Tips And Tricks For Working Home Improvement Like The Pro’s

Tips And Tricks For Working Home Improvement Like The Pro’s

You want to avoid ending up with a house that is structurally unsound and has shoddy renovations. Therefore, it is essential to study up before you take on a new project. You will gain much of the information you require to get started on your path to becoming a knowledgeable handyman.

Caulking gaps between drywall is a necessary step in home improvement. Even if you complete a beautiful paint job, if you don’t first completely caulk the gaps between the panels of drywall the room will look unfinished. Unfinished gaps will even show up when you wall paper a room. Caulking is a must, anytime you drywall.

Building a screened in porch on the back or front of ones house can provide an additional room for one to relax in. An individual or whole family can enjoy the view of the outdoors while staying free from mosquitoes and most other bugs. A screened in porch can be a worthwhile home improvement project.

Create space with cabinets. Building new cabinets in your home is a simple home improvement project that has multiple uses. Not only are handmade cabinets useful space-makers, they can also be beautifully stained to match any home’s decor. Adding your own unique viewpoint can give your home a personal touch without harming any value it may have.

Home improvement and upkeep can be a daunting task but if you attack the each chore systematically you can get the work done quickly and efficiently. Determine what task you will be completing, research and purchase any tools or supplies you may need. Do not push yourself too hard. Take your time to do the job right and you will be justly rewarded.

Sometimes home improvement is necessary for reasons beyond our control. The roof may have been damaged during a storm; the foundation may have developed a crack; or maybe the cold weather caused some pipes to freeze up and burst. Most of the time these are unexpected repairs. Check with your homeowner’s insurance to see if the repair is covered.

If you are looking for a new home improvement project, consider a solar water heater. By energy standards, a hot water heater is one of the most wasteful appliances in your home. But, a solar water heater is one of the most efficient uses of solar energy, tens of times more efficient than solar panels. Solar water heaters can save you 25% on your monthly energy bill and pay for themselves in just a few short years, if not within a year.

Another good home improvement tip to add some flavor to your home is to take that plain painted ceiling and add some popcorn paint onto it. This will make it stand out a bit more, and make it less plain. Also, doing this is also very light on the wallet, which is perfect for these times.

If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, the repairs you make could be meaningless. You need to ready up and be informed so that you can go about things the right way.

Causes of Algae Growth in Roofing

Causes of Algae Growth in Roofing

The roof is a very important component of a building for it is the only component that can make occupants stay inside the structure. It protects the occupants from the weather conditions outside eventually giving them shelter. There are different roofing techniques that can be applied and they are maintained differently.

Housetop maintenance is an important practice that ensures better and longer service. Different roofing designs and materials maintained differently. Iron sheets can rust if they are not galvanized. Roofs which are below trees may accumulate leaves which rot to form humus. Humus absorbs moisture which can peel the paint protecting the sheets and eventually initiating rusting. Removal of leaves and any other organic components from roof tops protect the sheets from rusting and henceforth elongating the life of the roof.

Painting and galvanizing iron sheets are other techniques used for preventing rust from developing. Paint covers the upper layer of the sheet which is capable of reacting with water. The use of red oxide undercoat is mostly recommended to effectively protect them. There are paints which are specifically manufactured for roof materials and they offer stronger protection then normal paints for plaster walls. Galvanizing roof sheets with zinc inhibits any possible reaction of water.

Clay tile house tops are mostly affected by rain water and dust. Dust accumulates in the tile grooves and subsequent rains may cause formation of humus or algae. Algae end up depositing the green color materials on the tile which may end up absorbing water and start leaking into the building.

Accumulation of humus tends to facilitate a good environment for plants to grow. Humus and algae are to scrapped off by periodic checks and faulty tiles replaced. Tiles may also loose position by tilting as a result of weather aspects like wind.

Sources of leaks in roofs should be identified and amply repaired. Causes of leaks could be rusting, nail holes from missing nails or from poorly joined components. The leaks are best checked from the interior of a roof. Fixing the leaks depends on the type of material that has been used. Adhesives like bitumen is applied on iron sheets or the sheets are nailed again.

Loose sheets as a result of blowing wind are nailed back as soon as possible to avoid more roof destruction. Strong winds remove nails by moving the sheets upwards and this weakens the house top. Weak house tops can be very dangerous in times of storms.

Cement roofs are well maintained by getting rid of all debris accumulating on top in order to reduce the possibility of moss and algae growth. Accumulation of water may weaken the cement and make it disintegrate. All tree branches above buildings should be cut to minimize the amount of debris falling.

The best maintenance to be performed is semi annual inspections to discover and fix problems as soon as possible. Since the roof is the top most part of the structure it tends to get more abuse from elements than any other part of the structure. Proper and timely maintenance operations go in a long way in avoiding major repairs and overhauls. Major roof renovations are very expensive to fund partly due to the technical know how of builders required and the high cost of materials. Better longer service is hence obtained by carrying out proper maintenance.


We have over 20 years of Barrie Roofing experience in all areas of Roofing Richmond Hill. As certified roofing experts, you can depend on us to deliver quality work.

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Roofing Experts Needed to Check Over High and Flat Structures

Roofing Experts Needed to Check Over High and Flat Structures

Every house or building will eventually need an expert to go up and fix some problem or other when the weather and prevailing conditions damage the materials up there. In fact, although most of us leave this until the problem gets out of hand, it is necessary to get in experts at the first sign that something is not quite right. Finding someone like a roofing contractor is not difficult particularly since the internet came into existence. Most professionals now have their own websites which makes them much easier to find for sure.

Any cover on a building is open for damage since it is what protects the building from the elements. Hot sun and then the fast cooling at night means that most of the materials expand and contract very quickly. Eventually cracks will appear and this is where the water gets in for sure. However, some of us like the flat variety, instead of the gabled, and these are particularly prone to leaks. These are usually put on additions to the building, for perhaps a garage or utility room, and are not covered by the main structure.

These are constructed with an upper and lower layer but they must be sealed correctly otherwise leaks will occur very soon. Usually a plastic, rubber or asphalt coating is applied to make it completely leak proof. However, this coating will need regular inspecting, probably twice per year, to ensure that no leaks

will be felt.

Although this style of covering is common just about anywhere, it is normally those who live in warmer climes that have them since there is not much rainfall there. They will not stand up well to snow either since this is far too heavy for the structure. Also, as the snow melts, it will obviously find any small hole that has been created by the weight.

Although this flat variety had a big advantage over the gabled variety, since they are easier to climb up on for instance, they still need the attention of the experts to look them over at least twice per year. This should be done before winter sets in and in the spring when there is more rain. They are also usually cheaper than the gabled variety but they do cause more problems in the long run. It is obvious then that the professional is always needed in cases like these. Good maintenance can be done by the householder, but the professional will be needed for the complicated work. Finding one then is very important and this can often be done by asking friends or relatives where they got their work done. You can give them a call to schedule a time for them to come to your house to give an estimate.

Indeed, word of mouth is good in this instance since the satisfied customer will also talk about how the experts cleaned up after themselves, and how good the work was. In the same context, anyone who did not do good work will obviously get a bad reputation and who would want to hire someone like this?


Ellie Lewis has been interviewing Edmonds roofing contractorcompanies to do some work on her in-law’s home. She hired a Mercer Island roofing contractor to do some repair work on her house.

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Roofing Choices: Asphalt, Wood and Slate

Roofing Choices: Asphalt, Wood and Slate

There are a wide range of roofing materials available when you come to choose for your home, but they have different qualities and there are different cost considerations involved. Choosing the right roofing material will involve considering not only cost but the need for professional help as some materials should not be fitted by home improvement enthusiasts, also there are the local aesthetics to take into account. Roofing materials offer a wide range of choice when it comes to color, look and feel and you can opt for a traditional, natural look or modernistic lines and everything in between.

There are numerous other roofing materials available however we are going to look at three of the major roofing materials in use today; asphalt shingles (also known as composition shingles), wood and slate.

Asphalt or Composition Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an extremely popular roofing material which combines affordability with good, clean looks. Aside from asphalt, composition shingles may also include fiberglass or other materials, and may typically utilize recycled materials for a more environmentally friendly product.

Asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colors and styles and they are easy to work with. Asphalt shingles can be worked by home improvement devotees though experience with roofing is preferred. Asphalt shingles are generally low maintenance products and many provide good fire protection though they can be affected by the elements, typically being subject to high winds and being blown off the roof.

Wood Shakes

Wood shakes come in an extremely wide variety of colors, shapes and finishes and as a consequence,

it is impossible for any two wood shake roofs to be the same. Wood is an extremely good insulation material as well as allowing your home (and particularly the roof space) to breathe with circulating air which helps prevent the build-up of moisture and the attendant problems this brings.

Wood does require a higher degree of maintenance than most other building materials and without proper attention the roof will deteriorate and need replacing. Wood is also susceptible to rot, mold and the work of insects which adds to the cost of maintenance and repair. Wood is also not a fire proof material which means there is an elevated fire risk when using wood, however it is possible to source pressure treated wooden shakes which are injected with fire retardants and also last longer.

Installation is more involved than for asphalt shingles and the finished build quality is directly related to the ability of the contractor used for the job as well as the quality of the wood shakes used.

Slate Tile

Slate is highly durable and despite an initial high cost, it provides the lowest overall annualized cost as it has virtually zero maintenance. Slate cannot burn, it is waterproof and requires no cleaning or painting, it is also impervious to the effects of water, excesses of heat and cold and insects cannot use it for food or as a habitat. Not only this, but slate requires very little cleaning and no chemical treating for algae, moss and mold as it provides no habitat or nourishment for them.

Slate is also highly aesthetically pleasing on the eye and comes in a variety of shades and colors from light brown through to olive green with a variety textures and feel.

Slate is heavy and usually requires additional roofing support and it should only be installed by an experienced professional.

Choosing the Roof Type For Your Home

Choosing the Roof Type For Your Home

The roof may not be top-of-mind when you are planning your new home, but it is certainly one of the most important aspects of a house, both in terms of its appearance and the necessity to shelter and protect the home. It is therefore important choose the right kind of roof that will be efficient and durable and also look good as part of your home.

Classic Roofing Styles

When you begin to look around for roofing styles, you will see that the range is practically endless. You would definitely find something that you feel is right for your home. If one goes by classic styles used earlier, they were crafted with care and great skill. Detailing was paramount and wooden shakes were also part of the construction. These types of roofing are not suitable for the homes of today; nowadays low maintenance is the buzzword and a wooden shake roof would take time and effort to keep it in optimum condition. You can find other alternatives to the classic styles found in older houses and synthetic roofing is available in textures, colors, shapes and styles that will give the desired appearance to your home.

Synthetic Roofs

Synthetic roofing is tough and durable and lasts longer than the cedar and slate roofs. Most of these man-made slates and shakes have rubber compounds that act as a UV inhibitor, ensuring that the roofing is more long-lasting and has better fire resistance than the normal roofing material.

These synthetic roofing materials afford better protection against inclement weather and other factors that can damage roofs and make them prone to leaks and breakage. Installation of such roofing is also much easier as it can be fixed with air-pressured nail guns, which cannot be done in the case of cedar shakes and real slate.

Recycled roofing

This type of roofing material is called ‘green’ roofing and contains recycled content, made from automotive and industry waste. This kind of roofing makes good environmental sense, as it is make with material that otherwise would have been discarded. The tiles may contain small remnants of recycled rubber and this kind of roofing has been found to have lower water absorption, better UV protection and strength to resist extreme weather conditions. This kind of roofing is much more durable than the normal types and need fewer repair work and restoration.

Metal Roofing

Extremely strong and long-lasting, metal roofing is built to withstand the elements. Come rain, hail, snow or strong wind, your metal roof will not show any signs of damage and remain tough as it was. Metal roofs are also fire-resistant.

Choosing the kind of roof you want is a question of weighing the benefits of each option, liking the style and the look and also ensuring that it is durable and able to resist all kinds of inclement weather. You have to remember that it is an investment that has to keep your home protected and safe, while enhancing the beauty of your home.


Casey Trumble grew up working on roofs and has combined the years of experience with business acumen to grow a fantastic Florida roofing business

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