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Effective Tips To Paint Your Home

Home PaintingAfter years have been passed, your home seems to look like dull, old and unattractive. You would definitely not like to live in a home which looks dull and you might think of renovating it or remodeling it or you might even think to buy a new one to spice up your home and lifestyle. Instead of opting for such major changes which can be even be very expensive, you can opt for a small change which will definitely spice up your home and give a new life to your dull and old home.  You can try painting your home. You might feel like painting your home is not a big change but it is. Painting your home is not easy think it might take your much of time and effort but the time and effort you put in painting your home will definitely give fruitful and wonderful result. You must paint your home in right manner to give your home beautiful look. If painting your home is not done in proper manner it might result in looking bad and ugly. If you think painting your home is not your cup of tea then you can hire a professional and get the thing done. Here are some of the tips which will help you to paint your home.

  • Buy qualitative brushes and rollers and painters tape

The type in which you paint your home also depends upon the type of brush and roller you use. Bad brushes result in bad finish of paint. While painting your home, if you opt for qualitative brushes and roller covers you will get excellent coverage of paint and you will not waste time in paint application and even re application in getting good finish. Also make sure while you are painting your home, you opt for proper painters tape as it will really be helpful in sealing out blurs and drips.

  • Cover every stuff in the house

While you are painting your room, it is very much important to color all those stuff in the house if you don’t want them to be painted. If you don’t cover your stuff while painting your home, you are really going to regret it a lot and lot of cleaning work would be waiting for you after painting your home. Use plastic or damp clothes to cover all your furniture or hardware. You can use sandwich bags to cover your doorknobs.

  • Paint from top to bottom

This is really an very essential tip. You should start painting your home with the ceiling. Once you are done with the ceiling, you should cover the top of the side walls and then the bottom of the walls. This is very important thing to remember while painting your home as when you are painting the top you will definitely have the paint falling to the bottom. Thus if you have already painted the bottom then you will have to repaint it to maintain the finish and look of the paint.

Comparing solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring

Hardwood FlooringYou have taken a good decision for having hardwood flooring for your house. But before going further you need to decide which type of hardwood flooring you would like to prefer in your home. There are two type of flooring. You need to analyze both, look out for benefits and limitations and then decide which one is better and preferable for your house. For analyzing both in detail you need a comparative study. Here is a comparison between solid flooring and engineered flooring.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring are milled from a single piece of hardwood which is covered with protective layer which is thin and clear that often contains ceramic, aluminum oxide or an acrylic substance. Solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times during the year. Thus it can last for decades and the reason behind it is its thickness.

As the flooring is a solid piece of wood, its expansion and contraction is according to the home’s relative humidity. The home’s interior humidity must remain between 45% to 65% to stay away from warping. There is wide range of wood species in solid wood flooring like maple, oak and black walnut. You can also get regional specific choices such as mesquite, pecan and others. You can also opt for some exotic hardwood from Brazil, Africa and elsewhere.

These types of floors are permanently nailed to the subfloor due to its issues of expansion and contraction. Installers will always leave a gap between floor and wall to contain swelling.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring contains multiple layers say three to five layers Bonded collectively under extreme pressure and heat. This multiple layer helps in getting more durability and stability. Humidity does not affect engineered flooring unlike solid flooring because of the way it is processed. Thus this type of flooring is more preferred in kitchens, basements, bathrooms and those areas where humidity level varies, as long as the moisture barrier is placed between hardwood floors and sub floors.

These are also more suitable for installing over in-floor heating system. Like laminate flooring, engineered hardwood flooring is now also created with tongue and groove installation method. This helps them to be installed in a floating floor formats without using glue or nails.

Which flooring is better?

At the end, the type of hardwood flooring is determined by the place you are intending to install your product and what you want in terms of design aesthetic. It depends all on place as if you are intending to install in lower level of your home or in an area where moisture or humidity can be low or high, you should go for engineered hardwood.

On the contrary, if you want to install flooring on an above grade level and you are interested in a traditional hardwood floor, then you can go for solid hardwood floor.

Both type of flooring proves to be a beautiful choice and makes your home look more beautiful and elegant and increase the value of your home only if it is installed in a proper manner and after installation it is maintained in a proper manner during the period of your ownership.

Difference Between Garage And Carport

It is nothing new that garages are and were very important part of the house. It is the place where we can park our vehicles safely. It is very essential for the safety and security of our vehicle. Similarly we also have carports fulfilling the same purpose. Many of the people also build carports for parking their vehicles. As both are nearby same, many people remains confused between both of them. They cannot make out the clear difference between the structure of the carport and garage. It is totally true that you can park your vehicle safely in garage and carport both but still there is a difference in the structure of carport and garage. There is also certain difference in the functionality and construction of both of them.  Take a note below to find out their difference.

Garage

GarageGarage is like a small room and it is a part of home itself. Garage is permanently built up with brick and mortar. It is usually built in the front side of the home so that the owner can park easily while he enters his house. It also becomes easy to take the car out as it is parked in the front part of the house. A garage has three walls and on the forth side there is a shutter. Either there is a shutter on the forth side or there is a gate where allows the entry and exit of your vehicle. It contains appropriate lighting and electrical wiring. Some built up their garages in the backyard while some of them make as an extension to the house. At whatever place it is built, it needs huge investment as needs mortar and concrete as their materials and it is the question of security of your vehicles. In case of garage you can lock your garage and go out so your vehicle is totally safe and secure.

Carport

carportA carport is such a structure which is semi covered and it is designed in a manner to park the cars and provide them shelter and protection in a limited sense. Carports are generally open from two sides and have a roof. In US it is of modular shape while in other countries it is flat. Carport is an cost effective option and it gives protection to the vehicles from snow, ice, heavy wind and strong sun rays. However your vehicle is not as safe in carport as they are in garage. But constructing a carport is comparatively much easier to garage.

Difference

  • Garage is like a room which is built up with mortar and concrete containing three walls and a gate and it is part of home where as carport is similar to awning and it is open from two sides.
  • Coming to cost comparison, garage is more costly as compared to carport and erection is also easy and fast.
  • Carport provides shelter to vehicles just like garage when there is question of safety and security garage is comparatively much better than carport.

 

Essential Facts about Buckled Shingles

Roof bucklingBuckling of shingles means the fluffed up of shingles. It’s like something is pushing the shingles from inside and the shingles are pushed up. This is not proper for the roof of your home. It is dangerous and it deteriorates the aesthetic appeal of your house. Thus you should be careful regarding the buckling of your roof and take precautions. You should replace your shingles as soon as possible when you detect the buckling in your shingles. The reason behind the buckling of shingles is moisture and lack of insulation. When the moisture gets inside the roof and it fails to find its way out then buckling is seen in the roof. Shingles does not remain flat and it gets curved because of the wrinkling of the roof under the movement of the roof deck.

Here is some of the causes of the roof buckling

  • In the months of summers we usually feel high humidity in the atmosphere. In this situation, the old roofs are usually torn off so their wood deck is exposed and it leads to absorb the moisture. When the wood absorbs the moisture and its content increases, it causes the wood deck to move and buckle.
  • At the time of installation of new roof, the moisture gets trapped in the system and the roofing felt which is used as underlayment absorbs the moisture and result in wrinkling.
  • The homes are build tighter and then insulation level is kept high and thus because of this they might not be properly ventilated. And due to lack of ventilation also roofs and shingles got buckled up.
  • If the roof sheathing is not appropriately spaced which is a minimum of 1/8 then also buckling is seen in the shingles on the roof because of expansion and contraction.

Tips to solve roof buckling

  • Let the moisture get out of roofing system to get rid of buckling. Once the proper moisture content is attained by the roofing system then the roof will become flat and the problem of buckling will be solved.
  • You can also remove those shingles which are buckled up. If the felt underneath is affected by the buckling then you need to repair up the affected wrinkled felt by cutting and re-nailing the felt so that it gets flat and the shingles are replaced.
  • Make sure that the attic is properly ventilated. The minimum need for ventilation is of one square foot for every one fifty square feet of attic floor space. You can allot fifty percent of ventilation at the eaves and the remaining fifty percent at the upper part of the roof.

Prevention of roof buckling

Don’t expose the material of the decking to the water before or after the installation.

Always apply the shingles according to the tips of the instructions of the shingle manufacturer.

Ensure that your roof possess appropriate ventilation and stays away from the moisture.

If your manufacturer suggest then also go for additional ventilation to keep your roof away from buckling.