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Painting Your Garage Floor

Garage floors are not pretty. The solid concrete look of the floors creates a dingy atmosphere that makes the garage a place to stay away from. Additionally, your floors can get stained by fluids from your car, lawn mower, and other messes. How can you remedy these issues? That is where painting your garage floors comes into play.

An unpainted garage floor collects a lot of dust and dirt. A painted floor helps repel dirt and dust and, should it accumulate, cleaning is much easier. The painted floor creates a smooth surface that makes cleaning very easy.

Different types of paint have different functions. You can purchase paint that actually repels fluids from your car. Should oil or other fluids drip on the garage floor, they will simply sit on top of the paint. This means all you have to do is wipe up the mess and there is no staining.

Lastly, paints can brighten up your garage. Normal concrete absorbs large amounts of light, making your garage feel like a basement. Painting your floor will reflect light. Not only will this brighten the space, but it means you do not have to spend money on electricity to create a more pleasant atmosphere in your garage.

Pressure Washing Your Home

Pressure washing your home can be a very effective tool for home maintenance. One example is when you are painting your home. Your home should be clean before adding a fresh coat of paint, and pressure washing can remove dirt and debris. Additionally, pressure washing your home can simply make your home look better by removing dirt, pollen, and other debris. While this is a vital tool, how should it be utilized?

While owning a pressure washer can be very effective around your home, you should not use them on your home. It can be easy for homeowners to use too much pressure and damage siding, eat at and erode brick mortar, strip paint off your home, and even cause water damage.

When used correctly, pressure washers can clean up your home. Not only does this help with painting, but it can add curb appeal and remove mold and mildew. The key is that it is used correctly so you avoid damaging your home. Even if you own your own pressure washer, leave this job up to the professionals. It may seem simple, but it can result in serious damage and is not worth doing on your own.

Painting Your Home Before Selling

Fixing up your home before selling is always a good idea. Whether it be patching up nail holes in your walls, replacing or repairing your roof, or replacing your gutters, fixing up your home can increase curb appeal and add value. Another home improvement project you can do before selling is paint your home. While this seems like a good idea, does it actually add value to your home?

A shoddy-looking home is unappealing to buyers. If your roof is damaged, your gutters are chipped, or your paint is peeling, you will probably have a difficult time selling your home. Most buyers are not interested in buying a home with a lot of issues. Adding a new coat of paint to the exterior of your home gives your home a fresh look that will instantly add curb appeal. If a fresh coat of paint helps you sell your home quicker, it is worth it.

Additionally, adding a new coat of paint can actually increase your home’s value. A recent study found that a new coat of paint can increase the value of your home by 2-5%! We certainly recommend painting your home before putting it on the market.

Popcorn Ceilings

Let’s face it – popcorn ceilings are extremely outdated. Unfortunately, so many homes still have popcorn ceilings inside. In fact, if your house is more than 15 years old, there is a good chance you have popcorn ceilings. Removing popcorn ceilings can be difficult, but it is worth it to update the look of your home.

Make sure to cover everything in your rooms. Cover up furniture, cover the floor with plastic, cover vents, cover outlets, and frame your ceiling using painting tape.

To actually remove the popcorn ceiling, fill a sprayer with water and a couple tablespoons of dish soap. Spray and heavily coat a section of the ceiling, but be careful not to saturate the drywall. Let this sit for ten to fifteen minutes so it can loosen up. Next, take a tool with a blade (such as a floor scraper) and scrape the ceiling carefully, being careful not to damage the drywall. Lastly, take a putty knife to get in the corners of the ceiling and to remove any residue that remains.

Should you damage any of the drywall when removing the popcorn ceiling, you will need to repair it. Replace the damaged drywall, sand it all down, and prime and paint the ceiling.

Ideas for Backyard Privacy

Backyard areas are great places to relax and hang out with your family. They are especially useful during the spring and summer, where you can lounge in the warm air, cook on the grill, or toss a football around. However, in the suburbs, you may feel like you have a lack of privacy. Most fences are not tall enough to block the neighbors from seeing into your backyard. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to get your privacy back.

One way to increase privacy in your backyard is by planting trees. As the trees grow, they will block any line of sight a neighbor may have on your backyard. You can plant these in your yard or back along the fence.

You can produce a similar effect by planting shrubs or hedges. Most shrubs and hedges will stay green year-round, so you will have a solid screen of privacy throughout the winter.

Vertical gardens work well to provide privacy as well. These gardens grow upwards on grids and, as they grow, will essentially act as a wall. An added bonus of vertical gardens is they can produce vegetables and herbs while providing privacy.

If you have any further questions regarding home improvement ideas, you can contact us at 918-558-ROOF.

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