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When designing bathrooms and kitchens, countertops can make or break the look and feel of the entire room. If you are thinking about materials for your countertops, look no further than all natural stone countertops. Natural stone countertops and floors are known to have a variety of visual and physical advantages to a room. Natural stone products, granite in particular, last a long time, are easy to clean, and are generally attractive.
1. Last Forever
Granite countertops are extremely durable, can usually withstand any actions taken on them. They are also known to withstand ext (more…)
When it comes to home remodeling projects in the United States, bathroom and kitchens top the list — one Google search for “kitchen and bathroom remodeling ideas” should give you all the evidence you need. If you’ve been bitten by the remodeling bug, here are a few things to keep in mind before tackling any project.
Know Your Reasons. It sounds simple, but remodeling just for the sake of remodeling can be a recipe for disaster. If problems arrive, you need to have a clear goal in mind in order to guide your decision. Is your remodel because you’re b (more…)
The condition of the heating and air conditioning parts in your HVAC system can have a huge impact on how well your system runs, how fresh the air in your house is, and even how much you pay in utility costs.
Well-maintained heating and air conditioning units run smoothly and efficiently, but HVAC units with faulty heating and air conditioning parts can often cost more money than they’re worth.
To understand the maintenance of the HVAC systems in your home, you need to understand their eight basic components. These vary from sy (more…)
Have you cleaned your windows lately? If not, you may not be getting the most out of your home or business.
Buildings that undergo regular commercial or residential window cleaning are actually more heat efficient than those that don’t. Clean windows let in natural light, which allows you to spend less on heat and electric lighting during the sunny hours of the day.
Regular window cleanings also make your house or business look more tidy, approachable and professional at all times. If you find yourself looking at the exterior of your house and something is lacking, it may be time to call in professional window cleaners.
$8 billion are generated every year by (more…)
How much do you know about the heating and cooling system in your house? Check out these numbers below — they may just surprise you!
60 to 70 degrees: The temperature range (in Fahrenheit) between which you can lower your energy bills by about five percent for every one degree that you lower your thermostat during the winter months. That means that lowering your thermostat from 70 degrees to 68 degrees could save as much as ten percent of your energy costs. Knowing that now, it doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea to lower the temperature a bit and throw on an extra sweater, does it?
54%: The average percentage, from a household’s entire utility bill, which is comprised solely of heating and cooli (more…)
Let’s just get this out of the way: toilets are not one of those things you’d prefer to think about on a regular basis, and honestly, the only time you really notice them and think about them is when they aren’t working properly. And without going into too many details, let’s just say that an ill-working toilet is a terrible thing, and we’ll leave it at that.
But modern toilets have really come a long way since their predecessors — the most notable pre-toilet relative being an installment in Queen Elizabeth’s Richmond Palace during the 1600s, which made so much noise that she requested it be removed promptly. Modern toilets aren’t just weir (more…)
You have seen chimneys all your life, if not in person then in the media, but how much do you really know about them? Here are three fun chimney facts you may not have picked up:
1. Chimney Sweeps are Good Luck!
If you have watched Mary Poppins, you know that cleaning a chimney makes you a lucky person — or at least cleaning chimneys as a career does. After all, “a sweep is as lucky as lucky can be!” This isn’t just true in the Disney film, though — it is also true in real life! Or so people think, anyway. In the United Kingdoms, it is thought to be good luck for a bride to see a chimney sweep on the same day that she gets marr (more…)
One of the biggest problems throughout the world is water pollution. It costs billions in U.S. dollars, and it even has the ability to kill those whom it affects. However, there are ways that we can combat water pollution right at home and ensure that more people in the world have access to clean drinking water.
Many people don’t realize that, although environmental issues can seem daunting, there is much that we can do in our daily lives to lessen our own environmental impact. If you’re not sure how to stop water pollution, here are some tips you can follow for the home.
1. DON’T dump harmful chemicals down the drain. While most people don’t typically handle dangerous chemicals on a regular basis, there are (more…)
Mold can enter your home via open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning units. It thrives in places with plenty of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, pipes, or where there was recent flooding.
If you believe you have mold in your home, the best option for you would be to have a mold inspection.
Two Goals: Mold inspection companies have two goals once they arrive at your house. First, they will find out whether there is mold in your house and there it is located. Next they will find the initial water problem source and perform professional mold removal services if need be.
Why a Mold Inspection?(more…)
Your roof has served you well. Sure it’s needed a little bit of maintenance over the years, but it’s done a great job protecting your from all sorts of crazy weather. It’s guarded your house against hail, against torrential rains, and against fallen branches.
However, how much longer does it have? How many years does your roof have left before it starts to fall apart?
If you think you might need a roof replacement, roofing repair contractors advise that you look for these signs.
Curled, Buckled Shingles.
Check your home’s slopes that have to deal with the most direct sunlight, and see if the shingles are starting to curl or buckle. If they are, you’re probably going to need a roofer and soon, because it’s a clear sign that your life’s roof expectancy is running ou (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
It’s important for business owners to avoid excess spending. Fortunately, you can take care of this problem by monitoring commercial energy usage. Research shows that commercial building HVAC systems make up for 40 to 60% of total energy consumption. Considering that, it’s understandable to want to research ways to reduce energy consumption costs. With that [...]
The highest percentage of most monthly expenses are spent on utilities, with the greatest of those being heating and cooling. Many energy saving products can be used to update your home to help reduce those bills. Many eco-friendly energy conservation options exist, with much to gain from installing them to your home for all power [...]
Construction certainly plays an important role here in the United States, there is certainly no doubt about it. From the homes that we live in the buildings that we work in to the bridges that we cross, the use of the construction industry has proved absolutely instrumental for the modern development of the world as [...]