- What’s Ahead for Remodeling Style in 2017?
BEHR 3 Lifestyle Collection Palettes 2017
We’re down to the last two months of 2016, and interior designers are now anticipating the next wave of colors trending for 2017. As we wrap up each year, the pros do like to plan the new color palettes that will brighten upcoming home remodeling projects. We are watching closely to see if designs for the upcoming building season will build on a hugely successful 2016.
Home remodeling consultants focus on homeowner personalities to bring extra comfort at home. And one of the top paint companies, Behr, released their 3 lifestyle hues collections that will rock 2017. These collections are intended to please a range of different personalities and geographies to give more personalized and inspiring home solutions!
THESE ARE THE COLORS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN 2017
On the color front, sophisticated hues are poised to take center stage, according to Behr who, just released their predictions for colors to keep an eye on in 2017. The paint company has divided its selection into three palettes — Confident, Composed, and Comfortable — and if they are any indication, we’ll be drawing decor inspiration from our personalities in the year ahead.
Creative, social types will be drawn to the Confident palette, defined by dusky blues, spicy reds, and lime greens, designed to captivate your attention. Then there’s the Composed palette. Its earthy greens and taupes will be a go-to for traditionalists looking to create a contemporary space. And it’s all about pale pastels in the Comfortable range, characterized by light pinks, blues, and yellows that make the smallest of spaces pop. Its muted shades are ideal for introverts who want to make their first foray into accent colors. Click here to read more…
- When to Use Spray Foam Insulation
All homeowner’s concern themselves with how to keep their home airtight to minimize heat loss. Airtight homes are invitingly cool in the summer and remain warm in the winter while expending minimum energy. Its ability to make homes airtight is one reason why spray foam insulation (SFI) is very popular now. However, it does a lot more than make homes energy efficient. Here are a few other instances when to use spray foam insulation.
When creating a moisture barrier – Holes and cracks in crawl spaces and walls often allow in water and moisture. Using spray foam insulation as such, helps seal your crawl spaces and attic from leaks and airborne moisture as well as floodwaters.
To deter mold – Materials used to make spray foam insulation include an inert polymer that that both bacteria and mold cannot feed on. Homes insulated using isocyanate and polyurethane, the components of SFI, are therefore safe from mold and mildew.
When looking for a powerful insulator – SFI works a lot better than most kinds of insulators available in the market. This is so because it expands and in the process, tightly seals every nook and cranny that would otherwise remain exposed. SFI’s airtight seal resistance value of R-6 is the strongest rank available.
When you want to make great savings – SFI is a great insulator and one that helps many families and businesses save significant amounts of money on their energy expenses. On average, spray foam insulation provides about 50% savings on energy bills, which is far better than 30% that other forms of insulation manage on average.
When seeking an insulator that is eco-friendly and lasts indefinitely – The inert polymer used to make SFI gives the product an indefinite lifespan and so homes and businesses can enjoy the benefits of a good insulator for years without the need to re-insulate. Moreover, reduced energy consumption as well as fewer consumed materials makes SFI more eco-friendly compared to other insulators.
Spray foam insulation is a great way of sealing your home. Most situations however, may require that you also fix a heat recovery ventilator to help exchange indoor air with fresh air from the outdoors.Continue reading →
- Is Insulating Your Garage A Worthwhile Investment?
Everywhere you look these days people are extolling the virtues of insulation, and with rocketing energy costs, it certainly makes a great deal of sense. But for some parts of the home such as the garage, it is a worthwhile investment.
The first thing to consider is why you would want to insulate your garage. If it forms one of the outer walls of your home, then the wall adjacent to your property may well be worth insulating . Technically this would probably be classified as insulating your home rather than your garage, and there would certainly be benefits to doing this. Every outside wall presents an opportunity for heat to escape and as the sole purpose of insulation is to slow the transfer of heat, then every external wall should be considered for insulation.
Let’s consider a separate garage, one that is not attached to the home. The thing to consider here is what you personally use the garage for. If it is simply a storage room for the excess debris of your life, or for your car to reside in overnight, there is probably little to no benefit of investing in insulation.
Conversely, if you regularly use the garage as a workshop, somewhere that you spend significant periods of time, then that presents an entirely different situation. This may be the perfect reason to insulate the garage, especially when you are spending a lot of time there.
However, and this is important to remember, insulation will only help to slow the heat transfer. So before even considering insulation you need to have some form of heat source, to generate the heat you are trying to retain. This may sound silly, but it is sometimes an oversight with people thinking that good insulation will solve all of the issues.
So in summary, if you spend a lot of time in the garage, then insulating it could be a very good investment. You need to factor in some form of heating, and then consider insulating the walls, ceiling and of course the garage door. Thin metal garage doors will allow heat to flow away very rapidly so you must consider how to square that circle.
In terms of cost, you are probably looking at somewhere in the region of $1500 dollars to fully insulate a garage, walls, ceiling and garage door. This is obviously quite a significant investment, so only you will be able to decide if it is worthwhile for your personal circumstances. And as mentioned above you will still need to have some sort of heating source as well so factor that into the equation.
If you do spend a lot of time in the garage, and also enjoy DIY that it is probably a great project to tackle, and one that will benefit you for years to come.Continue reading →
- Four Things to Avoid When Doing Roof Repair
Working on roof is a complicated job, better left it to the professionals only. Experienced professionals also sometimes do mistakes so if an inexperienced person does roofing job it is very difficult consisting of various dangers. The first and foremost danger included in working with roof is the height. Along with the height, another trouble you face while working with your roof is unfamiliarity with tools. As you don’t have habit of working with tools, you find it difficult to use it, especially on height. But still if you are ready to try this or those who have already tried it, here are some of the mistakes you should avoid while you are working on your roof.
Wearing wrong footwear
Don’t just wear your slippers and climb up the roof. It can prove to be risky. Put on heavy duty boots with appropriate treads which helps you get good grip on the roof. Your roof can be slippery so even you are climbing up your roof just for checking an issue and not for any repairs then also don’t climb up with your flip flops for comfortability. Wear proper foot wears and ensure your safety.
Not asking for help
It would definitely an open invitation to danger if you are on the roof without informing anyone. God forbid if there happens any unplanned consequences, no one will be around to save you out. Worst situation will be when you will be on the roof when no one will be at home and left your phone in the house. Whenever you are on the roof, always keep someone known of your position. Tell your neighbors and family members of your plan. And always keep your phone close to you. So in any problematic situations you can easily give a call and ask for help.
Using the wrong tools
It would an extremely irresponsible thing to just take the toolbox and ladder and climb up on the ladder. It’s not necessary that the tools you need would be present in the tool box. Your job may require specific tools. Thus call the hardware store and ask for the type of tool you need for your roofing job. Before applying it directly with the roof, try the tool before use if you haven’t used it before. If the tools you are going to use are power tools then definitely try it before climbing your roof.
Start job without direction
It would be a terrible condition if you end up solving your problem by causing another problem. Causing major damage in order to fix a minor one is ridiculous. Thus be double sure before taking any action. Look forward to the problem properly, analyze it in deep, prepare a plan of action as to how to fix it and then take the action. You should be sure about how to fix up the problem whether it be leak issue, ventilation issue or replacement issue. Any work left in between is even more dangerous than not even starting it.
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- Making the Case for Concrete Flooring
You are at some point going to require some work done on your floor. It is after all a big part of any building.
This is where a floor contractor comes in. But what exactly should you expect from concrete flooring contractors?
Here are some important points to note:
– Installation of floor surfaces: after the construction of the walls and roofing, you need to start now
making plans for the concrete floor. It is up to the flooring contractor to prepare the unfinished floor and install it
the way you want.
– Repair and maintenance: while concrete floors are highly durable, they still require regular maintenance.
It’s often best to leave this maintenance work to an expert in concrete flooring.
How to Select the Best Concrete Floor Contractor
Having the right contractor to oversee your home or office flooring can be the difference between a job well
done and money wasted on poor flooring. This is why it is so important to select the best contractor available.
Here are some tips to help you choose an ideal concrete floor expert:
The first instinct is to go with the contractor your friends recommend, but it’s better to look at other options.
Don’t be afraid to interview a few contractors and request a written quote for the job to determine their
affordability. Arranging a short interview gives you a great chance to gauge the experience of the contractor
you plan to hire by simply observing how they describe their services and their understanding of the job.
is also a good chance to ask about their license to confirm they are qualified and insured.
It is also advisable to work with a concrete contractor who has some proven expertise in the industry.
Checking the length of experience the company brings to the table can help you choose the right contractor.
Most experienced concrete floor contractors in the industry deliver high-quality services.
With all due to respect to newer contractors, there is no doubt you will feel more comfortable if your flooring is handled by a contractor who has been doing this for at least five years or more. However,
experienced concrete floor contractors will charge relatively high prices, but even then, it will be worth it.
Equipment and staffing
Most contractors will have a team they work with, and this is important depending on the size of the project.
A small team can be sufficient for a home remodeling, but a large office will require more hands on deck
, otherwise the job will take too long. Equipment is also important, especially when dealing with complex and
difficult concrete floors. Most small companies will not have the proper equipment to handle big jobs.
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comes down to matters of budget and personal preference, but it is also important to keep the guidelines
above in mind.
- Understanding Different Types of Countertops for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling
When it comes to remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, there are a variety of options available for having new counters installed. Each of these has its advantages and its disadvantages, as well as requiring specific methods of care and maintenance.
It’s important to understand the details of what you are installing, before you finalize your selection of a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom. One of the many more popular options available for kitchen surfaces today includes granite. Granite is tough, durable, and beautiful, and makes for an excellent choice of material, balancing elegance and affordability like few other options. Laminate is a more common option; they remain popular due to their affordability, coupled with the fact that laminate is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, far outstripping any other style available on the market today in that regard. Concrete countertops, meanwhile, are a relatively new type that is catching on with the post-modern and minimalist decorative schemes; new ways of formulating concrete have resulted in certain forms of the material which are surprisingly light, yet durable.
If you are undertaking a kitchen remodel and you aren’t sure which kind of surfaces you want, you could do worse than to consult with the experts. Whether you live in the Baltimore-Annapolis corridor, Affordable Remodeling has all of the options you need to wind up with the most attractive, stylish, and tasteful kitchen remodeling effort around. They are ready to answer any questions that you might have about what surface is right for you, what style or material will best fit the overall aesthetic of your home, and how to keep counters comprised of a variety of materials clean and scratch-free through appropriate maintenance and regular cleaning. Some types of countertop require special cleaners to avoid ruining their luster; others, such as modern concrete and solid surfaces, are made of synthetic materials which are safe to clean with standard all-purpose surface cleaners.
Do not attempt to install specialty counters without expert assistance. Call the experts at Affordable. They have the knowledge and the expertise needed to install your new kitchen treasures safely and efficiency, at a reasonable cost.Continue reading →
- Home Security: A Locksmith Perspective
Please be aware that there are many people out there who are desperate for money. And rather than working for that money, they are on the prowl, looking for victims who have weak areas in their Security. Whether it be your home or your business. Do not make the burglars job easier by being vulnerable.
Here are some Security Tips from a locksmith in Greenville SC with many years of hands-on experience.
#1- Make sure that entry areas are well lit at night. Motion sensors are preferable.
#2- Make sure shrubs are trimmed so there are no easy hiding places for thieves.
#3 – Make sure you have Deadbolts on every exterior access door. Also make sure that the deadbolts work properly and throw fully into the bolted position.
#4 – If you have double doors or french doors, make sure that when they are locked that there isn’t a gap in between where someone could take a pocket knife and unlatch the stationary door.
#5- Make sure your windows latch and lock property. You can also easily add track locks to your sliding windows.
#6- If you have windows on or next to your doors, make sure they are double cylinder deadbolts with a key on each side
So if someone were to break the window, they couldn’t reach in and unlock your deadbolt.
#7- If you have siding glass doors, make sure there isn’t a gap big enough to put your finger above the door and track. If so, your sliders can be pried up off of the track. There are other secondary security solutions for your sliders that will make them safe and secure.
#8- If you have a working alarm, use it. Get on the habit of always setting it when you are away.
#9- If you have an overhead opener for your garage door, make sure you are the only one with remotes. If you are unsure, you should take the steps necessary to delete all codes and reprogram it to your remotes only.
#10- If you think that there is a possibility of keys” floating around” or have lost keys or have a lock that was previously on a master key, you should have your locks rekeyed to a fresh original key.
These are just 10 of many tips to helping you secure your home or business. Pay attention before it’s too late.Continue reading →
- How to Find a Locksmith You Can Trust
You might need an old lock replaced. Change of residency in a rental unit often requires the replacement of current locks if a former renter fails to return his or her keys… and then there’s the ever-popular “locked out of the car” (or the house). Locks can break, or jam, and — as you might recall from recent social media articles all across the internet — there’s even the occasional mysterious old safe that requires opening… particularly if you’ve just moved into a new house, and it was hidden in a wall, or under the floorboards.
How do you go about finding a trustworthy locksmith? This might not be as straightforward as it sounds. For starters, many locksmiths advertise themselves as local locksmiths in areas where they are not local. They do this by mimicking the name and advertising style of existing local locksmiths; they’ll even take out ads in the phonebook that make themselves appear to be local to multiple areas within a fairly broad geographic region. Likewise, a local locksmith might take out multiple advertisements in a phonebook and in local newspapers, appearing to be as many as thirty separate services when, in fact, it’s all the same service.
The former — the “local” long-distance service provider — relies upon confusion in an emergency situation to generate much of their income. They will quote you a price over the phone, and then arrive after a significantly longer wait than you were expecting — often in an unmarked vehicle — only to state that the final price is going to be significantly higher than what was already mentioned, leaving you in the position of having to pay egregiously in excess of what you were expecting… or else wait for another locksmith, in a situation where time is already likely a factor. Many people will simply pay out, in this situation.
The latter — the “masquerader” — makes it difficult to trust the locksmith’s reputation. You have no idea, regardless of which locksmith you call, who is going to show up. You could reject the services of a company with a bad reputation, and choose another instead — only to wind up with the same individual, and you may well never be the wiser.
Some locations make it easy for you. For instance, if you want a reputable and local Asheville locksmith who will provide you with quick and efficient service, you can’t go wrong with Asheville Lock Locksmith Services. They’re a widely known service provider serving local business and residents in Asheville and in the surrounding areas of North Carolina, with a reputation for speed and quality of service.Continue reading →
- How a Micro Topping Can Smooth a Job
If you have concrete that has lost its smooth finish or simply want to ensure that the concrete remains smooth, then micro-topping should be something that you should consider. It allows you a lot of choices for personalization when it comes to the finished look that you want for your old and new concrete. When choosing a finish for your concrete paths, driveway, and other concrete surfaces, concrete repair St. Louis can help you to find a micro topping finish that not only fits your tastes but accents your home beautifully.
Types of Micro Topping Finishes
There are many types of micro topping finishes that you can choose from including sprayed lace patterns, brushed patterns, faux finishes, and brick or tile patterns that will make your concrete look amazing. This technique can be used to rejuvenate old concrete surfaces as well as perfect for new concrete as well. Not only will you have a wide range of choices for your concrete jobs but you will love the way that it will look once it is finished and happy with the unique look that your home will have.
What is Micro Topping
Many people may have heard of micro topping but never really knew what it was. This technique is a kind of concrete finish that will add to the concrete not only patterns and color variations, but also allow for amazing personalization to take place. This finishing product can provide new concrete with a unique look while rehabilitating old concrete that has lost its luster. Not only will it provide you with an economical way of providing your concrete with a durable cosmetic surface, but will also ensure that the concrete looks wonderful for many years to come.
Making Your Choice
Since there are many options to choose from when picking out your micro topping for your concrete, asking either your contractor or representative for samples of your options can help you to better make a choice. You can then take these samples outside and hold them up to the area surrounding the concrete that needs work to help you decide. Price may also be a helpful deciding factor. Once you have chosen your top 5 micro topping options, then ask about differences in pricing and durability to help narrow your choices down to the one you want the most or can commit to you for the life of the finish.Continue reading →