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4 Reasons To Add Vinyl Siding To Your Home

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Add Vinyl Siding To Your Home

If you’re a homeowner, you will want to do all you can to help your home look it’s absolute best. Of course, the exterior of the home is the area that is viewed the most by neighbors and others in the area. You should strongly consider adding vinyl siding to your property because of the many benefits it offers you. It’s ideal to be aware of some of the top advantages of what vinyl siding can do for your home to motivate you to get started on installing it. Reason #1: Attractiveness One of the main reasons that you may want to add vinyl siding to your home is because it can be effective in allowing your home to be more aesthetically pleasing. Having a property that is attractive and appealing to the eye is ideal. Additionally, you can choose the siding that best complements the style of home you have. Reason #2: Durability The good news is that vinyl siding can last a very long time. The chances are high that you don’t want to have to replace the siding on your property frequently. In fact, studies do show that this type of siding can last up 25-40 years for most homeowners. Of course, you will want to do all you can to protect your siding and take care of it by cleaning it as necessary. Reason #3: Maintenance free The last thing you will want to have to do is spend a lot of time working on your vinyl siding after it’s been put into place. The good news is that you won’t have to do this. You won’t have to paint it, and this can save you a great deal of time and money. You may simply want to give it a thorough washing annually to enable it to truly look its best. Reason #4: Versatile When looking for vinyl siding, you’ll be able to find a wide variety of types and brands to select. You can also choose from a plethora of colors that will match your home perfectly.  Vinyl siding has some versatile options and this will enable you to make the ideal choice for your home. The benefits of choosing the right material for the exterior of your property include giving you the peace of mind knowing that it looks its best. Be sure to consult with a contractor in your area today to get started on the installation process of vinyl siding on your...

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3 Winter Tree Care Tips That Will Ensure Your Landscaping Is Healthy When Spring Arrives

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Winter Tree Care Tips That Will Ensure Your Landscaping Is Healthy When Spring Arrives

With winter on the way, you will want to start with some of the fall maintenance around your home, which can include pruning trees and trimming the shrubs. Trimming your trees and other tree care can be a great way to ensure you are ready for the winter months. Here are some tips that can help you to prepare from winter with proper tree care. 1. Treating Storm Damage and Dead Limbs That Can Cause Further Tree Damage During storms in the summer and fall, many branches in trees can be damaged. This damage may not be noticeable at first, but during the fall months you may notice dead branches that have not survived storms. Cut these branches off to prevent them from causing further damage to the tree. If you notice them earlier, then you won’t run into an emergency tree care problem that you will want to deal with as soon as you see it. 2. Dealing with Insect and Disease Problems While Insects Are Dormant During Cold Weather Insects and diseases can be another major problem that you have to deal with when caring for your trees. Sometimes, problems like insects can spread to healthy trees, which is why it may be a good idea to deal with them while they are dormant. This is particularly good for destroying the insects and larvae by burning the debris. You will want to burn the waste on the coldest days to ensure that the insects are inactive when they are destroyed. This method is sometimes required in areas where invasive species are quarantined. 3. Trimming and Pruning Trees to Promote Healthy Growth and a Strong Tree Every Year Trimming your trees at the right time is another important part of care for your trees. This is something that you will want to do to ensure that the trees are healthy every year. It can also help you give trees shapes and forms that you will want to add to your landscaping. Pruning your tree also helps to remove the unhealthy growth so that the new healthy growth can take its place the next spring. These are some tops that can help you ensure your home is safe with good tree-care practices this winter. If you need help dealing with issues with your trees, contact a tree-removal service and talk with them about helping with the heavy work that needs to be done.   Visit sites like http://smittystreeservice.net/ to find tree-care professionals near...

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2 Essential Considerations For Comfortable Winter Living When Renovating A Period Home

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Essential Considerations For Comfortable Winter Living When Renovating A Period Home

Renovating a period home is a popular choice for American home-owners. Period homes are an important part of the cultural history of the nation and also provide a home with great character and beauty. If you’re renovating a period home in a colder climate, then there are two vital areas that you’ll need to consider. 1. Insulation Many period homes were built during an era when there was very little knowledge about the important role that insulation plays in keeping a home warm through the colder months. These days it is well known that effective insulation can not only keep a home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, but it can also significantly reduce energy bills. To effectively insulate a period home, it’s important to pay attention to the wall cavities, the floor, and the ceiling. Traditional insulation products, such as batts or reflective paper, can be easily installed in the ceiling and beneath the floors. However, the walls may be a little trickier. An effective way to fill in the wall cavities without removing either the exterior cladding or the internal plasterboard is to use an expanding foam insulation. This can be pumped through a small, easily patched hole to completely fill the cavity. It then hardens to provide a solid mass of aerated insulation for the walls of your home. 2. Windows The original glass used to glaze the windows of period homes was very thin and brittle when compared to modern glazing. It offered very little in the way of minimizing heat loss and relied on heavy drapes or blinds to keep the cold winter air at bay. Replacing the old glass with a modern alternative is essential for creating a warm and energy efficient renovation of a period home. Replacing the original windows with authentic looking, modern replicas is a popular way to combat this issue. For even more thermal insulation, you can include double glazing which provides a layer of protective air between the panes of glass. If your budget doesn’t stretch to replacing the windows entirely, then you can also use an adhesive insulation film to cover the existing glass. While this isn’t as effective as modern, double-glazed windows, it is still a vast improvement on the original glass. If you’re keeping your existing windows, then it’s also very important to ensure that the frames are air tight. Over time, timber can warp and crack due to variations in temperature and moisture levels, which allow draughts of cold air to be sucked inside the warm interior. These gaps can be filled in with an expanding foam and then painted over to match the timber frames of your windows. Renovating a period home is a challenging but very rewarding way to create a home. Ensuring that the renovation is done with comfort and energy efficiency in mind is part of the challenge, and for this reason it’s always best to use a renovation contractor with a solid history of period home restoration to complete the work for you. Consider a home renovation company like Parkview...

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Pros And Cons Of A Geothermal Heating System

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of A Geothermal Heating System

If you are looking for a heating system for your home, using a geothermal heating pump is a great option. While this does require more of a complex installation process, you also benefit in a variety of ways. It is good to know both the pros and cons so you can decide if this is the best heating system for you. Pro: You can get both heating and cooling One of the top benefits to a geothermal heating system is that this pump can actually provide both heating and cooling. While the heating pump is often associated with heating in your home, you can use it for the reverse purpose and cool off the inside of your home. This helps save money by not having to install a separate cooling system. Con: It is expensive to install While you will save money on a monthly basis and have lower energy costs than many other heating systems, the installation is another story. It does cost more to buy a geothermal heating pump and especially to pay for the labor costs. There is a lot of deep ground drilling which tends to increase the overall cost of installation. Compare the initial costs to how much you will save each month to decide if it is worth it to you. Pro: The heating system is eco-friendly Another benefit to using geothermal heat in your home is that it is friendly to the environment. No carbon is used when getting power from deep within the earth’s surface, and no harsh chemicals are used either. The pump helps to heat up the inside of your home by absorbing heat in the ground’s surface, then pushing it through vents in your home to heat it up properly. Con: Installation can be convenient The installation process is not only more expensive, but it can be inconvenient when you are living in the home that needs the installation. Since a lot of digging underground needs to be done, you might not be able to live in your home, or you may hear a lot of loud noises in your home during the day. It might take a while to install the heat pump, often longer than a central heating and cooling system. Pro: You can get this system anywhere Regardless of where you live, you should be able to get a geothermal heating system. There are no restrictions based on what utilities are nearby or what energy sources you need. Since the earth’s natural resources are used, city and rural areas should both have access to this heating system. For more information, talk to a professional like TODDCO,...

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Three Ways to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof

As a business owner, keeping your profits high has a lot to do with your ability to keep your costs low. You can work toward this goal by increasing the lifespan of your commercial roof. The longer the roof lasts, the less money you will likely have to spend. Make sure you know how to increase the lifespan of your roof. Keep the Roof Clean Work hard to keep the roof clean. Leaves, dust, dirt, and other debris can collect on the roof. In excess, this raises a number of concerns. First, debris can attract pests. Certain animals find a debris collection of something such as leaves to be an ideal spot for a nest. Pests can eat away at the wiring and other materials on the roof, causing substantial damage. Secondly, excessive debris collection raises the risk of clogging the gutters. When debris rests in the gutters, water can’t properly flow off and away from the roof. This ultimately causes it to pool and increases the likelihood of a roof leak. Repair Issues Promptly In some cases, roof damage is inevitable. However, you play the most important role when it comes to determining how significant the damage is. The most important thing to remember about roof damage is that it is often progressive.  Consider a small hole in the seam of the roof, for example. Over time, moisture will seep into the small entry and loosen up the surrounding roofing materials, which will cause the hole to expand. Eliminating this issue involves repairing the small hole right away. Always make it a point to repair any damage promptly. Perform Gutter Inspections It’s also important to perform gutter inspections. Pooling water isn’t just the quickest path to roof damage; it’s also a path to damage in the internal spaces of your building. When your gutters aren’t functioning efficiently, water won’t properly drain away. Consider inspecting the gutters at least once every season. When checking the gutters, it’s important not only to look for debris collection but also to ensure that the gutters aren’t showing any signs of wear, such as punctures, bends, or other physical damage. This type of physical damage can also prevent proper water flow and lead to pooling. Make sure you are working to protect your roof. If you have an in-house facilities manager, they should be able to easily perform some of these steps for you. However, if you don’t, a commercial roofing professional such as Danny Odom & Son Roofing can also...

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3 Ways Your Roofing Material Can Affect Your Yearly Budget

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways Your Roofing Material Can Affect Your Yearly Budget

As a homeowner, you probably have a section of the budget dedicated to home improvement and upkeep. Roof replacement can put quite a strain on this budget, so you may be tempted to simply buy the cheapest roofing material you can find when your roof needs replacing. However, choosing a more durable and greener roofing material can actually confer long range benefits on your budget in future years. Here are three ways in which your budget may improve if you choose a green roofing material, such as naturally reflective tile or metal or even a “green roof” or rooftop garden. 1. Roof repairs and replacements  Although the initial cost of replacing an asphalt roof with metal or tile can seem prohibitive, you may find that you will actually save money overall during the life of the roof if you choose one of these durable materials. This is because asphalt roofs need to be replaced every twenty-five years or so, and more durable roofs can last several times as long. Even the cheap variety of metal roof, known as tin roofing, can last twice as long as an asphalt roof. In addition, these materials are likely to suffer less wear and tear in normal circumstances than asphalt roofing could be expected to do. One reason for this is that metal roofing and tile are more durable than shingles, and another is that they’re naturally reflective, meaning that they don’t suffer from thermal shock like asphalt shingles do. 2. Air conditioning bills  One of the great reasons to install a cool roof on your home is that it will help reduce air conditioning bills while keeping your home cool. A large proportion of the heat your home accumulates during the day comes through the roof. In fact, many homeowners find that they save over one-fifth on their air conditioning bills throughout the year with a cooler roof. In addition to simply installing a reflective roofing material, you can make your roof naturally cooler by using a reflective barrier, an attic fan, and shade, as well as by making the surface even more reflective with a cool roof coating. 3. Tax credits  Because the federal government is trying to encourage homeowners and businesses to build green structures, you may find that when you install a cool roof you become eligible for a tax credit or other government subsidy. Unlike the air-conditioning savings and the roof repair savings, this is a one-time offer. However, you may be able to find multiple offers that are available in your area. If you want to be able to plan on this, you should look up the relevant grants before you decide which type of roofing to install. They may specify a certain type of roofing material or a certain product that you have to use to be eligible.  These are only three of the benefits you’ll find if you install a cool roof. Increased summer comfort, reduced air conditioning repair bills, and other benefits may apply as...

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Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Through Attic Hatch Insulation

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Through Attic Hatch Insulation

While maintaining a nice warm home is a comforting part of winter, the related energy expenses can cause a lot of stress. Fortunately, it isn’t as hard as you might think to lower your heating bills. If you would like to learn more about preparing your home for winter, read on. This article will teach you how to keep your energy bills down by eliminating one common cause of heat leaks: your attic hatch. Step 1: Eliminate gaps around the frame. Some sort of decorative trim is usually installed around the border of most attic hatches. The purpose of this trim is to improve the appearance of the hatch’s frame when viewed from below. Unfortunately, in fulfilling this function, it often masks a common problem: large gaps between the hatch frame and the ceiling around it. Remove a portion of your trim so that you can inspect whether or not the perimeter of the frame has been insulated. If not, you’ll want to remove all of the trim to correct the problem. All you’ll need to insulate gaps with a width of 1″ or less is a tube of acrylic caulk. If the gap’s width is greater than 1″, seal it up through the application of spray foam. Step 2: Ensure the hatch sits flush against the top of the frame. The hatch cover is attached to the frame on the attic side. In most cases, it is comprised of nothing more than a piece of plywood secured by a hinge to the frame. Over time, due to its exposure to wide fluctuations in temperature and moisture levels, this plywood is susceptible to becoming warped and misshapen. The problem here is that a warped hatch cover can no longer sit flush against the frame. In other words, there will be numerous gaps that allow hot air to escape upward into your attic. Fortunately, you can stop this type of heat leak by affixing lengths of weatherstripping to the top of your frame. The idea here is that the compressible weatherstripping will ensure a tight seal, even if the hatch cover itself is somewhat warped. Step 3: Attach insulation to the top of the hatch cover. As you can probably imagine, the plywood out of which your hatch cover is made doesn’t exactly offer a ton of insulation on its own. Installing rigid foam insulation to the top of the cover is therefore a great way to reduce the amount of heat migrating upward through that thin board. All you have to do is cut the insulation to size and use wood glue to attach it–foil side down–to the top of the hatch cover. Contact a business, such as Tracy’s Insulation, Inc., for more...

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A Few Surveying Terms You Should Know

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Surveying Terms You Should Know

Surveying is a profession that has been around for thousands of years. Kings and other rulers would hire surveyors to divide up the land belonging to the king so that people could occupy and work the land. In the United States, at least three countries—France, England, and Spain—divided up land in different parts of the U.S before it became part of the United States. Thus, depending on how long ago the boundaries to your property were defined, you may come across terms that are no longer in common use.  Arpent The arpent is a unit of measurement used by the French centuries ago. Thus, you don’t have to worry about it unless you live in Louisiana. Because many of the early land grants were given using these old French units. An arpent equals about 192 feet. Many properties are measured in square arpents, which equal about .845 acres. In any case, if your property documents have dimensions measured in arpents, any surveyor worth his salt should be able to explain the dimensions of your property in terms that you should understand.   Furlong Many old units of measurement had to do with working property. For example, the furlong is actually a corruption of the term “furrow long,” which was a standardized unit of measurement, which more or less indicated how long oxen could pull a plow before they needed to be rested. In today’s terms, a furlong is 220 yards long. You may see furlongs used in property deeds that were drawn up in the English colonies.  Labor The American Southwest was originally settled by the Spanish, so some of the original land grants were given in Spanish terms. A labor is a relatively large piece of land, which in today’s terms is equal to about 177.4 acres.  Hectare A hectare is not an old unit of measurement, but it is a term you should be familiar with. As people switch over to the metric system, acres and other older measures will be replaced with metric terms. A hectare equals 10,000 square feet.  The above terms are just a sampling of the types of terms that can come up in property deeds. If you look at a deed for a piece of land that you are thinking about purchasing, and you are having a hard time understanding the terms on the property, you should contact a land surveyor to explain the terms to you. Also, if it has been a long time since your property was last surveyed, you should have a surveyor locate the original markers that designate the boundaries of your property to make sure everything lines up the way it...

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How To Install Recessed Lights Above A Shower In A Drywall Ceiling

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Install Recessed Lights Above A Shower In A Drywall Ceiling

If you want to improve the lighting in your shower, consider installing a recessed light. A recessed light, also called a downlight, sits slightly inside a ceiling or wall to accentuate an area. However, the light must meet building codes in your area, so find out what fixtures are acceptable. Here are some tips to install recessed lights in a drywall ceiling above a shower. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: work gloves safety glasses pencil or chalk masking tape plastic or drop cloth slotted screwdriver (optional) stud finder voltage tester dry wall saw electrical tape wire strippers wire nuts insulation-contact recessed light Choose a power source the light fixture. An existing power source, such as another light or outlet, makes the installation process easier, since all you have to do is run a cable to it. Turn off the power to the room from the breaker panel. Run a voltage tester over the breaker box to ensure no current exists. Place masking tape, over the drain, and lay drop cloths or plastic in the surrounding area to make cleaning drywall debris easier.  Cut the Hole If you have an attic, check the attic space above the shower to prevent cutting into pipes or wires, and to locate studs. If you don’t have an attic, use the stud finder to detect joists, and mark their location on the ceiling with chalk or a pencil. Position the template that is included with the light fixture in between the joists, and trace the shape with pencil or chalk. Cut the hole with the saw, but avoid cutting to deep so you won’t cut wires. If you have attic access, cut the hole from the attic. Install the Light Knock out the junction box hole on the fixture. Strip about a fourth of an inch of wiring on the fixture with the wire strippers, then run the cable from the power source to the fixture; inserting it in the hole on the fixture. Twist the matching colored wires together, and secure them with wire nuts. Place electrical tape around the wire nuts, so they fit snuggly in the junction box. Mount the junction box on the closest joist; being certain to allow clearance for the light. Set the light in the hole; taking care not to twist wires. Press the clips with the screwdriver until you hear a click. If the fixture has springs,insert clips into the notch, and move the light back and forth. ​Turn on the light to test for proper operation. If you don’t trust your skill, or you need new wiring installed, contact an electrician. Visit http://attaboyservices.com/ for more...

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The Advantages Of Storm Fixtures

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Advantages Of Storm Fixtures

If you are going to invest in window replacement for your residential property, you should definitely consider storm fixtures. Storm fixtures basically look just like normal fixtures, except they are reinforced in every aspect. While they might be designed to withstand the most severe weather conditions and even natural disasters, they are suitable for homes in all climates. This article will explain some of the benefits of storm windows. You will see that no matter where you live, storm windows can be very beneficial. Extra Strength The first great thing about storm windows is the extra strength. While they are built to withstand gale force winds, homeowners with large families and young children will appreciate having windows that can withstand everyday wear and tear caused by normal usage. Furthermore, storm windows are usually constructed out of reinforced vinyl or similar materials. These are basically bulletproof materials, so you don’t need to worry about scratches on the inside or outside. Storm windows have tempered glass panes for added strength. Tempered glass is less likely to break because it is designed to be a little more flexible. Even if it does shatter, it breaks into round pebbles that aren’t as sharp as normal glass shards. Energy Efficiency Many people are also attracted to storm windows because of the energy efficiency they can add to the building. Storm windows have different levels on insulation, as reflected in their R-value rating. Be sure to choose a product that has a R-value that matches your regional requirements. You can invest in triple, and even quadruple, paned windows for extra insulation and protection. The space between each window pane is filled with argon gas to help with the solar insulation. Storm Windows Come in All Styles It is also very important to know that storm windows can be found in just about any color or style. Whether you want fixed, casement, sliding or bay windows, you should be able to find a storm window option to fit your property and style. Also, you can alternate between storm fixtures and standard fixtures throughout your house. You don’t need a storm fixture on every single window. For instance, you might not need storm fixtures on windows that are under a patio or the side of the house that receives less sunlight. Since storm fixtures are marginally more expensive, this is a great way to save money on your overall costs. It is easy to see why so many homeowners, no matter where they live and how mild the climate is, are choosing storm...

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