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Unlike this home, roof damage is most often not visible from the ground level. Image courtesy of Deletem3.

The Roof over our Heads

 
As you emerge from another long, harsh winter, it's time to think about your roof. Most roof damage occurs before it's visible from the ground so it's best to catch it early.

First, when you take out the ladder to do the inspection, make sure it stands on solid level ground and is secured at the top, extending three feet above the gutter. A good rule of thumb is to position the ladder so it stands one foot away from the roof for every four feet of height on the roof.

Here are some things to look for during your inspection as recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association:
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering.
  • Loose material or wear around chimneys and pipes.
  • Excessive amounts of shingle granules in the gutters.
Also be sure to inspect interior walls and ceilings for water damage. If you do spot a problem, call a professional roofing contractor but not before reading our article on finding the right contractor.




Make a list. Check it twice. Or thrice. Or four times or six. 'Till you get it right.

"American Idol" Is My Nemesis

 
Sitting in front of "American Idol" with your kids and thinking...I really need to change the color of this room. Or, the TV stand certainly is in need of an overhaul. Or, the carpet in here sure is dreary. Or, what would this room look like with crown molding.

Or, if you are really into "Idol"...this would sound so much better with a built-in surround sound system.

If you are like me, and let's face it most of you are, thinking of projects and actually starting them (much less completing them) can be worlds apart. But that doesn't mean they won't happen. What my wife and I have started doing is creating a list of the projects we have in mind. Then, we sort them by ease of completion, cost and time required. Then we re-sort them into "definitely," "maybe" and "no way." And that is where we are with our TV room. Our next step is for my wife to go to Lowe's to pick up the materials. If she does not do the buying then she lacks "buy in" to the project and will not pressure me into completing it. Once we have the materials then the real work will begin.

The point of this blog is organization and communication. Get your ideas on paper and talk with your spouse and your home improvement projects can get done even during "Idol" season. And if you are thinking of completing a project with your spouse, be sure to check out our article, Surviving Your Remodel, which includes helpful tips on reducing stress to ensure your marriage not only survives but thrives during your remodel.








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