When it comes to an area like Houston, Texas that face hurricanes on a regular basis, you’re likely to find a wide selection of roofing contractors- it’s a much needed service. However, with so many companies available, you’re likely to run into one who can’t be trusted. Make sure you avoid these mistakes when hiring roofing contractors.
1. Not reading the contract before you sign it- The purpose of a contract is to ensure that both parties abide by the set rules. The roofer wants to make sure he gets paid when he does the work. Seems fair enough, right? Well, in the roofing business, not all contracts are created equally. While some roofing contractors just want guaranteed payment, those with less integrity may try to really stick it to you with some outrageous things thrown into the contract. With that in mind, read the contract thoroughly before you sign … Read More
Green homes are houses that are kinder to the planet. They use lesser energy, produce less waste, and are a healthier environment for the people inside. Green homes come out of a philosophy of being more eco-friendly to the environment. They save on electricity, find ways to cut down on carbon-waste and general energy consumption. Green homes can put money in your pocket, and give you the peace of mind you are doing your bit to help sustain our planet.
Most of us would to make the world a little “greener” by reducing our home energy consumption. There has been improvement in building techniques and materials over the last couple of decades, which means that homes are becoming more energy efficient. Do you dream of a house with no carbon emissions and zero-net-energy use? This can be achieved with a strategy that includes alternative energy sources, and conscientious fabrication … Read More
After investing thousands of dollars in the recreational vehicle of your dreams, what better way to protect your investment than with an RV garage? If you own a recreational vehicle, you already know that most RV’s are too tall and long to fit in a standard garage.
Most homes do not come standard equipped with RV garages. Fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma. You can have a custom RV garage built or you can purchase a prefabricated RV garage that you can assemble yourself on your property.
Prefabricated garages are made from materials such as steel, vinyl siding, cedar, or other wood siding. Lighter weight aluminum RV garages are also available, but are less likely to endure extreme weather conditions like more durable materials will.
Purchasing a custom designed RV garage enables it to be built to your specific needs as well as allows it to be built … Read More
Most Building Contractors I know get it wrong. They place their priorities on the project, rather than on their clients.
Why is that? As simple as it seems to say that the customer comes first, in home building, it’s not an easy task. I can definitely empathize with the builder. The more complicated and personal a provided service is the greater the risk that clients will become confused, emotional, and eventually accusatory.
A Home Builder or Baby Sitter?
A complaint I often hear is that builders want to be builders, not baby sitters. Builders want to do what they do best … build! Isn’t that the job after all? And by doing their best to build a beautiful home, won’t that satisfy the customer? Whether or not that makes sense, the fact is, it usually doesn’t work.
The reason many builders think like this is they … Read More
New government programs encourage people to make their home more energy efficient and green. But before you cure your home of its addiction to energy, make sure you follow the first rule of medicine: do no harm. Some cures can kill you, or at least make you sick, from colorless and odorless carbon monoxide gas (CO).
In order to understand why improvements made in the name of energy efficiency can do harm, you first need to know two simple rules about how combustion appliances, like gas furnaces, work. First, all combustion (burning) requires air. Second, burning without sufficient combustion air can produce harmful byproducts, such as CO, and can create conditions where the harmful byproducts remain in your home.
The next thing you need to know is where combustion appliances get combustion air. The preferred source is from outside the home, including ventilated attics and crawl spaces. Combustion air drawn … Read More
I have been skeptical by the claims of saving 20% on energy or more, there are many names out there, I purchased a few brands Hytech, Nansulate and Insuladd and preformed a test in my own small shop.
I first tried with a 48″ x 48″ sheet of aluminum siding, exposed each sheet to the same 150w UV lamp for 4 hours from a distance of 48″ away. The Temperature on the siding before any of the products were added at the same exposure was 138.4 Degrees F. Here are my results,
Hytech: 135.1 F = Savings (3.3 F)
Nansulate: 135.4 F = Savings (3.0F)
Insuladd: 121.6 F = Savings (14.8F)
So my conclusion on the above test is that Only Insuladd offered any “Radiant Barrier” savings worth noting at 14.8 Degrees F less surface temperature.
My Second Test was using a standard sheet of drywall 48″ x 48″ x … Read More
Before a defense contractor can perform on a classified contact, it must be approved for a security clearance. You might familiar with security clearances for people, but defense contractor facilities must also be approved for security clearances called a facility clearance (FCL). Having an FCL doesn’t mean that a particular building is approved for a clearance, but rather the determination is based on the entity. For example, a defense contractor facility may be a sole proprietorship, a limited liability company, corporation, university or other recognized establishment. It is the organization itself and not the building that gets the clearance.
A company cannot process itself for a clearance. The clearance is based on a legitimate classified contract from either a government entity or other prime contractor. A company can bid on a classified contract even if it does not possess an FCL. However, it must receive the FCL prior to beginning … Read More
Patio construction – with the right type of patio covers of course – has helped evolve the functionality and design of outdoor living enjoyment. It is in our nature to enjoy the outdoors. We are drawn to it for sustenance and it may even be that the modern bbq is our quest for that original fire gathering for the meal.
Outdoor rooms have been invading home magazines, home and garden television shows and home improvement stores over the last several years. Why do you think this is? It can only be attributed to our connection and desire to entertain ourselves and guests as part of the elements around us.
When life is hectic enough, what we can really enjoy is the ability to come home and go out and sit outside under our covered patio and unwind. Have a glass of wine, watch the kids rev themselves up before bedtime, … Read More
Building or buying a house is a huge decision, and one that weighs heavily on the person doing the purchasing. What if you make the wrong choice? What if there are some serious problems you didn’t catch during the initial inspection? What if you miss something and tragedy happens?
There are ways to limit those nasty surprises, and one is to consider from the beginning what your home is made out of. The materials that go into construction will dictate how long your house lasts, costs and frequency of repairs, and the stress you are forced to deal with moving forward.
Two popular materials known for their sturdiness are wood and brick. But which one is actually better? Let’s take a look.
The Benefits Of Wood
Wood is often praised for its overall look. You can create a rustic, natural setting using logs. No one would deny how gorgeous wooden … Read More