6 Roof Maintenance Tips Every Home Lover Should Know

Roof is what is standing between you and sunlight, rain, snow, feces of birds along with natural disasters. Since we have established that the roof is the most important part of any individual’s life, let me ask a question that is going to make a bunch of you very uncomfortable. What are you doing to keep it over your head? How often do you run maintenance sprees on it? 

Have you thought about it? Would you like to do something to make the big fat investment which is your roof safer? Your stars are aligning just in the right direction today, as I am going to teach you six simplest of the ways to keep your roof healthy for years. 

  1. Get Rid of Those Branches 

When the trees and branches are friends of the environment, the same cannot be said about the relationship of your roof and branches, according to the Roof Professionals

Simply put, branches are evil for your roof. You cannot allow trees to grow above or near your home’s roof at any cost. While it may sound bizarre, due to trees providing us the much needed oxygen factor, the truth is during any sort of natural disaster, even in the case of strong winds, branches tend to break. Breaking heavy branches may fall onto your roof, ending up damaging your roof. Maybe even breaking it. 

So, if after looking at a branch you wonder, “if it is too close?” Well, it might really be. The excellent solution will be to chop off the tree while planting a new one away from your roof, you can also go for trimming the tree every then and now, to get a secure roof.

  1. The Downspouts Cleaning 

Downspouts or roof drains are often clogged after a heavy rain and for obvious reasons as well. After clearing gallons of water off your roof, some things like dirt, stones, leaves, et cetera will block it naturally. These vertical pipes that run down to the gutters are lifelines of your roof. 

They evacuate the rainwater from your roof, not allowing it to accumulate on your roof and messing it up. So, if you ever run across a clogged downspout, just try adding screens into them. Mesh screens are just another shortcut to cleaner downspouts. 

Another downspout prevention is to keep in mind that there are many joints, connections, and elbows used in downspouts. You must keep all these connections in check as well for any leaks and cracks. 


Your best bet is to check the pipes when it is raining. Fix if there are any leaks in the pipe or it may collapse very soon. 

  1. Mingling With Shingles

This one is the easiest one on the list so far. As a homeowner you have to know how to check your roof shingles. It has to be a part of your weekend routine. Pay your roof a visit during the weekends and check for any broken or missing shingles. 

You should also pay attention to how your roof shingles look. If any area looks really streaky to you or you may find any cracked shingles, change them as soon as possible. Shingles can also be inspected from the ground. However, not all of them will be visible from down there, you eventually may have to go back up on the roof for a thorough inspection. 

  1. Look Out For the Signs Within the Home

When there is something wrong with your roof, your home will start spreading out the signs all over it. All you need to do is, look. Translate what your home is telling you about your roof’s condition. 

Look for molds or any big black spots on your ceiling. If there are black spots on your ceiling, there are good chances that somewhere on your roof, either water or moisture has accumulated. Both of them will ruin your home in no time. Better keep them under the check. 

Dipping water from the roof is also a huge red flag, that indicates that your roof has been cracked. Repair the roof without any delays in this scenario, you do not have much time. 

  1. Adopt a No Nest Policy 

It is your home, it is your roof, there cannot be a place for any bird or its family. Similar policy needs to be adapted for rodents as well. They can look cute but they are really the villains here. They will dig holes into your roof to make it their own home. 

You do not want holes in your roof do you? Good, chase them away whenever you notice any bird, squirrel or rat sitting on your roof for too long. 

Their presence under your roof is a bad sign and you should chase them out immediately when you notice their movement. Squirrels, as cute as they are, can and will chew onto your roof. Hence the no nest policy.  

There Can be Underlying Issues

There can be a lot of underlying issues, when it comes to roofs. You can add or replace attic insulation, can ensure proper ventilation in your home and there still can be issues. It is your most important part of the home we are talking about. 

With all the personal inspection, you should always get your roof checked by the professionals, every then and now. It is not about money, but about saving your life earnings and your family. A broken roof can end up hurting your family. 

So, even if you can, once every year, ask the pros to check your roof thoroughly for any dangerous business. 

Ending Note

So, these are six pro tips that are going to help you in protecting your home’s roof while extending its life. I am sure these tips will help you save a lot of money in repairs. You are going to eliminate the problem before it is even going to start. 

To end, while using any of these tips, always keep your security and your family’s as top priority. Whenever you are in doubt, it is safer to call the experts in, rather than doing a DIY on the roof. It is an important part of your life, take care of it with love. 

Summer Backyard Home Improvements

Home improvements are always fun tasks. Even though they take some of your time and money, you always know that you’re putting these resources to good use. The particularly fun activities are the ones that include improving your backyard. If you already like spending time in your backyard, but you want to make it even more enjoyable, there are a lot of things that you can do to achieve that. Namely, there is a long list of summer backyard improvements that will make your backyard look and feel much better.

Add a patio

A patio or a deck is always a good idea, especially if you plan on spending a lot of time in your backyard. Besides bringing the special appeal to your home, the patio also helps you extend the living area. If you live in s small house that usually feels cramped, the patio is the thing you need. The patio also makes a great space for the outdoor furniture and it makes your home seem larger.

With a brand new patio, you’ll create a space for endless entertainment during the whole summer. You’ll have a space for family get-togethers and both kids and adults will adore it. Finally, the best thing about a patio is that it requires zero maintenance. Besides occasional sweeping, you won’t have a lot to do when it comes to maintaining your patio.

Build an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have been very popular over the recent years. They are the real game-changers and they make your backyard more enjoyable and luxurious. Even though an outdoor kitchen is a huge investment, it does pay off. If you like spending time outside with your friends and family, an outdoor kitchen will do a lot to make these gatherings even more interesting.

When building an outdoor kitchen, you should pay special attention to space. Since the kitchen will take up a lot of space, you should think well where and how you would build it. You should also consider the architectural style of your home. If you want the kitchen to fit in, you should build it in such a way that it looks well with the rest of the exterior.

Work on the lighting

One of the things that can transform any space in no time is the lighting. Lighting, besides being a rapid way to bring a change, is also an inexpensive way to do so. Since hot summer nights suggest that you are going to spend more and more time outside, you’ll want to have the backyard properly illuminated. With some decorative outdoor lighting, you can make a serious change.

You don’t have to host gatherings during the day only. If you choose to do it by night too, you’ll be amazed once you see what difference in the atmosphere the lighting can make. Having experts help you with the lighting is an even better idea. For instance, professional electrical services are irreplaceable when it comes to switching to LED lighting. Once you step up your lighting game, you’ll add a new touch of style to your backyard.

Install a pool

The pool is by far one of the best things you can invest in. Besides being a ton of fun, the pool is also a sign of class and style. Even though the pool requires high maintenance, it still is a great investment. If you can’t bear the hot summer days, a brand new pool might be very helpful.

The heat in the summer can become unbearable and having a chance to escape from it is priceless. That is why the pool is such an amazing investment. Having a pool means having an opportunity to relax, exercise, or just have fun. Besides all that, the pool increases the value of your home.

Hang a hammock

If you’re looking for a simpler and quicker change in your backyard, you can just hang a hammock. It’ll cost nothing and you’ll get a perfect spot for relaxing, reading a book, or napping in your backyard.

All you need for this to happen are a couple of trees. However, even you don’t have those, you shouldn’t despair. You can purchase a tree with a base, that will be the perfect setup for the hammock.

Plant trees

Finally, the easiest way to improve your backyard is to plant some trees. Trees and shrubs will make your backyard seem more natural, graceful, and harmonious.

To avoid overwhelming the yard, you should be careful about the amount of the trees and shrubbery you’re about to plant. You can choose your favourite trees and strategically place them all over the yard. Even though that’ll be a simple change, it’ll still be very important and it’ll shed new light on your backyard.

Conclusion

Making small improvements around the house helps you bring value to your home and make your home a more enjoyable space for you and your family. With these changes, you’ll treat your backyard as well and make the best possible space for the summer.

My Share: Silk Plants Direct – Bonsai

I found these great Bonsai that are from a company I have never heard from called Silk Plants Direct. I have always loved bonsai but know I don’t have a green thumb so investing in a couple wouldn’t do any good. They are expensive and I would probably kill them. None the less, I really wanted bonsai trees for our living room.

I am an old timer (at least to electronics and the internet) but I happened to find these and fell in love and knew I wanted them. But I had never heard of the company so did a little research and found positive responses to the quality of the product and service so my temptation finally got the better of me and I took a chance.

Let me tell you – I am so glad I did. When the package arrived it was well packed to ensure no damage came to the product during shipment. Thats important, who wants to open an anticipated package and find it damaged or crushed because of poor packing right? Here is a picture of them just mere moments after I opened still shrink wrapped so the pots didn’t get damaged.

11111I took the shrink wrapping off of the pots and here is a picture of all three of them.

22222I was very impressed with the quality and reality of the bonsai I received. Bonus: I can’t kill them – Ha!  All parts of the bonsai trees are very realistic from the roots exposed at the top of the pot (like real bonsai are) to the wooden trunk of the tree and the leaves are thick and very realistic.  Here are the three bonsai trees in a closeup – notice the great detail!

Click any of the photos below to be taken directly to the page to order these terrific bonsai trees:

333334444466666I was happy to see the realism of these bonsai, I was afraid I would receive bonsai trees that were plasticy – looking like little care was given to the design and detail and quality. These are a great deal as well, in a three item purchase they came out to just $30.00 and some change each. Considering a real bonsai this size starts at $125.00 for just one and that’s just to start so this is an awesome deal.

While browsing their website I found several other great products like cactus, long twigs and branches that twist and sparkle, shrubs, trees, and small and large varieties of so many unique specialty plants. I noticed these and got them because of my desire to have bonsai but the other selections have made me want other items too – many I didn’t even know were available to buy. But Silk Plants Direct have such a variety you can go and spend a couple hours easily browsing their great products.

Shop Silk Plants Direct today and find a great present for that special someone that was not blessed with a green thumb or buy for yourself – I won’t tell!

Whimsical Red & White Candy House

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How much fun is this cool house? The house is meant to be fun and whimsical with each section being slightly askew The roof lines don’t follow simple lines either. Reminds me of houses in Dr. Seuss.

Gingerbread Chalet

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Here are some really neat gingerbread Christmas trees that are just iced on one side in each section. The A frame gingerbread house has a simple feel but looks really nice.