Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

  • Addressing Your Home's Low Water Pressure

    28 February 2017

    Access to indoor plumbing is a convenience that modern homeowners have grown accustomed to. In addition to taking running water for granted, many homeowners assume that the water flowing into their home will be pressurized correctly. When water pressure is too low, it can serve as a serious source of inconvenience. Homes that rely on a well to supply their indoor water can suffer from low water pressure. Here are three things that you can do to address your home's low water pressure problems in the future.

  • 4 Problems That Can Arise From Poor Gutter Maintenance

    28 February 2017

    It is just as important to maintain your gutters as it is to maintain the rest of your home's exterior. Damaged gutters can cause significant damage to your home's roof, siding, and foundation, so it is important for every homeowner to understand the risks of damaged gutters and how to avoid them. Here are four problems that can arise from failing to maintain your home's gutters. Falling Gutters Naturally, the part of your home that is in direct danger from poor gutter maintenance is your gutters themselves.

  • Six Selection Tips To Help You Make Decisions About Paint Colors

    28 February 2017

    Painting is an inexpensive, yet dramatic way to change the look of a room, and it can also be done easily and quickly. However, knowing what colors to choose may be the hardest decision you will make when preparing to paint. The choices are nearly infinite, and standing in the paint aisle can be overwhelming. The good news is that you can make decisions about paint colors if you know just a few simple principles and guidelines.

  • How To Clean, Prepare, And Paint Your Home's Fiber Cement Siding

    27 February 2017

    Siding installed on your home can give your home's exterior a uniform and attractive appearance while making its up-keep low or maintenance-free, depending on the type of siding you have installed. Fiber cement siding is an increasingly popular type of siding for homes, as it has the look of wood, but is resistant to rot and insects and can be relatively inexpensive compared to other types of siding. Fiber cement siding is made of Portland cement, sand, wood pulp, and other binding materials, which makes it easy to paint and allows it to hold the paint well to prevent peeling and flaking.

  • 2 Options To Help You Repair And Replace Your Home's Sewer Line

    23 February 2017

    Home sewer clogs can be caused by three main reasons: flushing the wrong materials into your toilets, tree roots growing into your sewer line, and an aging sewer line that has collapsed. Taking care to only flush sewer-appropriate products into your line can help prevent the first cause, but you may not have much control over the other two. Tree roots naturally seek out nutrients and moisture within your sewer line and can easily enter through a small crack or unsealed connection.

  • 3 Ways To Make Your Asphalt Driveway Summer-Safe

    23 February 2017

    As the hot summer months approach, you may not be thinking too much about your driveway. But it's the one thing that can benefit from some simple early planning. From making sure it's protected from the elements all the way to ensuring some new summer shrubbery doesn't damage the surface, here are three ways to make sure your asphalt driveway is summer-safe.   Apply a Seal Coat Changes in the weather can affect paved driveways, whether they're made of asphalt or concrete.

  • What Are Your Best Heating And Cooling Options For A Modular Home?

    22 February 2017

    If you've recently agreed to the construction of a modular home on your own lot or plot of land, you're probably excited to move in and begin installing key appliances and adding your own personal touches to your new place. However, modular homes—due in large part to their air-tight construction in a climate-controlled environment—can hold onto more moisture than site-built or manufactured homes, making humidity control key to keeping your new home mold- and mildew-free.

  • 3 Essential Roof Repair Safety Tips

    21 February 2017

    Roof repair is a job that many people choose to leave to a professional roofing contractor. However, many roof maintenance and repair tasks are not out of reach for DIY-oriented homeowners if they know how to stay safe on a roof. Here are three essential roof safety tips that you should use for every roofing project. Choose the Right Ladder The first area where roof safety comes into play is the ladder that you use to reach your roof.

  • Window Framing 101: Tips for DIY Repair

    21 February 2017

    Sometimes the best way to give your home a fresh new look is to replace your old, damaged window frames. If your window frames are showing signs of wear and weathering, you can do the work on your own to give your home the look you have wanted. Instead of dismissing the project as too complicated or complex, take some time to read through this guide so you can see how easy the job really is.

  • 4 Tips For Maintaining The Plumbing In Your Bathroom

    26 January 2017

    When it comes to maintaining your bathroom, it's all about the plumbing. The plumbing needs to be well maintained to ensure that every function works correctly. If one appliance is broken, it can affect the rest of the plumbing in the room, as well. On top of this, if you don't have another bathroom in your home, it can make getting ready in the morning almost impossible, not to mention you may have to actually leave your home to use the bathroom.