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  1. 1. Gfs10Making Home Improvements? Use These Basic Steps.If youve got a spare weekend and want to do something to improve your home, take a few secondsto read the advice that follows. While not everyone can do it themselves, even those who are hiring aprofessional, will benefit from understanding a few of basics of home improvement.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.When it comes to home improvement, be sure to consider the best option for exterior lighting. This isimportant mainly for energy consumption, as motion detectors will ensure that light is provided in thespecific areas only when absolutely needed. Otherwise, leaving a light on overnight will add up overthe course of a year.You can install your metal roofing right over top of old asphalt tiles. This will save you time and moneybecause you will not have costs involved in the removal. But if there are more than two layers theywill have to be removed first.You can install your metal roofing right over top of old asphalt tiles. This will save you time and moneybecause you will not have costs involved in the removal. But if there are more than two layers theywill have to be removed first.Roll roof your floor for a practically indestructible finish! Buy roll roofing without the adhesive strip.Glue it in place either in long strips as it comes off the roll or cut up into irregular geometric shapes.Coat thickly with paint and use a brush to work the paint evenly into the surface.Metal roofing can be made of many different types of metals. Some of the choices you have whendeciding are steel, zinc, copper, stainless steel, and alumninum. All of these have their pros and consand you should look into each one of them to make an informed decision.When you are maintaining the exterior of your home during the fall season, make sure to check yourgutters for leaf clogs or have someone come and clean them for you. This way you will not have roofdamage or unforeseen leaks occurring during the winter and save yourself the stress associated witha problem that could have been prevented.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,
  2. 2. and gutters for any signs they need replacing.It is wise to trim any branches that are overhanging your roof. In a storm they may break off, fall andspear your roof. In a snowstorm they will dump their load of snow, which may accumulate as ice.Also, falling leaves from these branches may accumulate and cause dampness on the roof, and clogthe gutters.ChimneysLess glamorous projects can be some of the most overlooked. For example, many people ignore theimportance of maintaining their gutters, chimneys and downspouts. It is vital to look at these areasand repair them if necessary. If your chimney is not cleaned, it can catch fire and debris can clog yourgutters and downspouts, which could cause water damage if they are not maintained.Downspouts, gutters and chimneys often do not get the attention they deserve in an annualmaintenance schedule. It is essential that you look at all of the different parts of the house to ensurethey do not need an upgrade or repair. Maintenance such as chimney sweeping, gutter cleaning andchecking downspouts will prevent costly damage from leaks or water damage that you may not noticeuntil it is too late.Even if you have only a hundred dollars at your disposal, there are many affordable and accessiblehome-improvement projects that can have a great impact on the appearance of your house. Keep theadvice from this article in mind as you begin to plan out your next home and garden project.roofing repair sudbury ma