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What You Need To Know About Granite, Quartz And Laminate Countertops

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many homeowners are looking for the best material to use for their countertops. There are many different options out there, so it is important to make sure that you take extra measures to ensure that you are getting the right material for your budget and style. Here is what you need to know about the 3 most common types of countertops. 1. Granite Granite is one of the most popular countertops, and for good reason. Granite is incredibly sturdy. Because it is made by heating the stone, it can handle high temperatures. This means that you can put your hot pan right on the counter and it won’t hurt it. Granite is also very strong and will last for decades, if preserved correctly. Thus, you can use the countertop for the entire duration of the home, without any problems. Lastly, granite is very sanitary, meaning it doesn’t absorb bacteria like other countertops do. The biggest down side to granite is the cost and the weight. It is very expensive and very heavy. It can be hard to install and once you do, you better like it, because it can be hard to remove. 2. Quartz Quartz is another good option. It is not as popular as granite, but it definitely has great advantages. Quartz is engineered, so you can get the look of the natural stone, like granite, but it is a little more forgiving. In some cases, granite can crack, but quartz has a layer of manufactured material, which means that it will not crack as easily. The disadvantage to quartz countertops is mainly the price. Like granite, it can be very expensive. But it is incredibly durable, so many people justify the cost with the fact that they will have it for a long time. Second, if you want truly natural stone, quartz is not for you. 3. Laminate Laminate countertops have been used for decades, and many people are pleased with them. They tend to be pretty durable, but nothing compared to granite or quartz. The main reason that people are drawn to laminate is the cost. It is about half the cost of what you would pay for granite. Usually, with laminate, you can get different looks. For instance, you can get a pattern that has the look of granite, but is actually laminate. Obviously, it won’t have the feel of granite, but you can make it look nice if that is what you want. By understanding the advantages of each type of countertop, you can choose what is right for you through a site...

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3 Comfortable And Beautiful Flooring Options For Remodeling A Kitchen

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When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, the flooring is one of the most important aspects because the flooring serves as support for your body as well as it adds esthetic appeal. Here are 3 excellent flooring options that will provide comfort as well as beauty. Vinyl Flooring Vinyl flooring is an excellent option for a kitchen because vinyl is not quite as hard as wood, it is easy to clean up if you spill anything, and vinyl comes in many different colors, patterns, and textures. Vinyl flooring can actually mimic the look of tile by being pressed or stamped before it is laid. The vinyl can have natural imperfections just as you might see in a textured tile in order to give your flooring a more natural look. The particular type of flooring does not require any special care either, which will save you time since you only have to sweep and mop it with normal supplies. In addition, the flooring is easy to stand on, and you may not even feel the need for a padded carpet in the main areas of your kitchen where you have to stand for long periods of time while cooking. Laminate Flooring Laminate flooring used to be considered very cheap and not a great choice if you want to create an upscale look. Now, however, laminate can also be made to mimic luxury flooring. For example, you can get laminate floors that look just like wood floors. A really high resolution picture of wood is placed on each strip of the laminate to follow a natural wood pattern, and then it can be laid in your home. Most often, you cannot even tell that the flooring is laminate because the image of the wood is so realistic. This is a perfect choice if you have messy children who spill on the floor a lot. Wood can warp after it gets wet, but laminate will not warp because it is not a natural fiber. Laminate is a bit harder than vinyl, so you may want to wear some padded socks while standing on it if you have bad knees.  Tile Flooring Lastly, you can select real tile flooring for your kitchen. Tile is also easy to clean, and you will truly have an upscale look if you pick the right tile. Tile is a preferred choice over wood in a kitchen as well because of its durability. The only downside to tile over the other 2 flooring options is that tile can break if you drop something have on it. You will not run into this problem with vinyl or laminate very often, but tile is a little more fragile. By understanding these 3 flooring options, you can pick the right type of flooring for your kitchen when you remodel it. For more ideas, talk to a home remodeling...

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4 Things To Consider About Replacement Windows

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are changing the windows in your home, there are things you should know about replacement windows. In order to help you make the best choice when buying these windows, you should consider several factors. Knowing certain things about replacing the windows in your home will allow you to make the right selection. Appearance It’s important to consider the appearance the new window will have once it has been installed. Do you want a traditional or modern look for your exterior? What about trimming—does it come with your window or do you have to supply it on your own? Be sure to consider how a window will look in your home before making a purchase. Energy Efficient The right replacement window can save you money on electricity costs. Be sure to read the label on the window to see what the energy efficient rating is. You can rely on the expertise of the salesperson to explain the numbers to you in order to make the best choice. Frame Materials Choosing the right type of frame can alter the appearance of the window, so making the right choice is important. If you are using a wood frame, consider having it stained to avoid rot and other issues that may result because of the weather elements. Listed below are other framing options: 1. Vinyl – This is one of the lesser expensive frames and is also highly energy efficient. 2. Aluminum – This material will allow for a thinner frame, but one that is solid and long-lasting. 3. Composite – A frame of this type is thin, highly energy efficient and long-lasting. However, this is one of the most expensive framing options. 4. Fiberglass – This option is thin and offers a high level of energy efficiency. The costs for this frame type can be expensive. Operability  Most people want to have windows that are easy to open and close. There are different types you can choose from that may be easier to use than others. Be sure to look at the entire window to know if this type will suit your needs. Finally, it’s important to have the right windows in your house that will protect your home from the elements. Considering all of the factors listed above when purchasing your windows can aid in making your final decision. Be sure to discuss the details of your window replacement project with the contractor, such as Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors, you hire to do the job for the best...

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3 Reasons To Stop Delaying Your Kitchen Remodel Plans

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If you’ve been thinking about getting a kitchen remodel but have been delaying picking up the phone to call your contractor, think again. It seldom pays to put off doing something you’ve already decided upon. Here are three reasons to stop delaying your kitchen remodel. 1. It can be cheaper than you think. There are so many different options when it comes to kitchen remodeling, that almost anyone with any sized budget can afford it. There is always an inexpensive alternative to the elements that make up a kitchen remodel, and a good kitchen remodeling contractor will be able to tell you all of them. Here are just a few: Flooring Instead of brand new expensive porcelain tile, you could refinish your existing floor. Professional tile and grout cleaners can make your kitchen tile floor look brand new, even putting in a new color grout if you like. Lighting Used lighting fixtures are widely available at charity shops, antique stores, and online. Why pay marked up retail prices when you could find a truly unique second hand fixture with an interesting story behind it? Appliances Certain brand names spell quality for kitchen appliances, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t less well-known brands that sell quality goods. Sometimes chef’s quality brands sell an inexpensive line of goods under another brand name in order to garner more market share from less affluent customers. 2. The sooner you do your kitchen remodel, the more use you’ll get out of it. Think of it. If you had done your kitchen remodel last year, you could have already had an entire year’s worth of kitchen enjoyment. The sooner you get your kitchen remodeled, the sooner you’ll be able to take advantage of the improved look and feel of your new kitchen. 3. Prices will only go higher. Unfortunately, we live in an economy that seems to be constantly expanding. Prices have a tendency to go up, not down. Everything from materials to labor gets more expensive the longer you wait to do your kitchen remodel. The sooner you do it, the more amenities you’ll be likely able to afford to include in the project. It will pay off to have the conversation with your contractor, such as from Multicraft Home Remodeling, about remodeling your kitchen. You’ll have plenty of time to settle into the idea while you wait for estimates, make design plans, and shop around for fixtures and finishings. It’s time to get this project...

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Too Much Of A Good Thing: Thin Those Beautiful Fruit Tree Blossoms For Better Fruit Production

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Buying a home with mature fruit trees in the backyard seems like a wonderful event at first—until you remember that you’ve never had to care for fruit trees before and have no idea what to do. Luckily there’s lots of information out there about how best to keep those trees going, but you do have to follow the advice, even if it seems weird. One task you have to do is to actually remove flowers from the trees. Reducing the beautiful blooms is necessary if you want a respectable amount of fruit from each tree. More Flowers for More Species Survival Fruit trees produce a lot of flowers because more flowers equals more chances at pollination. More chances at pollination means more chances that fruit will develop—and after fruit develops, if birds or animals eat the fruit, they can spread the seeds around, leading to more trees. The problem is that while squirrels and birds might not care about fruit size, you probably do. And if you leave all those flowers on the tree, you risk having a fruit crop that’s small and malnourished. Fewer Resources for Existing Blossoms The tree has so many resources that it can access—what’s in the soil, what you feed it, and what rain falls. It divides these resources among all of the trees, meaning that the more flowers it has, the fewer resources that get to each flower. That results in smaller, weaker fruit. Ironically, all this smaller fruit adds up to a heavy load on the branches. The branches are then at an increased risk of breaking, which is not good if you like walking around under the trees. Thinning Blossoms for Better Production To increase the number of nutrients available to each flower, you have to remove many of the flowers. It seems counterintuitive because fewer flowers equal fewer fruits. But Washington State University Extension (WSU) notes that if even 5 percent of the flowers on a tree produce fruit, you’ll get a nice crop. You don’t have to reduce the flowers by 95 percent, though. The amount you have to take varies from tree to tree, but you’ll still be left with plenty of blossoms. For example, WSU says cherry blossoms don’t need to be thinned, but apple blossoms have to go through two rounds of thinning that target specific blossoms each time. Peach trees should have one blossom for every 6 to 8 inches of branch, and if you miss one and find two fruits growing next to each other, you should remove one fruit. Of course, if you have really tall trees, then you have the problem of not being able to safely reach the blossoms on the upper branches. For these—or if you’re not sure you’re thinning the blossoms correctly—contact a local tree service company (such as True Care Inc) and have them do the thinning. A great fruit crop actually isn’t worth getting hurt—stay safe and avoid dragging a ladder out to the tree...

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Paving Concepts That Offer Your Home A Beautiful And Useful Change

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you want to increase the beauty of your residence or improve the performance and longevity of your home’s walkways and driveways, there are paving improvements that can make a dramatic difference. New paving trends not only deliver high style and unique aesthetic appeal, they can also make your life easier. So if you’re interested in making a smart and beautiful investment that makes life easier for you at home, look at what’s new in paving. Heated Paving Heated driveways and walkways are an improvement that you should invest in if you live in an area that gets heavy snow or ice during winter months. Heated paving can either be accomplished through electric coils or hydronic elements that are installed under your pavement. Hydronic systems can’t be installed under existing driveways or walkways, so you can expect to include removal in the fee for installation, but they offer a more efficient and cost-effective way of heating access paths during winter months. Though this trend can run several thousand dollars more than a regular pavement installation, the cost you’ll save on snow and ice removal over time will pay for the upgrade. Heated pavement is a feature that you will appreciate infinitely in winter months, as you’ll never have to worry about slipping hazards or snow removal. And if you’re interested in selling your home in the future, heated paving is a feature that’s extremely attractive to potential buyers. Interspersed Configuration Whether you use concrete slabs, interlocking pavers, or brick, you should consider trying them in an interspersed configuration instead of traditional paving. You simply float these materials in aggregates, sand, or grass, for a beautiful tiled effect. Interspersed configurations for driveways, walkways, or outdoor areas will cut back on the cost of materials for installation and give utility areas contrast that is more natural than traditional pavers. Though you can’t use an interspersed configuration with heated options, it’s a perfect paving option for residential climates that don’t see snow. Interspersed configurations work well in walkway areas or low-traffic access paths, but can also be useful in driveways if properly installed by a paving contractor. If you want to install a new driveway or walkway from scratch, interspersed configurations offer superior aesthetic appeal over concrete or asphalt and provide a more natural look than pavers. You will have to maintain interspersed paving configurations according to the material used to float, like cutting grass and adding aggregates as they break down over time. Though you can stick with traditional paving options for any upgrade or new installation, considering new paving concepts can bring your home a change that is unique and modern. And whether you live in Chicago or Key West, there are new paving concepts that can work better for your home. For more information, contact AFS Construction Services or a similar...

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Understand The Risks And Prepare For Termite Tenting

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If you have termites infesting your home, you have a few options to eliminate them. Once the infestation has become severe, you have little choice but to have the house tented and fumigated. This process costs between $1,150 and $3,800 depending on the size of your home, the type of fumigation, and the going rates of the company you choose to hire. The cost of the fumigation is far less than what you will lose if you do not exterminate the insects literally eating you out of your home. Here is what to you must do to prepare for termite extermination and get an explanation of the risks associated with the process. Understanding the Risks The personal risks of having your home tented and fumigated are very slight if you follow the instructions given to you by the extermination company. The truth is the chemicals used to kill the termites are quite toxic, but if you do not try to enter your home within 3 days of the fumigation and you have taken the necessary steps of preparation, the toxins pose no risks to your family’s health. Preparing for Tenting The moment you sign the agreement to have your home fumigated, the exterminator will provide you with a checklist of things that you must do to prepare for the fumigation. This list will include tasks such as Put all food in air-tight containers or remove it all from the house. For optimum food safety, double bag each item in air-tight bags and store them in plastic storage bins. Do not forget to clear all food out of the refrigerator and freezer and to remove the pet food as well. Remove all plants from the house. Store them at a neighbor’s house, in your shed, or if the weather permits, outside of the home. Remove medication, vitamins, supplements, and cosmetics from the home. Take the bedding off the beds and remove the mattress covers. Box up and remove your computers and possibly the electronics that you are wary of leaving behind. In most cases, this is an unnecessary step, but you can never be too cautious when it comes to the valuable items in your home. (The exterminator will explain the potential risks of leaving these items behind if there are any.) Alert the utility companies of the scheduled tenting. The electricity and gas must be turned off to the home, so contacting these companies will help you determine if one of their service technicians needs to be present when it is turned off and turned back on. Be sure to follow the guidelines provided to you by the exterminator exactly. Taking shortcuts could decrease the effectiveness of the treatment and increase the dangers of the...

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Selling Your House? Simple Ways To Boost The Curb Appeal And Get Faster Sale

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If you are listing your home for sale, you want to make sure that your home grabs the attention of prospective buyers. Boosting the curb appeal is a sure-fire way to make your house more appealing to those house hunters. Here are some suggestions that will boost your curb appeal and make your home pop. The New Housing Market There has been a definite shift in the housing market. Due to an unsteady economy, it has become a buyer’s market, which means that homeowners who are selling need to extend their efforts to sell their homes more quickly, and to get top dollar. Gone are the days when offers start flooding in soon after putting a house up on the market, multiple offers would be received, and the sellers would get asking price, or even more than what they would list the house at. You can still make sure you get a good deal for your home, however: Improve the Facade If the siding is dirty, has peeling paint and is lackluster, chances are buyers aren’t going to be very impressed. To make a great first impression, updating the siding is a must. Call a professional siding contractor to either make necessary repairs, or to replace the siding. The money you invest in this update will improve your chances of selling and get you a better price. Update the Landscaping Landscaping does a lot for curb appeal. If your flowerbeds are filled with weeds and dead shrubs, you’re definitely going to want to put your gardening gloves on. Pull those weeds and remove those dead shrubs and replace them with brightly colored annuals and fresh, well-manicured shrubs. Don’t forget to add a layer of mulch to give those flowerbeds a finished look. Other ways to enhance your landscaping include pruning trees to give them definition, fertilizing the lawn to green it up, and always making sure the grass is mowed. Light it Up Replace outdated and lackluster exterior lighting. A new light hung above the door, or new fixtures hung on either side of the door are simple changes that can dramatically improve your home’s exterior. Placing lights along the walkway will also add more interest to your yard. You should also take the time to check all light bulbs and replace any that aren’t working. Clean the Windows Something as simple as cleaning the windows will do wonders for the curb appeal. Windows that are dirty and smudged are an instant turn off, and will give potential buyers the impression that the home hasn’t been taken care of. As soon as you put a ‘for sale’ sign on your home, clean your windows, and make sure they stay that way until the house is sold. To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company such as Griffitts Construction Inc. with your questions and...

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3 Easy Ways To Repair Dents And Scratches On Garage Doors

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Easy Ways To Repair Dents And Scratches On Garage Doors

Accidents happen, right? One of the kids gouged the garage door with their bike handle or you accidentally tapped it with your bumper. How it happened doesn’t matter; how you fix it does. Fortunately, you can fix many minor dings and scratches yourself quite easily. With a few simple methods, you can get rid of that ding and make your garage door look like new once again. While these methods are great for small dings, you should leave the large dents to the professionals.  Fix It with a Dent Repair Kit Sold in auto body and home improvement stores, dent repair kits are great for steel garage doors. They come with everything you need to fix your door, minus primer and paint. To fix a dent using this type of kit, follow the door prep instructions included in the kit. Fill in the dent or scratch with the putty that’s included in the kit until you achieve a smooth surface. Allow the product to dry thoroughly. Once it’s dry, you can sand it smooth and paint it.  Fix It with Auto Body Materials You can also fix dings and dents on steel doors with auto body filler. The process is similar to that used with the dent repair kit. First, you must sand the area until you reach bare metal. Apply the auto body filler to the affected area in thin layers until the product is even with the surface of the door. Sand the door and finish it with a little primer and paint.  Replace the Whole Panel Some doors are constructed with panels. If yours is, you can’t fix it with filler and a little bit of paint. To fix these types of doors, you simply purchase a replacement panel and switch it out with the existing panel. However, you must take care to match the panels up perfectly. Minor variations in color or style could really stand out once you get the panel into place. If you can’t eyeball it, take detailed pictures of the panel to the store with you.  As you can see, there are many things you can do to repair minor damage to your garage door. However, some garage door repairs can be very dangerous, especially if you’re dealing with the springs or mechanisms that make the door work. These are under extreme tension and should not be manipulated or removed by anyone other than a professional garage door repair technician, such as from AAA Garage Door and Opener,...

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3 Absolutely Disgusting Reasons To Pump Your Septic Tank Regularly

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Absolutely Disgusting Reasons To Pump Your Septic Tank Regularly

While septic tanks are designed to work efficiently with very little maintenance, they do need to be pumped from time to time. In fact, the Energy and Environmental Affairs Department of Massachusetts, states that regular maintenance is the single most important factor when it comes to keeping your septic tank in working order. The department recommends that homeowners pump their tanks once every three years. If you have a garbage disposal though, you should pump once a year. Why? Following are three disgusting reasons why you should never fail to pump your tank.  Gross Pools of Water In Your Yard By design, septic tanks collect solids and allow water to filter through, cleaning it until it is safe enough to be released back into the environment. If your tank is backed up with too many solids, the water can’t flow through the system properly. Instead, it will begin to pool on your property. This usually occurs in the area around the base of your tank. The gross part? The water hasn’t been treated properly. That puddle is a virtual cesspool of bacteria.  Sewage Backup into Your Home When a septic tank is completely clogged, there’s nowhere for waste and water to drain to. In the beginning, your sinks and toilets will seem to be clogged–water will drain very slowly. This is the first sign that your tank needs to be pumped right away. If you fail to do so, waste from your septic system can start to back up through your pipes and fill your home. While this is the worst case scenario, it happens more frequently than you might think.  Contamination Everywhere Failing septic systems pose many health risks for people and animals living in the area. Additionally, disgusting sewage water can seep into wells and other groundwater sources. They can even contaminate surface water sources, such as creeks, rivers, and lakes. People and animals who come into contact with or consume contaminated food or water may become extremely ill. What’s more, the likelihood of infection becomes greater over time due to the amount of accumulated waste that has oozed out of a broken system.  As you can see, there are numerous disgusting reasons why you should never fail to pump your septic system. Follow the maintenance schedule for your particular system, which should include regular inspections along with a diligent pumping schedule with a professional like American Pumping Service. If you see any signs that something is wrong with your tank–pooling water or slow-draining pipes–call a technician or plumber...

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