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Process of Sealing Rubber Roofing

Person performing the process of sealing Rubber roof

Sealing rubber roof process

Many of the home owners find rubber roofing as one of the best option of roofing system. Even, there are many of the benefits that can be availed to the home owners like it is helpful in not letting the water accumulated of the surface and also helps in preventing the growth of mold and mildew on its surface. The rubber tiles or shingles which are used in the roof are environmental friendly in nature as compared to other roofing materials. It also requires less amount of maintenance and care as it is highly durable and sustainable in nature.

Even the rubber shingles are sturdy and strong enough that can be stable for a longer period of time on the surface of your floor. It is even a great option of roofing for stormy and rainy areas. As compared to other roofing shingles like metal and asphalt, rubber roofing shingles are less heavy so the cost of transporting from other place is minimal to the home owners. Even the chances of breaking is very less as it is the material that is highly flexible in nature and protects the interiors of the home from unwanted water. If you’re worried about the colors and designs, well, there’s nothing to worry about as there are varied choices of colors and patterns are available. You can select your color according to the exteriors and the color of your home. This will help you in placing a matching concept of your home. But, let me tell you, rubber roofing shingles are more expensive as compared to those of other roofing shingles. If you’ve installed rubber roofing in your home, make sure that you seal it completely so that the water doesn’t transport to the interiors of the home. Here are certain steps on sealing your rubber roof that might prove to be helpful for you! Make sure iof following them for the best results.

Sealing rubber roofing shingles:

  • Begin the process by cleaning the seams of the roof. Make the use of a broom for cleaning the seams where you observe the overlapping tiles of the rubber roof. You might find accumulated dirt in these joints. Removing it is important so that you can enjoy a clean roof.
  • Don’t forget to clean the underneath sections of the tiles. It’s advisable of cleaning all the exposed portion of your lower rubber by using cleaning pads and solvent. After cleaning the lower lapping section, don’t forget to clean the upper overlapping layer too.
  • Make the use of rubber tape primer on the surface of the rubber roof. Apply it on the cleaned surface. It’s advisable of using stiff bristle for applying it on the surface. Let it be dry and leave unless and until the entire area of patch is dry.
  • Make sure you fix the rubber shingles firmly with the rubber tape. Open the ends and press it gently and push it a little so that it can seal completely on the surface. Nail it of you think it is important for your rubber roof.

 

Comparison Of Hip Roof And Gable Roof

Hip Roof vs gable roof

Comparison of hip roof and gable roof

Hip roof and gable roof are both great types of roofing and whichever you install both will be a good choice, if you are thinking of reroofing your home and confused as to which one to opt, you will need a comparative study of both of them. However you cannot go for installing both in one home. You can probably g for checking their pros and cons for better understanding of both and will also help you to decide which one is better and suitable to your home, its exterior decor and outer surroundings. Read this article and see a comparative study of hip roof and gable roof with their pros and cons and decide by yourself what your final call is.

  • Hip roof

Hip roof is the roof having slopes on all the four sides. The lengths of these sides are equal and they will be coming together on the top part for forming a ridge.

Pros

As compared to that with gable roof, hip roof has more stability. It has inward slope on all the four sides and this makes hip roof more durable and sturdy. These are considered best for both high wind areas and also snowy areas. The roof has slant and it allows snow to slide off very easily and has no standing water on the roof. One of the another benefits of hip roofs is that it allows you with more living space if there is vaulted ceiling or an attic space. These are also good in giving proper ventilation and offer you with the flexibility of making extra additions.

Cons

Building hip roof is quite an expensive project. The design of hip roof is more complex as compared to gable roof and so is its cost. It will also need more materials for building. Hip roof will have additional seams which increases the chances of water leaks if the roof is not installed efficiently. Maintenance is also necessary if you don’t want to turn the minor issues in to major ones.

  • Gable roof

It is also known as the peaked roof or the pitched roof and is considered as one of the most popular roof in US. They can be easily picked by as it has triangular shape which none other roofing has.

Pros

One of the major benefits of having gable roof installed is that it can shed snow and water very easily. Gable roofs are also very popular for availing additional space for vaulted ceiling or attic space. Gable roof has a simple design and this makes the construction very simple and easy. It does not have much complex designs and this makes its cost very less.

Cons

Gable roofs are not appropriate choice if you are residing in an area with high winds and hurricanes. If you fail to construct the frame properly with proper support, chances are there of roof collapse. Heavy winds can also result in peeling off the materials from the gable roof.

 

Merits And Demerits Of Gambrel Roof

Pros and cons of Gambrel roof

Merits and demerits of Gambrel roof

You might know about metal roof, gable roof, hip roof as the popular choice for types of roofing. But there are several others also which are not that much popular but still a good choice for your roof. Gambrel roof is one of such choice for your homes roofing. A gambrel roof is basically a roof having two slopes. One of the slopes of gambrel roof is steep and another one is shallow. The name of this roof is originated from the back part leg of the horse or from the ankle of a horse. Gambrel roof is majorly seen in large farm buildings and homes. The framing of gambrel roof is very easy and it possesses fantastic drainage capacity. If you are considering gambrel roof as a choice for your home, you must make some research on it get some knowledge about it and then decide whether it is a good choice for your home and can be installed in your home or not. To help you with this, here are some of the merits and demerits of installing gambrel roof in your home. Check them out and see whether you can opt for it or not.

Merits of gambrel roof

  • Cost

Gambrel roofs are quite easy to build and this is one of the major factors which deduct its cost. Hence if you are tight on your budget and you are searching for an affordable roofing option then gambrel roof is perfect choice for you. The installation of gambrel roof is also les time consuming and you get easily finished up with this. This will also deduct cost of labor as it will take less time.

  • Style

These types of roof have two curved li9nes which presents a very simple yet stylish look. The look of gambrel roof is very much fashionable and satisfying. Hence even with low cost, you will be getting a good looking roof.

  • Ease in construction

One of the major benefits of having gambrel roof installed is that the construction process of such roofing is very easy. It does not need highly skilled professional. These types of roofing will also allow more space on the upper flooring. The framing of this roof is also very simple. If you are intending to build conventional gambrel roof then you will need to use two roof beams but will need to employ simple gusset joints.

  • Past legacy

Gambrel roof has been the standard roof since the era of colonial America and was used by the Dutch and Georgian styled homes. This means people who are opting for these roofs is associated with any of them.

Demerits of gambrel roof

  • Weather

Gambrel roofs are not a good choice in the area having extreme weather conditions. This roof cannot bear heavy winds, snowfall and breezy weather as these are not that strong to bear such conditions.

  • Durable

This type of roofing will need high maintenance for making it long lasting. They need painting and protection from time to time which is one of the major cons.

 

 

Introduction To Butterfly Roof

Basic knowledge of Butterfly roof

Introduction to Butterfly roof

Now this is exactly what its name suggests. The type of roof which has the shape of a butterfly is known as butterfly roof. This is also called as inverted pitch roof as it has V shaped roof. This design in roof is very unique and uncommon. This type of roof is very much popular and sees widely in Hawaii. The reason being that, even though it is an island, it has a tendency and need to collect, what falls. Rainwater is very essential and has to be collected which butterfly roof does very well. The sides of butterfly roof have inward sloping towards each other instead of rising at one common point in the center like gable roof. These types of roofs were introduces in the year 1950 when the architects of those time started making some bold choices and designs and started to think something else except hip roofs and gable roofs. To help you know more about butterfly roof, here is some extra detailed knowledge about butterfly roof.

Roofing materials to be used

It is always extremely essential that the roof you have is waterproof and this is even more essential in case of a butterfly roof. It’s more appropriate to make use of the material which have large sheets and hence while building butterfly roof, it is advisable to use modified bitumen, metal sheet roofing and thermoplastic membrane.

Roofing materials forbidden to use

Butterfly roof’s main concern is waterproofing. Hence the worst materials you can use for building butterfly roof is the one which has plenty of seams like clay tile roofs, slate roofs where every individual piece is laid separately. Using asphalt shingles and wood shakes should also be avoided.

Merits of butterfly roof

Collection of water is very important that too in the arid climates. Now if you are living in an area facing drought, water would be one of the major concerns and butterfly roof is the best roof one can ever install in those areas. Butterfly roof has shape of butterfly and hence rain water can easily get collected on your roof and if proper preparation have been made, it can stored and used for various activities. For collecting and utilizing the rain water, you have to make sure that the roof is strong enough to bear the weight of the rain water and does not create any issues due to standing water. Another merit of having butterfly roof installed in your home is that, you are availed with the option of installing huge windows on the structure of your home and have good ventilation and save up on your energy bills.

Demerits of butterfly roof

One of the major demerits of having butterfly roof installed is its costing. The design of butterfly roof is complex and not simple and easy to install. This will need good and expertise professional for getting it installed which would charge high and you cannot also save bucks by opting for DIY installation. If the roof is not waterproofed properly, chances are also there of leaks.

Tips To Clean Wooden Floor

Ways of Cleaning wooden floor

Tips of Cleaning wooden floor

It is since years that we adore the beauty and natural looks of wooden floor. However beautiful it looks, it also takes that much effort in return for maintaining that beauty. However when it comes to maintaining wooden floors, the basic thing is cleaning wooden floor. You might be thinking what the big deal in cleaning wooden floor is but it is a big deal in cleaning wooden floor. Wood is a sensitive material and also expensive one and you don’t want to ruin it or damage it while choosing the wrong cleaning material or choosing the wrong cleaning technique. To avoid any such scenario, it is advisable to learn various tips for cleaning wooden floor. There are several types of wooden floor and each one of them has different cleaning needs and techniques. Here are some of the tips of cleaning wooden floor which will be guide and helping you out to clean your wood floor without damaging it.

  • Cleaning wooden floor which are finished

Majority of the modern hardwood floors are finished. This means that they are all coated with heavy duty. They also have hard wearing sealant which is used for protecting the wood under it. Urethane, polyacrylic and polyurethane are some of the common sealants as these are stain resistant and are also waterproof.  These being waterproof means you can clean wooden floors easily with water without any worry of moisture issues and water damaging your floor. You can clean wooden floors which are finished with water mixed up with mild cleaning agents like laundry detergent and liquid dishwashing. Even though these are waterproof you should make sure to use little bit of water and not too much as at the end these is wood only. There are several floors which are prefinished and that means that the floor boards are already sealed before even they gets fit into your home. This will lead in having cracks in the floorboard from where water can seep in to and can damage your wooden floor. When you are making use of soap and water, ensure to wrong the mop totally so that it is not laid on the floor too much and just a little to take all the dust and dirt from the floor.

  • Cleaning wooden floors which are unfinished

Having unfinished wooden floor means that the surface of your floor is matte instead of being glossy. One of the drawbacks of having matter surface is that scratches will be seen more easily on such floors and cleaning will also be a concern here which is not there in case of glossy finish of wooden floor. In today’s time, there are very few wooden floors which are unfinished and rests all are finished. While cleaning wooden floors which are unfinished, you need to make sure you are not allowed to use extreme water as it will damage the floor. Open all your windows and keep the room ventilated while cleaning wooden floor which are unfinished to keep it away from moisture issues.

Choosing From Various Types Of Sheds

Various Types of sheds

Different types of sheds

Building a shed is not small job; you need to put in lots of effort and also bucks to get it installed. You don’t want to do the job of building of shed twice and hence make sure to evaluate the types of sheds properly before you pick one and get it installed. Types of sheds you install depend upon your choice and taste and part from this it also depends upon the surrounding you are living in. Check out the types of sheds and see which one fits in with your condition properly. To help you out to search the options for types of sheds, here is a list from which you can get detailed knowledge about some of the best types of sheds and choose one if you think fit.

  • Resin/plastic sheds

When you hear plastic shed for the first time, the word plastic gets stick in your mind. The thing encircling your mind is that is it even possible to build a shed out of plastic? Will it be able to withstand with harsh weather conditions? Won’t it look like a container of Tupperware? The answer is no. In fact plastic is one of the best types of sheds. You can have a great economical design with plastic which you will generally see in the big cities with wood style finish which would be generally be seen in country house. These types of sheds will generally look very neat and it can be assembled by anyone with very low maintenance issues if it is installed properly. These types of sheds will add great value by storing your stuff and looking beautiful in backyard.

  • Metal sheds

These types of sheds have been very much popular since many years and plenty of backyards have them since decades which prove that it has stand with test of time and is highly durable material. However these types of sheds are often referred as the poor cousin of wood shed but it does has its pros which is that these are quite reasonable in price and durable. They stand properly all during the year and if it is installed efficiently, it can also bear with the extreme weather conditions. One of the added benefits of having this types of sheds installed is that it will not need sanding, painting or any other maintenance. This is the reason why these types of sheds are preferred a lot in factory, warehouse and industrial buildings so they last very long without maintenance.

  • Wood sheds

Wood is one of the traditional materials used for building the sheds. This is quite strong and can be easily sawed or drilled in various shapes and sizes. You can paint your wood shed with the color you want and can match it with the exteriors of your home. Out of all the types of sheds, wood shed is one of the best looking among all. These are also one of the easiest to work with and strongest and sturdiest.

How To Repair A Garage Door

Professional Repairing garage door

Repairing garage door

There are basically two components of a garage door, the door and the opener. Any issues in these two can be a problem. Improper garage door is pain in head. Every time you open the door, there is some issue, this is really very annoying. If you are having overhead garage doors then it will either roll up in sections or it will swing in one single piece and will operate on spring tension. The door will be moving on metal track on the walls of garage and the heavy springs will be providing the power. In majority of the cases, when the door is not working easily, repairs will be very easy and simple. If your garage door is facing any trouble then you can repair a garage door easily by yourself without having the need to call a professional. This will repair a garage door more quickly and some of your bucks will also be saved. Here are some of the easy and simple steps to repair a garage door.

Step 1

Have a look at the metal tracks in your garage. Also check the mounting brackets which are holding up the tracks to the walls. If you find them loose, get the screws and bolts tighten at the brackets. Try and work inside the garage by keeping the door closed and then check out the tracks for any dents, flat spots or crimps. If you find any damaged spots then pound them with rubber mallet by using a hammer along with block of scrap wood. If you find the track are damaged heavily then make sure to replace them.

Step 2

Second step of repairing a garage door involves checking the tracks with a level for making sure that they are aligned properly. Make sure that the horizontal tracks are properly slanted in the downward position at the back side of the garage. Make sure that the vertical parts of track and roll up doors are plumb appropriately. Both the tracks should be at equal height on the walls of the garage. If you find that the tracks are not aligned properly, consider loosening them but don’t remove the bolts or screws which are holding up the mounting brackets and very carefully tap the track in the right position. Check the track again with level for ensuring that they are in the correct position. After that, tighten the screws at mounting brackets.

Step 3

Make use of concentrated household cleaners for cleaning the tracks and getting rid of the dirt and hard grease. Clean up the rollers efficiently and wipe up both tracks and the rollers.

Step 4

Inspect for any loose hardware if any and get them tightened. See for the swing up doors and check out for the plates where you see the spring mounted to make sure that the screws are tightened. Check for the hinges on the roll up doors which hold up the sections of the door with each other. Check for the damaged hinges if any and replace them with new one if it is necessary.

 

Process of Installing Plantation Shutters

Building Plantation shutters

Installing Plantation shutters

Plantation window shutters are one of the most popular window treatments in trend nowadays. These are really a great addition when you see its price, the beauty it adds and the convenience it offers. Despite of the fact that it beautifies your home and is a great value addition to your home, one of the issues with plantation shutters is that they are not DIY installation types. You need to hire a professional for installing plantation shutters in your home. However, if you are little bit handy and experienced, you can avoid this expenditure and try to install plantation shutters yourself if you follow the right steps in the right way. Firstly you need to gather all the supplies for installing plantation shutters before starting the job. You want to get disturbed in the middle of the process due to lack of certain material or tool. Here is a list of tools you will need for installing plantation shutters.

  • Pencil
  • Tin snips
  • Dap chalking
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Small or resin hammer
  • Carpenters level
  • Dap chalking

Process of installing plantation shutters

  • Mark up the walls

The installation of standard plantation shutters is done by adding the hanging stripes which are connected with them. Here both the hanging strip and shutters are connected by two basic hinges by which the shutter and hanging strips are attached. If you want to install shutter in even manner, you will have to mark up the place on the wall where you are going to attach the hanging strip. Hold up the hanging strip against the wall where you want to install your plantation shutter.  When you get the right position, make two marks there. One mark should be at the outside edge of the hanging strip and another one should be at the top edge.

  • Attach the panels

After you are done with attaching the hanging strips, you need to attach the panels. While attaching the panels you have to make sure that two panels are at the same level. If they are not in even manner, you need to adjust them to that level. You can use the hinges for making such adjustments. For attaching the panels and keeping the hinges at their place, you can make use of screws. Ensure to tighten the screws properly.

  • Install hardware and plugs

You need to attach the magnetic catches which will help in keeping the shutters closed when the magnet and metal piece are touching each other.  When there is surety that the panels are adjusted properly, it’s time to insert the bottom hole plugs which will cover the screw heads.

  • Adjust the tension

When you are done with all the steps of installing plantation shutters, it’s time to adjust the tension properly. Tighten or loosen the screws on each and every side of the panels as per the adjustment you want to make. Make sure you are not over tightening or over losing it as it will be hindrance in adjusting the tension.

Tips Of Building Rain Proof Awnings

Rain proof awnings in home

Installed rain proof awnings

There are plenty of uses of awnings and it is an outdoor attachment of your home. You can use awnings to giving shade in the garden or protecting your home from excessive sunlight and saving up on your energy bills and also for availing protective barriers against the rain. However when you are installing any outdoor attachment to your home, you need to be very careful regarding its quality and durability. Hence while you are installing awnings, you need to make sure it is strong enough and can bear all weather circumstances or else it will be of no use to install them. However awnings are also not that cheap and when you go for installing them it can move your budget very heavily. Hence it’s advisable to go for installing your awnings yourself as it is a DIY project. It’s highly recommendable that you have to go for building rain proof awnings. If you are not opting to build rain proof awnings then it will corrode and damage in no time and you have to go for replacing it in no time making all your effort and money go in vain. Here is a list of things you will need for building a rain proof awnings.

Things for building rain proof awnings

  • Metal loops
  • Metal poles
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Rope
  • Hammer
  • Needle and thread
  • Hooks and grommets
  • Scissors
  • Water proof fabric

Process of building rain proof awnings

  • Make the fabric ready

For building rain proof awnings, you need the make the materials used for awnings rain proof. You need to choose that material for building rain proof awnings which are water proof. You can use plastic canvas or PVC for building rain proof awnings. You can also visit craft shops as they also sell those materials which are water proof and can be used here. One you buy the right material for this, cut the material in the right size and then cut the window where you would like the awnings to place. While cutting the fabric, ensure to cut it in some large size. Ensure to put the gourmets on each of the corners of the canvas and also add yup the metal ring to them.

  • Prepare the wall

You need to decide the height at which you want to install rain proof awnings. Ensure that there are no climbers or vines attached with the wall and also check that the masonry is not cracked or crumbling. You need to install the awnings poles or you can also go for installing PVC pipes if you are not intending to damage your lawn area.

  • Install rain proof awnings

Hang the metal rings over the hooks which were installed and then let your rain proof awning hang down. After few minutes of the hanging of the awnings hang two metal rings which fit over the poles and then attach ropes or PVC cable string to each of the gourmets. Use the ropes for making the awnings stable and not letting them get affected by the high winds.

Tips To Build Exterior Window Shutters

Constructing exterior window shutters

Building exterior window shutters

Window shutters play a very important role in protecting your windows from high winds and such other damage. However this is not the only function of exterior window shutters. These are also very helpful in enhancing the visual appeal of your home. It also adds up to the value of your home. Building exterior window shutters is quite easy job and you can do it yourself of you are a handy person. To help you out with this, here are some of the tips for building exterior window shutters without the need of professional.

  • Collect the needed tools

Before you start to build exterior window shutter, it’s very essential to collect all the tools and materials needed. You need to measure the windows and get approximate size for getting the coverings. You will need wood planks or pieces of wood which would be long enough to cover up the distance between pane and siding which are above the siding. This will not be enough for building exterior window shutters. Here are some of the extra things needed for building exterior window shutters. You can easily the below mentioned things at any of the home improvement stores or hardware stores. You can also go for some of the other decorative items for exterior window shutters if you have creative frame of mind.

  • Hammer and nails
  • Putty
  • Saw
  • Drills and screws
  • Surface mounts
  • Primer
  • Shutter hinges
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Paint brush
  • Cut the wood planks

Measure the width of the window for making the window shutters. This will show you how many vertical length of wood will be needed by you and also see how many horizontal pieces will be needed by you. After taking the measurement, cut the wood planks in the appropriate sizes.

  • Build the shutter on flat surface

Put the cutted planks on the flat surface and align them properly so that they are in exact level. Make sure that the planks are closely pressed with each other and there are no existing gaps in between them. Screw the horizontal and vertical pieces for securing the shutter.

  • Stain and paint the shutters

Staining and painting the exterior window shutter is quite easy before installation. It can also be done after installation but it would be bit difficult. Hence consider doing it at this stage only. You can use roller or brush for painting the surface. Choose the color of your choice and start to paint. Make sure you give proper time for letting the surface dry before you install it. After the paint is dry, you can put a layer of primer on the paint. This will make the shutter look more beautiful. You can also decorate it in any other way as you wish.

  • Attach the hinges

There is specific spot for installing hinges. You need to install it few inches above the bottom and few inches below the top of the window frame. You can also attach a third hinges in the middle if you wish.

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