Contractor Tips Blog

Sep
6

Does Your Bay Window Need Help?

Bay windows add beauty and character to a home. However, these heavy windows need sufficient support to keep them level and functional. If you have a bay window in your home that looks un-level or no longer will open/close, there may be structural damage causing the problem. Often, it is not the window that is the problem; the window is only a symptom of other issues occurring in the support system of the house.

In homes with original bay windows, a sagging window or functional issues can be signs of a foundation problem. The foundation could be settling or there could be structural issues within the support walls that are allowing the window to become unstable. Since bay windows tend to be heavier than other windows, they can be the first symptom of a structural issue.

If a bay window is part of an addition to the home, the problem may lie in the construction of the addition. Many additions are not properly built to support the weight of a heavy bay window. In these cases, adding the correct support can resolve the problem and ensure the addition is designed to accommodate the weight of the larger window.

If you have a bay window that needs help, you may want to call a foundation expert first, not your local window contractor. Replacing or repairing the window may only put a bandage on the real problem. Since bay window issues are often caused by foundation or structural damage, it is best to have your home inspected for larger issues before wasting money on a window repair. Call a masonry or foundation expert that can fix both any structural damage and your window for the best results.

Posted on behalf of:
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
1027 Oregon Trail
Marietta, GA 30008
(770) 422-2924

Sep
6

Does Your Pool Deck Need a Makeover?

Long days by the pool are a wonderful way to relax. You can enjoy the view of the blue sky, the cool breeze coming off the water on your pool and take in your surroundings. It also gives you time to notice all the wear and tear that your pool deck has endured over the years. Hot sun, chlorinated water and countless feet may have taken their toll, leaving your pool looking slightly haggard. Is it time for a makeover of your pool deck?

Cracks, chips and faded pool deck materials can detract from the beauty of your pool area. But it is not just aesthetics that you should worry about. Wear can lead to drainage issues, slippery spots and other risky problems that can cause injury. Plus, an old pool deck can devalue your home, a major concern if you plan on selling in the future.

Natural Stone Pool Deck Makeovers

If you are noticing your pool deck needs a makeover, consider the benefits of a natural stone paver pool deck. Stone pavers made from tumbled travertine or marble make excellent pool decks that add value to your home with several benefits, including:

  • Natural, classic beauty
  • Cool surface for bare feet
  • Fade resistance
  • Excellent drainage capabilities
  • Unique design possibilities

In addition, tumbled stone pavers are durable and easy to maintain. They can easily be individually repaired or replaced and take very little to keep them looking beautiful for many years to come.

If it is time for a pool deck makeover at your home, call your local natural stone paver that offers pool deck construction to learn more about the benefits of a marble or travertine pool deck.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
954-603-3244

Sep
6

Does Your Home Need a Makeover?

Your home is your castle and one of the most expensive assets most people own. Keeping it maintained protects its value and your investment. If your home is starting to look rundown, it may be time for a makeover. Not only can a few home improvements make your home look better and maintain its value, it can help make your home more efficient. Here are the top three improvements that should be considered when remodeling your home.

New Roofing

Your home’s roof is vital for protecting your investment from the elements. A leak can cause thousands of dollars in damage. If your roof is beginning to fall apart, it is time to consider replacement. Whether you choose asphalt, cedar shingles or metal, replacing your roof is a wise investment.

Siding

Nothing can make your home look new again like new siding. Vinyl siding is a great option; it is easy to maintain and does not need painting to keep it looking like new. In addition, it can help with insulating your home to help save on energy costs.

Replacing Windows

Not only can replacing windows in your home make it look better, it can save money on your energy bills. Old windows without insulation properties seep air and make it difficult to maintain climate control in the home. Energy efficient windows can drastically impact your heating and cooling cost, usually paying for themselves over a few years.

When doing a makeover on your home, start with the most important aspects that impact the value: roof, siding and windows. Once those are complete, you can tackle aesthetic aspects like landscaping, outdoor living spaces and other features to improve the beauty of your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Atwood Home Builders
227 W 8
th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 638-1262

Sep
6

Does Your Conveyor Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Conveyor systems are a vital component of many shipping and manufacturing operations. Downtime costs money lost in production and labor. While there are many different maintenance requirements in conveyors to keep them running smoothly, one part of your conveyor can make everything come to a standstill. Timing belts are the workhorses of most manufacturing equipment, including your conveyor system. If one breaks, your entire assembly line can come to a halt.

Timing belts synchronize the internal systems of a conveyor belt, coordinating the different systems so they run smoothly. Just like the timing belts in a vehicle, they ensure all systems are working together. In conveyor belt systems, the timing belt is working with the conveyor pulleys and other components to ensure the belts pause or accelerate as needed on the different platforms of the machinery.

When a timing belt breaks, the conveyor system can no longer function. This is true of almost any engine that has a timing component to mesh the different systems. The timing belt keeps all the systems working together to run smoothly. Once it is lost, so is the mechanical integrity of the conveyor belt.

The problem with timing belts is they can break at any time, often without warning. Regular service and maintenance is the best way to ensure they are changed as needed if they become worn. This can ensure your production line keeps moving on schedule and no downtime is needed for an unexpected timing belt replacement.

Your conveyor manufacturer should have recommended intervals for preventive replacement of your timing belt to avoid costly breakdowns. Keep up with your routine replacement of timing belts and ensure you have extra belts on hand from your industrial supplier to prevent unexpected timing belt problems.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Sep
6

Protect the Investment in Your Roof with Regular Cleaning

The roof of your home is one of the most expensive components to replace. You want to make sure it lasts as long as possible before needing to invest in a new roof. One of the best ways to protect your roof and extend the lifespan is with regular cleaning. Removing debris, moss and dirt can help minimize damage and add years to the life of your roof.

Cleaning your roof is best done with low-pressure washing. While sweeping can remove loose debris, it does not clean off moss, mildew and other substances that can ruin your roof and detract from the beauty of your home. A pressure washer is the best tool for the job, but it must be done at low-pressure to protect the roof from damage. Too high of pressure can loosen shingles and cause expensive damage to your roof.

Use a Professional Pressure Washing Service

While it may seem easy to pressure wash your roof on your own, it is not as simple as it seems. It is important to know the right setting to effectively remove debris without causing damage. Plus, roof cleaning can be dangerous; one slip, and you could find yourself on the ground with broken bones or worse. It is best to leave this risky job to professionals that know the correct techniques and have the experience to complete the job without injury.

To protect the investment in your roof, have it cleaned once a year by a professional pressure washing service. Spring and summer are the best time to clean your roof, keeping it clear of moss, mildew and debris that can cause damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Sep
6

Top Benefits of Metal Stairs

Posted in Metal Stairs

When it comes to building stairs for commercial use, there are several considerations. Budget, durability, use and safety are all factors in determining the best stairs for your business or property. Metal stairs have many benefits and advantages when it comes to commercial use. Here are some of the top advantages of choosing metal stairs for your commercial property.

  • Strength. Metal is strong and can handle heavy traffic and weight. Whether you own an apartment building with foot traffic or a manufacturing facility needing high-weight capabilities, metal stairs can meet the strength needs for your business.
  • Longevity. Metal stairs can last for many years, even decades. When properly maintained, metal can last longer than many other materials and is easily repaired if needed.
  • Versatility. Not all metal stairs are the same. You can have your stairs customized to meet your needs, from indoor stylish options to functional, durable outdoor commercial-grade staircases.
  • Safety. Metal is excellent for providing safe stairs for employees and customers. Non-slip, sturdy stairs made from metal are extremely safe and can help reduce accidents on your property.
  • Budget. Metal stairs are a cost-efficient, fitting almost any budget. They can be less expensive than other options and last longer than other materials.
  • Easy maintenance. Metal stairs are simple to maintain. They are easy to clean and repair; re-coating the stairs every few years can keep them looking great and protect them from damage.

Metal stair offer many valuable benefits, making them a wise investment for many different types of commercial applications. Use an experienced metal fabricator that specializes in customized metal staircases for the highest quality stairs for your business.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552

Sep
6

Wet Smartphone Basics

Everyone knows smart phones and moisture don’t mix. Yet, when your phone goes everywhere you do, it is bound to get wet eventually. A small spill on your phone or a little rain is usually not a problem; just wipe it off quickly and in most cases, no damage is done. However, if your smartphone takes a dunk in the toilet or lands in the pool, you may not be so lucky. Acting fast can save your phone from permanent damage. Here are some wet smartphone basics to help minimize damage if your phone gets soaked.

  • Dry off the exterior. First and foremost, turn off the phone and wipe away all moisture from the outside of the phone. If the phone is well-sealed, this can prevent damage in some cases. Make sure to dry all ports as much as possible and leave out plugs to allow drying.
  • Take apart your phone. Open the case and take out removable parts such as the battery, memory card and SIM card. Wipe all components dry with a soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel.
  • Suction, not forced air, is best. If you want to try and remove water, do not use a hair dryer or forced air; it can force water further inside. A vacuum can be used, but do not put the hose too close to the phone.
  • Let the phone dry. Leaving the phone and components to air dry on an absorbent cloth for several hours or overnight can remove water. Another option is to put the phone in dry white rice that can pull water out and absorb it.
  • Try to turn on phone. Wait at least 24 hours; if all the components feel and look dry, assemble and try to turn on your phone; if it doesn’t turn on, try charging the battery.

If your phone doesn’t turn on or has functional issues after completing all these steps, all is not necessarily lost. Bring it to a local cell phone repair shop. Often, they can fix water damage, especially if you have removed as much water as possible first.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Sep
6

3 Tips to Keep Your Electric Golf Cart Running like a Champ

Posted in Golf Carts

Whether you use your electric golf cart for running the course or as personal transportation around your property, you want to keep it in tip-top shape. Maintaining your cart can extend the life of your investment and give you the most value for your money. Doing a few maintenance items can make sure your golf cart is always ready to go. Here are three tips to keep your electric golf cart running like a champ.

Maintain Your Batteries

For electric golf carts, one of the main areas to worry about is your batteries. They are the fuel that powers your cart and they are very expensive to replace. Make sure they are always kept completely charged, are filled with water and receive regular maintenance including cleaning the cables.

Schedule Regular Tune-Ups

Like any vehicle, your golf cart needs routine service to keep it running like it should. Schedule routine tune-ups at your local golf cart dealer as recommended by the manufacturer.

Check Your Brakes and Tires

You may not be speeding down the freeway with your electric golf cart, but you still want to ensure that it is safe. Checking the air pressure on your tires before use is important. You also need regular inspections and maintenance for your brakes to keep them working safely, including replacing brake pads and adding fluid as necessary.

By doing a few key maintenance items you can ensure the safety and reliability of your electric golf cart, helping it last for years before you need a replacement. Talk to your local dealer about maintenance options and bring your cart in for service as needed.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Sep
4

Wood Garage Doors vs. Metal

Posted in Garage Doors

Are you researching new garage doors? There are many different aspects to consider when choosing a new garage door, from style and design to insulation, wind resistance and other features. However, one of the first decisions is what type of garage door you want. The two highest quality garage doors are wood and metal, both with their own advantages and drawbacks. Here is a quick comparison to help you decide which is right for your garage.

Wood Garage Doors

Wood garage doors can be a beautiful, durable option for your home and garage. A solid wood door can be stained for a classic style that adds curb appeal to your home. For authentic-appearing carriage-style doors, wood is a wonderful choice. However, wood does tend to be more extensive when you choose a higher quality door. While there are thin particle wood doors that are much cheaper, they are less secure and durable than solid wood.

Metal Garage Doors

There are a few different types of metal used to make garage door. However, steel garage doors are the most durable and withstand dents much better than thinner metals. Steel garage doors are a popular option. They are often less expensive than wood, but they can be painted to look like wood or come in many colors and designs.

If you want a high-quality garage door, both solid wood and steel doors are great options. The biggest differences between the two is style and cost. Talk to your local garage door service company. They can go over the options available for your garage and help you decide which option is the best for your needs.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Sep
4

What to Do if Your Garage Door Has a Bent Track

Posted in Garage Doors

The metal tracks that are so essential to an overhead garage door can be easily damage. Vehicles going in and out, plus other influences can damage the tracks and impact their stability. If these tracks are bent or dented, they can jeopardize the safety of your garage door. It is important to inspect these tracks and make sure they can support the hundreds of pounds of door that they move up and down each day. Here is what to do if there is a problem with your garage door tracks.

You may think a small dent in your garage door track is not a big deal, but it can impact the entire door opening system. A dent or bend can throw off the alignment of your door. This can result in it coming off the tracks. Since most garage doors weigh a few hundred pounds, this can be a major safety hazard.

It is important to regularly inspect your tracks and hardware. Look for dents or a bent track, corrosion and other signs of weakness in the structure. Also inspect the cables, rollers and stabilizing hardware in and around the tracks. If there are signs of rust or damage, these components should be replaced right away.

While you may be able to replace a rusty screw in your tracks, replacing the entire track should be left to the garage door repair professionals. Tracks must be perfectly aligned to allow the opening system to work correctly. Call your local garage door service to replace your bent or damaged track and any other components that are showing wear and tear. It is important to keep these parts in good repair to ensure your garage door can safely function.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

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