Is it Time to Replace Your Roof? When to Repair VS Replace.

When it comes to home renovation projects such as roofing, most homeowners like to employ a “get it and forget it” strategy: pay the roofing contractor, put up with your home being a mess for a few days, and then you don’t have to worry about that old roof, leaky pipe, pesky flooring, or whatever the problem was for a good long time.

Unfortunately, when the time comes time to hire a contractor for large improvement projects like roof replacement, it’s important to stay on top of things.

Here’s how you can tell when it’s time to install a new roof or if you can get away with a simple patch repair.

The Symptom: Moss or algae growing on the shingles.

The Treatment: It’s up to you! The presence of green lichens or algae growing on shingles is something to be expected as a roof ages and is exposed to regular environmental conditions such as rain. If you have the money to spend and really can’t stand the look of it, you can go ahead and replace the roof, but it’s not a necessity. Those little guys won’t cause any damage that’s not cosmetic.

Moss growing

The Symptom: You’re finding chunks, crumbs, or granules in your gutter.

The Treatment: Wait it out. These granules come from the shingles’ protective outer coat wearing away. The first time you notice these granules, it’s safe to assume their lifespan is about half over. Keep your eye out for other warning signs, but you don’t need to scramble for a roof replacement company immediately after you notice the granules.

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Using a Gas Grill to Smoke Food

Just because you don’t owner a smoker doesn’t mean you can get in on the smoking food craze.

smoking on gas

A gas grill is not just for grilling but you can smoke food as well on it. Here is a method for anyone to follow and do just that without using a smoker!

Steps needed for smoking food on a gas grill

Choosing the right wood

The right kind of wood is needed to infuse aroma and flavor when smoking food. Wood chips from hickory, apple, cherry or mesquite chips although you can use readily available wood pellets for smoking too. Make sure the wood pellets or chips used are food-grade for food safety.

chart for types of wood

Using a smoker tube or smoker box for a container

Get a container for the wood used for smoking; either use a smoker box (tube, metal box, or can) will be placed on the grill. Utilizing a smoker tube is more convenient than smoker box which is tedious a bit. A smoker tube produces better smoke and is more controllable than a do-it-yourself smoker box. Burn ashes must have a container to keep the gas grill clean when cooking food.

Keep it soaked or dry

Soaking the wood chip/pellets a few hours before using the wood chips/pellets for smoking it is needed so you can control the chips. It is best to soak then an hour earlier so it won’t be so too wet but enough for a controlled burn. Dry wood can be used but dampening the wood has a much more flavorful effect.… Read the rest