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By Homefix Corporation
Homefix Corporation canvassers speak with Homefix customers and are involved in the day to day sales and marketing efforts of the home improvement company. Now, Steven, one of our Homefix canvassers, will be sharing his thoughts and pictures from his day to day experience with Homefix, including photos of installations and remodeling projects. Check out Steven's blog at Homefix Live.
By Homefix Corporation
As an exterior home remodeler, Homefix Corporation regularly replaces the siding on homes with beautiful, durable, and energy efficient options. If you are considering different types of replacement siding, you might be wondering what the benefits and disadvantages are to certain materials and types of siding. Keep reading to see the pros and cons of several common types of siding materials.
Aluminum siding is an affordable option for many homeowners, but it does come at a price. The siding itself will need to be repainted every few years, and is prone to dents. Aluminum siding is not the most energy efficient option either, meaning that it can result in higher electricity usage than other types of siding. However, the need for repainting means that the look can be changed every few years, if your tastes change.
Wood siding can create a customized, appealing look for the exterior of your home. However, it is important to note the risks and maintenance requirements that come along with the appearance of wood siding. Wood siding requires sealants to protect against moisture, along with new paint approximately every two years. Plus, the look that wood siding gives a home is reflected in the price, which can add up quickly.
Vinyl siding is a low cost option, when compared to wood and some aluminum sidings. As vinyl siding has evolved, there are many options for energy efficiency, such as vinyl siding with insulation built in. While vinyl cannot be repainted like wood or aluminum, it is also durable, and, when properly installed, can maintain the original color and appearance for many years without much maintenance.
A new home purchase is a big decision, and the last thing that any new home buyer wants to discover is that the quality of construction is not up to snuff. Whether your home is new, or "new to you", there is plenty of good reason to look into the energy saving features of your humble abode.
While many home builders advertise energy efficient windows or other similar features, you may want to look into the specific windows being used. Builders want to maximize their profits, so don't be fooled into thinking that just because a home was recently constructed, that the highest quality options are automatically included. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and investigate yourself!
There are a few ways to tell if the new windows are energy efficient. First, if you feel a draft or breeze coming from a closed window, there is obviously a problem. Significant temperature variations within the room, including cold spots near the window (if it is cold outside) are another indication that your home's energy efficiency is not to up to par.
On a sunny day, if there is sunlight streaming through the window, stand in the sunshine. If the space feels significantly warmer in the sunlight, this is an indication that the windows are inefficient; energy efficient replacement windows are made to allow sunlight to enter the home, but resist solar heat gain.
The final test is to touch the window pane itself. If the pane is noticeably colder or warmer than rest of the room, depending on the outdoor temperature, then your windows are not as effective at conserving energy as they could be.
floors make a beautiful addition to any home but for great quality over time
you must put in the leg work to maintain, clean and repair this particular type
of flooring. Like any home addition, wooden floors get damaged and worn as the
years go by but with regular upkeep you can ensure that any scratches and
scuffs are buffed away to leave your wooden floor looking as perfect as the day
it was installed! Check out our 7 tips for easy wood floor maintenance...
Keep it Clean
Dirt is the main culprit of floor damage;
dirt and other materials are brought into the home on a daily basis and work
into wooden floors like sandpaper causing scratches and marks. Use door mats
and rugs to trap dirt and stop it from coming into your home. Make sure you
also regularly mop and vacuum your floor to catch deposits that may have made
it past the mat or runner. Steam cleaners are an excellent and gentle way to
deep clean a floor, leaving it sparkling clean and dirt-free without the need
for harsh chemicals.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
Preventing damage is another route to
beautiful wooden floors. Place furniture pads underneath the legs of sofas, chairs
and tables to stop it marking your floor. Also, add rugs and runners to areas
that are used most so that unavoidable wear and tear is kept to a minimum.
The spilling of food and drink is a rite of
passage in any family home but it is important to act fast to prevent these
from soaking into your floor and causing stubborn stains. Clean up all
spillages immediately with a clean cloth.
Remove Dents and Scuffs
Gentle sanding can be used to remove scuff
marks and scratches caused by shoes and pets. Use sandpaper or an extra-fine
grade steel wool pad and rub gently into the wooden flooring and watch damage
disappear. Please note - steel wool should not be used on oak floors as this
will cause staining.
Refinishing can be carried out to revive
dull and damaged wood floors. You can call in a professional to complete the
process or give it a go yourself. Refinishing conditions wood floors and removes
surface damage, however, if there is extensive damage, floors must be sanded
Mind the Gap
Wood expands naturally and with temperature
change creating gaps between boards that weren't there when it was fitted. Humidifiers
are a useful piece of equipment to place in rooms with wooden floors,
especially during the winter months. Winter air tends to be dry and removes
moisture from hard wood floors causing them to shrink and form gaps, a
humidifier works to restore that moisture.
Squeaky floors are very annoying but with
regular maintenance creaks and squeaks can be a thing of the past. Securing
boards to the subfloor with screws is a long-term way of solving squeaky floors
but you can also use talcum powder for a quick fix that doesn’t cost the earth.
Simply sprinkle the powder onto affected boards to keep them quiet.
*This article was written by Brittany Moodie on
behalf of Localtraders, a directory that aims to connect householders with tradespeople for
reliable, affordable home improvements.
By Homefix Corporation
Happy Earth Day from all of us at Homefix Corporation! To help you with your Earth Day celebrations, here are 10 facts about today, and the earth in general, to help you get into the Earth Day spirit.
1. The first official Earth Day was April 22, 1970.
20 million Americans participated in related activities on the first Earth Day. In 1990, the event expanded from an American holiday, to a global observance.
2. The earth's circumference is 24, 901 miles!
This measurement is taken at the equator, which brings us to our next fact:
3. The earth is not perfectly spherical.
The rotation of the earth, and the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, cause the earth to be flatter at the poles. There are changes and bumps along the surface that occur as gravity shifts, and the mass becomes redistributed.
4. The earth moves around the suns at 67,000 miles per hour.
It's a good thing that we don't notice it, especially since the earth is also spinning on its axis.
5. Water, water everywhere (but mostly in Antarctica).
The continent of Antarctica contains about 70 percent of earth's fresh water, so the idea of using water wisely is no joke!
6. Early life on earth may not have been so green.
According to this article, early life on earth may have had a purple hue, instead of the lush green foliage we see today.
7. The oceans are filled with gold.
It's diluted, and buried in rocks under the sea, but it's there!
8. Recycling is a big deal.
If every newspaper in the world was recycled, it would save 250 million trees!
9. The average American household has a carbon footprint of 48 tons per year.
It would take 40 acres of the US forests to offset that amount of CO2. Green practices, like recycling, and being mindful of electricity and fuel usage can help reduce this footprint. Renewable energy, like solar power, makes a big impact, and energy efficient home improvements can also help reduce energy usage and waste.
10. Workplaces are shifting to greener practices.
Because many people have taken notice of their impact on the environment, companies know that green practices attract quality workers. Many companies include telecommuting as an option, and promote recycling, carpooling, and other environmentally friendly actions.
How will you be observing Earth Day? Let us know in the comments!