Guide to Simple Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Roofing

Roofing is a very important part of home improvement. Roofs often come with the house, but it’s still a good idea to take care of them. Roofs can be shingles, tiles, or metal. In my personal experience, the most common type of roofing in houses is asphalt shingle roofing. Each type of roof has its ups and downs:

Shingle roofs are less expensive than tile roofs and they’re easier to install than tile roofs. However, they don’t last as long as tile roofs and they’re more likely to leak due to wind or water damage that may have been caused by something else (like bad gutters). Shingles also need replacing every few years if you want your home’s curb appeal to stay high quality. You can improve your home and its curb appeal by re-roofing it every 10 to 20 years.

Tile roofs are the most expensive type of roof, but they last for a long time and won’t ever need replacing if installed correctly. Tile roofs also keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than other types of roofs by trapping more heat or releasing it quicker through convection. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain every year, then I suggest getting a tile roof. It’s also less likely to leak due to wind damage than shingle roofing is (which is good because you don’t want water damage). Water drains off of tile roofs quickly too, so if you live near a stream or lake then this might be the best choice for you!

Gutters & Downspouts

Gutters keep your home dry by directing water away from your house before it even has a chance to cause any real problems. They should be cleaned out regularly (probably once per month depending on how much leaves are falling) because they can become clogged up with leaves which will make them not work as well as they should do or worse yet, cause them to overflow onto the ground below! Keep an eye on yours gu-tters during rainy seasons so that you can tell if anything needs attention right away.

Downspouts are just extensions of your gutters that carry water away from the edge of your roof and funnel it to a drain or drainage ditch. It’s important to make sure they’re long enough and strong enough to do this effectively because if the downspout isn’t large or durable enough, then water will build up around it and cause flooding. I’ve done this before and you don’t want it!

Fences & Walls: Wood vs Concrete

Wood fences are very common in America, especially where I live in Michigan. They’re inexpensive (usually around $2 per square foot), they come in a variety of styles, home improvement can be painted any color you want, they last for a long time (probably 50+ years if maintained correctly), but sometimes rot due to water damage caused by not having proper gutters installed. Wood fences should be repaired every few years too because wood does get damaged by weathering over time. A maintenance plan for your fence should probably include replacing broken boards, painting its surface every 5-10 years depending on how much sun exposure.

Concrete walls are less common, but I have some in my backyard. They’re similar to wood fences in that they can come in a variety of styles, but they last longer than wood fences do (probably around 75+ years if maintained correctly). Concrete is more expensive than wood ($3-5 per square foot), but it’s worth it because concrete walls don’t rot like wood does. Concrete walls should be painted every 5-10 years depending on how much sun exposure the wall gets each year and repaired similarly to wood fences.

Rooms: Adding or Removing?

Should you add a room to your house or remove one? It depends on what you’re trying to achieve! Let’s say you want more space for entertaining guests, then adding an extra bedroom might be the best option for this goal (since bedrooms are often used as guest rooms when hosting parties). If you want better heating and cooling throughout the house then removing an unused room is probably your best bet. If you need more storage space then either option could work depending on where/how much storage is needed throughout your home.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post about home improvement. I do enjoy writing about this subject, but I’m always open to suggestions!

 

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