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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Preparing Your Roof For Bad Weather

by Kelly Simmons

If you live in an area where hurricanes, tornadoes, or other extreme bad weather is a threat, chances are you've thought about what you can do to prepare and protect your family—storing food and water, stocking up on matches and other survival gear, and making plans in the event you become separated. But have you thought about prepping and protecting your next most valuable asset—your home? From high winds and hurricanes to hail storms, severe weather is occurring on a larger scale and with more intensity throughout the nation. In the event of bad weather, your home's exterior can take a beating, and no where is that more true than on your roof. Read on for tips on how to help your your home—particularly your roof—weather any storm.

1. Install roof clips. According to Popular Mechanics, in most homes, the rafters and roof are connected by no more than angled nails, which can be pulled out by the application of minimal force. Roof clips are relatively cheap to purchase but difficult to install. It is best to hire a professional (such as one from Doing It Right Roofing Siding Remodeling LLC). The clips come in a range of strengths, reaching upwards of 1,500 lbs.

2. Trim those trees. If you have tree limbs hanging over or touching your roof, consider trimming them back. High winds can cause those branches to fall on or scrape against your  roof, leading to expensive repairs and even holes in your roof. Dead limbs represent an even more real danger. Already weak and brittle, they can become dangerous projectiles and your roof's worst nightmare in bad weather.

3. Clean your gutters. If impending weather patterns suggest heavy rain, cleaning your gutters before the storm reaches you can keep them from backing up and possibly causing water damage to your roof. Another risk you run with clogged gutters is additional weight that could cause the gutters to tear away from the roof, ripping shingles and other parts of your roof away from the home. 

4. Reinforce your gables. Allstate recommends bracing your gables (the side walls of your roof) with 2x4 pieces of wood formed into x's.

5. Apply a hammer and cement. Houselogic.com suggests several inexpensive measures the average homeowner can take to protect their roof from wind damage:

  • Prior to the storm, inspect your shingles for missing or badly placed nails and replace them.
  • Strengthen your shingles' attachment to the roof by caulking roofing cement around each shingle's edge.
  • Wherever your rafters attach to the roof deck, use construction adhesive to reinforce them.

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