9 Things to Consider Before Installing a Skylight

9 Things to Consider Before Installing a Skylight

If you would like to have more light in your home, consider adding a skylight. Of course, skylights work best in rooms that are directly below the roof, although solar tubes can make skylights possible in rooms below attics. Understanding the pros, cons and different types of skylights will help you make an informed decision. Continue reading

Style Practicalities for Adding a Deck to Your Second Floor

Style Practicalities for Adding a Deck to Your Second Floor

Homeowners are usually looking for ways to add livable space to their house. The desire is often to add outdoor living areas. The common method for adding outdoor living space is to install a first-story deck or patio. However, if you have a multi-story house, you have even more potential space for increasing your outdoor living space in the form of an upper-story deck.

That said, as with any home addition, you have many considerations to keep in mind. You’ll want to consult with local contractors about building codes and engineering. Indeed, you should hire contractors to do the work as your second-floor deck needs to be architecturally sound. Below are some style practicalities to also add during the planning stage. Continue reading

Typical Causes of Gutter Damage

Typical Causes of Gutter Damage

Many people don’t pay enough attention to their gutters even though gutters play a huge role in roof protection. Ineffective gutters may allow water to back up under your roof and cause serious damage. Know why your gutters may lose their effectiveness so that you can prevent the damage. Below are some of the typical causes of gutter damage. Continue reading

Dead Leaves and the Threat They Pose to Your Roof

Dead Leaves and the Threat They Pose to Your Roof

Having trees growing right next to your house can have its upsides; they provide free shade in summer and support a picturesque aesthetic. But all trees shed, as well. Deciduous trees shed their leaves in the fall (as well as blossoms in the spring), and evergreens may shed all year round. Here are some facts about how these shed leaves can be a threat. Continue reading

4 Signs Your Shingled Roof Needs Intervention

4 Signs Your Shingled Roof Needs Intervention

As a homeowner with a shingled roof, you need to be able to tell when your roof is at the end of its life. Knowing when your roof is near the end of its life will allow you to take preventative action to extend the life of your roof and to budget and plan for a new roof. Continue reading

Copper Exterior Accents: The Benefits for Your Home

Copper Exterior Accents: The Benefits for Your Home

Architectural design values copper, and it has for a long time. Churches and cathedrals erected hundreds of years ago still stand protected by their original copper doors and roofs. The metal does not just keep its beauty over time, but improves with age.

The decision to add copper to your home exterior is one that will reward you in value, beauty and durability. Here are some of the benefits you’ll experience.

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3 Reasons to Tear Off Rather Than Overlay Your Roof

3 Reasons to Tear Off Rather Than Overlay Your Roof

When replacing your roof, you can either choose an overlay, where your roofing contractor places another layer of shingles over your current shingles, or have the existing roof torn off before putting on the new layer. As you can no doubt guess, an overlay is less work for your contractor, which means it can save you money in the short term. Continue reading