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Vinyl Vs Fiber-Cement Siding 
Thursday, July 23, 2009, 01:39 AM - Siding
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Vinyl Vs Fiber-Cement SidingAs a homeowner, you want a low maintenance siding that lasts a lifetime and will dramatically enhance the appearance of your home. Many new home builders are choosing fiber-cement siding over the more traditional vinyl siding. Here's why:

Fiber-cement siding can be painted any color the homeowner desires without having to reside the house. It is more economical and versatile than having wood siding, simply because of color retention and doesn't have the long-term maintenance issues of sanding, scraping and priming. The color of vinyl siding can't be changed and is susceptible to fading over time. You can't paint vinyl because it was designed to expand and contract over time, causing the paint to peel and crack. Furthermore, if repairs need to be made to vinyl siding, finding a perfect color match can be difficult, especially if it is aged and faded.

Fiber-cement siding is ideal for capturing the beauty of wood without the added work and cost. It offers beautiful, natural textures and realistic wood grains you would see on cedar siding. Fiber-cement siding comes in a wide array of colors and shapes, giving you the ability to create something unique and striking.

Fiber-cement siding is durable and guaranteed to last for up to 50 years. It can sustain harsh climates, such as those found in the snowy northern states, or the sweltering heat and humidity of the southern states. It's long-term durability, due to a higher quality interlaminate bond strength, is one reason why most fiber-cement siding manufacturers offer it with a transferable 50-year limited warranty. On the other hand, vinyl siding becomes brittle when exposed to cold temperatures and can therefore be damaged by hail, tree limbs or other flying debris. The strength and thickness of fiber-cement siding provides resistance against hail and wind, protecting your home from damage, as well as being coated with a top of the line sealer for protection against impacts and moisture. Vinyl siding is thin and provides little resistance to airborne hazards.

Fiber-cement siding is non-combustible, meaning it won't burn easily and is approved for fire-rated construction. Vinyl siding will melt or burn when exposed to a high source of heat or flame, and will also release toxic vapors when burnt.

Fiber-cement siding is strong and durable. When painted, it is indistinguishable from the natural look of wood siding. It is extremely mildew resistant, making it a wise choice for those who live in high-humidity areas. It comes pre-primed from the manufacturer, so all the homeowner or contractor has to is decide on what color it should be painted - and it can be easily repainted years down the road with little prep-work. Furthermore, it not only locks out moisture, but it also avoids the damage caused by termites. It just may be the ideal and economical choice for your home.

By: Budda Oliver
Mr. Oliver is a marketing agent of Blue Ridge Exteriors. The vinyl siding contractor is a top leader in the market for siding and window replacement or update experience in the Richmond Virginia area. For more information on their Vinyl Siding Richmond Virginia please visit their website.
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Glass Mosaic Tiles Bring Glamour to Your Home 
Thursday, July 23, 2009, 01:27 AM - Misc.
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Glass Mosaic Tiles Bring Glamour to Your HomeWhen looking for an unusual and dramatic way to refresh your home consider the magical abilities of glass mosaic tiles.

Decades ago interior decorators learned secrets of catching the eye and moving it from the floor to the wall. Gamblers saw that concept first hand in Monaco. Home and business consultants can tell you when you enter a room, your eyes do not focus on the floor. Smart home decorators can put this concept into play by installing a bright, mesmerizing wall of these glass mosaic tiles instead of spending money replacing a floor.

There is more good news. Because many of these tiles are made from recycled products, you will be doing your part to save the planet from landfill. Their 21st century look is not restricted to the inside of the home.

An outdated kitchen backsplash can easily be replaced with a large square of these versatile glass tiles. Although they are gorgeous, they can resist water spots, are easy to clean and hard to break. Glass mosaic tiles never discolor and come in an array of rainbow-hued colors. You can consult an expert or plot out a do it yourself transformation. You night chose a solid, dramatic or comedic pattern to match your mood and your work space. If you want to take it slow for the first project, use these tiles as a border or think big with a countertop or kitchen wall.

Your bathroom can be transformed into a Palm Springs spa with a little creativity and the use of glass mosaic tiles in the bathroom. You could afford a trip to the desert with the money you are saving. Create some glitter in this small space with the addition of a wall of glass mosaic tiles. These tiles can reflect other colors of the room, make the room seem larger and best of all these beauties are easy to maintain. Please yourself with a little pop to the tired look.

Show off any room in your home with impact or flattering low lights paired with nicely placed tiles. Pull back the shower curtain and place glass tiles around the enclosure. Mildew and moisture are not a concern. The walls are your palate so sit down with an array of samples and create your own showroom. If you are a little timid about tackling a huge project, use these tiles to highlight small areas.

Patio borders and garden areas can perk up the landscape of the entire yard with the use of some bright glass mosaic tiles. No need to worry about discoloration, sunlight, frost or heat damage, these tiles are as strong as they are beautiful.

Treat yourself with the addition of glass mosaic tiles around a plain vanilla pool. These can add some spice and enhance the pleasure of your oasis from the noisy world. Or maybe select a few of these tiles to surround your hot tub on the deck. You can make a small space seem magical in the moonlight.

By: Sam Lewis
Take a tip from Las Vegas and "look up" to glass mosaic tiles when searching for innovative ways to re-decorate or give your home an updated look. To get more info on Glass Mosaic Tiles visit: http://hubpages.com/hub/Glass-Mosaic-Tiles.
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Laminate Floors - How to Install and Maintain This Attractive Alternative to Hardwood 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 08:35 AM - Flooring
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Laminate Floors - How to Install and Maintain This Attractive Alternative to HardwoodWhen installed and maintained properly, your laminate flooring will give you many years of service. In fact, one of the best features of laminate is how easy and inexpensive it is to care for. Anyone considering laminate floors should be aware of the differences between them, as these differences often determine installation methods and care requirements.

Laminate Floors- How to Install for the Best Results

Before you install your laminate floor, keep in mind that most of the problems that arise later with laminate floors are due to improper installation. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for your particular flooring. In general, there are three basic types of installation for laminate- standard, pre-glued and snap-and-lock. The one you choose will depend on your budget, skill level and the kind of design you desire.

Standard installation requires that you glue the laminate directly to the subfloor using laminate adhesive. This method is not appropriate for floating floors, but keeps the flooring securely attached in much the same way as tile flooring. Pre-glued laminate installation is for floors that come with adhesive already applied to the back. You simply wet the glue with water and secure to the subfloor.

Snap-and-lock installation is probably the most popular method of laminate floor installation. It allows the do-it-yourselfer to easily lay down the floor without the use of adhesives. Snap-and-lock floors snap together using a locking tongue and groove mechanism. All methods of installation require a flat, level surface, and don't forget to acclimatize your flooring to your home for at least 48 hours prior to installation to prevent buckling.

Proper Maintenance of Laminate Floors for Years of Lasting Beauty

Once your floor is properly installed, you need to keep it looking good. Like hardwood, a clean laminate floor is a happy floor. Unlike hardwood, however, laminate requires no sanding, sealing or refinishing. A simple damp mopping with mild detergent will maintain the good looks of your laminate floor for years. Another tip is to keep the room temperature at about 72 degrees and monitor the humidity to prevent warping.

Always lift furniture when moving it or you may scratch your laminate. Use felt pads whenever possible. Other common sense measures include removing dirt and oil from the edges of the floor and around area rugs, and avoiding abrasive cleaners. Follow these guidelines for the installation and care of your laminate floor and you will get to enjoy its beauty for many years.

By: Elizabeth Hrusch
For more information about laminate floors visit http://www.bestlaminate.net.
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An Overview of Insulation Types 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 08:29 AM - Insulation
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An Overview of Insulation TypesFiguring out which type of insulation to use is so much easier when you have an idea of what the different types are, how effective they are, and where they are used. You want to make sure that you get the best product for the job that you can afford.

One of the slightly more expensive options out there is residential foam insulation. However, you will recoup your costs over time with the additional savings in energy costs that you will get through using expanding foam. Because it expands to fill any spaces where air and moisture might enter the home, it is one of the best types available. It is easily applied through a spray nozzle.

For something more affordable, you could get one of the forms of blow in insulation. Commonly used types include fiberglass (the most effective), mineral wool, and cellulose. You will need a thicker layer than you would if you used fiberglass or mineral wool batts, but this will save you some money and make it easier to insulate hard to reach areas.

More common in the UK, foam roof insulation is now becoming more popular in the US. In the past it wasn't used since it was believed that roofs needed to be vented. If your roof is vented you can still use it for your attic floor, however, it won't control the temperature of the attic as well.

One of the places you should be sure to insulate is your attic. Attic ceiling insulation is especially important since heat rises and you don't want all your heat in the winter to go right out through your roof. You want it to be trapped in the house and keeping your warm.

Although many people do not use garage door insulation, it can really help to regulate the temperature of your garage and make it a more useful place. You might also find that you save on your energy bill if you use it and have an attached garage. It is very easy to install yourself with kits available on the internet.

Anyone with a steam or hot water based heating system should also be sure that they are properly insulating their pipes with steam pipe insulation. Other types cannot withstand the temperatures of these pipes, and without the correct product you will lose heat quickly and it won't reach the farthest areas of your house.

Finally, cellular glass is a fire resistant, strong type of commercial insulation that is used for insulating roofs and special types of pipes and equipment, especially when there are either very hot or very cold temperatures involved or when it is important that the product be waterproof.

By: Simon Harris
Simon Harris writes about insulation at http://www.insulationanswers.com
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