Home Improvement

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Home Improvement

The Money Pit provides home improvements tips and suggestions to help you make your House a Home. View our tips for an effective, efficient installation here moneypit.com/article/window-replacement-tips

Posted by Money Pit on 2011-03-15 06:54:01

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Risks of Repairing a Roof Yourself Without a Roofer

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Homeowners will try to repair their own roof sometimes because they want to save money. This can be very dangerous not to mention it can make things worse in some cases. A homeowner usually anticipates regular maintenance every year such as HVAC repair, painting or plumbing problems. With each call to a contractor to fix things around the house costs can add up. Many homeowners also pay on preventive yearly maintenance contracts or home buyer warranty plans that only cover a selective range of problems. Above all things constructed on your home your roof is the most important. Some homeowners will try to save a few bucks by going to the local hardware store and pick up a bucket of tar or some shingles. No matter how much confidence you have in your home improvement skills trying to create a Band-Aid can lead to more potential problems down the road.

A roof leak can be very harmful and cause an unsafe environment to live in. Even a small roof leak can cause a massive amount of black mold and wood rot. A roof leak can be ongoing for many years without any notice. Dampness can also attract termites and other annoying nuisances. Climbing up on a roof can be very dangerous for anyone without much experience. Roofs can be steep and they also have surface mold that is very slick to walk on. Attempting to do a roof repair without sufficient training or safety precautions is not only life threatening, it can cause a severe injury to occur. When repairing your roof it is always best to contact a specialist. A professional experience roofing contractor can examine your situation and help resolve any roofing problems that you might have.

Most roofers have certifications and many years of experience dealing with roof repairs. In fact many roofers have spent a great deal of their lives analyzing and conducting roof repairs on a day-to-day basis. A professional roofer will use his own fundamental troubleshooting steps to find out the cause and effect of your roof problem. Sometimes when a homeowner tries to repair a roof on his own it can cause additional problems or make the repair more complicated for the roofing contractor. This is and can cause price of the repair to be higher than expected. If you have an emergency and the rain is coming in asked the roofing contractor to see if he can do a temporary repair to watertight your home until the repair can be scheduled to be done properly.

The roof over your head is the most important part of your home. It protects your belongings, the structure of your home and the health and safety of your family. A roof repair is not something to be taken lightly. Find a roofing contractor that you can trust to provide you with the best advice that will use many years of experience to correct your problem. Not all repairs of the same, each roof has a different … Read More

Open Floor plan Finished Basement

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Open floor plan finished Basement with Bar, Theater, Office, counter and walk out entrance. For more information please check out our web site at www.

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Home renovation

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Home renovation

Various shots of our recent home renovation project.

Posted by dsa66503 on 2013-01-03 19:27:26

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Asian Walnut Hardwood Flooring – Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy

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Asian Walnut wood flooring is one of the most unique hardwood species available in the market today. Often referred to as Acacia, this walnut hard wood floor is harvested obviously in Asia. Asian Walnut wood floors have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Although Oak is still the #1 seller in wood flooring, exotic species such as Asian Walnut and Brazilian Cherry have made long strides towards becoming main stream wood flooring choices. If you are looking for a very distinct floor that is considered a center piece for your room or home, Asian Walnut hardwood flooring is certainly worth considering. There are several things you need to know when considering the exotic Asian, Acacia Walnut species of floors.

Most Asian Walnut floors are offered with a factory finish. Factory finished means the factory has applied multiple, protective coats of either polyurethane, aluminum oxide, or a combination of both. These finishes protect the floor from minor scratches and wear. Of course any wood floor can be scratched, but the current factory finishes are much better than 20 years ago. The best option is to find an Acacia wood floor with either an aluminum oxide or combination of aluminum oxide and polyurethane finish. If you buy unfinished, Asian Walnut wood flooring it will have to have the protective finish applied after installation in your home. This type of in home finish is not very comparable to a factory finish as a installer cannot duplicate the heat and pressure to the boards the same as a manufacturing process in a factory.

Asian Walnut is usually available in 3 colors or stains. Natural is the most common color. Actually, natural is unstained but has a protective finish. The natural Asian Walnut boards will have a wide variety of color ranges from dark to light. The darker colors will be slightly more predominant though. Another color commonly sold is Cinnamon or sometimes called Cherry. This color has slight, red hues to give a classy, semi formal look. Cinnamon is a very rich, deep stain. The final color you may find is a stain sometimes called Smoke or Toffee. Smoke stained, Asian Walnut floors have a very similar appearance to another species, Black Walnut. The stain isn’t actually black or extremely dark, but does have a deeper, darker hue than the other colors you will find. A Smoke stain, Asian Walnut is a nice alternative to it’s cousin, Black Walnut as the Asian version may be priced slightly less.

A tip to remember when getting samples of Asian Walnut hardwood flooring is to ask for two samples. Asian Walnut, or Acacia wood has largely varying characteristics between every board. Two samples will give you a much better idea of what the floor is going to look like. Another hint is once you have decided to go with a specific color or dealer, buy one box first. When you get the box, loose lay it out in an area of your home to make … Read More