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Signs You Need to Replace Your Attic Insulation

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs You Need to Replace Your Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is an important part of your home’s heating and cooling systems. Because heat rises and because the roof of your home absorbs a large amount of sunlight during the summer months, there is a large degree of temperature transfer between your attic and the exterior of your home. If your attic insulation is not up to par, your energy bills can greatly increase, and your home’s comfort levels can fall. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can look out for to help determine when it’s time for you to replace your attic insulation. Drafts If you notice a greater number of drafts within your house than you are used to that cannot be explained by opened doors and windows, especially in the upper parts of your house, your attic insulation has probably begun to degrade. As insulation gets older, it begins to crumble and group together, creating gaps in your insulation that leads to air being able to seep in through your roof and into your attic. The difference in the temperature of this air and the air throughout the rest of your house causes things to get a bit drafty. Pest Infestations If you have any pests within your attic, you may want to contact a contractor as soon as possible to take a look at your insulation. Any pests that have taken up residence within your attic can make nests within your insulation and tear it up, causing air to enter into your attic. Furthermore, if there is an opening somewhere in your roof that is large enough to let pests into your attic, it is extremely likely that your insulation has become water damaged as well and will need to be replaced. Increased Energy Bills If you notice an increase in your energy bills during the winter or summer without a corresponding change in the amount of use that you are giving your air conditioner or central heating unit, your insulation is probably doing a poor job of keeping hot or cool air within your home. This means that the average temperature of your home will fluctuate more often, causing your heating and cooling systems to work harder and more often to maintain the comfort levels within your home. This can greatly increase your long-term costs, so it’s a good idea to have your attic insulation looked at as soon as possible so you can save money. Talk to a company like Alaska Quality Insulators Inc for more information about how poor insulation may be affecting your...

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Know What To Expect If You Plan To Have A Dock Built In The Near Future

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Know What To Expect If You Plan To Have A Dock Built In The Near Future

If you want to have a dock built on your property, it is important to know that building the dock will not take very long, but planning for the build can be quite extensive. Many people do not realize how much time and effort goes into a dock build. Use the guide below to learn a few things that you need to expect if you plan to have a dock built in the near future. Design Layout Discussion The first thing that will happen is that you will meet with the dock builders and discuss what type of dock you are interested in having built. You need to let them know if you plan to have boat lifts built onto the dock, if you want a roof built over it, and if you want a shed or storage space built onto the edge of the dock. The builders need to know how long you want the dock to be, as well as how wide you want it to be so that they can create a printed design proposal for you. Create the Design Next, the builders will hire an architect to create the design for them to follow. The design must be very precise, so that they can know exactly how much material they need to order to complete the job. Once the design is created, the builder will bring it to you to get approval for the design. If there is anything you want to change, you need to let the builder know right away. Apply for the Appropriate Permits Before any building can begin, the marine contractor must get specific permits in order to have the dock built. He or she must submit the proposals for the design plan, specific information regarding if there will be electricity to the dock, and if there will be boat lifts. Once the permits are received, the builder can continue. Order the Materials Once the permits have been accepted, the builder can order the appropriate materials. There are often numerous materials that need to be delivered to the job site in order for the builder to build the dock. There needs to be a path for the large delivery trucks to make it to the build site with ease. If there is not a path, the builder may get a chainsaw and start making one, with your permission. Once all of the materials arrive, building can start. It typically does not take very long for the dock to actually be built though. Once it is completed, inspections need to take place to ensure that it is sound and strong before you can actually start using it....

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Does Your Bedroom Carpet Get Dirty Quick? Keep Your Bed From Intensifying The Problem

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your Bedroom Carpet Get Dirty Quick? Keep Your Bed From Intensifying The Problem

With the bedroom being a space in your home you likely sleep in every night, it’s likely that it receives more wear and tear over the years than the rest of the rooms in your home. If you use your bedroom for more than just sleeping and getting ready, the carpet will likely get dirty at a faster rate. Vacuuming the carpet once a week or so will prevent your carpet from looking excessively muddy. But, you should figure out how to minimize its dirtiness to maximize the lifespan of the carpeting. It is possible for your bed to be one of the main reasons you have to clean the carpet so frequently. Remove Pet Hair on a Daily Basis If you have a household with cats and dogs, their hair is going to get everywhere. It will happen more often in the areas where they lay down, as this is when the hair will most likely come off. So, your bed may be the primary destination for hair, and you need to prevent it from finding its way onto the floor. Shaking off the comforter outside or using a rubber glove will allow you to easily remove the hair. If you can get your hands on a reusable lint roller, you can use it to pick up hair on the comforter, pillows, and sheets. Use a Solid Bed Frame The bed frame you use can actually have a noticeable impact on the carpet’s condition. A metal bed frame is not going to stop dirt particles from reaching the ground. But a solid bed frame can prevent dirt particles that fall of the bed from hitting the carpet, which could settle into the fibers with enough time. This does mean you will need to find or make a bed frame that does not use slates to provide support to the bed. It allows you to lift up the mattress and just vacuum the inside of the bed frame, which should be very easy to clean. It works similar to how a dinner tray prevents crumbs and spills from getting elsewhere. Enjoy Liquids Safely It is perfectly fine to have drinks next to your bed, whether you tuck them within the bed frame, put them on the headboard, or place them on neighboring nightstands. But, these drinks can become an issue when they end up spilling and staining the carpet. This is a problem that you can easily avoid by getting your hands on reusable and spill-proof water bottles to dedicate for usage in and around the bed. If you find yourself getting professional carpet cleaning more than once a year due to carpet wear and tear in the bedroom, you should try out these methods to take care of bed-related issues.  For more information, contact Conscientious Carpet Care or a similar...

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3 Best Roofing Materials for a National-Style Home with a Pyramid-Shaped Roof

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Best Roofing Materials for a National-Style Home with a Pyramid-Shaped Roof

National-style homes are examples of early American architecture partly based on the simplicity of Native American structures. The homes have simplistic lines and floor plans that can still prove charming and functional. One way to accent the simplicity is to choose an attractive roofing material, particularly if your home has a pyramid-shaped roof. The four parallel low-pitch roof segments of the pyramid roof meet at a shallow ridge and provide an attractive and distinct topper for your home. However, some roofing materials are better than others for this sort of home and roof. Here are a few options to discuss when you next talk to your roofing repair contractors.  Good: Asphalt Shingles Asphalt shingles are lightweight and fairly durable for the low cost. The shingles can be made in almost any color commonly found on roofs and can be pressed or fabricated to have textures similar to wood shingles or slate tiles. Asphalt shingles are just a good all-around material for most roofing projects, but they are particularly good for a pyramid-shaped roof due to the roof style’s larger surface area. More surface area means more materials needed for the project, which can quickly drive up project costs. This is especially problematic if you are already on a tight budget. Good: Wood Shingles Wood shingles add texture and natural beauty to any roofing project. The textured shingles can soften the sharper lines of the pyramidal roof, which can help make the house look a bit too boxy. You can also opt for a bright or dark stain color on the shingles to bring even more visual interest to your home. Wood shingles are a bit more upkeep than slate shingles. The wood can expand and contract in the heat or cold and, over time, those motions can make the wood warp. But the need for occasional maintenance and maybe a sooner replacement might be worth the cost given the visual impact your roof could make with them. Bad: Metal Roofing  Once used primarily for industrial and garden settings, metal roofing has come a long way thanks to dye and fabrication advancements. But the standing seam or shingle varieties of metal roofing best suit homes that have a lot going on visually rather than the already simple national-style house. The metal roofing might end up making the house look even more stark and geometric. An exception is if you already have a lot of ornamental trim or details on your home and do want a simpler roof. The metal roof could work nicely in that situation, as it won’t draw the eye away from your other décor. Bad: Slate Tiles Slate tiles are regal and elegant and might be a bit too eye-catching for the roof of a national-style home. These homes look best when balanced between simplicity and decorative accents. The slate shingles might provide too much of an eye draw and make the rest of the house look plain by comparison. There’s also a cost issue due to the large surface area of the pyramid roof and the high cost of slate tiles. But if your budget allows for this, and if you really love the look of slate, you can by all means use this material, as the pyramid roof has enough bracing to support its weight....

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3 Heavy Construction Equipment Machines That Are Better To Rent Than Buy

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Heavy Construction Equipment Machines That Are Better To Rent Than Buy

When you own a construction business, some of your largest costs will be the equipment that you commonly use. A dump trailer, excavator, and other heavy equipment you use on nearly every project are best to own outright, but there are other machines that you may use less frequently, but are still necessary to complete your construction projects quickly and efficiently. Rather than invest in purchasing all of your heavy construction equipment, you can rent some of the machinery you don’t use as often to save money on a per-project basis. Here are 3 machines that you are better off renting, and why. Cranes A crane is used to lift and secure beams and other structural supplies on projects where you are building on high levels. Cranes are most typically used in the building of tall structures, bridges, and large warehouses. A crane service can also be useful in landscaping projects or excavation, and require a skilled individual to operate them safely. A crane purchase can be very expensive, especially when you may not be using this type of equipment on every job, or if you have to hire someone to operate the machine for you. However, a rental can be very cost-effective, being as cheap as $100 per hour, including crane operator costs. Backhoes Backhoes are smaller than loaders and have a dual function, being able to remove and relocate debris and other items from the front and back buckets. You may find yourself using a backhoe when your other equipment, such as a skid steer or excavator, cannot handle a single job effectively. Since you likely have equipment that can do much of what a backhoe can do, you can avoid the hefty costs of purchasing one for larger projects and simply rent on instead. You can rent a backhoe by the hour, day, or even week, as needed. Bulldozer For large reconstruction of buildings or entire tear downs, bulldozers are effective in clearing large paths and getting rid of heavy debris quickly. This common construction equipment machinery costs anywhere from $30,000 to upwards of $200,000, making affording this large and useful machine fairly daunting. Even if you plan on using a bulldozer for many of your projects, it’s wise to rent one instead of purchasing so you have funds to invest elsewhere in your construction business. There are many large equipment machines that can prove useful to your business. Knowing which heavy construction equipment pieces you can rent over buying can help you save money while being able to complete your projects...

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Three Tips For Keeping Your Garage Door Safer

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Keeping Your Garage Door Safer

Each year, there are around 30,000 injuries that result from the use of a garage door. Whether it comes from a cable snapping or one of the rollers broke, the garage door can be very heavy. In fact, it can even be lethal if you find yourself under one that comes crashing down. All garage doors should have a safety system in place that helps control the door and prevent it from falling, but these systems can malfunction just like any other system. In an effort to protect you and your family members, here are some tips to help ensure that your garage door system remains safe. Don’t Touch Moving Parts Anytime the garage door is moving up or down, you want to make sure your hands are out of the way. Children are especially susceptible to touching anything that is moving. There are certain places on the garage door that can be very dangerous when in motion. These can include the door panels, vertical rails, or any other moving part around or on the door. Even when you are opening or shutting the door manually, you want to be careful where you place your fingers. If you are not careful, you could smash them or worse. Always use the handle to operate the door manually.  Inspect Your Garage Door You should receive a maintenance guide with your garage door to help you understand what each part does and how it should be maintained properly. You can have your garage door inspected by a professional for around $100, or you can choose to do it yourself. If you plan to do it yourself, you need to know what to look for. Some of the things to look for are that the rollers are working properly, the tracks are parallel, and the bolts or nuts are not loose. If you do find a problem with one of these, you will want to call your garage door repairman to come and check out the situation.  Keep Your Garage Door Opener Safe Many people think it is safe by placing your garage door remote on the sun visor of your vehicle. This is a good way to not only get it stolen, but the kids have easy access to it. When you leave the opener with kids, they could easily press buttons causing the door to move up and down without warning. This can be very dangerous for someone who may be walking under the door. Additionally, should someone steal your garage door opener, they now have full access to your home. This is why it is important to keep your opener out of sight.  Contact a garage door company, like All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc. or a similar location, for more info and...

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Improve The Appearance Of A Granite Counter And Add A Backsplash Behind It

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Improve The Appearance Of A Granite Counter And Add A Backsplash Behind It

The granite counter in your kitchen can look like it came straight out of a showroom after removing stains from its surface and adding a backsplash behind it by completing the directions below. Once you have improved the appearance of the counter and its surroundings, care for it regularly to maintain its beauty and prevent damage to either item’s surface. Materials baking powder water bowl spoon sponges granite cleaner towel measuring tape pencil ceramic tiles tile adhesive foam brush tile cutter sand grout putty knife water Eliminate Scratches And Stains Mix equal amounts of baking powder and water together until they form a creamy paste. Apply the paste to a sponge and rub surface scratches on the counter. Press down firmly and add more of the baking powder and water mixture to each one until they are no longer visible. Apply granite cleaner to a clean sponge and apply it to any visible stains. Once the granite counter is clean, rinse its surface off with a clean, wet sponge and dry it with a towel.  Attach Tiles To The Wall Measure and mark an area behind the counter that you would like to use as a backsplash. Purchase ceramic tiles that will complement the color of the counter. Use a foam brush to apply a thin, even layer of tile adhesive across the back of the first tile that you are adding to the backsplash. Line up the tile and press it firmly against the wall. Continue adding the other tiles in the same manner until the marked section is covered. Use tile cutters to cut any tiles that won’t completely fit into the marked area. Wait for the tile adhesive to dry. Fill Gaps Between Tiles With Sand Grout Use the edge of a putty knife to apply sand grout in between adjoining tiles. Once each joint is filled smooth out the surface of the sand grout with the flat part of a putty knife. If any grout gets onto the surface of some of the tiles, remove it with a damp sponge. Wait the amount of time that is listed on the sand grout’s packaging for the product to dry. Once this has occurred, enjoy the updated appearance of your kitchen. Maintain the granite counter and backsplash by removing spills and stains promptly with products that are designed for granite and ceramic. As a result, you can avoid additional damage, and the counter and backsplash will continue to add beauty to the room.  For more ideas about how to improve the look of your kitchen, check out companies like Fixture...

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Choosing Between A Centralized Air Conditioning System Vs. Separate Window Units For Your Home

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Between A Centralized Air Conditioning System Vs. Separate Window Units For Your Home

As the summer months are approaching, you may be considering how you are going to cool down your home when the weather gets hot. Whether you choose a centralized air conditioning system for your home, or you rely on separate window units, there are benefits to both types of systems. Considering your budget to cool down your home, and how large your home is, either system can work great for you.  Separate Window Units for Your Home With separate window units, you can choose which rooms you want to keep cool. If you only want to keep a couple of rooms cool while you are sleeping at night, a few window units will work perfectly for you. If you are on a tight budget, you can purchase units room by room, and only turn them on when you want to lower the temperature in the room.  A Centralized Air Conditioning System A centralized air conditioning system will keep the temperature even throughout your home. While the initial investment to purchase a centralized air conditioning system is going to be higher than separate window units, it will cost you less money over time to run the centralized unit. You will still be able to shut off certain rooms in your home if you don’t want to cool the entire house.  The Benefits of Owning a Centralized Air Conditioning System Once you decide to make the initial investment of a cooling system for your home, you will soon realize the many benefits of owning a centralized air conditioning system. The benefits include: You don’t have to move portable air conditioning units in and out of windows when the seasons change. You can regulate temperatures throughout your home at a centralized control. Running the system is efficient on energy costs. You don’t have to worry about individual window units leaking or ruining window casings. You can see out of your windows because you don’t have air conditioners blocking the way. You can let in fresh air by opening your windows when there aren’t air conditioners in them. Now that the warmer weather is fast approaching, it’s time to consider your cooling options. If you are considering a home cooling system, it’s important to meet with an HVAC specialist in your area who can help you decide which type of heating and cooling in your area will work best. It doesn’t cost anything to get an estimate and to see what your choices...

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3 Fun Landscape Features You Can Create With Concrete

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Fun Landscape Features You Can Create With Concrete

Is your landscape lacking in dimension and interest? If so, a little concrete may be all you need to make a few changes that will completely transform the outdoor living space of your home into something more appealing. There are a ton of fun things that can be done with concrete besides just the ordinary walkways and patios that may come to mind when you consider elements made of this highly durable material. Call up a concrete pumping service and start making plans to totally revamp your landscape with a few of these creative concrete implementations. Implement a Retaining Wall Retaining walls are not just designed out of necessity; they are an incredibly easy way to give your landscape more depth. Retaining walls work well on properties that have a lot of natural curvature and slope, but they can also be implemented on flat landscapes just the same. Pick a spot, such as alongside your driveway or around your back porch, where a retaining wall would work well and get in touch with a concrete contractor who can help you with the creation process. The created retaining areas work well for flowers and shrubs and are bound to bring an entirely new look to your landscape. Add a Concrete Splash Pad If you are looking for a landscape feature that will not just be cool to look at but have the ability to provide entertainment, a concrete splash pad is an awesome idea. These concrete areas are ideal for children and work well in small spaces as well as large, offering a place to play in the water where it can be safely drained away. The concrete is installed over a system of pipes and waterways that provide various sprinklers and faucets for summertime play. The concrete splash pad can be created to look like decorative stone, so it will seamlessly integrate right in with the natural elements of your property. Border Your Landscape with Concrete Curbs There are many different forms of landscape border, from simplistic wooden posts to bordering stones. However, many of the individual bordering pieces will shift and move over time, leaving your landscaping looking unkempt and disheveled. Go for a more permanent landscape bordering solution with concrete curbs. These concrete curbs can be a range of colors designed to look like more natural elements, and even gently curve along with the contoured shape of your landscape. Contact a concrete pumping company, like Grundy-Coal City Redi-Mix Co or a similar location, for more tips and help on completing these...

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Do-Over: 2016 Shower Remodel Trends You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do-Over: 2016 Shower Remodel Trends You Don’t Want To Miss

Your shower is one of the most important parts of your house. But with an appliance that gets as much use as your shower does, there comes a point every few years where you should think about redoing it too keep it the most visually pleasing and useful space that it can be — and there’s no better time to remodel than now, with so many beautiful 2016 shower trends. If you’re looking for ideas for your next shower do-over, then here’s what you need to know. Tile is your friend After years of stone floors and walls (like granite) being the end-all, be-all in shower decor, tile is making a comeback. But this isn’t just any old tile — this is the emergence of a trend of bright, beautiful, intricate geometric designs. For best results — and to turn your shower itself into a beautiful focal point — try incorporating this year’s hot colors (like Greek Blue, Rose Quartz, and Olive Green) for decorating into your new tiles and choosing a tile pattern that makes some sort of organic picture, like a flower, as organic shapes are also in this year. Go ahead, be a square Adding a delightful juxtaposition to the organic shapes that flourish in modern bathrooms are the eminently sensible square-shaped appliance handles that are sweeping across bathrooms everywhere. Rather than round knobs or straight-line handles, square handles for your bathroom sink and any handles or knobs within your shower are a great, visually interesting complement to bright colors and organic shapes. Even better, you can embrace another trend in fixtures — warm metals like golds and bronzes — at the same time, making your fixtures hot in all the right way. Easy access Yes, accessibility to a shower is very important if you or a loved one is somehow physically disabled and unable to get into a traditional lipped-entry shower. But even without disability concerns, a shower with easy access — like a walk-in shower with a curve so that water doesn’t escape out onto your bathroom floor — is a good way to make your shower experience the best it can be. Right now, these walk-in showers without lips at the entrance for you to trip on are very on-trend, along with being functionally pleasant and visually stunning — a true focal point for your bathroom. For more information, contact a bathroom contractor in your...

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