Lauren Davis
REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | 508-254-0449 | [email protected]

Posted by Lauren Davis on 2/7/2018

When you're a homeowner, it's tempting to save money any way you can. Oftentimes people take repairs into their own hands when they don't have the knowledge or experience to complete the job safely. What begins as a way to save money can quickly turn into a disaster--as you spend lengthy periods of time on a project and find yourself going over your initial budget. It isn't always easy to know which projects you can attempt yourself and which ones are better left to the pros. And, of course, it will depend on your comfort and skill level when it comes to various household repairs. So, if you're a plumber, disregard our plumbing advice and dive in to your DIY plumbing projects since you have the know-how. But if you're an average homeowner looking to make some renovations and repairs, read on to find out which ones you should attempt and which ones are better left to the pros.

1. Electrical work

So you've got a few faulty outlets in the new home you bought. It doesn't seem worth calling in an electrician just for those few minor issues. However, due to the dangers and complications that can arise from electric work, it's a good idea to hold off and call in the experts. Aside from shocking yourself (which can be deadly), you could also create fire hazards or damage circuitry, resulting in much higher repair costs than you initially had. Another benefit of calling in an electrician, other than having the project done correctly, is that they will be able to diagnose your home circuitry to let you know what other problems might arise in the foreseeable future. So, when it comes to power issues, always call in the pros.

2. Hazardous materials

Many people will tell you not to worry about asbestos or lead paint unless you have children. However, these are both dangerous materials than can create several chronic health problems in adults as well. If you're concerned for the safety of yourself and your family, call in contractors who will remove the lead or asbestos. What can go wrong if you try to do it yourself? Lead chips and dust will fly through the air when attempting to remove lead paint. Breathing in these fumes is dangerous initially and down the road when the dust settles into the corners of your home. Asbestos, especially in blown-in insulation can be particularly dangerous. Aside from ensuring your safety, a contractor will also be able to assess the situation and determine whether your hazardous materials need to be removed or can just be "repaired" or covered up. Simple repair jobs on asbestos or lead-containing objects can save you some serious time and money.

3. Roofing and siding

There's a reason even building contractors bring in third party companies to install roofs and siding. These are both labor-intensive and time-intensive jobs that require specialized skills and tools that only dedicated companies can accomplish correctly. Roofing and siding are both dangerous jobs that carry the risk of falling off of roofs and ladders, as well as injuring your back lifting heavy shingles. The pros have the tools and experience to avoid these injuries. When you hire the professionals to do your roofing or siding, you can rest assured that the job is done correctly and will last much longer than if you made it a DIY project as well.

Posted by Lauren Davis on 12/14/2016

home-slider-full-shake-2Metal Roofing  Who doesn’t love the romantic sound of rain on a tin roof? When you think of metal roofing you likely picture in your mind a bamboo hut in the tropics or a snug log cabin in the woods with a rustic and ridged metal roof. However, advances in technology, design and construction have made massive changes in metal roofing materials and applications. Today, homeowners have the option of installing a metal roof that is much more elegant and durable than metal roofs of just a decade ago. There are now a diverse array of choices in materials and styles available, dependent on the look you wish to achieve. Typically crafted from recycled metals such as stainless steel, bronze, aluminum, and copper, modern metal roofs can be designed to resemble traditional shingles or roof tiles while offering extended durability with a sleek, contemporary twist. Benefits Of Metal Roofing Known for strength and durability, metal roofs come with a 30 to 50-year replacement warranty. The roof outlives the useable life of the structure and can again be recycled. If properly galvanized, metal roofs are rust-resistant and rot-proof. Metal roofs are impervious to any weather, withstanding with ease the hottest and coldest temps. Metal roofs repel hurricane force winds, rain, hail, and insect infestations. Some metal roof manufacturers even guarantee that their roofs dent proof and will stand up to hail, blowing debris, and footprints. Metal roofs are low-maintenance and easy to clean. Metal roofs are waterproof and because of their slick construction and strength can withstand heavy snow loads and ice slides off. Metal roofs are non-combustible, fireproof and no more susceptible to a lightning strike than any other type of roofing material. Metal roofs are energy efficient, reflecting the heat of the sun during the summer, thus saving money on utility expenses. Metal roofs are typically Installed with a gap between exterior surfaces and the roofing structure. When cold winter winds blow, this gap allows ventilation and interior thermal reflectivity to deflect heat back into the home. Drawbacks Of Metal Roofs Metal roofs are not cheap, in fact, they are quite expensive when compared to most other roofing materials. However, the old saying is true, “You get what you pay for.” Metal roofs add substantial value to a home and are a great way to enhance curb appeal and visual interest. If you plan to remain in your home for an extended period, you will more than “get your money’s worth” from a metal roof. Metal roofs are noisy. If you are a light sleeper, you may not appreciate the sweet sound of rain on the roof. When rain is intense, the roof can sound like someone tap dancing on the roof. If the noise is an irritation, insulation can address the issue. Metal roofs are slick, so extra care must be taken when walking on the roof surface. Some metal roofs are texturized to look like wood shingles, which provides a bit of traction. However, inspecting a metal roof, or any roof, is a job best left to the professionals. When it comes to home maintenance issues, always remember safety first.

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