Anything we think about pasting is a thing of the past if our priority is to save costs when we get something in the build direct. Now there is a more practical option that apparently saves us time and money in less than what you say its name: Dun dun.
Every time summer comes, we think about how our fun will be in the heat of the sun. We think what the song of the moment, maybe. But what we almost never think about is what fun it will be like if we do not make sure.
I really like encouraged people who design and plan their home improvements; but I love when decide to make it to tackle their own DIY projects. This post is based on how you can install a new window at home; we all know that there are a few reasons why homeowners make the decision to replace their home windows, security and energy efficiency are two of the most important. It is well known that non- impact windows won’t protect you from storms, or intruders and old windows leak air make energy bills considerably raise. Continue Reading…
In FinishBuild we have done an interesting remembering exercise. We have gathered together in order to check and analyze what improvements our company has achieved in these last months; it was actually a very rewarding activity that has made me think of my first posts. Going a little bit back in time, I remember that the first products we could offer to our clients were basically related to flooring. Times have changed, and today we as a home company are one step closer to become an online store where people can buy almost everything they think about when it comes the time to build or remodel any space of their homes. Continue Reading…
As homeowners, we all know how annoying can be having a constant “drip…drip…drip” coming from our kitchen faucet; it could be not only an exasperating noise, but a terrible way to misuse one of the most essential resources out mother nature has provided us with: water. As a matter of fact, kitchen faucet leak is a very common home improvement problem many people have to deal with, worn out washers, seats, o- rings or seal are some of the causes that make your leaky faucet ranges from a simple inconvenient to a really urgent situation which needs to be addressed immediately.
There are four types of kitchen faucets: compression, cartridge, ball and ceramic disk, based on each type as well as their dripping issues, you can fix them yourself because they are generally pretty simple fixings. What you will need to do before starting any leaky faucet repairing project in your kitchen, is to identifying the type of faucet your own as well as getting the proper tools that will help you to do the job right. The following is an interesting compilation I would like to share with you, which shows what are the most common kitchen faucet leak problems and some guidelines you need to follow in order to execute a good home improvement project.
Guidelines: how to fix a Leaky Kitchen Faucet. Fix your Ball Rotary Kitchen Faucet
Materials & Tools Required
Even though you might not need to replace the entire faucet, kitchen ball faucets have several parts that must be replaced. On the other hand, you will need to be sure you have some special tools that you need, they should be designed especially for the make and model of your faucet. Prices of this type of kits normally cost between $8 and $35, it will depend on your faucet model. Regarding materials needed for such improvement project, you can find them in the plumbing section of most home repairs shops and they are:
- Allen wrenches
- Slip- joint pliers
- Needle- nose pliers
- Flat- head screwdrivers
Turn off the water to your faucet: to make sure you do this properly, look underneath your sink for the pipes which run up. Along those pipes somewhere, you will find the handles you have to turn to shut off in order to stop water flow; twist clockwise to shut off. When water is already off, open the faucet so it water excess can drain; then plug the sink drains, this is important to prevent small parts from falling in during the fixing process.
Detach and remove the handle: start by unscrewing and removing the handle; lift it off and using an allen wrench, remove the screw that you see on the handle’s underside. Set the screw aside, in a safe place.
Use slip- joint pliers to remove the cap and collar: in order to loosen and lift the dome assembly to reveal the bonnet, ball and cam. Now remove the inlet seals and springs, reach into the mechanism itself to accomplish this step, you will need needle- pliers. At this point, it will be a smart idea if you inspect the balls in order to detect signs of wear, cracking or sediment buildup; if you notice any of these problems, then replace the ball.
O- rings replacement: the next step is to use a flat- head screwdriver that helps you to cut off each old o- ring and spring set located below the ball. Make sure you take note of each spring’s orientation, then replace the set with the new one from the repair kit. Orient the spring in the same manner as the set. You can also coat the new o- rings in plumber’s grease before installing.
Resemble the handle: by reversing the above steps, you can resemble the faucet because the leak should be repaired.
Repairing Ideas that You Might Be Interested In
As it has been mentioned in this post, depending on the type of kitchen faucet you have, you will need to check the following three faucet elements to determine why your faucet is leaking:
In case you have a faucet with two separate handles tat loosen and tighten to turn on the hot and cold water, you own a compression valve faucet. Then a solution for this type of leak issue is to replace the washers in each handle first.
The O- Ring
Cartridge and compression faucet models have generally o- rings installed within the handles in order to create a waterproof seal. Once o- rings become damaged, they can break and that’s when the leak problem shows up. So by buying the right o- ring size or the new part, replace the old o- rings.
This type of faucet can have one or two handles. When it comes to turning the handle or handles, this process is a bit smoother and easier than compression faucet; whenever your cartridge faucet is leaking, it would necessary to replace the entire cartridge valve within them; the good news is that they are easy to install.
What may seem like a minimal leaky kitchen faucet, can turn into serious damages that will make you spend both, money and time. You can be surprised by the consequences that an unchecked leaky sink can make to your kitchen; it can put added stresses on your plumbing as well as cause drain clogs and overflows. Moreover, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaky faucets that drip one time per second can actually reach a waste of water that upwards of 3, 000 gallons each year, and let me tell you that this is enough water to take 180 showers. This number should make you reflect about two aspects; the first one is that your will be spending a lot of money in water bills if you do not strive to solve your kitchen leaky faucet issue, and the second one and most important, by addressing this type of home problem you will be contributing to preserve our main and also threaten natural resource: water.
It is very easy for homeowners to identify water stains after a rainstorm, there are obvious signs people can notice in order to determine there is a problem with the roof. Ok, but what happens if it has not rained and constant leaks are still occurring? The answer to this question can be tricky sometimes as there are different reasons that can be causing such problems. Nevertheless, there is something very important you have to keep in mind and it is the fact that a slow leak is usually harder to find than a big one, this is due to the possibility stains have to migrate from their original opening.
As a new homeowner or potential home’s buyer, it will be essential for you to inspect your entire property in order to determine the different causes of leaks in any area of your home; to achieve this, your visual inspection skills will be key to identify the area above and around the stain, remember that the location of the stain will always give you an idea about where to find the possible source of that annoying water leak. What you are about to read is a list of some of the most common sources of ceiling stains.
Stains at Outside wall or Ceiling Corners
These of stains appear at the ceiling along outside walls at the corners due to ice dams leakage; which causes trouble when they melt and once ice “dams”, blocks the path of the melting water because it has nowhere to go and typically finds their way in behind your gutters or underneath your shingles. Moreover, when attic’s insulation is insufficient and there are attic air leaks, it is very likely that ice dams causes the leaking. What it takes to prevent this, is to have the attic air leaks sealed and add more insulation to the attic; this way you will have roof leakage from ice dams away.
Stains Below Bathroom Exhaust Fans
This type of stains starts when a bathroom exhaust fan is connected to an un- insulated duct, runs through the attic space and thus does not make an airtight connection to an appropriate roof cap. Furthermore, moisture gets trapped in your home without the right ventilation and insulation system, this leads to condensation to build up. In order to solve this problem, you might need to contact a qualified contractor who can determine whether or not you have an adequate ventilation based on your house’s size. Additionally, you can also run kitchen and bath fans when you cook or use any of your bathrooms, make it a habit if possible.
Stains Below Plumbing Fixtures or Radiators
Once home inspector finds a stain below a plumbing fixture, the next thing to do is to use a moisture meter to see if there is active leaking. It could happen that the stain is dry, in this case the plumbing fixture above should be meticulously tested, then the stain should be checked again.
Ceiling Stains that Appear Without Any Sign of Roof Leaks
These random ceiling stains occur due to condensation in the attic, for instance. Once enough frost builds up in this area of your home, then it can leave enough water and when it melts stains in many random places show up. This is why it would be very important to check the attic, you should pay special attention to the valleys where two roos planes come together. Also, the insulation should be dry as well as in good condition. In addition, those houses located in cold climates are highly prone to develop ice dams on the roof, this can cause water to leak into the attic from melting snow and ice on the roof.
Early solutions to water stains in your home will be always the best way to keep owning a home that not only looks amazing, but also is in great conditions; strive to avoid a frequent mistake many homeowners make which is ignoring their water stains, the prompter you address them the better you solve a minimal issue that can turn into an irreparable damage. It is true that water stains may have diverse sources which are not that easy to locate; however, deep inspection and counting on the assessment and help of a professional can save you from spending a lot of money as well as time, if you make the decision to call an expert as soon as you start noticing irregular water stains in your home. I also would like to recommend you not to try to fix any stain or damaged drywall until you are sure you have addressed the moisture problem licked that is causing the problem, otherwise water will continue to seep and all of the work and effort you have done will be in vain. In FinishBuild we are aware of the fact that your property is a huge investment, this is why we offer the best home inspection service; whether for your house’s interiors or exteriors, we will make sure your home is protected for many years to come.
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Known as a high performance lightweight wall system for interiors, which consists of a GI steel frame that is encased in gypsum plasterboards on side attached with self- drilling screws; drywall is a popular building material that today is present in a significant number of modern construction projects. What makes this material so common in the construction market is that drywall offers a wide range of excellent benefits if compare with other alternatives. When properly installed drywall looks simply beautiful, walls and ceilings are way more attractive and thus, this increase the value of your property.
If we talk about energy efficiency, then this material pops up from the list as it helps improving insulation and contributes to retain room temperature at a remarkable level. Drywall is also one of the favorite option for a construction projects since it is considered a cost efficient choice; this material is affordable for homeowners who are on a budget, and once installed you will only need to painting your walls in order to change your home’s overall appearance.
Now let’s mention an important aspect that can take place at certain point: drywall damage. It is completely normal if your house expands or contracts due to weather conditions, this may cause your drywall’s framing to swell or shrink and therefore cracks appear. There are another types of damages you might be facing, but fortunately they are easy and inexpensive to fix not to mention that you can actually repair them by yourself with minimal equipment. In order to repair and conceal the most common drywall damages, read and follow the steps I have enlisted below.
Small Section Fix
To start this type of repairing, make sure you count on these basic small- patch tools and materials:
- Drywall joint compound
- Ready- made drywall patches
- Painter’s putty
- Around 6 or 12 inch taping knives
- Utility knife
Whether the damage was caused by moving a piece of furniture or a door knob, patching with a new piece of drywall is the best solution you can achieve, so get ready- made drywall patches. They are available at big box home stores or in hardware stores, be sure the ones you choose use a peel and stick, metal backed for added strength. Now it is time to clean up the hole’s edges, use a utility knife and by pressing back into any small chunks you might find, you will eliminate flaps that can be still hanging. Then, carefully shape the patch so it can fit the hole, to securely attach the drywall to the surrounding area be sure to leave extra backing.
Next, clean that area that needs to be repaired in order to have maximum adhesion, but don’t clean it too much so the drywall doesn’t get too wet, let it dry and then apply the patch to the area with smooth movements tape edges, using a putty knife to do this is ideal because it will remove air bubbles. It is time to apply a thin coat of joint compound over the damaged area, use a wide blade putty knife to spread it; the idea is to apply compound in such a smooth way that the patch backing is literally feathered into the rest of the wall. at this point, non- shrink joint compound should be applied liberally on the repaired area with a wider putty knife, which produces smoother results. Let the patched area dries thoroughly, and then sand the area by using drywall sandpaper, and if possible attach ii to a drywall sander, you won’t want to create a huge amount of dust. To hide slight imperfections, you can apply a very thin topcoat of joint compound and if you skillfully accomplish this step, you won’t need to do additional sanding.
Popped Nails Section Fix
A nail is obviously used to hold two pieces of material together, so it is completely normal to face this type of repairing. Sometimes the nail head is pounded below the top surface and thus the nail can lose its holding power, therefore it can lead to additional damage. For this repair, besides the before mentioned materials and tools, additional screws and some other tools or materials will be needed, it will depend on the method you follow to execute your fix.
Get the help of a utility knife to scrap away the drywall, scrap until you can see the screw. Next you can continue with one of the two ways to fix nail pops; you may use a hammer to drive the nail back into the studs, then bracket each nail head with closely spaced drywall screws. You can also do this repair by removing the nail and drive a screw in its place, along with a second screw nearby in order to re- secure the drywall to the stud. Be careful when using drywall screws, recess their heads slightly so in case you create a dimple in the drywall surface, you can cover it with joint compound. If there are several screws placed in a row, spot- patch each one with compound and cover them with fiberglass tape.
Corner Bead Fix
Sometimes even good secured drywall outer corner bead can be affected by strong knocks, that lead the outer drywall to chip or crack. To this fix you will also need:
- Metal cutting saw
- New corner bead
- Pry bat or claw hammer
- Metal snips
To start this repair project cut out the damaged corner bead area. Based on the size of the area, you will have to pry part of the corner bead off the drywall sheets. Then, measure and shape the metal snips to create a new corner bead’s section, apply it using joint compound on the underside. Make sure to secure it on the wall, to cover and blend it back into the wall, apply 1 to 3 additional layers of compound on top of your new corner area.
Drywall is a strong and robust construction material which have many different applications since is used to partition any interior for instance: homes, offices, hotels, schools, industry and hospitals. Although this material typically lasts the lifetime of a building, when it is subjected to abuse or alteration there will be some repairs you will need to address. You can achieve a repair yourself (and save some money), because the finishing work for any drywall repair is really straightforward and manageable for DIYer.
If you are willing to complete drywall repairs there are some practices, you might want to keep in mind to achieve a great project; remember to wait at least 24 hours from the compound’s application to start sanding. Using light pressure with a fine grit sanding sponge is an exceptional way to create a smooth finish on the wall and last but not least, let the primer completely dries before you repaint the patch area, blend it into the painted area and you will have an even smoother final look.
Vinyl flooring usually has preserve its common presentation, such as single in rolls of large sheets, however time also has reward vinyl in matters of style and nowadays vinyl flooring is available in more practical, much easier to setting up formats.
At Finish Build vinyl flooring tiles are always recommended for commercial uses. Due to the lack of weight FinishBuild vinyl flooring products are usually purchased in 12-inch squares that feature adhesive backing. The thicker the tile is, the better it will hold up over longer periods of time, but what we really think it is important is the acoustic properties this material owns. Installing tile is an ideal project for DIY eagers, particularly in smaller rooms or in this case fashion shows ramp.
Nevertheless, it is important to purchase all tiles from the same lot because, while other lots may be labeled as being the same pattern and color, slight differences in shade may occur. When it comes about setting your chalk lines, starting in the center of the room is what we usually recommend. After removing paper backing, press tiles into place. Keep into account that trimming your tiles at the walls and other edges. Subsequently we suggest you to roll tiles in both directions to set them steady.
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When it comes to installing vinyl planks, let me tell you is perfectly doable. Since vinyl flooring planks come with an easy interlocking system, you can easily jump on the journey of actually doing it yourself. At FinishBuild we are here, once again, with the purpose of helping you on do the first moves.
First of all let’s clean the room. Before starting, empty your room of all furniture and make sure that the surface of the room is perfectly smooth by removing nails, debris and scraping up any old adhesive. Take into account that your sub floor needs to be dry as well as be smooth and as even possible because every lump, bump and crease may appear visible. Make a template of the floor using felt paper.
Materials you would use:
- Tape measure
- Vinyl cutting knife
Once we have a clean surface, there is an important move you should definitely consider if you are aiming for outstanding results: Level your subfloor, generally vinyl planks flooring products can be install onto existed flooring surfaces. Therefore check the condition of your subfloor, if a surface is in poor conditions, you may need to substitute it. You can drill in a plywood underlayment with screws fairly easily, nevertheless it is important to screw heads below the surface of the wood. If you install an underlayment over your existing subfloor, make sure the surface is level. Afterwards, sealing is our next step. Paint a coat of sealant onto your subfloor. Protect the bottom of your walls or cabinets with strips of masking tape to avoid splash. Once the floor is sealed, let it cure for as long as required before you start laying your vinyl planks.
Now is time for you to make an important choice. Decide on which direction you will lay your vinyl planks. Subsequently, measure the floor to work out where the middle of your middle row will sit. This is your middle line. In order to be double extra sure, I personally suggest (and if you have the time) to face vinyl planks on the floor to get a clear idea of how can tiles adjust to the space. This also can help you to get a visual plus of the vinyl planks you might have to cut in order to fit edges. Next, hammer a nail at each end of this line and then tie a string chalk line between them. Snap your string chalk line to mark your center line on the floor.
Now proceed to set each plank by laying the first row of vinyl plank flooring, whether is by peeling them off on the back for each plank (in the case they are the adhesive type) or by assemble them if they come with the interlocking system. Subsequently flatten them it into place, over the top of the center line and remember that each vinyl plank has a directional arrow on its backing paper. At FinishBuild we strongly suggest that in order to obtain the finest visual result, lay all your planks facing the same way.
Lay the second row of vinyl plank flooring next to the first. Stagger the second row so the end of each plank lines up with the middle of the plank in the previous row. When laying the third row of planks, use your combination square to make sure its joins line up with the joins in the first row and try to maintain this staggered pattern going the whole way across the floor.
On this phase you must let go the extra vinyl material. Some of your vinyl floor planks will need to be trimmed to fit around the floor corners. Take into account that in phase 2 you can be aware of how much material is not going to be longer needed however, this phase allows you to measure and mark out your lines on each plank and make your cuts with a trimming knife. In order to get finest results, go over the cut line two or three times instead of trying to cut all at once. When your trim is finished, remove the backing paper and stick the plank in place hoping for the best. We recommend you (in case you have adhesive type) to curve and bend the board as you lay it down, visualize that when installing part of the vinyl plank would be against the floor while the part yet to be placed is in the air. Successively, roll the board down and onto the surface of your floor. The aim with this procedure is to avoid the development of air pockets, however you can also help yourself with a piece of fabric on your hand to press the boards to the ground.
To sum up, after installation, clean adhesive from tile surfaces with wet cloth. Fasten trim and moldings to the wall, not the flooring. In addition, avoid heavy traffic on the new installation for at least 72 hours while adhesive sets. If you are interest on see more about vinyl interlocking systems installation, we invite to check this video:
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In most of American households exterior covering is not only important but necessary most of all where season conditions seems to run our days. Once you come across the need of actually requiring layers on your walls, you change to siding which in other words embodies one of the most important individual elements of your house against nature misfortunes. Siding is the responsible of making difference in climate control, weather protection, and visual appealing.
Vinyl siding is a proposal that home building material industries introduce in the late 1950s and early 60s, which happen to compete with other classic siding features at the time, such as, aluminum and concrete.
Considered frequently for only the least expensive homes, vinyl siding it is currently one of the most popular choices for home construction. Applied not only in the field of flooring, vinyl siding is a material that has settled its reputation on cladding as well, this is due to the fact to new sophisticated manufacturing techniques and the integration of high-tech materials that make of this material a more durable and energy efficient than other siding options.
Home Vinyl Siding Characteristics
New vinyl siding provides an extra layer of protection against storms and environmental damage, as well as enhancing energy productivity. Thickness of vinyl products can fluctuate from .035″ to .052″. Today, the thinnest vinyl siding commonly used is .040″, and is known as “builder’s grade”.
Vinyl siding is manufactured with its own partial fastening or locking system that is coupled with nails that ‘loose’ fasten the product to the exterior wall. This methods can be either a rolled or an extruded lock, which provide you an easy installation process. Vinyl siding locking system, either extruded or rolled has a bottom lock which adapt into either a start piece or onto the top lock of the panel below. The top lock is then ‘loose’ nailed to hold the panel to the wall. Keep into account that vinyl siding will normally tend to expand and contract more with temperature variations this ‘loose’ nailing allows for float which is necessary.
On the other hand an significant addition that vinyl materials have now, and that is the UV “coating” utilized by some producers that is applied to the surface of the product which filters out UV spectral light from the sun. This new addition provides a more long-lasting feature on vinyl because sunlight is responsible of rushing PVC material deprivation.
Types of Vinyl Siding
Smooth Lap Clapboard: also called horizontal siding, is a style that’s often associated with the charming look of Victorian homes. Even though smooth lap siding was designed to be installed in an intersecting row pattern to allow wooden clapboards to expand when they expanded with moisture from rain and snow, today’s vinyl clapboard siding comes in single, double, or triple rows in varying heights.
Vertical Board and Batten: Board and batten, sometimes called barn siding, is the type that will provide you the rustic look but with a contemporary flair. Available in both smooth and wood-textured finishes, vertical board and batten siding are typically coming in 12 inch boards with a one inch bead. Some producers would offer you a more elegant version of rounded tops, which easily work well with outdoors country style.
Dutch Lap look: this style on vinyl siding provides a more dramatics appealing, distinguished by the notch or groove at the top of each piece it is possible to see a shadow line between the clapboards. Vinyl materials has come up with an authentic wood resemble which provides you a reliable traditional wood siding look.
Vinyl Shakes: No more regular painting and maintenance, vinyl shakes keep their natural good looks with little to no effort on the part of the homeowner. The best manufacturers replicate the unique cedar grain and texture so perfectly it’s almost impossible to tell the difference. Regarding installation processes, vinyl shakes can be installed over the entire home, used as accents in dormers, gables or even window bays for luxurious architectural detail.
We just wanted to offer you a weak review of the most popular types of vinyl siding, however, it is important to mention that when it comes to siding vinyl has many styles to offer you such as horizontal siding that enhances southern homes and add the classic vibe you can find in a peaceful neighborhood.
Reasons Why FinishBuild Suggests You Vinyl Siding
Our number one reason is about Vinyl siding compatibility. According to DreyRoofing on its “Advantages of Vinyl Siding”, while some cladding requires removing what is already on your home before improvement installations, vinyl siding works with almost any existing exterior, therefore you can install vinyl over many other types of cladding, which reduces retrofitting costs. On the other hand, vinyl siding is also lightweight, which means it would be a piece of cake and cheaper to install.
Since vinyl siding is a manufactured product by mankind, designs are attached to our imagination. Vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors, textures, and profiles to suit your dream exterior requirements. Form CEDAR to nature colors resembling rainforests, this product come on any color your like and works with both horizontal and vertical applications for any home profile.
New Safety Considerations:
When it comes to reducing the risk of home fires, vinyl siding has come now with high fire safety ratings. Most of residential vinyl siding meet the terms with strict National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations regarding insulation of electrical and transmission cables. This characteristic makes of vinyl a good fit for older homes, which tend to have a higher risk of electrical fires. However, you should never rely on siding to protect your home if your electrical system shows you signs of aging or failure.
What Should I Take Into Account Before Vinyl Siding Purchasing?
Check PVC stipulations:
Even though Vinyl is well-known by its unfriendly components, today’s vinyl siding is manufactured to suit residential and environmental regulations. Vinyl siding can release toxic fumes when burning, particularly dioxins, and smoke containing high amounts of Hydrochloric acid. This is not only an environmental concern, but the fumes can be dangerous to firefighters and eyewitnesses, not to mention consequences on smoke inhalation for anyone trapped in the burning structure. Therefore make sure you are choosing proper eco-friendly vinyl.
Vinyl is affordable:
According to BuilDirect, professionally installed vinyl siding can go between $2,500-$8,750 for 1,250 square feet, while professionally installed wood siding can cost you $6,500-$10,000 for the same square footage (retrieved from CostHelper).
Insulated vinyl siding offers you a safeguard blanket over the studs, keeping your home warmer in cold seasons and cooler in summer. Insulated vinyl siding prevents heat loss between the wall, which means that while in most of the cases, homes have insulation between the wall studs, in the case of vinyl, the studs themselves bleed heat where they come in contact with exterior siding.
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Many homeowners often overlook the value of painting the exterior of their home; actually there are people who consider this as the last home improvement project they have to accomplish. In case you are one of those people who think the exterior of your house is not one of the most important priorities, I must let you know that this important step really helps improve your home, add value to it and also offers you long- lasting benefits, having mentioned this you might want to consider this idea again.
You exterior house painting is one of the best investment you can make for your home, so whether you decide to do it by yourself or hire a pro to assist such home improvement project you need to strive to create a gorgeous first impression for you, your family, friends and visitors; I am more than sure that no one likes looking at a house exterior that appears rundown at its exterior. Moreover, there is nothing like providing your house exterior with eye- catching look that truly reflects your sense of style and taste; of course this is not a simple feat but with a little help and the following suggestion, I am sure you will make it to an attractive home’s exterior.
Best Colors for Siding
As you might know it, siding covers a significant footage of your home’s exterior; actually it can represent the biggest cost investment. One of the most important aspects you need to keep in mind when selecting your siding’s colors is that they suitably match with the color of your chimney or even with your neighbor’s color scheme; the idea is to pay attention to other fixed elements your siding needs to work with. In addition, remember that one siding color does not make a good color scheme, a main hue definitely needs either lighter or darker accents so make sure you choose two or three shades that gorgeously update window trim, doors and railings. Regarding the siding colors that best catch public opinion gray- blues, neutral beiges an brick- brown are the top of the most common picks, but in case you are not sure about what of the options
above to choose then land on one complementary color, the one that best offers a bright focal point, and one hue that is a shade. Another option can be deciding on two shades that are lighter or darker than your main siding color pick.
Best Colors for Trim
When it comes to choosing the color of your home’s exterior trim, there is something very important you need to consider and it is to eliminate undertones that you do not want at your home’s exterior anymore, then you should decide if you want the trim color to blend in and fade into the color of you’re the entire home’s interior, or if you rather opt for a color to contrast. The most common trend is opting for lighter colors in order to make your property look as well as feel dynamic, because if you match it with the siding then it comes off as flat. So pick the same (or similar) color as your siding, considering it just a few shades lighter. Light grays, creams or whites are perfect at performing an amazing contrast for this part of the house.
Best Colors for Accents
To me this is the funniest and most creative part of any home’s exterior painting project. This part of the project is where you have the opportunity to add some personality on those essential places such as your front door and shutters. Accents allow you to make a statement and eye- catching impact that makes your home stand out on the entire neighborhood. Today, there is an amazing variety of very different blues, browns and even black lacquer that can help you to find the look you have always wanted for your home’s exterior. Finding the right color accent for your home’s exterior can go from relying on the classics with another good accents provided by exterior light fixtures that functions as complementary elements for a wonderful home painting exterior result. Playing with bold accents has become another great way to make a home’s exterior look really good; use a bold accent that can lend your home a more restrained exterior scheme, deep gray with lighter orange- red hue deftly matches in a house that will absolutely stand out in the block.
When it comes to the exterior appearance of your house, you need to always keep in mind that investing in professional painting projects will be a great strategy in case you want to sell your home in the future. Providing your house with amazing curb appeal will definitely increase your property’s value and also the chances of selling your home in a profitable price. Furthermore, when you accomplish an excellent home’s exterior painting project you are also protecting its building materials from probable wear and tear that are mainly caused by sun, wind, or extreme weather such as serious climate conditions which can damage the quality of the wood that is the fundamental element building materials are made of. This should be an encouraging reason for you to use pain that contains protective properties, in order to maintain the exterior of your house. Once you have made the decision to paint the exterior of your property, ensure that the quality of the paintings is at the top of the line pain; this will guarantee you invest your money in a right way and also that the paint you have opted for will last for years to come.
Your house’s flooring serves as the foundation of its interior, therefore having good quality floors allows you to have underfoot surfaces that look great even without all the furnishings and wall decors. Due to the fact that flooring is a permanent part of your home, it is essential for you to select good quality floor materials that not only enhance your home interior design but also improve your entire living lifestyle. Selecting good quality flooring is as important as executing the right steps and considerations before installing it. As society keeps developing, homeowners’ flooring needs grow and so today they are looking for unique ways that led them to improve their individual home living styles, thus having top- quality floors at home is a need.
Floors make the entire home a stable and intact space; when it comes to tile flooring, I need to highlight that this is one of the floor types that have notoriously increased in demand due mostly to it adaptability, designs, sealants and eye- catching accents. In this post I would like to focus on tile floor as it has the ability to add comfort and elegance to any room of your home, at the same time this type of floor upgrades the value of your property; make sure you have considered the following factors before installing tile floors.
Decide If You Are Going to Keep or Not Your Baseboards
Considering whether or not you will remove your baseboards before installing your new tiles is a key step as most flooring types need a small gap between the edge of the floor and the wall in order to allow room for movement. On the one hand if you do not remove your baseboards, that gap I just mentioned must be covered with a convex molding whose cross section is a quarter of a circle, this may affect the trim’s aesthetics, that convex molding is known as a quarter round. On the other hand, you will not need any quarter round if you decide to install new baseboards once your tile has been installed, thus this guarantees a clean aesthetic that is often a chosen method of many professionals.
Check If you Have Foundation Problems
Pay special attention to the foundation of your flooring, because if it shifting, your tile will too and therefore this can lead to undesirable cracks and breaks that will turn into more money investment as you need to repair them; moreover those foundation problems are not precisely eye- catching. In case you do not have foundation problems, then you should not have any inconvenient regarding tile breaking or cracking.
Tile Installation on a Second Floor or in a Home with a Pier and Beam Construction
Since tile requires a waterproof subfloor when it is installed on top of wood surfaces, otherwise it will swell and thus will break or crack, you will need to install cement board to ensure that this problem does not occur.
If You Are Planning To Paint
In case you want to roll out the new flooring before you paint, a common suggestion is to do it before installing tiles, this way it is easier as you do not have to worry about splattering paint on your new floors. However, it is possible that your walls will have a few nicks after the floors are installed and thus it will definitely get a little dirty. What many pros prefer is to paint over any blemishes that happen during installation, perhaps you might want to consider this idea.
Are You Considering Refinishing Your Staircase With Your New Flooring?
When tiling a staircase, one of the most important aspects to consider is figuring out how you are going to finish the edges of your steps. Tile rarely has a matching stairnose piece available, so that leaves bullnose which is a piece of tile with a small rounded edge; think of a Schluter strip as your main option. Bullnose and unfinished edges will blend better with the rest of your tile.
Kids or Pets
if you have kids or pets, take a look at color body and through body porcelain tile because even though they are a little bit different, each one ensures extra scratch resistance so you are not going to see a notice marks; fortunately tiles are well- equipped to resist foot and paw prints.
Your home needs to be a place where you can relax after a very long tiring day at work, so comfort from your feet should be a priority you need to cover by installing an exceptional piece of good quality tile flooring. Steeping on comfortable flooring make you feel good, without even notice it, this is what makes easier for you to tell the difference between a regular floor and an excellent quality tile floor.
Fortunately, the tile industry focuses on ease your life by working on really suitable choices for any of tile application you need to do at home; rating tiles in a scale from Class 1 to Class 5, being 1 the less resistant to abrasion and 5 being the most resistant. Once again I need to highlight that right tile installation will depend on both, the type of flooring you are looking for and the research on the flooring brands shortlisted you make before making the finale decision to purchase that important and permanent decorative piece for your home.