Home Improvement Ideas For Under £5,000

Green Roofs

Are you looking for some home improvement ideas that you can do for under £5,000? There are many things that you can repair or add to your home for under £5,000. In order to keep costs down, one great tip is to improve one area at a time. So, for this installment of this segment, we’re concentrating on your roof:

Green Roofs

  • Gutter improvement
  • Adding a green roof
  • Roofing repairs

5 Roofing Home Improvement Ideas Below £5,000

Here are three cost-efficient home improvement ideas for improving your roofing in order to add value to your home:

1) Gutter Improvement

A cost-efficient way to utilize your gutters is to ensure they serve two purposes for you. The first purpose is to collect the rain water that runs off the house into the gutters. The second is to collect the rain water once it drains down for watering your garden or to be purified for drinking water during an emergency. In both instances, your gutters need to be in tip-top shape.

Setup your gutters to use waterproof shade cloth, available at most hardware stores. Cut the shade cloth to the length needed. Apply it by along the horizontal length of the house and then going downward at an end or corner of the house. Tie it in place with wire. Place a bucket at the bottom of the gutter, or use a larger tank for water collection. That way, you can recycle the water being collected. Make sure to clean out your gutters periodically, so that they’re not clogged during the rainy season.

2) Green Roofs

Green roofs are a good way to have your very own garden without needing all the extra space of a yard. If you have a green thumb and want to use the flat roof space that you have, you can help the environment by having a green roof. Here are the steps:

  1. Use a heavy mil black plastic and attach to the roof floor. Stapling is usually the best way.
  2. Tack a landscape fabric to the plastic, applying it with the rough side up.
  3. Apply chicken wire on top, keeping it lose enough and scrunching it.
  4. Extend the chicken wire about 4-inches away from the edge of the roof, bending the edges upward forming a planter bed.
  5. Strip two layers of grass, placing the grass side downward in the planter bed.
  6. Do not water the grass. Let it dry out over the next few weeks, giving a mat like effect.
  7. 7.      Plant  your favorite flowers, shrubs, herbs and vegetables.

Tip: The wire will eventually rust out in a few years. At that time, you may want to add some treated wood to the bottom edges of the roof to keep everything in place.

3) Repairing Your Roof

If you have noticed that your roof has small leaks or is starting to leak more and more, then it’s time to fix your roof. This can be a low cost DIY roofing project, depending on the roof repairs that are needed. Here are some basic tips:

  1. Start with a basic inspection of your roof.
  2. Whether it’s a flat roof or peaked roof, you need to clean and dry off the areas with leaks.
  3. You can cover the area or areas with roof tape or duct tape.
  4. Next, apply caulking sealer, depending on the type of roofing material.
  5. Then, cover the leak area with plastic roof cement or trowel grade cement, covering a radius of 6-inches around the leak area.

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