How To Fix Leaking Roof Vents

An unfortunate problem that occurs with roof vents is that they tend to leak. Often this is a result of heavy rainfall or other harsh weather conditions that can wear down these more vulnerable parts of the roof. However if this does occur the leaks can be fixed relatively quickly.

Spotting the leak

The first thing  to do is to find exactly which part of the roof vent is leaking.  Check  for cracked housings on plastic roof vents and broken seams on metal ones. You might be tempted to throw caulk at the problem, but that solution won’t last long. There’s really no fix other than replacing the damaged vents.

Also look out for pulled or missing nails at the base’s bottom edge. If this is the case, replace them with rubber-washered screws. In most cases, you can remove nails under the shingles on both sides of the vent to pull it free. There will be nails across the top of the vent too which you can work those loose without removing shingles.

Placing Security Cameras Around The Home

Many of us make use of security cameras of some sort to keep watch over our homes. Its a good idea to do so, as cameras are a big deterrent against burglars, often stopping a potential break in just by having them placed somewhere where they are seen easily. But cameras can also be placed more strategically, improving their chance of catching burglars, should they manage to get into the home.

It may come as a surprise, but many burglars gain entry int a home through the front door. What usually happens is that a burglar will come up to your home, knock on your door. If someone answers, the would-be-burglar pretends to be someone looking for directions. But if no one answers, they will often simply kick the front door in.

Be sure to place the camera high above the front door so no one can reach it.


Front Doors Offer Pretty Home Design

A lot can be said just by looking at the facade of the house. We may even actually guess what kind of personality the resident has just by looking at the house he is living at. We often guess just by looking at the colour of the house, materials used, size, style, placement of the windows, landscaping and even by their choice of the front entry door.

We may have an idea of what could be expected as soon as we walk through the door just by looking at it. Big, well-designed front entrance doors give us a feel of grandiose. We may think that the house could be spacious, expensive, and elegant and leaves us the impression of importance. While regular shaped front entry doors may give us the impression of a homey feeling, comfort, and freedom.

The key in choosing front entrance doors is by selecting the ones that enhance the architectural structure, and that compliments the style of your house since it will frequently be used and will be very visible to everybody. Continue reading

The Different Types Of Awnings For Garden And Home Use

Awnings come in a variety of different styles. Awnings are classified mainly as either manual or automatic,  but within these categories are the various different awning models.

Certain modern awnings come in a retractable, manual ‘cassette’ style. This means that the awning retracts into a solid enclosure. The enclosure is weather resistant and adds another layer of protection to the retracted awning.

The folding arms can be adjusted parallel and precisely by the arm stops in any angle between 5~70 degree. The awning can be controlled manually and electrically through different driving devices. The structural frames are made of high strength aluminum alloy with stainless steel bolts.

Other awning styles include telescopic motorised versions. These are supported entirely from the wall and don’t need vertical support rods. This makes them easy to use and operate, being controlled simply by a switch located near the awning, and opened and closed with an electric motor.

Selecting The Best Panels

If you are considering setting up a wooden fence around your property, then you need to invest in high-quality fence panels. Bath homeowners take their time in picking out the right variety for their properties. These wooden barricades have a lovely old world charm and bring back memories. Other than the aesthetic appeal and the literary references, wooden panels are a smart investment.

The main reason why fence panels are such a hit with homeowners is that there are a large variety of designs on offer. This makes your property look entirely different, and you can choose an intricate design if you are seeking to be unique. This broad choice allows homeowners to pick out something that falls into their budget as well.

Apart from that, panels are easy to install, and all you need is some time and general knowledge on how to get the job done. This way you don’t have to spend extra on hiring a company to install it. For many homeowners, installing panels is an enjoyable task that can be done over the weekend or on any other holiday. Continue reading

Modern Artwork For The Modern Home

Everyone wants to come home to a space that is appealing on the eyes. A great way to achieve this fast and easily is with modern artwork placed on the walls around the home.

A canvas can be bought  and put on the wall immediately, in any room and with little expense when compared to other forms of home decoration. Its for this reason that modern paintings and artworks are so popular.

However, choosing the right piece of artwork is a task in itself. Some people spend years finding the right painting for a certain spot in their home. If you are looking for some ideas, there are many artists that have collections on home design websites. Names such as Catherine Stephenson and Sue Fenlon are popular choices.

But it all comes down to personal preference. While home design websites are a great way to get some good ideas, for something truly unique you may want to visit an auctioneers website on even a gallery.

Summer Home Maintenance Tips – Checking The Roof

Summer is one of the best times of year to carry out roof maintenance. While it doesn’t sound like the most enticing prospect, it is in summer that we get warmer weather and longer days. This can allow the majority of home improvement projects to be done using this seasonal advantage.

One of the best ways to make the maintenance easier is to carry out regular maintenance throughout the year. Checking the roof, making small repairs and clearing it regularly throughout the year, will make it much easier to maintain during summer.

Which ever time frame you chose, be sure the job is done right. Make sure to get a good view of your roof and notice any signs of wear and damage to shingles, gutters, soffit, fascia, flashing, chimney, vents.

Its also recommended to trim any overgrown trees that are touching or close to your roof to prevent them from damaging shingles or other roofing materials.

Essential Home Maintenance Tools

When working indoors or out, maintaining the home is a task that requires many different tools. Don’t get cut short, make sure you have all the necessary tools, along with these recommendations.


Available in many different shapes and sizes, screwdrivers are used to open electrical panels and pry open floorboards. Also available are smaller, precision screwdrivers, which are used to get to those awkward, hard to reach screws.

Wire Brushes & Wire Wheels

If you live in a particularly rugged environment, you might as well buy a whole bunch of the cheap wire brushes to get through all of that debris, so you can actually get to the work that needs to be done.

This is why wire brushes and wire wheels are so useful. Wire brushes are sold for specific applications, and good brushes feature wires that won’t come off as easy as the cheap ones.

Roller Garage Doors

When it comes to modern conveniences, garage doors rank high up there on the list of home gadgets that we cannot do without. This preference may be traced back to the fact that, throughout the UK, people have shown an increased preference for driving their cars rather than commuting to and from work. In fact, in Great Britain alone, the proportion of households with access to a car increased from fifty-two per cent to seventy-five per cent (52 %-75 %) during an almost forty-year period (1971-2007). Thus, with many households now purchasing vehicles at a rapid rate, the need to protect such investments at home have also become of high concern. This is where garage doors come in.

These come in various materials and basic operating mechanisms. This article introduces one of the most popular types in the UK- roller garage doors. Continue reading

Designing A Sustainable Home

Building or renovating a home can be one of the most challenging experiences out there . But when it comes to designing it in a sustainable way, it really just comes down to common sense.

The results will be with you for years, and perhaps a lifetime, so getting it right from the beginning is crucial.

A great way to design a sustainable home is to allow it to be a sustainable home. In other words, design a home that makes the most of natural heating and cooling methods.

Thermal mass, ventilation, insulation, shading and glazing are among the components of passive design.

Orienting your home correctly also important in temperate and cool climate zones. When a building is able to let the sun in during cold seasons and shut it out when it’s hot.

Good orientation from a passive design perspective involves locating living areas on the north side of the house, with glazing having clear access to sunlight even in mid-winter.

  • Garage Doors

    Garage Doors are an important decision for any home owner. The type of door that you choose will come to define what you use your garage for, and how suitable it is for the task.

  • Garden Decking

    Garden decking can do wonders for improving the look and feel of your garden. Not only do they look great, but they provide you with an optimal seating area, which is ideal for having a sheltered area as well, like with an awning.

  • Fitting Turf to Your Garden

    There are many different garden designs throughout the towns and cities in the UK, and in London you're likely to come across many shaped lawns. Some enthusiastic gardeners are keen to make the lawn a standout feature in its own right, and professional landscapers can easily roll out turf in London so that it complements the additional garden areas, such as the borders, flower beds and patios.

  • Using Real Wood for Exterior Design

    There are clear differences between beautiful real wood garage doors and wood laminate doors. A proper solid oak door feels heavy and secure, while it is unique, with its own colour, texture and individual set of imperfections and knots.

  • Outdoor Design Touches for Commercial Properties

    Outdoor design for commercial properties can be just as, if not more, important than interior design. This is because first impressions are crucial in terms of attracting new customers, and low-cost exterior design touches can make a big difference in influencing customer behaviour. A shop canopy is not only practical and durable, it can also be pleasing on the eye, and whether you opt for a folding arm or drop arm canopy, you’ll get plenty of choice in terms of colours. Many branded, decorative awnings can improve the look of a shop, whilst providing outstanding protection for living and recreation areas.

  • The Different Colour Options for Tile Trim

    When deciding upon which type of trim you’re going to have for your tiles, colour is definitely the most important factor. Black tile trim can be used to provide greater contrast in a style of design, or white trim could be used as a more understated alternative.

  • Buying Bulbs in Bulk

    If you’ve got a big garden project coming up, a great cost saving measure is to find iris flower bulbs for sale in bulk straight from the suppliers. As these are the same companies that sell to garden centres, you usually get your bulbs more cheaply by purchasing them direct.