There’s one area of a home that even the savviest of homeowners can easily overlook or ignore! The roof! With kitchens to remodel, bedrooms to paint and landscaping to maintain, we put roof repairs on the back burner. We commit to other improvement projects perceived to be more appealing and less expensive. Often, homeowners aren’t even aware that there’s a problem with their roof; and even when they do know, it’s not uncommon for these issues to be dismissed as minor problems that can wait. However, there are many dangers to a roof leak, both financially and structurally.

Roof LeakRoof Leaks: Small Problem Turns Into Costly Roof Repairs

If you’ve ever uttered the words “it’s just a small leak”, you may be in for a rude awakening in the near future. Certain roofing problems may seem insignificant; for example, a few damaged shingles here and there or a seemingly inconsequential roof leak. Unfortunately, if you choose to disregard these matters, they can easily evolve into more elaborate, costly damages. You may even need a complete roofing replacement. The best way to avoid this budget-breaking situation is to keep up a schedule of routine preventative maintenance — or at the very least, promptly attend to those modest repairs before they spiral out of control!

Damaged Roofing Significantly Decreases Your Home’s Value

Looking to put your home on the market? Roofing problems may be the least of your concerns, but you can bet they are high on the priority list of potential buyers! A damaged roof is one of the easiest ways to send buyers running in the opposite direction. It’s like having a huge sign posted in front of your home stating, “Don’t stop here — keep on driving!” And if you do find an interested buyer, odds are you’re going to have to pay for a replacement before they will make a deal. You might as well save some money and take care of minor roof repairs as soon as they surface. It’s to prevent them from becoming worse and jeopardizing your ability to sell when the time comes.

A Persistent Roof Leak Leads to Further Structural Damage

If you ever hear a co-worker or family member talk about removing mold you know it’s not a fun experience! And if you ignore a roof leak, you are putting your home at risk of facing the same fate. In addition to mold, leaks can cause serious structural deterioration including damage to your rafters, wall framing, and fascia boards. Simply put, if enough water collects over time, the wood begins to diminish, posing a serious safety risk to those occupying the home.


To prevent roof leaks it is important to know some causes. Poor roof construction happens often due to the bad economy and contractors cutting corners. Sometimes contractors have to build in bad weather to meet deadlines and moisture gets trapped in a roofing system, which can contribute to early roof failure. Normal aging happens due to the beating roofs get from the weather. Settling happens with every building. This will cause enough stress eventually to cause a leak. Mechanical damage is also a strong contributor.

Metal Roofing 6 Reasons for Choosing a Metal Roof

Metal roofing has become a popular choice over the past decade. Why are metal roofs so popular? Why should you consider choosing metal if you are building a new home or replacing an old roof? Let’s take a look at the benefits you can gain from having a metal roof.

1. Metal Roofing Lasts Longer Than Fifty Years

One of the main benefits of choosing a metal roof is its longevity. While most other roofing materials wear out within 15 to 20 years depending on where you live, metal roofs last 50 years or longer, even in the worst weather conditions. This means that once you install a metal roof, you may never have to replace your roof again in your lifetime. They require little to no repair and maintenance, making them ideal for anyone who values durability.

2. Highly Resistant to Weather

Metal is highly resistant to all types of weather conditions. Unlike asphalt and some other materials, the metal will never allow for water penetration, regardless of aging. Water simply runs off. In addition, those living in snowy areas like finds that snow easily slides off their roofs, keeping it from building up. You can add that to the fact that metal roofs resist heat, and withstands high winds without damage. This makes a metal roof ideal for home or business owners in intense climates.

3. Energy Efficient

Most metal roofs are now treated with a special, sun-reflecting paint. It makes these roofs incredibly energy efficient even in hot climates. And because most roofing companies guarantee that their roof paint lasts 25 years, you won’t need to repaint your roof in order to keep it energy efficient.

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4. Environmentally Friendly

While most people don’t think of a metal roof as being environmentally friendly, you should think about the 11 million tons of shingles that end up in landfills every year. You can easily see how having a long-lasting metal roof is extremely healthy for the environment. It reduces waste every single year.

5. Increases the Value of Your Home

Another reason for choosing a metal for your roof is it increases the value of your home if you sell it. Because of the longevity and ease of maintenance, prospective home buyers know they won’t have to worry about replacing the roof right after purchasing the home. They, likely, won’t ever have to worry about replacing it. They know they’ll save money, during the time that they own the home, which makes purchasing your home a good deal.

6. Cost

One of the main concerns people have is the cost. While metal costs more initially than standard roofing materials, you need to look at the big picture. Most other roofs need repairs every few years. These repairs are time-consuming and expensive. However, metal roofing will seldom need repairs, so that initial cost may be the only money you will ever put into your roof.

In addition, if you plan on living in your home for 30 or 40 years, you can expect that you will have to replace that roof at least twice during your ownership. Plus, the cost of repairing it between replacements, which will end up costing more in the long run. It costs more than having a metal roof installed in the first place. So, it really is a matter of paying now or paying more later.

A few key points are important to remember when deciding where to place your Easter eggs for a hunt this year. The first is safety. This article will outline a number of safety precautions when hiding Easter eggs for children to find. To make the day the safest, you can also create a couple maps to assist you and the children, one map only of the designated area the eggs are hidden so that children don’t go beyond the parameters and another “cheat sheet” that tells you where all the eggs are hidden. For the most safety, designate adults with bunny ears to supervise and help the children as they hunt. The last thing to consider is the children’s ages. Eggs should be hidden in pretty plain view if the children are younger than 5 years old, and require a little bit more effort if they are older. If the children are mixed ages, employ both! Here are some of the best places to hide your Easter eggs.


  1. Between books on the book shelf
  2. The silverware basket of the dishwasher
  3. In candle holder or tooth brush holders
  4. Inside shoes
  5. On the window sills behind the curtains


  1. In the mailbox
  2. Buried in a sandbox
  3. Behind the legs of outdoor furniture
  4. Under safe plants, in plain view or just behind a leaf
  5. Inside gardening tools such as watering cans, gloves, coiled garden hose, etc.

Safety Tips

  • Keep in mind children’s ages by keeping eggs hidden at or below the level of the children’s eyes
  • Don’t hide eggs around glass items. If you removed them from plain view like previously suggested, you won’t have to worry
  • Don’t hide eggs in natural holes in the ground or trees
  • Don’t hide eggs around animals, their sleeping, eating or play areas
  • Don’t hide eggs near potentially dangerous rooms of the home such as the attic or basement
  • Don’t hide eggs near thorny or otherwise dangerous plants

This article mainly highlights the chimney products and services you should know about to care properly for your chimney during its lifetime. Whether you in the process of deciding whether to maintain, restore, or remove your chimney, first consider how easily you can keep this charming feature in your home.

Roofer Relationship

Your locally trusted roofer is going to be the professional service you will want to be acquainted with to inspect your chimney at least once. Because the chimney often runs vertically through the entire home, it can be a source for lots of problems including animal and insect infestation, as well as water damage. A chimney that acts as an invitation for both can quickly cause costly damage to the home, so don’t put off scheduling an inspection and acting on any problems that arise quickly. You will want to build this relationship in person and have their number on hand for future reference anyway.

Top Products

Provided your roof is in good condition already, without repair needs, there are two products that will improve the longevity of your chimney, roof, and home’s foundation. The first is what is known as “crown coating” which is a water-proof lining that discourages water damage to the brick of the chimney structure, as well as water damage surrounding the chimney. After the coating has been installed, find a good “rain cap” as a topper to the chimney. This is often a metal roof for the chimney that ventilates by mesh, but keeps out unwanted rain and sometimes more important, animals.

Wildlife Agency and Exterminator

Speaking of animals, if you find you have an infestation of your chimney, you’ll want to know these two entities. Birds and animals might be protected by law in your city or state, so before you act on finding these creatures dwelling in your home you want to find out if you are even allowed to act without special handling. Some birds, even invasive ones, are protected due to their endangerment status or cultural importance. The Wildlife Agency can assist you with information and removal of such creatures. If you are dealing with a common insect critter infestation, an exterminator can help you with their experience and expertise.


An aerolator is another helpful product, our favorite kind, the kind that saves you money on your energy bills. Because traditional fireplaces and chimneys are fueled by the air in the home, you are wasting preciously energy heated or cooled air on this exchange. An aerolator is a product that allows the chimney to instead, use the air from outside your home to fuel its fire. Your local roofer can also offer you additional information and recommendations on this product type.

If after reading this and doing adequate research, you decide that removing your fireplace and chimney is a better modification than keeping it, your local roofer can help you carry out this process as well. There are many reasons to remove a chimney including removing the maintenance tasks, the uncleanliness soot can cause, and the opening up of new space in the home due to the removal of the vertical system currently taking up space. This decision largely depends on your preference if you plan to live in the home for a number of years. If you decide to keep it, however, protect that investment by employing the options talked about in this article.

Work With Pre-Existing Materials

If parts of your home or walk are made of stone or brick, these materials are ones you’ll want to consider color matching around. Any items that you plan on keeping as part as your landscape should be considered in the color decision. Find the underlying tones in the pieces for a place to begin finding colors you may want to paint the exterior. If you aren’t in love with the swatches you find of these colors, consider looking for its opposite in regard to color temperature. Consider painting trim a few shades lighter. If these specific methods aren’t working for you, perhaps you can pull many brochures of predetermined color schemes and compare them to your house. Other things to consider when choosing your paint color are the colors of your neighbor’s homes.

Take Technology Generated Recommendations

Every neighborhood hardware store carries different paint brands, but all will likely have a technology kiosk that can assist you in choosing the right color for the exterior of your home, considering some of the colors that are pre-existing. For example, Behr is a brand carried by Home Depot and Home Depot has a Color Solutions kiosk. If you don’t have a Home Depot or choose to visit another hardware store, you can always take the color recommendation from their kiosk and have it color matched in another brand quite easily. Bring in existing materials for color matching, such as the brick or wood on or around your home that you’d like to incorporate going forward, ask an associate for help at a kiosk, and leave with some swatches or samples to think on awhile.

Have Patience and Test Some Colors

Painting the exterior of your home is a money and time investment you don’t want to rush, so if you are between colors, buy samples of both and paint swatches right on your house to see it in real life. Be sure to paint an adequate space on the North and South sides of the home where light can make a dramatic difference. Take a step back. What do you think?

Additional Tips

Be sure to spend an adequate amount on quality paint such as Marquee Exterior Paint & Primer in One. No corners should be cut on this project, nor quality compromised. Once you’ve spent the money on the quality stuff and painted the home, you will be grateful you won’t have to be up on your ladder in 6 months to a year patching and repainting spots.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing options are growing in popularity. The industrial look can give your home a modern edge and it’s very sensible to boot. They are most used down south due to their harsh weather and durable roofing needs. In climates where water damages most other roofing materials, metal is a winner. It’s a more expensive choice, but will pay for itself over time. The roof can last you up to 60 years vs. the most popular roofing material, asphalt shingles, that only last 20. Because of its light weight, it will also bear less weight on your home’s foundation and walls.

Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt shingles are the number one choice of homeowners in the U.S. They are the most readily available, affordable, as well as aesthetically pleasing to the eye. There are two categories of asphalt shingles, fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are less durable than organic, but less expensive and get the job done. As mentioned previously, you can expect a fiberglass asphalt shingled roof to last you approximately 20 years. Organic shingles are made of recycled felt paper. Both these options are coated with a water resistant coating and then sprinkled with ceramic pieces to reflect the sun’s UV rays.

Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake are shingles made of wood coated with a fire resistant coating. It is an expensive option, but can look really beauiful and also help you save money on your energy bills going forward. In fact, you will make back your investment in heating and cooling because of the roof’s ability to insulate. This roofing option is durable and does well in high heat places, as well as in places where mother nature is extremely unpredictable (for example hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, etc). One major downfall is that this roofing option needs special installation, so before you commit to it be sure you find a roofing company with experience in cedar shake roofing that you trust.

Tile Roofs

Tile roof shingles are made of ceramic or slate and come in a variety of colors, but are most commonly purchased in a orange/terracotta hue. They are very durable and can last you 50-100 years or more. They withstand the elements well, specifically the heat of the sun, so they are popular choices in hot climates. This choice can also effect your heating and cool bills in a positive way, due to its good heat resistance.

White trim around doorways and windows, against a darker hue on the body of the house was a popular look in New England during the early 1900s. This time also marked the era of the beginning popularity of craftsman style homes. Craftsman style homes often use triangular columns, wide porches, muted porches, and gabled roofs.

By the 1920s using mixed materials to design the exterior of houses became a popular concept. Lots of texture was provided by creating walkways and stairwells made of different stones or bricks. Metal details and a texture rich home continue the tradition as the eye is drawn up. As the era moved toward the 1930s, sophisticating farm house styles became a trend. Painting homes red with white trim like a barn became a thing. Barn doors and other farm stylized accessories added charm. The 40s and 50s were nearly opposite, being separated only by World War II in 1939-1945. During the war, the home building trend was understated details. The homes were neutral colored, usually cape cod or cozy cottage looking, nothing too loud. The most contrasted detail of the homes were white shudders. By 1950, the trend was to paint the exterior kitschy and uplifting colors such as yellow, light blue, and teal.

The 1960s were all-American looking and employed the most classic, colonial elements. White clapboard siding, shudders, and decorative roof domes called cupolas were especially popular. The 1970s were all about earthy and natural colors, both in fashion and in home style. Brown, brown, brown!

The 1980s ushered in styles unrelated to every other decade in every sense. “Contemporary” style began then and interiors as well as exteriors became more eclectic, but are still embraced widely today. Neutral colored stucco replaced traditional siding options and a variety of different shaped windows became popular. The 1990s tended to trend backward, reverting back to some older styles such as using streamlined columns and the 2000s brought about curated color palettes for the home’s exterior to accentuate its best features. The boldest color chosen? Bold paint colors for front doors became a cool, yet subtle way for your home to stand out and have a personality.

The 2010s to today have trends that aren’t as easily visible, as technology has blown up over the decades. Standing out from the crowd is in the details, maybe the homeowner only knows about. Statement shingles such as staggered patterns and innovative materials are a newer trend, and having entire window walls open up to the outside landscape.

Organizing roof holiday decorations is something that can’t be postponed for long as it can potentially get in the way of your everyday life. The Christmas tree, the fairy lights and a myriad of other streamers and ribbons can certainly flood the house. To tackle this, you must have a system of organizing holiday decorations. If you do not have one in place, follow these tips. At the outset, you are supposed to settle on a single site where all of your decorations will have to be stored, rather than storing them in different places all around the house. This can help in easily reclaiming them for the next holiday season.

Using transparent plastic containers or color-coded bins is highly recommended. For instance, using particular containers with specific kids for Christmas and another set of bins with different colored lids for other Halloween may prove useful. This color-coded structure of organizing holiday decorations can also be valid for all the decorations. This system can help to save a lot of time when you have to bedeck your house.

Regardless of the kind of bin you use for organizing holiday decorations, a big white tag on the front facing region of the container is suggested. Apart from labeling the container by holidays, listing the contents is also useful. By storing the appropriately labeled decorations, you can avoid much tension just before and after the holidays. Items can also effortlessly fit again in the same bins when you are done using them well. You will find this to be an easy, visual organization that provides you with fast and straightforward access to the entire holiday decorations.

These come in a wide assortment regarding size, colors, pricing, etc. These are very useful in organizing decorations like festival linen, delicate decorations, tree adornments, garlands, fake trees, exterior lighting, packaging paper, ribbons, etc. Bubble wrap is essential too. There are also special containers for specific decorations.

Other Holiday Decoration Ideas

After the roof holiday dinner menus are completed, it’s time to start thinking about ways to add holiday cheer to the home. While Garland and blinking holiday lights tangled on the staircase are the norms for many families, what better way to be festive than with some new and unique holiday decoration ideas? The whole family can become involved in decorating the home while sipping on hot cocoa and listening to the family’s favorite holiday tunes. Holiday decorations can represent a personal aesthetic and don’t have to be expensive either. Here are holiday decoration ideas to add character to the home.

Window decorations

Window decorations are an easy way to add some holiday festivity to any room. Pick out a holiday colored fabric and create a beautiful windows came with custom drapery to match the home and holiday season. Don’t forget that specialty window rods are also available that can add some character to the room.

The fireplace and mantle

The fireplace and mantle are accessible areas for some holiday decorating. Look for fake snow to place on top of the blanket, snow globes, snowmen, angels, menorahs, Chanukah figurines, and other holiday spirited items to adorn the common area.

The bathroom

The bathroom is also a fun place to add holiday decoration. Look for scented candles and soaps for guests to use, such as cinnamon spice or pumpkin pie to compliment the season.

Pine cones and pine trees

Pine cones and pine trees are a definite staple during the season. Look for ways to add the sweet smelling shrubs as a centerpiece near the dining room, as a wreath on the front door or in the form of a Christmas tree.

Alternatively, if you do not have the patience or time for organizing holiday decorations, your local maid service can do this for you. Professional girls, trained extensively to clean and organize homes, can be employed to implement your ideas. The cost of a Maid Service may vary depending on each task.

This massive snowfall in most areas is a good reminder to homeowners the importance of having the ideal roof for the harsh weather during winter. Metal roofing are a great choice for people living in snowy areas as they shed snow loads easily.

Implications of snow to roofing

Though the weight per square cubic foot of lightly packed snow powder is very little, wet snow can weighs over 62 pounds per cubic foot causing many problems. The weight of the snow exerts pressure on the roof making it to bow downwards or sag.

Some home owners may opt to rake the snow off the roof but this is only a short term solution. Raking also causes significant damage to the roof.

Besides snow loads, home owners should also keep an eye on ice dams. Though icicles hanging along the eaves of a house look beautiful, they are a sign of trouble. This is because the same condition that leads to the formation of icicles; freezing weather and snow covered roofs also leads to ice dams, thick build up of ice along the eaves. Ice dams can loosen shingles, tear off gutters and make water to leak into the house.

The best way to prevent snow loads and ice dams on the roof is to install metal roofs.

Benefits of metal roofing

Energy efficient metal roofs beat the conventional roofing materials on a number of different counts:

First, they have a smooth top surface. When the sun shines, heat passes through the snow, heats up the metal and it is reflected back outside. This allows the snow to melt over the entire surface. The ice and snow melts from the bottom creating an opportunity for the snow to be shed faster compared to other roofing materials.

Also, metal roofing is impervious to snow and ice because of its interlocking design and because the surfaces are slippery and hard.

Another benefit is that metal roofs are durable. They last 40-70 years easily shedding snow, sealing out water and surviving high winds throughout their lifetime.

If you are looking for the best roofing this winter, consider installing metal roofs. They are available in different styles to match any home or neighborhood.

Winterize Your Roof

During the winter, temperatures fluctuate between above and below freezing temperatures. This is no good for the roofing material such as shingles and flashings because they will compress and expand with the changing temperature. This can cause the materials to become loose, warped, or even cracked.

To prevent damage from the winter temperatures and elements, there are some things you can do to winterize your house. Here are a few of the things you can do.

Inspect and repair

The best time to check your roof is going to be before it rains or snows. Once the roof becomes damp, it’s going to be difficult to walk on and inspect. The best time to inspect any roof for damage is going to be when the roof is dry. Remember to keep one thing in mind, when you’re inspecting your roof.

You’re going to be looking for any types of damage to the roofing, metal flashing, pipes that are protruding out of the roof, gutters and general wear and tear on the roofing shingles.

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This keeps the warmth in the attic so the snow outside doesn’t melt prematurely to begin the ice dam cycle. The other is ventilating your attic. You can do this by adding continuous soffit vents and continuous ridge vents.

Ridge vents cause the warm air inside the attic to be directed outward from the top of the attic and away from the house so that the snow isn’t melted by it. Soffit vents pull cool air in through the bottom of the attic so cold spots are less likely to be formed.

Installing this kind of ventilation system can be tricky and left to the professionals. Make sure to have your local roofing repair company come out to do this installation.

Check your downspouts

You might be thinking about installing heat tape to your roof. While this is a viable solution to preventing ice and snow build-up on your roof, you should be cautious in using and installing it. Make sure you buy a high-quality product; in this case, you really will get what you pay for. Be careful installing it so that you don’t puncture your roofing material.

Trim overhanging tree branches

Low-hanging tree branches may block gutters or other sources of the drainage system. Low-hanging tree branches may compromise rooftops. The weight of snow or ice, heavy winds, or lightning can cause low-hanging branches to become quite dangerous.

Clean gutters

Lastly, take care of your gutters. Use a gutter guard to prevent ice from building up inside, as the access weight could break it.winterroof-full-2