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  1. 1. Gfs10Tired? Get Energized With Home Improvement TipsWhen you make improvements to your home you are not only creating beautiful upgrades to yourhomes environment, but you are also increasing its overall when and if you decide to sell in thefuture. If you will follow these tips, you can make valuable and cost-efficient enhancements to yourhome.During summertime, go outside and pick some wildflowers. Place the wildflowers between the pagesof an old and unwanted phonebook. Pile about 50 to 60 pounds of books on top of the phonebook topress the flowers dry. After about a week or two of pressing, adhere your flowers to a piece ofcardstock and hang them in your room. They create a great focal point as well as a nature friendlyapproach to home decorating.If your refrigerator is over ten years old, it may be time to look at getting an upgrade. The refrigeratorwill use the most electricity out of all the appliances in your home. New ENERGY STAR refrigerators,however, are much more energy efficient, and will save you money. Furthermore, they run quieter.One type of roof vent you can use with metal roofing would be one made of ABS plastic. Theynormally come in the same color of the metal you will be using. They are easy to install with metalscrews and stand up well when you are considering the elements.Suppose you are planning to replace your roof and are considering using either shingles or metalroofing. Which is best? You need to take into account the pitch of the roof. Either material will work ona steep pitch, but for a low pitch roof you should use metal roofing. Shingles will always leak.Replacing a roof can be one of a homeowners biggest expenses. Get estimates from at least threeroofing companies and be sure to check their references. There are many options for new roofingmaterial, including lightweight tile and metal roofs, in addition to the more traditional wood shake andcomposite shingles. A good roofing contractor will help you decide.GuttersGuttersIf you have a leaky roof, some of the first places you should look for the culprit would be skylights,around the chimney, wall step flashings, and low spots. The next place to look would be the gutters!Damaged gutters are often the cause of a leaky roof because the water will run directly down theexterior of the house.Use an old, dirty paint roller to clean the gutters on your house. The old paint roller that you havedeemed unusable will quickly and easily clean your dirty gutters. Attach the roller to an extended
  2. 2. handle. Then simply remove debris and leaves by sliding it along the gutter.Remember when doing a massive home renovation that the inside is not the only area that needsattention. Sure the inside of the home is a big factor in a major home improvement plan, butneglecting the outside will lead to expensive repairs down the road. Look at the roof, siding, paint,and gutters for any signs they need replacing.ChimneysLess glamorous projects can be some of the most overlooked. For example, many people ignore theimportance of maintaining their gutters, chimneys and downspouts. These systems are vital to thesafety of your home; you have to inspect them regularly and fix problems immediately. If yourchimney is not cleaned regularly it may catch fire, and downspouts and gutters may becomeobstructed with debris, this can result in water damage when not addressed.Home improvement can be enjoyable and satisfying. If you take your time and apply some of thesuggestions above, you will have fun while at the same time you will be adding value to your property.Its a win-win situation!roofer needham ma