Roof Maintenance and Improvement

Roof Maintenance and Improvement

When you think of your home, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Do you ever think that it need’s to be a roof? And here’s why…

Your roof protects you from all kinds of bugs, animals, weather and falling debris. But, even so, we only think about the roof until it’s too late. After that, installation of new one can be a big investment. A roof can last up to 25 years depending on materials that are made of and maintenance that you do or do not. It may need replacement much sooner for reasons like low-quality materials or poor roof installation, damage made by a storm or snow and ice.

For your home, quality roofing material is a must. Second, you need an expert for installation if you want a long-lasting roof. When the roof is out of order, the whole house can easily go “out of order,” and that’s where the problems start.

There are few things that you can do to extend the life of your roof.

repair roofTwice a year you need to check the condition of your roof, walk around and try to see if there are any loose or missing flashing, sagging or broken gutters, piles of leaves in gutters, if you can clean the gutters, look around for any trees that are too big or too close to your home, one big storm can make damage to your roof. Check the insulation and try to keep your attic well ventilated, that can help you in winter when snow and ice are there.
If your roof is not green but becomes green, it can easily be that it is moss. And you don’t want moss on your roof. This buildup of algae can and will promote premature failure and deck rot; if you don’t deal with it in time, it may cost you a lot after it. You can take a broom and try to sweep it away. If you can’t to do it by your self, call us, and we will do it for you.
Slate tile, metal or asphalt shingles, you’re always looking for similar issues. Don’t ignore your roof; you may only need a portion of the roof to repair and not the whole roof.

If you wait for maintenance up to a moment when there is water dripping in your living room than you can be sure that you need a new roof. Don’t wait that long.
Your roof is more than just a shingles; it is your shield in day and night.

Nowadays, many different materials are used for making roofs. You can choose between wood shingles, slate, metal roof, asphalt shingles and many more.

We can offer you roofing products that will provide lasting durability and also the improved look of your home. Our roofing experts are here with one goal, and that is that installation of your floor need to be done properly, efficiently and first of all, safely.

How to know is it time to service or upgrade your HVAC system?

How to know is it time to service or upgrade your HVAC system?

Replacing your system if it’s more than ten years old or it’s not keeping you comfortable, or when you are paying your bills more than you think that you should, can save you a lot of money in the long run. Multiply age of your unit by the costs of the repair and if that number if equal or greater then 5.000 you should consider replacing the system.

You can’t take your HVAC systems for granted, and we know that as long as they are working, homeowners are too often content to leave them alone, without any service. What they don’t know is, that can be the reason they are losing money due to system inefficiency. Even if it isn’t broken, maybe it’s time for you to consider a system upgrade.

Before you give money to the new HVAC system away, it can be a good idea to check your house and system for air leaks. Windows, doors, insulation can be a big problem, but the cost of repairing or replacing them may be a lot less expensive to treat. When you have a properly insulated home and sealed leaks, heating and cooling system run much more efficiently. After that, you may realize that you don’t need new system after all, or if you do replace it, the new one will save you a lot of money when the energy bills come in the future.

hvac1Instal programmable thermostats, and you have the power to program temperatures in your home. Now you can plan your temperatures for the day and night, and you do not pay for heating or cooling that you do not use because you are at work. You can program the temperature you need and program it to increase or decrease before you are back. Also, newer systems will give you reminders about service that is needed or when you need to replace an air filter.

If your cooling or heating system needs to be upgraded, just give us a call, and we are there for you.

Fix small problems yourself

Fix small problems yourself

With a little physical effort and some knowledge, you can fix small failures yourself, before they turn into an accident that will cost you dearly.

 Washing machine leaves water

If you ignore this malfunction, you might have a flood.

Make sure that the water hose is connected to the back of the machine – the water is most likely coming from a small crack in the tire. If so, replace the incorrect hose immediately. Turn off the water supply (to avoid the flood) and buy a new hose. Unscrew the old one and fasten the new one and tighten it with the key.

 Mold on the walls

If you ignore this phenomenon, you may experience allergies and other health problems.

Pour a cup of bleach into the hot water bucket. Thoroughly rub the problem area and rinse with clean water. When it dries, paint the wall (if the problem is higher, consult with an expert).

 Leaking water from the toilet

Lift the lid and look inside the cistern. If water enters the upright, you need to lower the water level in the boiler. To do this, simply push your hand downward. For newer cistern models, press the adjusting lever and lower the water level. If there is no problem in the level of water in the cistern, pour in a little edible color and wait 20 minutes. Changing the color will indicate whether the rubber seal on the bottom of the cistern should be replaced. Close the water supply behind the toilet bowl and remove the seal. Buy a new one and place it in the place where it was old.

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 Cracks in the yard

If you ignore them, they will be getting bigger and more difficult to repair. If they are near the house, they can pull moisture into the foundations.

Remove any loose parts with a strong jet of water. Fill the cracked parts up with the asphalt and allow it to dry well. If the cracks are deep, fill them with sand. Then apply the asphalt for a quarter of an inch.

Be your handyman

Be your handyman

Primarily, there is a need to learn something and the will to try something new. At the very beginning you need a certain financial investment that will certainly pay off because once you have purchased the necessary tool, it will last for years. Of course, it is assumed that you will buy quality and proven tool and equipment that will not let you down when you start to repair and improve your home.

Learn it all on the internet

You will not believe it, but on Youtube footage, you can find everything you are interested in about small or large apartment improvements, repair, and renovation. We advise you to look closely at how they did it in the tutorial so that you later try to do it yourself.

What jobs can you do on your own?

Painting the walls in your apartment is a very easy way to refresh and change the look of your place. The job itself is not too complicated or difficult if you do not have some special requirements and techniques that only a professional can do. Like any experienced painter, you will need to protect your furniture and floors.

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Painting carpentry can be hard and boring, but it all depends on how you look at things. If you have the ultimate goal in mind, and you want a better look of your living space, everything will be easier. Preparing the substrate for painting or removing the old paint is often a longer part of the job than the painting itself. If you want to be your handyman and boast that the new color of doors, windows or old furniture pieces is your hands work, it is necessary that you have the right tool, precise hands, and sharp eyes.

You do not have to take your car for every little thing to the repair shop. We do not advise, of course, to skip small or large services and to visit a car mechanic in the event of any major failure, but you can replace the tires or bulbs themselves.

7 required steps to replace the roof windows

7 required steps to replace the roof windows

Do you have old and worn-out roof windows? Are you finally thinking of a replacement? These are the steps you must keep in mind if you want security, comfort and a pleasant ambiance under your roof. It is all you need to know to do it yourself.

  1. Removing the old window

The first step is certainly dismantling the old window, and before disassembly begins, it is necessary to take safety measures and prevent unwanted consequences. It is because the window you are replacing is often in a very bad condition and there is a possibility that it breaks in its parts (glass, locks). That is why you always need to be careful.

  1. Preparation of the opening in the roof construction for the new window

The most common reason for replacing windows is the breakthrough of water on the window itself, and part of that water is always somewhere in the roof construction. Therefore, when dismantling the old window, always check the condition of the roof structure at the place where the window was, and, if necessary, replace the rotting parts of the wooden roof structure.

  1. Installation of the roof window

roof windowThe installation of the roof window is done exclusively by the installation instructions and by the manufacturer’s specification. Therefore, no matter how convinced you are in your skills and knowledge, do not install windows at your discretion, but according to the precise instructions that very serious manufacturer instruction book that comes alongside their windows. If you make any damages to the purchased window, the company who sold it to you will surely not help you if you went off the instructions.

  1. Removing the roof

An important role in the installation of the roof window is the proper removal and the installation of the roof cover around it. Only the properly installed roof cover around the window provides waterproofness between the windows and the roof cover.

  1. Making the inner lining around the roof window

The basic rule is that the top surface of the lining is horizontal and the lower surface of the lining is vertical. When replacing the roof window, be sure to follow this exactly.

  1. Installation of blinds

The last action when installing a window is the installation of blinds that will regulate the amount of light. Shutters are installed after the completion of all works so you will not damage them or install them improperly

  1. Regular window service

An extremely important thing for the window’s longevity is their maintenance and regular servicing. Unfortunately, in practice, this paragraph is often neglected in the long run, and that can create much greater losses.

How to: peel the old paint from walls

How to: peel the old paint from walls

Over the years, you put a lot of coats of paint on your walls. It creates a layer of thickness that, when it gets too big, is creating a rather uneven surface on your wall that can be spotted immediately. It also can happen that your paint starts to drop out of your walls, ceilings first, leaving a big mark that is revealing your previous paint color. Then you have t for sure remove all layers of old paint before applying a new color.

How to prepare

The process begins by removing all electrical switches in the room where you are removing the old paint. You also need to remove all the masked sockets. And that’s enough. No need to remove the body from the socket itself. In this way, you have released the surface for work. Of course, it is necessary to remove shelves, paintings, etc. from the walls. Of course, you must turn off the power before any interventions. The easiest way is to turn off a certain fuse that interrupts the current circuit in which the sockets and switches are located. It is important that the electricity remains off during the entire work. Since water is used in this process, it would be extremely dangerous to have voltage on the leads you released after removing the switches and sockets.

The process itself

paintLet’s start slowly. Pour the water into a larger bucket and add the kitchen salt to it. There is not a certain measure so about a hand on a bucket of water should be just the right amount. Mix it until the salt is completely dissolved. You should soak the walls and leave them for some time so the water can penetrate the deeper layers of the old paint. In preparation, it is important that the wall be well watered and wait at least 5 minutes or more for the water to pass as deep as possible through the paint. In some cases where the paint layer is very thick, you will most likely have to do the procedure with soaking and swallowing in several stages.

The salt in water multiply that affects and the removal of paint from the wall will be easier, while it is retaining moisture and sagging the paint. You can soak the water with a roller or a brush. Also, it’s a good idea to get a bottle with a water pump. With it, you will very easily soak walls with water. It is especially useful for ceilings because there is no water leakage, as with a roller. After that, you still need to do that boring and difficult job, and that’s just scraping paint with a spatula from the wall. You will notice that the paint around the chandeliers and the bulb are much harder to remove because it is baked over time under the influence of the lamp temperature. Also, you will see that in places where there was moisture the paint is almost getting by itself.