Three Considerations When Choosing a New Garage Door

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Along with the substantial increase of electric garage doors in the past century, domestic garage doors have now become a minefield of choices for homeowners.in addition to considerations in design and materials.

 

Here’s what you need to consider when purchasing a garage door:

 

Price

 

This will vary greatly on the material chosen, size, and mechanical ability. If you can, avoid cheaper garage doors. Cheap garage doors are often poorly manufactured and made with less than secure materials that could issues in functionality and security down the road.

 

The general order of garage door prices based on material goes such as this (lowest to highest):

 

  • Steel over doors
  • Steel roller shutters
  • GRP/Steel side hinged
  • UPVC over doors
  • GRP over doors (high quality)
  • Sectional doors made of steel
  • Aluminium roller shutters
  • Timber over doors
  • Timber side hinged
  • GRP sectional
  • Timber round the corners
  • Silvelox timber over doors

 

Material

 

Materials used in garage doors are typically steel, aluminum, timber, GRP, and PVC. Other than the price, the material was chosen also affects the overall functionality and performance of your garage door. A steel garage is typically your strongest, timber is versatile with limitless designs, while aluminum has generally persevered for double skin insulated and specialized section doors. GRP is also versatile and used for more mechanisms. Higher quality GRP can provide a lot of strength, but remain wary of cheap GRP doors as they typically have little material.

 

Security

 

One of the most common questions asked is how secure is a garage door. This comes down to the materials that you buy. You could have the greatest locks in the world, but if a potential intruder decided to cut through your flimsy material, there is not much that you will be able to do.

 

Consider things like foam filled sections of steel. This offers a greater resistance to types of forced entry. The most secure door is a double-skinned, sectional door. The over door system is probably the most secure, but the price tag is often the biggest deterrent.

 

 

How Often Should You Recaulk Your Bathroom?

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Depending on your lifestyle preferences, your bathroom may be purely functional and utilitarian, while others prefer to create a relaxing oasis. Regardless of how your bathroom space is used, many components need to be maintained to ensure its continued function and safety. One of the major elements this includes is bathroom caulking.

 

The main questions is: How do you know when it is time to re-caulk?

 

What exactly is caulk?

 

Caulk is a flexible, thick, adhesive type of material that acts as both a sealant and a glue. This is applied across joint that are exposed with the use of a caulking fun. This material cures as it is applied.

 

Caulk is used for a variety of reasons, such as:

 

  • Along faucets and sinks
  • Around the height of the tub where the tile meets
  • Where the tile meets the ceiling
  • All around the bathtub and its joints
  • Along bathtub faucets and shower heads
  • Where the bathtub meets the floor
  • Where the vanity meets the backsplash
  • Along the top of the backsplash where it meets the wall

 

How long does caulk last?

 

As a general rule of thumb, caulk has a life span of about five years. A number of things can affect the actual time of replacement including; the quality of caulk that was applied, the way that it was applied, condition of the surface at the time of the application, any pre-existing mildew or mold, intense humidity levels, as well as cleaning practices.

 

Signs That it is Time to Recaulk

 

Regardless of how carefully you take care of your bathroom or the quality of materials that you use, your caulking will need to be replaced at some time. But how do you know when this time is?

 

Look for these telltale signs:

 

  • It is older than five years.
  • It cracked or dried out
  • Caulk is missing or peeling
  • There is mildew or mold beneath the surface.

 

If you experience any of these signs within the first 12 months, the caulk used may not have designed for bathroom use.

 

Energy Efficiency for Older Homes

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If you live in a home that is consider to be older or even historic, then you are familiar with energy efficiency challengers.

 

If you struggle with keeping your older home energy efficiency, follow these energy saving tips!

 

Get a Home Energy Audit

 

The purpose of a home energy audit it to assess just how much energy your uses and identify areas of improvement. An independent audit is often the best way to go because it is purely informative and the auditor is not focused on selling a product.

 

Start Small

 

After you receive your energy diagnosis, you will know exactly areas you can address to ensure energy savings. Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

  • Purchase thick curtains to help insulate your windows
  • Add weather stripping to windows and doors
  • Insulate plumbing and your hot water heater
  • Install shower head that are low-flow
  • Add insulation to your attic and basement

 

Replace Your Windows

 

If you notice your home feeling draughty or just feel like heat and cool air escapes too quickly, it might be time to get your windows replaced. If you can, upgrade to double-paned windows. These feature and insulating pocket of air and can increase your energy efficiency up to 50% than single-paned windows!

 

Energy efficiency may seem like an uphill battle in your older home, but just know that you are not alone! Plenty of people deal with homes that are less than energy efficient on a daily basis. The best thing that you can do is slowly address areas of concerns. Little efforts can often go a long way with energy efficiency!

 

If you want to know areas where your home can improve, don’t wait! Get a professional audit today and start your journey towards energy efficient living.

 

 

Four Tips to Avoid DIY Home Improvement Disasters and Mistakes

Everything seems so easy when watching some of those home improvement shows every week. One of the things homeowners are often told is that they can take a quick trip to a hardware or home improvement store and get back and fix whatever problems they have in their house. Those who have once tried the DIY learning curve will tell it’s not one of those simple tasks that you’d want to undertake. It’s a steep curve and you better get the professionals to fix your problem.

Although it might be possible for homeowners to undertake some DIY projects, the truth is that some home improvement projects can end up costing more money than when a professional was involved. Here are tips that can help you prevent DIY Disasters.

Know when to Contact the Professionals

Whether you’re dealing with a simple plumbing problem or you noticed a roof leak, you should never handle anything you’re not comfortable handling. Maybe you should always start by weighing out the costs of hiring a professional for the project versus purchasing specialized tools for attempting the project yourself. At times, you might be thinking of doing it yourself when it’s cheaper hiring a pro. Some of the tasks to leave for the professionals include, replacing windows, roof repairs, plumbing, structural changes and electrical work.

Check your Permits

In some States and Cities across the country, homeowners are required to apply for some documentation before they undertake some projects. It could appear like a small remodeling project but it’s a serious offense to undertake it yourself without a permit. Find out with your local authorities whether you need a permit before starting your DIY project.

Focus on Safety

Whether you believe you’re a capable builder or you feel you don’t need a professional, safety should always be your top priority. It’s almost impossible to know when an accident will occur while undertaking a project. You better hire a professional to stay safe and avoid unplanned medical costs.

Calculate the Real Cost

Every homeowner attempting a DIY project is usually motivated by the fact that they want to save money. You just wake up in the morning and head to the store to purchase supplies or parts without having to work with a contractor. While this might seem like a better deal, it’s always important to calculate the real cost first. Some home improvement projects can be more costly when handled by a homeowner than when working with a professional. Find out how much it will cost you to undertake the DIY project and compare with what you’d be paying a professional to handle the project.