While spring is just around the corner, we have already seen quite a bit of spring weather in Birmingham over the past couple of months. With great weather comes the desire to tackle spring cleaning and home improvement projects. So if you've already finished all of your spring cleaning, here are some fairly simple and inexpensive weekend home improvement projects:
1. Update Hardware:
This is one of the easiest things you can do to make a big impact in your home. You can either purchase new hardware to replace the old or you can spray paint your current hardware. Most older homes have gold hardware on cabinets and doors while most newer homes have bronze or nickel colored fixtures.
2. Build a Garden:
A well maintained garden will improve your home's curb appeal and give you something beautiful to look at. It doesn't matter how much space you have, as long as the area receives plenty of sunlight. Find some cool old pieces of wood to box it in and be sure to water it daily.
3. Paint Your Front Door:
You can either remove the door and paint it or leave it in place, it's up to you. Put painter's tape around the hardware, choose an eye-catching color, and paint away! Depending on the color of your home and the color you choose to paint the door, you can give your home an entirely new look in a matter of hours!
4. Install New Faucets:
Once again, this simple task can update your entire kitchen or bathroom. Be sure you find out exactly what type of faucets you currently have so you'll know which sizes you need to buy. Gather all the necessary tools, turn off the water supply, and replace the old with the new. You'll immediately add some shine to your room and give your sink a classier feel.
5. Minor Exterior Repairs:
Take a walk around the outside of your home to inspect the siding, deck, windows, gutters, and what you can see of your roof. Take care of any of the small things you uncover, and make a note of any issues you find that need to be addressed by a professional contractor. If you notice damaged or curling shingles, bare patches on your roof, damaged gutters, or just anything that doesn't look right, schedule a roof inspection with an experienced roofing contractor.
Spring is the time to refresh and revitalize your home after the winter, as well as prepare it for the hot summer months ahead. At Bill White Roofing and Specialty, we want to help you with any roofing needs you may have. Be sure to share any of your completed home improvement projects with us and contact us to schedule a roof inspection.
Why Roofing Should Be Left to the Pros
Now that the weather is starting to cool off, most homeowners in Birmingham are starting to tackle all of those outdoor projects they've been letting pile up over the excruciatingly hot summer. If you're one of those homeowners who loves to take on DIY projects, be sure to continue reading to learn about why roof repairs should be left for a professional roofing contractor.
Keeping your roof in top condition is extremely important in keeping you and your family protected from the elements. Sure, you might think that regular inspections and repairs sound fairly simple, but that's not actually the case. Roofing is a very dangerous job. According to Forbes, roofing is the fourth deadliest job in America. Over 2000 people a year die from falling off of a roof, whether that be an amateur or a professional. Even with the strongest safety precautions, there are still many dangerous situations that can occur up on a roof.
Aside from falling, someone who is not experienced with working on a roof can be injured by twisted ankles, bruises, and back injuries. They can also miss weak, soft spots in the roof decking, step on them, and cause more damage than before. Then there are insects like wasps and bees that build nests, and if you disturb them, you'll more than likely be stung. Weather plays a factor in the dangers of working on a roof. A brief rain shower will transform your roof into a slick, slippery surface and quick wind gusts will make you lose your balance. So no matter how safe you think your roof may be, it's actually a very dangerous place to spend your time.
Quality roofing jobs require skill and precision, and the only way to develop these skills is through lots of practice. At Bill White Roofing and Specialty, we have over 45 years of experience in the roofing industry. When someone uses the wrong tools or techniques to install shingles, severe problems will pop up in the long run. Trust an experienced roofing contractor to get the job done correctly so you don't stress yourself out every time it rains or storms.
Another reason roof repairs should be left to professionals is that not all roofing problems are obvious or easy to spot. Some issues will lead to major damage of the rest of your home if not detected and repaired properly in a timely manner. A good roofing contractor will do a thorough inspection to determine all areas that need to be addressed, and will be able to detect conditions that could lead to future problems.
If you're still considering an attempt at DIY roofing, keep in mind that it's probably not going to be as cost effective as you think. A reputable roofing company buys materials in bulk from the manufacturers, lowering the cost significantly, and the roofing crew works quickly and efficiently to get the job done in a timely manner. Do you really want to spend your time working on a project that is not only dangerous but can cause more damage if not completed correctly?
Give Bill White Roofing and Specialty a call for all of your roofing needs. We always say "Your roof is our roof" and will do the job right, the first time.