How To – Replacing Old Roof Decking During Re-shingling

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    Most roofs are shingled with asphalt shingles that can last between 15 and 30 years. The length of time between re-roofing your home will be based on many factors: the selection or quality of materials, the methods use to install the shingles, temperature changes and weather conditions in your area and even insulation and venting in your attic.

    Normally roofs can be re-shingled without replacing the plywood decking however small leaks that occur around flashing, …

    How To – Spring Roof Inspection – Find Problems Before The Rain

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      Spring Showers bring Flowers but they also bring costly leaks that can ruin your ceilings, insulation, roof decking and just basically everything in your home. For that reason once it is nice enough to get outside you should take a couple hours and inspect your roof and gutters for any damage that may have occurred over the winter.

      No matter where you live winter months can be harsh on roof systems. The snow that kids …

      Remember To Take Your Tax Refunds For Home Improvements

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        Well if you haven’t started yet now is about the time you should think about collecting all of your forms and preparing your taxes. One good thing you may not have realized is there are a lot of home improvement incentives that can reduce your taxes.

        Under the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 tax incentives are available for those who made energy efficient upgrades to their homes through December 31, 2010.

        And …

        How To – Replacing Missing Or Broken Asphalt Roof Shingles

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          Asphalt shingles although flexible in warm weather often incur damage during cold winter months during snow or rain storms. The reason for this is because the tar in the shingle hardens and the fiberglass backing becomes ridged and cracks.

          If you are watchful of your roof early fall inspections can help you find any loose ends of shingles which can be reattached with roofing cement or pure silicone. However once the shingle has cracked and …

          How To – Replacing Plumbing Vent Pipe Roof Flashing

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            Every sink or appliance in your home that exits water into your sewer system needs to have a vent pipe that extends up through the roof of your home. The reason vents are required is to allow fresh air into the waste line behind the water when you flush a toilet or drain a sink and to allow sewer gasses to escape outside the home.

            The vent works like a game you may have played …

            How To – Installing Metal Roofing Overview

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              Metal roofing has long been used in commercial and farming for protecting buildings but in the past 15 years or so metal roofing is finding its way into residential communities because it is easy to care for, has a long life and the added features of fire prevention and the ability to collect water from rainfall.

              If you are interested in installing a standing seam metal roof system on your home we will cover some …

              How To – Custom Seamless Gutters Vs Build Your Own

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                Gutter install companies have been touting the advantage of Seamless Gutters but what is the difference and is it any better then building your own gutters from readily available parts?

                Installing gutters yourself can be one of the easiest jobs you will ever do or it can be a real pain in the neck but that really doesn’t matter when you are deciding between seamless gutters and hand built gutters.

                A Seamless gutter is one that …

                HowTo – Cleaning Rain Gutters

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                  Throughout the year gutters have the potential to get clogged with different types of materials usually tree leafs, seeds and pine needles… however there is always a possibility of a bird or bees building a hive or just random debris that end-up clogging your gutters and possibly causing water damage to your home.

                  The importance of cleaning your gutters is to make sure that rain water is collected and diverted away from your foundation but …

                  HowTo – Fixing Leaky Rain Gutters

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                    A leaky rain gutter is never much fun and the problem is you won’t know if you have a problem until it starts raining or you happen to notice while cleaning out your gutters.

                    If you have old gutters they may be made of galvanized steel and over time they can rust however even new aluminum and vinyl gutters can get leaks.
                    Visual Inspection
                    The easiest way to find a leak is by visual inspection.

                    If your rain …

                    How To – Removing Moss From Outdoor Surfaces Roofs, Walls, Walkways

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                      The type of moss found around your home will most likely be different then that found in other areas of the country but they all have similar properties.

                      Moss is a small plant that grows without without flowers or seed. They are found in moist shady areas and there are approximately 12,000 species of moss. Moss grows in clumps and mats. It can be found growing on the ground on vertical surfaces and it can …