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Owning a home can be a big expenditure. You have to fix things all the time and even when you do it, you’re never certain when a new problem will pop up. Because of that, it is much better to rely on professional assistance than to try and repair things yourself.
This is especially true when it comes to the roof.
While roof repair might seem like a pretty basic repair, there are things that can go wrong. In most cases, homeowners are not aware of the full extent of damage and tend to underestimate it. In some cases, they will repair a larger surface than needed leading to unnecessary expenses. Of course, there is also a risk of getting hurt due to lack of experience or not knowing how to properly use tools.
In order to avoid all this mess, it is much better to hire a roofing contractor or a company. Here are 5 things that a professional can help you with.
1. Reroofing or replacing your roof
Sooner than later, you will have to do a big fix or completely change your roof. Whether we’re talking about roofing or reroofing, these things shouldn’t be taken lightly. They are both very big investments and are something that should be handled by an experienced roofer. But, there is another thing that needs to be considered. Most homeowners don’t even realize the difference between reroofing and getting a new roof. They are different processes and unless you’re very experienced, you won’t be able to tell what you actually need. Make sure to call an experienced roofing contractor so you can assess the state of your roof and see what repairs to make.
2. Addressing nearby trees
One of the best things about backyards is having a nice tree nearby. Although trees give a lot of pleasure, they can be rather troublesome for the roof. This is especially true for bigger trees as their branches tend to hit against it during volatile storms. As if that wasn’t enough, you also have to consider that households with trees have much more leaves. In other words, a lot of leaves will likely end up in your gutters clogging it in the process. As for the branches, you can easily trim them prior to the rainy season. However, even though a tree can be a nuisance for the roof, you should definitely avoid cutting it!
3. Check flashing
Flashing is the metal that surrounds your chimney and represents one of the most important parts of the roof. Its main purpose is to provide some sort of isolation in the area that is hard to access and that otherwise can cause all sorts of issues. Flashing help protect the roof from the rain. Unfortunately, because it’s so thin, placed on an angle, it is really susceptible to damage. Professional roofers know this which is why chimney is the point of concern.
4. Removing shingles
When we mention roof, shingles and tiles are the first association. The whole roof is covered by them and they create an amazing protective net against rain and snow. However, individual shingles are susceptible to damage, they can easily get cracked and discolored. When such a thing occurs, most homeowners find it hard determining the full extent of the damage. Oftentimes, they repair a big part of the roof without any need for it. This leads to additional costs. It’s even worse if you not fix the whole issue; sooner or later it will come back to bite you.
If you have any issues with your roof, make sure to call your local roofing company.
About the author: Nikolay Stoyanov is the content writer of DoItRightRoofing – Vancouver roofing company with more than 1300 completed projects and 900 happy clients in Canada. If you're in need of a qualified roofer, you've come to the right place.
There's no better time to be thinking of home improvement than than after the holiday rush. The New Year is a time to set goals and start fresh! Home improvement doesn't have to cost a lot of money! There are simple ways that you can improve your home that are affordable. Sometimes simple changes can make all of the difference in improving the look and feel of your home. I have listed several budget friendly home improvement ideas below.
Paint your kitchen cabinets. There's no easier way to update a kitchen than painting the cabinets. Swap out drawer and cabinet handles make a huge difference. It is amazing how these simple changes help to make your kitchen look modern and clean.
Paint your living or family room. This is the main room of the house, where people gather the most. Choose an uplifting, neutral shade of paint, such as light grey, beige or cream shades. To have the biggest color impact, paint your trim/ baseboards. Update your blinds, or buy inexpensive curtains. Hang a mirror on one wall. This will open up the room and make it feel more spacious.
Change lightswitch and electrical outlet plates throughout the house. This easy task makes so much difference! You can find pretty plates that aren't that expensive at any hardware store or on Amazon.
Give your Bathroom a mini-makeover. A fresh coat of paint in a light, happy color (such as light blue or yellow) will brighten up the bathroom. Buy a new shower curtain to match, and a pretty soap dish, or hand soap dispenser. Switch out the light switch plates and electrical outlet plates with brand new ones. Also update the drawer and cabinet handles. You won't believe the difference these simple changes will make.
Add in a few shelves. A few extra shelves in a blank space can make a big difference. You can use them to display framed family photos as well as sentimental knick-knacks that deserve to be seen.
Update light fixtures. Upgrading lighting in the main rooms can make the whole space feel more expensive. Get rid of old looking ceiling fixtures and swap those out with new ones.Replace old lamp and/or lamp shades with modern ones that you can find for pretty cheap.
Add mirrors throughout the house! Mirrors are the simplest way to make any space feel bigger and lighter. They don't even have to be expensive!
Declutter! Make it a goal to clean out one closet, cupboard (or even a 'junk' drawer) each day. Go throughout your house and just throw things away! If you haven't used the item in a year, why keep it? Toss it! Chances are, you will not even miss it! It will all add up in the long run, and you will be very happy that you did. If this is a monumental task for you, perhaps consider getting the entire family together to help. That way, you will have backup and support when it comes to deciding is an item is worth keeping or not. This can actually be a fun family activity, as well as a motivating factor to get things done. For larger jobs, it might now hurt to rent a dumpster. Eagle Dumpster Rental has great deals on their dumpster rentals.
There are several ways to add punch and impact to what might otherwise be a bland room: you could give it a fresh coat of paint, add a potted plant, or switch out the décor. An easier way to give any room a splash of color or a point of interest is by adding throw pillows. They can make any surface appear instantly inviting. We show you how to take any room from boring to brilliant with throw pillows below:
Keep to a Tight Color Palette
A cohesive color palette guarantees maximum visual impact. Choose decorative throw pillows that keep to the same color spectrum, or in complimentary shades. Use these to adorn your seating areas.
Mix and Match Your Textures
As above, use a common color to tie your throw pillows together, but don’t be afraid to bring in some interest in the form of different patterns and textures. Having them in all the same color can keep it from looking too busy, while still drawing the eye.
Combine Different Sizes
Using different size pillows is also one way of keeping things interesting. To keep the space looking neat and polished, try arranging them in a symmetrical way in order to lessen the haphazard feeling. A rule of thumb that’s easy to remember is keeping your largest pillows on the outside in the furthest corners, getting steadily smaller going inward.
Patterns vs. Solids
You can combine patterned, printed throw pillows with those in a solid color. However, give your room a once-over first. If you already have a busy backdrop, such as a patterned wallpaper, decorative couch covers or elaborate curtains, you may want to tone it down several notches with the pillows. It’s best if the print throw pillows match with the majority of the print already present in the room for cohesion.
Consider the Number of Pillows
You don’t want to have so many pillows on the couch that there won’t be room for people to have a seat. Modern design calls for throw pillows in an odd number, as opposed to having them in pairs, which feels more traditional. Having a few big pillows is also better than having an overabundance of small ones.
Scale the Pillows to the Furniture
Throw pillows that are too big for your couch are actually not a very attractive option – it takes up all the room, making it look as if a person couldn’t sit. Standard 18-inch squares are a neat option for sofas with typical dimensions. If your couch is bigger than normal, scale them up. For love seats and arm chairs, smaller is better.
Yes, the throw pillows are decorative, but pillows are first and foremost all about adding comfort. When you use a stiff filling, you may as well adorn your seats with bricks. While it isn’t necessary to get the priciest inserts, you may want to invest in some that contain a blend of feather, down, or both. These pillows not only provide welcome cushioning for you and your guests but also stay temperate regardless of the climate. For fuller pillows, size up your inserts to give them an overstuffed look that’s warm and inviting.
Throw pillows soften the visual edges of any room and can make any space seem homier. Use them as an affordable way to keep your décor updated and show off your designing flair. How do you decorate with pillows?