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What Are The Advantages Of Composite Decking?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are The Advantages Of Composite Decking?

Composite decking products are a relatively new decking material. Knowing the advantages of composite decking and how it compares to standard and pressure treated wood can help you decide whether or not composite decking is right for you. What are the advantages of composite decking? Composite decking has the appearance of natural stained wood, but performs differently. Composite decking is made from a combination of wood particles and plastic that has been squeezed together in a tough, low-maintenance board. Advantages of composite decking include: No staining, sanding or sealing required. Traditional wood must be stained and sealed on a regular basis. Composite decking products are encapsulated in a plastic coating that make staining and sealing unnecessary. Easy to clean. The protective outer shell of the composite decking prevents the material from absorbing stains and spills. This simplifies the cleaning process. Color-customizable. Because the decking material is made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials, it’s easy to make the decking material in whatever colors desired. Homeowners who wish to match their decking material to their home will find it easier than ever to achieve the color they want. Durable. Unlike natural wood, composite decking is resistant to rot and pests. Whereas natural wood may develop holes from invading insects and soft areas from wood rot, composite decking material has none of these problems. Easy to shape. Composite decking can take the shape of curves and waves, making it easier to shape decks to the natural features of the landscape. Does composite decking material require any regular maintenance? Typically, composite decking will last through rain, wind or shine without needing care to ensure structural stability. Homeowners who want to ensure that their deck maintains its beauty should clean their deck periodically. The frequency with which you should clean the deck depends on how often you use the deck and what kind of activities take place there. Use a sponge or a mop to remove dirt and debris from the surface of the deck. In some cases, dirt that builds up on the deck can become food for mold or fungus, which can eventually puncture the protective outer shell. Any mold that appears on the deck should be removed with soft bristle brush and warm, soapy water. If this happens, this is a sign that the deck is not being cleaned frequently enough, and the frequency of cleans should be increased accordingly. For more information about composite decking material and how it can be used on your property, contact a contractor, like Robert G Miller Inc. He or she can answer your questions and give you more information about composite...

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Five Solutions To Protect Your Finished Basement From Water Damage And Moisture

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Solutions To Protect Your Finished Basement From Water Damage And Moisture

Finishing your basement can be a valuable addition to your home, but it also comes with many challenges. Dealing with water and moisture is one of the biggest challenges you will face. With the right systems in place, you will be able to keep your basement dry and avoid many of these problems. Here are some of the solutions you may want to consider to protect your basement from water damage and moisture: 1. Exterior Drainage And Waterproofing Systems  Exterior drainage and waterproofing is the best way to ensure that your basement does not have water problems. You will want to have a foundation waterproofing system for your home. In addition to this, drainage can help reduce static pressure, which can cause waterproofing to fail and damage your foundation. 2. Sealing Walls On The Interior Of Your Home  The walls of the interior of your basement can also be sealed and caulked. This can be an extra precaution to keep water out of your home. If you have had to repair your foundation in the past, these systems can also help prevent future problems when the repairs fail.  3. Interior Drainage Systems To Deal With Water And Moisture Even with all the waterproofing on your foundation, sometimes water can get into your home. To prevent this, you may want to consider having an interior foundation drainage system installed. This will deal with any water from waterproofing problems. It can also help with moisture that gets in naturally from things like condensation forming on walls. 4. Sump Pump Systems To Deal With Basement Drainage And Plumbing   When water does get into your basement, you may need a way to get it out. A sump pump and well can be used to pump out any excess water that gets into your basement. The sump pump can also be used for the plumbing in your basement, which can pump out waste from drains in your basement. 5. Better Ventilation To Keep It Dry And Reduce Humidity And Moisture Another problem that you may have with your basement is moisture and humidity. To solve these problems, your basement needs to be well ventilated. Sometimes windows can provide enough ventilation, but if you have few windows in your basement, you may want to consider having exhaust vents installed to improve ventilation. These are some of the solutions that can help protect your basement from water damage and moisture. If you need to repair your foundation or you need to re-caulk an unsealed area, contact a masonry restoration service, like Mara Restoration, Inc., and ask them about what can be done to prevent water damage....

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Top Reasons To Hire A Contractor For Your Yard Excavation

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top Reasons To Hire A Contractor For Your Yard Excavation

If part of your yard need excavated, you might want to hire a professional contractor for the job. To help understand why, you might want to check out the following benefits that would come from allowing a reputable contractor do the work for you. They Can Move The Large Rocks It might not look like it from the surface, but there might be a lot of very large rocks that will need to be moved once the excavation process begins. Some of these rocks might look like they are small enough to be carried by a person, but you might quickly realize that they are not as light as they looked. Also, even if you were to find a way to struggle through moving some of them yourself, you are putting yourself at risk of serious injury. Then there will still be the over-sized rocks, or boulders, that simply need to be removed by machinery. Already having a professional contractor on the job will make this process a lot easier, as he or she will have the machinery on hand to remove the rocks from the spot being excavated. The contractor may also be able to haul the rocks away from your property altogether once the project is done. They Carry Insurance The last thing you want is for something to go wrong and then either have to risk a substantial increase in your homeowners insurance premium or find that you have to pay for everything out of pocket. Of course, those are not things that you are going to have to worry about when you hire a professional for the job. The contractor will have his or her own business insurance policy that protects not just them, but anyone else on the property and the property itself. This way, should something go wrong and an accident happens, you will know that you are protected financially. They Get The Job Done Safely  Excavation comes with a lot of risk factors that need to be taken into consideration. It is not just the person doing the work that can get hurt. Anyone that walks near the excavation site can fall in. Therefore, one of the best things is for the job to be completed as quickly as possible, without doing sub-par work. Also, should the excavated section need to be left overnight before the project can be finished, the contractor can put up security tape and temporary fencing in order to prevent people or animals from stumbling into the hole and injuring themselves. With those three reasons in mind, it should be rather easy for you to determine that you truly do need a professional contractor, like those at T C Enterprises LLC, to excavate your...

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Extend The Color Of Your Walls To Make Small Rooms Look Larger

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Extend The Color Of Your Walls To Make Small Rooms Look Larger

Homes with small rooms can make you feel cramped and claustrophobic. Fortunately, a little paint and creative application can make those small rooms appear and feel larger than they really are. Below, you will find out how to paint the walls and outer portions of the ceiling in small rooms to give the room a larger, more open look. Supplies needed for this project include: Paint that is easy to clean and reflects light without showing every flaw {eggshell finish will do well}. Rollers, brushes and trays Painter’s tape Step stool and/or ladder Drop cloths or plastic carpet liner – plastic cling carpet liner works very well to protect carpeting because it stays in place as you move the ladder around. Measuring tape or laser measuring device Pencil Select the Paint Color For best results, choose paint colors that are light. This doesn’t mean that you have to stick with white or off-white, just something on the lighter end of the color spectrum that will blend nicely with your décor. Don’t use dark shades because they will cause the room to appear even smaller than it already is. Measure and Mark This project takes careful measuring. The measurements need to be exact the whole way around the room or it just won’t look right. You will be measuring a border that is painted around the edges of the ceiling. This will extend the height of the walls and cause the room to look larger than it is. For a 10’X12′ room, extend the wall color about 12″ onto the ceiling—anything more than that will take away too much of the ceiling. If you have a laser measuring device, you can reduce the time it takes to measure and mark. You will simply run the laser across the ceiling and place the tape along the beam. If you are using a measuring tape, measure from the wall towards the center of the ceiling about every 1 foot until you come to the other end of the room. Then, use those dots on the ceiling to run the tape evenly. Paint the Walls and Ceiling After the taping is complete, it is time to get busy painting. Cover your flooring, and begin with your paint brush. Use the brush to get in the corners and around the trim on the walls. Roll your paint onto the ceilings and walls and let it dry. Follow up with one final coat and wait for it to dry. After the paint has dried, remove the tape and floor covering. If you aren’t comfortable with your ability to complete this project on your own, talk with your local custom paint contractor (like Thompson Painting) for...

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5 Tips For Making The Most Of Vinyl Siding

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Making The Most Of Vinyl Siding

Roughly 32 percent of all new homes in the United States are clad in vinyl siding. Not only does vinyl offer tremendous value, but it also comes in a surprising number of colors and finishes to suit the needs of any homeowner.Of course, not all vinyl siding is created equal; check out these tips for maximizing both the performance and aesthetic appeal of your vinyl siding, from choosing the right product to making sure it’s installed properly. Go Seamless If you’ve ever looked at a vinyl-clad wall that’s been in place for many years, you might notice a wavy pattern or ugly gaps, bumps or uneven areas. This occurs when the overlapped sections of siding are installed improperly or when they separate over time. While traditional siding comes in set lengths, forcing you to overlap them and creating seams in your walls, seamless siding is cut to exactly the same length as your walls, eliminating all seams. This results in a smoother finish with clean lines that endure over the years with proper maintenance and skilled installation. Check Out Textures Vinyl siding doesn’t have to be boring; while the earliest versions of this product were smooth and simple, modern manufacturers offer vinyl siding in a wide variety of textures and finishes. This means you can have vinyl embossed to look like wooden shingles or planks, cedar shakes, or even tile and natural stone. These textured products not only add depth and visual appeal to the home, but many are so authentic that they can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Focus on Quality Thicker, stiffer vinyl siding products are less likely to sag over time, and will hold up better to heavy winds and impacts from heavy or sharp objects. While building codes require only a minimum of 0.035 inches in thickness, premium siding ranges from 0.044 to 0.048. Some high-end products go as high as 0.055 inches thick. You can also choose insulated vinyl siding for even greater durability. As a bonus, insulated products could cut energy costs by 1 to 11 percent on average depending on where you live. Trust the Pros To make sure your vinyl siding looks its best, hire professional installers who are experienced in working with this material. Skilled contractors can make sure that the siding will keep water at bay, and are also better equipped to install planks straight and even, using the proper fasteners for the job.  Don’t Skimp on Trim The trim used on vinyl siding helps to tie the project together, giving your home a polished and cohesive look. Instead of just sticking with basic channels and trim, explore the various options available for your home. Consider not only window and door trim, but also corner beads, crown molding and decorative panels and accent pieces. Remember that you can often combine multiple sections of trim together to create a custom look, similar to the way carpenters combine wood molding pieces to create elaborate finishes on the interior of the home.  To learn more, contact a company like Professional Home Improvement...

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Four Tips To Deal With Leaks In Modern Roofing Membranes For Flat Roofs

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Deal With Leaks In Modern Roofing Membranes For Flat Roofs

Modern flat roofs are often made of a membrane system. This is a rubber-like material that is lightweight and durable. It can often outlast conventional asphalt roofing for flat roofs and has the benefit of being energy efficient. Even though it is durable, it is not invincible and can easily be torn or have punctures that cause leaks. Sometimes it can be hard to find the source of leaks on membrane roofing. Here are some tips to help find the source of water leaks and deal with them properly: 1. Locating Areas With Small Leaks There can be many areas with small leaks on a roof membrane. This can be something as small as a pinhole sized leak. These problems are often caused by maintenance and people getting on the roof. So, you will first want to look at areas where there is access to the roof for maintenance. In addition, look in any areas where there is debris on the roof and near mechanical penetrations. These are some of the most likely causes of small leaks. 2. Finding Tears In Rubber That Need Repair Tears are another issue that you may have with a rubber roofing membrane. Tears can be in areas where maintenance is done, but they can also be due to wear. Look in areas where there are seams in the membrane for any possible tears or the seams coming apart. In addition, look in areas where HVAC systems are located and materials that can tear the membrane. Debris from trees and storms can also be the cause of tears in a membrane roof. 3. Temporarily Sealing Leaks With Tape Until They Can Be Fixed Once you find the leaks, you may want to temporarily seal them to prevent any further damage. This can be done by using a silicone caulking or a sealant tape, such as the tape used to seal around windows. This is something that can be done for a temporary repair until a commercial roofing service can come and do a more permanent repair or patch for your flat roof. 4. Preventing Water Traps And Puddling On Flat Roofs There may also be water traps and puddling on your roof. This can be a problem since water will eventually find its way into your building. To prevent these problems, check roof drainage systems regularly and keep them free of debris. If certain areas do not drain well, you can talk to a roofer about doing something to help water drain from problem areas better. These are some tips to help you deal with your flat roofing problems. If your roof is giving you trouble, contact a commercial roofing contractor, like Danny Odom & Son Roofing, to get help with long-lasting roofing...

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Learn What To Expect During A Prewinter Roofing Inspection

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn What To Expect During A Prewinter Roofing Inspection

Living in an area that is prone to snow and ice can create a beautiful winter wonderland that is appealing to your eyes, but could create a dangerous situation if your roof is not able to hold up to the weight. Even though snow may look light and fluffy, it is actually quite heavy once the flakes start to pile up. Before winter hits, you need to be sure that you have a roof inspection to ensure that your roof is able to support the massive weight of large amounts of snow or ice. Learn what things a roofer will look for when inspecting your roof in the guide that follows. Inspect the Shingles The roofer will inspect the shingles to make sure that they are not cracked, broken, or curling. The shingles are designed to give the roof a layer of protection to keep water from leaking into your home. If the shingles are damaged on your roof, your roof could leak when the snow melts during the winter. Inspect the Gutters The gutters on your roof need to be properly attached to the roof and clear of debris to be sure that melting snow and ice can easily drain from the roof when they melt. If the gutters are clogged, the roofer can take care of them while he is on the roof—for a fee. Inspect the Eaves The portion of the roof that hangs over the edges of a home are called the eaves. If the eaves are in bad shape, ice damns can form on the roof, which could lead to major structural damage. As snow and ice melt, the water can collect on the eaves and refreeze. This creates massive amounts of weight on that particular area of the roof, which can ruin the gutters on your home because they cannot support the massive weight. Inspect the Girders The girders are the beams under the roof that support the weight of the roof. The roofer will inspect the girders to be sure that they are not showing signs of damage and that there are no leaks near them. He or she will inspect them by climbing into your attic and looking at them from inside of your home. Be sure to have an inspection done before winter hits. This will allow you to have repairs made  before the inclement weather begins in order to ensure that your roof is as strong as it can be. Contact a company like American Building & Roofing Inc for more...

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Three Keys To Choosing A Welder

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Keys To Choosing A Welder

Whether you plan to open a metal fabrication shop, or you simply have the occasional need to weld around your farm or mechanical shop. it is important to choose your type of welder carefully. Some machines are designed for in-shop use while others are designed to allow you to travel to where your skills are needed. Some welders work better with steel and others can handle exotic metals. Thus, rather than run out and buy the cheapest welder you can find, you should make a list of criteria for choosing your welder and choose the welder best suited to your needs.  Where Will You Need to Weld? One of the keys to choosing a welder is to think about where your skills will most likely be needed. For example, if you run a farm and occasionally have equipment breakdown out in the field, you will need to find a welder that you can haul out to your tractor to make repairs. On the other hand, if you have a mechanic shop and occasionally people have people bring you cars with broken axles or broken frames, you should look for a stationary welder. Finally, if you plan to work on pipelines or other big construction jobs that don’t allow you to work from a shop, you will need a stationary welder that you can fasten to a welding truck or trailer so that you can take it with you to the field.  What Type of Metal You Will Weld Another thing to look at is what type of metal you will work with. For example, if you will mostly be working with steel, you can use a stick welder. On the other hand, if you will have to weld copper, titanium, aluminum, or magnesium, you should look for a TIG welder. If you need to work with any type of metal, then you should consider buying both types of welders, or at least a welding machine that is capable of welding both types of metals.  As you can see, there are various considerations when choosing a welder for your shop or home. Even if you are a hobby welder instead of someone who depends on their welding skills to make a living, you need to remember that the right welding setup can make all the difference between finding success or disaster. For best results, think of your criteria for choosing a welder carefully, and then stick to your criteria as you choose your welder.  For more information and options, contact welding equipment suppliers, like Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply Co...

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5 Steps To Preparing For The Installation Of A Backyard Hot Tub

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Steps To Preparing For The Installation Of A Backyard Hot Tub

So, you’ve decided to take your backyard retreat one step further by installing a hot tub? Before your hot tub arrives or before you purchase it, you should consider taking care of some important tasks off of your installation to-do list. Here are five steps to prepare for your hot tub, including pieces of construction equipment that may prove to be helpful in making your project easier: 1. Decide on the Location First things first, you need to choose where you want to install your hot tub. Make sure to consider placing it away from electrical lines in the event that there is a storm and one of the overhead power lines falls down. You should also make sure that it is well within reach to the control panel for the hot tub so that you don’t have to worry about excess wiring. Don’t forget to also choose a location here water discharge does not occur to avoid any structural issuers later down the road. 2. Leave Room for a Walkway You probably don’t want to build a pathway to the area yet since the hot tub isn’t installed, but you will want to make this part of your initial planning. You need to leave enough room around the hot tub to create a good walkway. Plus, there needs to be ample space for you to access the hot tub motor, pump, etc. for routine maintenance. You may want to consider renting a plate compactor (from companies like All Star Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc.), which will help pack the dirt so that it is more stable for your concrete pavers, stones, gravel or other material that you decide to use for your walkway. 3. Start Breaking Ground Before you install the hot tub, you must create a firm, level surface to support it—which is a lot of weight, by the way. Make sure to go bigger than the actual size of the hot tub, as it is better to have extra room than not enough. Now, you’ll likely need to move dirt, dig dirt or both in order to prepare the spot. Therefore, you may want to consider contacting your local construction equipment rental company to rent a mini excavator that could help save you some significant time and effort (and your back!). You will also want to consider renting a laser level at the same time to ensure that the hole is level. Otherwise, once the hot tub is installed, it could potentially be unlevel. 4. Install the Base Once the surface has been prepared, you will need to create a base. Depending on your timeframe, there are many options for a hot tub base. If you have time for it to cure, you can use pour a concrete pad. This is probably the most durable option and should be six inches thick in order to handle the weight of the tub. If you decide to do concrete, you can rent a concrete mixer to help speed up the process. Another possibility would be a bed made from gravel, as the gravel will conform to the tub’s base and help hold it in place. A third option would be a pre-fabricated base, which tends to be far less expensive than concrete, but it is just as effective. 5. Prepare...

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How To Remove Bird Droppings From Copper Roofing Tiles

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove Bird Droppings From Copper Roofing Tiles

If bird droppings are on the surface of some of the copper tiles on your tool shed’s roof, learn how to remove them with the following steps. Copper is a soft metal that needs to be handled with care so that none of the tiles become permanently damaged. Once the tiles are clean and restored to their original condition, maintain them so that they remain damage-free in the future. Materials ladder push broom water hose garden sprayer vinegar water table salt lemon juice soft-bristled scrub brush clear lacquer paint roller paint tray Eliminate Debris And Apply The Cleaning Mixture Set up a ladder next to the tool shed. Remove large pieces of debris by hand or with the help of a push broom. Rinse the roof’s surface off with a water hose to remove surface dirt. Prepare a cleaning mixture to eliminate the bird droppings. Remove the tank from a garden sprayer. Add a couple cups each of lemon juice, vinegar, and salt to the tank. Fill the rest of the tank with water. The cleaning mixture will not discolor the roofing tiles and will effectively remove the droppings. Spray a liberal amount of the cleaning mixture on the stained areas on each tile.  Remove The Bird Droppings Use a soft-bristled scrub brush to assist with removing the bird droppings. Use consistent pressure, but do not press down too hard on the brush because it could damage the copper tiles. Rinse the tiles off with a steady stream of water. Apply more of the cleaning mixture if there are still visible stains on some of the tiles. Wait for the roof to dry once it has been restored to its original condition.  Maintain And Clean The Tiles Regularly If you would like to prevent stains from forming on the tiles in the future, apply a coat of clear lacquer over them. Pour the lacquer in a paint tray and roll it across the tiles in straight lines. Wait several hours for the lacquer to dry. If you do not want to apply lacquer to the tiles, however, you can keep them clean and stain-free by inspecting them regularly. Remove bird droppings and dirt with the cleaning mixture that you previously used, a scrub brush, and a water hose. As long as you are consistent and keep the roof clean throughout the year, severe staining will not occur and the tiles will last for years.  Click this link for a roofing company in your area or do an online...

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