Choosing the Proper Roof for Your Home

Homeowners know that it is important to replace your roof after a certain amount of time. Roofing shingles can wear out over time, and when this occurs, water can seep into your home. This water seepage can cause damage to the interior of your home. Water spots can appear on your ceiling and seep through the walls, if the roof has not been replaced.

Animals such as squirrels and raccoons can also damage your roof. During the late fall, these animals need to find some place to burrow themselves in to protect them from the cold winter. Often these animals make holes in rooftops and eaves. This action causes damage to the roof, which has to be replaced.

Choosing the proper roofing materials is also an important factor. Homeowners need to choose materials that are aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective. Roofing materials can consist of wood, asphalt, or composite shingles. Slate, concrete, and clay tiles are also roofing choices. Before you decide on what type of roofing materials to use, you might consider the cost, the effectiveness, and the material weight.

Most people hire a contractor who is an experienced roofer. They have the knowledge, equipment, and expertise to do the roof within a reasonable period. Roofing companies often have several people working on one job to ensure the job is completed within a reasonable period. Homes that have simple roofs with very little breaks in its planes will be lower in price for installing new roofing material. On the other hand, homes that have multiple peaks, chimneys, dormers, and vents will definitely cost more.

Another thing that homeowners should take into account is the condition of the existing roof. The cost of removing old shingles, replacing rotten wood, and the clean up of the debris is also considered in the cost of replacing the roof. Roofing materials, tar, nails, vents, shingles, and even a hot torch might be used by the roofing contractors and are included in the costs.

If you should happen to have a leaky roof, it is important that you get it replaced as soon as possible. Before settling on the first roofing contractor that you contact, shop around in order to get the best price.


Choosing New Windows/Doors for Your Property

When it comes to enhancing the look and security of your home, replacing doors and windows that are old and insecure makes common sense. These new installations will protect your family from intruders and keep you safe from the elements. Having new windows and doors installed will also cut down on your energy costs. It is important that you choose windows that are energy efficient in order to keep out the cold and the humidity when the days are hot and humid.

Most people hire contractors to install new windows and doors. This is because they are professionals with this type of installation and can quickly get the job done. When it comes to window installations, you can easily install a window yourself. It is important that you measure the inside of the window correctly, and then take those measurements to a window manufacturer so they can make you a window that is custom in size. You may also be able to purchase a window at a discount, if they happen to have any pre-made ones already in stock.

When it comes to replacing the door to your property, most people choose wooden doors. These doors often have a small window so you can see who is at your door. It is important that you install a deadbolt to keep out intruders. Your family will feel safe and secure with a new door installed.

As for the windows, most windows now come with a little latch that you can unlock to open the window. Remember to close the clasp at night to add additional security to your home. When it comes to basement window installations, many people choose designs that have bars for additional security.

If you choose not to do the installation yourself, many companies have professional installers that could do this for you. It is important that you compare the cost of their services in order for you to get the best deal.

Choose a company that is reputable to install windows/doors on your property. There are many such businesses in your local vicinity. Search online to find the companies that are nearest you.


Beautify the Outdoors with a New Deck

When it comes to living space, you can beautify your home by adding a new deck to your backyard property. Your new deck can be made of wood or concrete and will protect you from the elements if you decide to add a roof to it. You can also decide to screen it in or add some windows to make it into a sunroom.

No matter what you choose to do, installing a new deck does take a little time and effort. When choosing a wood deck, make sure that you use pressure treated wood so that it can withstand the outdoor weather. Pressure treated wood does not rot as fast as untreated wood and will last you for a long time. It is also bug resistant, which will help to prolong its life.

Before deciding on what type of materials you are going to use, it is important that you get an estimated cost of the materials. Sometimes, it is far cheaper for you to do the installation yourself. Grab a couple of your friends together to ask them to assist you when you have all the materials together.

Remember that you will need some sort of support for your deck. Wooden poles buried deep into the ground at the corner points will help to support the weight of the wood. You can also use concrete pillars, which are made of materials designed especially for this. You simply have to mix the concrete and pour it into the hollow pillars and allow them to dry. Once they have done so, you can start making the base for your deck.

Once the base is built, you can add railings, indoor/outdoor carpet, and even stain your deck to match the exterior of your home. Add a couple of chairs, a barbecue, and even a small outdoor table to make your outdoor living space comfortable.

You and your family or friends will enjoy the outdoors more if you happen to have a deck where they can relax and enjoy your company. A new deck will also enhance the look and feel of your home. When you have completed your new deck, you will be able to sit out there in the morning, night, or even on the weekends.

Your property value will go up when you choose to build a new deck to increase your outdoor living space.


Tips for Choosing the Right Interior Paint Colors

Any type of painting job can seem like a chore, especially if you are not familiar with the types of paints that are available on the market. Interior paints are formulated differently than those that are designed for used as for an exterior painting job. Therefore, it is important to have some knowledge on what types of interior paint to use.

Most importantly, remember that the interior paint will be something that everyone in the household will have to look at, probably until you decide to paint the room or area once again. Therefore, it is important that you make a wise decision on your color choice. These tips will help to ensure that the paint you choose is suitable to everyone’s taste and your budget.

First off, it is important that you visit your local paint stores and pick up some of the color chips and paint wheels that they have on display. These paint samples should give you an idea of what paint colors are available and in what depth of shade that they come in. In order to help you in your decision, try holding the paint chips up to the walls in which you want to paint. Then ask yourself, is this a color that I want to be facing on a daily basis? This will help you to make a paint color choice that you will be satisfied with.

Colors are usually divided into a color family. The color family is cool colors or warm colors. Green, purple, and blue make up the cool color family. They are calming and are perfect for a bedroom or any other room that you use to relax in. Oranges, reds, as well as pinks, are warm colors that brighten up a room and provide excitement. Kitchens, family rooms, and other rooms within a home that needs brightening up, should be painte in warm colors.

Before choosing an interior paint for a particular room, it is vital that you color coordinate the paint with the other decor that is located in the room. This means that a room that contains brown wood furniture can be brighten with warm colors such as a terracotta, burnt orange, and other paints that have run within that color family.

The most  important thing to remember when buying interior paint is to buy enough to complete a room, and make sure it is one that is suitable to accentuate the furniture that is in the room without clashing with it.


The Importance of Fencing a Property

There are many reasons why a homeowner should think about putting up a fence on their property. Fences come in all sorts of materials, and offer a home owner many benefits from having one installed. Fences for one thing provide the homeowner with privacy, especially if you want to have some friends or family members over for a backyard barbecue during the summer.

A fence in the front garden can help to accentuate that lovely garden and helps to keep the neighborhood dogs from littering your lawn and garden with their waste material. A fence in the front yard will also bring up the property value of your home. Fences, as mentioned come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Having a back yard fence offers you some privacy, where you can go out the back and sit after the sun goes down without anyone looking in at you.

Another great thing about having a fence installed is the fact that it will stop some of the neighborhood children from kicking the soccer ball into your flower bed.  The choice of fencing is of course, depending on your likes and dislikes. A fence can also provide you with security. It will help to keep strangers off of your property, and if you should happen to have a backyard pool, there are state regulations that require you to have a fence installed for the safety of your family as well as strangers.

Another thing that homeowners should think about is the fact that your home insurance might be reduced, if you happen to have fencing that surrounds your property. Transforming your outdoor living space might seem to be a little daunting. However, most people hire a team of professional fence installers that know exactly what they are doing. They can advise you on what type of fence is best suited to your needs and quickly install it.

Fencing material can consist of pressure treated wood, chain link, vinyl fencing, wood fencing, aluminum fencing, and wrought iron. No matter what type of fencing material that you choose, these materials can withstand everything that Mother Nature has to offer them, if they are maintained properly.

Fences can be used as a privacy fence, a picket fence, split rail fences, and even post and rail fences. Privacy fences are usually used to provide a sense of security for the homeowner. They help to keep people off of the property, and help to somewhat protect it from the elements. These types of fences are usually higher than the other types of fences and are usually 8 to 10 feet high.

A picket fence is usually found in the front yard of a home. These picket fences usually border a small area of grass and/or a flower bed. The pickets of the fence are usually spaced 1 ½ inches apart. Picket fences are much shorter than privacy fences and usually range from 3-5 feet.

Split rail fences are known as farm fences. This style of fence usually have two or three rails. These fences could be left open or enhanced with chicken or barbed wire to keep animals in or out of the enclosed area.

Post and rail fences are quite similar to the split rail fence. However, slats of wood are used in between the fence posts and if you have seen fences that are commonly found on farms, then you know what they are.


The Importance of Chimney Repairs

There may come a time when you will need your chimney repaired. This is, of course, dependent on the age of the house as well as the seasonal changes, if any, in the temperature. Most is not all chimneys are made of brick. Brick is also a porous material.

Over time the material that is used to hold the bricks in place can become loose or dissolve. The reason for this is that it is water-soluble. This means that consistent exposure to temperature changes as well as exposure to water can cause the mortar to crumble. Homeowners in areas that have constant rainfall, should check for water damage and chimney corrosion periodically.

Once the mortar erodes, water can seep into your chimney, down your exterior and interior walls, and into your foundation. Water damage from chimney can go unnoticed from several months, if not years. If the cracks are severe enough, you will also notice the leaks on the inner walls of your home as well.

Most chimneys are lined, and the lining is made of metal. The metal lining can incur rust over time due to its exposure to water, snow, and ice. When the roof needs to be repaired, it is important that you also check to see if your chimney foundation is not deteriorating and is free of corrosion.

Another important factor that one should think about in regards to potential damage to your chimney is earthquake damage. If you happen to live in an earthquake zone and have recently had an earthquake, check the foundation and outer walls of your chimney to ensure that it is in working order. Damages to a chimney can cause carbon monoxide to leak into the home. It is important that you check to make sure that you do not have any toxic gas leaking into your home. Waterproofing a chimney is part of its maintenance; this should be done every few years.

In order to help your chimney last, it is important that you reproof, reinforce, and repair. If you do not have the skills to repair a chimney, it is important that you hire the services of a professional handyman in order to ensure that the job is done right. Having someone who knows what they are doing will also help to keep you safe and chimney repairs can be risky and sometimes fatal, if you do not know what you are doing.


The Advantage of Using Drywall in Your Home

At one time, drywall was an unknown material. This was prior to 1916, when interior walls were finished with lathe and plaster rather than drywall. It took a lot of work to install lathe and plaster in a home and home builders continued to use it well into in the latter part of the second world war.

However, drywall became the choice of builders during that time. The reason for this was due to a shortage of manpower as it took more people and a lot more hours to put up lathe and plaster than it did drywall.  Therefore, drywall became the known material for making walls in newly manufactured homes.

Many builders found it to be more economical due to the fact that it was stable, inexpensive, and fire resistant as well. The cost of using drywall is miniscule compared to the cost of lathe, plaster, and the materials needed to complete the job.

All you would need was the drywall sheets, finishing materials, and the fasteners, which is fairly inexpensive as compared to building the wall by using the old methods. When using the lathe, you would need the lathe, wire mesh, as well as a massive amount of plaster. The old method would prove to be far more pricey, and therefore, this method of building walls was stopped completely.

The convenience of using drywall to build a wall is evident. All it takes is a clear area down to the bare walls, a couple of drywall sheets, drywall tape, and drywall plaster to smooth over the spaces that are left when you join the drywall sheets. Once the drywall is plastered all it takes is little effort to smooth the plaster once it is dry.

After it is dry, all you need to do is use primer to seal the drywall and once that is done, you splash on some paint. Easy, clean, affordable, and durable is the reason why many builders now choose to use drywall instead of lathe and plaster.

Drywall comes in a couple of different sizes as well as thicknesses, which makes it even more convenient. All it takes is a little effort in order to complete building a wall that is made of drywall and a perhaps a full day to complete a full size room.  Another convenient thing about using drywall over plaster is that there is less cleanup time needed as well.


Replacing Your Roof Shingles

Roofing shingles help to protect your home from the forces of nature. The area under the roof will suffer water damage, if the shingles are worn and have not been replaced. Another benefit of the roofing shingle is to keep the costs of heating or cooling a room less costly.

There are two types of asphalt shingles on the market; they are organic asphalt shingles or fiberglass asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are used on most houses in the US and Canada, and on some other homes around the world because of it being widely available, affordable, economical, and easy to install. Unlike other roof coverings, asphalt has a relatively long life, which makes it very cost-effective.

The base mat of a fiberglass shingle is woven fiberglass. An asphalt coating that is waterproof then covers it. Ceramic granules top the asphalt coating layer to help protect the surface from harmful UV rays. The fiberglass mat is much lighter than its organic counterpart. This results in a lighter, thinner, roofing material that has a higher fire rating than the others. The asphalt shingles usually carry a longer warranty, which is also one of the reasons why fiberglass asphalt shingles are extremely popular.

Organic mats are made of shingles that are recycled felt. They are coated with an adhesive, and then embedded with ceramic granules. On these mats, the ceramic granules are more abundant; therefore, the shingles are heavier and cost more to purchase. Organic shingles may be more flexible, however, they tend to wear out faster by warping, and general wear and tear. The organic shingles are not very environmentally friendly and have higher asphalt content.

The asphalt shingles are manufactured as a three-tab shingle or an architectural shingle. The three-tab shingle has a cutout along the lower edge to help define how to lay the shingle properly. The architectural shingle is plain as far as the cutout goes, however, they do have a dimensional contoured look that helps to make them so appealing. The architectural shingle is not recommended for low-sloping roofs because of its susceptibility to wind driven rain.

Whether you choose a fiberglass or an organic shingle for your next roofing project, remember that there are many colors for you to choose as your roofing material. This means that you will be able to get a color that can help to accentuate your home. When choosing an asphalt shingle, remember that the lighter the color, there will be less heat penetrating your attic rooms, which will help to eliminate your cooling costs during the summer months.


Painting the Exterior of Your Home

To some homeowners, painting the exterior of your home may seem a little tedious. However, a chore must be done. Painting the exterior of your home will help to keep it from falling into disrepair. However, if you plan the project before it gets underway, then the chore will not be as tedious.

Before you start out on painting the exterior of your home, it is important that you start with pressure cleaning the outside. Mix chlorine bleach with water and place it in the pressure washer. Using a pressure washer filled with a mixture of water and bleach will help to kill any mold or mildew growing on the outside of your home. Stubborn dirt, peeling paint, and loose chalking will be easily removed with a pressure washer.

Caulking should be used in corners, doors, and to seal windows. Patching compound should be used to fill any open cracks, not caulking. Wooden door trim or fascia board that has rotted away should be replaced before you think of starting to paint the exterior of your home.

Now comes the sealing. Sealing is a vital part of the task of getting the exterior of your home ready for painting. Primers and sealers will eliminate the need to spend hundreds of dollars on the topcoat paints that are rather expensive. It is vital that you follow the instructions for applying both the primer and sealer. When purchasing a sealer, it is important that you choose one that is a reputable brand.

Moisture seepage is the biggest cause of wood rot and can end up costing you more to replace over time, as the moisture will evade a larger area if not promptly looked after. By applying a good sealant, you will prolong the life of your topcoat exterior paint. Mildew growth on the exterior of a home occurs because of moisture seepage. This seepage breaks down your top coat and spreads throughout the wood.

After the primer and sealer have dried, you are ready to apply the top coat. Remember to choose a high quality paint for a reputable brand for the topcoat paint. This will not only make your painting chore easier, it will also be more durable and last for a longer time than paint that is a bargain brand.

When painting the exterior of a home, it makes common sense to choose a paint that has a satin finish. Although satin paint is a little more costly than a flat paint, it will give the exterior of your home a nice shiny finish and satin paint is more durable than a flat finish.


Granite Countertops Installations-Handyman 24/7

Granite countertops are a very popular choice for those who want to do that home renovation project that they keep putting off. These types of countertops come in a wide range of colors and are very durable. Many of the granite countertops have various patterns for you to choose from. There are also natural stone countertops. These countertops are made from nature, and no two countertops are going to be the same. The reason for this is that each countertop will have its own color variation, cracks, pits, and imperfections that are on the individual pieces of stone.

Granite is much stronger than laminate. Seeing that it is made of stone and more durable, than some of the other types of countertops, it will hold its value over time. When choosing a new countertop, it is important to choose a color that will correspond with other decor that is in your kitchen. It is also relevant that you choose the proper thickness and depth of your countertop as well as the type of granite that you want to use.

You can purchase the granite countertop from a big box hardware store that has various supplies for all rooms of your home. Specialty stores such as a bathroom renovation or plumbing place may also have the type of countertop that you are looking for at a reasonable price.

You may also want to replace your kitchen or bathroom sink while you are doing the renovation. A new kitchen countertop with a new sink as well as a backsplash will add value to your home, as these are usually durable and can last for a long time. It is vital that you remember to use a cutting board when you are cutting fruits and vegetables for your meals. This will help to ensure that the countertop stays fresh and receives no mars or scratches from normal wear and tear.

Laminate is also another choice for a countertop. Although a laminate countertop is a covering over some fiberboard, it can still be very versatile and can be suitable for just about any type of kitchen decor.

Many people save themselves some money and do the countertop installation themselves. However, some people are not that experienced in knowing the correct steps on how to do this correctly. For this reason, many people choose an experienced contractor to do the countertop installation for them. Save yourself some time by having a professional installer do the installation for you. There are many companies that offer this service, and Handyman on Call 24/7, is one of them.