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Two Cedar-Shingle Roof Repairs

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Cedar shingles can last for decades, but just because the roof as a whole can last does not mean that every shingle on the roof will. Hail damage, defective shingles, or impact damage can compromise individual shingles, and if they are not taken care of, the leaks caused by the defective shingles can undermine the rest of your shingles. Thus, it is important to move quickly to make repairs.  Shingles Split along the Grain The sun is constantly baking your shingles, and over time, the constant barrage of UV rays from the sun can rob them of the natural oils that help to protect them from rot. Also, a dried-out shingle will crack along the grain as the shingle expands and contracts with changes in temperature. As long as the crack does not extend above the underlying shingle, you can fill the crack with roofing cement and then hammer a nail into either side of the crack. These nails will prevent the crack from splitting further, and as long as you cover the nail heads with roofing cement, you shouldn’t have to worry about further leaking.  Repairing Badly Damaged Shingles If a shingle has multiple cracks along the grain, or it has suffered a crack across the grain, you will need to replace the shingle. Follow these steps: Use a hammer and chisel to break the shingle into smaller sections.  Pull these smaller sections out.  Use a hammer or nail remover to remove the nails that held the old shingle in place.  Fill the nail holes with roofing cement.  Measure the gap between the shingles on either side of the missing shingle.  Cut the new shingle as needed so that it is a half-inch thinner than the gap between the shingles.  Slide the new shingle into place, maintaining a quarter-inch gap between the shingles on either side.  When the bottom edge of the shingle extends a quarter inch below the shingles in the same row, hammer nails into the top of the shingle and angle them upward. Get them as close to the shingle from the row above as possible. Cover the nail heads with roofing cement. Tap the bottom edge of the shingle with a hammer until it is even with other shingles in the same row and the nail heads are covered.  You don’t need specialized training or tools to repair a shingle roof, so you should be able to make repairs on your own. However, if you are not comfortable working on your roof, you can hire professionals like McCullers Roofing to make repairs for...

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Move Up, Not Out: 3 Ways To Add Private Space With A Rooftop Terrace

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If you need more square footage, but there’s no way to expand your home’s footprint, set your sights skyward. In high-density areas in Europe and the U.K., rooftop terraces increase living space and enhance the quality of life. Take a lesson from their designs and head upstairs for more leg room, privacy, and fresh air. Possibilities for your own rooftop terrace are discovered by: Taking advantage of your home’s top qualities. If you have a Georgian, Victorian, or modern home, there may already be a rooftop porch or walkway complete with a balustrade. Homes along the beach and in other scenic areas are likely to have these features as well. If you’re lucky enough to own property with such a roof space, have a contractor take a look at the condition of this area and make repairs to the roof in order to make the terrace safe and accessible. You may want to do this when you have your main roof replaced or repaired, but this work can be undertaken on its own. Decide which elements you’d like to add to the rooftop terrace, such as planters, seating, or new balustrades made of glass. Your roofing contractor may have to install a new membrane barrier, or reinforce the base of the terrace by adding additional bracing and wood framing to support any extra weight or heavier railing material. Rebooting the roof you have. Look for places where a rooftop terrace makes sense. Does the location offer a nice view or exceptional privacy? Could this area be easily reached if you added a bridge or walkway from another area or from outside stairs? Is there a garage or other outbuilding that might support a rooftop terrace? If you have a detached garage, the roof of a covered walkway on ground level could support a walkway leading to a terrace situated on the garage roof. Stairs along the sides of buildings will also provide access. Rethinking your entire floor plan. One family wanted to create a way to observe their children as the little ones romped on their rooftop terrace. These intrepid parents redid their home’s entire structure, raising the roof and lowering the ceiling to bring the terrace view indoors. There are other creative ways you can take advantage of a rooftop terrace view by having a roofing professional re-configure your roof. If you want a bedroom to overlook a terrace for example, raise part of an upper bedroom’s roof, add windows, and situate the bed up higher to have that direct view. On summer mornings, you can take coffee on your roof. On winter nights, you can stay cozy while watching the snowflakes fall outside. Consult with a professional roofing contractor to discover all of the cool things you can do on a roof. They will help you come up with unique ideas for your home’s top level....

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Tips For Adding Rustic Charm To Your Kitchen

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It’s time for a kitchen remodel to increase space, improve functionality or address some other issues. However, style is eventually going to be part of the consideration as well. Kitchens are classically cozy, and it doesn’t get much cozier than a rustic or cottage kitchen. Add rustic charm to your kitchen to promote the feeling of a family gathering space. Have Plank Flooring Installed If replacing your floor is part of the remodel plan, hardwood flooring has probably entered the conversation. If you opt for a hardwood floor, consider splurging on the wider planks. In fact, look for either limed or even reclaimed wood flooring to give your kitchen that authentic rustic feel. Include Beaded Board Beaded board paneling is a charming addition to the cottage-style kitchen. There are numerous ways to use this trim. For example, consider paneling one wall in beaded board, painting it a pastel color and attaching white shelving. Alternatively, get creative by utilizing the material for the fronts of cabinets and even your kitchen island. Finally, you can make your cottage kitchen a little more formal by having beaded board installed about a third of the way up the wall and painting a pastel color above it. Mix Shelving  Rustic kitchens typically mix different types of storage options. To enhance this vintage look, Better Homes and Gardens suggests mixing open shelving with recessed-panel cabinets. When selecting open shelves, look for options with scrolls or other vintage details. Alternatively, go more rustic with natural wood shelves. Either way, place pretty crockery on these shelves, and save your essentials for the closed cabinets. Chip the Paint To really promote the rustic feel of your kitchen, consider selecting areas in which the paint looks chipped. For example, kitchen islands literally stand alone, so they’re an ideal space for getting creative. Paint the island the target color, and then have it sanded. This gives the paint a well-worn patina, as if your kitchen has been the center of the family for a century. Search for Reclaimed Fixtures Of course, an alternative to making something look old is to select something that actually is old. Patronize salvage yards, flea markets and antique stores for fixtures you can add to your kitchen. For example, the old bin-style hardware characteristic of general stores adds definite country appeal to your kitchen. Light fixtures are another likely source for reclaimed hardware. You could even check out reclamation centers for beams and mantels to add rustic architecture to your kitchen’s overall look. When planning for a rustic-style kitchen, blend vintage items with faded or worn finishes that channel the cozy hearths of the past. Work with a company like Economy Kitchen & Bath to make sure everything is installed correctly and set up for maximum...

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Three Hidden Types Of Lingering Water Damage After Flooding

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When you walk into a room that has been recently flooded, the damage is immediately apparent. Clutter on the floor, waterlogged books and photographs, soggy carpeting or a floor that squishes when you walk across it… it’s not a pretty sight. But even after the obvious damage has been taken care of, you’re not necessarily in the clear. In the weeks and months after a room has been flooded, here are some things you need to watch for. Damaged Floors If the water damage was severe – and it often is with flooding – then you may have had your flooring ripped up and replaced. Even if you did, it’s important to keep an eye on the condition of your floor. Water that soaks down through the floor and into the subfloor can, if the subfloor is not properly dried out, then wick back up through your dry flooring. Watch for any signs of dampness as well as swelling or buckling in wood flooring. This is most likely to happen if your floor was dried without professional equipment or if the floor was replaced without the subfloor being checked for damage. If there was standing water in the room for a long time, this also increases the likelihood that water soaked down into the subfloor. Sometimes, people try to dry their own floors with fans, but this is a poor replacement for the specialized vacuum systems that water damage restoration companies have access to. Mold The first sign of mold after water damage is usually the odor. It’s often described as musty, damp, or stale. If water has soaked into hidden areas such as the subfloor or the insulation in the walls, these are prime places for mold to grow, and you will smell this hidden mold before you see it. That makes it very important not to ignore this type of smell after a flood. Mold can cause further damage to your home, and it can be a serious respiratory irritant, especially if you have an underlying breathing problem such as allergies, asthma, or lung disease. If you do smell this odor, try to pinpoint where it is coming from. If you can’t find any mold, consider having a mold inspection that will look behind walls and under floors for the source of the smell. Appliance Corrosion Water can have a very serious effect on electrical appliances. That’s why it’s important to have appliances professionally cleaned after a flood. Internal corrosion can occur, damaging the appliances or causing short circuits. If you didn’t have your appliances inspected at the time of the flood, you should do so as soon as possible. Since the damage is internal, you may not see any signs of corrosion before an electrical fire. To learn more about water damage, contact a company like Paradise Cleaning &...

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What Does It Mean If Your White Laundry Turns Gray?

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Many households across the United States deal with gray laundry on a regular basis. Knowing why your laundry is turning gray and what you can do about it will help you keep your laundry looking newer for longer, which can ultimately save you money and hassle. What does it mean if your white laundry turns gray? Hard water is very likely the cause. Hard water can cause laundry to turn gray in the wash because the minerals in the water bind together with the soap molecules and form a film called soap scum. The soap scum binds to the clothes and causes the whites to become somewhat gray. In addition, with the detergent binding to the minerals in the water, there’s less detergent available to clean the clothes, which can also lead to the clothes becoming gray over time. What can you do to fix the problem? There a number of ways that you can stop your white laundry from turning gray. Use hot water during the wash cycles. Using hot water during laundry cycles allows the water to hold more detergent and get the clothes cleaner. Unfortunately, hot water is hard on clothes and will cause them to fade more over time, and this solution will not work for dark clothes at all. Add a water softener to the water in the washing machine. Laundry water softeners are available specifically for wash cycles and can bind to the minerals in the water, freeing up the detergent to do its job. Use more laundry detergent. Using extra laundry detergent in the washing machine can help you eliminate the soap scum from the laundry. This can only work to a point, however, because only so much detergent can be fully absorbed into the water. Get a water softener. Install a water softener to fully eliminate the problem. Using this method has the advantage of taking care of other water softening needs you may have in your house. Does the hard water do damage to your washing machine? Hard water can do damage to your washing machine over time, because minerals will build up on the heating elements. Once the heating elements become covered in minerals, the washing machine is forced to work much harder than necessary to do its job. How can you protect your washing machine? The best way to protect your washing machine and your laundry is to install a water softener in your home. You can also protect your washing machine by adding a laundry water softener product to the water in the washing machine. Contact a company like Pure Flow Water Company to get a water softener for your...

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How Dumpster Rentals Can Help Make Your Upcoming Move Worry-Free

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Planning for a big move comes with all the work involved with getting rid of anything you are not planning on bringing along. Items such as old toys and damaged furniture should not fill up space in your moving truck due to the higher cost for more room. In order to get rid of any junk before the date of your move arrives, take the time to look into how you can rent a dumpster for a stress-free experience. Convenient Alternative to Hauling Services While you may think that a hauling service is the ideal way to get rid of any extra junk at home due to the ability to schedule the pickup and have everything taken away from inside your home, it could be inconvenient if you do not want to be rushing before your move. With a dumpster rental, you can have the dumpster dropped off in front of your home and ready to be filled on your own schedule. Makes Getting Rid of Old Furniture Easy Before a big move, it is likely that you have some furniture that is no longer in good shape and needs to be disposed of. Instead of leaving them by the curb or dropping them off at a landfill, you can rent a dumpster that makes disposing of the furniture so easy. Instead of needing to take a drive to a landfill or struggling with moving your furniture a far distance, you can have the dumpster parked right outside and make it easy to get any furniture taken away. Various Sizes Allow You to Pick the Ideal Fit In order for the dumpster rental to be as practical as possible, it is important that you look into your choices for sizes that are available to you. In order for the dumpster to fit all of your junk without overflowing, you should make sure that you measure any of your larger pieces of furniture and choose a dumpster carefully. Dumpster Can Be Delivered Almost Anywhere The easiest way to ensure that you can get any extra junk removed from your home and safely taken away is by getting dumpster delivered somewhere convenient. In most situations, this place is the driveway since it is only a few steps outside of your home and can make moving heavy items less work for you and anybody helping with the move. Taking your time to consider how to get rid of any of your extra belongings is essential if you do want to end up with tons of furniture and boxes left behind on the curb. For the best experience, look into renting a dumpster that can make disposal easy during your...

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Demolition: Dismantling Safety Concerns

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When you work on a demolition team or are concerned about how safety affects workers in the workplace, you need to learn about demolition safety concerns and how they’re addressed. With this article, you can dismantle your concerns and see how they’re managed during a demolition.  Identifying Potential Safety Concerns The first step for safety in the workplace is identifying the potential hazards. First, demolition teams look at structures to determine how stable they are. If there is structural weakness, then bracing or temporary restraints could be added.  Why would you do this when the building is coming down anyway? The building needs to fall in a predictable manner. If that doesn’t happen, then onlookers and demolition workers could be put at risk of crushing injuries.  Identifying Public Heath Hazards Public health hazards are another concern of demolition teams. When a demolition takes place, many people look on to watch the building or structure collapse. While it can be a thrilling event, the dust and debris from a demolition can be dangerous.  A demolition team will work to create a barrier around the structure from all sides. The barrier will be larger than necessary, so if anyone goes beyond it, they may still be out of harm’s way.  If scaffolding is being used, it is boldly marked to identify it. That way, the public won’t collide with it or touch the scaffolding, which could make it uneven or unstable.  Identifying a Competent Team Leader The most important way accidents are prevented is by having a competent team member double check the structure, any formulas used for calculating the detonations on the building, and the overall hazards in the workplace. The competent team member should have knowledge in demolition and the things that can go wrong, so he can prevent those accidents from happening.  For example, if a competent leader is chosen, he may identify the fact that not all workers have a hardhat on. Hardhats are required by law and can save workers from injuries to the head caused by falling objects.  A team member that isn’t competent in the supervision of a demolition could miss the fact that the primary safety precautions weren’t being used, and that could lead to injuries in the workplace later.  These are just a few ways safety concerns on construction and demolition sites are addressed. Many other methods are used as well to make sure workers stay...

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Is That Carpet Really As Eco-Friendly As You Think?

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If you’re trying to choose materials that are eco-friendly for your home, you’re probably looking at green carpet options like wool, sisal and maybe low-VOC synthetic. Choosing a carpet that is made from renewable materials and does not give off harmful chemicals is important, but if you really want your carpet to be as eco-friendly as possible, you need to look beyond the carpet itself and also consider these factors. The Cleaning Requirements Most carpet cleaning companies now offer eco-friendly cleaning options for homeowners who are concerned about the use of harsh cleaners, but this is of little use to you if the carpet you purchase won’t come clean without a powerful cleaner. Ask the carpet salesperson about the cleaning requirements for a carpet before you purchase it. Look for a carpet that states that it requires minimal cleaning or can be cleaned with steam only. Not only will this allow your carpet cleaning professional to use fewer chemicals when cleaning your carpet, but it may also mean you have to have it cleaned less often — which will save you money. Wool is a good choice in terms of cleaning requirements. Since its fibers naturally keep dust particles near the surface, it does not need to be shampooed or steam-cleaned nearly as often as synthetic carpets, and when it is cleaned, some simple water is sufficient. Your carpet salesperson can likely recommend other green carpets with similar cleaning requirements. The Carpet Adhesive Before having a carpet installed, ask the carpet company whether they will use a glue or adhesive to secure the carpet to the floor. If they will do so (and not just use carpet nails), make sure the adhesive they’ll use is labeled low or no-VOC. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are gases emitted by a lot of products like adhesives, solvents lacquers and paints. They cause health effects like eye irritation, nausea, and skin allergies, and they contribute to air pollution. There’s little sense in buying a natural, no-VOC carpet if you’re going to have it attached with adhesive that emits VOCs. The Carpet Padding Many homeowners make the mistake of choosing an all-natural carpet, but then end up with a carpet pad made from environmentally costly, synthetic materials. Make sure you ask your carpet company to specifically recommend natural, eco-friendly carpet padding. Popular choices are pads made from wool and organic cotton. A carpet that is truly green is sealed to the floor with an eco-friendly adhesive, paired with a green padding, and can be cleaned without harsh chemicals. Look for these three factors in your next carpet, and you’ll be making a choice that truly is better for the environment. Check out companies like Gulf Coast Carpet Cleaning for more...

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Low-E Windows: An FAQ For Homeowners Replacing Their Windows This Summer

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Homeowners installing replacement windows this summer have a wonderful opportunity to get the latest in green technology: low-E windows. These energy efficient clear glass windows can save homeowners money while also reducing their carbon footprint. This FAQ will help you determine whether or not low-E windows are right for you.  What are Low-E windows? Low-E stands for Low Emissivity. Low-E windows are made from glass that is protected by an invisible metallic coating. Low-E glass reflects harmful UV and infrared rays back into the atmosphere while allowing visible light to pass through the window into the home. In other words, Low-E windows are capable of lighting a room without heating it or doing damage to the furnishings inside.  What are the advantages of Low-E windows? Low-E windows offer homeowners a variety of advantages, including: Energy efficiency. Low-E windows prevent heat from the sun from warming a room. This can reduce a homeowner’s cooling costs by 12% to 33%.  UV protection. Over time, UV rays can cause surfaces and fabrics in the home to become faded and discolored. Low-E windows prevent this from happening by reflecting UV rays away from the home.  Good for communities. Low-E windows help reduce a homeowner’s dependency on climate control throughout the summer. In communities where many homes have Low-E window installations, reduced air conditioning usage can lessen stress on the power grid, preventing failures.   Who can benefit most from Low-E windows? In general, the bigger the window, the more potential for damage to the furnishings and flooring inside, and the more impact sunlight will have on a homeowner’s cooling bill. Homeowners who benefit the most from Low-E windows are those with large west-facing or south-facing picture windows and sun rooms. Anyone who uses air conditioning in the summer, who has ever had to replace faded upholstery or covered their upholstery to prevent it from fading, and anyone with hardwood furniture and floors can benefit from Low-E windows.  What’s the difference between Low-E windows and tinted glass windows? Low-E windows are made with an invisible coating over clear glass, where as tinted windows are made from glass that is darkened. Tinted windows can prevent fabrics and surfaces in the home from fading. However, tinted windows themselves absorb heat throughout the day. Thus, tinted windows can actually become sources of heat, which reduces their energy-saving qualities. For more information about the benefits of Low-E windows, speak with a customer service representative with your local window replacement company such as Gulf Coast Builders...

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Two Tips To Help You Cool Your Home For Less

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When the warm weather hits, the first thing that many people want to do is crank up the air conditioning.  Although that cool air certainly feels wonderful, you may take a hit in the pocket when your energy bill arrives, since Americans spend more than $22 billion dollars each year on air conditioning.  However, you don’t have to make a choice between maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature and juggling astronomical air conditioning costs.  Use these tips to help make your air conditioning bill more affordable. Change Your Air Filter One of the most simple and inexpensive techniques you can use to lower your air conditioning bill is to change your air filter.  This single move, which often takes no longer than a few minutes of your time, can decrease your air conditioning unit’s usage rate from anywhere between five and fifteen percent.  It’s important to change your air filter because when the device is dirty, it can block the air flow, causing your unit to have to work harder in order to generate the cool air that you’re looking for.  This can throw the air conditioner into overdrive and make your bill skyrocket. Although it’s relatively easy to change your air filter, it’s also easy to forget to do it.  Because of this, you should set a reminder for yourself so that you can remember to change out your air filter.  Depending on the type of air conditioning unit you have, and how often you use it, you should change your filter either once a month, or once every three months.  When you begin doing this, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that your energy bill is much more manageable. Determine Whether Or Not You Need Central Air Another important method you can use to gain control of your air conditioning costs is to determine whether or not you truly need centralized air.  For example, if you have a smaller home, you may find that it’s more economical to simply purchase air conditioning units to go into the windows of your house.  This way, you can turn the unit on when you’re using each particular room, and turn it off once you’re exiting that space. Keep in mind that if you use air conditioning units, you will definitely want to close the door of each room when you have the unit going.  This helps to prevent the mixture of hot and cool air that can make your system less efficient. Cooling your home doesn’t have to break the bank.  Start using these tips right away so you can keep more of your hard earned money in your...

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