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3 Vinyl Siding Solutions That Give Your More Than Low-Maintenance Exteriors

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Giving your home a low-maintenance exterior is something that vinyl siding does, but conventional products may have some disadvantages. Today, you are lucky that there are many different vinyl siding products that you can choose from for improvements to your home, such as foam backed materials or designs with shake or log-style siding. If you want to get more than low-maintenance with your vinyl siding installation, here are some other options that you may want to consider for your project: 1. Give Your Home A Durable Finish With Rigid Vinyl Siding One of the problems with older vinyl siding products was that they were flimsy and could easily be damaged, or even a hole cut right in them to get in your home. To solve this problem, many modern manufactures have started creating rigid products. These vinyl siding products can have backing and reinforced designs that help make them more durable and resistant to some of the damage that is common with conventional vinyl products. 2. Adding Foam Backing To Improve Energy Efficiency Another option for more durable vinyl siding is a material with foam backing. In addition to making the material more durable, it can also be a good way to add insulation to your home. The foam materials will help insulate the exterior of walls, which can be great improvement for older homes that may have problems with air leaks and energy loss. In addition to the foam backed materials, you may also want to consider a house wrap material to seal your home and stop air leaks. 3. Give Your Home More Style With Different Vinyl Siding Designs The vinyl siding you have installed on your home can also be used to give a new look to your home. This can be done with materials like log siding products, which can be a good choice if you want to have a home with a more rustic look. In addition, there are also more traditional siding styles that can be achieved with vinyl products, such as wood shakes, which can be used in different areas like roof gable or as the siding on your entire home. These are some of additional options that you may want to consider for more than low-maintenance. If you are ready to give your home an exterior finish with a little more than just low maintenance, contact a vinyl siding contractor and talk with them about some of these options....

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The Importance Of Maintaining Your Parking Lot

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When your customers first approach your business, one of the first things they are likely to notice is your parking log, particularly if it is in disrepair. Maintaining your parking lot can add to the good impression you are hoping to set. It also demonstrates that you care about the safety of your customers. Why You Should Care About Your Parking Lot There are a variety of reasons you should care about the well being of your parking lot. In addition to adding to the positive first impression of your business, it can also prevent accidents or damage caused to vehicles by pot holes. It can also ensure that you remain in compliance with local codes and can also increase the life of the pavement. If you are the owner of the parking lot as well as a business, it is your responsibility to ensure the area is well maintained for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it will prevent expensive turnover of businesses in the area. If you have a vested interest in the commercial real estate, it is crucial that you do all you can to gain on your investment. What A Great Parking Lot Looks Like There are typically four characteristics to a great parking lot. First, it should have a very smooth, sealed surface. It should have all cracks sealed to prevent any further damage to the asphalt. Also, it should have clear markings to facilitate parking. In addition, the lot should be free of potholes and other damaged areas. Tips For Maintaining A Parking Lot Over time, the pavement in a parking lot can become weakened due to exposure to the elements. The weight of vehicles also has an impact. To prolong your parking lot, there are a number of things you can do. Prevent water damage by removing any obstructions from the catch basins and storm drains. Also, remove any debris that has accumulated. This will prevent the growth of moss, which can break through the pavement as it grows. Also, be sure to have all cracks and sealcoat filled on a regular basis by a reputable company like Pioneer Seal Coat LLC.  If you find that your parking lot is in constant disrepair, it is possible that the proper precautions were not taken when it was constructed. Consider contracting with a reputable asphalt company to have the parking lot evaluated to prevent any further damage. This investment can save you considerable money in repairs in the...

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Tips For Protecting Your Carpet From Kid Stains

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Carpeting is a mixed blessing with children. It does wonders for keeping the floor warmed for lounging little ones. It also cushions every fall so it is little more than a harmless bump. On the other hand, it can also attract stains from active children. The following tips can help you keep your carpet clean and in good condition. Tip #1: Go Pro Regular cleaning is one of the keys to avoiding permanent, deeply set stains. How often you get your carpet cleaned depends on how quickly your carpet gets soiled. Once annually may be sufficient for darker carpets, while a light carpet or one with heavy use may benefit from a spring and fall cleaning. Opt for the professional treatment at least once a year. Their equipment can really penetrate into the carpet and pad, plus they have the industrial extractors to really pull out moisture and stains. Splurge on a stain treatment while you are at it. This coating will make it easier to get stains out because the stains won’t adhere fully to the carpet fibers. Tip #2: Use Rugs High traffic areas most definitely need rugs. Opt for washable rugs near doors, since these are likely to get most of the dirt from your kids entering the home. If your dining room is carpeted, choose a color-fast and washable rug for beneath the table. You don’t want a rug that will bleed color onto the carpet when junior spills his milk. A rug with a waterproof backing is also a good option. While you are at, cover the carpet in the kids room with such a rug, perhaps printed with a play design such as roads. This will keep their carpet looking like new. Tip #3: Opt for Temporary Solutions Your kids won’t always eat at the table or draw at their desk. This is why you need to have a traveling solution that can be used to protect the carpet anywhere in the home. This can be as simple as small personal rugs or a even a blanket that you throw out on the floor. If you occasionally allow the kids to eat in the living room, for example, get them in the habit of thinking of it as a picnic. This means they need to put down their “picnic blanket” before they can eat and watch television. When they are done, retrieve the blanket yourself to make sure no crumbs are spilled onto the carpet. To learn more, contact a carpet cleaning company like Amer Carpet...

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4 Safety Precautions To Keep In Mind When Installing An Electric Gate

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An electric gate makes it easier to secure your property and is more convenient to use than a manual gate. If you plan on upgrading from a manual to an electric gate, make sure you keep these four safety precautions in mind as you go through the installation process. Follow All The Manufacturer’s Instructions The first step to making sure that your electric gate is safe is to make sure that it is installed correctly. When you are installing your gate, make sure that all the manufacturer’s instructions are followed to ensure that your gate will work properly.  Many electric gates include very specific instructions, like what type of grade and slant that they will work best on. If you don’t feel like you can follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions on your own, hire a professional company like Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc to install your gate.  Keep The Controls Away From The Gate The controls for your gate should be positioned far enough away from your gate that they can’t be reached by simply sticking one’s hand through the gate.  If the controls can easily be reached through the gate, you run the risk of someone trying to open the gate by sticking their hand through it and getting caught in the gate. By placing the controls far away from the gate, you reduce the risk of this happening. You should also make sure that the controls are placed high enough so that a young child cannot reach them and accidentally engage the controls.  Install Motion Sensors When you are selecting and installing your electric gate, make sure that the one you choose includes motion sensors. Ideally, it should include multiple motion sensors at different levels, so that way it can detect obstructions that are both down low and up high.  Motion sensors allow your gate to stop moving or reverse its motions if a person or object is detected in the path of the gate. This simple device can prevent injuries and accidents from occurring. Put Up Warning Signs Finally, after your gate is installed, you should put up a warning sign near your gate so that way anyone who approaches it knows that it is an electric gate and takes the proper precautions around it.  If you follow the four safety precautions listed above while installing your electric gate, you should be able to avoid any accidental injury due to the nature of your...

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Creating Multi-Functional Rooms In Your Home

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If you need extra space in your home and are thinking about adding additional rooms, consider adding a formal dining room or a family room. If you already have a formal dining room or a family room, have these rooms redesigned to make them more functional before adding an additional room. If you’re like many families, you don’t use your dining room as much as the kitchen for eating and getting together with family and friends. So, think about ways to use this room better to get some of the extra space you want. In contrast, your family room probably gets a lot of use, but if it was organized better, it could be even more useful. Explore the Many Options for Family Rooms and Dining Rooms There are several ways to design or arrange a room that will be used for different activities. You can group the furniture and items used for different activities. For instance, if your family room is to be used as a play area for the kids and as a general entertainment area for the whole family, you can have everything associated with each activity grouped together per activity, and then separate the two areas by using some of the furniture as dividers.    You can also have your architect or contractor use architectural details to delineate the different areas. Half-walls and columns may be good choices for this purpose because each separates, but doesn’t compromise the open feeling of a room.    Another thing you should be mindful of is that family rooms tend to be noisy, so if the best place to add an addition happens to be next to your home office, children’s bedroom, or any other area family members use for peace and quiet, you may need to relocate some of the rooms. Otherwise, you may need to choose another, less desired location for your new addition.    Formal living rooms are often used for relaxing, entertaining guests, listening to music, for chatting with family members and more. For even more versatility, have a wet bar and a game table for adults installed. To expand your entertainment options, design a built-in sound system.  Make the Most of Primary User’s Input  To create the most functional formal living room or family room for your family, find out what each primary user wants to have included. Determine whether the room will be used by both adults and children, or if it’s to be an adult-only room to be used for relaxing and entertaining.  Will it be used mostly as a room to sit and relax on a sofa and matching chairs? Or, will you also need to add tables and additional chairs when entertaining? Do you plan to pay or display musical instruments, such as a piano, violin, or guitar? Although formal living rooms tend to be quieter than family rooms, you may want to use it as a venue for soothing music.  If you want to create a more private dining room area, separate it by using solid or French doors. With these additional privacy features, this room can also be used as a home office or study area. For a more open layout, do not use doors and consider removing walls that may separate it from surrounding areas. If you entertain at home, this open layout will give you more space to entertain your guests. To redesign your home,...

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3 Advantages of Drilling a Well Versus Connecting to a Local Water Supply

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If you live in a rural area, you may have more than one option for water if you are in the process of building a home. You could either tap into a local water supply or have a well installed on your property and rely on natural resources that are available beneath the ground. While both of these routes to water supplication have their own benefits, many homeowners find that having a well is much more ideal. There are a handful of reasons why a water well could be the better choice for you out of the two options.  Well water means long-term cost efficiency.  When you start looking at the price of having a well installed, you may initially be a little put off by the price. After all, having a well drilled alone can be between $15 and $30 per foot, and as much as $30 to $50 per foot in difficult terrain. Installing a well may be higher in the beginning than connecting to a local water supply, but the long-term costs will be much lower. With a public water system, you are taking on a bill for the duration of usage, whereas a water well only has expenses associated with maintenance, which are much lower in comparison.  Having a well keeps you in control of water safety.  If you rely on a public water system, you may not know what is in your water until it has already been consumed by you and your family. Water companies do have water quality reports if you ask, but if you are like most homeowners, you won’t ask until you suspect there is  something wrong with your water. When you have a well, you can keep close tabs on water quality with testing and quality reports as often as you would like, which means you will have a greater control over the safety of your water.  Ground water is readily available just about anywhere.  If you want to tap into a local water supply, availability may be limited and some places actually have a waiting list for people who want to connect a new water main. Because ground water is almost always readily available in most areas, you can have quick access to water as soon as your well is drilled. The only wait involved will be waiting on the water well drilling contractor to complete the process, which can take as little as a few days to complete.  Learn more about these and other advantages by contacting companies like Hudson Valley...

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4 Questions To Answer Before Choosing The Right Carport

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A lot of homeowners purchase carports to provide coverage for a larger truck or recreational vehicle that will not fit in their garage. There are also some homeowners that prefer carports to garages. Regardless of why you are buying a carport, there are a lot of things to consider to make sure you get the best one including building codes and what type of vehicle you are housing. What Kind of Vehicle Are You Going to House? Knowing what type of vehicle you plan on housing is important or deciding the size of the carport. You want to make sure you purchase a carport (or have one custom made) that is big enough to house the vehicle you intend to purchase it for. For example, there is a pretty big difference between how big a carport needs to be to cover a recreational vehicle versus the small automobile you drive to and from work every day. What is the Weather Like? Your perfect carport will vary depending on the weather where you live. Unfortunately, a lot of first time carport buyers will only take into account rain and sun when choosing a carport. If you live somewhere with a lot of snow or rain that blows sideways, you will want to make sure you purchase a more enclosed carport. If you live somewhere with a lot of high winds, you will want to explore an anchored structure that is installed on concrete slabs. Have You Looked at Local Building Codes? It is vital to investigate local building codes before you purchase a carport. Your local building codes may have certain requirements for how a carport can be installed. If you live in a private community, there is always a possibility you are restricted from having a carport. When shopping, it is important to make sure the carport meets all local codes as well as the style and landscaping of your home. The last thing you want to do is purchase a carport only to be told you are not allowed to install it. What Kind of Coating Does the Carport Have? The last thing you want is to install a baldy manufactured carport that rusts the first time it rains. Make sure you select a carport that has corrosion-resistant coating. Don’t be shy about asking the manufacturer what warranties are offered regarding chipping, rusting, or peeling as well. As you can see, you have a lot of things to consider when shopping for a carport for your home. Answering these four questions will make the selection process a little easier on you. To learn more, contact a company like Sauer & Sons...

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First-Time Homeowners: Are You Ready To Have Your First Fire At The Holidays?

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It’s the holidays in your first home. Are you planning on using your fireplace for the first time during your holiday celebrations? If so, now is the time to buy the right tools and have your chimney inspected. Have the Right Tools If you’ve never used a fireplace before, you may not have all the right tools. Some fireplace tools don’t get used very often, but some of them are necessary every time you have a fire. The most important tools you can own are fireplace tongs and a poker. The poker is necessary for stimulating the fire if you want to keep it going, spreading out the wood when you want to put the fire out and putting stray logs back in place. The tongs can put burning logs back in place if they fall off the grate and can also be used to put fresh logs on the fire. Being able to move and manipulate burning logs is a matter of safety, so don’t start a fire without these two tools. In addition, if the previous homeowners didn’t leave you with a grate or screen, buy those as well. The fireplace grate holds up the logs inside the firebox to deliver oxygen to the fire. The screen helps keep sparks from flying out of the fireplace and into your home. Get an Inspection If you didn’t have your chimney inspected when you bought the house, it’s important to do that now. The inside of your chimney could be coated in creosote if it hasn’t been cleaned in a long time. It could also be clogged or have cracks in the mortar or lining. Any of these scenarios would be dangerous if you decided to light a fire. Schedule an inspector to inspect your chimney and make recommendations for chimney repair. You may ask to keep the cleaning optional, just in case the inspector discovers that the chimney inside is spotless. For more information, contact Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service or a similar company. Buy the Right Products Some fireplaces come with a gas pipe called a log lighter. This pipe supplies natural gas to the fireplace just to get the fire started. It sits beneath the fireplace grate to deliver flames up into the logs. If your fireplace doesn’t have a log lighter, you’re going to want to give thought to how you’ll be starting the fire. You’ll have some choices. Manufactured log. These logs are slow burning, light easily and stay lit without needing a lot of attention. Fire starters. Fire starters are meant to be used with natural logs. They light easily and burn for several minutes before going out, which gives the logs a chance to catch fire. Kindling. Kindling is usually made up of small pieces of lightweight wood. It usually lights easily, but it’s not a manufactured product like fire starters or the manufactured log, which means that getting kindling to work can be more of a challenge. If you choose to use kindling to start your fire, consider cutting up some of the leftover cardboard boxes from your move to use along with the kindling. Of course, you’ll also need a good long neck lighter to help you get the fire started. Once you’ve got your logs, fire starter, lighter, tools...

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Fix An Ugly Kitchen On A Tight Budget With These Modern Affordable Materials

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If you have purchased a house that has a terrible kitchen and you want to gut it but you don’t have a lot of money, there are some great modern materials you can buy that won’t bust your budget. Here are a few different options to get quotes for when you’re starting to figure out how much changing the kitchen is going to cost you. Quartz Counter Tops The quartz is engineered with a resin and creates a material that looks almost identical granite and some marble pieces, but costs less than both alternatives. You can have the expert’s measure and design the new countertops, and then have the quartz installed. This is fire and stain resistant so you don’t have to worry about discoloration or burn marks, and it it’s going to last for decades in the home. Stock Cabinetry There are many stains and even white cabinets that are available in the stock cabinetry area at the home improvement store. These cabinets are cheaper than the more expensive woods and countertops with unique moldings and designs, and you can add trim to make them look like a high end selection. Stock cabinetry can be installed at home without professionals for those that have experience. Tile Back Splash A back splash with small mosaic tiles or subway tiles is going to add a touch of style to the space and the tiles are easy to clean. A back splash is a great way to bring a color or pattern into the kitchen while you’re renovating, and it gives the room a modern feel. Ceramic Tile Flooring If all the flooring in the house has to be replaced, ceramic tile is affordable, durable and stylish. You can also add in borders or designs with different tiles to create a customized look. The tiles are cheaper than hardwood flooring, they don’t absorb moisture or bacteria and they are easy to keep washed. Some of these materials you can install on your own if you have the tools, and that will help you save even more on the costs for the project. Taking the old materials out on your own, scraping them or trying to sell them is also a great way to get extra money for the projects that you have ahead of you. You can take your old ugly kitchen and turn it into something that you love to cook and entertain in with a tight...

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Painting Like A Pro: 3 Helpful Tips

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Nothing can spruce up the inside of a home quite as nicely as a fresh new coat of paint. Yet many amateur painters end up having to live with less than ideal results, simply because they failed to know some basic painting tricks. If you have plans to repaint the inside of your home, read on. This article will present three tips to ensure you end up with a professional looking result. Always blot up carpet spills–never wipe. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first timer or seasoned painting contractor, everybody leaves a few drips behind when they paint. When you’re painting in a room with hardwood floors, that’s not too big a deal. As long as you get to it in time, all it takes is swipe with a damp rag to remove any stray drips. Unfortunately, the same rule doesn’t apply when dealing with carpet. In that case, trying to wipe away dripped paint will only serve to embed the paint even deeper in the fibers. A much better strategy is to first spritz the spill with water, and then blot it using a dry clean rag. Repeat as necessary until you’ve diluted and lifted the drip away completely. Remove excess fuzz from rollers before painting. Nothing’s quite as satisfying as dipping a fresh roller in a tray of paint for the first time. Yet if you’re not careful that brand new roller may end up leaving unsightly strands of lint embedded in the dried paint on your wall. Luckily, there’s an easy way to avoid this unfortunate scenario. All you’ll need is a roll of painter’s tape–which you should already have nearby. Simply wrap a piece of tape around your hand so that the adhesive side is facing outward. Now use this to pat down the roller. By the time you’re done, the tape should be pretty well covered with loose bits of lint and fluff. Now you can use the roller without fear of leaving unwanted fuzz behind. Use caulk instead of tape for crisp edges. A nice crisp line is imperative anytime two different shades of paint are going to meet. The traditional way to demarcate these different zones is by using painter’s tape. But that doesn’t always do the trick. No matter how well you stick the tape to the wall, paint always has a way of working underneath the edge, creating an unsightly result. Thankfully, there’s a much more reliable means of getting a crisp edge: latex caulk. After marking your initial boundary with tape, lay down a bead of caulk along the top edge. Then smooth the caulk out away from the tape, let it dry, and remove the paint. Now you can proceed in full assurance that your boundary line will come out perfectly straight! Of course, if you need professional assistance or advice during your painting project, don’t hesitate to turn to a company like AAA Action...

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