Winter is just around the corner. And who doesn’t love the elegant look of icicles dangling from the roof during this season? Homeowners afraid of ice dams, that’s who! These pesky formations can cause serious damage to your roof and home. If you have gutter guards or are considering getting them, you might ask yourself—do gutter guards prevent ice dams? We’ll provide the answer, as well as some extra tips on how you can protect your roof from ice damage this winter.
Are you feeling like you’re in the gutter because you don’t know about the various types of gutters? How awful (and awfully ironic)! Luckily, we’re here to help. Gutters come in many sizes and shapes, but they always seek to accomplish the same goal: carrying rainwater to a more appropriate place. Some gutters have additional goals, like preventing leaf blockages and complementing the color of the house, but carrying rainwater is always the most essential. Now that you know the common thread that binds all gutters together, let’s focus on the differences that separate the various types . . .
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If you’re patient, determined, and handy, there are many home improvement projects you can tackle with your own hands and tools. Not only does it save you money—you’ll also have the pride of knowing you did it yourself. Today, we discuss how to roof a house. This is no simple project, so read up before getting started!
Are you wanting to give your building a brand-new look? Think about installing a flat roof. This style of roof looks sleek and modern, and, if installed to bear weight, could make for a lovely outdoor living space. Flat roofs can be tricky, however, as they’re more prone to leaks and cracks—you’ll want to be sure you install it properly. Check out our guidelines on how to install flat roofs if you’re having trouble getting started.
Today, many homeowners would rather improve their current home than pack up and move to a new one. If you love your home but think it needs a face-lift, consider some contemporary siding! New siding can give your home’s exterior an entirely different appearance and leave a lasting impression on your visitors, your neighbors, and your family, and a modern look will make your curb appeal soar. If you don’t know where to start, our list of modern exterior siding ideas should get you thinking!
Exterior siding is like your home’s clothing—without it, the walls and frame would be naked! And like clothing, it provides two important functions as well: aesthetic appeal and protection from the elements. As you move around the country, you’ll find that different types of exterior siding are popular in different areas. For example, stucco is common in the southwest, and log cabins are beloved in the mountains. Your exterior siding will have a dramatic impact on your home’s curb appeal and durability as well as your budget, so it’s important that you carefully consider the options available before making your final decision.
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Flat roofs are a great option for your building. For commercial buildings, they look sleek and professional. For homes, they create the perfect space for a unique garden or a patio with a view. However, they’re less common for homes, so residents might not be as familiar with basic maintenance routines. Do flat roofs need to be maintained yearly, every other year, twice a year, or when else? If you’re asking yourself this, you’ve found your answer here.
Of all the various parts of a building, the soffit might be the least well known. Even now, you might be asking, “What is a soffit, anyway?” A soffit is the underside of any element of a building, but it generally refers to the area under the eaves of a roof. These soffits connect the roof overhang to the side of the building. Other examples of soffits include the underside of a porch roof, the underside of a flight of stairs, and the underside of projecting cornices.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and the exterior of your home will greatly influence the first impression that your guests, neighbors, and potential homebuyers have of your house. The siding, roofing, windows, doors, and landscaping all play a part. Although siding lasts for many years, harsh winters and brutally hot summers can take a toll on its condition and appearance. So if you notice warping, fading, cracks, or mold, it may be time to replace or upgrade your siding. Vinyl and brick are immensely popular, but have you considered wood? Today we’re weighing the pros and cons of wood siding for your home. [Read more…] about Pros and Cons of Wood Siding
As much as rainwater loves your home, your home does not love rainwater. Luckily, your gutters can prevent rain from infiltrating your home’s defenses by gently guiding it away from the foundation. Gutters are a simple and unobtrusive tool, but they cannot perform their duty if they are clogged with leaves, sticks, and debris. So, to ensure that your gutters are in great working condition, we recommend that you perform some quick and routine maintenance about two or three times a year. Wondering how to maintain your gutters? Simply follow the five steps we’ve listed below.
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