Removing Your Old Asphalt Roofing

Houston roofing

The first step to getting the new roof you want is to contact professional roofers. Katy, TX experts can be reached if you click here, but if you have a little know how, some experience, and want to save some money, you might consider removing your old roof on your own. Remember that this job requires moving around on a sloped surface, high over the ground. It will also involve heavy labor. It is not a job for everyone, but if you are considering going it alone for this part of the process, then consider the following tips.

Leverage Matters Professional roofers will generally use a tool called a shingle scraper when removing old asphalt roofing. This is a shovel-like device with a wide, flat blade. It angles as it moves up into the long handle. The edge is jagged (sometimes the blade is jagged on both ends, depending on the model) and the angle allows the worker to get some leverage to rip up the shingles and the nails that hold them in place. That leverage is most essential. So, if you are going to approach this job without a shingle scraped, then you will want to consider the tools that you have at your disposal that most closely mimic it. Flat garden shovels, though lacking the distinctive edge, can be very effective and, in a pinch one might even consider a pitchfork. Though this latter replacement isn’t perfect and may require that you lift fewer shingles at a time. Nevertheless, it will do the job and fewer shingles means less weight to carry.

Pick Up the Mess Once you have removed the bulk of the shingles, there will likely be a lot of debris to contend with. Never throw the old shingles over the side of the roof to the ground. The asphalt roofing is very heavy – heavy enough to serious harm or even kill a person moving about below. When it comes time to dispose of the removed tiles, it is best to toss them directly into a dumpster. Lift only as many as you can easily manage at a time, ensure that no one is standing near the dumpster, and gently toss them down so they land in the container. Recall, that the shingles that you remove can have a total weight of thirty-five hundred pounds or more, depending on the size of your house and the quality of the shingles.

The other mess to be dealt with is the number of small pieces of shingle that didn’t get completely ripped free of the roof. The back of your hammer will allow you to pry up the nails that hold these chunks in place. Any lifted nails or boards beneath the shingles should be pounded down and re-secured to ensure a solid surface for the new roofing.

Get Rid of the Old Flashing Even if it still looks like it is in good shape, the old flashing should be replaced along with the main roofing material. It can be ripped away and then the tar that held it will have to be scraped up.

If you are not able to do the project, or find that there is a problem along the way that needs an expert opinion, contact a professional Houston roofing crew like the experts who can be reached at

Affordable Houston Roofing Solutions
5100 Westheimer # 200-A1
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 730-2500

Chimney pots | Flickr – Photo Sharing! : taken from – dan taylor

Cleaning Replacement Windows, Difficult Messes

Whether you are one of the millions of people in America trying to keep up with the messy initiatives of a young child or you are responsible for the goop, there are some tricks that you might find very handy in an effort to renew your windows’ original sparkle.

The day to day dirt, dinginess, and stray fingerprint is no big deal. These things can be wiped away with a little soapy water and a squeegee. However, there are other, stickier messes that are not so easy for Houston residents to remove from their home windows. From bubble gum to the splatters of a paint roller, you will need to think creatively to get your windows back to their crystal clean status.

Construction Messes When you are working on your home, you should keep the windows in the area well covered to protect them from dust, dirt, and other construction debris. However, if it is too late to take preventative action, rest assured that a large number of common construction-related messes can be removed from the surface of your windows. For instance, paint splatters that commonly find their way to the windows when walls and ceilings are being touched-up can be removed relatively easy with a soft sponge and a light abrasive such as Soft Scrub. Caulking that stuck to the window pane with an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser – the same that would be used to make your stove top sparkle.

Windows in garages, garden sheds, and workshops are even more susceptible to such messes. When grease, motor oil, tar, or soil lands on the window, you will have to think quick. Oil can be removed with the same mild abrasive used to remove paint and grease will respond to the all-purpose cleaner mentioned above. Fortunately, windows are relatively non-porous and these substances don’t get the chance to soak into your replacement windows, so most can be removed with the over-the-counter cleaners purchased from a Sugar Land retail store.

Kids’ Messes Children can be very hard on windows, from running sticky fingers along their surfaces to treating them like a blank canvas. However, even their messes can be cleaned from the glass quite simply. Crayon will generally come off with a little multi-purpose cleaner and gum can be pulled free with a little Windex. Even drawings and pencil or mom’s lipstick will wash away with window cleaner or a light abrasive.

Nature’s Messes The biggest problems for windows are often the creations of Mother Nature – mildew and mold. The presence of mold could point to the need for window replacement, but if just one window is giving you trouble hold off on hiring the window specialist in Katy, Texas. First, clean the surface with a bleach-and-water solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). This should remove the problem, but if it continues in the future, you should have it evaluated by the professionals as mold can be harmful to the lungs and respiratory system.

Bay window – ground floor | Flickr – Photo Sharing! : taken from – williefogg

Putting on the Glam

Do you still think a trip to the beauty salon is a once a month necessity…a time to get your hair trimmed and maybe splurge on a manicure? Does the phrase “beauty salon” conjure up the old standard neighborhood shop, with a tired league of middle-aged women collapsing in chairs waiting for their standing appointments?

You probably also think that Austin, Texas is still a little cow town on the banks of the Colorado. Well wake up, baby, those days are over. Austin, Texas is quickly taking over the lead in the race for beauty domination in the U.S. It is bringing all the class and glitz of the New York salon to the heart of the Southwest. Anything you can get on Fifth Avenue, you can now enjoy deep in the heart of Texas.

Beauty salons are now the sanctuary of the young, trendy, upwardly mobile professionals—male and female alike! No longer is this a strictly female domain; men, too, have discovered the many benefits of spending a day in the salon. Not only do they have their hair styled, and their nails manicured…they have plunged, head first, into the decadent world of spa treatments—we’re talking a full slate of world-class services that include nationally-acclaimed airbrush tanning techniques, hair removal options that address every possible follicle on your body, and a bevy of facial treatments that have put Austin, Texas on the map as a beauty treatment destination.

So what’s changed? Well, the old standbys are still available, haircuts, colors, perms…but good beauty salons now bring pampering to a magnificent new level. Almost any amenity that brings total relaxation and transformation to mind is available at your doorstep.

If you’re planning a winter vacation to get away from the cold and the crowds, there’s no need to show up looking like Moby Dick. Deeply-tanned skin looks fabulous against an elegant white dress or classic silk shirt, but long hours spent lying in the sun or baking in a tanning booth can have disastrous implications for your skin. Let the salon staff artists provide a meticulous airbrush tan before you board your jet. They’ll provide a perfect balance of natural-looking color and all-over coverage that will have people thinking you’re just returning from the Caribbean or St. Tropez.

If you’re headed to the beach, whether at home or abroad, get your body swimsuit ready by scheduling time for a bikini wax, or other hair removal service. You guys that have been wearing fur coats under your suits all this time will be amazed at how liberating it is to be hair-free; not only will you feel more comfortable, but it will probably mean more favorable attention every time you doff your shirt, too.

But wait, spending time on the beach—even at night—can leave your skin feeling dry and abused. Treating yourself to one of the many facial delights available at your favorite salon will leave you relaxed, invigorated, and ready to face the world. You can even turn back time with one of the more intense treatments like microdermabrasion in Austin TX. Microdermabrasion treatments will help you shed the damage done by the elements you expose your skin to daily (like wind, sun, and dust) and leave you with smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin.

So that’s it…that’s all there is! All that’s left to say is, “Move over New York…Austin, Texas is making its move to become the beauty capitol of the U.S…and just maybe—the world!”

About the Author: Kenneth Brown has written extensively about the beauty & fashion industry and enjoys informing consumers about the many options in this field