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Maintaining Your Attic and Roof

Home maintenance is the definition of a chore. You may not necessarily get to complete any desired renovations and there are usually steep costs associated with maintenance. However, if you can be disciplined enough to stay ahead of the game, then you can at least avoid many of the costs associated with unexpected issues around the house.

One of the most forgotten spaces in a home is the attic. Especially in homes built before the 90’s, many people have become accustomed to using the attic as a storage spot, particularly if the current owners moved in when the attic was still unfinished. We’re not saying that storage is unimportant, but throwing all your old dusty items and forgetting about them can almost be like forgetting an entire room of your house. Maybe you will go up to get something on occasions like Christmas, but how often do you think “Hmm, I should really poke around the attic to check the condition of the surrounding structure.” Probably not very often, at least if you’re anything like me. So here are some tips that can help you begin searching for ways to make sure you are keeping up with everything you need to reduce maintenance costs.

Monitor Humidity and Temperature

Try monitoring the humidity of your attic if you aren’t overly sure how it fluctuates throughout a year. This is a great way to ease into things. You can poke around the attic a bit and find some good spots to set up the monitor, but aside from that, there really isn’t much work involved! AcuRite is one of the top brands for home humidity and temperature monitors, the only downside here is that a lot of their equipment is meant to be viewed in real time, which isn’t overly conducive to easy checking of conditions in the attic. That said, you can also find humidity loggers, which are slightly different from monitors. Loggers keep an archive of all the humidity and temperature data, and while some may not display the real time data, you can view an entire plot of humidity and temperature over time simply by plugging it into the USB port of your computer.

So why does this matter? First, an overly hot and humid environment can encourage the growth of mould, which can subsequently harm your health and reduce the integrity of your roof. Second, even if you are happy with the condition of your attic when you go check it out, any changes to the humidity and temperature can stress the structures, particularly if they are wood, via minimal but constant expansion and contraction. Therefore, if you find that the humidity and temperature are constantly changing, this may be an indicator that you need to check in a little more frequently for any progressing deterioration, leaks, or other damage.

Collect Small but Durable Tools

Attics are usually pretty confined spaces, which makes working on the ceiling a little tough, especially if you are limited for tools. The main things is to have proper lighting, which could simply be in the form of a bright LED flashlight or headlamp. Durable pens that can perform well enough to be seen quite obviously on wood are a must. Other small pocket tools like multi-tools, knives, tape measurers, a small level, and a hammer can all go a long way. For more information on some really handy small tools, especially lighting solutions, pens, and pocket knives, check out Tac X Tactical.

Check Both Load Bearing Areas and Flatter Sections of the Ceiling

Minimizing any sort of progressive deterioration of load-bearing structures in your home is obviously important. In this case, when you’re up in the attic, don’t just focus on the roof, but also inspect any load-bearing beams and supports for any sort of water or termite damage. This includes corners, walls, and the joints of any interfaces. Afterwards, try a quick check on the roof itself to ensure you have no developing leaks. If any area appears to be sagging or warped, inspect it closely to try and find the full extent of the problem. However, unless you’re a professional, don’t begin fixing anything yourself without consultation from a roofing and/or home improvement expert, especially if it involves load bearing structures or materials that are outdated or you are simply unfamiliar with.

Conclusion

Really, at the end of the day, the main thing is that you simply don’t forget about the attic as an area of your home that will require maintenance. Inspecting the overall condition from time to time could help you get a jump on what could have otherwise been a really inconvenient and expensive fix. It will also allow you to learn more about the insulation and energy efficiency of your home, so you never what may come of it!…

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The Importance of Yard Signage for Attracting New Clients For Our Business

Prior to the huge success of the yard signage, we’ve heard of several arguments whether this type of print advertising truly works. Some marketing experts contended that yard signs are merely waste of resources, while there have also be huge political and commercial campaigns that attribute their success primarily by creating yard signage. While we believe that there are certain products, locations, and even target audience that are behind the success of failure of a business promotion campaign, it is remains too premature to fully dismiss the ability of this type of signage in attracting new customers.

With this, instead of simply focusing on the pros and cons of a yard signage especially for new businesses, we decided to simply focus on why it could work for you. There are some innate characteristics of yard signage that simply make them effective, despite the evolution of several marketing materials these days.

Yard Signage Have A Local Flavor
When it comes to introducing a new business, it’s always easier to start with the ones within the vicinity of the location. Yard sign is a neighborhood thing, something that looks and feel familiar among the community. This means that it becomes a lot easier to attract new clients and customers by giving them something familiar and more approachable. Yard signs do not even care about the entire branding, yet. It’s just all about getting noticed.

 

Recognition from Repetition
Having established that this type of signage material appeals to a local audience, also assures that there is a higher chance for name recall since through time, the same people will most likely be seeing the yard signage. Smaller target, but better possibility of acquisition could serve a start-up business well.

A Sense of Ownership
Ever notice how so many yards are filled with political posters during election time? It’s simply the residential owner taking pride on the candidate they are supporting, and hoping to also convince other people, neighbors in particular to show the same support. This sense of ownership that has been deeply rooted in yard signs could have a similar psychological effect on your business, as well. People will easily feel that you are one with them. Yard signs look less commercial, it sends a less abrasive sales message unlike other materials.

 

Flexible and Cheap
The key is to not overcrowd the yards with too many signs. Simply create signage designs that will be posted on a strategic time or occasion. Fortunately, it’s relatively cheaper for you to change and recreate yard signs depending on the message that you want to convey at a certain point in time. Yard signs are not meant to carry the brand, after all. It’s main purpose is to simply call out new clients, to solicit action, and to spark interest.

Despite the many debates about the relevance of yard signage up to this day, we can simply look at how it has thrived through the years. It is still widely used among communities, villages, and various campaigns. This means that this type of marketing signage couldn’t be so bad for your new business, as well. Check out with the nearest signage shop near you to start creating yard signage that truly delivers.…

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How Mould Can Effect Your Roof

roof-in-need-of-maintenance

Most people won’t bother cleaning their roofs. Its too much work and there’s just more important things to spend their time on. Well, guess what? Before the rain washes away the garbage on your rooftop, moulds will infest it first and if you don’t get mould inspection, you will have a structurally compromised roofing. That’s the reason why Green Demo insists on cleaning your rooftop. While you might think its too much work, the benefits are endless. If you don’t have time and energy to do it, you can always pay somebody to do the cleaning for you. But whatever you do, have your roof cleaned regularly.

Top Reasons for Getting Rid of Roof Mould

Aside from the aesthetic reason, there are other reasons why you should get rid of roof moulds. The ones listed here are urgent issues and they all need to be addressed immediately.

  1. Mould is destructive—As long as moulds have stored moisture from the garbage on your roof, it will continue eating away the shingles which will eventually lead to costly repairs. This is the very reason why you need to clean your rooftop regularly. You can’t allow the moulds to have a sanctuary to thrive on.
  2. Mould is toxic—As you already know, mould is toxic and it is hazardous to your health. A lot of the common illnesses like cough is caused by moulds. In order to protect your family, you have to clean your house regularly including your roof. This will prevent mould infestations.
  3. Mould is ugly—If you have seen a house that has been infested with moulds, you would know what I mean. Mould is just plain ugly and if you will not prevent it from taking over your home, it will be overrun in no time. They create dark spots and cause you roof to absorb more heat from the sun. Don’t be surprized if your indoor temperature increases and your energy bill too.

When it comes to caring for your roof and ensuring that they last longer, roof mould should be the first on your elimination list. You have to remove the things that allows them to thrive and that includes all the garbage that are gathered on your roof over time. Also, if you have an old roof, consider having it replaced. Although its a huge investment, the health benefit is worth it especially if it is already infested with moulds.…

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Can Termites Damage a Roof?

Roof can also be susceptible from termite damage, just like any wooden structures in our home. Subterranean and drywood termites are known to pose threat to your roof as they can infest ceiling areas including fireplaces and bathroom where excessive moisture can be found trapped underneath the insulation.

The Two Termites

We’ll discuss about drywood and subterranean termites in detail here. Basically, these termites will eat everything with cellulose, from cardboard boxes to wooden shingles, as long as it has wood, it’s susceptible to termite damage.

Drywood Termites

Typically found inside wood, they will establish colonies inside ceiling rafters, roof beams, eaves and other wooden structures associated with your roof. So no matter if your roof is made of diamond, the supporting structure can still be infested, ultimately affecting it. They can even establish colonies under wood shingles.

Subterranean Termites

This type of termite builds their colony in the soil, but they can also build their colony in any area as long as they have access to wood. Usually, a damp area is the optimal place for subterranean termites to build a colony, but it’s not really a requirement.

They don’t need to build a colony inside your home, what they really need is a way to it, that’s why they can be usually seen building mud tubes, which they use as a passage way from their colony to any wooden structure. Worker termites usually build mud tubes inside wall cracks and chimneys.

termites in roof

Formosan subterranean termites build multiple colonies aside from the main ground colony. They construct colonies above the ground. Their colonies are larger compared to other subterranean termites and they are also more destructive.

What to Do Next?

If you’re not sure what to do, you’d be better off with professional termite control in order to assess damage and exterminate them. But termites can remain undetected for a long time and can only be spotted once a considerable amount of damage is done. To find them, you need to actively seek. If you want to know if there’s termite in your roof, you check for the following:

  • Loose roof tiles or shingles – even if you don’t have wooden shingles, your subroofing will almost always contain wood so make sure to check it out.
  • Watery-like damage – if your ceiling appears to have watery-like damage, then chances are that you have roof problems or termites have started infesting the area. In addition to that, check any buckling or sagging areas, too.
  • Frass – they look like mounds of tiny wood pellets but is actually termite feces. Can usually found in your attic or underneath your rafters. If you found one of these, there’s a very high possibility of termite colony in or around your house.
  • Presence of swarmers – these winged termites, are called swarmers. Once you’ve found them at points of entry to your home such as doors and windows, no matter if they are living or dead, then there’s a possible termite infestation within your home. And another note: they’re the ones who are scouting for new possible areas to infest, so watch out for them.

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