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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

2 Ways To Not Cut Costs On Roof Repairs

by Kelly Simmons

Owning a home is a costly endeavor and there are a lot of repairs needed over time. It's natural to try and cut some corners to save money. That's fine when it comes to things like interior paint, clearance floor tiles or even certain appliances. But there are a few areas where you really don't want to cut costs -- and they all have to do with your roof:

Gutter Issues

Gutters line your roof and allow water to run off and down downspouts to safely direct water away from your home. There are several ways this process can go wrong. For starters, the gutters can be improperly installed so that they don't slant down enough. The slant is what makes the gutter pass the water down to the downspouts -- without it you just have sitting, stagnant water on your roof.

Then the downspouts need to be properly positioned  -- ideally one every 40 feet of roof -- and the correct size to deal with the amount of rain likely to hit your roof during a season. Then the bottom of the downspout needs to be positioned in such a way that the water is carried away from your home's foundation. Rushing water that hits right next to your foundation can cause basement flooding and, over time, can weaken the foundation of your home.

You can feel confident in doing minor gutter repairs like cleaning out leaves or replacing screws, but it's best to leave the big stuff up to a roofing contractor.

Chimney Repairs

If you have a chimney, there's a portion that sticks out onto your roof and into the elements. The wear and tear of Mother Nature and time can beat up the bricks of your chimney and cause damage. Loosened bricks look unsightly but can also pose a safety hazard by either falling off your roof or down the chimney into your fireplace.

Replacing the bricks might seem easy enough: buy bricks and mortar and a tall ladder and get to work. But the matter is a lot more complicated. There are different types of bricks sold at home improvement stores and even the kinds marked adequate for exterior/chimney usage aren't all equal choices. Some aren't properly treated to be strong enough to withstand the freeze and thaw cycles of winter climates. If you live in an area that experiences harsh winters and install those bricks, you could end up with even less of a chimney come spring.

To learn more, contact a company like JT Roofing with any questions you have.

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