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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
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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.

Florida is a beautiful place to work and live. The beautiful weather, amazing scenery, and refreshing ocean breeze are all reasons to own a home or business in the Sunshine State. While the weather can be a huge positive to living in Florida, there is always the risk of potentially dangerous storms and wind.

There are many ways to protect your home from the Florida weather. Counting with The Glassperts to install impact glass windows can protect your home or business while offering a number of positives listed below.

Protection from Hurricanes

While living in Florida has many advantages, there is always the risk of your home or business being in the path of a hurricane. Florida averages two hits from hurricanes every single year. Installing impact glass windows on your home or business can help protect you and your loved ones from the damages caused by these dangerous storms.

A concern for many people preparing for hurricanes is the risk of broken windows and shattered glass. With normal windows, the wind damage can cause the glass to shatter and spread the shards through the building, causing potential harm to you and especially small children and pets.

In addition to preventing tons of small glass shards, impact glass windows can help prevent large objects such as tree limbs from crashing through your windows from the wind. Without the worry of broken windows, you also will not need to worry about rain and water coming in through them causing any further damage.

No More Need for Shutters

With the danger of hurricanes hitting Florida multiple times a year, there will be no more need to put up hurricane shutters on your windows again and again. As soon as you call The Glassperts and have them install your new impact glass windows, you will be protected immediately.

Save Money on Insurance

Outfitting your home or business with impact glass windows lowers your risk for potentially expensive repairs. Taking the precaution of installing impact glass can also mean lower premiums or discounts on your homeowners or business insurance. With lower insurance bills, impact windows can possibly pay for themselves over their lifespan.

Reduced Energy Costs

The weather in Florida can fluctuate wildly throughout the year. While during the winter the weather can be cool and beautiful, the temperature and humidity can rise quite high throughout the rest of the year. During these hot and humid days, air conditioning can provide relief at the same time increasing your energy bill three times higher than normal. Installing impact glass windows can help cool your building and lower energy costs. The windows allow less solar heat into your home, making it easier for your air conditioning to keep the temperature low.

Lower Outdoor Noise Pollution

Impact glass windows are also great at keeping out unwanted noise pollution. These windows feature polyvinyl membranes between the sheets of glass that are good at absorbing sound waves and preventing annoying and unwanted noise from entering the building.
Even if you live inland, in a large city without the high level of risk caused by the weather in the coastal regions, impact windows will help you enjoy your home without being annoyed by noisy neighbors.

Home Security

A feature of installing impact glass windows is added home security. Many thieves enter homes by an unlocked door or through a window. Since impact glass windows are constructed with several layers of shatter resistant material, it is harder for burglars to break through them and enter your home.

No matter what part of Florida you live in, installing impact glass windows can be positive in many ways. Whether you are concerned about the damage from hurricanes, home security, energy bills, or any other reasons listed above, calling The Glassperts and upgrading your windows can save you time, money, and prevent property damage.

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Sliding Door For Your Home

Homeowners are constantly contemplating about the various ways in which they can add even more beauty to their houses. Sliding glass doors, for instance, have a certain appeal that makes them the perfect door design that complements a home’s aesthetics. Sliding doors are not only essential for aesthetic purposes, but they have a lot to offer as well when it comes to efficiency and functionality while adding a timeless appeal to your home. They also come in handy especially in cases where you do not have a lot of space to spare or do not have a lot of natural light coming your way.

Even though sliders have their roots in Asia where they have been utilized since the 50’s, these stylish glass doors now enjoy immense popularity all over the world due to their charm.

The Benefits Of Sliders

• They are reasonably priced and thus will not burn a hole through your pocket. They should be right within your budget.
• Their aesthetics and modern feel enhance your home’s resale value.
• They are available in a vast array of designs which means you will find one that is within your budget or needs
• They are easy to install.

Apart from being excellent for your patio, sliders can also be an attractive option for your shower, bedroom, or back door.

Nevertheless, sliders are not created equal. Therefore, when choosing one for your home, there will be various factors that you shall have to consider.
This guide will give you tips that will ensure you make an informed decision so that you cannot regret later on.

Tips for choosing the correct slider:

1. Style

The style you settle for should seamlessly fit into your house’s architecture in addition to enhancing your home’s look and feel. Today, your options are seemingly limitless as you can get sliding wood doors, as well as those whose frames are made out vinyl, aluminum, steel, or fiberglass. You should, therefore, select a frame which requires little to no maintenance. This will give you peace of mind as you will not have to worry about the frame fading or having to rot when exposed to the elements.

Sliders, especially those that are used as patio doors, have traditionally been a single pane of tempered glass. This type offers a great, unobstructed view as well as allowing natural light to get filtered in. In as much as they are sturdy, you could also consider getting sliding glass doors with blinds and grids. These will help in keeping controlling the amount of sunlight that enters the room.

2. Glass Options

For the most part, tempered glass is your best option. This is because when tempered glass breaks, it disintegrates into small fine pieces that will not hurt you like other glass types would. Nevertheless, you could also consider getting laminated glass which is useful in reducing noise as well as filtering out UV rays.

Additionally, if you are looking to enhance your house’s energy efficiency, consider using double or triple-paned glass. This glass type has space between its panes that is filled with gas that keeps hot air during winter and cool air during summer.

If you want a glass type that offers you more shade, go for tinted glass.

All this implies that there are numerous options to choose from. Go for one that suits your needs best.

3. Security

Since the door is made almost entirely out of glass, security concerns are, therefore, in order. Thus, your doors should have sliding glass doors locks features such as strong steel hook designs or interlock systems that will not only seal the door shut but will also ensure that the door panel cannot be removed.

4. Functionality

When selecting the perfect slider for your house, you should ensure that it is maintenance-free, easy to operate, and functional. This means that the slider should be designed using the right materials. Today, sliders come with numerous added features that will determine the door’s functionality. Nonetheless, you should choose one which boasts a wide array of functions. Such a door should be easy to the eyes, offer ease of operation, maintenance free, and offer exceptional security.

5. Aesthetics

At the risk of sounding vain, a slider needs to look the part. It should not only fit nicely into your home’s architecture but should make it even more beautiful. Nevertheless, the prettiness of your slider will almost always be determined by the type of material used to make it as well as its manufacturer.

Interior sliding glass doors are a great way of enhancing your home’s visual appeal, resale value, and energy efficiency. However, to get the best sliding doors in Miami, you will need to employ the services of sliding glass doors experts to ensure that you get the best product.

The Glassperts are the most reputable and leading glass door repair company in South Florida. We have worked with numerous customers over the years and pride ourselves at being the best at giving you value for your money. Whether you want to replace a sliding door or repair a sliding door, we are at your beck and call.

SLIDING GLASS DOOR REPAIRS

The type of door that is easy to open does not use hinges. Instead, they have tracks where they slide. A sliding glass door is a favorite feature, especially in Miami where there are many places that have a deck or a patio. Unfortunately, some problems can arise. If you have a damaged sliding glass door, you need to make sure it is fixed right away. Sliding glass door repairs are essential to ensure the safety of your home.

If you have a sliding glass door, you know how they improve the visual effects to your room, while providing access to the great outdoors. Some sliding doors are also used for pantries and closets. Sometimes, they are for concealing furnaces and water heaters.

DO YOU NEED SLIDING GLASS DOOR REPAIRS?

A sliding door should slide horizontally without issues – at least that is what they are supposed to do. However, these contraptions can become stubborn as they resist opening. If you have the same problem, you can inspect the lower track. Often, debris causes the door to stop sliding effortlessly. The lower track is easily clogged because pets and people go in and out of the room, leaving dirt and small particles, such as leaves on that channel.

Sometimes, even if the doors are clean, they still do not slide as easily as before. In this case, the problem lies in the rollers of the door. Both the top and bottom rollers may have a problem. The bottom rollers typically start rubbing against the track, which causes the sticking door. Meanwhile, the top rollers can wear down, which often causes the bottom rollers to rub on the lower track.

SIGNS YOUR GLASS DOOR NEEDS TO BE FIXED

  • If you are not sure that you need sliding glass door repairs, here are some signs that it is telling you to have it fixed:
  • It requires you to exert effort in sliding the door.
  • You need at least two hands to slide the door.
  • You used to balance drinks using your other hand, while you slide the door. Now, you cannot do it anymore.
  • The door only moves when you shake it along the track.
  • As mentioned, dirty rollers are the top reasons why people need sliding glass door repairs. From mud to food to hair, there are plenty of things that can affect how the door slides.

TECHNIQUES FOR SLIDING GLASS DOOR REPAIRS

Sliding glass door repair Miam is typically a DIY job, meaning you can do it on your own. However, it can be a hazardous and challenging task because you will be handling large pieces of glass. You want to make sure that the sliding glass door repairs can provide you with quality and durable doors, which is why you should seek for the right Miami sliding glass door repair professional service.

Sliding glass door repairs should only be performed by someone or a group that has experience in fixing glass doors. This way, you will not have to worry about additional costs because the door will work for a long time.

Whether you have a broken glass or malfunctioning rollers that have been misaligned with the tracks, a professional service for sliding glass doors repair Miami will handle the job for you. Here are the ways the experts will provide you with sliding glass door repairs:

  • Protection
  • Before any replacement or Miami sliding glass door repair, the experts will wear protective gear so that any injury is avoided.
  • Cleaning

One of the most common complaints of people who need sliding glass door repairs is that their sliding doors become sticking doors. Experts know that over time, excessive use and exposure to elements can cause the problem.

To solve the issue, the experts will clean the track, usually with just soap and warm water. If this does not solve the problem, it means that dirt is not the cause. The repairmen will proceed to examine the rollers.

Cleaning is typically easy, especially since the experts do not mind some elbow grease. After all, sliding glass door repairs are never glamorous. For this part of the job, the tracks and the bottom of the door should be cleaned thoroughly.

Often, the experts begin by vacuuming first and then they will scrub it with soap and water. Simple tools such as an old toothbrush can help remove dirt on the track. It is essential that the track is entirely vacuumed before wiping it down. When this part of the door is squeaky clean, a dry lubricant for coating will be applied.

OTHER CHECKS

Sometimes, the sliding door can have problems with its catch, which will need to be reshaped. The door repairmen will take a look at the catch if the rollers or the track is not the issue. To fix the problematic catch, they will remove it first. Then, using a vise, they will clamp it in. A hammer or pliers will bend the catch to its proper angle before putting it back to its place.

EXTRACTION

When debris is removed from lower tracks of the sliding door, the sliding glass doors repair Miami experts will pull away the trim from the glass. The trim, which is also called the mull, should be cleared from the door as this step is crucial when extracting the sliding door.

After the trim is completely removed, the sliding glass doors repair Miami professionals will carefully remove the door from the frame. It will be slowly laid down on the floor, as gently as possible to avoid breakage.

When removing the door off of its track, the experts will look at the indented part at the top of the track. The door will then be moved to this spot and will be pushed upward. It will be tilted at a specific angle before pulling it from the bottom track and next by the top track. Doors are heavy as they can weigh at least 100 pounds for an eight-footer, so it is recommended that only pros should do this, especially if the door is huge.

REPLACEMENT

Some homeowners may require a replacement for their sliding glass door. If this is your case, the experts will take care of it for you. They will take measurements first to calculate the glass size that you will need. Meanwhile, if a repair is required, a glass specialist will remove the broken glass. Typically, the process will also involve injecting a resin into the glass panel.

REINSTALLATION

When the glass door is finally repaired and ready, it will be installed back to its frame. The trim will be back in its place as well. The process is simply a reversal of the extraction step. From lifting the door to aligning it with the track, the experts know what they are going to do. It will pop right back to its place and you will have your door, which will work as good as new.

SOME NOTES ON SLIDING GLASS DOOR REPAIRS

Whether you are planning to attempt a sliding glass door repair Miam on your own or you will call a professional, here are some tips that you will certainly find useful:

For Miami sliding glass door repair, it is important that you know the weather. As much as possible, do not do it on a day with a lot of precipitation or extreme temperatures. Since the door will be taken off for a few hours, it is better to choose a day with nice weather.

Purchase everything you will need ahead of time before you start with sliding glass door repair Miam. If you do not know what you need, inspect the door first. As soon as you learn the problem, such as wheels or rollers, be sure that you fix the door when the local hardware store is open.

Sliding glass door repair Miam means that you will have to remove the door. Sometimes, unexpected things can happen, so always be ready to put your sliding door back to its place – just for a temporary measure.

 

  • As mentioned above, the sliding glass doors repair Miami experts will clean the door to get rid of debris. If you fix your door on your own, you should be ready to clean it as well. In this case, you should assemble some supplies for cleaning before you begin any Miami sliding glass door repair. Some of the things that are recommended include old or paper towels, degreaser or any safe cleaning product, some light grease for greasing the track after the cleaning process. You may also need a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dirt.
  • From the list of steps that the sliding glass door repair Miami professionals will do, you might think everything is easy, including taking the door off. While it does sound simple, removing the door is most probably the most difficult part of the process, depending on how big it is.
  • If you are worried about lifting the door off on your own, you should not attempt to do it without help from sliding glass door repair Miami experts. In many cases, sliding glass door repairs are best done with at least two persons. If you are in doubt, leave it to the pros so that you have no worries about repeating the job and wasting effort and money in the end.

IF HURRICANE IRMA COMES CALLING, MAKE SURE YOU CALL THE REAL GLASS EXPERTS.

HERE’S WHY THE RIGHT COMPANY MATTERS FOR SLIDING GLASS DOOR REPAIR.

On August 16, 1992, Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida, leaving our beautiful cities in pieces. Whole neighborhoods were destroyed; Glass and debris littered the streets of Miami. Many families lost all of their belongings to the weather or theft. Calling the right company is never more important than when your family is in an emergency. The Glassperts understand this because we are family owned and operated, so quality comes first. Many of these “other” guys will make claims to be the fastest in sliding glass door repair. We don’t think that’s enough. We make sure the job gets done the way it’s supposed to be done. So you have one less thing to worry about and get back to what matters most.

OUR FLEET OF GLASS VANS ARE READY FOR YOUR GLASS WINDOWS AND SLIDING DOORS

When a hurricane strikes, the first things to be damaged on residential and commercial structures are the glass doors and windows if they are not properly protected. When our home is exposed, we feel unsecure because we’re unprotected from the elements, animals, insects and strangers! Response time is essential and The Glassperts understand this more than most companies. That’s why we have a fully stocked fleet ready to service the glass in your home or business any time of day or night. Our vans carry standard and even some nonstandard sizes of sliding glass doors and windows. We also stock most wheels, handles and locks for many sliding glass doors because no one should wait longer than they have to. We are always just a phone call away, with some of the fastest response times in the industry.

MAKE SURE TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR HURRICANE IRMA

As with any dangerous storm, we want to make sure that everyone is making any necessary precautions to ensure your families safety. To protect your glass windows and doors, please cover them with wood or metal shutters. These must also be installed correctly, as anything that’s loose won’t be hanging around long if 100mph winds come along! Many families are busy and we understand that so we offer our board-up services to fully protect your sliding glass doors and windows. We provide the materials and worry about removing them once you no longer need it. The Glassperts has been offering services like this to Miami and surrounding areas for many years and our reviews give a small reflection on our dedication to our customers.

THE GLASSPERTS HAVE THE LARGEST INVENTORY

We’ve all been there. A hurricane is announced on TV and the Radio.  Everyone rushes to the gas stations and super markets to get the supplies they need but unfortunately there will not be enough for everyone. The same goes for glass repair in Miami and South Florida. Those companies that have not stocked up on sliding glass doors, windows and materials will find that many distributers are out of stock. When an emergency strikes, this is worst-case scenario, as they may take as long as 2-3 weeks or longer to bring their inventory up to date. Over the years, The Glassperts has seen this happen to many companies time and time again, leaving the customers with an exposed opening in their home. We understand the need for reliable sliding glass door repair and because of this, we always keep stockpiles of standard and nonstandard glass that may not be on our trucks. So if your Experts don’t have the size or type of glass for your home and business, we can go to any one of our warehouses, anytime.

WITH SO MANY COMPANIES TO CHOOSE FROM, WHY CHOOSE US?

As with many industries, there is usually some confusion as to what is considered a great glass repair company. It is no longer enough to just be the fastest, you have to be the best in all aspects of the window and door glass repair industry. One of the main things you have to check is if your prospective repair company is a licensed and insured with the county in which you reside in. In order to be licensed, you must pass a rigorous background screening and do exceedingly well in all exam testing. This helps ensure that only qualified glass and glazing professionals are working in your home or business. Reviews are a great way for customers to be able to share their experiences with the public to help you make a decision. We should know, we are one of the top rated glass repair companies in Florida and for good reason. Customer satisfaction is paramount in the way we conduct business.

Our beautiful cities of South Florida are always a target for bad weather, theft, accidents and so much more with glass usually being the first things to be targeted. Leaving it up to those “other” guys usually leads to more headaches and hidden costs. You can count on The Glassperts to be your reliable, professional glass repair service whether it is an emergency or just another day. Sliding glass door repair is our specialty and it shows.

As one of the millions of Miami residents, you may thoroughly enjoy the beautiful coastal views and wonderful climate that the area is known for. However, as exceptional as the climate is most of the time, weather conditions can be harsh and severe at times. You understandably face many challenges related to the tropical climate that southern Florida is known for. Miami and the surrounding communities typically have warm, humid temperatures that can be ideal for relaxing outdoors on your patio or at the beach. However, you need a cooler and less humid environment indoors for optimal comfort. Your home’s windows provide essential protection against the elements, but not all residential windows are the same.

With Miami’s unique location at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, this area also is impacted by severe tropical storms and devastating hurricanes. Because hurricanes can take sharp turns or increase in strength dramatically within a very short period of time, it is imperative that you take all necessary steps to prepare your home from weather-related damage in a worst-case scenario. Whether you are looking for the perfect windows to protect your home from hurricane damage or to assist with creating a hospitable environment in your home on a daily basis, impact windows are the perfect solution. Impact windows are ideal for window replacement and for window repair in Miami.

LEARNING ABOUT IMPACT WINDOWS

Unlike other types of windows, impact windows have very sturdy frames that are designed to keep the windows anchored in your structure when they are exposed to tremendous force, such as hurricane-force windows. These windows also have a silicon coating over laminated glass to give the glass substantially more strength, being a perfect option for window repair in Miami. During severe storms, various objects could become projectiles because of strong winds. The added strength of the windows makes them more resistant to damage from projectiles. When your home’s windows remain intact during severe storms, interior damage related to strong winds and rain are not usually a problem.

Taking Advantage of Impact Windows

Impact windows are understandably beneficial during hurricanes and tropical storms, but they also offer benefits on a daily basis. The extra silicon coating and lamination on impact windows improve energy efficiency in the home. This is an essential benefit for homeowners who are concerned about the high cost of keeping their Miami home cool and comfortable. In addition, impact windows are very difficult for criminals to break, and this helps you to maintain a high level of property security. You may think that impact windows would be purely utilitarian and lack aesthetic appeal. However, this is not the case. These windows are available in many styles, making them suitable for most Miami homes.

Choosing Us as Your Professional Window Installers

Regardless of whether you need to replace a single window that has been damaged or you are ready to improve your entire home with the installation of impact windows, we are the professional window installers to reach out to for exceptional service and quality products. At The Glassperts, our team is eager to meet with you soon to help you learn about the styles available and to provide you with a competitive quote for your window repair in Miami. You can always expect our window installation team to treat you and your Miami home with respect. We are also your leading source for window replacement and sliding glass door repair in Miami.

Impact windows may be most advantageous when a severe storm passes through, and you never know when the next storm will bear down on the area. While you need to be prepared for a major storm ahead of time, you also may be ready to improve the curb appeal, security and energy efficiency of your home through the installation of impact windows. Contact The Glassperts today to request more information about window replacement and window repair in Miami and schedule an appointment with us.

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: 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: MIRACLE GLASS | Created 05/03/2019
Miracle Glass LLC is dedicated to providing Custom Frameless Shower Door Enclosure, Glass Railing, Metal Railing Systems, Glass Sliding Doors, Glass Walls, Custom Mirrors, Windows, Doors, & Accessories.    Whether you are looking to decorating your residential & or commercial space, the style and budget are endless.  Our services are to provide our clientele the ultimate space by transforming your living space into something you"ll love for years to come.    Come visit our Showroom and let our skilled and professional staff assist you in designing & installing your & upcoming project.  Our staff competently speak English, Portuguese and Spanish. 
By: ACADEMY HOME | Created 04/18/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Don’t Use a Pedestal Sink

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

2. Don’t Use a Shower Door

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

3. Float Your Vanity

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

4. Round Your vanity

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

5. Extend Your Counter Over Your Toilet

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

6. Expand Your Mirror

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

7. Mount Your Towel Bar Upon Your Door

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

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

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

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

1. Declutter

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

2. Use the Right Hangers

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

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

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

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

4. Don’t Buy a lot of Organization Products

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

5. Have a System

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

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

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

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

Change Your Hardware

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

Put in Pendant Lighting

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

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

Make a Different Backsplash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choosing a Generator

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

 

Fuel Type

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

Natural Gas

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

Propane

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

Diesel

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

Bi-Fuel

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

 

Cooling System

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

Air-Cooled

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

Water-Cooled

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

Installation Type

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

Standby

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

Portable

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

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

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

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

By: PERELLO PATIO | Created 04/03/2019

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

By: PERELLO PATIO | Created 04/03/2019

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

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

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

By: GROUT PLUS | Created 03/20/2019

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

By: GROUT PLUS | Created 03/20/2019

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

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

By: GROUT PLUS | Created 03/20/2019

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

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

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

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

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

Front Yard Enclosure

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

Backyard Enclosure

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

Deer Fence

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

 

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

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

Maintenance

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

Function

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

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

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

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

Your homeowners’ association codes could impact your fence.

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

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

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: HITCHING POST | Created 02/05/2019

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

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

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What is Reverse Osmosis

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

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

 

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

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

Osmosis

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

diagram of osmosis

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

Semipermeable Membrane

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

Reverse Osmosis

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

diagram of reverse osmosis

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

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

By: PELICAN WATER | Created 01/18/2019

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What Is a Shower Filter?

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

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

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


How Does a Shower Filter Work?

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

Stage 1 - Copper and Zinc Oxidation Media

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

Stage 2 - GAC Carbon Media

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

Stage 3 - Far-Infrared Balls

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

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


What Are the Benefits of a Shower Filter?

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

Filters Remove chlorine

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

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

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

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

Softens your hair

Moisturizes your skin

Reduces redness and flakiness

Reduces risk of nervous system damage and cancer

Filters Remove Chloramine

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

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

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

Eliminates unpleasant odors from your water

Reduces your exposure to synthetic chemicals

Transforms your shower into a spa experiences

Filters Remove THMs

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

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

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

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

Protects your children from unwanted birth defects

Limits your risk of developing certain types of cancer

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

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

Here are some of the basic benefits of bookshelves:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of the basic styles:

Corner Shelves

Ladder shelves

Tower cabinets

Wall mounted cabinets

Glass cabinets

  

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

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

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

Here are some of the basic benefits of bookshelves:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of the basic styles:

Corner Shelves

Ladder shelves

Tower cabinets

Wall mounted cabinets

Glass cabinets

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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