The Online Guide to Building a Shed
July 23rd, 2014
Violent storms are some of the most impressive displays of nature’s power. Unfortunately, it is possible for these events to cause substantial damage to your home’s roof. In particular, hail stones have the potential to cause three types of damage to your roof. By understanding the threats posed by this hazard, you will be better prepared to protect your home from unnecessary damage.
When hail stones strike your roof, they hit it with tremendous velocity. Not surprising, the force of this impact can cause your roof’s wooden boards to crack. These cracks may be difficult to see, but they can allow rainwater to enter your home and cause major water damage.
Interestingly, you may not realize your roof has cracks in it until water damage has started to form. If you notice a musty smell in your attic, water stains on the ceiling or rotting ceiling tiles, contact a professional to inspect [...]
July 19th, 2014
When money is no object, and you want to add class and distinction to your property, wrought iron fencing is the way to go. The signature of historic cities like New Orleans and Charleston, SC, wrought iron fences and their accompanying, often unique, gates are something from the past that has stood the test of time. This is a fence that, when cared for properly, will endure for generations to come.
The History of Wrought Iron Fences
In the Colonial era, wrought iron was hand-forged by craftsman, one piece at a time. Only the most prestigious homes had wrought iron surrounding their yards. As times changed, the cost of iron and the labor for the creation and upkeep of these fences made them less desirable for colonial homes. It was only during the early 19th century that the Industrial Revolution brought factory-forged wrought iron fencing back into popularity. During the Victorian era, [...]
July 15th, 2014
Following any major setback in life, you’ve got to find a way to remodel your approach and your environment to begin anew. By now, you’ve earned the right to focus on yourself and what makes you happy, or even to spoil yourself a bit. Here are a few ways to survive what you’re going through, and come out on top.
Join A New Club
Pick an activity that allows you to demonstrate your expertise or satisfy a passion. Both are methods of healing, and either will turn an otherwise gloomy mood into something extraordinary. Choose something that helps you relax, says Harvard University’s Dr. Herbert Benson, and you’ll be unleashing some very beneficial neurochemicals. This process leads to better sleep, digestion, breathing, immune function and even experiencing less pain in your life.
The Fringe Benefits:
You’ll be learning, which is proven to keep you young and improve mental elasticity.
You’ll have something in common with [...]
July 11th, 2014
The residential roofing industry has a wide variety of materials that you can choose from. Many of these materials will not only provide your home with basic protection from the elements, but they will also provide benefits such as increased energy efficiency and access to solar power. To learn more about the benefits of these materials and choose which material is right for you, simply take a moment to further explore the many possibilities outlined below.
Metal roofing materials are especially beneficial for homeowners who are looking for a long term solution to their roofing needs. This is because metal roofs have an average lifespan of 50 years or more.
In addition to their long lifespan, metal roofs have the ability to raise your home’s resale value and make your home more energy efficient.
The only real drawback to choosing this type of roofing material is the cost that comes along [...]
Before you start building your shed, there are a few questions you should ask yourself and a few steps that you should take to prepare. First, you should determine if you need a shed or if you can afford one. Then you should find out if you need a permit to build a shed in your area. After that, you should decide what you’ll use the shed for and make plans.
Constructing a shed is easier than you think. You can always just order one from a home improvement store, but it is rather simple and very rewarding to build one from scratch too. At this point, you know what kind of shed you need and how big you want it to be. You can start construction by laying down a foundation and putting all the framing into place.
Finishing the Shed
After you’ve gotten the bones of the shed into place, you can start adding the finishing touches to it, painting it and making the outside look presentable. Your shed is not a “shack,” so make sure that it looks good, won’t fall apart, and is comfortable to work in if you’re using it for more than just storage. Put the right siding and shingles on, and your shed with be an enhancement to your yard.