolroofs.org. Look for products with a Solar Reflective Index (SRI) of 29 or more. The higher the SRI, the cooler…

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use it as an accent

1 > PORTICO ROOF Dark bronze standing-seam metal stands out against crisp white trim on a traditional Colonial Revival–style house. Since a portico bears the brunt of rain and snow falling from the main roof, metal roofing is a natural choice for this spot. 2 > BAY ROOF The graceful, curved seams of this copper-colored bay window topper show off metal’s ability to conform to contours and elevate the look of this popular architectural detail. Where metal abuts brick, a groove should be cut into the wall so that flashing and counterflashing can be inserted to ensure a leakproof joint. 3 > TURRET TOP Scalloped copper shingles follow the tight curves of this conical roof. Its multihued verdigris color, a sign of the natural patina that guards the underlying metal from deterioration,…

3 min
new and improved

1. Super mulcher POWER+ 21-INCH SELECT-CUT MOWER With two overlapping blades spinning at 2,800 rpm (max), this 56-volt, self-propelled cordless mower turns grass clippings into ultra-fine mulch. A 7.5-amp-hour battery provides up to 60 minutes of run time, and can power the mower at speeds from 0.9 up to 3.6 mph; you set the pace. $599; egopowerplus.com 2. Sleek and secure LEVEL LOCK Many smart locks have clunky keypads better suited to officebuilding doors. This ANSI Grade 1/A dead bolt slips inside standard 2 1⁄8-inch bore holes and hides behind the existing escutcheons. Apple HomeKit–enabled, it operates with a smartphone, your voice, or a key. A CR2 battery encased in the bolt powers the lock for up to a year. $229; level.co 3. No-peel finishes for brick and stucco ROMABIO MASONRY PAINTS Made with potassium silicates and mineral…

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directory july/august 2020

COVER: See the listing for “Fit for Generations to Come.” TOOLKIT (pp. 9–12) Get outdoor surfaces gleaming > Thanks to Jake Jacobs, manager, product development and innovation, U.S., Troy Corporation; troycorp.com. BEFORE + AFTER: FAMILY ROOM Refresher course (pp. 14–16) Homeowner’s blog: vintagerefined.com. Contractor: Clyde Brothers Construction; clydebrothersconstruction.com. BEFORE + AFTER: BATH Same space, new function (pp. 19–20) Designer: Katie Davis Design, Houston; katiedavisdesign.com. Professional organizer: Meg Markland; neatbymeg.com. Contractor and cabinetmaker: Hugo Berrios, HB Contracting, Houston; 713-689-0147. Vanity, mirror: custom. Paint (vanity): Rookwood Shutter Green; sherwin-williams.com. Vanity hardware: restorationhardware.com. Sinks: gerberonline.com. Sink faucets: Kohler; us.kohler.com. Bathtub: signaturehardware.com. Wall tile: flooranddecor.com. Floor, shower-floor tile: arizonatile.com. Sconces: mmlighting.com. Artwork: ellenschusterart.com. OUTDOOR LIVING Tucked away (pp. 22–23) Grill island: Orlando Martinez, 21st Century Masonry, Denver; orlandomartinezfor2012@gmail.com. MAKING A HOUSE THEIR OWN (pp. 36–43) Architect: Kevin Browne Architecture,…

2 min
save this old house

PRICE $59,900 LOCATION Water Valley, MS CONTACT Sherry Fischer, Re/Max, 662-607-1030 THE HISTORY Likely built in the 1890s as a Folk Victorian, the house sits on what was once known as Silk Stocking Row, where Water Valley’s prominent families lived in gracious, architecturally distinctive homes. At the time, the town was a bustling hub for the Illinois Central Railroad. Historians surmise that the house may have undergone some Craftsman-style updates in the years that followed, the better to fit in with the popular aesthetic. WHY SAVE IT? Filled with vintage details, the house retains original fireplace mantels, heart-pine and oak floors, divided-light windows, French doors, and transoms. It sits three blocks from the restored Main Street district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and enjoys a lively arts…