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Considerations When Replacing Your Garage Door

You know the time has come to replace your garage door. Its look is an eyesore and it makes a terrible rattle as it opens and closes. It is not feasible to fix it – the cost does not justify the remaining lifespan. So you have to go shopping for a new garage door.

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New Garage Doors Means More Security and Comfort

The good news is that buying a garage door now gives you the freedom to choose a lot of features. Materials, colors, designs and operation modes have evolved a lot since the last time you installed a door on your garage.

You will actually find it hard to make up your mind – you have so many models to choose from. However, you can rest assured that even the entry level garage doors are made following high standards of safety and comfort.

Getting Ready to Explore the World of Garage Door Dealerships

The best place to find a garage door is the official dealership close to your home. These companies do not only sell doors, but can also help you with ongoing maintenance and service. They hire experienced technicians and know where to source parts and components when it is necessary to repair your garage doors.

Once you identified a dealership for garage doors in your local area, it is time to prepare for the first discussion. Here is what you should consider:

  1. Measurements

The specialists from a company that does garage door repair near me will take the precise measurements to install the new garage door. However, you should have the basic data – length and height – available for the first meeting with the representative of the garage door company.

This will help the dealer present you models that fit your available space and give you an accurate estimate of the cost. Otherwise, you may find out at the last minute that the door you want does not fit or his significantly more expensive than you expected.

  1. Design and Style

A garage door is usually visible from the street. This is why you must make sure that the model you choose fits with the overall décor and architecture of your home. The best solution is to take several photos of your home – both close ups and street views – and bring them to the meeting with the dealer.

They know the models in stock and can make a few recommendations that will look great next to your home.

  1. Insulation

Do you want an insulated garage door? This option will add a few hundred dollars to the final price, but it is a good investment if your garage is attached to the house.

During the winter, heat seeps out through walls. A freezing cold garage will lower the temperature in the adjacent room. Thus, you will have higher energy bills, something you can avoid if you opt for an insulated garage door.

  1. Materials

The most popular materials for garage doors are steel, fiber glass composite and wood. Each of them has strong and weak points and the dealer will detail them for you. It is up to you to select a material that will offer you the desired benefit for the price you can pay.

What Can You Expect to Have Done During a Fall Furnace Check Up?

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Fall furnace check ups are extremely essential when it comes to making sure that your furnace is working properly before it has to tackle sudden temperature drops and constantly working through the cold winter nights. If you have an older HVAC system, furnace check up is an absolute must, as there’s always the risk of something breaking down. However, even if your furnace is relatively new, it still pays off to have it evaluated by a professional and make sure that all elements are working properly.

Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

During the fall, it’s important to check every little detail to make sure that your heating system is working properly. Even if you own a brand new HVAC, that isn’t an excuse to neglect maintenance tasks, and you’ll find it best to hire an expert to do the work of inspecting your HVAC for any issues.

Once you do, you can expect the furnace repair Denver technician to start checking a number of components and systems that may vary depending on the type of heating system that you own. Some of these might include:

  • The thermostat – to make sure that it operates properly in controlling the heat output of the HVAC;
  • The ignition system which is responsible for turning on the furnace when the temperature drops below the set value on your thermostat;
  • Gas pressure verification, including checking for gas leaks, which is generally considered an essential safety check in heating systems powered by propane or methane gas;
  • The system’s electronic controls, such as dials and touch screen controls associated with the thermostat and the furnace’s control panel;
  • The interior and the filters, which might need cleaning or replacing;
  • An overall check of the system to see if carbon monoxide levels are safe.

Preventive Maintenance and Repairs

While a typical fall inspection and maintenance plan will help you identify most problems, there is also a lot that you can do throughout the year to make sure that the fall furnace check up will mostly be a formality. With proper DIY maintenance, there are a number of things that can be resolved without even calling in a professional HVAC technician.

One of these is checking and replacing your air filters when needed. A lot of the time, air filters can get clogged and make your furnace work overtime for producing the same heat output. This can put a lot of strain on the entire system, so once your fail maintenance technician arrives, they might have a handful of issues to deal with. You can prevent that by replacing your filters at regular intervals to keep the system running smooth.

Furnace maintenance can also be made easy through preventive care and by calling in your HVAC furnace repair Denver experts to inspect the unit as soon as there are any signs of a possible malfunction. In many cases, strange noises coming from the furnace unit or odors you can smell around the vents as well as around the central HVAC unit might be signs that some component isn’t operating properly. To avoid any functional or safety issues, turn off your HVAC unit and call your maintenance technicians to perform an impromptu inspection as soon as possible.

Things You Have to Ask A Potential Roofer When You Are Shopping for A New Roof

Ideally, shopping for a new roof should start with shopping for the right roofing contractor. While minor repairs, such as the straightening of a line of shingles or the replacement of a tile, can be safely and efficiently attempted by DIY roofers, more complex tasks, including roof replacements or the installation of the roof on a new construction, should always be left to professional roofers in Austin. The experience and the reliability of the roofer that you hire for your project being such an essential factor of success, here are some of the topics to discuss with potential roofers before hiring a contractor.

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Credentials

You should work only with roofers in Austin that are properly licensed and insured to provide roofing services in your state. When you meet a roofer that seems suitable based on your preliminary discussions, ask the contractor to provide proof of their state-issued roofing license as well as of their general liability and worker’s compensation insurance to prove that you and your property are safe in case of any incident that happens because of the roofer’s fault.

Good Austin roofers never stop learning, they usually grab every opportunity to take part in workshops and courses organized by professional organizations and the manufacturers of roofing materials to become familiar with new technologies and material options. Ask the roofer you are talking about the training courses that they have participated in and check their certificates, too.

The Roofing Process

It is very important to find out about the steps involved in your roofing process. Ask the roofer to walk you through the project phases, from the initial preparation of the site to the material purchasing process and from the installation of the materials to the final cleaning of the job site. Find out about the safety measures that will be used on your site, such as safety harnesses and safe ladders.

The type and the quality of the materials to be used on your roof will determine many aspects, including your budget, the durability of your roof, its resistance to the elements, its thermal efficiency and its aesthetic appeal. Ask the roofers in Austin to present the options that you have and to evaluate those options to help you pick the best solution.

The removal of any waste generated during the roofing process is also an important topic. Ask the roofer about how that phase is handled, whether the contractor brings their own container to collect the waste, whether they will pay for a rented container or you will have to and whether they ensure the safe depositing of that waste.

The Warranties Offered

Every type of roofing material comes with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers for manufacturing defects and your roofer should also offer you warranty on the workmanship provided. Many roofing material manufacturers require their materials to be installed by licensed roofers – any installation by an unlicensed person will void that warranty, therefore it is essential for you to hire a roofer who is qualified to work with the materials of your choice.

 

How To Turn Your Basement Into A Man Cave

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Men like to have a space of their own, a man cave to escape to. While not all houses are suitable for turning a room above the ground into such a space, most homes have basements that are not used to the fullest of their potential and can be made into a comfortable refuge – here are some tips.

Prepare Your Basement Thoroughly

To make sure that your man cave will give you the lasting comfort that you are looking for, the thorough preparation of the space is essential. Start by removing everything from the basement and assess the condition of the items removed. Create three piles – one for the things that are broken or useless and need to be scrapped; one for the items that are in proper condition and can be sold or donated and a third one for the things that you want to keep. Find a suitable container and toss the clutter, then use online marketplaces to list any items that are still in proper working condition or donate them and find suitable storage for the items that you want to keep.

The next step is a detailed inspection of the condition of the floor and the walls in the basement. If you detect any dampness, rot or mildew, remove the damaged flooring and the wall and take steps to eliminate the issue. If necessary, remove any plaster from the walls and let the space dry – it might take long, but it is essential, no further work should be performed until the walls and the floors are in proper condition. When the structural elements of the space are in proper condition, you should insulate the space – consider both insulation to prevent heat loss and the accumulation of moisture and sound insulation. Pay attention to the windows as well – decide whether the old ones need to be replaced and if they do, handle that task before moving on to the nest phase.

Designing the Space

When the basement is prepped, it is time to create and execute your design. Whatever scope you will be using your man cave for, whether it is for listening to and playing music, for watching movies and sports, for entertaining guests, for working out or just spending some time away from the hassle in the rest of the house, using light colors and installing layered light are essential for making the space as comfortable as possible. Use materials of the highest quality that you can afford and make sure to use them correctly, too.

An Alternative Solution

If you are not an experienced DIYer, you can turn to a professional basement remodeling Beacon Point contractor for your basement remodeling project. If the process involves work performed on the electrical wiring in the walls, the plumbing and the ventilation systems, it is probably a good idea to hire a general contractor who will work with specialized subcontractors to ensure the highest possible quality in your room. The solution is likely to cost you a bit more than DIY remodeling, but it will save you time and the investment comes with all the benefits of professionalism.

DIY Tips for Home Remodeling

Should You DIY Or Remodeling Contractors Whether you are planning to sell your current home or you just need some change and more functionality, there are lots of DIY remodels for the inside and the outside that are affordable, fun to do and can instantly change the way your home looks. You will need some dexterity, tools and all your imagination, but you will surely enjoy the process – here are some tasks to try.

Exterior Cleaning and Remodeling

Cleaning the siding and refreshing the paint on your building exterior brings instant results. Depending on the material of your siding, you can use your pressure washer or you can do the cleaning manually, with a sponge or a brush and water from a bucket. If the material on your exterior can be painted, choosing a color that matches your home’s style can also transform the way your home looks instantly.

Refreshing your deck is also a great way to make your property more attractive and more comfortable. Clean every part of the deck and each piece of furniture, then correct any chips, cracks or other faults and apply a suitable protective coating, stain or paint on the deck.

Refreshing the front door and the paint on the exterior accents and the trim is also a great way to prove your creativity and to enhance your home’s curb appeal.  It is a big task though and requires safety measures climbing the ladders and such, and is some cases is best left to Denver remodeling contractors to do the job.

Interior Projects

Painting is a great way enhance the appearance of your rooms as well. Pick suitable colors, then prepare the wall by removing the old paint and washing the wall with some soap water. Wait until the cleaned wall dries completely, then apply the new paint.

Another great DIY remodeling project for your home interior is cabinet refreshing. If your cabinet doors look old and worn, but the boxes are still sturdy, you can refresh the appearance of your cabinets with some paint or wallpaper. You can also replace the handles – the small detail will completely transform the way your cabinets look. The method is equally suitable for cabinets in the kitchen and in the bathroom.

Replacing fixtures and refreshing the flooring in your bathroom and in the kitchen is also fun and beneficial. A new tap in the kitchen, a new shower head in the bathroom and some new lights are not very expensive, but the replacement will make two of the most used spaces in your home look brand new. You can also get a new shower door to enhance both looks and comfort.

Refreshing your floors is also very impactful. If you have hardwood floors, you can rent a polishing machine to restore the health and the shine of your floor boards, while in the kitchen and in the bathroom, your job can be even simpler: all you need to do is to choose a sheet of attractive vinyl flooring and lay it down on the floor.

New window treatments can also transform your rooms instantly – just remove your old curtains and drapes, measure them, then pick your new materials in great colors that match the color on the walls and the style of your room and make your new window treatments.

Hire a Roofer that Can Do All Your Exterior Restoration

Depending on the materials from which it is made, the roof may need repairs, restoration or even replacement. A metal tile roof, for example, has a service life of 50 years, which relieves owners of the worry and the stress related to a replacement, for a very long time. Other materials, however, are more prone to damage under the influence of external factors and they may require exterior restoration or replacement much sooner.

In addition to all the necessary pre-requisites, such as estimating the costs, budgeting, choosing the materials and so on, there is another issue of major importance: identifying a Centennial specialist you can trust.

Doing a roof exterior restoration is not easy and it is not advisable to do it by yourself, unless you are experienced and trained in roofing operations. Otherwise, leave this job to roofing repair Centennial CO expert hands. You will have to pay some money for professional services but in return you will get quality service and warranties that will likely ensure your peace of mind for a long time.

Here are some of the most significant benefits of working with a roof restoration company.

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You can take advantage of a professional roofer`s expertise

A roofer that will do all your exterior restoration has high-level knowledge in this field, great skills and techniques. A specialist is trained to do a restoration project that meets the specific needs of your roof and house. Also, it is less likely that something goes wrong during your roofing project if there is a roofing repair Centennial CO specialist dealing with everything.

You will save your resources

Working on a roof requires time, as well as different supplies and special equipment for working safely at height. You do not have to worry about any of these if you hire a professional roofer to do all your exterior restoration, and you will actually save money in the long run.

Your roof project will be performed in compliance with local regulations

This is particularly important because you will not have to worry about legal issues, getting the necessary permits etc. Also, you can rest assured that the professional roofer you hire works with approved materials.

You get warranties

Reliable roofers always offer warranties – for products and workmanship. Warranties are important because they are a proof of a work well-done and a specialist who stands behind its work. With warranties, you get peace of mind because you know that your roof restoration project is fully protected no matter what might happen after the work is finished.

Remember to ask for a written estimate, before signing any contract. Most roofers offer estimates free of charge that include material and labor costs, the estimated duration of the project and other important aspects. Take your time to review your estimate properly and clear up any aspects you do not understand completely, before signing the contract.

Finally yet importantly, make sure to hire a roofer that doesn’t go exclusively for aesthetics when it performs your exterior roof restoration. Looking at more than just styling your roof is important for performing quality work that lasts.

The Best Types of Home Siding Materials Based on Cost and Practical Application

Best Types Of Home SidingTrying to use the best home siding for your home can be a bit of a difficult choice, especially when you don’t really know which ones would actually work best for you in the long run. Budget concerns will naturally also come up, and you might have to face a tough choice from a practical perspective.

 

So let’s take a closer look at what some of the best and cheapest choices are, when it comes to finding the ideal siding for your home.

 

Types of Siding You Can Consider

 

The world of home siding has changed considerably in the past couple of decades. Now homeowners have a lot of different choices based on their preference of materials as well as design and customization.  The new siding affords the homeowner not to have to hire the services of house painters Highlands Ranch offers.

 

Vinyl, composite, aluminum and steel are among the favorites for homeowners who want basic and easy to install siding that will do the job in most cases. For better aesthetics, you can also opt for wood and stucco, as well as brick and stone veneer or even faux stone. Also, according to most experts, one of the best and most durable type of siding used today is fiber cement, alongside composite siding.

 

Which Ones Are the Best?

 

Although there isn’t actually a type of siding that can be considered “best” from all angles and in all respects, you can take each of them and compare them based on your own preferences. For instance, if it’s durability and weather protection that you seek, then steel, fiber cement and aluminum can be considered the best.

 

In terms of low costs and easy installation, vinyl and aluminum are the best, and the same goes for choosing siding that’s lighter and easier to manage should you need repairs or replacements down the line.

 

When it comes to aesthetics and design, however, nothing beats stucco, stone veneer and brick. Some of the most beautiful patterns and textures can be obtained with these types of siding, and you’ll do well to consider them for increasing the value of your home, despite their somewhat greater costs.

 

How Much Do They Cost?

 

So how much does it cost to buy and install your siding? For a typical, moderate size home, you’ll find the price per value ratio to be best in the case of aluminum, steel and fiber cement siding. However, this isn’t necessarily the rule for everyone.

 

The cheapest siding is naturally vinyl, which only costs about $2.50 to $4 per square foot, along with an additional $1.60 to $4 for installing it. At the other extreme, faux stone is the most expensive type of siding, costing $7 to $20 per square foot and around $10 per square foot for installation.

 

When it comes to overall value, however, fiber cement, composite and steel siding are generally considered the best. They are nearly as cheap as vinyl to install, ranging between $5 and $12 total cost per square foot, and their practical benefits far outweigh that of some of the more expensive types of siding that you can buy.

Water Saving Tips for Colorado lawns

Best Water Saving Tips

A well-kept, lush, green lawn around the house is certainly an asset that most homeowners dream about – seeing a great lawn around your home whenever you look out the window has a calming effect on stressed nerve, the soft, green grass can reduce the temperature around your home and add moisture to the air, thus making your home environment more pleasant and the lawn is also great for playing and socializing. However, a great lawn needs lots of watering and lawn watering can be not only tedious and time-consuming, but costly as well. These factors, along with Colorado’s limited supplies of water, have made lawn owners and lawn experts look for ways that could save them not only energy, but water as well, so here are some tips of maintaining the beauty and the health of your turf with less water.

Mowing at the Right Height

Cutting the grass too short exposes too much of the soil to the heat of the sun, which also means that short grass needs more watering than longer leaves. Short plants also have weaker, smaller roots that retain less water than larger roots, which also accelerates the drying process and requires you use more water if you want to maintain the quality of your lawn. The best height for your lawn mower blades is near the highest setting, that way you can make sure that the surface of the soil stays moist even when the sun is scorching and that your grass will grow large, strong, healthy roots that can lock in moisture for longer.

Leave Lawn Clipping on the Laws for a While

The clippings that your lawn mower cuts off contain lots of precious moisture that is lost if you bag it all right after the mowing. Leave the short particles on your grass for a few days after mowing – the method will return precious moisture to your soil and turf. The short clippings will keep moisturizing your grass for a few days – you can gather them for bagging when you see that they have dried properly.

Fertilize the Lawn Regularly

Nourishing your lawn properly is essential for preserving its beauty its health and it is also a great way to lock in more moisture. The right type and best lawn fertilizer will not only make the necessary nutrients available for your plants, but will also improve the quality of the soil, enabling it to retain water for longer and to resist even longer periods of heat stress. The best type of fertilizer to use is compost, that is, organic fertilizer made from organic waste – you can collect the residues generated during cooking in your home, put it all in a large bin, watering it and turning it over occasionally, until it all turns into a nutrient-rich, natural, safe and efficient fertilizer.

Water Early in the Morning or at Night and Keep Sprinkler Heads Directed Towards the Lawn

Watering when it is very hot outside and the sun is high up is not only a waste of water – it is also damaging for your lawn. Make sure you water your lawn in the morning or at night, when the temperature of the grass and of the water are closer to each other and pay attention to direct your sprinklers only towards the lawn and not towards the adjacent driveway or paths to avoid wasting water.

New Styles in Kitchen Cabinetry – Trends that You Should Know About

Wonderful Kitchen Cabinetry

Kitchen cabinetry is more than space created for storing pans, pots, cutlery, plates and appliances in the kitchen – it is also the component that defines the entire look of your kitchen, a strong statement of style that you make about yourself and about what you expect of your home. Whether you prefer classic designs, with all-white cabinets or you love color and pattern, whether you love modern design solutions or you go for the rugged classic, with these new styles in kitchen cabinetry, you will surely find the inspiration you have been looking for in the process of recreating your kitchen space.

The Stylish Comeback of Oak

Oak cabinets used to be all the rage from the 1970’s through the 1990’s and they are gaining popularity these days again. Oak is warm and rugged, perfect for rustic, vintage or country-style kitchens, but not only – the material is nowadays used in ways that exudes warmth while also adding a sleek modern touch, so it really works great in any setting.

The Power of Colors

The colors most featured in kitchen cabinets used to be white, beige, light blue and pale green and grey, but this is no longer the case. Neutral colors are still trendy – these timeless hues will never go out of fashion –, but the palette of popular cabinet colors now also includes powerful, vibrant colors, such as shades of red, orange, blue and yellow, anthracite, onyx, even black. However, if a colorful kitchen is what appeals the most to you, be careful to balance out powerful colors with neutral ones, otherwise you risk compromising harmony.

Clean Designs

Straight lines that lack ornamental elements, sleek, simple knobs and handles that move smoothly opening and closing doors and cabinets, smart cabinet hardware that maximizes even the smallest space are also among the hottest trends in kitchen cabinet design.  Denver cabinets showrooms have wide selections with the latest trends.

Designs that Feature Mixed Styles

Using cabinets made from two or three different materials is a great way to delimit space and to create a playful space. A fir or oak finish on one cabinet can be stylishly combined with a cabinet that features a strong color and a shiny acryl finish will surely spice up the look of your entire kitchen.

Industrial Design

Stainless steel is also becoming increasingly popular these days. It can be used on the sides of the existing cabinetry, it makes excellent racks, handles and knobs and it can create a great harmonious appearance next to large appliances in the kitchens, such as dishwashing machines that also come in varieties fitted with stainless steel doors.

High-Gloss Textures

Glossy cabinet doors reflect the light in a special way and they create the illusion of a larger and brighter kitchen. Glossy surfaces need a gentle approach when it comes to cleaning – they usually scratch more easily than matte finishes, so no harsh scrubbing or abrasive materials are allowed –, but that is about the only restriction, far outweighed by the cheerful, attractive, vibrant looks that your glossy cabinets will add to your kitchen.

The Main Advantages of an Outdoor Kitchen – Why Are Outdoor Kitchen Areas so Popular Today?

When considering the many advantages of an outdoor kitchen, most people are instantly able to see the reason why they might want this type of installation. Those who have the money might even call up their contractors immediately to ask about an offer and schedule a meeting to determine the design.

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However, before you jump in and ask your contractor for an estimate, it’s important to first look at why experts would even recommend an outdoor kitchen and dining area. What are the practical benefits? And are there any advantages that most wouldn’t even consider?

The Most Essential Advantages of an Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can bring you many possible benefits, such as the fact that it will allow you to have a lot of fun cooking outside. Additionally, there will be no more smoke and bad odor to worry about, and the temperature in your home will be reduced, since your oven and stove won’t be working overtime.

Cooking outside can also be turned into a family event, especially if you have a barbecue. A fun weekend barbecue with your kids and spouse – and even some of your best friends that you might invite over – can be great if you enjoy social gatherings.

Another advantage is that an outdoor kitchen can be set up with a minimal amount of money. There’s no need to invest thousands of dollars, although that is an option too. Instead, you can simply buy a cheap stove and barbecue grill, get some second hand countertops and have them fixed up, and add a few quaint decoration items to make everything look better. You can even get really creative with everything you’re doing.

Finally, an outdoor kitchen and dining area will allow you to throw fun parties and invite guests over without worrying about bothering members of your household. You can even set up a music system and a dancing area nearby, so you’ll be fully ready to throw the most awesome parties with your friends.

Adding to the Value and Curb Appeal of Your Home

What many don’t know is that even with a more expensive outdoor kitchen – which will typically cost you up to $10,000 – you can still get a better profit on selling your home. The idea is that buyers put a lot of emphasis on exterior appearance and curb appeal. Nothing says curb appeal better than adding a lavishing, luxury outdoor furniture Denver design for your outdoor kitchen.

Because of improved curb appeal, you are likely to get more interested prospects and clients, and you might even have some of them fighting to present you with a higher offer. Your realtor will likely confirm that this is often the case, especially since outdoor kitchens have experienced a surge in popularity during the past couple of years.

As you can see, there are plenty of great advantages of an outdoor kitchen to consider, many of them being quite practical and not solely related to the design of your kitchen area. In fact, experts will tell you that the best kitchens are those that you can use for a long time to come, even if they are slightly on the expensive side.

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