Everything expires with time, but how can you be completely sure that a particular object in your home is ripe for replacement, and when to throw it in the trash? When you consider the situation on the domestic real estate market, it’s clear to you why this decision is quite important. Recent research has shown that it is often worth paying more to invest in a minor repair before selling a flat than investing in a complete replacement. To begin with, you need to sit down to consider the home budget and measure the relationship between short-term and long-term costs. For additional help, we bring out the most controversial items. If you are not quite sure how to solve your problem, it is best to call professionals.
Electricity savings can in itself justify replacing the fridge or dishwasher. Replacing an antique refrigerator model with a brand new model can save up to 40 percent of the electricity. The new ecological washing machine will use over 40 percent less electricity than ordinary because it needs to heat a small amount of water. If your devices are still in good condition and you do not need replacement, you can create a small redevelopment project such as adding a miniature school board to the refrigerator wall where you can write which groceries to buy.
Windows that are not good enough
A quarter of the total heating or cooling costs are leaking through the holes on the windows. The good news is that you can improve the efficiency of existing windows and avoid quite high costs of installing new ones. It is important to detect potential trouble spots, fine-tune and repair window sills, and to add adequate isolation from weather imperfections. If you notice that none of the repairs have helped, it’s a signal that you may still have to invest in new windows.
Doors that are not quite right
Solid and high-quality external doors should last as long as the house they are on. You can correct most problems yourself in a cost-effective way, which is good news as the new door is a surprisingly expensive investment. As in the case of a window, the most important thing is to start a detailed overview and find out where the most air enters. You can solve smaller cracks with a sticky tape that is cheap and excellent for this type of repair. It is important to make sure that the doors are well put in place and that they are well centered.
A faucet that is leaking
Most leaks are solved simply, with the screwdriver and some spare parts. If your faucet breaks down every couple of months and after you have made all the possible repairs that were needed, it would be best to opt for a new model. Experts do not recommend taps with plastic parts, while the brass option is the most cost-effective choice.
The longer you wait, the longer you’re paying for it in higher energy costs, and you don’t need that.
Newer windows have better building technology so you can have an enhanced interior with a boost in curb appeal and they are more energy efficient. Many manufacturers say that windows should be replaced after 20 years of use or so. Windows treatments can reduce heat loss and heat gain, but most treatments are not effective at reducing air leakage or infiltration. If your home has very old on inefficient windows, it’s more cost-effective to replace them than to improve their efficiency.
If your windows are collecting ice, frost, and condensation than it is time for you to change them.
Leaky and inefficient windows and glazed doors are 25 percent of the average household’s energy bills.
For any home improvement, one of the best returns on investment is windows replacement project because you can save as much as 15 percent by buying windows that have double-pane insulated glass, heavier construction, with sound reduction, airtight frames or argon gas filled.
Why are windows energy efficient?
When you have windows that are made out of two sheets of glass, with a gap of 16mm in between, filled with gas to make an insulating barrier that keeps heat in, you know that there is a good chance that you made a good deal. Windows are made out of glass, gaps between the glass, pane spacers and frame materials.
Windows that are made out of solid wood are great insulator against heat and cold, but they’re not so cheap, they can swell or contract and they need maintenance that depends on weather conditions. Aluminum or steel windows are strong, affordable and may be recycled, also low-maintenance, yet it conducts heat and cold much more than the wooden ones. Vinyl windows are low-maintenance and cheap, but their color may fade over time, depending on weather conditions. Clad windows are the most expensive ones. They are made with wood frames on the inside and aluminum shell on the outside. That combination is great because, wood frame helps with heat and cold, while exterior shell made out of aluminum ask for it’s low-maintenance and they are weather-proof.
You can make your home more comfortable, quiet and peaceful with energy efficient windows while they save you money because energy costs are going down with them and sometimes even lighting costs.
Our consultant can visit you in your home, discuss options for replacement of your windows, explain what to expect during installation and give you a price estimate for it. Our project coordinator can guide you through every step of the installation process, so you’ll know what to expect at every moment.
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.
Twice 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.
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.
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.
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.
Installation of the roof window
The 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Let’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.
Spanish wall is a very popular finishing layer when processing interior walls. The first reason is that it is aesthetic, and the other one is because the wall does not have to be as well prepared as for masonry to apply the Spanish wall. This saves time and money. But although it is easy to put it on, it is quite a different story when you decide to get rid of it.
You can remove a Spanish wall in two ways: by removing it with scratching your walls or align it with another layer. Given that the Spanish wall is quite uneven, if you choose the other way, be prepared to spend a significant amount of money for the material because you will need it quite enough to fill the gaps and even the wall. But if you like the option one better, know that although you will not be spending money, you will need to put a lot of time in this type of work. You will need about one hour per 10 square foot, and there is no easy way to scrap the Spanish wall, but here are some tips that will speed up your work.
The secret is in water
Before you start scratching, spray the wall with water. It is not necessary to do it on the entire wall at once because the scraping is slow. Then wait for a little for the wall to absorb water before you begin to rub the Spanish wall with a spatula. On the part of the wall that has been affected by moisture, removal is relatively easy, and it is possible to remove several squares for one hour.
Choose wise your tool
Do not buy the cheapest one because they can break in the middle of your work and you may be injured. It is better to get a one with a good handle. To make it easier for you to work, you can also sharpen the spatula. When the wall is well watered, push the spatula in parallel with the substrate on which the Spanish wall is made, and then try to slit the spatula as deeply as possible beneath the Spanish wall. That is how you will be removing the largest possible pieces.
We suggest that you shouldn’t engage in this kind of work if you do not have enough knowledge and experience, because it may endanger not just your health but your life too. Improper work may also result in substantial material damage. It is best to understand these projects as informative and to give specific work to qualified service or other professionals in a particular area.
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