If you’re like most people, the thought of a major home renovation is both thrilling and nerve-wracking. It’s exciting to consider how much more functional, spacious and modern your home may become, but the amount of choices out there can be flat out overwhelming – and carry a hefty price tag to boot!
If you find the perfect home for your family, but are not “wowed” by the home’s exterior, you have an important decision to make. The same may apply to your current home. Perhaps you’re happy with your home’s beautiful kitchen and bathrooms, but aren’t quite satisfied with it’s outside facade. Is there a way to conceptualize and evaluate various improvement strategies before just pulling the plug and moving on?
Thankfully, there are a host of resources at your disposal to help you make your final decision. You can explore websites like houzz.com and Google Images and checkout the exteriors of other homes to find inspiration for your home’s new look. Some simple changes you can consider on your own may include repainting the home’s exterior, adding some professional landscaping, and freshening up the home’s main walkway, stairs and entryway. [Read more…] about Evaluating the Near-Perfect Home
The sad reality is that there are many roofing contractors out there that are looking to make a quick buck. People across the country fall victim to roofing scams every year, with the most common and publicized scammers being the storm chasing contractors.
What is a storm chasing contractor?
Also, known as roofing qypsies, these roofers follow the paths of storms, preying on the vulnerable homeowners left in the storm’s wake. They scan weather and local new stations waiting for reports of damaging winds or hail, and then make their way to the affected areas. They’ll will make their way around the area passing out brochures and giving free estimates, often showing up to homes unannounced. At first, they appear as a saving grace, but then they leave their customers with poor quality repair jobs that often require further repair work shortly down the road. [Read more…] about Storm Chasing Contractors
As we make our way towards the final days of summer and into the fall, mother nature becomes ever more unpredictable. Severe thunderstorms, hail, tropical storms, and hurricanes are common this time of year, and often come with little or no warning, making it difficult to prepare your roof and your home. Being proactive is the easiest way to guard against this. By following these 3 tips below, you can position yourself a step or two ahead of mother nature and ensure your roof, your home, and your family are prepared if severe weather were to strike.
- Visually inspect your roof. Many homeowners on the east coast and in the gulf region do this often as part of their yearly preparation for hurricanes, however giving your roof a thorough inspection prior to storms is good practice for any homeowner. Keep an eye out for loose or missing shingles, gutter damage, and gaps in the flashing, as these areas will prove vulnerable during a severe storm.
- Inspect your property. If your roof passes your visual inspection, that does not mean it is completely safe from the wrath of mother nature. Trees and other falling debris from storms can cause serious damage to your roof. Look out for dead or damaged trees, as well as any limbs that hand over your roof. If given adequate advanced notice of a storm, you may be able to contact a tree service to remove any problem trees before the storm hits.
Shingles cover the majority of the roof, but there still remains plenty of seams and openings that shingles can’t cover. These areas, if left uncovered, provide excellent pathways for water and other harmful elements to enter your home. A roofing system is not truly complete until all areas of the roof are protected. Flashing helps achieve this goal, and is key for a properly functioning roofing system. [Read more…] about Your Roofing System | Part III: Flashing
At one point or another, your home’s gutters are probably going to get clogged or damaged. Debris such as twigs, dirt, and leaves accumulate in your gutters, putting stress on your rain gutter system, and preventing your gutters from performing their designated duty of safely moving excess rainwater away from your home. Regardless of what debris causes your gutter to clog, the resulting backlog of water can do serious damage not only to your gutter system, but also to other parts of your home such as the foundation, your yard, and especially your roof. [Read more…] about Your Roofing System | Part II: Gutters