Crashing Through the Wall

You are in the kitchen fixing a late night snack when you hear the most awful noise you have ever heard. When you run to the living room, you see what is left of a car’s front grill through what is left of your living room window and wall. Hours later, after the police have left, you survey the damage. It is not good.

The wall, siding, some hardwood flooring and window will all have to be replaced. Even with insurance covering most of it, there will still be some out of pocket expense. Before you can do anything, you have to know just how much damage there is. Some damage may not be readily visible. A qualified inspector will be needed to examine the area and determine the extent of the damage. Then you can start the process of getting estimates for repairs.

If you are fortunate, the damage will not extend to the foundation or the roof. It will still be expensive and time consuming to have all the damage repaired. At least part of the wall frame will have to be rebuilt. Then wall sheathing can be put in place, followed by insulating and hanging new sheet rock. After that comes dry walling, replacing the window, applying texture and primer so the wall can be repainted. Then new siding that matches what is already on the house will need to be hung.

This type of scenario doesn’t happen often but it is a nightmare for those unfortunate ones it does happen to. Should anything like this ever happen to you, it helps ease the stress to know of a good, reliable contractor that can handle most if not all of the repair work before such a tragedy occurs. Don’t wait until you are already in such a nightmarish situation to find the right company. Find out which company you would want now so you can call right away to get the repair ball rolling.

Replace Damaged Siding or Completely Residing Your Home

Replacing damaged siding with new siding that matches the existing siding is not always easy, especially if your home is an older home that has never been resided. It may not even be possible to match it and then the only option is to completely reside the entire house.

Before you decide a complete residing is necessary, contact a reputable company and speak with a professional about your situation. Let them know you would prefer to match the existing siding if at all possible. The professional will inspect your home’s current siding to determine what the most realistic option is. If the siding is old, there could be damage or weakness in the siding that is not readily apparent. A qualified inspector will know what to look for to determine whether you should reside completely or replacing just the damaged siding is the best option.

Should it be determined that residing is the best option, you will have the opportunity to upgrade as well as update your home’s exterior. If you are the kind of person who enjoys house painting, wood siding might be a good option. Some people like the look of stucco and don’t mind the maintenance to keep it looking great.

Most people prefer not to have to do that kind of maintenance and if that is you, there are many low maintenance siding options to consider. Common options include aluminum and vinyl siding. Neither requires new paint every couple of years and can easily be cleaned. These are not the only options you have though. If you like the look of brick or stone, you can have that look without the expense of real brick or stone masonry. Some siding gives the look of brick or stone but don’t cost as much or take as long to install.

Whether you opt for siding replacement or a complete residing job, talk to a professional before making a final decision. Repairs and maintenance on your home is more than just keeping it is good repair. It is an investment.

Flooring & Carpet Quotes

My little collection of favorite quotes.

“If books were Persian carpets, one would not look only at the outer side. Because it is the stitch that makes a carpet wear, gives it its life and bloom.”
Rumer Godden

“It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.”
Al Franken

“From our broadcasting box you can’t see any grass at all. It is simply a carpet of humanity.”
Richie Benaud

“My view is quite simple. When your dog pees on the carpet, you do not give away your dog. You say, This dog is special. I have to teach him not to pee on the carpet. I feel exactly the same way about men. They need to be taught things.”
Jacqueline Bisset

“Every spring, this country will be reminded of the Lady from Texas. As trees bloom and flowers carpet our nation’s capital, Lady Bird Johnson will be remembered. Only Lady Bird Johnson could, with her vision of a beautiful America, lay claim to spring as her memorial.”
David Mixner

“We are borrowing money from future generations. We are borrowing the carbon impact, the resource impact from future generations to get stuff cheap now. We have swept the dirt and dust from our society under the carpet – but this carpet is on other side of the planet.”
Kevin McCloud

“All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.”
Erma Bombeck

Refinish your Hardwood Floors is a timeless flooring option. This flooring option requires outine maintenance. Providing regular care and maintenance to your hardwood floors ensures quality floors that last. Maintenance involves repairing and refinishing your floors. Follow these steps:

1) Assess the floor for holes or cracks in the hardwood that may need to be plugged before you proceed.

2) Repair holes and scratches. Use wood plug or putty to plug into the hole

3) Thoroughly clean your floor.

4) Sand your floor removing rough spots and creating a smooth surface. When refinishing hardwood floors, it is important to start with a rougher and more courser sand paper and then to refine it using sandpaper with a lower grit. Read More

Carpet Tile Installation

It is easier to install the carpet tiles than it is the wall-to-wall broadloom carpet that has to be stretched. You just need to know the correct technique. This style of carpet is laid in individual pieces, so deciding on the right starting place probably is the hardest part of the task. This task is finished fairly quickly, once you are able to start and your new floor will be ready to walk on in short time.

Locate the Room’s Center Point

You can use a chalk line to mark the center point from opposing corners of the room. You will need to make two chalk lines using all four corners of the room. The lines will intersect in the middle of your room. You may place on tile dead center or four tiles around the center point depending on your design. Make sure the center on it meets the center of the room and then install the other tiles out from that point.

Your Lines Need to be Square

Square your lines before you start to install the pieces of carpet. Measure out from the intersection of lines four feet on one of your lines and then measure three feet out using another line. You should have five feet in between these lines, for them to be square. You may have to make some adjustments to square the lines. Read More

CEO Modular Carpet Tiles

Finding high quality reliable carpet tile for flooring is not always an easy task, there are many qualifications to consider before purchasing. The best kind of carpet is easy to install, durable and will last a long time before becoming worn. This style of carpet has both raised and lower vertical stripes, when these are aligned correctly the overall effect is stylish. These qualities can be found in the pure genius collection of carpet tile that CEO manufactures.

Most of the installers who use this carpet style turn each tile partway around to provide a smooth and professional appearance. The mixture of color is designed to work with a variety of furnishings in any room. The carpet flooring tiles are designed to handle the heavy foot traffic and still remain sharp looking. When purchasing carpet for a business or home, be certain of your measurements, this will save time and money. These American made carpet tiles are a good investment for your home because with carpet tile flooring it will be used a long time before needing to be replaced.

There are many online suppliers to choose from – Here are a few we’ve bought from:

Check with your installer to see what supplier they think is the best for service, price, quality, and on-time delivery.


Restoring Your Hardwoods – Carpet Removal

old-carpetCarpet has its place, but if you’re like a lot of people, you’d really rather have the hardwood flooring underneath. Taking out carpet can give your home a whole new look and feel, add a lot of aesthetic appeal and even increase its resale value – and in many cases, it’s a relatively quick and easy project which you can do yourself.

Assuming that your carpet isn’t attached with an adhesive, this is very simple. Start by cutting the carpet into strips using a utility knife (don’t go too deep or you’ll cut through the padding and damage the floor). This will make it easier to pull up and make getting it out much more manageable. Next, you’ll need to pull the carpet loose from the tack strip (start from a corner for this); pliers or a very thick pair of work gloves will make this easier. Keep pulling along the walls to remove each section of carpet.

Getting the padding out is easy enough. It’s usually attached with staples; just pull them out with pliers and remove the padding as you go. Once it’s out, you can take on the tack strips. With the right tools (pry bar, a hammer and pliers), this can be a very easy job. Slip the end of the pry bar under the tack strip, giving it a tap with the hammer if needed. Once you have enough leverage, pry the strip away from the floor and slide the pry bar along. If your tack strip is fairly new, this should go smoothly. Otherwise, you may have to pry out nails individually if the strip breaks into pieces.

After the tack strips are out, just go over the room carefully and pry up any remaining tacks or nails and clean up any residue from the padding. The next step will be to refinish the floors, but chances are that your home is starting to look better already – and all it took was a few hours work taking out the carpeting!