Archive for February, 2009

Rain Gutters

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Protecting your home from damage is a step that needs to be done from the beginning. Many people do not realize how rain can eventually ruin the foundation of a home. Rain can also cause a build up a mildew or mold on just about any exterior surface. It does not matter if your home is brick or vinyl siding; rain can cause damage or unsightly stains. The gutters will help protect against damage and stains.

Rain gutters are made to help prevent water from leaking under your homes foundation. They will drain the water away from the home to prevent a build up of unwanted water. A gutter system will also keep water from running down the side of your home. This is where most of the damage is done to a home. When water rests on the side of the home, it can get stuck under the siding. This is when the damage can occur.

Water that is free to run off the roof and straight to the ground will cause stains to appear on the side of your home. This is from the mud splattering all over the walls. It can be hard to remove if it left over a long period of time. If left too long your siding can be permanently discolored.

Rains gutters can be a little expensive, but they can save your home from years of damage. The cost is greatly impacted depending on if you have them installed or do it yourself. Installing rain gutters is not a job that should be done by those completely inexperienced because you can cause damage to the roof. If they are improperly installed, they will not be a benefit to the homeowner. However, it is not totally out of the possibility of being able to do it yourself if you feel like you are decent handyman.

What Makes A Window Energy Efficient?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Energy efficient windows have became a popular replacement unit among homeowners and contractors alike.  Able to manage temperatures better than regular windows, they can facilitate serious reduction in your overall energy use during the summer and winter months.

Have you ever wondered about what components of your replacement windows make them energy efficient?  Read on so you can get a better idea when home’s windows decree it’s time for a change.

1. Frame Materials

The frame materials – whether it’s wood, vinyl, fiberglass or a composite – contribute to a window’s energy efficiency by reducing heat transfer (from inside to outside and vice versa) and providing better insulation.

2. Glass Panes

These days, it’s common to have windows with two or more panes.  They insulate much better compared to just a single pane of glass, apart from providing increased sound isolation and impact resistance.

3. Coatings

Low-E glass panes, which are popular choices nowadays, reflect infrared and ultraviolet lights, allowing you to maintain temperature indoors much better.

4. Gas Fills

Multi-pane windows normally have special insulating gases between the panes.  Typical choices for gas fills are argon and krypton, both of which insulate considerably better than regular air.

5. Warm Edge Spacers

Contrary to what many people believe, edge spacers do more than keep glass panes at a proper distance.  Spacers in modern windows also help minimize heat flow and prevents condensation.

Kitchen Cabinets

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. This where everyone will congregate when you have a family gathering or just a couple of friends over for dinner. The kitchen will attract just about anyone that enters your home. The beauty of the kitchen is most often determined by the cabinets. Cabinets are the main components of the kitchen. They are the first thing that most people are going to look at.

Kitchen cabinets can either make the room more appealing, or they can really bring the mood of the room below satisfaction. Some simple tips for choosing the right kind of cabinets for home is looking for how the room is set up. If the room is small you will want to go with light coloring. This will make the room seem bigger. A larger kitchen can handle the deep, dark rich colors that many people are choosing these days.

A kitchen with great looking cabinets does not mean that you have to spend a fortune. You can find great looking cabinets without having to break the budget if you are willing to shop around. Many times you can find great looking cabinets at discount remodeling stores. These stores will often take cabinets that were measured wrong and will not fit the space they were originally bought for. You can also find cabinets that have been returned because the stain was wrong. This can be a great deal for you. Just keep in mind that when you are looking for the right cabinets you do not want to settle because you can find a great deal. The whole look of the room can be determined by what cabinets you choose.

Bathroom Remodels

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Bathrooms are some of the top remodeled rooms across the country. A bathroom can easily become outdated simply due to the amount of space. People are looking for a more spacious look when it comes to bathrooms. No one wants a cramped space that was common so many years ago. People want bathrooms to be more efficient and spacious.

The size of the bathroom is one of the most common reasons for many people to begin a remodel. People want more room to move around and begin their day without feeling trapped in a small humid bathroom. Many homeowners want a master bathroom with both a separate bathtub and shower and a double vanity. This requires more room than the traditional old style bathroom. Garden tubs are replacing the traditional combination of a tub and shower. Smaller bathrooms can be easily remodeled just by replacing the old fixtures with new smaller fixtures.

The colors that are in a bathroom can really change the feel of the room. A small one can seem bigger if a light color is placed on the wall. This a great option if you do not have room to expand. Light neutral colors are great for just about any bathroom. This color combination will go with any style that is within the home already.

Replacing old fixtures with new ones can really add a whole new look to a bathroom without a major expense. If you are just trying to add a more modern look, this is a great place to start. Replacing the old sink and toilet is also a great way to get a more modern look with out having to completely remodel the whole bathroom. If you are trying to get more space, you might consider a pedestal sink instead of a full vanity.

A bathroom remodel does not need to be costly. There are small changes that can completely transform a room with out the expense of a full remodel.

Replacing Your Front Door

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The front door of your home can tell someone a lot about the people that live there. It can tell them that you take care of your home regularly. The door can also show them that you have let your home repairs get away from you. If you are trying to sell your home, it can be a very important step to selling. You should always remember that your front door is going to be the first thing that many people see. This will also be how many people judge the condition of your home as well.

Choosing the right front door for your home can be a difficult process. You may take some time to find the right replacement door for your home. This can be a real tricky decision to make for some people. The question that you often ask yourself is what kind of door you are looking for. There are many different choices that you have at your disposal. You can get solid wood doors, fiberglass doors, decorative glass doors, colored doors, and metal doors.

When you have chosen the style of door that you want to purchase, you need to make sure that you measure the door frame correctly. You do not want to purchase a door that will not fit the space. If the replacement door is not pre-hung then you will want to measure inside the door frame. This will give you the measurement that you need. If you are going to purchase a pre-hung door, you will want to measure the outside of the frame. This means you will want to measure from above the door to below the threshold. This should give you an accurate measurement for your new door.