Tips on Troubleshooting and Repairing Roof Leaks

Even though you should have a professional contractor inspect your roof once or twice a year, you should also keep a close eye on it all year round. By watching for signs of leaks, you can schedule repairs before your roof’s condition worsens. 

This guide will help you find the source of leaks before your home suffers water damage as a result.

Conduct a Leak Test

An easy way to find a leak before a heavy storm is to use a garden hose to pour water onto your roof. Start at the lowest point and work your way up to the peak. As you spray water, you should have a second person inside to watch for any leaks to appear.  Continue reading “Tips on Troubleshooting and Repairing Roof Leaks”

Practical Home Remodeling Ideas

Whether you’re looking to create a unique space of your own or increase the value of your home, you’re probably looking for practical home remodeling ideas. The good news is that there are tons of ideas to choose from that can transform your home to help you get the most out of your space. 

Under the Staircase 

If your home has a staircase, you’re in luck. In most homes, this is a large space that remains unused!  Continue reading “Practical Home Remodeling Ideas”

Do I Need a Permit For My Renovation?

Figuring out what kind of permit you need for your renovation can be a daunting task for some homeowners, especially with multiple rules to understand and so much red tape. How can you know whether your renovation will require a permit or not? Well, it all depends on the kind of renovation you’ll be doing. 

General Projects That Require Permits

Your city and county will likely have specific rules about required permits, but you can follow some general guidelines. If your renovation deals with any of the following, you will most likely need a permit: Continue reading “Do I Need a Permit For My Renovation?”

What Is a Punch List?

A punch list is a document that is often created to list key milestones in construction, especially right before the project is finished. A punch list can also go by many other names, such as the deficiency list, snag list, or punch-out list. 

This list is usually made by the owner, contractor, architect, or any other stakeholder during the final tour and visual inspection of the property. 

The punch list spells out work that has not been completed correctly, or does not conform to the contract specifications. It typically includes repairs, alterations, and unaddressed items that need to be finished before the final payment will be released. Continue reading “What Is a Punch List?”

How to Choose a New Home Design That Fits Your Needs

If buying your first house is a significant achievement, constructing your first home is a monumental task. If you’re planning to hire a contractor to build the home you’ve always wanted, a house to raise your family, or a relaxing and cozy retirement cottage, you’ll want to ensure that you have the best information possible from the professionals in order to make your vision come true!

Here are some tips about how to pick a design that suits your needs so that you can enjoy your new home for many years to come: Continue reading “How to Choose a New Home Design That Fits Your Needs”

4 Small Things You Should Not Forget to Include in Your New Home

Building a new home is exciting. But, before you dive into your wishlist, take a moment to double-check the small, yet important things we’ve listed below. Once you have these items checked off the list, you’ll be ready to dream big!

1. Outlets

When you’re dreaming of waterfall countertops and mosaic backsplashes, the last thing you want to do is stop and discuss outlet placement. But, when you are actually living in the space, you’ll be happy you placed these features in a thoughtful way!

In general, you will want outlets by the master bed, in closets, next to vanities, and even in the garage. Continue reading “4 Small Things You Should Not Forget to Include in Your New Home”

The Best Renovations to Do in the Fall

As the summer heat dissipates and cooler weather prevails in the fall, you have a great opportunity to get some important things done around the house before the cold winter weather arrives. 

While there might be dozens of projects on your list, some may be better to do now than others. 

Autumn Home Improvement Projects

There are certain home renovations that are best to do in the fall to better prepare your house for the winter ahead. Here are some of the most time-sensitive repairs and improvements that you might want to pursue this autumn: Continue reading “The Best Renovations to Do in the Fall”

How to Navigate Your Insurance Policy and Responsibilities After a Disaster Occurs

Chaos often strikes unexpectedly. In the aftermath of a disaster, it can be challenging to ascertain what needs to be done and how to prioritize, especially if you weren’t prepared

 One of the first things you’ll need to address is your insurance policy to determine what damage is covered and your responsibilities. While this may not sound too difficult, it’s an entirely different matter when you factor in the added elements of stress and grief in the wake of devastation. 

 To make this process a little smoother, here are some of the key things you’ll want to focus on as you navigate your policy:

Evaluate the Damage

Before you look at your policy, it’s helpful to evaluate the type and extent of the damage you’re looking for. You don’t have to be an expert on these matters, but any details you can provide your insurance company will help the process move a little smoother. For example, what did your area experience? A hurricane? What category? Walk around the property and take notes and pictures first to get an idea of what you’re dealing with in advance. Continue reading “How to Navigate Your Insurance Policy and Responsibilities After a Disaster Occurs”

How Do The Different Hurricane Categories Affect Roofs?

Hurricane Categories Affect RoofsIf you live in Panama City, hurricane preparation is simply a part of life. Part of this preparation includes knowing what to expect with regard to roof damage. Many of our customers wonder, “How much will each hurricane category affect my roof?” In this guide, we’ll explore the answer.

What Are Hurricane Categories?

There are five categories of hurricanes. These are divided according to the rate of sustained winds: 

  • Category 1:  74-95 MPH winds
  • Category 2:  96-110 MPH winds
  • Category 3:  111-129 MPH winds
  • Category 4:  130-156 MPH winds
  • Category 5:  157+ MPH winds

Anything over Category 2 is considered to be an extreme weather event. While any of these can affect your roof, each category may cause distinctive effects. Continue reading “How Do The Different Hurricane Categories Affect Roofs?”

How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonHurricane season can be a terrifying time for anyone. When the sky darkens and the winds pick up, however, you’ll breathe easier when you know that you’ve done everything you can to prepare your home against hurricane damage. 

In this post, we’ll go over some of the ways that you can make sure that your home is protected in time for the hurricane season.

Use the Right Roofing Material

Hurricanes can produce winds up to and exceeding 130 mph, which means that your roof needs to be as secure as possible. With the wrong material, your home can open up like a can, exposing your home’s interior to the storm. Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season”