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What Are Some Environmentally Friendly Home Improvement Projects?

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There are many ways to make environmentally-friendly improvements around your home, and some of those methods are easier than you'd think. These changes are not only good for the environment, but they can also help your home to feel more inviting. Making any of these changes to your home is a wise move that you will be very likely to enjoy.

Changing the Lighting
Although people most commonly think of solar lights when they think of eco-friendly lighting, many lighting options are kind to the environment and worth considering. Solar lights require no electrical source, helping you save valuable energy. Also, any outdoor lighting that uses electricity can make use of a timer for energy savings. You can program the timer to turn the lots off during times of the night or day when you don't need them to be on. Inside the home, solar tubes and skylights help provide more natural lighting. Even hanging a few mirrors will enable you to maximize the use of light. In addition to using …

Why You Should Take Roof Damage to Your Home Seriously

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The roof on your home is designed to protect the overall structure and frame of your home. Without your roof, you would incur all kinds of issues on both the outside and the inside of your home. In this article, we’re going to talk about why you should take roof damage to your home seriously. If you suspect a problem, you’re going to want it taken care of immediately.

It Can Cost You to Wait
If you notice that there is a minor problem going on with your roof currently, you’ll want to speak with a roofing professional to have the issue looked at. What could be a small shingle starting to fall off right now, could become a large water damage issue later on. A minor repair could cost you $200 right now. In three months, this same issue could cost upwards of $1,000. It costs a lot of money if you wait. While it might be an inconvenience to hire a professional, the pros outweigh the cons.
Water Damage
If you let water leak under the covering of your roof, this can lead to water damage in …

Things Are Heating Up: What to Know About Gas Hot Water Heaters

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When it comes to installing a gas hot water heater for your home, there are pros and cons. Of course, one of the major pros with having a gas-operated hot water heater is that you are able to use it if ever the power goes out. Gas hot water heaters also heat much faster than electric and can even save you money in the long run. However, there are a few cons as well that you should know before installing a gas hot water heater.
Risk Factors Because you are dealing with gas, there is a risk of fire from the vapor emissions. When flammable vapor is released near a constantly lit pilot light, it can result in a phenomenon called flammable vapor ignition.
Maintenance Although gas hot water heaters may save on cost, they do require more maintenance than an electric hot water heater. Because you are dealing with gas, it is important to check it regularly to make sure there aren't any leaks or faulty lines. By checking these things regularly, you can see any early signs of an issue and a…

How Can I Protect My Property During Renovation Projects?

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Renovations can feel a bit like knee surgery: It's going to be really, really nice when it's done and you've recovered, but maybe not so nice when it’s happening. Renovations can be messy and invasive when they’re happening, so it’s important to do a few things to protect your property. With the right planning and investment in protective materials to reduce damage to your space, you can reduce the fuss and mess of renovation.
Minimize Dust Exposure Do your best to keep both the area to be renovated and the contractor's access in a direct line. If the workers fixing up your space do need to cross a portion of the house you're trying to live in during the renovation, invest in heavy plastic sheeting and create a walkway that you can sweep each night. You might also invest in whisk brooms so workers can clean off their boots before crossing your home, especially if there's a lot of sheetrock or wood dust. If you can't close the door between the area to be re…

Refurbishing Your Home? Consider These 3 Alternatives to Replacing Items

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Refurbishing your home can be an exciting endeavor. But when it’s time to deal with old furniture and belongings, many people begin to wonder if they really need to toss out items that hold years of memories and nostalgia. Replacing items isn't the only option when it comes to dealing with your old furnishings nor is it the most earth-friendly. Here are several options that are not only earth-friendly but can also help inspire something new from something old.
Repurposing The key to any home refurbishment project is to stay organized. Make sure you only start one project at a time. In addition, you should know what you want to make before you start dissembling something. Repurposing your current furnishings is a wonderful way of being friendly to the earth and future generations. Recycling ideas can include simple projects like turning an empty wooden frame into a chalkboard. There are also more time-consuming projects, such as taking two old wooden chairs and transforming them in…

Why the Design of Your Roof Matters

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While your home's exterior and interior design merits your design aspirations, don't forget your roof also needs the same attention. Without the right materials, design, and maintenance, at some point, your roof will start showing signs of wear and damage. A long-lasting roof is one that is designed with the future in mind and is mindful of the materials and the environment it is designed in. Impact of Material According to Roofing Calculator, roofing materials are an integral element of roofing design. Here are several options available: Asphalt Shingles: By far the most widely used, asphalt shingles are affordable roofing materials for your roof. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are both lightweight and offer some fire protection. Asphalt shingles also reflect sunlight and look good on many houses. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles will need to be replaced more often and not many recycling centers are equipped to accept asphalts.Wood Shingles and Shakes: Wood shingles and shakes ar…

4 Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know Before Renovating

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Electricity is everywhere in what we do these days. So, when it’s time to do a home renovation job, understanding the electrical system will play a big part. Considering all the areas of complication and local electrical codes and standards, you’d do best to hire a licensed contractor. However, for projects you consider worth your time, understanding safety hazards is primary.
Personal Protective Equipment The first thing is personal protection. Safety glasses are a good idea to protect vision in the event of errant sparks or arc flashes. In wet areas, use rubber boots and gloves. But take care they are 100% rubber. Any mixture with another material can be a conductor and won’t be reliable against electrocution. Insulated sleeves and fire-resistant clothing are added protection, and closed-toed foot protection is always a good idea.
Know Your Color Codes Wire colors are meant to correspond to a wire’s designated function to enable safety and facilitate troubleshooting. Treat all wire…