Choosing The Perfect Fence

When you first buy a home, you might care more about your furniture or your home's facade than you do about your front fence. However, there aren't many home components that play as important of a role as that yard enclosure. In addition to protecting your kids and pets, fences can also dress up your property and make the area look polished. Unfortunately, if you don't know a lot about fences, it might be difficult to choose one when you have the chance. My blog is designed to walk you through your fence options, so that you aren't left wondering how to improve your curb appeal.

Protect Your Roof From Moisture: Installing A Felt Paper Barrier

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One of the most common moisture barriers used under an asphalt or metal roof is felt paper, which is also sometimes called tar paper. It's essential that you have this moisture barrier, because any moisture building up under the roofing material can lead to mold, mildew and even structural issues with the sub-roofing. Any time you install a new roof, you'll want to be sure that you have this protective barrier in place. Here's a look at what you should know to install a felt paper layer on your roof today.

Necessary Supplies

One of the most important things to consider when you're installing felt paper is that you'll need to have a helper. While it isn't impossible to do it on your own, it's much easier with two people, because one person can hold the felt paper in place while the other secures it. There are several other things you'll also need.

  • Two adjustable ladders
  • Roofing staples
  • Felt paper
  • Staple gun

Attaching the Paper

Pick a corner of the house to start your work on. Place one ladder at that corner, then place the second one a few feet down that same wall. Make sure that each ladder is well anchored on the ground so that it's stable.

Unroll the felt paper so that you can line the edge of it up with your roof's edge. Then, unroll the paper toward your partner. Your partner can then hold the roll in place while you're making sure that the edge is lined up correctly, both on the horizontal and vertical edges of the roof. You'll also want to be sure that it overlaps the drip edge.

Secure the felt paper with a staple gun, placing staples every four to six inches along the exposed strip. Then, you can shift your ladders down along the wall so that you can continue the unrolling and application process.

Work your way down the entire length of the roof, then use a utility knife to cut the paper when you reach the opposite edge of the roof. Move the paper up so that it's just overlapping the original strip by a couple of inches and work your way back down toward the other end of the roof where you started from. Repeat the process until the entire roof is covered.

Once you've finished covering your roof in overlapping strips of felt paper, you can apply the rest of your roofing material. If you're not confident in your ability to do the task on your own, talk with a local roofing company like Harrington & Company for professional support.

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15 August 2015