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Choosing the Right Contractor…and Why Hire One?

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by Admin

Many homeowners fail to hire the best TN roofing contractor. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) are receiving a number of complaints against roofing contractors each year. The fact is, scam artists and storm chasers exist and that’s why you need to be extra careful in hiring a contractor.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

Experience. Experience counts in hiring a TN roofing contractor. There are some roofing jobs, such as roof replacement and stucco siding installation, that should be done by experts only or those who have experience in doing them. Take your time to research about the contractor’s experience by checking out their previous projects. Make sure that they have enough experience in the type of roofing job that you need. Ask for references or a list of their customers so you can ask about the contractor’s performance. You can also ask the roofing contractor about how long have they been operating in the industry.

License. The local government of Tennessee urges homeowners to hire only licensed roofing contractors. You can check a contractor’s license status online as made possible by the Board for Licensing Contractors. The license has to be in active status and not yet expired. Keep in mind that licensed contractors are legitimate contractors. Contractors with no or expired license definitely cannot work for you.

Contract. The contract is an important part of your working relationship with the contractor. Do not let the contractor start with the project without drafting a contract first. Keep in mind that verbal agreements and promises are useless and can be easily retracted. Some important details that a roofing contract must include are the exact amounts of all the fees and charges involved, types and brands of materials that will be used, tasks that need to be accomplished for the project, warranties, and insurance. You should also insist on having the project supervised to ensure safety and quality of work.

Why Hire a Professional

Many homeowners think that simple roofing jobs are easy and can be done without hiring a professional. However, they may be underestimating the difficulty of roofing jobs. When you do DIY roofing jobs, some areas of concern would be the using right tools and learning the skills needed for the project, following instructions, and knowing and understanding roofing basics. Many homeowners fail in these aspects and that is why, the job sometimes cost too much or took a long time before it was completed. In this case, a homeowner didn’t really save cash and time at all.

Therefore, hiring a professional roofer for your roofing jobs is a better idea. Although you would sometimes have to shell out a lot of money, it will only be a one-time-big-time expense because the solution is long-term. Just make sure that you hire a good contractor by keeping the guidelines above.


Which Roofing Contractor Do I Pick?

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by Admin

You cannot just hire any roofing Nashville, TN contractor who knocks on your door or you see in the internet. You have to follow guidelines in hiring a good contractor so you would not end up getting frustrated by some sloppy roofing job or worse, encountering a roofing scam.

1. The roofing contractor must be licensed.

Tennessee is urging all homeowners to hire only licensed roofing Nashville, TN contractors. Storm chasers or fake roofers go door to door and perform roofing jobs without a license. Legitimate contractors should have a license. The Board for Licensing Contractors has made it possible for homeowners to look up the license status of a roofing contractor online. The license must not be expired and should be in active status. You can also search from the list of registered roofing contractors provided by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) online.

2. Choose a contractor after comparing at least 3 estimates.

BBB advises homeowners to get at least 3 estimates from various contractors. Roofing contractors can vary in prices depending on the materials that they are going to use and the labor cost. However, some estimates are too high or too cheap. In any case, always ask the contractor how did they come up with such estimate. Make a careful comparison of the estimates before choosing a contractor.

3. All agreements must be put into writing.

Having a contract is important. Verbal agreements are nothing as they can be easily retracted. Make sure that all terms that you and the contractor have agreed upon are in writing. These should be clearly stated and not subject to many interpretations. The contract should also say something about the contractor’s responsibility to secure necessary building permits, insurance, and warranties. The contract serves as your protection and the contractor’s if any problem arises.

4. Full payment should only be made at the end of the project.

Do not pay the full amount of the project cost in advance. Fraudulent roofing contractors demand for full payment, or at least 30% to 50% of the total project cost, before they even start to work. You can pay 10% down or $1, 000, but not more than that. Do not also pay in cash. Use your credit card instead in paying the contractor so that if any problem arises, you can easily retract your payment.

5. The homeowner must at least try to resolve any issue directly with the contractor before filing a complaint.

If any problem arises during or after the project, homeowners should try to resolve the issue directly with the contractor first before filing a complaint, as suggested by the Board for Licensing Contractors and BBB. In most cases, roofing contractors are willing to make any changes or remedies to solve the problem.


Preventing Falls When Working On Your Roof

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Admin

Working on a roof is not a job that every homeowner can do. It requires adequate preparation and knowledge for one to successfully and safely do the job. Speaking of safety, roofing jobs are risky and their dangers are fatal. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, falls are the leading cause of death in construction work. However, OSHA also insists that these deaths can be prevented. Here are some safety guidelines you should keep to prevent falling off your roof and help reduce the number of construction fatalities.

The Harness

The harness is one of the most important safety equipment that you should have when working on your roof. Whether you are doing inspection, simple repairs, or a major job on your roof, make sure that you are wearing a harness to hold you. Don’t remove it or disconnect from the lifeline unless you’re done with the job. Moreover, make sure that the harness you are going to use is not faulty or defective.

In addition, cover or protect skylights or any holes and openings on the roof which can cause your fall. Do not also work near them if they are not protected.

The Ladder

There are different types of ladders for construction work. Use the right one for the specific job you are going to do. Secure the ladder and make sure that it is standing on level ground. Always climb the ladder facing it and with your two hands holding each side. Do not overreach, especially when removing snow from your roof or cleaning the gutters, while stepping on the ladder. Do not also work on the top step of the ladder. Otherwise, you could easily fall if you lose your balance.

The Plan

OSHA urges that roofing or construction jobs be planned ahead of time. Know what tools and equipment you will be needing for the job. List down also the tasks that you need to do. Planning also includes inspection and getting estimates of the job cost. Plan also carefully when to do the job. It is important to consider the weather when planning for a roofing job. You cannot work when there are high winds, snow, rain, or storm because the roof surface is slippery and working on top of it is highly dangerous. If you need to do some complicated repairs, hand the job over to roofers Nashville.

Hire professional roofers Nashville if you are not comfortable about climbing up a ladder and working on the top of your roof. In choosing which contractor to hire, check out BBB’s database for a list of accredited and registered roofing contractors.


Guide to Replacing Your Old Windows with Energy-Efficient Ones

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 by Admin

Basically, you need to replace a window if it’s old and deteriorating already. There are also some problems that are better fixed by replacing than repairing. Replacing your windows might also be needed when they are not providing adequate ventilation and are just causing your electric bills to shoot up. That is why, if you are replacing your windows, you should use energy-efficient ones this time.

Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy Star, a joint program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, says that products that meet the energy efficiency guidelines set by the two government bodies can save you up to 15% of energy. These products bear the Energy Star label.

Meanwhile, National Fenestration Rating Council or NRFC, a non-profit certifying body that administers rating and labeling system for the energy performance of skylights, doors, windows, and other attachment products, says that with NFRC’s labels, homeowners can make more informed product choices.

NFRC uses five measurements in rating a product’s energy performance. They are the U-factor, SHGC, visibility transmittance, air leakage, and condensation resistance. U-factor rates how much heat is released through the window. A lower U-factor is significant for those living in cold climates. SHGC or solar heat gain coefficient, on the other hand, rates how much heat is absorbed through the window. A high SHGC rating is not good for those in warm climates. The other three measurements are considered by Energy Star as less important to energy performance.

Buying Energy-Efficient Windows

When buying new windows, ask the manufacturer for Energy-Star-qualified products. Ask also for detailed quotes with the labor cost and the material cost broken down separately. Get quotes from at least two or three manufacturers and compare them with each other. You can also ask a roofing Knoxville, TN contractor to guide you in making a wise selection of the window style and material that are appropriate for your home. For Knoxville homes, which belong to the North Central climate zone as determined by Energy Star, windows must have a U-factor of 0.32 or less and an SHGC of 0.40 or less.

Window Replacement Costs

The window replacement job costs more than $11, 300 according to the latest annual Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling Magazine. However, the cost may still vary depending on the style, glazing, material, energy-efficiency of windows, and the labor or installation cost.

Aside from shopping windows, shop roofing Knoxville, TN contractors as well and work only with a legitimate one. You can check out the websites of Better Business Bureau (BBB) and National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) for a list of registered and licensed roofing contractors near your place.


Ugly House Paint…Help!

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by Admin

House paint get ugly due to several reasons and you can’t just repaint your walls and sidings without understanding the causes of a house paint problem. Here are common house paint problems and some tips on how you can fix them.

Paint Peeling Away

Paint can crack and peel away if there is too much moisture penetrating behind or in front of the paint film. This problem cannot be solved unless you do something about the source of moisture. Make sure that you already have adequate ventilation before you repaint.

Other reasons why paint can peel away are poor adhesion of low quality paint used, poor preparation done on the wall before it was painted, and roof and air leaks. This paint problem is common in bathrooms, kitchen, and other parts of the house where there is high humidity.

Scrape off the peeling paint and sand the surface before applying a new paint. Make sure that you use high quality paint this time. To avoid this problem from recurring, seal off or caulk all openings where water and moisture can seep.

Mildew

Mildews appear on walls and sidings as dark spots. They grow on the protected and shaded parts of your house where there is too much moisture and lack of sunlight exposure. Mildews can also appear where there is poor ventilation and when priming was not applied on wood before it was painted.

Remove mildews by scrubbing the surfaces with TSP or trisodium phosphate solution. Rinse the surface with water and wait for the wood to completely dry before repainting it.

Chalking

Chalking is when the paint on your walls and sidings get powdery. This is normal on old paint; however, excessive chalking may be a problem. It usually happens in places with dry climate where where it seldom rains. It can also result from the use of a wrong paint or cheap, low quality paint with high levels of extenders.

Use a pressure washer to wash down the chalking paint before repainting it. You can also clean the surface with TSP solution. This time, make sure that you use high quality and the right kind of paint.

If house paint problems are severe and may need complicated repairs or remedies, or you simply don’t have the time to deal with them, contact a Tennessee roofing contractor and they’ll do the job for you. You can find a list of professional and legitimate Tennessee roofing contractors in BBB’s online database.


Siding Materials Pros and Cons

Posted on: July 12th, 2012 by Admin

If you are remodeling your home or replacing old or damaged sidings, it is important that you choose the most appropriate siding type and material for your house. To begin with, read about the pros and cons of some siding materials enumerated below.

Wood

If you want to use environmentally friendly materials for your home, wood is the perfect material for your sidings. Wood sidings give your house a natural feel and allow you to achieve the look that you want by painting them with any color of your choice. However, you may need to do this more frequently as maintenance. Wood sidings are also susceptible to rot, fire, and insect damage. Also, they would eventually succumb to natural decay.

Vinyl

Vinyl sidings are popular among typical American homes. They are durable and not susceptible to rot and insect damage, but they are not that resistant to impact. They are available in several colors and textures thus, no need to paint or stain them. The color of the vinyl may fade in time especially when exposed to too much sunlight. Vinyl sidings are generally affordable but they could be expensive depending on the grade of the material. Do not choose cheap ones, though. They are often sub-standard and may not look appealing on your house.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement sidings are also durable and manufacturers often sell them with long warranties—usually up to 50 years. They are resistant to impact, moisture, rot, fire, and insect damage. Fiber cement sidings also have style of their own: They resemble the texture of wood sidings. However, they are more expensive than other siding materials, especially the pre-painted ones. They are also heavy, which would make the labor cost for a TN roofing specialist to be a little expensive.

Metal

Metal sidings are also durable and do not require a lot of maintenance. In contrast with wood sidings, they do not need to be painted. They are also fireproof. However, metal sidings are susceptible to rust and can easily have dents due to impact.

Stucco

Traditional types of stucco sidings are very durable and long-lasting. They also require low maintenance because there is no need for painting and staining. Like metal and fiber cement sidings, stucco is fire-resistant. It is not also susceptible to insect damage. If your house has complex shapes, stucco may be the best material for your sidings. It has also its own unique style and texture which gives your house an elegant and sophisticated look. Stucco sidings may crack in time and may cause moisture problems when improperly installed. In installing them, you need an experienced and professional TN roofing specialist to do it for you as DIY installation could be really difficult.


Siding Maintenance: Repainting Your Sidings

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by Admin

Wood sidings need regular maintenance and repainting. An advantage of having to frequently repaint them is that you can always change the color of your house according to your preferences. Here’s a how-to in repainting your sidings.

Removing Paint

Smooth surface is important in painting your sidings to achieve a smooth and perfect finish. Before applying the primer and the paint on the siding surfaces, make sure that you have removed the paint well and have smoothed out the surfaces.

There are more than a couple of ways by which you can remove the old paint. One is by pressure washing the sidings, but this may not remove all the paint and leave a smooth surface. Another way is scraping the paint off by using a putty knife. You can also use a heat gun to remove thick and hard-to-remove paint. Smooth out the surfaces and remove remaining paint by using a sandpaper or power sander.

Preparing the Surface

First, pressure wash the sidings downward to remove loose paint. Allow the surface to completely dry before painting it. If there are any stubborn paint remaining, use a putty knife to scrape them off. However, be careful not to scrape too hard so the siding surface won’t get damaged.

Then, inspect the surfaces for any damages and rot. If you found any, make the necessary repairs and remedies. You can ask assistance from a Nashville, TN roofing contractor for more difficult repairs. Smooth out the repaired surfaces by using a sander or a sandpaper.

Applying Paint and Primer

Pick the perfect season and time of the day to paint. Definitely, you can’t paint on rainy days and even when it is windy. It is dangerous to work on a ladder when a strong wind is blowing and it will also blow dirt on the newly painted sidings.

When you have chosen the perfect day to paint, make sure that you buy the right kind of primer and paint for the job. You can ask the manufacturer for assistance if you are not familiar with the varieties and unsure of what to pick.

In painting lap sidings, paint the bottom edges first of each siding board using a paintbrush. After that, paint the faces starting from the top board all the way down. Paint as much surface as you can. However, do not overreach, leaning to the sides of the ladder or extending your arms above the ladder to avoid accidents or injuries.

For board and batten or vertical sidings, paint the edges first using a paintbrush. Then, using a roller, paint the faces of the boards.

Repainting the siding may be a hard work considering that it covers the entire house. If you don’t have enough time to do some job, you can always hire a Nashville, TN roofing contractor to do it for you.


Understanding the Psychology of Colors When Choosing Paint Colors

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by Admin

Your choice of paint colors is important because colors set the mood for a room. They also tell something about your personality. Choosing color schemes and associating various colors with each other may be complex and tricky. However, you can start with understanding what colors mean.

Purple

Purple or shades of violet are usually seen as relaxing. Violet stimulates creativity and imagination. However, its effect on people is unpredictable. People can look at the color differently. Some may see it as sophisticated, intense, or romantic.

Blue

Shades of blue always make for a cool, calmer, and tranquil ambiance. The color blue slows the heartbeat and breathing down. It also discourages appetite and can make a food unappealing. Lighter hues of blue can also make a small room seem larger.

Red

Red is the warmest of all the colors. Too much red in a room can be overwhelming. Break the color by using other colors, like its complement, to tone it down a little. Red is also dynamic and energizing. In contrast with blue, red speeds up breathing and the heart rate. It also stimulates the appetite and makes food more appealing. Painting your dining room red would be a good idea.

Green

Green is good for relaxation and concentration. It is best used in study rooms and libraries. It is also associated with security and stability. Green symbolizes home and environment. Painting a room green will give it a soothing feel.

Yellow

Happiness, joy, and energy are always associated with the color yellow. However, too much yellow may cause anxiety and irritation to some people. To avoid this effect, make sure that the colors in a yellow room are balanced.

If you want your room to look calming and relaxing, you can also use shades of pink, light yellow, and lavender aside from blue and green. Meanwhile, neutral colors like white, beige, black and brown, and earth colors will make a room look elegant. For a vibrant look and feel, use warm colors such as orange, gold, red, and darker shades of purple. You can combine them with their contrasting colors for more vibrancy.

Color association is the most complex aspect of color theory. However, you can start with playing with the colors in a simple color wheel. Even if you’re not an expert, you can start creating your color schemes based on analogous or complementary colors. Experiment with various shades and textures to achieve the look and feel you want for a room. You can also ask a roofing Nashville, TN contractor for some pieces of advice. Roofing Nashville, TN contractors can also do the house painting job for you.


Siding 101: Types and Materials

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 by Admin

Sidings are installed on the outside walls of the house to serve as the house’s outer covering. They protect the house from damages caused by weather elements such as snow, rain, hail, and sun. Sidings also give the overall appearance of the house an aesthetic appeal. You can install sidings on your own or hire a roofing Knoxville contractor to do it for you. In either case, you should be knowledgeable about the types and materials of sidings. Here are some of them.

Types of Siding

  • Lap – Lap sidings appear as overlapping horizontal panels which can be made of wood, vinyl, and fiber cement. This is the most popular type of siding used in typical American homes. Lap sidings are also called clapboard, weatherboard, and bevel.
  • Vertical – Vertical sidings create an illusion, making the house look taller. An example of this type of siding is board and batten, which is made of alternating narrow and wide vertical panels.
  • Shakes and Shingles – Shingles are smaller and thinner than shakes. These types of sidings are usually made of cedar wood.

Siding Materials

  • Wood – Wood sidings give a house a natural look. However, they require more maintenance than other siding materials because most wood types need to be painted or stained. Thus, the quality of paint on wood sidings needs to be checked regularly. Wood sidings are also vulnerable to rot, splitting, termites, warping, fire, and natural forms of decay.
  • Stucco – Stucco is a cement product that is different from other siding materials because it does not show horizontal and vertical patterns. Stucco sidings are rough-textured and give the house an aesthetic appeal, adding to its architectural beauty. They are durable and long-lasting, requiring only little maintenance and occasional cleaning. They are not susceptible to cracks and insect damage and are also fire-resistant.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl sidings are more affordable compared to other siding materials. However, the price could get higher depending on the grade and style. Vinyl sidings are durable as it is not susceptible to rot and insect damage but can be easily cracked by impact especially during cold weather. Vinyl sidings do not require painting and are available in several textures, styles, and colors.

If you are currently building or remodeling your home, it is necessary for you to understand what sidings are and their various types and materials so you can make an informed decision on what kind of siding is most appropriate for your home. If you are hiring a roofing Knoxville specialist, the costs for installing sidings depend on the type of material that you select and the difficulty of installing sidings with that material.


Preparing for a Well-Done House Painting Job

Posted on: July 4th, 2012 by Admin

Many homeowners think that house painting is an easy job and that they could do it themselves. What they don’t realize is there a lot of things they would need to learn first before they can take on the job. Having an expert painter or a Tennessee roofing specialist do the job sounds like a better idea. However, if you are thinking about your budget and you want to save more money, you can opt to do the job your own—but make sure you are well-prepared.

Preparing the Room

Before you paint a room, make sure that all furniture and wall and ceiling fixtures are protected from paint spills and drops, unless you want to paint them as well. You can do this by putting all the furniture in the middle of the room, basically away from the walls, and cover them with plastic or drop cloth. Do the same to protect your floor from paint splatters.

You should also clean the walls before you apply paint on it. Scrape off the old paint. If you are painting on the walls of your kitchen, for example, use a degreaser to remove oil stains and other residue.

Buying Paint

In order to find out how many gallons or cans of paint you need for the project, measure the size of the ceiling and the walls by using a tape measure. Measure the length of the longest wall and square it to find out how much paint you will need to cover the ceiling. For the walls, multiply the length of the longest wall by its height and then multiply the product by 4. If you are doing double coating, double the numbers. You can also use an online calculator to help you with the computation. Keep this rule of the thumb in mind: 1 gallon of paint is usually enough to cover at least 400 square feet of wall.

Remember this tip also: Do not buy paint that is too cheap for they do not last long. However, this does not mean that you have to buy a very expensive paint. Consider cost-efficiency and quality.

Getting Equipped

There are two basic equipment that you will be needing for the house painting project: the paint brush and the foam roller. The bristles of the paint brush must be tapered so you have more control as you press the brush onto the wall or ceiling surface. Do not buy cheap brushes as they are less effective. Cheap brushes often come with stiff and coarse bristles while quality brushes have soft and feathery bristles. Meanwhile, the usual size of foam rollers for general painting purposes is 9 inches. For a wider and quicker coverage, use a 14-inch or 18-inch foam roller.

Do-it-yourself house painting indeed needs a lot of preparation. If you don’t have the time, you can always opt to hire a Tennessee roofing specialist.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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