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Category Archives: Home Improvement

Roof Ventilation

There are benefits to having a fully functioning ventilation system for the entire year. Roof vents work by allowing air to freely move from one point of the roof to another. This ensures that no moisture and heat is transferred out of the roof, keeping the house cool. These systems typically have several components systematically placed for optimal function. This air movement can be achieved in two different ways: mechanical and natural. Natural air movement is driven by either stack or wind effect. Meanwhile, mechanical vent systems utilize electrical motors.

Mechanical systems are the most effective. A powered system can effectively transfer hot out and cold air in. However, there are a few tradeoffs to this kind of venting solution. First, some fans require more than 100W of electricity to run. This could increase your electricity bill significantly. Installation is also more complicated, and in most cases, may require professional help. There are also solar-powered fans that allow off-grid operation but are a little bit costly.

Having enough airflow in your attic definitely, keeps the electricity bills down during summer. Expelling hot air not only keeps the entire house cool, but it also protects the roof structure from moisture-caused damage. However, most homeowners are oblivious about how much airflow they need in their home. It is best to know how much you actually need. This is to ensure that you would have enough airflow to keep the temperature in your attic relatively tolerable.

Double Glazing

Double glazing is the most popular choice and comprises of two panes of glass which have a slight gap between them. This gap is filled with a gas. These windows come with a range of benefits which will be listed below. Then there is triple paned glass. Triple paned glass is three panes, between each pane is filled with a gas. Triple paned are not as common as double glazing and while they provide benefits in exceptionally cold or hot climates, most homes will find they benefit more from the double pane.

The benefits of double glazing include the fact that it helps you enjoy a more energy efficient home. The gas fill between the panes of glass acts as insulation, which reduces the risk of the warm air leaving the home in winter and allowing the cold air in. At the same time it provides the same during summer, keeping cool air in and reducing the risk of the warm air getting in. This means that your central heating or your air conditioning is not working over time. These windows and doors can help to improve the energy efficiency of the home considerably.

The next benefit you will find with double glazings that the condensation you experience is limited. When it is really cold outside, it’s not uncommon for condensation to form on the inside of the windows, this condensation is water and will run down and eventually form mould or even rot wooden window frames. These products reduce the risk of condensation and while some condensation may occur, it is very limited and can easily be wiped away with confidence with a dry cloth.

Anyone who lives on a busy road will find that double glazing acts as a wonderful sound barrier. By closing your windows and doors, you can block out street noise considerably, something you would not achieve had you chosen single paned windows. This is exceptionally useful in apartment buildings where neighbours can be noisy.

You will find that double glazing provides you with added security over single paned windows. The double windows are stronger and more durable and not as easy to break. This can make it harder for anyone who is thinking of breaking a window to gain access to your home, in turn it can provide you with added confidence and peace of mind that your home is secure at all times.

Install Shutters On Home

Durability

Quality shutters are a fixture, which can stay with a property for decades. Whether they are made of wood, vinyl, or metal, they will last for a long time. Furthermore, while blinds and curtains will fade over time, these window covers will hold up to sunlight for a greater period of time. If they do eventually fade, you can simply repaint them, rather than replace the whole set.

Protection

Just as these window covers hold up well against the sun, they also can help protect your house from inclement weather. Their installation can make any storm preparation much simpler. Simply close and secure the covers and your windows are protected from wind, hail, and even flying branches. If you live in an area that experiences major storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes, you can purchase sets that are specially designed to deal with winds over 100 mph. Many insurance companies will give discounted homeowner insurance if protective covers are installed on a property. Along with the weather, they can also provide protection against home break-ins as they create one more layer of security to the property.

Efficiency

When shutters are closed, they can help keep a house properly heated. The wood, metal, or vinyl of the covers acts as a much better insulating material than the cloth of curtains. This means your house will be more comfortable in any type of weather, and your utility bill will be lowered.

Privacy

Window covers give the occupants of the home privacy from anyone walking down the street. Slatted types are especially useful, as they can allow sunlight and air into a room, while still providing privacy.

Information of Sliding Glass Door Won’t Slide

The first step is to examine how your sliding glass door is fixed to the track. The majority of sliding glass doors have a strip that runs along the top of the frame that holds the doors in vertical alignment, positioning the wheels to fit neatly over the sliding track. To begin, let’s use a simple screwdriver to remove that strip at the top. Once the strip is removed, slowly tilt the door out of the frame, then remove it out of the frame all-together. Turn the door on its side and examine the wheels at the bottom of the door. Remember, some sliding glass doors can be upwards of 90 pounds, so either acquire some help or be very confident in your physical ability.

Once the door is on its side, you can closely examine the wheels and the track. Most commonly, you will find the wheels are full of soot and debris, and the track is also likely very dirty. To clean the wheels, use compressed air and needle tip pliers. Be careful to pull every last hair out of the wheel bearings. It is wise to be diligent in this step, so you don’t have to make a habit of this process. Once the wheels are completely clean, spray a little bit of penetrating oil into the wheel bearings, spinning the wheel as you apply the oil. (The best choice for the oil is DuPont’s Teflon non-stick dry film lubricant.) It is equally important to clean the track that the wheels rest on. Use damp paper towels to remove the grit and dirt, and then spray the penetrating oil along the track so it is well-applied. Use a clean paper towel to ensure it is evenly applied.

While you’re at it, clean up all the “mating-edges” of the door. This is where the sliding door meets with any other surface of the door frame. A general rule of thumb is to simply wipe down anything that looks dirty. Remember, even if the dirt is not necessarily in the track itself, it can eventually fall to the track causing your door to require another wipe down. If you notice any mating edges that feel sticky, take a paper towel and spray some oil into it, then wipe the oil onto the sticky surfaces.

After you’ve done all this, reinstall the door. You should notice right away that the door is much easier to slide, and should require significantly less effort. If for any reason the door is still difficult to roll, it is likely one of the following reasons: either your wheels are completely burned out, or your sliding glass door is sitting too high on the track, and is thus hitting the top plate of the door frame. If your wheels are burned out, unfortunately you’ll have to call the manufacture of your sliding glass door and request new wheels. If, on the other hand, your door is hitting the top plate of your door frame, you can adjust this by finding the screw holes at the very bottom of you sliding glass door. On most sliding glass doors, there are two screws which can be turned with either a flathead screwdriver or an alan wrench. Turn to the right to raise the door, or turn to the left to lower the door.

Installing Colorbond Roofing

The installation of colorbond roofing is not a mission impossible, but if you don’t have the skill, you may not want to do it yourself. Just make sure that the roof is installed based on an acceptable standard. This is to make sure that the roof is installed the right way and that it won’t pose a risk or danger in the extreme weather. Therefore, if you have not done this type of job before, we suggest that you look for a professional.

1. First of all, you need to install the fascias and guttering.

2. Before the roofing, you should install sarking, which is a reflective foil.

3. Another alternative to sarking is the insulated “blanket”.

4. Actually, the colorbond sheets are lightweight. So, you can take them to the roof without anyone’s help, but they are a bit cumbersome. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get a helping hand.

5. When placing the sheets, make sure you mark them with a chalk line. Also, the sheets should be cut properly.

6. Also, the gutters should be aligned with the sheets.

7. Once the installation is complete, you may want to clean it thoroughly. Small metal fragments may corrode the roof. So, make sure you remove them on a regular basis.

Getting Tinted Windows

There are many different benefits of having window tinting.

• They protect the upholstery and interior of your car
• Protect your eyes from the glare of the sun
• They block sixty-five percent of the heat from the sun
• They block ninety-nine point nine of the damaging UV rays
• They help to protect your skin from sun damage
• If your windows get broken, the window film helps to hold the shattered glass in one place so it does not cut you.

Before taking your car in for window tinting you need to see what is legal for your locality because every state has separate laws regarding tinted windows. Most of the professional companies who tint widows know what the law is and will give you a certificate of compliance in case you are pulled over. Many offer warranties and will fix your windows if anything goes wrong. If you are out of compliance, fines can cost from fifty to five hundred dollars.

Some states will allow the tinting on every window if you have side mirrors and some will not let you tint the two front windows and windshield. How dark the tint will be is also legislated and is measured by visible light transmission (VLT%). This is defined as the percentage of visible light that will come through the tint. Some states will make an exception for various medical conditions that require a person have heavy protection from the sun.

If you want window tinting for your recreational vehicles, cars, and boats that have sensitive navigational equipment you should use a non-metallic film because if you use metallic films it could cause interference. States also reduce significantly the level of reflection is allowed in the reflective films or they may outlaw them totally.

Update Window Coverings on Budget

Think outside the placemat-er, box

Valences can add depth and beauty to your window coverings, but they can be costly. Have a set of placemats you love, but that don’t match your dining room décor? Consider repurposing them as a valence! With a little crafting, you can take your placemats and attach them to your window hardware for a unique and effective window valence.

Personalize it

A popular trend in today’s design includes handwritten text-whether bold, printed words or scripty cursive, adding some writing can give a unique window look, perfect for libraries, bedrooms, or anyplace that can use a touch of personalization. Best of all, this technique works great with simple fabrics-many people have written song lyrics, poems, or inspirational quotes on simple dropcloths for a unique and elegant look.

Pages of valence

Another great tip for the book lover in your life, this unique valence is simple, fun, and inexpensive. Take apart an old book, lightly crumple the pages, and run a ribbon through the center. Bunch the pages together and string across your window opening for a valence that tells a story.

Add some nature

One area that homeowners often overlook when trying to create a window covering on a budget is the hardware. The rods, fasteners, and pull chains of your dreams may be beyond the reach of your budget-but you can get creative and thrifty! If you live in a wooded area, a reclaimed branch may make the perfect addition to your window. Make sure to choose something sturdy, clean, and free of bugs.

Make Home Quieter Place

Cut down on noisemakers- Consider buying quiet appliances for your home including house fans, kitchen appliances etc. Buying quiet appliances is even more beneficial if they are to be kept nearby living or sleeping areas. Maintenance of existing appliances is also an important part of the equation. If you find something unusual, get it checked or repaired by the technician as soon as possible.

Use sound absorbing materials- The material that helps to reduce and absorbing the unwanted sound are something that every house owner would love to have. There are a lot of things that will work as a barrier that reflects and absorbs the noise entering your house. These acoustic barriers are quite helpful in minimizing the outdoor noises and absorbing the interior sounds. Ensure getting a spec sheet prepared by the tradesman so that you can check and approve it before its installation.

Install sound blocking doors- The largest opening in a house is its doorway. And a lot of sounds enters from this way. Thus, it is better to install weatherstrip or solid doors to effectively block the unwanted sound rays entering your house. The solid doors are quite expensive because of their thickness and are also available in a broader selection of elegant designs.

Weatherstrip interior doors- The actual sound doesn’t come through the door, it comes around the hollow spaces left between the doors. Thus, it is beneficial to install weatherstripping or door soundproofing to seal that space using adhesive-backed high-density foam tape. This will block the noise coming from outside.

Cleaning Wood Exterior Doors

The first task is to take a look at the type of door you have and the amount of dirt and grime you need to get rid of. For both the preparation and the cleaning, you may only need some of the supplies here. For certain types of door, or depending on the task in hand, you may need them all.

To prepare your door for cleaning, any of the following equipment may be required: a vacuum with a hose and brush attachment, paper towels or soft rags, a feather duster, a small artist’s paintbrush, a step-ladder, and a broom.

For the cleaning step of the process, we may need any of the following: soft rags and soft sponges, a commercial wood cleaner such as Murphy’s Oil Soap, a homemade cleaning solution of dish soap, one teaspoon of baking soda, and four cups of hot water, glass cleaner (newspapers make a good cleaning rag that won’t leave streaks on glass), commercial metal cleaner or hot soapy water for metal door fixtures, and oil for use on hinges.

Use a commercial product or the homemade mixture for cleaning wood exterior doors without paint. For doors with paint, use the homemade solution; don’t use Murphy’s Oil Soap.

Before you can actually clean your wood exterior doors, you’ll need to get rid of the dust and dirt that has accumulated on it.

Open the door and start at the top of the door frame, using the brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner everywhere possible. Then dust with paper towels, rags, or a feather duster in the places the vacuum cleaner couldn’t reach.

Dust the entire door frame and door from top to bottom, and use this time to inspect the door for stains and damage. Use the little paintbrush to get into any cracks.

Finally, sweep up the entryway, inside and out.

All about Roof Cleaning

You should first remove any loose debris on the roof to see if there are any stubborn stains that must be addressed. You can remove this debris and leaves by using a soft bristled broom but it must be strong enough to push or sweep the stuff off the edge of the roof. It should not be too stiff because it could damage the roof shingles.

After removing the loose debris and leaves start to loosen any grime or dirt that is attached firmly to the roof. The best way to accomplish this is to soak the roof completely using a water hose. After soaking for five to ten minutes the stuck on dirt and grime should be loosened enough for you to remove easier. You can again use the broom to do this task. If there are still some grime or dirt that is caked on you may need to use some roof cleaning chemicals. There are cleaning chemicals that are formulated to work with certain types of roofs so make sure that you get the one formulated for the type of roof you have. Using the right one will help you remove any stubborn dirt or grime without harming the roof.