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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

4 Tips To Get Your Roof Ready For Winter

by Kelly Simmons

Now that summer is coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about preparations for the snow and ice of the winter season. After harvesting your garden, winterizing your pool, and unhooking your hoses and sprinklers, you need to turn your attention to your roof -- an often-overlooked part of the home that does need a little bit of prep before the cold weather hits. 

Here are some tips to help you get your roof ready for winter.

1. Clear out the gutters.

Your rain gutters have a lot of impact on the overall health of your roof. If they build up with debris like leaves and sticks, the water can't drain as quickly or it may even stop draining entirely. When the water has no place to go, it can wick back under the singles, causing moisture damage to your roofs under layer and starting leaks and mold growth inside the home. The gutters themselves can overflow and they can become damaged from holding a weight of water and wet leaves for an extended period of time. 

2. Have your roof inspected and repaired.

A roof inspection by a roofing contractor is usually a good idea after the summer has passed, especially if you live in an area that has frequent and robust summer storms. Hail and high winds can cause damage to shingles that you might not notice from the ground, but a roofing inspector can tell you if your shingles are suffering. You'll want to replace cracked, broken, worn, or missing shingles before it snows, because the cold and moisture of snow on the roof can leach through the weak shingle points and cause internal leaks, especially during a winter warm front when roof snow melts. 

An inspection will help ensure that your flashing is still in good repair. Flashing helps to prevent rain and snow from leaking in through the gaps around chimneys and roof vents. 

3. Clear off debris.

If you have several trees that drop leaves onto the roof during the fall, you'll want to clear these leaves off the roof before it snows. Leaves can trap moisture onto a shingle, weakening it. They can also stain your roof with prolonged wet exposure, ruining the aesthetic appeal of your house. 

4. Add insulation. 

Finally, adding more insulation to your attic if your house is not well insulated helps to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof edges. Not only do ice dams form dangerous icicles, but they also allow for moisture to leach into the home, down the walls and the through the roof. 

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