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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

Reasons Why You Should Consider A Membrane System For Your House

by Kelly Simmons

You may notice that many commercial buildings have flat roofs. Often, these roofs will have special membranes that are able to move water off of the roof and are used as an alternative to the flat asphalt roofing system. While these roofs are most often used for commercial buildings, there is no reason why you cannot have this type of roof installed on a residential building as well.

Cost Considerations

For the most part, flat roofs are less expensive than other types of roofs. It is not only affordable as an initial installation, but is also inexpensive to maintain. Also, because you can much more easily walk on a flat roof, you may find it easier to perform maintenance.

Extra Space

One of the benefits of a flat roof is that you can use it as an extra space. If you would like to enjoy the outdoors, but do not want to step onto your front lawn, a flat roof can be very useful. You can place your AC units on the roof where they will not cause your yard to be extra hot. Instead, the heat extracted from your home will travel up into the air. 

Making Use of the Extra Space

Your flat roof can be used to install solar panels. The panels are not as visible on a flat roof as on a sloped roof. You may also use the flat roof as an extra place to plant a garden. You can even install a patio and host parties on some flat roof designs.

Protection from Leaks

A benefit of membrane flat roofing systems over asphalt is that there are fewer leakage concerns. With asphalt, it is more difficult to form a proper seal at all of the seams and connection points. This leads to the roof leaking early on.

Easier Leak Repairs

With an asphalt roof, you may find it more difficult to find the location of a leak. With the membrane system, not only is it easier to find a leak, but there are patching methods that are much easier to implement. 

Resistance to Heat and Sunlight

Newer roofing systems are less likely to suffer from cracks and damage from UV rays. The membrane system does not need weight to hold it down, unlike with the asphalt system. Also, the membrane system is more effective at reflecting UV rays. For this reason, the best choice is a flat roof with a membrane system. 

Contact a roofing contractor for more help.