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We live in an area where the weather can limit our outdoor gatherings. Homeowners plan their such gatherings around the possibility of inclement weather. Life in Wisconsin is most certainly not immune to that, but we want to find ways to optimize the time we can spend gathering outdoors. In a time where we need to find more time outside, it is important to look at ways to improve our outdoor living space.
A well-furnished, attractive outdoor living area is key to taking advantage of outdoor spaces. It also helps you make the most of your property. A functional backyard space increases your home value, which is an advantage if you decide to sell your house in the future.
Below are some home additions and improvements that will help you enrich your outdoor living space.
Many homeowners shy away from installing a deck onto their home’s exterior, thinking that it has high maintenance requirements. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Decks come in various finishes, colors, and materials. These options guarantee that you’ll find a design that suits your style, budget, and preferred level of maintenance.
PVC decking is a popular option among homeowners. The planks are resistant to rot, extremely durable, and come in a wide array of colors and designs. You can choose PVC decking planks with a wood-like finish if you want a natural wood deck without the hassle of maintenance.
The good thing about decks is they’re easy to install. Putting in a deck is the perfect weekend DIY project for anyone with passable carpentry skills. You can also opt for professional deck installation if you’re not confident with your DIY skills.
A patio cover is important if you want to spend more time in your outdoor area, whether you’re planning to hold gatherings in your backyard or hang out by yourself. The shade protects you if it’s too sunny or windy, keeping you and your guests comfortable.
You also need a patio enclosure if you’re planning to put couches, tables, and rugs to furnish your outdoor living space. The harsh rays of the sun can beat down on your outdoor furniture and cause fading. The cover will shade your furniture and your deck from the sun, preventing discoloration.
Adding paver pathways is a simple, affordable way to enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor space. They also allow your guests to move around your yard more comfortably without trampling your grass.
Plus, your yard looks more organized when you add pavers. You can use the pathways to create a focal point in your landscape or accentuate certain features in your garden.
Add lighting to your walkways to set the mood for your evening get-togethers. These pathway lights also ensure your guests’ safety as they walk around your yard in the dark. You can add accent lighting throughout your landscape to highlight the details and features you want.
Doors are vital in achieving a seamless indoor-outdoor living setup. A set of French doors on your patio expands your indoor living space to the outdoors. For instance, you can have French doors installed in your dining room so that it opens to an alfresco dining space.
Even if you have them closed, French doors have a light, breezy look that allows plenty of natural light to stream into your house. They make your indoor area look wider and more comfortable.
You’ll also want French doors for convenience. If you want an outdoor dining area, you’ll need a quick route to and from your kitchen. Going through the back door can be inconvenient when you’re carrying food and plates. French doors give you easy access in and out of your house.
Installing a firepit allows homeowners an outdoor space to be used all year round. By adding a fire pit, you have an enjoyable place to gather no matter if it is warm or cold outside. Creating this centerpiece to your outdoor space will bring cozy and inviting moments to your backyard, no matter the time of year. This hardscape is a popular feature that helps outdoor socializing happen comfortably. A fire pit will bring years of enjoyment.
These five home additions are just a few ideas that can enrich your outdoor space. If you’re unsure how to maximize your property, consult a home improvement contractor. They’ll give you advice on which additions will best complement your exterior design and achieve the kind of outdoor lifestyle you want.
When you need help repairing, remodeling, or replacing your home exterior, All Exteriors is here to guide you. With 20 years of experience in home remodeling and improvement, we can create a plan that satisfies your requirements, timeline, and budget.
We serve homeowners in Wisconsin and Minnesota, putting your home improvement ideas into reality.
Get in touch with us today for a free estimate.
If you have a second-story or elevated deck with enough headroom when you stand directly beneath it, you can maximize the space and turn it into a usable area where you can rest, relax, have fun, or do something productive.
An under-deck living space might seem like a no-brainer, but the truth is that many homeowners skip on the opportunity. Wood decks do not have solid flooring and cannot provide reliable cover underneath when it rains, turning the ground beneath it muddy during the rainy season. Installing outdoor concrete flooring helps, but the area will remain unusable as long as the ceiling continues to leak with runoffs from the deck above.
The solution? An under-deck ceiling and drainage system.
An under-deck drainage system is a straightforward construction. Its purpose is to collect runoffs from the above-deck and lead the water into a gutter system. This could be the home improvement project that will transform your backyard from being an underutilized space to your new favorite hangout.
Here are some pointers on how to install under-deck roofing in your home.
Corrugated aluminum, PVC, fiberglass panels, and plastic sheets that can be draped over slats to form troughs are some of the most commonly used materials for under-deck roofing.
The entire length of the ceiling must be seamless to avoid leaks, so material- and design-compatible fasteners are absolutely necessary. Ideally, under-deck ceilings formed with multiple panels must have an interlocking system that ensures water doesn’t leak between the panels. In cases where the panels must be nailed to the structural beams, the nails must be coated completely with epoxy polyurethane to ensure that the ceiling is entirely waterproof.
The basic method of installing under-deck roofs is to attach structural beams (also called purlins) a little lower beneath the deck joists. The ceiling panels are then nailed or fastened perpendicularly to the beams, the latter holding the former in place.
On one end of the panels are downspouts that open directly into a gutter system. It crucial, therefore, that the panels are pitched a couple of inches lower towards the gutters so that rainwater will flow naturally towards the gutter. The structural beams must be positioned with this in mind, too.
Under-deck roofs are ideally pitched away from the house. This is to keep the water away from the foundation. Pitching the roofing away from the house is especially a must if the exterior walls are made of wood. The exception is if your house is made of brick and you have high-quality gutters attached to catch the runoff from the under-deck ceiling.
To round off the project, coat the ceiling with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a color that matches the exteriors of your home, otherwise the new addition will look out of place.
White is a popular choice because it can help brighten up the deeply-shadowed area beneath the deck. The white paint on the aluminum or PVC membrane also creates a refractive surface for both artificial and natural light, illuminating the space at daytime and nighttime.
No matter how tiny the area is below your deck, you can turn it into a comfortable lounging area where you can sit with a cup of coffee in the mornings or evenings, or a workshop space where you can do hobbies like woodworking, painting, drawing, gardening, or playing a musical instrument. It’s just a matter of preparing the space for your use. Since an under-deck roof is affordable and doesn’t take long to install, it’s a good project to start with.
Rain gutters play an important role in protecting your home’s exterior from water damage. If you have a basement, gutters are especially beneficial, as they can prevent ground erosion that can lead to flooding. By the same principle, gutters can keep water away from your foundation, preserving it and saving you from expensive repairs.
However, over time gutters may get cluttered or become damaged. To keep your home safe, it’s essential that you have them repaired or replaced as soon as you notice signs of degradation.
All Exteriors LLC helps homeowners in New Richmond by offering seamless gutter installation and other services. With 20 years of experience, we’re the ideal choice for your remodeling or repair job. How can you tell if it’s time to contact us? Here are six signs your gutters need to go.
If you’re noticing pools of water along the side of your house, there’s probably something wrong with your gutters. Pooling indicates a leak; if it’s been around for a while, you may also notice mold or mildew.
These two issues are especially troublesome, as they can cause health problems for residents and structural damage to your home. A few common signs of mold and mildew are bubbling on interior walls or ceiling, a musty odor and discoloration.
If you have wooden siding, leaking gutters may cause rot. As an organic material, wood is susceptible to moisture and can quickly degrade with exposure. Depending on where the leak is, you may also notice rot along with wooden door jams or windowsills.
Rot is a serious issue, as it eats away at your house’s first line of defense against exterior threats. Softened siding can let moisture, dirt, and even wild animals into your walls where they’ll wreak havoc.
When gutters clog, they can become structurally unsound from the weight and built-up pressure. This often results in sagging or pulling away from the roof. This is a significant sign that you need to upgrade, potentially to K-guard gutters that prevent leaves, sticks and other debris from entering the system. If your current system is often clogging, that means it’s too narrow to manage the flow of water and
debris effectively. If you try to repair instead of replacing, you may find yourself facing the same problem again.
If you suspect a leak but don’t see puddles along the side of your house, there may be more subtle signs of the damage: peeling. The repeated presence of water makes paint peel and bubble over time. Since these issues start small, you may not notice them at first. Make sure to look under overhangs and where the system meets the house.
Many older systems have seams where gutter segments connect. These weak spots are susceptible to separating with the repeated pressure of water and debris. While it’s possible to repair this issue, there’s no way to eliminate it without upgrading to seamless gutters.
Visible cracks are a bad sign since they indicate leaks. If you notice a crack anywhere along the system, make sure you thoroughly examine the rest, as there may be smaller cracks you don’t see at first glance.
While repairable, cracks are a sign that your gutters are getting old. Sun, rain and fluctuating temperatures eventually take their toll, and it’s up to you as the homeowner to recognize when your system is done for.
Is it time to install new gutters? Then reach out to All Exteriors LLC. Our experts can get you set up with an effective, durable system in no time. To learn more about our services or to get a quote, give us a call at (715) 781-1696 or contact us online.
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Are you thinking of constructing a fence on your property? A fence can be a significant investment, so it’s essential that you choose the right type for your needs.
At All Exteriors LLC, we’ve helped homeowners choose and install their ideal fences for over 20 years, and one thing we’ve learned is that purpose is key. A fence’s purpose plays a considerable role in the material and style you have to choose from.
To ensure you cover all your bases, make a list of all the things you need your new wall to do. Not sure where to start? Here are five factors to consider when it comes to fencing installation.
Many people install walls to keep out animals or potential criminals. If this is your primary reason, you’ll need a strong wall material. Hardwood and durable metals are great options, but you want to stay away from glass. Make sure your gate is also tamper-proof; as the entrance, it’s a weak point that can defeat the purpose of an imposing wall if the lock, gate or frame can be easily broken.
A security fence should be tall to discourage climbing. You’ll also want to avoid horizontal supports, space between slats, or anything else that can be used as handholds for ease of climbing.
If you have pets that enjoy the outdoors, fences are a great way to keep them safe and on your property. However, there are a few things you should consider:
Dogs that are prone to tunneling can be thwarted by hardscaping or installing several inches of fence underground. You can combat jumping by building a wall taller than your pets’ maximum jump height. Finally, larger dogs generally require taller fencing, as they have greater physical capabilities.
On the other hand, maybe your escape isn’t the problem — it’s the barking. Many dogs have the natural instinct to protect their territory, which means they bark at anything and anyone who comes close, even if there’s no actual danger. A solid fence may solve this problem, as your dogs won’t be able to see the street and sidewalk beyond.
Individuals who live in more rural areas know that critters love to ransack gardens — and they’re incredibly resourceful when it comes to getting around obstacles. Deer are some of the worst offenders, as they can clear nearly eight feet with ease.
The solution is to either go wide or tall. If you pair an average-height fence with hedges or another shrubbery, a deer won’t be able to clear the entire distance. You can also opt for added height, solid material or netting to keep out hungry trespassers.
If you live in a densely populated area, a privacy fence can be a true asset. Compared to walls meant for security, you have a few more options when it comes to style and material:
With a privacy fence in place, you can feel comfortable using your yard without worrying about nosy neighbors.
Many municipalities compel homeowners to fence in pools for safety reasons. Before you start the installation, you should find out the legal requirements:
Whether you need fencing repair or are looking to add a wall to your property, All Exteriors LLC is here to help. Our experts can help you sift through the many options to find the perfect material and style. For more information or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (715) 781-1696 or contact us online.
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How often do you think about your roof? If you’re like most homeowners, you may not pay much attention until something goes wrong. However, your roof’s condition affects the rest of your house; if outside elements are getting into your home, you could be in for expensive repairs. The good news is that if you catch issues early, you can save yourself a headache. Here are seven signs you need new roof installation services.
When you need roof repair, your house isn’t as insulated as it should be. That means outside air is getting in and influencing your home’s temperature. As a result, your HVAC system has to work extra hard to keep you comfortable. If you see higher energy costs and your AC is working fine, your roof may be to blame.
Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the weather; over time, they take a beating. When you inspect your shingles, look for the following:
If a few shingles are missing here and there, you may be able to get away with reshingling. However, cracking and curling are signs of extreme wear. To avoid future leaks, you’ll need to hire a roofing service for a new installation.
If you live in a wet climate, you need to keep an eye out for signs of decay:
Rot undermines a roof’s structure, making it a safety hazard. Mold can be a health concern, as it releases spores that may lead to respiratory issues if inhaled. Moss and algae thrive with dampness and actually store moisture, which can lead to rot and mold. If you catch these signs of decay early, you may be able to replace just the impacted area.
A leak is one of the most obvious signs your roof needs to be replaced. If you notice leaking, get an inspection right away to determine the extent of the damage. Some leaks are the product of slow erosion over time, with moisture causing all kinds of destruction along the way. On the other hand, some leaks are limited in scope and caused by a single event, like violent wind or hail, which can be easily patched.
If you see discoloration on your wall or ceiling, there’s moisture where it shouldn’t be. You’ll need to investigate the source immediately, as stains usually mean water has been getting into your house over a long period of time. Your roof’s structure may even be compromised, which puts your safety at risk. Fixing a collapsed roof is a lot more stress than a simple replacement.
Peeling or blistering paint is a sure sign of dampness and must be investigated as quickly as possible. Like stains, this usually indicates the long-term presence of moisture. While blistering paint may be more noticeable indoors, make sure you also inspect your house’s exterior, as this warning sign can manifest there as well.
Unfortunately, roofs don’t last forever. After 25 years, your roof has endured a lot and needs a complete overhaul. While you can extend its life with repairs and regular maintenance, there comes a point when it’s cheaper to get a new installation than it is to pay for repairs constantly. Not to mention that you’ll probably get tired of the disruption caused by intermittent construction.
Is your roof on its last legs? All Exteriors LLC provides repair and installation services for communities in New Richmond. To get an estimate or to learn more about our services, give us a call at (715) 781-1696 or contact us online.
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Are you taking advantage of your backyard? Outdoor areas present a unique opportunity to create versatile spaces; the same quiet corner where you indulge in a good book can accommodate guests and lively conversation.
Most importantly, your backyard can reflect your personality and fulfill your specific needs. The right landscaping can transform your property from boring to truly luxurious. Here at All Exteriors LLC in New Richmond, we believe everyone should enjoy a yard designed for all occasions. Not sure which elements suit your style? Take a look at these five landscape design ideas to spark your creativity.
If your dream landscaping includes winding, draping vines, you should consider a vine-covered pergola. This innovative design takes advantage of vertical space that often goes unused. The result is lush shade reminiscent of hanging gardens.
When creating this fixture, it’s essential that you give careful thought to the type of pergola you want, as the vine arrangement depends on the pergola structure. If you don’t mind an open-roof option, you can have vines hanging directly over a seating space, creating a dappled effect.
When the weather’s nice, why limit your cooking to the kitchen? With a custom deck, you can have everything you need to create a delicious dinner right in your backyard.
A sturdy wood or concrete deck should support a grill, allowing you to serve piping-hot burgers and hot dogs to family or guests. You can even have a small cooler or mini-fridge nearby to keep drinks icy cold.
Decks are also ideal for dining, as you can easily place furniture without fear of uneven terrain. With accessible outdoor cooking, you may be tempted to spend every weekend in your backyard.
One of the best investments you can make in your patio is to get a cover. Not only does a cover provide shade to loungers, but it also protects your furniture from the elements. It can be a pain to dry out cushions after every storm; a cover can prevent them from getting soaked in the first place. You can also save fabrics from fading due to sun exposure.
There are many different designs to choose from, including:
Many backyard landscaping ideas are based on the assumption that you plan to host parties or regularly have guests. But what if you just want a quiet space for relaxation?
You can use pergolas to divide yard space and create a private patio area. Vines and shrubbery can act as dividers without making space feel cut-off from the rest of the yard. To visually reinforce the separation, you can have a patio installed as well.
There’s more than one way to make use of vertical space. If you have a smaller backyard, you can make the most of it with a raised, tiered deck.
The tiers allow you to clearly define different areas without erecting walls or interfering with the design flow. For example, you can have a dining area on the lower tier and lounge furniture on the higher.
Raised decks are especially great for yards with a view. If you have mountains, forests or other gorgeous landscapes within sight, you can get an even better vantage point with a little height.
Contact All Exteriors LLC Today! Your backyard has so much to offer and the experts at All Exteriors LLC can help you take full advantage of it. Whether you’re interested in adding a pergola or building a sunroom, we’re happy to assist. For more information on our services, give us a call at 715-781-1696 or contact us online.
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