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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Should You Replace Your Roof? 5 Signs

May 29, 2015 12:57 am

Most homeowners don’t think about their roofs until leaky ceilings and puddles form inside their home. Why think about your roof if there isn’t a problem?

According to Metal Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bill Hippard, "Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or replacing your roof until you have a problem, you may find that the contractor has a waiting list, and your problem will get worse before it can be addressed."

To avoid costly delays and repairs, look for these signs:

1. Missing shingles.
High winds can remove shingles from your roof, creating an invitation for leaks. You can use binoculars to inspect your roof without a ladder.

2. Shingles that are obviously cracked or peeling.
Even if the shingles aren't missing, if they're curling or torn, they're on their way to failing.

3. Stains or water marks on your ceiling can indicate a leaking roof even if you don't see a puddle. It's important to find the source of the leak and make repairs before the problem grows.

4. Discolored shingles can be a sign of mold or algae growth on your roof, particularly in warm, wet climates. The elements are hard on a roof, causing it to deteriorate and fail.

5. Age.
If you have a typical asphalt shingle roof, and it's more than 10-15 years-old, chances are, you're going to need to replace it in the near future.

Source: MetalRoofing.com

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Hot Trends in Outdoor Spaces–and Which Ones to Retire

May 29, 2015 12:57 am

Want to punch up your patio this year? Set your sights higher with a vertical garden, light the night with a hurricane candle, add a splash of lime on seat cushions or table linens, and you’ll be right on trend with the most popular outdoor picks named by a recent Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast. Here’s how to incorporate them:

Vertical Gardens – Vertical or wall gardens offer a sophisticated home for succulents, herbs and other low-maintenance plants, and will be one of this season's biggest outdoor patio trends. Look for a rise in vertical gardens in condo and apartment decks, where outdoor floor space can be especially tight.

Hurricane Candles
- Hurricane candles are this season's most popular outdoor lighting solution, and will be equally as prevalent among budget and luxury spaces. When grouped together on tables or lined up along the patio floor, hurricane candles are romantic and create ambiance that can be enjoyed on any budget.

Lime Green Accents - Expect to see this fresh hue manifest in a variety of materials and textures, from throw pillows and vases to outdoor umbrellas. A highly versatile statement color, lime green offers the perfect complement to outdoor greenery, and pairs exceptionally well with other citrus tones, like tangerine and sunshine yellow.

Whenever new trends arrive, others must go. Here are the trends you should retire based on Zillow Digs’ assessment:

Tuscan Colors – "Khakis or yellow-based neutrals are out, as well as anything muddy or Tuscan-inspired," says Zillow Digs designer Marc Thee of Marc-Michaels Interiors. While these muted hues can bring warmth in moderation, they feel heavy and faux in outdoor spaces, which contrasts this season's fresh, streamlined aesthetic.

Shabby Chic Furniture – Intricate, shabby chic patio sets will fade away as this season is all about simplicity and clean lines. Detailed wrought iron patio sets will be replaced with sleek outdoor sofas and loveseats adorned with pillows and throws in this summer's hottest citrus colors.

Excessive Patterns – "People grow tired of busy patterns, so keep them to a minimum," says Thee. Instead, add interest and texture with natural greenery and pops of citrus colors. Look for more solid color choices on pillows and throw blankets this summer.

Source: Zillow

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