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Improve Your Home’s Entryway Safety And Security

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your home is the place you should go to feel love, peace, and most importantly, security. However, if you aren’t taking the necessary steps to protect your home, you probably feel anything but secure. To boost the safety of your home, start by focusing on your front door entry area.   Update Your Security Screen Door If your existing screen door barely locks or has small punctures in its mesh screen, it isn’t really effective any more. The condition of the screen door determines just how much security it can offer you so you want to replace a worn or damaged door right away. When looking for a replacement, ensure you are choosing an option with a wide frame design. The wider the frame, the more strength it has. It’s also wise to select a door with a flush-mounting design. This option eliminates gaps around the door that intruders often use to stick apparatuses inside to break locks. Tidy Up Landscaping Landscaping is a great way to add character and style to the exterior of a home, but it can also be used to help intruders. Having tall, overgrown shrubs or bushes lining the front door area provides an intruder an easy place to hide and break into your home without being spotted by someone from the street. It’s best to install these growths several feet away from the door. If you already have them planted, make sure you are taking extra steps to keep them trimmed to make it harder for someone to stand behind them without being detected. Enhance Light Placement Make sure any lights you have installed around the front door are designed to illuminate the space and not cause unnecessary shadows. For example, if you have a recessed front door, placing bright lights too far away from the front door will actually darken the entryway and provide a place for someone to hide. In this case, it’s better to place lighting just above the door as well as on the side walls to brighten the space and prevent any shadows. It’s also wise to set your entryway lights up on a timer so that the space is always bright even when you forget to turn on the lights. Safety is not inherent, but instead achieved. As your house is the place that you and your family call home, make sure you are taking extra steps to keep your home safe. For more information, contact companies like Roys Screen...

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Need More Space In Your Bathroom? Talk With A Contractor About These Dramatic Changes

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re looking to make your small bathroom bigger, and you aren’t sure what you can do, there are some changes you want to talk with a contractor about. You can invest a small amount of money into the space to get impactful changes, and to improve one of the most used areas in your house. You want to make changes that are going to help you actually gain space, or give the room the appearance that there is more space. Try these options. Add Windows Is it possible for you to enlarge a small window, or add a window in the space? If you have a one story home you should ask the contractor if you can add a skylight, and if there is no window you should look into having one put on an exterior wall. The natural light will open the space up, and make it so you don’t have to depend on light bulbs. Any window that is bigger or adding an additional window to what is there will be a success. Remove Shells It doesn’t matter if you can go without a tub, or if you still want to have a tub, if you get rid of a shell insert you can save a lot of space. Add a free standing tub to the bathroom and then have the shower head come out of the wall still into the tub to fill it up when needed. The free standing tub allows you to walk around it and conserves space. If you don’t need a tub, use ceramic, porcelain or mosaic tile in place of where the shell was to create your showering space. This makes the bathing space much bigger and more modern. Eliminate Bulky Cabinetry Do you have wide and deep cabinets that take up a lot of bathroom? If so, remove the cabinets and look for a thinner option that will give you more walking room. You may be able to find a vanity that is much taller but thinner, so you don’t lose storage space but get more room in the bathroom. These are some easy things you can change with the help of a contractor, like one from Genuine Home Builders Inc, to remodel the bathroom into a more spacious and modern bath. The bathroom is an area that you use every day, so make changes you are personally going to enjoy when you use the...

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Gorgeous Bistro Ideas For Your Backyard Patio

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your patio is small, and that’s ok. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on outdoor living. A small patio still affords you space for enjoying your backyard comfortably. For the small patio, the Landscaping Network suggests designing a bistro style because you need only 6 feet by 6 feet of space. Design a gorgeous backyard patio that lives larger than its real estate. Lay Flagstone Pavers One of the major benefits of having a small space for your patio is you can choose luxurious materials since you won’t need much. Flagstone is a gorgeous natural stone made by the hardening of sediment, usually under water. In fact, flagstone is an umbrella term that includes sandstone, bluestone, limestone, slate, and travertine. Flagstone also comes in numerous colors and gradients. Before choosing your flagstone pavers, evaluate your home’s façade. It’s best to choose pavers that match or complement the colors in your house. For a small bistro patio, consider having the contractors lay the flagstone in an irregular pattern. They don’t cut the stones into rectangles, so they can create organic shapes with the flooring. This means you can use up every inch of space available to you for your patio. Install a Stone Bench While your contractors have the stones out, have them build a stone bench. A bistro patio is mostly used for dining, so you need seating. However, you may want to store a few things on your small patio. The contractors can construct a well in your stone bench for storage. Because it’s built-in, your stone bench takes up less space. Use Cable Railing You don’t want your bistro patio to feel cramped in. With cable railing, contractors string metal cables between the posts. The cables disappear visually, so there’s no obstruction of the view. You can also combine the cable railing with landscaping to create a seamless transition between your patio and the yard. Match the Patio Shape When you go to choose table, try to match the shape of the patio to save space. If you opted for a square or rectangular patio, any shape table will work well. However, a circular table takes up less space. This is especially true if the contractors went organic with the flagstone pavers. Additionally, choose chairs that don’t take up a lot of real estate. Look for ones that even fold up for easy stashing. Maximize your small outdoor space by designing a gorgeous bistro...

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Adopting A Dog With Running Tendencies? Build A Fence That Surrounds Your Yard Beforehand

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Just like how adults will prepare their home before they have a baby, you should make sure you get everything ready after deciding that you are going to adopt a dog in the near future. You may be set on a certain dog breed, and as a result, you may have a dog rescue you are focusing on. While you are waiting for the right pup to show up, you should take the time to build a fence that can protect your dog. This is essential when you adopt a dog that is prone to running away or trying to find a way to escape. Some of the most likely breeds for this scenario include Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Boxers. Give Them a Place to Exercise A fenced in area will allow you to let your dog outside and give them a place to exercise. They might exercise on their own by running around and chasing the birds and bugs that they see flying around. It is also an ideal place to play fetch with them by using a Frisbee, tennis ball, or another toy. If your backyard is large enough, you can even get a little physical exercise by running around and playing with them. It is important for the entire backyard to be properly fenced off, otherwise your dog will still have a chance to escape. Make Dedicated Potty Areas Although your dog can go to the bathroom anywhere, you will want to create a specific bathroom station. A fenced backyard will prevent you from having to keep your dog on a leash when going in the backyard. With a fenced yard, you can just let them out through the back door and they can head over to the potty area. An ideal setup is replicating a sandbox that you fill up with pea gravel, sand, or standard grass that you maintain. It is even possible to install a dog door inside your back door to give them free access outside. Keep Them Safe from Harm Escaping can put your dog at risk of harm from wild animals, other dogs, cars, and dangerous terrain. The great thing about a tall, backyard fence is that it will protect your dog from all of these dangers. It can give you peace of mind when you are adopting a dog that would normally run away if given the chance. A professionally built fence will give you confidence when adopting a dog and letting them outside. For advice on the best fences to keep dogs in, talk with fencing contractors and companies in your area, like Rut...

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3 Septic Systems To Contain Waste And Prevent Contamination Of Protected Lands

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are many areas where a septic system is the main form of waste treatment. In areas with protected forest lands or bodies of water, the contaminants from septic systems can be a problem. This is why the design of a completely contained septic system may be needed if you have a home near protected lands. Here are some of the solutions that you may want to consider for a contained septic system for your home: 1. Mound Systems With Liners To Completely Contain Affluent Mound systems can have liners that help protect them and keep the affluent from leaving the Drainage field. This is ideal for containing waste and keeping it out of the environment. If you have a limited amount of space, the mound system can be hidden in a raised container garden made with retaining walls and lined to make the mound less noticeable and an attractive addition to your landscaping design. 2. Using A Designed Wetland Drain Field To Contain Septic Waste Wetlands can be another option that you may want to consider for your septic system drainage. These systems are designed to filter waste water with plants and wildlife. In sensitive ecosystems, the wetland design can include a liner to keep drainage out of the environment and contains in the specialized system. They can also be used to provide a place for native wildlife and plants to improve environmental conditions. These systems have the benefit of using the plants to filter waste and protect the environment from waste from your septic tank. 3. Aerobic Septic Systems For A Completely Self Contained System Aerobic systems are one of the more common types of systems that are used when waste contamination is a concern. These systems use a combination of several tanks and bacteria to break down waste like a miniature treatment plant. There are also aerobic septic systems that are completely self-contained and can even give you water that can be reused for things like irrigation or flushing toilets in your home. This type of system can be used where a drain field is not a practical solution for your septic system. These are some of the options that you may want to consider for a contained septic system for your home if you live near lands where contamination is a concern. If environmental contamination around your home is a concern, contact a septic tank service such as Moon Septic to help with some of these improvements for your septic...

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Exploring 3 Different Types Of Commercial Fences

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are tons of choices you will need to make when you make the decision to become a business owner. One of these many choices includes selecting the right type of fence to wrap around your property. What type of commercial fence you ultimately choose is going to vary based on a number of different things. In order to select the right one for your needs, it can help to learn more about your options. Barbed Wire Fencing Barbed wire is one of the more common types of commercial fencing because it is pretty incredible in terms of security. The barbed wire fencing has sharp metal across the top of the fence, which prevents people from climbing over it. As an added bonus, barbed wire is technically an add-on you can attach to any fencing material. Not surprisingly, the main reason business owners select barbed wire fencing is because they need an extra layer of security. This type of fence is going to injure anyone who is stupid enough to try to climb over it. This makes it a huge deterrent for anyone who would want to break into your business to steal things. Ornamental Fencing Ornamental fencing is typically made out of iron. It is a type of fencing that is selected for its visual appeal. This is the kind of fence you put around your business when you are looking to make the exterior of said business more attractive. It is important to keep in mind that this type of fencing offers minimal security. Commercial Chain Link Commercial chain link is a popular choice for a business owner who needs a fence, but does not have a very big budget for it. Chain link fences are primarily used to define the property line of a place of business. Chain link fences offer a minimal amount of security as they tend to be short and easy to climb over. Chain link fences also offer very little – if any – privacy. If you are looking for a fence to protect your business, a chain link fence is not for you. If you, however, just need something to define your property line and maybe keep the dogs in the area off of your property, a chain link fence is a great choice. As you can see, business owners have a number of different fences to consider when selecting one to install around their business. Choosing which type of fence that is right for your business is as simple as deciding whether you want security, visual appeal, or something to define the property...

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Three Tree Issues That Can Affect Your Home and How to Fix Them

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Trees can be a very beneficial part of your landscape. They can shade your yard and home from the hot sun, provide a wind block from strong breezes, and attract birds and other wildlife for you to enjoy. Unfortunately, trees can also cause damage to your home and environment if they aren’t properly cared for. The following are some issues that can occur, along with methods to prevent them. Issue #1: Siding damage Trees growing close to the home can cause major damage to siding. This occurs from branches scraping and dragging across the siding. Over time, this can pull off vinyl siding, break wood siding, or carve the mortar out from between bricks. Another danger of branches scraping the side of the house is that they can break windows or pull off gutters. The fix is relatively simple: prune back the offending branches. Keep trees trimmed back so that major branches cannot reach the side of the house. This isn’t as simple as trimming them back on a calm day. Keep in mind that when the wind blows, the trees will sway closer to the home, so you will want to trim the branches so they are a foot or more away from the side of the house. It’s also important to remove an equal amount of material on the opposite sides of the trees so the trees remain balanced. Issue #2: Mildewed roof Too much shade over the roof, especially when teamed up with dampness, can lead to green or black mildew and moss stains on your roof. The cause isn’t just the shade from the trees, either; it can also be from fallen leaves and twigs collecting on the roof. Much like with issues with damaged siding, the answer is trimming back the trees. It’s okay for the trees to overhang the roof as long as they don’t scrape against the shingles and damage them. Simply have the trees trimmed to open up the canopy a little bit so sunlight can penetrate and allow air to circulate. Also, make sure to clean collected leaves off the roof each fall. You can also have your roof treated with zinc to help kill off the moss and mildew. Issue #3: Lawn and paving damage Roots can spread quite far from the tree, where they may then begin to lift up. This can lead to an uneven lawn or even cracked sidewalks. Most trees have fairly deep roots, but surface roots may form and lift up during dry periods if the trees undergo drought, stress, or improper watering. To prevent this sort of damage, water the tree deeply every one to two weeks. This means providing several gallons of water at one time—the amount depends on the tree. This infrequent deep watering encourages the trees to send out deep roots, as opposed to the shallow roots that develop when a tree is watered lightly on frequent occasions. If a root is posing a problem, a tree service such as Williams Lawn Care & Landscaping, Inc. may be able to sever it from the main tree without causing any long-lasting...

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Portable Toilets on Your Construction Site: Some Careful Considerations Regarding Their Position

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Every construction site has its own set of portable toilets—that is typically a given. However, not all contractors give a thought to where they place these porta-potties, which is frequently unfortunate. The next time you rent some porta-potties from a company like Mathena Septic Tank Service, here are a few things to consider with regard to where you place these toilets and why you should think ahead about these things. Placing the Toilets Too Close to the Construction Zone So far, you may have had quite a bit of good fortune with placing your rental toilets close to the construction zone and not having them destroyed or tipped. However, it only takes one crew member in a work truck and a few seconds of not paying attention to back the truck into the porta-potties or shove them over completely. When that happens, the work site may need to be shut down for the day while a sanitation crew comes to clear away the waste and the destroyed or damaged portable toilets. Whenever possible, place the portable toilets far away from the areas where the work trucks will be operating. Placing the Toilets Upwind of a Nearby Cafe or Bistro Nobody likes to smell or hear a toilet while they are eating. When you place your portable toilets upwind of a nearby cafe or bistro, it only takes a single wind blowing down toward the restaurant to carry the smells of waste that direction. Even if you have some really good portable toilets that destroy odors, you may still be sending the smell of urinal cakes from the toilets in that direction. Nobody wants to smell that either. Whenever feasibly possible, place the porta-potties in a corner part of the lot or in an area where a wind will not carry their usual odors toward a restaurant of any kind. Placing the Toilets on Uneven Surfaces Lastly, most companies that rent portable toilets tend to suggest that you place the toilets on ground that is as level as possible. This helps prevent any accidental tipping that could occur with placing the toilets on very uneven ground. Have your crew members flatten and sculpt out an area where you expect to put the toilets before you begin construction. Using a frontloader and a cement roller truck is usually the most effective approach for creating a flat, level ground surface onto which to place the incoming...

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5 Reasons To Invest In A Ductless Electric Heat Pump

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Is it time to replace your old and worn-out heating and cooling system? A good option to consider as the replacement is an electric heat pump that is ductless. There are numerous benefits that you will have by opting for a ductless electric heat pump that will make you happy with choosing it as a replacement. In this article, you will learn about the benefits that are included with a ductless electric heat pump for your heating and cooling needs. 1. No Worrying About Air Seeping Out Ducts When you have a heating and cooling system that routes air through ducts, a portion of the air can seep about before making it through the vents. For instance, it is possible for the duct fittings to become loose and allow air to seep out. It is also possible for the ducts to become cracked. You can count on getting the full extent of air from a ductless electric heat pump. 2. Your House Will Be Less Humid One of the perks of a ductless electric heat pump is that it can dehumidify each room that it warms up or cools down. You won’t have to worry about moisture from humidity causing mold to grow in your house. Decreasing humidity levels in your house is also a great way to protect wooden floors and furniture. 3. No Risk Of Incomplete Combustion A ductless electric heat pump will completely get rid of the risk of incomplete combustion occurring. With heating and cooling systems that use gas, it is possible for the pilot flame to not receive enough oxygen to produce carbon dioxide. You can then end up with toxic carbon monoxide in your home. 4. The Air Quality In Your House Will Be Better There is no risk of dust accumulating in a ductless electric heat pump that can end up circulating in your house.  Heating and cooling systems that use air ducts can get dirty and need to be cleaned to keep the indoor air quality in a good condition. You don’t have to spend money on duct cleaning with a ductless electric heat pump. 5. Installation Will Be Easy For Contractors Your labor costs will be affordable with a ductless electric heat pump as the task is not too complex for contractors. There will be no need to destroy drywall and rebuild it around air ducts. A ductless electric heat pump will only require that small holes are drilled for running pipes through. Get a ductless electric heat pump installed in your house as soon as you are ready. If you’re interested in learning more, contact companies like Salem Heating & Sheet Metal,...

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4 Benefits Of A Prefabricated Roof Truss

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you getting a house constructed and have not decided on what you want the roof to look like? You might want to consider investing in a prefabricated truss for the roof, as there are numerous benefits that will be included with it. Take a look at this article to learn about a few of the advantages of opting for a prefabricated truss for your roof. 1. Speeds Up Roof Construction The best thing about opting for a prefabricated truss is that it will make constructing your roof a faster process for contractors. Basically, the speed comes from the contractors not having to build it from scratch as they do with rafters. The truss will be brought to your home construction site in a single piece that will only have to be attached to the roof. The installation process can typically be done in one day. 2. Can Be Constructed from Several Materials There are several different material options for truss construction, and they will all have their own benefits. A North Light Roof Truss is ideal if you want one that extends across a wide width. You will also find that a North Light Truss is durable because it is constructed out of steel. A Howe Truss is ideal if you want a lot of versatility when it comes to design, and it is also constructed out of both wood and steel. If you want to add more ventilation to your roof, you can consider getting a wooden Raised Heel Truss. 3. A Long Truss Does Not Require Load Bearing Walls One of the perks of getting a prefabricated roof truss is that you won’t have to worry about where it is placed on your roof. For instance, when rafters are constructed, it is important for them to be built over load bearing walls. However, a prefabricated truss can expand over a wide distance on the roof across areas that don’t have loading bearing walls for support. 4. Labor Costs Will Be Affordable Opting for a prefabricated truss is a good way to save money on the construction of your roof. The savings stem from the trusses being fabricated with shorter pieces of lumber than what is typically used for a conventional roof that has rafters. The shorter lumber is easier to assemble in a fabrication shop than the long pieces that are assembled directly on the roof to create rafters. Invest in one or more trusses for the roof of your new house as soon as you are ready. For more information, contact Truss Components of Washington or a similar...

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You Finally Have A New Driveway: 3 Tips To Keep The Asphalt Looking Brand New

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you just had your new asphalt driveway installed, you want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible. One way to do that is to make sure you stay on top of the routine maintenance. With proper care, your asphalt driveway will keep looking good for years to come. Here are four steps that will help you preserve the appearance of your driveway. Clean Up Spills If you’re going to be parking cars on your driveway, you’re probably going to be dealing with a few leaks, drips and spills along the way. Unfortunately, if the liquids that leak, drip or spill are engine fluids, they could damage your asphalt. To prevent damage, you should try to limit the amount of contact your asphalt has with engine fluids. Place drip guards under your cars to catch drips before they can damage your driveway. If you do end up with drips and spills on your driveway, you should get them cleaned up as quickly as possible. One way to do that is by sprinkling the spill or leak with an absorbent material, such as kitty litter. Allow the kitty litter to absorb the spill and then sweep it up and toss it in the dumpster. Fill Cracks as Soon as Possible If you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, your asphalt driveway will probably develop a few cracks. Those cracks are caused by the continual freezing and thawing of the asphalt. To prevent permanent damage, you should fill the cracks as soon as they develop. To fill the cracks, you’ll need a bag of asphalt patch. Sprinkle the patch along the crack and then press it into place with your foot. As you drive your car over the patch, it will form a bond with your driveway and seal the crack. Prevent Edge Collapse The edges of your asphalt driveway are susceptible to collapse, especially if they’re not packed properly. As you park along the edges of the driveway, the weight of your car can cause the asphalt to collapse. You can prevent that by keeping the edges packed with soil. The more soil you have near the edges of the asphalt, the less collapse you’ll experience. Sufficient soil along the edges of the driveway will also allow for proper water run-off because the water won’t have an opportunity to seep under the edges. If you have an asphalt driveway, proper maintenance will protect it from wear and tear. Use the tips provided here to keep your driveway looking brand new. For more tips, be sure to speak to a contractor such as Star...

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