Which Garage Floor Is Right For You?

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Apr 3, 2015

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'What Type of Floor is Right for My Garage?'

Whether you want to make your garage into a workshop or simply park your car there, it's important to have the right kind of floor. Ideally, you want to have the type of garage floor that remains level and stays in good condition. Also, it's a wise idea to a get a garage floor that is easy to keep clean. Look at several types of garage floors and learn some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Enjoy!

Foam

A foam floor is a series of interlocking foam mats that cover the entire area of the garage. Most foam floors are waterproof and there are many colors and designs to choose from. One of the disadvantages of this floor is that a heavy object can make a lasting impression in the foam. Also, sharp objects may damage the floor. It's best to have a level surface beneath the mats so they lay flat. If you plan to use your garage as a workshop instead of parking your car there, foam is comfortable material to walk around on.

Rubber

A rubber garage floor is similar to a foam floor. A rubber floor is made up of interlocking mats that fit perfectly within the area of a garage. Some advantages are these floors are waterproof, easy to clean with a hose or leaf blower and can be purchased in many colors. A disadvantage is that if a heavy object sits on this surface for a long period of time an impression may be left behind. Rubber flooring is a good choice if you place it on level ground and want a flexible surface to walk on.

Slate

Someone putting a slate tile floor in a garage has a lot of colors and shapes to choose from. One disadvantage is that a slate floor can be expensive to install. Pure slate tiles may not be able to maintain their condition under the weight of a car over a long period of time. Plus, the salt and chemicals used on snowy roads can stick to a car's tires and harm a floor made of slate.

Vinyl and PVC

Vinyl (PDF) and PVC floors are easy to maintain and install. Generally, this type of floor arrives in one large roll. It can be trimmed with a utility knife to fit your garage. One disadvantage of this type of material is that if a permanent stain appears on the floor, there is no way to replace that particular area of the floor. The floor beneath a vinyl or PVC floor must be level in order to get the desired results.

Polyvinyl

A garage floor of poly-vinyl tile is durable and easy to maintain. Once again, it's important to have a level floor beneath these tiles. A disadvantage is this type of floor can become slippery when moisture collects on it. This type of floor may tear or bubble if it isn't installed correctly.

Granite

One of the advantages of having a granite garage floor for is its visual appeal. It is scratch-resistant and available in many designs. Some disadvantages of granite are that it's not resistant to some types of powerful chemicals. Also, it can be costly to install because it must be done with great care.

Concrete/Cement

One of the biggest advantages of a cement/concrete garage floor is its durability. It can easily handle the weight of one or two cars. A disadvantage is that it can be costly to put in a concrete/cement garage floor. If you're looking for long-lasting material with the ability endure the movement of cars, then a concrete/cement floor would be a good investment for your garage.

Remember, it's a good idea to keep the main purpose of your garage in mind while trying to choose the type of floor material that will best serve your needs. Thanks for reading.-Alan

Topics: Types of Garage Floors

Should I Stain My Gazebo?

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Apr 2, 2015

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'Maintaining Your Gazebo'

With spring fast approaching, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors. After all of the snow we had this winter, I'll bet you're ready for the warm weather, too. If you're searching for a wonderful place to relax with family and friends this spring, summer, and fall, you may want to get a gazebo. A gazebo is an attractive addition to practically any piece of property. Personally, I think it's an ideal place to sit and watch the spring flowers begin to appear. When it comes to gazebos, people have many questions, including whether it's necessary to put stain on the structure, so I thought I'd use this week's blog to answer some questions about gazebos. Enjoy!

The Benefits of Staining Your Gazebo

Putting stain on your wooden gazebo is a good idea for several reasons. For one, a coat or two of stain keeps rain and other moisture from leaking into the wood. Water can cause mildew on wooden boards or rot them, resulting in major damage to the structure. Another benefit of staining your gazebo is that it protects the wood from the powerful UV rays of the sun. Sunlight can fade the bare wood of a gazebo, causing its boards to turn an unpleasant gray. In addition, a coat of stain can prevent insects from boring their way into the wood. Some insects, such as wood-boring beetles, termites, and carpenter ants, can chew their way into a wooden gazebo and weaken the overall structure. Staining a gazebo gives the wood a deep, rich color. Some owners are careful to select a color of stain that complements other structures on their property. You can find a variety of stains in different colors at many hardware and home improvement stores. Be sure you choose a stain specially designed to protect outdoor structures. I have a selection of pre-built gazebos and gazebo kits. We give customers the option of adding stain to their Amish gazebo kit orders.

How Often Should I Stain My Gazebo?

One way to determine whether it's time to restain your gazebo is to sprinkle some water on its boards. Look to see whether the water forms droplets on the surface of the wood. If so, it means that the current coat of stain is still preventing the water from soaking into the wood. If the wood absorbs the water, however, then it's time to restain the structure. Performing this water test every six months or so is an effective way to monitor the condition of your wooden gazebo.

Staining vs. Sealing a Gazebo

Stain and sealant are not the same thing, but there is one important quality that they share. They are both water-repellent. This means stain and sealant are both effective at preventing mildew and rotting wood on a gazebo. Both of these solutions wear away over time and need to be reapplied. A big difference between stain and sealant is that stain gives wood a rich color while sealant goes on clear. While stain protects wood from fading and turning gray in the sunlight, sealant offers no protection from the sun's UV rays. The fact that stain prevents a wooden structure from fading in the sun is the main reason why many people prefer stain over sealant for their gazebo.

Take good care of your gazebo and you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come! Thanks for reading!-Alan

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How Soil Affects Your Building Process

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Mar 27, 2015

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"Choosing the Right Foundation for Your Structure"

If you're thinking about getting a new shed, pergola, gazebo, or barn, it's important to look at the type of soil you have on your property. Your structure needs a foundation that will give it the proper amount of support throughout the years. While some soils are vulnerable to erosion and water runoff, others can withstand these natural occurrences. Take a look at the various types of soil and how to make sure you have a stable foundation for your structure.

The Different Types of Soil

Most areas of ground consist of several layers of soil. Of course, there may be a larger amount of one type of soil than another. Bedrock is a solid rock formation found beneath layers of soil. If there is bedrock beneath the soil on your property, then you are off to a good start! Some people think that sand and silt make a good foundation for a shed, gazebo, or other structure. One thing to keep in mind is that you want a foundation that allows rainwater to flow through it and then away from the structure. A layer of sand or silt may erode, allowing the water to carry away your shed's foundation over time. Alternatively, water can run through a gravel foundation without carrying pieces away with it. That's why gravel is preferable to sand or silt when looking for a foundation for your shed or other outdoor structure. If you're considering putting your structure on a clay foundation, remember that water seeps into clay, making it expand and contract. Clay can erode and crack, especially in areas that get a high amount of rainfall. This can definitely affect the stability of your structure over time. Some owners put their shed or other structure directly on the ground. This can be acceptable if the structure sits on an area of high ground that won't flood.

The Best and Worst Types of Soil

The best type of soil is the kind that contains a lot of gravel. Gravel allows melting snow and rain water to flow through it. A foundation of gravel prevents water from pooling around a structure and flooding it. The worst types of soil in this situation are sand and silt. Even silt or sand that is packed into place can experience serious erosion over a period of time. With a sand or silt foundation, you may notice that your shed or other structure is starting to sink into the ground or lean to one side. In short, I recommend that you build your structure on ground that will not shift or erode much over time.

Options for Areas with Bad Soil

If you live in an area with a large amount of rainfall and soil that erodes, you can still have a shed or other structure. You can bring in a supply of gravel and create a foundation for your shed. Erecting a frame around the perimeter of the structure keeps the gravel neatly arranged. Or, you can invest in a concrete slab to serve as a durable foundation for your shed.

Even if the soil on your property is not ideal for an outdoor structure, you can still enjoy one by making your own foundation. Thanks for reading!-Alan

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A Heated Garage: Should You Or Shouldn't You?

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Mar 19, 2015

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'Considering Heating Your Garage?'

Have you ever pictured yourself happily working on projects throughout the winter months in a heated garage? Having a heated garage creates a comfortable atmosphere as you finish woodworking projects, perform repairs on your car or accomplish other miscellaneous tasks. Of course, there are both pros and cons to heating a garage. Check out a few basic things to think about as you consider today's question: Should I heat my garage?

The Decision to Heat a Garage

Do you spend a lot of time in your garage during the warm-weather months? If the answer is yes, you probably would enjoy working in your garage year round. This is a great reason to install a heating system in your garage. If you are a business owner who does a lot of work-related tasks in the garage, then it would be worthwhile to have a heating system installed. Alternatively, if your garage is simply a place where you park your car, you may not want to invest time or money having it heated. Thinking about the purpose of your garage and how much you use it is helpful in making a decision regarding whether to install a heating system.

What Is the Cost of a Heated Garage?

The cost of heating a garage depends on what type of system you prefer. For instance, you can purchase a portable electric heater for under one hundred dollars. Often, portable heaters go on sale near the end of the cold-weather season. Along with the cost of the heater, you'll probably see a bit of an increase in your electric bill depending on how much you use the heater. Getting a portable heater is a relatively inexpensive way to maintain a comfortable temperature in a garage. An owner must always take precautions with a portable heater so it doesn't cause a fire. A forced air heater is one alternative to a portable heater. This is a more expensive option because you may want to hire HVAC professionals who can hookup the device and make sure it is properly vented. Installing a forced air heater is at least a $500 investment for most owners. If you choose to install your own forced air heater, it's important to choose the best location for it in the garage. I recommend looking at several types of heaters to find one that suits your needs and your garage.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Heated Garage

One of the biggest advantages of having a heated garage is being able to get work done even when the temperature drops below zero. Also, a heated garage can be an appealing place for friends to gather and work on a project together or just share the latest news. One disadvantage of heating a garage is that a person must have it insulated in order to keep the warm air inside the structure for a reasonable length of time. The heat from a forced air heater or a portable heater will disappear through the walls of a garage with no insulation.

So, give it some thought to determine if a heated garage is the right choice for you. Thanks for reading!-Alan

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9 Essential Tips To Prepare Your Car For Long-Term Garage Storage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Mar 10, 2015

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"Protecting Your Stored Car Over the Winter"

Some cars are perfect for driving over snowy roads during the wintertime while other vehicles are better off taking a long winter's nap. If you have a car that you prefer to store in the garage during the winter, there are a few things you can do to maintain its condition and keep it safe from damage. Here are some examples.

9 Essential Tips to Prepare Your Car for Long-Term Garage Storage

  1. Fill Up the Gas Tank. Storing a car with little to no gas in it allows moisture to form inside the tank. This can cause the tank to corrode or rust. However, when the gas tank is full, there is no space for moisture to form inside it.
  2. Put in Fuel Stabilizer. After filling the tank with gas, put in some fuel stabilizer. A stabilizer will prevent the liquid inside the car's fuel lines from hardening or becoming gummy. Be sure to drive around for a little while to allow the fuel stabilizer to make its way through the car's system.
  3. Change the Oil and the Filter. A fresh supply of oil along with a new filter prevents corrosion from occurring inside a car's fuel lines and engine throughout the winter months.
  4. Change the Coolant. Replacing old, contaminated coolant in a car helps to prevent corrosion and problems with the radiator.
  5. Block off the Tailpipe. Putting an old rag in the tailpipe of your car prevents mice and other rodents from gaining entrance to your car. Rodents can chew through the wiring of a car and leave droppings on upholstery causing a foul odor.
  6. Place Mothballs on the Garage Floor. This is another way to discourage rodents from trying to gain access to your car. Put a few near the car doors as well as in front of and behind the vehicle. The odor of the mothballs can stop rodents from approaching your car.
  7. Raise the Car Off Ground. Using a car jack and jack stand, raise the front of the car off the ground to prevent flat areas from forming on your tires. Make sure the car is stable on the jack before leaving the garage. If you aren't comfortable with raising your car, I suggest you put more air in the tires without exceeding the maximum amount. Your tires will lose air as your car sits in the garage over the winter.
  8. Remove the Battery. A car battery loses power over time even if the car is never on the road. It's a smart idea to remove the car's battery, clean the corrosion and dirt off the terminals and hook the battery to a charger.
  9. Use a Car Cover. A waterproof cover that fits snugly over a vehicle can prevent moisture and dust from collecting on a car's body and windows. Allowing moisture to collect on a car may lead to corrosion. Make sure that your car cover allows some air to circulate beneath it. A car cover is useful even for a car that is stored inside!

Follow these simple tips to keep your car in great condition so it'll be ready for a fun road trip in the springtime! Thanks for reading!-Alan

Topics: long term garage storage

Here's Why You Need to Winterproof Your Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Mar 2, 2015

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'Protecting Your Shed's Future'

Wintertime is no time to forget about your storage shed. If you use your storage shed a lot in the fall, spring, and summer, you want make sure that it stays in good condition over the winter months. That's why it's so important to "winterproof" your shed before the snow and freezing rain start to fall. If you don't take this precaution, your shed may suffer costly damage over the cold weather months. Take a look at what can happen to a shed that has not been prepared for the cold-weather elements.

Maintaining the Condition of a Shed's Roof

If you don't winterproof the roof of your shed, snow can seep beneath loose tiles and freeze. As the temperature drops, the ice can expand and push roof tiles out of place. They may even end up on the ground! Moisture can rot the roof of your shed and allow snow, ice, and freezing rain to fall inside the structure. As a result, the items stored inside your shed can suffer damage. For example, metal tools, equipment, and bicycles can rust due to exposure to moisture. Winterproofing your shed roof can help you avoid the task of replacing stored possessions, tiles or even your entire roof when springtime arrives.

Protecting the Items in Your Shed

What sorts of items do you store in your shed? Perhaps you're a dedicated gardener who has gardening tools, a wheelbarrow, seed, bags of soil, gardening gloves, and other related items in your shed. Or maybe you like to do woodworking inside your shed, in which case you may have saws, tools, and pieces of wood piled in it. Small animals such as mice, squirrels, and raccoons can gain access to a shed through small gaps in the roof or even around the windows. Naturally, they are looking for a place where they can stay warm and maybe even have access to food. An owner who hasn't filled in these gaps before winter arrives may find that these rodents have ripped into bags of pet food, seed, or other edible materials stored inside the shed. If this happens, you'll have to deal with the expense of replacing these materials as well as a big mess on the floor. These animals can also chew up pieces of wood or destroy wires attached to expensive pieces of equipment. Individuals who winterproof their shed can avoid this aggravating, costly damage.

Keeping a Shed's Walls in Good Shape

When the walls of a wooden shed have sealant on them, they are protected from moisture. If there is no sealant on the walls of your shed, moisture can create mildew or cause the boards to rot in the wintertime. The bare walls of a shed can also become discolored when they absorb the moisture from snow and freezing rain. A bare shed wall is vulnerable to any of the harsh weather conditions that occur in the wintertime.

As you can see, taking the time to winterize your shed can really payoff in the springtime. Thanks for reading!-Alan

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11 Ways to Properly Care For Your Winter Tools

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

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Do you own a favorite snow shovel that you've used for years? If you do, count yourself lucky. Many people have to purchase replacement snow shovels, windshield scrapers, snow brushes, and other winter tools every year. They find that their shovel or scraper has deteriorated and is no longer useful. Fortunately, taking a little bit of extra time to care for your winter tools and supplies can help you to avoid replacing them too soon.

11 Ways to Properly Care for Your Winter Tools and Supplies

  1. Storing a Snow Shovel: The way you care for your snow shovel has a lot to do with what it's made of. A tempered steel shovel can rust if it's put away with melting snow on it. Alternatively, an aluminum shovel is not likely to rust even if it's put away wet. A good rule of thumb is to take an old rag and thoroughly dry the scoop as well as the handle of your snow shovel after using it.
  2. Maintaining a Snow Blower: Whether you have a hand-held snow blower or a wheeled one that you push along the driveway, it's a wise idea to let it run for a minute or so after you finish your work. This cleans out the excess snow so the blower's impeller won't freeze up while it's sitting out in the garage or shed.
  3. Getting the Most Out of Your Windshield Scraper: It's likely that you have a windshield scraper stored on the floor of your car. It may be a little plastic scraper from the gas station or an elaborate one you purchased at the hardware store. Either way, make sure to dry it off before putting it back into the car. Also, keep a small plastic scraper in a container to prevent passengers from stepping on it.
  4. Storing Ice-Removal Supplies: To keep your rock salt from spilling onto the floor of your garage or shed, put the bag into a plastic garbage can with a lid.
  5. Caring for Your Salt Spreader: A salt spreader can make distributing rock salt a lot easier for someone with a long driveway. After finishing a job, be sure to remove clumps of snow from the undercarriage of the device and brush off its tires. This prevents the moisture from freezing and damaging the snow spreader.
  6. Maintain a Portable Battery Charger: Some people use portable battery chargers to jump their car battery on cold mornings. A portable battery charger is a really handy device that should be kept in a dry, warm area away from children.
  7. Keep Your Heated Hose in Great Shape: Be sure to empty all of the water out of your heated hose after using it. Also, remove it from an outdoor spigot when it's not in use.
  8. Caring for Your Roof Rake: A roof rake is an ideal tool for clearing the snow and ice off of the roof of a shed or carport. Proper care of this tool involves drying off its edge as well as its handle to prevent rust. I recommend hanging it in on a garage wall so it won't get underfoot.
  9. Taking Care of Your Snow Brush: You can clean a snow brush by using a whisk broom to dust off its bristles. You may want to wash the bristles of your snow brush in the springtime to remove dirt buildup.
  10. Winter Boot Care: In many households, winter boots are taken off in the garage and left on a newspaper to dry. You can also stuff newspaper inside the boots to absorb any moisture. This also prevents them from falling over while they are drying.
  11. Maintaining the Condition of Your Push Broom: Using a push broom to clear away a dusting of snow on the driveway is easy and convenient. Be sure to brush the snow off the bristles with your gloved hand to remove any moisture. This prevents freezing that can cause bristles to fall out.

Thanks for reading! - Alan

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7 Ways to Maintain Your Driveway During the Winter

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

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During the wintertime, snow, ice and freezing rain can take a toll on a driveway. Melting snow that refreezes can create cracks and holes in concrete. Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain the condition of your driveway so you won't have to make repairs in the springtime. Take a look at these suggestions for keeping your driveway in shipshape over the winter.

Seven Ways to Maintain Your Driveway During the Winter

  1. Clear Snow Away Before it Accumulates. It's a good idea to clear snow off of your driveway before it has a chance to pile up. When snow starts to pile up, it can melt and refreeze as the temperature changes. Melting snow can seep into the small cracks in a driveway and refreeze when the temperature drops. As the frozen water expands, it creates deeper cracks and holes in a driveway's surface.
  2. Hire a Professional Snowplowing Service. Hiring a professional to clear away the snow on your driveway is a convenient way to get the work done. But be sure that the snowplow driver has the blade positioned at the right height. A snowplow blade that is too low can scrape against a cement driveway, creating cracks and holes and otherwise damaging the surface.
  3. Seal Your Driveway. Putting a sealant on your driveway can help to maintain its condition throughout the cold weather months. A sealant prevents melting snow from seeping into small cracks in a driveway.
  4. Inspect Your Snow Shovel. Before shoveling the snow off of your driveway, make sure your shovel is in good shape. A metal shovel with corners that are bent or crumpled up can scrape and damage the surface of a driveway. A snow shovel should have straight edges, and its corners should be intact. I recommend you look into getting a new shovel if you have one that is starting to show signs of wear from previous winters.
  5. Avoid Using Rock Salt on Ice Patches. It's tempting to throw rock salt on any patches of ice that you see on your driveway. But when this salt mixes with melting snow, it turns into a saltwater mush. This substance can leak into cracks in the driveway, freeze, and expand. This expansion can quickly turn a small crack into a large one that needs to be repaired in the springtime. Instead of rock salt, try sprinkling sand on your driveway. It doesn't melt the ice, but it does supply traction when you need to get your car out of the garage.
  6. Use Your Push Broom After a Light Snowfall. If you get a dusting of snow that adds up to about an inch or two, you may be able to clean your driveway with a push broom. Cherish the opportunity to get rid of the snow on your driveway without touching a shovel!
  7. Utilize a Snow Blower. A snow blower can come in handy if you want to avoid using a traditional shovel. There are a variety of snow blowers powered by either gas or electricity. With a snow blower, you can clear your driveway of snow in an efficient, timely way.

Keep in mind that if you clear the snow away whenever it starts to accumulate, you won't have to tackle a driveway covered with several layers of ice and frozen snow. Take care, and thanks for reading! - Alan

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The Importance of Clearing Snow From Your Shed Roof

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Feb 6, 2015

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Around the middle of winter, you may notice that snow is beginning to pile up on the roof of your storage shed. This is especially likely if you've had a lot of snowfall and consistently low temperatures throughout the season. Layers of snow can accumulate on your roof in a relatively short amount of time. Take a look at a few reasons why it's a good idea to remove the snow from the roof of your shed.

Getting Rid of Extra Weight

Just a few inches of snow can add up to a lot of extra pounds on the roof of your storage shed. This puts a lot of strain on a roof that wasn't meant to support that type of weight. When snow starts to melt and then refreezes overnight, it places even more strain on a shed roof. It's a good idea to ask a neighbor to help you remove the snow from your shed roof before it has a chance to accumulate. Your neighbor can support the ladder while you climb up and use a broom or shovel to push the snow off the roof. If there is any question as to whether you can do this task safely, I recommend that you think about calling in a professional to clear your shed roof.

Preventing Seepage

As the snow and ice melt off the roof of your shed, it creates a lot of running water. This water can seep into your roof, causing it to rot or even weaken and collapse. Or the water can run down the side of your shed and damage the wood. Clearing the snow and ice off of your roof on a regular basis can keep water from entering the structure through a small hole or crack.

Maintain the Color of Your Shingles

A buildup of snow and ice on the roof of a shed may cause some of its shingles to become discolored. Melting snow and ice can seep into the shingles, causing them to fade or take on a color that is different from the other shingles on the roof. In the springtime, you may have to replace shingles that become extremely discolored over the cold-weather season. This is yet another reason why it's important to keep your roof clear of snow and ice.

Avoiding Loose Shingles

The water created by melting snow and ice can damage your roof by getting underneath its shingles. This circumstance may cause a shingle to come loose or fall off. A broken or missing shingle allows even more melting snow and ice to enter the structure and further damage the roof of the shed. Plus, a missing shingle may allow destructive animals such as squirrels and raccoons to gain access to the inside of your shed. Squirrels, raccoons, and mice with access to your shed may break open bags of seed, chew up work gloves or rags, and leave behind their droppings on the shed floor. This mess would be an unwelcome surprise in the springtime when you open up your shed for the first time.

Finally, remember to use caution whenever you take on the task of clearing snow and ice off the roof of your storage shed. Thank you for reading! - Alan

Tips for Clearing Ice and Snow on Your Carport

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jan 28, 2015

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For many people, one of the most enjoyable parts of winter is looking out the window to see the first snowflakes start to fall. It's fun to watch the snow begin to pile up on the branches of a tree. However, it's not so fun to watch snow and ice begin to pile up on the roof of your carport. If you have a carport with a vertical-style roof, you know that this design allows the snow to slide off the side before it starts to accumulate. Alternatively, if you have a carport with a different-style roof, it's best to clear the snow and ice off before it gets a strong foothold. Consider some suggestions for how you can clear the snow and ice off of the roof of your carport.

Get Your Push Broom Out of Storage

A push broom is a useful tool for clearing a light snowfall off of the roof of a carport. Since you're going to need to climb up on a ladder to reach the top of the carport, it's important to enlist the help of a friend or family member before starting this task. Be sure to wear shoes that offer a lot of traction and put the ladder in an area that is free of ice. Ask your friend to hold the ladder as you climb up with a push broom to clear the snow. Simply use the broom to push the snow off of the side of the carport roof. After you're finished clearing the roof, you can shovel the snow off of the ground below. A long push broom can help you to reach the snow near the middle of the carport roof. Pull the snow toward you and let it fall off the edge of the roof. You may not get the roof perfectly clean, but you can clear off a lot of loose snow and ice.

The Versatility of Your Snow Shovel

A snow shovel is great for breaking up patches of ice that form on a carport roof. Use one corner of the shovel to knock against the ice to break it up. Next, use the shovel to push the broken pieces of ice onto the ground. You can flip the snow shovel over and push loose snow off of one edge of the roof. Or you can gather the snow onto the shovel and then throw it off the carport roof. Once again, I will stress the importance of having a friend to hold the ladder as you do this. If you feel unsteady on the ladder at any point during this task, it may be better to climb down and hire a professional to remove the snow and ice for you.

The Importance of Clearing Away the Snow and Ice

Removing the snow and ice helps to keep a carport roof in good condition. An accumulation of snow and ice can begin to weigh down a carport and puts extra stress on its posts. Plus, as ice melts and refreezes, it expands and contracts, possibly causing damage to the roof. That's why it's best to remove snow and ice as soon as possible before it gets a chance to build up. Take care, and thanks for reading! - Alan

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