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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

Performing Emergency Roof Repairs From The Interior Or Exterior Of Your Home

by Kelly Simmons

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to get a professional roofing contractor to your home within hours of discovering a leak in your roof. In some cases, you will be forced to wait until the weather calms down, while other times you may find that you simply need a few days to come up with the money needed to have your roof repaired. In these situations, it is important that you know how to perform emergency roof repairs from both the interior and exterior of your home. By performing these repairs, you will be able to minimize the amount of water damage that is done by the leak and help to prevent any additional damage from being done to your roof.

Performing A Repair From The Interior Of Your Home 

During periods of extreme weather, it simply will not be safe for you to try and access your roof in order to make emergency repairs. In this situation, it is always best to try and handle the problem from inside your home, at least until it is safe to venture up onto your roof.

In order to complete these repairs, you will a heavy duty tarp, waterproof tape, and a few thumbtacks. Begin by finding the source of the leak on the inside of your roof. This will require you to access your attic or crawlspace. Once you have found where the water is coming from, place the tarp over the area. Be sure to make the tarp flush with the underside of you roof otherwise you could find that the tarp quickly fills with water and is unable to be held in place.

Next, secure the tarp using a few thumbtacks around each edge. This will help to keep the tarp in place while you cover each edge with waterproof tape.

Remember, this type of repair is for emergency purposes only and will not hold up for very long. Therefore, you will need to quickly perform an exterior repair as well in order to prevent water from entering your home once it becomes too heavy for the tarp to hold back.

Performing A Repair From The Exterior Of Your Home

If you are able to safely access your roof, you will enjoy much better results by choosing to perform the repair from the exterior of your home rather than the interior. In order to complete this type of emergency repair, you will need a heavy duty tarp, a piece of plywood large enough to cover several inches beyond the damaged area, roofing nails, and several masonry bricks.

Once you have safely ascended on to you roof, begin by finding the source of your leak. Begin by placing the plywood over the damaged area and securing it using several roofing nails. Next, place the tarp over the plywood in order to provide a water resistant layer of protection. Finally, place the masonry bricks around the outside of the tarp in order to hold it in place.

A Final Thought

While emergency roof repairs are sometimes necessary and relatively effective, these repairs will not provide a permanent solution to your leaky roof problems. Therefore, it is still very important that you contact a professional roofing contractor (such as one from Golden Spike Roofing Inc) to have the damage repaired properly as soon as possible.