Archive for April 27, 2017

Important Steps to Take for Hail Damage on Your Roof!

April 27, 2017

A roof is very susceptible to hail damage from a storm. When such strong weather happens, it can create a minimal to severe loss. The impact may cause: dents; holes; pockmarked paint; chipped or split tiles; and granular loss. Several subsequent symptoms may appear that strongly suggest that such damage has occurred.

One way to avoid spending too much money for repairs if the housetop is damaged from a storm is to have homeowners insurance that will handle necessary repairs and replacement. If the structure is insured, a claim can be filed and the insurance company will send an estimator to assess the extent of the damage.

The housetop must be inspected by a trained and experienced estimator to be sure that all the loss is properly noted. Even if the inspector only finds minimal damage, an insurance claim should still be filed with the insurance company.

Following are indications of major hail damage:

Dents and Pits – This is major evidence of storm devastation. It may differ based on the angle of the structure. When hail strikes, flat housetops may have deeper dents compared to pitched ones. The appearance of damage will be greater on metal roofing than on asphalt shingles or slate.

Paint Disturbance – Some housetop materials are painted with different colors for beautification purposes. If hail hits this material, it may cause flaking of the paint which can lead to pockmarks. These marks are very unattractive and cause a very negative impression of the entire roof appearance even if the damage is not that severe.

Granular Loss – The most commonly used material on roofs is asphalt shingles. After a hail storm, this type of material will sometimes develop granular loss. If this happens, nail heads will begin to show and this could be the start of a leaking roof. The difference between normal granular loss and severe weather destruction is the shape. Normal wear and tear has a uniform granular loss while hail impact is circular and more localized.

Damaged Wood and Tile – Hail size may range from approximately pea size up to softball or grapefruit size. Because of this, the power with which it strikes a surface can contribute to severe damage to the roofing materials. This frozen water form that falls on the housetop may chip, fracture, scratch, and split wood or tile shingles.

Knowing the indications of hail damage is vital in determining a plan of action to address the roofing systems need for repairs or replacement. If these indications are observed during an initial assessment, the homeowner should check their insurance policy to ensure that they carry property damage coverage and then file a homeowners claim. After taking this initial step, a roofing contractor should be called to also examine the roof and prepare an estimate of any destruction related to the hail storm. Under most circumstances, insurance companies prefer to make their own estimates and will send an estimator to prepare a detailed appraisal of the related storm loss.

Bamboo Bench tops The Better Alternative

April 18, 2017

Every household home deserves a spectacular bench top, but have you ever considered bamboo instead of the typical pricey granite or marble?

Between wooden bench tops and marble bench tops there is a common annoyance for both. Marble bench tops, although provide a classy look to a kitchen can be extremely cold, particularly in winter. Wooden bench tops although make a kitchen look cozy and warm can become easily marked and damaged by heat and heated products. However, bamboo bench tops provide the perfect balance between marble and wood. Warm in winter, cool in summer and undamaged by heat, they are the perfect choice for your kitchen.

Bamboo bench tops are highly cost effective, but that doesnt mean quality is substituted. Brighten up any dull kitchen with this natural product and create a spectacular looking kitchen. The nodes on the bamboo plank accentuate the bamboo stalk and will add a beautiful natural glow to your kitchen.

Besides the aesthetical benefits, bamboo bench tops are extremely practical, durable and strong. Save money on coasters and mats, as bamboo bench tops are able to withstand heat. Move any hot pan or directly from your stove to your bamboo bench top without leaving a single mark. As the actual bamboo plant is not affected by heat or cold; neither is its product. Even areas that experience constant water exposure such as the sink will not harm your bench top. Although not completely proof, bamboo bench tops are fairly able to withstand scratching as well.

As our bench tops come in solid raw bamboo planks to prevent damage via transport, simply seal with any clear varnish found in any hardware store. Once sealed if there is a large build up of scratches over time simply sand it down and re-varnish for a brand new looking bench top.

Our bench tops are also safe from warping and shrinking and would make a cost effective, stunning but practical edition to your kitchen.

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Small Bathroom Design Ideas

April 9, 2017

Like most homeowners you probably wish you had a larger more luxurious bathroom in your home. If adding any more square footage is out of the question there are some design ideas that can make your small bathroom at least look and feel bigger and seem less cramped.

Bathroom remodeling ideas need not be limited to big, luxurious bathrooms that have more generous space and therefore are more able to move around their bathroom fixtures and remodeling plumbing and electrical outlets. Most homes will have small bathrooms and a small bathroom can have a cozy and intimate feel. However too often bathrooms are not looked at as a space where one can spend quality time. As a result many bathrooms are usually just designed to be comfortable and efficient enough.

Regardless of the style you choose to decorate your small bath, it nevertheless will remain a small bath. You can by using by using the right colors and lighting design, create a posh and cozy bathroom retreat.

Theories concerning space enlargement will apply to a bathroom as well as to any other room in your home. For example you might want to consider replacing a large vanity with a more stylish p pedestal sink.

You should cut back on anything that sticks out too much in the bathroom. See if you have any wall shelves, hanging racks, or decorative accessories on the walls that make your bathroom look smaller. Doing this should help make the bathroom feel larger.

You can create the illusion of height in your bathroom through the use of more vertical lines. For instance having bathroom tiles that go all the way to the ceiling or vertical stripes in a wallpaper pattern can also help make a small bathroom seem larger. Lining the edge of your ceiling with a border or a cornice, or even a painted tile around the top of the walls can help to create more visual depth. You can also find that by installing polished tiles and putting up mirrors can result in the area reflecting itself and helping to create the feel of additional square footage for your bathroom.

Letting your walls remain a neutral color like white or grey helps to create an impression of more space. Plus, if you draw the eye upwards, the room will look taller; so add a border around the ceiling to create more vertical depth. Also, installing polished tiles and hanging mirrors lets the area reflect itself, thereby creating the feel of additional square footage.

Lighting is a necessary component in creating an illusion of more space. One way to do this is to combine the mirrors with the lighting fixtures and the color. It is important to make sure that the lighting is spaced out correctly. You should have a strip of light bulbs installed above your main mirror.

Yet another good idea for those with small bathrooms is to replace the bathtub with an upscale shower design. This could be a glass cubicle with mirrors inside or an angled shower enclosure, what is usually called a quadrant corner shower unit.