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Roofing 101 – Getting to know your roof

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Understanding the elements of your roof isn’t complicated, but it is an important part of being a homeowner. Keep a better eye on any potential roofing repairs by learning these basic roofing terms:

Underlayment – This element is the bottom layer of your roof and is critical in protecting your home. Without this layer, your shingles can’t do their job correctly. The synthetic underlayment is water resistant and helps to protect the attic from water damage, mold growth and rotting deck boards.

Flashing – Flashing refers to metal pieces that protect roof joints and valleys from water collection or seepage. Damaged flashing appears as dented, deteriorated or loose metal and is easily repaired.

Shingles – Shingles are the top layer of the roof and are the first line of defense against the elements. Roofs in Oklahoma are typically made of asphalt shingles that come in different weights and thicknesses, depending on your needs and budget.

Valley – A valley is created by the downward slope of meeting roof sections and helps funnel water from the shingles.

Hip – The hip is an upward angle formed by two adjoining roof sections.

Starter strip – This strip of asphalt roofing adheres to the eaves and provides additional coverage beneath the bottom row of shingles.

Drip edge – Edging that is attached to the border of the roof and lets water fall away from the home.

Maintaining a basic knowledge of these terms will serve you in the long run, and help keep your roof in tip-top shape.

for more information please go to http://www.okroofing.net
 

Tips and Tricks to Light Your Yard Like a Pro

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

The ambiance of outdoor mood lighting can’t be denied. Direct lighting can enhance certain outdoor features while soft illumination allows your manicured landscaping to pop. Create a striking setting that can be appreciated after dark with these lighting tips and tricks.

Illumination

Draw a quick sketch of your yard and what areas you wish to feature. Decorative shrubs, colorful flowers or growing trees can all benefit from pole lamps or spotlights. Homeowners are very proud of their landscaping efforts and soft lights can put their hard work on full display.

Stone paths are beautiful when bordered with short stake lights. Stake lights come in hundreds of styles and are an inexpensive way to feature paths for mood and safety reasons.

Pergolas, decks and pavilions are gorgeous when laced with string lights. Lanterns also add character and can create the perfect space for evening relaxation.

Solar lights are a great option for homeowners who don’t wish to run electrical wiring. There are no cords involved with solar lights, only a photo-voltaic cell that absorbs light during the day, allowing it to glow at night. Solar lights also come in different styles and don’t require an electrician to run wires.

Logistics

Most outdoor lighting requires electrical wires to be buried low enough in the ground to protect them from water. A licensed electrician can easily do this, and add an outdoor transformer if needed. However, if you are an excellent handyman, you may be able to connect low-voltage wires yourself. Lowes and Home Depot are excellent at providing guidance for DIY projects. And if you need inspiration, Pinterest is the way to go. Fortunately, there are so many great options for outdoor lighting that the possibilities are almost endless:

  • Torch Lights
  • Flood Lights
  • Spot Lights
  • LED Lights
  • Lanterns
  • Halogen Lights
  • String Lights
  • Lamp Posts
  • Deck Lights
  • Porch and Patio Lights
  • Solar Lights

And don’t forget to brighten up the exterior of your house. Up lighting around your home adds distinction and highlights smart design features like bay windows, or beautiful flowerbeds. With a good imagination and clever design, you can create the perfect lighting package to complement your landscape and your home itself. As the sun sets, your home will come aglow and give you good reason to enjoy your evening outdoors.


Wood Posts or Steel Posts – Which Option is Better for Your Fence?

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Weather, soil and time all take a toll on our fences, with most wood fencing having to be replaced several times during the lifetime of a house. With this in mind, a lot of homeowners’ question whether steel or wood posts are the better choice.

Wood posts do a better job of blending with the fence panel and provide a nicer, more cohesive look. They are more traditional and are able to withstand fairly severe weather. However, they can rot or breakdown as time marches on. As with any wood, sitting water can eat away at the post bottom and cause it to easily bend or break. You will also need to be aware of the acidity of your soil, because this can also erode the bottom of the post. As most wood posts have to be replaced at some point, you can bet that the fence panel is right on par with a replacement as well, since thinner wood planks wear faster.

Steel posts are actually more durable, and the chances of having to replace them every few years (like wood posts) are slim. These type posts are extremely resistant to standing water, and repeated rain. They also help the fence panel itself to stand up straighter, thus allowing you to get a longer lasting life from the panel. Metal posts cost a little more than their wood counterpart, but fortunately, their value return reaches much further.

Fencing is a worthwhile investment for your home, but it is not cheap. Labor makes up most of the cost of a fence, as well as the expense of good, quality materials. So with any home improvement, make sure you do your homework beforehand, and research a reputable fence company to get the most bang for your buck.

for more information please go to http://www.okcbackyard.com
 

Spruce Up Your Outdoors with These Ten Fall Decorating Tips

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

 

Summer has gone and fall is finally here! Time to spruce up your outdoor landscape and help nature put some colorful fun into your world. Check out these Ten Fall Décor Ideas to bring the brilliant colors of autumn to your home.

Pumpkins are the perennial favorite for fall décor and a great way to spruce up your front porch. Vary your pumpkin sizes, add a bale of hay and you’ve already brought the flavor of fall to your home.


Who could forget the rich beauty of chrysanthemums? Dynamic gold, rich wine, and yummy orange are traditional autumn colors and if properly cultivated, will bloom in vibrant intensity, year after year.


Incorporate a little Joanna Gaines into your outdoor décor by bringing the ‘farmhouse’ look to your own home. Pick up an antique ladder or wagon wheel at a local flea market, cluster pumpkins and galvanized steel tins (filled with your favorite fall flower), around it for an old fashioned feel.


Falling leaves epitomize autumn and make great decorative touches. Create a family fun day of raking leaf piles and filling apple crates with the kaleidoscope of colorful leaves.


Arbors are a beautiful outdoor accessory and make a fabulous backdrop for clinging vines and flowering fall bushes. They are also the perfect natural setting for yearly family pictures.


Now is the time to plant an apple tree in your yard so your family can enjoy the delicious ripe, ruby fruit for years to come. And who doesn’t love a juicy caramel apple?


Scarecrows are a cheerful addition to any fall outdoor display and add a lot of character to a large front porch. So grab some straw and denim and have some fun with these friendly little guys.


Gourds are an inexpensive way to decorate and come in different sizes, colors, and textures. Throw in some corn husks and sunflowers and you have a budget friendly front porch display.


Your backyard deck is a great canvas for fall décor. Situate colorful potted plants and miniature light strands around your deck for an inviting outdoor living space


Don’t forget Halloween! Kids love the scary fun of this colorful holiday, so hang a skeleton or two and delight the neighborhood with your Halloween spirit.


for more information please go to http://www.okcbackyard.com





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