Posts Tagged ‘home improvement greensboro’

Preventing Wood Rot

Posted on: October 5th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Houses are made with a lot of wood—framing members, plywood, trim, etc. You can shell out plenty of money to fix wood rot if it is left untreated and it
can even bring on the termites—so how can you prevent it?

At least once a year inspect your home:

Look for cracks or holes in the caulking around windows, doors and dryer vents. Re-caulk any openings with acrylic latex exterior caulk.

Check under eaves, around fireplaces, and on interior ceilings for any possible leaks.

Look for sagging or leaking gutters and downspouts.

Trim back any shrubbery or tree branches closer than 2 to 3 feet from the sides and roof of your home.

Check for peeling and cracked painted surfaces and prime and paint if needed.

This fall, make sure your crawl space vents don’t get blocked with leaves and other debris.

Lastly, check for dirt and debris between decking boards. Clean them out and spray with a hose if needed.

If you think you have some wood rot, press on the wood surface and see if it feels soft or crumbly. Remember this can happen on the layers underneath—even if the surface isn’t so obvious. Some common spots include: where siding meets trim, where two pieces of trim meet, horizontal surfaces, deck support posts and fascia behind leaking gutters.

In the future, use decay-resistant or pressure-treated lumber for decks. Stain or paint all sides of each lumber piece before assembly. Do not lean anything against your siding. Make sure to clean your gutters this fall.

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Build Your Own Vertical Garden

Posted on: May 7th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Indoor Vertical Garden Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical in North CarolinaWhat if there was a way to have a garden for your home without taking up much space—and it also provided other benefits such as helping with cooling? Vertical gardens are a great addition to your home. As water circulates through plants, they release moisture into the surrounding air and it evaporates, creating colder air. Cooler air just outside a wall of your home can lead to less work for your air conditioner.

Head to a big-box store to get one large pallet (or more if you’d like), mounting brackets, staple gun, landscape fabric, soil and plants. You will also need waterproof plastic if it will be mounted on the side of your house. Once home, check the pallets for nails and sand the wood. (Make sure it is not pressure-treated wood.)

Use landscape fabric to cover the back, sides and bottom of the pallet and staple. (About every inch. You want plenty of staples to keep the dirt in.) For added protection to the exterior of your home, line the back of the pallet with waterproof plastic, but leave the bottom open.

Put potting soil in and add the plants in between each slat. Put in as many plants as you can fit. Don’t water the plants yet.

Grab a family member or friend to help you mount the pallet, as it will be heavy! Check that the plants did not move around in the process. Water, and wait to see your very own vertical garden bloom! You may need to add some more soil as it packs down over time.

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Sunroom Options

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

With warmer temperatures come dreams of a relaxing on a comfortable chair with a great book in beautiful sunroom. But before getting started on this major project, here are some things to think about so you can maintain temperature and save money on your energy bill.

First, decide on the location. Southern exposure means additional cooling could be needed on hot days, eastern means sun in the morning and shade later, western means harsher afternoon sun.

Next, consider materials. Vinyl material for the supports costs the least and don’t need much maintenance. Vinyl is also strong and insulated. Many vinyl supports have an internal reinforcement of aluminum or galvanized steel. Aluminum is more expensive and not as good an insulator as vinyl, however many homeowners use aluminum for the roof structure to provide additional strength. The most costly material for the support is wood. The benefit of wood is it easily lets you attach the screen mesh to the timbers. Wood does require some maintenance.

As for the pretty glass roof, that will cost you. Look for the U-value of the glass or polycarbonate, which is a measure of how much heat the material conducts. You’ll want to choose the lowest possible U value for the most energy-efficient space.

When looking at glass walls, they should be silicone double-sealed, A-rated, and—in order to meet building codes—will be labeled “tempered safety.”

If you can’t choose the optimal location or you want to make sure you have as many comfortable hours in the sunroom as possible, here are some additional things to look into:

-Adding operative skylights

-Putting in ceiling fans to circulate the air

-Installing exterior roof shade tracks which hold rigid exterior
sunscreens

-Using window treatments that can be raised and lowered

-Using a small gas wall heater for the cold months

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Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

If you’re like many homeowners across the country this time of year, Spring may mean it’s time to put your home on the market. But to get the best price on your beloved abode, you may need to make a few upgrades to get it market ready. To help you, we’ve consolidated a list of the most “bang for your buck” areas of the home to address. So get your pen and paper ready, here we go:

  • Upgrade exterior doors and garage doors. Just a fresh coat of paint and a nice mat at your front door can make a big difference. Also look into lighting. Plenty of lighting is good for all outdoor areas. At the front door, frosted bulbs will provide softer light and less glare.
  • Refinish your floors. If you have wood floors that have been scuffed up, refinish them to make a huge difference in how they look.
  • Carpet clean. If you have carpets, shampoo them or get a professional to do it.
  • Update your kitchen cabinets. Paint them for a cheaper option, or completely start over if you have it in your budget.
  • Upgrade your bathroom by changing out the light fixtures or putting in a new vanity for a more modern look.
  • Replace your windows. Wooden windows usually have a higher return on investment than vinyl or other options. You’ll definitely want to deal with any foggy windows or not-so-good weather-stripping.
  • Cut energy costs. See if your power company will do a free energy audit and see what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. A programmable thermostat, and Energy Star appliances can make a big impact.
  • Keep your lawn and yard tidy. If you’re thinking ahead, plant some flowers.
  • Power wash your siding, walkway, driveway and porch.
  • If your paint colors are a little “out there,” consider painting in more neutral colors that pretty much everyone will like. While you’re doing that, also touch up any chipped areas.

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Considering a Gas Fireplace?

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Perhaps you’re tired of chopping wood, or you just want a new look. Gas fireplaces can be a great addition to your home, whether you want to install it now to use for any cold weather that may be around the corner, or you’re thinking ahead to next fall. What does the set up look like and what should you know ahead of time?

Many models come as inserts and do not need a chimney or an existing fireplace, but some will need outside ventilation. It should also be placed where installation of a gas line, an electrical circuit, and an exhaust pipe will be convenient. It is usually best to install a stand-alone gas fireplace on an exterior wall so the venting pipe can go straight out the wall. You will also need a platform.

You’ll install the exhaust piping at the top, or back, and when you figure out where the hole for the exhaust pipe will be placed, trace a circle around the pipe at the wall. Then move the fireplace platform and the fireplace out of the way so you can cut the hole for the direct venting system. Make sure that there aren’t any electrical lines or pipes in the area. Drill a hole from the inside through the outside.

Frame the inside edges of the opening with lumber. Insert the wall-pass-through. Inside the house, put high-temperature caulk on the inside surfaces of the hole. Install the remaining piping according to the instructions.

If you aren’t comfortable doing the installation yourself, hire a professional. That said, to ensure your safety, hire a professional to install and connect the gas line and electricity.

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