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Exterior Projects

The first thing everyone sees is the exterior of your home. Through landscape design, siding, roofing, decorative accents and other curb appeal, upgrade your exteriors with latest ideas from those who work in the home design industry. There are incredible new technologies and color theories that can add a brilliant new look to your home's exterior. The front of your home isn't the only thing that people look at. Backyards and gardens are just the beginning for your outdoor renovation project. You can create the perfect outdoor scene for parties, entertainment, family gatherings and barbecues. Hot tubs and swimming pools aren't the only way to add an exciting outdoor oasis. Whether you want to add an outdoor entertainment area, new landscape or even a greenhouse, your exterior projects can define how your exterior flows with your home and define you as a creator and designer.

One of the biggest DIY remodeling projects is a backyard deck. These wooden structures do not have to be so traditional. You can create decks from wrought iron, wood, and even glass. Decks are perfect for creating a flow from your interior to exterior, placing a hot tub, or a safe passage to an above ground pool. These structures are also amazing for picture perfect views. Decks can overlook lakes, pools, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Changing an exterior is an intensive project. You have to provide for structural defects and weather damage. You also want to make sure that you are choosing durable furniture, ready to outlast constant sun and rain exposure. The typical outdoor areas can still require the help of an architect to plan and direct the outdoor space that you have to work with. You may also have to change your interiors to create a better flow throughout your home. For example, if you're adding a sunroom or screened porch area, you may want to tear down a wall to make it more open and provide space to install stairs. From green landscapes and hot tubs to flower gardens and luxurious pools, your exterior designs can really improve the value and beauty of your home.

Gutter Repair


Two things need to be done to your home’s gutters on a regular basis: cleaning and repair. Cleaning isn’t enough to keep them in good condition. Occasionally, you will need to worry about repairing them as well. Well maintained gutters last longer than those suffering from neglect, but damage does occur even when you pay close attention to their condition. This could range from small leaks to major water damage. To repair your gutters, it requires some basic techniques and tools, such as those covered below.

Project Ideas

Gutter repair includes a number of different projects, including cleaning them, fixing holes or leaks, repairing cracks, repairing broken or sagging gutters, replacing spikes, and other smaller jobs. Each of these will require a different tool and technique. Cleaning gutters can be as simple as removing the obstructions like leaves, twigs, debris and foliage, and using a pressure washer. To fix leaks from holes or cracks, you will need roofing cement along with some kind of sheet material. If the gutters are broken or sagging, it is easier to just replace them.

Remodeling Considerations

You will want to keep some things in mind when deciding between cleaning and repairing the gutters on your own or having a professional service do it for you. In order to effectively maintain your gutter system, tend to them about every three months. This may just require cleaning out debris or repairing small cracks. Once you notice rust, replace the gutters as they have now gotten too old to use. If it comes time to replace the gutters altogether, you will have some decisions to make. There are different types, materials, sizes and widths of gutters. You will need to take proper measurements around your home, or you can bring a piece of the ones you have to determine the approximate size. If you pay close attention to how well your gutters are draining and if any icicles are forming during the winter, you will know when it’s time to repair them.

Costs

If you are repairing the gutters yourself, you will need to pay for the materials, like a stepladder, sheet metal material, and roofing cement. You can do basic DIY repair jobs for under $100. However if you need to replace them, it is going to cost you more. The cost for new gutters depends on the material you get and how large your home is. Vinyl and aluminum are the least expensive at between $1 per square foot and $10 per square foot. The more expensive ones are copper gutters which are closer to $20 per square foot.

Now that you have the basic facts, you can make an educated decision on repairing your gutters or having a professional service do the repairs for you. Keep in mind the costs versus the inconvenience of doing it on your own. Remodeling Central can help you with a cost calculator and find a service if you decide to go this route.