Basic Introduction To Hip Roof

Basic knowledge about Hip roof

Introduction to Hip roof

In today’s time, if you see cottages and bungalows, you will notice that majority of them have will be having hip roof on their home. Hip roof is also popularly known as hipped roof. The extreme popularity and installation of hip roof is because this style has two very important factors that is practicality and comfort. A hip roof is basically the one which slopes down gently on all the sides of the wall. Many people mix up hip roof with that of gable roof. However these both are different as there are no vertical sides on the gable roof which is there on the hip roof and this makes them different from each other. There is a visible difference in hip roof and gable roof as the shape of the house becomes different in their installation. If it’s a square home, it will need a hip roof which is shaped like a pyramid whereas on the other hand if there is an oblong home then it will need a roof with two triangular sides. Hip roof is such a roof which can be installed on a home with any size.

Hip roof will usually have a very consistent fascia level which lets the gutter to fit in all the way around the home. As compared to that with gambrel roof, hip roof is bit difficult to construct. This is because they will need a trussing system to be installed which is quite complex to install. However the roof itself is quite complex and tough to build. The construction of hip roof is self-bracing and hence it will not need any additional support.

One of the pros of installing hip roof in home is that water drainage is quite good in such roofs, this is because all the four sides of this types of roof is angled and hence there is no possibility for the water to stand at any place on the surface of the roof. This type of roof is perfect choice for those areas which have heavy rainfall and snowfall. The design of hip roof will encourage snow run off and it would also avoid the possibility of roof collapse. Another interesting feature about hip roof is that it can be incorporated on your existing roof also. These types of roof can also bear high winds and hence this makes it perfect for installing them in any place.

With these attractive features you would definitely be attracted towards installing it in your home. However it also has some issues. The building and design of hip roof is quite complex and have short ridge board along with many raters. The complex design will lead to more cost and this becomes one more negative point about hip roof. The time of construction of hip roof is also quite more. There is issue of ventilation with hip roof and you will need to install vents if you want to install hip roof.

How To Replace Your Shower Head

Ways of replacing shower head

Tips of replacing shower head

There can be varied reasons for replacing your shower head, one of them can be overflowing of water or leakage of water. Well any of the reasons is, if you are not opting for replacing your shower head, you will have higher consumption of water leading to wastage of water and increase in your water bills. Now of course you don’t want any of these situations to happen and whenever you find leaking shower head or overflow in the shower head, you must instantly go for replacing your shower head. Replacing your shower head is an easy job to do and it is clearly a DIY project. Hence you can go for replacing your shower head by yourself and save some bucks which you have to usually give to your professional. If you are new to this, you will need some guidance for it. Here are some of the tips which will help you to replace your shower head by yourself. First thing for replacing your shower head is to gather all the tools used for replacing your shower head and then go ahead with the work. This will help you to do your work in continuity.

List of tools

  • Masking tape
  • New shower head
  • Drop clothes
  • Adjustable pliers
  • Teflon tape

Steps for replacing your shower head

  • Prepare the work area

Before you start with the job of replacing your shower head, you need to prepare your area first. Place some old towel on your bathroom floor. This will help the porcelain or fiberglass floor from getting damaged or scratched while you are working. After that take the adaptor kit which will come up with a diverter device which should be attached with that of shower stem and it will direct the flow of water in either of the two directions. This will allow you to use two shower heads from one water source.

  • Remove the old shower head

Make use of adjustable pliers and remove the old faucet. You might want to wrap up the jaws of the pliers by using the tape for preventing them from marring the chrome. Get rid of the old plumbers putty or the Teflon tape by using a rag which is placed on the left side of the threads of the shower stem. When you remove the old shower head, you can install the diverter. It’s very essential to ensure that you place the supplied washer in the neck of the diverter as per the direction issued on the kit.

  • Apply Teflon tape and install hose extender

The last step of replacing your shower head is to attach the Teflon tape to avoid water leak. Make sure that the direction of wrapping the tape is proper as if it is installed in opposite direction it will damage your shower head. After you are done with applying Teflon tape, attach the hose extender to it. Tighten it properly and make sure it is not loose or else there will be water dripping out of your shower head and there will be no point in installing the new one.

Tips To Paint An Aluminum Garage Door

Ways of Painting aluminum garage door

Tips of Painting aluminum garage door

Do you have a garage? Is your garage door of aluminum and it looks dull and old? If yes then it’s high time you make it look like new again. One of the easiest ways to make your garage door look like new is to paint it. By painting an aluminum garage door, you can make your garage door polished and clean without having the need of replacing it. This is one of the most simple and cheapest ideas of making your aluminum garage door look like new. Firstly you have to gather all the supplies for painting an aluminum garage door. Here is a list of things you will need for painting an aluminum garage door.

  • Ladder
  • Paint brush
  • Drop cloths
  • Sponge
  • Turpentine or solvent
  • Soapy water
  • Exterior paint either acrylic or oil based
  • Primer preferably oil based
  • Scrubbing brush

After collecting all the supplies, start with the process of painting an aluminum garage door.

  • Clean your door

It is important to clean your garage door before you start to paint an aluminum garage door. If you want a perfect surface for the primer, you have make aluminum free from any dirt, dust or anything else. If it is not done so, the paint will not adhere properly with the surface and it will not look that good. If there are any loose particles then get rid of it by using firm bristled brush and make use of warm and soapy water for cleaning the door and scrub and get rid of any loose parts which chips away from the surface. Aluminum is such a material which doesn’t get oxidized but its factory finish can do deteriorate.

  • Prepare your aluminum door

It is more preferable to avoid painting the outside objects in cold, hot or wet weather. Alloys and metals will be expanding in hot air and will be retaining heat and hence the paint is not going to dry in the highest standard which you would be expecting. Hence when you are planning to paint an aluminum garage door, try to pick a day which is mild and clear for getting the desired result.

  • Paint your aluminum door

When you are painting your aluminum door, make sure to paint from top to bottom. If you are painting the bottom part first, you will have to repaint it after you are done with painting the top as the paint spills will be coming on the bottom part while you are painting the top part. Oil based exterior paint will be good for painting an aluminum garage door. Use a large brush while painting as it will help you to complete the job faster and more easily.

  • Apply second coat

When you are done with applying first coat of paint, allow some time for letting it dry. Once it is dry, you can apply the second coat of it. Make sure you leave 24 hours before applying second coat of paint. While applying second paint coat of paint, make sure to be smooth to get a uniform surface.

How to Construct Green Roof

Contractors Constructing green roof

Green roof construction by contractors

Whenever you visit to any of the garden area, you simply want to have that look and that ambience in your home. Well, home owners can get it by constructing green roof in the home. When you live in urban area and you wish to have a garden, the first option that can be used is by constructing green roof in your home. Many of the urban dwellers are opting for the green roof due to its benefits and reasons that it offers.

As considering the benefits of constructing green roof, it offers with the benefits of reducing the pollution in the air as it works by absorbing carbon dioxide and helps in offering an additional amount of insulation it the interiors of the home by reflecting the heating and the cooling effects. If you’ve prepared yourself for constructing a green roof in your home, here are certainly some of the tips that might prove helpful to you. Consider them while constructing the green roof for enjoying the best installation and the outcomes.

Green roof construction tips:

Creating a design for the roof:

One of the most important aspects to be followed by the home owners is to consider and create a well-developed design that is also suitable to your home. The basic elements of the garden design include certain of things like lighting, water, electricity, containers, roof surface, and plants. It is important to keep all the elements in mind while constructing green roof in your home.

Don’t forget to design sufficient spaces around the plants. This is helpful for the plants to grow well around. Even ample space should be offered for the walking area in your roof so that you can easily walk by the plants grown.

Identifying the building codes:

Before you start with the process of constructing a green roof on your home, it is important to check and identify the local building codes first. Don’t forget to follow any of the rules and regulations which are stated for the roof construction. It is advisable of not starting the process without any written consent from the building owner or the landlord.

You can also get the help of a professional architect for structuring your green roof the way you want. They have better knowledge and skills for acknowledging you about the things that are important for the construction.

Making the use of lightweight materials:

While you’re selecting the containers for growing the plants, it is important to check the weight. It is advisable of using containers which are light in weight and helps in preventing the scenario of overloading. You can make the use of fiber or plastic types of containers for storing things. Don’t forget to see that they offer ample amount and space of drainage that is important for your green roof. If there is not an appropriate drainage system, it simply will result in accumulation of water and will turn up the water to be stagnant on the surface of your green roof. It works in allowing proper drainage and also holds the moisture content in soil.

How to Detect Air Leaks in Home

Detecting air leak by candle

Lady holding a candle for detecting air leak

In most of the old homes as well in new homes you’re almost certain to observe some air leaks. You need to investigate about the air leaks in your home. By investigating you’ll find the air leaks through certain small openings you might even not know that exist. Well, these types of air leaks are not a big issue of problem in moderate climate, but in weather when the outside temperature varies from 20 degree from the interior temperature of the home, it will be your benefits of finding and detecting these air leaks. Unless and until you have stronger breeze blowing through your home, you may find the process of fixing the air leaks to be more easy and simple. Well, there are many tips and tricks for detecting air leaks in your home. Find it by yourself by following these tips for detecting air leaks.

Detecting air leaks tips:

  • There are many such places in your home that can simply lead in air leaks like windows, doors and cracks. Window is a common place where you can find most of the air leaks. Even, the windows installed on the separation of two rooms and other might also end up creating the air leak issues.
  • Make the use of candle. Flame the candle up and keep it near the frames of the windows. If you observe the flame of the candles flicking, this will simply result in air leak. Even there are chances that the movement of candle flame might also be due to the ceiling fan or any vent of HVAC.
  • You can also detect by placing a bath towel on the frames of the windows for blocking any of the air flow. Now make the use of lighted candle and hold it near the part of the window frame. If you don’t observe any candle flame flicking, it simply results further into a window air leak in your home.
  • Check your doors installed in your home. Many a times we don’t pay much attention to the doors but they result in the detection of air leaks. The most frequently found leaks are from the door frames and the cracks. Even the bottom edges of the door are the result for increasing the air leaks. You can detect the air leak in night.
  • Shut off the lights of the home, get a helper for turning on a torch light and go outside of the home. Shut the door and hold the flashlight on the bottom section of the door. Tell him or her to point the flash light towards the inner side of the home. If you observe the light of the flashlight coming towards the interiors of the home, it simply indicates in air leaks. Even you can make the use of this method for checking the top section and the side cracks of the door.
  • Don’t forget to check the fireplace and the dryer vents in your home. Dry vents are considered as most frequent place for air leaks that you should identify as fast as possible.

How to Deep Clean the Carpet

Person Deep Cleaning the Carpet

Process of Deep Cleaning the Carpet

Are you aiming at deep cleaning process of your carpet? Vacuuming is not enough for the process. Vacuuming is no doubt helpful for the home owners for removing the accumulated dirt and debris but it is not useful in cleaning it completely. What about the stubborn stains that are affecting your carpet? These stains are unable to get clean by using vacuum. For this you’ll definitely need certainly some of the cleaning solution that are helpful for getting rid of it. What about the smell and discoloration that doesn’t get rid of simply by using vacuuming it. Here are certain tips and techniques that can help you deep cleaning the carpet. You can easily use these techniques at your home for enjoying a streak free carpet with beautiful smell.

Things you’ll need for the process:

  • Vinegar
  • Carpet shampoo
  • Hot water
  • Carpet cleaning machine
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Enzyme Cleaner

Tips on deep cleaning the carpet:

  • Start the process of deep cleaning the carpet by preparing the surface. But before you head ahead, make sure to remove each and everything that is placed in the carpet. Remove any of the furniture that may be on the top or close to the carpet. After removing them, it’s advisable of removing any thing by using your hand from the surface of the carpet.
  • Finally, make the use of vacuum cleaner for trapping each and every particle of dirt off the surface of the carpet. This will also help you in removing any debris from the inner fibers of the carpet too.
  • It is advisable of buying or renting a carpet cleaning machine from the market. This cleaning machine helps in offering wet cleaning solution that are most effectively used for the deep cleaning of carpet. You can easily rent it from any of the carpet cleaning store. Don’t forget to purchase any stated carpet cleaning materials and products important to the process.
  • Make the use of carpet shampoo and enzyme cleaners that is helpful in removing any bad odor from the carpet. For the stained areas in your carpet, it is advisable to pre spray the surface before you start cleaning them.
  • Add up the cleaning solution in the stained surface. Wait for certainly 20 to 30 minutes so that it can effectively affect the stains fir removing it off the surface of your carpet. This will help in loosening the stains. The cleaner will work in cleaning the stains and it will remove easily when the machine is working on it.
  • It’s advisable for reading the manual’s instructions before you start using the cleaning machine. Many a times hot water or cold water is used so that you can deep clean the surface of the carpet.
  • After running the cleaning machine on the carpet, it is advisable of checking the moisture presence in the carpet. This will help in perfectly cleaning the surface as well as the fibers present in the carpet. Let it dry completely for enjoying a clean and streak free carpet in your home.

Different Types Of Curtains

Plenty of types of curtain

varied types of curtain

When the thing comes about choosing the right types of curtains for your window, you are available with plenty of options for it. There is varied choice in finishes, fabrics, colors and also in curtain rods. Now choosing so many things from so many options is quite overwhelming. Now if you are thinking its fine if you don’t get the right types of curtains in the first time as these are not much costly thing then you are totally wrong. Types of curtains are also very costly based upon the quality, design and material and you don’t want to make the same investment again. Replacing the types of curtains when you make a wrong choice is quite a head ache and hence you have to be sure as to which types of curtains will go with which type of room décor. If you are not pretty much aware about the types of curtains in the market then to make you aware, here are some of them so that you can educate yourself before actually buying them.

  • Pinch pleated curtains

These types of curtains will be giving decorative look at the top of it whereas it will give a formal finish at the rod pocket. These types of curtains will work with any types of fabric. There are total five types of pinch pleated curtain one of them is two finger pinch pleat, other one is three finger pinch pleat then its four finger pinch pleat and then it is five finger pinch pleat. If you go for more pleats, the fullness and size of the pleat will go on increasing along with the amount of fabric needed and also the cost.

  • Box pleated curtains

These types of curtains will be giving more of a tailored look and they will be draped into deep folds along the total length of the curtains. The box shape will be lining up next to one another which will make a formal pleated look. Box pleated curtains are more suitable in the areas like dining room, study room or lounge.

  • Rod pocket curtains

Rod pocket curtains are basically used for lightweight fabrics and net which are not used much and not opened and closed on frequent manner. Such types of curtains have to be hanging on the slender curtain rod which will thread through the channel and it will fit in the sockets or on hooks at sides of your window. The gap of curtain rod has a tight fit and hence these are suitable for those rooms which are like a formal sitting room.

  • Goblet pleat curtains

If you are searching for an extremely formal type of curtains which would cover up a large area into a traditional house with high and royal ceilings then goblet pleat curtains would be best suited for your need. The top pleat will resemble a wine glass. If you want to keep your goblet pleat curtains look rounded and full, you will have to shape them with interlining and wadding.

Benefits of Damp Proofing a Home

Person Damp proofing home

Damp proofing process performed by a home owner

Safety of our residential home is very important not only from the burglars but also from weather wear and tear. There are many types of adverse effects that might end up damaging your home like damp. They often occur on the sections of the home that are not maintained properly and thus results in putting our belonging and our health to hazards.

It is important to discourage the growth of damp by taking suitable and appropriate steps for damp proofing the home. There are many companies that perform the task of damp proofing. It is among the latest treatment that is rising with a speed in different homes. You might come across many homes with the treatment of damp proofing. This will not only protect your home from weather wear and tear but also acts as a good friend for your home interiors.

We totally understand that often the process of damp proofing the home is a process of trust that you need to keep on the experts and applying it is also considered to be an investment. It is important to know the correct installation of damp proofing that is suitable to your home construction and foundation. Investing in right type of materials and tools will surely help in saving on your money and your investment too!

Damp proofing benefits:

Smell:

Are you tired of the accumulate smell of the mould from your home? Moisture and damp are considered to accumulate such type of smell that simply results in bad looking of your home. If the dampness in the home lets untreated, it simply results in damaging the interiors of the entire home. It will turn up the problem for spreading in the entire home. You’ll come across tan unpleasant smell that is coming around your home. For removing this smell, make the use of right type of ventilation and damp proof your home. Using damp proofing materials work in carrying off the small out of the home premise.

Appearance:

If you observe more amount of accumulate mold and mildew in your home, it simply will affect the look and the appearance of the home interiors. If you’re applying damp roofing treatment in your home, the appearance of your home is differently going to improve a lot. It is important to select the right areas for applying the damp proofing treatment. If you want to paint or decorate the patches affected by damp, it is advisable to applying the damp proofing process first as t will enable you in decorating the display properly.

Preventing health issues:

Applying damp proofing process helps in dealing with the health issues that might occur due to accumulate mold and mildew in your home. The growth of mold and mildew is observed simply because of the dampness that is present and observed in the home premise. It might turn up even worst and result into the health issues of respiratory system. These symbols aren’t good for the life of the home owner as well as the members of the home. Damp proofing helps in dealing with the situation in an effective manner.

Benefits of Metal Garage Over Wood Garage

Advantages of metal garage

Benefits of Metal garage

There is a misconception in the minds of various people that wood is the best material in any construction whether it be flooring, roofing or even garage. Undoubtedly wood is an excellent material but there can be something better than wood also. Metal garage are highly strong, durable and can last for a very long amount of time. Metal garage is also low maintenance and quite cost effective. Hence if any homeowner is tight on budget yet wants a protection for their vehicle then metal garage is best choice for them. Metal garage can be constructed very easily and they are so versatile that they can be constructed at any place like your homes or even at your office premises. If you are not able to believe that metal garage is better than wood garage and have an overrated opinion about wood in your mind then you must check out this article and know for you benefits of metal garage over wood garage.

  • Cost advantage

One of the major benefits that metal garage have over wood garage is the cost benefit. Wood is always high rated and extremely expensive which is not the case with metal garage. The structure of metal garage minim um level of construction and this is one of the major factors on its low cost. The less complexity in construction will also save you much time. On the other hand wood garage needs a perfect plan including plenty of materials. This will increase the cost of wood and also take more time in construction and implementation of the plan. If you go for installation of metal garage over wood garage then you can save up to 50% of the total cost.

  • Less time for construction

As compared with that of wood garage, metal garage will take lesser time for getting constructed. Hence if you are in any kind of hurry for getting your garage constructed then you must opt for metal garage. Lesser time for construction means lesser charges for labor which in turn leads to savings.

  • Durability

If you are opting for wood garage then it can get damaged if any instance of fire occurs. However these are not the case with metal garage as metal is not a material that will get affected by fire. Metal garages are constructed from very strong and durable materials and it will last for many years to come without having the need of repair and replacement if maintained properly.

  • Low maintenance

If you have installed wood garage then it would need very high level of maintenance as it would be having moisture issues, rotting issues, issue of getting damaged from insects. However on other hand if you are having metal garage installed then there would be no such issues of high level maintenance needed. Wood will need painting and staining over p-period of time whereas giving good wash will be enough for maintaining metal garage. Metal garage will be giving proper level of protection to your vehicle at low cost, low maintenance and great durability.

How to Clean Wood Sidings Using Pressure Washer

Cleaning wood sidings using pressure washer

Pressure washer used for Cleaning wood sidings

With the help of pressure washer you can easily remove the accumulate debris in the grimes of the wooden sidings. The grit might turn up causing damaging effects as the wood installed moves with the wind and also expands and contracts according to the temperature out there! Even, pressure washer is helpful in removing any accumulated stains on the surface of the wooden sidings. Burt you might need to use it with care as it might also turn up damaging the wooden sidings too. Here is the process of cleaning wooden sidings by using pressure washer as your tool for cleaning.

Pressure washer used for cleaning wooden sidings:

Preparation of the process:

Before you start up with the process of cleaning your wood sidings, it is important to prepare for the process. Before you start with the process, it is important to ensure that you can work through without stopping for even once while the entire process. Remove the plants and furniture that are placed near your wood sidings so that you can perform the process in a better way.

Anything that might turn up damaging by the spray should be either removed or covered properly. If you have hanged any decorations on the sidings, it is advisable of removing it off. Don’t forget to turn off any of the main supply to the exterior lights installed, so that spraying doesn’t end up damaging it. If you observe any of the siding board is damaged, it is advisable of not to spray it or clean it for the obvious reasons.

Don’t forget to carefully close the doors and windows of your home. I guess you don’t want to let any dirt or the spraying enter up the home interiors. If there is some of the members present in your home, it is advisable to inform them before you start up with the process.

Start spraying:

It is important to you to know that wood siding is not a strong material, so be careful while performing the process ahead. Don’t use a higher setting in your pressure washer for cleaning it. You should always know that a wood can get damaged if the flow of pressure washer is constantly sprayed in the same direction. So, it is important to keep moving the sprayer while cleaning it. Make the use of a fan tip for spraying the water.

Process of spraying:

The process of spraying should be carefully performed. Start with spraying the wood siding from the top most section of the sidings. This will offer you with no risk of you covering those of the areas that you’ve already cleaned. Don’t forget to spray it by keeping it in a downward angle. This will not damage or harm up the wooden surface. Spray a section at a time. Don’t be in a hurry for finishing your cleaning process. Finish up the process further. make sure you’re wearing properly safety measures so that you can don’t harm or injure yourself while performing the process.

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