Caught In A Flood? 4 Steps To Clean And Protect Your Flooring


Floods can destroy your home, especially if you don't get the water cleaned up fast enough. Unfortunately, you can't always get started on the clean-up right away. This is particularly true if you're out of town when the flood occurs. If you're flooring has been damaged in a flood, you'll need to act fast to neutralize the damage. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help restore your floors and rugs.

14 December 2015

The Devil's In The Details And The Gutters: Include Refurbishing Protective Systems In Any Historic Building Renovation


Renovating an older building is a challenge and a process of discovery. Many property owners develop a new respect and appreciation for older technology and materials when they fix up a neglected architectural treasure from the past. They soon learn that a historic property's rebirth isn't merely a cosmetic transformation. As you restore your older building's many aesthetic features, take special care to include its protective and utilitarian components. The roof's drainage system is a good example of a historic feature to make right before you invest in interior décor that will only be damaged by the next big rain.

19 November 2015

Protect Your Slate Roof With Custom Copper Flashing And Gutters


If you have a home with a slate roof, consider having your flashing and gutters custom fabricated from copper. Here's why it could be worth the extra cost and effort. Your flashing is what helps keep your roof in good shape. Slate roofs are expensive, but they are also incredibly durable. Depending on the type of slate that's on your roof, you can expect a slate roof to last anywhere from 50 to 200 years -- if it's properly maintained.

27 October 2015

Steps To Follow When Your Home Has Been Flooded


Flood waters can cause a huge amount of damage to your property and does so fast. Flooding is one the most damaging natural disasters because water can seep into places winds or ice cannot. Learning how you can help to salvage your water-damaged property is important, especially if you live in a region that is historically known for flooding. Make Sure The Main Power And Gas Sources Are Off Never enter a flooded home without contacting the power company first.

2 October 2015

2 Signs Your Bathroom Is Suffering From Underlying Water Damage


If you have children, you might be used to mopping up flooded bathroom floors and drying out towels. Unfortunately, that water accumulation might be seeping under baseboards and wicking into drywall, which can spark rot and mold growth. Here are two signs your bathroom is suffering from underlying water damage so that you can do something about it: 1: Paint Problems Does your paint seem a little strange? Before you chalk up the problem to an unprofessional installation, you should consider the fact that those walls might be hiding water.

17 August 2015

Hand Railings Can Be Elegant Too - Restoring A Staircase's Old Look With New Functionality


If you are remodeling an older home with staircases, don't forget to upgrade the hand railing for safety in your home. You don't want to have someone slip and fall just because you didn't upgrade this important safety feature. Here are three ways to restore your staircase hand rails so that they can be beautiful as well as functional. 1. Keep Classic Look With Restoration If you are trying your best to keep all original woodwork and decor within an older home, there may be charming hand railings that adorn a staircase.

30 June 2015

Driveway Flooding Got You Depressed? Consider These Better-Draining Concrete Alternatives


Does your concrete driveway turn into a lake whenever it rains, flooding your yard and garage? Poor drainage may end up costing you dearly if you don't address it, but what can you do? Well, if you want a permanent solution for your poorly draining drive, you might want to try one of these permeable alternatives to concrete. Porous Asphalt The smoothest option for improving your driveway's water drainage is replacing your concrete with porous asphalt.

25 June 2015

Vinyl Siding Myths And Misconceptions Dispelled


When compared to other siding options, such as brick or wood, vinyl is known as the more affordable option. Because of its low cost, it often gets a bad rap. However, most of the information about vinyl siding simply isn't true. If you're looking for an affordable yet durable home siding option, vinyl can meet your needs. Here are just some of the myths about vinyl siding dispelled.    Options Are Limited

24 June 2015

Tips And Tricks For Repairing And Restoring Furniture For Summer


Summer has arrived, and with it comes expanded opportunities to spruce up your home's furniture. But there is so much work involved in fixing furniture – and you may be tempted to give up before you've even started. If you're looking for some direction to make tackling your furniture restoration projects just a little bit easier, then here's what you need to know. Give old furniture a lighter air Heavy, dark colors on wooden furniture look fantastic and stately in the winter, but can bog down your decor once the sun comes back.

17 June 2015

The 4 Types Of Smoke Damage Caused From A House Fire


If you have ever experienced a house fire, you are very aware of the extent of the damage the smoke can cause. It can get between your walls, permeate your carpeting, and discolor anything in your home that is made of plastic. You may not have realized that there are four kinds of smoke damage based on how a fire starts within your home. Each kind of smoke will affect your home in different ways as well, being easy or difficult to clean.

16 June 2015