Steps to remodel your Bathroom
Do you want your bathroom to look fresh and clean with a brand new look? If you do, it is time for a complete bathroom remodeling. Of course, the very first thing that pops in to your mind is expense and inconvenience. But, not to worry, with our top bathroom remodeling tips, both expense and inconvenience will be minimized completely.
Get inspired — Before you actually start planning your bathroom, it is time to do a little research. There are so many different materials available at present to simplify remodeling. In fact, a quick visit to the local hardware store will provide inspiration and ideas. The store will also provide an accurate idea of how much you might have to spend.
Do not move the plumbing and wiring — The most expensive and time-consuming part of a bathroom remodeling is shifting the plumbing and wiring. You can renovate without having to change these connections. It will be cheaper and quicker. Just put in different shower and tub fixtures and you are good to go.
Use stick-on tiles — Modern tiles do not require extensive digging work. All you have to do is mix the adhesive, spread it out and lay out the tiles. The entire process takes about two hours to complete and the adhesive sets in about 2 days.
Repaint the walls and the cupboards — Once your tiles are set, you can find matching paints for the wall. Usually, a gallon of paint comes to about $35 to $50 and waterproof versions are available. A cheaper option is to use stick on tiles for the walls as well. Since you are repainting, it is a good idea to repaint bathroom furniture as well as it will match the floor and the walls. Use online guides to learn how to refinish bathroom furniture.
Find beautiful accessories – Supermarket chains will have unique accessories like heated bathroom seats, heated towel racks, and even seasonal linen that is perfect for a new bathroom. If you can afford it, you can find and install heated flooring, steam showers, colored lights, bidets, etc
If you can do the remodeling yourself, these tips should prove very helpful but do be careful. When you are remodeling the bathroom yourself, you can tend to go overboard in budget, experience and time. In case you want your bathroom done quickly and efficiently, hire a professional to do the job for you.
Galvanized pipes are iron or steel pipes that were coated with zinc. The pipes were in use in the early nineties and the 1960s, hence some of the homes that were built during that period may have some galvanized pipe plumbing. The minerals in the water that flows through a galvanized pipe will generally react with the zinc that was used to coat the pipe, leaving a residue that can build up over time.
To know when to replace the galvanized pipes in a home, each homeowner will need to determine if they are getting a lower than normal water pressure. They will also need to check for discolored (that is, rust) water from their faucets and for some rusting at their pipes’ joints, they will also need to look for some rusted and pitted spots on the pipes too. Additionally, the average lifespan of galvanized pipes is about 40 years and it is generally recommended that they should be changed/replaced when they are at least 35 years old, hence a homeowner may choose to replace them too before they reach the end of their lifespan and start leaking.
Corrosion and residual build up in galvanized pipes can reduce a home’s water pressure and its flow rate, the pipes will generally need to be replaced in order to correct this. Each homeowner will also need to determine if this is only affecting one or more fixtures in the home or the entire building as a whole.
Replacing the galvanized pipes in a home may be a small or big project, a lot will depend on what each homeowner would have to do in their own specific settings/situations. Homeowners will generally need to know if they will need to replace only a portion or all of their pipes. They will also need to know the best type of pipes to use for their replacements too. The different types of pipes that may be used for the replacement of galvanized pipes include copper and plastic.
Homeowners may choose to check their pipes by themselves, however in some situations, replacing the galvanized pipes in a home may not be as simple as it may appear at first and could end up requiring more finance than was budgeted for it. Each homeowner should therefore get some bids, reviews and some recommendations for their specific situations/settings from some professional plumbers, in order to determine the extent of what they may need to do and its cost before embarking it.
Your roof is an umbrella for the entire house. It protects the entire structure and all its contents against severe weather and precipitation. This is the reason why you need to prioritize roof replacement whenever it is damaged or old. Unlike the other home improvement projects, roof replacement is not optional but a requirement. If you keep on using an old roof, you are likely to damage the structural integrity of the home.
What are the indications for a new roof?
At times, it might be obvious that you need a new roof after experiencing storm damage, gaping holes and other catastrophic environmental effects. However, a judgment call might be involved in most cases. Some common indications that your roof needs to be replaced include:
• Missing and curling shingles.
• A leaking attic.
• Wet spots and ceiling stains in the attic.
• Blocked gutters and missing flashing.
If these roof problems are identified at an early stage, they can probably be fixed before the roof is damaged. However, if they are not detected early enough you might be forced to repair or replace the roof.
Repair vs. replacement
There are some types of roof problems that provide you with a choice to either to carry out a repair or replacement. Such problems include damaged flashing and missing shingles. There are two crucial factors that will guide you in understanding what is best for you. First, the age of the roof and second the extent of the problem. For instance, roofs with a substantial leak are better off replaced rather than repaired. Additionally, if your roof is past its expected life lifespan, then there is no need to carry out a repair which can eventually be costly. A complete roof replacement is cost effective since it cuts on the costs that would have been incurred in carrying out regular repair.
Types of shingles to choose
There are several roof replacement materials to choose from. Such include:
• Architectural asphalt shingles
• Traditional asphalt shingles
• Slate tiles
• Wood shingles
• Spanish (ceramic) tiles
• Manufactured (composition) slate tiles.
Each of the options has specific benefits and drawbacks in the perspective of appearance, cost, weight, fire-retardant properties and life span. It is best to discuss these roofing materials with your roofing contractor before making the final decision. They will recommend to you some of the specific materials suited for your home with regard to your financial capabilities and climate of the region.
When considering materials for your kitchen counter tops, it can often be difficult to figure out what type will best fit your style and needs. More often than not, however, the choice can come down to engineered stonework, which will provide a large amount of both style and functionality for your kitchen. Both quartz and granite can make attractive choices for kitchen countertops, however, there are distinctions between the two.
Typical quartz countertops are crafted from an amalgamation of quartz and resin in a general ration of 9 to 1. Quartz can provide a wide variety of attractive colors and patterns, which mostly depend on the colorant and the texture of the quartz.
Granite countertops, on the other hand, are constructed from granite, which is a stone that is composed of feldspar, quarts, and mica.
Advantages of Each
Typically, quartz can offer a various amount of advantages, the first of which is that quartz is not porous, meaning that the surface of these countertops will not be damaged by spilled liquids. Quartz is also heat and scratch resistant, which makes it ideal for regular use. Often, with quartz products, you can be able to choose the ideal color that will best match your floors or kitchen cabinets.
Granite countertops offer their own advantages as well. They are extremely resistant to both heat and scratching, making them ideal for regular use in heavy duty kitchens. Each slab of granite is different from each slab of quartz, however, as granite countertops are crafted through a different process.
Disadvantages of Each
Typically, quartz countertops also offer very few cons as well when compared to the general advantages that they offer in the modern kitchen. Sometimes the seams may be visible, if the dimensions are a little larger than those found in manufactured slabs. While quartz is very heat resistant, regular amount of high heat applications can end up burning the material, which can cause a large amount of permanent damage to the stone’s finish.
In most modern applications, granite countertops will require more work to complete than quartz. Most granite countertops will require sealing roughly every twelve months because of the porous nature of the stone. If this is not done, then fluids and various amounts of bacteria can end up getting trapped in the stone. Much like quartz seems, the points of connection can become visible on granite kitchen countertops as well.