Posts made in June, 2015

Choose From These 4 Materials To Upgrade Your Roof

There are a lot of different supplies that go into building your roof. The decking of your roof sits on the rafters and is your home’s last line of defense against leaks. The underlayment is a layer of felt paper that helps to weatherproof the decking, and the sheet metal flashing helps to protect against leaks at vulnerable edges.

While all of these areas of the roof are important, the topmost layer of your roof is the most important for protecting your home. If your current roof has been leaking, drooping, or showing other obvious signs of decay, then it’s time to consider replacing the roof’s shingles with better ones. Instead of replacing the shingles with the same materials, however, now would be a great time to consider other products that can protect your roof for much longer. Here, you will learn about four types of materials you can use to upgrade your roof.

1. Aluminum — While more commonly known for its application in foil products, aluminum has been used in several different roofing applications, too. Aluminum is already very widely used as flashing, the sheet metal used to cover the valleys and other vulnerable parts of a roof. Aluminum can be shaped into all sorts of forms–even panels that interlock–thus reducing the likelihood of leaks.

2. Copper — Copper is the best metal you can use for a roofing application. Even without protectants or coatings, copper is impervious to corrosion. If you can afford this pricey roofing material, then it would be in your home’s best interest to have a copper roof installed.

3. Clay — Clay is the traditional masonry material used for roofs, but it is heavy, expensive, and difficult to install. Despite its drawbacks, however, clay tiles make for one of the most beautiful looking roofs you can hope for.

4. Fiber-Cement — Normally used in siding applications, fiber-cement has seen increasingly successful use as a roofing material in the last few years. Because the material is mixed with wood pulp, fiber-cement is much lighter, more flexible, and far less expensive than clay tiles, making it a highly desirable roofing option for many.

Each of these excellent materials will protect your home, but they can also increase the curb appeal of your home. There are several manufacturers for each type of roofing material, which means that you have a wide range of styling choices to best suit your home’s unique look. For more information, contact a company such as American Building & Roofing Inc

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Don’t Settle For Plain: 2 Ways To Add Oomph To Your Interior Paint

It’s time to paint the interior of your home. You know you want to do something different, but you don’t know what. You could just go with some vibrant colors. Or, you could really change things up and go for some creative textures. Now that it’s time to paint your house, go big. Here are some ways to use paint in a creative way.

Encourage Creativity

Children love to draw on walls. Unfortunately, drawings are extremely difficult to get off of painted walls. With chalk board paint you can give your kids the space to get as creative as they want to be. You can paint the entire room with chalkboard paint, or just one wall. It’s all up to you.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 5 gallon bucket

  • Interior paint (any color)

  • Non-sanded grout

  • Electric drill

  • Paint mixer attachment for drill

  • Paint pan and rollers

  • Chalk

  • Clean rag

Directions

  1. Pour a gallon of paint into the 5 gallon bucket.

  2. Add 2 cups of non-sanded grout.

  3. Place the paint mixer attachment on your drill.

  4. Use your drill to thoroughly mix the paint and grout.

  5. Be sure to remove all the lumps or they’ll show up on the wall.

  6. Fill your paint pan and use your rollers to paint the room.

  7. Allow the paint to dry for several hours.

  8. Season your chalkboard for use by rubbing chalk all over the surface and then wiping it off with your rag.

Sponge It and Rub It

If you have a wall with a lot of texture, this next idea will make that texture pop. This is a two-step process but the results are worth the time.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 2 colors of interior paint (one for base and one for accent)

  • 2 paint pans

  • Paint roller

  • Large sea sponge (available in the paint department)

  • Old t-shirt or rag

Directions

  1. Using one paint pan and roller, paint the entire wall with your base color.

  2. Allow it to dry for several hours.

  3. Pour your accent color into the second paint pan.

  4. Dip your sea sponge into the paint.

  5. Press the sponge onto the wall and lift.

  6. Continue this process until you have a 3′ x 3′ section painted.

  7. Take your old t-shirt or rag and firmly rub it across the wall in a circular motion to remove the excess paint.

  8. Repeat the process in 3′ x 3′ sections.

  9. The base coat will shine through and the texture will retain flashes of accent color.

You don’t have to settle for boring walls. Now that you’re painting your home, go ahead and get creative. If you like the idea of more creative interior painting but don’t feel up to the task, contact a business like M.S. Service Inc.

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Earthquake and tornadoes were my biggest fear as a child. They still in someways are, but as I'm building more and more homes, I've begun learning about the different safety measures that are incorporated with the architectural designing. I think it's good to know where the best places to stand are in case of the natural disaster, and which places to avoid. As I've done research I've learned how glass can shatter and much further then what I thought –which has helped me mentally prepare myself to stay away from windows. I think the best way to be prepared for anything is to become educated on it, which is why I'm maintaining this site.