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Copper Roofing Is A Great Choice In Hurricane Zones

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When you live in an area where hurricanes are common, you need to pay close attention to your roofing choice. Too light or loose, and it will blow right off, leaving your home exposed to the wind and rain. While many homeowners in hurricane areas opt for concrete tiles or slate roofs, there is another less-common choice to consider: copper. Copper roofing might not be very common, but it offers a number of benefits in windy, rainy, coastal hurricane-prone towns. Copper is heavy. If you’ve ever picked up a section of copper pipe or a copper sculpture, you know how heavy it is. A copper roof is not going to be blown off your home in a storm. You will want to have an engineer look over your home to ensure it’s strong enough to support the roof. However, most homes in hurricane-prone areas are build quite sturdily and with the knowledge that some sort of heavy roof, like concrete or slate, will be put on it. Copper won’t become eroded by salt. Even if you’re a ways inland, those hurricane rains can be quite salty after picking water up from the ocean. Over time, this salt can cause damage to some metals like aluminum and steel. Copper, however, is impervious to salt damage. Just look at how strong the Statue of Liberty is, even after all those years on the Atlantic Coast! The copper will take on a green color after a few years, but that happens regardless of whether you’re in a coastal area or not. Copper is not as noisy as you might think. Are you imagining the sound of rain falling on a metal roof and dreading the first storm with your copper roof? Relax; the roof is a lot quieter than you’d imagine. Your roofing company will place the copper roofing on top of a wooden underlayment and some layers of insulation. The wood and insulation will absorb the sound, so you don’t hear anything more than you’d hear when rain falls on a shingle or tile roof. Copper will make your home look unique. Do you really want to have the exact same concrete tile roof as all your neighbors? A richly colored copper roof will give your home a very unique look. Everyone in your neighborhood will know of your house, and your curb appeal will increase dramatically. When the roof is new, it will look like a new penny, and eventually, it will take on that gorgeous green color. For more information, contact a home roofing service near...

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Some Points To Consider When Buying A New Garage Door

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A new garage door can improve the curb appeal of your home, as well as enhance home security and help insulate your garage. There are many different styles of doors to choose from, which can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some things to consider to help narrow down your choice. Price If your budget for a new door is tight, you probably want to choose a stock door off the shelf. A single-layer aluminum door without any decorative embellishments is an affordable option. Each thing you add to the base door increases its price. While you have a lot of options in doors, if you want windows, decorative panels, or a luxurious material such as solid wood, you’ll have to pay much more. If your budget isn’t a concern, then you may want a high-end, custom-made garage door that perfectly complements your property. Insulation Insulating quality is another factor that might be important to you if you want to control the climate in your garage. If it gets very hot or very cold in your area and you plan to use your garage for a workshop or to store household goods, then you want a door that keeps out extreme temperatures. You can buy insulated doors made from different materials. The thing they have in common is a layer of insulation sandwiched between two or three layers of wood or steel. You can shop for doors based on their insulation rating to make sure the door performs to your expectations. Maintenance You also want to think about how much maintenance your garage door will require. Every door needs periodic maintenance to the track and springs to keep it functioning well, but different materials require different amounts of general maintenance to keep the door looking good. For instance, wood is beautiful, but you’ll have to stain or paint it regularly to prevent paint bubbles and peeling. Wood may also warp, swell, crack, or deteriorate from humidity or insect damage. A wood door requires the most maintenance of all garage door materials because it is organic and is affected by the environment. Aluminum, fiberglass, and vinyl are all easy to care for. About all you have to do is wash the doors to keep them clean. Aluminum dents easily, and scratches in metal doors are more visible if the paint is on the surface. If you have active kids playing around the garage, such as with a basketball hoop, then you may need to make repairs to an aluminum door occasionally. Vinyl hides scratches well since the color is all the way through the door rather than just on the surface; however, vinyl might fade from sun exposure or crack in extreme temperatures. Fiberglass is an excellent material for a garage door if you want a door that is practically maintenance free. Fiberglass is very strong, so it resists scratches and dents, and it doesn’t deteriorate due to environmental conditions. In addition to the above factors, you also need to think about how the appearance of the door will match your home. When it comes to garage door appearance, your choices are nearly endless. You can pick from a variety of colors and window configurations. You can even buy doors with a textured surface that looks like wood grain. With...

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How To Repaint Your Home’s Metal Front Entry Door

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If you recently moved into a house with a metal front door that has clearly seen better days, then you will be happy to learn that you can repaint the door yourself to save some money. While painting a metal door is a bit different than painting one made of wood, the process is very similar. As long as you have some basic DIY experience and a willing spirit, you can complete this project over the weekend even if you have never painted metal before. To paint your home’s metal entry door, you need the following tools and supplies: doorstoppers drop cloth sandpaper tacky cloth mineral spirits cotton cloth masking tape small paint roller  oil-based metal primer paint oil-based metal paint Follow these steps to paint your metal entry door like a professional painter: Step 1: Using two door stops or small heavy objects, block the door on each side so that it is unable to swing around while you are working. Place a plastic drop cloth under the door to protect your flooring. Step 2: Use the masking tape to cover the metal hardware and doorknob so that they will not get paint on them. This will save you time for having to deal with paint removal when you are done painting the door. Step 3: Using the sandpaper, rub down the entire door and rough up the existing paint. By roughing up the door’s previous paint job, you are creating microscopic areas for the door’s new primer to stick to. You also need to sand down any areas where the existing paint on the door has cracked or chipped. Sand until everything is smooth and no more visible damage exists. Step 4: Wipe down the door with some mineral spirits applied to a clean cotton cloth. The mineral spirits will remove any grease or oils from the door. Once the mineral spirits have dried, then you should wipe down the entire door with the tacky cloth to remove any residual dust from sanding. Step 5: Using a paint roller with a low nap, apply a coat of oil-based metal primer paint. By choosing a roller with a low nap and painting very carefully, you can get a nice even coat of primer on the door without leaving behind groves or peaks in the primer paint. Step 6: Finally, using a clean paint roller, apply a layer of metal paint to your front metal entry door. If you like the results with a single coat of paint, then once the door dries your project is completed. If you prefer to use more paint, then wait for the door to dry and apply one more...

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Designing A Home Fire Suppression System

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There are a couple of common options for fire suppression in residential spaces. Here is a guide to options and strategies for home fire protection.  Most Common Options for Fire Suppression Smoke detectors are one of the most common fire safety options in residential spaces. They are very useful for detecting fires early on and alerting nearby people to act quickly. Many homeowners also choose to install fire sprinklers as an added layer of security. With a fire sprinkler system in your home, you can start to work against a fire before the fire department arrives. Many homeowners are beginning to use home monitoring systems as well, which can be hooked up to many fire sprinkler systems. If a fire is detected, it may alert your home security company or your building manager. You can also have these systems send alerts to your mobile phone so that you’ll be informed of potential fires right away, whether or not you’re on the property at that moment.  How to Choose Your Option You might be wondering how much you need to invest in your home’s fire suppression system. Should you simply get smoke detectors? Or should you spending the money for fire sprinklers and a monitoring system as well? The answer may depend on who lives in your home and what’s in it. If you have residents who would not be able to fend well for themselves in a fire, such as elderly parents, children, or visually impaired family members, then going the extra distance to protect your house is a great idea. If you have a lot of high dollar items, then spending the extra money may be a good idea to protect your valuables as well. And since the addition of extra fire suppression methods can raise your home’s value and reduce your property insurance premiums, it’s probably a good idea for all homes if you can afford it.  A Gradual Roll-Out Option Your fire suppression team can help you create a plan for gradually rolling out these changes, as well. You might start out with a simple smoke detector system, but leave room for fire sprinklers to be added later. When you can afford it, add the fire sprinklers and make sure that they are compatible with a home monitoring system. That way, when the time comes, you can easily add a monitoring system once you have the time and spare cash.  For more information, contact local professionals like Nor Cal Fire...

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The Most Common Radiant Floor Heating Mistakes

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Are you thinking about installing radiant floor heat? While radiant floor heat can be installed on your own, there are some very common mistakes that could botch the entire installation. Radiant floor heating involves a sequence of heated tubes that are installed throughout the floor and under your flooring. If something goes wrong, it doesn’t just require fixing the entire installation — it might even be a fire or safety hazard. Not Properly Insulating Insulation is absolutely critical to the proper installation of radiant flooring. Radiant flooring relies upon insulation to be able to capture the heat of the pipes. Without insulation, radiant heating will be unusually expensive. It also won’t disperse across the floor properly — you’ll end up with hot spots and cold spots rather than an even heating across the surface. You should always check on the proper insulation type to use with your radiant heating installation. Running the Pipes Too Deep or Too Shallow The pipes have to be run in proximity to the floor itself in order to distribute the heat. If you run the pipes too deep, the flooring won’t heat up. If you run the pipes too close to the surface, the floor will get too hot. Always look up the recommended depth for your flooring option and materials — and test out the depth of the piping before finishing the job. Installing the Wrong Type of Flooring Radiant heating is designed to work with special types of flooring. Engineered hardwood and ceramic tile are among the most popular — and some types of natural stone. Radiant heating will be less useful with carpeting and may be unpleasantly hot with laminate. When you calibrate and install your radiant flooring, consider the types of flooring that will be placed over it. You may need a stronger heat source, for instance, with carpeting. Testing the Pipes After Pouring After the pipes are laid, a foundation is generally poured — over which the flooring will be installed. You should always test your radiant heating before pouring the foundation, as it’s almost always impossible to recover the pipes after pouring. If you discover a problem after pouring, you’ll need to restart the installation from the beginning. Hiring a skilled and experienced contractor, like Adams Plumbing & Heating, is usually the best bet when it comes to radiant floor heating. Even the most determined of DIYer will usually see benefits from making sure that the installation is done correctly rather than taking the...

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3 Facts About Clay Tile Roofs

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When you are looking at different roofing materials for your new house, you may be struck by the beauty of tile roofs. These tiles are generally shaped like half a barrel and are stacked up on each like shingles would be. Roofing tiles are also generally made out of clay that has been fired and glazed so that they will be hard and durable. There are also some tiles that are out of plastic and concrete. They will give you the same look as clay tiles, but may save you some money if that’s a worry.  Clay Tiles and Climate Clay tiles are generally associated with warmer climates. You often see them in the Southwest, especially on homes that look like they have been made out of adobe. However, they also work in cold climates, so if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow and sub-freezing temperatures, you can still get roofing tiles. If you are worried, you can choose to avoid the traditional clay or terra cotta and choose the tiles made out of plastic or concrete instead. The only person who will know the difference is you.  Clay Tile Lifespan You may be concerned about how long your roof is going to last. Fact is, clay tile roofs have a long lifespan. One of these roofs can last for decades. The lifespan may vary some depending on whether you choose to use clay, concrete, or tile.  Clay Tile and Weight Another worry you may have about using roofing tile, whether it’s concrete, plastic, or terra cotta, is about how much your roof is going to weigh. While an individual tile may not weigh much, a whole lot of tiles put together are going to end up weighing quite a bit. If you decide that you want to go with roofing tiles while your house is being built, your builder can reinforce the weight-bearing elements of your house so that they can support the additional weight of the tile. If you are retro-fitting your house, your roofer should be able to add in some extra supports to bear any extra weight that your roofing tiles will add. If you are building a house and are looking for a roof that will last for a long time and will make your house look good, you may want to consider clay roofing tiles. For more information, contact professionals like Danny Odom & Son...

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Re-Purposing Your Old Fireplace

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You’ve been staring at that old fireplace for years now. It doesn’t work and you don’t need it as a heat source, so what do you do? The answer is to make it a practical and attractive focal point for your room. With a little creativity, you can take a liability and make it an asset in your home. Chimney Even if your fireplace is non-working, you need to have the chimney swept one last time to remove soot and other debris that could eventually end up blocking ventilation and causing damp spots. Also, you should have a contractor apply a “ventilation cowl” to the top of the chimney. Air still needs to pass through the space to keep things dry and healthy. They can also advise you on any other safety measures that you need to take while closing off your fireplace.  Storage You can take a few materials and turn your fireplace into a storage space. You can have shelves cut to fit the space and secure them with brackets to make an interesting shelving unit. Use it for books or display personal items like family pictures, vases, or knick knacks. You get to keep the design element while taking advantage of more space, something most homeowners always need. Plants You can convert that empty fireplace hole into a display for your house plants. Add a few plant stands near the front of the opening and place a few more on the hearth. Place at least one statement plant, like a peace lily, there. You’ll have beautiful greenery bursting forth from the fireplace. Your plants will also be out of traffic and better protected than they would be in other locations. Design You can simply use the space to create an attractive design. One popular idea is to place candles of various heights in the fireplace and light them on winter evenings to provide illumination and the illusion of heat. Some people stack logs in the open space to keep with the original fireplace theme. If you want to make things more colorful, you can paint the ends of the logs in different colors and stack them in interesting combinations. You may also consider using the fireplace to display your artwork. You can place an easel in the center to hold a larger picture and then group smaller pieces on the hearth. A non-working fireplace can be a true asset. You may not use it to stay warm, but you can use it for many other purposes. In fact, you are only limited by your imagination. If it’s in the family room, use it to store toys and other kid items. You can also make it a nice pet nook. The only thing you should not do is leave it empty and unused. Get to work and make your old fireplace a vibrant focus in your home. For more information on chimney care and cleaning, consider contacting companies like AAAA Dave’s Chimney...

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4 Ways Of Milling Wood From Tree Debris For Woodworking Projects

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Whether you are an experienced carpenter, woodworking enthusiast or a DIY-er that wants their own wood for projects around the home, tree debris can be a great resource. The wood that comes from trees you have removed can be valuable material that can be difficult to find. Depending on what you want to use the wood for and the type of tree, you may want to mill the wood using different methods. Here are some of the different ways that lumber can be milled from your tree waste: 1. Cutting Rough Timbers Using Bastard-Sawn Method Of Milling If you want to have rough timbers that you can use for general woodworking projects or mill differently later, bastard-sawn lumber is a good technique. This is where you will take the flattest surface of the log and mill boards along the grain of the tree. It will also be the simplest method to use if you do not have experience milling lumber, which will give you good practice. 2. Getting Heart Wood By Cutting To Keep The Center Of The Wood The heart wood of some trees can be very valuable. Heart wood is the center of the tree. This is because it can often be a desirable color or have more unique patterns than the outer material of the tree. This method is where you will leave as much of the heart of the tree as possible when you do milling. 3. Milling To Keep Lumber That Is Free Of The Heart Wood While there are some times that you may want the heart wood of lumber, there may be other times when you want the wood that is free of heart, which with tree species like pine, can be much less desirable. You can mill logs to make the most of the outer material and separate it from the heart material in the center of a log. 4. Rift-Sawn And Quarter-Sawn Lumber For The Unique Patterns In Grain Rift-sawn and quarter-sawn materials are made by cutting the log into sections that help expose the grain. In quarter-sawn materials, this is done by cutting the tree into quarters and then milling the lumber out of the quarters. Rift-sawn lumber is similar but ripped into radial pieces first and then milled. These are some of the different ways that you can mill lumber out of your tree waste. If you need to have trees removed, contact a tree service, such as DJ’s Tree Service, and talk with them about leaving lengths of timber that you can mill down to a custom size yourself....

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Propane Heat Is A Safe Alternative To Electricity

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When you decide what sort of furnace you will use in your home, you need to carefully consider all of your options. Electric furnaces are a popular option; on the other hand, gas is a clean-burning fuel that can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. If you live where there are no natural gas pipelines, you might think that your only choice is to use electricity, but you can have a propane tank installed in your yard. Propane is a great option for a lot of reasons.  Propane Heat Is Hotter The heat from an electric furnace will come out below your natural body temperature but still warmer than the outside air. This means that your home should stay warm, but if you huddle next to a vent the heat coming out of the vent will feel cold. The air coming from a propane furnace will be much hotter, which means that you can bask in the warmth of your furnace vents. Furthermore, the hotter air will shorten the amount of time it takes your furnace to heat your home, which will keep your costs down and reduce your energy use.  Propane Is a Clean Fuel Propane is a petroleum product, but it produces far fewer harmful byproducts than other petroleum products. In that many power plants burn coal, reducing your dependency on electricity can help to diminish your carbon footprint. In fact, some researchers estimate that burning propane for heat will help to reduce smog-producing exhaust by up to 70%. Furthermore, if your propane furnace, tank, or gas lines spring a leak, the escaping gas will not pose a health risk to humans or pets.  Propane Is a Safe Fuel If you have a gas leak in your home, you might worry that the gas will ignite. Propane will ignite at 878˚ Fahrenheit. This means that in the advent of a leak, you should not have to worry about the fuel igniting and creating an inferno.  If you heat your home with propane, you never have to worry about a blackout robbing you of heat during the winter. Instead, your fuel source will be right out in yard. If you are looking for an environmentally safe fuel to heat your home with, and a fuel that is also safe for the environment, propane is a good choice. Talk to a furnace installer to figure out if it is right for you.  Click on the link for residential propane gas delivery or do an online...

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Making Sure Your Home Is Ready For Spring To Come Around

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When you are looking around your home in the midst of winter, it may feel as if the warm sunny days of spring will never come. However, the reality is that spring is just a few months away and rather than sit around waiting for the winter chill to subside, you can instead focus on getting your home and landscaping ready for the spring months to come. Get to know some of the ways that you can be preparing your home and landscaping now so that you have a jumpstart on your spring home care and maintenance. Tree Trimming One of the best winter landscaping tasks that you can perform is trimming and shaping your trees. During the winter months, your trees are bare and free of foliage, blossoms, and new growth that could hinder your view of the health and stability of the tree branches. This makes winter an ideal time for tree trimming. You can see which branches are hanging over your roof and could potentially cause you problems when they are in full bloom in the spring and cut those. Also, you will be able to get up close to the branches throughout your tree and look for signs of rot, pest damage, or cracks and breaks that could make the branches a hazard. With your trees in their dormant stage during the winter, you will also have the advantage of being able to trim and shape your trees while causing the least amount of damage or trauma to the tree as a whole. This will lead to fuller, healthier trees during the spring and summer months. Do Any Interior Updates and Repairs to Your Home During the spring months, you and your family will want to spend time out in the warmth and the sunlight. As such, during the winter is the ideal time to compile a list of the interior aspects of your home that you want to update and repair and get to work on them.  That way, when spring comes along, you can all get outside and enjoy it. If you have flooring or carpeting that need replacing or walls that need repainting, take the long winter months to get those projects done one at a time. Because you will already be inside so much during the winter, you can take your time and ensure everything is done right. And even if you don’t have any major projects you want to undertake, you can still get a jump on your indoor spring cleaning during the winter. Go through the junk drawers and closets that are stuffed full of miscellaneous items and get them organized and sorted out. Or go through your clothes for items that you no longer wear and wish to donate. Now that you have a few ideas of how to make sure your home is ready for spring to come back around, you can get started and have yourself and your home prepared for the next change of seasons. For assistance with your yard, talk to a professional like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care,...

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