4 Renovations that are Trickier than You Think

Posted on Bucket of Spackle for Home Renovations

If you are a homeowner, one of the most exciting things is making improvements to your space. These renovations come in many different forms, and some are easier than others. However, some that initially seem fairly easy can turn out to be quite difficult and time-consuming, especially if this is your first renovation. Here are a few renovations that you may want to get some extra help on.

Laying Floor Tiles

It seems like a simple enough concept on the surface. You simply lay some tiles down, let them dry, and you magically have new floors. If you need help with flooring, be sure to visit a flooring store so you can see samples and ask questions about your specific project. Tile doesn’t just require accuracy and precision; it takes a lot of time to line them up perfectly. That’s not to mention the back-breaking work of breaking up the previous tiles and hauling them out while hauling the new ones in. One of the biggest problems you can run into is uneven floors. You will need to level the floors to make sure the tile lays properly.

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchens are the heart of a person’s home. It is tempting to dive in and start renovating your kitchen if you have big ideas for it. But a kitchen involves various aspects you might not think about. There is wiring, flooring, counter tops, paint, and water to deal with. Each element requires knowing how to cut off power, access, or re-arrange appliances. If you want to start with something simple, try refacing your cabinets or re-tiling your backsplash. These are easier projects that can give your kitchen a completely different look.


If you have ever walked into a room and seen a poor paint job, then you know why it’s important to take painting seriously. In theory, it is only a matter of moving a brush back and forth. But you need to be careful not to leave raised bumps and lines, or your new renovation can look worse than before. Make sure you choose the right kind of paint for the surface. Textured walls require a different sheen than smooth walls. You should also make sure you properly cover all surfaces that you don’t want to be painted.

Roof Repairs

Roof updates or repairs aren’t something to mess around with on your own. If you aren’t careful, you can actually do more damage than repairs. This is actually something you should be keeping up to date with because roof problems can lead to rot, mold, and leaks into your home. If you want to do work on your roof, find a contractor that has great ratings and comes well-recommended. It’s cheaper, in the long run, to go with someone who really knows what they are doing.

When it comes to renovations, they can be a great way to improve your home. However, it is crucial to use the right techniques, or you could end up with a mess on your hands and an expensive one at that. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by your projects. Start small and work on improving your skills little by little.

Written by
Terry Slate
Terry is the Vice President of Slate & Slate Roofing and has over 28 years of experience with both residential and commercial roofing. He specializes in metal roofing, composition roofing, and PVC membrane roofing.