2016

4 Tips for Using a Space Heater in a Room With Laminate Flooring

During the winter, you may choose to supplement your heating with a space heater in certain rooms. Unfortunately, laminate flooring can sometimes react poorly when excessive heat is applied to near to the flooring. This can result in slight warping, bubbling, or shifting of your flooring. It is still possible to safely use a space heater in a room with laminate flooring, but you should take the following steps to help protect your flooring from any unnecessary heat damage.

Glass Tile Installation: Bonding Mortar Tips

The use of glass tiles in a home usually gives it a touch of style that is almost impossible to replicate with largely opaque materials such as ceramic. This, in addition to the fact that glass can blend seamlessly into almost any already-installed house theme, has seen a rise in the use of glass tiles -- both as accent pieces and as field tiles. However, glass usually works its aesthetic magic only when properly installed.

2 Misconceptions About Water Softeners Debunked

If you have considered having a water softener installed at your home, then you likely already know how much better soft water is for your skin, hair, home appliances, and plumbing than hard water is. However, if you have not yet decided to "pull the trigger" and have a water softening system installed in your home, then you may have decided against it due to one of the following myths. Read on to learn the truth behind two common misconceptions about home water softeners and why you can have soft water in your home without raising your blood pressure or sacrificing the health of your garden.

Putting Up Gutters On Your Rental Property? Consider The Details For A Long-Lasting Installation

When you own a property, it makes sense to improve it over the years as it becomes financially possible. If you have a rental home that you maintain, you may think that investing in minimal upgrades is the way to go because it will not affect the amount that you can charge for rent by that much. But there is another factor that you should take into consideration, and that is the long-term maintenance expenses.

Four Benefits A Barrier-Free Shower Can Afford You

If you're thinking about upgrading the shower in your home, make sure you aren't overlooking a barrier-free shower. In simple terms, a barrier-free shower is basically a shower designed without a frame that you can simply walk inside. For the average homeowner, this upgrade can afford a number of different benefits.   Add A Modern Design The cost of remodeling your entire bathroom can be a costly expense. One that the average person might find hard to cover.

Save Your Log Home From Carpenter Bees

If you own a log house and have noticed carpenter bee holes on the outside of your house, then you need to act fast. While it might not look like much from the outside, inside, your logs are being chewed apart. The carpenter bees eat the wood and create a maze work of tunnels in your logs. Over time this hollows out the logs. In addition to doing damage themselves, the presence of carpenter bees can attract woodpeckers that want to eat the bees.

Common Types Of Water Softeners

If you are looking for a way to reduce the amount of minerals in your tap water, then water softener installation is a great way to go. There are a few different options for water softeners that vary on pricing and effectiveness. Here are some general details about each one.  Salt-Based Water Softener The most common type of water softener is the salt-based ion exchange softener. Essentially, water is softened when it passes through two tanks containing either resin beads or brine.

Monitoring Your Foundation's Health

Having home foundation problems is one of the scariest and potentially expensive issues for homeowners. Catching problems early can keep you from the kind of extensive repairs that can keep your home in an uproar and your bank account in danger. If you own a home, be alert to these signs of foundation problems. Interior No home is going to remain perfectly level, but you can check inside your home for indications of excessive settling.

Beyond Mowing Your Lawn, Talk To Your Lawn Service About These Other Important Jobs

No one likes arriving home on Friday night after a long week at work to see overgrown grass that needs attention over the weekend – especially if your ideal weekend plans include sipping a cold drink on the back deck. You can easily avoid such frustrations by hiring a lawn service to mow the grass during the week and ensure it's picturesque by the time Friday rolls around. If you aren't the type of person who enjoys working in the yard, talk to your lawn service representative about including these other tasks on mowing day.

Using Drapes To Create The Appearance Of A Larger Apartment Rooms

Draperies serve as more than just window covers to block out sunlight and create privacy. Drapes can also create optical illusions to help change the appearance of a room. Using colors, placement, and even patterns, you can easily make windows in a room appear taller or even wider, thus changing the overall visual appeal of a room or even an entire apartment. Choosing the Right Colors Although the average U.S. citizen prefers to live in a roomy, single-family home, approximately 17% of Americans live in either condos or apartments.