All the changes in weather have us dreaming about spring, longing for consistent warm temperatures and the chance to see the world bloom out of winter hibernation. The changes we see outside during the spring often lead us to make changes in our homes, whether it’s doing a little spring cleaning or home maintenance.
During the cold months we tend to seek out cozy, warm areas, breaking out the fluffy rugs, pillows and throw blankets. Storing these away for next winter is an easy place to start freshening up your home for spring. Refresh your space by minimizing clutter and brining in brighter colors through accessories like pillows, artwork, and lamp shades. Even swapping out a cozy, wool or shag area rug for a lighter, earthier woven rug will bring a breath of fresh air to any room. For an even bigger refresh, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Changing out darker colors for lighter neutrals or bright colors can breathe new life into your home.
Spring is also a popular time for home maintenance projects and renovations. Maybe you’ve noticed all the winter weather has been less than kind to your floors, and it’s time for something new. Spring and summer months also mean more time in the great outdoors, and those outdoor activities often find their way back into the house with water and dirt. If you don’t have a space already, consider carving out an area as a “mudroom” or organized entryway with cubbies, hooks, and durable flooring. Excellent flooring choices for these areas are ceramic tile, LVT (luxury vinyl tile), and WPC (made of wood plastic composite and waterproof). All of these come in wood and stone looks and are very stylish and durable. Whether you’re resurfacing one area or want to give your whole home a new look, never underestimate the value of new floors. Floors also add a wealth of color and texture and can be the foundation for your spring home makeover.
With spring right around the corner it's time to freshen up our homes. We can start by swapping out those dark colors and fluffy textures for fresh and smooth colors and textures. If you feel like it’s time for a bigger change with new flooring or even kitchen or bathroom tile, call us today for a free estimate! 256.231.5600.
Water can be a very destructive force when it comes to our homes. Not only do our homes face risks from the outside elements, water leaks inside the home can wreak just as much havoc. Today we’re going to talk about how to spot water damage inside your home and what to do about it.
As home owners, one of the biggest threats to our homes are things we can’t see. It’s much easier to spot water damage resulting from a natural disaster like a storm or flood, but what are some signs to look for that could indicate water damage from a hidden source? Water damage can take on different colors, textures and smells. So, look for things like water accumulation, discoloration, changes in texture on floors and walls, or buckling and cupping on wood floors. If you see any signs like this, be sure to investigate the source of the water. If it’s on the floor, this can mean your subfloor is damaged, and that can cause safety issues.
Whether your water damage is from a roof leak, leaking appliances, or a natural disaster, steps will have to be taken to repair the damage and get your home back in order. The first step is to check with your home insurance agent for coverage and be sure to take pictures of the damage. Your agent will let you know what’s covered and what to do to get started on repairs.
If you’re faced with replacing your floor, you’ll first want to make sure you have a sound subfloor without any mold or damage. Next, you may want to consider a flooring with water-resistant properties, especially for areas prone to water leaks, like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
An excellent choice for water- resistant flooring in any of these rooms is tile. Tile is very durable and handles water well if installed correctly. It also comes in many beautiful styles in both stone and wood looks! Another excellent choice in resilient flooring for any room in the house is WPC planks. WPC is totally waterproof and also comes in beautiful wood, tile, and stone looks.
If you’re not ready to give up hardwood, consider engineered hardwood over solid. Engineered hardwood is made up of layers that are more flexible and moisture resistant than solid hardwood. Often if only a section of hardwood is damaged, we can match the original wood and only have to repair the section where the damage occurred. Engineered wood can often be installed as “floating,” making it easier to replace planks if any future damage occurs.
If water damage has occurred on carpet, your next steps depend on several things. Consider the source: is it clean water or the result of sewage backup? Are the carpet and pad saturated down to the subfloor? Is the damage confined to a small area or the whole room? You’ll want to talk with a professional cleaning service that specializes in water damage to determine if your carpet can be cleaned and salvaged or if it needs to be replaced completely.
When your home faces water damage, detecting it then taking the right steps to get it repaired are crucial in avoiding mold and further damage to your walls or subfloors. If your floors have been damaged and you’re in need of new flooring, give us a call for a free estimate and to help you select durable flooring for your needs.
Purchasing new floors can start off fun and exciting, but oftentimes, the options become overwhelming. So many questions pop up like, “What kind of flooring do I want? What style am I trying to achieve? Will it match my cabinets? How durable does my flooring need to be?” Let's take a look at some tips that will help you have a fun and enjoyable buying experience.
Step 1: Get inspired
Maybe your inspiration is something already in your home like a piece of furniture, your cabinets, or maybe you want to match flooring you already have. If so, bring pictures or maybe even a cabinet door or piece of your flooring from what you’re trying to match. If you don't have any inspiration at home, search through magazines for inspiring pictures or web sites like Mohawk Floors, Shaw Floors, HGTV, or Pinterest for good ideas. Brining your pictures, samples, and color swatches will make shopping much easier, and if you think you've found what you’re looking for, ask your sales representative if you can take a sample home. Seeing the sampled flooring in your home can help you know for sure if it’s the one for you.
Step 2: Think about what will fit your lifestyle.
You want your new flooring to be durable and suitable for the level of traffic in your home. Examine how your previous flooring has performed: did it work well, or do you have some concerns with that kind of flooring? In addition, you should consider the following: Do you have kids or pets? Are you empty nesters? Is this your forever home or are you fixing it up to sell or rent? Keep these things in mind and share them with your sales representative so you can find the flooring that best fits your wants and needs.
Step 3: Figure your budget.
The above tips will help in picking the right flooring for you, but you’ll also need to know your budget. Figure a budget for flooring that you’re comfortable with and be sure to take into account costs for installation materials and labor.
Buying new floors should be a fun and exciting experience. Don't let the options overwhelm you. Preparation is key. If you follow the above steps and share your thoughts and ideas with your sales representative, getting your dream floors can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Whether you've been planning your remodel project for quite a while, or disaster has struck and thrust remodeling upon you, people often aren't prepared for what remodeling entails.
Jeremy Shaddix from Pate's Painting and Remodeling talks with our project manager, Chip Jancsek, on what people need to know before they begin a remodeling project.