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By Dave Ferreira 19 Jun, 2017
Natural light can do wonders to a home. Sunlight plays a very important role in our lives by giving us vitamin D that keeps us happy and healthy. Having a room with lots of light offers a warm and cozy feel that keeps you in a better mood. Here are some helpful tips to maximize the amount of lighting in your home!
 
Keep windows clear 
The easiest way to bring light into a room is to make sure nothing is blocking the windows. The trees and bushes surrounding your home might be giving you a little privacy, but might be blocking sunlight from entering the home. The trees and bushes might also block solar warmth in the cold winter months. Make sure the sunlight can easily make it into your home.
Dirt on the windows can also block a large amount of natural light. Keep the windows clean and clear of obstruction. Make it a point to open the curtains and blinds all the way during the day is a good routine to get into.
 
Installing a Skylight or Solar Tube
A skylight illuminates the room in a way that makes the room look bigger than it is. Even the most cramped spaces seem bigger from the addition of a skylight. Solar tubing is another option. Solar tubes are versatile enough to move through multiple floors, making sunlight even possible in the basement! Investing in either of these options will definitely add to the value of your home.
 
Adding Mirrors
Mirrors can help light up every part of your house. Just adding a mirror will double the amount of light in the room and help the room seem bigger than it actually is. A short hallway can appear infinitely bigger with the addition of a mirror.
 
Shiny Accessories
Adding shiny objects that sunlight can reflect off of can add brightness to a room. Clear furniture, shiny glass, gold and silver are a few things that sunlight can reflect off of. This will reduce the amount of light that is absorbed by the furniture.
 
Coloring
The colors of your walls play a large role in determining how bright your room is. Colors can absorb and reflect light. Darker colors absorb light. It is important to configure the darker colored walls to be further away from windows, as they may absorb most of the incoming light. Darker colors definitely add a dramatic feeling to a room, but be sure to have multiple windows in the room to allow the maximum amount of light. Lighter colors bounce light off them and can make any space look larger and more radiant.
 
Looking to change up the look of your home?   Ferreira Home Remodeling   is here to help! We can give you the professional advice on how to allow the most natural light into your home, or any of your remodeling concerns! Visit our   website   to see all the services we can offer you.
By Dave Ferreira 25 Apr, 2017
The roofing of your home is often ignored until you start to have issues with leaks, missing shingles or incorrect drainage. Spotting the signs that it is time for repairs is important to ensuring your home is adequately protected from the elements.

Age –
 If you have asphalt shingles they should last 20-25 years with proper care and maintenance. The longevity of your roof depends upon how many layers of shingles you have as well as the ventilation of your current roof. If you have more than one layer of shingles on your roof, the lifespan is closer to 20 years.

Curling or buckling –  Do the shingles on your roof look curled or buckled? This might be a sign that you need repairs to your current roofing materials. Examine the slopes of your roof as well as the areas that are in direct sunlight. If the shingles look like they are losing granules they might be past their effective life span. If you have a newer roof, this could be the sign of defective shingles.

Trouble in the valley –  Look closely at the valleys of your roof. If you see missing or damaged shingles, you should consider replacing your roof. The valleys are crucial to protecting your roofing system a snow and rain flow through this area and into the gutters. Issues in the roof valleys could cause leaks.

Missing shingles
– If you spot missing shingles from the ground, it is important to have an expert examine the entire roof more closely. Just a few missing pieces could probably be handle with a quick spot repair; however, a lot of empty spaces means it might be time for a new roof.

Flashing –  The flashing around a chimney can also give clues that there is an issue with your roof. This area should be fitted tightly with roofing cement or tar to keep moisture out. If it is loose, it should be replaced.

Light – If you can see light streaming into an attic space, your roof is in need of serious attention. Additionally, spongy spots when walking on the roof are a sign that the wood structure below the shingles is compromised.

At  Ferreira Home Remodeling  we have been providing quality home repairs since 1994. If you suspect an issue with your roof, contact our experts to learn more about our early  spring roofing specials .

By Dave Ferreira 19 Jun, 2017
Natural light can do wonders to a home. Sunlight plays a very important role in our lives by giving us vitamin D that keeps us happy and healthy. Having a room with lots of light offers a warm and cozy feel that keeps you in a better mood. Here are some helpful tips to maximize the amount of lighting in your home!
 
Keep windows clear 
The easiest way to bring light into a room is to make sure nothing is blocking the windows. The trees and bushes surrounding your home might be giving you a little privacy, but might be blocking sunlight from entering the home. The trees and bushes might also block solar warmth in the cold winter months. Make sure the sunlight can easily make it into your home.
Dirt on the windows can also block a large amount of natural light. Keep the windows clean and clear of obstruction. Make it a point to open the curtains and blinds all the way during the day is a good routine to get into.
 
Installing a Skylight or Solar Tube
A skylight illuminates the room in a way that makes the room look bigger than it is. Even the most cramped spaces seem bigger from the addition of a skylight. Solar tubing is another option. Solar tubes are versatile enough to move through multiple floors, making sunlight even possible in the basement! Investing in either of these options will definitely add to the value of your home.
 
Adding Mirrors
Mirrors can help light up every part of your house. Just adding a mirror will double the amount of light in the room and help the room seem bigger than it actually is. A short hallway can appear infinitely bigger with the addition of a mirror.
 
Shiny Accessories
Adding shiny objects that sunlight can reflect off of can add brightness to a room. Clear furniture, shiny glass, gold and silver are a few things that sunlight can reflect off of. This will reduce the amount of light that is absorbed by the furniture.
 
Coloring
The colors of your walls play a large role in determining how bright your room is. Colors can absorb and reflect light. Darker colors absorb light. It is important to configure the darker colored walls to be further away from windows, as they may absorb most of the incoming light. Darker colors definitely add a dramatic feeling to a room, but be sure to have multiple windows in the room to allow the maximum amount of light. Lighter colors bounce light off them and can make any space look larger and more radiant.
 
Looking to change up the look of your home?   Ferreira Home Remodeling   is here to help! We can give you the professional advice on how to allow the most natural light into your home, or any of your remodeling concerns! Visit our   website   to see all the services we can offer you.
By Dave Ferreira 25 Apr, 2017
The roofing of your home is often ignored until you start to have issues with leaks, missing shingles or incorrect drainage. Spotting the signs that it is time for repairs is important to ensuring your home is adequately protected from the elements.

Age –
 If you have asphalt shingles they should last 20-25 years with proper care and maintenance. The longevity of your roof depends upon how many layers of shingles you have as well as the ventilation of your current roof. If you have more than one layer of shingles on your roof, the lifespan is closer to 20 years.

Curling or buckling –  Do the shingles on your roof look curled or buckled? This might be a sign that you need repairs to your current roofing materials. Examine the slopes of your roof as well as the areas that are in direct sunlight. If the shingles look like they are losing granules they might be past their effective life span. If you have a newer roof, this could be the sign of defective shingles.

Trouble in the valley –  Look closely at the valleys of your roof. If you see missing or damaged shingles, you should consider replacing your roof. The valleys are crucial to protecting your roofing system a snow and rain flow through this area and into the gutters. Issues in the roof valleys could cause leaks.

Missing shingles
– If you spot missing shingles from the ground, it is important to have an expert examine the entire roof more closely. Just a few missing pieces could probably be handle with a quick spot repair; however, a lot of empty spaces means it might be time for a new roof.

Flashing –  The flashing around a chimney can also give clues that there is an issue with your roof. This area should be fitted tightly with roofing cement or tar to keep moisture out. If it is loose, it should be replaced.

Light – If you can see light streaming into an attic space, your roof is in need of serious attention. Additionally, spongy spots when walking on the roof are a sign that the wood structure below the shingles is compromised.

At  Ferreira Home Remodeling  we have been providing quality home repairs since 1994. If you suspect an issue with your roof, contact our experts to learn more about our early  spring roofing specials .

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