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Enhancing Your Space with Awnings: A Smart Choice

An awning is a great improvement to your home or really any building. An awning is a roof structure that is attached to one wall of a building. This attachment is accomplished by the use of a “Ledger board”. (more about that later). Since an awning is mostly a roof structure, it usually ends up with 3 open sides. The Foundation of an awning is usually dependent on the “Attachment wall” on the end connected to the existing building and a set of concrete footings at the opposite end.

The tarp was securely fastened to the previously mentioned “Ledger board” that was also previously installed when the building was built. The clear tarp awning roof lasted for almost a year, creating a temporary dry storage area. (And a dry work area to dig the holes and mix the concrete). Sadly the temporary tarp became a casualty of an unexpected snow storm.

The next step is to dig holes and pour concrete footing as you see in the next picture. Metal brackets are added to the concrete before it cures to attach wood support posts for the framing.

The Framing comes next and is fairly simple. A good carpenter can frame this for you. The component parts are 3 – 4×4 posts, a beam, (this one is a glulam beam). You will notice that the beam is being easily lifted into perfect position by the use of threaded feet on the yellow scaffolding. Next comes the roof rafters. They are attached to the ledger board at the top with metal brackets. The other end of the rafters sits on top of the beam.

Plywood is installed, underlayment and composition roofing.

Here isthe finished awning. Wood trim and paint are added where needed to complete the project. An awning is a great project to create extra storage that is dry and shade from the sun. It will add additional value and usefulness to your home, garage or outbuilding.

How To Find A Good Home Repair Contractor

How To Find A Good Home Repair Contractor

Hiring a home repair contractor is an important part of any renovation project. It’s essential to find someone you can trust and communicate with well. To start, gather price quotes from a few good contractors. Next, meet with them in person to get a feel for their “chemistry” or rapport.

Check Online Reviews

Online reviews are a huge part of the home repair industry, and can be used to help you find the right contractor. Whether you’re looking for a kitchen remodeler, a roofer or someone to perform plumbing work, reviews are an excellent tool in your search. To start, look for the big three review sites: Yelp, Facebook and Google. These are general review sites where businesses of all types have pages. You can also check niche review sites like Angie’s List and Houzz. They’re specifically designed to give you a better idea of how reputable the contractors you’re considering are, and can be a great resource for finding someone who does a good job in your area.

Check With The Better Business Bureau

Before you sign a contract with a potential home repair contractor, check with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB is a free resource that you can use to find local and reputable businesses. A good way to begin your search is by calling each potential contractor’s references and asking them about their experiences with them. This will help you determine whether or not they are a good fit for your project. You should also ask each potential home repair contractor if they are licensed to do work in your area. You can check with your state licensing agency for information on licenses and certificates of insurance. The BBB also maintains a database of complaints filed against companies, charities and other organizations. These complaints are compiled from consumer reports filed throughout the country.

Check With Your Insurance Company

When it comes to choosing a home repair contractor, it’s essential to start by checking with your insurance company. In many cases, a homeowner’s insurance policy will pay for repairs in either replacement cost or actual cash value. The insurance company will send you a check for this settlement amount. It will be made out to you and, if you have a mortgage, to your lender as well. Some lenders might put a portion of the settlement money into an escrow account to help cover the costs of repairs. Once the work is completed and the lender has inspected it, they will release the remaining funds to you.

Check With The Contractor’s License

When hiring a contractor, it’s essential to ensure that they are licensed. This means that they have met certain qualifications, including training and passing tests. Licenses and certifications are typically regulated at the state and local level. They vary by city or county, but generally cover areas like electrical work, plumbing jobs and HVAC work. In addition, many states require contractors to be bonded. These bonds are a form of insurance that covers your home in case the contractor can’t complete their job properly.