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Q. How Important is Plumbing to My Kitchen or Bath Remodel?

justin brotton - Monday, March 20, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

A. Plumbing is a crucial aspect of a kitchen or bath remodel. Keeping your pipes up to date with your new appliances helps maintain the quality of your remodel. Also, updating your old pipes may be wise if there is corrosion or consistent leaks beneath your sinks or behind your refrigerator.

And while plumbing does up your price tag, it is the foundation for a proper remodel. Especially if new appliances are being installed.

Fortunately, a lot of the time, you can use your existing plumbing pipes and locations. Bathrooms are easy to design around existing plumbing work, such as toilets, sinks and tubs. If you are doing an actual structural remodel, then reworking the pipes may be needed. Oftentimes during a bathroom remodel, reconfiguring the way the tub and sinks are situated is an important component of the design. If your family of five doesn’t work well within a 4 X 6 bathroom, then expanding that space is very important. This makes adjusting your pipe outlets well worth the time and expense.

Kitchen remodels are more forgiving. Oftentimes a new kitchen design can easily be constructed around existing plumbing outlets. If you can save that time and money by keeping your sink and refrigerator in the same spot, then do it. It will only take a little imagination on your designer’s part to maintain the functionality of your new kitchen. This allows you to put your money toward needed upgrades such as a new sink, plumbing fixtures and dishwasher.

Optimizing your remodel budget doesn’t take a genius, but it does take thoughtful planning and prioritizing. If you can adjust your design to accommodate the current location of your pipes, then by all means, save that money and put it where it is needed. If you can’t, no worries. In the end, you will be grateful that your new kitchen or bath fits the needs of your family.

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What is Roof Sealant and Does My Roof Need It?

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Roofs are the ‘caps’ on our homes, and need a great deal of protection. The more protection, the better! Roofing materials are constructed to withstand nature’s elements and are a safeguard to the structure of our home. Shingles are the outer-most barrier and therefore, need the greatest strength and durability.

Roof sealant is an added layer of protection that is applied to roofs to seal them against rain, snow, wind and ice. Typically used for flat commercial roofs, they can be used for sloped roofs, as well. They are used in conjunction with hi-grade materials and can extend the life of the shingles, and other elements of the roof.

The sealant works by preventing leaks and protecting against cracks, weathering, or other issues that affect roofs. They also encourage energy efficiency for the home by preventing the hot sun from causing heat buildup beneath the underlayment.

Sealing your roof should be performed by a qualified roofing professional, who can also check your roof for any damaged areas that will need to be repaired, beforehand. Before you add sealant, or any other product to your home, do your homework and know the materials used on your roof. Choose a highly qualified roofing company who offers free estimates, and will help educate you on the best way to keep your roof safe and sound.

Roofing maintenance is one of the most important things you can do for your home. A well-tended roof will not only protect your home from harmful weather, but also keep the structure intact and help cut down on your energy bills.

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Top Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time for a Roof Inspection

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Most homeowners wait until after severe storms to have their roofs inspected, and rightly so. If you suspect roof damage, then by all means, bring out an inspector. Repairs should always be addressed quickly. But as far as routine maintenance, fall is a great time to have a roof wellness check. In fact, regular fall inspections should be part of your roof maintenance plan, and here’s why:

  • Shingles that are weathering prematurely can worsen during winter months, creating problems with the insulation of your home.
  • Accumulation of ice and snow can cause the underlayment, exposed from damaged shingles, to fail.
  • Frigid temperatures can affect how your shingles seal to the underlayment of your roof. If any shingles are damaged, this can cause water to leak into the home.
  • If existing shingle or underlayment damage worsens through winter, the ability to complete prompt repairs can be compromised from bad weather such as ice or snow.
  • Condensation can occur during colder months causing mold and mildew growth.

Your roof is the ultimate protection against winter weather and should be treated with year-round care. As a homeowner, it is best to be proactive with your roofing maintenance. Yearly fall precautions will extend the life of your roof and prevent serious issues during the winter weather months.

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Five Conditions That an Improperly Ventilated Attic Can Create for Your Home

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Did you know that proper attic ventilation is crucial to the efficiency of your home? Attic ventilation is a system of properly placed exhaust and intake vents that create a strong air flow to release heat and moisture from your attic. Without a properly designed system, moisture and heat build-up can wreak havoc on your home by creating the following conditions in your attic:

Condensation accumulation that affects the ability of nails to retain their hold, and also causes the roof deck to swell and possibly buckle over time.

Moisture build-up that reduces the effectiveness of your insulation and can lead to wood rot, mold and mildew. This in-turn, reduces the air quality inside of the home.

Roofing shingles that become distorted and deteriorate prematurely from heat or moisture.

Extensive heat build-up with temperatures able to reach over 140 degrees.

Attic heat that radiates into living areas, causing air conditioners and appliances to work harder. This inflates the homes energy bills as well.

This is why correct attic ventilation plays such a crucial role in the efficiency and durability of your home. Ever-changing weather conditions also affect attic functionality by the toll they take on roofing materials. Have your attic and roof inspected regularly to check for signs of moisture or heat build-up. Since roofs are the first barrier to protect your home from the elements, they should always be in tip-top shape. By maintaining a proper attic-ventilation system you can extend the life of your roof and ensure a more energy efficient home.

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