Best Steam Mop for Tile and Grout

What’s the Best Steam Mop for Tile and Grout in 2019?

It is no longer necessary to use a dingy mop with dirty water to clean a floor, as manufacturers have designed some pretty amazing cleaning equipment that allows you to take care of the mess without any stress or fuss.

Steam mops are the best thing since vacuum cleaners, as it allows you to take care of other types of floor surfaces without having to get down on your knees and scrub.

The hot steam penetrates even the toughest dirt, making it that much easier to remove the dirt and grime without damaging the floor. There are some pretty neat designs on the market, and these are known to tackle tiles and grout head-on.

Best Hard Floor Steam Mop under $100

Bissell PowerfreshBissell Powerfresh Steam Mop:

There are many reasons why this Bissell steam mop is at the top of the list, and customer satisfaction is only one of them. This mop seems like it has super powers, as there is now way that something this lightweight can pack such a good cleaning punch, yet it does.

The steam infiltrates the dirt and grime on a whole new level, and nothing can escape its path of sanitation. This mop is a great for those who have some trouble with allergens and bacteria, as it takes care of things on a microscopic level.

The added bonus of using a steam mop such as this one is that there is hardly any need to chemicals, as the steam penetrates and loosens the dirt. Using a steam mop ensures that the environment remains safe a germ-free for the whole family, and is a wonderful addition to households that have pets.

Floors that often provide a bit of a challenge when it comes to cleaning, are tiled floors, as the grouting often holds on to the dirt and requires some intense scrubbing before it lets it go. The steam action sorts this out in no time at all, making cleaning one of the preferred chores in the household.

Best Steam Mop for Pet Hair on Tile

Bissell Powerfresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop: 

A bit of an upgrade to the previous model is this one, that pays special attention to those pesky pet hairs that tend to accumulate on a daily basis.

Using a steam mop in an area where the pets are known to frequent, will also ensure that dander and dirt from outside are taken care of in minutes.

This is perfect for family members or visitors that have a hard time with allergies and general sensitivity. Having the furry friends indoors can also lead to a bit of a lingering odor that is quite tough to get rid of.

The steam mop counteracts this nicely by ensuring it tackles any smells on hard surfaces such as floors and furniture, which will improve the overall smell in your house.

The best part of having a steam mop in a pet environment has to be the fact that all these things can be achieved without having to fuss about chemicals, as the steam takes care of everything.

Fastest Heating Tile Floor Steam Mop

Hoover Steam Scrub Pro Steam MopHoover Steam Scrub Pro Steam Mop:

There is something about Hoover that just makes it an obvious choice for those who want to have a great quality product at a super price, and this model is no different. Steam mops are just terrific when it comes to sanitizing hard floors, as they are able to penetrate the dirt on a microscopic level, thanks to the heat and pressure. This allows you to clean seemingly tough stains with little to no effort at all.

And yes, this may seem like a “Hover vs Bissell” kind of article, and I guess it is to a point. They are both incredible machines. But I also agree there are other great brands too. So you ca check out the Hoover vs Shark article here, or look through Tina for Home Design to get more ideas on which cleaner fits your purpose and budget.

This mop is also ideal for those moments where you don’t have a lot of time for cleaning, as it takes very little time to heat up.

And added benefit of using a steam mop instead of just the regular type is that the steam can take care of even the trickiest areas, such as the grout between tiles.

This tends to be a bit of a dirt trap, is the bane of any good housekeeper’s existence. Steam is the ultimate friend for those who wish to have a clean house that is sanitized and odorless.

Whether you are a stay-at-home parent who has decided to take care of the cleaning as well, or you simply take care of it after work, getting it done in the quickest amount of time possible is usually the top requirement on the list. Having a mop that takes care of all these and still provides a deep clean makes it worth the investment.

The price on many of these items are quite reasonable, allowing you to have a high standard of cleaning without necessarily having to pay the accompanying price.

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The Best Roofing Material For Every Budget

There are many choices in roofing materials used on homes today. Deciding on the roof that is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including the type of roof you currently have, location of your home, climate zone, desired architectural look, maintenance, and cost.

20 Questions To Ask A Roofing Contractor

Before you get started on any new roof or repairs it is prudent to interview several roofing contractors and collect estimates. Experience counts. It’s best to work with experienced, reliable, honest professionals. Ask the following:

  1. How long have you been a licensed roofing contractor and what’s your state license number? Verify this before considering any roofing contractor’s services.
  2. How long has the company has been doing business under their current name?
  3. Are they bonded?
  4. Has the company declared bankruptcy within the past five years?
  5. Will they provide business references from within the past year?
  6. What terms of payment are anticipated?
  7. How many employees will be assigned to your roofing project?
  8. Will the foreman be on site? Are the employees working on this project employees of the roofing contractor?
  9. What type of roofing system does the roofing contractor recommend? Will it require a complete roof tear-off?
  10. What details can you provide regarding the roofing materials?
  11. Is the warranty guaranteed?
  12. What type of ventilation system does the proposed roofing system have?
  13. What is the best system for this area’s climate?
  14. Is the new proposed roofing system Energy Star Compliant, with an initial reflectance of at least 65%?
  15. Does the proposed roofing system meet the ASHRAE 90.1 standard for Federal Tax deduction eligibility?
  16. What sort of maintenance will be necessary with the new roof?
  17. Are there prevalent problems that occur with this type of roof?
  18. How will the contractor handle any problems over the life of the roof?
  19. What is the life expectancy of the proposed roof?
  20. What benefits does this roofing system provide?

A new roof installation is a major investment. Move forward only when you are satisfied with the answers to the above questions. Or if youre still unsure, take a look at this company as an example of what I am talking about.

Wood Roofs: Shakes and Shingles

  • Cedar shakes provide a traditional look with reliable, modern durability. They are a good choice for historic homes or homes in new developments with high appearance standards. Cedar shakes are an environmentally friendly option also.
  • The life expectancy of cedar shakes is up to 30 years, if quality materials are used.
  • A potential concern with cedar shakes is that many communities will require pressure-treated, fire retardant shakes, which lowers the fire hazard but increases the cost of the materials.
  • Composition shingles are widely used on homes in the United States. These are made of an organic or fiberglass base, then saturated with asphalt and coated with minerals on one side to resist weathering.
  • Fiberglass shingles are more flexible and stronger than organic shingles. Both shingles come in a wide variety of colors.
  • The life expectancy of composition shingles ranges from 20 to 30 years. Most manufacturers will cover a composition roof under warranty, if a certified roofer installed it.
  • Dimensional shingles are very similar to composition shingles, but are thicker, and can be used to create a better shadow line for each course of shingles. Dimensional shingles also have a much better lifespan, with an expectancy of up to 40 years.

Clay And Concrete Tiles

  • Clay tile is usually used in the traditional Spanish look. But, clay is now available in several other patterns. Tile is a very durable material and is able to withstand some of the harshest elements such as hail, wind, and fire. There is one drawback to tiles, however: their weight. They require certain structural standards for the frame and decking of the roof.
  • They have a great life expectancy of 40 to 50 years.
  • Tiles may need to be predrilled and nailed if you have a steep pitch roof, or even supported by metal brackets, all of which could increase the cost associated with this type of roofing system. Most tile manufacturers offer a minimum of a 50 year limited warranty on their products.
  • Concrete tile has essentially all of the benefits of clay tile. Concrete tiles also have the advantage of being available in a greater number of styles including traditional clay and slate.

Metal In areas where forests, moss, or heavy precipitation are present, metal roofs are a great solution for a new roof. Usually made of steel, aluminum or copper, metal roofs offer some of the best protection for your home. Metal roofs withstand high winds, shed snow and rain very effectively, and are fire resistant. Metal roofs are very lightweight, weighing about one quarter of the weight of tile roofs and nearly half as much as asphalt shingles. Metal roofing is generally more expensive than asphalt roofing, but cheaper than tile or slate roofing.

When properly installed a metal roof will usually last as long as the house with manufacturer warranties of 50 years.

Slate And Synthetic Slate A slate roof is the most expensive roofing material on the market. It is also the most durable and one of the more attractive solutions. Slate is cut from slabs of stone. The roof tiles are most commonly grey but do occur in a variety of subtle color variations. Slate roofs regularly last over 100 years.

Slate roofs require little maintenance, are resistant to mold and insects, and are fire damage. Slate is a heavy roofing material and can only be used on roofs that are properly supported for such weight. Most residential homes will require additional materials and labor to increase the roofs strength. Quality workmanship is a must for these types of roofs.

Synthetic slate tiles are another option. They are made from a mixture of slate dust and glass fiber resin, or a combination of cement and fiber. Synthetic slate isn’t as brittle as real slate, and it offers many of the same protective qualities.

Environmentally Friendly Roofing Materials Green roofs are on the rise in popularity. They are energy efficient and earth friendly.

A green roof covers the traditional roof with vegetation that provides many benefits to the structure and the environment.

A green roof will have a number of layers; a soil layer, and layers for drainage and waterproofing, with the vegetation layer on top.

The roof may have an irrigation system installed for maintenance of the plants.

There are a number of advantages to having a green roof:

  • It reduces much of the heat from the roofs surface.
  • It’s a good sound insulator.
  • It reduces the amount of pollutants that run off with rainwater from roofs.
  • It retains much of the water in the soil and the plants will actually absorb some of the pollutants, purifying the water before it leaves the roof.
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Changing Locks – Should You DIY?

What Exactly Does “Changing Locks” Mean?

What really happens when my locks are changed?

Changing locks is a loose industry term. Some prefer Re-keying Locks or Re-pinning locks. Whichever term you like the best, the process is the same.

The outcome when changing locks is for the old keys not to work in the locks any more. More so a qualified locksmith will ensure the locks are working correctly and are secure.

Secure to a locksmith can be quite different to a non-locksmith,someone who is not a locksmith will probably accept that a door is secure if they give it a shake, and it does not open.

A locksmith will look to make sure dead-latching pins are seated correctly, the lock is operating correctly, the lock is not vulnerable to easy entry techniques, the lock meets building code regulations and much more.

As for handymen, builders, locksmith want-to-be’s, etc changing locks. well I will get to that a bit later.

Locksmith Assesses Locks

When a qualified locksmith assesses a particular lock that has to be changed there are two primary considerations.

  1. Is the lock in good working condition, or should it be replaced?
  2. Is the lock compatible with other locks on the property for keying alike or master keying?

If the lock is obviously damaged or needs replacing, the locksmith should at the very least inform the owner of the property of the issues with the lock. There are very few customers that would leave a broken or insecure lock on a door.

If the locks on the house are of the same key type often keying alike the locks is a good option. This cuts down on the number of keys that are required by making two or more locks work on the same key.

Sometimes the locks on a property are not compatible or for some reason it is not practical to use the existing locks.

Often new cylinders can be used as replacements for the existing lock cylinders. The new cylinders will be on the same key and often are compatible with some of the existing locks on the property.

Sometimes complete new locks have to be fitted to the doors of a property. Usually with new locks you have a choice and can either key the locks alike so the same key opens them, or keep the locks on a separate key.

Master Keying

Master Keying is also an alternative to keyed alike locks. Master keying is when you have 1 key which opens all the locks and individual keys to open each lock as well. You can imagine this would be of great advantage in a motel where the cleaners carry just 1 key to open all the rooms and the motel clients only have a key to their room door.

Another example of master keying is where you have 1 key to open your house and gate, and another key that just opens your gate. The gate key can be given to the Gardner to keep the lawns but the Gardner can not access your house.


There are different techniques for changing different locks.

The majority of locks we change are pin tumbler locks. When we change a pin tumbler lock either we replace the whole barrel or we change the combination of the existing lock barrel. Often even the new barrel will be re-combinated to match a certain(new) key.

As the usual method of changing locks is to change the combination of the existing lock cylinder, it is not possible to give back the old barrels.

Pin Tumbler Locks

To change the combination of a pin tumbler lock first a new key has to be made. The new key has to cut on the same blank as the lock we are re-combinating so as to fit into the lock barrel.

Once the new keys are cut the lock barrel must be removed from the cylinder or the lock pins removed. Every lock has a different technique for removing the pins. The lock has 2 sets of pins. Top Pins and Bottom Pins.

It is the bottom pins which touch the key when it is inserted. It is also the bottom pins which contain the combination for the lock. By replacing the bottom pins with new, correct sized bottom pins the new combination is set into the lock cylinder. You can see some diagrams on

When the lock cylinder is fitted back to the door, only the new key which was cut will work in the lock. The old key will not work anymore as the new combination does not match it .

Handyman and Locks

Now, on the subject of handymen, builders, would be locksmiths, etc. I am not trying to have a go at anyone. Just that the process described here is a bit more complicated then it sounds. Qualified locksmiths learn this process through a 4 year apprenticeship and it requires many hours of training to become proficient at changing all types of locks.

The handyman will usually only be able to replace your locks or cylinders. The problem with this is it is very difficult to carry every type of lock you require if you are just replacing locks.

It would usually mean a trip to a lock shop to buy the new locks and cylinders they require.

When the handyman discovers the lock he needs for a particular door is not available or worse still no longer made he must fit another lock to the door. Fitting a different type of lock means drilling holes, chiseling extra timber from the door, using fillers, etc.

The result is usually a job that took a lot more time and often holes and marks are left behind from the original lock. There is also the issue of extra timber being removed from the door which could weaken the door.

The handyman probably has little knowledge of locks, building codes, levels of security, deadlocking requirements, etc. It is not the handyman’s fault as it is not his profession. The time wasted and problems caused could have been avoided by using a qualified locksmith in the first place.

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Motorized Blinds for Home Automation


This is the most common way to control your window coverings. Just as you point your television remote control at the front of the television to change channels or adjust the volume, IR (Infrared) sends a line-of-sight signal to a receiver on the shade that performs the action you sent via remote control. This is a good and cost effective solution, but again there are some drawbacks.

IR signals have limited range, typically around 20 feet or so. Since you are sending a light signal, if there is a lot of competing light in the room, let’s say from the glaring sun, the signal may not read accurately.

It is really hard too to keep shades from operating that you did not intend to move. Remember, if the shading gets the signal, it’s going to move.

So, if you have two side-by-side windows and you want to make one go up, while the other one remains stationary, you have to ensure that the signal is not received by both receivers. This is something that can be handled by proper programming, but it is an issue nonetheless.

Radio Transmission Systems

I would say that this is the new standard in operating mechanisms. By using Radio Transmission Systems, or RTS, you can program special needs and moods into your room. It is possible to work only one shade, all the shades in unison, or create special groups of shades based on real needs. You can see more about the technical aspects of this on

For example if you had 4 windows in a room, you could program them to all work at once, or to work individually, or you could have windows 1 & 4, or 2 & 3 or 1, 2 & 3 all working at once based on the programming.

RTS is also a great option when line of sight operation is not possible between the shade and the remote control.

For example, many people like to have valances or other top treatments mounted over their window treatments. Because the top treatment would block the path of an Infrared signal, they are forced to use RTS, or add a satellite eye to the IR receiver.

A satellite eye is a receiver with a cord on it that allows you to relocate an IR receiver, usually above or below the top treatment allowing for line-of-sight operation. Effective, but not very clean looking.

With a radio receiver, the remote control doesn’t even need to be in the same room.

Direct Drive

This is a fancy name for button-pushing. With many motor systems, there is a small button directly on the motor, usually placed on the headrail that can provide simple on/off functions. Essentially, a motor will do one thing. Turn. All you are doing with these buttons is telling it to do that one function.

The other signal that it needs is a “stop doing that” notice. Much of this is handled in programming which is done prior to installation, but the button on the headrail provides this simple “start turning” function. Wall switches are provided as standard with many hard-wired systems.

This is a toggle switch that usually has a up/down/neutral position. These are mounted in the wall by your electrician and are pretty bullet proof.

Radio Transmission Systems also offer wall switches, but these are not actually wired directly to the shade, but rather send signals through the air. This is the standard system that many people have for their ceiling fans in their homes.

There is a receiver in the fan that accepts the signal from the transmitter that sits on their table. It is the same thing with window coverings.

Home Automation

Systems are the crème de la crème of operating systems. These systems can be programmed to do just about anything that the shade can do, in any increment. So, for example, let’s say you wanted the shade to raise 23% in the morning at 8 a.m., then go all the way up at 11 a.m. and lower 85% at 3 p.m… you get the idea.

With home automation systems you can do that. These systems are designed for hard wired applications.

A low cost option to get a bit of this idea is to use radio frequency timers. They can be mounted, or kept on the counter or in a drawer. They can be given simple commands which will be carried out at the proper times by the appropriate shades/motors.

There are so many motorization options available these days that it is virtually impossible to expound on them all here. In the future, I will try to tell you about the different applications that can be motorized.

For example, roller shades, draperies, cellular shades, etc. Each application will have different options available.

As I so often say, “you really need to talk to a professional” if you want to do motorized window coverings and want them done right the first time. I just checked my schedule, and I have an availability to talk to you!

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How to Remodel a Bathroom

The Ultimate Guide to Remodeling a Bathroom

The bathroom in your home is one of the most highly used rooms in the entire home. If you haven’t changed anything in years, it may be time to change things up a bit. One great way to do this is to remodel the entire bathroom. This way you’re starting from a “clean slate” and can decide to go with a modern bathroom design, or something more traditional.

Not sure where to begin? Here are some steps and tips that can help you out if you want to know how to remodel a bathroom on your own.

Examine and Measure

The very first thing that you should do is examine the space you have and then take some accurate measurements of the area that you have to work with. It can also be a good idea to examine and measure adjoining rooms as well. In some cases you can get rid of a closet that is in the bathroom or adjoins the bathroom to add a bit more space. These measurements are going to be important, so make sure you do it carefully.

Then use graph paper to accurately put tine measurements onto some graph paper.

Draw Out the Bathroom

After you have the basics all drawn out on graph paper, the next thing you need to do is to draw out the rest of the bathroom. Draw out where you want to put in the bathroom fixtures, such as the sink, shower, toilet, and any other furniture you may want to add in. This way you have a layout to work from and you have a good idea of the space you are going to have for everything.

Choose a Design

No doubt you want to have a design for the bathroom. There are many different themes that you can choose from. Choose one that is going to go well with the rest of your home and one that will compliment the space you have available as well.

If you don’t have a large amount of space, don’t go with a dark theme. Instead, choose a lighter theme that will make the bathroom look bigger.

Also, make sure that you go with a design that you are going to like as well. You don’t want something you will quickly get tired of.

And no, maybe we all can’t have a bathroom like the one in the picture, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t upgrade what we have.

Pick Out Furniture and Fixtures

When it comes to how to remodel a bathroom, the next step is going to be to pick out furniture and fixtures. You already know how much room you have, and you have already picked your theme.

Ensure that the furniture you choose will fit in the room comfortably and make sure that you go with fixtures that are going to compliment the bathroom decor that you have chosen.

Of course there are many other things that go along with remodeling your bathroom, but if you want to know how to remodel a bathroom, these are some basic steps to get you started. Use them and you’ll be well on your way to a bathroom that looks great.

How Much Does it Cost To Remodel a Bathroom?

One thing you may be wondering is how much it costs to remodel a bathroom. Most people are really unaware what it will cost to totally remodel a bathroom, so being well informed on remodeling costs can be helpful.

Before you even start out with the bathroom remodeling, it is a great idea to figure out the budget you have available. No matter how much it costs to remodel a bathroom, you are only going to have a set budget, which means you will have to take the time to find out how much you can afford, and then what you can do with that amount of money.

Once you know your budget, then you should look into the cost of supplies for the remodeling project. Usually it’s a great idea to save about 15-20% of the budget you have for any emergency costs, since they do occur. You may need to think about the cost for having an electrician or plumber do any needed professional work.

In some cases you may be able to do a lot of the work on your own, such as decorating, tiling, and painting, but some projects like plumbing should be left to a professional if you don’t know what you are doing. This will impact the cost of the remodel.

If you are not sure of how much it costs to remodel a bathroom, there are some websites out there that can help. Some websites provide great estimating tools to help you get a close estimate of what they remodel will cost. There are various scenarios that you can choose from, such as bathroom size, location, supplies, and work, and when you answer these questions, they provide estimates to you on the cost to expect.

Doing your research is also going to be important if you want to know what it will cost you for this project. Talk to professionals in the business, talk to people who have done this project themselves, and even talk to helpful sales people that sell remodeling supplies. Just choosing between Liberty Ascent ii vs Saniflo toilets can be the difference of a few hundred dollars.

All this research can help you to find out more about the expected cost of the remodel.

Think about the cost of your supplies when you want to know how much it costs to remodel a bathroom. Consider the costs of flooring, sinks, showers, toilets, paint, bathtubs, and accessories. All of these costs will add up. Of course, the most important thing you can do is to properly do your research and plan out your remodel within your budget. This way you are aware of the costs and you can make adjustments to fit your budget needs.

How to Remodel a Small Bathroom

When it comes to how to remodel a small bathroom, you’ll definitely need to do a whole lot of planning. Not only will you want to make sure that you use your budget wisely, but you also need to have everything just so to make the best use of your space. It can be a bit difficult to remodel a smaller bathroom, but with a bit of effort and research, you can definitely make it work, creating an incredible small bathroom.

The first thing that you need to do is to reduce the size of your furniture and accessories within the small bathroom. If you use larger items within a bathroom that is on the small side, it will make it seem even smaller.

Using big laundry hampers, large shower stools, huge sinks, and crowding up your corners will only succeed in making the entire bathroom look smaller. Going with smaller sinks, smaller showers, or smaller accessories can make a huge difference, giving the look of more space within the small bathroom.

Wondering how to remodel a small bathroom? One of the simplest things you can do to make a big difference is to go with just a shower instead of having a tub in the bathroom. This helps to save a lot of space, providing you with more available space to work with. Adding glass sliding doors to the shower will give the appearance of a larger space too. Adding ShowerMeister waterfall showerheads also increases the water pressure so even in a small space you can get a luxurious shower experience.

Consider using sink and toilet fixtures that are smaller. There are tankless toilets available that take up very little room. You can even find small vanities, some that attach to the wall and some on a pedestal, that really will cut down on the space that you use. This too helps you to better use the space within the bathroom.

When considering how to remodel a small bathroom, simply adding in a large mirror can make a huge difference, especially with the right lighting. The reflection along with the light bouncing off the mirrors will make the space in the bathroom look much bigger for you. Adding in windows or skylights can further make your bathroom look larger than it really is.

Using colors that are light within your small bathroom is a must as well. The light colors open up the bathroom and make the space look larger for you. If you think that all light colors is boring, then add some touches of bright or dark colors here and there for a beautiful effect that makes your bathroom look bigger while looking trendy and beautiful at the same time.

How to Remodel a Master Bathroom

Tired of that old look in the master bathroom? Well, for a reasonable amount of money, you can make a huge impact with a remodel of this bathroom. However, you may wonder how to remodel a master bathroom for the best effects. The good news is that there are some great things you can easily do to make a huge difference within your master bathroom.

One thing you will want to do when you are remodeling your master bath is to increase the space that you have to work with. If you have any way to expand the bathroom, considering doing it. Adding a few extra feet of square footage within the bathroom can really open it up, giving you even more possibilities for you to work with.

You can put more windows in the bathroom as well, which will not really add space, but it will make the room look much bigger. If you don’t have the room for windows, a skylight can provide the same effect.

Wondering how to remodel a master bathroom? Well one great option is to add some storage areas to your bathroom. More than likely you have quite a few personal care products in the bathroom, and increasing the storage space can help you to better organize your bathroom. You can add in shelves, drawers, carts, or even cabinets to increase the space that you have for storage.

Changing the flooring in your master bathroom is a great choice when you are remodeling. One great choice in flooring is to go with ceramic tile, and natural tones will make your bathroom look larger. You can use throw rugs as accents and to keep your feet warm as well when you install ceramic tile.

One of the top priorities when you want to know how to remodel a master bathroom is to keep the bathroom very relaxing and comfortable. You can do this by using colors that are relaxing and calm. Perhaps choose neutral colors with splashes of color in the accessories that you choose. Use soft light with beautiful light fixtures for a relaxing setting. Even adding a nice chair in the bathroom can provide you with more comfort and the opportunity for relaxation.

Your master bathroom should be a place that you can relax and enjoy, but of course it should be functional as well. By adding extra space, new flooring, storage space, and making it a relaxing place to be, you really will have the bathroom of your dreams.

How Long it Takes to Remodel a Bathroom

If you have decided that you want to remodel your bathroom, one of the biggest questions you may have is how long it takes to remodel a bathroom. There are many people that have the idea that it will be a quick and easy task, but a real remodel can take quite a bit of time to complete.

Let’s take a look at various tasks that you may need to complete, how long they will take, and then how long the entire remodel will end up taking you if things go as planned.

The first thing to consider when trying to figure out how long it takes to remodel a bathroom is how long the demolition phase is going to take. This includes tearing out the old bathroom and any parts of it you don’t plan on using in the future. Usually this will take about two days, but if you have materials difficult to move or the bathroom is a second story one, then it can take a bit longer to get this phase completed.

Any carpentry you need done may take another couple days, but if you don’t have to fix the structure underneath, you can skip these two days. Getting the plumbing in is going to take 1-2 days as well, depending on if you are bringing in a toilet and tub. The electrical work then should only take about a day as long as you have a professional doing it.

The insulation will be a quick job, only taking about half a day, and then you have the drywall hanging and finishing, which will take about 2-3 days total. Now tilework can take quite a bit of time, especially because you have to give it time to dry. Usually it will take about three days to get this phase completed. The flooring will take a couple days, but if you to with tile floors, it can take a bit longer.

Then you have the cabinetry which will take about a day and the fixtures will also take about a day to get fixed up. Along the way you may also find you need a bit of extra time for other things that crop up in your remodeling project, which may add a couple of days to the process.

This all adds up to about 18 days, but this is only an estimate when it comes to how long it takes to remodel a bathroom. You do need to remember that things don’t always go as planned when you are doing a re modeling job. In fact, they rarely go as planned. Also, you need to remember if you are working on the remodel on the side, which is basically just in your spare time, then this can take a lot longer, since you’ll only have a few hours a day to work on the remodeling project. In this case it could take a month or more for you to complete this project.

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Best Bug Zappers Reviewed for the Summer (2019)

The Best Bug Zappers to Have Fun With!

Fed up of biting insects on your patio or deck? Yeah, me too! But, who said bugs can’t be fun?

I LOVE my zapper! I love killing mosquitoes all night if I can. Just holding the button down and frying another mosquito brings me true joy. Yeah, maybe a bit lame, but it is what it is.

My insect zappers reviews are useful if you just want to get rid of pesky insects fast and without any hassle. There are only a few top rated examples available on the market, and I have selected the best of those, to save you time when shopping for something to get rid of pesky bugs.

Insect-zappers come in many shapes and sizes. Fortunately, bugs are often attracted to particular lights, colors, and other aesthetic qualities that make it easy to catch them and get rid of these pesky problems as no one wants these biting bugs around their living space.

With the reviews I have drafted up specifically for this article, I will showcase just a few specific insect-zapping products that I have found to be really good and actually work. Black flies are a problem here in spring in Ontario, then the mosquitoes, so we are always looking for ways to escape them!

Best bug killing devices for the money

There are many bug zapping appliances available on the market, but most are very poorly rated and considered not very effective.

Here is a list of the few best insect zappers that are considered effective and will hopefully allow you to enjoy evenings out on the patio.


Did you know that the really big ones are actually the males? And that the males do NOT drink your blood. Only female mosquitoes bite you. This is because they need blood to raise their babies. According to less than 5% of all mosquitoes are males. All the rest are biting females.

Black Flag BZ-40 40-Watt Outdoor Bug Zapper

A great product to kick of these reviews is the Black Flag BZ-40 40-Watt Outdoor Bug Zapper. This outdoor appliance is intended for medium to large sized yards, and includes a mosquito lure built in. For the size and price alone, it is hard to find much to complain about.

The product is built very nicely for what it is intended to do. That is, sit around and kill insects for you. On that latter point, this insect zapping device really does pack a punch with 5,500 volts of power.

If you truly have a special insect problem outside of your home, this bug zapper will get the job done in no time for you.

Best electric bug zappers on the market

These electric bug zappers considered quite effective, and are well rated by consumers. They vary in size and price as you can see, and the Flowtron products are considered the market leaders, and great value for money.

Dynatrap DT2000XL

Another bug zapping appliance you should check out is the DynaTrap DT2000XL Electronic Insect Eliminator, 1-Acre Coverage.

This product is great for people who have serious problems with mosquitoes. The best part about this is that it does not add any chemicals to the environment, which could potentially harm the Earth and people living in or around your home.

While this insect zapper works in a similar way to other devices on the market, it covers a much larger range of space.

Overall, this is not a bad choice for an insect zapper.

INADAYS InaTrap Electronic Insect Killer and Elegant Night Light

Best trap type electronic bug killers and catcher.

If you do not want to hear a zap or do not like the thought of electrocuting irritating insects, this model is a little more subtle and quiet.

It has an attractive trap design for catching insects, and it is up to you to dispose of them as you like.

This particular model also has a nice looking night light. It actually looks like a lamp which is a lot nicer to have around then the normal bug repellents you usually see.

Flowtron Diplomat Outdoor/Indoor Fly & Insect Control

The last recommended product for today is the Flowtron Diplomat Outdoor/Indoor Fly & Insect Control.

While this is a relatively expensive product, if you are having major problems with mosquitoes, insects, and other pesky creatures, you will no doubt appreciate having this device. In many respects, this is a larger variation of the first product reviewed in this article.

It is also worth noting that this device can be used both inside and outside, and covers a very large area to boot. The basis of this product is the ultraviolent black light that attracts insects, but will not bother you or your family. This is one of the highest reviewed bug zapping products on the market as well.

I trust these products to perform well for you. Hopefully these insect zappers reviews have been a great read and provided you with useful knowledge that can be applied to future purchases.

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Modern Bathroom Design

Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

Modern bathrooms are designed to be a place to achieve serenity. There are many elements that are used in today’s bathroom design. Modern bathroom design uses a geometric pattern that stresses the straight line. Design ideas don’t waste any element for today’s bathroom; mirrors, space, window treatments, neutral tones and stainless steel all become a part of the retreat from life’s stress.

Newer items are making their entrance into modern bathroom design. Features like television sets are becoming common features incorporated into interior design.

As a general rule, the latest design elements are built around a minimalist. It has elements that are elegant, but simple and very few colors are used in the design. The interior painting scheme will use some soft, muted colors and neutral tones such as black and white are definitely in.

Surfaces are generally very smooth in appearance and there are not a lot of knickknacks. Toiletry items are neatly tucked away as there is absolutely no clutter.

shower design glass

Many of the fixtures and features will help establish the geometric design. Many times sinks and faucets are wall mounted. Ceramic and glass are some of the most popular choices for materials for bathroom plumbing features. Cabinets are designed to have a smooth appearance and usually have touch latches to avoid clutter and maintain the sleek look.

For bathroom heating, heated floor tiles are among one of the most popular choices for bathroom remodeling. For flooring that does not incorporate the use of heated floor tiles, large travertine marble tiles or engineered hardwood are used frequently. Plush wool rugs or Persian rugs are used to decorate the floors in modern bathroom design.

Lighting fixtures in the modern bathroom are used to create a soft effect. Incandescent lights are used in the vanity area and skylights are used for adding natural light. Window treatments that do not draw attention are used as part of the minimalist design.

Interior Design Resources

There are several elements to consider when performing any kind of interior design project. Sometimes our best ideas can come from seeing or hearing about what kinds of interesting things others have done with their designs. Thanks to the latest web 2.0 platforms we can see a wide variety of different styles represented and use them to rejuvenate our own creativity. The posts that will be shared here all have to do with various elements of interior design.

open walk in bathroom

Perhaps you will be able to find some ways to express yourself through various design elements. Most of us know quite a lot about painting the interior of our homes, but we know less about other options such as wallpapering. Some posts will help you determine the style that you want in a room; or how to achieve the desired mood. The possibilities are limitless and those are what will be presented through these posts.

Many times we can overlook the obvious. Perhaps you can gain some ideas on what to do with that unused space. Maybe it’s time to create a home theater. Find out how to start and who to call for help. Virtually anything that has to do with interior design will be posted here. Through social bookmarking you can share and discover various ideas for your next interior project.

Renewed Interest in Showers, Tubs

You’ll also find that luxury showers are also becoming an important feature in bathroom designs this year. A simple way to add this to your space without having to rip out all of the existing tile is to add a rain head shower. However, if you are already remodeling, you may want to install additional heads or other water sources.

Large, luxurious spa tubs are also a wanted feature in bathroom updates for 2019. As the economy improves, people are looking for ways to incorporate luxury into their home. Spa tubs add that sense of luxury and in recent years have become significantly more affordable, making them a must-have for the modern bathroom designs of today.

clean trendy bathroom

And of course walk in showers are always in style. Simple to create and less expensive and time consuming to construct than most other enclosed shower options. To see some great shower ideas, check out 10 Walk-In Shower Ideas for the Ultimate Bathing Experience

Bathroom Window Treatments

Bathroom window treatments are a large part of the bathroom design. Some decorators consider the windows to be the icing on the cake. They can help pull all the bathroom design elements together. There are several different types of stylish bathroom window treatments.

There are different types of shades that are complementary of modern bathroom design. Roman shades, woven shades and other types of shades made of fabric can provide privacy as well as texture and interest. Cellular shades are a very popular choice for NJ bathroom windows. They are specially designed using small honeycomb panels which can trap air. This unique feature makes them very popular for protecting the area from summer heat and winter cold.

Various types of curtains are also still popular choices in many bathrooms. Café curtains are short versions of drapes that only cover the bottom portions of the window while leaving the top part open. And top treatments are just the opposite; they cover the top and dress up the window. When they were first created they were designed to cover hardware used with draperies. But they have become a very popular window treatment.

Painting Your Bathroom

You would think that the smallest room in the house would be the easiest to decorate or paint. But choosing a great color scheme is just part of creating a refreshing or relaxing atmosphere in the bathroom. There are several aspects that must be considered when selecting paint colors for the bathroom.

Think about the lighting in the room. Is it bright, or dim? These can either one have varying effects on the colors used in the bathroom. Colors can also be selected that can make a dark room brighter and vice versa. A room that has little light can be painted a white, or other lighter color and can be brightened.

You will also want to think about the size of the bathroom. For bathrooms that are very small in size you will want to use paint colors that are light such as pastel shades. This can help create the illusion that the room is larger. You will also want to avoid a lot of dark colors, especially if there is not a significant source of natural light in the room.

The main thing is to determine what effect you hope to achieve and then do so in a well balanced way.

Best Bathroom Paint Colors

When homeowners decide on a bathroom remodeling project, they likely have bathroom painting on the top of the list of things to do. Many times they have a color scheme in mind and the interior paint colors are chosen to help pull the entire theme together. There are some colors that work better than others for this very important room.

Yellow is one of the best colors for a bathroom design. This is certainly one of the first colors that will be seen in the mornings and it can help you wake up. Using yellow for bathroom painting helps make the room very bright. It works very well when there is some natural light entering the room. The yellow will make the room have a fresh glow.

Shades of white are still great options for bathroom painting projects. These types of colors are very relaxing and calming. The neutral hues work very well with many different colors too. Using off-whites like cream can make colors like peach or green stand out.

bathroom done in white

Light blue or sages are among some of the cool colors that have a very relaxing effect. Sage blends well with lavenders and blues can work well many different colors as well.

Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

The latest in modern bathroom design will combine a minimalist, or industrial touch, with natural elements. The focus is on straight lines as well as materials that appear natural. Some of the most popular materials in bathroom design and remodeling are granite counter tops with stainless steel fixtures. Contemporary plumbing fixtures such as faucets and sinks are mounted directly to the wall. Some of the popular modern finishes like oil rubbed bronze or brushed steel are chosen for faucets.

One of the modern design techniques for bathroom flooring is to use over sized tile such as mosaic glass or marble. Tiles can be used all around the bathroom depending on the desired effect. Many modern interior designers use tile in the shower, the floor and even on the ceiling. Sometimes for additional effect, tiles that look like pebbles or rocks can be the perfect decoration.

The modern bathroom design is all about functionality, as well as being decorative and stylish. Larger bathrooms can add another sink in the vanity so that that grooming in the mornings goes much faster. Some NJ modern design incorporates a small TV into the décor. Separating the tub and shower in larger bathrooms is very popular. Free standing showers are enclosed using contemporary glass structures.

Types of Bathroom Cabinets

There are many different types of bathroom cabinets from which to choose. Many are very stylish and complementary of the bathroom design while also being functional and providing sufficient storage space for valuable bathroom items.

Which style and type of bathroom cabinet will work best for your bathroom design will depend on how much space is available and how much additional storage space is actually needed. For instance, for storing linens such as sheets, hand towels and bath towels a free standing cabinet might be the right choice. Space saving models that fit snugly over the toilet is an option for smaller bathroom designs where there is limited space to work with.

bathroom with outdoor light

There are also several types of wall cabinets that do not require any floor space at all. These can be very complimentary of the bathroom’s interior design.

The various types of bathroom cabinets used also have many modern design options available. Many have hinged doors that will latch to keep objects safely tucked inside. Other units have glass doors to add a touch of elegance to this all important room. And many have open shelving units with the contents displayed for easy access and use.

Designing a Small Bathroom

Choosing a good bathroom design can be quite a challenge when it is a very small room. Some worry that when it is a small space there will not be many interesting interior design options. This is not true at all. While there are a few minor limitations because it is a very small space, there are plenty of modern design elements that can be used to make a simply intriguing bathroom design.

When you choose the color scheme for the bathroom’s interior design, use light colors with soft patterns. Using bold patterns and dark colors can be very overwhelming in a very small space. Choose a couple of softer colors to build your color scheme around.

Try to put all the bathroom plumbing along one wall. If it is at all possible try to put the sink, toilet and shower or bath head plumbing on the same wall. This will give you more walking space in the bathroom. Also make sure that the shower or tub, if there’s room, is placed at the furthest end of the bathroom.

If it is possible place a bathroom window above the tub on the outside wall. This will allow some extra light into the bathroom so that the space will not be as dark.

The Most Important Room in the House

There may be some argument as to which is the most important room in the house. Many may say that the kitchen is; but when it is all said and done, the bathroom is the only room in the house that every single resident and visitor will visit on a daily basis. This is the only room in a home that must function properly. When the kitchen is not working properly it is a major inconvenience; but it is more than just a major disruption when there is any sort of bathroom plumbing malfunction. This is why  bathroom design is so important for this small, yet important room of any house.

the perfect bathroom design

It is important to include a modern design that helps create a comfortable atmosphere for those who frequent this room. Each part of this room will have to do its part to make sure the room is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. New Jersey bathroom plumbing fixtures must be complementary of the interior design as well as functioning properly.

There are many features that help keep this important room functioning properly. There needs to be storage available to hold toiletries and other items that are used on a daily basis. Bath and face towels should be stored in an easy to reach place for convenient use.

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

There are some cost effective ways to complete a bathroom remodeling project. This is the perfect time to take a look at what needs to be changed with bathroom plumbing, bathroom windows and changing up the bathroom design.

Bathrooms are pretty small in general with most of them being 250 square feet or less. But this does not lessen the importance of proper planning and choosing an effective bathroom design to start with. For instance, if the toilet is installed and then you decide it needs to move 2 feet to the right you are talking about another major bathroom plumbing project. Take your time when thinking about bathroom design and decide what you want and where you want it before you begin the bathroom remodeling project.

There are also some simple ways to save money. If something can be repaired rather than replaced you may be talking about quite a large amount of savings. Also, if you can keep things like a shower, bathtub or toilet in the same place while making improvements you can be money ahead. As an example, a bathtub can be refinished rather than replaced.

Some items are nice, but not necessary. Marble floors, granite counters and designer paint can be replaced with more affordable, but still attractive features that are complementary of the overall bathroom design.

Bathroom Design for Girls

Bathroom designs for girls do not have to be elaborate to meet the feminine interior design needs. It can be as simple as choosing a theme that will reflect her personality. Using a simple color scheme along with a few decorative items can be all that is needed to have a very acceptable modern bathroom design. Try to use an  interior design theme that can stand up as girls mature through the years.

There are lots of different color schemes that can be very complementary for bathroom painting for girls. Pinks with browns or dark green coupled with lavender can be used for interior painting projects. For a more feminine bathroom design use a splash of soft pin or purple on the walls. For a less feminine approach to bathroom designs for girls, try something like a garden theme and incorporate fresh flowers. Ladybugs or butterflies can yield a feminine environment without being too overwhelming.

Use matching, color coordinated shower curtains, towels and bathmats for decorating. Various types of bathroom window treatments can be very complementary in this type of bathroom design. Colored shades or blinds can add the right touch. Or frilly, curtains can be used tastefully.

Bathroom Design for Men

Keeping things simple and avoiding frilly decorations are the two main ideas behind men’s bathroom design. The idea is to create an area that exudes manliness and strength. To achieve these two objectives it will take the perfect color combination. The right shades of blue or green can work great for interior painting in the bathroom. Brown or gray make great masculine colors and some shades of green work. Beige or tan makes good complimentary neutral colors.

bathroom design for a man

It’s okay to build the bathroom design around a theme such as oceans, lighthouses or just some basic geometric patterns. Just using the right color combinations can be enough to make the room look masculine and well kept. Interior painting can be done in a neutral tan or beige and masculine colors like brown, black or navy blue used for accessories such as towels, the shower curtain or rugs.

When it comes to window treatment frilly curtains are not the best option for window treatments. Wooden shutters would work well; and so would roman shades or mini-blinds. Depending on the design it might be best to just replace the window with frosted glass. The window treatment will depend mostly on the theme and color scheme of the masculine bathroom.

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BIG Berkey Water Filter Review

Big Berkey water filter review

The Big Berkey water filter is an extremely efficient and powerful system that removes contaminants from water to such low levels that they are not physically or chemically detectable. Water filters are made necessary by the unfortunate fact that tap water is never perfectly clean, and may have chemical, physical or biological contaminants, depending on where you live.

Additionally, since the Big Berkey is portable, you will be able to use it in any location in which you do not trust the water supply. You can for example take the Big Berkey water filter with you when you’re camping, and you can trust it to completely purify water from lakes and rivers. This Big Berkey water filter review will describe how the Big Berkey water filter works and how it can help you to safeguard your health.

BIG Berkey stainless steelPossible water contaminants

Regardless of whether you plan to use the Big Berkey water filter at home or “on the road”, using water filters is always a wise precaution. Water is regularly found to be contaminated by physical, biological and chemical entities that pose varying degrees of risk for your health. The most dangerous chemical contaminants are volatile and synthetic organic compounds such as pesticides and industrial solvents.

This kind of chemical is extremely toxic for humans and several of them are outright carcinogenic! Physical contaminants can be sediments and rusts. Biological contaminants are organisms that can cause some very serious diseases like typhus and cholera. Additionally, tap water may have a bad taste or odors for any number of reasons.

The Berkey water filter has been shown to be incredibly efficient in the removal of all of these contaminants to the point where they are no longer chemically of physical detectable in the filtered water.

Additionally, if you plan to go camping, you should of course know that lake and river water is not regulated at all, so it is even more likely to have dangerous contaminants. The portability of the Big Berkey water filter means that you can take it with you wherever you go so that you can make almost any source of water completely drinkable and healthy!

BIG Berkey disassemblyBig Berkey water filter features

The Big Berkey unit has a capacity of 2.25 gallons (8.5 L), a height of 19.25” and a diameter of 8.5”. The Big Berkey water filter includes either two or four Black Berkey elements or ceramic filters.

The Black Berkey filter element is so efficient at filtering water that it has been shown to remove food coloring completely from water — that is an impressive water filtration efficiency! If you find this claim incredible, check out the video at the bottom of this lens and see for yourself!

The upper chamber of the Big Berkey filter has a re-cleanable ceramic Super Sterasyl filter that efficiently removes pathogens, volatile organic chemicals, synthetic organic chemicals and physical contaminants.

These ceramic water filters have two enormous advantages: firstly, they are re-cleanable, which means that you never have to dispose of them and buy new ones.

Secondly, they successfully inhibit mitosis, which is the type of cell division that unicellular organisms like bacteria use to reproduce.

This is very important, because if mitosis is not inhibited, the bacteria retained by the ceramic water filter would rapidly reproduce and clog up the filter.

Both the Black Berkey and ceramic filters in the Big Berkey water filter unit have been shown to remove synthetic organic compounds, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, sediments, turbidity, and biological pathogens such as bacteria and cysts. These ceramic water filters are exquisitely designed: they have a domed top rather than a cap, which means that leaks in the top of the filter are physically impossible.

Now that is smart design!


These are not just vacuous marketing claims — check out this impressive list of independent entities that tested the water-filtering efficiency of the Big Berkey water filter:

  • ISO-9000: 2000
  • Hyder Labs (UK)
  • Spectrum Labs (UK)
  • WRc – Mednenham (UK)
  • Clare Microbiology (UK)
  • WRc Gwent (UK)
  • Loughborough University (UK)
  • University of Arizona (USA)
  • Thresh, Beale, and Suckling (UK)

The other extremely valuable feature of this filter is the sheer length of time for which it can filter water without having to replace the filters: each water filter can purify 3000 gallons of water, which means 6000 gallons of water in total. At a rate of 10 gallons of water a week, that means that you can go for 600 weeks without replacing the filters. That means 11.5 years of water filtration! This is what we call value for money. Just look at some of the other best water softener reviews and make the comparisons.

BIG Berkey Water FiltersBig Berkey water filter warranty

The Big Berkey water filter comes with a full six-month warranty. This means that during the first six months of your ownership, Big Berkey will replace or repair any of the Big Berkey water filter’s constituent elements that are malfunctioning.

Remember that companies offer warranties when they know that things are extremely unlikely to go wrong!

Additionally, the Big Berkey water filter comes with one of the following: Sport Berkey Bottles, Berkey KDF Shower Filter, Berkey PF-2 Fluoride Filters, Replacement Parts Kit or Berkey Base. How’s that for extraordinary value for money!

Big Berkey water filter review: conclusion

The Big Berkey water filters stands out among other water filters on the market for its portability. You can take it with you wherever you like, giving you the ability to purify water regardless of where you are. If you go camping, the Big Berkey water filter will give you an extremely reliable supply of safe, clean and healthy water.

If you use it to filter an average of 10 gallons a week, the Big Berkey water filter can work for 11.5 years without having to change the filter! The Big Berkey water filter also comes with a six-month warranty and an additional item of your choice free of charge.

We hope that you found this Big Berkey water filter review useful. If you own Big Berkey water filter, please consider writing your own Big Berkey water filter review in the comments below — other folks will surely find your insights useful. Thank you!

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The Best Flooring is the Right Flooring

Whether it is for one specific space, or for rooms that seem to stretch on forever, the challenge of selecting the right flooring for your home can be a daunting one. Each flooring type has its own special set of advantages and disadvantages, and finding the flooring that is just right for you means balancing taste, budget, aesthetics and practicality.

To determine what is the best flooring AND the right flooring, the first step is to evaluate your lifestyle. If the room is going to be used by children or pets, or you have little time for special floor care, a white plush carpet may not be the best choice. Light color carpets and tiles with wide grout seams will require more maintenance, and should probably be reserved for low traffic rooms.

Darker colors and patterned carpets are good choices for heavy traffic areas, and hard materials, like ceramic tile, and excellent choices for areas that will endure the most dirt, dust and moisture.

Consider also the design and architectural features in the room. Will there be unusually high humidity or water present in the room? Is there a lot of direct sunlight that might fade certain colors? Are heating and cooling vents in the floors? Does the room have radiant heat?


The most perfect choice in flooring will be a disappointment if it doesn’t work successfully with the other systems and architectural features in the room. The selections appropriate to any room features are extensive, so your design choices should not be compromised by the restrictions created by other features in the space

hardwood flooringAfter you have determined what kind of flooring is best for your project, you can consider the look you want for your floors. For every kind of flooring there are seemingly limitless design options, so making the practical surface choice should not restrict your ability to get the look you want. Evaluate the look you are trying create: are you seeking warm and cozy, sleek and uncomplicated, clean and sterile?

The traditional matches between room use and flooring choices (soft carpets for bedrooms, tiles or vinyl for kitchens and baths, hardwoods or carpets for formal rooms) may be the obvious way to go.

Or, you may wish to take some design risks, and mix flooring materials for a special, one-of-a-kind look.

Using stone and hardwoods together, or combining various tile sizes and surfaces in one room, can give a room a special custom look, assist in defining space functions, or act as transitions from one room to the next.

Hardwood flooring has the advantage of being sturdy and strong, and maintains its value throughout its useful life. Engineered wood flooring, which is formed by layers of wood topped with a veneer, is slightly more expensive than solid wood flooring.

Wood floors have the disadvantage of being prone to scratches and gouges, and can warp, crack or discolor if exposed to prolonged extremes of wetness or dryness.

Hardwoods are easy to maintain with vacuuming and dusting, and require refinishing every 10 to 15 years. It can cost from $6 to $15 per square foot and can be done eaily enough by most flooring specialists.

laminate flooring installLaminate floors, manufactured to resemble wood or ceramic tile floors at a less expensive price, are durable and easy to maintain.

This versatile, durable and affordable flooring option has become a favorite of builders and decorators.

Maintenance is a regular damp mop; laminate flooring may need to be replaced every 10 years. Laminates cost range between $2 and $10 per square foot.

Ceramic tiles are durable, decorative, and add value to the home. The great range of styles, colors and surfaces make tile an appropriate choice for any style, taste or budget.

Though they can be cold on bare feet and light colored tiles with generous grout seams can be more difficult to keep clean, ceramic tile offers both style and strength. Most commonly used in the bathroom, they can be used anywhere to make a beautiful and dramatic floor.

Maintenance is regular mopping or sweeping. Tiles will need to be resealed and grout stripped every 10 to 15 years. Tiles can cost as little as $.79 each, or as much as $10 each, depending on quality, size and style.

Carpeting is a less expensive option, easy to install, and available in many styles, fibers and colors. It may need to be replaced every five to seven years, depending on its use and quality. It is easy to maintain by regular vacuuming and annual deep cleaning or shampooing. Carpeting costs from $1 to $15 per square foot.

Vinyl floors are attractive, durable and affordable. Vinyl flooring is remarkably sturdy and wear resistant. One of the most attractive features of vinyl flooring is the incredible array of colors and designs available. It is extremely easy to maintain by regularly sweeping and mopping. Vinyl flooring costs from $1 to $4 per square foot.

Each flooring type has its own advantages and disadvantages. By comparing their particular features, you can determine which is best for every space in your home.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance

Don’t Blow Money On Your Air Conditioning System

Are you looking for a way to save money on your electric bill this summer? When people think about saving on their electric bill, they usually think about turning off the lights, or not leaving the refrigerator door open, but what they don’t realize is that maintaining their AC system is one of the easiest ways they can reduce their electric bill.

With the summer heat, a fine-tuned AC system working at maximum efficiency can blow extra savings your way.

There are two AC system tasks that many people can do themselves. First is to replace the air filter. This is one of the most important and easiest things that can be done each month. Check out the manufacturers guide for a detailed description of the type of air filter your system uses.

Clogged air filters cost you money in two different ways. First, a clogged filter reduces air flow to the blower. That means your AC system has to run longer to move enough air to cool your home to the desired temperature. The longer your AC runs, the larger your electric bill.

The second way is that a clogged filter also lets dusty air get inside the unit. What happens to this dusty air? The dust begins to build up on the blower.

The blower works like a fan, with many “fan blades” pushing the air through the AC system and out through the vents. The dust build up reduces airflow which causes the AC system to run longer, which raises your electric bill.

Another disadvantage to dust build is that if enough builds up, it can cause the blower to become unbalanced. This condition puts an extra load or force on the motor which drives the blower. The motor works harder to overcome this force. The harder the motor works, the more electricity that’s used. If the dust is not removed it can damage the motor. The motor must then be replaced which can be costly.

The second task is to make sure your AC system compressor on the outside of your home is clean. A compressor which is clogged with grass, dirt and other debris will run longer to cool your home, and we all know what that means!

Aside from the maintenance tasks you can do, it is a good idea to have your system serviced annually by a reputable heating and cooling contractor. Call around and get several quotes before selecting a contractor. When you properly maintain your AC system you get to enjoy both a comfortable home, and lower energy bills.

Choose the Right Air Conditioner Repair Service

In cold climates, homeowners usually pay a high gas bill and a lower electric bill because they use their gas furnace more than they do their air conditioner. But in hot climates like the American South, the opposite is generally true: homeowners don’t use their gas furnaces nearly as much as they use their air conditioning systems, which can result in annual electric bills that are significantly above the national average.

If you live in Atlanta and are looking for a solution to your high annual electric bills, chances are that the optimal solution will focus primarily on implementing an air conditioning system that doesn’t use as much electricity. But in order to realize the optimal temperature control solution, you can’t expect for an air conditioning repair supplier to know the right solution simply because they service homes in the south.

Below, we list three things that you should look for in an air conditioning repair company as you search for an energy efficient heating and cooling solution for your new air conditioning installation.

Familiarity with Warm-Climate Weatherization Measures

In the 1990’s, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) discovered that states in warm regions were saving less energy than states in cold regions due to increased air conditioning usage. As a result, in 1994, the DOE issued regulations for increasing cooling efficiency for homes in warmer climates. These measures include: providing circulating fans that circulate inside air, implementing ventilating fans that draw in cool air at night and addressing duct system inefficiency.

A heating and cooling company with knowledge of these measures can work with you to develop a cooling system that depends on more than what kind of air conditioner you use. For example, a company that is familiar with the DOE’s regulations will likely perform an analysis of your ductwork instead of immediately advising you to replace your central air conditioning unit.

Energy Efficient Cooling Equipment

Although implementing the DOE’s regulations can help reduce your annual electric bill, reducing it as much as possible usually involves replacing old AC systems with energy efficient systems. While energy efficient technology usually costs more than traditional technology upfront, it can bring long-term savings in the form of reduced utility costs that more than exceeds the price differential between energy efficient and non-energy efficient technology.

The energy efficiency of an air conditioner is based on its numerical SEER rating, with the higher numbers indicating higher energy efficiency. Implementing an energy efficient central air conditioner can require a significant investment, but the return on that investment is always worth it.


A Consummate Inspection of Your Home’s Cooling Profile

In order to arrive at a solution that makes the most financial sense, a heating and cooling company must perform a comprehensive analysis of your home’s cooling needs. In addition to determining the size of air conditioner that you need based on your home’s square footage, a responsible heating and cooling company will also analyze your cooling needs in relation to the following aspects of your dwelling: the presence of direct shade, window placement, energy efficiency rating of doors and windows and building envelop or lack thereof.

Only with these factors in mind can a heating and cooling professional make sensible recommendations for cooling your home in a more energy efficient manner.

How to Get the Right Air Conditioning Maintenance Schedule

If you’re looking for a central air conditioning maintenance schedule, then you may already know what you need, and which one will be most appropriate for you. Alternatively you might not know what to look for. Here’s what you need to consider.

1. You’ll need to think about why you need a heating and ventilation, central air conditioning maintenance schedule for your shop or office that your system is in. Have you suffered a failure or down time before? Is it a new, or an old system? Is it regularly maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations?

2. You’ll also need to consider the implications of your business having to close due to heating and ventilation issues. If you had to wait several days for an engineer, could your business cope? What would your staff and customers do in the meantime?

3. You’ll want to know exactly what’s covered in your central air conditioning maintenance schedule, so that you know what to expect. There may be different schedules and levels of cover available. Air con failure in a busy server room, or a hotel, or a department store, might be more important than failure in a board room that’s only used a few times a month.

4. If you want your air con to have a regular central air conditioning maintenance schedule and servicing, then you’ll need the right one for your situation. Why not discuss your requirements with your air conditioning installation, or maintenance company, and see what they recommend?

5. Remember that prevention is better than cure, so if your heating and ventilation system is quite old, or you can’t remember the last time it was serviced, you might want to take out a central air conditioning maintenance schedule contract sooner rather than later.

6. It’s important that your repairs or servicing causes minimal disruption to your business. You don’t want to have to close for a day, or have your call centre staff interrupted whilst on the phone. Why not ensure that your chosen company can work out of hours for you?

7. You’ll want to make sure that your air con is working efficiently, and regular central air conditioning maintenance schedule and servicing can ensure this. You’ll need to know what the manufacturer recommends, and what how it can be done.

8. A heating and ventilation system that s working efficiently will be costing less to run, and so a maintenance contract will pay for itself over time, as well as offering the other essential benefits.

9. If you’re anxious to do your bit for the planet, then an efficient central air conditioning maintenance schedule is also better for the environment, as well as your staff and customers.

10. The cost of a central air conditioning maintenance schedule might be important, but it’s important not to buy solely on cost. You’ll want to get the right level of cover and support for your system and your business. There’s no point in choosing the cheapest option, and knowing that it won’t be what you need if your air conditioning fails.

Now you know what to look for in a central air conditioning maintenance schedule. You should now be able to choose the right central air conditioning maintenance schedule contract, and have the coverage you need.

Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

Ductless air conditioning systems are considered the simplest alternative to render cooling or heating in our homes. This article talks about split ductless air conditioning systems.

An air conditioner is one home appliance that is considered a luxury by some, while others see it as a necessity. It’s need mostly depends on the climate and area of the particular region in question. A majority of people are not aware of what ductless air conditioning systems are, although these systems are considered to have several benefits over other standard systems. If you are looking forward to installing an air conditioner in your house, then you should at least understand the process of ductless air-conditioning. Ductless air conditioning systems, also known as split system air conditioners and mini split systems, are well known to provide comfort and quality living into your home.

What is Ductless Air Conditioning?

Ductless air conditioners are cooling systems which function without the utilization of central air duct systems. These systems comprise of a wall or ceiling-mounted blower to render air conditioning in a room. They are increasingly becoming a popular option over conventional air conditioners, and are used peculiarly in small apartments, sunporches, and houses that are built without the duct systems.

Components in Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

These systems comprise of two primary parts. The first one is a cooling component that is located inside the house, and the other one is the air compressor which is fixed on the outside of the house. Both the components are connected using a conduit which consists of a condensate drain, suction tubing, refrigerant tubing, and a power cord. These ACs come along with a remote control, and are incorporated with built-in timers which are put into use for setting the systems’ cycle.

Function of Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

These systems are designed and made with a pair of refrigerant lines which are present between both the systems’ inside and outside components. The first pair is responsible for providing electricity, whereas the second one removes water or condensate. This process maintains a flow of cool air from the compressor component to the cooling unit which delivers the cool air inside the room.

Capacity of Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

For an average home, three of these systems are more than enough to provide cooling to the complete house without the use of air ducts. You may utilize a particular system for cooling only one single room or the whole house. This is due to the fact that every separate unit is incorporated with a thermostat which allows you to set different temperature levels for separate rooms they are situated in. Moreover, their fan also provides variable speeds.

Installation Costs of Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

Depending upon how big your house is, the installation expenses for an entire system range from approximately $2000 to $7000 if you’re looking at ac repair in Port St. Lucie. Ductless air conditioning systems cost is about twice than that of installing a window system and around 30% more than a central system installation, if your home already has ducts. If your house does not have ducts or the space to install them, it is generally less costly to install a ductless air conditioning system than a central system.

Choosing the Appropriate System

It is most significant that you choose the right size of ductless system for the purpose of comfort as well as operating expenses. The aspects that need to be considered when choosing one of the correct sizes are square footage of the space to be covered by the system, type of lifestyle, number of people residing, climate, number and kinds of house windows, thickness of insulation in the walls, insulation in the attic, and many others.

Advantages of Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

These ductless systems provide a range of advantages over conventional air conditioners. Just because you do not require ductwork, they are simpler and cheaper to install. Moreover, they also take less space to be installed, as a result, they are able to fit in any space which others cannot fit into. The noisiest unit is the outside one, so these systems are generally quieter than their counterparts. Read more on portable air conditioners.

Due to the spot cooling facility provided by ductless air conditioning systems, they are mostly employed in rooms that have machinery and desktop computers, which require a certain level of temperature to be maintained. They are certainly known to maintain any kind of cooling desired.

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