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4 Signs It’s Time To Repair Or Replace Your Windows After A Storm

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Heavy rainstorms with hail could lead to significant damage to your home, making it important to pay close attention to the condition of your windows after the storm has passed. Your windows are especially vulnerable to storm damage due to their design compared to the rest of the exterior of your home, making a thorough inspection an important task. With the cost of replacing a window between $100-$200, the following tips can help you determine if this would be a good investment for your home.  Cosmetic Damage to the Window Frame If there was a lot of hail in the area, or if dirt and rocks were picked up due to heavy wind, there may be some cosmetic damage to the window frame itself. If there are nicks on the frame or if the paint has been chipped off, you need to address whether you can simply refinish the frames or if the damage is severe enough where the windows should be replaced entirely. Broken Hardware Leading to Security Risks In the case of a heavy storm, the damage could be significant enough to extend to the condition of the hardware. If you’re concerned that the window latches were damaged, it becomes important to get the hardware replaced. This is due to the risk of your home being at risk of being broken into, making it a good idea to look how much hardware replacement will be and what your options are. Cracked or Fractured Glass Panes A common form of damage done to windows after a storm is the glass being cracked or fractured in some form. In order for you to restore your windows to their original shaped, you’ll need to consider if the glass panes can simply be repaired or if the entire window themselves need replacement. Poor Sealing or Other Problems with Air Loss Your windows are the first place that air loss can occur in your home, making the space less comfortable and more expensive to keep cool or warm throughout the different seasons. To determine if sealing needs to be redone, you’ll want to test the sealing with methods such as holding a candle up against the window frame itself to see if the flame flickers. By looking into the condition of your windows after a storm has passed through, you can determine if repair or replacement of your windows is best. Contact a local installer, such as Welty Custom Exteriors, Inc, with any...

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Tips For Incorporating Hand-Painted Mexican Tiles Into A Kitchen Remodel

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Looking to add some color and global flair to your kitchen remodeling? Online craftspeople and specialized tile stores sell Mexican tiles that feature bold graphic designs. The tiles are typically small and hand-painted so the cost can add up quickly. But strategic use of the tiles can allow you to enjoy the look without breaking the bank. Here are a few design ideas you can discuss with your remodeling contractor: Backsplash Accent Using Mexican tiles to form your entire backsplash might not work with your budget. Instead, choose a section of backsplash where the tile will make the most visual impact. Behind a black or white stove is a good example, while hidden under the cabinets in a shadowy corner is a bad example. Use white tiles found at the hardware store to create the rest of your backsplash to create the most versatile look. If you want to go truly bold, pick one of the stronger colors of the tiles – commonly reds, yellows, and blues – and use tile in that color to finish off the backsplash. Make sure your cabinets are white if you choose a colored backsplash so the kitchen doesn’t become too busy. Island Accent You can use Mexican tile around the outside edge of an existing or planned kitchen island.  If the outside edge is a couple of inches tall, you might be able to get away with buying small pre-made tiles and simply using a strong, waterproof adhesive to attach the tiles around the edge. Don’t waste the money on Mexican tiles for a side of the island that isn’t visible from the main area of the kitchen. Even having the tiles on two or three sides of the island can brighten up your room and offer an additional point of visual interest.   Don’t have an edge to use? You or your contractor can create one using a bit of crown molding. Over-Cabinet Accent Do you already have several bright elements in the kitchen but want to add a touch of Mexican tile? Consider creating an upper border of tile following the top of your kitchen cabinets. The location ensures that guests will notice the tiles without making the tiles a major statement piece. Make sure your cabinets are a coordinating color to the tiles so as not to clash. Purchase slightly larger tiles than you would for an island accent to make sure the end result isn’t so subtle your guests have to squint to see what’s on the tiles. To learn more, contact a company like Suburban Construction Inc. with any questions you...

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3 Reasons To Replace Your Clapboard Siding With Fiber Cement Siding

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Many older and historic homes have clapboard siding. However, this type of siding will eventually deteriorate and reduce the overall character of your home. When you decide to replace your siding, there are several options available. One of the most durable and attractive options would be fiber cement siding. This type of siding is among the best investments that you can make to the exterior of your home. For starters, you are more likely to get a higher return on the investment. In addition, here are three other benefits of replacing your clapboard siding with fiber cement siding: 1. It Can Leave The Exterior Of Your Home Unscathed From An Outside Fire. If you live in an area where forest fires are common, then you probably have a fire mitigation plan for your house. The last type of siding you need on your home is wooden clapboard. Not only is clapboard siding prone to rotting, but it also serves as fuel to any fire – a forest fire or a home fire. Homeowners may even get a home insurance discount for having fiber cement siding on their home. If you choose to make this exterior renovation, be sure to speak to your insurance agent about potential savings. 2. It’s Cheap, Low Maintenance, And Long-Lasting. On the high end, clapboard siding can cost around $10 per square foot, while fiber cement siding is more affordable at about $4 per square foot. Plus, clapboard siding often needs to be repainted every five years, on average. However, the paint on fiber cement siding can last for at least 15 years. This means that if you opt for fiber cement siding that you will significantly reduce your overall maintenance costs and time spent on replacing or repairing the siding. 3. It Won’t Attract Unwanted Pests, Like Termites. Fiber cement siding is resistant to moisture, rot, and mildew, unlike clapboard, which means that termites won’t be attracted to it. Termite damage is not only annoying, but it is particularly damaging to your home. Pest extermination costs quite the pretty penny, in addition to the costs that are associated with repairing the damage. If you’re trying to sell your home, this can put an indefinite hold on the sale or significantly cut the price that you sell it for if the home is sold with the damage. Fiber cement siding can be made to add charm and additional character to your home while keeping in line with the traditional or historical flavor of the neighborhood. This type of siding can be purchased pre-painted in a variety of colors or pre-primed so that you can add your own color of paint. It can also replicate many different looks, including painted wood. For more information on fiber cement siding, consult with a local home improvement contractor like G & L...

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How To Replace Your Cistern With A Water Heater

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Homes predating the turn of the nineteenth century often have remnants of a cistern hanging around. However, if you buy a really old home with hopes of restoring it to its former glory, you may encounter a complete cistern still in situ. If the home has been abandoned for years and there is only a septic system, then you will have to start from scratch. This entails removing the cistern, the pump that brought water up into the house, installing a water heater and modern plumbing. Here is what you need to do, if you are paving the way for a plumber to install more pipes. Measuring Your Cistern’s Depth and Planning to Fill the Void If you hope to remove the cistern entirely, measure how deep the cistern goes. Some just fill the space beneath the floor under your kitchen, while others were built to go deeper than the basement floor. Should you happen to have a cistern that goes deeper than your basement floor, you may have to enlist the help of a general contractor to fill the hole with dirt and then create a solid cement floor over that. If the cistern is only as deep as the foundation of your old house, then you can just pull it out and repair the cement flooring. Removing Any Residual Cistern Plumbing Most cisterns required a pump to lift water against gravity into the house. In really, really old farmhouses, this was the pump on the kitchen sink. Later, pumps were powered by electricity and activating them was almost as simple as turning on the faucet. Depending on the age of your house, you will need to remove these cistern residuals in order to install modern plumbing and connect that plumbing to your water heater and a septic system or city plumbing system. Installing Your Modern Water Heater Choose a nice flat floor surface to place the water heater. Use a bubble level on top of the floor and on top of the water heater itself when you put the water heater in position over the spot you chose. If everything is level according to the bubble level, then you can install the water heater. Try to place it as centrally as possible or as close to your water source as possible so the water does not have to travel quite so far to warm up and then head up into the house. If you need additional plumbing to connect other sinks, showers and/or tubs to the water heater, hire a plumbing expert to help. To learn more about water heaters, visit Parkey’s Heating, Air Conditioning &...

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Signs Your Home Has Chinese Drywall

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Chinese drywall was defective drywall used in many southern coastal homes from 2001 to 2008.  The discovery of the tainted drywall lead to a huge lawsuit in 2008.  The drywall caused extensive property damage and disrupted the lives of thousands of people.  While the case reached settlement, it’s hard to tell how many homes still have the toxic drywall.  In fact, many homeowners bought homes without knowing the danger that lurks behind their walls and are just now discovering the problem.  Here are some telling signs that your home was built with Chinese drywall. Chinese labels on the drywall If you have unpainted drywall in your house like in a garage, basement, or utility room, examine the markings on the drywall panels.  You are looking for any reference to China or Chinese cities including Tianjin, Taihe, Knauf, Taishan, and Beijing.  To recover damages from the settlement, you have to provide pictures of these markings on your wall.   A rotten eggs smell Chinese drywall contains high levels of sulfur, and will cause your home to smell like rotten eggs on a fairly consistent basis if you have it. Electric failures A big warning sign is the frequency of electric failures in your home.  If you have Chinese drywall, chances are your air conditioning unit will work on and off and copper pipes will be blackened and corroded all around the house.  Stoves and refrigerators are also affected by the drywall and will start to fail and then completely shut down after a while.   Poor health of you and your family members The tainted drywall causes headaches, sinus problems, nosebleeds, rashes and asthma attacks.  Children are especially susceptible to developing health problems after living in a home with Chinese drywall.  The lawsuit details that many kids experienced respiratory issues and required hospital stays. Hire a professional and contact the parties responsible If you suspect that the tainted drywall was installed in your home, please contact a building inspector right away.  Don’t try to remove the sheetrock on your own.  If the inspector determines that your home was built with the shoddy drywall, evacuate the premises as soon as you can to be on the safe side.    The drywall needs to be completely removed and a contractor needs to perform extensive remediation.  This includes replacing all the electrical wiring, copper pipes, tiles, carpeting, and bathroom fixtures.  This can cost upwards of $100,000.   If you think you have Chinese drywall in your home, contact the lender that sold you the home, the builder of your home, and your homeowner’s insurance.  The condition of the drywall should have been disclosed to you and many lenders and builders hid this fact from potential homebuyers and continued to sell homes with the toxic drywall. For more information about removing this harmful material, visit Mustang Builders...

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How To Design A Man-Cave Without Compromising Your Property Value

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Turning a basement, extra den, or a bedroom into a man cave is the dream of many. The trick is to do it without lowering your property value or hurting yourself when it comes time to sell. Fortunately, you can enjoy your man-cave now while still planning for the future of your property and other home renovations by using the following tips. Tip #1: Color Matters One of the first changes made to a room is usually the paint. Dark colored walls are the norm for many man caves, if one is to rely upon the design programs for inspiration. Before you pull out a can of black or charcoal paint, consider the room. Dark walls can make a windowless basement seem dark and cramped. A better option is to go for light colored or even white walls, and use the darker colors on the furniture or to paint the trim. Paneling is another common choice for basement walls, but opt for the light wood paneling. Upstairs, dark walls can be a concern to potential future buyers, especially in spare bedrooms which are often earmarked as children’s rooms. If you go with the dark color upstairs, be prepared to paint over it if you ever put the home on the market. You will need both a good primer and a quality paint to cover a dark wall. Tip #2: Keep the Flooring in Mind When deciding on the best flooring, keep these three things in mind: The location of the room. Your main use of the room. The future uses of the house and room. Generally, carpet is used in basements to add a layer of insulation. If you do want a hard floor, floating laminate or wood can be installed over a base of insulation. Upstairs, you can use just about any flooring material desired, as long as it fits your main use. For example, you may want to skip wood or glass tile floors if you are going to use the room mainly for pool – wayward balls can damage these materials. In bedrooms, you can generally get away with carpet and hardwood without offending a future buyer, but you may want to skip odd colors or carpet styles. Most people aren’t interested in a house with bright purple shag. Tip #3: Consider Built-Ins Carefully The well-designed built-in can take your room to the next level, but consider it and the room carefully before proceeding. A wet bar or built-in entertainment center can raise the value of your basement. In a bedroom, though, this can actually lower the value since most people don’t want a sink in their kid’s bedroom. For bedroom man caves, you can still have your bar. Opt for a bar cart or build in a small dry bar that can double as a vanity when the time comes to move. Instead of built-in entertainment centers, install a high-mount electrical outlet so you can mount your flat screen directly to the wall with no dangling cords. Tip #4: Know Your Focal Point Finally, know the focal point of your man cave. Is it a pool table, a huge TV, a poker table, or a video game system? Or, is more a place to kick back and relax with the paper and maybe a drink?...

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A Homeowner’s Guide To Common Terms Used To Describe Roofing Issues

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When you take a good look at the roof of your house, it is likely that you know there are a few different layers and components. However, beyond this fact, if you are like most people, you would have a difficult time explaining an issue with a specific point or element of the roof. You may not be a roofing contractor, but when something goes wrong with your roof, it is quite helpful when you can relay information using the correct terminology. Here are a few of the most common roofing terms you should know as a homeowner. Roof Buckling – This is a term that is used to explain what happens when there is a compromise in the roof or underlying materials that causes the shingles or metal sheeting to look buckled or  not leveled. This is typically a simple fix that involves the removal of a section of the roofing and installing new materials that are appropriately lined up. Shingle Blistering – Asphalt shingles should be tightly secured when they are installed and likely were on your home. But over time, you may start to see what appears to be bubbles show up beneath the shingles. This can be caused by high wind or excess moisture that gets trapped beneath a section of shingles, causing a specific area to swell as a blister. Ponding – When the surface level of the roof changes due to age, water can collect in certain areas and not drain as it should down the roof to the gutters.  The longer this is an issue, the more water will collect in one area. This collection of water is usually referred to as ponding. Substrate Discrepancies – The surface of the bare material of the home where the roofing is installed upon is known as the substrate. Substrate discrepancies is a term that can be used to explain dips and irregularities in the surface of the top of the home. Telegraphing – It is not uncommon for older homes to have several layers of asphalt shingles because the old materials do not have to be removed before new installation takes place. When problems in the underlying shingles show through to the upper layer, it is called telegraphing. By educating yourself a bit about the different terms that are used to describe roofing issues, you will be more likely to get the right kind of repair quickly. The roofer you contact for help, such as Classic Remodeling Corporation, will arrive to your home more prepared to tackle the issue at hand when you ahve explained the problem in terms he can...

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