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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

How Commercial Roofing Contractors Can Protect Your Wooden Shaker Shingle Roof

by Kelly Simmons

If you have or recently have installed a wooden shaker shingle roof, you may have some concerns about how to protect it. After all, being made of wood it is susceptible to fire, water damage and termites, just to name a few issues. If you address these concerns with commercial roofing contractors, either after your roof is installed or during its installation, they can help you protect your shingles and preserve your roof.

Waterproofing Your Wooden Shingles

If the shingles are all individually cut and crafted, then your contractor can spray them or dip them with a water sealant commonly used to waterproof decks. If your shingles are already installed, then the application of the sealant involves a couple of men from the work crew climbing up onto the roof with spray containers filled with waterproofing sealant and saturating the shingles with the sealant. When the shingles are precut or bought in bulk, the manufacturer usually uses pretreated wood to make the shingles, in which case they would not need more sealant until the following year, but you could apply the sealant to the shingles anyway if you want your contractor to do so.

Fire-Proofing Your Wooden Shingles

This process is a little trickier. It requires part intelligent prevention, part chemical protection. Once your shaker shingle roof is complete, ask your contractor to apply a flame retardant. This chemical will help slow or retard the spread of flames in the event that someone flicks a lighted match or cigarette onto your roof, or a lit firework lands there. The prevention part just means making sure that you and your neighbors do not light any fireworks anywhere near your home so that none of the flying or falling debris lands on your roof.

Bug/Pest-Proofing Your Wooden Shingles

Finally, if you live in an area where termites and other wood-eating pests like to roam, your exterminator can help with this step. An insecticide that wards off these pests can be applied not only to your roof, but also to your home's entire exterior. Any termites or other pests that attempt to crawl up the house to munch on your roof or fall off neighboring trees onto your roof immediately touch a lethal poison that destroys them before they can swallow their first bite. Additional pest control methods for killing any termites you already have should be applied before your contractor installs your wooden, shaker-shingled roof.

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