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Removing Snow And Ice in Your Home

Shovelling Your Driveway

Slips and falls can be prevented when you keep your driveway and walkway clear of snow and ice. It is very crucial that you keep some safety tips in mind each time you shovel.

Know if you must not shovel – There are certain people who are prone to injuries if they shovel snow. If you have a history of cardiac problems, avoid doing this activity.

Dress appropriately – It can be tempting to just run out and remove the snow and ice on your walkway regardless of what you are wearing. If you dress the right clothing for this activity, injuries can be prevented. It is highly advised that you dress in layers – wear a head covering, a scarf, warm socks, and gloves. Moreover, wear waterproof booth with slip-resistant soles.

Use the right shovel – Make sure to use the shovel that fits your body size and your level of strength. Choose one that has a handle that is the right length for your height. If you use one that

Make Home Child Friendly

Stairs

The stairs in home is the first one you should inspect. The danger of being careless when using stairs needs no explanation. Even adults easily get injured when they go up and down the stairs recklessly. And the injuries from stair-related accidents are often serious. Here are some ways to make stairs safer.

· Adding a slip-proof matting on individual steps

· Adding a soft rubber mat on the exact spot where the stair ends on the bottom to reduce injury

Bathrooms

The danger in the bathroom is slipping. Young and old people can fall victim to the lack of friction caused by soapy wet tiles. But sometimes, there is no way around it. Bathroom tiles will get wet and slippery. Here’s what you can do.

· Place anti-slip plastic or rubber mats on the bathroom floor

· Change the tiles with anti-slip tiles through renovation

· Add some soft cushion on the corners of the sink and rubber cushion on the toilet seat to avoid injuries.

Protect Home From Winter

Icicles hanging from a drainpipe on the exterior of a house

The winter season brings with it challenges that aren’t purely seasonal in nature; the holiday season comes with a heavy increase in foot traffic around the house as people spend a lot of time indoors. This double effect can combine to do some real damage to your beautiful hardwood floors if you aren’t prepared. Let’s take a quick look at how the changing season can harm your flooring and how you can prevent this from happening.

Common Winter Elemental Damages

Gap formation: The air that your air-conditioning systems will be circulating throughout your home in the winter season is much drier than the type of air that circulates during the summer months. The effect this has on wood is that it causes it to slightly lose its moisture content, leading to the creation of small gaps where planks meet. You shouldn’t worry too much about this, as it’s to be expected. Once temperatures warm up, they will absorb a bit of moisture

Exterior Wood Surfaces

You need your deck, log cabin, wood siding, or for that matter, any surface on your valuable property restored it is important to define exactly what you want done and then make sure you or the contractor know how to accomplish the task to meet your desired result. First, we need to define a few terms.

Restoration – The action of returning to a former owner, place, or condition. The act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it, by replacing it, cleaning it, etc.

Cleaning – Make (something or someone) free of dirt, marks, mess, especially washing, or brushing. The activity of removing the dirt from things and places.

Washing – To cleanse by or as if by the action of liquid (as water). To remove (as dirt) by rubbing or drenching with liquid.

Blasting – The shock wave of an explosion (in this case with water). A forcible stream of air, gas, or stream from an opening (in most cases water from a pressure washer).

Vandalism – Willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property. Willful or IGNORANT destruction. ANY activity that is considered

Low Cost Home Improvements

Keep it clean and keep it simple!

A clean and neat house is appealing and eye-catching. You can start improving the appearance of your house simply by cleaning out the debris. Try making your garden look like an ideal place with some weeding and cleaning out the flower beds. Paint the front door to give your home a more welcoming feeling.

De-cluttering is also a part of cleaning, so get rid of things you don’t need to make room for new ones. The first glance is usually enough for a selective buyer to quickly estimate a house.

Does the exterior of your home need repainting? Is there a walkway that you can highlight by introducing some flowers? Remember to keep it simple. Focus on making things neat and tidy.

Two hot spots of every home:

The two most closely inspected rooms of a house are the kitchen and the master bathroom. If you are looking to focus on two hot spots, these are the interior rooms where the most value can be added during a sale, so make them look their best to increase your return on investment.

Is your kitchen may

Advantages uPVC For Home Or Office

uPVC

Actually, uPVC is a short form of unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, which is commonly known as a high quality rigid PVC. Since it hard but won’t flex, it falls under the category of PVC. The beauty of the product is that it leaves out BPA or phthalates, so it is quite safe. Apart from this, it is safe and stable and can be used to manufacture mouth guards and dental retainers as well.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the benefits you can enjoy if you go for this material.

Low Maintenance

Windows and doors made from uPVC don’t need to be sealed or painted. As a result, the cost of maintenance is not that much with the passage of time. The reason is that these windows and doors are easy to clean with water and detergent.

Tough And Durable

Due to the durability of the material, it has been used for making sewer and water pipes for more than 100 years. You can get the idea from the fact that vinyl windows that were installed more than two decades back are still in use. Moreover, quality uPVC doors and

Using Spray Foam Insulation at Home

Spray foam has been very popular in the recent times and has popped up as an efficient home insulator. There are two compounds used in its making, isocyanate and polyol resin which are known to expand in volume when mixed together. If the compounds are stored separately, they can be retained for a longer period of time. When they are mixed, they form foam and must be applied immediately. When this is applied to an area, it hardens after a short interval of time and acts as an excellent insulating layer. Moreover, it is durable as well.

Spray foam insulation is better

If spray foam insulation is compared with other types of insulation in terms of their effectiveness, this is highly effective. It has a high R value ranging from 6 to 7.7. The effectiveness of insulation is measured in terms of an R-Value. When the R-value is higher, the density of the insulator is higher and hence the effectiveness is also more. If this insulator is compared with that of fiber glass insulation, which has an R-value of only 3.5, you can get an idea about the better product. In case, you are looking out

Get Home Back In Shape After Water Damage

1. Remove all movable items immediately. This should be done after powering off and unplugging all electronics. Remove furniture and all electronics and any other movable item you have around the house to safer dry areas. Carpets should also be pulled out for cleaning and disinfecting to save them.

2. Find ways to get rid of the water in the house. You can use buckets, towels and mops to soak up the water. In case the sewer lines backed up, then consider pouring out the collected water onto the lawn or other surfaces that are permeable instead of pouring into the drain. If using a wet-dry vacuum, then be very careful to only plug it into outlets that are away from the areas that have water. Extension cords should not be used either and for flooded basements, think about renting a sump pump.

3. Dry out all affected areas. After you have mopped the water dry, you can use dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the affected areas. If there is no rain you can open windows and allow circulation and quick drying. You can then use a disinfectant to get rid of bacteria that may

Important To Hire A Licensed Contractor

State Requirements

In each state, there is a licensing board that has specific requirements for the professional contractors. The requirements in one state may be different from the requirements in another state. Moreover, the type of license is also different based on the state.

Licenses for General Contractors

The requirement for license depends upon the aspect of a certain construction project. General contractor is the person who is responsible to deal with you i.e. the owner of the property. The professional will work with you, supervise the entire project, buys the required material and hires some subcontractors. The subcontractors will report to the general contractors and not you. Since the license doesn’t authorize any pro to do each and every job in the project, you should do your research and find out what someone can do in your state.

Other Licenses

In the majority of states, special licenses are granted in order to allow the professionals to do certain jobs. For this, each candidate has to prove that he or she is competent enough to do work in an area like plumbing, roofing, and electrical. Moreover, if a GC doesn’t have a special

Staircase Design

1. Glass

More than any other, this feature has seen a huge surge in popularity lately. Glazed stair balustrades are becoming increasingly sought-after as people look to maximise the feeling of light and space that they can bring to their surroundings. Although glass stair panels used to be mainly the preserve of modern homes, nowadays they are often used in traditional interiors to give a contemporary twist and boost the flow of natural light around the property.

Of course, you don’t have to stop at the balustrade. If you really want to make your neighbours jealous, you can have the treads and risers made from glass for a stunning 21st century effect.

2. Clean lines

The general consensus in the field of interior design at the moment seems to be that less is more. In my line of work I have noticed a recent shift away from decorative stair balustrades to simpler, cleaner shapes. While ornate turned spindles, newels and caps are still selling well, there has been greater interest in sleek, minimalistic designs such as square and stop-chamfered styles.

3. Curves

As manufacturing techniques have improved over the years, the demand

Sub Floor Ventilation

A sub floor refers to an extra level of flooring that is positioned right on top of the floor joists, and another level of flooring is then placed over it which is the visible floor. A sub floor is usually added to a building so that the floor remains even and flat and also to increase its stability. When air between the floors absorbs moisture from the soil, the humidity of the air goes up which causes the flooring and the framing of the building to also absorb moisture.

Ventilation is therefore important in order to decrease the humidity of the air that is found between the floors. This can be done by replacing the dump air found between the floors with dry air from outside.

Need For Ventilation

Once you realize that your floor has mould and that there is a stale smell in the rooms of your home, then you may be in need of immediate sub floor ventilation. Dampness of the soil usually increases during wet weather, and the moisture easily gets absorbed into the floor and walls of your home. This dampness causes moulds that attract termites which end up destroying

Wind Up Your Bedroom Efficiently

• Organize your room: Having an organized room to start off with would prove to be beneficial as you would be able to get ample amount of space. It would also help you pack only the important things which would be dust free.

• Have a checklist at hand: Although making a list of your belongings would seem to be a very immature idea at first, you can trust anyone on this that would seem to be a boom when you start packing up. This is because you would have all things clear as to which ones are important and your top priority. This list would also give you an idea about the amount of packing material you would require.

• Pack mattress and carpets efficiently: Most of the people invest a huge amount of money in buying a mattress as it is a matter of their comfort. Thus, make sure you pack them well so as to avoid them from getting dirty during the transit. Pack them securely in shrink wraps which are specifically meant to protect carpets and mattresses. Don’t worry if you do not have one. The packers and movers would surely be

Hiring A Ventilation Expert

When you contact a ventilation expert, he will check your under floor and confirm that the cause of your damp under floor is poor aeration. There are many factors that contribute to poor aeration of your under floor. It could be that you are living in a home that was built many years ago and the ground has shifted over the years. This will cause the placement of the vents to be altered which then affects ventilation.

Your under floor could also have been built with insufficient vents or vents that are too small. You may also have carried out some landscaping which ended up blocking the vents that are meant for ventilation.

Finding A Solution

The ventilation expert will need to come up with the sub floor ventilation requirements of your under floor. He can do this by calculating the air flow which will enable him to know how much ventilation will be needed and the type of ventilation that will be effective. You can either use natural or mechanical ventilation to air your under floor. The type of house you have, the type of soil that it is built on and the weather

Convert Your Living Room

Kept spotlessly clean, the living room location permitted the homemaker to entertain guests without their getting far into the dwelling (where messes lurked). A home maker might comfortably engage in polite and interesting conversation, and make an impression on guests in the living room. That location, the most formal, coat-and-tie room in the house, exuded sophistication as well as cleanliness and it wordlessly identified the family as rising in social status (or it did not). But, housing changed in the U.S. in the 1970’s when people wanted to express themselves, to have more choice, and they cared less about what guests thought of them.

They cared more about configuring their home with imaginative and useful living space. Still, even today, most newly constructed homes, as well as the ones built before the 1970s, have living rooms. Yet, the family room (where the radio once rested, then the television set sat, and now the wide-screen TV mounts upon a wall) practically centers both the family and their guests. Entertainment in the digital age, not simple conversation, requires access to digital content (no coat-and-tie necessary or wanted).

Homeowners began to remodel their living rooms into home offices, a

Love Glass Stairs

Light

The hallway is often the darkest part of the house, which isn’t ideal for making a good first impression on visitors. A traditional staircase balustrade, consisting of a handrail and base rail connected by wooden or metal spindles (also called balusters), will contribute to the gloom by blocking precious natural light. Using glass panels as the banister infill will instantly brighten the room by encouraging light to flow more freely.

Space

It’s amazing the way glass can make a room feel so much bigger. A transparent balustrade offers little or no barrier to the eye, increasing the sense of space. This is particularly useful for staircases situated in a living or dining room, as clear panels make the structure seem less obtrusive.

Style

Glass is much favoured by interior designers at the moment, and will suit almost any age of property. It can improve the look and feel of a modern house, boosting its contemporary credentials and bringing it bang up to date. At the other end of the age scale, glass can offer an interesting twist to a period home. A dark cottage with beamed ceilings and small windows, for example,

Use the Space Under Your Stairs

Office

As the modern trend for open plan living grows ever more popular, many people have removed the cupboard under the stairs and replaced it with an office or study area.

The neatest way of doing this is to have custom-made shelves and a desk unit fitted. However, if your budget is modest, or you don’t want to commit to a permanent office, you can simply install a free-standing desk and some shelving units.

Bathroom

Fitting an additional toilet or shower will ease pressure on the family bathroom and is particularly useful if you have small children or elderly relatives living with you. If done well, it should also increase the resale value of your property.

Headroom can be problem, so take accurate measurements to ensure people will have enough room to stand upright. You may also want to consider installing a special sanitary pump if the pipes cannot be connected directly to the main waste system.

Shelving space

The great thing about shelves is their versatility – you can find ones to fit into almost type of space. Fitting a tailor-made shelving unit under the stairs will allow you to

Prepare Home For Winter

Clear Your Eaves
This is not a complicated task, but it’s an important job nonetheless. Clogged eavestroughs can lead to the formation of ice dams, which can tear off gutters, loosen shingles and leave your roof vulnerable to leaks. Simply climb to the edge of your roof and carefully dig out the debris. It’s not necessary to remove every small stone. The main purpose is to make sure nothing restricts the flow of water, and that no stagnant water remains in the gutters.

Prevent Ice Dams
If your home had lots of icicles last winter, or worse, ice dams, which can cause meltwater to back up and flow into your house, take steps to prevent potential damage this year. Get the assistance of a home-energy auditor or weatherization contractor. Have them fix the air leaks or inadequate insulation in your attic.

Check Your Roof
If you can’t get access to your roof, or prefer not to go on the roof, use binoculars to inspect the shingles. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow.

Caulk Windows and Doors
If the gaps between siding and window or

Repair for All Types of Water Damage

Types of Damage Based on Category

Clean water damage occurs when the water is clear and does not contain contaminants. In this case, the water usually comes from a burst pipe. Even though the health hazard for people is practically non-existent, you must act immediately to dry the flooded area or mold can grow quickly.

Grey water is an indicator of slight contamination with microbes. It may come from the washing machine or from the toilet bowl. Cleaning should begin immediately provided that cleaners wear protective gloves, masks and goggles.

Black water is heavily contaminated by all kinds of dangerous microorganisms and possibly chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides. Black water flooding usually occurs in case of a natural disaster or serious damage to the sewage system. This type of water damage must be handled by professionals only as it is extremely hazardous.

Levels of Water Damage

Class 1 destruction is when there is a small amount of moisture within a restricted area. Usually, only porous materials such as plywood are affected. As long as the area is dried quickly, only minor water damage repair will be necessary.

Class 2 destruction is

Benefits Of Weathering Steels

Exposure to the elements

Traditional steel loses its strength when exposed to corrosion, but Corten gets stronger when it is exposed to the weather. The sheets form a layer of beneficial layer when they come into contact with oxygen and moisture. So, this is one of the major benefits of Corten.

The strength of the weathering steel is also very high. Plus, they require less maintenance and save you a lot of money. All of these benefits make this type of steel an ideal choice for the construction of roofs, bridges and buildings with open frames. As a matter fact, history tells us that bridges constructed with the weathering steel stand the test of time for as many as 120 years without requiring a lot of maintenance. So, these bridges don’t need to be regularly checked or inspected.

The look of the Corten is another thing that makes it so popular. Buildings constructed with this steel look reddish, just like rust. As the exposure to the elements continues, the steel starts to have a russet patina, and most people find it very beautiful. So, the rust looks beautiful and doesn’t look ugly in any way.

Having Aluminium Curtain Walling

Lighting and elegance

The combination of aluminium frames and glass material together makes it a very classy option to use, also allows the abundance of daylight to walk in, thus leading to less use of power consumption during the daytime.

No UV rays

UV – the ultraviolet rays are very harmful to any skin, as they can cause severe disease in long run. It is necessary to opt for a material that is very friendly in terms of harmful rays. The design of the wall confirms the 99% reduction of harmful and toxic UV rays to the human bodies.

Wind resistant

The structure of the wall is very efficient in keeping away the wind and forces that are acting against the building.

Fire extinguisher

The design of the wall is very helpful in preventing the fire from spreading floor to floor.

Disadvantages of curtain walls

Great Cost and time

These walls are very ineffective in terms of cost and time management. The Huge cost is involved while shipping the material and storing them. The time taken to complete the structure is very long too.

Replacement of sealant