The style of your roof can be as unique as your home. When trying to understand your roof or looking to replace your roof, it is important to know the different styles that roofs often come in. Most often the styles available are dependent on the climate you live in.
There are many different styles of roof that you can turn to depending on your climate. Colder climates may turn to an atypical tin roof whereas warm climates may turn towards a flat roof style. Not only is their a difference in the style of roof and materials used, but also in color chosen.
In warmer climates, having a lighter color (not black) roof will make it so that your house stays cooler and doesn’t absorb so much heat.
If you are going to spend the money to get your roof redone, you may as well go a bit further to make it so that your roof becomes a desirable feature within your home.
This can work to increase your property value and draw more excitement into your home. The roof of your home is a largely underused space but when handled correctly can turn into a focal point.
If you are looking to stay semi-traditional but don’t want to look like your neighbors, wood shingles are an excellent option. These can add a flair to your home without costing loads of money or extra time to install.
They will protect your home and cost roughly the same to install. Wood shingles also have a drastic positive effect on the value of your home, something to consider if you are thinking about selling your home.
In the last few years people have become more environmentally conscious. Green roofs are a product of this. Essentially this is a flat roof that has grass and plants growing on it. It has a waterproof, reinforced base which allows the roof to retain water and dirt for the plants to grow.
When compared to a regular shingled roof green roofs are better insulators. They keep your home colder in the summer and warmer in the winter. Also, you will notice less noise inside your home as they insulate against noise pollution. This also allows you to grow a garden and patio on your roof.
Continuing with the green theme solar panels are taking over. The years have been kind to this roofing addition and the prices have dropped dramatically.
If your home receives a lot of sunlight throughout the year it may be a good idea to look into solar power. Yes there is a high initial cost but switching can actually end up making you money down the road.
If your building code allows it a rooftop patio is a great way to not only increase value of your home, but also add more usable square footage. This is an excellent option if you are living in the city or have a smaller home.
Your roof doesn’t have to be the same mundane area that it is in so many houses. Paying a bit more attention to give your roof new life can work to drastically increase your houses property value and appeal.
Have you incorporated one of these roofing styles into your home? Let us know how you like it in the comment section below.
Deciding when the best time to replace your roof isn’t always easy. A roof can need to be replaced for many reasons, some of which are not easy to spot from looking at it.
The largest factor in determining this is the age of the roof. Every roof has a lifespan that needs to be recorded. Roofs usually last for around 25 to more than 30 years before they need to be replaced. It is important that despite their relatively long lifespan, that they get inspected regularly for potential maintenance. That doesn’t mean they don’t need to be maintained or inspected more regularly.
The following should be considered when deciding how long your roof has left and whether or not it may be time to replace.
How it was installed is a good way to tell if it needs to be redone. You need to know what to look for, but can easily be done by just looking at it. Once you are on the roof look for the joins. For example, where the chimney meets the slope.
Is there flashing that extends up the chimney? Checking to make sure that it is present and not cracked is important as this is what weatherproofs your chimney and provides watertight seals.
If it is under the 20 year mark but shingles are falling off or you notice leaks, it is recommended to get your roof inspected by a professional. Oftentimes this may be covered by your warranty.
Just looking at the overall shape is another great way to tell. The most obvious things to look for are moss growing or any discoloration. This is not a good sign.
If there is moss growing on your roof it usually means that water is not draining and instead pooling which creates an ideal spot for nature to take over. This can cause significant damage to not only the shingles and sheathing, but also the frame of the roof. Catching this early on is crucial.
There are many ways to tell if you need to consider replacing your roof just by looking at the shingles. Obviously if some are missing you will have to investigate and remedy it. But also if they are curling or buckling. This is one of the signs that your shingles are past their life expectancy.
Another warning sign is sand in your eaves. Shingles that start to lose their effectiveness start to shed causing what seems to be a sand build up in your eaves.
If you are experiencing any of these it is time to have your roof inspected by a professional. We recommend you doing a visual inspection of your roof about twice a year to maintain its integrity.
This way you can catch a potential problem early and are more likely to get it covered by your warranty. This is especially true in colder climates where harsh weather and heavy snowfall can do potential damage.
Have you recently had to replace your roof? Talk to us about how you found the process in the comment section below.
Once you've decided to do a project to improve your home, the first challenge will be selecting the right contractor. This often confuses even the savviest of homeowners. But don't worry, we've got your back.
Turning to “neighborhood” web sites or social media for advice doesn't provide the full picture. You can be certain that at least some of the info is biased. Believe it or not, many reviews on the internet are fake (hopefully that's not a revelation).
Often someone will recommend a service provider for one task, based on their experience in a completely different task. Our recommendation is to get multiple bids and as much info as possible.
In 2015, a national poll showed that 30% of all homeowners believe the most difficult part of any home improvement project is just finding the right pro to do the job. Because the home improvement market is so complex, it is
In order to help you out, we've assembled the following list. Use your knowledge and intuition, just as you would when hiring any home renovation professional. Consider the complexity of the project and how to ensure that you hire the right pro. Don’t worry, with the right guidance you can find a great contractor who will make sure your purchase is the ideal one for your home and objectives.
- Services Provided - find out what services are included in the contract. This should include permits, change orders, etc.
- Price - don't automatically accept the lowest price. In fact, we'd advise first choosing the top installer from your evaluation and then negotiating cost with that company.
7. Finally, find out if the installer offers any financing or credit options. Even if you plan on paying for the system in full, some installers have special incentives such as interest fee financing to provide funding until rebates are obtained, etc.
Hiring a contractor can seem like a tough job at first. This is especially true for specialized jobs like installing solar panels. Fortunately, most homeowners who have done renovations themselves are happy to talk about their experiences. Speak to as many homeowners as possible and evaluate what works best for you and your own goals.
Tip 1: Spend an hour with a pro.
Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Check with several designers in your area; a standard hourly fee is normally less than $100, and in an hour they can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.
All financial advisers such as David Ramsay and Suzanne Orr will advise that every household should have an emergency fund. For a lot of people, just the thought of saving money when you’re living paycheck to paycheck is a joke.
In fact, a 2016 CareerBuilder survey of 3,200 full-time workers and 2,100 full-time hiring and human resource manager found that 75% were living paycheck to paycheck.
It’s not that working people don’t want to save; it’s just that too many of us are struggling with trying to pay the rent and put gas in the car.
By the time the month is over, there’s nothing left to save.
To help end the vicious paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, we put together this month-by-month guide to get you on track — and potentially put $1,000 in your bank account.
Open an online savings or checking account and deposit $5. Heck, roll your quarters if you have to.
There are a bunch of great online banks, but one of our favorites is Aspiration because they offer an interest rate around 100x what a normal bank offers — plus there are no monthly fees.
Starting small may not seem worth it, but getting started is an extremely important first step! Just trust us.
This month we want you to save $15 in your new savings account. Again, if you can do more, awesome!
An easy way to earn $15 is with Paribus — a free tool that searches your emails for companies that owe you money.
Once you sign up, the app scans your email archives for any receipts.
If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Amazon, Target, or one of the other 16 retailers listed on their website, it tracks the item’s price and issues you a refund if there’s a price drop during the return period!
You don’t have to do anything!
Need a different idea?
If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you can earn money each month contributing to Shoptracker’s research on what people are buying online.
Download and connect it to your Amazon account. It’ll instantly send you a free $3 Visa gift card, plus another $3 for every month you keep it installed.
Your goal is to work up to saving $100/month in the savings account. It seems lofty, but we’re going to help you earn it.
For this month, try and put $35 in the account.
These panels will pay you for your opinions on politics, movies and other subjects. If you sign up for both, you should easily make an extra $35/month (most surveys pay between $3-$4 each for 20 minutes of your time).
Heck, sometimes I fill them out while I’m watching Netflix.
Need a different idea?
Try selling some of your old stuff online. You can sell virtually anything on letgo.
This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds.
Not only does it remove a lot of the hassle of selling things online, it’s 100% free to use.
But there are also apps for selling more specific stuff to people who might actually be looking for it.
For instance, you could sell old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, cell phones and iPods to Decluttr.
Congrats! You’ve saved your first $55. That’s something to be proud of!
Alright, this month it’s time to try and put away $100. It sounds daunting, but we’ve got a few ideas that might help…
You can try our list of 16 Companies giving away $1,810.25. These companies want you to try them out and will pay you to do so. Some of them are easier than others, but just check it out.
Or how about mystery shopping? Before our CEO Kyle Taylor became a blogger, he was a full-time, professional mystery shopper. And he got pretty good at it — earning around $5,000/month.
Here’s a list of the companies he worked for. None of them will charge you money to sign up. And if a mystery shopping company ever tries to charge you, it’s a scam. Stay away from those.
We know a lot of people are already working two jobs, but mystery shopping can help you earn money and relax with your friends/family at the same time.
Keep an eye out for restaurant mystery shops — you get a free meal and you get paid!
Continue saving $100/month for the entire year. We want your year-end account balance to be $950.
Here are some ideas on how to make your extra $100/month:
It’s important to continue saving at least $100 each month.
Use your regular paycheck for living expenses and save any extra money you make from the ideas on this site.
Once you’ve reached year two, you’ve saved nearly $1,000. At this point, it might be a good idea to open an investment account.
Just one more piece of motivation: If you can continue to save $100/month for the next 20 years, you could end up with $106,022! Can you imagine? More than $100,000 in a bank account!
You can do this. End the cycle today.