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Best tricks for repairing your own roof

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Roofs have to be checked every once in a while. Whether we’re talking about minor or bigger damage, it is necessary to react quickly and make sure that your roof is in a solid condition. In the end, you don’t need any leaks, do you?

Although you should never undertake replacement by yourself, it is still possible to do smaller maintenance and repairs. Here are some tips that will help you do just that.

Detecting the issue

Ideally, you should check your roof every year at the end of the summer. Make sure there are no issues whatsoever prior to the rainy season.

Now, keep in mind that the extent of required repairs can vary. Sometimes, you will just have to replace several shingles. In other cases, you might have to deal with some serious problem. It all depends. The best thing you can do is try to check the roof and see if you can deal with the issue at hand. If you think that you can’t manage it, perhaps it’s better to call a professional roofing company to help you out. Here you can find 15 ways to choose the right roofing company without spending huge amounts of money.

While saving money can be a great thing, you also shouldn’t make the issue much bigger than it actually is.

Changing the shingles

Shingle replacement is perhaps one of the simplest, easiest things to deal with. Even if you don’t have any experience with the problem, you will likely be able to do it. However, you will have to be cautious: if we’re talking about a few localized shingles, this is something you can easily handle. But don’t try to patch the whole roof.

First and foremost, you will have to find shingles that match those you previously had. Make sure to find ones with the same color and design. If they’re not, it will be easily noticeable and your roof will start looking shabby.

Besides the shingles that are missing, you will also have to check the surrounding area. If nearby shingles are showing signs of deterioration, if they are loose, you will have to change them as well. Best way to do it is by combining strong adhesives and nails.

Partial replacement of roof

In some cases, you will have to remove the whole section of the roof and get new shingles to cover them. Sometimes, you will be forced to get a new type of shingles all together making the whole process that much tiresome.

Homeowners have to consider several things during this though. First thing is that you can have one layer of shingles. If there are two of them, you will have to remove both before you start working on the section. Once you do it, the new section will be combined with other areas of the roof. This could lead to new problems and it might start looking a bit odd.

Still, although all of this might take some time, it is much better than remove the whole roof. Keep in mind that removing a section of the roof might be a bit harder than removing just a few shingles but it will save you a lot of money.

Fixing your flashing

Besides shingles, flashing is often causing some issues. This section is very important because bad flashing can cause lots of issues. Luckily for you, it is relatively easy to replace flashing. They are placed around chimney and skylights as well as any other area that requires an additional layer of protection. They are used for tricky areas where traditional shingles cannot help.

Damage to flashing is usually very easy to detect. In fact, you don’t have to notice leaks in order to establish that flashing is faulty. Once you do, you can go to your local store and get some new materials for replacement. Unlike shingles, where you have to pay attention to color and design, flashing doesn’t affect esthetics as much so you will have some leeway there.

Author’s bio: Do It Right Roofing is a Vancouver based roofing company. It offers residential and commercial roofing projects in Greater Vancouver and have over a decade of experience in fixing roofs for their customers.

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4 areas you must look at when buying a new house

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It’s probably going to be the most expensive thing that you ever decide to purchase, so it stands to reason that a little due diligence is required when you buy a house.

This is one of the reasons why so much emphasis is placed on the likes of surveys and warranties. After all, if you have armed yourself with the best home warranty, you of course have a high degree of protection for the next few years.

To provide an overview of some of the things that should be looked at as you buy your home, we have compiled today’s guide. We will now take a look at four of the most important areas that should come under scrutiny during the house buying process.

The importance of a sound roof

To the Average Joe, a roof might just seem like something to keep the outside elements out. While this is of course true, let's not forget that this is a crucial structural element of your home and it can get expensive.

Loose tiles are just the tip of the iceberg, long before you buy your home you should be venturing up into the attic to inspect the condition of the wooden joists. In an ideal world, an expert will do this for you, and find if everything is structurally sound. It might also tell you about the feasibility of converting the roof space into a habitable room - which can of course provide you with plenty of opportunity in relation to your home's future value.

The damp-factor

Again, in an ideal world the experts would be brought in to assess this next point. Nevertheless, if you spot any damp patches on the walls of the property in question, it might be time to investigate. In a bathroom it can be common, due to condensation, and this might not be anything to worry about. However, in other areas of the home you shouldn’t be seeing any signs, and you should investigate further if you do notice any mold building on the walls as this can be a costly problem to rectify.

Are there any new developments nearby?

While there is the obvious nuisance-factor to take into account here, there are other things to think about when it comes to new developments.

One of these is how a nearby development is going to impact your property structurally. If it is built close to your foundations, there is a chance that they can be affected by ground movement when the new foundations are formed. As such, perform desktop research, and find out what is in the pipeline for the area.

The heating-factor

 

Depending on where in the world you live, this may or may not be a factor. However, new heating systems can cost a small fortune to install, so ensuring that the one already in place is in good working order should be a priority. In some systems, you might be able to test by seeing if any hot water runs out of the taps. In others, you might have to wait until it boots up and see if the radiators start to work.

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How to Maximize the Use of Your Space

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If you’ve looked around your home and wondered how on earth you’re going to survive another year with all your stuff packed inside of it, you’re not alone. As creatures that tend to settle in one spot for at least a short duration of time, we also tend to collect a lot of things.

They may be necessary like your cooking pots, memorable like your limited edition Taylor Swift jacket, or miscellaneous like the pile of magazines that you don’t need but just aren’t sure if you can get rid of yet. Whatever they are, if you’re not quite ready to purge your hoard of items, it’s definitely time to shape up your space so it’s still livable despite everything you’ve accumulated.

Get Organized

Are you serious about cleaning up the house? Then your first step to turning it around is getting organized. While this may seem like the most tedious step in maximizing the use of your storage space, it’s really the foundation that everything else depends on.

So make lists, sort objects, and map out your ultimate vision. Then enlist the help of your family and friends--especially those who have a knack for organization. They can help this step go more quickly, and they’ll be there to make sure the things you really don’t need go in the bin, get recycled, or get donated to a thrift store rather than bulking up your home.

Use Shelving

You may be excited to go out and buy woven baskets, plastic tubs, and metal bins to keep all your belongings out of sight, but these can end up adding to the restriction on your space rather than consolidating it.

Instead, look into building shelving and other storage directly into your existing home. This can allow you to use more of the vertical space in your home and cut down on the extra space needed for movable or freestanding structures like bins and armoires.

Build Compact Structures

In much the same way that Dome Technology uses dome structures to maximize storage space for soybean crops, you can build compact structures that are easy to access while still containing an impressive amount of items and folding away nicely into a cupboard or corner.

These can be especially useful in a kitchen space with extra appliances like a toaster, grill, or griddle that usually take up counter space.

Invest in Dual Functionality

Another fantastic way to maximize the space in your home is by creating or investing in items that take on one or more jobs. Maybe those window seats you wanted to build could serve as storage for the kids’ toys or the thick blankets you only use during the winter.

When making new purchases, do some research to see whether those items come in a compact form or one with a dual function. Keep in mind that paring down your belongings can take time, so you may find a dual functioning item that means you can retire several old items that handled the job jointly before.

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