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Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Asphalt Roof

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Asphalt Roof

It’s a good practice to check your roof for damage after a big storm rolls through. Although asphalt shingles can stand up to storms and strong winds, you never know when a gust will lift up shingles or blow debris on the roof that causes damage. Damage should be repaired right away or you could develop a leak that causes even more damage that is costlier to repair. Here are some suggestions for checking and repairing your roof after a storm with high winds. Check The Condition Of The Shingles When the storm is over, check your roof for damage, but don’t climb on the roof until it is dry and safe to do so. You can usually see the shingles well enough by standing on the ground and using binoculars. You could also check it with a drone if you have one. Look for missing shingles, loose shingles, and loose flashing. Also, check the condition of the gutters to make sure they are still secure. Check the shingles along the edge of the roof closely since these are the most likely ones to be caught by the wind and lifted out of place. If you see damage, make plans to have it repaired before another rain storm hits your area. Call Your Insurance Agent Next, call your insurance agent and explain the extent of the roof damage. Email or text photos of the damage if you can take pictures. This way, you’ll find out if your insurance will pay for the repairs. Your agent may come to your home for an inspection before you file your claim, so wait until you’re told how to proceed before you hire someone for repair work. If there is limited damage, your insurance may pay only for repairs, but if the damage is extensive, it may pay for a new roof. Cover The Damage If Necessary Yours may not be the only house with roof damage after a storm, so getting a roofer to your house might take some time. If you have to wait several days, it may be a good idea to cover the damaged area with a roof tarp so rain won’t leak under the shingles. All you have to do is spread out the tarp over the damaged part of the roof and secure it with boards and bricks so it doesn’t slide off. If the damage is minor and confined to the outer row of shingles only, you may not need to worry about leaking. However, you still want to do the repairs as soon as possible because weak shingles are much easier to lift off, and high winds will cause further damage each time there’s a storm. Hire A Contractor Replacing loose and missing shingles is an easy job for a roofer, like Peacock Roofing, and the work goes fairly quick. If the work is not done in a timely manner and a leak develops, then repairs are more extensive and costly. It may even require replacing rotting wood on the deck. Call a contractor as soon as you can, but be sure to hire a roofer from your local area. Some people work as storm chasers and show up to do repairs after a storm. While some might be reputable, others may do shoddy work or...

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How To Clean Exterior Windows

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Clean Exterior Windows

If you’re like most people, you probably clean the interior portion on your home’s windows much more often than the exterior. Kids’ fingerprints and other marks are much more noticeable from the inside and more convenient to wipe away as well. While you don’t need to clean your exterior windows every month, consider giving them a good wash down at least two times a year, such as during the fall and spring cleanings. Depending on your location and climate, you may need to do it a little more often. If you live near a busy highway, soot from car exhaust may leave a film on the windows, and frequent rain or snow could create unsightly water spots on the glass. Here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning your home’s exterior windows: 1. Rinse off the Debris After removing the screens from the windows, use a hose to rinse off any loose debris, such as pollen or bird excrement, off of the glass. Rinsing your windows first will make the scrubbing process easier. 2. Scrub the Glass  Next, fill a large bucket with a mixture of warm water and a gentle liquid soap. Dip a soft, clean microfiber cloth into the soapy water and squeeze out the excess. Begin scrubbing the windows, paying extra attention to any areas featuring stuck-on or hard-to-remove debris. Repeat the process as often as necessary until all of the dirt and grime are gone. If the windows are too high for you to reach, use a ladder. Have a friend or family member stand at the bottom as a spotter while you’re cleaning for safety purposes. As another option, use a mop with a long, extendable handle to reach the tops of the windows.  Use the hose to thoroughly rinse all of the soap off of the windows so that it doesn’t leave a residue.  3. Wash with a Vinegar Solution  To make sure your windows are sparkling clean, follow up with a vinegar rinse. Fill a bucket with one part distilled white vinegar to two parts cool water and use another clean microfiber cloth or a mop to apply it to the windows.  After removing any remaining residue on the window, rinse it once more with the hose.  4. Use a Squeegee  Instead of allowing the glass to air-dry, which can cause spotting on a sunny day, use a rubber-bladed squeegee to remove any excess water. Position the blade at the top of the window and slowly pull it down and repeat the process working section by section until the entire window is dry. To find out more, speak with a business like Port Orchard...

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2 Ways To Increase The Fertility Of Your Garden Soil

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Ways To Increase The Fertility Of Your Garden Soil

The health of your garden soil is an integral part of your garden’s success. Soil that contains too much clay or not enough nutrients will not help your garden plants grow properly. Here are some ways you can increase the fertility of your garden soil. Lay an Organic Weed Barrier Use a weed barrier in your garden can benefit you and your garden soil in several ways. First, a weed barrier will help control the growth of weeds and decrease the amount of time you spend working in your garden. A weed barrier will also help keep moisture in your soil, decreasing the amount of water you use to water your garden plants. Then, when you use an organic weed barrier, the materials you are using will break down throughout the season and add nutrients back to your soil.  One of the best types of weed barrier to use that will decompose in the soil is newspaper. Be careful not to use paper that is glossy, as it can contain chemicals that may not benefit your garden soil. Regular newsprint is the best to lay down as a barrier and will block out the sunlight, water, and oxygen to help reduce the number of weeds that grow. Submerge and soak a stack of newspapers in a basin of water until the newspapers are saturated. Then, remove and unfold the newspaper sections, laying them over the soil in your garden. If you lay down the newspaper several pages thick, it helps the newspaper to not tear while you are working with them and will create a thicker weed barrier. As the newspapers dry in the sun, they will create a hard shell.  At the end of the season or early the next spring, till the decomposing newspaper into your soil to boost its nutrients. Add Compost Materials There are many types of materials you can add to increase the nutrients in your soil. You can add lawn clippings to the surface of your soil each time you cut your grass. Then, throughout the year, mix the clippings into the soil with a shovel, or till it into the soil in the fall or spring. You can also use your lawn clippings to cover the soil and make pathways through your garden. This is a good way to keep down the mud in your garden while you are working in your garden. If you have a neighbor who raises backyard chickens, ask them if they have any extra chicken droppings, which you can add to and combine into your soil. Chicken droppings are one of the best types of fertilizers and is called “black gold” by many farmers who use it for its beneficial fertilizing nutrients. Just be sure to mix it thoroughly into your garden soil and not directly around plants, as its high nitrogen levels can cause burns to your plants. It can be a good idea to mix it into your soil in the fall and allow it to decompose over the winter to reduce its nitrogen levels so it does not harm your garden plants. Use these two methods to increase the nutrients in your garden soil. Click here for more info about this...

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How To Remove Rust From An Iron Or Steel Fence And Restore It By Painting

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove Rust From An Iron Or Steel Fence And Restore It By Painting

An iron or steel fence from a place like City Wide Fence Co, adds a decorative touch to yards while providing protection against potential intruders. Many iron or steel fences are galvanized or powder coated at the factory, which prevents rust, but corrosion can still appear if a fence has been mistreated or is very old. That is why homeowners should know how to eliminate rust patches and restore the original classy looks of an iron or steel fence. Below is a step-by-step procedure that can beautify your iron or steel fence: Tools and Supplies Needed Angle grinder with wire cup wheel Eye protection Tight-fitting work gloves Steel wool (Size “0”) Shop rag Trisodium phosphate powder Sponge Bucket Exterior metal primer Exterior metal enamel 1-inch paint brush Mineral spirits Step-by-Step Procedure 1. Remove rust patches from the fence The first step is to clear away all rust from the fence; you do not want to paint over old rust, as the corrosion will only continue to grow and will reveal itself as bubbling underneath the paint. Removing rust patches will require the use of an angle grinder, as sandpaper won’t be able to work deep enough into the metal. To use an angle grinder to remove rust from an iron or steel fence, begin by attaching a wire cup wheel. While the size of the wheel can vary and depends largely on personal preference, knotted wire wheels are stronger and will more effectively cut through rust. Next, put on protective eyewear as well as a pair of form-fitting work gloves and a long-sleeve shirt. It is important to dress for safety when using a wire cup wheel, as some of the tiny wires will break free from the wheel and sting when striking bare skin or get in your eyes without protection. Begin removing the rust by applying the wire cup wheel to the patches. Be sure to remove all the rust and taper the edges of the repair site with surrounding areas. Continue applying the brush until you reach bare metal. 2. Scuff and clean the fence Once all the rust spots have been removed, the next step is to roughen up the remainder of the fence. This is necessary to provide good adhesion for the primer coat. To scuff the paint, grasp a handful of size “0” steel wool and rub it vigorously against the painted surfaces of the fence. You don’t need to remove the paint, but it should be dull all over. After scuffing the paint, you will need to clean up the fence to remove paint, rust residue, oil and any remaining debris. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is an excellent cleaner and degreaser and is easy to work with. Follow the instructions on the container of TSP and mix the recommended amount of powder with hot water in a clean bucket. Apply the TSP using a large sponge; wipe down the fence to eliminate any trace of contaminants, then rinse the fence with a garden hose to clean the TSP residue. Allow the fence to air dry before moving on to the next step. 3. Apply primer and paint to the fence The final step in the restoration process is to apply coats of primer and paint. The primer is necessary to seal the bare metal...

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3 Excellent Reasons To Finish Your Basement

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Excellent Reasons To Finish Your Basement

If you are going back and forth on whether or not you should finish your basement, this is definitely something that you are going to want to consider. Having a finished basement can entirely change your home for the better, and can be done very well by a professional contractor like Winston Brown Construction. This are several great reasons why you should finish it, and this article is going to discuss 3 of these reasons.  More Living Space  Perhaps the best reason of all to finish your basement is to increase the amount of living space in your home. It doesn’t seem to make much sense to have so many square feet of your home that you can’t “live” in. Most basements are going to be equipped with the electrical and plumbing work needed to create bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or whatever else you may need. This means that you are not going to be limited at all when it comes to what you would like to do with your basement.  Increase The Value Of Your Home  One great reason to finish your basement is to increase the overall value of your home. When a home is completely finished, it is going to be much more appealing to buyers. They will likely really enjoy the fact that they can use the basement right away, without having to worry about spending the time or money to do it themselves. Also, because your home has more finished square feet, more bathrooms, bedrooms, etc., it is going to appraise for more, thus allowing you to sell it for more, knowing that your home is worth your asking price. Decrease The Risk Of Water Damage  Another excellent reason to finish your basement is to decrease the risk of water damage. As you are finishing your basement, you are going to be able to put certain things in place to decrease the risk of flooding in your basement, as well as to decrease the amount of damage that is going to occur to your basement, if it still happens to flood. For example, you are going to be able to put a sump pump in place that will pump water out as soon as it starts to enter your basement. You can also put a protective finish on your walls and floors so that water will not be able to damage the wood and other underlying structures if they come in contact with...

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Casement, Sliding & Double-Hung—Oh My! A Guide to Popular Window Styles

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Casement, Sliding & Double-Hung—Oh My! A Guide to Popular Window Styles

When it comes time to replace the windows in your home, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is which style of window you prefer. While you could just stick with the type you have now, you could be missing out on additional benefits if you don’t even consider changing styles. To ensure you make an informed decision, here’s a look at the most popular window styles and where they work best. Double-Hung Windows Double-hung windows are very popular. They consist of two window sashes mounted vertically within a single window frame. To open the window, you can either slide the bottom window up or the top window down. When do these windows work well? Double-hung windows are a good choice when you have a window against a patio or porch. They don’t swing outward like other styles of windows (casement and awning windows, in particular) so people can sit against them and you can put furniture right outside them. These windows are also a good choice for anyone with arthritis or limited mobility in their hands since you just have to push or pull on a ledge to open them. Since they open wide, they offer great ventilation. Casement Windows Casement windows are mounted on hinges on one side. To open the window, you turn a crank, which is usually placed at the bottom of the window frame. When do these windows work well? Casement windows are a good choice if you’re really trying to maximize your energy efficiency. They lock very tightly, so you don’t experience a lot of air leaks. Casement windows work well over a counter or behind furniture since you only have to reach the small crank to open them. They’re also a good choice if you have children or pets since it’s harder for them to fall through the small side opening than through a large opening in a hung window. Awning Windows Awning windows are very similar to casement windows, but the hinges are located along the top rather than to the side. They also open with a little crank. When do these windows work well? If you live in an area where it rains often, you may want to opt for awning windows. The way the window swings upwards when it opens protect the actual opening. While you won’t want to leave the window open during a huge storm, you can generally leave it open during a gentle shower without worry.  Like casement windows, awning windows work well over a counter. They are not a great choice against a patio or porch because they open into the outdoor space. Sliding Windows Sliding windows are sometimes sold as gliding windows. They consist of two panels mounted side-by-side in a single frame. To open the window, you slide one panel to the side.  When do these windows work well? Sliding windows are ideal of you have long rectangle window openings. Their operation is similar to double-hung windows (they slide to the side rather than up and down), but they have a different look because of the side-by-side arrangement. Sliding windows are a popular choice along patios since they don’t take up space when you open them. They are a good choice if you have kids who you worry may play with...

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Should You Get Plumbing In Place Now For An Above-Ground Pool Next Summer?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Get Plumbing In Place Now For An Above-Ground Pool Next Summer?

If the process of getting your kids ready for a day at the pool (and then trying to drag them away at closing time) has you thinking a pool of your own would be a better investment, you may be wondering about the timing of your construction. It may seem wise to get the site prepared and the necessary electrical and plumbing lines installed before the ground freezes; on the other hand, you may worry that the winter exposure of these lines without the protection of the pool and deck could cause problems before you’ve even begun. Read on to learn more about the whens and hows of plumbing an above-ground pool. What additional plumbing will you need before your pool can be installed?  Although above-ground pools can seem like significantly less work than in-ground pools (and, indeed, don’t require nearly as much excavation and drainage work), they do still require some additional plumbing and a source of electricity to power the pumps, skimmers, and filtration equipment.  First, you’ll need some PVC piping – either the rigid or flexible type. Rigid piping is generally considered more durable (and more impervious to insects), but it can be harder to install; flexible PVC piping is simple to install but may require more ongoing maintenance. These pipes will be hooked to your home’s water supply or the water main and should either run parallel on the ground’s surface or tunnel underground to the site where your pool is to be built.   It’s important to note that those who plan to tunnel their PVC piping (for aesthetic or safety purposes) should use rigid piping rather than the flexible kind. There have been a number of consumer complaints regarding termite damage or other problems with flexible PVC pipe that has been buried – the same properties that allow this pipe to flex for easy installation also make it easier for termites and other insects to chew tiny holes in the seams, causing leaks that may require excavation and replacement.  After your piping has been run, you’re nearly finished – you’ll need only to connect these pipes to the pump and drainage lines (which generally aren’t available until after you purchase your pool). Once you’ve turned on the water supply to your new plumbing, your pump should be ready to force water through each of your pool’s jets.  When is the best time to install the necessary plumbing for an above-ground pool? There is no perfect time of year to install or extend plumbing lines for a new pool – however, many homeowners do find it worthwhile to undertake these steps during the fall and winter months, as most plumbers and pool contractors will be booked through the spring and early summer. Not only can having this work performed during the off-season be more convenient, but it can cost much less.  If you do opt to have your plumbing lines extended during the fall and winter, you’ll want to keep them as empty as you can. Without the ability to “drip” these lines to prevent freezing, any water remaining in the supply and drainage lines during the winter could freeze and burst, all but ensuring you’ll be dealing with plumbing repairs at a time when you were hoping to be putting the final touches on your new...

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Renovating Your Tudor Home? Keep The Look Authentic With A Vintage Style Garage Door

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renovating Your Tudor Home? Keep The Look Authentic With A Vintage Style Garage Door

Your Tudor home could be more than a hundred years old or a newly built property that incorporates the traditional features. Either way, when it comes down to repairing or replacing that garage door, you’ll want to stick to the vintage style to enhance your curb appeal. Below is a brief explanation of the Tudor style and some tips for making your garage door look authentic—why not try these out? What is the Tudor Style? The Tudor name dates back to between 1485 and 1603, when Medieval England was ruled by the Tudor dynasty, including the famous King Henry VIII. At the latter part of the 19th century, the style was brought to the United States. Typical features include the Tudor arch, or pointed arch, and a multi-peaked roof, often having dormer windows. Dormers stick out from the sides of the main roof and have their own sides and tops. Tudor homes typically include a separate garage, once known as a carriage house. Modern Tudor style homes sometimes include the garage built into the main house. The facade is made up of wood beams and stucco work, creating the distinctive “blocked” design. Typical Tudor Door Styles and Materials The Vintage Wood Look Traditional Tudor garage doors are made of wood. If that wood is bit weathered, that’s even better. New wood can be made to look old by a process known as distressing. By using stains, sanding some bits down and actually hitting the wood to create small marks, the wood takes on a slightly used appearance. Putting a sealer on the wood prevents moisture from getting into any of the nicks. Cedar and redwood are two of the most common woods used in today’s garage doors. Cedar comes in blonde and reddish shades and is naturally resistant to insects and water. Redwood has a distinct reddish color, brought out by staining and sealants. Using Twin Doors that Open from the Middle Tudor garage doors usually have two sides that meet in the middle. They open out, one half at a time. This is a holdover from the days when heavy wood was your only choice and lifting a garage door above your head could prove dangerous. Redwood and cedar are still heavy and best suited for the twin door version. In modern Tudor style homes, single-car garages often have one door that opens up. Lighter doors that are easier to lift are often made from plywood, an inner foam core and a layer of eye-pleasing veneer. This lighter door gives you the option of using an electric garage door opener.  Electronic door openers can also often be used on the twin-door variety, depending on the design and available space.   Adding Embellishments for that Vintage Appeal Tudor styled wrought iron hinges and door handles give your garage door that authentic look. Wrought iron is formed by heating low-carbon iron in a forge and then pounding it into the desired shape. The method is similar to making horseshoes. The hinges and door handles are heavy and can usually be used only on heavier doors.  Lightweight decorative hinges and door handles made of lighter metals, fiberglass or high-end plastics are also options. Paned windows also add to the Tudor home look. Vintage paned windows were usually clear to provide much-needed light....

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5 Tips For Matching Paint And Tiles

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Matching Paint And Tiles

Whether you are painting in your bathroom, kitchen, or a tiled entryway, there may come a time in your painting job when you will want to find a paint color that either matches or complements your tile selection. If you are working in a room that has both tile and painted areas, you should keep the following tips in mind for the best results.  Select Your Tile First  If you are tiling a small section and painting a larger section, you may be tempted to select your paint color first. However, it is almost always easier to match the color of your paint to the color of your tiles than to try to find a tile that perfectly matches the paint you have chosen. This is because paint can be mixed to match any specific shade that you select. Once you have selected your tile, you should take one of your tiles to your paint store to have an exact color match determined. In many cases, your painting contractor can do this work for you, but you will save money by being able to simply give your contractor the exact name and/or formula of the paint you desire.  Keep In Mind That Old Tile Can Be Painted or Re-surfaced  If you do not want to replace your tile, you are not necessarily bound to keep your current tile color. It is possible to paint or re-finish your tiles to give them a fresh look. However, you should keep in mind that tile paint may have to be touched up more often than paint on drywall, and you will likely need a specialized contractor to complete this task. Additionally, you should realize that the texture and pattern of the tile will be less pronounced because the grout lines and tile will be painted the same color.   Consider Several Colors That Are In Your Tile Design  If your tile has more than one color in it, you should consider matching the various colors in your painted area. For example, you may choose to paint a room the most neutral shade within your tiles or it may look better if you echo a more vibrant pop color in the tiles. Before you make your final decision, you should try painting a large section of your wall with each of your potential color choices. Do not forget that choosing a shade lighter or darker than the shade on the tile can significantly change the overall affect in your room.  Consider Continuing the Tile Pattern Into Your Painted Area  One popular trend at the moment is to echo patterns throughout your room. For this reason, you may want to create a stencil that echoes the major pattern in your tiles and use it on your painted surface. You can also try enlarging the pattern, so it is the same style but less pronounced. You should keep in mind that you do not have to use the pattern on your entire painted surface. Instead, you may want to paint the majority of your walls a solid color but use the pattern on your ceiling or on a single accent wall.  Make Sure Your Tile Finish and Paint Finish Work Well Together  Tiles come in a variety of finishes, as do paints. While you do not...

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Tips For Using A Rented Concrete Pump Truck In Cold Weather

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Using A Rented Concrete Pump Truck In Cold Weather

If you are interested in building your own home from the foundation up, then you should understand that you will need a great deal of concrete to form the foundation. Renting a concrete pump truck is one good way to mix and place all of the concrete you need within a single day. But if you want to start the building process during the fall or winter months, then the outside temperatures probably are not going to be warm. In fact, you may work for a few days when the temperatures are able to freeze the concrete. The concrete will set when the temperatures rise. However, you may have some issues using the rented pump truck when concrete starts to freeze. To avoid this issue, follow the tips below. Use Hot Water If you mix concrete in the boom of the pump truck, then the water in the mixture will have the opportunity to freeze. Thankfully, this will not ruin the boom truck since concrete will not harden or cure once the water in the concrete mix freezes. However, the concrete will need to be thawed before the pumping truck can be utilized again. This will take some time and involve placing the truck in a warm environment for several hours.  To avoid freezing issues, you should mix the concrete with hot water. While you can heat the substrate materials as well, the rock will not hold nearly as much heat as water. This means that the rocks will not help much in warming the concrete. However, the rocks should be kept at a moderate temperature of around 60 degrees, because cold rocks will contribute to the freezing of the concrete. When you start adding water to the boom, you will want to make sure that water is heated but not boiled. Boiling water will create a good deal of condensation that may move to the interior of the boom and the pipeline. This is a more serious issue when it comes to the pipeline, since ice can completely block the pipe and prevent concrete from moving to the pour site. To prevent this issue, try to keep water at around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water probably will not be available at the site of your new home. You can create hot water if you invest in a portable point of use water heater. These heaters are typically used for camping purposes, and they create hot water by using propane to fuel the burner. Attach the heater to an outdoor water source and secure your water hose to the hot water outlet for easy use. If a water line has not been installed yet, then you will need to fill a portable water container off site and place it on the property. Connect the tank to the heater and then secure your spray hose to the hot water outlet.  Warm The Pipeline Concrete can cool quite quickly as it moves through the pipeline. This is especially true if concrete needs to sit for some time before it is used. This can cause the material to solidify within the pipe. To prevent this issue, make sure to keep the pipe as warm as possible. One easy solution is to place foam pipe insulation across the entire outside of the pipeline. If you...

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