Contractor Tips Blog

Dec
10

Benefits of Curved Stairs

Posted in Stairs

One of the most prominent features in any home is unavoidably the staircase.  They are large, necessary, they take up space and they are usually one of the first elements a viewer sees when entering the home. If staircases are planned properly, they can make a grand statement. Curved stairs are a great way to add style and value to a space.

Style

There are many types of curved staircases that can be used.  Arched staircases are close to traditional sizes of straight stairs but with a slight bend giving interest and using space efficiently.  If space is an issue, a spiral staircase has a very small footprint as they go up, however they are usually much more steep and narrow.

Value

Curved stairs definitely add value to the home.  They are more expensive to install, however they are less common and certainly never cookie-cutter. The materials you choose can also add to the value of your home, whether you choose metal or wood railings.

Design

Curved staircases always add a level of interest and sophistication to the space.  They turn an otherwise simply functional part of a house into an intentional statement that says something about the people who live there. They can be decorated for events to add even more interest.

If you are building a new home, talk to your architect or a professional staircase specialist about how you can add a curved staircase to your home. Choose a design that compliments the style of your home with tread choices and railings that make a statement. You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Make a grand statement with beautiful curved staircases designed especially for your home.

 

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Staircase/Artistic Stairs
6025 Shiloh Rd, Ste E
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(888) 510-0342

Dec
10

3 Signs Your Chimney Needs Repairing

Posted in Masonry

Your chimney can last for decades without any problems. Routine cleanings are usually all the maintenance needed to keep it safe and efficient, but occasionally you will need repairs. If the structure of your chimney becomes unstable, it can become a hazard. Bricks can fall or leaks can cause a fire, putting your home and family at risk. Here are three signs your chimney needs a repair by a professional mason.

  1. Leaning. If your chimney has begun to lean, you should be calling your local masonry expert immediately. This can be a dangerous situation. A high-wind storm, heavy rains or nothing at all can bring your chimney tumbling down if it is unstable.
  2. Cracks. Are there spaces between bricks or cracks in your chimney? This can lead to bricks falling or the entire chimney crumbling down. Cracks can be signs of an unlevel foundation under your chimney or other structural problems.
  3. Evidence of moisture. There are signs that your chimney is leaking in moisture, which means it needs repair. If the wall near the chimney is warped or there is damage to the wallpaper, it can point to moisture issues. Also, if your firebox or damper is rusted, this is a sign of moisture problems.

Other signs of chimney issues are not as easy to spot. If you are on your roof and notice the chimney crown is cracked or the mortar joints are damaged, these are also signs you need a chimney repair. Don’t hesitate to call your local masonry expert for a repair. Chimney problems can lead to fires, injury and property damage that you want to avoid.

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

Dec
10

Benefits of Owning a Smartphone

Smartphones were once only for busy professionals and tech-savvy consumers. The old Blackberries were for the mobile professional that needed to stay in touch on the go, but few people used them for personal communication. The iPhone changed that concept, and now most people who have a cell phone own a smartphone. Per the Pew Research Center, 77% of cell phone owners have a smartphone as of 2017 and that number is expected to grow. If you are one of the few cell phone owners without a smartphone, here are some benefits to upgrading.

  • GPS. Get directions wherever you are with a GPS app on your phone. It doesn’t matter what vehicle you are in, you have GPS right in your phone to get directions.
  • Email on the go. Check your email and stay in touch when you are on vacation or just at the store. Your email account can easily be added to your smartphone, even by those not tech-savvy.
  • Camera. One of the most popular features on quality smartphones is a clear, digital camera. While non-smartphones have cameras, they do not have the quality that is available on most smartphones. Plus, you can share pictures through text, email and social media, right from your phone.

If you are in that 23% of cell phone owners that have not upgraded to a smartphone, maybe it is time to make the switch. There are many smartphone repair places that can help you maintain your new phone if it gets a cracked screen or just needs a new battery. Once you realize the benefits, you will enjoy the amazing features and convenience that a smartphone can provide.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Dec
10

The Benefits of Replacing Old Windows

Posted in Contractors

There are a few home improvements that can have a multiple-impacts on the value of your home. Replacing old, inefficient windows is one of those improvements. New, energy-efficient windows can add value and comfort to your home in many ways. Here some of the benefits you can realize when you replace old windows.

Energy Savings

One of the biggest benefits of installing new windows is the possible energy savings. Older or poor-quality windows can seep air or have ineffective insulation. Choosing Energy Star windows for replacing those old windows can add up to significant energy savings off your heating and cooling bills, paying for your new windows over time.

Esthetics

There is a plethora of options in design for new windows, giving your home a new look. This can update the style of your home, adding to your curb appeal that can increase the value of your home.

Comfort

A cold draft can make your home uncomfortable on those chilly days. Updating your windows to well-insulated versions can stop the cold drafts and help maintain a higher comfort level in your home.

Cost vs Value

New windows in your home is one of the best cost-to-value home improvements you can make to your home. The addition of energy-efficient windows can increase the value of your home, on top of ongoing energy savings, making it one of the wisest investments.

If your old windows are no longer efficient or are detracting from the beauty of your home, it may be time to replace them with new, more-efficient models. Talk to your local home contractor about installing new windows to gain these many benefits to your home.

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

Dec
10

How to Keep Your Conveyor Belt Running Smoothly

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Nothing can slow down production and distribution centers quicker than a conveyor belt breakdown. Your lines can come to a literal standstill when your conveyor tracking is not right or a belt becomes frayed or worn out. Here are some tips to keep your conveyor belt running smoothly to get the most productivity.

Regular Inspections

Your equipment needs to be regularly inspected to catch issues before they lead to a shutdown of your conveyor belt. Some areas to check daily and throughout the week include:

  • Belt wear
  • Wear on the idler
  • Material buildup
  • Pulley alignment
  • Belt tracking

Cleaning

Keeping your belt, motor and other equipment clean can go a long way in helping to keep your conveyor running. Dirt, debris and product residue can put excess wear on your equipment

Lubrication

Your bearings, rollers and other friction parts need lubrication to prevent wear. Make sure to clean any excess grease or oil from the belt. It is also imperative to use the right grease for the equipment. Check with your manufacturer recommendations.

The Right Belt

The most important part of keeping your conveyor belt running smoothly is getting the right belt for the job. The wrong size, type or fit can cause premature wear and lead to breaks and downtime. Talk to your conveyor belt supplier about getting the right belt for your equipment and use to avoid shutdowns.

Maintenance and conveyor belt servicing is key to preventing downtime on your production floor due to a conveyor shutdown. Keeping up with cleaning, inspections and lubrication can make your belts last longer, reduce energy costs and keeping your line moving for maximum productivity.

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

Dec
10

Pros and Cons of Installing Wrought Iron Railings

Do you have a stairway or a deck that needs a railing? Railings offer safety for kids, pets and anyone standing on the edge. However, they can also add style and design, depending on the type of railing you use. Wrought iron railings are a popular option for all types of buildings, but they do have their benefits and drawbacks. Here are the pros and cons of using wrought iron railings for your next deck or stairway project.

Pros

Wrought iron is durable, classic and perfect for the outdoors. There is a good reason that wrought iron is such a popular fencing option, and a great choice for railings. Here are some of the pros of wrought iron railings:

  • Customizable. A metal fabricator can make your railings any shape, size or design.
  • Traditional. If you like a traditional or classic style, wrought iron is a nice option.
  • Strength. Nothing beats wrought iron for strength, an important feature for safety railings.
  • Longevity. Wrought iron doesn’t rot like wood or be tempting for termites, and can last for decades if maintained.

Cons

With all good things come a price. For wrought iron railings, the actual price can be a con for some. Wrought iron is more expensive than many other materials. It also requires maintenance to keep it looking good and to protect it from the elements.

If you want a long-lasting option for a new stairway or deck railing, wrought iron is a classic, timeless option. Talk to your local metal fabricator that creates wrought iron railings to get the style and design that will reflect your taste.

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

Dec
10

Benefits of Purchasing a Refurbished Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

When you decide it is time to invest in a golf cart for recreation, business or personal transportation, you have many options to choose from, including size, model, power source and much more. When you decide between electric and gas, or the seating capacity, you also need to find a golf cart that is reliable and in your budget. You can buy used, which has risks, while buying new can cost more than you want to spend. However, purchasing a refurbished golf cart may be the right option. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Reliability. A refurbished golf cart has had the engine and other systems maintained and updated. While it is used, you are assured that the tires, brakes, battery and engine are in good condition.
  • Warranty. Many refurbished golf carts from dealers come with a limited warranty, giving you peace of mind that you are investing in a quality vehicle. Ask about what the warranty covers and whether it is based on mileage, time and if there are any specifications.
  • Best value. You can get a top-quality golf cart for a fraction of the price of what it would cost new. Instead of buying a new cart, but with less quality and features, you can buy a higher-end model that is refurbished for less money. You can get more bells and whistles, while still staying within your budget.

There are many options available when you want to purchase a golf cart. Talk to your local golf dealer and ask about the refurbished golf cart options that are available. You may find the perfect fit for your needs at a price you can afford.

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

Dec
10

Make Your Parking Lot Welcoming with Pressure Washing

Your business’ parking lot can make a big first impression on your customers. Before they ever step through your door, they can be influenced by the condition of your parking area. Is it dirty or unkempt? Is it slippery from oil or moss? Keeping your parking lot maintained and welcoming can create positive first impressions on your customers and protect you from liability.

When you parking lot is clean and safe, most likely your customers will not notice. No one is going to compliment you on your beautiful, clean parking lot. However, if it is not maintained, it can have a significant impact on your business. Muddy, oily and debris-covered lots will leave a poor impression on your customers. It is the first and last thing they see when they visit your business.

On top of aesthetics, a poorly maintained parking lot has other detriments. You are liable for keeping your customers safe when they are on your property. Hazards like branches, garbage and slippery spots can lead to injury. If a customer falls due to a poorly maintained parking lot, you could be facing a claim on your liability insurance and possibly a lawsuit.

Parking Lot Pressure Washing: A Wise Investment

It is worth investing in a regular pressure washing service for your business’ parking lot to keep it maintained. Not only will it enhance the appearance of your business, it makes it safer for your customers to come to your shop. Plus, clean pavement lasts longer, saving you money on repairs and replacement for your concrete or asphalt. Contact a local pressure washing service that offers parking lot cleaning to ensure your parking lot or garage is well maintained.

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

Nov
15

Outdoor Staircases

Posted in Stairs

One of the most important elements to your elevated outdoor deck or front entryway is the staircase. Too often stairs are an afterthought when they can be a beautiful part of the design.  Here are some common options to consider when adding exterior stairs to your home.

Style

The style of your front entry should fit with the style of your home overall.  Whether you have a rustic farm house, a cool craftsman, or a sleek modern home, your stairs are the first introduction to what guests are going to experience when they walk through the door.  Consistency is important.

Materials

Wood is the most common type of staircase added to homes, but they do need maintenance as they are affected by the weather. Brick adds color to traditional home faces and they are easy to maintain and withstand the elements. Stone steps are a classical touch that give a natural feel to your entryway. Metal and aluminum staircases add modern elements to a space.  Also, the choice of railings and balustrade materials can be mixed in staircases to reflect a combination of styles. They may modernize or soften a space to give a more unique look.

The most important part of a staircase is the safety it provides for its user and the flow in and out of the home.  The width and height of the stairs should be considered for the average user.

If you need assistance in choosing the right type of stairs for your next project, consider going to a professional stair company where they can assist you in designing the best staircase for your space.

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Staircase/Artistic Stairs
6025 Shiloh Rd, Ste E
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(888) 510-0342

Nov
8

Top 3 Andriod Apps That Can Help You Stay Organized

Are you constantly trying to stay on track with your daily to-do lists? Whether you have a busy work schedule, manage your family’s activities, have an active social life, or a combination of these time factors, it can be hard to stay organized. Your android smartphone goes with you wherever you go, so why not utilize its capabilities to organize your life? Here are the top three android smartphone apps that can help you simplify your life and make the most of every moment.

  1. Any.Do. Keep your to-do list in check with Any.Do. The simple-to-use interface lets you put your to-do list in groups for today, tomorrow, upcoming and even “someday.” You can also create your own folders for your preferences.
  2. Evernote. Never forget a thought again by updating your android phone with the Evernote app. You can speak or text your thoughts into notes, email from the app and keep all your ideas and plans in one place.
  3. Trello. Manage work or your life with the enhanced organization of Trello. Great for work projects, Trello is used by many companies to manage group projects online. However, Trello can be used for organizing all your life in one spot, with an easy set-up and intuitive system that has many features to offer anyone with a hectic life.

All the apps in the world will not help you if you don’t keep your android smartphone safe and protected. Make sure put new protective gear for your smartphone at the top of your to-do list and stop by a local accessories retailer to get new cases and screen protectors for your organizing lifeline.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

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