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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.

Roofing Repair


One of the most important home repairs during a renovation project involves the security and stability of your roof. Torn shingles, roof leaks, worn materials, and bad gutters can lead to numerous problems. Since the roof is considered to be an essential part of the shelter for any home, any signs of damage or wear and tear will require immediate attention. Even if you are going to ignore a problem for the day, you might find that the problem only continues to worsen based on the location of the roof itself. There are many large and small roofing repair problems. Thankfully, some are small enough that it makes it possible for someone to repair them on their own with the right tools and knowledge. Here are some general things to consider if you are planning on replacing your roof soon.

Replacement

If you inspect your shiners and find that most of them are worn, torn, or damaged, you will probably need your entire roof replaced. After 20 years, a roof can become badly worn and more likely to experience problems that would arise from weather drainage issues and long term usage. In some circumstances, you may only need to replace a few shingles, which would be a project that you would be able to handle on your own. However, for the repair of an entire roof, it would be better to hire a roofing contractor who would be able to provide you with a professional quote, answer some questions, and provide more insight into different roofing options and their costs. If you have a bad gutter or water damage, then you may need more than just shingle replacement. You may need to fix the cause of the problem and remove the damaged materials inside if your home in order to prevent any possible mold or future issues.

Replacing Damaged Shingles

If you're comfortable, you can probably handle replacing one or two damaged shingles. If you have access to a few new shingles, a hammer, flashing materials, a level and ladder, and asphalt roofing cement, then you can probably handle the work on your own. You will need to use a pry bar to get the used shingles off of your roof; you will also need to use boots with thick soles, long pants, and work gloves. Commonly, single spot issues can develop around a skylight or chimney, which may require you to reseal and replace one or two of the shingles.

It's important to understand that roofing repairs can be very expensive projects if you are seeking to replace your entire roof. However, it also depends on the side of your roof that you are replacing and what type of roofing material you will be using. For single story homes that are fairly small, the price will be more likely to be affordable than if you live in a multi-story home. If you have your roof examined by a contractor they may be able to provide you with insight into specific areas of your roof that need to be fixed instead of having the entire roof replaced, which may help by saving you money.