construction--contractors

Forget Wood! Here Are 3 More Durable Options For Your Deck's Railing

Wood is a traditional deck material, and much of the information you find online for building and maintaining a deck will deal with wood, including adding the railings to it. With all of the more durable and attractive materials available today, though, many homeowners opt to forego wood for its comparative weakness to the elements. If you want your deck's railings to be made from materials that can stand up to plenty of bad weather, you might be surprised how diverse your options still are.

Shopping For A Chandelier? 3 Things You Should Consider Before Hitting The Stores

If you are looking for a way to add a little sparkle to your living or dining room, you might be in the market for a new chandelier. Unfortunately, if you start shopping before you understand the market, you might find yourself drowning in decisions. Here are three things you should consider before hitting the stores, so that you end up with a chandelier you will love forever: 1: Type

What To Know About Insulation R-Values

Resistance value or R-value is how insulation is measured. It is an important tool for improving the effectiveness of the insulation throughout your house. If you are worried about the effeteness of the insulation in your house, check out these R-value facts, so you know how to reduce your energy costs.   R-Value Measures How Well Material Resists the Flow of Heat R-value is a tool that measures how well your insulation resists the transfer of heat.

Six Tips On Making Your Move Easier With A Dumpster Rental

Moving offers you a fabulous opportunity to declutter and get rid of unwanted junk, but if you have been living in your current home for a long time, you may have more garbage than a simple plastic bag can handle. If that's the case, rent a dumpster to streamline your move. To make the most of your dumpster, keep these essential tips in mind: 1. Err on the side of renting a too-large dumpster

7 Types Of Firewood That Will Fill Your Home With Fragrance

If you've recently purchased a home with a fireplace or had that feature added to your existing property, you're probably already enjoying the feeling of a warm fire on a cold night. Certain types of firewood can add an extra layer of ambiance to your home interior by infusing it with fragrance. Following are seven types of firewood that will fill your home with pleasant scents while they're being burned.

Removing Debris From The P-Trap

When you enter the bathroom in the morning to get ready for work, the last thing you want to worry about is your sink backing up. As you stand there, ready to brush your teeth and fix your hair, you notice the water in the sink refuses to drain. The likely culprit? A clogged P-trap. Fortunately, removing trapped debris from the P-trap is easier than it sounds. Disassembling The Trap

Three Designs That Should Be Incorporated Into Your Community's New School

When your community begins building new educational facilities, it's a balance between budget and practical, long-lasting facilities that will foster learning and opportunities for kids. One you have okayed the project, it's important to meet with the general contractors overseeing the institution in order to make sure that designs will indeed be both budget and learning friendly. Some must-haves that you should ask the contracting company to work into the project plan include:

Shopping For A Used Air Conditioner? You Should Be Aware Of The Switch Away From R-22

If you're in the market for a used air conditioner, you've probably already taken a lot of steps to make a wise purchase. You've probably measured your window so you know what size you need, worked out how many BTUs you'll need to cool your home, and brushed up on your understanding of SEER ratings so you know what to expect in terms of energy efficiency. Have you thought about the type of refrigerant your new-to-you unit should have, though?

6 Reasons You Should Consider Cedar Roofing

Are you having a home custom built or considering replacing the roof on your existing home and are having trouble deciding on a roofing material? If you like the look of natural wood roofs, you should think about using cedar shakes. Keep in mind that a roof is a significant investment and that material choices should be given a great deal of investigation before coming to a final conclusion. Many great roofing material choices are available to modern homeowners, and one of the best is shakes made from Western Red Cedar.

Unusual Uses For Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is a great tool for insulating your home, especially as it can reach those tiny nooks and crannies that other insulation just can't reach. If you go the "do it yourself" route and buy cans of spray insulation for smaller jobs, you may find that you simply have too much to use. If you don't want to waste it, here are some fun and unusual uses for spray foam insulation that you may not have considered before.