Structural Remodeling: Not Pretty, But Consider the Alternative

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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There are fun remodeling projects and there are structural ones. While you may have more fun picking out a granite countertop, structural projects (new roof, replacement windows, plumbing) can cost you more if you defer them for too long.

Consider a leaking roof. It’s easy to defer roofing projects or try to add yet another layer on top and keep your fingers crossed. Flash forward a few months when youi have to call the contractor about the leak moving into the attic, down a window cavity, and to your bedroom ceiling.

You’ve just added attic insulation, ceiling repair, and possibly mold issues to that original roofing project. The contractor will love you!

Roofing Ins and Outs

If you haven’t spent much time thinking about your roofing, it’s time to get acquainted. You want to understand what flashing does and how your downspouts should work. While it’s usually best to leave these projects to a contractor, it helps to understand how roofing projects work.

Throughout the house, the goal is to keep water out by using good roofing, siding, and windows. Here’s a look at some warning signs that you might need replacement windows.

The truth is, it’s not always easy to tell which structural problems can mushroom overnight. Here are a few to tackle quickly:

  • Water leaks. Toilets, sinks, and faucets may not leak through your walls, but they could impact your water bill.
  • Electrical problems. Fuses that keep blowing, sparks that fly from an outlet might be a quick remodeling project now versus a big project later.
  • Window leaks. It’s much better to seal the envelope of the house than deal with leaks. Here are tips from Energy Star on just how to seal a house.

OK–now that those are out of the way–back to the granite. Baltic Brown or Butterfly Gold?

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