4 DIY roofing tips that will save you tons of money

 

People don’t like spending the money if they’re not forced to. This is especially true when it comes to home maintenance.

There are so many things on which we can save when it comes to cleaning, maintaining and fixing. One of the biggest culprits is the roof. This area of the house requires lots of attention. Most roofs last from 10 to 15 years but with enough time invested, this period can easily be prolonged up to 20 years. If you consider that the cost of a new roof can go up to thousands of dollars, it is obvious that a periodic maintenance can save you a lot of money.

There is no need to rely on roofing contractor, a roofing company or a roofing service. Here are some awesome DIY tips that will help you achieve that goal.

1. Make a periodic checkup

The most important things about roofs is consistency. Going to the roof once in 5 years or only when something is broken will not cut it. Instead, you need to make a continuous effort of checking the roof every 6 months and making the necessary fixes. By eliminating threats as soon as they appear, you’re making sure that the roof (as well as your house) don’t take any additional damage. Humidity can be really problematic and if you allow it to affect your home, leaks will appear overnight.

2. Remove faulty shingles

Most homes in America rely on shingles. These products are very cheap but are also very fragile. Stronger wind can easily blow them away. Debris can also be very damaging to them as well. This is why you need to detect issues and address them as soon as possible. If you think that the surrounding shingles are also troublesome, it is much better to remove them altogether. Shingles affect each other so when making repairs, you have to be sure that the issue is resolved.

3. Repairing gutters

Gutters can be really problematic. If there is any damage to them, rainwater will not be drained properly. Instead, it will start splashing the side of your house which can be a real problem (especially for wooden structures). Debris is another thing you need to pay attention to. During

autumn, a lot of leaves and smaller pebbles will end on your roof. If they are not removed, water will remain on the roof and will increase humidity potentially leading to leaks.

4. Check the chimney

Object that surrounds the chimney is known as flashing. Flashing is usually made from lighter metals which makes it prone to damage. Unfortunately, flashing is crucial for sealing the area. If it’s faulty, water will start penetrating your home.

With these simple but awesome tips, you will be able to repair your home as if you were a roofing contractor. Just make sure to be meticulous, pay enough attention to issues and react to them as soon as they appear.

Author’s bio: Doitrightroofing.ca is a roofing company in Vancouver with more than 10 years in business. They have hundreds of repaired roofs in their portfolio and are a BBB A+ rating roofing contractor.

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3 Essential Tips for a Beautiful Yard Year-Round

75% of US adults think it’s important to spend time outdoors in their own yard. Many of those same Americans thoroughly enjoy the upkeep of their outdoor space. There’s a sense of accomplishment and pride in keeping the outside of your home polished to your liking. Each season does bring some challenges to the yard enthusiast, but it’s nothing a little ingenuity can’t handle!

First Things First

Planting flowers, placing out lawn fixtures, and choosing new outdoor furniture are the really fun parts of setting up and maintaining your outdoor space. Before you get to those fun parts, though, you need to perform regular maintenance for the outside of your home to keep it looking good itself. It’s important to have your gutters cleaned, for example, to prevent water damage to the front of your home. Check other hardware, like shutters and paint, and perform any maintenance to these things as well. All of these things take a bit of a beating during the cold months, so Spring is a good time to evaluate.

April Showers, Don’t Drown Your Flowers!

Ah, Spring. They call it ‘spring fever’ for a reason; it’s the time of year when everything starts reawakening. It’s hard to contain the excitement! Tulips, daffodils, and other springtime perennials are surely already a staple for your yard. After all, you don’t have to replant them every year, so they’re an easy way to beautify your yard for the season. Whether you go for perennials or choose a new flower arrangement for your yard each spring, you absolutely must make sure all of the rain showers during these months don’t flood your yard and kill your beautiful flowers. Moreover, the sopping grass and mud aren’t exactly pleasant (unless you’re a toddler, then it’s divine).

Branch Out; Pun Intended

Flowers are, indeed, beautiful, but they don’t have a corner on the market for good aesthetics. In fact, the more varieties of plants you have, the more likely you’ll maintain an appealing (and living) yard all year round. Evergreen trees are show-stoppers for winter months, for example. The plants themselves aren’t the only thing that can add interest to your outdoor space, either. Different plants can attract different birds, butterflies, and other small animals that add charm.

Ditch the Chemicals

Those charming, cute birds and pretty butterflies won’t come around if you’re treating your yard with pesticides, but that’s not the only downside to chemical treatments. Warding off pests with chemicals also rids your yard of beneficial insects, which can impact the health of your yard as a whole. Look into natural treatment options, and select some plants that are native, so they’ve already developed some resistance to local fauna. That way you’ll always have some thriving plants, even if the pests are difficult to reign from your roses.

Your outdoor space is a special blend of nature and home. Every season does bring a challenge, but they each also bring their own unique qualities to behold and enjoy.

5 Ideas For A Romantic Getaway With Your Partner

Getting away from it all on a romantic break with a spouse or partner is an excellent way of reminding yourself (and one another) how much you care for them, and it can really do wonders for your relationship, making it stronger and better than every before. It’s not always possible to spend time together at home; the pressures of work and caring for children, for example, can mean that you barely see one another.

Therefore, choosing the right romantic getaway and enjoying it as much as possible is essential. Spend some time working out what is going to be best for you, and then you can book it with confidence and, when the time comes, really have a fantastic time. Here are some ideas to get you started on your research.

A Villa in Spain are an ideal way to have a holiday for two that is private and comfortable, as well as being something a little different. Whether you’re going away for a long weekend, a week, or perhaps even two, if you have a villa you can rest assured that you have your own space and will be totally alone. Plus, since the villas are all going to be self-catering, you can arrange for some amazing and romantic meals for two. Perhaps you’ll try to re-create some of the local cuisine, learning from the people you meet while you’re away. Or you might try something simple yet delicious that you know always goes down well.

Spain is an excellent choice for couples; it’s great for long walks along the beach or dips in the sea, and the scenery is beautiful. Watching the sunset from your villa in Spain will be like nothing you’ve seen before, and will make the entire experience even more incredible.

Go To The Theater

Going to the theater is fun, but it’s not a holiday or romantic getaway with a partner. Combine it with a stay in a hotel, and it could be though! There are areas in many major cities including London, New York, and Sydney amongst dozens of others that are renowned for their theatres, and, close by (sometimes even side by side) to those theaters are hotels.

Make your theatre trip into an overnight stay in an exciting city that you can explore. You can find a great restaurant to eat in, go to the bars and perhaps the clubs, and then see the sights the next day. Not only have you created a holiday out of a weekend, but you will be able to experience all of this fun with your partner.

Go To A Spa

Everyone is so very busy these days that when you do get a chance to have some time off together, you might want to spend it truly relaxing. A real spa with lots of treatments to choose from can give you that feeling of relaxation.

You don’t actually have to do anything at a spa: you can change into a robe and sit in the lounge or by the pool and enjoy some healthy snacks or a light lunch and a drink and relax in this way. Alternatively, you can do as much as possible (although this will all be relaxing

and not strenuous) and sign up for massages, manicures, aromatherapy treatments, skin scrubs, or perhaps some yoga or Pilates. The point is, whatever you choose to do you should do together. Once you get back home, you’ll feel refreshed and invigorated.

A Boutique Hotel In Paris

Paris is perhaps the first destination that you might think of when it comes to a romantic getaway; the capital of France has a certain reputation for being somewhere that the most romantic of people head to to be together for a weekend or so! Paris is definitely a beautiful place, and there is a lot to do there. You might:

* Take a boat trip on the Seine * Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower

* Visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa

* Go to Notre Dame de Paris, the famous cathedral

Once you have seen everything that you want to see, you can pop into the plethora of cocktail bars or restaurants, and experience what Paris has to offer in terms of its world-famous cuisine.

Booking a boutique hotel is an exciting way to stay in Paris. These hotels are completely unique and independent, so you can find something that suits not only your budget but your taste, and enjoy relaxing together in an opulent room, or a themed one, or perhaps something basic but located right in the heart of the city. The wonderful thing about Paris is that you have as much choice as you want and need.

Skiing In Switzerland

It’s not to everyone’s taste to relax on a beach or round a pool, or to be pampered and indulge in some alone time; some couples prefer something a little more adventurous when they have a chance to go somewhere together. In some cases, that might be skiing, and Switzerland is an excellent choice when it comes to finding great resorts. If you’re an expert skier, you can look at different places to ski than if you are a beginner or have never skied before, so having this information in your mind before you start looking is important. That way, you’ll find the ideal place for you both.

If you’re not sure about skiing or you’ve haven’t done it for a little while, booking some lessons with an instructor before you leave home can be a good idea. This way, you’ll get the most out of your time on the slopes for however long you’re away.

Of course, the apres ski experience is just as important as the skiing itself, so you will want to find a resort that offers plenty to do in the evenings. Clubs and bars are a popular choice, and excellent restaurants should always be tried. Then you can retire to your lodge and the wonderful fire that is cracking there to keep you warm, or perhaps a hot tub to relax in.

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Valentine Gifts for HIM: Volt, Scholars & Warriors

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I’m always excited when I get the chance to review products, and when my husband can be a part of the review that’s even better!  When I heard about Volt, I thought their products would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for my hubby.  They sent me an amazing hoodie!  I like neutral colors that go with everything, so the grey color was perfect.  Immediately upon examining the garment, I was impressed with the look and style of it.  The quality is great.  The fabric is very thick, and it is very nicely lined to be both comfortable and warm.

 

But Volt isn’t just any clothing company.  My husband’s hoodie also came with a battery pack.  Yes, that’s right, a battery pack.  It charges just like your cell phone and then hooks in to the hoodie.  With the battery connected, this hoodie warms up just like an electric blanket!  My husband is a DIYer who does a lot of work outdoors, so this is perfect for him!

Our weather turned off cold again last week, so he’s gotten to wear it a few times, and he loves it.

I also received a pair of boxers from Warriors & Scholars.  They specialize in clothing for all men, of all walks of life, from white collar to blue collar.  Whether you are looking for something to where to the office, the gym, or at home with the wife and kids, Warriors & Scholars has something for everyone!

Their boxes come in a variety of fun colors and patterns.  The fabric is very smooth and soft to the touch, and my husband said they fit very comfortably.

Hope you’ll check out these fun Valentine’s Day gift selections for HIM!

A Valentine Gift for Her from Ellie Activewear

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Preparing For Your Future Freedom As The Kids Get Older

For most people, life planning doesn’t go much further than having children. With this goal being one of the most important achievements you can go for, it makes sense that it is where a lot of people stop their planning, but this doesn’t mean that it’s the best route to take. Once the kids leave home, you will find yourself with a huge amount of free time which hasn’t been there for about 20 years. To make the most of this, you’ll need to start planning for it as early as possible, with success coming easiest to those who start to think about what they will do with their time once the little ones grow up.

Your Career

It’s hard to maintain a career when you have children, and most couples will have at least one parent stay home throughout the little one’s childhood, ensuring that they get the best possible upbringing. Once your done being a mom or dad, though, you will probably want to continue where you left off. Options like online DNP FNP programs are a great tool for this, enabling you to boost your education while your kids are still at home, preparing you for a new career.

Something Good

There are few things in life which are quite as satisfying as doing something good for charity. While you won’t make money from this effort, it will give you something worthwhile to do once you have some free time, all while making you feel nice inside. There are countless options when you want to take a path like this, and most charities will be happy to accept people of all shapes and sizes.

Supporting New Parents

Over the years you spend raising your kids, you will learn an awful lot about what it takes to be a good parent. These lessons will come through experience, though, and aren’t often things which can be predicted. This means that other parents will also have the same struggles, benefiting from knowledge which is passed from those who have been through this process, and giving you the chance to share what you’ve spent such a big part of your life dedicated to.

Post-Parenting

Even once they reach their late 20’s, most kids can do with a little bit of help long into their adult life. Finances, laws, and loads of other areas can be very confusing and scary when you first start out. As a parent, you can push your children in the right direction, and this can actually get easier as they grow up. Of course, though, you should only offer you insight when they want it, as it can be frustrating to feel like someone is trying to take control.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of preparing for a future which is filled with free time. Being a parent is always an exciting journey, but the bulk of it will always come to an end at some point.

7 Tips to Creating Your Perfect Winter Wardrobe

Your winter wardrobe should compromise of a combination of your favorite seasonal colors, styles and fabrics, which you can mix and match throughout the season.

To ensure you look effortlessly stylish from December through to March, you’d be smart to invest in seasonal staples that will look great in the rain or snow.

For help perfecting your look, check out these seven tips for creating your perfect winter wardrobe.

1. Invest in a Parka Coat

Top of your list should be the perfect coat, which should effectively protect you from the bitter snap.

One style that will never let you down during winter is the handy parka coat, which will keep you warm and cozy during the chilliest of temperatures.

It’s a staple style that every woman should have hanging in her closet when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

2. A Cashmere Sweater

A cashmere sweater will not only make you feel all warm and cozy, but it is also a flexible garment, as it can be dressed up or down.

For example, it can look great with or without a collared shirt and can complement:

* Skinny jeans

* Midi skirts

* Printed trousers

* Leather pants

* A leather jacket

3. Knee-High Boots

There’s no reason to compromise on style this winter. Unleash your inner fashionista by donning a pair of knee-high boots, which will protect your legs from the elements while adding a touch of style to a winter look.

As a result, you won’t be afraid to brave the snow or sleet when traveling from A to B.

4. A High-Quality Pair of Jeans

It’s time to say goodbye to exposed skin and hello to clothing that will keep you nice and snug throughout winter. Of course, there is no better garment to have hanging in your closet than a pair of plus size jeans, which can complement almost every item of clothing you own, from a thick sweater to a pretty blouse. Jeans can also look great when paired with ankle and knee-high boots.

5. A Knitted Jumper Dress

If you want to show a little leg this winter but stay both warm and protected from the colder temperatures, a knitted jumper dress could be an ideal solution.

Not only can it be worn alone, but the dress can be paired with a pair of thick tights and/ or knee-high boots for added warmth.

You also can choose from a form-fitting design or a relaxed style, depending on your preference.

6. A Blanket Wrap Scarf

Every woman needs a winter-warming scarf to top off her look. One style that’s sure to be your best friend this season is a blanket wrap scarf, which can look both chic and effortless.

There are also endless ways to style this staple seasonal accessory; for example, you could wrap it around multiple times or carelessly place it across your shoulders.

Due to its flexible design, you could potentially reinvent your look every day.

7. A Turtleneck

You cannot class yourself as a true fashion lover until you have purchased a turtleneck.

The flexible garment can look great when paired with a sweater or sleeveless dress, but it can also be worn on its own with jeans and boots for a simple yet fabulous style.

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