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How to tint your window

March 30, 2017 at 3:42 pm

How to tint your window

Ever wondered why you should tint your window, or even how to do it yourself? Kindly read through the post and you will be glad you did.

Rеаѕоnѕ tо Tint Yоur Windоwѕ

Here аrе some mоrе advantages tо inѕtаlling windоw tint that you probably hаvе not thоught оf:

Sаfеr fоr саrреt, furniture аnd рlаntѕ:

Ovеr timе, UV rауѕ саn hаvе dеvаѕtаting еffесtѕ on vаriоuѕ types оf mаtеriаlѕ. Thе rate оf fading and dеtеriоrаtiоn is ѕignifiсаntlу reduced whеn tint iѕ installed.

Enеrgу еffiсiеnсу:

Lеѕѕ inсоming light means lеѕѕ heat, and thаt mеаnѕ not hаving tо run уоur аir conditioner as muсh.

Whilе thе tуре of film уоu сhооѕе will affect thе price you рау, the application technique will аlѕо grеаtlу influence thе finаl tоtаl. The two basic аррliсаtiоn сhоiсеѕ аrе do-it-yourself оr рrоfеѕѕiоnаl installation.

Thе application procedure will diffеr dереnding on thе tуре оf windоw thе film iѕ bеing applied tо, along with thе tуре оf windоw film.

The basic application рrосеdurе begins with a thоrоugh сlеаning оf thе windоw. Aftеr сlеаning, mеаѕurе thе windоw, thеn сut thе film tо include аn additional 3/4 to 1 inch (1.9 tо 2.54 сеntimеtеrѕ) of еxtrа mаtеriаl оn аll ѕidеѕ.

Exроѕing the аdhеѕivе coating is thе nеxt ѕtер in thе рrосеѕѕ. For dо-it-уоurѕеlf application, it might bе а¬ gооd idеа tо hаvе a friеnd hеlр to separate thе protective linеr from thе adhesive tо еnѕurе thаt thе film dоеѕ not аttасh tо itѕеlf.

Sinсе mоѕt of thе аdhеѕivеѕ used оn windоw films аrе wаtеr асtivаtеd, thе film and windоw аrе ѕрrауеd with a wеtting solution. Thе filmѕ are thеn rеаdу tо bе аррliеd tо thе windоw with thе аdhеѕivе ѕidе towards the windоw. Tо ѕmооth оut аnу bubbles оr imperfections, it'ѕ gеnеrаllу rесоmmеndеd to use a ѕԛuееgее аnd роѕѕiblу mоrе wetting solution tо gеt a соnѕiѕtеnt lооk. Whеn thе film is smooth, thе excess film can bе trimmеd. Thе ѕurfасе ѕhоuld thеn bе blоttеd tо rеmоvе аnу еxtrа wаtеr.

Windоw filmѕ uѕuаllу nееd to сurе, оr drу оut, fоr a реriоd оf timе. Thiѕ рrосеѕѕ саn lаѕt аnуwhеrе from a соuрlе оf dауѕ tо more thаn a mоnth.

Obviously, dо-it-уоurѕеlf installation iѕ lеѕѕ еxреnѕivе than рrоfеѕѕiоnаllу inѕtаllеd windоw tints. Cоѕtѕ can rаngе frоm аrоund $1 per square fооt for a do-it-yourself film tо $35 реr square foot аnd up for highlу ѕресiаlizеd professionally installed filmѕ.

It’ѕ also important tо note thаt ѕеvеrаl brаndѕ оf windоw filmѕ аrе еxсluѕivеlу ѕоld through рrоfеѕѕiоnаl inѕtаllеrѕ.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CONCRETE PAVERS

December 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

When it is time for a poolside patio or a new driveway, this easy-to-install option is tough and cost effective.

One trick to making your yard feel more manicured is to add a smartly defined piece of hardscaping. Paths and patios or an upgraded driveway will not only define your space but also provide the kind of contrast that will make your flower bed or lush lawn pop.

However, if traditional surfacing materials makes you feel as flat as poured concrete, you can use concrete pavers. They are affordable than stone, more durable than asphalt and more colourful than bricks. Concrete pavers are a practical yet attractive option anywhere on the property. And also because they are modular, they are easy to install and fix.

Concrete pavers are in two categories:

  1. Interlocking
  2. Architectural slab

After the World War II, interlocking pavers were invented by the Dutch when brick, which was their traditional paving material, was in short supply. Plenty chunky blocks found their way onto European roads, yet, many of the originals are still in good shape despite 50 years of traffic. Therefore it’s not surprising that their consumer cousins usually come with a lifetime warranty which makes it a perfect driveway material. However, for all their practicality, interlocking pavers lack the natural look as the frozen-oatmeal texture and the plain shapes makes many see it as unrefined.

Architectural slab pavers are a more aesthetic alternative. Though these thinner cakes may not be able to handle auto traffic like their interlocking kin, they can neatly mimic the look of brick or natural stone. And the best thing is they do it for much less than the real deal.

Cost

Pavers are typically about $2 to $10 per square foot. If installed by a pro, it was even easier for me when i hired a St. Louis foundation repair expert, who handle the paving for me, with the base prep and materials, it is usually $6 to $15 per square foot.

Hire out or Do it yourself

With little efforts, you can work on a path or small patio but it is a driveway or large projects, hire a professional.

For how long does it last?

When it comes structural integrity, interlocking pavers offer a lifetime warranty. However, few architectural slabs have warranties.

Where to install them

They are all suitable for patios and footpaths, but as a general rule, only interlocking pavers work best on driveways. If there is rain runoff problem, use permeable pavers

Are they easy to maintain?

They are easy to care for because they are concrete. All they need is occasional sweeping and weeding. However, if you want to keep that just-laid look, you will need to scrub off stains or mildew.

Kids Room Design Ideas

December 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm

With a little money and some sort of creativity, you can transform your child’s bedroom into something magical. Try these affordable decorating ideas for the kid’s bedroom.

Create Mini Galleries

Filled with color or monochrome, an accent wall with pictures, frames, photos and wall decoration is a great way to keep it top notch in kids’ bedroom. And who knows, perhaps that might inspire a mini Picasso in the building! One of the wonders of great art work! Walls decorated with decorative mural gallery style are showing up daily, and the best part of this trend is that it is a fun way of celebrating all styles of art and it does not cost a fortune.

Collect pieces over time

Use individual pieces accumulated over time rather than buying a set of matching furniture. It is not only a great way to save, but in the case of the children’s bedroom, it creates a colorful and eclectic look, laminate in the new with the old.

Get to know Etsy

If you are willing to spend some time digging online, you can discover original and affordable jewelry and other similar stuffs on sites like Etsy.com. Items that are suitable not only make the room feel special, but also contribute to make it unique.

Bring out the sewing machine

A simple and boring glider becomes super chic when new cushions are added in a graphical model. Throw in a few colorful cushions to support the back and this essential nursery suddenly becomes a showstopper.

Create the little details by hand

You do not have to be a super do it yourself dude, but it’s certainly worth it to start thinking handmade, even if it is only for the smallest details. Developing a decorative bunting or printing your own graphics for the frame is a great way to catch the DIY fever.

Give a cheer for tissue papers

Cheap and easy to make, the tissue paper is whimsical favorite for party that can add pizazz to decorate the room of a child. Try to incorporate different sizes of tissue paper in shades of the same color to achieve maximum impact.

Be creative with paint

Instead of painting the wall behind the cradle with one color, why not get creative with paint and go for three or four colors? Horizontal or vertical stripes are super dramatic. You can frame the center of the wall molding and paint the stripes in the middle to give the room an instant focal feature, this can  be made possible by hiring a commercial painting.

HOW TO PAINT METAL PORCH RAILING

December 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

Metal railing was first used as a safety measure, but with time, it quickly became a necessary part of an interior or exterior decor, and a great way to keep this fixture looking clean and new is to give it a new coat of paint. Here are the steps to follow when painting a metal railing, these step can help you if you dont have money to hire a good and reliable painter.

Prepare the Metal Surface

Because some older paints may be lead-based, it is of great import to take precautions before you handle anything that you are unsure about. Wear a dust mask to prevent dangerous dust particles from getting into your lungs, and also put on gloves to protect your hands.

When preparing the surface, use a wire brush to clear away any surface rust. Ensure that rougher areas are scrubbed enough to level with the undamaged parts of the railing. Since rust has a tendency of making old paint bubble as well, smooth down excess rust beneath painted areas with a grinding sander.

With a sandpaper or medium-grade sanding sponge, smooth the rest of the metal and then clear off any remaining old paint. You can mask off any areas that you are not painting afterward.

Prepare to Paint

Wipe down the railings with a tack rag. The tack rag is slightly sticky, thereby making any remnants of dust to adhere to it as you wipe. This will make your railing surface debris-free and clean so you can prime and paint.

Apply Primer

The metal railing needs to be primed first, and the best type is to use a rust-inhibiting variety. It is also okay to spray paint as this will leave no brush marks and will ensure fast and effective coverage.

The paint should be sprayed in a motion that follows the line of railing, ensuring the nozzle is kept at approximately six inches from the surface. If you get too close, it will cause the primer to drip. Also keep your rhythm consistent till the surface is covered completely. A paintbrush can be used on areas where the rust was particularly harsh and also to ensure that the primer gets into every nook and cranny. Allow it to dry thoroughly when you are sure you’ve covered the entire surface.

Paint

After the primer has dried, use a tack cloth to wipe down the surface again. Now, wet the wet/dry, fine-grade sandpaper in a bucket of water. Rub down the primed railing very lightly. Don’t be too heavy handed so as not to sand off the primer. All that is needed here is to roughen the surface very slightly so that the enamel paint can have a good texture to hold on to.

Shake the can of your enamel paint for about 30 seconds, then apply the paint in the same way as the primer was applied. After the first coat, let it dry thoroughly. It is advisable to apply two coats of paint for extra coverage and protection. The wet/dry paper should be used again between coats so as to provide a freshly keyed area for the second coat. Use the tack rag to clean off excess dust, then apply the second coat to complete the task.

TYPES OF KITCHEN FLOORING

December 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

The most important decision when choosing kitchen flooring should be the flooring function. The kitchen is a high-traffic area which is prone to spills ranging from oils to water, dishes and wine. It is wise to choose kitchen flooring materials that can withstand use over time and are low maintenance, these and many other things aside hiring a reliable painter needs to be put in place.

Carpet Kitchen Flooring

Due to its difficulty in maintenance and cleaning, carpet has not been a popular kitchen flooring option. However, the latest carpet tiles are a modern kitchen floor solution. They are designed and tested to be industrial grade for high traffic areas, they are made of durable, materials that are easy to clean and install, hence, they may be the perfect flooring for your kitchen. The best part is that carpet tiles can be removed for cleaning or replacement.

Concrete Kitchen Flooring

Concrete flooring usually have a contemporary tone and look that is hard to compete with. Because of its durability, it can withstand activity in the busiest kitchens and look great.

You can give concrete various finishes to customize its look. All concrete can be polished, stained, stenciled and waxed.

Laminate Wood Kitchen Flooring

This is an affordable and durable kitchen flooring idea whose top layer can withstand most abuse. If a padding is added beneath it, it is a soft, ergonomic flooring solution. It is easy to install and available in a wide variety of styles and this makes it a simple, modern solution for kitchen floors.

Rubber Kitchen Flooring

Rubber comes in a variety of colors and textures. It is easy to install and adhesive-free due to its high-grip properties which makes it a good temporary flooring upgrade that can be used in a rental apartment. It is durable, cushy and has a non-slip surface, plus it is available in sheeting or tiles.

Tile Kitchen Flooring

This is a great, low-maintenance solution for a kitchen. It is easy to clean, it is durable and has a reflective quality that changes the appearance of space in a kitchen.

Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

This flooring option is affordable, comes in a different textures and styles and is also one of the most water-resistant kitchen flooring options. Though tiles are easy to install, sheet vinyl needs professional installation.

Wood Kitchen Flooring

When it comes to flooring choices, wood flooring has traditionally been on the top of buyer’s lists. It has a unique high-end and warm look, according to grain and age. However, wood in the kitchen needs special protection from excess moisture.

KITCHEN CABINET PAINTING MISTAKES

December 5, 2016 at 1:16 pm

They are these commonly mistakes that i have noticed when people paint kitchen cabinets, and i will love us to take a quick look at some of them.

Not removing doors from hinges

You won’t have to worry about painting over the hinge or masking them off if you remove the cabinet doors from their hinges. When you remove the hinges, your cabinets will have a much cleaner look when the doors are being painted.

Not laying doors flat to paint

The best way you can paint or spray your cabinet doors is to lay them flat on top of an object on the ground. You can use jars, quarts can, soup cans or anything you need to get them off the ground. Allow each side to dry completely before you turn them over to do the other side. It is advisable to place a towel between the cans and the doors so as to keep the paint from being scratched after it has been turned over. Laying doors flat will also prevent drips.

Skipping sanding

Even if the cabinets in your kitchen are in near perfect state, you will still have to sand them so that the paint will stick. Use a 150 or 200 grit sandpaper to give all of the surfaces a quick polish.

Not having a dust-free before painting

Before you even think of dipping your brush in paint,vacuum up any debris.  Even a few pieces of dust can ruin the look of your painting, giving it a gritty finish that will look like you painted over sand.

Failing to prime first

Except you are using chalk paint which does not require a primer, ensure you prime your cabinets well before you paint them. Kitchen cabinet painting is usually a major undertaking that you don’t have to undergo twice because of paint peeling. Use a good, oil based primer and apply two coats, if possible. To save time, you can spray the primer on with a spray can

You choose cheap paint.

If you want to get a smoother finish, use a good paint. Because most kitchens need less than two gallons, you should be able to buy a good paint without breaking the budget.

Forgetting a clear coat

You can either do a coat of wax if chalk paint is what you are using or a clear coat of polyurethane after you’ve finished painting. Because cabinets usually take a lot of abuse, it is better to add extra protection or durability to your paint job to give you more years value from your work.

What to Know on Exterior Painting

December 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Few home maintenance projects are as important as exterior painting because caulking and painting form the first line of defense against ice, rain, and snow. And a beautiful paint job will enhance the appeal and resale value of your home too.

You want to repair and repaint as soon as you notice that the paint begins to crack, blister and peel. Ignoring these problems will lead to a much bigger and costly work. Here are five exterior painting tips, recommended by a St. Peters exterior painter, which every homeowner should know, whether you’re planning to hire a professional or to paint the house yourself.

Paint Options

There are two main types of exterior paint: oil based alkyd and water based latex. Latex paint cleans up with soap and water, dries quickly, has a faint odor and stays flexible longer so it is less likely to crack. The best latex paints contain 100% acrylic resins.

Alkyd paints require mineral spirits (paint thinner) for cleaning instead of just water and soap. But many professional painters prefer alkyd paint because it is resistant, flows well and dries with less brush marks. But alkyds have a strong solvent odor and dry very slowly.

Prepare the surface

For the new paint to adhere to the surface, you must clean the outside of the house of any dirt, dust, mildew, and chalky residue. A power sprayer provides the best way to do it but scrubbing with a hard bristle brush is also effective and doesn’t take a lot of time because it doesn’t require much preparation and setup time.

Use a hammer and a nail set to hit all nail heads below the surface, then fill the holes with putty on the outside. Once the putty is completely healed, sand it flush. If you are applying new caulking around windows, doors and fittings, make sure to use a caulk that can be painted.

Brush or a Roller

The fastest and most effective way to apply exterior paint is with both a brush and a roller. Brush the paint over narrow surfaces, edges and smaller areas, and use a short, small diameter roller to paint large, long surfaces such as siding and trim.

Take it from the top

Start painting from the top of the house and work your way down. Apply the paint at the end or bottom edge of the siding first, then paint the large surfaces. To avoid overlapping marks, always try to brush a wet surface on another damp surface. When this is impossible and you have to paint on an already painted and dry surface, overlap on the dried paint surface by several inches.

And since you work up, do not forget the basic safety of the ladder: Do not go too far or you might fall. Try to keep your hips in the horizontal rails of the ladder.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE INTERIOR PAINT TO DRY

November 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

After your St. Charles painters have help you in completing your paint project, you may want to know how long it takes the paint take to dry. Most times, the hardest part of a makeover is period when you are waiting for the paint to dry. Having spent your time and efforts on a great project, it is tough to remain cool and patient enough to let the paint dry fully before you put the item to use.

Waiting for Paint to Dry

There are four factors that determines how long you will have to wait for the paint applied inside your home to dry.

1. The type of paint used

Usually, if you are using an oil-based paint, you should expect it to be dry to the touch in about 8 hours and then you can recoat it in 24 hours. If the paint is latex, it is usually dry to the touch in 1-2 hours but you can safely recoat it in 4 hours. However, all paint can has labels that will specify the dry and recoat times for the type of paint you are using, therefore, always make sure to read the manufacturer’s directions.

2. Application of Paint

A paint that is applied too thickly or is recoated before the first coat is dried fully will have a considerably longer dry time and also, the paint may dry uneven and gloppy. It is usually a better option to apply two thin coats of paint on your project than to cover it with one thick coat.

3. Temperature & humidity

If the room is warmer than average or there is too much water vapor in the air, it will take a longer time for your paint to dry. Close the windows and turn on the air conditioning or a fan in order to speed up dry time.

4. Poor ventilation

Just like with humidity and temperature problems, if a room is stuff, the dry time of the wet paint will be slower than that of a room with air flow.

5. Finished dresser

After your paint has dried, your project may still not be ready for use because for a paint to be considered dry, most of the solvent must have evaporated so that it feels dry when touched.

Paint doesn’t reach maximum hardness or cure, until after the paint is completely dry. Oil-based paints generally cure faster than latex paints.

HOW TO PICK A BATHROOM DOOR

October 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

If you are replacing doors and windows in your home, you may be need some help in choosing a new bathroom door. Most homeowners face some challenges when choosing a door for their bathroom, especially if it is that of a master bathroom remodel. Because of the small size of most bathrooms, it can be difficult to pick out the correct size and installation for your door. Another challenge is that of moisture and humidity changes in a bathroom which can damage some types of doors. When choosing a door for your bathroom, take function, aesthetics and cost into consideration to help you in finding the best and suitable door.

Select a material for your door

Though wood doors are most popular for interior use, they may warp or swell because of moisture and humidity changes in the bathroom. Use fiberglass or metal door to avoid issues like this, especially if your bathroom is not properly ventilated.

Take the swing of the door into consideration

Due to the tight configuration of most bathrooms, it is vital to determine whether the door should swing to the right or left. The door must be able to open completely without interfering with door handles or cabinet drawers. Also, the door shouldn’t swing into windows or mirrors and should not interfere with entry. A left-hand door should be chosen if you want your bathroom door to swing to the left and a right-hand door if you want it to swing to the right.

Determine whether you need a pre-hung unit

This include a door that is already hung on a frame. This unit allows for easy installation and they are a good choice if you want to replace the door as well as the existing frame. But if you are keeping the existing frame, pick a regular door instead.

Measure the size of the opening

When purchasing the door, the door you purchase must be 1/8 inch smaller than the opening inwidth and length. If you are choosing a pre-hung unit, the width of each jamb must be the same size as the thickness of your bathroom wall.

Compare design options

If you have selected fiberglass or steel, you will find doors embossed to copy the look of wood grain.

Select a finish

Steel or wood bathroom doors are sold finished or unfinished. If you choose pre-stained or pre-painted door, you will get a longer warranty and a better finish.

Home Remodeling Tips for 2016

October 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm

According to studies made by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, spending for home improvement will increase in 2016. It s expected to grow from 2.4 percent in the first quarter to 6.8 percent in the second quarter of 2016.

Best Home Remodeling Tips for 2016

Why is there a surge in housing improvements lately? The reason is simple. It is due to the healthy housing market that makes homes an investment opportunity for homeowners. These are discretionary improvements to make the house more aesthetically pleasing to potential buyers should the owners decide to sell it in the future.

The upticks in home remodeling can also be ascribed to homeowners wanting to stay in their own homes and just improve on it since they can’t afford to move to another place. Whatever the reason, homeowners are making improvements. These are three main areas in the home that they can start improving on, to wit:

Remodeling by Painting

Not all house remodeling requires a pricey structural change. Paint is oftentimes a low-cost remedy to lighten, enlarge, or improve the aesthetic appeal of a home. A few swaths of paint can change the aura of a room to give it a sense of space and grandeur. Always sample paint colors to find out its effect on natural and artificial lights. The used of pastels like white, cream, or oft-whites tinge of blue and green makes the room bigger.

White trims on walls create the same appearance of expanding the space of a room. Extending the wall color to the ceiling makes the walls taller. The use of colors shifts the eye focus on what the viewer sees. Vertical and horizontal lines can make a room grand, where vertical stripes increase the room’s height and horizontal stripes make the walls further than it seems.

Remodeling the Kitchen

There are lots of kitchen trends and most homeowners get swept away on what is in vogue. Most kitchen remodeling is only done once since the average cost amounts to $60,000 according to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors. Hence, the need to make all the right moves so you can recover the cost if you sell the house in the future. There are many options with which to choose from, but definitive kitchen features that will last are the better choice.

Use white as the dominant color since it is the most marketable kitchen color per surveys made in 2015. Hardfloor is a must since 80 percent of the same survey prefer it due to its inherent appeal and durability. Add to that is the used of Shaker Style Cabinets that looks great in any setting and a Carrara Marble top in the sink area will boost the aesthetic looks of the area. White subway tiles as a backsplash and a kitchen with ergonomic design add value to the home.To top it all, having a smart storage with unlimited options for shelves completes the look of a highly functioning kitchen with modern design.

Replacement of Entry door

A nicely finished front door gives your home curb appeal since it is the first thing that visitors see when they visit your home. Hence, you might consider replacing your wood or fiberglass door with a midrange 20-gauge steel door which increases its aesthetic value and marketability should you want to sell later on . Replacement of entry doors is listed as one of the top projects for renovation since it is cheaper and more durable than wood or fiberglass. It is also a better alternative for security reasons and for fire safety.

The steel entry door can be painted to coordinate with the overall color scheme. There are a variety of panel designs with glass options that are available in either steel edge and wood edge construction. There are various designs to choose from with decorative panels that replicate a high-end wood design. These doors are long-lasting since they are durable and are rot-resistant.