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Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofing For A Cold Climate

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofing For A Cold Climate

Metal roofing is often praised as the most durable, most wind-resistant, and one of the longest-lasting roofing materials known to man. (And, after all, it is made of metal. So it’s kind of like armor for your roof.) But before you sink hundreds of dollars into a new roofing system, you’ll want to know what you’re getting yourself into, both the pros and cons. And while one of the significant benefits for a metal roof in warm climates is that it saves AC energy in the summer, this isn’t such an overwhelmingly pronounced benefit in areas where the majority of the year is cold. So here are some pros and cons of metal roofing for those who live in a cold climate. Pros: Metal roofing, if installed at an appropriate angle, is great at self-cleaning. It sheds snow and ice, preventing buildup, ice dams, and ice dam leaks. This is a big improvement over a roof that you have to go out and scrape off every time it snows if you want to prevent leaking. In addition, metal roofing is quite durable and can stand up well to strong winds, hail, and other forms of bad weather. Although it’s not literally impervious to all winds, it’s considered one of the strongest roofing materials for high-wind applications. Of course, the metal roof can also help you keep your home cool and comfortable in summer, and if you live in a cool climate this may mean that you won’t need to use AC at all in the summers, which is a great eco-friendly improvement to your lifestyle. Cons: Although shedding snow is great because it saves you work and prevents leaks from forming, it can also drop enormous piles of snow on you as you walk to and from your house. You can install snow guards to prevent this, but these prevent the snow from clearing off the roof by itself so if you use snow guards you may end up having to scrape some snow down manually if the snow gets too deep. Another con is that it tends to cost a lot to have a metal roof installed, although this expense may be offset by the value the roof provides both in the form of longevity (fewer roof repairs and replacements) and in the form of durability, summer cooling, snow shedding, and other benefits. These are some of the pros and cons that a metal roof can provide in a cold climate. If you’re considering a metal roof, click here for info about whether or not a metal roof is best for...

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The Easiest Home Improvements To Stop Heat Loss And Save Energy This Winter

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Easiest Home Improvements To Stop Heat Loss And Save Energy This Winter

Heating your home is costly, and heat loss causes more energy to be used to heat your home. The cold drafts in your home will be stopped with a few simple home improvements, such as adding window treatments, doing maintenance and improving insulation. If you want to reduce your heating costs this winter, here are some of the best home improvements to keep the cold air out and the warm air in: 1. Sealing and Insulation Around Windows Where Cold Air Gets In Sealing and insulation around windows is something that will help you keep the air that bring in cold drafts out. Windows often lack insulation between the frame or the window and the frame of the structure. Removing a piece of wood trim will tell you if you need insulation in these areas. In addition, you will want to make sure that the windows are caulked and that there is good weather stripping. Adding plastic over the outside of windows will also help insulate the glass and keep cold air out. 2. Adding Attic Insulation for More Thermal Barrier to Stop Heat Loss Attics often have a thin layer of insulation. The insufficient insulation in an attic will allow heat to escape and your home to become colder, faster. Add another layer of insulation to the attic to protect your home from heat loss. This thermal barrier will also help prevent ice dams on the roof during snow storms. Spray foam insulation can also be added to the rafters to insulate the space between your attic and your roofing. 3. Sealing Openings Where Cold Air Gets into Your Home Easily Openings from vents, chimneys and mechanical systems will allow cold drafts to easily get in your home. Make sure that these are closed when they are not in use. If you have a chimney that does not get used much, stuff a piece of insulation or other material inside it to stop air from getting in when it is not in use. There are also special balloons that are made to stop air from getting in through these openings in your home. With the right home improvements, your home will be warmer and use less energy for heating. Contact a residential insulation contractor for help with improvements like attic insulation, sealing around windows and improving the insulation of exterior walls. They will help you find and stop cold drafts that raise your heating...

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Learn How To Regulate The Temperature In Your Attic When You Want To Turn It Into Livable Space

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn How To Regulate The Temperature In Your Attic When You Want To Turn It Into Livable Space

If you are remodeling your attic to turn it into more living space in your home, it is important to make sure that ducts are added to the space so that heat and air conditioning can be piped in. Attics can get very hot during the summer and very cold during the winter because there is no heat or air conditioning being pumped up there because the space is used so infrequently. The guide below walks you through what you can expect when you hire an HVAC company to make your attic a more comfortable place to hang out.  Evaluate the Situation The first thing that the technician will do is go into the attic to assess the situation and determine what can and cannot be done to make the temperature in the attic more enjoyable. The technician needs to determine if there are any fire hazards or risks that may be associated with funneling heat and air conditioning up to the attic. Determine What the Proper Layout Should Be The technician will then need to determine what the proper layout for the ducts and registers should be. You want to be sure that there are enough registers within the space to easily spread the cold or hot air throughout the entire area with ease. But, the technician also has to consider how limited the space is within the attic once the walls are added. Thin ducts may need to be used to ensure that there is still plenty of room once the ducts and drywall is hung. Install a Thermostat in the Room There needs to be a thermostat installed in the attic to ensure that the temperature can be properly regulated. Heat rises, and as it rises it can cause the attic to become much warmer than the rest of the house. Having a thermostat in the space will ensure that the temperature is comfortable at all times. It is important to have a professional HVAC technician install all of the ducts, registers, and thermostats in the attic to ensure that it is done properly. You could create a fire hazard in your home if you attempt to do the work yourself because you more than likely do not have the skill or knowledge that the technician has. The entire job should be able to be done in a few days so that you can start using the space right...

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Safety Tips For Operating A Rented Sewer Inspection Camera For The First Time

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safety Tips For Operating A Rented Sewer Inspection Camera For The First Time

If you have a bit of a DIY spirit and want to save some money on your sewer repair project, then you will be pleased to learn that you can rent a sewer camera at your local home improvement store. The sewer camera is mounted on the end of a long fiber optic cable that you slowly feed into your sewer line in the same way that you insert a drain auger to clear a clog. As the sewer camera passes through your pipes, you will be able to view the root cause of any problems before you start digging things up. However, if you have never used a sewer inspection camera before, there are some special safety considerations you need to know, including each of the following tips: Tip: Always Wear Disposable Gloves when Working With Your Home’s Sewer System As you might imagine, the inside of your home’s sewer line is filled with many different types of harmful bacteria that can make you sick. To avoid getting any of the bacteria on your skin, you should always wear disposable latex gloves while working with a sewer camera. If you prefer to have longer gloves that will come up above your wrists, you can purchase a pair of latex dish washing gloves to use for this task. Once you are finished cleaning your sewer, you should throw the gloves away. Tip: Only Plug the Sewer Inspection Camera into a Grounded Power Receptacle When you plug the rented sewer inspection camera to to use it, make sure that it is plugged into a power receptacle that is grounded with an internal ground wire. This is very important because the ground wire is what will protect you in case the machine malfunctions and shocks you. Also, if you need to use an extension cord with the sewer camera, then you need to use a heavy-duty extension cord that is designed for use outdoors.  Tip: Never Operate a Sewer Camera While Standing in a Puddle of Water Finally, since your sewer inspection camera is an electrical appliance, it is vital that you never operate it while standing in a puddle of water. If you stand in water and the sewer camera’s system gives off an electrical shock, then you could become electrocuted and die. Only operate a sewer inspection camera from dry ground and never in the rain or during a thunderstorm. If you feel you cannot do this on your own, you can contact a professional sewer inspection company, like Rapid Rooter Inc, to help you with this...

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Need A New House? Two Reasons Why You Should Opt For A Custom Home

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need A New House? Two Reasons Why You Should Opt For A Custom Home

If you’re in the market for a new home, there are a number of options available to you.  There may be a few houses in your area that really grabbed you after doing a few home tours.  However, there may be an even better option:  Constructing a custom built house.  Custom homes are built according to your specifications and offer a number of different benefits.  Use this information to learn more about why a custom home is the right choice for you. Custom Homes Let You Choose The Features One of the main reasons why you should opt for a custom home is because it gives you a chance to select your features.  This is important because you should be able to build a house that has everything in it that you enjoy. For example, you may absolutely love cooking.  You want a kitchen that can accommodate you so that the cooking experience can be even better.  You may want a chef’s stove, a custom backsplash, and even a center island that includes an extra sink and additional burners.  Also, you may even want to have cabinets with no cabinet doors included so that you can easily reach for seasonings and food items without having to do too much work.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much things like this make you appreciate your home even more. If you’re a big fan of the architecture from a particular era, you’ll have the ability to erect a home that mirrors those models.  Your home will reflect your unique style and will truly stand apart from the rest. Custom Homes Let You Choose The Right Orientation For Your House Another reason why you should build a custom home is because it allows you to choose the right orientation for your house.  Your builder will help you maximize outdoor lighting by constructing your house in such a way that certain rooms are in particular places on your property. For example, you may want to make sure that your kitchen is built on the side of the house that gets the most daylight.  Custom home builders carefully study the area to make sure that everything is built exactly where you want it to be. Opting for a custom home could prove to be the perfect decision.  Don’t wait; contact a local custom home builder such as Hart Homes so you can enjoy these benefits and...

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2 Different Kinds Of Welding

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Different Kinds Of Welding

Welding is one way you can use to connect different pieces of metal together. The different pieces of metal are joined together with an unbroken seam of material. The seams can be strong enough that they are waterproof. Here are a couple of different kinds of welding.  Arc Welding Arc welding uses an electrical arc in order to join the two pieces of metal together. The electric arc gets hot enough to melt the metals so that they form the seam when they cool down. Usually, the point where the weld is happening is protected by something like a gas or slag. The electrodes that are used at the point of the weld can be consumable, which means that they are used up while the weld is happening, or non-consumable, meaning that they are are going to be able to be used longer. Arc welding does need an electric power source, but it can work on either AC or DC.  Capacitor Discharge Welding CD welding is a semi-automatic welding process. One benefit of this kind of welding is that it can be used on thinner materials. That’s because the process tends to be much quicker, especially if the process is doing something like welding a stud to a thin sheet of metal. The speed means that there is very little risk of the thin metal warping or discoloring from the heat, like could happen with other kinds of welding processes. The tip of the welding gun has several low voltage electrostatic capacitors. When the trigger is tripped, those capacitors go off in a preprogrammed pattern, affixing the two pieces of metal. CD welding can be done either as contact or gap. Contact means that the tip of the welding gun both starts and ends with it in contact with the material. Gap CD welding starts with the tip of the gun a specific distance from the materials. As the welding process happens, the tip is propelled down to the surface of the material. The tips for the two kinds of capacitor discharge welding aren’t interchangeable. In order to go from one to the other, it’s necessary to make sure the tips are changed out.  Welding makes it possible to make sure that all kinds of structures are created. Everything from your TV to the biggest aircraft carrier has welds in them. The different kinds of welding processes make that wide variation...

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Are You Inspecting Your Sump Pump Properly?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You Inspecting Your Sump Pump Properly?

Your sump pump has a very important role in your home. When water starts flowing in, its proper function can mean the difference between a damp basement floor and tens of thousands of dollars in flood damage. Yet, many homeowners don’t take the time to properly inspect their sump pump and ensure it is functioning properly. Taking these steps on a monthly basis helps ensure that when you need your sump pump, it’s ready and waiting to do its job. Clean out the pit. Make sure there’s no debris in the pit where your sump pump lies. If there are any big clumps of dirt, toys, or pieces of paper in the pit, they could clog up the pump and keep it from doing its job. Just look in the pit and fish out any stray objects. Check the discharge line If the big pipe that carries the water out of the home clogs, the water may back up into your basement. So, dump a bucket of water into your sump pump pit, and make sure it is ejected out the discharge line. If there seems to be a clog in the discharge pipe, you can usually remove it by pushing the handle of a rake or shovel into the line to break up the dirt or leaves that are forming the clog. In the case of severe clogs, you might be better off just detaching the pipe and putting a new one on. Also check that the water ejected from the discharge pipe flows away from your home. If the area where the water is discharged is not sloped downward away from your home, the water may flow back into your basement. Consider building up this area into more of a hill to improve drainage. Look at the float When you pour that bucket of water into the pump pit, make sure the float (which looks like a round, bobbing piece of plastic or rubber) rises to the top of the water properly. The float is what triggers the pump to switch on, so if it is stuck or wrapped around something, your sump pump won’t work. Checking your sump pump’s function once a month ensures any issues are identified. If the pump does not eject water from your home as soon as it’s poured in, contact a professional like those found at Jamison  Well Drilling Inc. There may be problems with the motor or the electrical...

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Advantages Of Grass Pavers

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advantages Of Grass Pavers

Grass pavers are an alternative type of landscaping material that are made out of a honeycomb outline of concrete or plastic. The interior of each section of grass pavers is hollow, allowing for grass and other plants to grow in them. This unique method of construction gives grass pavers a number of distinct advantages when compared to more traditional natural stone pavers. Understanding what grass pavers have to offer your landscaping project can help make it easier for you to decide if they meet your needs or not. Ease of Installation Unlike traditional natural stone pavers, grass pavers are extremely lightweight, even when they are made out of concrete. This is because they only provide a frame for your pavers, and do not consist entirely of a high weight material. Additionally, the honeycomb pattern of grass pavers means that they can easily be cut to fit together, even within tight corners and areas. Both of these properties make grass pavers extremely easy to install, which can help reduce the amount of time and money that you spend laying down your pavers. Ease of Maintenance Grass pavers work just like regular grass does when it comes to maintenance. They will need to be watered to allow the grass within the pavers to grow, but can be cut with a lawnmower just like the rest of your lawn. Additionally, it should be noted that grass pavers do not need to be sealed, have their cracks filled, or be power washed like traditional hard pavers to maintain their appearance. This can significantly reduce your long run costs. Drainage Grass pavers provide a much higher degree of drainage to your yard then stone pavers can. The plants within grass pavers will absorb water and pass it through the underlying soil. This can help reduce water pooling and flooding, which in turn can help protect your landscaping projects and the interior of your home (particularly your basement) from water damage. Usage Though not a unique benefit, it is still extremely important to note that grass pavers can be used for similar hardscaping purposes as traditional stone pavers can be. The concrete or plastic structure of grass pavers, when coupled with the weight of soil and plant matter within the hollow part of the paver, is strong enough to work as a driveway, pathway, or patio surface, giving you a great deal of flexibility when it comes to designing your paver project. For more information, contact local professionals like Design Scapes of Manasota...

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3 Vital Vinyl Siding Installation Tips

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Vital Vinyl Siding Installation Tips

Vinyl siding installation is a reasonably simple task—often deceptively so. Those who undertake this task without adequately informing themselves about a few important details often find the process much more frustrating than anticipated. If you have plans to clad your home in vinyl siding, read on. This article will provide three vital tips to guide you. Cap the ends of your corner posts. Corner posts are used to protect the ends of the siding that meet at the corner edges of your home. Unfortunately, these corner posts often end up causing as many problems as they solve. While they do prevent water from working its way beneath your siding, they also provide convenient shelters for such unwanted pests as wasps, mice, and even squirrels. Fortunately, you can prevent undesirable infestations by capping off the ends of your corner posts. First cut down the J-channel on your corner post by several inches. Now fold the two resulting flaps back and make a crease by gently tapping the fold with a hammer. The two overlapping flaps will effectively cover up the end of the post. If necessary, cut notches in the two flaps in order to allow the corner post to fit snugly against the wall. Install flashing along the sides of windows. A so-called J-channel is used where vinyl siding meets windows. Its purpose is to provide a point of attachment for the siding. Unfortunately, improperly installed J-channel is a frequent cause of window rot, and other expensive water-related problems. Even a J-channel that has been installed correctly can cause problems, as water that runs inside of it may come out behind the siding. You can avoid this problem by installing either flashing or felt paper along the sides of windows before you install the J-channel. Use extra siding nails to firmly attach the flashing so that it overlaps the vertical row of siding sitting just below the window. This will ensure that any water running along the inside of the J-channel will spill out harmlessly on top of the siding. Install long pieces of siding first. Windows aren’t always located in a symmetrical position on a wall. That means that the siding on one side will be longer than that on the other. In that case, it is always best to begin by installing the longer side first. This will make it easier to align the two sides, since short panels are much easier to adjust. Measure the distance from a particular panel to either the top or the bottom of the window—whichever is closer—in order to ensure that the panels on either side are at an equal height. For more information, contact local professionals like J K Home Improvement Siding &...

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Examining The Profitable Benefits Of 3D Rendering For Construction Companies

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Examining The Profitable Benefits Of 3D Rendering For Construction Companies

If you have had clients that had their hopes up during the construction of their new home seem deflated and unhappy when they see the finished project, you probably know how visualization before a structure is built can be beneficial. For contractors, knowing their clients are going to be happy about the final results of their home construction is an essential aspect of earning a profit. Learn more about 3D rendering services can improve your clients’ reactions to the homes you build for them and help to increase your overall profits. Visualization Is A Key Factor For Your Success Giving your clients a look at their new homes in a 3-dimensional view can allow them to see how it will be when they actually walk into the finished project. In this way, your clients will know exactly what to expect when their homes are finished and trimmed out. From hallways to small alcoves, you can use 3D rendering software that portrays the projected structure in dimensions that will give clients a bird’s eye view of the tiniest details of their homes. With traditional drawings used by architects, clients are not able to see ‘inside’ the home or ‘walk’ through the front door. Using 3D rendering is a good idea and can reduce the number of clients that are unhappy with the final results of their homes. 3D Rendering Reduces Design Deviation During Construction Even though a traditional architectural blueprint may contain every detail necessary for meeting a client’s expectations, some parts of structure can be difficult to create because of the variations in how each person perceives the design. In many cases, the final project is missing parts like small closets or pantries because they are only a line on the blueprint showing their location, but not their dimensions. When contractors can see the actual design in 3 dimensions, the locations of small rooms like closets are easy to see so their construction is more accurate. Make An Impact On Your Advertising For Home Construction When you include an image of a home being shown in 3D rendering software in your advertisements, you may be surprised how many clients will find it appealing. Many people interested in home construction will find 3D rendering an aspect of your services that would be helpful for them to achieve the home design of their dreams. Taking steps to include 3D rendering services in your construction company advertising tactics is a great way to land more clients. Discussing the addition of 3D rendering software with your design team is important for you to not only increase your profits, but to also remain ahead of your competitors. Contact a company like 3D Vision Studios for more...

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