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House Improvements

Basic Flat Roof Leak Repair in Simple Terms

The simple fact is that at some point in everyone’s life we will all have to contend with a roof leak, and the resulting roof repair job. There’s just no getting around it, even if one doesn’t have to do the actual work themselves. After all, most roofing contractors do repair work.
What About Roof Repair for the Do it Yourselfer?
But what about if your roof springs a leak, and you either don’t have the money to hire a professional, or are simply unwilling to pay their high fee? In this case, if you don’t know someone who’s willing to climb up on your roof for you, you’re going to have to do the work yourself.
Step One is to Find the Leak
So step one, is to find the leak, and you may be surprised by how far water can travel once it finds its way through a crack in the roof. You see, the felt or tar paper is three feet wide, and the plywood that the building is sheeted with comes in 4 x 8 sheets.
Water Can Travel Under a Flat Roof
What this means, is that the water stain on your ceiling can be as much as 11 feet from where the actual leak is. Now 11 feet is definitely on the extreme end, but just the same, you can expect to locate a leak on a flat roof at least a few feet away from where the water is entering a building.
Pooling Water is Definitely Not Good
Another place to look for problems is low areas of a flat roof, where water is pooling after it rains. Often roof joists, or even trusses settle or warp to cause dips in a flat roof, and water that pools in them will eventually find its way through, unless it dries out.
The Old Stand-By Roof Patching Compound
So after you’ve located the source of your leak, the next step of course is to patch it, and today there is a huge range of products available for the task. Now there is the old stand-by plastic roof patching compound, and no doubt about it, but that it is effective. It’s even more effective if the roof patch is applied with fiberglass mesh in a three layer system that roofers call “three-coursing”.
Amazing EPDM Liquid Rubber
Still yet, if a building owner has a little more money to spend, there are several EPDM products available that not only do a much better job of patching roof leaks, but they also last longer. EPDM liquid rubber for instance can be literally poured and rolled into low lying areas to form a water tight seal that will contain water for up to a year.…

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Renovation Costs

3 Simple Must-Do Home Improvement Projects If You Want Your House To SELL

In a competitive market, in any market for that matter, there are a few basic home improvement projects that are non-negotiable. They are the ones that can make or break the sale of your home. Those who choose to take their chances and cut corners, pinch pennies, avoid to regret it. Don’t allow yourself to be one of those people.
Here are 3 simple MUST-DO home improvement projects IF you want your house to SELL!
Flooring – Many sellers think it’s a better idea to give a buyer credit to choose their own carpet when they move into the house. The problem is, the majority of those buyers can’t see beyond what’s currently in the home. That old, dirty or outdated carpet usually deters them from purchasing the home altogether OR if they do, they will low-ball the offer. This includes worn hardwood flooring, poorly installed laminate, and old, outdated tile or vinyl. Take care of upgrading these features BEFORE putting your home on the market AND ensure that the type of product you install is at a quality level commensurate with the value of your property. You wouldn’t want to put the same type of flooring in a $300,000 home that you would in a $1,000,000 property. The buyers will know and they will NOT be pleased. Remember, flooring is the foundation (literally) for the home’s interior so make it count.
Paint – Touch up paint just does not do the job. The color (even if it came out of the same can) won’t match due to time, wear, and fading. I have seen touch ups done in the wrong finish. Then your wall just looks like it has a skin condition. Do yourself a favor and invest in a fresh paint job. It will frame the rooms in a clean, fresh manner and fresh paint psychologically engages buyers in the home buying process. It feels like a new home to them and that’s what you want – for them to envision themselves in their new home.
Window Treatments – Fancy drapery are personalized items that generally don’t add a lot of value to the resale process. In fact, it can hinder it. It is usually my recommendation that drapery be removed unless it truly complements the decor and furnishings. If your drapery keeps much needed sunlight from coming through, is mismatched, and does not complement the home’s interior, I highly recommend removing it. Also, if you have blinds that are warped, dusty, and broken, it’s time to replace them. Keep in mind that there are two levels of window treatment. Blinds and shades are for light filtration and privacy and drapery is to frame the windows and add softness and color. For selling purposes, blinds are all that’s really needed. Leaving windows naked can be a negative in many cases and is not advisable. The home just doesn’t look finished and it can be a magnet for burglars.
Having helped hundreds of clients prepare their houses to sell, these 3 home improvement projects were always addressed. Hope you find these tips helpful. I would welcome your feedback.…