Category: Home Improvement

Making Antiques Work in Your Modern Home

Just because you have modern or contemporary tastes, doesn’t mean that Grandmothers antiques have no place in your home. Sure antiques take on a personality of their own, but they do not dominate the space unless you decorate overwhelmingly in antiques. Regardless of your furniture and decorating style, here are some things you can do to help your antique furnishings fit into your home.

Accentuate your antique pieces. It is useless to try to hide your antique furnishings and a shame to put them in the corner where these treasures will not be seen. The best solution is to put your antiques in a prominent place where your family and friends can admire them. Try to think of your antique furniture as precious gems. If diamonds can go with just about anything, so can antiques.

Find balance in your modern and antique decor. When you place an antique furniture item in your home, you need to balance that item by placing a piece or two from your own collection. For example, you can place a sleek simple mission style table between two ornate Asian Chairs. This allows the chairs to shine and breaks up the space so as not to overwhelm the room with the strongly designed items.

Add a modern touch to your antiques. Now I am not recommending a Trading-Spaces type update where you paint your Grandmother’s antiques, including the piano, black. No, I am talking about something much more sane. Instead I recommend that you make small alterations and additions that can be quickly removed or changed back. Consider replacing old drawer knobs and using slip covers on upholstered pieces. Just make sure that the items you use won’t damage the original integrity of the piece.

So whether you have acquired one or more antique home furnishings, you see that just by accentuating your antiques, finding balance among your contemporary items, and adding a modern touch to your antiques, you will have no trouble fitting your new treasures into your home.

Top 5 Advantages of Metal Roofing for your Home

Planning to get a metal roof installed? If so, let us help you be confident with your roofing decision by listing out the top 5 advantages of the roofing type you’ve chosen. Read on!

Longevity

First on the list is a metal roofs’ longevity, which is one of the major factors homeowners consider when choosing a new roof.

 

Metal roofs are proven to protect your home for decades to come due to the fact that they can stand up tolongevity severe weather conditions like snowstorms or excessive heat.

 

For added peace of mind, most manufacturers even back it up with up to 50-year warranties to ensure you are protected against defects and premature breakdown of your metal roof.

 

Longevity isn’t always guaranteed because of, or in spite of anything though…

 

Just like you probably shouldn’t smoke if you want to live to be 100, it’s not good to neglect roof cleaning if you expect your metal roof to last a long time.

Then again, look at her!

Durable doesn’t mean indestructible though. If you have leaves stuck to your metal roof, clean them off before they cause the gaskets on the metal screws to rot. Yearly roof cleanings can go a long way to extending the life of your metal roof.

 

DIYable – Easy Installation

Another amazing characteristic of metal roofs is that it’s easy to install and is one of those roof materials suitable for DIY works. You may even be able to complete a roof installation yourself, given you’re quite knowledgeable about home repairs and your roof isn’t too steep, as it can be dangerous.

 

Metal roofs are available in lightweight shingles and shake formats, wherein most styles come with easy handle interlocking systems that can be installed with the use of common tools. However, if you’re not a fan of DIYs you can always call a professional contractor to get the installation done.

Safety

When it comes to safety, we bet you would not settle for less. And when it comes to your home, using a metal roof could be the safest decision you could make. There is one safety concern with metal roofs though. Never get on your roof if it is even slightly wet! You might slip and fall. However, from another standpoint, these roofs are extremely beneficial to your safety. Metal roofs are proven to be fire-resistant and have the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. 

 

fire fighter

Aesthetics

Safety and endurance are certainly the top two features you’re sure to enjoy should you have a metal roof installed. But of course, you would also like your roof to match the looks and feel of your home. One of the best advantages that metal roofs have over other roofing types is that it comes with many style options that will not only compliment your home’s style, but will also add to beauty to it. What’s even better is that metal roofs are available in panels and other options that are designed to emulate traditional roofs like wooden shakes, shingles, and tile that will allow you to achieve that perfect look for your prized investment – your home.

Environmentally-friendly and Energy efficient

Going green? Metal roofs got you covered.

 

Metal roofs are one of the most environmentally-friendly investments that you can get for your home. A lot of metal roof options are made from recycled materials such as aluminum which is known to be often recyclable. This roofing type is also energy efficient given that it reflects the sun’s rays instead of absorbing heat. And what’s in it for you? Lower air conditioning costs as your home’s internal temperature will be cooler. Great right?

 

Isn’t metal roofs amazing? We think so!

Why You Should Get a Roof Inspection for Storm Damage

And no, we’re not talking about a friend who glances over your roof and gives you a thumbs up when there’s legitimate underlying issues that are going to cost you a fortune in less time than you think it would be for something you won’t notice immediately. Always, Always, ALWAYS hire a certified roofing contractor to take care of your roofing needs. Including inspections.

roof damage is hard to spot without training
It’s tough to spot without the right training!

 

It’s much easier to get an inspection than pay a hefty bill for a new roof, right? Or worse…a house remodel because the roof was leaking and destroyed the walls and the foundation. Don’t let your roof catch you off guard. Catch problems early; especially after a storm, and you won’t have to worry about being caught off-guard with terrible problems. So what are the benefits to getting your roof inspected after a major weather event? And why should you? Ready to find out? Let’s go!

 

Not All Damage Can Be Seen From the Ground

 

Certainly not the pricey kind of damage that might mean a brand new roof and foundational problems. Getting a roof inspection by a certified roofing contractor will give someone the opportunity to check your roof for issues. Safely. With the right equipment and the right skillset.

 

Have to Have an Inspection to File That Insurance Claim

 

If you have homeowners insurance that covers hail or any type of storm damage to your house and want to file an insurance claim for the damage, you can’t without a certified roofing contractor taking a look at your rooftop. Insurance companies will want to know the extent of the problem as well as how much it will cost before they cut you a check. Just make sure you hire a company you can count on and trust like 5 Star Roofing & Restoration. They’re licensed and insured and they have been operating in the same area for over 40 years. Look for social proof like google reviews and never trust a door knocker from out of state. Only work with reputable local companies. There’s just too much at stake financially to risk working with a company you can’t research online.

 

Save a Little Money In the Long Run

save money

 

Yes, you’d notice a fallen tree on your house, but would you notice any other small damages that come up on your roof? Probably not. What’s the good news? There’s someone that is trained to notice such things. A certified roofing contractor! And when given the opportunity to help by your scheduling regular check-ups, they can save you an immense amount of money in the long run by catching small issues, like leaks and broken shingles before they become big issues!

 

By getting a certified roofing contractor to take a look at your roof after major weather events, you can save yourself a lot of heartache…and money!

All About Windows: A Guide for Homeowners

All about windows

 

Are you a new homeowner or even a seasoned veteran looking for tips about the windows in your home? Want to take steps to improve your energy efficiency or curb appeal? Maybe you’re looking at replacing your windows soon, and you need to know what your options are? No matter what, this post’s for you. Today we’re taking a comprehensive look at residential windows. Here we go!

 

Energy Efficient Replacement Options – If you’re considering a replacement, check out this page on EnergyStar.gov – https://www.energystar.gov/products/most_efficient/vertical_slider_windows

It lists different manufacturers and gives you information on which climate zones they are appropriate for. This post by The House Designers also gives you a few recommendations based on manufacturer. But you should also do your own homework and look at the U factor rating of your windows.

Choosing the right U Factor – You’ve probably heard of the R-value assigned to different insulation types. The U Factor is a similar metric used to determine the rate of heat transfer so you know how well your windows insulate. These values are usually in a range from .25 to 1.25 and are going to be listed by the manufacturer. Just keep in mind that a lower number means you have better heat insulation.

Find the right Replacement Windows – Another thing you’ll want to be aware of if you’re replacing your windows is the Low-E coating applied to some modern windows. This allows you to save a ton on cooling bills in the summer by reducing the solar heat gain that is allowed to pass through the glass. In come cases, this coating can reduce solar heat by as much as 58%.

WINTER IS COMING – Sorry, not sorry about the cheesy Game of Thrones reference here. Winter heat loss can be a big drain on your finances. It’s important to take some common sense steps to get your windows ready for winter. Here’s a great post that should get your home ready for cold temps and a fictitious medieval zombie apocalypse: http://www.onehouraircovingtonla.com/not-early-get-windows-ready-winter/ 

Failed Seals? – Just because your home already has double or even triple pane windows, it doesn’t mean you’re operating at peak efficiency. The fact is, seals can fail leaving you with air between your panes instead of the gasses normally used to improve efficiency. Check for condensation between the panes or cracking which might indicate a failed seal. Keep your window warranty information handy just in case.

Cleaning Your Windows – Cleaning your windows may seem like common sense, but what if you’re dealing with tree sap on the outside or splattered paint on the inside? Check out these 10 window cleaning tips to make your next weekend chore a little easier.

 

Now you’re all set to maintain your home’s windows to the world. Keep an eye out for zombies though. WINTER IS COMING!

Home Improvements that make Financial Sense

investing in home repairs

 

Been in your home a while? You’re probably starting to notice a few signs of wear and tear. And you’ve probably also picked out a few things that just need improving. Maybe you want to add another bedroom or convert an outdoor patio into a climate controlled sunroom. But what if you’re planning to sell soon? Even if you’re not thinking about that right now, this is life! The unexpected is about the only thing you can truly expect. So, you might want to consider the financial impact of your home repairs.

 

Safety First!

 

It might be tempting to do the improvements you want to do first, but disciplined homeowners understand the value of treating their abode like an investment. After all, a home is almost always the largest investment you own. That’s why it makes sense to look at your improvements from a financial standpoint.

 

And probably the first thing to consider is any repairs that are required from a safety standpoint. Even if you’re paying for liability insurance, there could be financial risks associated with any hazardous conditions like damaged deck railings or an out of code electrical system. What if you or a loved one gets injured and misses work? What about the medical bills? Your ability to work and bring home income must be protected, so be sure to address any safety issues around the home first.

 

Improvements that PAY!

 

So after your home is safe, what’s next? Do any improvements actually make you money on average? Or are they at best going to return a portion of your investment in the form of equity?

It turns out, you’re probably never going to get a financial gain out of home improvements. Only a few repairs even come close to breaking even. Most major repairs like bathroom remodels and window replacements only yielded an average 80% return on investment in the form of equity. Probably the best way to increase your equity is to focus on curb appeal. Simple things like landscaping or adding a nice wooden deck can really attract more buyers.

But what about numbers? Let’s take a quick look at a few projects based on their return percentages. You might be surprised at the different results:

 

Backyard Patio – 47.6%
Bathroom Addition – 59.9%
Midrance Bathroom Remodel – 70.1%
Upscale Bathroom Remodel – 56.2%
Midrange Deck Addition (Composite) – 63.6%
Midrange Deck Addition (Wood) – 82.8%
Midrange Entry Door Replacement (Steel) – 91.3%
Midrange Kitchen Remodel – 59.0%
Upscale Window Replacement (Vinyl) – 74.3%
Upscale Window Replacement (Wood) – 69.5%

 

More percentages available here: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/

 

Notice how the value changes depending on the materials you use? It seems like homeowners favor the traditional look of a wooden deck while viewing wooden windows less favorably. In both cases, the manmade material is going to be much more durable though. As I stated before, it sometimes has everything to curb appeal and less to do with reason.

 

The Bottom Line:

 

At the end of the day, you can’t really view home improvements as something that will provide a financial return on investment. You’re more or less spending that money to improve your own quality of life while you’re in the home. Sure, most upgrades and repairs will have a positive impact on home equity. But you can’t expect even a dollar for dollar return. So, keep that in mind and focus on the most important repairs and improvements first.

Things To Know About Finishing A Basement

Finishing a basement not only creates a great addition to your house, but it also becomes vital if you are looking to increase the recent value of the property. However, there are certain things for you to more before you can consider your basement to be finished.

  1. Water issues: When you are considering finishing your basement, it is important for you to check out if there are any kind of water issues in the basement before you can take on the planning process. This can be made obvious by the fact that there would be pools of water or even drips of water flowing down the walls. Always make sure that the ground of the basement is graded far away from the foundation. It would also do you a whole world of good to check if there are any cracks in the foundation walls and if there are any kind of repair work that needs to be done to it.
  2. Building codes: When taking on any kind of repair or addition work in your house, is always important for you to come up with a plan and check in with the local municipality if you would require any kind of performance to do so. This is very important, particularly if there is going to be extensive plumbing as well as electrical work which will be done in your basement, for which your basement would be required to be inspected.
  3. Vapor barrier: It is always important for you to add a vapor barrier just so that your basement does not become damp. In order for you to do so, vapor barrier to both the sides of the walls as well as the floor prior to the framing and the finishing of the surfaces is necessary. It is always a good idea for you to lay down a vapor barrier for at least a couple of days and then try again check under need to see if there are any kind of vapor formations before you can continue on finishing the basement.
  4. Insulation: The installation of insulation in the basement is very important so that you will be able to maintain the temperature and also create an extra an additional layer of barrier for the moisture. Having the insulation is also a necessity during the winter season, while at the same time you also need to get it checked by the municipal inspectors for its compliance with the building codes.
  5. Lighting: The lighting to the basement is always a very good option and it should be done by having ample light fixtures in various parts of the basement. It would be extremely easy if you make use of a drop ceiling to install the lighting as it would provide proper illumination, while at the same time ensure that you face no problems when you’re down in the basement.
Finished Basement

With these tips, finishing the basement in the proper manner should not be a problem for you.