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© 2008 by Kelly Smith all rights reserved
Looking for Roofing Contractors?
Is it time for a new roof before the heavy snow and ice starts to accumulating? Well, I'm not
in that boat here on the South Texas Coast. Humidity doesn't put that much weight on the home.
But the roofing contractors are busy here nevertheless. Hurricane Ike has given them a lot
of business. The neighborhoods are peppered with blue FEMA plastic tarps.
Use Caution Selecting a Roof Contractor
It's a funny country we live in. Barak Obama is allowed to seal his birth certificate, which proves
him to be a U.S. citizen, but you can't afford to be so fast and loose with a home remodeling
Other than just checking credentials, you can take it one step further and see what other homeowners
in your community have to say about the quality of the job the roofer did. Were they prompt? Did
they finish on schedule? Did they clean up? Did they respond quickly on any follow-up issues?
So how can you do that? You could stand at the bus stop or the entry to the grocery store and ask
passers-by, but there's a better way. Angies List - Ratings, reviews and sometimes revenge. See what
local homeowners say about the service companies they hire.
Want a Metal Roof?
(steel or aluminum) are getting more market share all the time. They are superior to
composition shingle roofs in every area except price. Expect to pay two to three times more. But, if
you intend to stay in your home, it's the way to go.
Other Things to Prepare Your Home for Winter
As with any other seasonal change, it's important to take some basic maintenance steps. Here's a
Rain Gutters. Clean 'em out! Hopefully, all the leaves have fallen so you'll
only have to do this delightful chore once.
Check Your Driveway for Cracks. The problem with driveway cracks is that they
are susceptible to the expansions and contractions that freezing and thawing bring. This
will only make the inevitable repair worse. So do it now.
Sharpen Your Tree-Pruning Tools. For most trees, especially fruit trees, the dead
of the winter is the best time to do major pruning. Makes sense; the sap is down and next
year's fruit hasn't set.
Enjoy the Holidays
Yes, tonight is spooky Halloween, but WalMart already has Christmas stuff on display. Everyone is
getting their appetites primed for the Thanksgiving feast.
It's no secret that there won't be as much Christmas cash for most folks. So remember the reason
we celebrate, to enjoy the company of family and friends, look back on the past year, and gaze
optimistically at the future.