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By: UNIQUE PAVERS DESIGN | Created 03/20/2020

Types of Pavers and Where To Install Them

Pavers are a unique and smart decor option for several areas throughout the exterior of your home. After installation, they quickly boost your home’s value. They are easy to maintain and cost less to fix compared to poured concrete or asphalt. But you should not use certain pavers for certain projects.

We offer many different design and project options. We create driveways, home front accents, pool decks, fire pits, and more. You can view our photo gallery here! It is important to note that not all pavers are the same. We do not use the same type or size for all our projects. Different areas and designs call for different types of pavers.

There are three main types of pavers. Those types are natural stone, brick, and concrete. There are many different types of stone, brick, and concrete to choose from. In this blog, we are going to look at each type and talk about which pavers are best for your project.

NATURAL STONE PAVERS

Natural stone is a broad term. This is any stone that is not man made. If you can find it existing somewhere in nature on its own, it’s a natural stone. Common natural stone options include marble, granite, slate, travertine, limestone, fieldstone, and flagstone. Marble, granite, and travertine are more often used as interior tiles or countertops. Pavers are usually made out of the stronger natural stones. These are limestone, fieldstone, and flagstone. In this list, limestone is the strongest. Fieldstone and Flagstone are the most common.

Even though limestone is the strongest, we still do not recommend using it in high traffic areas. Natural stone can break under too much pressure. This means natural stone is not ideal for main walkways, driveways, or pool decks.

Stone is very easy to maintain. It needs no more than regular sweeping and rinsing. Naturally sourced stone can hold on to moisture. This makes this type of paver prone to freezing over in the winter. Freezing can create cracks in your beautiful stone. Homeowners in locations with brutal winters may want to consider another material to use in their design.

The colors in natural stone do not fade over time. No matter how much sun exposure they get, they keep their original shine. But, without regular maintenance, they can develop mold or mildew. This leads to a slippery surface on the stone.

Luckily, the upkeep for stone is easy. Complications are easy to avoid, though. We, at Unique Paver Designs, are experts in proper placement, installation, and upkeep!

WHERE TO INSTALL NATURAL STONE PAVERS

Natural stones are best for areas that do not get a lot of wear and tear. Limestone is best used for edging projects. For instance, lining a garden bed to keep soil and mulch tidy. Stone edging also allows for good drainage for your bed. Excess water can escape through the stone while keeping mud in.

Stone is a good companion paver to concrete. Place stone at the edge of a concrete project to help with water drainage.

Natural stone can also be a pleasing addition to any home front.

Natural stone pavers also tend to be bigger. This makes them ideal for a whimsical stepping stone path. They can make a beautiful accent walkway in your yard. Just be sure to sweep and rinse them regularly to avoid slippery stones.

BRICK PAVERS

On to our second material, brick. Brick was once a common building element. Over time, its popularity for buildings has dwindled. But brick is still an excellent material to use.

When we talk about brick it is important to clarify what that means. Brick pavers are often not traditional brick. Clay or a concrete aggregate mix poured into a mold makes brick pavers. Construction aggregate is many small pieces of material. Types of aggregate are gravel, sand, and crushed stone. Its purpose in concrete mixes is to add stability, volume, and strength. Dye is also added to the mixes. This helps them look more like a traditional brick. It allows for a greater color selection than traditional brick, though. There are also a variety of textures for added curb appeal.

Brick tends to fade a bit over time. To prevent this, ask us about sealing your brick project. Sealing is essential to preserving their lifespan. Brick pavers need sealing after every clean.

WHERE TO INSTALL BRICK PAVERS

Brick pavers are quite strong. This makes them ideal for driveways. Compared to stone, brick is much more durable under pressure. It can withstand the weight of more than one car without breaking. It is also stain resistant. So, this means you can stress less about oil stains on your driveway.

Brick is also an excellent choice for patios. Pop a grill on top of your brick patio! You can rest assured that any grease, propane, or charcoal will not stain your design. Sealing your brick helps make it, even more, stain resistant.

Brick will last a long time. On average, it lasts around 25 years. This makes brick a good choice for projects you need to last a long time. They also cost less than stone.

CONCRETE PAVERS

Finally, we come to the last of the three main types. Concrete is a versatile material. Like brick, concrete pavers are created in a mold. They come in a large variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Often, manufacturers dye the concrete to look like brick or stone.

There are two types of concrete pavers, architectural slab, and interlocking. Architectural slab pavers are thinner. This is the more aesthetic option when it comes to concrete. Slab concrete pavers are the type that look like stone or brick. But because they are thinner, they are a bit weaker. This makes them less ideal for a driveway.

Interlocking concrete pavers are thick chunks of concrete. They fit into each other perfectly. Think about it as a concrete puzzle.

Texture is another feature that concrete offers. Stamped pavers mimic the appearance of stamped concrete floors. But stamped concrete costs less than a large area of poured concrete.

Concrete pavers are very strong and the least prone to breaking. They are also very durable. But you have to seal them. Sealing concrete helps prevent stains and fading. We recommend sealing your concrete every two years.

WHERE TO INSTALL CONCRETE PAVERS

Concrete pavers are a good choice for almost any hardscape project. Placement of your pavers will determine if we decide to use slab or interlocking.

Slab concrete pavers are perfect for a natural look with a smaller price tag. These are great for patios, walkways, pool decks, or fire pits.

Interlocking concrete pavers are better for driveways. They are also the better choice for any area you want to have perfect edges.

WE CAN HELP!

Whatever your dream project may be, give us a call at 239-303-4450 today! Let us help you design your perfect project! Together, we can decide what design and material is best for your project.

For more information on our services, call us or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram! We would be happy to install your pool deck, driveway, fire pit, patio, and more!

By: UNIQUE PAVERS DESIGN | Created 03/20/2020

Finding the best paver installation company can often feel like a daunting task for many homeowners. There are not only a variety of options in the marketplace, but some disreputable companies claim to offer the world on a shoestring budget and fail to deliver on their promises. Buyers must beware of shoddy installation, poor quality pavers and bad business practices.

RED FLAGS TO LOOK OUT FOR

It’s sometimes difficult to immediately tell the difference between a legitimate company and one that is simply out to make a fast buck. Choosing the cheapest option when installing pavers rarely yields optimal results and will likely end up costing you more in the long run. Here are some red flags to look out for when considering this important investment on your property:

•Unusually short timelines
Although their promises sound tempting, companies who promise installation within days to a week or two may be unscrupulous. A short timeline from start to finish could indicate that the company is using non-professional-grade products or pavers that are not under warranty. Installing old or used pavers will likely leave you with cracks, chips and color fading, which will cost even more to repair or reinstall. Be aware that professional-grade pavers are made on demand of each project from trusted manufacturers, and can take 2-10 weeks to produce. Once the pavers are ready, the company will contact you to set up a date for installation shortly thereafter.

•No portfolio or online presence
Ensure that your chosen company has a multi-faceted visual portfolio of their work to prove the scope of their experience. Social media presence can also be a valuable resource in viewing work in progress, finished projects and community involvement.

•Secretiveness
If the company won’t offer viewing of prior projects, be cautious. Although by law they must protect the location and identity of former clients, there should be ample model homes or commercial projects that you can view in person.

•Poor (or no) reputation
As companies do business, they leave a reputation behind them. What if your company has no reputation at all? It is highly unusual for an established organization to lack a digital footprint in the 21st century. Check for a website and online reviews from various sources – and assess them for authenticity. Do they feel like real comments from real people?

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPANY

Don’t be dismayed in your search! There are numerous reputable paver installation companies out there. Here’s what to look for:

•Company Accessibility
Most reputable paver companies have physical offices and showrooms you can visit on weekdays. Look for businesses that have physical street addresses and professionals to talk to when you call. Even better, companies like Unique Pavers Design are owner-operated, and the owner reports to every installation to ensure you’re satisfied with the results.

•Education and peace of mind
A paver installer who educates you throughout the process is a wonderful find – and can be achieved by working with a business run by people who truly love what they do. Find one that treats you like an individual rather than a faceless number. After all, pavers are an important investment.

•Solid Warranties
Looking for a company who will fully back their product? You should be! If problems arise, you can rest assured that your pavers can be repaired or replaced. Unique Pavers Design offers a 5-year installation warranty and its manufacturers offer additional product warranties.

•Proper Licensing & Insurance
These factors are critical components for ensuring a safe and effective installation. You can ask the company for copies of these documents or find licensing status online. The Southwest Florida resource for finding a licensed installer is www.sunbiz.org, where you can research records to find companies who are abiding by lawful standards.

By: GROUT MAGNIFICENT | Created 03/20/2020

The main purpose of sealing your tiles and grout is to protect them from discoloration and stains. However, accidents are bound to happen and there is no way to avoid them completely.

You can clean sealed tiled floors with a mild cleaning solution. If you find a stain on your sealed tiles or grout, rub the area using a mild bleach mixture. You should be cautious not to use anything too abrasive, strong, or stiff like a metal brush, for instance. Such material will leave scratches on the surface of your tile and grout.

The problem with grout is that it needs to cured for at least a month before you can seal it. This is the duration during which you must be extra cautious since there will be no sealing to protect your grout against stains. If you discover a stain on your grout during this time, you should clean it up with a mild bleach mixture.

Whatever you do, don’t seal the stained grout. If you seal grout without removing the stain, it might not be possible to remove the discoloration later on.

Cleaning Sealed Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

Make sure that you vacuum or mop your ceramic or porcelain sealed tiles every day. Although these tiles are very resilient, they can lose their luster due to a build-up of sand and grit.

Instead of using a sponge type mop, it is better to use a chamois or rag-type mop. These kinds of mops are recommended since sponge mops tend to fill up the grout lines with dirty water. Make sure that you change the water often during cleaning. You may get a dull-looking or mucky floor if you don’t change the water frequently.

Need professional help to clean sealed tile floors? Contact us today.

Cleaning Sealed Stone Tiles

When cleaning natural stones like marble, granite, or slate, you need to exercise caution since the wrong kind of cleaner can ruin their surface. Therefore, you should use cleaners specifically formulated for stone tiles.

There are different kinds of stone tiles that require different cleaning methods.

·         Slate Tile

Make use of a mild detergent that does not contain acidic ingredients like vinegar or lemon. You should dry the tiles quickly after you have cleaned them to avert water spots.

·         Marble Tile

Although marble has a stunning appearance, it requires plenty of maintenance. Do not clean marble tile with an acidic solution.

You should not apply vinegar or lemon based cleaning solutions for marble. Don’t use anything that may be abrasive, such as scouring powders and brushes with stiff bristles, as these will scratch the delicate marble surface.

·         Granite Tile

You need a neutral pH solution for cleaning granite tiles. Just like marble and slate tiles, you need a mild cleaner for granite. Harsh or acidic cleaners will create discoloration or streaks on the surface of granite tiles.

Need professional help to clean sealed tile floors?

Contact us today.

By: GROUT MAGNIFICENT | Created 03/20/2020

After grout has set, you must remove the haze that develops on the grout surface. You should not wait for more than three hours after the grout has set to remove the haze. If you remove the grout haze within three hours of setting, you can do so with the help of a clean damp sponge. However, if you cannot clean the grout haze, you must buy a tile haze remover from a home improvement store or hardware store.

Tile Floor

If you want to renovate your room, you can create a clean, crisp, and tidy look by replacing the carpet with tiles. In case you already have a tile floor, then you can return it to its pristine look simply by cleaning up the discolored grout.

After you have your old grout replaced or repaired, you must ensure that the freshly laid out grout and the grout sealing are fully cured before you mop the floor again.

Kinds of Grout

Two kinds of tile grout are commonly used. They are the sanded type and the non-sanded variety.

Tile grout protects the integrity of your tile by securing your tiles firmly at their correct positions. Thus, with the help of grout, you can safeguard floors, walls, counters, or anything else that you are adding tiles to. In short, wherever you have tiles, you need grout to secure them with a strong foundation.

Non-sanded grout works well for finely-detailed mosaic work and also for closely packed tiles that have less than 1/8 inch gap between them.

Since sanded grout is much stronger as compared to non-sanded grout, it is the best choice for floor tiles.

Cleaning Up Grout

You must remove any grout that has spilled beyond the gap between the tiles.  The most convenient way of doing this is to make use of the grout float. You must ensure that you remove the excess grout while it is still fresh. Once the grout cures, you cannot remove it no matter how many times you mop the floor.

After scraping away extra grout that spilled on the tiles, you should apply a damp sponge to the area. Make sure that you rinse the sponge often. You should have two buckets of water at hand for this purpose. Use water from one bucket for cleaning the floor using the sponge. Use another bucket for rinsing the sponge after you have scrubbed the floor with it.

Make sure to squeeze the sponge firmly before scrubbing the floor. Squeezing the sponge thoroughly will leave the sponge damp enough to clean up the excess grout. However, water from the sponge will not drip onto the fresh grout.

While the grout is setting, you may notice a thin white film. This is the grout haze. You can remove it following the above-mentioned steps.

Conclusion

Whether it is cleaning, repairing, or laying out fresh grout, we can do it all. We can give a grout makeover to your tile floor that will leave it as good as new.

Contact us today.

By: WINDOW GENIE/NAPLES | Created 03/20/2020

How often are you cleaning your gutters? Overflowing gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems and cracked foundations. Failing to maintain your gutters can become a costly repair to your home. Window Genie offers gutter cleaning programs available for semi-annual or annual cleanings.

Never worry about whether your gutters are dirty again! With our priority scheduled gutter cleanings you can enjoy our year-round customer care discounts for any of our services. Leave the worry to us and put the Genie to work in your home today.

Why Gutter Cleaning?
Gutter systems are designed to control the flow of water away from your home, preventing a list of problems. Here are the 5 most common issues that can occur due to clogged gutters.

Flooded Basements – The number one cause of water damage in basements is clogged gutters. When rainwater comes off your roof and has nowhere to go, it will find the path of least resistance. This is, usually, inside your soffits and siding all the way to the lowest point in the home, your basement.

Cracked Foundations – When water is allowed to settle around your home’s foundation and freezes it causes a condition called frost-heave. This can cause severe cracks to foundation walls.

Insect breeding ground – Free standing water and debris filled gutters are a paradise for several species of insects. Mosquitos, wood destroying insects, wasps, and even termites can live inside your gutters and find their way into your home.

Rotten Wood – The result of moisture being trapped and cut off from air circulating to dry out the wood fascia around the house can destroy your home. The rotted area will quickly worsen if the gutters are not cleaned.

Using ladders and walking on roofs can be dangerous if you’re not equipped with the right equipment. Gutter cleaning by Window Genie will guarantee you clean and free flowing gutters. Call us today for service and get clean gutters done by a fully insured professional. Ask about our maintenance programs or multi-service discounts to receive even more savings. Don’t be left with high repair bills or collapsing gutters.

Call us today and put the Genie to work for you!

By: WINDOW GENIE/NAPLES | Created 03/20/2020

Window cleaning isn’t rocket science – we’ll be the first to admit it!

But that doesn’t mean some techniques aren’t better than others. I’m sure you’ve heard of a few different popular window cleaning hacks: everything from homemade cleaners, to using newspapers, coffee filters or even diapers to wipe the glass. Well, those may work just fine… but we’re here to tell you that you can recycle those newspapers, and keep the diapers on your babies (those are expensive, you know!) because all you need is a SQUEEGEE for quick and easy streak-free window cleaning this spring cleaning season.

 

The squeegee has been a staple in the window cleaning industry for years, but you don’t find many of them in the cleaning supply bin in most homes. Most people’s experience with squeegees are with those dirty double-sided tools found in the hanging mop bucket at the gas station. As one of the cleanest, most effective tools for cleaning glass or any flat surface, we thought we’d share a little history of and the many benefits of the squeegee… and some tips for first-timers!

The squeegee first emerged in the 18th century as an instrument used by sailors needing to scrape the decks of their weather-worn ships. Our humble squeegee even makes a cameo in Herman Melville’s classic American Renaissance novel Moby Dick, where it is called a “squilgee.”

Anyway… If you want to keep your windows sparkling between Window Genie appointments, here’s what you need to do:

  • Go get a squeegee!
  • Get a window cleaning mop/strip washer
  • Get a bucket & some dish soap
  • Practice, practice, practice!

You can purchase a small squeegee for inside your home from most home improvement stores – or of course, Amazon. Window Genie loves the Unger and Ettore brands.

Though there are no real secrets (remember, it’s not rocket science), practice is key. Over time you’ll develop a muscle memory, and this chore will become second nature. Our favorite method is to use snake-like sweeping motions. Pulling the squeegee straight across or down the glass may cause streaking, and your arms will tire quickly. Also, while there are a number of DIY window cleaning solutions floating around on the internet, we find that a simple solution of water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid works GREAT!

Here’s a quick video showing you that “snake” motion in action:

If just reading this blog post about window cleaning wears you out, you can always call in a professional. Spring cleaning to-do lists can really start to add up, so contact your local Genie – or any of our sister brands by visiting GetNeighborly.com! From maids, to handymen, plumbers and more… the Neighborly family of brands is there to help you clean, maintain and restore your home.

Bonus tip! Keep this in your back pocket for next winter: our blog, Cleaning Windows in Freezing Temps

By: LANAI LIGHTS | Created 03/20/2020

Have you ever considered installing some outdoor lighting? Do you wonder what good garden lighting can do for you?

You have worked hard to make your home look and feel good. After laying down your lawn, planting the flowers, setting up backyard seating and even a barbecue, there are still more ways to make your outdoors more cozy, warm, spectacular, and romantic. Consider adding your siesta lighting. Dim-Lighted outdoor lights will do more than you imagine.

Here are the benefits of siesta lighting:

Brighten Your Outdoors

The outdoors is a great place to entertain guests, have meals, play with kids and date your loved one. Illuminating your garden, patio and backyard, extends your living rooms, making the outdoors usable during night time. Lighting also makes the perfect ambiance for your family for get-togethers and your loved one for a romantic evening.

Adds Safety and Security

The illumination that outdoor lighting brings makes everyone safe. Light posts should be used to light pathways, walkways, driveways, stairs, and uneven areas. Outdoor will guide your family and guests and prevent possible injuries from slipping, falling or bumping. Lighting your backyard will also give thieves second thoughts in breaking in. Guests will also feel more comfortable and secured when your outdoors are well-lit. Siesta lighting should be applied on your patios, decks, pool and seating areas not only for the ambiance but also for safety purposes.

Highlight Special Home Features

With the use of proper lighting, guests may be guided on where to walk and not to enter. You may also highlight the beautiful aspects of your outdoors. Show off your fountain, ponds, flower beds or picturesque trees.

Increase Property Value

Some potential buyers see outdoor lighting as one of the desired qualities with superb architectural design, and even a major consideration in buying a house. While you could enjoy the ambiance, beauty, and safety of your outdoors, you could also expect big returns on your future investments.

Peace of Mind

Every homeowner’s dream is a place to have peacefulness. After a hard day’s work or a stressful meeting, everyone deserves to relax, lighten up and recharge. Outdoor lighting in your favorite garden can provide the perfect ambiance and peacefulness.

Now you know the benefits of siesta lighting, where to get the best outdoor lighting – Lanai Lights. With more than 3,000 satisfied customers- Lanai Lights, your Siesta Lighting FL expert has been providing quality outdoor lights. We have versatile, patented and innovative designs using energy-saving multi-colored LED lights. Our lights are safe, low-voltage and customizable. We also offer the best warranties and even a lifetime warranty to most fixtures.

 

You can contact us at 239-344-7502, our service technicians would be happy to serve at Siesta Lighting in Tampa Bay and our other Siesta Lighting Florida Service Area Offices.

 

Lanai Lights also offer the following lighting products like Original Captiva Model, Palm Beach Model, New Stylish Siesta Model, New South Beach Model, Sunset Strip Lighting, Accent Lights Commercial Lighting, Landscape Lighting and Dock and Deck Lighting.

 

Get fantastic, custom outdoor lighting solutions from Lanai Lights today! Spice up your outdoor living with exciting LED lighting that is also energy-efficient and sea turtle-friendly.

 

To know more about us, you can personally visit our Siesta Lighting Tampa Bay and our other Siesta Lighting Florida Service Area Offices, or check us out at https://www.lanailights.com/.

By: LANAI LIGHTS | Created 03/20/2020

Creating a beautiful environment is the goal of every homeowner. You try to plan every detail to create the space that you want. The use of special types of lighting is one of the techniques to add more style to your home. Accent lighting is a great solution to make your home more attractive. It is used to focus on lighting in areas or objects that you want to highlight or showcase. Accent lights provide more visual interest to any area. If you are looking to add more drama or you want to create a certain ambiance, accent lighting Florida accent lighting Tampa Bay is something you should look into. Picking out the right type of accent lighting is essential in order to achieve the perfect set up unique to your space and set according to your needs, desires, and aesthetics. Here are some of the essential things you need to know to help you decide what type of accent lighting in Florida accent lighting in Tampa Bay is ideal for your home.

 

Wall lights and sconces A sconce is a type of lighting fixture that is affixed to the wall — the wall is used as support, and the light is typical, though not always, directed upwards. Traditionally, sconces are mostly decorative and serve as general room lighting. Wall lights have more modern fittings, and a glass casing usually covers the light source. Wall lights and sconces can be used both indoors and outdoors. They are often used in corridors, hallways, and pathways as a point of interest and to provide illumination.

 

Track lights Track lighting is a modern method used when light fixtures are attached to a tracking device, and their position can be customized depending on where individual lights are desired to be focused. Individual light fittings can be independently controlled. Tracks are usually mounted on walls, ceiling, rafters, and beams. Track lights are often used throughout the house, especially in the living room, kitchen, dining room, and dens to give focal points of each room the right amount of light.

 

Undercabinet lighting This type of lighting is not just accent lighting but also works as task lights because they are typically used in specific areas such as the kitchen and workbenches in shops to give more focused lighting in spaces that need more direct illumination. These lights can be considered low profile because you can only see the light but not the fixtures.

 

Landscape lighting These accent lights are great to use outdoors to show off the features of the outside of your home and to level up the atmosphere of your space. They are often used to showcase prized architectural details such as gazebos, trellis, decks, lanais, fountains, and pools at night. Landscape lighting is also mainly used to light up pathways in the dark for safety and also for the security of your property.

 

Get fantastic, custom outdoor lighting solutions from Lanai Lights today! Spice up your outdoor living with exciting LED lighting that is also energy-efficient and sea turtle-friendly. Contact us at 239-344-7502 or visit our website at https://www.lanailights.com/.

By: CRYSTAL WATER CLEAR | Created 03/20/2020

Do you have concerns about your water? Do you want to know if your concerns align with the majority of the population in America?

 

In January 2019, The Water Quality Association conducted an independent study. This study, conducted through a third-party entity, reflected American’s concern for water quality. It was the seventh study in the past 15 years in which the WQA commissioned a professional research team. The team found the American population had lost faith in their water quality since 2017!

 

We have summarized their findings in our article. Let’s review the most significant findings, most pertinent to the general population today!

 

Major Findings

 

After their review of the population’s outlook on water quality, many had concerns. Citizens were either concerned or very concerned about water quality in their area. In comparison, the WQA’s 2017 independent study on water quality asked the same questions. At that time, only two years prior, only 18% of Americans were very concerned and 24% concerned.

Concern for water quality in America increased from less than a fifth of the population to over half. An increase to 48% of Americans have become concerned with tap water quality. These significant leaps of concern show something significant. The American people are more aware of the poor water quality in their water supply and their tap water.

 

The study found that 80% of households received water from a municipal water supplier. They found 12% obtained their water from a well, and 8% did not know the source of their water supply. Among those polled, 54% with a municipal supply, and 52% with well water are not confident that their water is safe. That is a significant amount of people who don’t trust their water supply.

 

Concerns On The Rise

 

Public awareness has increased since an increasing number of contaminated water stories spread. News stations around the nation continue to report stories of water contamination findings. Many are familiar with the case of lead in Flint Michigan’s water supply. Of course, Flint is not the only city in the US to have dangerous water contaminants. But, news coverage is shining light on the seriousness of the water quality crisis in America.

The Flint water crisis began in 2014. And many Michigan officials have recently stated the water is safe for consumption. Yet, many Flint residents are aware of the damage done and no longer trust officials. Lead leached into their drinking water from the corroding pipes. Many people are still unwilling to use the water supplied to their homes. And, for good reason.

 Public awareness of water quality is on the rise and we are so pleased about that. But, it may take years for some areas to receive government funding to fix their water supply issues. However, there are steps that residents can take to improve their homes’ water quality.

 

At Home Prevention

 

Whether for drinking, bathing, or cleaning, the water supplied to your home should be safe. We offer Whole House Reverse Osmosis Systems removing 99% of the chemicals in your water. Arsenic, lead, cyanide, copper, nickel, and other ions are significantly reduced. Our system removes the contaminants from the water supply throughout your entire home. The hardness of the water is also removed. Which eliminates limescale buildup on appliances and water fixtures in your home. Your water becomes softer on your hair and skin. The water will even taste and look purer! Any odors that may have been present before our system, disappear.

We provide a lifetime warranty, and we guarantee the least water usage. With our 100% money-back guarantee, you can breathe easier. You’ll love knowing you have water you can trust for your health and home. Don’t take a chance on the quality of your water supply! Let Crystal Clear Water Purification bring you peace of mind, as well as pure and safe water to your home! Contact us today!

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By: CRYSTAL WATER CLEAR | Created 03/20/2020

Could your drinking water be causing serious health effects? In short, the answer is yes! But why is it that drinking water in a first world country can cause severe health conditions such as cancer and infertility? For around 19 million Americans, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS) are to blame for weakened immune systems and other bodily harm.

What Are Perfluoroalkyl And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances?

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS) are manmade chemicals that have been used in many American and international industries since the 1940s. The primary use of these chemicals are within anti-stick products. Products such as non-stick pans and cookware, water-resistant clothing, firefighting foam, even makeup, and dental floss. Thousands of chemicals fall within the PFAS classification, and several scientific studies link them to serious adverse health problems. When these studies were published, the manufacturing of these chemicals began to phase out. However, you cannot take away past mistakes, and the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances were found not to break down quickly, building up in humans and animals over its time being used. The PFAS was seen as a contaminate among water supplies near manufacturing sites, airports, firefighting training locations, military compounds, and industrial plants. The Environmental Working Group has posted an interactive map on their site for you to explore the affected areas close to you.

The Danger Level

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are manmade chemicals, which means they do not naturally occur in the environment. The most common, and most dangerous, of the PFAS are called PFOA and PFOS. These two chemicals have been studies rigorously over the years and in 2015 were completely phased out. However, they still contaminate our water supplies.

Health risks associated with these chemicals include:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Endocrine System Disruption
  • Weakened Immune Systems
  • Increased Cholesterol
  • Increased Risk for Diabetes Development
  • Health Concerns of the Thyroid, Liver, and Pancreas
  • Hormonal Imbalances Leading to Infertility
  • Developmental Stunts in the Behavioral, Physical and Intellectual Growth of Infants and Children

Because the PFOS and PFOA’s are not naturally occurring organisms, they build up in the body. The properties were manufactured for resisting water and oils due to the products they were designed for, such as non-stick cookware. Digesting these chemicals out of the body is a long and almost impossible task, which allows the contaminants to build up in the body until that time. Although more than 200 international scientists have advised against the use of these compounds altogether, many manufacturing companies have replaced the older PFAS with newer chemicals in the same PFAS family, which have the same dangerous chemical properties.

Exposure To PFAS Contaminants

The largest and most common route of exposure to PFAS is through polluted water. Tap water and groundwater are all reported to be contaminated in at least 16 million documents cases within the United States and Puerto Rico. Many scientists believe the documented cases do not include all current or past contaminated cases because of the exclusion of private wells that have the same potential of contamination.

Aside from the exposure in water sources, the human body can also accumulate PFAS through food and food packaging. As recent as 2017, there have been reports of 1/3 of all fast food wrappers testing positive for PFAS, which readily adhere to greasy foods.

Preventing PFAS Exposure

While PFAS can be contaminating you and your loved ones through foods, wrappers, makeup, and floss, documented cases for water pollutants of PFAS greatly outweigh other contaminant routes. Read all labeling carefully for environmental sources of PFAS, and install a complete water purification system.

Crystal Clear Water Purification Systems remove 99% of all contaminants. Through our Whole House Reverse Osmosis Unit, you can rest assured your water will look, taste, and smell its purest form every pipe and faucet in your home. Appliances will last longer, and health risks are significantly diminished. With the Reverse Osmosis system, our membrane filtration process occurs under intense pressure and forces water molecules through tiny pores, allowing only hydrogen and oxygen molecules through the membrane. The chemicals are left on the membrane and out of your tap water. Minimizing your water waste, and electricity use, we pride ourselves with a lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee! Give us a call at 239-599-5762 or Contact Us on our website today!

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By: GLASS DESIGN | Created 03/20/2020

Are you interested in a unique way to bring your home to life? If so, it’s time to consider the many ways you can use glass to accomplish this goal! The possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to decorative glass.

Here are some of the most unique ideas to consider:

1. Frameless Shower Enclosure

A frameless glass shower enclosure gives your space the luxurious, high-end look and feel you’ve been dreaming of. Frameless shower enclosures have minimal hardware and clean lines.

Want to take it up a notch? We offer glass upgrades such as low iron/ultra clear glass, textured glass and cast/slumped glass. We also have in house artists that can fuse bubbles or etch a design on your new shower enclosure!

2. Entry Door

Is your entry dark and drab, lacking in natural light? Adding glass to your entry door is the perfect solution to this issue! An entry door with glass enhances the curb appeal and value of your home, and is also enjoyed on the interior of the home!

Glass Design has many options available-leaded and beveled, etched, textured glass, stained glass overlay and more!

3. Glass Backsplash

A painted glass backsplash is an easy way to upgrade the appearance of your kitchen. A glass backsplash will give your space a unique, custom feel.

Glass backsplashes can be completely customized to the homeowner’s taste, available in many textures and thicknesses along with custom color matching.

4. Bar or Vanity Top

Is your bar in need of an upgrade? How about your bathroom vanities? Rather than opt for a traditional countertop surface, such as granite or marble, consider utilizing a thick glass countertop for your bar or vanity.

Adding glass to your space will offer a unique, custom appearance. There are many textures, thicknesses and color options to choose from.

Contact Glass Designs

What do you think about these unique ways to use glass in your home? Could one or more of these be just what you’re looking for?

Contact us or visit our design consultants in one of our Southwest Florida showrooms today!

By: GLASS DESIGN | Created 03/20/2020

There are many benefits of hurricane impact glass- strength and durability, storm protection, security and safety, and even noise reduction. Many new homes in Florida are built with clear impact glass installed in the exterior doors, including entry doors and pool bath/lanai doors.

While the impact glass has it obvious benefits, many homeowners do not prefer the clear glass due to the lack of privacy. Glass Design has your solution!

Decorative Glass Installation

We are able to install decorative glass behind your existing impact glass. We install inside the existing frame on the interior of the home. It is finished off by our expert installers so precisely that it looks like it was there from the beginning!

In most cases, we can install decorative glass behind existing clear glass in entry doors, pool bath doors and windows, including transom windows above entry doors.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of installing decorative glass behind your existing impact glass:

  • Allows homeowners to keep their current impact glass in tact
  • Show your personal style: Decorative glass provides the opportunity to show your personal style and taste, all while giving your door and home a unique look and feel.
  • Add privacy to clear glass. MANY options and levels of privacy available!
  • Enhance curb appeal. (added benefit- you can enjoy the glass from the home’s interior as well!)

Contact Glass Designs

If you’re interested in installing decorative glass behind your existing impact glass, contact us to learn more about the options available to you. We’ll help you choose a design that suits your home, your style, and your budget.

Visit our talented design consultants in one of our Southwest Florida showrooms today!

By: NAPLES CLOSET | Created 03/20/2020

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By: FABRITECH | Created 03/20/2020

A pool cage is any structure that is enclosed with the use of screens on more than one side. It can be attached or unattached to your humble abode. It is not constructed and covered by the same materials used in the dwelling of where you live.

A pool cage design Marco Island is the one of the best and ideal retreats from the hot sun in Florida. Your pool is the natural gathering spot for friends and family for the whole year of enjoyment.

Investment of a pool cage design Bonita Springs with a quality of aluminum pool enclosure. Pool cage design keeps dirt, debris and bugs from getting inside your pool. Safety elements are included —keeping wandering kids and pets from getting into risky situations such as slipping or falling down.

When it comes to pool cage Naples, there is no option which one-size-fits-all. There are some factors on how you are going to determine the perfect pool design for your home and ensures that your budget, lifestyle and personal preferences will be achieved. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Surrounding Inspection

-this is one of the wisest things to do when you are around the area:  inspect the surroundings. You are going to do this before beginning any of  your property enhancement. Pool cage designs Fort Myers might need some removal of plant and garden decorations to give space for the new structure. When adding a pool enclosure, you might want a friendly notification to your neighbors to avoid any issues.

2Quality materials is a must 

 Pool Cage Design Cape Coral must provide enjoyment outdoors for years to come. High-quality aluminum is water and rust resistant. Furthermore, the aluminum is chip and very resistant to scratches. Pool  Time is fun and very relaxing. You don’t need to worry about a minor accident that will damage your enclosure.

We have the best screen options to match every buyer’s budget. Pool Cage Design Port Charlotte has a fiberglass mesh screens that keeps bugs, dirt and debris out of your sight. Because of the safety this pool cage design gives, you’ll have plenty of sun and fresh air to breathe and feel. High-quality enclosure materials can also help with your pool’s climate. Control simply by using nature together with protection and privacy.

Pool Cage Design North Port also lets you save time and money on pool heating and maintenance.

3Know the Maintenance Involved 

-proper maintenance is the key to longevity and integrity of any Pool cage  design Venice. Regular inspections of the pool cage design keep you from spending a lot of money.  Customers praise our work and the products durability consistently and  because of its high-quality and long-lasting materials. If you are from Estero,

Pool cage design Estero has team members that are always glad to answer your queries and address any of your concerns related to pool  enclosures that will give you peace of mind.

4. Ask the experts

-it is a fact the aluminum pool cage design Punta Gorda adds value and interest in any properties. Fabri-tech agrees that pools are a big improvement when it comes to selling potential. Furthermore, most insurance companies gives discounts for homeowners with pool cage design Lehigh Acres

Our friendly and knowledgeable team members are always on the hand to answer any questions and offer valuable advice on different kinds of property enhancement solutions.

Contact us at 1-800-281-1289 or 239-772-9825 today for a free consultation. Our team will be happy to come to your home and business wherever in Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, North Port, Venice, Estero, Punta Gorda or Lehigh Acres. You may also reach us through our website: http://bit.ly/fabritechscreens-contact

By: ALUMICENTER | Created 03/20/2020

Enjoying the great outdoors is a wonderful way to get outside and spend time with nature, family, and friends.

When it comes to your patio cover, there’s no shortage of materials and styles to choose from.

Aluminum patio covers offer you a wide range of benefits along with beauty, durability, and versatile style. Read on to discover why these patio covers are the best choice when it comes to enhancing your favorite outdoor space.

The Advantages of Aluminum Patio Covers:

There are several fantastic benefits to choosing an aluminum patio cover over other materials. This versatile metal can block the rays of the sun, keeping you cool and comfortable with plenty of shade from those hot and harmful UV rays.

Aluminum is a great way to keep you cool and comfortable while still allowing for ample ventilation to ensure proper airflow. It works well in the summer to keep you shaded and cool, and it’s also great in the winter as it helps the sun to warm your home naturally.

Aside from getting plenty of shade while you’re outdoors, aluminum patio covers will keep your patio space safe from the elements. These covers are highly durable and can keep your valuable items like patio furniture and decor from getting damaged due to too much exposure to rain and snow.

Another benefit to choosing aluminum is its ultra-simple and easy maintenance. You won’t need to take the cover down during the winter since aluminum can handle plenty of wear and tear. Fabric covers can stretch and tear, resulting in the need to replace them and costing you more money in the long run.

You also won’t need to worry about staining and sealing aluminum patio covers. Aluminum is also unaffected by humidity and exposure to water which means your patio cover will last for years to come. This material also holds its color well and won’t fade after exposure to sunlight.

Aluminum also does not attract pests and will not rot like wood and other materials can. You can also customize your patio cover to make it unique to you. Choose from a range of sizes, designs, and colors to create a customized cover that can shade your porch, patio, or deck in style.

By: ALUMICENTER | Created 03/20/2020

Spending time outside is a great way to entertain and to enjoy the warmer weather. No matter how large your yard or patio is, there are several things you can do to get more from the available space you have.

When you install aluminum patio covers, you can choose the size to accommodate your yard or have it extend even further than the existing patio. This will give you more shade and extra room for things like outdoor dining tables, chairs, conversation sets, and of course your grill.

You can also opt to have an aluminum cover installed over an outdoor kitchen. The extra shade will make it much more comfortable for you to prep and cook meals for your family and your guests. Of course, a patio cover is just one way you can increase the amount of outdoor space you have.

Tips for Your Yard and Patio.

You can make the most of your outdoor area by installing a new aluminum patio cover. Here are some other helpful hints that will allow you to get more usable space from an outdoor living area:

  • Install stone or concrete pavers to create a comfortable “floor” or walkway for the outside that will make it easier to walk, place furniture, and just enjoy the outdoors.
  • Use comfortable outdoor furniture that doubles as storage, such as a large bench with a flip-top lid. This gives you a place to stash extra items and keep them out of the way to make more room for enjoying the outside.
  • Designate a large seating area by adding a big outdoor dining table. A large table gives you plenty of room to sit down food and drinks, and it’s also easier to accommodate lots of guests at once together in one location for dining and entertaining.
  • Choose a lighter-colored aluminum patio cover that will give the illusion of a larger yard or patio. These lighter shades will also be cooler and won’t absorb the heat of the sun.
  • Create a center focal point with an outdoor fire pit or fireplace that will serve as the centerpiece of your patio. Position furniture around the fire pit so you can customize the outdoor living space and place everything around the fire feature.
  • Instead of individual lawn chairs, add roomy furniture like an outdoor couch that can seat three or more people together. This ensures that you’ll get the most available seating from the space you have.
  • Replace a standard back door with a large sliding glass door you can leave open to create a nice, smooth flow from the inside to the outside.

These are just a few ideas to help you get inspired to create your own unique outdoor living space. Combine a few different things to ensure that you’re getting the most livable outdoor space possible for relaxing and entertaining.

By: CLASSIC MARBLE RESTORATION INC | Created 03/20/2020

Marble is one of the few stones that has many uses. Thanks to its chemical properties, marble has applications in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, paper, paint, and cosmetics among others. One of its chiefs uses is in construction. Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the world. Built between 1632 and 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it was constructed with marble.

The Lincoln Memorial was built between 1914 and 1932 and was constructed using marble from different locations. The statue of Lincoln himself is built with white marble from Georgia. Marble is a beautiful natural stone but due to wear and tear, its finish can be diminished over time. To bring back the beauty and shine of marble, you need a professional restoration expert.

In this article, we highlight everything you need to know about the marble floor restoration process.

Marble Floor Restoration Process – Step by Step Guide

There are four steps involved in the marble floor refinishing process. They are:

  • Grinding
  • Honing
  • Polishing
  • Sealing

Let’s take an in-depth look at the steps above.

Step One- Grinding

Ever wondered why marble is shiny? Well, it is a translucent material. As such, it allows light to enter resulting in a soft glow. Marble is also soft and fine-grained. Grinding is a process whereby experts remove all ledges and roughness. This step highlights the smooth look we’re accustomed to with marble floors. Aside from adding shine and smoothing out surface imperfections, the grinding process removes stains and scratches too.

Step Two – Honing

Honing is a marble floor restoration process that helps to smooth the floor. In this process, experts use industrial diamond pads to bring back the shine on dull marble. This process is particularly useful in high traffic areas where stone erodes as a result of abrasion between shoes and the stone. The industrial diamond pads remove deep scratches and stains and help give the marble a uniform appearance.

Step Three – Polishing

In the polishing stage, experts will apply marble stripper. After application of the marble stripper, experts will rinse the floor with clean water and will then allow the surface to dry completely before polishing. Marble restoration experts will use a floor buffer to polish your marble floor. To achieve that high, even gloss, they’ll apply the buffer and polish the floor three times.

Step Four – Sealing

Kitchen floors and counter tops come into contact with greasy and acidic substances- like lemons, vinegar- that can damage your natural marble over time. To protect the mirror-like finish, ask our experts about applying stone sealants to your natural stone counter tops or floors annually. The sealant helps close pores on the marble surface and protect it against damage for a longer period of time, which means you won’t need to have it polished as frequently.

Keeping Your Marble Floor Clean and Shiny

Our restoration experts can clean, polish and seal your marble floors. With the proper care and restoration as needed, the beauty of marble floors will last for many years to come.

Looking for professional marble restoration experts? Talk to us and restore beauty back to your floors.

By: CLASSIC MARBLE RESTORATION INC | Created 03/20/2020

Marble floors are a gorgeous feature in your home. They go with many of the latest interior design trends, but if marble floors aren’t properly maintained, they’ll lose their luster over time. But how do you clean marble floors?

Let’s give your floors a little TLC with these five essential marble restoration tips for a beautiful finish.

1.DO A LITTLE PREP

Before doing anything to bring back your floor’s shine, remove dust and dirt by sweeping and mopping.

Next, you’ll wash it. Here’s how to wash a marble floor:

Mop with a simple, non-abrasive cleaning solution like a mix of baking soda, dishwashing liquid, and water.

In a quart of warm water, mix about three tablespoons of baking soda and a squirt or two of mild dishwashing detergent.

Be sure and rinse the floor after mopping with the home-made cleaning solution. Then let the floor dry.

2.STAIN-AWAY

After you clean, you’ll see if any stains remain on your marble floor.

One of the best ways of removing stains while cleaning marble floors is with a poultice.

Find a powder, like a talc, plaster of Paris, baby powder, or even flour. Mix it with water until it has the consistency of sour cream, then apply it on top of the stain.

Cover it with plastic and tape down the edges. Wait until the poultice is hard over the next day or two. Then remove with water.

Don’t worry if the stain isn’t completely gone the first time. Tough stains might need more than one application.

3.DON’T BE TOO HARD ON IT

It might be tempting to scrub tougher stains. But avoid that temptation.

Using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges and scrubbers can damage your beautiful floors.

Acidic chemicals can leave an etched spot on your tile. Check the pH balance of chemicals before applying to your marble.

4.IF YOU HAVE ETCH

Don’t scratch an etch. If you’re already dealing with an etch in your floor, treat it carefully.

Use a light fine-grit sandpaper. Start with 800-1000 grit and sand gently. Once the etched spot matches the finish of the surrounding tile, finish with 1500 and 2000 grit paper.

Be patient. This is a slow process when done correctly.

5.SHINE ON

Once your floor is clean, stain-free, and the etches are smooth, it’s time to add some shine.

Knowing how to shine marble floors isn’t hard. Try a mix of baking soda and water combined into a paste. Use a microfiber cloth to apply the paste, then allow it to dry.

Rinse it with water. Then buff to a shine with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Show Off Your Home With Marble Restoration

Most marble floors need a little TLC to bring back their shine. With a little time and effort, these simple home marble restoration tips return floors back to life.

But some marble floors next more love.

If your floors need heavy duty care, we’re here to help. From scratch repair to sealing, no job is too big or small for our team.

Contact us for a free consultation on cleaning and polishing your home’s marble!

By: KITCHEN TUNE UP WEST COAST | Created 03/20/2020

There are so many ways to design a kitchen. At Kitchen Tune-Up, we’ve got a comprehensive catalog practically bursting with colors for every occasion and materials for every look you could possibly want to create. But all that choice can be a bit much if you don’t know where to start.

That’s where mood boards can come in and help! By assembling your general feelings, you can help better communicate the look you’re going for. For example, what we’ve got here is a very neutral mood board. Lots of off-white and beige colors, even the cabinet is very understated. 

Kitchen color trends

It’s hard to nail down “the” kitchen color trend of the moment, because there are so many going around, but one of those is something known as greige. Adding grey undertones to lighter colors like beige, green or blue has always been a popular way to add some sophistication to any kitchen. These colors are able to retain a sharp, clean vibe while still looking pleasant and liveable.

Minimalism

So why are neutral kitchen tones so popular? It’s for a couple of reasons. They’re easier to maintain, and they bring an air of traditionality to any kitchen. But the biggest reason why neutral tones like these keep cropping up in the latest kitchen trends is because of their versatility. Pair any accent feature you want with the look from this mood board and it’s going to mix really well.

A bright splash of color on a kitchen island or even some flashier cabinet handles can really shine against a background like this. A neutral starting point lets you decorate using minimal accents to get your aesthetic point across.

If you’d like to see for yourself how well small details shine against a neutral-themed kitchen, take a glance at our handy design tool. Go ahead and plug in any combination you can think of!

Not sold on beige and grey? There’s a lot more kitchen design inspiration out there if you’re looking for it. Check out some of the other mood boards we’ve created, or you can head to the Kitchen Tune-Up project gallery to see some of the work we’ve done firsthand!

By: KITCHEN TUNE UP WEST COAST | Created 03/20/2020

When it’s time to give your kitchen a refresh, you have more options today than ever before. At Kitchen Tune-Up, we’ve got a comprehensive catalog bursting with colors for every occasion and materials for every look you could possibly want to create. But all that choice can be overwhelming if you haven’t narrowed down your options first.

A mood board can be a helpful tool in getting your general feelings wrangled before you commit to specific materials. This board encapsulates the simplicity of traditional wooden kitchen cabinetry along with a neutral palette and light colors.

A welcoming look

Wood offers a rustic, welcoming look to any room. Especially dark wood like this that, although treated, still appears very natural. Many modern kitchen designs strive for this level of connection to nature. Wood brings a lightness to most kitchens and when combined with a pale color palette like this, can make many rooms seem larger and more open.

The colors at play here are also very natural. While brightly colored cabinetry has been becoming more popular lately (think bright blues and deep hunter greens), there is still a strong trend towards neutral tones like the ones on this mood board.

Designing for contrast

Wood is incredibly versatile. It fits with a lot of aesthetics almost effortlessly. While the initial thought is that wood brings with it an older, more traditional vibe, you’d be surprised how nicely wood features can pair with a splash of matte black or a gunmetal faucet.

Want to see for yourself how well wood pairs with modern kitchen elements? Take a swing with our handy design tool. Go ahead and plug in any combination you can think of!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, you can check out some of the other mood boards we’ve created, or you can head to the Kitchen Tune-Up project gallery to see some of the work we’ve done firsthand!

Creating your new kitchen is a journey, and we want to make sure you get the look and feel that best suits your home. If you have your own mood boards that show off the look you’ve been dreaming of, then we’d love to have you share them with us!

By: ENCORE GARAGE OF SWFL | Created 03/20/2020

In , home owners seem to take a special pride in their garages. Garage floor coating and garage cabinets in have become one of the most popular home improvement services of the last ten years. home owners regard their garages as an integral part of their homes. Much more than just a place to part their cars, garages are a place to store, organize and utilize. Whether hobby centers, man caves or kids sports play areas, garage in have taken center stage.

garage organization starts with a plan based on first determining which items need to be kept and stored in the garage and which needs to go. Once it has been decided what will be kept, a design plan needs to be developed to allow for the efficient storage of all items. How the garage will be utilized, expectations and budgets need to be discussed. Garage storage in generally includes a combination of closed cabinet storage, wall storage using SlatWall systems and overhead storage using ceiling mounted racks.

In homeowners want their garages to look and feel like an extension of the home itself so aesthetics play a big part. Garage floor coatings in has become a must in any garage organization and enhancement project. garage floor coating sets the stage for a space that will soon take on an entirely new and improved feel. An epoxy and/or polyaspartic flooring system providing a simulated terrazzo and granite look with a richness making the garage feel like an interior room in the home. garage floor coating systems also protect the concrete and make it easy to clean and maintain.

Top garage design experts in know how to take a project from start to finish to deliver a garage transformation that will add value to the home while significantly improving the homeowners quality of life.

By: THE HANDYMAN COMPANY | Created 03/20/2020

When you buy a home, it’s an incredible feeling. Whether it’s your first house or one of many you have owned there are always going to be challenges, unforeseen repairs, and renovations that will come up. It’s estimated that the average American homeowner spends between 1% and 2% of their homes value per year just to maintain the home and do basic repairs. That percentage will rise significantly if you should decide to remodel or do heavier construction tasks

Most homeowners become ‘do it yourself’ experts simply out of necessity. The reason being that most handymen and contractors charge the same amount per hour, regardless of the work being done. So something simple like changing out the screens in your windows could cost the same per hour as complex electrical work. But even if you can do something yourself, there is also great value in hiring a professional depending on the skill level involved in the job. The various factors and questions that go into deciding what you can do yourself and what should be hired out is precisely what we are going to talk about below.

1) Will the job affect my safety?

DIY jobs are generally going to be small and non-life threatening. If you are considering tackling something bigger you should begin with asking yourself what the worst-case scenario would be if you do it incorrectly. If the answer is something that could harm you and your family, then you should seriously consider hiring the task out before continuing.

2) Does the job require a permit?

The requirement of a permit should be a red flag on any DIY project. A building permit is a simple document that insures any construction activities were done correctly and the resulting building or renovation will be up to code. If you are confident you can complete the task and have the necessary skills to do it safely, then you can easily apply for a permit with the city. It’s important to note that if you should push forward with a job without first obtaining a permit you are putting yourself at risk down the road for possible fines or even difficulty selling the house.

3) Do you know the scope of the job?

Writing down the scope or the tasks required to complete the job before you begin will help you to visualize the process from start to finish. This will also be a good chance for you to tie in inspiration and solidify what you would like the final product to look like. From there just break down your costs for building materials, tools and how much time it will take to complete. Once the scope is finished it will help you to decide whether or not to continue on your own or to hire the job out.

4) Are you prepared to commit the time?

Most homeowners are ‘weekend warriors’ who work on house projects in the off-time between their jobs and family. One of the most important factors to consider is whether or not you will have the time to complete a DIY job. In some cases, a job that would take you weeks, could take a handyman for a couple of days. If you take the time to lay out the scope of the job, we discussed above it will give you a good idea of how much time you will need to set aside.

Whether you chose to do the job yourself or if you chose to hire a local handyman to help you with your projects, know what you are getting into either way. At The Handyman Company, we have years of experience that can help you navigate through any home construction project. Give us a call and we can give you an honest estimate and a helpful outlook.

By: THE HANDYMAN COMPANY | Created 03/20/2020

For most parts of the country, hurricanes are not something people think about on a regular basis. But for residents of the East Coast and around the Gulf of Mexico the mention of hurricanes brings back painful memories of huge storms that ravaged their homes. Hurricane season officially takes place from June to November every year, with the peak of storm activity happening somewhere between August and October. Unfortunately, even though hurricanes and other extreme weather are becoming more common, people still do remarkably little to prepare their homes and family for a natural disaster. This post will hopefully give you some valuable tips and insight on how to prepare your home for a hurricane.

1) Reinforce the Garage Door

The garage has the largest door in your entire home.  Although it may seem solid, during a hurricane, garage doors have a tendency to fold in on themselves and collapse. Once the garage door has collapsed it will give the hurricane-force winds the foothold they need to enter your home and possibly rip the roof off.

To reinforce your home’s garage door the best option would be to install a double garage door, which has been shown to hold up to extreme winds and impact damage. Those can be expensive though, so a more cost-effective option would be to purchase a wind brace kit. A wind brace kit will give you all the tools and supplies you need to add vertical metal bars to the more susceptible parts of your garage door.

2) Install Roof Clips

In some Southern states or other high-risk areas, roofers will take preventive measures against hurricanes when they install your roof and put in roof clips. These metal clips that roofers install are also referred to as ties or hurricane straps. The purpose of roof clips is to increase the strength of the roof where it ties into the walls of your home. The goal is that the more points of contact there are hold your roof in place, the less likely it is to be torn completely off. A roof clip kit can be purchased from your local home improvement store or ordered online. It would also be beneficial for you to perform regular roof inspections to make sure nothing is damaged or out of place before a storm.

3) Protect Your Windows

Before a storm, you will often see homeowners taping their windows. While some may assume this protects the glass from high winds, it actually doesn’t. Tape does, however, help to keep the glass in larger more manageable pieces when it does break. The best budget solution will always be sheets of plywood laid over the windows and then secured with clips. Plywood will protect the glass from impacts and most wind. If you want a more permanent solution, then we suggest purchasing hurricane shutters or impact shutters. These specially designed shutters will offer the ultimate protection from the high winds and flying debris associated with hurricanes.

If you are unsure about where to start with your hurricane preparations or simply need a second opinion, contact the Handyman Company today! One of our helpful team members will supply you with all of the information you need to prepare for hurricane season.

By: HORIZON PUBLIC ADJUSTERS | Created 03/18/2020

The most important thing in a fire insurance claim is to make sure that everyone is safe and sound. Fires are extremely dangerous and destructive. In addition to the actual damage from the fire’s flames, smoke damage is very dangerous and damaging. The resulting fire damage must be professionally evaluated by an experienced public adjuster.

Did you know that in South Florida and other parts of the country most of the damages in insurance claims comes as a result of a fire are smoke damages? Smoke travels and penetrates throughout the A/C system and your air ducts travel throughout your entire property. Even though a fire may be contained to one small room, the smoke from that fire can damage an entire house. Smoke goes into the cavity of the drywall and is absorbed inside all wooden materials in your property as well as your clothing fabrics and personal item. Even after thorough cleaning and painting to your property, this still doesn’t get rid of the smoke damages.

By: CLOSET FACTORY | Created 03/18/2020

Out of season clothes

Depending on where you live, your wardrobe may change drastically as the seasons change. For some people, their closet situation could be in disarray because they don’t know what to do with out of season clothes. To help those of you out who struggle with this, here are five tips on storing out of season clothes.

1. Always clean wardrobe before storing them long term

bundle of clothes

It’s safe to assume that most people know that they shouldn’t store dirty clothes long term. When it comes to wardrobe that isn’t cleaned often like a thick winter jacket, it can be easy to overlook that these items can be filled with stains and dirt that aren’t noticeable at a quick glance. Even if you think everything is clean, it is better to be safe than sorry and clean them again before setting them aside for storage. If you don’t clean them, stains can darken and removing them will become more challenging.

2. Avoid cardboard boxes

don't store out of season clothes in dirty cardboard box

Cardboard boxes are the go-to option when people want to store something long term. Other than moving, you should never store clothes in a cardboard box. If they get wet, it will lead to mildew. Cardboard boxes will also do a terrible job of keeping bugs from getting into your clothes. Instead, opt for plastic containers with a lid which are easy to obtain and won’t cost much.

3. Use a garment rack with a built-in cover for hanging items

store out of season clothes

For delicate items like dresses and suits, you are going to want to give them a bit more attention than simply folding them into a container. Instead, invest in a garment rack with a built-in cover. This will allow you to keep those items hung and safe from dust and bugs. While something like this might sound expensive, they are fairly cheap and can be placed just about anywhere.

4. When space is at a premium, vacuum seal your wardrobe

vacuum seal clothes for storing out of season clothes

Vacuum sealing your wardrobe will suck the air out and reduce the size to a fraction of the initial volume. That is great for those who are unsure what to do with items they have no intention to use and don’t have the space to keep them in the closet. Vacuum sealing wardrobe also gives you the benefit of protection from dust and moisture. The downside of vacuum sealing for an extended period of time is that some items made of natural fibers like cotton need air to retain its shape. So, unless you have to, it may be best not to vacuum seal.

5. Store in a cool, dry place

linen storage boxes for closet

Avoid storing out of season clothes somewhere that gets a lot of sunlight or is prone to moisture. While the garage or attic is a great spot in theory, they are not ideal for clothes. Better storage locations would be a spare linen closet, the top shelf of your bedroom closet, or under the bed.

Properly storing clothes that are out of season will keep them in pristine condition and help keep your main closet clean and organized. For more home organization inspiration, visit our blog and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

By: THE CLOSET FACTORY MIAMI | Created 03/18/2020

custom walk in closet with a sunglass storage system

Whether you are looking to help your elderly parents stay comfortable in their home or you are looking to future proof your house, it’s never too early to start implementing home storage ideas suitable for senior citizens. Because of its size, the closet can be an area that is glossed over when optimizing a home for older people. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to optimize the closet to be functional for people with physical limitations. Here are some closet optimization ideas to help you age in place.

Use built-in organization systems

traditional style closet design

Hung closet systems should be avoided at all costs for the elderly. As a person’s mobility deteriorates, they might use their surrounding environment to help balance themselves. In a closet with a hung system, an elderly person might grab onto something and bring the whole system down. A structurally sound built-in system is a much better investment as it is both higher quality and safer than hung systems.

Lighting

led lights

Closets with customized LED lighting is considered a luxury feature. They look absolutely incredible in a closet by illuminating your wardrobe. However, if your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, it can make a huge difference in being able to see what you are looking for. Lighting will also reduce the chances of tripping on something on the ground that might not be visible in the dark.

Pull-down rods

age in place pull down rod

Pull-down rods are mostly seen in closets with high ceilings or shorter homeowners. For someone who uses a walker or is in a wheelchair, pull-down rods are extremely valuable. They will allow them to still have access to the contents that are high and hard to reach. Luckily, pull-down rods aren’t as tricky to install or use as you think. They also add an extra element of luxury to a closet.

Open shelving

traditional acanthus wood walk-in closet

For some people, it might be better to opt for open shelving versus having doors or drawers. Open shelving makes your items easier to see and easier to access because you don’t have to open or close anything. Other than the physical benefits, some people just like the visual style of open shelving. They can help make a closet a statement piece.

Shoe shelves, drawers, or racks

pullout shoe rack for closet

Storing shoes on the floor of a closet is relatively common. For most people, that leads to disorganization. For an older person, it might lead to something much worse. Bending down to reach shoes as an older person opens the possibility of tripping or pulling something. There is no reason to take that risk. Get shoes off the floor with drawers, shelves, or racks.

Adjustable rods and shelves

LED rods

Having everything within arm’s reach is obviously critical for an older person. However, it isn’t practical for someone who is perfectly capable of reaching for items on higher shelves to have those areas go to waste. That is where having adjustable rods and shelves comes in handy. You can enjoy all of the dimensions of your closet today, and when the time comes, you can adjust the rods and shelves so your wardrobe is easily accessible. If you have a system like the ones, we offer, adjusting is simple.

Seating area

beautiful large walk in closet with 2 island

It can be challenging getting ready for the day if you have chronic ailments. A seating area can aid in that process. This can be as simple as getting an ottoman or as thorough as having a bench attached to a center island. Just get something that is comfortable for you.

How to get started

woman designer for home office

It can be a daunting task to try to figure out all of the moving parts of a closet that is designed so you can age in place. One of our designers can work with you to plan out your closet from scratch and give you a design that combines style and functionality. They can give you a thorough understanding of where everything can be stored and how everything can be adjusted for the future.

Schedule a free consultation with one of our designers and get started on optimizing your closet today!

By: THE CLOSET FACTORY MIAMI | Created 03/18/2020

cluttered room

It’s safe to say that a clean and organized home is fantastic. One of the biggest elements preventing a clean and organized home is clutter. Whether you have a hoarding problem or are just too lazy to dispose of your clutter, it’s critical to get on top of it. With that said, it’s easy to say you need to get rid of your clutter and not easy to know when it’s time to declutter. Here are six signs clutter has taken over your home. 

You can’t find things easily

We’ve all been in situations where we spend a lot of time trying to find basic things like our keys, phone, or wallet. This might happen because they fell into an unusual spot of your home. The more likely scenario is that it’s hard to see what you are looking for amidst your clutter. 

woman frustrated with home

You are embarrassed to invite people over

A messy home is one thing. You can spend some time cleaning to get your home ready for guests. When it gets to the point you are too embarrassed to invite people over, you know deep down that your home is more than just messy. 

Cabinets, drawers, and closets are overstuffed

It should never take effort to close cabinets, drawers, and closet doors. When these areas are overstuffed, you lose functionality. What’s even worse is that you fool yourself into thinking your home isn’t that cluttered because they help “hide” the excess stuff.

messy room

You step on things often

You shouldn’t walk in your house as if there was lava on the ground. Even if you have kids who have a lot of toys, having floor space is critical to an organized home. When there is always stuff on the floor, it usually means that there isn’t a place to put everything. Not having a place for everything is usually the result of having too much clutter. 

Your car no longer fits in your garage

Garages are designed to store a lot of items including at least one car. The issue a lot of people have is that the garage is their go-to spot to store junk. Even if you don’t want to park your car in your garage, a functional garage is critical for an organized home.

frustrated with mess

You don’t know where to start decluttering

Decluttering isn’t the most exciting activity, but if you don’t even know where to begin, you have a significant clutter problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter where you start as long as you make progress. 

For more inspiration, be sure to visit our blog and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

By: SWAT MOSQUITO SYSTEMS | Created 03/18/2020

Did you know that over 80 species of mosquitoes make Florida their home? No other state comes close to having such mosquito diversity. As we all know, mosquitoes cause many diseases and should be dealt with as effectively as possible to prevent the spread of these diseases to humans and other animals.

 

Several Cities in Florida Made the Top 50 of Mosquito Infected Cities

florida mosquitoesMosquitoes are an all-too-familiar pest for Floridians. A recent news article from the Miami Herald touches on some of the major cities in Florida that are prone to mosquitoes. One recent list of worst mosquito cities, Miami went down six spots from last year, making it number 14. The fact that Miami came down a few spots is good news, but for Miamians, they don’t have much to celebrate about, at least not yet. It seems people in Miami are wising up to the best mosquito misting systems and doing their part in mosquito removal.  Unfortunately, several other cities like Orlando, West Palm Beach, and Jacksonville also made the top 50. Plus, on a separate list courtesy of CBS Miami, Miami came in number 10, with other Florida cities (Orlando, Tampa, West Palm, and Jacksonville) all placing in the top 50. 

Time to Act

It’s no surprise that Florida cities make the list of cities most infested with mosquitoes. Thanks to the humid temperature and frequent rain, Florida’s mosquito season is year-round for a large variety of mosquitos. Knowing that Florida has more species of mosquitoes than any other state, and seeing that five of our cities make the top 50 of mosquito-infected cities makes it obvious that living in Florida, it is essential to have an effective mosquito misting system.

The World Health Organization has named the mosquito “one of the deadliest animals in the world” because of its ability to carry and spread diseases to humans. In order to avoid the host of diseases that mosquitoes are known to infect humans with, you should have a solid and effective mosquito removal and mosquito prevention strategy.

 

mosquito misting system FloridaCombat Mosquitos with the Best

There are many different methods to get rid of mosquitos. Some do-it-yourself methods call for herbs and oils, some for garlic and clove crushed and dispersed in the affected area, and the list goes on. No matter the do-it-yourself mosquito removal strategy, they all have one thing in common: the results are not as effective as people would like.  The only tried and true method of both prevention and removal of mosquitoes available to the public is a professional mosquito misting system, a truly effective tool against mosquitoes.

 

 

Trust Your Safety to the Best

SWAT Mosquito Systems is, simply put, the best option for a professional mosquito misting system. At SWAT, we use the best application methods to remove mosquitoes en masse, as applied by our highly trained technicians. Our friendly support team is standing by to provide you with a mosquito misting system that will get rid of mosquitoes once and for all. Are you ready to regain peace of mind and enjoy the great outdoors without repellant or bug bites? If so, give us a call at 1-866-900-SWAT (7928) or complete our online contact form for a free estimate.

 

By: SWAT MOSQUITO SYSTEMS | Created 03/18/2020

When a mosquito bites you, it does so by piercing the skin and draws blood with a needle-like mouth, also called proboscis. To prevent your blood from clotting, the mosquito injects you with an anticoagulant. The anticoagulant is in the mosquito’s saliva. Only female mosquitoes bite, and they do so to acquire the necessary nutrients for them to produce and lay eggs.

How Your Body Reacts
But why do mosquito bites itch? A healthy body responds by recognizing this foreign substance (the anticoagulant) as an attack. As part of the body’s defense, it releases histamine. That release of histamine is what makes you itch. The itching is an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva. Your body will then enlarge the blood vessels in the surrounding area, which results in the typical mosquito bump.

why do mosquito bites itchThe more your body gets attacked by mosquitoes, the more your body will get used to this foreign substance resulting in a lesser reaction. If you have ever traveled to a new country and noticed that mosquito bites are itchier, this is because you are encountering a species of mosquitoes you are not accustomed to. Therefore, the body reacts strongly. Also, keep in mind that not everyone builds a tolerance over time.

When you scratch a mosquito bite, the skin becomes even more inflamed, and since inflammation causes your skin to itch, you get stuck in a cycle where scratching will cause more itching. Plus, by continuing to scratch, you put yourself at risk of breaking the skin and causing an infection, which leads to even more of an itch.

How Do You Avoid the Annoying Itch?
If the itching is caused by histamine, try using an antihistamine or regular anti-allergy medication. Calamine lotion tends to give good results. Applying cold to the affected area also works well because it helps with the swelling. Some people swear by honey, oatmeal, or aloe vera. While there are no real mosquito bites cures, the application of these soothing elements might help with the itch.

mosquito bites cureWhen it Comes to Mosquitoes, the Best Defense is a Relentless Attack
Why deal with the itching when you can avoid getting bitten altogether? Protect your home with a mosquito misting system. Present a relentless attack to the flying pests by having a system that routinely sprays an efficient pesticide. Use one that does not harm humans, and that can be triggered at any time for extra protection. Pest control specialists recommend mosquito misting systems to protect from mosquitoes and other insects.

Trust SWAT for All Your Mosquito Fighting Needs
When installing a mosquito misting system, only the best will do. SWAT Mosquito Systems uses the best components in the market. Our staff is made up of trained technicians, and we are always happy to assist in any way we can. Reach us for a free estimate at 1-866-900-SWAT (7928) and don’t forget to ask about our mosquito control guarantee.

By: PREMIER GARAGE | Created 03/18/2020

Premier Garage Powered by Tailored Living can help you design and organize your garage for all your lawn and garden tools by installing a combination of customizable garage organization systems. Setting up a plan of how you want your garage organizers arranged is the first thing that needs to happen before you can start enjoying your new storage system. Then, by utilizing the flexibility of adjustable gridwall and slatwallracks, baskets, hooks, and wall panels, your lawn care items will be accessible and safely stored away as well.

Lawn and garden tools require proper care in order to keep them in top condition. Garden tool storage - a place to store everything safely and efficiently - is an essential piece of keeping your lawn and garden tools clean and your garage organized.

Garage organizers allow you to keep your tools, big and small, in a single location that's easy to access when it's time to edge the lawn, prune the shrubs or work in the garden. Garage organization solutions such as wall and base cabinets, as well locker-style cabinets with adjustable shelves keep hazardous items safe. When storing any insecticide, weed killer or other toxic chemical, always lock the storage unit to prevent children from accessing anything that can be ingested and cause harm.

In addition to storage for your various lawn and garden tools, adjustable hooks and wall grids work great for small hand tools such as garden forks, trowels, pruners, spray bottles, cordless drill/driver and other portable power tools. Rakes, spades and other long-handled lawn and garden tools are best kept off the garage floor and stored neatly on a wall organizer. Keeping these tools handy can cut down the time you spend maintaining and repairing fencing, decking and more.

Our organization specialists look forward to helping you design and install the most efficient space possible. Spring and summer are just around the corner! Simply call or contact us today to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today and take advantage of our current sale!

By: PREMIER GARAGE | Created 03/18/2020

Tailored Living PremierFlex™ garage floor tiles are a fun yet practical way to improve the garage. With over a dozen color choices offered, you have the ability to personalize your space by using color combinations inspired by your favorite sports team, hobbies, or other design interests. Tile patterns could even be used to define parking spaces or other designated areas. With a little creativity, your custom garage floor can transform the existing space into a new and exciting area. Choosing the right color combination can be a difficult process for some, so don't hesitate to contact your local Tailored Livingorganization specialist to help you find the right solution.

Garages are inherently one of the hardest places in the house to keep clean because of rain water, tracked-in dirt, and car fluid leaks that add to the accumulation of sawdust and other debris floating around from garage projects. Our garage floor tiles have a unique design that allows easy cleaning and liquids to drain for safe walking or playing. The PremierFlex™ tiles' design offers a safety measure by allowing liquids to drain. This design also allows dirt to fall through for easy clean up keeping your garage looking spotless. Flex flooring tile is great for garages, workshops, exercise rooms, kid's rooms and playrooms, as well as patios or even around the swimming pool. With all the wear and teargarage flooring goes through; it only makes sense to use an option that can endure your day-to-day activities. By utilizing garage floor tiles, you will have a convenient alternative to the commonly used concrete floor. The tiles are durable and can handle heavy pressure, not to mention they're extremely easy to take care of.

The Truth Recap:

• Garage flooring can be sporty and inexpensive
• Garage tiles are easy to clean
• There are vast color options available for garage flooring tiles that can be customized to your liking
• Garage flooring rarely has to be replaced or repaired- its designed to endure heavy pressure
Be sure to contact your local Tailored Living organization specialist today for a free in-home consultation and ask how you can save during our Summer Saving Sale. During the consultation you will have the chance to explore options that best fit your home and garage space. Click here to view examples of our beautiful garage designs.

By: BUZZMAN AWNING INC | Created 03/18/2020

While other local retractable awning companies try to dismiss our blatantly obvious higher quality, stronger, and more capable Buzzman Retractable Awning with our exclusive super wide and super deep Built-In Front Bar Rain Gutter claiming it’s just a “gimmick,” we laugh at that false argument proven with videos and > 25,000 Buzzman Retractable Awnings still in operation all across South Florida. Of course, common sense dictates that you should try to keep your Buzzman Retractable Awning Rain Gutter free & clear of debris, which takes all of 30 sec. for a quick sweep or rinse with a hose. Watch the heavy rain spill out the very front sides of our Buzzman Retractable Awning; you be the judge! 🙂 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZlS0w8vf8E



Think ALL Retractable Awnings are alike? …Think Again.

When the research is done and all the right questions are asked, it becomes blatantly apparent the Buzzman Retractable Awning is the Highest Quality, Strongest, & Most Capable Retractable Awning in the Industry! Made from 100% Aircraft Aluminum Alloy with thick, triangle structures inside, only the Buzzman Retractable Awning can Remain Fully Open & Extended All Day & Night for 365 Days/Year!

There’s one which stands out from all the rest…the Buzzman’s heavy-duty weight frame allows it to stay out and will only automatically retract in when the included wind sensor detects a 25-30MPH wind gust (vs. a slight 10-15MPH breeze with all other lighter weight hollow tube retractable awning brands). From the Sunbrella marine-grade awning fabric with a 10-year warranty to the Buzzman’s exclusive Lifetime frame warranty, it’s obvious which retractable awning is truly unique and which one is the Best in the Industry.

See & Feel the Difference Today!

By: MILESTONE AC | Created 03/18/2020

Whole-house air purifiers are becoming an increasingly popular component of the heating and cooling systems in many homes. Wondering why? Check out the benefits below!

Fewer allergy symptoms.

Unlike standard air filters, whole-house air purifiers can catch potential allergens down to .3 microns in size, removing up to 99.97 percent of particles from the filtered air.

Compact size.

Whole-house air purifiers are conveniently installed within the HVAC air handler system, eliminating the unsightly portable units in different rooms throughout the house.

Cost-effectiveness.

Whole-house air purifiers save you the expense of having to purchase both air purifier filters and HVAC filters.

Less Noise.

Because whole-house air purifiers eliminate the noise associated with some portable units, they are able to create a more comfortable and healthier indoor environment with little noise.

Low Maintenance.

While standard HVAC filters must be changed at least every 90 days, whole-house air purifiers last 3 to 5 years with little to no maintenance. And these units can be incorporated into your existing HVAC system.

By: ILLUMINATION FL | Created 03/18/2020

Your South Florida oasis starts here! Landscape lighting adds so much to the experience of outdoor living. Winter is coming to an end. It’s time to get started on those home improvement projects. Spring and Summer are times for celebrating with friends. So we want to get started on your South Florida oasis soon. Getting together for pool parties and sophisticated tropical cocktail gatherings is just on the horizon.

This series of articles is aimed at helping you through the development of a true tropical South Florida oasis. This is the setting for a wonderful Florida social experience right in your own back yard! At Illumination FL we specialize in the design, installation and maintenance of landscape lighting systems. However, this series is focused on sharing with you how we work together with all sorts of craftsmen and designers. Together, we deliver a truly enchanting experience for our friends and neighbors.

Landscape Lighting-Lake Worth-Illumination FL
Landscape Lighting-Lake Worth-Illumination FL

Inspiring Landscape

In this installment, we are going to focus on the process of planning a truly inspiring landscape. Many times, we have some idea of what we want to do with our homes and property. Perhaps we start a scrapbook and pull ideas from various print magazines like Home & Décor Ideas or Florida Design Magazine. Something to help visualize the inspiring landscape you are going for. If you are a little bit more technologically inclined, websites like Pinterest can be a great way to save and reflect on design ideas for your outdoor living space. The idea is to invest some time thinking about what you want your lifestyle to look like. How are you going to invest in your outdoor spaces to manifest that lifestyle? When it’s completed, it will be a truly inspiring landscape for you, along with your friends and family to enjoy.

Boca Raton - LED Landscape Lighting
Boca Raton – LED Landscape Lighting

Design Components

Now it’s time to consider the design components of your oasis. There are a lot of truly inspiring works to be considered. Bringing in various textures will compliment your home’s architecture. Custom water features will deliver the soothing sound of a mountain stream or tropical waterfall. Design Components like firepits and outdoor kitchens will deliver practical and visual excitement and purpose. Hardscapes like those designed and installed by Hardscape.com of Boca Raton and exotic granite from our friend May-ling Santeliz at PrimeStones in West Palm Beach offer amazing natural beauty.

Of course, the installation and maintenance of a quality pool is a must have in Florida. A skilled landscape architect will bring in layers of tropical foliage and varieties of palms to really drive home the Caribbean feel. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the variety of design components, don’t be. This is going to be fun and exciting and when its complete you are going to enjoy years of Florida outdoor living! Of course, you will want to make sure that the ambiance of the scene is well experienced with great landscape lighting. That is where Illumination FL shines…bringing love, light and life to your evenings

Delray Beach-Landscape Lighting-Illumination FL-Drone
Delray Beach-Landscape Lighting-Illumination FL-Drone

Bringing It Together

It’s time to start bringing it together. So, once you have brainstormed, meditated and reflected you will likely have a scrapbook bulging at the seams. Think through the most important aspects of how you hope to enjoy your outdoor living. From the pool to the garden lighting, it is all going to come together.

Now, is a good time to talk with those who will be involved. A family meeting if you please, and designate an overall budget. Once you have an idea about how much you want to invest in your home improvement you will feel far more comfortable when it comes time to make actual purchase decisions. From your scrapbook, you will want to prioritize the projects and begin meeting with contractors, landscape architects and landscape lighting designers. As you are working on bringing it together, hiring a good team of contractors is important.

Read online reviews from other folks in your area that have worked with the various members of the team you will be putting together. Make sure that the companies you interview are licensed and insured. Do not hesitate to ask the questions that are important to you and if you don’t understand something, simply request clarification.

Now you’re bringing it together! You will have bids on the various projects, but when it comes to home improvement, the lowest price is rarely the alternative that you will want to go with. You need to think in terms of value. Consider the experience of the contractors, the quality and durability of materials and components that they use, the types of warranties that will be in place, the estimated costs of maintenance and then make wise choices regarding your new outdoor oasis.

To be continued…

By: MASTERPIECE PAINTING CONTRACTORS | Created 03/18/2020

Unlike interior colors, exterior hues can affect the entire street and that puts a lot of pressure on homeowners when it comes to choosing a palette. In addition, a number of factors come into play that you don't have to deal with on the inside of a house:  landscaping, hardscaping, roofing and more.

 

These are the three easy tips that I use every day to help my clients choosing a color scheme that works both for their style and for their home's surroundings.

1. Plan around the elements that are hardest to change. Surfaces such as roof tiles, stonework, pathways and driveways will remain in place. Take these into consideration and consider paint colors that will tie these fixed elements together in a harmonious way.

2. Think about the visual effect you want. Keep in mind the surroundings of your home, the street and the landscape play a role around it. You might choose a slightly lighter or brighter color so that it stands out or you can choose a darker hue that can make it appear to recede.

3. Choose three or more different paint shades. An exterior scheme has three major parts: walls color, which dominates; trim color, used for fascia board, bands, windows and door casings. Accent color, which brings doors, shutters and other smaller areas to life; and ideally, the trim color should contrast strongly with the walls color.

If your main color is dark, consider classic white trim or another pale shade. A light walls color can look stunning with darker trim like eyeliner for your home, it produces a crisp, dramatic effect. Feel free to go bold with accent colors, but don't go overboard.

4. Never rely on paint chips alone. Just like interior colors, exterior shades can vary significantly from the way they appear on the chip. And because painting an exterior is a bigger undertaking than simply painting a room, you'll want to get them right the first time.

Julio Catano.
Masterpiece Painting Contractors, Inc.

By: MASTERPIECE PAINTING CONTRACTORS | Created 03/18/2020

If you are thinking on having the interior of your home painted selecting a wall color could be frustrating. Some people paint several sheets of paper or sample boards and hangs them on the wall to compare colors. It looks artistic and fun, but it may not be the most accurate way to vet wall paint.

Here I recommend you five tips to test paint colors before starting with your painting project.

1. Paint Directly on the Wall

This is true for interiors as well as exteriors: You’ll get the best sense of how the color will really look if you paint it directly on the wall. “If a board is used, it just doesn’t saturate the same way. The problem with using boards: “The texture is really not representative. It’s not the same as what’s on your wall, and that can really affect the look,”

Painting your choices side by side on the wall to see the differences. For some, this can be overwhelming to the eye; if that’s you, make it easier by leaving some space between the samples. Also, keep in mind that the existing color of the wall will affect how the paint reads. Colors will appear darker against a light backdrop and lighter against a dark backdrop. I recommend you to paint with white color the area where the testing colors will be applied to create a canvas that allow you to see the real colors that you are testing.

2. Paint Two Coats

That’s the amount of coverage you’ll typically need on any wall. The second coat usually makes a big difference in the way the paint reads. Also, paint large swaths — at least 1 foot by 1 foot, and even larger is better. The 2-inch swatches won’t give you a good sense.

3. For Certain Rich Colors, Use a Primer

A small selection of deep paint colors can be created only in conjunction with specific primers. The paint deck will show which colors are in this category.

4. Paint Multiple Walls

The colors you’re testing will read differently depending on the amount of light that hits them. “We recommend you paint on a wall that doesn’t get direct sunlight and one that does.”

Also, landscaping, outside a window can color the light streaming through it and change how a paint looks on the wall as well.

As you view the colors, make sure you consider what time of day you’ll most often be in the room. You want to like how the color looks at that time.

5. Place Lighting Before You Test

It’s simple, but true: It’s better to use the lighting that fits your needs than try to select your lighting to complement your paint colors. “You wouldn’t want to pick a lightbulb that looks good with your paint color, but you can’t read in the room.”

Here, the overhead lighting is casting a yellow glow throughout the room, warming the color of the off-white paint toward a pale shade of honey.

 

Make sure your lighting is in place as you’re considering colors. They may look quite different in bright bulbs or softer yellow hued ones. Having the right fixtures and bulbs in place can help you decide which shades will work for you.

 

If you’re not yet sure what lighting you prefer, you can use the time examining your samples to experiment. “Even changing out lightbulbs is a good thing to do,”

Before you start with your decorating project I recommend you to read my article 10 rules for your painting project. It will help you to make your painting project look flawless and balanced.

Julio Catano
Masterpiece Painting Contractors, Inc.

By: A-CHRISTIAN GLASS | Created 03/18/2020

What has now become the standard for South Florida, impact resistant doors have become one of the most requested home remodeling projects since hurricane Andrew devastated our homes 24 years ago.

A-Christian Glass provides the best selection of doors, and our door installation specialists are renowned for their professional work and attention to detail.

We also take pride in advising our community about the importance of installing quality storm resistant doors so you and your family can stay safe, even during a hurricane.

When you're ready to get started, click here to request a quote.

Benefits of Impact Resistant Doors

  1. Built from time tested and storm proof materials safe enough for most categories of hurricane, your doors are impact resistant, providing security even in the event of a potential intruder.
  2. Properly installed, these doors remain in place as a barrier from harsh winds without the shaking and jiggling common use doors would have in the face of such winds.
  3. Our impact resistant doors block out 99% of all UV radiation from your home and help the health conscious, reducing the amount of carcinogenic and harsh sun rays that seep into your home naturally.
  4. Once the glass has been smashed, the rest of the door remains in place further eliminating chances of an intruder coming in to your home and making a quick fix more feasible while you wait for your replacement glass to arrive.
  5. In the event of massive storm surge, our impact resistant doors are dual layered. So, if a wave cracks your glass, the layer of glass behind it will keep the door held together and your home dry.

Brands of Doors We Sell and Install

A-Christian Glass sells and installs doors from a variety of industry leading vendors so you'll have the best selection to choose from. With so many brands available, our specialists will help you find the perfect doors for your home as well as your budget.

Residential Doors

Commercial Doors

  • Aldora
  • Trulite
  • YKK AP America
  • Kawneer
  • CGI Commercial

By: Sliding Doors Express | Created 03/18/2020

Sliding Glass Door Repair - Even the best sliding glass door may need a tune up every once in a while. Your tracks may get bent or worn, dirt could accumulate and obstruct the panels, the door may misaligned or the latch might malfunction, and sliding glass doors can shatter due to all sorts of causes. No matter what the issue is, Sliding Door Express will get your sliding glass door repaired in no time.

Your sliding glass doors are a wonderful asset to your home. They provide natural sunlight and are perfect for patios or indoors. They open up space and allow you to create a flow throughout your home, and from the inside out. But like all things, sliding doors can get worn or damaged. Our team of professionals repairs for all types of sliding glass doors in Miami, Palm Beach and Broward Counties. While it is tempting, you should never attempt to repair your sliding door yourself. Always call in a professional for sliding glass door repair and maintenance. And when it comes to sliding glass door repair, we’re the address.

Only a professional can safely remove the door from its tracks and properly examine and assess the issue. Because they are made to last and endure various whether conditions, sliding doors are heavy – much heavier than you would expect. Only a professional can remove them safely, without injury and without damage to the door.

Other sliding glass door repair services in your area can take several days and even weeks to complete the job. At Sliding Door Express, we guarantee a quick analysis of the issue, on-site quote and immediate repair. Our inspections are thorough, so you can rest easy knowing that no surprise issues will pop up after we leave.

Common issues include track obstruction caused by accumulated dirt and debris. Over time, this obstruction will prevent the door from sliding smoothly and will eventually jam the door, rendering it unusable. Corrosion is also a typical issue in sliding door rollers, wheels and ball bearings, and demand professional attention and lubrication. Door misalignment and track distortion is another typical issue, often due to mishandling and use of excessive force. Make sure to handle your door with care to prevent recurring problems. Even door latches can malfunction, but don’t worry! Sliding Door Express has a solution for any problem, and will fix or replace your damaged latch quickly and efficiently.

We offer Lock and latch repair, handle repair or replacement, roller and ball bearing repair, track realignment or replacement, and much more.

When it comes to your sliding door, our team knows what they are talking about and can walk you through any and all issues that may be present with your door. We offer you a range of affordable sliding door repairs in your area and you can choose a new door or lock from our huge selection. Call our Sliding Door Express today to schedule an appointment with us or to receive a FREE quote for services.

By: Sliding Doors Express | Created 03/18/2020

  A sliding screen door or a patio door as a lot of people like to call it is great for blending the spaciousness from outside into one’s home. Having one at home means that with the sliding screen, one can enjoy fresh air without fear of being infested by a variety of airborne pests. When it comes to maintaining it, all one needs to do is keep the track and rollers clean. That is, until someone accidentally tears the screen.

Screen doors are very delicate. They are made of a lightweight aluminum frame that stretches across a fiber glass screening material. This fiber glass, although very economical, is usually very fragile and easy to puncture. We can try to be careful not to damage it, but accidents happen. And in the event that one occurs, your safest bet is Sliding Door Express.

It is true that a damaged screen is easy to replace and one can find all the materials needed at a local hardware store, but hiring a professional to do the job is an absolute no-brainer. Our team of professionals at Sliding Door Express repair all types of sliding screen doors in Miami, Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Removing a sliding screen door is a little complex. A sliding screen is supported on rollers that ride in a track. To remove it, you would have to lift it until the rollers clear the track. Then, pull the bottom out and lower the door until it clears the top edge of the frame. This is easier said than done, hence the need for a professional. That is where we come in.

We know our job and can walk you through any and all issues that may be present with your sliding screen door. We offer you a range of affordable sliding screen door repairs in your area. Call our Sliding Door Express today to schedule an appointment with us or to receive a FREE quote for services.

By: WRIGHTS IMPACT WINDOWS & DOOR LLC | Created 03/18/2020

In 2019, there were over eighteen named storms that threatened the United States. Approximately six of these storms actually reached hurricane status. Hurricanes can produce very high winds and lots of rain, which means they can do a number on residential structures. Instead of waiting until your home is demolished by one of these storms, you need to take action to prevent these problems.

Investing in the right equipment will help you hurricane-proof your home and keep it safe in the event of a natural disaster. The main thing you need to do when trying to figure out what needs to be done to hurricane-proof your home is to consult with professionals. They can help you find the right equipment and install it quickly. If you are in the process of hurricane-proofing your residence, read the information below.

1. IMPACT DOORS AND WINDOWS ARE A GREAT ADDITION TO YOUR HOME

Taking the time to inspect the exterior of your home is a great way to pinpoint vulnerabilities that could be exposed by a hurricane. When performing this inspection, be sure to take a close look at your doors and windows. If you live in an area that receives a lot of bad weather, it may be time to invest in impact doors and windows.

These doors and windows are designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. This means you don’t have to worry about them giving way when high winds are bearing down on your residence. Adding impact doors and windows is also a great way to increase the level of security your residence has. Getting these new doors and windows installed is much easier if you pay professionals to handle it for you. Trying to get this work done on your own can result in installation problems, which is why working with a seasoned installer is a great idea.

2. PREPARE THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME FOR RAIN

Not only can a hurricane have high winds, but it can also bring a lot of rain into your area. These rains can flood your home and leave it in a state of disarray. Having a functional gutter system is one of the main things you need to do to handle a large increase in rain. These gutters need to be both clean and functional.

Before a hurricane is set to arrive in your area, take a look at your gutters. If there are leaves and sticks in them, removing these materials is vital. By doing this, you can avoid flooding your gutters and damaging both your home’s exterior and the foundation.

3. INVEST IN A GENERATOR

Losing power during a hurricane can be quite frustrating. If you want to avoid the aggravation of losing electricity, then investing in a quality generator is a great idea. These generators are designed to keep the vital electrical components of your home going during a bad weather event.

LOOKING FOR IMPACT DOORS AND WINDOWS?

If you want a great deal on high-quality impact doors and windows, then contact Wright’s Impact Window and Door. Our team can get these new components installed quickly and affordably.

By: WRIGHTS IMPACT WINDOWS & DOOR LLC | Created 03/18/2020

WHY INSTALL IMPACT WINDOWS?

There has never been a better time to install hurricane protection in your office or in your home. Impact windows protect your home from storms, we all know that, but how do they protect your home? Are there any other benefits that come with the installation of impact windows and doors? We will give you seven solid reasons why you should not delay, and why there has never been a better time to upgrade your windows and doors.

IMPACT WINDOWS PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY/HOME FROM STORMS AND HURRICANES.

We know this is an obvious one, but the primary reason why you would install Impact windows and doors in your home or property is, of course, to protect your home against hurricanes and storms. Florida is at the mercy of the Atlantic hurricane season. Over recent years, there is an average of 12 named storms a year, and on average 3 of them will become a cat 3 or higher hurricane. The FIU estimates that Hurricane Irma cost Florida $19.4  Billion. If even one window is broken, the barrier between high outdoor pressures produced by hurricanes and the internal lower pressure of your home is broken, and this will cause massive internal damage,  destroying your home and putting lives at risk.

REDUCE THE HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COSTS.

When insurance companies assess the risk of insuring your property, they take many factors into consideration. Impact windows and doors lower the risk of your home being damaged by a storm substantially and also make it a lower risk for burglary  (see below). Because of these factors, many insurance companies will offer discounted home insurance for people with impact windows installed. Over the years these savings will go some way towards paying for your new windows.

SLEEP SOUNDLY WITH A REDUCTION OF NOISE POLLUTION.

Technology has come a long way since the introduction of impact protection products. Soundproofing is another major factor in making a decision to install hurricane windows and doors. We have all been woken up by leaf blowers, barking dogs and noisy cars. Impact windows reduce noise pollution significantly, allow for sounder sleep, and a more relaxing atmosphere within your home.

INCREASED SECURITY IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE.

No one relishes the thought of their home being violated by an intruder. Typically most home burglaries will occur by attacking the weak points on your home, either windows or doors. The logic is simple … if a tree branch at over 100 mph cannot break through your windows and doors,  a criminal has no chance! This is also another contributing factor to reducing home insurance costs.

SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF YOUR ENERGY BILLS.

Installing impact windows and doors can significantly reduce your home cooling/heating bills. As the products we install provide a vacuum seal around your windows, it will help keep cool air in during summer and warm air in during the few cool nights Floridians have to endure in winter. The multi-layer construction of impact windows will reduce the number of solar rays that penetrate your home.

Even though it is warm year-round in Florida, there can be some chilly winter nights. Impact glass windows will help keep the heat sealed in your house. These savings will also go a long way towards paying for your installation in subsequent years.

PACE FINANCING AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE WITH EQUITY.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill, and is processed the same way as other local public benefit assessments (sidewalks, sewers) have been for decades. Depending on local legislation, PACE can be used for commercial, non-profit and residential properties. Approval for PACE financing is based Upon Property’s Equity And Not Your Credit Score. Repayments are made through your property taxes and in case the property is sold, the remaining assessment can be passed to the new property owner as the Program does not always require full repayment.

INCREASE THE RESALE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY.

Why install impact windows? Because of all of the reasons above, more and more people are looking for this upgrade on a home they are looking to buy. Knowing a property is upgraded and future-proof adds a lot of value to your home. As impact window upgrades are now mandatory in the State of Florida, it is a huge factor when people are considering buying, and will definitely increase the resale value, as well as making your home a more attractive proposition to prospective buyers.

CONTACT US NOW FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTATION.

By: SCREEN MOBILE | Created 03/18/2020
Screenmobile knows that your home is the place where all of your best memories live. We also know that perhaps your window screens and door screens are not something that you might regularly think of. But with our help, you can invite the outdoors in and create a space where your family can share laughter, adventure and even more memories together.
Our new video showcases window screens, sliding doors and porch enclosures. All of these products can have an impact on the space you share with your family. After all, without the enclosure, the family in our video would have had a quite a difficult time celebrating outdoors!
Because we know how important even the littlest moments are, Screenmobile is dedicated to providing the best solutions for your home from start to finish. We provide our consumers with stress-free screen installation so that you can focus on what really matters. You can be confident in our custom solutions for your budget and home design, as well as the competent service technicians who provide the service. 
Screenmobile proudly offers screen repair services, porch enclosure installation, custom window and door screens, and much more. We'll be there for you every step of the way, from the initial call to the service and beyond.
Find a location near you to get a free estimate today: www.screenmobile.com/locations.
By: MAX GUARD | Created 03/18/2020

With the 2019 hurricane season coming to a close
The 2019 hurricane season is currently in progress, and many South Florida residents are prepped with their emergency supply kits, evacuation routes and plywood for boarding up vulnerable windows and openings. But is plywood always the best option? While plywood is easy to put up and affordable, in most cases, impact resistant windows can offer you a better value. From increasing your home’s property value, to providing a truly strong barrier during powerful storms, impact resistant windows offer many advantages that plywood simply can not.

Below are three reasons we consider impact resistant a long-term investment for your family and home.

A Long-Term Value

The main reason homeowners opt to buy impact-resistant windows? Long-term value. Purchasing impact-resistant windows adds value to your home’s resale value, and it’s a longer term investment than a material like plywood. While there are costs up-front, you can expect your impact-resistant windows to last for years to come, which may in turn save you money on repurchasing plywood each year. For folks who live in the path of a hurricane-prone area, it may be worth it to make the initial investment.

Finally, in terms of value – hurricane resistant windows offer protection outside of hurricane winds. They protect residents from intruders, reduce noise and even reduce ultraviolet rays from entering your home. The decision to upgrade to impact-resistant windows is clearly a smart, longer-term choice.

A Strong Barrier During Storms

As we mentioned above, your windows are a vulnerable location. They are a weak opening and in the fact of extreme weather, can easily be damaged. Once damaged, your windows let in a host of high winds and debris, further damaging your home and putting pressure on your roof structure. Impact-resistant windows ensure that during a powerful storm, your home is safe, secure and your loved ones are too.

Year-Round Protection:

The last reason we believe impact-resistant windows are superior to plywood is the ease, convenience and year-long protection. While plywood or shutters may be the most economical choice up-front, they don’t offer year-round protection and they are often a hassle to install each hurricane season. With impact-resistant windows, there’s no need to scramble before a hurricane to install them, or spend the extra money on someone to install them. You can enjoy year-round, passive protection from not only hurricane force winds but also UV rays, attempted break-ins, and sound protection.

Prepare The Next Storm With Max Guard

Here in Florida, the next storm is not a matter of if but when. Max Guard Hurricane offers a complete line of hurricane impact windows and impact resistant doors to protect your home year-round. Our professionals are here to help you when you’re looking to install powerful hurricane protection. To learn more and receive a free quote, contact us today and call at (561) 926-9727.

By: MAX GUARD | Created 03/18/2020

Many folks know that hurricane impact-resistant windows offer excellent protection for their homes. But not many are aware of the cost savings that can add up over time. In addition, simply having impact-resistant windows can protect your home that saves your additional expenses over time as well. In this blog, we’ll cover how these savings work and how impact resistant windows can add value to your home.

Insurance Benefits

One of the best reasons to get impact-resistant windows is the unbeatable protection for your home and family’s safety during hurricane season. In addition to that, in most cases, you can receive a discount on your homeowner’s insurance for installing impact-resistant windows. This can translate into savings of several hundred dollars per month or up to $10,000 over the years. You can find out more about how impact-resistant windows can help you save on insurance by contacting the friendly and knowledgeable Max Guard Windows team.

A Well-Protected Home

Of course, the best reason in addition to savings is a well-protected home. Impact resistant windows provide protection during hurricane season, and they help protect your home against intruders, harmful UV rays, and even loud noises outside your home. You can consider a well-protected home an investment. For instance, during hurricane season, homes with impact-resistant windows will typically have much less damage than those that use plywood to protect their windows. Ultimately, installing impact-resistant windows will help prevent costly repairs from hurricane season or powerful storms – cost savings that can truly add up over time!

Be Ready For the Next Storm With Max Guard

Here in Florida, the next storm is not a matter of if but when. Max Guard Hurricane offers a complete line of hurricane impact windows and impact resistant doors to protect your home year-round. Our professionals are here to help you when you’re looking to install powerful hurricane protection. To learn more and receive a free quote, contact us today and call at (561) 926-9727.

By: OLIVER TWIST ROOF | Created 03/18/2020

First, roof cleaning is an essential part to maintaining your cedar roof.  Unchecked growth from mold, algae, & lichen does not just lead to an unsightly curb appeal. Organic elements can eat away at your shingles and structural support, leading to costly repairs.  Newer roofs (built within the last 3-4 decades) are especially susceptible to organic growth and rot due to differences in how the shingles are laid.

 

Second, proper roof care can save you thousands on early roof replacement.  A properly installed and maintained cedar roof should last the homeowner decades. Prematurely replacing your roof can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Before you replace, contact your roof shingle manufacturer, call us at Oliver Twist Pressure Cleaning, or consult with another certified cedar roof cleaner to determine the maintenance process and schedule that works for you.

 

Third, it makes your roof look great!  Your roof is one of the most visible pieces to your home.  It is readily obvious to any of your neighbors or visitors that pull up to your home.  See the before and after examples of our work.  We make cedar roofs look like they were brand new.

 

A major advantage we offer over other roof cleaners is that we use a soft wash roof cleaning process.  Soft washing the roof does not pose the same risk to your shingles that a pressure washer can present.  We also avoid walking on the roof (or do so as little as possible) to prevent any damage that can be caused by foot traffic.  In addition, we use a cleaning solution that is safe for your roof, landscaping, and pets/wildlife.  Our goal is to leave no lasting effects other than a beautiful roof and a happy customer!

By: FENCE CRAFTERS | Created 03/18/2020

You’ve decided on a fencing material and design, but now you need to consider how you will get in and out of your property. A custom entry way gate Palm Beach County is usually the final design decision. It’s also one of the most important.

Your own preference will be unique to your needs. You can start to think about your choices with some helpful info from Fence Crafters.

CHECK FOR ANY HOA RULES SURROUNDING CUSTOM ENTRY WAY GATES PALM BEACH COUNTY

Your homeowner’s association may have specific rules about fencing and gate materials, designs, and height, etc. Make sure you check these thoroughly before you start designing, and well before you start building. If you aren’t sure, talk to one of the administrators or directors in your association.

CONSIDER POWER NEEDS

If you will be installing an automatic gate you’ll need to know where the power is going to come from. You may need to install a line underground to power the gate. You can also consider a backup battery source for times when there are grid outages. Fence Crafters can help you to determine your needs before installation.

CONSIDER THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CUSTOM GATES

The advantage of working with a company like Fence Crafters is that you will have the freedom to design custom entry way gates Palm Beach County. Providing there are no overbearing HOA rules, you will be able to let your sense of personality and style shine.

Some of the most common types include:

  • A standard gate that matches your fence in design and height.
  • An ornamental gate that matches the theme of your fencing Palm Beach County but adds extra design embellishments that make it stand out.
  • A Specialty gate designed around your needs. sliding gates may be needed if you don’t have room to swing a gate. Automatic gates can be used if you want more convenience and security. Keypads and electronic locks can be incorporated for your peace of mind.
  • Hidden gates may also be used. These custom privacy gates Palm Beach County blend perfectly with the fence.
  • Double gates can be installed across your driveway for vehicle access.

OPENING TYPE

If you don’t want a swing gate or don’t have space for one, you will find other options for custom entry way gates Palm Beach County.

  • A swing gate is the most popular style. This type of gate uses hinges to open inwards or outwards.
  • A rolling gate can be used as an alternative. This design uses a track and wheels to support the weight of the gate. It’s sometimes used for large openings where a hinged system wouldn’t hold up.
  • A cantilever gate also slides but uses a counterweight system rather than wheels.

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS FOR CUSTOM ENTRY WAY GATES PALM BEACH COUNTY

Whether you want something ornamental, simple, swinging, or sliding, you will find the best installers at Fence Crafters. With more than 25 years of experience in the fencing industry, we know how to turn your concepts into beautiful functioning fences and gates that last for decades.

Contact us today, get your free estimate, and start planning your new fence and custom privacy gate in Palm Beach County.

By: FENCE CRAFTERS | Created 03/18/2020

New fencing Palm Beach County could be the perfect addition to your home. Installing Fencing can add beauty, complementing your home exterior for increased curbside appeal. The right fence will also offer privacy and security, with different designs allowing you to choose the perfect blend between the two.

Whether it’s custom aluminum fencing or a long lasting residential chain link fence, you’ll find great value with the products and installation services at Fence Crafters. Before you get started with your next project, consider the following important details.

THE AREA YOU WANT TO COVER

The size of your yard will have the biggest impact on the cost of your new fence. The size could also impact the type of materials that you choose. At the front of your home, where the look matters most, you might want to go for a more premium aesthetic that adds privacy. Wood or PVC fencing could be a great option if you want to minimize visibility from the roadside.

Around the back, especially for animal enclosures, you could choose high-quality Palm Beach County residential chain link fences to mark your boundary line and improve security.

At Fence Crafters, you will enjoy a broad selection of materials and designs so that you can get the best solution for your needs.

ARE THERE UTILITY LINES IN THE WAY?

Another thing to consider is how utility lines are laid out. If they are overhead, they won’t have any impact on the fencing you choose. However, if they are underground, you will need to have the location marked before any excavation begins. You may also need to seek approval before digging. Our experienced technicians can help you to meet any compliance needs before work starts.

INFORM YOUR NEIGHBORS THAT INSTALLING FENCING WORK WILL BE UNDERWAY

Although it’s not mandated in Florida, it’s still a good idea to let your neighbors know that there will be some light construction while your fence is being built. This will give them some warning regarding noise and seeing unfamiliar contractors working on the property.

DO YOU NEED CUSTOM ENTRY WAY GATES PALM BEACH COUNTY?

Not every fence is made the same. If you want the highest quality materials and designs, you’ll need a local company that you can trust. Fence Crafters has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and is committed to building the best fence, the first time.

We offer a broad range of materials and designs, including custom aluminum fencing Palm Beach County, steel fencing, chain link, PVC, wood, and more.

Contact us today for a free fencing estimate and get started on your next major home improvement.

By: BLIND SHACK | Created 03/18/2020

Summer time heat can be brutal, especially in Florida. Thankfully, most Floridians have the benefit of central air to alleviate some of that summer sweat. But, running that A/C at a comfortable 74 degrees all day, for months, without stopping, can cost a lot of money. Fortunately, homeowners can use shades and blinds to help keep the house cool, and the bills low. In reality, windows are just holes in the wall that let in hot, powerful UV rays emitted from the sun. To protect yourself from the sun, even in your home, shades must be installed. The U.S Department Of Energy reports that correctly managing window coverings can reduce heat gain in a room by up to 77 percent. Alternatively, these same practices can be used to keep heat in the house during the winter. The Department Of Energy released these tips on how to use shades and blinds to beat the heat this summer:

Shades

If the shades have been properly installed, then they provide one of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy, and in turn, money, while trying to keep your house cool. For shades to be truly effective, they must be closed all day. They’re installed close to the glass within the window frame to create a sealed space, cutting off light, and in turn heat. Reversible shades work great in places that have cold winters. One side is colored light to reflect the sun during the summer and and the other is side is dark to absorb it in the winter. There are many different types of shades that perform different tasks. For instance, Roman shades have several layers of fiber batting that insulate the room and keep cool air inside the home during the summer.

Blinds

The United States Department of Energy reports that highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain in a room by around 45 percent when they’re completely closed. Due to the horizontal slats that blinds have, they aren’t able to reduce heat as much as shades would be able to. Blinds can be adjusted to control light and ventilation within the room — a feature that not all shades can provide. Horizontal slats can be adjusted to reflect and block direct sunlight on a ceiling that is lightly colored, which allows the light to go around the room without causing much heat or glare.

Window Films

Did you know that you can tint your home’s windows? Reflective films work great because heat bounces off of it. Homes with black or other dark colored tints can in fact make the car hotter. Keep in mind, reflective films can be tricky to clean and can impair visibility to the outside.

If you’d like to get new shades, blinds, or window films installed in Jupiter or Port St. Lucie, FL, call the Blind Shack: For Jupiter – 561.844.7999; For Port St. Lucie – 772.344.7744. Or, you can inquire online at https://theblindshack.com

By: BLIND SHACK | Created 03/18/2020

Homeowners have many options when it comes to window treatments.  But one type of treatment that has been popular for many years are vertical blinds.  These blinds are great for all types of windows. Today we are going to learn why you should choose vertical blinds in FL.  We will learn their benefits and how they can add beauty to your home.

Why Vertical Blinds in FL?

Choosing vertical blinds in FL is a great way to spruce up your home.  Below are several reasons why homeowners should go vertical when choosing window treatments.

  • They are super easy to clean:

    Vertical blinds are very easy to clean and it won’t take all day. By simply dusting your blinds off once a week with a damp cloth, it will keep them clean all year. This easy process will only take you a few minutes, and your blinds will look amazing all the time.

  • Vertical blinds are highly affordable:

    If you are on a budget, vertical blinds will not break the bank. These window treatments come in a wide range of materials and finding ones that will fit in your budget will be easy.  For just a few hundred dollars, you can outfit an entire room with vertical blinds.

  • They add style to any room:

    If you have a boring room that needs some style, why not add some vertical blinds? Adding vertical blinds will add beauty to an ordinary dull room by giving it texture.  Additionally, vertical blinds will add height to rooms with low ceilings making the room appear larger.

  • Easy to install:

    Vertical blinds are easy to install even by those who are home improvement challenge. With just a few tools and a ladder, vertical blinds can be quickly installed.  With some help from a family member, these blinds can be installed in just a few hours.

  • They give you privacy:

    If you are concerned about your privacy, adding vertical blinds can help. These blinds will block anyone from seeing the inside of your home.  So if you have a nosey neighbor, why not protect your privacy by installing some stylish vertical blinds?

By: ROSS SERVICES | Created 03/18/2020

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard pool, you know how fun and relaxing it can be.

But when your pool begins to age, it can become anything but a relaxing space. With old, deteriorating parts comes the risk of injuries and extensive damage to your home.

Upgrading to a brand new pool comes with a range of incredible benefits. From increased home value to the joy of creating your own space, it’s a decision that you won’t soon forget.

Keep reading as we break down the five best benefits that you’ll enjoy when you choose pool remodeling Boca Raton.

1. Increase Energy Efficiency

Your old, out-dated swimming pool could be costing you far more money than you realize.

That’s because old pool pumps, generators, and heaters are far less energy efficient than newer versions. Even if they were more energy efficient when those parts were new, over time they will become less efficient.

Besides just paying extra for energy costs, if your pool has any leaks or if it allows water to seep out in any way, you’re also paying more than you need to in order to keep your pool full so that you can enjoy it.

Upgrading your backyard with a brand new pool project can give you an energy efficient, high-functioning pool that will help you save money.

With so many options on the market today for ways to keep your pool efficient, you’ll have tons of choices to pick from.

Invest in a solar heating system to drastically cut the costs of warming your pool for use. Mix in the use of energy-driven heaters with state-of-the-art covers and even floats designed to use only the sun to warm the water.

You can even get efficient, low-cost gas heaters to keep your pool warm.

2. Improve Your Home’s Value

Even if you currently don’t have plans to sell your home, upgrading your backyard with a pool remodeling Boca Raton project can be a great way to improve your home’s value.

While in some parts of the country, housing experts advise that homeowners will never recover the costs of installing a pool when they go to sell their home, Florida is a different story.

In warm, sunny Florida, pools are the norm. In fact, in some neighborhoods, you may have trouble selling your home if it doesn’t have a pool.

Upgrading to a luxurious, modern pool and creating a beautiful space around it can be a huge boost to your home’s value.

3. Meet Your Current Needs

The pool that you have in your backyard now is likely not the pool of your dreams.

Maybe you moved into the home and the pool came with it. Or you installed the pool when your kids were young, and now they’ve grown.

Whatever the case, the odds that you would install the exact same pool in the exact same way today are slim.

Designing a new pool now allows you to create the pool and space that fits your current wants and needs.

Maybe you no longer need a family-friendly pool with zero-entry or a diving board. Or perhaps you’re dreaming of having space around your pool for hosting backyard parties.

Your dream pool could be an oasis, with a waterfall and beautiful tiles, rather than the out-dated above-ground that you have now.

Designing and installing a new pool means choosing exactly what you want and don’t want. The end product will be a space that is functional and perfect for your current lifestyle.

4. Make Your Pool Safer

If your current pool is outdated and deteriorating, it could actually be putting you and your family at risk.

Chipped tiles can cause trips or other injuries. Deteriorating side walls can be unsafe to hold onto. Outdated steps can be sharp and lead to cuts.

While you could patch some of these problems, they are likely to come back.

If your pool is a place where neighborhood kids gather, your children play, or where you host friends, you could be putting all of them at risk.

With a pool remodeling Boca Raton project, you’ll get a fresh, modern space that is completely safe. You’ll get the chance to enjoy your space without worrying about any damage or risk of injuries.

Your pool should be a place for relaxation and fun. Don’t spend your free time worrying about what could go wrong.

5. Avoid Costly Problems Later On

If your pool is deteriorating, the problems are likely just beginning.

Leaving the issues unaddressed will only cause them to worsen. You could be causing permanent damage to your home or property as a result.

If the lining of your pool is old, it could be leaking water into the ground around your pool. If the pool is located close to your home, this could mean flooding around your foundation or even into your home.

If you have an above-ground pool that is falling apart, it could eventually break, spilling water into your backyard. This can flood basements, ruin grills or patio furniture, and more.

Stopping these issues before they can cause serious, expensive damage requires immediate action. Professionals who specialize in pool service can help you get rid of your old pool safely. Then we’ll help you upgrade to a new, safe pool that you’ll get to enjoy without fear for years to come.

Start Your Pool Remodeling Boca Raton Project Today

If you’ve got an old, outdated, ugly, or unsafe pool in your backyard, it’s time to take action.

Don’t wait until someone gets hurt or your pool causes major damage to your home or property. Instead, take action, and get the pool and backyard of your dreams today with pool remodeling Boca Raton.

If you’re ready to start designing and installing the pool of your dreams in your backyard, contact us today. We’ll help bring your dreams to reality, and give you a beautiful pool that you and your family will be able to enjoy for years to come!

By: SHOWER ENCLOSURES DIRECT | Created 03/18/2020

For homeowners contemplating a home remodel or building a new home, installing Frameless Shower Doors is an essential bathroom upgrade. One of the top bathroom trends, Frameless Shower Doors are more aesthetically pleasing, increase the perceived value of your home, and are much easier to clean than framed shower doors. 

Framed Shower Doors vs. Frameless Shower Doors

Traditional shower doors are surrounded by thick, unattractive metal frames that support and strengthen the shower enclosure. Framed doors often “wobble” when opened and closed because the glass is relatively thin and weak. 

On the other hand, Frameless Shower Doors are a cleaner, lighter, “pure glass” alternative to framed shower doors. Frameless Shower Doors are manufactured with thicker, stronger tempered glass and have no unappealing metal or rubber edges, giving them a “suspended” quality. The all-glass enclosure is supported by minimal clips, seals, and hinges, making your bathroom appear larger and more modern.

Frameless Shower Door Installation

Installing a frameless shower door can be complicated, which is why you should always consult with a professional installation company. Shower Enclosures Direct, a family-owned frameless shower door and mirror manufacturer, specializes in cost effective shower replacement and offers expert frameless shower door installation services. Experienced glass professionals take precise measurements to ensure that your custom shower enclosure is installed correctly and that the doors are functioning properly, thereby reducing the risk of water leaks or shattered glass.

Frameless Shower Door Options

Shower Enclosures Direct offers an array of custom frameless shower and tub solutions, including Frameless Sliding Shower Doors, Frameless Bathtub Doors, Frameless Tub Shower Doors, and Inline Shower Doors. Shower Enclosures Direct also provides Frameless Mirror Solutions, the perfect complement to your new all-glass shower enclosure. 

Custom Shower Solutions

Because no two homes or homeowners are alike, Shower Enclosures Direct provides Custom Frameless Shower Doors and a range of Custom Design Showers to fit your unique needs and style.

About Shower Enclosures Direct

Serving Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade, Shower Enclosures Direct brings light and luxury to your showers and bathrooms, home and commercial kitchens, and small office or corporate environments with exceptional glass products and expert installation services. No matter the task, we consistently deliver outstanding value, high quality of work, and unparalleled customer service. Whether you are a remodeling expert beginning a complex renovation or a homeowner tackling your first bathroom remodel or kitchen makeover, we work closely with you to bring your vision to life on-time and on-budget.

By: BLINDS 2 ENVY | Created 02/06/2020
Draperies add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any room.  From simple side panels to 2-story arched draperies, it will certainly enhance the look of any home.
By: BLINDS 2 ENVY | Created 02/06/2020
Blinds 2 Envy now features coulisse® shades with exclusive designer fabrics & materials.  Selections include Screen Shades, Fabric Roller Shades and Pleated Shades.  With over 100 exclusive fabrics to choose from we have the perfect Shade to fit your home.
By: BLINDS 2 ENVY | Created 02/06/2020
Arched Window Treatments are our most popular service!  From small arched windows to 2 1/2 story windows we have done them all.  Our proprietary manufacturing technique ensure a perfect fit to any arched window.  We can also apply the arched look to any non-arched window.
By: ALUMICENTER | Created 01/06/2020
Alumicenter offers a detailed, step-by-step online guide for all of their DIY customers, which provides comprehensive installation instructions.  The company ships all of their products in protected, high-quality wooden crates, and is able to deliver DIY roof covers both in Southeastern Florida, and throughout the rest of the United States.
By: Window Genie | Created 10/11/2019

Spring has sprung and the cleaning has begun! It has a nice ring to it, but the truth is after a long winter there is a lot of work to be done inside and out of your home. While the weather in the spring gets warmer, it is still bipolar. A lot of customers want to get their windows cleaned, but always fear the inevitable April shower.

 

Conventional wisdom (or maybe it was just grandma) always said rain dirties our windows. When the rain comes down and ruins the fun we look out the window with dismay, but when the storm clears and fun is at hand, the tidy housekeeper frowns. Looking out the spotted drab window makes the heart sink. But don’t blame it on the rain.

Rain isn’t what makes the windows dirty. Rain is actually very clean. Without boring you to death with science, let’s just say rain is basically distilled water. In fact, around the world some window cleaners actually prefer rainwater. These window cleaners use something called “rainwater harvesting”. A quick Google search with that phrase might blow your mind. It’s especially popular in rain soaked regions like the United Kingdom and the Pacific North West. So if rain isn’t the main culprit, who is to blame? There are a few factors that cause a window to turn into a water spotted eyesore.

Screens

The real villain is the vigilant, protective screen. While screens are necessary and helpful, they can be the biggest problem that a clean window will face. Screens prevent dirt, pollen, pests, and other debris from damaging our windows. The problem develops when the rain comes. As the rain passes through the screen, it grabs the debris and slams it against the glass. When the water dries what is left is an unsightly dirty window. When you get your windows cleaned by a professional, or do it yourself, make sure the screens are cleaned, too. Be forewarned, most window cleaners do not include a screen cleaning and there will be an extra charge, but it’s an absolute necessity for a long lasting clean.

Environment

The second contributing factor to rain messing up your freshly cleaned windows is the environment. Every part of the country is different, so there can be local contributing factors. In a more industrial area, acid rain is a real problem. Acid rain is precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that it possesses high levels of hydrogen ions and a low pH. It can have harmful effects on plants, aquatic animals and of course, windows.  Acid rain is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which react with the water molecules in the atmosphere to produce acids. If you live in an area that has a large amount of carbon dioxide or other chemicals being released, then yes rain itself can be a problem.

 

So there you have it. Dirty screens and acid rain are to blame. If you’re not facing either of those issues, your windows shouldn’t get dirty again every time it rains – don’t blame it on the rain! Rain is not the culprit, it’s actually almost completely pure – clean enough to drink! Use your new found knowledge about dirty screens and talk to your service provider about adding screen cleaning to your regular window cleaning – or do it yourself! No special tools or chemicals needed for an effective screen cleaning – simply brush off large debris, gently scrub with a soapy sponge and rinse… voila! So next time it’s raining, don’t reschedule your window cleaning service. The only downside to cleaning windows in the rain… is being out in the rain! 

By: MADRID RAIN GUTTERS, INC | Created 10/11/2019

It is always best to stop something from happening. The best way to protect your home from damages is to eliminate the possibility and the opportunity of those damages to happen. There are many things homeowners can do to make sure their home’s integrity is preserved, but because we are specialized in rain gutters we will solely going to speak about the value that rain gutters have to homeowners and how to preserve the overall health of their home.

If rain gutters is something you have not made a priority, we strongly suggest you do, and we certainly hope to help you make the correct choices. Neglecting your rain gutters can cause a large variety of damages to the walls and roof of your home. Water accumulation can take a tool very quickly on the roof, sometimes even causing it to disintegrate and give out. There are obvious health risks associated with this scenario, but the one that is least spoken about is mold. The accumulation of water can cause mold to grow even if it is not noticeable by a person by sight. Mold has a very negative impact on the lungs, protect you home and your family with experts in the field that will take a look at your gutter system and set up a best strategy to move forward and to keep the value of your home, and the health of your family intact. Be the person who is always attentive to their rain gutter system. At Madrid Rain Gutters we are experts in rain gutter cleaning, rain gutter installation, and rain gutter repairs. We are certain that with routine inspections and some routine maintenance, your home and your family will save a lot of money, and you will certainly save yourself some trouble in the future.

By: FABRITECH | Created 10/11/2019

To live on a house in Florida without a lanai or porch is not complete especially if you may have said,’ ‘Living in Florida is like living your dream.’ Considering its location under the tropical climate and simple lifestyle living, one has found the elusive, simple contentment and happy living most people are searching for.

A house with a screened-in lanai or an enclosure deck, are essentially important for people who enjoy cherishing moments of contemplation, privacy and the abode of peace.  In conceptualizing and making it a reality there are certain factors to consider when building a screened-in lanai.

PART OF THE HOME.

Before having Fabri-Tech build your screened-in lanai it is essentially important to bear in mind to plan carefully the design of the lanai. Properly designing it in a way that it is just an extension of the house, it has to be in balance as a whole of your property. Try to plan out the steps in such a way making it comfortable and relaxing, beautiful and most of all tranquil as possible.

VIABLE PROTECTION.

A screened-in lanai protects against out-of-door elements like sunlight exposure, rainwater droplets, insect stings, and other outdoors unwanted substances. Unfortunately, a screened-in lanai is not fully impenetrable against burglary, but it may serve as an extra layer of entry protection into your home.

FLEXIBLENESS.

With modern technology, you can transform your screened lanai to be adjustable to different settings. For example, you can have an open-air setting by using folding screens to open the enclosed space. Another is by setting up shades and window treatments over the porous screens both either for stormy or summer seasons.

IDEAL VIEW.

One of the priorities to give importance and not to neglect is the view. You may design your screened-in lanai by functionality but it has to have a taste of elegance and style. Nothing beats scenery that gives tranquility and peacefulness.

Make it happen today, and fulfill your dream. Get the expert and qualified screened-in lanai professionals, call Fabri-Tech at 1-800-281-1289 or 239-772-9825.

We offer FREE ESTIMATE for services like screening and rescreening of a lanai screen enclosure, lanai screen repair, pool enclosures, front entries, screen rooms, insulated and pan roofs, carports, gutter replacement and even hurricane bracing. Or simply visit our service areas for Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, North Port, Venice, Estero, Punta Gorda, and Lehigh Acres, FL.

By: CONTEMPO HOME INTERIOR | Created 10/11/2019

Window Shutters have been around for many years. In the past, window shutters provided an effective way to help protect against the elements of nature. In our times, window shutters are still popular as exterior and interior window blinds providing protection for your family home in addition to a wide variety of benefits. These are just some of the benefits of using shutters.

Exterior window shutters

Adding exterior window shutters can give your property a touch of natural beauty and make it look more appealing and less distressing, most of the time, also add value to your residence if you decide to offer for sale. However, they provide even more benefits than appearance. These are a few of the benefits that outdoor window shutters can offer.

Protection for your home windows: because of changing weather conditions, many regions of South Florida are susceptible to strong winds, heavy rain, high temperature and other climate conditions that may crack and even destroy glass windows. Adding exterior window blinds can protect your home windows from adverse climate conditions.

Increase level of privacy: your property is your place of refuge and having exterior window shutters can protect your personal privacy. Because most closed window shutters are actually solid, they can maintain people from looking out any home window once their family members would like extra personal privacy.

It will help stay away from breaking and entering: although exterior window shutters usually do not look like a kind of security for your property, they can truly help prevent breaking and entering. Most robbers just do not want to risk time damaging the window blinds to gain access to your property, because the much longer they will stay, the more probable they are to be discovered.

While exterior window shutters can protect your home windows and help prevent robbery, interior window shutters have all those benefits and even more.

Benefits of interior window shutters

The interior shutters are more popular. This is credited in large part that interior window blinds are incredibly flexible and then match up with the decoration of any kind of home. Below are a few of the incredible advantages of interior window shutters.

Fresh and clean styles: interior window shutters give your home windows clean and sharp styles that most people find very eye-catching. Unlike curtains, window shutters do not flex or wrinkle, therefore you will not have to worry about any kind of space in your home having an unhappy and careless overall look because of those covered curtains.

Improved energy efficiency: Window shutters in fact help to keep your property more comfortable in winter and much cooler in summer time, which helps decrease energy bills and will let you save money.

Protect your home furniture against removal: Since you can control how much light enters your property, you can better safeguard your home furniture as well as , floor coverings from those bright ultraviolet sun rays, that really help prevent staining and allow your home furniture to look brand-new.

Easy to maintain: Window shutters are one of the most simple window blinds to maintain. In most cases, all you need to do is clean them with a humid towel once in a while. Drapes must be removed and washed or dry cleaned to be appropriately cleaned, costing you money and time, and window blinds may be hard to clean and prevent all of them from turning yellow as time passes.

Additionally, the interior and exterior Window shutters could be personalized to match any home window, including arched home windows. They are simple to preserve and clean, and a set of high quality Window shutters may last for many years while not having to be replaced, consequently selecting the most appropriate Window shutters for your home and your style is simple and easy.

Window Shutters can make a big difference to the appearance and functionality of your property for greater or worse, therefore selected properly. For more information about contact us by phone or email.

By: PREMIER HORTICULTURE | Created 10/10/2019

Few things enhance a home or business than having a perfect lawn. It frames the structure with green, creating an inviting atmosphere and a pleasing environment. A healthy lawn also conveys the sense that the owner cares about their property.

However, keeping a green and healthy lawn can become a real challenge when your property comes under attack by pests such as grubs or chinches. There is a wide variety of insects that can do harm to your lawns, gardens and trees, but what is important to remember is that there is a solution.

Premier Horticulture has many years of experience helping people in the surrounding area return their lawns to the beautiful, pest-free, green spaces they were before.

Signs you have lawn insects

There are many different signs that insects have invaded your lawn. However, as there are quite a variety let us look at the general signs rather than specific insects.

Brown spots or patches – Sometimes brown patches occur because of chemicals, a mower that is too low or poor soil conditions. Insects and other pests are also the cause for many a brown patch. They go into the soil and either eat the nutrients that the plants need or destroy the root system. Either way, it leads to your grass dying from starvation. To check this you will need to inspect the affected area, and possibly remove a small section to check underneath.

Leaf damage - Gardens tend to attract even more pests than lawns due to the various plants, flowers and vegetables that grow there; it is a buffet for many pests. We suggest having a look at the bite marks on the leaves or vegetables to try to spot the culprits. If all that is left are signs of damage, we can help determine what kind of nuisance is the cause and what lawn pest control strategy will work best.

Yard pest control done right

Unfortunately, there is no one magic cure that can remove all pests from your property. This is because different pests need to be handled in different ways. Some insects have become immune to older methods of extermination or removal, so you need a professional who can identify the issue and come up with the right solution.

The team of professionals at Premier Horticulture will come to your property and perform a thorough pest inspection to evaluate the problem. Once we know what you are dealing with, then we will walk you through the possible options for your lawn pest control, what to expect and how much it will cost.

Grass bugs and garden bugs – Get Out!

Premier Horticulture offers many different lawn pest control solutions to turn your landscape into a thriving sea of green. If you have any questions or concerns about the lawn treatments and other services we provide or what can be done about a particular pest, please feel free to contact us. We will get rid of those unwanted guests so you can get back to enjoying the beauty of nature.

By: AFK FLOORING AND KITCHEN | Created 10/09/2019

There are few problems more annoying than having a small bathroom. But the good news is that there are things that you can do to make your small bathroom look bigger. Below are eight tips that you can use for making your small bathroom look bigger.

1. Use Shelves

One of the best things that you can do to help when your bathroom is small is to use the vertical surfaces with shelving. So that you avoid creating a feeling of a closed-in room because you’ve put up shelves, install narrow, open, eye-level unobtrusive shelves that are the color of your walls. The deeper cabinet shelves should be put up higher.

On your eye-level shelves, the items that you are using often should be stored. These are things such as beauty and toiletry products such as bath lotions and salts in bottles that are attractive and use some designer baskets to hold items such as toilet paper and towels. Items that you don’t use very often, put them higher up.

If you don’t have enough wall space for hanging ample shelves, think about adding some recessed shelves. This can be created by using that empty space in your walls in between the beams. This can be done only on the walls that have been made using drywall. You should also have a professional install this type of shelving.

2. Maximize the Medicine Cabinet

Look at the medicine cabinet. Is it older? If so, think about getting one of the newer ones that are sold. The medicine cabinets that are sold today have a lot of space for storage along with great features such as lockboxes to store prescription medications. Some of them even have towel racks and shelves that are closed and open. Select a cabinet that has shelves of different heights so you’re able to fit everything in it.

3. Tackle Your Toilet Area

It might be due to the location, but the area that’s above your toilet will often go unused. Use this space on the wall by putting a cabinet over your tank. Some of the models are pretty extensive and tall and come with open and closed shelving.

If you’re thinking about replacing your toilet, it’s possible to save room by choosing a toilet with a bowl that’s rounded instead of an elongated, oval one.

4. Organize Your Shower

When you keep conditioners and shampoo in your shower, it will help with freeing up space elsewhere. However, a lot of bottles often becomes unsightly and disorganized. You can get an organizer for your shower or you can get a caddy that can be hung on the arm of the shower if there’s only a couple of bottles.

The corner units which are the same color of your shower or match the bathroom’s décor scheme will offer you a look that’s seamless and a lot of the larger towers have a lot of space for storage. There are also dispensers that you can mount on the wall that can be filled with conditioner and shampoo.

5. Wisely use Sink Space

If there isn’t a cabinet beneath your sink, it’s a good idea to replace your sink with a sink that has that type of cabinet under it or you can install one. It’s also a good idea to choose a sink with countertop since it gives you extra space for storing items that you use often.

6. Redirect Your Door

Does your door swing into your bathroom? If so, it’s a better idea to make it so that it’s swinging out rather than in. You can also use pocket doors that will slide.

7. Trick Your Eyes

Different visual effects will give an illusion of extra space in the bathroom than exists. A mirror that is well placed will reflect light as well as add some depth to your room. Hang a single big mirror in your bathroom and position it so that it’s among the first items that you’re seeing when you come into the bathroom. You can also add a focal point that’s eye-catching such as a plant, sculpture or painting. When you have something attractive that your eyes fall on will remove the focus that it’s a small space.

Painting using neutral, light tones also will help with opening up your room, along with more than one shade of a light color of paint. Choose colors like taupe, off-white, cream and beige along with grey, yellow, muted blue, blue, and pink. If you’re looking for complementary colors that are bright, they can be introduced using accessories such as soap dispensers and towels.

8. Take Advantage of Accessories

Even though adding a couple of items that are purely decorative will work, when it’s possible choose some accessories that are functional as well as attractive. A good choice is some soap dishes and dispensers that are eye-catching along with designer towel racks and hooks for hanging things like towels and clothing. Decorative boxes, tins and towels also will make a great choice when it comes to storing a lot of items in the bathroom.

These are the tips that you can use for helping your bathroom look a lot bigger than it is. By maximizing your space and using some smart paint choices, you are going to forget that you have a small bathroom. You will be amazed at what you can do and what a difference it makes. Your bathroom is going to be transformed!

By: AWNING STARS | Created 10/09/2019

According to a published manuscript in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:

 

“Florida has the second highest incidence of melanoma in the United States, with an estimated 5260 new cases in 2011. More than 600 Floridians die of melanoma every year; since 1975, the number of deaths among residents older than age 50 has almost doubled.”

 

And, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

 

  • More than 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer were treated in over 3.3 million people in the U.S. in 2012, the most recent year new statistics were available.1
     

  • More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.
     

  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
     

  • Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.
     

  • The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the U.S. is estimated at $8.1 billion: about $4.8 billion for nonmelanoma skin cancers and $3.3 billion for melanoma.

 

These statistics have only grown over the last 5 to 6 years and continue to grow.  We are not presenting these quick facts to scare you, but the threat from long-term sun exposure is very real.

As residents of South Florida, we live, work, and play here as well.  And, as the owners of Awning Stars, LLC our goal is to provide quality, effective shade solutions for your home or business.

 

One of our most popular and effective shade products is our Retractable Awning.  Retractable Awnings are very effective against the harmful rays of the sun because the use of solution dyed acrylic fabrics block up to 95% of UV rays. Only the highest quality fabrics such as Sattler® and Sunbrella® are used and best of all they are endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation as a recommended UV protectant. Our Retractable Awnings can be built up to 40 feet wide, and have projections up to 14’8”.   They meet Florida Building Code and Miami-Dade Hurricane Code Approval (NOA). Awning Stars Retractable Awnings are some of the strongest Roll-Out Awnings in the industry. 
 

This gives us the ability to provide effective shade to most outdoor spaces at homes and businesses throughout South Florida.  An added benefit of the retractable awning is its ability to block rain as well.  So, now your lanai or outdoor space can be sun and rain free.  Up to 4 colors of Powder Coat for the frames and hundreds of colors and patterns for the fabric give us the ability to match any décor for your outdoor space.  One of the greatest advantages of Retractable Awnings is that they open fast when you need them, and close fast when you don’t.

 

Another popular product in our line-up is our Solar Shades.  Our Solar Shades are not the same low quality products that you get from the big box stores.  Ours are custom made up to 20 feet wide, and up to 12 feet tall.  Our precision components are manufactured in Europe and the USA to ensure the highest quality possible.  Fabrics are from the top manufacturers in the world such as Twitchell®, Ferrari®, Phifer®, Mermet®, Tempotest®, and more and come in a variety of colors and openness to control airflow, sun intensity, rain, and privacy.  High-density polyester and fiberglass fabrics ensure you years of trouble free protection.  And, with manual or push-button motorized convenience they are super easy to deploy.

 

For those customers who want the same effectiveness as our solar shades with the added benefit of insect protection we offer you our Captured Edge Screens.  Captured Edge Screens also known as Track Screens, Insect Screens or Bug Screens are attached all around to completely seal out pesky pests (both the flying and crawling kind). They are also effective in keeping children and small pets within a predefined area.  Motorized operation allows for ease of use to quickly gain protection from the elements.  Like our Retractable Awnings, Multi-channel remote controls allow you to open or close each unit individually, or in unison.  They can also be integrated into Home Automation Systems using the Somfy® Z-Wave to RTS converter, or be controlled by any tablet or Smartphone with the Somfy® MyLink system.

Awning Stars sells and installs some of the largest Motorized Captured Edge Screens on the market with widths up to and over 26 feet, and Heights up to and over 16 feet.

Outside mounts, inside mounts, and recessed mounts allow us to accommodate your particular installation wants and needs to provide the perfect solution that properly integrates into your home or business.

 

Another fantastic patio and deck shade product we offer is the Offset Umbrella.  Besides selling some of the best, most durable Table Umbrellas, Market Umbrellas and Cabanas, we have Giant Offset Umbrellas to cover just about any space. Offset Umbrellas are so desirable because of the ability to open and close them fast, move them if needed, or swivel them out of the way (most models).  They can also be made in many sizes and shapes such as square, round, octagonal, and rectangular.  They come in single, double, and quad configurations to cover a variety of large spaces. Many powder coat frame colors and fabric colors and textures are available to enhance an outdoor space or integrate to existing decor. Like our Retractable Awnings, the fabrics used are high quality Solution Dyed Acrylic which is not only water and mold resistant, but blocks up to 95% of UV rays. Offset Umbrellas are usually the choice for areas away from a building or structure where sun and rain protection is needed.  Many restaurants, hotels, and resorts use umbrellas and cabanas to provide shelter from the elements. 

 

Now is the time to start thinking about your skin health if you have not done so already. Awning Stars is your premier South Florida supplier of quality built American Made (of European and American parts) shade products. Our in-home estimates are always educational and pressure free. We love what we do and would appreciate the opportunity to help protect you, your family, and customers from the damaging effects of the very hot South Florida sun.

By: SUPERIOR SURFACING LLC | Created 10/09/2019

Slip and fall injuries are among the leading causes of accidents at home, especially if the household has children or seniors. Good thing there are now service providers of concrete resurfacing in Cape Coral, Florida and other states that will install slip-proof flooring materials. Aside from installing slip-proof materials for the floor, these are also effective ways to minimize slip and fall injuries in your home or local community:



Impose maintenance and cleaning procedures
Besides installing high-quality pool deck surfacing in Florida, be sure to have your walkways, driveways, and concrete yards cleaned regularly. It’s usually the stagnant water in floor cracks that cause the area to become slippery.

Improve traction and repair damaged floors
Cracks on the floor can trap the water and make the area slippery. Call an expert in concrete coatings in Florida to have the floor cracks fixed. Doing this will improve the traction and make the surface slip-proof.

Check the floor and walkways regularly
It’s not enough to opt for a rubberized surfacing in Florida. It also makes sense to check the driveways and walkways regularly for any cracks and uneven surface. Uneven walkways can cause children and the elderly to trip or fall. With regular floor audit, you’ll know what parts of the area need resurfacing and improvement.

Slip and fall injuries can really cause a lot of money. But the good news is the fact that this type of injury is preventable. You just have to partner with flooring experts, maintenance personnel, and Superior Surfacing LLC to carry out the prevention strategies mentioned above. These initiatives will help you avoid uneven cracks that can lead to fall injuries.

By: ALL PHASE ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION | Created 09/26/2019

A new roof is designed to last for decades — but that doesn’t mean you should completely ignore it. According to Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, the roof should be regularly inspected to avoid costly damage.

“Inspecting your roof regularly will help you determine if there are leaks from your roof,” she told the station wbay.com. “You want to be sure to check a leak and fix it as quickly as possible, because if you don’t, it can lead to structural damage in your home, and also mold.”

What are the four signs to look out for? Hicks suggests the following:

  • Curling shingles
  • Broken shingles
  • Missing Flashing (aluminum or galvanized steel)
  • Areas where water may be pooling

Experts recommend having an inspection of your roof at least every five years. You should also always enlist the services of a licensed professional.

By: D & A PRO CLEANING | Created 09/17/2019

Commercial Cleaning Services DA PRO  Cleaning Company is determined to create a clean, healthy and pleasant environment for you to work in. We care about the impression you make on others, that’s why our commercial cleaning services are specifically customized to your needs.

By: EXP REALTY | Created 09/09/2019
1.)    BUYERS IN WAITING We have 9,345 buyers in OUR database. The buyer for YOUR home could already be in our database. 2.)    YOUR HOME SOLD FOR $12,500 MORE* On average, we sell homes for 2.5% more. On a $500,000 home, that's $12,500. 3.)    YOUR HOME SOLD 3 TIMES FASTER! The area average "DAYS ON MARKET" is over 3 MONTHS. We sell homes on average in ONLY 29 days!! 4.)    YOUR HOME SOLD IN 90 DAYS!!! GUARANTEED!!!! We'll sell your home in 90 Days or we'll pay you $5,000.* Conditions apply, ask for details!
By: Window Genie | Created 08/13/2019

Your driveway is grimy and covered in potentially dangerous and corrosive or acidic chemicals, dirt, sand, salt and more. The hazards of ignoring a dirty driveway and the benefits of routine pressure or power washing are numerous. Routine pressure washing doesn’t only benefit the current homeowner but can also impact the value of the home and increase the overall curb appeal of the property. Cleaning concrete periodically will extend its service life and enhance its beauty. It can be difficult to tell when concrete is in need of cleaning because the dirt and grime can build up so slowly. However, once the process is done, the results of freshly cleaned concrete are undeniable.

Want the freshest looking house on the block? Rain isn’t going to take care of those black streaks on your roof and siding. Everything from your driveway and sidewalks to your patio and deck, roof and house siding can be expertly restored by our team of trained professionals. Need to boost curb appeal because you’re selling your house? The condition of your home’s siding, deck, patio and driveway are all under a microscope during an open house and during inspections. A dingy, dirty, cracked, moldy home does NOT sell. As with window cleaning, regular pressure washing keeps your home’s vinyl, wood, concrete and brick surfaces not only looking good, but in great working condition. Allowing years of dirt, grease and grime to cake onto and penetrate these surfaces will surely lead to irreversible damage that prospective home buyers WILL notice. Potential home-buyers want to envision themselves enjoying the new home, they do NOT want to envision themselves moving in and inheriting a mess of expensive fix-ups.

Contrary to popular belief pressure washing can be done year round. As long as the temperature is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit there won’t be any issues with ice. The most ideal time to pressure wash, however, is during the spring and summer months. During the warmer wetter months algae and mold will begin to grow. This is also a great time pressure wash because this is when pollen is usually at it’s highest. Power washing can improve your allergy symptoms. If you’re used to suffering from bouts of sneezing every time you step outside, there could be more at play here than just the trees and flowers on your property. Pollen, mold, and dirt stuck to your house and concrete could be the sources of your allergies, which disappear completely after having your home or business pressure washed.

 

The first thing you will want to do is to remove everything that might be in your way. Move cars, furniture, grills, any decorations, plants, etc. If you don’t have a pressure washer and you are planning on doing it the old-fashioned way, grab a push broom and sweep the concrete. This will get any big chunks and help you avoid getting things like nails and glass into the yard or street. Next, put a tarp over any delicate plants and anything else that might get damaged from the chemicals. Finally, cover any electrical cords and outlets. If a scrub brush and bucket sound like too much work.  You can rent or buy pressure washers from many big-box stores. Big-box department stores carry cheap models, while hardware stores typically have higher quality versions available. Garage sales, rental shops, and family equipment loans are the most common way that people get their hands on their first pressure washer, and that can be a problem. Outdated or unregulated models could pose a safety hazard both to you and your property. Try to find models with modern safety features such as quick-release triggers, warning labels, ground-fault circuit interrupters, temperature control switches, unloader valves, back-flow protection, rupture disks, and thermal overload motor protection. If your model lacks any of these, look elsewhere.

As far as chemicals are concerned there are many options. pH-Neutral cleaners are mild and are most commonly used for cleaning interior concrete like garages. These cleaners will not remove heavy grease or embedded dirt. Acidic cleaners are much more powerful and are great at removing tough stains. Alkaline cleaners are used to remove oil and grease.

Who Should Clean My Concrete?

Pressure washers have become extremely popular rental options among homeowners looking for fast and efficient cleans. Pressure washing your siding, deck, and driveway is extremely effective if done correctly. Unfortunately, many are unaware that there are different types of equipment meant for different surfaces… and that without proper training, one can easily damage their property. Pressure washing concrete isn’t as difficult as washing your deck or siding. But there are still difficulties.

Many DIY pressure washers also only load their washer with water. Without the proper ratio of cleaning solution mixed in, your cleaning effectiveness will be significantly reduced, and probably lead you to apply too much pressure to make up for lost power. Water-only mixtures also spread mold spores around. The extra pressure and mold-related damages can cost you big money.

Many homeowners will find that once the cost of the rental, transport to and from the rental location, and a wasted day’s effort are factored together, they would have been better off investing in a Window Genie house pressure washing service. When first-timers try and fail with DIY attempts, this cost-effectiveness ratio is skewed even more, so that they end up paying big repair money for what was a long, hard day that produced a sub-par clean.

By: NAPLES CLOSET | Created 08/05/2019

An organized garage makes a big difference in the overall look and feel of your home. It’s usually the first thing we see when we return home every day. 

Our designers at Naples Closets have helped to transform garages from being completely cluttered and unusable to being organized and extending storage space. We custom build cabinets to make it easy to find seasonal decor, tools or to contain sports equipment. 

Here are a few solutions to consider if you want to make a big impact with storage options in your home with just a few changes:

Workbenches
Workbenches should be as unique as the people who use them. Our custom design team will design this space with cabinets beneath the workbench countertop so you can use as much storage space as possible. Wall shelving and peg boards are also a great feature for tools.  Wall cabinets and vertical wall storage are great options for storing household items you don’t use often or for additional storage items that you may buy in bulk. 

Cabinets in the garage really help to make the most of storage space available for a variety of uses.

Vertical Storage Systems
Slatwall, grid wall, and other vertical storage solutions make it possible to get more usable space from the garage. Invest in accessories like S-hooks or baskets. This is a great idea for workbench areas or gardening centers, where small tools need to be accessible on a regular basis.

Athletic or Sporting Equipment
It helps to have space dedicated to your hobbies in the garage or for your children’s sporting equipment. This helps protect your belongings and keeps everything accessible, especially if you are looking for the golf clubs.

Visit us and call Naples Closet for a free consultation.

By: RODMAN ROOFING | Created 08/05/2019

The best advise to hiring your roofing contractor is to make sure they are licensed and insured. You can check to see if they have any complaints filed against their company . Make sure the licensed qualifier actually works with the company and is not selling their  license to an unlicensed roofer for profit. Check to see how many years they have been in business.  Ask for a certificate of insurance and call the company to be sure it is still active.  A qualified roofing contractor will have many references.  A contractor with great referrals is a good place to start.

By: NAPLES DRAWER BOX | Created 07/25/2019

With our easy glide out shelving, your storage problems are solved!

We will retrofit our pullouts to enhance your current kitchen cabinets or pantry.

Your kitchen is one of the most used areas in your home! Make your life easier and upgrade your existing cabinets with our customized, made to fit pullout shelving.

  • Sturdy and can hold up to 100 pounds with weight evenly distributed
  • Glides extend fully to make your items more accessible
  • Box drawer with/without dovetail finishes
  • Superior strength and quality
  • Easy care and maintenance

Ideal to make your things more accessible:

  • Spice rack caddy
  • Storage for cookware
  • Food & grocery items pullout
  • Small home appliances
  • Under sink cleaning supplies pullout
  • Single or double trash can pullout

BATHROOM SOLUTIONS

Do you have a small bathroom and not enough storage? We have the solution to enhance your current space!

We can add pullout shelving which gives you more storage space, makes it easier to find things you are looking for and the best part of all, you don’t need new cabinets to gain this extra space!

We will retrofit our pullout shelving to fit your current cabinet or linen closet.

  • Our under-sink pullout shelving helps you find cleaning supplies or extra toiletries.
  • Turn your unused space or hard to reach places into more accessible & organized space.
  • Saves time and eliminates stress trying to find something you are looking for.
  • Glides extend fully to make your items more accessible
  • Box drawer with/without dovetail finishes on each pullout
  • Superior strength and quality
  • Easy care and maintenance
By: ADVANCED RESTORATION COMPANY INC | Created 07/24/2019

Do you see signs of water damage like black grout, water stains on walls or ceilings, foul or musty odors, AC clogs, loose or sagging tiles or mold in your home?

Water damage left unchecked can not only cause a great deal of property damage but it can also pose health risks when left un-repaired. We analyze the current status of the property and locate the source of the water damage. We expose the damaged area in order to dry it out and mitigate the damage.

Mitigation is necessary to protect your home and its structure from further damage.

By: OCEAN POINT CLAIMS COMPANY | Created 07/24/2019

Why Policyholders Should Hire A Public Adjuster

Homeowners should obtain the services of public adjusters for several reasons.  The larger the loss, the greater the need for the guidance of a skilled public adjuster, make no mistake, people need assistance with small claims too.  It is important to find find a public adjuster with several years of experience to represent your interests for your particular type of claim. The public adjusters at Ocean Point Claims Company have worked for the insurance companies in the past. The public adjusters at Ocean Point know how to catch the attrition of your insurance company.  We not the right places to apply pressure.

“Let’s say that you’re feeling like your claim will go well after you file via the phone and speak to nice sounding people. As a result, you’ll think the same when the adjuster calls you. You’ll probably think the same when they visit your home. Company adjusters are often courteous when they inspect claims. They return to their office and things change. Carrier adjusters have strict rules and timelines to meet. They aren’t there for you. They are there to follow the company rules, which results in underpayment of claims. Ocean Point won’t let that happen. We make sure they follow the true policy, the contact between you and the insurance company. We will make sure they abide by local building codes and state matching statutes." - Eli Goins, Licensed Public Adjuster

Hiring a public adjuster simplifies life, relieves worry and stress. The damage to their home is already bad enough. They don’t need to have more stress and uncertainty added.

How To Locate An Experienced, Honest & Trusted Public Adjuster

FAPIA is a great starting point. Their website allows you to locate an experienced public adjuster. Association members are licensed, must maintain clean backgrounds and be finger printed. Having high ethical standards is required. All of the public adjusters at Ocean Point have undergone rigorous background checks. You can check with the NAPIA website, National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. NAPIA website, National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. These checks include finger printing, background checks and they must carry a $50k bond. Always ask for their license number. You can use this tool, in Florida, to check their license status, DFS License Search. If you’re not in Florida, simply Google this term, “check insurance license status [your state]”.

It is important to remember that having a license alone is not a guarantee that you are hiring an experienced adjuster. Talk to them about their experience, feel them out. You may be working with your adjuster for several months and you want to make sure that you don’t find out that they are not capable of handling your loss after it is too late.

Ask around. Speak to coworkers, friends, family, fellow church members, the list goes on and on. Don’t just hire the first public adjuster that you see on an internet search. Check a public adjuster’s online reviews. Ask for their references. Call them and check their performance and customer service.

Is It Beneficial To Hire a Public Adjuster? 

Absolutely! The average person doesn’t have the experience. They are not aware of strict time lines. Meeting timelines is crucial to your claim, and you. Average homeowners lack knowledge of policy. They must be able to interpret policy. Policyholders are required to meet all policy provisions. Company adjusters are there to protect their interests, not yours. Good news! You have the option to protect your own interests by retaining a public adjuster, whose responsibility is to serve you!

Statistics Tell The Truth

The statistics tell that you will receive a higher settlement from the insurance company by hiring a Public Adjuster versus going it alone and working the claim yourself. A study was conducted by OPAGGA. As a result, it was discovered that property owners in Florida received higher settlements when a public adjuster was hired. Homeowners settlements were 747% higher. Catastrophe losses were 574% larger. This is why it is a good idea to hire a public adjuster.

“Policyholders with public adjuster representation typically received higher settlements than those without public adjusters. The typical payment to a policyholder represented by a public adjuster was $22,266 for claims filed in 2008 and 2009 related to the 2004 hurricanes. In contrast, policyholders who did not use a public adjuster received typical payments of $18,659. The difference in payments was larger for claims related to 2005 hurricanes, with public adjuster claims resulting in payments that were 747% higher. However, as policyholders pay public adjuster fees as a percentage of their settlement, their net settlement would be lower than this amount.” - OPPAGA
Bankrate.com has a great article on the pros and con of using a public or private adjuster.

Public adjusters usually charge 10% to 20% of the net payout, after your deductible. If the insurance company underpays your claim by thousands, 10% – 20% isn’t such a bad deal. Especially when you’ve been denied. 10% – 20% of something is better than 0% of nothing.

By: CHRISTIES POOLS | Created 06/24/2019

What’s all the buzz with saltwater pools in Southwest Florida? Are chlorine pools a thing of the past?

The fact is, a number of chlorine pool owners are converting their existing pools to salt water system. It is also estimated by the pool industry, over half of new installations of in-ground pools have this new and upcoming, technology.

Think the cost may be too steep?

The initial installation cost of a saltwater pool is more than a chlorine. But when you add up the cost for chemicals, chlorine pucks, and maintenance, by the third year a salt water pool should make up for the cost.

Converting an existing chlorine pool is easier than you think. Plumbing needs to be installed to accommodate the saltwater generator, which will pay for itself, in just a couple of years.

Keeping a saltwater pool afloat is easy!

Since handling the harsh effects of chlorine and other chemicals, dispensing, storing, and swimming in chlorine, can have negative consequences. A saltwater pool uses only a small amount of chlorine as a disinfectant. A generator naturally produces chlorine from salt, through electrolysis. As the salt is dissolved in the water, the electrolysis separates the sodium, to form chlorine (sodium hypochlorite). This process of creating chlorine is continually being regenerated, then before it re-enters the pool, it is converted back to salt.

Traditional chlorine pools take a lot of maintenance and testing of the water. The harmful by products of chloramines, which builds up over time, is responsible for lung irritation, itchy skin and eyes, and that all familiar pool smell.

Saltwater pools have free chlorine that breaks down this buildup, leaving behind a more natural feel and a positive pH. Eliminating the harsh chemical feel, incorporating a friendly ecological pool, that is easier on the skin, hair, and body. Because the chlorine levels are constantly being replenished, the swimming pool owner won’t need to test or add chlorine to the water.

 

By: CHRISTIES POOLS | Created 06/24/2019

A: Travertine is a natural stone from the limestone family and is typically found in the form of deposits near warm or hot springs. It is sometimes known as Travertine Limestone or Travertine Marble, although it is neither limestone nor marble. In ancient times, it was frequently used as a building material, but now it is most commonly used for pool decks, patios, countertops, flooring, showers, and tubs as well as exterior decor.

Q: What are Travertine Pavers?

A: Travertine Pavers are 100% natural stone pavers sold in various sizes and patterns. They are typically 1.25″ thick and are ideal for pool decks, patios, and driveways.

Q: Why should I use Travertine Pavers vs. other paving materials?

A: Tumbled Travertine Pavers are one of the best materials to use around a pool deck, patio, driveway, or walkway. Their tumbled, porous surface instantly absorbs water, leaving the surface of the deck practically non-slip. Travertine Pavers also stay cool to the touch. The same can’t be said about other paving materials such as brick pavers, or concrete. The lifespan of a Travertine Paver is incomparable to other man-made materials – travertine can last centuries, while other paving materials crack and deteriorate over time.

Q: Where do Travertine Pavers come from?

A: Most of the Travertine Pavers, we install are from Turkey. Turkey is known to have superb quality Travertine reserves and is the preferred choice for architects and designers. Italy, Iran, Mexico, Peru and the United States also have Travertine reserves.

Q: How thick are Travertine Pavers?

A: The industry standard for Travertine Pavers is 1.25” thick, although custom orders can be done for a thicker paver.

Q: What does the finished surface of a Travertine Paver look like?

A: Travertine Pavers typically have one of three finishes:

  • Tumbled (textured and porous surface)

  • Honed (smooth and matte)

  • Polished (smooth and shiny)

By: HARPER'S AIR INC | Created 06/17/2019

Harper’s Air understands that air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Lauderdale By the Sea, FL. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years.

How do I know if I need repairs for my unit or if I need a replacement?

1. Age

How old is your air conditioner? The most common reason for a new unit is age. The older your unit gets the less efficient it is and it will continue to lose energy efficiency over time.

Pay attention to how often it needs repairs. Once a year isn’t quite indicative of the need for a new unit yet, but it certainly means you could be getting close to the time to replace it. Getting a new unit can actually save you money in the long run on energy costs and repairs.

Replacing an old unit can also have unseen benefits, including improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions.

2. Temperature Inconsistencies

How stable does your unit keep the temperatures in your home? This isn’t always directly related to needing a new AC unit, but combine this with the age of your unit and you could be looking for a new one soon.

Temperature inconsistencies also can be the result of leaky ductwork or poor insulation. Contact our officetoday and we can have one of our service technicians diagnose the problem for you.

3. Humidity

When a unit gets older it performs less and less efficiently. One thing to pay attention to is the humidity level in your home. A unit that is aging won’t dehumidify as well as it should.

4. High Utility Bills

Older systems don’t perform as efficiently and in fact can diminish in efficiency each year. If you have noticed a steady increase in your utility bills, it may be time to examine whether or not your system needs replacing.

Let Us Help

The experienced technicians at Harper’s Air can help diagnose any problems you are having and let you know whether or not the problems you are having mean you need a new HVAC system. Call us at 305-266-1040 today or request service online.

By: HARPER'S AIR INC | Created 06/17/2019

A major part of your health relies on getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why it’s not just important to run your air conditioner during the hot summer days. You also need to keep your home comfortably cool at night as well.

At Harper’s Air, we understand that depending on your air conditioner to run efficiently is crucial to helping you get the good night’s sleep you deserve. We also know how critical sleep is to everyday life, so we make it a priority to provide our customers in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, area a cooling system that ensures the utmost comfort all hours of the day or night.

Getting It Right

According to a study published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), part of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), it’s recommended to set your thermostat between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit at night for a comfortable full night’s sleep. By comfortable, we mean not constantly waking up to add blankets or to turn down the thermostat in the middle of the night. Additionally, your body will not have to worry about regulating its own temperature, because your room will already be set to the ideal sleeping condition to do that for you.

Keeping It Right

By keeping your air conditioner in tip-top shape all year long, you can help prevent any potential problems that can arise during the times when you need your cooling system most. That means scheduling regular maintenance for one of our professionals to come out and thoroughly clean your unit of any debris, dust, or dirt, and confirm there are not any leaks or cracks.

The Right Benefits

Once you know your system is working in prime condition, here are three health benefits you can experience from lowering your thermostat’s temperature at night:

1. Helps your mood
It’s not just your physical health that will improve—your mental health will significantly change as well. Getting uninterrupted sleep is essential for staying alert, energetic, and keeping a positive outlook on life. The less signs of irritability and exhaustion you show, the more likely you will be able to function at your best.

2. Fights aging
Resting comfortably and staying cool are not the only advantages of lowering your home’s temperature before going to bed each night. While sleeping, your body is also more likely to release melatonin, a hormone that fights symptoms of aging and helps prevent getting wrinkles sooner than you should.

3. Contributes to weight loss
It’s not just a nutritious diet and getting regular exercise that are the necessary components to losing weight. You also need a healthy sleeping pattern to help shed those unwanted pounds. Without a comfortable and proper sleep schedule, your weight-loss plan will not be as effective and ultimately can increase your odds of losing muscle mass instead of fat.

Schedule Your Tune-Up

Follow our simple air conditioning tips, and schedule your seasonal maintenance today. Give our Harper’s Airprofessionals a call at 305-266-1040 or request your service online. We can help you live healthier by keeping you and your family comfortable at home throughout the hot summer months ahead.

By: HARPER'S AIR INC | Created 06/17/2019

At Harper’s Air, we’re often asked, “Do air conditioners kill off mold?” This is a common misconception. A properly maintained and functioning air conditioner (AC) can decrease the likelihood of mold growth. This is because it acts as a humidity balancer. But if mold forms, the air conditioner can’t prevent it from growing. This is why it’s important to occasionally examine your ducts for any leakage, which can cause mold. The spores from the mold can circulate through the vents and cause your lungs to become irritated, especially if your suffer from allergies.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold exists in nearly every home. It usually doesn’t become a noticeable problem until dampness and/or humidity are introduced. Having a well-serviced air conditioner is a good step towards preventing mold.

Here are some tips to keep mold from forming:

On humid days, keep your air conditioner running when you leave the house.

Though you might be tempted to save on electricity, this is a smart way to keep mold out. By preserving balanced humidity inside, mold won’t have a leg to stand on. Besides humidity, mold also likes air to be stationary. With the ventilation your air conditioner provides, mold growth is less likely. This is well worth the extra money, especially if you have allergies.

If you spot mold on your air conditioner, have a professional clean it.

You may feel like doing it yourself, but it could be a risky move. Mold spores are a health risk. Our technicians at Harper’s Air have plenty of experience safely removing mold from equipment. During routine HVAC maintenance checkups, it’s not uncommon to find mold growth on evaporator coils, air handlers, and condensation pans.

Annual or semiannual maintenance inspections are a must.

In addition to any mechanical problems, our team of professionals can spot mold growth and stop it in its tracks. Our examiners are thorough and will fix any leakage found in your air conditioner or ducts. We want our homeowners here in Miami, FL, to lead healthy and productive lives. You shouldn’t have household allergens standing in your way.

Remember, mold is a silent lurker. Keep your house’s humidity balanced, and be on the lookout for leakage. If you discover a large amount of mold, play it safe, and have a professional take care of it.

We hope you’ll keep these tips handy and reference them as needed. If your air conditioner is moldy, damaged, or in need of inspection, give us a call at 305-266-1040.

By: HARPER'S AIR INC | Created 06/17/2019

An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Harper’s Air, we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned once a year. The optimum time is in the spring to ensure your unit will run with the most efficiency during the hottest summer months. You need to be able to rely on your air conditioner for your comfort here in Miami, FL.

Why Is Maintenance Important?

The short answer is it saves you money!

An air conditioner collects dust and dirt continuously as it sits throughout the year, not only in the months when it’s running. Though this tiny debris may not seem harmful, when it accumulates throughout the year, it can make its way into the cracks and crevices of your unit, as well as everywhere else. This creates gunk and wreaks havoc on the different parts involved in the cooling process. 

When this happens, parts break down much sooner than expected and can add up to costly repairs. It also decreases the life expectancy of your system, forcing you to purchase a new air conditioner much sooner than you may have planned.

Regular air-conditioning maintenance also supports your system’s energy efficiency. Simple acts you can perform yourself, like replacing a dirty and clogged air filter, can reduce your energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. This translates to you spending less money on your utility bills. Professional and DIY maintenance alleviates higher bills and keeps your air conditioner working at its manufacturer’s intended efficiency.

Even if you are fastidious with doing your own regular home maintenance, you should always have your unit cleaned and checked in the spring by a professional. There are many tasks only a professional technician is trained and certified to perform. Neglecting these professional tasks constitutes poor maintenance and will negatively affect your system in the long run, again, costing you money.

What Can I Expect My Technician to Do During My Annual Maintenance?

Here’s a brief overview of what our knowledgeable and experienced technicians do during your air-conditioning-maintenance appointment:

  • Clean and check condenser coils and evaporators, if necessary.
  • Clean and adjust blower components for proper system airflow to create increased comfort levels.
  • Check ducts for debris, and if debris is present, remove it to allow for maximum airflow.
  • Clean and check aluminum fins. If they are crushed or bent in any fashion, this affects proper air distribution.
  • Inspect internal parts for broken, chipped, or other damage, which may not be easily noticed. If your air conditioner continues to run with damaged parts or areas, your system will eventually fail.
  • Clean and check condensate drain, to prevent any blockages or mold buildup. Backups can cause water damage to equipment.
  • Tighten connections, both mechanical and electrical. Loose connections cause incorrect operations.
  • Check coolant level for leaks. Leaks prevent your air conditioner from working, and the refrigerant could damage anything it touches.
  • Check system’s thermostat for accuracy.
  • Check system controls to be sure all works safely.
  • Provide you with a summary of work performed and share any findings regarding needed repairs or upgrades, as well as maintenance you can perform yourself between maintenance visits.
By: AS YOU LIKE IT PAINTING | Created 06/13/2019

As You Like It Painting Company, Inc. has always operated under strong values aimed at exceeding client needs. Our communication channels are always open—our relationship with our clients begins on the first day of contact and only ends once they’re fully satisfied with our work. When you hire our services, you can count on us for the results you want and need. Get in touch today, and discover the advantage of working with As You Like It Painting Company, Inc.

By: THE PATIO DISTRICT | Created 06/13/2019

We often hear this saying as we plan to upgrade and renovate with little in our wallets. Truly, while remodeling a patio on a tight budget seems challenging, it’s certainly a feasible goal for the enthusiastic homeowner. With efficiency in mind and a focus on long-term investment, we’ve provided 5 ways of remodeling your patio with a tight budget.

 

  1. Accessorize with simple elements. – You can enhance your patio’s appearance with budget-friendly resourcefulness. Consider creating a winding path leading to your patio. You don’t need a paver or resin-covered cobblestones. Rather, create a design with plastic stakes and spread crushed rock along your “stencil.” For a polished look, flatten the rock with compacting tools readily rentable at your local landscaping store.
  2. Add color to your patio surface. – You may own a patio composed of simple, gray concrete and desire to add warmth and pizzazz. This doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars, thanks to stains available in multiple colors, including burgundy, beige, honey, and more. Even using a common sealant to cover your patio with decorative tiles goes a long way on a frugal budget.
  3. Peruse your thrift store for quaint figurines. – Goodwill and other thrift stores offer abundant figurines of various sizes at minimal prices. Keeping space in mind, establish a theme or color scheme and arrange these bargain finds in a way that brings out the most in surrounding hues and textures.
  4. Go bold with boulders. – Especially for backyards with considerable space, boulders add dimension and a strong border for your patio. You may find boulders at supply stores, or perhaps you have a neighbor seeking to minimize his or her rock collection. Be creative as you arrange your boulders. Fully align them around the patio, or settle for one side for an asymmetrical feel. Cluster them in a corner with a figurine or two.

For homeowners on a tight budget, options for remodeling your patio remain bountiful and open-ended. For more advice on making the most of your remodeling projects, contact us today!

 

By: THE PATIO DISTRICT | Created 06/13/2019

Creating shade for your patio is an excellent idea when you want to reduce excessive heat and heat radiation from the sun. By doing so, you’ll also protect and extend your outdoor furniture’s lifespan from sun damage. And the great thing is, you can easily add and blend shade into your home design and decor of the patio. Here are three easy ways to create shade for your patio:

Retractable

Retractable shades are easy to install, and they mount to your home’s exterior wall or roofline to extend and provide coverage to patio. For additional coverage, other features are available to make that happen.

Whether you choose to have a retractable awning or retractable canopy, the shade provides instant relief from the sun’s heat. The shades are easy to roll up, so there is no need to take it down. With this smooth retraction, you can protect the shade from inclement weather, as weather can wear down the shade.

Retractable shades come motorized or manual. A motorized option is more convenient but also more expensive. However, some motorized options have sensors that detect rain and retracts on its own when you’re not around to roll it up and perhaps is worth the investment.

Pergolas

Pergola structures blend in naturally to your home and patio, but it only provides partial shade protection. However, with additional features, shade enhancements are possible. This type of shade enables creative ways to add sun protection by installing shelter directly on top of the pergola. The following are different cover options to add to the top of the pergola for additional shade:

  • lattice panel
  • retractable canopies
  • plant vines
  • reeds and leaves
  • foliage
  • bamboo or branches
  • curtains for the side

Arcadia Louvered Roof

The arcadia louvered roof covers and sits similar to a pergola; however, it is more advanced. With many different designs and colors available, this type of shade can blend in seamlessly with your patio and house. The advantage of the Arcadia is that the louvered roof adjusts to control the environment: sun, snow, wind, rain. It is durable and can withstand extreme weather.

Pivots on the roof provide ventilation if you want shade at the same time. And the roof slides open or close, depending on what you desire. Another important feature of the Arcadia is that it is self-sustaining as it is solar panel charged. It runs independently from your home’s electricity.

Bottom line, these three shade options provide coverage for your patio. Each kind is an easy installment and an excellent investment to enhance your patio. Best of all, shade provides comfort while you relax and entertain in your outdoor living space. All you have to do is decide on the one that is best suited for your outdoor environment.

To create shade for your patio, contact us. We offer comfortable and luxury design to meet your outdoor living space desires. Tell us what you need, and we can help your vision be a reality

By: THE PATIO DISTRICT | Created 06/13/2019

An essential part of keeping a swimming pool for years of family fun involves proactive maintenance. Regularly tending to your pool’s upkeep ensures its longevity, while protecting yourself, family, and others who may use your pool during a backyard event. Always, keep safety as a top priority as you clean your pool and see that it runs properly and efficiently.

Keep a constant eye on your filter.

Filters are electric pool devices, and if left unattended, may cause injury and death. To avoid costs and personal risks associated with malfunctioning filters, see that the filter pressure gauge functions properly. Refer to your swimming pool owner’s manual in checking that you’re setting the filter pressure at a safe, efficient level. Other areas needing attention are filters’ O-rings, whether they seal properly, and if large objects block the filter. Monitoring your filter ensures that the pool operates and cleanses properly, while preventative measures lower the likelihood of serious accidents.  

Make sure vents are free of obstructions and combustibles.

Heater top vents and pump motor air vents stand vulnerable to hazards posed by blockages and flammable materials, including hazardous chemicals such as pool oxidizers. Scan the entire swimming pool for any debris and other obstructions, clearing them from the area immediately. The pool’s main drain cover remains a popular area for obstructions to accumulate. During and after cleanup, see that you safely store chemicals away from the pool in an enclosed space with suitable temperatures.

Monitor the heater for any gas odors.

Inhaling toxic chemicals wreaks havoc on your health, often leading to long-term injury and death. Like car engines, swimming pool heaters produce carbon monoxide, and most receive heating through propane or natural gas. If you smell an odor resembling rotteng eggs, you’re probably experiencing a gas leak, which requires the immediate intervention of your closest gas supplier.

Swimming pool ownership is a fine privilege, coupled with great responsibility. Diligent maintenance ensures safety, quality, and durability of your backyard pool. For more information on keeping your pool safe and clean, contact us today.

By: SKY DREAM | Created 06/12/2019
It's always difficult to reflect back and regret not being proactive.  Protect your investment! Being prepared to provide your insurance company with pictures of your intact roof protects you from any type of denied coverage.  South Florida is known for unpredictable weather and Insurance companies. 
By: LIVING EARTH REMODELERS | Created 06/11/2019

If you’re a homeowner living in areas with frequent visits from storms or hurricanes, one of the biggest challenges you’ll ever face is protecting your home and your belongings. You need to make sure that you take all precautionary measures to keep your property safe.

A cost-effective and long-term technique, through which you can save yourself from the hassle of repairing windows and risking damaged property, is through the installation of impact windows and doors. There is a long list of advantages you will see from installing impact windows and doors in your home. Here are some of the most significant benefits to consider:

The Benefits of Impact Windows and Doors:

Hurricane and Storm Protection:

One of the most important benefits of impact windows and doors is that they are extremely strong and can withstand major weather including heavy rain and strong winds. By providing a protective shield against hurricane and storm damage, these windows and doors can cut down the price of regular repairs and help to save your home from damage. In addition, through the installation of hurricane windows and doors, you will be qualified for a wind mitigation insurance rebate.

Corrosion-Resistant:

Apart from hurricane-generated winds which people might face in South Florida, people who live in damp or semi-arid zones also face another challenge – salty and humid air. This not only affects your air conditioning systems, but can also corrode your doors and windows. Impact windows and doors are made with a special corrosion resistant design, allowing for protection from wearing away.

Heat and Noise Reduction:

For people who live in crowded or metropolitan areas, the noise and heat can be unbearable – especially during summers. Impact windows are extremely resistant against strong heat waves and loud noises, allowing you to enjoy some peace and quiet and live comfortably in your home.

UV Protection:

UV light is an extremely dangerous source of many skin-related health issues. Moreover, these lights can also cause damage to your furniture, artwork and other household items. Impact windows have Low E Glass Coating, window tinting, and double glazing which increased the energy efficiency and reduces the damaging effects of UV light.

Energy Efficiency:

The utility bills pile up at a high rate, especially in cities which typically experience extremely hot summers. Replacing your current windows and doors with impact windows and doors will certainly increase the energy efficiency. In fact, it has been shown that inefficient windows and doors consume over 40 percent of your home’s annual energy budget. Our windows and doors are ENERGY STAR and NFRC-labeled throughout South Florida – making them much more efficient than regular windows. One of the most important features with our products is that they have a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) reduction. Our technologically advanced windows offer increased levels of visible light transmission into your home, providing the important benefit of energy savings.

Increased Security:

Another benefit of installing hurricane windows and doors is the increased security and protection from burglars and intruders. Homeowners will have a peace of mind knowing they are more thoroughly protected by having these protective systems in place.

Insurance Discounts:

Impact windows are some of the most significant windstorm protection systems, which have been recognized by a number of different insurance agencies. Because of this, insurance firms may offer a deduction or discount on insurance premiums. Many homeowners with impact windows also qualify for a wind mitigation insurance rebate.

The Bottom Line:

Your home is one of your biggest investments and protecting your home is at the top of the list in order to live safe and comfortably. However, for people living in areas like South Florida that are prone to frequent storms and hurricanes, you might have to spend a lot on repairing your windows and doors in addition to risking damaged property and belongings. In such cases, considering the installation of impact doors and windows is certainly worth the investment and the peace of mind.

By: LIVING EARTH REMODELERS | Created 06/11/2019

When you live in a state like Florida, apart from enjoying a series of delicious eateries, picturesque beaches and destinations, and exquisite shopping districts, you may have to face a number of challenges you did not expect such as hurricanes and windstorms. In such cases, you need preventive measures in order to cater to your home’s repairing costs. This is where we step in.
Living Earth Remodelers, Inc. is an impact window and door and remodeling company located in Hollywood, Florida. We strive to provide our customers with the best home maintenance service in the market. Being one of the leading mediums within the industry, we make sure to provide our clients with topnotch services every time they call us so that we can exceed their expectations. At Living Earth Remodelers, Inc., we understand how significant a property investment is; and, we make sure to provide you with the best solutions to protect this investment. Some of our key services we provide are the manufacturing and installation of impact windows and doors; kitchen and bathroom remodeling; air conditioning installation and repair; and, roofing installation and repair.

How Can We Help?

Impact Windows and Doors:
To best prepare for hurricanes, tropical storms and windstorms, installing our energy-efficient impact doors and windows is the best option for your home’s protection. We have a wide array of types of windows or doors for you to select from, and we custom manufacture the windows to fit your home’s openings for a quick and flawless installation process. Our windows and doors come with a range of advantages to help you enhance your protective measures including energy efficiency, increased security, reduced noise, protection from UV light, and an increase in your home’s value. With South Florida being one of the most vulnerable areas for dangerous storms, it is important to protect your home today with quality window and door options.

Remodeling:
Are you looking to remodel areas in your home? We are here to help! Our professionals make sure to collaborate with each and every client to help with any kitchen or bathroom remodeling. We have a wide variety of wood and thermofoil cabinets, fixtures, countertops, and tile for you to choose from. We also offer refacing or refinishing services for your present cabinets or countertops.

Air-Conditioning:
Did your electrical bill shoot up recently? Is it because your air conditioning system isn’t performing well? With the regular wear and tear or Florida, your air conditioning system might need maintenance or repair. Whether you need assistance in repairing your existing unit or if you need a completely new system, we are here to help. We want to help you reduce your electric bills and move to a more environmentally-sustainable future.

Roofing:
Do you have a leakage in your roofing system? Are you looking to stage your home for sale and you need to renovate the roofing system? Living Earth Remodelers, Inc. provides you with topnotch roofing services from installation to repair.
How Are We Different?

Experience:
Living Earth Remodelers, Inc. has a team of seasoned professionals, well-versed in the field of installation and remodeling. With years of experience in this field, our pride lies in a vast client-base of satisfied customers. Together, our team has a combined 40 years of experience with a vast understanding of South Florida homeowners remodeling and maintenance needs.

Supervised Projects:
In order to complete each and every project professionally and efficiently, we make sure to appoint a Project Manager, who supervises the entire project from start to finish, and makes sure that the needs and requirements of our clients are met adequately.

Excellent Customer Service:
With a prompt reply to each and every query of yours, our customer service team is readily available to answer any questions you may have as well as helping to guide you in picking the best fit products and services for your specific needs. We value our customers and strive to exceed their expectations throughout the entire project.

By: FLORIDA CLEAN ROOF | Created 06/07/2019
Pressure washing only blows the mold and algae to other places. You have to kill the mold on contact with the NEW the new system called SOFTWASHING. We are the number 1 softwashing company in SW Florida And have 5 different softwash rigs. 
By: PALM BEACH ALUMINUM INC | Created 05/10/2019

Hurricane Shutters

When you live in a coastal region, your commercial and residential properties are always at a risk of getting damaged by storms and hurricanes. The people living in Florida have to bear the losses on a regular basis because of such harsh weather conditions. It is a unique challenge for the people to keep the losses and damages to a minimum. To make people more responsible towards saving the properties from getting damaged, the Florida state officials have updated the building codes a few years back. According to these rules, all the property owners have to use impact-resistant materials while constructing their homes and offices.

There are various precautionary measures that can be taken to protect the home but the easiest way to limit the damages by natural disasters is to install hurricane shutters. They come in different shapes and sizes and can be installed either during the construction of your home or after that. Installation of hurricane shutters to your homes and offices has numerous other benefits.

When there is a thunderstorm or hurricane, the high velocity of winds can easily enter the homes, after breaking the glass windows, and damage your valuables, in the absence of hurricane shutters. It can also lift the roof of your home and push the walls outward, destabilizing the structure of the home. This is due to the air pressure difference in and outside of the home. To prevent the winds from entering the homes, the highest quality hurricane shutters should be installed. They are very strong to block the high-velocity winds and help in protecting the structure of the home.

Benefits of Hurricane Shutters

Prevents the Breakage of Glass

This is the most important benefit of installing hurricane shutters. The high-quality shutters will protect the glass of the windows and doors, thereby preventing the winds from entering the homes. This is a vital safety feature as it will protect you and your valuable things from getting damaged.

Added Security

The hurricane shutters will safeguard your property from unwanted burglars and intruders. When the shutters are installed, the glass of windows and doors cannot be broken easily in case of theft, thus improving the security of your home.

Home Insurance Discount

The high quality hurricane shutters will definitely protect the homes and limit the damages caused due to hurricanes and also prevent unwanted intruders from entering the homes. These reasons are enough for the insurance companies to offer you a discount on home insurance premiums.

Increased Resale Value

The hurricane shutters will definitely increase the resale value of the property. In case if you decide to sell the property in future, you will get very good offers from the potential buyers. The buyers will notice the care you have taken to increase the safety of the property. The home with hurricane shutters will be more attractive to the buyers looking for a home in the hurricane zone.

The hurricane shutters will not only help in limiting the damages but also increase the safety of the house members. They are the best bet to protect your home from hurricanes and thunderstorms in Florida. They come in various types and each type has its own pros and cons. No matter which type you choose, you and your property will be safe and secure from unwanted intruders and natural disasters.

By: PALM BEACH ALUMINUM INC | Created 05/10/2019

Bamboo Gates

Since many years, bamboo is being used for various purposes, functional as well as aesthetic. However, recent environmental concerns have forced many people to choose bamboo as an alternative option to other less sustainable materials for construction of their homes. If you have built your dream home and are looking to install a sturdy gate, then bamboo should be a great option. They are not only decorative but also provide security to the property. Gates are the first thing that people notice when visiting your property. This is the reason you should always install a firm, high-quality and beautiful gate at the entrance of your property.

There are various kinds of gates available to install, but, in recent times, bamboo gates are most preferred because of the numerous benefits it gives.

Benefits Of Bamboo Gates

Easier to Install

Bamboo gates are easier to install and take less time compared to other types of gates. They come as individual poles, which can be easily installed by a professional or you can also get ready-made bamboo gates from a professional contractor.

Environment-Friendly

One of the most important aspects of installing bamboo gates is that they are environment-friendly. Wooden gates are strong and look beautiful but it takes many years for a tree to grow so that they can be harvested for a gate. But the bamboo is a type of grass and hence, grows very quickly. It is a sustainable material and does not
harm the environment even when you replace them after a few years.

Durable

They are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. It is a well-known fact that hurricanes and storms are common in Florida. In this case, a bamboo gate is an ideal option for the homeowners. Bamboo is also resistant to termites and other kinds of insects and hence, bamboo fencing and gates have a longer shelf-life.

Inexpensive

Bamboo gates are inexpensive unlike other types of gates such as wooden or chain link gates. The poles, rolls and other materials are very much affordable and do not burn a hole in your pocket. The total cost of the gate depends on the colour and style you choose and the height of the gate.

Variety

Bamboo gives you a lot of customization options because they are available in various colours, designs, styles and heights. You can choose a short gate to simply protect your garden or a taller one for ensuring that you have complete privacy and security. You can decide if you want a honey colour bamboo gate or a black colour gate, or you can also choose natural bamboo. Based on the design of your home, you can choose the bamboo gate for your property.

Security and Privacy

Bamboo gates offer lots of privacy to the homeowners. Whether you want to ensure security and privacy around your pool, garden or backyard, bamboo gates and fencing does the job perfectly. In a taller bamboo gate, all the bamboo poles are spaced together, thereby giving no chance to the outsider to view what is happening inside the property.

Installing bamboo gates is a valuable investment to your property as they not only give you privacy and security to your family members but also increase the property’s visual appeal. Bamboo gates will usually last longer as they are made and installed by professionals. People in Florida will be pleased to install bamboo gates because they can withstand high-velocity winds, thereby limiting the losses made by hurricanes and storms.

By: PALM BEACH ALUMINUM INC | Created 05/10/2019

Impact Glass Doors

Doors should not only be installed for enhancing the aesthetic value of the home but also for protecting it from storms, hurricanes and unwanted intruders. If you live in Florida, you must know how tough it is to limit the damages caused due to thunderstorms. The state of Florida has a vast shoreline, due to which thunderstorms and hurricanes are a common occurrence here and this increases the chances of loss of valuable items and property. Often homeowners in Florida find it a daunting task to keep the losses to a minimum as strong winds hit their homes regularly. After noticing this, the officials in Florida introduced new building codes for the homeowners constructing new homes. It stated that all the new homes must be constructed with storm-resistant materials.

If you want to protect your home from getting damaged by tropical storms and hurricanes, you need to install impact glass doors and windows. The impact doors come in numerous designs, shapes and sizes and can be customized to match the overall look of your home. These impact glass doors are very advantageous in many ways. During the storm, when the high-velocity winds hit your homes, the normal glass doors might easily shatter and damage your valuable items. Once the strong winds enter your home, it will lift the roof and push the wall of the home outward, destabilizing the entire structure of your home. But the impact glass doors will not break easily during the storm and protect the home from damages and help in saving repair costs.

As soon as the impact glass door is installed, it will start protecting your home from strong winds.

There are two varieties of impact glass doors-one is simple and less expensive. In this variety, single glass is placed between the two transparent films on either side. During a storm, if the glass shatters, after getting hit by high-velocity winds, the transparent film on either side will hold the glass pieces together and block the winds.

The second variety of impact glass door is commonly called inner membrane glass. This is one of the most commonly preferred types of impact glass doors as it is strong and easily withstands strong winds. This type of door consists of two glass panels that are joined together with polyvinyl butaryl. This is a transparent film that keeps both the glasses pressed against each other. Now in case of a thunderstorm, the transparent film will hold the glass pieces together even if the glasses shatter. This will effectively block the incoming winds and protect your valuables from getting damaged.

As soon as the impact glass door is installed, it will start protecting your home from strong winds. They look like normal glass doors but are very strong and can withstand harsh weather conditions. The impact glass doors are transparent, thus it allows sunlight enter your home, helping you save on your power bill. When impact glass doors are installed, you will also get a discount on home insurance premium. The strong nature of these doors also blocks the entry of unwanted intruders, protecting you and your family members. The impact glass door is a must in everyone’s home because it not only keeps the structure of the home intact but also limits the damages and keep the unnecessary intruders away.

By: LUSCIOUS LANDSCAPING AND PAVERS | Created 05/09/2019

Having your very own custom Tiki Hut in your backyard takes Florida Outdoor Living to another level. Gorgeous Travertine Pavers and outdoor kitchen with tv & bar make this one an ultimate gathering place for friends and family. Did you know the temperature under a Tiki hut can be 10-20 degrees cooler which makes these very usable year round here in south Florida. If you are considering having your own Tiki hut gathering space call us: 954/689-0842 Luscious Landscaping & Pavers

By: LUSCIOUS LANDSCAPING AND PAVERS | Created 05/09/2019

We are so lucky to live in beautiful place like Fort Lauderdale. Outdoor entertaining is year round here and beautiful pavers can extend your outdoor living space. Luscious Landscaping & Pavers loves to create unique and interesting designs. Remodeling existing older dated pool decks has become a very popular home improvement project the past few years. Patios can be extended with pavers, adding upgraded pavers like Travertine are a beautiful new choice, new pool coping & tile. These upgrades also significantly increase the value of your property…not to mention the increased Tranquility you will have 

By: MIAMI DOORS AND CLOSETS | Created 05/09/2019

Replacing your home’s old interior doors is among the most best ways to restore the sense of beauty to an older home.  New interior doors create a striking change that transforms your home into a rich, secure, and inviting place to live and entertain.

At Miami Doors & Closets we are ready to replace your old doors with a variety of high quality options, including:

  • Bedroom doors
  • Bathroom doors
  • Glass doors
  • French doors
  • Louvered doors
  • Premium doors
By: MIAMI DOORS AND CLOSETS | Created 05/09/2019

Miami Closet Organizers

Closet organizers help enhance the look and utility of any closet. Ask our design experts how we can build a closet system that fits your exact needs and tastes. We create custom, beautiful closet organizers to your exact measurements! We have helped hundreds of clients design the perfect closet organizers for their needs.

Closet Organizers for Your Entire Home

Closet organizers are useful outside of the bedroom as well.  We install closet organizers in walk-in closets, reach-in closets, linen closets, pantries, offices, and any other area of the home that requires organization.

Contact Us Now for a Free Quote

Choose from hundreds of accessories and a wide range of different colors. Our designs are sure to impress, and prior clients say our closet organizers changed the feel of rooms and entire homes.

By: MIAMI DOORS AND CLOSETS | Created 05/09/2019

Miami Custom Home Offices

Do you have a space in your home that would be perfect for a new custom home office? Or perhaps you already have a home office and simply want to fix it up? At Miami Doors & Closets we have exactly what you need for your home office project.

Custom Home Offices

A home office is an excellent addition to any home. We transform ordinary rooms into beautiful productive spaces for you and your family. Our designs range from modern and industrial to beautiful classic wood infused offices. We can design a workspace suited for one person or for multiple people.

Contact Us Now for a Free Quote

If you have plans for a custom home office, call us now for a free quote. We love helping clients find and design their dream custom home office. We work with clients on any budget and your imagination is the only limitation.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

https://www.pelicanwater.com/education/learn-about-shower-filters/#what-is-filter

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 SOLUTIONS | 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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