The Benefits of a Second-Story Deck

second story deckA deck for the patio is always a welcome option. However, have you considered a deck for the second floor? Aside from a more charming home, the benefits of a second-story deck are aplenty. This is a major renovation that will immediately pay itself off.

Why a Second-Story Deck Is Beneficial

The most obvious benefit of a second-story deck is the additional living space. You acquire more in-home roaming space without taking up extra space in the floor below. Plus, don’t you think it’s just plain cool to have a barbecue on a balcony deck overlooking the neighborhood? This would be an exceptional setting for a social gathering.

Also, should you ever sell the home, a second-story deck is one amazing selling point. Assuming the deck meets building codes, the structure should also raise the property’s value. Continue Reading →

Have You Considered a Curved Deck Design?

curved deckThe patio is the area for outdoor living. Adding a deck really adds to the vibe of an exterior living space. Conventional decks come in a boxy shape with pronounced corners. This is absolutely fine for most homeowners. However, a curved deck design is also available, and might be more appealing to some Snohomish residents.

The Prevalence of Curved Decks

In decades past, curved decks were a rarity; installation also came at an extra cost. Nowadays, though, they’re a lot more commonplace, thanks to the use of PVC and composite panels. Manufacturers can bend and shape these panels much more efficiently than with traditional pressure-treated wood.

Manufacturers heat PVC and composite panels, making them soft and bendable like noodles. This makes all sorts of forms possible, from oval to S-shaped decks. Continue Reading →

Winter Roofing Problems to Watch Out For

winter roofing problemsThe Snohomish area isn’t the coldest region in the U.S. Temperatures, though, do become frigid enough to cause unwanted roof issues. We’ll identify common winter roofing problems and the causes behind them.

Causes of the Most Common Winter Roofing Problems

1. Powerful Winds

Older shingles can rip away from the pressure of strong winds. Loose asphalt shingles can partially or completely peel away. If you see peeling or missing shingles the day after strong winds, then you need to phone a roofer.

2. Condensation

Condensation forms when air comes into contact with a cold icy surface. If the attic below isn’t sufficiently insulated, the environment can become a breeding ground for mold. Adequate roofing ventilation is especially Continue Reading →

Should You Invest in a New Fence or a Deck?

fence or deckWith 2018 comes a new start, and home renovations may be a part of the resolutions. A new fence or deck would certainly be nice additions. However, your budget may only allow for one or the other. In this case, should you choose a fence or a deck?

The Pros of a Fence

A fence certainly adds curb appeal that is easily visible for those looking from the outside in. A fence is also functional in that it provides a clear boundary. For pet owners, the structure keeps your pets from straying. The same goes if you have young children. If you want privacy from nosy neighbors or onlookers, you can install a full privacy fence.

You also have no shortage of options. This includes the timeless and good ol’ white picket fence. The traditional picket fence doesn’t even have to be white. You may also gravitate towards wrought iron or even a chain link fence. You can always decorate the latter to make it look less industrial. Continue Reading →

Can Christmas Decorations Damage Roofs?

Christmas decorations damage roofsSome homeowners really want to outdo their neighbors and make their home the star attraction during December. Surely, you have seen home holiday decorations that just make you say “holy moly.” However, we must warn that some Christmas decorations damage roofs. We’ll identify these decorations, so you know what to steer clear of.

Christmas Decorations That Damage Roofs

1. Chimney Decorations

One popular decoration is a pair of Santa legs sticking out of the chimney. Sure, this is a cute look, but it’s a safety hazard. Anything directly above the chimney can catch fire if it makes contact with a stray ember. Continue Reading →

4 Suggestions for Fall Fence Decorations

fall fence decorationsWhen the leaves turn gold and red, the season of beloved year-end holidays can’t be far behind. So this is the perfect time of year for fall fence decorations. Décor elements can pertain to fall without specific attention to Halloween or Thanksgiving. This way, the decorations can remain at least until winter arrives.

Fence Decorations for Fall

1. Bird Boxes

Birdhouses aren’t just for your feathered neighbors. They also give the surroundings a nice visual pop. You can make your own using fall foliage colors, or construct one from a ready-made kit. Since birdhouses are made from wood, they match perfectly with the traditional picket fence. You may also elect to hang birdhouses from a roof overhang. Continue Reading →

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden on a Deck

vegetable garden on a deckYour wooden deck can encompass more than just patio furniture and a grill. More Snohomish homeowners are using the area as a makeshift garden space. Locating a vegetable garden on a deck is a great way to grow your own organic produce, while adding some greenery to your outdoor living space.

Why a Vegetable Garden on a Deck?

Locating a vegetable garden on a deck means you’ll need a raised bed or container. This is actually quite beneficial. For starters, soil in a container or pot warms more quickly in the spring than ground soil. This allows growers to plant vegetables, such as tomatoes or peppers, earlier in the season.

In addition, you can move potted plants around more easily. Relocating them in and out of the shade helps prevent sunburn. Finally, folks with limited mobility can more easily manage a garden on a raised bed or elevated container. Continue Reading →

Fortify Your Home with Stone-Coated Metal Roofing

stone-coated metal roofingRoofing styles evolve over the years. Stone-coated metal roofing is one style that is garnering a lot of hype in the home improvement industry. We’ll discuss this increasingly popular roofing trend and why it’s a favorite among home and business owners.

What Is Stone-Coated Metal Roofing?

Stone-coated metal is constructed from reinforced steel and highly resistant to physical impact and weather-induced corrosion. As suggested in its name, the surface is coated with stone chips and sealed with an acrylic resin film. Stone-coated metal can also come in the form of tiles and shingles. This makes them suitable for various architectural styles, from contemporary to the cottage look.

Why Should You Consider Stone-Coated Metal Roofing?

Durability: This roofing type has a lifecycle of 50 years, with most warranties lasting 30 years or more.

Energy efficiency: Metal roofing is traditionally known for its insulation properties. With this investment, you can slash your energy bill by as much as 50%. Continue Reading →

Does Your Roof Have T-Lock Shingles?

T-lock shinglesYou may notice that some residential roofs have shingles that resemble interlocking or jigsaw puzzle pieces. These are known as T-lock shingles. If you have these type of shingles, then our expert advice is to replace them if you can afford to do so. This is especially the case if you plan to sell your home one day.

What Are T-Lock Shingles?

T-Lock shingles were a mainstay from the 1930s up until the 1980s. Installers used these for homes located in wind-prone cities. The shingles contained high concentrations of asphalt. This increased the shingles’ weight, making them more resistant to heavy winds. Continue Reading →

Deck Design Tips for Summer Fun

additional décor to complement the seasonYour patio and deck make an excellent venue for a social gathering. With summer in full swing, consider adding additional décor to complement the season of fun in the sun. If you really want to wow your guests, spruce up your outdoor living space with affordable accessories and simple modifications. Follow these summer deck design tips for an elaborate yet inexpensive makeover.

Deck Décor

Classic Bistro Lights – A strand or two of Edison bulb string lights can be hung above the patio’s entry way or above the table. The lights provide a gorgeous dim glow especially as the sun sets. They’re also easily removable, which makes them a great temporary fixture. Continue Reading →