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Make Your Epoxy Floors and Counters Shine Again
by richard

The beauty of epoxy flooring is that there is no surface applied design.

What you see goes all the way through the thickness of the material, so that cleaning and restoration can make even a bad finish and poor installation look great. In many cases, restoration efforts make epoxy much more attractive than when it was first set in mortar.

Why Stone Work Can Be Imperfect

Stone is typically set in thin set cement on either concrete or a concrete board. Imperfections in this base can make it difficult to lay the tiles so they meet perfectly at each corner. Tiles are not flexible, so there is just so much adjusting a tile setter can do when there is a hump or dip in a floor or countertop. But epoxy flooring does not have these issues.

In the best applications, tile work has imperfections for other reasons, too. Tiles themselves have variations in size and thickness, making installation more difficult. This is why good tile contractors are so valuable.

Determining the Restorative Efforts

How well the initial setting of the tile turns out has a lot to do with the kind of natural stone cleaning and restoration that must be performed. If the tiles lay well and corners match up, cleaning efforts may be all that are needed to make the stone beautiful again.

The restoration might only take slight buffing after the cleaning and a good coat of sealer.

If chemicals etch into the stone and there are slight imperfections in the tile setting, honing may be necessary for natural stone cleaning and restoration.

This involves the use of diamond grinding pads to smooth out scratches and make the surface uniform. How smooth the natural stone is upon completion of the restoration has much to do with the desires of the customer.

Another problem that occurs during the process of natural stone cleaning and restoration is when the tiles themselves are not well matched. Stone tiles may cause a trip hazard for those who slide their feet because of lippage, the occurrence of one tile corner being higher than another.

This can involve many passes with the floor grinders to work out first the major differences and then the minor ones. Initially coarse pads are used, and then the hard surface specialist will step down incrementally to finer ones so the finish is very smooth. This process can take some time based on the number of imperfections and the type of natural stone in use.

Once cleaning and grinding efforts are complete, the final step in natural stone cleaning and restoration is application of a sealer or polish to give it a rich glossy shine.

After natural stone is restored, it is important to note that taking care of it will result in less frequent cleanings. This means careful selection of cleaning chemicals so that they do not break down the finish and the stone beneath.

Acidic cleaners should be avoided altogether because of their destructive reaction on stone. A pH neutral product is recommended to clean yet protect both the sealer and the stone itself.

Floor DIY Tile Cleaning

If your a homeowner with tile and grout I can almost guarantee you have been on your hands and knees trying to get it clean. Tile cleaning  can be a very frustrating process for most people.

What Tile Cleaning Products To Use

First there’s what products do I use to get the grout clean, bleach, Mr. Clean, magic eraser, etc. By the way none of them work very well.  Then when you have the product you want to use for your tile cleaning you need to get rid of the family and pets for the afternoon so they: don’t hear you swearing at your floor and they don’t come in and mess up what you have somewhat cleaned.

For tile cleaning, you get to get down on your hands and knees for the next couple of hours with your scrub brush (tooth brush) and scrub all of those little grout lines. When you are all done with the cleaning process you will want to seal the grout properly because if you don’t you will be right back where you started this time next month.

Epoxy Cleaning Is Easy

Why not give a call to an epoxy flooring specialist so they can eliminate the whole tile cleaning process for you and give you a much more beautiful epoxy floor instead?

There are experts when it comes to epoxy installation and sealing and when they’re done, they will be glad to show you the easy and proper way to maintain your floors so they look beautiful for years to come.

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September 21st

23:24
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How to Renovate your Roof
by richard

How to replace a roof in 2020?

When your roof has reached the end of its service life (yes, even the slate does not exceed 100-120 years at best!). Or when your roof has suffered too much damage, the time has come to replace your roof.

Obviously, this represents a budget, sometimes larger than that of building a new roof: you have to remove the old roof, check the condition of the frame, possibly renovate the screen and insulation, check the condition of the zinc works and install a new cover. And obviously transport the old one to the recycling center or the landfill.

All this therefore represents a certain construction time which can be important if your roof is particularly large or complex.

When should a roof be replaced?

A roof does not necessarily have to be completely replaced. There may be only certain roof areas to be replaced, repairs or renovations to be made. If you are not sure about the future of your roof covering, the best thing to do is to contact a professional who will come to diagnose your roof.

There are however a few cases in which you may have a roof in good condition and want to replace it anyway:

  • if your roof was made of asbestos fiber cement and, despite its good condition, you want to remove the asbestos from your property, for example before selling it
  • if you want to change the look of your roof after installing roof openings, chimneys or Velux, for a different style
  • if you need to raise your house and redo the roof framing
  • if you have to change the frame or a damaged roof screen: in both cases you will not be able to completely dismantle the cover
  • if you want to make an external thermal insulation
  • if you had deposited an inaccurate building permit and that according to the rules of your PLU you are asked to change your coverage (proximity to a historic monument, etc.)
  • if you want to install solar panels on your roof

But in most cases, the replacement of the roof relates to renovating a roof which is out of breath: porous materials, infiltrations or leaks, sagging roof, mold … In which case, the roof plays too important a role in the protection of your home to not replace your roof soon.

This is planned in advance, the time to decide on your future coverage, to study the possibilities with an architect or a roofer, to request and compare quotes for roof replacement, to consult the various organizations to find out if you have right to some form of aid, and of course to borrow or raise your budget.

Help, my roof is sagging!

Unless a meteorite falls on your house, a healthy roof cannot sag overnight.

Sinking or warping roofs are things that happen, of course, but only to homes that have been abandoned or with unmaintained roofing and frames (which is the same thing). In this case the foam does its work, the roof becomes porous, mold and water seep, the insulation is soaked, and the frame rots until it deforms, and we end up in a disaster.

But unfortunately, following a poor workmanship or poorly done roofing by unscrupulous companies, your roof can also deform! This is the case, for example, if the “professional” installs too heavy roofing materials on an unsuitable frame. Hence the importance of always calling on qualified professionals, with ten-year guaranteed coverage for their work!

However, parts of your roof framing may be overdue, either because the wood-eating insects have invaded it or because you have some leaks. The first thing to know when it comes to replacing a roof: first treat the cause before tackling the consequences.

For example, the wall plate (the horizontal wooden beam that sits just under the roof and divides the weight of the roof toward the load-bearing walls) is suffering and is partially moldy or cracked. In which case the carpenter or the roofer-carpenter who will come to make the repairs must remove the cover from your roof. If it is recent and in good condition, there is no reason to change it. If it starts dating, it may be an opportunity to invest in a roof replacement budget, including coverage.

Recycle tiles in good condition

When the roofing is still intact and when it is only the frame or part of the sub-roof which is reached, we can recover the existing tiles in good condition. But be aware that this can be even more expensive than replacing the entire roof! For the simple reason that the roofer will have to find the same model of tile, and inspect one by one the ones you want to keep!

A roofer will charge at the hourly rate for this work, of around $65 per hour. You can request a free quote for your roofing work. If you only have to change a few tiles, don’t worry.

If we are talking about 40 m² or more, study the budget carefully with your roofer. Note that extra costs may occur, in particular hiring roofing dumpsters so that you can discard the large quantity of construction debris creating by your roof renovation job.

In some cases, you can replace your roof by covering it with another. But this must be reserved for certain very specific cases, such as metal roofs, asbestos-cement roofs, or concrete. Roofing is possible from $60 to $80 per m2.

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March 17th

9:56
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How to remodel your kitchen
by richard

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to renovate because it yields a high return on investment. Any money you spend on a kitchen renovation is money you can expect to see back in higher resale values. So, whether you’re building a new kitchen, renovating an existing kitchen or making a few updates, you’re making a sound decision.

Looking to give your kitchen a new look while on a budget? It’s easier and cheaper than you might think. With some elbow grease and a little creative inspiration, you can update your kitchen cabinets without going through the hassle of an entire remodel.

But before you jump in with a sledgehammer and start knocking down your kitchen walls, establish a plan for the kitchen remodel. This might involve the following: visit home improvement stores and thumb through remodeling magazines to get an idea of the type of kitchen you want. And plan your kitchen around the style of your home.

Some contractors only supply the food service industry with commercial kitchen equipment parts, repairs and accessories. With national locations in the Bay Area and in Modesto, some service restaurants, school cafeterias, hospitals, hotels, nursing homes and assisted living residences, meeting and convention halls, convenience stores, amusement parks and more. But here we are more concerned with home kitchen remodelling.

The cost to refinish kitchen cabinets starts at $2.80 – $4.39 per square foot, but can vary significantly with site conditions and options. Get fair costs for your specific project requirements. See the typical tasks and time to refinish kitchen cabinets, along with per unit costs and material requirements.

Refinishing is a great way to get a fresh, new, real-wood look to your kitchen cabinets that you just can’t get with paint. It’s easy and convenient and almost fool-proof as a DIY project. All it takes is a little elbow grease and you’ll have a whole new look for your kitchen.

In fact, some kitchen contractors are so confident in their expertise that they even offer a 101-day warranty on all of their repair services. Since the industry standard for commercial kitchen repair is 30 days, they believe that speaks volumes about their commitment to fanatical service.

If the counters and cabinets in your kitchen need a chic update, but the vintage stove has too much charm and potential to get rid of, how about refurbishing your kitchem? The homeowner in Modesto can keep the kitchen’s old chambers stove and cabinets, improved with new fronts and a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Patriotic White.

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Some contractors offer complete foodservice equipment repair and maintenance services for full-service restaurants, QSRs, convenience stores and retailers, coffee shops and concessions operations. Their trained, licensed, and insured foodservice equipment repair technicians serve fifty of the country’s largest metropolitan markets.

Their expert refinishing and repair craftsmen also accept custom kitchen cabinet repairs for homes, hotels, and other related businesses in Modesto, California. Talk to one of their friendly staff and get instant advice on your custom furniture questions including antique table repair, kitchen cabinet restoration, custom kitchen drawers etc.

One thing you need to be aware is that if you do a significant kitchen remodel, you are likely to end up with a lot of construction material debris. What most people do to get rid of all this junk is they rent a rolloff dumpster container. Renting for a few days a Modesto kitchen remodel dumpster from a waste management company is not expensive and this way they take care of bringing all this garbage to the landfill.

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June 17th

11:31
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5 Useful Tips For Buying Your First Home
by richard

One of the best feelings as an adult is when you leave the rental style life behind you. On average, first-time home buyers are at around 33 years of age in the USA. Though this age is relatively young for a critical life choice such as this, buying a home at any age can still be equally time-consuming and stressful.

To finally put your life as a tenant behind you, here are some useful tips to help you be prepared for your first home purchase.

Find Out Your Credit Score

Buying a home may require you to take a loan to be able to pay the mortgage, and you cannot do this smoothly if you have a hanging credit score. Work on your score and address the negative elements before you put in a downpayment on your house. A credit score of 740 and above is considered the ideal mortgage range.

If you have a score lower than this, do not worry. You can still qualify for loan approval. However, this would cause you to pay for a higher APR or also called the Annual Percentage Rate. Settle your credit card bills and outstanding loans on time. That way, you keep improving your credit score. Remember, the lower your APR is, the cheaper monthly mortgage payments will be.

Save Money Early On

One of the first things an adult must do to become financially stable is to open a savings account and actually put some money in it. This means a percentage of your monthly paycheck should always end up to your bank to help you prepare for the big day when purchasing your first house.

Every buyer should have at least 10 percent of the asking price of the property in their bank accounts. But if you belong to the low-income buyers, do not feel discouraged. There are mortgage programs that allow you to acquire your first home with a lower down payment. All you have to prepare for is to qualify for these mortgage programs while continuously saving some money.

Work With An Experience Realtor

An experienced realtor will assist you in finding the perfect rate for your house loan. Moreover, he or she will also help you in sailing through the process as smoothly as possible. In Chicago the Kale Realty company is such a reputable broker with access to a large inventory of real estates offers in all price ranges. For some, buying their first property would mean living in it in the next months or so while some buyers also prefer to purchase property while the market is underpriced for the purpose of gaining more income. People who choose the latter allow themselves a few more years to earn and save extra money for a bigger home in the future.

For example, more people are buying properties in Chicago for a bargain as the prices are down by 20% from the top due to the economic struggle since 2008. These buyers can then rent out the place for cash income and use the property as a form of investment until the owners choose to either move to the property in a few short years or sell it again once the economy in Chicago, Illinois starts to improve.

Keep Your Finances In Check

The home buying process can be a bit cumbersome, especially when you want to purchase a property in a competitive neighborhood. To help you stay financially stable for the incoming expenses, you have to avoid any significant purchases. Some examples here are purchasing fancy furniture, taking out a car loan or opening up another credit line.

This is also not the best time to quit your job or decrease your work hours. Be open to your realtor about the standing of your finances. That way, he or she can offer you the perfect properties for the price that you can afford.

Don’t Go Beyond Your Budget

Lucky home buyers find their dream home in their desired budget within the first few months of looking around. Others may not be as lucky and might need several more months to find their home. While you should never purchase a property you do not love, it is also critical that you do not overstretch your budget and put yourself in a financial stir.

Always remember that paying for something that is out of your budget do not just put a lot of stress on your finances. This can also cause some strain to supply your family’s basic needs. So if you fall in love with a house, but the monthly payments are more than what you can afford, it is time to move on.

Most new property buyers will benefit from taking advice from their selected realtors and from their families who have gone through the entire process of buying their first home. Be on the lookout for the best properties and work with a real estate agent whom you can put your confidence on.

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December 7th

19:49
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Why people like horror movies
by richard

What is it about scary movies that attract so many people? None knows for sure, although there are lots of potential explanations, most of which are somehow related to psychology. Regardless of the reasons underneath people’s preference for horror movies, horror movie posters have seen an enormous rise lately hellraiser horror movie posterspushed by the growing demand for scary movies.

Horror movie sympathizers simply go wild anytime they see an evil horde of monsters, zombies, vampires, living dead, harridans, revenants, specters, wraiths, lunatics, ghouls, spooks, beasts, ghosts, fiends, changelings, goblins, and shambling sub-humanoids. Of course non horror movie enthusiasts tend to find scary movie characters rather disgusting, but this hasn’t stopped the scary movie craze or horror movie posters especially since the 1970s.

Truth is the history of the horror genre dates way back to the time when the first men started to inhabit our planet, as humans throughout time seem to have always taken pleasure in scaring their peers. In film and printed media like horror movie posters, this tendency towards fear and terror is also almost as old as the medium itself, as evidenced by the fact that skeletons and evil creatures were present in the early film versions of the classic stories ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ (1908), and ‘Frankenstein'(1910).

Those who like the genre say that watching scary films generates a big deal of adrenalin, coupled with suspense, and of course, fear. There is a very slim line between fear and excitement, or so we hear. This sure explains why the horror movie posters or the genre in general is far from extinction, and why the scary motion picture audience is one of the most loyal audiences today, to the extreme that they have created sort of a scary flick ‘cult’.

Something similar can be said about horror movie posters fans. In our fast paced days of free trade and globalization, whenever a new scary film is released there are also posters that comes hand in hand with it. This way, scary flick fans in Tokyo have the same chance to get their favorite horror movie posters than folks in New York City , London or Melbourne. Isn’t that awesome?

Although the list of great horror movie posters is quite long, probably the top ten picks are the following horror movie posters: ‘The Exorcist’ (film released in 1973), ‘The Haunting’ 1963), ‘Psycho’ (1960), ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (1978), ‘Alien’ (1979), ‘The Shining'(released in 1980), ‘Dead by Dawn: Evil Dead 2′ (1987), ‘Halloween’ (film released in 1978), ‘The Evil Dead’ (1982), and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ posters (film r28 days later horror movie posterseleased in 1984).

Most of us would agree on that many of these movies definitely fall into the classic film poster category. C’mon, let’s face it: who, as a teenager in the 1980s, didn’t have a Freddy (from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street ‘) poster hanging from their bedroom walls or locker at school? Anywhere you looked there was Freddy and his scary metal claws!!!

Types of horror movies

According to some experts, there are at least four types of scary movies: Monster, Slasher Flicks or Dead Teenager movies, Smart scary films, and Gore Galore. As we mentioned earlier, the first sub category, Monster horror motion pictures can be traced to the origins of the film industry. Both ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ are perfect examples of the typical monster flick, where a monster or some kind of frightening creature is placed into a strange setting and then a group of people is added to act as a buffet for the monster.

This kind of scary films revived in the 1950s with movies such as ‘The Blob’, ‘The Fly’, and ‘The Thing’ and was emphasized further in the 1970s with flicks such as ‘Alien’, ‘Tentacles’, and ‘Jaws; followed in the 1980’s by some newer and even cute monsters such as ‘Chucky’, everyone’s favorite killer doll. Some of the most demanded movie posters in this subcategory are ‘Poltergeist’, ‘Aliens’, the ‘Chucky’ series movie posters, and ‘An American Werewolf in London’.

The second type of scary films, Slasher Flicks, appeared in 1979 when the movie ‘Halloween’ was released. This film was quite dark and bad in acting and basically portrayed a killer in a mask that murdered baby sitters. However, it fascinated audiences and critics alike, giving way to a new horror movie sub category. Other flicks such as ‘Friday The 13th’, ‘Halloween 2′, ‘Scream’, and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ followed and became huge hits. There are horror movie posters available for each and every one of these films, and many other slasher flicks.

Next there are smart scary movies. The best selling horror movie posters into this sub category are ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’, ‘The Devil’s Advocate’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Mouth of Madness’, and ‘Event Horizon’ posters. In general terms, smart horror films are quite dramatic and sometimes slow. Jason x horror movie posters. Nonetheless, many people consider that some of the best motion pictures are smart horror flicks. Last there is Gore Galore films. Some of the most popular horror movie posters into this sub category are ‘Dead Alive, ‘Dead Alive 2′, ‘Event Horizon’, ‘Wishmaker’, and the ‘Living Dead’ series posters.

Some of the vilains are fat some are skinny, but they are more often slim as they move fast, this is why they are scary. So there is no need for a green coffee bean weight loss program for these evil creatures, they are just mean and lean by themselves. Zombies in particular are never obese.

Most recent horror movies

Some of the most recent items added to the horror movie posters category include ‘Dawn of the Dead’, ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’, ‘Thou Salt Not’, ‘Evil Remains’, ‘Koma’, ‘Night Watch’, ‘Vampires: The Turning’, ‘Satan’s Little Helper’, ‘Dark Water’, ‘Undead’, ‘Dracula 3: Legacy’, ‘Rottweiler’, ‘Hellraiser: Deader’, ‘High Tension’, ‘Land of the Dead’, and ‘House of Wax’ posters.

If you are looking for some scary times, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our extensive collections of great horror movie posters and choose your favorites. We are always adding new items to this category, so visit us often!

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December 13th

13:59
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