Monthly Archives:July 2016

  • The Advantages of a Vinyl Garage Door over Other Materials

    Every homeowner dreams of getting that home with a garage. It is where work on the car can be done and it is where you can store all your outdoor equipment. You can even turn it into a man cave if you wanted to. A home with a garage feels more complete, but a garage presents a whole new set of challenges for a homeowner and one of those challenges is a garage door opener. These machines work slowly, cost a few bucks and can break pretty easily. It can be frustrating. But, it might not be the openers fault. It may be time to look at the door itself.

    Many homes with a garage have a door that is made out of one of three materials. There is the oldest material that doors are made out of and that is wood, and then came steel. The latest innovation is the vinyl garage door, and that is proving itself to be the best option. There are a variety reasons why and it is a good idea to learn about them when you go to purchase a new garage door.

    The upfront cost of a vinyl garage door might be a big higher than that of steel or even some wooden doors, but it wouldnt be wise to get caught up in this fact. This is because vinyl garage doors have a much lower maintenance cost over time. This is because they do not fade or crack. These doors are also incredibly easy to clean because all you need to do is hit it with a high powered hose. A vinyl garage door doesnt dent or ding either, and you dont have to apply wood finish to it year after year. It is what they call in the business, “Set it and forget it.” This means that, over the long run, you save a lot of time and even more money over the other types of doors available.

    But that is not all. A vinyl garage door works really well because it is incredibly light weight. This might not appear as if it makes much of a difference, but it really does. That garage door motor isnt very powerful and it works very slowly. One of the most common problems with them is the chain breaking because of the weight of the door. A vinyl garage door is lighter so the motor lasts longer saving you money.

  • Interior Design – Give Your Bathroom a Neat and Fresh Look

    Considering the interior design of a bathroom is a must even though we do not tend to give much importance to it while renovating our homes or building a new home. Designing of bathrooms is very important as this is the room that is used at the start and at the end of the day. Hence, it has a lot of potential to influence your mood. A bath can help you get a fresh start to the day and it can also help in getting a sound sleep after a long tiring day.

    While designing your bathroom’s interior, you must consider various things like the style, color and the mood that the room should have. You must also choose a design that not only suits you but a design that will be liked by your friends and relatives who come to visit you at home.You can start off by checking the pipes that are present inside the bathroom. If they are visible, you can get them covered.

    Bathrooms should be sufficiently illuminated as per your desire. You may also go for natural lighting by installing a wall skylight or roof skylight. If you prefer artificial lighting you can simply install an overhead light or lightings on both sides of the vanity mirror.You must also make sure that the room has proper ventilation so that fresh air is always coming in from outside. Ventilation should also allow the humid and moisture filled air inside the bathroom to move out. This can be done by installing a ventilator or ventilating fans.

    Neat looking tiles are one of the most important things that you should consider while you design your bathroom’s interior as they make your bathroom not only clean but also attractive. To make your bathroom look beautiful, you can place same color tiles on the floor and different color tiles on the wall. You may try placing the tiles diagonally on the floor to give it an unusual look.

    If you do not organize your things properly inside the bathroom, your bathroom may be cluttered with all sorts of things that you use (or actually not use ). Hence, you must give great importance to keeping the toiletries organised so that you do not waste any space. Installing shelves and cabinets can be a very good idea to arrange your things inside the room.

    Apart from all the above, you must also make sure that the bathtub, sink and commode go well in terms of color and design with the overall look of your bathroom. After all, the interior design of your bathroom is on the line! Good luck with your bathroom design project.

  • An Overview of Termite Baiting

    You screamed when you saw your cupboard filled with white, ant-like insects, eating the boxes of your dry goods. Imagine yourself seeing them munching your important papers: Deeds, Certificate of Title, and car registration — you’ll definitely go beyond screaming. Before it happens, be informed, get an overview of termite baiting and prevent infestation before they invade your home completely.

    On killing off termites — Traditional and alternative ways

    Any pest-control expert worth his grain of salt will tell you there are a number of ways to kill off termites. You can go traditional or you can go alternative. The traditional way is to use chemicals for barrier treatments, soaking the structure’s surroundings with termite-killing chemicals to prevent the termites from getting near the structure being protected in the first place. Other alternative methods of controlling termite infestation are moisture control and foaming, earth-wood contact prevention, pesticide treatments, and termite baiting which is being bannered as a great alternative to barrier treatments.

    While each method may be effective to a certain extent, and where a combination of the foregoing methods is used, it is best to remember that in pest control, prevention is better than cure. There lies the beauty of termite baiting.

    What is termite baiting?

    Termite baiting is a preventive method of detecting and controlling termites before they even begin to be a problem. This simple process makes use of termite baits which can be cardboard, paper, or other materials that termites eat or consume as food. These materials are soaked in substances that are deadly yet slow-acting when consumed by termites. In termite baiting, the paper or board or wood material has to be made tastier and more attractive compared to other surrounding collaterals like tree stumps, wood piles, or wooden structures.

    In termite baiting, care must be exercised in the amount of pesticide combined with the bait material. Too much and the termites will be quickly killed, but with all those dead termites around, the rest of the colony will avoid the area. The delayed-reaction reagents will ensure that the lethal substances will be transmitted to as many termites as possible. Even those that have not yet sampled the bait material may be exterminated by contact with those termites that have already fed on the material and are thus ‘infected’.

    How is termite baiting done?

    Termite baits may be set up in bait stations either above- or below-ground. Above-ground, the baits are set up in areas where there is already evident termite action. The termite tunnels and pathways are destroyed or disrupted and an alternative route, where the bait lies, is provided for the termites that then find the bait stations irresistible.

    Underground, the termite bait may be installed in the area of active termite feeding or tunneling. Or the bait may be set up near the structure being protected. Initially, untreated bait is first set up until the termites have gone for it. Thereupon, the untreated bait is replaced with the treated one.