Monthly Archives: October 2013

Different Door Types To Suit Your Home

- by to Door Replacement & Door Maintenance.

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Why do you think there are different types of doors? Aesthetics wouldn’t be enough reason for the variations. What’s more acceptable, however, is the functionality of each type to compliment to the needs of door positioning. Why do you think doors are distributed in all parts of the house? The answer is that they serve special purposes that only one or two types can accommodate. As a homeowner, it is your job to match a door’s function to the needs of the area where it will be installed.

Entrance Doors

An entrance door is an opening from the exterior that leads to the interior of the house. It is mostly installed to serve as the main entrance and exit of a particular home. More often than not, homeowners invest high-quality security for the entrance since it is the most used, thus, the one that easily wears out.

Aside from the security system, homeowners also invest in doubling its protection through the installation of a storm door. A storm door mainly serves as an exterior shield of the entrance door from direct exposure to heat and humidity. In a way or another, it becomes the defense of the main door from unpredictable weather changes. Also, its ventilation purposes allow energy conservation.

French/Garden Doors

A patio sounds like a social place where families usually gather and friends often reunite. It may appear detached from the main attraction, but it still is part of a house’s totality. As they say, a patio is a house extension many people love to spend their time at. And so to lessen the intensity of the detachment, French/garden doors are used as transparent divisions from the main house to the extension. Besides, artsy patio designs are for the eyes to feast on. The crystal clear glasses of French/garden doors will make things easier for us.

Sliding Glass Doors

A sliding door is the most versatile of all types of doors because its functions are not that limited compared to the others. It is often used in the interior, but it can be used as an exterior passageway for entrance and exit as well – it can be used as an alternative to French/garden doors, for example. It may also be used at home or in commercial establishments, and even in the workplace. See? The long list just goes on and on and on.

To say the least, door types have roles to observe. However, the above-mentioned considerations shouldn’t be followed very strictly. They are only there to serve as guides. To remind you, creativity has no limits. If your artistic instinct can justify the unconventional use of one door type, you are still on the right track. It is only a matter of thinking out-of-the box.

What Vinyl Siding Color Should You Pick?

- by to House Repairs.

Homeowners benefit from vinyl siding not only for its exterior decoration purposes, but for weatherproofing as well. Having such installations greatly made changes in the way home electricity bills accelerate. But aside from the positive impact it projects to a family’s utility bills, its exterior benefits equally matter. The totality of your house is mostly composed of blank walls, and without vinyl siding, they remain bland and plain. Basically, vinyl siding gives your house the dimension it needs. Nonetheless, it makes your house’s curb appeal even better.

Vinyl-Lite Vinyl Siding

Many people think of vinyl siding very trivially, thinking that it isn’t essential. The truth, however, is that it is an important aspect in your home because it covers majority of the place you call shelter. Mostly, how people look at your home is dependable on the curb appeal. Your house’s vinyl siding definitely has a big role to play. “Any color would do,” you might say. No! That shouldn’t be the case. Color selection isn’t just a small detail you can ignore if you want to. It plays a huge part in the beautification of your home’s curb appeal. But with the presence of many available options for color and shade, you are more likely prone to getting confused. That’s what this article is here for. Now, what vinyl siding color should you pick?

Harmony

Harmonize the colors. You can’t just pick the shade of your favorite color for your vinyl siding. Lucky you if your favorite shade can match the other present features in your house. The key here is harmony. Look at the project in a wider perspective to achieve that desired coordination. Will the color look good with the shade of the roofing? Will it match the style and design of your house? Can it adapt to the neighborhood you are in? Think about it.

Illusion

Colors have the power to make illusions. Let’s say you already have a color in mind for your vinyl siding after doing the precedent suggestion. The question that you should face next is about the shade. Will you get a lighter shade or a darker one? Why this small detail matters is because of its capacity to create wondrous illusions. A brighter tone can make your house look bigger, while a darker one can make it look the opposite. So, it all depends on your goal.

Moreover – for homeowners whose houses have two or more storeys – it is advisable that the vinyl siding on the ground floor should be one or two tones darker than the vinyl siding on the next floor above it.

Adaptability

Picking a color that can only suit one season is impractical. You don’t really want to change your house’s vinyl siding every three months, do you? Select a color that can withstand seasonal changes. Consider your vinyl siding your exterior canvass in home decorating. Certainly, you have other plans for your lawn or patio aside from siding installation. A color that can adapt to future changes would be a great pick.

Decorate Your Lawn The Halloween Way

- by to Do-It-Yourself Projects.

Halloween has always been part of the American tradition and you’d be a total doomsayer if you’d say you don’t give a damn about it. As a fun and participative parent and homeowner, you can take the weeks before the event to bond with your kids in decorating your lawn to make it as spooky as it can be. Remember that Halloween does not last for the rest of November. So make a plan in advance and execute it as soon as possible to have the decoration last for at least a week or more. Are you ready to throw your own spookfest? Here’s what needs to be done.

Decoration

Treat your lawn as a canvass. With all the green grasses spreading out to the fences, you can easily transform your lawn into a spooky cemetery. Trust us. A little resourcefulness and creativity could help you realize it.

Create tombstones using pieces of plywood you can cut and customize. Come up with names, dates and lines that you can use in labeling the surfaces. Experiment with shapes. Upon the stabilization of the tombstones to the soil, add some pile of dirt surrounding each of them for dimension. A pristine tombstone wouldn’t be that much convincing. It is recommendable that you keep the filth and dirt for a more realistic feel.

Lighting

Never underestimate the power of good lighting. This has been proven and tested by films that took advantage of having good cinematography. You don’t really have to purchase state-of-the-art lighting materials. All you need is learn the art of mixing colors and creating shadows. You can even use candles or bonfire as you like. With regards to artificial light, it is advisable that you do not overuse them. You don’t really need to fill the whole area with illumination exhibitions, do you? Just look for good spots and focus on them. Since you are decorating your lawn, you can surely position the lights in various angles and levels. Play with the lights! Suggested light colors are dark blue, dark violet and red.

Effects

The haunted lawn aura would not be complete without the effects. A mystifying and eerie mood can only be achieved by setting up a foggy atmosphere. But instead of spending cash for a fog machine rental, spend less by making your own. Nope. I’m not talking about black magic over here. I’m actually talking about making a homemade fog in which you can do mainly through the use of glycerin. This shall serve as your main ingredient for the foggy mix. Don’t worry. You can buy it to the nearest pharmacy in your town. Detailed steps on how you do it are provided online. Believe us when we say that the fog in your lawn will seal the deal for your own Halloween spookfest! Enjoy!

The Best Time To Have Roof Remodeling

- by to Roof Replacement & Roof Maintenance.

There is a long list of doable home improvement projects you can execute at any given time or season in your home. Of all these projects, roof remodeling seems to be the most neglected despite the roofing’s 40% coverage of a house’s physical appearance. Yes. You heard it right. You may have overlooked the whole idea, but it is a fact. Perhaps this is because most homeowners like to get directly involved in a project. However, because of the complexity of roof remodeling, the entire work goes to the roofing contractor alone. But what most homeowners, like you, question is the timeliness of the project. When should you do it?

Roofing

Problematic Shingles

It is the responsibility of homeowners to be all the time aware of their household’s present condition including the roofing. Perhaps you would say checking it every now and then is impossible because the roof is located at the top most part of the house. But with a little resourcefulness, you can do the checking through the use of binoculars. Choose a safe spot and position yourself with the binoculars to look for problematic shingles. A number of cracks and curls make your roofing system a good candidate for remodeling. Missing shingles is also another factor.

Roof Leak

Aside from looking at the whole subject from an external point of view, you can also check for defects by checking what’s underneath your roof in your attic. Your attic is actually the best location where you can look into your roofing’s functionality in terms of its capacity to protect your own home from wet weather conditions. With a reliable flashlight in hand, look for water stains in all corners of the roof. Failure to address this kind of issue may lead to you paying more for electricity bills. The later the problem is solved, the more expensive the renovation services will be.

Outdated Look & Design

As mentioned earlier in the introduction, 40% of your house’s over-all appearance is covered by the roofing alone. If you have observed some discoloration in the roofing, you can avail of the said renovation given that it goes along with your available home improvement budget. Also, the desire for an update appearance is valid enough to pursue the roof remodeling. As an advice, purchase roofing products that are impact resistant and have long years of warranty.

Investments That House Sellers Need To Take

- by to Sales & Promotions.

Many people say that selling a house is a seasonal business. For certain, this has been proven by consistent accelerating sales of real estate companies every Spring season. However, a good house seller is able to defy time and season. The target market for house and lot is unpredictable. That is why it is always better to be on guard. By the time such opportunity comes knocking in, you would take no moment doubting about it. It’s just about having the right investments.

1. Get yourself an estate agent.

This is pretty much the easiest thing to do. By getting a reputable real estate agent, you are ensured of a sold property within a given reasonable time. If less hassle is what you are looking for, then definitely this is the option for you – especially if what you are dealing with is a huge property.

However, since another person is involved, a particular percentage from the total money paid for the property shall be given to the agent. This, of course, depends on the legal negotiation you would have between you and the real estate agent. And since a big amount of money is involved, the participation of a legal representative in the contract signing is most recommendable.

2. Invest in social media.

Now, if you are selling an average-sized house, you can handle the marketing on your own. Having social media and the internet on your side, you can easily advertise your house to credible websites – one of which your target audience can easily get access to.

Also, since marketing does not work solely through the use of words, you have to elevate your house’s rank through very good visuals. Update the photos of the house you are selling online and make them visible not only to your circle of friends, but also to the public.  Aside from wide shots of the house, also include tight shots of some of the house’s unique features. Remember not to over share the photos, though. Your goal here is to tease potential buyers into contacting you only.

3. Be accommodating.

One sign that the above-mentioned tips have worked is a notification or a call from one or more people expressing interest on buying your property. Be friendly towards your potential clients. Some of them may request a personal tour to the house. Take that opportunity to keep them talking and be sure to answer all of their queries as well.

4. Practice good housekeeping.

Lastly, it is important that you need to maintain your house’s good condition. By practicing good housekeeping, you are also able to avoid possible damages in your home. If you are a stay-in house seller, this tip is particularly applicable. However, if you live somewhere else already, you can hire a caretaker to clean and maintain the house at least once a month. That way, you can still sell the house at a high value, parallel to its good condition.