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By: ACADEMY HOME | Created 04/18/2019

A lot of people think you have to spend a ton of money to have a great-looking kitchen. This is not always true. Here are couple of ways you can make your kitchen even more beautiful and appealing without breaking the bank.

First a staggered and bumped out cabinets can always add a lot of attraction to a kitchen. Speak with your designer and see if your kitchens layout will allow you to make your cabinets go up and down and stagger to give a dimensional look. This should not be a major cost difference but will give a major "Wow" factor

Second. Simply by changing your hardware on your doors and drawers can make which huge difference in the appearance of your kitchen. You'll be surprised of all the hardware that's available and how quickly it can transform your kitchen and do something you didn't realize can be possible from simply changing the knobs and handles.

And third, A tile backsplash is always just what a kitchen needs for that final touch of excellence. There is an array of tile made of glass, ceramic, porcelain and travertine to choose from and absolutely give your kitchen the look right out of a page of a magazine. And if Academy did it, look like the cover!!!

Hope these tips prove helpful and we're always available should you want to talk kitchens, bath or any remodel ideas.

By: AFK FLOORING AND KITCHEN | Created 04/18/2019

When you have a small bathroom, you have to get creative with your decorating. Below are seven tips that you can use for decorating a small bathroom and saving yourself some room.

1. Don’t Use a Pedestal Sink

If your bathroom is small, even pedestal sinks can take up a lot of room. So you want to choose one of the handy corner sinks instead. This is going to help you have more room in your bathroom and make it feel less crowded.

2. Don’t Use a Shower Door

Shower curtains are going to take up a lot less space than a shower door. It’s also a good idea to use a combination shower and tub since they can fit in small spaces, and some of the tubs are 60 inches long.

3. Float Your Vanity

This won’t just make your bathroom look bigger, but floating your vanity above your floor is going to free up some space for little items.

4. Round Your vanity

When you have a smaller bathroom, sharp corners can cause hazards for your hips. If you think that the corners of the vanity are going to take up too much room, get one that’s rounded.

5. Extend Your Counter Over Your Toilet

This can be done with a wood or stone slab. This extended counter will create the right amount of space to put a couple of necessary items. The placement of your toilet isn’t affected, and this look will be clean and minimalist.

6. Expand Your Mirror

When you have a small bathroom, one of the best things that you can do is to have your mirror stretching across your wall rather than just above your vanity. This will let two people use it rather than just one.

7. Mount Your Towel Bar Upon Your Door

When you have a little bit of space to work with, mounting your towel bar on one your doors will help save space. Whether it’s on your shower door or your bathroom door, it will help you have some extra space.

These are seven things that you can do to decorate a small bathroom and give you more space. You will be amazed at how much extra space you have even in the smallest of bathrooms when you use these tips for decorating.

By: AFK FLOORING AND KITCHEN | Created 04/18/2019

Organizing a closet is important, no matter what size it is. But if you have a small closet, organizing it is even more important than ever. Below are five tips that you can use for organizing your small closet.

1. Declutter

If you’re saving every single shirt or pair of pants you’ve bought, and your closet is small, it’s not going to matter if you are organized. Your closet is going to look like a mess. You want to declutter your closet and get rid of the things that you don’t wear anymore.

2. Use the Right Hangers

There are a lot of different types of hangers in all types of styles, sizes and shapes. If you use many different types, it can ruin your organization. Even though they don’t have to match, they should be similar in type and size. You also want to hang them all uniform and hanging the same way.

In addition, large shirts that are draped on small hangers are going to wrinkle easier. Hangers that are at different heights also can make it harder for getting the clothes out. So you want to choose one of the basic hangers and a bar. This way they will work for blouses, skirts and pants.

3. Don’t Try Cramming all of the Clothes in Your Closet

It will be hard to organize your clothes in a closet that is small. But if you’re dealing with your daily clothes along with your winter clothes, summer clothes, dressy clothes, and everything else, you’re going to go nuts. So you want to rotate what you wear based on the weather. Think about what you’re going to be wearing the most and hang that up, then put the others on a shelf or on the floor in a box.

4. Don’t Buy a lot of Organization Products

Bins, dividers and storage boxes are often helpful when you’re organizing a closet. However, there is a limit to how useful they are. They also can take up space themselves. If you are depending on your organizers to do the work, you’ll be very disappointed, and your closet will be unnecessarily cluttered. You should stick with items that are space saving. Things like smaller belt holders, flat dividers for shelves and things like that.

5. Have a System

If you have a small closet, it’s possible that you’ll think that it won’t be a problem to easily find items even if you don’t have them organized. But nothing is further from the truth. You can easily lose items. So you want to sort the clothes by the type of item and the types by their color.

These are the things that you can do to organize your closet even when it’s small. You’ll find that your clothes are looking better and you’re finding them a lot easier.

By: AFK FLOORING AND KITCHEN | Created 04/18/2019

Looking for something that you can do to help your kitchen look new and stylish, but don’t have a lot of money? Below are three things that anyone can do to their kitchen to give it an updated look quickly and easily.

Change Your Hardware

If it will be too much to paint your cabinets, giving your cabinets some new hardware can really give your kitchen a new look. Putting a modern shape and finish on the cabinets is a good idea. Even though gold is coming back, a good choice is to choose brushed nickel or chrome.
This job is pretty easy. Once you have bought the new hardware, use a screwdriver to remove your old hardware. Figure out if the holes that are in the cabinets already are going to work with placing your new hardware. Then fill the unnecessary ones using matching pully. Finally drill some new holes if needed before you put your new hardware on.

Put in Pendant Lighting

You want to make sure that you are layering lighting when you are working on your kitchen. After all, when you are working with things like knives, you want to be able to see what you are doing. This is why adding in some pendant lights to the room is a stylish and functional way that you can make it safer.

The majority pf pendant lights will have mounting kits which will let them replace existing fixtures easily. Begin your process by turning off the right breaker. Then you want to unscrew the existing fixture’s covering and disconnect its wires before you remove the fixture. Finally, follow those instructions, which your mounting kit come with for the pendant light, so that it’s properly secured.

Make a Different Backsplash

The backsplash is your kitchen’s biggest statement when it comes to style. This design element is really more focused on look than function, so you can be creative. Has it been years since you had the kitchen redone? Then maybe you want to change out the backsplash and the good news is that you can do it on your own.

There are kits that let you simply peel the backsplash design off and then stick it. You want to do some planning though. Measure that area that you are going to transform before heading to the store, so that you will be able to purchase the right size. When you go back home, pay the pieces out before beginning to work with the adhesive. This way you will have some kind of idea of the adjustments that you may have to make so that they fit correctly.

Whether you are just looking for a way to upgrade your kitchen or you have a party planned, these are the things that you can easily do to help your kitchen look different. They are inexpensive and easy to do and you don’t have to hire anyone else to do it. They can all be done in a weekend.

By: MG MARBLE AND GRANITE | Created 04/12/2019

There are many different reasons why granite has become so popular for use as a kitchen or bathroom countertop. They come in many different colors and styles so you’ll be able to select whatever best matches your home. Some of the other reasons why granite has become so popular include:

  • Stain Resistant
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Durable
  • Heat Resistant
  • Easy to Clean
  • Mold & Mildew Resistant
  • Easy Upkeep

When you work with our team at MG Marble & Granite Designers you’ll be able to choose from a large selection of wonderful granite for your new countertop. There are so many unique designs and options available when it comes to granite countertops which is part of why granite has become so popular today. Granite is also easy clean and requires very little maintenance. The simplicity of granite is also what makes it such an attractive option for many people. Marble, quartz, and other natural stones require maintenance and must be kept up in order to look their best. Granite however, doesn’t require the same amount of work to look great.

By: GENERX GENERATORS INC. | Created 04/09/2019

Choosing a Generator

Not all generators are created equal. Some can power your entire home or business while others can only provide power for a few appliances. You may need to store fuel on-site or run electrical cords to your devices depending on what you choose. We created this quick overview for you to reference so you can make an informed decision and to help you keep everything straight as you research options.

 

Fuel Type

All generators need fuel to operate. Most residential units will run on natural gas or propane, and this largely depends on what is available where you live. Diesel generators are typically used at larger homes or at businesses.

Natural Gas

You won’t need to worry about refueling because your generator will be hooked up to a natural gas line. It is cleaner than other fuel types and is the most popular choice for homeowners.

Propane

If you can’t access a natural gas pipeline, you’ll need to look for an alternative, like propane. You’ll need to store the propane, and many people recommend installing a fuel tank for this purpose. It will allow you to plan ahead and store fuel so you are always prepared for the worst case scenario. However, if the propane runs out so will your power.

Diesel

Used in all types of generators from portable to industrial, diesel is a very common fuel type for backup power systems. But it has a major drawback: storage. Like with propane, how long you’ll have power when you use diesel depends on how much fuel you have on hand. You can’t stock up on diesel because it has a shelf life that is shortened by high temperatures. In Florida, you’d probably be able to store diesel for 6 to 12 months before sediment would start to build up rendering it unusable.

Bi-Fuel

A bi-fuel generator from Generac uses diesel to start and then switches to blend of natural gas and diesel. This extends the run-time of the generator and these generators are typically used in commercial or industrial operations.

 

Cooling System

To prevent the system from overheating your generator will have a cooling system. For the most part, residential generators are air-cooled.

Air-Cooled

These generators rely on fans to cool the engine. This does produce noise and is a factor to consider when evaluating your options. Generac’s Guardian Series are air-cooled.

Water-Cooled

An enclosed radiator system cools off the engine. It is more common to see this type of generator at larger homes or businesses that require more power. They’ll be quieter than their air-cooled counterparts, but maintenance is trickier. The QuietSource series from Generac is a good example of a water-cooled generator

Installation Type

If you want a complete overview of the differences, check out this post about portable vs standby generators. The biggest difference is that with a portable generator you can go out and buy it today while the installation process for a standby generator takes about 3 days on-site. Here are a few other factors to consider.

Standby

Permanently installed at your home, a standby generator is a reliable backup power source and provides electricity to your entire house. You don’t need to think about turning it on, running electrical cords, or deciding which rooms and appliances will be powered during an outage.

Portable

Easy to move and take with you on camping trips, portable generators are a good short-term solution. If you are looking to power your home during an outage, you’ll have to pick and choose which appliances you’ll hook up to the generator.

By: CONCRETE DESIGN FL | Created 04/05/2019

No longer does concrete have to be the plain, dull gray we’re all used to seeing! The experts at Concrete Designs are ready to show you how versatile concrete has become, how it can add beauty and value to your property using the newest products and techniques, how perfectly concrete can be worked to imitate many natural materials at a fraction of the cost, and the many and varied places it is now used around your home.

If you’re thinking of doing your own concrete work, please think again. With little to no knowledge of concrete, not having the proper equipment or manpower, your project will likely fail. Concrete Designs has all the knowledge and experience, equipment, and manpower necessary to complete projects quickly and efficiently while avoiding many of the pitfalls of concrete work that inexperience can encounter. 

By: DECOR BLINDS AND SHADES | Created 04/04/2019

There are all sorts of ways to make a small room look bigger. No matter if you’re decorating a Cape Cod home or redesigning a breakfast nook in your kitchen, knowing how to make a room appear bigger can give that open and airy feel that you’ve always wanted.

One of the easiest ways to make a room feel more inviting and open is to install the proper window treatments. Keep reading for tips on choosing the right blinds and shades that will accentuate your space without making it feel smaller.

Why Blinds Are Ideal for Making a Room Appear Larger

If you’ve ever browsed Facebook, Pinterest, or some other social media site, you know there are plenty of ways to make a room look bigger. From using light neutral-colored paint to minimizing the amount of furniture in the room, there are an endless amount of ways to give the effect that a room is bigger than it actually is.

So, why choose blinds to enlarge a room? The biggest benefit to using window treatments is that they’re inexpensive and a relatively quick project to complete. Buying new furniture for a room can cost thousands of dollars. While applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls is easy, it’s time-consuming and a lot of work.

By choosing to install blinds and shades, you don’t have to worry about spending thousands of dollars. You’ll also have the peace of mind that your room-opening project won’t require too much physical labor and time.

By: DECOR BLINDS AND SHADES | Created 04/04/2019

If your goal is unique style, you can’t go wrong with woven blinds. Their natural look provides a warm and earthy feel, with an exotic elegance few types of shade can match. Although you may think of woven shades in Miami as a product of days gone by, the truth is that this style of window covering is more popular and versatile than ever.

Beneficial Characteristics of Woven Shades

Today’s woven shades are everything their predecessors weren’t. Instead of one kind of material, modern shades can be made from a variety of different woods, grasses, and plants like hemp. Each type of material has its own look and feel, and a big bonus is that these materials are both organic and recyclable, as well as being made from renewable resources.

These natural materials possess a look all their own; that which cannot be duplicated in other, man-made products. Texture is another characteristic of the woven shade that makes them such a unique choice for covering your windows.

Yet another beneficial characteristic of woven shades is that they can be made into several classic and modern styles. For example, a woven shade can be in the Roman style or take form as a gliding panel.

For even more variety, these shades give homeowners plenty of options for valances and bottom treatments. As well, for more privacy and control over the amount of light, liners are available.

Finally, the most exciting aspect of woven shades is that they are available in a wide range of prices , which makes this unique style addition accessible to everyone.

By: PERELLO PATIO | Created 04/03/2019

Use the Color Wheel for Decorating Guidance If you’ve ever found yourself unsure of how to choose colors for outdoor fabric and furniture, try this simple trick: Use the color wheel. It’s a surefire, age-old way to determine what colors work best with each other. One color wheel rule is to choose complementary colors, or those directly across from each other. Here, that makes for a bold color statement with orange and turquoise; bright white umbrellas and accents in the patterning keeps the collection from feeling overwhelming. Mimic the Look of the Indoor

By: PERELLO PATIO | Created 04/03/2019

As we continue to expand our living spaces into the outdoors, one of the benefits has been a wider availability of indoorlike furniture and fabrics. Case in point: The wickerlike sofa and chair grouping in this cozy covered porch area. The outdoor fireplace offers an organizing focal point, but the low-slung proportions of the furniture supply a unique profile. Although bright white might seem like an unusual outdoor furniture choice, heavy-duty slipcovers and washable fabrics make these cushions easy to wear and wash. In keeping with the slightly exaggerated profile of the furniture, side and coffee tables supply a stocky yet streamlined silhouette, too.

By: TOP CHOICE WINDOW AND DOORS | Created 03/25/2019

Here at Top Choice we realize that homes are not all the same and that it is important to custom build a solution to meet your needs. This mentality of striving creating the best for each customer puts us ahead of others. Our focus on craftsmanship luxuriously protects your home with a custom solution to fit your needs.

By: GROUT PLUS | Created 03/20/2019

While tile is a popular option for home and business owners in Florida, the porous grout which helps to complete the image of counters, floors and other surfaces can become a catch-all for dirt, stains, and mold. Regular cleaning and resealing is important to keep your tile surfaces looking great. Are you looking for information about grout cleaning service in Boca Raton?If you need help to clean your grout in the Boca Raton area, Grout Plus Inc. has the personnel, equipment, and products…

By: GROUT PLUS | Created 03/20/2019

Tile is a popular hard surface for floors, walls and other areas of houses. The tiles are generally easier to clean than soft surfaces, but the same is not true of the grout lines which connect the tile. Grout is porous and can harbor dirt, stains, mold and other organisms. These are difficult to get rid of without the help of a reliable professional crew. Are you looking for professionals to do grout cleaning in Wellington, FL? Do you need a cleaning firm to take care of stained or dirty grout in Wellington, Florida? We have the most professional and trusted services of their type in Wellington.

Our firm has the answer for anyone looking for residential and commercial tile and grouting cleaners and restorers in or near Wellington, Florida. Our service area also includes Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, and Port St Lucie. We are family owned and operated, with necessary licenses, bonding, and insurance for the areas in which we operate.

By: GROUT PLUS | Created 03/20/2019

Hard surface floors are enjoying a greater popularity. It is hard to ignore the aesthetic appeal of tile floors. Many people want to install tile or Mexican tile on floors, counters, walls and other surfaces. When you have tile in your home or business, there will be grout installed as well. Cleaning the porous material known as grout is necessary to eliminate mold, mildew and all types of bacteria. Do you need a grout cleaning company in Wellington, FL? Grout Plus Inc. has the most reliable and trusted grout cleaning service in Wellington and surrounding areas.

We use our own proprietary product that is not sold in stores, to permanently re-color and protect the grouting lines in your tile floors. It has a ten-year guarantee on the effectiveness. By applying our product, your tile floors will be enhanced. The product will also assist the surface to better resist stains. Treating a floor with Grout Plus Inc. makes cleanup easier.

Grout is a very porous material that becomes a breeding ground for mold, mildew and all types of bacteria. We use our own proprietary, cutting-edge product that is not sold in stores, to permanently protect the join lines in your tile floors. It has been time-tested for over ten years. Our renew process is suitable for residential and for commercial customers.

By: FENCING SOUTH FLORIDA | Created 03/20/2019

Many people favor aluminum when it comes to fencing material options thanks to its elegant appearance, durable nature, and many uses. If you’re planning to install new fencing near Palm Beach County and like the look of aluminum, then keep reading for some of the top projects for aluminum fences .

Front Yard Enclosure

Are you searching for a way to boost your home’s curb appeal? If so, then an aluminum fence project may do the trick. Aluminum fencing has the look of wrought iron, which means it can give your front yard a neat and upscale appearance for a lower cost than an iron fence. Also, because aluminum is low maintenance, you won’t have to worry about frequent upkeep for your front yard barrier.

Backyard Enclosure

On the other hand, if your backyard benefits from an excellent view, but you want to have a barrier to help keep kids in or unwanted visitors out, then installing an aluminum fence may be a good project for you to consider. Adding this type of barrier to your backyard can help separate the space from the area beyond without blocking the view.

Deer Fence

Deer can jump high, and this type of wildlife can be a nuisance to anyone who puts work into their landscaping or vegetable garden. If you’re facing a deer problem on your property, then you may benefit from installing an aluminum fence because this attractive-looking material can be effective for keeping deer off your property while not blocking your view of the surrounding landscape. For your deer fence to serve its purpose, plan to install a barrier that reaches at least 8 feet high.

 

By: FENCING SOUTH FLORIDA | Created 03/20/2019

When it comes to fence installation, choosing a material that suits your needs and preferences is important for getting the most out of your investment. If you’re in need of new fencing near Coral Springs , then read on for advice about what to consider when choosing a fence material.

Maintenance

It’s important to ask yourself how much upkeep you’re willing to put toward your fence over the years to keep it looking its best and functioning as it should. Some fence materials, like PVC, are low maintenance and typically require only occasional cleaning to keep them bright and shiny. Other materials, such as wood, can require a bit more upkeep, such as sanding and repainting, for them to look good and remain sturdy. Also, others can be vulnerable to rust, while aluminum fencing can last for decades without facing this issue.

Function

Finally, perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing a material for your new fence is the structure’s intended function. For example, installing a decorative aluminum fence around your property may be a bad decision if you’re hoping to keep a small dog in your yard, as this type of fence material generally has several inches of space between its pickets. Instead, an aluminum fence can be a good option for families with kids who need a pool safety fence. As a final example, if you’re planning to install a privacy fence, then going with materials such as wood or PVC can be a smart decision, as options like chain link and aluminum would be less effective for providing privacy.

By: FENCING SOUTH FLORIDA | Created 03/20/2019

Once you decide on the perfect fencing in Pompano, it’s time to prepare for the installation process. Yourfencing company will walk you through what to expect during the installation and how you can be prepared to ensure it goes smoothly. Here are some of the things you need to know about fence installation.

One of the worst things that can happen after you have fencing installed is to discover that you have exceeded your property line. If your fence intrudes on your neighbor’s property, then you could be required to tear it down and start from scratch. Typically, your fencing company can check local building codes to determine the exact right position for your fence. It can be helpful to check in with your neighbors before you install a fence as well. Make sure you are on the same page when it comes to property lines and let them know what you are planning for your fence, so that they aren’t taken by surprise when it is installed.

Your homeowners’ association codes could impact your fence.

Many homeowners’ associations—or HOAs—dictate how the exterior of your property should be maintained. These rules typically extend to fencing. For instance, some HOAs ban chain link fences or fences of certain colors. If you don’t follow their guidelines, you could be subject to fines and be required to take down your fencing. Check the HOA rules before your installation and review them with your fencing company so that you can avoid any complications.

By: OASIS SHUTTERS INC | Created 03/18/2019

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By: PRO BUILDERS INC | Created 03/12/2019

There are many types of inspections, but a full real estate inspection report is very crucial because it covers:

  • Structural
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Cosmetic
  • Termites and other Wood Destroying Organisms

A full real estate inspection report costs a tiny fraction of your overall property investment and there are many reasons to why a full real estate inspection report is so important:

  At Pro Builders Inc. our full real estate inspection reports also include a Basic Permit search, to identify if any open or expired permit is present . . .an issue that can be very costly to close or complete.

  FOR THE BUYER:  A full real estate inspection may be your biggest savior prior to being stuck into a financial disaster, and it may provide you with the opportunity to back out of a contract during the purchasing process of a home, and may be the only thing that can make you avoid getting stuck in a financial nightmare, disaster or inhabitable environment.

–  A perfect example:   A tiled roof covering of a 2500 square foot home, which has a life expectancy of 30 Years, can cost an average of $30,000 replacement cost . . . a big expense. That wouldn’t be the best news to find out, soon after or a few years after owning a home, would it? The full real estate inspection report – which cost a tiny fraction of your investment – can identify the remaining life expectancy of the roof (i.e. how many years are left on it), and will document any existing damage and the estimated cost to repair

–  Another reason why a roof’s age and condition is important, is that it is taken into consideration during property insurance calculations.  Prior to obtaining hazard insurance coverage, the age and condition of the roof will help determine your insurance premiums and whether or not the home is insurable

  FOR THE SELLER:  A Home Inspection report is not only good to get when purchasing a home, it can be used by sellers as well.

–  To identify existing defects and repairs needed prior to listing a property or when negotiating offers on their homes.

Such items can be corrected prior to getting into contract which can delay, affect or even lose the sale of the property if not taken care of ahead of time.

–  The report also can be easily shared with the prospective buyer, so they’re aware of the condition of the home and know that those items have been taken into consideration and the house has been priced accordingly or you can simply negotiate repair costs more accurately in the terms of the purchase contract

  WARRANTY REPAIRS:  Last but not least, full real estate inspection report is a great tool when making repairs that are covered under warranty.  Just because you purchase a new home, it doesn’t mean that you have no issues in your home.  A detailed home inspection report, such like “Pro Builders Inc.” will list all those defects, potential problems and even possible illegal alterations performed in the home. These reports also list costs of repairs, and potential hazards that are detected during the inspection.

We always encounter owners needing repairs done to their newly purchased home, whether it’s structural settlement, bad craftsmanship or simply cosmetic items, so why not have them repaired during your warrantee period before it can turn out to be a bigger issue!

Now that you know that a full real estate inspection report is great tool to have, and that it can save you thousands of dollars, why not call us today to schedule yours.

By: PATIOS POOLS AND DRIVEWAY | Created 03/04/2019

When it comes to aesthetics, travertine pavers are and have been a recognizably used product.  A prime example of the history of this material was shown by the use by both Ancient Greece and Rome.  Travertine was used in everything from buildings, temples, aqueducts, amphitheaters, etc.  In today’s day and age, travertine is used in a plethora of indoor and outdoor projects.   Besides that it is very durable, one of its greatest features is that it can be used just about anywhere to beautify any area of interest.

By: ALL WEATHER PATIO | Created 02/15/2019

Imagine enjoying the comfort of your outdoor room from spring through fall. As it's not meant to be heated on an ongoing basis, the three season room is versatile yet economical. Your design consultant will recommend features based on your lifestyle so you get the most out of your sunroom, also with the most comfortable furniture to match it.

By: GUARANTEED KITCHEN AND BATHS | Created 02/14/2019

We start by educating you and explaining what the Tex-Cote ‘COOLWALL’ Coating System is. We will even help you choose the custom color that best enhances your home’s appearance. Then we will apply scientifically formulated Tex-Cote ‘COOLWALL’ in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements.

For more than 30 years, contractors, architects and specifiers have come to rely on the tough, yet attractive finishes provided by Tex-Cote’s numerous product lines for all aspects of Residential and Commercial jobs. The finishes available in the ‘COOLWALL’ System range from Smooth to Coarse Texture that will also help aesthetically by hiding imperfections.

One of the largest “GREEN” coatings manufacturers in the world, Textured Coatings of America, Inc. offers a complete line of decorative and protective high-build architectural coatings for commercial, industrial, transportation and residential applications. Genuine TEX-COTE® products are found on some of today’s most prestigious buildings, landmarks and homes throughout the world.

By: DEPARTMENT OF GREEN ENERGY | Created 02/13/2019

Through various innovative technologies and upgrades to your home, we can reduce the amount of energy your home consumes.  The lower your energy consumption, the less solar panels your house requires.

By: PRIME PUBLIC ADJUSTERS | Created 02/08/2019

Hurricanes are terrifying and destructive storms that leave a costly wake of property damage. Although many people carry insurance for hurricane losses the Insurance Companies make it nearly impossible to obtain a fair settlement, often denying or underpaying legitimate claims. 

If you need help with a difficult hurricane insurance claim, don’t be afraid to reach out to us. Our team has experience working with people, companies, and organizations that have been treated unfairly by their insurance companies. Prime Public Adjusting would be happy to answer your questions in a free case review and help you maximize your recovery.

By: FLORIDA SHUTTER FACTORY INC | Created 02/08/2019

Accordion Shutters have been designed with a patented offset screw boss that isolates the assembly screw from the hinging of the shutter blades. This minimizes “hinge corrosion” which is the most common failure mode of all other accordions. The assembly screws can be easily lubricated, ensuring continuous and reliable operation and protection when you need it most. Eyewall Armor® Accordion Shutters offer the easiest and fastest one-step locking procedure in the industry. No additional locking rods or devices are required. They are also the tightest-stacking shutters on the market today and are virtually undetectable on your home.

The Eyewall Armor® 6.8 Accordion sets the standard for how accordion shutters should be designed. All previous accordion shutter designs were inefficient and had limited life spans, some needing replacement in as little as 4 years. The combination of the offset screw boss and superior coatings makes this family of accordions the most durable and long lasting available in the market today. The 6.8 is our “Mid-Rise” accordion meaning it has been designed for the higher wind loads found in most taller residential and commercial buildings.

The Eyewall Armor® Streamline (SL) is our cost effective residential accordion system option. While the SL Accordion is lighter and more cost effective, it still has all the same features and benefits of our 6.8 System. The SL Accordion also meets the same testing and code requirements as the 6.8 System, while carrying the same approvals and evaluations. The SL has been optimized for strength and cost efficiency for the residential market.

The Eyewall Armor® High-Rise (H.R.) Accordion System has been designed to meet the toughest testing requirements and highest wind loads available in the world. The H.R. System shares the same features as our standard 6.8/SL Accordion Systems but is engineered specifically for high-rise, hi-performance structures which require much higher wind loads than residential and even mid-rise buildings. The H.R. System is capable of spans up to 15′-6″ in height, and tested to pressures beyond 300psf, which translates to wind speeds well in excess of 300mph, significantly beyond any code in the world today. The H.R. System also meets the ultra stringent essential facilities code requirements which increases the 9-pound large missile from 50 feet per second to 80 feet per second! A 2 x 4 traveling at 80 feet per second will shoot right through a block wall!

By: DT PAINTER, LLC | Created 02/06/2019
We understand detail! If your interior projects require regular repainting, smoothing walls or different finishes we are the ones! Set up, cover and prep of all your home areas are as important as a good product finish.
By: DT PAINTER, LLC | Created 02/06/2019
We offer an arrange of exterior painting services to fit your needs. Whether you need to freshen up traditional exterior, or to completely change the appearence of your home, we tackle every exterior painting project in detail, wash & prep all surfaces before any fisnish is applied.
By: DT PAINTER, LLC | Created 02/06/2019
Your cabinets one of the most touched surfaces in your home, so it’s no surprise that they wind up with a little wear and tear. Cabinet painting is your easiest and most affordable approach at renovating your kitchen or bathroom.
By: DT PAINTER, LLC | Created 02/06/2019
Garage floor coatings like epoxy paint or concrete stain instantly improve your garage. Restore a pitted concrete garage floor with an easy-to-apply resurfacing product. It'll make the floor look fresh and new again at a modest price.
By: DT PAINTER, LLC | Created 02/06/2019
Popcorn ceilings are out! Once you have decided the new texture you would like to have, either knockdown or smoothed down texture, we can start by removing the popcorn then see if any of the drywall needs to be repaired. If that is needed, we will perform this service before giving a new finish and coat of paint to your ceiling. We also offer paint finishes to create textures, styles and effects that would otherwise necessitate other building materials.
By: DT PAINTER, LLC | Created 02/05/2019

Pressure cleaning is one of the most affordable and simplest ways to increase your homes value and a good way to prevent cost, time, and trouble of future repairs. Having your house, driveway, deck and roof cleaned increases the value of your home and helps protect your largest investment. Dirt, grime and mildew can collect on your home and if not cleaned in a timely fashion, it can cause costly repairs, renovations, and/or replacements.

By: HITCHING POST | Created 02/05/2019

Your Kids Backyard Playset Grows too!
As your south Florida family grows and changes, your kids outdoor playset will adjust when you’re ready! We will service your needs and continue to customize your backyard swing set at any time. Need to swap out a toddler swing for a belt swing? Remove a belt swing and add a children’s glider? No problem! We have swing set parts and accessories, so your swing set will continue to change as you’re ready for it. We also feature the Kool Kid Shady series of canopies to protect your children. Learn more about how to protect your children from harmful sun rays while they play outside!

By: FB DOORS IMPACT PROTECTION | Created 01/21/2019
If you live in a region prone to hurricanes, fitting your home for storm safety should be a top priority. When severe weather hits, your house is only as strong as its structures. Keep your family secure by installing specialty products, such as hurricane doors, and taking other damage prevention measures. Not sure where to start? Let this guide teach you the basics of hurricane home safety.Install Impact Windows: When high-speed winds are stirring around your home, strong windows are a key line of defense. In some tests, impact windows have withstood category 5 winds and the resulting flying debris. Add Impact Doors: Much like your windows, hurricane doors are an essential layer of protection. Install impact doors as soon as possible and make sure that the door frame is sturdy as well. Reinforce Your Roof: A detached roof is one of the most devastating home damages resulting from a hurricane. Install anchors or adhesive to keep your roof in place. If you haven’t already, make sure that your roof is shaped to allow full water drainage. Clean The Yard: As hurricanes tend to pick up loose objects, make sure your yard is free of debris. Be diligent about picking up fallen branches and other miscellaneous yard objects. If you hear that a hurricane is coming, bring any outdoor furniture inside of your garage or home. Buy A Generator: Power outages are common during hurricanes, as wind and falling trees can easily knock out entire power lines. By installing a generator, you can keep your family out of the dark until electrical repairs are made. As storms differ in impact, a generator will have you covered for even the longest outage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If you are having any doubts about your homes safety measures, speak with a home safety inspector about how you can improve. In addition to installing impact windows and doors, and reinforcing other home features, be sure to have an evacuation plan in the event of a true emergency. When a storm could be too severe for even the most reinforced homes, it is best to get out of the area completely. Inform your family of this plan and what else they can do to keep themselves safe during a storm.
By: PELICAN WATER | Created 01/18/2019

https://www.pelicanwater.com/education/learn-about-reverse-osmosis/#what-is-ro

What is Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective methods of filtering the tap water in your home. Reverse osmosis technology is designed to remove a great percentage of the contaminants in your drinking water by filtering the water through a semipermeable membrane.

Reverse osmosis filters are one of the main types of water filters trusted by commercial businesses and private homeowners alike. Reverse osmosis filtration systems are among the most popular options because of the large amount of potential contaminants that the process removes. Other types of popular water filters include UV filters, infrared filters, water ionizers, and carbon filters. Many technologies within these types of filters overlap - for example, our 6-stage reverse osmosis water filter contains a carbon filter, and deionizes tap water in a manner similar to that of other filters.

 

At its most basic, reverse osmosis is a process through which inorganic solids, like salts, are removed from an aqueous solution, like your tap water. The water in your tap is pushed through a semipermeable membrane, which filters out many contaminants and impurities that can find their way into your drinking water.

“Reverse osmosis” can often sound like scientific jargon, so let’s break down that phrase to demystify the actual process. First, we should outline the natural process of osmosis as it occurs in nature.

Osmosis

Osmosis is one of the most important processes to occur in nature every day. Osmosis occurs when weaker saline solutions migrate to stronger saline solutions. Or, put simply, when water with fewer particles or impurities moves naturally to adjacent water with more particles and impurities. An example of this in the real world is when your kidneys absorb water from your bloodstream - the water in your blood moved to the denser area of your kidneys.

diagram of osmosis

Less concentrated solutions will always migrate to more concentrated solutions if possible. A semipermeable membrane allows small particles like water to pass through, so if you separated a solution with low salt content and a solution with high salt content by placing a semipermeable membrane between them, the solution with low salt content would pass through the membrane and fill the solution with high salt content until their densities were equal.

Semipermeable Membrane

What, exactly, is a semipermeable membrane? The technical definition is a barrier through which some particles can pass through, but others cannot. Some great examples in real life would be a sponge, a fisher’s net, or a screen door. While air can flow through your screen door, a bird certainly could not.

Reverse Osmosis

So, then, reverse osmosis is exactly that: reversing the process of osmosis to push solutions with a higher concentration of particles through a semipermeable membrane to remove unwanted particles and contaminants. Because of the way the process works, a particle’s size determines whether or not it will remain in your tap water once it’s pushed through. Some reverse osmosis filters can remove particles that are as small as .001 microns.

diagram of reverse osmosis

How can the process of osmosis be reversed? By applying concentrated energy to the solution (in this case, the tap water being directed into the filter). Reverse osmosis filters like those sold by Pelican Water apply a great deal of energy to your tap water to pass the water through a semipermeable membrane and remove the contaminants within. This process will desalinate the water and block many contaminants from remaining in your water. The process of desalinization (removal of salt) can also be referred to as demineralization or deionization (removing minerals or certain ions from your water).

Multiple processes occur within a reverse osmosis filter that leave you with crisp, refreshing drinking water with most impurities removed in a matter of moments.

By: PELICAN WATER | Created 01/18/2019

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What Is a Shower Filter?

When it comes to water filtration, most consumers automatically associate filters and water treatment products with drinking water. This connection is natural - the water we drink every day should be properly filtered and free of contaminants so we drink pure, refreshing water without any unwanted side effects or health problems.

But did you know your body also absorbs water while you shower? The water you bathe in affects the overall quality of your skin and hair. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and if you shower for 10 minutes per day the potential chemicals in your shower water could irritate your skin and damage your hair.

Most homeowners aren’t aware of the dangerous chemicals present in their shower water. Quite frankly, our drinking water tends to get all of the attention! But in order to fully filter the water in your home, you should consider investing in a shower filter. A shower filter is installed right at the shower head, so the water is treated before it reaches your skin. Most shower filter systems come with their own shower head, but some systems only include the filters.


How Does a Shower Filter Work?

Shower filters are similar to drinking water filters in their core mechanics: they are comprised of a series of filters, or stages, where the water passes through various substances in order to remove or convert chemicals like chlorine into non-harmful alternatives. Shower filters often contain multiple stages. Let’s explore the inner-workings of a shower filter further:

Stage 1 - Copper and Zinc Oxidation Media

The first stage, indicated in the goldish hue in the diagram, Includes a patented blend of media like copper and zinc to filter chlorine and other contaminants from your shower water. Removing chlorine, as we’ll discuss below, benefits your hair and skin in numerous ways.

Stage 2 - GAC Carbon Media

The second stage, illustrated in the diagram as the blackish-grey section, incorporates a special blend of steam activated carbon media. You may have heard of carbon filters in relation to drinking water filters, and in fact many brands of shower filters are solely carbon filtration systems. The carbon media in this stage is designed to filter out chloramines and synthetic chemicals as well as unpleasant odors. Your water will smell fresh and clean after passing through the carbon media. Only some brands of shower filters include carbon filtering: check specific products for more details.

Stage 3 - Far-Infrared Balls

The third stage, indicated in red in the diagram, consists of far-infrared emitting volcanic media that induces reduced or negative ions into the water. This results in a lower surface tension in the water allowing for better hydration. Changing the surface tension in the water also makes the water feel softer on your hair and skin, leaving you with a feeling of having just left a spa.

Like all systems, as more and more water is filtered through your shower filter it will require minimal maintenance. Some shower filters have individual cartridges that require replacing. With shower filters like the Pelican Premium Shower Filter, users replace the self-contained filter system approximately once every 9 months.


What Are the Benefits of a Shower Filter?

Shower filters reduces several contaminants, and treat the water in numerous ways.

Filters Remove chlorine

Most homeowners invest in a shower filter because of its ability to reduce chlorine from shower water.

If you’re a swimmer or have simply gone to a water park, you’re probably familiar with the drying effect that chlorine has on your skin. Without knowing it, the vast majority of Americans expose themselves to some levels of chlorine on a daily basis, when they take a shower.

Besides irritating the skin and drying out the hair, chlorine also poses potential health risks, which have raised concern among medical professionals. Like other disinfectants, chlorine reacts with naturally-occurring materials within water to form haloacetic acids and trihalomethanes, which have been linked to liver, kidney, central nervous system problems and an increased risk of cancer. Because chlorine has a much lower boiling point than water, it can vaporize in the shower and enter a person’s lungs. This is a noteworthy problem, since this type of absorption allows the chemical to bypass the body’s filtration organs.

By eliminating the chlorine in your shower water by 96%, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter:

Softens your hair

Moisturizes your skin

Reduces redness and flakiness

Reduces risk of nervous system damage and cancer

Filters Remove Chloramine

Chlorine is not the only chemical that shower filters effectively reduce: chloramines are filtered out as well. Chloramine is essentially a synthetic combination of chlorine and ammonia. Appropriately, chloramines give off a distinct and unpleasant odor that can greatly affect the overall smell of your shower water in large amounts.

Water that is treated with monochloramine can potentially have high concentrations of chemical byproducts. It’s better to shower in water that can not cause any long term health problems. Thankfully, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter greatly reduces the amount of chloramines in your shower water, keeping you safe and ensuring that your showers are odor-free.

By eliminating the chloramine in your shower water, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter:

Eliminates unpleasant odors from your water

Reduces your exposure to synthetic chemicals

Transforms your shower into a spa experiences

Filters Remove THMs

As illustrated with chloramines, there are many byproducts of chlorine treatment that can prove just as (or more) dangerous than chlorine itself. THMs, or trihalomethanes, are associated with many health risks. At elevated levels they are linked to an increased risk of cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes like birth defects.

According to the Environ Health Prespect, “a study by government and academic researchers adds to previous evidence that dermal absorption and inhalation of THMs associated with everyday tap water use can result in significantly higher blood THM concentrations than simply drinking the water does.” Thus, THMs absorbed in the shower are even more dangerous than those in your tap water.

Luckily, shower filters remove many chlorine byproducts, including THMs. Choose a shower filter that protects your family from harmful byproducts.

By eliminating the THMs in your shower water, the Pelican Premium Shower Filter:

Protects your children from unwanted birth defects

Limits your risk of developing certain types of cancer

By: CLOSETS BY DESIGN PALM BEACH | Created 10/31/2018

Bookshelves are a necessity for a living room as they makes your room a better space to live. A room with the collection of books look messy, and it is very difficult to find the desired edition from an unorganized collection of the same. So, a bookshelf is a basic and must need for your home. You can keep the decorative pieces and add elegance to your space. It is very useful to control unwanted mess in your room.

Here are some of the basic benefits of bookshelves:

Space saver: Bookshelves are easily available in various sizes, styles and types. Some are placed against the wall, some are mounted on the wall, and some are placed at the corner of the room. These versatile pieces of furniture save the area and provide you extra space for other purposes. Some shelves fit under the stairs to offer you the great utilization of blank space. These types of an area are the perfect choice for the small apartment.

Easy to access: Bookshelves online are easy to access, easy to maintain and carry because of their flexible configuration. You can manage your collection in the racks according to your requirements. It will be easy to find the right edition anytime for you.

Great appeal: Many people wish to bring additional style in their space by placing the functional unit of furniture. Bookshelves give you a chance to collect your books inside a perfectly clean cabinet that will reflect your style. The cabinet of wood is the best option to give a traditional touch to the living room that can prevent your collection from moisture and dust. It will blend perfectly in any room and storage style.

Bookcases come in different sizes, designs, shapes and materials. You can easily choose the most suitable piece according to your home decor, styles and need.

Display your personality: These units provide the best and sufficient space to put your personality on display. You can share the items that reflect your interests and hobbies by choosing the perfect shelf to complement the living area and collectables.

With different types of shelves that are available in the market, you can easily narrow down your choice by selecting the colors and style in advance. You should consider the available space, amount of books you want to organize.

Here are some of the basic styles:

Corner Shelves

Ladder shelves

Tower cabinets

Wall mounted cabinets

Glass cabinets

  

A well-organized room is always incomplete without a bookshelf. You can choose the perfect shelf according to you, your space and book collection.

By: CLOSETS BY DESIGN WEST COAST | Created 10/31/2018

Bookshelves are a necessity for a living room as they makes your room a better space to live. A room with the collection of books look messy, and it is very difficult to find the desired edition from an unorganized collection of the same. So, a bookshelf is a basic and must need for your home. You can keep the decorative pieces and add elegance to your space. It is very useful to control unwanted mess in your room.

Here are some of the basic benefits of bookshelves:

Space saver: Bookshelves are easily available in various sizes, styles and types. Some are placed against the wall, some are mounted on the wall, and some are placed at the corner of the room. These versatile pieces of furniture save the area and provide you extra space for other purposes. Some shelves fit under the stairs to offer you the great utilization of blank space. These types of an area are the perfect choice for the small apartment.

Easy to access: Bookshelves online are easy to access, easy to maintain and carry because of their flexible configuration. You can manage your collection in the racks according to your requirements. It will be easy to find the right edition anytime for you.

Great appeal: Many people wish to bring additional style in their space by placing the functional unit of furniture. Bookshelves give you a chance to collect your books inside a perfectly clean cabinet that will reflect your style. The cabinet of wood is the best option to give a traditional touch to the living room that can prevent your collection from moisture and dust. It will blend perfectly in any room and storage style.

Bookcases come in different sizes, designs, shapes and materials. You can easily choose the most suitable piece according to your home decor, styles and need.

Display your personality: These units provide the best and sufficient space to put your personality on display. You can share the items that reflect your interests and hobbies by choosing the perfect shelf to complement the living area and collectables.

With different types of shelves that are available in the market, you can easily narrow down your choice by selecting the colors and style in advance. You should consider the available space, amount of books you want to organize.

Here are some of the basic styles:

Corner Shelves

Ladder shelves

Tower cabinets

Wall mounted cabinets

Glass cabinets

 

A well-organized room is always incomplete without a bookshelf. You can choose the perfect shelf according to you, your space and book collection.

By: OUTDOOR LIGHTING PERSPECTIVES | Created 10/31/2018

Highlighting the outside of your house with well-placed lights can make your house to look great at night, as well as during the day. It will emphasize, or even create architectural interest and provide the best lighting for the tasks that need to be performed.

Here are examples of outdoor lighting features and the right ways to use them:

Path lights. The perfect front yard begins with a stylish pathway that draws you in. Many path lights are designed to look good but not to effectively light up a path. A great way to keep path lights low to the ground is to add LED strip lights. For a more traditional look use path lights with domes hide bulbs from view and direct light downward. This will reduce glare and put light where your feet need them most, right on the path.

Step lights. Some step lights shine light in all directions, including into your eyes. This makes it harder to see the steps and therefore more dangerous. A shielded newel-post deck lights do a much better job at directing light down onto the stairs and not into your eyes. Even better, linear LED strip lights under stair treads push light down onto the steps and keep the focus in the right place.

Lanterns. Avoid clear glass and visible candle-shaped bulbs to help reduce glare. Go for frosted shades and aim the fixtures downward so extra light hits the floor. Also consider adding dimmers or use low-wattage bulbs to set a welcoming mood.

Pendants. Pendants above the door should  avoid bare bulbs completely or use low-wattage bulbs and dimmers. Use translucent glass in fixtures, such as milk glass or amber mica. A highly shielded fixture will also work, especially if it directs light downward.

Spotlights. Direct spotlights at your home’s features, like brickwork, molding and eaves. This will provide light that helps us feel secure without making our guests feel unwelcome.

 

There are many good reasons to pay close attention to the lighting used at the front of your house. Nobody wants to be greeted by darkness when they reach home and pretty lights can highlight certain features of your house or garden.

By: CENTRAL AIR SOLUTION | Created 10/31/2018

Air ducts in your home provide a very important function. They circulate the air from your heating and cooling system into and out of each room multiple times a day. The air cycling through your ducts is the same air that completely fills your living environment and it is the same air that you and your family breathe. As such, you want this air to be as clean as possible.

There are many benefits to having your air ducts professionally cleaned:

1. Creates a Cleaner Living Environment

Having your air ducts professionally cleaned reduces the dust that would otherwise circulate throughout your living space, landing on your furniture just about everywhere. Fortunately, a thorough air duct cleaning reduces the amount of interior cleaning and dusting necessary to maintain a hygienic home.

2. Reduces Allergens and Irritants

In addition to dust, air ducts frequently contain harmful contaminants and micro-organisms. These include pet dander, bacteria, pollen, mildew, mold spores, and similar toxins. People who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems are particularly sensitive to these airborne particles.

3. Helps Everyone Breathe Easier

Even if no one in your household suffers from chronic allergies or respiratory problems, cleaner air makes it easier for everyone to breathe. Even among the most healthy, dust and pollutants entering the nose and lungs can trigger sneezing and coughing, as well as sinus and bronchial congestion. Air duct cleaning creates a more comfortable environment and promotes well-being.

4. Removes Unpleasant Smells and Odors

Pets, household cleaning agents, paint fumes, mold, tobacco use and even food preparation all contribute to stale smells in the air ducts. Every time the furnace or air conditioner is running, these odors will repeatedly flow through the house. Even an accumulation of dust and dirt over the years can lead to a musty scent coming from the ductwork. A detailed cleaning of the air ducts removes all odor trapping particles, resulting in a fresher smelling home.

5. Improves Air Flow Efficiency

Ductwork and registers that have a heavy build-up of dust and grime can restrict the flow of air from the furnace and air conditioner. This means your system will have to work harder to heat or cool your home, resulting in a decreased level of efficiency. Conversely, a clean system will operate at peak efficiency and provide the most cost-effective performance.

By: PREMIUM PAINTERS | Created 10/31/2018

Here are a few tips to make your painting projects go smoother and faster while giving you a professional-looking finish that you'll be proud of. You'll also find ingenious tips that can cut your cleanup time in half and extend the life of your paint brushes.

1. Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. The key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a “wet edge,” so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.

To maintain a wet edge, start near a corner and run the roller up and down the full height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Move backward where necessary to even out thick spots or runs. Don’t let the roller become nearly dry; reload it often so that it’s always at least half loaded. Keep the open side of the roller frame facing the area that’s already painted. That puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, so you’re less likely to leave paint ridge.

2. Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem. It’s best to estimate the amount of paint you’ll need and mix it.

When coverage is difficult to estimate, add more rather than less. You can always pour the leftover back into cans. For large jobs, use the bucket and a roller screen rather than a roller tray. It’s much faster to load your roller with the screen than to use a roller pan. Simply dunk the roller into the paint bucket, then roll it along the screen until it stops dripping.

3. Once paint is dry, you can’t just pull the tape off the trim. Paint forms a film between the wall and the tape, and removing the tape tears pieces of dried paint off the wall. So before pulling off the tape, cut it loose.

Wait for the paint to completely dry, at least 24 hours, then use a sharp utility knife or box cutter knife to slice through the film. Start in an inconspicuous area to make sure the paint is hard enough to slice cleanly. If you cut the paint while it’s still gummy, you’ll make a mess. As you cut the paint, pull up the tape at a 45-degree angle.

4. Pros usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s easier and faster to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls.

When painting the trim, you don’t have to be neat. Just concentrate on getting a smooth finish on the wood. Don’t worry if the trim paint gets onto the walls. You’ll cover it later when painting the walls. Once the trim is completely painted and dry (at least 24 hours), tape it off, then paint the ceiling, then the walls.

5. If you paint over dirty, oily surfaces, the paint will easily chip or peel off. So before painting, clean grimy areas with a deglosser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for prepaint cleaning. They work well to clean painted, varnished or enameled surfaces to improve the adhesion of the new paint. They’re ideal for cleaning greasy or oily areas like kitchen and bathroom walls and removing hand marks around light switches and doorknobs.

Wipe on the cleaner in a circular motion using a lint-free cloth or abrasive pad. Start at the bottom and work up. After the surface is clean, fill in any nicks and holes, then sand them smooth before painting. The cleaners are available at paint stores and home centers. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection.

6. Corners and areas next to trim that are painted only with a brush have a notice- ably different texture than the surrounding paint. To ensure the finished texture will be consistent in these areas, brush on the paint, then immediately roll it out before the paint dries.

7. Spills and spatters happen, regardless of how careful you are. It’s a lot easier to pre- pare for them than to wipe them out of your carpeting or off your wood floor later. All it takes is canvas drop cloths in your work area. The thick canvas stays in place, so you don’t need to tape it, and you can use it to cover any surface. Plastic drop cloths are slippery to walk on or set a ladder on and don’t stay in place. Even worse, paint spills on plastic stay wet, and they can end up on your shoes and get tracked through the house. Canvas is slippery on hard floors, so rosin paper is better over vinyl, tile and hard- wood. Tape the sheets together and to the floor to provide a nonslip surface.

But even with canvas or rosin-paper drop cloths, large spills still need to get wiped up right away or they’ll seep through. Clean spills with paper towels or cloth rags. Likewise, if you splatter paint on any other surface, wipe it up immediately.

By: YOUR GARAGE ORGANIZER | Created 10/31/2018

A garage can become crowded quite quickly. It’s often used to house a wide range of equipment, including your car, your tools, any projects in process and anything you’d like to store for later. Even large garages can fill up quickly, with everything they’re supposed to hold.

When you install overhead garage storage, you can reclaim your garage for other purposes. There are many benefits to overhead storage, including savings, security and space.

Added Floor Space

Storing things overhead can allow you to utilize your floor space for better purposes. If you’ve been parking your car outside in the elements, overhead storage can let you bring your car back into the safety and security of your garage. You’ll also have more room for projects and for easily walking from one end to the other.

Added Storage Space

When you store things overhead, you also open up more space for added storage, as you can use the floor space to hold other things you don’t use often. This increased space means you can also keep the inside of your home less cluttered.

Protection from Water Damage

Sometimes garages flood, and even just a little bit of water can damage certain items. Overhead storage lifts your precious items up out of harm’s way.

Easy Access

Easy overhead storage systems let you get to your items easily. You can store up to 250 pounds and can lower and lift your items with a sturdy crank or cable.

Saves on a Storage Unit

Instead of spending money every month to store your things away from home, overhead storage lets you keep your money in your pocket.

Instead of piling up boxes on top of one another and having to sift through each one to find what you’re looking for, consider investing in garage storage that really works. A licensed contractor can easily install your overhead storage unit so you can hang things with confidence.

By: PALM BEACH ALUMINUM INC | Created 10/31/2018

Swimming pool enclosures or pool cages, are popular choices in Florida. Offering countless benefits to pool owners. But before take a decision you need to consider the pros and cons of adding a swimming pool enclosure to your backyard!

Pros of Swimming Pool Enclosures

Better security.

It makes your outdoor living area more secure, along with your home. It’s easy to lock to help dissuade intruders and provides you with a little more peace of mind knowing it’s there.

More swim time.

You can also install a pool heating system. It makes the perfect combination, giving your family and guests significantly more swim time, particularly when the weather turns chilly.

Less maintenance.

Those pesky leaves that blow from your neighbor’s trees day in and day out won’t make it into your pool anymore. You’ll spend much less time skimming the surface, having to scoop out all leaves every couple of days.

Sunlight protection.

A pool screen enclosure will provide you with more UV sunlight protection. While many people love being able to soak up the sun and lay out sunbathing, it’s just not healthy for your skin. It will help mitigate those harsh UV rays.

Insect and pest repellent.

When you have a pool screen enclosure, you have a ready-made, always available, insect and pest repellent. It will keep mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and other pests away from your pool and your home.

Withstands strong winds.

Pool screen enclosures are built strong, strong enough to withstand heavy winds. So, if a big storm does roll through the area, the birdcage will survive the inclement weather.

Cons of Swimming Pool Enclosures.

Limited Landscaping Options:

You are limited with the type of landscaping you can do. Providing a lot of shade, many plants cannot survive without sunlight. Enclosures also tend to take up a lot of yard space, reducing the amount of grass significantly.

Chilly Pool Water:

Your pool water can become chilly. The limited exposure to the sun doesn’t allow for the use of solar pool covers, which are energy efficient and cost effective. However, there are other heating options like gas and heat pumps.

Price:

Installing a pool enclosure adds an extra expense as a pool owner. This is something to take into consideration when deciding whether or not this is the right option for you.

By: ATANDA FENCE OF SOUTH FLORIDA | Created 10/31/2018

There are many reasons to add a fence on your property to create an increased sense of privacy, security for pets or childrens or to add to the look and curb value of your home.  

Fences can be expensive, so before you make that investment, you will want to consider the by-laws concerning fencing in your area and your budget. Although it may make financial sense to share the cost of a fence with your neighbor, before you actually proceed with the plan be sure to get the details of your agreement down in writing.  Circumstances change, people move, trees fall down, etc. You have no way of knowing what will happen in the future so make sure you have documented your plan.

The purpose of the fence will determine the style. There are a wide variety of materials available.

Wood.

A traditional favorite, wood offers a natural look and can be painted or stained to match other features on the property and suit your personal style. Cedar and redwood are two popular material choices.

The style of your wood fence will depend on its function. A picket fence is charming and welcoming. It allows people to see into property and show off beautiful gardens. A privacy fence, on the other hand will be constructed using at least six or seven foot boards. A semi private fence is not as tall, and often includes latticework at the top.

Metal.

Chain link fences are very reasonably priced and easy to install. They don’t provide much in the way of privacy and are often seen as a cheap option. If safety and security of pets is your goal, a chain link fence may be exactly what you need.

Wrought iron fences, combined with stone or brick, are classically elegant and stylish. A wrought iron fence also provides a sense of security and safety, especially if it is a tall with sharp points at the top.

PVC or Vinyl

Nearly maintenance free and available in a variety of colors and styles, PVC or vinyl fences are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. They are more expensive than some other options, but they have ease of maintenance and durability on their side.

By: Global Service & Installation | Created 10/31/2018

Consider adding a pergola to your deck or patio, they adds value to your home, sets your property in a stylish and useful way and allows you to enjoy life in the fresh air.

A pergola consist of four freestanding posts supporting an open-style roof, most commonly formed from a series of crossbeams. Like decks, you can also attach a pergola to the side of a home.

Before you decide to build a pergola, review the landscape on your property and consider your needs. If you're looking to create usable outdoor space away from the home, a pergola might be a good idea.

A pergola primarily provides shade, typically by means of climbing plants that wind themselves through the slats in the roof to create an arbor. If you have a yard that doesn't benefit from much shade, a pergola can help. A pergola attached to the side of your house and shaded with plants or durable outdoor fabric can create a haven from the heat and serve as a dramatic design element.

EXPERT TIPS

On a Budget: Keep it simple by using a basic pergola structure as an entrance to a garden, terrace or pool area. Allow vines and florals to grow and shape themselves around the pergola for added color and interest.

Mid-Range: Design a pergola to cover a comfy outdoor seating or dining area. This allows for the feel of a true outdoor room without closing off the sunlight and natural elements.

High-End: A large space with multiple outdoor living areas can be connected by a grouping of pergolas. This helps tie in different elements of the space and keep certain areas, such as the pool and the outdoor kitchen, connected. Pergolas help add flow to the outdoors, making entertaining easier and each space more enjoyable.

 

By: FRANK SEEBER ROOFING | Created 10/31/2018

Taking care of your roof is one of the most important tasks.  It can be easy to forget about your roof because it is a sort of out of sight.  

 

Some of the most common roofing problems include:

Lack of Maintenance - You should schedule an annual inspection of your roofing. Over time there are many things that go wrong with your roof and you need to be on top of taking care of it on a regular basis. Mildew, sagging or large holes are usually clear indicators of a roof that has been neglected.

Improper Repairs - This is one of the worst offenses because it means the homeowner actually hired someone to get the job done. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to prevent it except make sure whoever you hire is reputable.

Storm Related Damage - Any season can cause storm related damage. Hail, rain, heavy winds, lightning or even broken branches can all cause major roofing damage. Make sure following any weather related events you have your roof inspected for possible damages.

Roof Leaks - No matter what type of roof you have, if a leak develops you have a problem. Your roofing is meant to act like a lid on a container. The purpose of this lid is to keep everything inside dry. Once a leak compromises that all you can hope to do is fix it in time to minimize the damage.

Moisture - Moisture will lead to mold and mildew and all of this will begin to cause rot. The worst part is that it can develop into a deeper problem if it begins to also get into the walls and pose a threat to the structure of the house.

One of the best ways to prevent problems with your roof is to only work with reputable companies. If at all possible also ask for references so you can speak to someone who used this company before.

 

By: MOODY PLUMBING INC | Created 10/31/2018

The plumbing in your home, is part of an efficient, simple system.

However, this system needs maintenance to perform optimally, and it may require hiring a plumber for emergency assistance to stop a leak or prevent major damage to your home.

If left untreated, a plumbing leak can cause damage to your walls. When pipes running behind walls burst or begin to leak, they moisten the drywall; eventually, this moisture makes its way through the walls and produces wet spots.

Over time, the moisture may lead to black mold, requiring not only the services of a mold remediation company, but also requiring the removal of large wall sections.

Another concern is damage to flooring. Water always flows downhill, which means any leaks in a kitchen or bathroom will pool on and under your floors.

In a bathroom, you may notice loose tiles next to the tub or shower or along the tub edging. You might also see water on the floor after a bath or shower not due to spills or splashing.

In your kitchen, be on the lookout for warping or discolored floorboards, especially next to a dishwasher or fridge with a water line.

Plumbing leaks are always better tackled immediately; time left untreated is proportional to damage.

Homeowners need to watch for potential problems. If you see any of the signs listed above, consider hiring a professional plumber, they can assess the level of damage and make the appropriate repairs.

By: XTREME OUTDOOR SOLUTION | Created 10/31/2018

Retaining walls are usually thought of as utilitarian and for merely holding back soil. But you can use them to create beautiful outdoor living spaces and incorporate multi-use spaces.

 

Make a Creative Design

Retaining walls don't have to be perfectly straight. Add a curve to dress up a boring straight wall and to add a little more texture to your landscape. You can use a garden hose or large rope to set the layout of the curve, then use a shovel to cut through the soil to follow the curve.

 

Size Does Matter

Smaller retaining walls, such as those less than four feet, can be easily planned and created without worrying too much about structure. Larger walls above that height may need an engineer's touch. Also be sure to check with local codes before starting one more than four feet tall.

 

Think Terracing

From a lower grade, you'll need to gradually step up the retaining wall to reach a greater slope. Do this in increments and plan for a slight offset for each course change.

 

Manufactured Blocks and Stones Are Easier

Besides offering a consistent look, manufactured blocks and stones for retaining walls offer structural integrity and an even base with which to work. There is little guesswork in installing, plus you'll have less work to do making sure each course is level. Be sure to color match and space out uneven colored stones and blocks for a better look.

 

Create A Solid Base

Dig out your base several inches below grade and tamp/compact it to level. Add any filler, such as gravel, before adding your first stones or blocks. Remember, the base sets the tone for the entire wall, so spend a lot of time in preparing this key component.

 

Plan For Drainage

A retaining wall that has a slope dropping to it will need additional drainage at the base. Add gravel and a fabric-covered drainage pipe at the base. The fabric will help prevent clogging of the pipe; a key feature as you will not want to dig out the pipe later to unclog it.

 

Keep It Level

For each course of stones and blocks, be sure to check for level. This will help maintain a sturdy and balanced wall, plus you'll keep an even and consistent look.

 

Backfill Adds Support

Backfilling as you go adds support in success layers, so as you add a new course of blocks or stones, backfill to match this level. Be sure to tamp in/compact the soil as well, so you don't have as much settling later.

 

Add Finishing Touches to the Top

Add cap blocks to the top row of a block or stone retaining wall. You can add a layer of masonry adhesive to hold them in place, then back fill. Or you can backfill as you go, then add the cap. Either way, it provides a nice finished look, much like edging added to a paver patio.

 

Building a retaining wall can be a big investment of time and money. Before you get started, learn these key tips to make sure your project is a success.

 

A retaining wall doesn't need to be boring!!!! With the selection of styles, colors textures available, you can find the perfect wall to enhance your landscaping design, creating curve or straight walls, terraces, stairs, planters and pillars.

By: AMERICA REFINISHING PROS | Created 10/30/2018

If you have unlimited money to remodel your home, you might gut the bathroom, add on a couple square feet, and install all new fixtures, flooring, and cabinetry. If you are on a strict budget or just need to do some modernization before you sell, you can restore the surface of many fixtures without replacing them and save money!

Approaching A Budget Remodel

Your first priority in any bathroom upgrade is to make sure that there are no leaks, either visible or behind the wall. Leaks often lead to displaced tiles, damaged drywall, mold, discoloration, and odor. You need to go to the root of the problem before refinishing, as unrepaired leaks can damage new materials. Once you are sure that there is no water damage near the tub, shower basin, toilet, or sink, you can attend to improving the cosmetics.

If your fixtures and cabinets are in good condition, you can refinish them for much less than buying new ones. With any home improvement project, your ultimate goal should be for it to look professional. Shoddy work will stand out and may even sink your chances of selling your home - costing you more in the long run.

Even if you call in a handyman or bathroom remodeler who specializes in re-bathing, you will still save more than if you replaced all the old appointments.

Here Are Some Handy Tips When Upgrading On A Budget:

  • You can refinish tubs and sinks or have them professionally reglazed with a material such as Permaglaze, a state-of-the-art synthetic glaze. This material even does a great job on vanity countertops. For tubs, you can also have them relined by a re-bath specialist.

  • If your tile is dated or in poor condition from previous leaks, a bath or shower surround adds a new look at a very reasonable price.

  • If you are keeping the vanity base but changing the top, make sure the cutouts for your sink and faucet line up with the plumbing. Also, make sure your new top is not too heavy for the base; that granite and marble that are so attractive in bathrooms weigh much more than your old Formica top.

  • New lights, fresh paint and updated cabinet hardware and towel bars are all great ways to modernize your bathroom on a tight budget.

For Best ROI (Return On Investment), Don't Overdo It

When you browse home magazines, the beautiful vessel sinks, glass showers, and spa-like upgrades are very appealing. These trendy upgrades are also very expensive. In addition, they may have limited appeal to potential buyers or even worse, price you out of your neighborhood when you go to sell. Unless you live in a neighborhood where upscale baths are the norm, stick to basics if you are modernizing to sell the house.

Bath remodels often make the list of upgrades with a good rate-of-return at sale time, and smart planning will result in a beautiful bathroom that looks like new - at a fraction of the cost!

By: TAYLOR TOTAL TREE SERVICE | Created 10/30/2018

Do you own a home with a backyard or front yard full of trees? Tree trimming can help you improve your curb appeal with a little fine pruning and crown reduction. There are many benefits homeowners reap from tree trimming, but you first need to find out the type of tree trimming your home property needs.

Fine Pruning is removing small limbs to improve the tree’s appearance.

Standard Pruning involves a bit more heavy cutting and is done to enhance the tree’s branch structure.

Hazard Trimming is recommended for trees that pose safety concerns. This typically involves removing branches that are two inches or more in diameter.

Crown Reduction Trimming usually involves the removal of major branches, and should only  be done when there is significant dieback, storm damage, or when branches are interfering with power lines. In these cases, one should never remove more than one third of the tree’s crown.

Benefits

Proper trimming can improve the health of your trees by eliminating branches that are dead or dying. These branches are often dangerous, and removing them reduces the risk of harm to your family and damage your property.

Trimming your trees will increase sun exposure and air circulation throughout the tree and underlying landscape, which will improve the tree’s health.

Pruning fruit trees can actually improve the size and quantity of the crop. Fruit trees should be pruned in late winter for shape and to expose the center of the tree to sunlight.

Newly planted trees should be pruned to compensate for root loss and to begin training the tree for shape.

Tree trimming can also simply open up your property and improve your view.

Winter tree trimming

It’s a very good idea to prune your trees during the winter. It allows a burst of new growth once spring returns and it can really lead to a fuller, more mature look for the tree later down the road.

Summer tree trimming

Pruning in the summer is smart if you want to slow branch growth and keep the tree at a certain size. Cutting back branches after a spring growth spurt allows for more of the food manufactured in the tree’s leaves to be sent straight to the roots, making the tree stronger.

To keep up with frequent tree maintenance, while enhancing your home property appearance and value, hire a professional to meet your tree trimming needs.

By: KINETICO | Created 10/30/2018

A high-quality water filtration system is the best and maybe the only solution to protect your family from harmful water contaminants. A professional water purification system will remove chemicals to ensure the water delivered to your home is free of contaminants.

By installing a water purifying filtration system, you will limit your exposure to harmful chemicals, save money, protect the environment and provide healthier drinking water for your family.

What is a Whole House Water Filter?

A water purification system utilizes a process that is meant to remove unwanted contaminants from water. The purification process has a variety of standard requirements to meet that allow water to be used for drinking. A whole house filter connects to the main water line entering your house so that all of the water dispensers in your house dispense treated water.

Types of Common Contaminants

Sediments. Visible particles in the watersuch as dirt, dust, rust and sand. Water supplies with high amounts of sediment should consider multiple stages of sediment filtration, with the stages gradually becoming finer.

Chemicals. Most chemical contaminants can be removed using carbon filtration. The most common chemical disinfectant is chlorine, which can be removed with a carbon filter.

Iron. There are 2 types of iron found in water supplies, ferrous and ferric. Water iron and rust particles can be removed with a sediment filter, whereas clear water iron can be removed via oxidation or ion exchange.

 

The water in our homes is an important resource that we often take for granted. We bathe in the water our home provides, clean our vegetables with it, cook with it and drink it. Something that provides so much to us should be the cleanest and healthiest it can be.

By: 5 DAY PLANTATION SHUTTERS | Created 10/30/2018

Plantation shutters are an attractive window treatment. There are numerous compelling reasons to opt for plantation shutters. Shutters have a clean look to them and are quite appealing.

While good looks may have you ready to make the plunge, you may need a few more reasons to help you make a decision. Here are some reasons to consider.

Aesthetics.

No doubt, interior shutters are attractive. They come in a variety of sizes and finishes as well as mounting options. As an interior design choice, you can’t go wrong by selecting wood plantation shutters. They fit in with just about any décor and offer a clean, cohesive look throughout the home.

Privacy. 

Interior shutters can be adjusted to let the light flow in. This allows you to have privacy as well as light. If you angle them in such a manner, you can even see out, but others won’t be able to see in.

Ventilation. 

Not only can you adjust the plantation shutters for maximum privacy and control the light coming in, you can open up the windows, let the air flow in, and then adjust the shutters for maximum ventilation - all without compromising your privacy. Shutters are easy to adjust. Simply grasp the crossbar and adjust the shutters.

Durability.

Custom interior shutters are durable and built to last. In addition, most shutters come with some type of warranty. Because you won’t need to replace your shutters every few years, your initial investment will pay off over time. Plus, plantation shutters never go out of style.

Easy to Clean. 

Interior shutters are virtually maintenance-free. Use a damp cloth from time to time and wipe off the dirt, dust, and grime. In addition, you don’t need to take them down in order to clean them as you would with other types of window coverings. A quick wipe down is all you need. The shutters have a larger surface area than mini-blinds making them much easier to clean.

Plantation shutters can help preserve the life of furniture and carpets.

You can leave the shutters in the up or semi-closed position to direct the sunlight away from furniture and carpets. The UV rays of the sun cause materials to fade over time, which significantly affects their attractiveness and useful lifespan. In addition to fading, fabrics can degrade. By keeping your furniture shaded, it will last longer and remain attractive and durable for years to come.

Good looks, light control, style and  durability are a few good reasons to consider interior shutters. While installing plantation shutters in your home can be expensive, your furniture will last longer and you won’t have to replace worn out curtains or blinds.

By: SOLAR SOLUTIONS | Created 10/30/2018

Solar panels are a great way to offset energy costs, reduce the environmental impact of your home and provide a host of other benefits, such as supporting local businesses and contributing to energy independence.

Looking to install panels on your home? Here are some benefits.

Reduce or eliminate energy bills.

Even if you live somewhere cloudy, such locations typically receive more than two hours of sunlight per day, while sunny locations receive an average of 5.5 hours of sunlight per day.

Although sunny days will produce more solar energy, solar panels will continue to draw energy even when the weather is cloudy. Indirect, or diffused, sunlight will still help to power your home. Cloudy days usually produce around 10 to 20 percent of the power generated on sunny days.

Start saving from day one.

Annual energy costs can be in the thousands.  Solar power can reduce or eliminate these costs as soon as they are installed. They also offer long-term savings, because it’s basically free to capture the power of the sun.

Solar panels also extend the life of a roof, because they protect from the elements, such as rain, snow and debris. They make the house more energy-efficient in the summer because the hot sun is not beating down on the roof directly—it is instead being absorbed by the panels, keeping the house temperature lower.

Increase your property value

Homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property values and sell more quickly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.

Low Maintenance Costs

Solar energy systems generally don’t require a lot of maintenance. You only need to keep them relatively clean, so cleaning them a couple of times per year will do the job. If in doubt, you can always rely on specialised cleaning companies, which offer this service. Most reliable solar panel manufacturers give 20-25 years warranty.

Help the environment and help us all.

Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. Installing solar panels on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, they emit harmful gases that are the primary cause of air pollution and global climate change. Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, but they are also a finite resource. Because of this, the price is constantly fluctuating and can increase in a short period of time.

Are You Ready to go Solar?

By: CSI VIDEO AND SECURITY LLC | Created 10/30/2018

Wherever you decide to go for vacation, there are often dozens of things to worry about prior to your trip. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you leave to make sure your home is safe while you’re gone.

Home Security

If you have a home security system, make sure it is set properly, and that lights inside the house will turn on and off with a timer. Notify the newspaper and mail carrier to hold deliveries until you return, or have a neighbor pick these up each day so they don’t accumulate.

Safety Steps

Make sure smoke detectors and fire alarms are in working order. Even though you won’t be home, these might alert neighbors that there is a problem inside your home.

Unplug appliances while gone. If there is an electrical surge or lightening weather, reducing the number of plugged in items could help prevent an electrical fire.

Take extra time to shut off the water at major appliances and the bathroom fixtures. And, set the water heater to a vacation setting or a lower temperature to save energy.

To prevent pests and vermin from entering your home or garage, make sure all trash is taken away before you leave. Lock screened areas, windows or other locations that might give accessibility to stray animals.

Severe Weather Preparation

Summer storms can creep up unexpectedly. Protect your outdoor furniture, grills, and equipment by securing them inside a shed or garage while you’re on vacation.

If you live in an area that typically has high water or flash floods during summer thunderstorms, then consider installing a water detection alarm inside your home.

We hope you have a great vacation, but if a disaster does affect your home while away, remember to call for professional help to get your home back to live-in condition.

By: GVRG PRESSURE WASHING | Created 10/30/2018

Pressure Washing your driveway can remove years of dirt and built-up grime from the surface, restoring it’s original appearance.

How Often Should You Pressure Wash Your Driveway?

Do you have large trees, shrubs or hedges that surround your property? If so, you driveway will need cleaning more frequently as the build-up of organic matter such as tree saps, pollen and leafs and twigs will happen relatively quickly and encourage the growth of moss and algae.

If your driveway is very shady with lots of mature tree or hedge cover it will grow algae and moss much faster than a surface exposed to the sun many hours of the day.

For properties with driveways that get bathed by the hot sun all day it can create a very undesirable environment for algae, moss and other organic growth but they can still collect dust, dirt, mud, oil and other contaminants.

Every 2-3 years is generally a good cycle for pressure washing an average driveway.

Can You Pressure Wash The Driveway On Your Own?

You certainly can. Pressure washers can be bought or rented at many local shops and then you just need some fuel, some gum-boots or rain pants, a water supply and several hours of your spare time!

What Type Of Stains Can Pressure Washing Remove?

Driveways can collect all kinds of dirt and grime and eventually stains develop from tree saps to automotive oils to chewing gum, dirt, mud, bird poop and more. All of these can all be removed using a pressure washer and the right detergents or degreasers on the driveway. In most cases degreasers and detergents aren’t necessary but they are available for really stubborn stains.

How Much Will It Cost To Clean Your Driveway?

Pressure washing a driveway is usually estimated and charged by the square foot. The price per square foot can vary depending on accessibility, the size of the driveway and also the material’s it is made from.

When you factor the cost of doing it yourself, hiring someone to come out once every two years and clean your driveway and concrete professionally isn’t such a bad idea. You can leave for work in the morning and come back to a bright and clean driveway that evening!

By: BASTOS PAVERS INC | Created 10/30/2018

When you keep your pavers in tip-top shape, you preserve your investment and enhance the beauty of your property. Here are some specific steps you can take to maintain your pavers.

Sweep Regularly

Use a sturdy broom to sweep away dirt and debris on your pavers. Do this on a regular basis especially during Fall time when leaves tend to accumulate.

Wash Off Dirt

Washing your pavers can help to remove any additional dirt or grime after sweeping. You can use a garden hose to wash your pavers but do not to direct water into the joints as this can displace the sand.

Clean Stains Right Away

When you notice stains, clean them right away before they set in. If you don’t clean them immediately, they can be very difficult to clean.

Remove Leaves

Do not allow leaves and other organic matter to build up on your patio, driveway, or walkway. Sweep or blow away leaves right away as some leaves can permanently stain your pavers.

Leave Moss Alone

If you have moss growing in the cracks, the roots go into the sand. Resist the urge to pull them. This is may sound counterintuitive, however, when you remove the moss, the sand will come out. This means you may have to replace the sand and, ultimately, the moss will return.

Clean and Seal Pavers

We recommend getting your pavers professionally cleaned and sealed.

By: ANDERSON LANDSCAPING INC | Created 10/30/2018

As nice as it is to have a lawn with beautiful green grass, the job of maintaining such a landscape can be difficult and require a considerable amount of work.

It is important to take the proper steps to ensure the grass you’re dedicating so much of your time to is healthy and full of potential.

Watering

One of the most important parts of growing a green lawn is making sure your grass has adequate water. However, your grass doesn’t require as much water as some might think.

Obviously as spring turns into summer, the weather will get hotter and grass will need more water to thrive. But even then, the rate of watering your lawn shouldn’t be too dramatic.

Weeding

One thing everyone with a lawn has in common is a healthy disdain for native weeds. But if you haven’t initiated a pre-emergence weed plan yet, you may have to get comfortable with a few unwelcome weeds growing in your yard.

The key to preventing weeds is to stop them before they start growing. It may be too late to stop a lot of the weed growth this summer, but it’s never too late to look ahead to future seasons.

Don’t cut too short

Cutting your grass down so far as to expose soil will allow weeds and pests to flourish in your yard and make it very difficult for your grass to recover.

Try to mow when it’s dry

This isn’t always possible, especially if you hit a patch of bad weather where it rains every day for a week, but it is preferable to mow when it’s dry outside to help prevent your grass clippings from clumping, which can lead to uneven cuts and potentially killing your grass if large clumps are not picked up after you mow. Wet grass also increases your risk of slipping while mowing, which can be extremely dangerous with a push mower.

Mix up your pattern

If you always mow in the same pattern, you will begin to create noticeable ruts with your mower and compact the soil in a manner which will make it harder for your grass to grow. Additionally, you will develop a grain in the grass which only goes in one direction, causing the grass to lean rather than stand up straight.

By: QUALITY STONES | Created 10/30/2018

Natural stone increase your home’s value, a significant advantage when it comes time to sell a property. Here you have 5 reasons why you should use natural stone in your home or business:

Natural stone is “cheaper” than other cladding materials.

If you are searching for the best return on your investment, this is the best choice because it adds lasting value to your home. Unlike manufactured products such as ceramic or porcelain tiles that become dated over time, natural stone endures, adding a long-term value to your property.

Durability:

It is resistant to decay and less susceptible to damage than other materials thanks to it natural properties. For example, granite is very popular for kitchens due to its durabiliy and strenght.

Natural stone is easy to care for:

While other products need to be sealed or painted regularly, this material keeps looking perfect for years. You won’t spend money or much time maintaining your home, only occasionally with a quick rinse.

Unique and beautiful style:

If you use this natural material, your house won’t look like every other house on the street. Each stone is completely unique and different. The rich variety of colors and textures of stones cannot be duplicated by manufactured products. There is a stone product for any style, from traditional to contemporary.

Energy efficiency.

Natural stone‘s thermal inertia helps maintain constant temperatures in your home’s interior, promoting thermal comfort and energy savings.

This natural product can add an extra touch of class to any space of your house: kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, pathways… changing the look of your house or business.

Installing stone in your home or business will be an intelligent choice, specially if you wish to raise the value of your property.

By: TWIN LAKES POOLS | Created 10/30/2018

The idea of having a pool in your own backyard will always be incredibly glamorous. But, in those daydreams, one crucial element of pool ownership is often forgotten: the maintenance.

Without a proper maintenance routine, your pool could succumb to a variety of less-than-luxurious conditions – green water, broken filters, and algae build up, just to name a few.

Here are pool maintenance tips that you need to try right now.

Make A Skimming and Scrubbing A Part Of Life

Skimming the leaves and debris off of the surface of the water is a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. For a truly pristine pool, skimming  should be done daily.

In addition to skimming, you need to scrub  the sides of the pool to prevent algae build-up. Thankfully, that doesn’t need to be done quite as often. You can get away with scrubbing once every other week. Just look for any growths and go at them with a scrub brush to keep your siding looking fresh and clean.

 

Think Of The Filter As Your Pool’s Kidneys

Your pool’s filter is responsible for removing impurities from the water – think dirt, leaves, and even small toys.

Most of the time, the pool can be cleaned by turning off the filter, removing the filter cap located on the pool deck, lifting out the filter basket, and removing any debris before replacing everything. It’s best to clean out your filter basket at least once a week.

Once a month you’ll also want to clean out the pipes utilized by your filter system, which you can do by backwashing. To do so, simply set your filter to “backwash,” remove the leaf basket and clean it out. Then turn on your pump and let it run until the waste pipe ejects clear water.

Pools Need Consistent Chemical Levels

Chemical levels are arguably one of the most important facets of pool maintenance.  Improperly balanced water looks murky, irritates skin and eyes, and can cause your pool to become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Testing the water is easy. Simply buy a few testing kits from your local pool store. Fill it with a sample of your pool’s water. Add the provided solution to the testing kit and close the vials. After a few seconds, your sample water will change color and a comparison of the sample water to the colors shown on the testing kit should allow you to determine the current chemical levels. You should adjust the levels, as needed, to achieve an ideal balance.

You Need To Keep An Eye On The Water Level

As important as the chemical composition of the water is, the physical water level is just as important. The levels will naturally fluctuate after a heavy rainstorm or an afternoon of kids doing cannonballs.

You want to maintain a level that is halfway up the opening of your skimmer. If the water is too low, simply use a garden hose to add the necessary amount of water back in. If the water level is too high, rent a submergible pump from a home improvement store to drain the excess.

Use A Tennis Ball To Absorb Oils

Most of the time when people think about tennis balls in a pool, they think about playing catch. However, those toys can do double duty.

When swimmers exit the pool, certain oils can get left behind in the water – suntan lotion, hair product, the natural oils produced by our skin. While it’s unpleasant to think about, luckily there’s an easy solution.

Simply throw a tennis ball into the water. The fibers used to make the tennis ball will help absorb the oils and keep them from leaving a slick sheen on top of the water.

Power Wash To Make The Pool Deck Shine

The area that surrounds your pool is just as important as the physical structure itself. You can help keep your pool deck shining by power washing.

Power washing, also known as pressure washing, will help get rid of any rust or weather stains that occur over time. You can rent a power washer at any home improvement store.

 

Schedule A Yearly Service Appointment

Sometimes you need to trust an expert. Especially when it comes to your pool’s mechanical equipment – pumps, filters, heating systems – you may not have the proper knowledge for care. At least once a year, have a pool service professional come out to check your devices.

By incorporating these pool maintenance tips into a regular cleaning routine, you can ensure that you’ll spend more time sunbathing than doing chores.

Whether you’ve just opened your pool for the very first time or you’ve been a proud owner for years, check out these tips to get your summer season off to the right start.

By: SHELF GENIE SWFL | Created 10/30/2018

Designing the right storage solution and getting a custom pantry that fits your needs is tricky stuff best left to closet designers and storage experts. Here are a few smart pantry design tips and storage ideas to help you as you work with a designer to build your custom pantry.

SHELVES FOR FOOD STORAGE

For better efficiency and visibility, shelves should be customized and separated based on need. For pots, pans, and appliances, shelves should be between 14 and 16 inches deep. Never any deeper! For food storage, shelves should be 6, 9, and 12 inches deep. It’s also never a good idea to stack food or cans in tall shelves. Instead, opt for shallower, shorter-height shelves. You end up saving space while getting better accessibility. Whether you have a custom reach-in closet or custom walk-in closet, the rules above apply. 

OPEN SHELVING

Open shelving in a pantry can maximize storage potential. It makes unloading groceries a breeze, and finding what you need and seeing what needs restocking extra easy. You can also help prevent visual chaos by eliminating messy-looking open boxes and instead decanting bulk food like cereal and sugar into uniform jars or bins. This provides a sense of cohesion while also keeping food fresh and providing visual cues about when to restock items.

PANTRY PULL-OUT SHELVES ARE FUNCTIONAL

Pull-out shelves can make life easier, allowing you to find and take inventory of food quickly; but, it comes at a price as this pantry storage solution tends to be a more expensive option.

HOOKS ARE HELPFUL.

For bonus storage space, add hooks on the back of your pantry door. These hooks can hang aprons, oven mitts, reusable shopping bags, and even pizza peels for quick access. In a pantry, taking advantage of vertical storage is essential and in the end, saves on space.

CORNER SHELVES ARE A WASTE OF SPACE.

They’re especially a nightmare in pantries, creating problems rather than solving them. Corner shelves in pantries eliminate visibility and make it really tough to access what you need. Essentially half of your stored items are blocked!

 

HIDE GARBAGE AND RECYCLING IN PANTRIES.

Don’t forget about your garbage and recycling! If you don’t like their garbage cans out in the open, but don’t have the pull-out garbage cans and recycling bins built into your cabinetry, you can customize shelving around these unsightly objects to accommodate them in any pantry space.

Now that you know what it takes to design a modern, well-organized pantry, you can make intelligent decisions about the storage solution best for you.

 

It’s time to make the most of your kitchen layout with a Custom Pantry and say, “goodbye, clutter hello, organization.”

By: RESTORATION DOCTOR LLC | Created 10/30/2018

Water damage can come from a wide range of plumbing issues. A slab leak, a bathtub overflow, a faulty water heater and more can cause tremendous damage in a short period of time and even pose a structural threat. Sitting water and extended periods of moisture can result in microbial growth and can seep through drywall, collect behind the walls and lead to dangerous mold spreading throughout a home.

 

When it comes to water damage, the first question for most homeowners is where to begin. The first step is take a deep breath. Then, you’ll want to work quickly yet systematically to minimize the damage.

Identify the Source of the Leak

There are many ways leaks are first identified. It is often a noticeable drip or a damp wall or ceiling. However, it can also be subtler, such as an area of the floor that feels unusually warm or the sound of water running through pipes when no faucets are turned on. If you suspect there’s a leak, the first step is to find the source. If it is hidden within a wall or under a floor, it’s wise to call a licensed plumber immediately. Even a small leak in a pipe within a wall or under a floor can result in damage and significant water loss.

Turn Off Water and Electricity from Main Source

In most cases, you’ll have to turn off the water at the main valve until the plumbing issue can be resolved. If there is flooding, also turn off electricity at the source. If you have to stand in water to turn off the electricity, don’t attempt to turn it off. Instead, call an electrician right away.

Evaluate the Damage

Once the water is no longer flowing, you can begin to assess how much repair and cleanup effort will be needed. Before any repair work begins, it’s wise to take plenty of photos and an inventory of damaged items if you’re going to file an insurance claim.

If the water damage is caused by a leak in a pipe, your best bet is to immediately contact a plumber to make the necessary repairs. However, if there is an inundation of water, you also may need to call a water removal company. A certified company follows set procedures to remove water and eliminate the possible health risks of water damage. It’s important to remember that the longer water sits, the worse the damage will be.

Remove Standing Water

If you will be removing standing water yourself, wear protective gear, including rubber boots, globes and a mask or respirator. Make sure to keep children and pets away from any standing water. Small amounts of water often can be removed using a wet-dry shop vacuum.

Dry Out the Area

Flooring, carpet and drywall will likely need to be replaced. Framing behind drywall may also be wet. Industrial fans are often used for several days to dry out structural elements before other repairs can be made.

Along with using fans, open up windows to reduce humidity and remove all wet items from the impacted area, including furniture, rugs, carpet, books and toys. While mold typically cannot be removed from carpet or rugs, other items can sometimes be cleaned and disinfected.

Detect Mold

Once the water has been removed, you can begin to identify visible mold. While it can be easy to spot in some areas, it can also grow in hidden areas, such as air ducts, crawlspaces, between walls and in rafters. Along with looking for patches of mold growth, use your nose to detect any noticeable earthy smell that indicates the likelihood of mold growth. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that mold begins to grow within 24 hours of exposure to moisture and will continue to grow until the moisture is completely removed and the mold is eliminated. In leaks that are undetected for an extended period of time, the mold growth can be substantial and require professional remediation.

Clean Surfaces

Hard surface items that were possibly exposed to mold should be cleaned with a non-ammonia soap and hot water then disinfected with a 10 percent bleach solution. Items with porous surfaces, such as furniture, clothing and bedding are more difficult to disinfect. The safe bet is to throw them out. However, if keeping them is a must, clean them with a pine-oil cleaner and let them dry out completely. Check them for several days after cleaning to ensure mold growth doesn’t return. If mold continues to grow, throw them out.

Preventing Future Water Damage

While it’s not possible to eliminate the risk of all plumbing leaks, there’s much you can do to minimize your chance of one happening again. This begins with fixing faulty plumbing, including leaky pipes, clogged drains and drainage issues. Regularly check washing machine and dishwasher hoses for cracks and your water heater for signs of rust.

It’s also smart to have the phone number of a skilled, professional plumber handy. Plumbing problems often happen at the most inopportune time. By having access to a trusted, quality plumber when you need one, you can eliminate the chance of working with a less-than-qualified provider who may or may not be able to fix your particular problem.

 

By: ADC ALL DESIGN CONCRETE | Created 10/30/2018

Concrete pavers are made from cement and is poured into forms, compressed, and air cured. Concrete can be formed into all sorts of shapes and sizes and pigmented in a wide range of colors.

Advantages of Concrete Pavers:
  • Less Expensive: Concrete pavers are less expensive than brick, due to the lower cost of raw materials.
  • More Choice: Concrete offers far more design and color options than brick. If you can imagine it, you can make it happen with concrete pavers.
  • Innovation: New and better concrete pavers are being designed all the time, so you might even find choices that correct the known downsides of concrete.
  • Easier to Install: Concrete pavers are precisely uniform and easier to cut, so they’re a popular choice for DIY projects.
Disadvantages of Concrete Pavers:
  • Color Can Fade: Since they’re dyed with color pigments rather than natural clay, concrete pavers can fade over time, especially in sunny areas.
  • May Need Sealing: Optional sealants can help prolong the color in concrete pavers but add to maintenance.
  • Surface Erosion: While brick tends to wear by chipping or cracking, concrete wears more gradually, eroding away the smooth finish and exposing more of the aggregate underneath. Over time, the surface of concrete pavers might look worn while brick stays retain their surface.
  • Varying Quality: Concrete varies widely in strength and durability depending on the manufacturer’s recipe, and sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of quality you’re getting. I’ve seen gorgeous concrete pavers that looked like natural stone, and I’ve also worked with cheap ones that crumbled and cracked before I even got started.
  • Shorter Life Span: While initially holding up better to traffic than brick, concrete pavers have a shorter lifespan (a couple of decades vs. generations).
By: SOUTH FLORIDA SEAMLESS GUTTERS | Created 10/30/2018

Your home is subject to the weather and water is harmful when it penetrates your home's exterior envelope. The primary role of gutters is to channel water away from the base of the house where it's likely to collect and find its way inside the foundation. Gutters move rain water away from your home before any problems occur.

 There are many ways that gutters protect your home, including:

  • Without gutters, water can damage landscaping and cause soil erosion around your home.
  • Water hitting dirt close to the house can create a mess when the dirt splashes back against the siding.
  • Concentrated water hitting decks and door entrances can splash back against the house causing high moisture levels which can lead to wood rot.
  • Safety entering and leaving a home may be a problem when people run to avoid a downpour.
  • Falling water may hit windows and leak, causing water damage inside the walls or on interior walls.
  • Rain water may find gaps in the siding, and when trapped behind siding, water can support mold growth and other problems.
  • Repeated exposure to rain water can reduce how long your home's painted surfaces last before they need to be re-painted.

 

Is essential that you keep your gutters clean and free of debris. Otherwise, the misdirected water can cause significant damage to your home over time, such as stained siding, rotting fascia boards, flooded basements, deteriorating landscaping, and even foundation problems.

Don't wait any longer to get rain gutters installed on your home. They will save you money down the road!!!

 

 

 

By: JSF Insurance Agency Inc. | Created 10/30/2018

People look at homeowners insurance as an option, and in reality it should be a necessity. Homeowners insurance will not only leave you stress-free, it will save you money in the long-run. Having insurance for your home will essentially help prepare you for the unexpected.

Here are 4 benefits to having homeowners insurance:

Protect You From Natural Disasters:

Natural disasters occur all the time, and unfortunately you can’t control if it damages your home. With home insurance, you can protect your home from common disasters such as, tornadoes, floods, and fires. Homeowners insurance will pay for repairs and save you a lot of money.

Protect You From Theft:

There is no worst feeling than knowing that someone has broken into your home. Having homeowners insurance will help in these unsettling situations. Home insurance can cover the cost of damages to your home, as well as, theft of possessions.

Protects You Against Lawsuits:

Someone can get hurt on your property. In this instance, they could potentially sue. If something like this happens, you want to be prepared and the best way to do that is by having insurance. Homeowners insurance will protect you against lawsuits by paying for medical bills and paying attorney fees. This will save you a lot of stress and money.

Mortgage Requirement:

If you plan on taking out a mortgage loan, your lender will require that you buy a limited level of insurance in case of a hazard. This is because your house is the lender’s collateral.

Homeowners insurance is not an option, it is a necessity. Check the benefits!!

By: TOP KITCHEN AND GRANITE | Created 10/30/2018

When you’re installing new countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, the number of options available can be daunting. Not only do you have to worry about the style you’re trying to achieve, but you also have to consider what you are going to be using your new custom countertops for. Weigh the options of different countertop styles and the materials to best match form and function.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops exude elegance in any home. Granite comes in a range of colors and carries a weight that ensures it will last a lifetime.

Quartz and Engineered Stone Countertops

Quartz is an engineered stone available in even more colors than granite! It has a nonporous surface that resists scratching and staining, and is low-maintenance.

Ceramic Tile Countertops

Durable and easy to clean, ceramic tile provides an inexpensive countertop option popular with many homeowners. You can design tile countertops with almost any pattern and/or color scheme.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are made of synthetics cut to size and finished on the ends. Easy to clean and maintain. Unfortunately, chips or scratches can be very difficult to repair, and seams often show after bonding. 

Wood or Butcher Block Countertops

Hardwoods such as maple or oak are the most common choices for wood counters. While water and stains can damage them over time, wood countertops are easy to clean and can be sanded and resealed as needed.

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are most often used in small applications such as bathrooms, fireplaces, and insets. Marble requires sealing, but it creates a classic and elegant look.

It can be tough to choose the right countertop with so many materials available on the market. Here are the most popular materials to help you decide.

 

By: CLOSET FACTORY | Created 10/18/2018
Personalized to your needs, we offer hundreds of ways to customize your closet design. Your closet designer will help you select from a wide variety of accessories and elements that enhance your personal style while best conforming to your budgetary requirements. Whether your taste is contemporary, eclectic, or somewhere in between, you are guaranteed to find the finishes, moldings, and embellishments you will love so that we can create a design that’s uniquely yours.
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