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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

Best Ways To Prevent Flat Roof Leaks

by Kelly Simmons

Many standard flat roofs are plagued with a variety of problems and require regular maintenance to avoid leaking. These tips will help you prevent leaks in your flat roof. 

Conduct Regular Inspections

Conduct inspections of your flat roof on a regular basis. Look for cracks in the roof, deteriorating brick or mortar, clogged drains and puddling water. Check the parapet walls, as well. Look for cracks and saturated brick. Check all flashing and plumbing vents, areas near chimneys, roof-top air conditioners and heat pumps. Small cracks can become a big problem with little time. After storms, inspect the ceilings inside the building or home for water damage.

Check Roof for Standing Water or Snow

When the weather is wet, standing water can develop on your rooftop, which can lead to rot and leaks. Inspect your roof after big storms and during wet seasons like fall, winter and spring. Use a squeegee to push off standing water and use a shovel to remove snow.

Remove Leaf Buildup Regularly

Leaf buildup can block sight of trouble areas like cracks in the roof, which means that small problems can go undetected and become big leaks over time. Remove leaf buildup on a regular basis, either monthly or quarterly. Do this either before your regular inspections of the roof, or do this in conjunction with your inspections.

Clear Clogged Drains

Keep your roof drains clear of clogs. If you notice standing water around the drain after a storm, this means that your drain may be clogged with leaves or other debris. Many clogged drains can easily be snaked with a plumbing auger. Unscrew the cap on the top of the drain and feed the auger into the drain. Once the clog has been cleared, flush the drain with a hose to ensure adequate drainage has been achieved.

Know What to Do When You See a Problem

Some homeowners and property owners choose to fix their flat roof problems personally, but many of these repairs should be addressed by a professional. Using the wrong materials or using the correct materials in the incorrect manner can lead to bigger problems down the road—and problems that don't become immediately apparent can cause difficult-to-fix issues like mold.

If you should find any areas of concern on your flat roof, call your preferred roofing company immediately. Do not try to conduct any flashing, roof or parapet wall repairs personally. To learn more, contact a company like AAA-1 Masonry & Tuckpointing with any questions you have.

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