Replacing Your Gutters – DIY

Posted on 14 May 2018 (0)

Step 1: Map out your gutter run

Before making gutter purchases, you need a map of your home and a map of the existing gutter system. Know the length of the gutter run and how many downspouts the gutter system requires, and the length of those downspouts. If the existing gutter system served you well, it is easier to copy it and simply replace with a new system, keeping the current downspouts in the same area. Pen down all measurements and the items you’ll need before heading to the hardware store.

Step 2: Mark gutter positions

If the gutter run is 35 ft. or even less, the highest point of the gutter run will be at just one end, sloping downwards toward the downspout. Set the high point 1 in. down from the top of the fascia. Ideally, this slope should be graded with 1/4 in. for every 10 ft. of a run.

If the gutter run is greater than 35 ft. in length, the highest point should be at the center of the run, sloping downwards to the downspouts on either end. Set the high point 1 in. down from the top of the fascia. Ideally, these slopes should be graded with 1/4 in. for every 10 ft. of a run.

Step 3: Install the downspout outlets

Using 1¼ in. deck screws fix the downspout outlets. They should be attached at the end of the house and ensure they are firmly attached.

Step 4: Hang the gutter hangers

Attach the hangers to the fascia every 24 in. using same 1¼ in. deck screws. These hangers support the gutter in a way. Ensure you leave some space at the ends of the supports for gutter caps.

Step 5: cover the gutter corners

Just in case your corners are without a downspout and they aren’t situated at the end of the gutter run, you should use gutter covers. They prevent leakage of water from unexpected places, thereby, preventing damage and giving the gutter a longer shelf life.

Step 6: Cut and install gutter sections

Cut the gutter sections carefully so they can properly fit between the outlet of the downspout and the end of your roof. Place the cap over the end and hook the gutter to the hangers.

Connect the gutter sections from the ground using special connectors and fit the gutter into the hangers. It is good to have someone help you support the gutter while hanging them.

 

Garage Floor Coatings

Posted on 28 April 2018 (0)

Making efforts to figure out which garage floor coating suits your garage the most can be a little challenging. There are many options to pick from, each with their benefits. In order to know which floor coating is best, you can get some ideas from this piece.

EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS

In the epoxy style floor coatings, there are numerous options for you, the water-based epoxy being one of the most popular. These types of epoxy coating are easier to applier and them last longer.

One of the demerits of this kind of epoxy floor coating is that its durability can’t be compared with that of other epoxy options. In fact, they are not so resistant to chemicals and stains, they are also vulnerable to hot tire lift. However, they are cost-effective, and some homeowners actually prefer the water-based epoxy.

High solid epoxy is an alternative. It is a commercial grade epoxy coating and has more resistance to stain and other elements. High solid epoxy are much thicker than water-based epoxy, they also have an amazing color-base coat. You can choose from the several color options that this version offers. If you decide to use an epoxy, you should add polyurethane top coat or a clear epoxy to the upper region of the garage floor.

POLYUREA AND POLYASPARTIC COATINGS

These types of floor coatings have gained more popularity over the past few years. It is more like a new type of floor coating and surprisingly, they are becoming a favorite option for most homeowners over epoxy floor coatings. One of the most amazing things about polyurea and polyaspartic coatings is that they cure really fast; they get completely hard in say, five minutes.

This kind of floor covering is more flexible than the epoxy type and can be used for spray-on bed liners and some other related items.

One of the several benefits of using polyurea and polyaspartic coatings is that they can be applied in extremely high and cold temperatures, unlike the epoxy coating that requires you to wait till the temperature is mild. As a matter of fact, you can start using your garage the next day if you use this kind of coating as opposed to waiting for 3 -5 days when epoxy covering is used.

Exterior Painting Tips

Posted on 22 April 2018 (0)

Did you know a brand new high-quality paint job on the exterior of your house lasts longer and makes your house look super nice? Some home maintenance projects are just as important as exterior painting because caulking and paint establish the first line of defense against snow, rain, and ice. Also, a good exterior paint job can instantly boost the curb appeal of your home.

If you are in the Phoenix area, I recommend the professionals over at www.BGBpainting.com for your residential painting job. Below are some exterior painting tips for homeowners whether they intend to hire a professional or paint the house themselves.

 

TIP 1: Paint Options

There are two types of exterior paints: oil-based alkyd and water-based latex. Alkyd paints require paint thinner during cleanup as opposed to using just soap and water. A lot of professionals prefer alkyd paint due to its durability, smooth flow and resistance to stain but they have a strong smell and dry up slowly. Latex, on the other hand, requires just soap and water for clean ups, it dries quickly, less likely to crack and has a low solvent smell.

 

TIP 2: Prep the Surface

You can paint over the existing painted surface as long as it is in good condition, but if it’s not, you have to scrape and sand the surface before painting. Also, for the new paint to adhere properly, you have to clean the exterior of elements like dirt, mildew, grime and so on (using a power sprayer or by hand-scrubbing can help you accomplish this).

TIP 3: Brush and Roller Are the Best

 

The most effective and fastest way to apply exterior paint is by using a paintbrush and a roller. Brush the paint on edges, narrow surfaces and other smaller areas then use the roller to paint the large surfaces like the trim and siding. Try to paint the shady side of the house first because painting in direct sunlight will make the fresh paint dry rapidly and this won’t make the paint adhere well.

 

TIP 4: Start from the Top

When you want to paint, paint from the top of the house then work your way down to the bottom. Paint should be applied to the bottom edge of the siding before painting the broad surfaces. Ensure you brush from a wet surface to another wet surface to prevent lap marks.

 

A QUICK SAFETY TIP: when using the ladder, do not overreach excessively or you might fall over.

 

Check out this YouTube video for a few more great tips for painting your house:

Five Best Reasons to Renovate your Kitchen

Posted on 17 April 2018 (0)

There are certain renovations in home remodeling that make more impact than others. Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular options for homeowners. The kitchen is not only the most important but also the most popular room in your home. Take a look at your kitchen. Is it cluttered or dysfunctional? Is it serving well your family? It is good to have a kitchen that reflects both your tastes and personality. Kitchen remodeling can be a big undertaking for home owners. This can make you resist to commit to a kitchen remodel even when your kitchen desperately needs renovation. If you’re on the fence about remodeling your kitchen, here are top reasons to consider this home improvement project.

Deterioration

A good looking, new kitchen can effortlessly bring together convenience, beauty, comfort and luxury. The kitchen is an all-important room that should work well for you as the homeowner as well as your family. Over the years, your kitchen space and its fixtures may wear out and deteriorate thereby rendering the room dysfunctional and unattractive. Peeling countertops, missing tiles, outdated kitchen appliances, damaged cabinet doors, and faded walls are some of the things that won’t inspire family gatherings. Remember the kitchen is one of most important rooms that will either make or break the deal when reselling your home. If your kitchen has deteriorated and the space is no longer pleasant and enjoyable to you and your family, it may be time to renovate and remodel this all-important room. Always remember that you deserve a stylish, functional, pleasant, and updated kitchen space. Don’t watch your kitchen fall apart.

Boost Resale Value

If you know that sometime to come you’re going to sell your home, a freshly remodeled kitchen is the ideal way to increase the marketability of your home. Kitchen remodeling adds a ton of value to your home. An upgraded and renovated kitchen not only makes your home more appealing but also raises the its price. Whether you’re planning to resale your home or not, kitchen remodeling will allow you to have peace of mind knowing that the investment you made will last longer.

Add functionality

Updating your kitchen layout will allow you to enjoy your home to the fullest. From a whole new layout to increasing the storage space, kitchen remodeling will allow you to have your dream kitchen. If you have anyone in your family with any special needs, you can remodel your kitchen to accommodate those specific needs of your family member.

Energy Efficiency

Wonder how you waste a lot of energy in your kitchen? Using outmoded appliances can cost you more money than you realize. It is important to consider energy-efficient models on the market to avoid extra costs. A kitchen remodel can bring more sunlight and allow you to use energy-efficient appliances that will save you energy costs.  

Lifestyle

One important thing to consider before doing a full kitchen remodel is whether or not your existing kitchen fits your specific lifestyle. Do you hate everything from the counters to the floor? Kitchen renovation is the best way to make your kitchen suit your taste. It is likely that the original homeowner designed the kitchen to suit their lifestyle. It is better to adapt your kitchen to suit your lifestyle rather than you adapting your lifestyle to suit the kitchen. You can add more cabinets, a tile backsplash and more counter space.