How To Protect Your Fence Against Rot

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a homeowner, protecting your wood fence is important to ensuring that it lasts for a long period of time before having to replace it. There are two types of rot; wet and dry. Wet rot is a common problem that homeowners deal with and this happens when the fence is exposed to moisture, which makes it begin to deteriorate. Dry rot occurs when sitting water causes the wood to loose its natural oils, which makes it become brittle and dry. Here’s what you can do to protect your fence from both of these types of rotting: Pressure Treatment: One solution to rotting is to get your fence pressure treated. This is when the fence is chemically treated to allow the wood to become more resistant to moisture that it may become exposed to over time. This then ensures that the wood fence is going to last longer for your home. Many homeowners worry that the chemical treatment is dangerous to the environment though. This is why you should be sure that the chemicals used are those that have been adjusted to reduce its heavy impact on the environment. Using Preservatives: Preservatives are going to help protect your fence even further. Just be sure that you choose preservatives that are water resistant, which is going to help at the highest rate for preventing rotting. Adding a Stain: Many homeowners considering staining their fence simply because it makes it more aesthetically pleasing. However, staining does more than just that. Stains can also work as a sealant, which gives added protection to the fence since it will keep out moisture. If you are considering adding staining to your fence simply because you want the extra protection, just be aware that this isn’t necessary if your fence is already pressure treated, since it provides the same amount of protection. Considering Landscaping: When it comes to protecting your fence from water and moisture, you want to be sure that you avoid letting leaves and sticks pile up along the fence. Allowing this to happens traps in moisture. Also, be sure that the sprinklers do not directly hit the fence. Your fence needs to be completely clear from all of this in order to last as long as possible before needing replacement. As a homeowner, having a fence is important for privacy, as well as adding curb appeal to your home. This is why you want to be sure that you protect it and keep it lasting for a long period of time. Cedar wood fencing is another great option that should be taken into...

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Exposing Two Roof Replacement Misconceptions

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A poorly-maintained roof can cause several major issues for your house. In addition to being an eyesore, they can present structural risks for your home. Sadly, new homeowners may not understand this form of maintenance, and there may be a couple of myths that they have heard. Learning the truth behind these roofing misconceptions will help you be a better informed homeowner: Myth: Your Old Roof Always Has To Be Removed During A Re-roofing Installing a new roof on your home is always a major task to have done, but many homeowners fail to realize that they may not need to have their old roof removed before this process. By skipping this step, you can drastically reduce the cost of these projects, and you may provide your home with additional insulation.  As long as the first roof is strong enough to support the weight of the second roof, this will likely be a viable option for your home. During your initial consultation with your contractor and roofers, you should inquire about the costs and feasibility of this method of roof restoration for your home. Myth: Re-roofing Is Only Done For Aesthetic Purposes Another common idea is that a roof is only replaced to improve the appearance of the home. While it is true that patching problems as they arise can keep your roof in reasonable condition, there are some advantages of roof replacements that cannot be achieved this way.  Enhanced protection against water damage is a major benefit of these projects. Patching will correct existing problems, but new ones will continually develop due to the aging of the components of the roof. By replacing the entire roof, you drastically reduce the development of new maintenance issues, and this may reduce the yearly maintenance expenses for your home.  Improved energy efficiency is another of the most practical benefits of these projects. When the roof is replaced, it is an excellent time to upgrade the insulation in your attic and roof. In addition to keeping your energy bills low, this can prevent ice dams, condensation and numerous other types of water damage to the home.  Keeping your home safe from water damage may entail replacing your entire roof. Yet, new homeowners may not be prepared for these major projects. After dispelling these common roof replacement misconceptions, you will be in a better position to make informed decisions for your home’s roofing...

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2 Reasons To Have Impact-Resistant Windows Installed

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many different types of windows available to you, but impact-resistant windows are extremely popular due to the many benefits they offer. Two reasons to install impact-resistant windows are for increased safety and to save money. Increased Safety Many people buy impact-resistant windows for the extra safety they can provide in a variety of different scenarios. The main reason that these windows can provide extra safety and security is that the windows are much harder to break or shatter than traditional windows. Impact-resistant glass utilizes a type of membrane or film that is located between two panes of glass. If something were to strike the exterior pane of glass, the membrane will hold the various shards of glass in place. This increases safety in a hurricane or major storm by preventing shattered glass caused by flying debris from spraying across the interior of your home. Impact-resistant windows are also a perfect way to make it much harder for an intruder to get into your home. When an intruder is trying to get into your home, he or she will want to do so as quickly as possible in order to avoid attracting the attention of the homeowner or anyone passing by. This is very difficult if you have impact-resistant glass because the broken glass will be held in place by the membrane, which will continue to provide a barrier against the potential intruder. Yes, the intruder can eventually get into the home, but the time required will make it much more likely that you or a neighbor will have noticed the activity and called the police. Save Money Since impact-resistant windows can greatly increase the security of your home, you can also utilize them to save money on your home insurance policy. Since the premium you pay on your insurance is based on how likely the insurance company believes it is that your home will be robbed or damaged, anything that you can do to lower the odds of break-ins or home damage can decrease your home insurance costs. For example, your insurance company will charge you more money for a home insurance policy if you live in an area where hurricanes are common. The reasoning is that it is very likely that your home will be in the path of a hurricane, which will result in broken windows and a damaged home interior. However, since impact-resistant windows are designed to help you avoid those issues, many insurance companies will be more than happy to provide you with a discount on your home insurance policy.   Speak to your local window dealer or contractor today in order to discuss the many available window options. Impact-resistant windows, installed by...

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How To Choose A Retaining Wall Material

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The retaining wall is a necessary design consideration for a sloped yard. The wall holds back the earth, allowing you to turn your yard into two or more relatively flat terraces. Retaining walls must also allow water to drain away from your yard. That said, this article will help you discover how to choose between the wide range of material options for your retaining wall. Wood Wood is a common material choice for a retaining wall. Timber walls work especially well if your home features a lot of wood in its facade. In such a situation, a wall constructed of similar wood creates cohesion between the house and the landscape. A wooden wall also blends beautifully into a woodland backyard. Timber is typically less durable than stone. Likewise, because of strength issues, wooden retaining walls generally aren’t more than four feet tall. Concrete Concrete affords you two alternatives – concrete blocks and poured concrete. Both offer you a variety of design options. The blocks come in either slump or ground faced for style and are popular when creating curves and arcs. Poured concrete gives a smooth finish. While poured concrete can also be used for curves, such retaining walls are typically straight. Poured concrete is the stronger of the two options. Loose Masonry Loose stone walls can be made out of regular blocks or less-regular cuts. Also called “dry walling,” this wall material depends heavily on the construction method. The stones must be laid to ensure the core remains dry. Otherwise, water accumulates in the core and destroys the wall’s integrity. Though loose stone masonry should not be used for walls taller than three feet according to Better Homes and Gardens, such walls pose a natural solution to a sloping yard. Gabion Gabion is a specialized system which involves building a series of cages and filling them with rocks. This construction method is popular as a green option for building a retaining wall because you can utilize any stone or rubble at hand, including crushed recycled concrete. Gabion walls actually move with the earth, making them a valuable option in waterfront areas. Mortared Stone Mortared stone is one of the sturdiest materials for retaining walls. These walls can be built to any height necessary. Concerning the stones themselves, they should match your home and general landscaping design. Uncut rubble, ashlar and semi-dressed stone are all options for this construction. It’s essential such walls be expertly designed to create the proper foundation. Mortared stone gives your wall a pleasing custom appearance. Brick Brick is similar to mortared stone in that it is extremely strong and durable. Likewise, brick retaining walls require expert design for drainage. They feature the typical brick...

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Fast Fixes For Stylish Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Think of your cabinet’s hardware as the earrings on the face of your kitchen. Sculpted handles, metal pulls and sleek knobs are easy ways to dress up your design without going over budget. Instead of a complete tear-own, you can revamp your kitchen with a simple swap, notes the National Kitchen and Bath Association. If you’re not entirely sure how swapping out your old hardware for a new set can transform your kitchen cabinets, consider the possibilities. Add Color If the neutral cabinets that you chose to go with any type of décor need something more, adding a colorful handle or knob can make the difference between fine and fabulous. Instead of investing time or money into completely refinishing the wood, choosing bold hardware is a less permanent option that you can change any time you want. Cabinets come in a variety of designer options that range from laminate-covered plywood to solid hardwood, according to the Cabinet Maker’s Association. Whether you have a white melamine or light-colored wood finish, you can pair the neutral hue with a vibrant hue. Pick up another color in your kitchen to tie the look together. For example, you could accent your blond-hued pine cabinets with fire engine red knobs that also match the tile on your backsplash. Sleek Chic Modernize your kitchen with a sleek metallic pull or space-age style door handle. Keep this kind of hardware choice simple. Anything with engravings or extra glass pieces of paining on it won’t create a contemporary feel. Instead, opt for plain pieces that are streamlined or have geometric shapes. Select a simple single-color finish for a modern look. For example, add polished chrome angular door pull to your cabinets or flattened cubes in a silver finish to your drawers. Artsy Details A highly-detailed or shaped knob can add an artistic touch to your kitchen design. For example, try: A colorful crystal cube An engraved chrome-finish knob An art deco pattern on the handle A whimsical shape such as stay, leaf or seashell A patterned pull You can add one of these art-inspired pieces of hardware to a plain cabinet or compliment carved wood with a similar design. Whether you want to make a not-so-noticeable cabinet door come alive or are simply ready for a change, swapping out your old hardware or new ones can create an entirely different feel in your kitchen. This easy design fix is a cost-effective way to make your home look fresh without much...

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