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By Henry Warner 23 May, 2017

There are many reasons to purchase new flooring. New flooring can add value to your home, make cleaning easier, or give your home a brand-new look. There are many flooring options to choose from and you may already have a flooring picked out in your mind. However, there are a few things you may want to consider before purchasing your new flooring.

How Much Traffic Will Be on the Flooring

Not all flooring is the same. Some flooring is designed to be soft and comfortable, but may not withstand heavy traffic. Other flooring may be easier to clean, but not very ideal for comfort. Although, the flooring may appear to be a perfect match for your tastes, the flooring itself may not hold up to its normal standards in higher traffic areas. Keep in mind that an entrance to your home, the pet's area, or the children's playroom may need a more resilient flooring.

Will You Need to Redecorate?

The are other issues you may need to consider before making that new flooring purchase. The color can make or break one's viewpoint on how pleasant their flooring makes them feel once it is installed. You should consider your current color scheme before purchasing new flooring, unless redecorating is not an issue. Also, the color plays a huge impact on a room in other ways. Lighter flooring can make rooms appear larger, but stains and wear will be much more visible. Whereas, darker flooring may make the room feel more comfortable, but will show dust and/or pet hair much more than lighter colors.

Does Anyone in Your Household have allergies?

Allergies can have a major impact on a person's health, especially if their home flooring is holding dust mites and harmful allergens. A hard surface flooring can help eliminate some of these issues. If someone in your household has allergies, but you aren't fond of hard surfaced flooring, you can easily place soft rugs in areas you would want a cozier feel.

How Much Care Will Your New Flooring Need?

Each type of flooring has its own specific procedures for cleaning and cleaning times vary depending on the type of flooring. The time it takes to care for your new flooring should be taken into consideration before purchasing, as some flooring may require extensive cleaning, such as steaming or shampooing.

So, whether it is to add value, convenience, or beauty to your home just Contact Jeff of All Trades to help you find the perfect flooring for you!

By Henry Warner 26 Apr, 2017

Spring time brings about a feeling of cleaning and renewal to the world. You may find yourself looking to update the outside of your home as part of your spring cleaning plans. There are some great ideas available to help you update the look of your home and to give it a fresh start for the many summer events you want to have. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind for sprucing up the outside of your home.

Fresh Paint

Just as a new coat of paint can update the inside of your home, it can also do wonders to the outside. Pick a new color to update your homes look or just go with a fresh coat of the same color. You can easily create a whole modern design by choosing a fresh color that is popular now and adding a new trim color as well. This is a relatively inexpensive route to go and you can do it yourself or have someone come and paint it for you.

Add a Walkway

If you love being outdoors and have some room to spare, consider adding a beautiful flower lined walkway to your yard. This could be out your back door or it could be a new entrance to your home from the driveway. Add some beautiful paving stones, flowers, or shrubs and even a trellis as you enter the front door.

Update the Landscape

If you already have landscaped areas around your home, don’t’ forget to freshen those up as well. You can add new mulch, fresh plants, trim the hedges, and even add yard statues such as the popular gnomes or solar lighting.

If you do not already have landscaping around your home, consider adding it in this spring. You can easily find landscaping timbers, beautiful flowers and shrubs, and other items to update the front of your home.

Fire Pit

Do you enjoy spending the summer evenings outside in the backyard by the grill? Consider adding a decorative fire pit to the yard as well. You can enjoy the cooler summer evenings by the fire with friends and family all summer long. It can even be used as your grill if you use the grill racks available for the pits.

The options are endless for updating the outside of your home. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact someone such as Jeff of All Trades to help you find the right look for your residence
By Henry Warner 18 Apr, 2017

Windows are a pivotal point of your home. They allow the light in to brighten up the home and allow you to view the beautiful surroundings outside. They can also let in the heat of the sun or even the cold of the winter if they are not the right type of window. When you’re considering new windows for your home, there are a few things you should be aware. Look at these four things you need to know before you purchase new windows for your home.

Know the Type of Window

Do you plan to do any outdoor reconstruction to your home such as redoing the stucco? If so there is a type of window you should buy. You should get consider getting replacement or new construction windows. Because these types of windows will damage the stucco around the area where your windows are, this is something you want to choose only if you’re planning to do updates.

If you’re not going to update the stucco or frame areas around the outside of your home, choose to get retro-fit windows. These windows use the frame that is already in place and will not damage the areas around the window setting.

Glass Options

There are many options for the glass of your windows these days. Dual layer or single layer is one of the first choices. Dual-pane, or double-pane, windows will help to insulate your home more than a single pane of glass will. Double pane windows will cost a little more so be prepared for that.

You can also choose to have an argon gas layer between the panes of the windows so that you can increase your energy savings. There’s also an option that is low-maintenance and one called low-e that helps to block the heat and rays from the sun while keeping the light in your home.

Choose the Frame

If you’re going to replace your window frame you have options there as well. Most people choose vinyl for their window frame these days but there’s also a variety of fiberglass, aluminum, and wood to choose from as well.

Know the Warranty

You may hear “lifetime” warranty on your windows when talking with you contractor. This “lifetime” may mean something different to you and the manufacturer. Be sure you understand the ins and outs of the warranty before choosing your company and windows.

If you’re looking to get your windows replaced, be sure to contact Jeff of All Trades to get the windows you want to help your energy efficiency and keep your home looking beautiful.

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