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By Henry Warner 17 Oct, 2017

The first aspect of your home people notice is the front door. It can boost curb appeal and increase your home’s value. For these reasons, choosing the better finish, stain or paint, is essential. There are several factors to consider when dealing with a fiberglass front door and persuasive reasons to use either of these finishing methods.

When Paint is Better for Fiberglass Front Doors

If you are looking for a front door with a solid flat finish, painting is the better method for finishing. Many models of fiberglass doors are built with smooth exteriors making a painted finish the better option. Doors such as these, are created to be painted; with staining, not being an effective finish.

Many builders have a belief that fiberglass door surfaces become more durable when painted and not stained. In many instances, this is true, however, with so many variables it is difficult to accurately make an overall comparison. The durability of a door’s finished surface varies greatly on materials used, in which way the finish was placed on the door, the weather it is exposed to, and attention given to the door for required maintenance. Of most importance, is the strength and quantity of sunlight in which the door is subjected to. Fiberglass front doors exposed to strong sunlight should be finished with paint, not stain.

When Stain is a Better Finish for Fiberglass Front Doors

Textured front fiberglass doors look better when stained, however, either finish can be used. If your preference is a look of wood rather than fiberglass, staining can be used to accomplish this. This finishing method allows homeowners to appreciate the easy maintenance that is known with fiberglass as well as the look of an attractive wood grain.

If many wood details are included in the exterior of your home, textured fiberglass with an appearance of wood for a front door is a great choice. Exterior wood accents can be matched successfully when with this choice of finish. A fiberglass surface with a stained finish can match several different kinds of wood such as cedar, oak, walnut, cherry, and mahogany.

If you are considering a makeover for your existing fiberglass front door or installing a new one, this information can help you decide if stain or paint is the better finish for your needs. For more details, contact Jeff of All Trades today!

 

By Henry Warner 30 Aug, 2017

Countertops are a central point in any kitchen. Whether you’re considering a kitchen remodel or starting from scratch, choosing the best countertop option can be complex. Each material has different considerations for aesthetics, cost, durability and cleaning requirements. Learning about them can help you make the best choice for your home.

Natural Stone

Natural stone countertops are available in various textures and color making each installation unique. It is very durable, able to withstand normal wear and tear of most kitchens. Marble and granite are the more popular choices among homeowners, although soapstone follows closely behind. Due to the stone is porous, yearly sealing is required. Possibility for chipping. This countertop is the most expensive of choices.

Cultured Stone

Cultured stone or quartz-surfacing countertops have a natural-stone look and feel. Available in a variety of textures, colors, and graining. As with natural-stone, this material is extremely durable and easy to clean. However, regular sealing is not needed as is with natural-stone. Although costs can be as expensive, the real stone looks more natural.

Solid-Surfacing

Solid-surfacing shares the appearance of natural stone, but not the required maintenance or cost. Available in a wide array of design choices and colors and appearance can resemble that of concrete or glass countertops as well. Solid-surfacing is an easily cleaned material that is resistant to heat and moisture, and will not fade with aging. A downfall, however, is this material is not scratch proof and has a possibility to be scorched.

Wood

Wood countertops have grown in popularity as many homeowners are opting for natural materials. They are highly durable and have a homey, warm style. The more commonly used type is butcher block but slabs use a variety of different woods, such as cherry or zebra. Easy to clean, wood is durable and affordable. Is susceptible to scratches, but many homeowners enjoy this look. Requires regular oiling.  

Laminate

Laminate is created using particleboard or plywood with a covering of thin plastic resin. This material can resemble wood, metal, or stone countertops but without the high cost. Easy to clean and also resistant to most scratching, stains, and heat. Laminate is unable to repair from cracks, deep scratches, or scorching. Also, because of its construction, can be used with only drop-in sinks.

Knowing about the various kitchen countertops can make your next home-project less stressful. When the time is right, contact Jeff of All Trades for help choosing the best countertop for your kitchen
By Henry Warner 31 Jul, 2017

Kitchens involve many tiny details, more so than other rooms or areas of a house or apartment. Considering this, you should take into account that when you remodel the kitchen, there are a number of things that can make a big difference in how the space will turn out. One of the most important things you’ll need to consider is the cabinets. The right cabinetry will make a huge difference in how the space will turn out in the end so you want to make sure you make the right decision.

Choosing the Material

Even though wood cabinets are still the most popular, they tend to give kitchens an oldie look that might not fit your wishes. If you are trying to find something fresher or newer, don’t close your mind to the idea of wooden cabinets, explore other materials available such as glass and steel or even a combination of materials that will give your kitchen a unique vibe.

Considering the Size of Your Kitchen

The size of your kitchen will be an important factor because you don’t want to choose big cabinets that will take up too much space, looking ridiculous. If you need to save up on space, look at slimmer choices and consider types of doors such as sliding ones that will make access easier if you don’t have the luxury of being able to spread out. You should also consider corner drawers to add on to the available storage space you will end up having. Open shelves are also a good idea and you would only need to pay for the outer case of the cabinet.

Mixing Styles

Don’t think that you must pick just one type of cabinet as a lot of stores now offer mix and match options that will help you put your personal touch into the kitchen design. This might mean adding some solid wood cabinets and some other ones with glass panels, or whatever comes to mind. There’s no limit but your own imagination.

Being Conscious

If you are a person who is environmentally aware, you will be happy to hear there are now a lot of eco-friendly materials available to help you work on your kitchen cabinets while making sure you are helping the environment.

Whenever you have chosen and are ready to get things installed, get in touch with Jeff's Home Improvement . He’s an experienced professional who will help you make sure everything is carried out as it should be, and that your kitchen remodel lives up to your expectations and even exceeds them.

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