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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.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Choosing A Roofing Contractor

by Kelly Simmons

Construction projects, particularly roofing jobs, can be extremely tiring and draining; it is best to hire a skilled contractor with enough experience to securely accomplish your construction goals while, at the same time, not breaking the bank. With help from O'Lyn Roofing, you will feel extremely confident in hiring a contractor for your upcoming roofing project.

Your first step is to find a pool of potential roofers

A successful roofing contractor will be fully aware of legal code and practices for your construction site. Flat roof construction codes and commercial construction codes in general are public pieces of information with which your local contractor should be very familiar before tackling a large-scale job. Your contractor should be able to identify a potential problem spot on your current roof installation, as well as any weatherproofing and flashing detailing that must be done. In addition, a skilled contractor will be familiar with all types of materials as well, whether shingles, low-slope roofing systems, or flat-roof materials. A conversation with a roofing expert shouldn't feel like a sales pitch as it should more feel akin to a piece of advice. Knowledge and good service sells itself. Your best resource, besides a simple Internet search, is through reaching out to your local Chamber of Commerce, which will provide listings on many contractors active in your area. In addition, the BBB (Better Business Bureau) is an adept resource cataloging credible local contracting companies. 

Your second step is to decide on your roofer

You have assembled your pool of potential contractors (and have possibly taken some bids already at this point). It is now time to assess each potential contractor diligently and thoroughly. Contractors should be willing and able to provide any information you need. To be taken more seriously by construction companies, it is best to lowball them with the number of potential contractors you are considering. For instance, if you are considering ten companies, tell each you are considering three or four, which will give a sense of a more viable job. 

Always be honest with your installation's history and your needs as a client. It is not uncommon for contractors to face problems with customers midway through a job, and thus it is imperative that an atmosphere of open honesty is upheld. Once you've picked a collection of potential contractors, set up meetings with each to get an idea as to the expertise and experience of each potential roofing expert. Your ideal choice is someone enthusiastic for the job you have available and for the field of construction in general. If you are stuck between two companies, it is perfectly acceptable to request each company's business background. Talk to experts like Allendorfer Roofing for more information.

Happy roofing!