How To Find A Roofing Contractor

July 06, 2015  //  Posted by: Naira  //  Category: Floors & Roofs, Uncategorized

roofing contractorWhen it comes to choose a roofing contractor, it is very much essential to verify that all the appropriate requisites are complied with or not. Because it is the point of our home and no one wants their home to be at risk. It is important to search for a professional roofing contractor because it is the question of your investments. People should very carefully employ the roofing contractor seeing his reliability, potential, efforts, because this will reduce the percentage of problems and more efficient work would be done by the contractor. There are many ways to employ the roofing contractor but the most useful ones are:


  1. Firstly you should ask for referrals from your family, relatives, friends, neighbors, so that you will get an idea about the pricing of the work given, quality of work to be done, etc. and if you have no selective option than you can concern to local business bureau.
  2. After selecting the roofing contractor, you must verify that the contractor is having a legitimate license of his work. The license must be of the local or state area where the roofing work is going to be carried on.
  3. All the required information must be collected by the owner of roofing contractor like his tax identification number, business number, address, its e-mail, contact number, etc. so that the possibility of fraud and error does not takes place and the legality of the contractor also gets concrete.
  4. The main element of roofing contract is insurance. It is very important to ask the roofing contractor of insurance and workmen compensation and liability coverage of the workers. While working if any worker gets injured than the legal actions would be taken against you. So to be very much precise, the insurance should be mandatory for the roofing contractor.
  5. If the roofing contractor is from any relative’s reference than we have an idea of their past work but if the contractor is not of any reference than we can call for his past work records, clients reviews, etc. it gives us the assurance of our roofing work would be done efficiently and satisfactorily.
  6. As the work of installing a roof is not a single man work, so many other workers would be needed to help the contractor and this gives us the idea of how long the work of roofing is going to be carried on. All the elaborative information must be gathered by the owner of the house from the roofing contractor so that any fraud or error does not arises.
  7. The owner of the house should decide the contract agreement at the beginning of the work and sign the pros and cons of the agreement for no further mistakes. The written agreement must be prepared and copies of it should be given to the roofing contractor and the owner of the house where the roofing work is going on.
  8. The owner should first attempt the research of what pricing is decided with that of other roofing contractor’s price and decide the final hiring of payment to the contractor. The owner must keep in mind of not paying the whole payment in the beginning but should give at the end of the work so that the roofing contractor does not work lethargic and the work of roofing is attempted efficiently.

Things Every New Home Owners Should Know About Roof

July 03, 2014  //  Posted by: M J  //  Category: Floors & Roofs

RoofingWhen you purchase a new home, the exterior will not be the main thing on your mind. You will be thinking about the interiors of the home. You will be thinking of furniture for each room and the paint colors for the wall, so not much of your focus will be on the roof of the home unless it is leaking. If you have lived in a rental home you might not have paid proper attention towards the roofing and other matters compared to now with owning your own house. When you own a home your entire perspective changes, after all, you are now responsible for all the problems and expenses with the home. You must be careful and responsible about your roof; here are some of the things which every new home owner should know about their roof.

  • Pay appropriate attention towards inspection report of your home

Home inspection is a very essential part of your new home buying process. There is still a possibility that certain items might get dismissed from the inspection by thinking that the problems are not that bad. If your inspection report reveals that there is an issue with your roof, don’t take it in a light manner. In fact you should become very serious and take steps towards fixing the problem. Make sure you get the problems fixed as soon as possible before problems get worse.

  • Hire a roofer to take a look at it

Home inspectors are indeed very good at what they do, however, they are not roofers themselves. The job of the home inspector is not as accurate as the inspection of a roofer. If the primary home inspection report states that your roof is in good enough condition for you to purchase your home, then you should continue. However, you should still hire a roofer to take a look at your roof at least within the first six months of you living there. By doing so, you can keep track of all the small issues which may result into big issues if no actions are taken to fix them. By taking action to repair your home, you can save yourself from a big financial expense.

  • Know your warranty

Many new homeowners buy their home unknowingly under a warranty. Warranties in general are a tricky subject. Check out your home warranty so that you know the inside and out of and be sure to take advantage of all of it. Make sure you are fully aware of your advantages and your drawbacks. Get to know what your warranty should cover and what not.

  • Get to know your insurance policy

Most of the insurances policies for now homes will cover the roof. However, the policy might not cover the wear and tear expenses as well as other related issues for your roof. That means that it would be fine and covered by insurance if a storm damaged your roof, however, the insurance may not cover a small crack or leak in the roof. Thus, take care of what is covered and what is not.

How to choose a wooden floor cleaner

February 04, 2014  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Floors & Roofs

wooden floor cleanerHave you got wooden flooring at your home? That’s just great as the timber look is always classy and oozes a much desired elegant aura which ups the glam quotient of your haven. However, wooden flooring demands good maintenance and you have to be very careful about your floor cleaner here. Let us observe some essential tips to remember while choosing your hardwood floor cleaner.

Gentle cleaning solution

Hardwood demands a gentle touch and not all floor cleaners around would be suitable for it- for example- your regular bathroom tile floor cleaner can be dangerous to the stylish wooden surface. Thus, your bet should be on the pH-neutral waterborne non-toxic cleaners that are specifically made for the hardwood flooring. Before buying the product, read the label to check out that it is especially meant for a wooden surface.

Refillable containers

It’s suggested that you go for the hardwood floor cleaners with refillable containers. It’s not only economical but eco-friendly as well.

No residue

The hardwood floor cleaner you are picking up should not leave any dulling residue on your floor post clean-up.

Reputed brands only

It is important that you get your hardwood floor cleaner from a reputed brand only. You have to select a handful of 5-6 potential wood cleaner brands and carry a through comparative study on them. Read the expert reviews, ratings and customer testimonials to understand the pros and cons of every cleaner under your consideration. The one you choose should be backed by rave reviews and maximum ratings of the lot.

Automatic mop

Try to get hardwood floor cleaners assuring automatic mop as these promise a faster cleaning than manual mopping.

Instructions & number

The hardwood floor cleaner you are getting should come with legible floor cleaning instructions. It’s good if it carries the manufacturer’s support number so that you can call up the company for any query.

Cork flooring, a fantastic pick for your basement

February 16, 2011  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Floors & Roofs

Getting the right flooring for your basement is one of the important tasks while renovating your home. The basement area is very prone to moisture growth accompanied by mildew and molds. Thus, you have to keep in mind that the flooring material is resistant to humidity, moisture and sudden or excessive weather changes.

Opt for cork flooring. Cork contains the waxy suberin (a sort of natural chemical) which helps it to resist moisture, molds, pests or mildew. Other flooring types such as laminate, carpet or wooden flooring are all easily degradable and abet the growth of moisture. Moreover, cork flooring is also highly comfortable to walk on due to its honeycomb cellular build. The trapped gas inside the cork makes it a good insulation material too. It helps you a lot during the chilly winters.
Besides, cork flooring is renewal and eco friendly also as we get it from the outer layer (bark) of the oak tree and thus you do need to cut the whole tree down.

How to pick the right flooring for your basement

July 31, 2010  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Basements, Floors & Roofs

If, you are thinking of remodelling your old basement, flooring is one factor which needs due consideration. Materials which are moisture resistant are perfect for your basement floor.  Thus if you are thinking of carpeting your basement, stop right there.  Nothing can be worse than that as the moisture from the floor may totally spoil your carpet. Instead you can opt for concrete titles for your basement flooring. You can go for the colourful ones or get the plain ones and draw colourful patterns on them to quench you artistic thirst.

Cork flooring is another practical alternative as moisture doesn’t damage cork. Cork contains a waxy ingredient called suberin which prevents water from damaging it. Besides this, using cork for you basement flooring can be an eco-friendly alternative too, if you wish to go green.

Similar to carpets, wood flooring is a big no-no as well, as moisture will gradually rot your wooden flooring.

Make Your Home Look Like Never before With Floor Tiles

June 24, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Floors & Roofs, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement

Various types of tiling can indeed change the look and feel of your flooring. Thus, selecting the right kind of tile is extremely significant. A floor tile is available in various colors and designs and thus you should always go for the one which synchronizes well with the color of the walls and overall get up of your room. Tile selection is an essential part of the entire room planning and thus it has to be done with utmost efficacy.

Nowadays, mosaic tiles are available in several shapes, textures, layouts and colors. They are often considered to be an element of artistic stylization because of their exclusive hue and pattern. Mosaic tiles come in three varieties of mosaic glass tiles, mosaic limestone tiles and mosaic marble tiles. The glass variety provides you with a fantastic shimmering look and because of its shinning appearance the wall space looks more and it is used both in homes and offices. The limestone variety is best suited for basin and kitchen walls. This needs to be maintained properly when compared to the other mosaic varieties. However, among all these the marble is the most popular variety and more and more builders opt for it because of its versatility in look and usage.

Advantages of Using Rubber Flooring

September 24, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Floors & Roofs, Home Furnishings, Home Improvement

Rubber Floor, Home Improvement, Home Decor, Home CareMany people have realized the many advantages of rubber flooring and their use is increasing. Rubber flooring is easy to maintain since it does not demand a lot and you can simply follow the cleaning instructions provided. Such a floor cannot be badly damaged too from cigarette burns or chemical spills due to its high resistance to such. It is also durable which helps because it can be quite expensive initially.

Rubber flooring also provides comfort because of its softness especially if you have a small baby learning to walk since he/she will not be hurt much during falls. It is also safe to use in terms of your health and the environment too. The material is recyclable and you can just replace the parts of the floor that you think are spoilt. You can get rubber flooring in the color, shape and size you want depending on your room.

Do it Yourself Hardwood Floor Repair

September 12, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Floors & Roofs, Furniture, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Furnishings

DIY, Home Improvement, Hardwood Floor, Home DecorIt is important to take care of your hardwood floor but no matter how well you do, sometimes it may get scratches or stains. You can repair this on your own, you just need to know what do for each instance. If you have damaged planks you want to repair, you can easily remove them with a saw and then resurface the part using a belt sander. You can then replace the boards with new ones and apply new finish on the floor to make it uniform.

For stain removal, there are products that can be used to remove them easily such as oxalic acid crystals mixed with hot water, steel wool that helps to remove wax and sandpaper that you can use to get rid of surface finish from the damaged area. With the right tools and ingredients, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on repairs.

Hiding Scars on Walls, Ceiling and Floors

August 19, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Floors & Roofs, Repairs & Maintenance, Walls and Ceilings

Home Improvement, Home Care, Walls, Ceiling, FloorLooking for options to cover the greasy hand stains on your walls or is the orange juice spill on your carpet that is making you frown? Here are some amazing tips to hide scars on walls, ceilings and floors:

Invest in some bright sunny tapestry to cover up the ugly scar in the walls. Available in many different materials, tapestries can be easily put up and also removed for cleaning purposes.

Another great options for taking away the attention from the scars is to buy bamboo or colored woven mats that can be hanged and can even be used for covering the floors. Besides being inexpensive, these mats are durable and require less maintenance

How about getting some discounted rug or area carpet to cover the ugly marks on your floor? Not only will it give an instant facelift to any drab room it will surely help in making any room to appear more welcoming.

Save money on your new home with alternative designs

February 05, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Floors & Roofs, Home Improvement, Interior designs, Walls and Ceilings

floorWhile building a home, we generally go overboard. It’s an emotional investment for us and we do not worry too much about the cost even if it means extending a loan by few thousand dollars. Today, we may look for many substitutes yet equally effective designs for saving money.

For instance, we can look to do the floor covering in linoleum. It is cheaper than marble and tile. This way, a lot of money can be saved despite keeping the appearance handy. We can also look for wooden tiles that are far cheaper than marble.

Water and wind resistant paints are available in acrylic shades but one can go for an oil paint with a primer instead. It lasts equally long and is a little cheaper.

For the design, you can choose a low vaulted ceiling rather than an imposing structure and cut out smaller rooms. Something like a handrail chosen in glass can save a lot of cost as well.