- Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:51
Get ready for spring with new rain gutters
With spring right around the corner how are your rain gutters? The storms that roll through Nebraska in the spring can bring a lot of water with them. As you know water can be very destructive to your home, from raging floods to the downpours that drowns everything around. If your rain gutters are not up to par you could be in serious trouble. When the water fails to get redirected in the proper way all kinds of things can happen from a cracked foundation to washing away all of the landscaping you have take such great care of. We have seen multiple times every year where the rain gutters on a home are not in the best of shape and causes bigger issues. From washing out the soil from under a driveway to actually flooding a basement, and none of these are cheap repairs for the home owners. Often what happens is the gutters back up and where the rain was supposed to run off to is actually the area with the least amount of water. One thing you can do to prevent this nightmare from happening, is get your rain gutters checked along with the downspouts before the spring time weather gets here. By having them inspected you will get a good idea of what shape they are in, from just needing to be cleaned or even replaced due to possible rot. Having a solid rain removal plan is actually a wise investment, there are several things you can do with the excess water from directing to a rain gutter in the street to actually using it to water areas of your yard that require more watering. Seamless rain gutters are probably the best way to move forward for any home looking to replace the existing gutters. They offer multiple benefits from your run of the mill gutters you can pick up at home depot or like places.
- No seams – this is a big benefit when you can eliminate seams in the middle of a straight run. This helps with limiting the number of places it can fail, and means no more drips over your front door.
- Size – by going with a seamless rain gutter you can actually get different sizes made that offer better solutions to help with the run off.
- Colors – While you can go with the standard look you can also get these in all kinds of colors from the plain tin look to a fully finished fascia that does not require any additional painting
- Downspouts – Due to having more control over the style and look, you no longer have to have a standard square downspout. We can get or make any style or shape to really help give your home that custom look and feel.
If this is something you are not sure if you need, the best solution would be to give us a call and have one of our experts come out free of charge and give you an honest evaluation for your rain gutters and possible need for repair.
Tips For Choosing The Most Reliable Deck Contractor
- Friday, 20 February 2015 08:07
Choosing the best deck contractor is not everyone’s walk in the park. As such, you should do ample research in order to distinguish between serious service providers and money-minded quacks whose only goal is to do a shoddy job and disappear with your cash. Therefore, this article discusses a few tips to guide you settle for the most seasoned deck contractor. Read on to discover the factors to consider as you choose the most reliable deck contractor. First, you need to go for an experienced contractor who has been in the business for a long time. In order to ensure that you settle for the most qualified professional, you should go for referrals from people who have sought the service of deck contractors before. Let them give you a list of competent contractors and then take time to do your own investigation until you land the best service provider out there. Secondly, it would be beneficial to go for a contractor who has met the registration requirements set by the authorities. A registered contractor is the one who has met all the operation standards set by the government. You should deal with registered contractors in order to be sure that you are giving your assignment to certified service providers who have what it takes to do a top-notch job. Do not accept the verbal claims that a certain contractor is registered. You should go an extra mile and ensure that you are shown the registration documents in question. Again, you should go for a qualified deck contractor. While considering qualifications, go for a contractor who has any academic qualifications in the deck installation/repair industry. Since there are some contractors out there who might forge documents and still claim to be qualified, you should go an extra mile and look at such documents in order to substantiate whether or not they are genuine. If authentic, go ahead and ensure that the same documents were issued by chartered institutions that are recognized in the field of decks. The Internet should be your companion as you look for a licensed and competent contractor. Since nearly every contractor worth the name has a website where they have advertised their services, you task is to move from one site to another until you find the most reliable contractor in the market. You should therefore look at the reviews that have been posted by previous users in order to have an idea of how the contractor in question discharges their duties. Finally, the fee charged by the contractor in question should guide you as you settle for the most competent deck contractor. Although the cheapest is not necessarily the best, you should sleuth the market like a gumshoe until you find a contractor who not only renders top quality services but also charges affordable amount for their services. To ensure that you get a reasonable deal, avoid settling for the very first contractor you find out there. Instead, move from one contractor to another while comparing quotes until you land the very best.
Deck painting tips
- Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:05
Painting a deck
can be a very tedious process. For best results, a lot of planning needs to be done. Without good preparation or when you have used wrong tools, the project can take even longer than anticipated. When you use stain, you have to refinish the deck at least every three to five years. With paint however, you will have to redo the work yearly. This is why you need to learn how to paint a deck the fastest way. Here is a quick look on how to paint a deck.
- Prepare the surface of the deck
Just like any other painting job, preparing the surface is just as important as the painting itself. The best way to start is by scrapping off any peeling paint. This is important because painting over an existing peeling paint will make the new finish to peel off sooner than you expected. Once the existing paint is removed, repair any lose pieces of wood or nails. All resultant nail holes should be filled with high-quality putty.
- Clean the deck
It is a common understanding that paints sticks best on a clean surface. Even a covered surface may still carry pollen, dust, dirt and other foreign materials. Before painting, it is advisable to spray the deck with a deck cleaner. The cleaner should be left on for about twenty minutes after which the deck is scrubbed with a stiff brush. The last cleaning process involves rinsing the deck with clean water and leaving it to dry.
- Protect the surrounding area
It is good to exercise caution when painting a deck by ensuring that the surrounding area is protected. Simply apply plastic sheeting to the side of the house then securing with a painter’s tape. Any shrubs or plants around the deck should be covered to protect them from the paint. Although many of these steps will most likely lengthen the whole project, it actually pays off in the long run. This is because by protecting your home from the paint, you save valuable time; replacing dead shrubs and plants or removing deck paint from your home can take much longer than covering everything at home with a plastic sheeting first.
- Spray the paint
This is the final and most important step. When it comes to painting a deck, it is recommended that you use a sprayer. Whether you have rented or purchased one, you can use this machine with a paint color of your choice. Most importantly, it covers the whole deck muck quickly than if you are using a hand brush. For best results, you should spray with the grain of the wood. Above everything, you should have a helper standby to help you smooth out any puddles using a handheld roller brush. Before applying the next coat, you should wait for the previous coat to dry off completely. It is advisable that you wear a protective eye wear, old clothes and a mask to protect yourself when using a sprayer. It is quite evident that painting a deck is not a walk in the park. There are several things to do before the painting process begins. With the above tips however, you will not have problems if you decide to give your deck a new coat of paint.