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Your backyard patio and pool area is just as much a private space for you to rest and relax in as the rest of your home. But there can be little annoyances that keep you from loving your backyard, from having to clean it from not being able to enjoy it because of the blazing hot sun!

A screen enclosure can be the solution to all the issues and annoyances you have with your pool and patio. Installing one can help make your pool area more inviting and welcoming for you and your family!

Here’s 4 big improvements you can bring to your home and backyard by installing screen enclosures!


  1. Have Shade and Comfort!

Ever wanted to stretch your legs out and relax in your backyard or pool but couldn’t because the hot sun outside was scorching the ground? A screen enclosure lets the sunlight while reducing impact from dangerous UV rays and providing shade to your patio. 

Unwind and relax under the protection of your screen enclosure without having to worry about reapplying sunscreen every 20 minutes!

  1. Keep the Pests Out!

Without a doubt, a screen enclosure will keep out any annoying pests around your patio or pool. Say goodbye to flies, mosquitoes, frogs, waterbugs, lizards, snakes, and many other unwelcome guests. Even larger animals like stray cats, raccoons, and birds won’t be able to access your backyard!

 

  1. Rest Easy with Less Maintenance in Your Backyard

Your screen enclosure will keep out more than just the sun and pests! By protecting your backyard and home equipment from the elements, it can bring passive benefits to your home on top of the shade it provides. 

Enjoy reduced algae growth, decreased water evaporation from your pool, and a cleaner backyard since debris won’t get into your yard! Your outside equipment like air conditioning units and water filters will experience less heating from the sun thanks to the extra shade, saving you money on the electricity bill.

 

  1. Plenty of Versatile Options to Choose From

Your home and backyard are just as unique as you, and screen enclosures won’t limit your ability to design your home the way you like it! There are many types and styles of screen enclosures that you can choose to customize your home. Feel free to pick the best option of screen enclosures that best fit your vision for your home!

 


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Created 08/22/2019

The roof over your home works hard to protect you and your loved ones. But even your roof isn't invincible! It's susceptible to all sorts of issues that can build up over time.

Take a look at 4 common issues that can wreck your roofing and how to avoid them!


1. Wear and Tear from Stormy Seasons

After several months and seasons of winds, harsh rains, lightning, and debris pouring down on your home, your roof can take quite a beating!

Make sure to get a professional to check your roof after the stormy seasons and assess if it sustained any big damages.

 

2. Water Moisture and Leaks

If moisture from outside makes its way into your roof, it can lead to mildew or molds growing and causing you trouble down the line. It might be too late to fix your roof by the time you notice droplets leaking through!

Be on top of your roof whenever you notice a leak or a possible source of moisture coming in!

 

3. No Maintenance Whatsoever

Some families might think that routine maintenances are expensive and unnecessary. Ignoring your roof for too long might result in mildew or deformations in the foundations worsening when you could have prevented it from the start.

Keep your roof in check with annual inspections! If you need a Roofing Inspector, you can find the best local inspectors at Home Pros Guide!

4. Shoddy Repair Jobs

If you DO get someone to fix up your home, don't cut corners and hire someone cheap or someone with barely any reviews online! Disappointed homeowners and their roofing can fall victim to bad roof repairs by contractors who fail to do a proper job of fixing the roof.

Always look for a reputable, quality roofing contractor to help you with your roof! Home Pros Guide is a great source for Roofing Specialists that will give you and your home the skills and effort you need to get the job done.



Now that you know the tell-tale signs, make sure you take care of your roof that takes care of your home!


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Created 08/19/2019

It’s that time of year again!

The Back-To-School season can be a big adjustment, not just for you and your family, but for activities around the house as well! Reorganize your home, make it work for your family’s lifestyles, and be prepared for what’s to come with the new school year!

Follow these 8 great tips to prep your home for the school year!


  1. Make your entryway school-ready!

Whether it’s the front door or your garage, your entryways will be a critical point for your whole family. Keep everyone organized by best utilizing your home’s main entrances and exits!

Use tables or shelves for shoes and backpacks, along with hooks or hanging racks for coats or jackets. Keep a bowl or basket near the entrance to easily drop off and pick up key items like wallets or keys. Adding a pin board or a dry erase board in the entrance area can give your whole family a central hub to add notes so you won’t forget anything important before you leave the house!

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  1. Organize your kitchen workflow!

Reduce the chaos of last-minute lunches or dinner prep after an exhaustive day! Depending on your family’s lifestyle and preferences, organize your kitchen to best suit everyone’s kitchen routines!

Create sections for you and your children to do food prep, both in the fridge and in the cabinet or pantry shelves. Keep items like easy-to-eat snacks in baskets for your kids to pick up after school and when prepping lunch bags for a new day. Keep your kitchen workstations separate from the sections created for your kids to enjoy an optimal kitchen workflow!

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  1. Straighten out the laundry room

Your laundry room will see more use now that school is in session, especially if your kids play any sports or have a field day outdoors during recess or gym class! Turn this room into a one-stop laundry hub with organization tips!

Have separate hampers or laundry baskets for each of your family members so they can sort their own laundry every day. Have all your laundry essentials, like your detergent and dryer sheets, together in an out-of-the-way but easy-to-access area. Think about making a laundry schedule that works for your family to keep traffic to and from the washer and dryer machines from being too hectic.

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  1. Keep your kid’s closet neat!

Clothes will come and go quickly from your children’s closets as the school year keeps everyone on their feet. By managing and keeping the closet neat, you can avoid your children asking you again and again where their favorite shirt or lucky socks are.

Organize your kid’s closet by sections: one for tops, one for bottoms, one for outer layers like coats and jackets, one for specific sports activities and so on. Create compartments for smaller articles of clothing like socks, underwear, scarves, and other accessories. If you see a lot of clothes going unused, consider setting them aside and donating them to a charity!

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  1. Create a clear study area

Your kids’ productivity will appreciate having a study area cleared up for them. Instead of doing homework at the dinner table or on the bed, see if you can clear a table or desk for them specifically for studying! 

You can spruce this area up with a desk chair, decorative cups or trays for pens, pencils, paper clips and more, and desk organizers to keep homework organized. Don’t forget to have a spot on the desk for a desktop computer or laptop, complete with a power strip close by for any phone chargers or desk lamps to prevent strained eyes!

Organizing your home doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be a fun activity for your family to refresh your home for the new school year, letting you and your kids personalize your home to work to your advantage and stylish preferences and making spaces that you’ll be happy to return to after a long school or work day!


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Created 08/15/2019

Natural disasters during this time of year can be frequent and rampant, causing power outages and headaches for you, your home, and your family.

Prepare your home against blackouts and inconveniences with these top 5 backup power choices!

 

home generator

  1. Portable Generators

Portable generators can be used in a pinch for a variety of your electric appliances, including your fridge, washer and dryer, TV, water heater, and air conditioner! They’ll run on gasoline, propane, diesel, or natural gas, and have power ranges from 500W to 17000W. They’re a great choice for short blackouts or moving around!

  1. Standby Generators

Standby generators have to be permanently installed, but work automatically. It can power whole buildings in the case of blackouts that last weeks at a time! If you want a standby generator, make sure you schedule maintenance for every 200 hours of generator usage, including filter changes and part replacements, along with keeping the vents on your generator clean of debris.

  1. Battery Banks

If you want to go the DIY handyman option, you can make a cheap battery bank setup for your home! A bank battery setup for your home will charge throughout time through your home’s power supply when the electricity is running. If ever the power shuts off, you can fall back on your battery bank to give you the energy you need!

  1. Solar Panels

Go green with solar panels! These panels can turn the sun’s rays into electricity that can come in handy during a power outage from the grid. If you go with solar panels, make sure you get a proper solar panel professional to install an inverter and junction box so you can retrieve the power you need hassle-free.

  1. Wind Turbines & Wind Generators

If you live in a windy area, take advantage of it with a wind turbine! These generators have propellers that are moved by wind and transform the kinetic energy from the spinning turbine into electric energy. They’re pricey, similar to solar panels, but it’s a great investment for both the environment and you over time!


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Created 08/08/2019

The hard-hitting rainy seasons of summer might damage your home’s exterior. 

Gutters can help re-route the rain from the base of your house! Without gutters, water can collect and seep into your home’s foundation. Having gutters is a great way to prevent future mishaps like mold or wall damage.

Check out these 7 effective reasons why you shouldn’t go without gutters this season!

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  1. Protect Landscaping And Soil Around Your Home

Gutters can mitigate damage to your lovely plants and erosion to the soil around your house.

  1. Keep Your House From Getting Muddy

Gutters will keep the harsh rain from splashing dirt and mud up onto the walls of your house. No more gross dirt stains to wash off!

  1. Prevent Wood Rot

With gutters, rainwater that would’ve splashed up against your decks and door entrances and cause wood rot can be routed away.

  1. Avoid Getting Yourself Soaked

Ever had to rush in and out of the house to avoid getting drenched by the rushing water rolling off your house? Gutters will take the hassle out of your day by leading that water away!

rain gutters by weather the storm gutters

  1. Stop Mold From Taking Over

Rainwater can get trapped in your house’s siding, becoming vulnerable areas for mold, but gutters can help prevent that growth.

  1. Make Your Paint Job Last Longer

Harsh rains can leave wear and tear on your house’s paint job. Save your money and time by having gutters lead that rain away. 

  1. Keep Windows and Inside Walls Dry

Windows and other entryways are susceptible to water penetration when the rainy season runs high. Protect your home with gutters!

 

Pro Tip!

If you do yourself the favor of investing in gutters, make sure you keep them clean! Debris like leaves and dirt can clog up your gutters, causing the water to flow inefficiently and possibly cause unintended damage to your home. Make sure you maintain your gutters!



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Created 08/06/2019

Do you feel like your patio is just a regular, old patio for you? Is it just a mediocre space in your backyard compared to other houses with amazing outdoor spaces to hang out and hold parties in?

Your backyard patio has potential to be a beautiful, modern outdoor area for socializing or relaxation. Upgrade your patio and make it stylish for you and your lifestyle with these 5 tips!

deck by blue water pools

1. Give Your Patio Floor or Deck a New Finish

The floor of your patio can be an important backdrop for your backyard as a whole.

Consider giving your patio a facelift with a new paving or finish! Even a wood deck on your patio can look amazing with a new stain, but don't forget to clean it properly before you stain it.

patio furniture by the patio district

2. Rearrange Your Patio Furniture

Patio furniture can be a valuable asset to your backyard! If you think of your patio as an outdoor living room, you can imagine making it a cozy living space or mingling area for guests for conversations and comfort.

Get decor that keeps your patio simple and classic. Place sofas along long walls and a pair of chairs facing the sofa for a relaxation hub to chat with guests.

screen enclosure by fabritech

3. Add a Privacy Screen

Privacy screens can do so much for your patio, small or large. They can add coverage between your area and your neighbors, or add a pleasant decorative background to your patio.

Adding a privacy screen opens possibilities to define your patio and outdoor design.

patio furniture decor by luxa patio

4. Accessorize Your Patio!

Your patio furniture can also be decorated, not just the patio itself! Customize and coordinate your patio decor with stylish throw pillows for comfort, or a decorative wall hanging or vertical garden if your patio is against your house as a backdrop.

patio lighting by outdoor lighting perspectives

5. Beautify with Lighting

Every dream patio has nice, thoughtful lighting setups that add a bright but stylish ambiance to nighttime gatherings.

  • Use string lights for a classic, year-round festive style.
  • Consider energy efficient LED deck lights to your deck's stair steps and pathways for a more professional, clean style.
  • If you have landscaping and greenery around your patio, don't be afraid to add landscape lighting to brighten your plants and yard.


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Created 08/02/2019

With the sweltering sun heating things up this summer, your garden and greenery might be prone to wilting or dying. Don’t leave your yard high and dry and abandon them!

Follow these 5 essential steps to a garden that will survive through the summer!

1. Water your plants more

The higher the temperatures and hotter the heat is outside, the quicker your plants will lose water from dehydration. Give them more water to beat the heat, especially if you water them in the morning. Watering them while temperatures are lower before the sun rises can help your plants stay hydrated throughout the day.

2. Find your plants some shade

Just like us people, our plants can get relief from burning under direct sunlight by resting in the shade. You can move your plants into the shade under an awning or overhang, or even under a patio chair! Temporary canopies will also help cover sections of your garden or yard.

3. Add mulch

Adding a layer of mulch on the ground around your trees, shrubs, and bushes can keep the soil cooler. A layer of mulch will not only keep the ground temperature lower for the roots of your plants, but help retain moisture through the day!

4. Don't prune your trees

Try to resist wanting to prune the ugly branches and uneven growths of your trees and bushes! You might not realize it, but the outer foliage of your plants, even if it's damaged by the sun or heat, is actually protecting the inner parts of the plant! Think of the extra branches and leaves as a shield that provides shade to the rest of your tree. Hold off on pruning until summer is over and temperatures get lower.

5. Save your fertilizer for fall

Your plants are too busy staying alive and surviving the summer heat, so they won't be able to utilize any fertilizer you set in the ground for them. In fact, the fertilizer might actually hinder instead of help! Fertilizer that your plant isn't using can absorb extra heat from the environment and become a source of unwanted warmth. Save your fertilizer for the fall, when the temperatures also fall to manageable levels.


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Created 07/30/2019

Summer has been in full force this year with the hot sun and humidity from frequent rainstorms. It’s important to keep you, your family and friends cool against the heat, but how about your air conditioner?

Even your AC needs some love to keep it up and running. Here are 6 tips for homeowners to keep in mind to keep your air conditioner in peak condition!

  1. Take Care of the Air Filters

Your air filter in your air conditioner protects you from the contaminants out in the air in your home. Look at the long list of pollutants it traps:

  • Dust

  • Lint and fibers

  • Mold and mold spores

  • Pollen

  • Hair and pet fur

  • Plaster or wood particles

  • Bacteria

  • Other allergens

Air filters will catch and hold all these particles and allergens as your AC runs, but don’t keep an old air filter in your house for long! Replace your air filter every 6 months to ensure fresh air year-round!

  1. Clean the Coils and Fins

Your HVAC system, aka your AC unit, has fans and coils help keep the machinery’s heat in check. Your air conditioner can accumulate moisture, grime, and dust on these parts over time, which can decrease the efficiency of how well your AC works, making it have to work harder and longer to keep your home at the right temperature!

Make sure to clean these parts of your air conditioner to keep it at optimal shape! If you keep it clean, it’ll keep you cool!

  1. Pick the Right Thermostat

The right thermostat can save you or a family member a load of headache when setting the temperature of your house throughout the day. Nowadays, modern thermostats come in different forms, including digital smart thermostats that have fancy algorithms that adjust to your cooling preferences! But if you’re not digitally inclined, it’s A-okay, as most thermostats that aren’t fully digital still can do the job of keeping your home cool.

Invest in the right thermostat that works for you and your home!

  1. Use Your Windows

Your AC isn’t the only way to control the temperature in your home! Your windows are another source of heat during the day and cool relief at night. Close your blinds or curtains during the mornings and afternoons where the sun is directly shining on your windows. Open them back up or crack open the window later in the evening when the sun is down to bring in cooler air. By using your windows to control your house’s temperatures, your AC won’t have to work so hard to work against the forces of nature.

Using your windows to ventilate your home and mitigate extra temperature changes can take a load off the work your air conditioner has to do!

  1. Check On Your Drain

Air conditioners usually have a drain for the water and condensation built-up within the unit. But one of the common issues for ACs is clogging in the drain. The water and condensation can lead to mold and grime mucking up your drain and potentially the walls around your air conditioner. Neglect it for too long, and you might need a plumber to clear out the drain!

Keeping an eye on your air conditioner’s drain will keep your AC and home healthy and risk-free to additional sources of grime and mold.

  1. Replace Old Parts

Not all parts can last forever, but if you keep your air conditioner running on old or broken parts, it can put a strain on the rest of the working parts of your AC, which puts your whole unit in danger of breaking or failing over time. Some manufacturers might consider the air conditioner’s warranty void if you don’t replace the parts when they’re due!

Don’t procrastinate on maintaining your AC! Replace any old or broken parts sooner rather than later and keep your home’s air conditioning issue-free.

HVAC contractors can help keep your air conditioner running long-term with an annual maintenance contract. You might find it expensive at first, but in reality it’s an investment for your home, your family, and you.


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Created 07/29/2019

Sunrooms are a beautiful way to add sunlight to your home! They are referred to as solariums, conservatories, patio rooms, and green rooms, depending on how they are used in the home. Sunrooms are a great addition to your kitchen or family room, a glass-in porch or deck, or a separate structure that can be an extention of your home. Many homeowners have their own unique wants and needs, and many styles of sunrooms are available to accommodate many preferences.

Sunrooms make for great TV room as well. By adding a large table, television, and comfortable lounge furniture, you'll be able to spend time with friends or alone in your beautiful sunroom while watching your favorite shows. They're perfect as play rooms for children and grandchildren. Sunrooms can be designed in a way that can give children the perfect area to play while not cluttering your home space.

Sunrooms are constructed with proper insulation. This basic room addition has more windows than your average room and a solid, foam-insulated panel roof similar to that of a mobile home. They may include heating and air conditioning systems to keep you, your family and friends comfortable through every season for year-round use.

There's many benefits on having a sunroom in your home. Here's a few beneficial facts: 

  • Sunrooms can be an area to relax in, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings. Studies show that exposure to sunlight can help with different illnesses and other problems. Basking in the sun from the comfort of your sunroom can be beneficial to your health.
  • Adding a sunroom can be a big investment, but it can dramatically improve your home's resale value.
  • Sunrooms are one of the most important aspects of a house in the realty market, as many prospective home buyers request sunrooms so they can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while remaining indoors.

There are different types of sunrooms that may best suit your home, such as: 

  • Seasonal Sunrooms are made with single pane glass windows and screens that can be full-length or built at a knee-wall to give a more closed-in feeling. 
  • Solariums and Conservatories, constructed with insulated glass, can be heated or air-conditioned for year-round usage with accordance to local building codes. 
  • Screened Rooms or Patio Rooms have walls that are meshed all around the perimeter of the room to invite fresh air in and keep insects out. 
  • Knee-wall Rooms, which have short, decorative walls from the ground up to the windowsill, allowing a view of the outdoors while having some of the privacy of indoors.

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Created 07/19/2019
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