Types of Roof Shingles

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Home Improvement |

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Are you planning to replace your old roofing material with the new one? That’s definitely a great idea. But most of the homeowners find it little difficult to choose the right material for their roofing needs.

The cost of roofing depends upon the type of shingles you choose for installation and they also vary in quality as well as appearance.

So, what type of shingles you want to install at your home? If you find it a little difficult to answer this question then it is good to go through the details below.

Here we are going to discuss various types of shingles available in the market; probably the meaningful details about them will help you to make a decision.

Types of Roof Shingles:

  1. Asphalt Shingles:

There is no doubt to say that Asphalt shingles are one of the most commonly installed roofing materials due to their quality and affordability. They are a great choice for homeowners as they have standardized energy star ratings and can suit to all weather conditions.

This budget-friendly roofing solution will help you to save more without even making a compromise for quality. Asphalt shingles often serve for 20-30 years hence they are rated high for their durability.

  1. Wood Shingles:

Cost of wood shingles use to be higher than asphalt shingles and at the same time, they appear more stylish choice for homeowners. Professionals rate them high in terms of aesthetics.

If you pick anything from redwood or cedar material then these roof shingles are going to serve you well at least for 30-50 years. If you have more budgets, you can prefer to go for wood shingles.

  1. Tile Shingles:

Tile shingles are preferred more due to their stylish appearance and Spanish feel. The great news is that they can serve you for longer lifetime, almost for 80 years with higher durability.

  1. Fiberglass Shingles:

Generally, most of the homeowners prefer to find shingles that can ensure utmost durability along with long life service. Fiberglass shingles are one of the top-rated options to meet these requirements. The fiberglass shingles are made up of several mineral fillers that make them waterproof and fireproof. These qualities make fiberglass shingles the best choice for your home.

  1. Slate Shingles:

This material is often installed in the North-eastern side of U.S. These shingles offer estimated service span of around 50 years with higher durability and they are also best in terms of leakproof service.

There are two common choices in this category; you can prefer to install real slate shingles for higher durability whereas synthetic slate shingles are a much better choice in terms of the budget-friendly solution but their lifespan is shorter.

  1. Organic Shingles:

These shingles are generally made up of wood chips, paper, rags and recycle cardboard. They are rated to be heavier than the fiberglass shingles but are not that much long-lasting.

However, they appear to be an inexpensive solution to homeowners and can also ensure good waterproofing. But these shingles are not useful for areas that suffer more temperature variations and humidity changes.

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Why We Recommend Wool Carpet

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Home Improvement |

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We recommend using sustainable and eco-friendly materials during home repair projects and home care services. This includes the materials you use to design and decorate your home. This includes flooring.

Despite the recent popularity in hardwood floor, carper remains the most common type of flooring in most homes. The problem is, the most popular types of carpet are made of synthetic materials harmful to the environment and sometimes harmful to the health of your home. Your best bet for safe and sustainable carpet is to choose wool carpet for your home.

It requires less energy to produce wool carpet than synthetic fibers. This reduces your carbon footprint on the environment. After a decade or more of use in your home, wool carpet is both recyclable and biodegradable afterwards so it serves a purpose beyond the time it spends on your floor instead of just filling up space in a landfill somewhere.

There are several benefits of wool carpet beyond the fact that it is both sustainable and eco-friendly. Here are reasons to consider installing wool carpet in your home:

Your Health

You can improve the health of your home by installing wool carpet. To begin with, carpet is the better choice for allergy sufferers than hardwood or tile floor. When you choose wool carpet, you go one step further and improve your home’s health even more.

Wool carpet is both hygenic and non-allegenic. The fibers will deter the growth of mold, bacteria and dust mites in the floor.

Wool is also the safer choice for your health as its texture leads to better grip as well as better posture. This can help to prevent slips and falls and can fight off back pain in the future.

Your Wallet

It is true that wool carpet can cost more money upfront but you will save more money in the long run as wool lasts much longer than synthetic carpet fibers and materials if you give it the proper care. You will come to find that wool carpet is even flame-resistant too!

A wool carpet can last well over a decade or even more if you vacuum it several times each week and hire WoolSafe® carpet cleaning at least once every 12 months. This will help ensure you get the most value out of your wool carpet purchase and installation.

Your Style

There is no question that wool is an extremely luxurious type of carpet. The feel of wool is very soft under your feet and very comfortable. The surface will appear much cleaner too as wool will resist stains and dust and conceal other debris and dirt in its natural protective layer.

You will love the look of wool carpet in your home and your family and guests too. We don’t know a single homeowner with wool carpet that regrets it and many people that have synthetic carpet will replace it with wool soon after they install it because they know wool will be better.

If you don’t want hardwood floor and you want to help to protect the environment, you should consider wool carpet for your home.

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How to Replace a Range Hood in Your Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Home Improvement |

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The bathroom and the kitchen are the two rooms in your home that often require the most attention and are the two rooms most of your home repair projects will occur.

In our last post we discussed common mistakes during kitchen remodels and today we will provide instructions on a common kitchen DIY and that is how to replace a range hood in your kitchen.

Your under-cabinet range hood will eventually wear down and start to omit loud noises or appear grungy near the vent. You will want to replace it when these signs of wear start to occur. The good news is that it is a very easy project to replace a range hood and should only require 1-2 hours to complete.

Here are the tools you need:

  • Power drill
  • Non-contact tester
  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Range hood
  • Eletrical cable clamp
  • Safety goggles

The first step is to turn off the power. You will want to turn off the electricity in your kitchen before you attempt to remove the current range hood. This requires you to locate your circuit breaker box and shut off the necessary switches.

Now remove the grease filter from the old range hood and the wiring cover to disconnect the wires powering the vent. First use your non-contact tester to ensure the wires are not “hot” so as to avoid serious injury.

Now disconnect the white and black wires and the bare wire from the grounding screw.

Then remove the range hood from the cabinet above. Most of the time the range hood is connected with four screws. You will want someone to support the hood during this step so that it does not fall as you remove the screws from the wall and cabinet.

Now insert a cable clamp to the new range hood and then attach the vent to the range hood. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions so that the vent is attached properly and securely.

After the vent and cable clamp are installed you can run the wires through the new electrical box and reconnect the black cables together and white cables together.

Now it is time to install the new range hood. You will need a helper to stabilize the hood as you screw it into the above cabinets and the wall behind your stove.

Then you can reattach the bottom panel of the range hood and install the new grease filter and new lightbulbs if needed.

After the installation is complete, return to your main circuit panel and turn on the electricity in your kitchen again. Now turn on the range hood and ensure the lights and the vent are both working properly. If something does not work, read through the manufacturer’s instructions again step-by-step to ensure you completed the entire process.

You can now enjoy your new range hood in your kitchen! Be sure to visit our Home Remodeling blog again for new instructionals and DIY projects for your home.

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Four Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Home Improvement |

Where should I begin with my kitchen remodel? What are the things are should keep in mind? What could be the secret to having a successful kitchen renovation? These are some of the concerns or rather questions homeowners often ask when dreaming about a kitchen remodel. We both can relate to the exciting experience of remodeling or redesign a kitchen. Most people, however, think it’s a small task that doesn’t need much regarding time and resources.

Note that a kitchen remodel is not a small undertaking, and there’s a lot that one should carefully consider and a number of mistakes to avoid. Here’s a list of mistakes every homeowner should avoid when having a kitchen remodel.

Rushing through the Planning Process

The most important phase of any remodeling project has always been planning. In this case, you may start well by coming up with a plan. The problem comes in when you rush through the planning phase without necessarily being careful with the details. This mistake could end up leading to unnecessary expenses and delays in completing your project. Without adequate planning, you may end up changing your mind as the project continues which means you’ll increase your remodeling costs. Proper and adequate planning helps to ensure your kitchen remodel is accomplished on schedule, and your costs remain within your budget.

Thinking Fad, Not Function

According to home improvement experts, any kitchen renovation should be able to last about 10 to 15 years on average. That means your focus should be taking a balanced approach. Make sure everything you’re installing makes sense from a functional point of view. Also, remember to be practical on having a kitchen that matches your specific needs and lifestyle. It’s not a matter of what you say in another home.

Not Hiring the Right Professionals

DIY projects may seem like the cheapest route to follow but not this time. Your kitchen remodeling project will need specific expertise which means you should work with licensed and highly professional contractors. Hire multiple professionals to handle specific tasks. Keep you remodel budget in mind though. Professionals will not only deliver high-quality work but also help you make informed and cost-saving choices and decisions.

Letting a Contractor or Someone else make Decisions and Choices for you

It doesn’t matter if you love delegating your work, you’re the one who knows, and best understands your needs, habits, and lifestyle. You know what’s best for yourself as well as your family. It’s, therefore, your role to make the right decisions about your project. The contractors and professionals working on your kitchen remodel can only help with useful information and professional advice. This means you need to do your research, visit showrooms, and educate yourself on different kitchen fixtures, appliances, products, and materials. This will help you know what you want and have an authentic opinion about everything, from the materials to be used to the respective costs.

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