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 →

Watch Out for Boring Insects in the Summer

boring insectsMany homeowners report an increase in indoor and outdoor pests starting in late spring and early summer. Two critters you should be on the lookout for are carpenter bees and carpenter ants. This is especially the case if you own a wooden deck or fence. Boring insects appear during this time of year and can cause structural damage.

Why Boring Insects Are a Problem

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees aren’t too dangerous; the males don’t have stingers and females only attack if touched. The bees will bore into just about any wooden structure and bore about an inch into the wood every week. The damage is mainly aesthetic, but if left alone, successive generations can settle in the same area and bore even deeper into the hole, undermining the wood’s strength. In addition, the bees tend to cause fecal staining just below the hole, creating a major eyesore.

Carpenter bees also draw woodpeckers. While this is a lovely bird to observe, they will peck at your wood to get to the bees for a nice midday snack. Continue Reading →

What Does Your Fence Say About Your Personality?

fence personalityA property fence reveals a lot about your personal taste and style. Unbeknownst to most homeowners, it also reveals much about their general demeanor. How does your fence correlate to your personality? The fence sitting on your yard or the one you’re contemplating installing may shed some light regarding whether you have an A-type or B-type personality.

Picket Fence

The traditional picket fence, also known as the classic charmer, is an old-time staple in home renovations. Picket fences especially go great with a wooden deck if you want to place a lot of emphasis on outdoor living. This common fence type says that you’re outgoing and friendly. This is especially the case if the fence is accompanied by custom latticework. People of this category may also be more inclined to go with high-end décor, such as sculpted posts or a sculptured gate.

Privacy Fence

A high, full privacy fence says that you are, well, a private person. This also means you lean towards an introverted personality and prefer to keep to yourself. In no way does this mean you’re unfriendly or anything of that nature. It just means you prefer peace and solitude.

Tall Fence

A fence that is tall but with little in the way of vertical posting (e.g. wrought iron fence and some types of semi-private fences) says that you are extroverted and enjoy encountering your neighbor. You’re the type that the entire neighborhood block recognizes by face and name. You can’t help but wave when catching your neighbor mowing the lawn or retrieving the mail.

We’ll Erect a Fence that Fits Your Personality

Call Allied Construction to erect a new fence or refinish an existing one. Our gallery showcases some of our past projects for Snohomish residents. A new fence says a lot about your personality type and general taste for home renovation.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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Is Metal Roof Noise Really Loud?

Metal Roof NoiseMany homeowners are aware of the durability and longevity of metal roofs. However, a common concern is that the metal makes a loud racket especially during heavy rain. Supposedly, all that pinging and clanking can lead to sleepless nights, or drown out the television. Is there any truth to this? Is metal roofing noise really louder than other roofing types?

How Loud Is a Metal Roof?

Rain, hail, branches, acorns, and other material falling on metal does create an audible noise. However, it does not lead to a hair-pulling level of volume that some people believe. Metal roofs are no louder than traditional shingle roofing.

It’s true that thin metal sheets are known for causing a loud reverberation when struck by an object. Modern metal roofing, though, makes up so much more than just the panels. The insulation also doubles as a sound barrier. New metal shingles are also made using a deep-textured fold design, which dulls out the pinging noise metal is known for. The airspace between the roof and attic also helps mask a lot of the noise pollution from outside.

A study by The Acoustic Group at the University of Lulea, Sweden, revealed that the noise emitted from rainfall to metal was only six decibels louder than rainfall to shingle. Humans can only register noise differential of eight decibels or more. Continue Reading →

5 Pathways to a Damaged Deck

damaged deck

Beware, homeowners! You could have a damaged deck without even realizing it. Simple item placement, or actions done around the deck can actually damage the surface. We’ll identify five points that could cause unsightly scratches or staining on a wood or composite deck.

1. Rusty Furniture

Simply leaving patio furniture out is enough to produce a damaged deck. How so? Furniture with metal or cast iron legs can rust. Rust residue can end up on the deck floor and leave behind a stain. This can be easily avoided by placing felt pads on the furniture feet. You can remove existing rust stains with sandpaper on a wooden deck and toilet bowl cleaner on a composite deck.

2. Leaves

Don’t let leaves and other organic debris pile up on the deck. Leaves can also cause stains. Even worse, too many leaves can prevent the moisture on the deck from evaporating, thus inviting mold growth. Continue Reading →

How to Prevent Your Dog from Escaping the Fence

dog escaping the fenceA property fence is especially great for households with pets. This allows you to let your furry family member out of the house while keeping it confined to the property. However, canines can be quite clever escape artists. Luckily, we know of a few fortification measures to prevent your dog from escaping the fence.

1. Minimize Footholds

Footholds are any portions of a fence that your dog may use as a step so it can climb over. In a chain link fence, for example, the woven patterns create the perfect foothold. In a traditional wooden fence, horizontal rails become makeshift footing for crafty canines.

2. Minimize Large Fence Décor

Fences look less like a barrier when they have décor like potted plants, shrubs, stone decorations, etc. However, these may also serve as launch pads for a dog. Keep all décor elements low on the ground and limit them to flowers and ground-covering plants.

3. Minimize the Space Beneath

Larger dogs may scale a fence, whereas smaller and teacup breeds may escape by squeezing under. Spaces underneath the fence panel may increase over time due to shifting soil. Minimize the space and prevent your dog from digging an escape hole by hardscaping the floor beneath the fence. You can also set a few unused deck panels in this spot to dig-proof the area. Continue Reading →

How to Prevent Oil Canning in Your Metal Roofing

oil canningSome metal roof panels may bulge or produce a ripple or wavy-like appearance. The bulge doesn’t compromise the integrity of the material, but it has a very unsightly appearance. All metal panels, including aluminum, zinc, and copper panels are vulnerable to this. This is known as oil canning, and it creates a very unflattering look. Can this be prevented?

What Causes Oil Canning?

Oil canning occurs due to inconsistencies during the manufacturing process. In production facilities, machines use rollers to flatten metal roofing panels into sheets. The rollers may have gaps, resulting in uneven distribution of pressure when the panels are pressed.

Aside from improper manufacturing, oil canning may also be caused by other factors, such as thermal expansion, improper storage, incorrect installation, or shifting of the beams and other support structures. Continue Reading →

3 Home Improvement Resolutions for 2017

Home improvement resolutionsThe countdown to 2017 is past. As always, with a new year come new resolutions. Hopefully that resolutions list of yours includes home renovations. Renewal and remodeling improves your home both on functional and aesthetic levels. Here are three home improvement resolutions to begin 2017 on a positive note.

1. The Roof

Did you experience any issues with the roof in 2016? Perhaps there was a leak, or you noticed a lack of insulation. Maybe you noticed a few shingles looked a bit worn and partially torn. It may be the case that you simply want a new roof for purely aesthetic reasons.

The New Year is the time to address any roof problems and/or improve its function with an addition such as a skylight, a water barrier, or a solar powered-attic fan.

2. The Fence

Spending more time outdoors is a common resolution. You can do that without leaving your home, all while maintaining solitude with a privacy fence. You can also choose to fortify an existing fence. Perhaps you have a cedar fence ravaged by age, weather, and insects. Now is the time to have the panels restored or replaced. You may also feel it’s time for a new color for the panels. Continue Reading →