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Home Repair

Maple Flooring – For Superior Flooring Quality

There are so many flooring types available in the market today that is why it becomes overwhelming and at times, confusing to the consumers. However, when choosing the type of flooring for your home, make sure that you go for the one that will pass up the standards of a very good Interior Designer as well as an eye-catching décor in a building. These are the qualities present in the maple flooring, actually.
It is true that the style of your home will greatly depend on the type of flooring you choose for your home or building. Make it a point that you check first which type of flooring will match with your furniture and arrangement in the house. One such type of flooring that is very easy to match up with is the maple flooring. It is truly an amazing type of flooring that offers the best quality surfaces that one can get. What is more, it is multi-purpose and may be used in various places such as the gym, dance room, your house or even for some hospitals. And since different providers give different price and of course, quality of material to be used, you should be aware of the do’s and don’ts of getting your home flooring.
Maple flooring offers far better qualities. For one, it is so simple and convenient to clean because it is actually very tough, not to mention that it’s exceedingly durable. There is no doubt that if you choose maple as your home flooring, you will not only double the price of your home should you decide to sell it in the future, but you might even triple the value or more.
What is more, maple flooring has a truly exceptional design pattern and natural looking color which complements almost any kind of home interior design and arrangement. In addition, maple flooring can match up with any kind of settings and styles from the olden times up to the modern times. Some people who are eco-friendly by heart prefer using the northern maple since they can use such materials for recycling purposes. Not only is the northern maple recyclable, but it is also known to be limitless and never-ending.
If you will choose to use maple flooring for your home renovations, make sure you check first the different grade available. There is the first grade, which is the maximum standard grade a maple can get. While the second & better grade maples are the ones that are more ordinarily used. They are known to showcase much more fluctuations than the first grade.
As for installation, you should consider installing maple flooring which is more durable and therefore will last a longer time, not to mention that it is very easy to install. All you have to do is to simply hire a professional to do it. And what is more, you will be guaranteed that the materials will respond to the changes in the climate which shows that truly, maple flooring is an environmentally-friendly type of flooring that you must use.…

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Bathroom Remodel

Winter Home Maintenance Tips and Handyman Wisdom!

Winter home maintenance chores are not warm weather projects for me because I can’t seem to get into the right frame of mind to work when the temperature is in the 80’s. Winter preparedness projects should be done in cool weather, so you can feel just a hint of the conditions for which you’re preparing.
We’re expecting the first frost of the year tonight, so I guess I should bring in any surviving delicate plants that have somehow managed to live through a miserably hot summer. Everything else can wait until after tonight’s chill.
Clean up the yard. Disconnect the garden hose and store it in the garage, garden shed or under the floor. Concrete bird baths should be taken down and turned upside down so that water won’t pool and freeze, eroding the surface of the basin. Anything else that might be harmed by freezing weather should be stored someplace where they are protected.
Chairs and tables that are going to be left out in the winter weather should be covered. I wrap thick black plastic over my grills and lawn furniture and secure it with firewood chunks I have taken from my stack of wood that I bought for the fireplace.
Check for air leaks around windows and doors. If any caulking has become brittle and is pulling away from the frames of the openings, it’s best to dig that out and replace it with new material.
Threshold strips under doorways at my house usually need to be adjusted or replace. Cold air can really run up the utility bill if they’re not positioned correctly, to say nothing of the mice that slip through even the smallest crack.
Any pipes that are exposed to the elements should be insulated. Mine are clothed in foam insulation that can be purchased at just about any hardware store. If you have discovered anything else that should be protected from the cold, like a bare spot where the wind has blown the insulation aside near a louver or vent, then buy the appropriate kind of covering.
Check the chimney to make sure you won’t burn the house down when you light the first fire of the winter. Most of us don’t have the necessary wire brushes and pole extensions to clean a chimney and fireplace. I don’t feel comfortable about my ability to remove all the creosote and soot left in the chimney and firebox from last year’s fires with makeshift tools. If a chimney sweep is not in your telephone book, your hardware store should know one.
Get out your ladder. Fallen leaves which have compacted can dislodge even the tightest hung gutters and make it a hassle to put back in the spring. Even those with gutter covers somehow seem to eventually become clogged with trash. Clean those gutters before winter.
While you have the ladder out, raise it a few feet, climb up on your roof to see if you have any loose shingles or cracks in the valleys; especially the coverings around the bathroom and kitchen vents. These are places that always seem to give me trouble in the winter.
If you have trees close to the house, make sure limbs are cut far enough away from the structure to avoid damaging it when cold winds blow. It doesn’t take much of a wind to lift up a shingle or pull the nails out of a piece of vinyl siding.
There are many other things you can do to winterize your home on the inside. Just thinking about the work I have waiting for me on the outside makes me tired.…