Home Improvements that Increase Value

Roof Repairs

If your home has an older shingle roof and is probably twenty to thirty years old, then most likely shingles might need to be replaced. This is definitely one of the home improvements that increase value.replacing-old-shingles

Checking Roof

Most shingle roofs should be looked at if you see shingles curling up or lifting. A new roof might not be a do it yourself thing, and can be expensive so is something to look into before deciding to renew.cracked-shingles


Having done quite a few roofs through out time, I have seen changes in the way they are installed. One important area today is the underlay. Most roofs have felt paper put down first, overlapping by about three inches as you progress up the roof. A newer innovation is the eves protector, a self sticking membrane that goes on at bottom edge of roof to protect against ice and water backup. This material like the felt paper is three feet in width.membrane-for-roof


Today we apply three rows of this membrane up the roof overtop of the felt paper. Then it is also applied in the valleys and last over the ridges and peaks. Since the membrane is thirty six inches wide we apply it at that width leaving eighteen inches on each side of the center of the roof valleys, then with the metal flashing applied over this. The reason being is that this is one area of many roofs where there is a back up of ice and water due to poor insulation or venting.roof-valley

Membrane Problems

|One problem we have encountered is when the membrane is glued directly to the plywood decking along bottom of roof. When its time to renew shingles the bottom rows are embedded into the membrane and extremely difficult to remove. Personally I would recommend putting down felt paper first with membrane over  it. If there are any other ideas out there on this subject would appreciate the information.membrane-problems

A Few Suggestions

Another suggestion is try to avoid hot days for putting on shingles, as your shoes will mark the shingles-roofs can get very warm. Hard on the shingles and the person putting them on. For anyone attempting this by themselves always work safely, one wrong slip and you could have a real bad day, and if your not comfortable with heights  hire someone that’s qualified and knows what there doing.new-shingles

Job Done

When your new roof is finished it should last for the life of the shingles, that could be twenty to thirty years depending on quality of shingles. It is not something you wont to do every ten or fifteen years so it pays to buy quality shingles. Also gives you peace of mind knowing there wont be any water leakage entering your home, and also keeps the value up over the years.

Roof work is done, if you have any questions about how to fix your roof, leave me a comment,

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Improving Home Value-How To Renew An Old Floor


Adding a new look to your floors is another way to improve home value for an older new-shine-for-valuehome. Wood floors seem to be one of the more trendy things today, from hardwood to pine or what ever type.

Preparing Old Floor

Having just finished sanding a pine floor that had been painted with a green paint, I can honestly say it consumes a large amount of time. I found the easiest way to remove the paint was scraping by hand first. The floor was twenty five feet by seventeen feet and having found a couple pennies dated nineteen forty one and forty two below the  plywood and old linoleum that covered it, the paint below this was not easy to remove.


The sanding part went well and took very little time to do. As the floor was installed in eighteen seventy or before, a few nicks and cracks seem to just add more character to it.

What Finish To Put On Floor

Having looked over quite a few different products to paint it with. I finally settled on a Minwax Oil Modified Polyurethane. I picked the clear gloss, as I prefer a shine, satin would floor-finishing-for-home-valueleave a duller finish. One thing I found great about this product is that it take two hours to dry, and can be lightly sanded then recoated.The  manufacture recommends three coats, but I did four and it turned out looking great. Also has very little odor and the brushes clean up with water.

A Few Repairs

It was necessary to replace a couple holes on the floor about two feet by three feet with newer pine boards. I have used newer pine boards before in this situation , so through experience I know the newer pine will come to match the older in time.

Something New

Having sanded many floors in the past using drum sanders, edgers, and hand sanders, I decided to try something different. As I do drywall sanding at times and have the disk sander for this, a nine inch model, decided to give it a try. Its not as fast as the drum sanders, but if you take the time it works quite well on the pine floor. A little sanding by hand after and a good vacuum of the dust, then your floor is ready to coat.

If anyone has any new ideas on doing floors, or restoring them drop me a note, always great to get new ideas.



Dont Empty Your Wallet Improving Your Home

There is many ways to keep your house looking good,A Home Well Cared For and to improving home value.  The  one  that’s probably the cheapest  is to just  keep  it  decluttered, everything in its place. Having worked in many homes I have seen it all and am also guilty of a little clutter myself.

Applying A Little Paint

Another way is a new paint job, which does wonders for the look. Its best to patch any holes or screws that have popped out in the drywall. One product I found that works great is Durabond 90, which also seals cracks in ceilings and walls. Once the Durabond is dry you can smooth it out with joint filler, then sand when dry and your ready for paint. I always recommend a primer and two top coats to give a better finish.New Paint


One place used the most is your kitchen, so keeping it up to standards could be new paint also. Changing handles and knobs on the cabinets can improve things. If your appliances stove, fridge, are looking well used, and on a tight budget try a little paint. Also recessed lights in the ceiling seem to be a new trend for kitchens.


In the bathroom try a new shower curtain for a cleaner look, and also a paint job will make a big difference. Any leaky taps are easily fixed with new rubber seals, or new parts. If your ever installing new tiles on the floor I would recommend a floor warming system controlled by a thermostat. These are easy to install before the tiles go down, and sure make the room comfy. New caulking around tub or shower also helps for a better look.

The Outdoors

Keeping the lawns mowed and flowers growing around the place gives a clean look. I always try every few years to apply some paint where ever needed on the outside of house. Planting some trees around the place, whatever kind you fancy, try checking your local nursery, or seek advice from landscapers in your area.

If you have any questions about a project, drop me a note.

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