Category: Interior Renovation

Why should you hire an electrician versus doing it yourself?

Interior Renovation

Well, for some the answer is obvious, for others, not so much. In Texas, everyone thinks that they can take on a job and do it themselves. We run into those clients all the time and almost always end up fixing their messes for them.

One assumption a lot of people make is that they can save money by doing the job themselves instead of hiring a professional electrician – and as many have found out too late, this assumption is incorrect. A professional can almost always get the job done in much less time than it would take you to do it. Especially if you value your time, this can amount to a significant savings. More to the point, a professional conroe electrician will get the job done right the first time, saving you the cost of doing things twice or spending time and money trying to do it yourself and still having to call an electrician to fix an improperly completed project.

For example, with many homeowners, flickering lights can be a common scenario. However, this can be due to a poor connection somewhere in the circuit. It can mean main wire connection problems. If it happens often, there is no other way to solve it than to call the professionals. How many laymen know where to start by looking at a circuit or even owning a circuit tester?

If you feel like you are ready for a new bathroom and need wiring done or you just want to update what you have there are many ideas that you should run through. An idea is great but it should always be put down on paper so your contractor knows exactly what you are looking for also. We did a job in Spring that resulted in 5 hours of just running wire. 5 Hours! However, there are so many things that can be done to give your bathroom a new look from adding a television, notebook stand to adding in electronic shower stalls. That’s right. Electronic shower stall.

Before you start out on hiring someone though, for example like us, you need to establish how much the job you are hiring him to do should cost. For small jobs, this can be found out about online whereas for larger, more complicated jobs, you should get a few quotes from other electricians in your area. Once you have established the fair market rate for the work you are looking to get done, you should then request a quote from your electrician of choice. Provided the quote is a reasonable one, you should also get it in writing so that you can shop it around or hold your hired electrician to it. And make sure they’re licensed and registered!

There are many dangers in working with electricity if you choose to go that route. If you don’t understand 110volts vs 220, you definitely need to hire a professional, licensed electrician in the woodlands, conroe, spring or tomball

Enjoy A Cleaner Home: Carpet Cleaning Tips

Interior Renovation

It is a simple fact that a dirty carpet can cause a great deal of dissatisfaction in the home. However, it can be hard to keep all of your rooms looking great, and this is where hiring a professional comes in. Take the tips included in this article and use them to help you hire a good carpet cleaning business.

It is easier to vacuum a floor if you do it in sections. The will help you to avoid re-vacuuming the same area over and over. If your room is square, for example, separate the room into four quadrants when you clean.

Excess heat should be avoided when cleaning carpets. If you have a delicate fiber or lots of vivid colors in your carpet, these can be ruined. This is very important if you want to avoid permanent damage.

Many capret and upholstery cleaning companies use chemicals; if you don’t want these substances in your home, find someone that uses “green” methods. Look carefully at any labels you use and discuss with your carpet cleaner what type of products they have as well.

Whether or not a cleaning company uses a specific line of cleaning products has no bearing on their experience and abilities. Do not forget to verify the certifications of the cleaning business. Just ask them, and followup privately to make sure that information is verified.

If you want a clean carpet, ensure the company you are considering has a real address or brick-and-mortar location. If you run into any issues, you’ll need to have a physical address that you can go to in order to resolve said issues. If their business address is a P.O. box, then you may need to look for a different company.

When your carpets look good, your house looks good. We hope that this article has given you just the advice you need to find a great carpet cleaner for your home. Use the information from this article to guide you through the process of professional carpet cleaning.

Injection Foam Insulation: A Solution For Older Homes

Interior Renovation

Quick, Clean, Economical Insulation for your Home or Business

This new method of insulating existing structures can be used to bring your home up to date with the latest technology in injection foam application.

Until now it has been nearly impossible to inject foam insulation into an existing structure such as a home or a business. Now, with our innovative process we can do this quickly and economically and without the noxious formaldehyde present in other products.

All work is done outside the home so you won’t have damaged walls or rugs and floors to replace.

Quick – Clean – Economical.

injection foam insulationNow you can install this fabulous product in your home without the major reconstruction that was once necessary. In addition you will receive all the benefits available in new construction without the noxious formaldehyde found in lesser products.

If you are a homeowner, now is the time to have Trypolymer® injection foam insulation installed in your home. There will never be a better time than now. Let’s face it, energy costs are not going to decrease significantly in the foreseeable future. With natural gas and heating oil prices at all time highs it is important to use it sparingly to hold costs to a manageable level during the long winter nights.

The cost of fuel is also reflected in the cost of electrical energy and this, in turn, is raising the cost of summertime cooling. Again, efficiency is key in making the best use of this increasingly valuable resource.

Proper insulation in your home is no longer a luxury. It is becoming more of a necessity everyday. Trypolymer® foam insulation increases the value of your home and makes it more comfortable at less cost year-round. Installation of Tripolymer® foam doesn’’t require major reconstruction. There is no danger to walls or floors because Tripolymer® foam is injected into the walls from the outside of your home regardless of structure type.

Now, before the skyrocketing cost of energy reverberates through the rest of the economy, is the time to take steps to minimize the effect on your wallet. Tripolymer® injection foam insulation is quickly and easily installed at a price that is very economical today and will remain a bargain regardless of inflation but the price can only go up as time goes on. The earlier you act the better the savings and the sooner you start living more comfortably, summer and winter.

Learn how your home can benefit from spray foam insulation here

Should I Replace My Windows?

Interior Renovation

The decision to replace the windows in your home is a big one.  How do you know if it’s really necessary?  With time and use, windows wear out.  They can become less energy efficient and begin to break down structurally.  There are a few definite signals that will let you know if it is time to replace your windows.

1.  Windows Become Drafty

All windows will let a little bit of air into and out of your home, but you should not be able to detect a draft.  If you can, then the windows are letting too much air through.  Over many years of use windows can become warped or the frames can become loose which would allow too much air to pass through.  If this happens your heating and cooling system will have to work harder to keep your indoor temperature at a comfortable level.  That will cause your energy bills to be higher, which is a sure sign that the windows need to be replaced.  Weather stripping is a temporary remedy for this problem, but since sealants expand and contract, the leaks will not be sealed for very long.

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2.  Difficulty Opening and Closing the Windows

This sign is a pretty obvious one.  Clearly, if you cannot open or close your windows they are no longer useful and need to be replaced.  Wooden windows can warp and cause them not to go up and down.  Metal windows, when not properly painted can rot or rust, which can also cause them not to operate properly as well.  Double hung and triple hung windows utilize a balance system that allows them to move up and down.  If this malfunctions the windows might suddenly slam shut, which is hazardous.

3.   Condensation Between Panes on Double or Triple Paned Windows

If there is condensation, fog or even white calcium deposits between the panes of glass in triple or double paned windows, it is a sign that the seal between them may have been broken.  This means that the glass is no longer insulating against the outdoor temperatures.  In cases like this, the windows, or at least the panes of glass must be replaced.

4.  High Heating and Cooling Costs

If your heating and cooling costs are high, old and inefficient windows may be the cause.  If the windows in your home are very old they are probably not energy efficient.  In the long run, replacing the old windows with new, energy efficient windows will save you enough money on your utility bills to pay for themselves.

The benefits of installing energy efficient windows is great and well worth the investment. Search for a local window  company in your area. Ask plenty of questions and get a quote from at least two local businesses.

Single vs Double Pane Window – PlyGem