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How to Winterize Your Home: Top 10 Home Weatherization Updates to Do Before Winter

Before frigid winter temperatures arrive in your neighborhood, take the time to prepare your home for the unexpected. Even if you live in a moderate climate zone, where low temperatures are rare, winterizing your home can improve its durability, energy efficiency, and help prevent common and costly winter emergencies such as burst pipes and flooding inside your home or basement.

Home Weatherization in a Nutshell:

Winterizing your house is all about sealing and eliminating unwanted air drafts, ensuring adequate insulation and ventilation to prevent energy losses and ice dams related issues, checking roof and gutters, insulating exposed pipes, sealing air-ducts, checking water heaters and furnaces, and boosting your home’s energy efficiency.

Below are the main items to address to make sure your home is properly-protected, cozy, and warm, even when the weather outside is frigid and frightful:

1. Roof Inspection and Maintenance

Common Roof and Home Exterior Inspection Areas. 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

An inspection of your roof (and gutters) should be an annual job. While this is a doable DIY job, knowing what to look for is vital:

  • Moss and Algae Growth
  • Loose, Missing or Damaged Shingles or Tiles
  • Major Cracks in Roof Shingles or Tiles
  • A Large Portion of Curled-up Shingles
  • Flat Roof Seams Coming Apart or Becoming Unglued
  • Damaged or Improper Chimney Flashing, Skylight, Roof Vent and Pipe Flashing
  • Dips and Swales in Roof Surface
  • Roof Ventilation Issues
  • Evidence of Roof Leaks – Water Stains Around Walls and Ceilings – Wet Insulation in the Attic

Roof Inspection Cost: A professional roofing contractor may charge between $150 to $250 for an inspection, depending on a number of factors. Most of the time, the cost of a roof inspection can be counted towards the price of a roof repair or getting a new roof.

Note: you should be getting a written report outlining roof performance issues for a stand-alone inspection.

Caveat on Roof Inspections: If you end-up having to ask a professional roofer to climb on your roof after the cold, icy weather has set in, expect the cost of the inspection to go up.

Post-Inspection Maintenance and Repairs:

A roof inspection will determine the need for a roof cleaning, especially if moss build up is normal in your region. If the inspection report shows that some maintenance or repairs are necessary, the costs will vary depending on the extent of repairs:

Minor Repairs: $150 to $400 for minor repairs, which is where a roof cleaning job fits in.

Moderate repairs can cost in the range of $1,000 and typically include fixing or replacing any loose or missing shingles and tiles, and sealing and re-flashing chimneys and skylights on the roof.

Major repairs are generally large sections of the roof needing extra attention and may cost as much as $3,000 or higher. Beyond this, and it’s time to consider re-roofing or replacement.

More info on roof repairs: https://www.roofingcalc.com/roof-repair-cost/

Complete re-roof or replacement may be required if a large portion of the roof has old or damaged shingles. A new roof provides opportunity to increase the lasting value of your home. A new roof can also be an insurance against roof leaks, water damage, and a costly roof failure in the middle of winter.

Cost Recouped: A typical roof replacement has an average cost-to-value return (cost recouped at the time of sale) of about 70%. A metal roof has an average cost-to-value return of about 90%.

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Rain Chains Cost, DIY Options and Styles – Buying Guide 2017

Rain chains demonstrate a beautiful blend of decorative form and useful function. Instead of water traveling from your roof through a closed downspout, rain chains allow you to enjoy rainwater’s pleasing sound and aesthetics, like a babbling brook cascading downward.

Rain Chains DIY Installation

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In Japan, where rain chains had their origin, they are a common element of traditional building design. Gutters are viewed as too utilitarian to use when the function can be handled by something that also enhances the beauty of the structure. That view is spreading, and the popularity of rain chains is growing in North America and around the world.

Our buying guide provides a comprehensive overview of rain chain costs, materials, options, professional installation and diy options, and more. It is presented in the form of rain chains FAQs, so you can quickly access the information you want.

What are Rain Chains?

If you’re unfamiliar with rain chains, or kusari doi in Japanese, lets discuss their anatomy.

  • An adapter or bracket is attached to the gutter in place of a downspout
  • The rain chain hangs from it
  • The chain is anchored by a basin, stake or weight

These three essential components might be sold separately, but many top manufacturers produce kits with everything included.

What are the Most Popular Rain Chain Styles?

There are three rain chain styles:

  • Chain links are interspersed with artistically designed cups or other features such as birds, leaves or flowers at intervals of a few inches to as much as a foot apart. Most rain chain cups have holes in the bottom to allow water to pass through. Other chains are produced with shallow cups, and the rainwater fills the cup and spills over into the cup below.
  • Single links or another type of connector are used to hold each cup to the one above it, so that the rain chain is really a series of cups with little or no chainwork.
  • The rain chain is a series of decoratively fashioned links or loops, often of varying size and artfully interwoven, with no cups at all.

Because of the artistic nature of rain chain design, these three basic styles are produced in nearly limitless variations and combinations.

What Rain Chain Materials are Available?

via Eichler Network

Traditionally, rain chains were crafted from metal, and most still are.

The top rain chain materials are:

  • Copper: This is the traditional material choice of rain chain artisans. The copper must be polished regularly if you wish it to maintain its gleam. Most copper rain chains are allowed to develop an appealing patina finish that changes as the copper ages.
  • Steel: This is another traditional metal. Make sure any steel rain chain you consider is coated or painted to prevent rust, though corrosion is probably inevitable.
  • Stainless steel: This corrosion-resistant metal is often used by itself or in a rain chain design with copper.
  • Aluminum: More affordable than stainless, aluminum is durable and will develop a light patina too.
  • Brass: This material is a staple of plumbing fixtures because it resists corrosion. It’s an attractive choice for rain chains too.

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Seamless Gutters Cost: Leaf Guards, Decorative Rain Chains, Downspouts, DIY Options and More!

First and foremost, congratulations! I heard the great news that you are finally in the process of developing your brand new home and you have the opportunity to design your entire home – inside and out! While that’s such a beautiful moment to be grateful for, some part of you might be a little on edge at the thought of all the thousands of parts, brands, designs, textures, equipment, or even colors that you have to pick from. But HEY! Stop it! It’s a blessing – remember! You should be jumping up and down as you are planning your home improvements – I mean it’s your home!

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When it comes to building, improving and/or remodeling your home, whether with the help of a professional contractor or DIY style, there is one facet this is absolutely crucial and you can’t miss or fail here. This one facet protects your home and keeps your home safe and you dry. Do you know what we are talking about here?

It’s Gutters! Gutters are the protectorate that keeps your home, roof and you clean, mildew free and dry! Now, Gutters can be quite complex, but for you it’s easy! Why? You’re here and we are going to break it all down for you in this Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners on Seamless Gutter Costs. We are going to talk about the best seamless gutters, costs, and the pros and the cons. By the end, you will be dancing outside but this time, in front of your brand new beautiful home that has your favorite seamless gutters! Are you ready for this journey? Well, let’s go!

Why Seamless Gutters?

I am very excited to share all this amazing information with you. With that being said, you are probably wondering why I already decided that the gutters are Seamless. The answer is simple: Seamless Gutters are the only way! While there are other options, in the real game of protecting your home, there is only one: Seamless Gutters. Why? Well here’s the situation if you were to buy a regular and basic gutter, the reality is after a couple of years the risk of your gutter failing increases as weather will wear the joints and seams, which then in turn causes you to fork of the Benjamins to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. If you were to put down a couple extra dollars and buy the higher quality gutter, you are investing in your home and future. With Seamless Gutters, they are custom, have no joints and the material is built to last! So instead of the increasing risks, why not just by Seamless? The advantages are clear, evident and obvious!


Picking Out The Perfect Material

Now prior to getting into any anything, I am sure you are already thinking about costs and materials – that’s natural, it’s okay. With that being said, I figured I would give you a briefing on the different types of materials you can get your seamless gutters in. Now with each of the materials I will provide you with, they all depend on your preferences and what you are willing to so spend. Now let me give you a little heads up on pricing too. So the prices will vary depending upon where you make your purchases. The numbers provided are the guides to what you should be expecting to pay. So if you are shopping somewhere and they are charging $20-30 more than the price in this guide, you know what to do right?


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