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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

Gutter Maintenance And Care Recommendations For Your Home's Exterior Protection

by Kelly Simmons

The gutters installed on the exterior of your home help with rooftop drainage and foundation protection. Over time, your gutters will begin to age and fail and will need regular maintenance and ultimately replacement. Here are some gutter maintenance recommendations to ensure your home's exterior is protected from roof and foundation moisture problems.

Install Updated Gutters

No matter the age of your home and its roof, there will come a time when your home's gutters are failing and in need of replacement. There are a few signs that you can watch for that tell you your gutters are no longer protecting your home. When you notice your gutters have cracks forming on their underside, which may not be visible in dry weather. Often, you will need to check your gutters by running water into them from your outdoor house and looking for leaks from the corners, connections, and seams. 

You may also notice your gutters are beginning to sag along the length of your roof, which can happen when debris builds up inside the gutters and pulls them down from time and stress. A sagging gutter is no good to your home because it doesn't allow for proper drainage through the gutters and down the downspouts and can also cause water to flow over the sides of the gutters.

Install new replacement gutters and dispose of the old and decaying gutter system so you can protect your home with superior exterior drainage. To help prevent gutter damage and cracking in the future, install a seamless gutter system or an updated material that withstands changes in the climate and temperature in your area. A durable gutter made of a material that will withstand the elements will keep your home's exterior protected and looking nice.

Winterize Your Gutters

Each winter, it is a good idea to have your gutters cleaned out to remove leaves, twigs, debris, and trash that can collect within their basin. If this maintenance cleaning is neglected, your gutters will become clogged, can cause them to overflow, and will put excess pressure on the gutter hangers and cause them to sag. 

Fall is a good time to clean them out and make sure they are ready for winter weather. It is a good time to check all your roof's edges to make sure they all are installed with a gutter to collect roof runoff. A roof edge that does not have a gutter installed but water can drip off its edge will result in wet pavement below that freezes into ice in the winter. This can be a winter hazard to your property.

To learn more, contact a local gutter installation service.

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