Pantone’s 2020 Colour Palette is SERIOUSLY Colourful 

Pantone released its spring/summer 2020 trend report on September 6th- a guide to the season’s most important colour trends, based on New York Fashion Week. The palette features the 12 top colours and four classic neutrals that are bound to be a hit in 2020, from pale pastels to aqua blues and greens to bright and bold shades, plus neutral classics that will stand the test of time. If you’re wondering what colours to decorate your home with in 2020, we’re letting you in on 7 of our favourite colours from the 2020 colour palette.

1. Coral Pink

Muted pinks have almost become neutral in the world of home decor. From couches to throw pillows, dinnerware, and table lamps, any item in a soft muted pink can work with your decor. Coral pink is subtle and warm, making it easy to incorporate into a wide range of aesthetics. 

2. Faded Denim

Another soft and subtle colour, faded denim is a comforting blue-grey that’s sure to become a classic. Pair it with creams and soft yellows to warm it up, or create a sunning contrast with a bright citrus shade. Since blue is a neutral, you can’t go wrong pairing it with any colour or material. 

3. Cinnamon Stick

Cinnamon stick is earthy and warm, creating a welcoming atmosphere wherever it’s placed. It would be a gorgeous colour for a front door, couch or accent wall. You can also add pops of cinnamon stick with pieces like ottomans, side tables and throws. 

4. Navy Blazer

One of the palette’s neutral classics, navy blazer is sophisticated and stylish. It’s versatile enough to use in any room of the house, and can serve as a statement colour, or a foundation for you to bring in other pops of colour. Use it for your kitchen cupboards and contrast it with gorgeous marble countertops, or add pops of navy to your living room with a rug, throw pillows and lamp shades. 

5. Chive

Chive is a savoury, herbal green that evokes the feeling of calmness and harmony. A chive green couch would make a for a gorgeous piece, and a powder room with green walls is sure to make a statement no one is expecting. Pair the walls with gold and marble accents to elevate the sophistication of the room. Other ideas are a chive-painted kitchen island, headboard or window trim in a sunroom with a relaxed vibe.

6. Sunlight

Sunlight is a soft, muted yellow that evokes happiness and cheer. It’s a gorgeous colour for the walls of a bedroom, family room or kitchen, creating a warm and welcoming vibe. Almost everything goes well with yellow, whether you use it as a main colour or subtly throughout your home with accent pieces and statement-making decor.

7. Ash

Another one of Pantone’s spring/summer 2020 classics, ash is a medium grey that’s sophisticated and timeless. Use it on your interior or exterior for a stylish home that will stand the test of time. From accent chairs to kitchen cabinetry, your exterior siding, or bathroom tile, ash is one of the strongest neutrals to decorate with this coming year.

If you’re wondering what colours to decorate with in 2020, use the Pantone colour palette to direct your aesthetic choices and make your guests swoon!


9 Top Dog Spaces for Inside Your Home

If you’re lucky enough to have a dog, you know that they’re more than just a pet. They’re part of the family and they deserve the utmost love and care and of course, a space to call their own. While dogs love going for walks and spending time outside in the yard, they also need an indoor space for sleeping and play that will keep the mess out of your living areas. Want to see the top spaces for a dog room inside your home? Here are 9 of our favourites.

 

  1. Mudroom

Mudrooms are one of the most common spots to create a cozy space for your dog. Not only does a mudroom stop dirt at the door before their paw prints get tracked through the house, it’s the perfect place to set up a dog bed or kennel and store away chew toys, leashes and food.

 

  1. Under Your Staircase

Creating a dog kennel under your stairs is a cozy, stylish and practical way to utilize the space. Especially if you don’t have a lot of room in your house for an extra dog space, this design offers a smart solution for your home and for your dog as well.

 

  1. Dog Teepee

There are plenty of adorable dog teepees and tents you can place anywhere in your home. Choose a design that works with the rest of your space, so it looks like it fits right in with the decor. It’s a chic storage spot for your pup’s bed and blankets and will help hide toys away too!

 

  1. Laundry Room

If you have a spacious laundry room, why not make it part pet room as well? Place their dog bed and a few toys next to the laundry machines, or go one step further and create a sleeping space in a pre-existing cupboard or shelf.

 

  1. Home Office

If you work from home day in and day out, it only makes sense for your dog to be right by your side. Create an indoor dog den with their favourite toys so the two of you can keep each other company. Place a dog crate under your desk or a dog house or bed beside you.

 

  1. Bedroom

While some dog owners have a no-dog-in-the-bedroom rule, others like to keep their pets close at night. Place a dog bed or teepee at the foot of your bed or anywhere there’s enough space in your bedroom. They’ll feel safe and comfortable being able to sleep in the same room as you night after night.

 

  1. Nook or Corner Space

Do you have an empty nook or corner space somewhere in your home? These are ideal spots to set up a dog space! You can place their bed, toys and food and water bowls without them getting in the way of your living space. You can also place hooks on the wall to hang your pup’s leash.

 

  1. Insulated Garage

If your garage is insulated, it can be the ideal space for a pet palace. If you’re not planning to store your car and lawn equipment inside, create a dog zone with a cozy bed, their favourite toys and dog-friendly decor.

 

  1. Entryway

Your home’s entryway can be a great spot for a cozy dog area, especially if it’s spacious. Place a dog bed under your entryway table or on top of your entryway bench. It’s the perfect place to store their leash and keep their toys out of the way.

 

Your dog deserves the best, and that includes a comfy, cozy space to spend their days. Use one of these ideas for the perfect indoor dog space!

 

 


From Garage to Tiny Cottage: How to Make Use of Extra Space 

Have a garage or shed in your backyard that you’re not getting any use out of? Why not transform it into a tiny cottage or guest lounge. When you have visitors, it will be nice for them to have their own space, and you can even consider renting it out on a platform such as Airbnb. If you have a good sized garage, creating a tiny cottage is easy, and can potentially bring in some extra income! Don’t let extra space go to waste! Here are our ideas for how to transform your garage into a tiny cottage. 

Bedroom/Kitchenette

Given the space of most backyard sheds, your cottage will likely function as a “studio” type space, with the bedroom, living area and kitchen all combined as one. If you’re using it as solely a sleeping area for guests, add in a Queen size bed, or if you’d rather it function as a living space as well, opt for a sofa bed that you can fold up during the day. You only need a small kitchenette, so place one along one of the walls with a small fridge, sink, a 2-burner stove top and some cupboards and shelf space. Make sure to deck it out with everything your guests may need, from dinnerware and utensils, to a cutting board, tea kettle, and perhaps even a toaster oven. 

Bathroom with Laundry 

With the extra space, you should be able to create a decently sized bathroom in your tiny cottage. It should be at least a 3-piece bathroom so your guests are able to shower. Add in a stacked washer/dryer so they have the option to wash their clothes if they’re visiting for an extended period of time. Make sure it’s always stocked with fresh towels, hand soap, laundry detergent and toilet paper, and as an extra courtesy, it never hurts to have a small ironing board and drying rack. 

Make it Cozy

Transforming your shed into a tiny cottage gives you another space to decorate. Make it cozy by adding lots of pillows and throws, wall art, stylish blinds and a few small plants. An area rug under the bed/sofa bed will create warmth, and stacks of books are always a nice touch. Make sure the lights are working to provide proper brightness to the space, and consider stylish light fixtures and lamps that give personality and character to your tiny cottage. Paint the bathroom a warm and cheery shade, and add some incense to ensure a pleasant scent. 

The Outdoor Space 

Along with the tiny cottage itself, your backyard space should be stylish and welcoming. Create a small patio space with a couple chairs and good lighting. Consider hanging string lights for a whimsical effect, or place lanterns on the ground to exude stylish elegance. Make sure it’s tidy and that there’s no debris or tripping hazards and make sure the exterior of the cottage is visually appealing. Paint or redo the siding, replace the front door and put in new windows if needed. This will all make a huge impact on the look of your tiny cottage. 

Transforming your garage into a tiny cottage is a fun project that will leave you with a cozy space for guests and visitors. Take our ideas and run with them to create the tiny cottage of your dreams!


5 Fire Pit Designs That Will Warm You

 

With the temperature cooling down, we’re thinking up anything and everything that can warm us up this season. Although fire pits are often used on breezy summer nights, there are also many ways to enjoy a fire pit in the winter. Outdoor firepits allow us to embrace the outdoors during the coldest months, rather than hibernating inside all season. Just remember to check your local laws to see if fire pits are allowed/legal in your area. Whether you’re throwing an outdoor winter party, or just want to relax outside with your family, here are 5 fire pit designs that will warm you right up!

 

  1. Secluded Fire Pit

If you have a secluded seating area in your backyard, get use out of it during winter by placing an outdoor fire pit in the centre of the chairs. Weather-resistant seating will ensure you can enjoy the space all year round, and the addition of fire pit set up will make it warmer and cozier. It will be the perfect place to cozy up after shoveling your driveway or making snow forts with your kids.

 

  1. Mobile Fire Pit

A mobile fire pit is ideal for any season as you can move it around your yard as needed. Move it from the seating area in your backyard, to your porch or patio, or to your outdoor kitchen while you cook. Wherever you move it, just make sure there are no nearby trees, overhead wires, or any type of roof covering it. Safety first!

 

  1. Marble Fire Pit

A marble fire pit is a beautiful way to make a statement. If you have an outdoor living room, make it cozy and aesthetic with a marble fire pit in the centre of your seating area. It’s ideal for year-round lounging, offering the perfect spot to cozy up while you sip on hot cocoa or mulled wine.

 

  1. Stacked Stone Fire Pit

If you want a fire pit with charm and personality, a stacked stone fire pit is the way to go. You can DIY one yourself, or get one put in by professionals. Pick your favourite stone and make sure it coordinates with the rest of your exterior. Place logs or charcoal inside for a gorgeous fire pit that will transform your yard into an outdoor oasis.

 

  1. Covered Fire Pit

While many fire pits are open flame, another option for your yard is a covered fire pit. Like other fire pit options, a covered fire pit will create a warm and inviting appeal to your yard, and provide you with light and warmth when the sun goes down and the temperature drops.

 

If you’re looking to increase the comfort and coziness of your outdoor space in winter, these fire pit designs will ensure your stay warm! Choose your favourite design and enjoy the outdoors all year round.

 

 


Lower Costs and Prevent Wear on Your Roof with These Attic Ventilation Ideas

Poor attic ventilation doesn’t just affect the temperature of your home, it can also skyrocket your energy bills, ruin your shingles and lead to winter ice dams and wear and tear on your roof. All these things can lead to expensive repairs and possibly cause permanent damage to your home. Ready to learn how to prevent wear on your roof? Check out these attic ventilation ideas!

Do You Need Better Attic Ventilation?

Good attic ventilation is important all year round. In the summer, a properly ventilated attic reduces heat build-up, lowering cooling costs and prolonging the life of your shingles. During the winter, warm, moist air trickles into the attic from the rooms below. Good ventilation allows heat and moisture to escape, keeping your attic dry and reducing ice dams. If you’re worried that your attic isn’t properly ventilated, keep an eye out for these 4 main issues.

1. If you’ve noticed that your energy bills are way higher than normal, there could be a problem with your attic venting. If you’re dealing with poor ventilation, in the summer, you’ll have to crank up your air conditioning and in the winter you’ll have to turn up the heat. These heightened costs are a telltale sign that something’s wrong with your ventilation. 

2. When it’s hot and sunny outside, reach up and touch your ceiling. If your ceiling is hot, it means your attic is acting like a solar oven, raising your cooling bills and heating your shingles. 

3. If you notice thick ridges of ice on your eaves during winter, this could be a sign of poor attic ventilation. If there’s poor ventilation, any warm air from the rooms below gets trapped in the attic. When snow melts, the water refreezes on cold eaves and creates ice dams, which can lead to moisture entering your house, causing mold and mildew.

4. Inspect your attic during the winter to see if there is any dampness or frost. If there is, it’s time for better roof ventilation and attic vents. 

Attic Ventilation Ideas 

Roof vents and soffit vents are easy to install and will protect your home from needing pricey repairs in the future. If you don’t want to put in vents yourself, leave it to the professionals and hire a roofer to help you take on these attic ventilation ideas. 

1. Roof Vents

Roof ventilation should be placed near the roof’s peak. Air flows in through soffit vents and out through roof vents, so one of the first things you’ll have to do is plan the locations of your attic vents. You should place all your roof vents on the same side of the roof, and since they can be an eyesore, place them on the backside of your house if possible. 

From the inside of your attic, the roofer will drive nails up through the sheathing and shingles to mark the locations of your vents. From the roof, they’ll remove shingles around the guide holes and one inch back of the upper side of the holes. They’ll saw through the underlayment and decking of each hole. To install the vent, the roofing professional will slip the flange under shingles at the upper part of the hole and rest the flange on top of the shingles at the down-slope part of the hole. They’ll use roofing nails to secure the vent, and then waterproof the vent using manufacturer recommended material.

2. Soffit Vents

Soffit vents are easy to install under the roof’s overhang and are most often hidden from sight. They’re typically made from aluminum or vinyl and are installed into your soffit. To install the soffit vents, your roofing professional will work under the soffit, marking the size of the vent and then cutting a hole slightly smaller than the unit between the rafters. They will install the vent using screws and according to manufacturer specifications. 

If you’ve noticed your roof has poor ventilation, install roof vents and soffit vents to lower costs and prevent wear on your roof!


Fence Etiquette: How to Stay Friendly With Neighbours As You Replace Your Fence

There are many benefits of replacing your old fence with a good quality new one. Fences provide privacy, offer safety for kids and pets who want to play outside, and mark property boundaries. But fences can also lead to conflict with your neighbours if you’re not careful. Neighbourly disputes come up when there are disagreements about where a fence can be built, what type of fence to build, and who should take on the cost of any repairs and maintenance. If you’re planning to put up a new fence, take a look at how to stay friendly with neighbours during the process.

1. Let Your Neighbours Know

Before the fence installer arrives in your yard, it’s proper etiquette to let your neighbours know about your plans. As long as you’re not building the fence on their property, they don’t have to give you their permission, but letting them know is the courteous thing to do. You never know, they may be planning to update their fence as well and you could potentially collaborate on the look and style of the fence to keep your properties in unison. 

2. Be Attentive To Property Lines

One of the easiest ways to create conflict with your neighbour when replacing your fence? Not respecting the property line. Before putting the fence up, double check the dimensions of your lot, and make sure you’re extra careful about where you place your fence. Sometimes professional installers will opt to put your fence a short distance inside your property line to steer clear of any potential issues.

3. Check the Local Laws

All provinces, cities and municipalities have laws about fences- typically rules around allowable heights, setbacks and other restrictions for residential properties. Unless you’ve applied for a variance, which gives you an exception to the rules, it’s crucial that your fence doesn’t exceed the maximum restrictions stated in your local laws. 

4. Keep On Top of Maintenance and Repairs

If you’re going to install a fence, be ready to take responsibility for any maintenance and repairs that come along with it. Yes, even if it’s on your neighbour’s side. If there’s a broken, sagging or aging section on any area of the fence, you’re the one who should be responsible for maintaining and repairing any damage. 

5. Place the Finished Side Outward

Certain fences have a finished side or one side that looks more polished than the other. It’s good etiquette to place the finished side outwards toward your neighbours or the road. Not only is this more polite, it’s also the standard way to place a fence, as you want its best side shown off to the outside world. Keep in mind that some fences look identical on both sides. These are called “good neighbour fences” and are ideal if you want the finished look on the inside as well.

If you’re planning to replace your fence, follow these etiquette tips to ensure you and your neighbours stay friendly throughout the process! 


Downlighting vs. Uplighting: Which Solution Works Best to Light Up Your Home? 

Interior lights aren’t the only type of lighting you need to consider for your home. When the sun goes down, you outdoor living space should be well lit and beautiful. Good outdoor lighting highlights the architecture of your home, your gorgeous garden and anything else you want to enjoy after sunset. Landscape lighting should be subtle and natural. You shouldn’t be able to see fixtures, and it should accent focal points of your exterior. Outdoor lighting is inviting and welcoming, offers safety and increases your property value. Ready to find out which exterior lighting is best for you? Take a look at downlighting vs. uplighting and when you should use each one.

Uplighting

Uplighting is created by strategically placing light fixtures on the ground and pointing them upward. Spotlights and well lights are examples of uplighting typically used to illuminate structures or objects. The positioning of light helps to highlight texture and shape, drawing attention to objects such as statues and trees. Uplighting draws the eye up and creates depth in the landscape once the sun goes down. With uplighting, light can either be positioned to shine directly on a surface such as a wall, or it can be positioned to light up and under a feature such as a tree’s canopy. 

Take a look around your property to see if there are any specific features you want to accentuate. From charming columns to a beautiful statue, to a pergola or patio structure, these are all features that would look amazing with uplighting.

Downlighting 

Downlighting is essentially the opposite of uplighting- fixtures are mounted up high on structures and pointed downwards to accent whatever’s below it. It works great for gardens, water features, or any other ground-level focal points you want to highlight. Downlighting creates a natural light atmosphere, providing the look and feel of moonlight. Downlighting fixtures can be tucked into a tree, positioned behind natural stone, or any other landscape element. When a fixture is mounted from high in the trees, it creates a dappled light effect that shines naturally through branches and leaves. It’s ideal for lighting driveways, lawns and patios and provides an element of safety for your home. 

Combination Lighting

Depending on your yard and landscaping, you may find that a combination of uplighting and downlighting works best. Using both types of lighting in unison with each other generally has the most appealing effect. Since natural light floods in from all different angles, mixing uplighting and downlighting will give your yard the most natural look. Using both of them creates a combination of subtle and dramatic lighting for your outdoor living space. Layer them, using uplighting to accent certain architectural features, statues or foliage and downlighting to light up low-growing plants, sitting areas and water features.

Front yard and backyard lighting can completely transform your home, whether you’re entertaining or relaxing with your family. Uplighting and downlighting both each serve their own unique purpose, but if you can’t choose which one to use, using both is sure to create an outdoor living space you love to spend time in and show off!


Whats The Best Type of Siding for My Shed?

Building a shed and wondering what type of siding to use? Whether you’re using the shed to store your yard and garden tools, creating an outdoor studio space, or building a playroom for your kids, using the right type of siding will ensure your shed looks great and provides the protection it needs. 

The Importance of Using Siding For Your Shed

Siding serves two main purposes, which are both essential for your backyard shed. Its primary function is to protect your shed from rain, snow and ice. It acts as a protective barrier, keeping the structural integrity of your shed strong, as well as protecting its contents. Quality siding also ensures the exterior of your shed will last. When using materials like plywood and OSB, you’ll likely deal with fading, flaking and peeling. 

The second purpose is its aesthetic function. Many homeowners choose to build their shed with the same siding as their home, or at least a siding that compliments their home. This ties your property together, and also ensures your shed isn’t an eye sore. 

When choosing which siding to use for your shed, consider factors such as water resistance, durability, aesthetics, and maintenance. Also keep in mind that some siding options are more affordable than others, so pick an option that fits your budget.

4 Popular Siding Options for Your Shed

1. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding options to use for a backyard shed. It’s available in many different colours and also comes in an array of styles, from board and batten to beaded. Vinyl siding is easy to maintain, requiring minimal upkeep, and offers a durable, weather-resistant barrier for your shed. It’s resistant to insects and won’t rot, dent or fade, so will last for years to come. 

2. Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is another great option to use for your shed. It’s a relatively new material made from sand, cement and cellulose fibers that are available in sheet form and used as exterior cladding. It’s beautiful, durable and highly weather-resistant, plus it won’t rot or rust. One thing to note is that it can be susceptible to impact damage such as from a baseball or large hailstones. It’s offered in a range of colours, and is also available in smooth and woodgrain textures, batten boards and crown moulding. 

3. Steel Siding

Steel siding creates the ultimate shield for your shed. It’s one of the strongest materials out there and will protect your shed from harsh rain, severe winds, freezing cold and blistering heat. Steel siding is built weather-tough so it won’t absorb moisture, and also resists warping, chalking, fading and brittleness. It will give your shed an upscale appearance and all you need to do is rinse it off with a hose to restore its good-as-new beauty.

4. Aluminum Siding 

Another option for your backyard shed is aluminum siding. The aluminium siding options offered at Gentek are made to look like real wood, with none of the maintenance. Its durable and strong, formulated to shield your home from outdoor elements. Elegant and strong, if you want the look of wood for your shed, with none of the maintenance, aluminum siding is an excellent option! 

Ready to build an awesome outdoor shed? Any one of these 4 types of siding materials will ensure you have a shed that looks beautiful and offers solid protection.


5 Steps to Winter-Proof Your Roof

Harsh winter weather can bring with it home damage, especially when it comes to your roof. Your roof is a key element of your home, offering protection, increasing comfort and making sure your house is structurally sound. Once problems start with your roof, they can quickly move to other areas, wreaking havoc on your home. The last thing you want is to have to get repairs done to your roof mid-winter, so take a look at 5 steps to winter-proof your roof before the snowy season arrives! 

1. Trim Your Trees

Before we’re hit full force by winter, make sure to trim any tree branches that are close to your home. Severe winter weather like high winds and hail can cause branches to fall off your trees and hit your roof, leading to extensive damage. All tree branches should be trimmed before winter, but be especially wary of ones that are overhanging or that actually touch your roof. 

2. Check Your Gutters to Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams can occur when your gutters are clogged. Since gutters hold water and moisture, when the cold weather strikes, the water freezes, which can lead to significant problems. The ice can damage your roof over time, and also prevents snow from fully melting and running through your gutters. Check your gutters to make sure they’re clean and that water isn’t blocked from running through them. Another step you can take to help prevent your roof from ice dams is installing proper attic venting and insulation. Warm air coming from your ceiling can cause the snow to melt, run down the roof and freeze, creating havoc-wreaking ice dams.

3. Deal With Existing Leaks

If you’re aware of any existing leaks in your home, especially ones in your attic or roof, it’s crucial to fix them as soon as possible. Check to see if any shingles are damaged, cracked or missing, and if so, make it your top priority to replace them. Head to your attic and use a flashlight to look for signs of water stains or dripping. Fix any leaks you find, or else moisture from the snow can get into your house causing water damage to your home. 

4. Check the Shingles and Flashing

Your roof’s shingles and flashing can both be culprits of leaks. Check your roof for any shingles that need to be replaced, and inspect the flashing to ensure it’s in good condition. The flashing is what connects your roof to other features of your home such as skylights, chimneys, windows and vents. If you find that you need to replace any flashing, ensure that it’s properly installed by a professional, or else you run the risk or more leaks in your home.

5. Check for Sagging Roof Areas

Another important thing to do before winter weather hits is check your roof for sagging areas both inside and outside your home. Look at your roof line and check if there are any areas that are bending or sagging. Also take a look from the inside. When you’re in the attic, can you see the roof sagging inward? The extra weight of snow and ice on your roof will only make the issue worse, so make sure to check before winter, and if you notice any sagging, get a professional in to inspect your roof and offer a solution.

Make sure your roof is winter-proof! Take these preventative measures before the snowy season hits! 


How to Prevent Critters From Getting Into Your Attic and Roof

Does worrying about critters getting into your attic keep you up at night? Animals and critters like raccoons, squirrels and mice can cause major damage if they get into your attic, wrecking your wiring, plumbing and insulation. You don’t want to harm them, but it is important to get them out of your home so they don’t disrupt the structural integrity of your house, let alone your sanity! Take a look at 5 tips to prevent critters from sneaking into your attic!

1. Check Your Attic

Don’t go animal-proofing your attic before checking if there are any critters living inside. It’s really  important to make sure your attic is animal-free so you don’t cause harm to them or cause additional damage to your home. Listen for sounds coming from your attic. Squirrels make scurrying noises, while rats and mice scamper around at night. Larger animals like racoons make thumping or rolling noises. Check for droppings and other signs of infestation such as nests, chewed wires or holes to the outside. If you do find a critter, call pest or animal control so they can humanely trap it and release it in its natural habitat. 

2. Inspect Your Home’s Exterior 

Your home’s exterior is another place to check to see if critters are getting into your attic. Look for holes between your roof and your wall, and remember that even openings as small as 3.8cm in diameter are big enough for squirrels to crawl through. Also be on the lookout for gaps near your roofline and loose attic vent covers. Vent covers that are loose can be opened by larger animals like raccoons, allowing them to easily sneak into your attic. 

3. Upkeep Your Yard

A tidy yard ensures less chance for critters to sneak into your home. Seal your garbage tightly in heavy-duty trash cans. Keep them inside your shed or garage if you can, to restrict any scents that can lure animals such as racoons. Get rid of any yard debris like dead bushes and piles of leaves, where small animals can build nests and homes. Some pests are also repelled by certain plants like marigolds and clovers, so it’s smart to plant them in your garden.

4. Trim Overhanging Branches 

Do you have branches that reach over your roof? If so, you’ll want to trim them back about six feet. Animals can jump from tree branches onto your roof and get into your attic. Six feet is the typical jumping distance for animals like squirrels, so trimming them back further will ensure they’re unable to jump onto your roof. Another way to prevent animals from climbing the trees in your yard is placing a metal sheet around the trunk six to eight feet off the ground. 

5. Use Bright Lights 

Bright lights offer a strong deterrent for animals that are making their way into your attic. Bright lights bother the eyes of small animals such as squirrels, racoons, rats, bats and rodents. Many of these pests and critters are nocturnal, so shining bright lights in your attic will make them feel vulnerable and uncomfortable.

If you’re worried about critters getting into your attic and roof, use these tips to keep them from wreaking havoc on your home!