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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Keep Garage Safe All Times

1. Always try to keep your garage as clean as possible. Sort through the items in your garage and have them stored up in shelves or cabinets. Anything that shouldn’t be in there, should be removed. To minimize the chances of a trip fall, ensure no item is kept on the floor.

2. Eliminate all fire hazards. Lots of fire accidents start from the garage. The main reason is your gas and oil containers that you store in there. Keeping away inflammable materials away from electricity, and installing fireproof garage roofs will help reduce fire hazards and potentially save your property.

3. Make sure your garage door is maintained properly. Garage doors pose a great deal of threat, they are mostly operated by electricity and a little malfunctioning component can spell a fatal disaster. In addition to that, any broken component can cause a serious injury, so it is recommended you get a professional to carry out the required maintenance. It was estimated, that about 30 000 people are injured every year as a result of garage door malfunction. Do your best to stay away from that statistics.

4. Don’t let your kids keep their toys or other belongings in a garage. Doing this ensures they have nothing to do in there, thus guaranteeing their safety.

5. Install monitoring devices in your garage. In case something goes wrong, you’ll get notified. To guard against unexpected scenarios, install safety detectors like smoke and heat detectors in your garage.

Decor And Furniture For Living Room

Most people start decorating their home with the living room. This is a room where family and friends gather to visit, watch seasonal sports, games, or movies. With that in mind selecting the right furniture for easy care and comfort is very important. The starting point for your furniture selection is choosing the right couch.

Couch provides more seating to gather and is inviting for larger guests. There are large selection of couches to choose from such as leather, suede or cloth/upholstered. There are also variety of shapes to select as well. There is standard couch that seats about 3 people or sectional that can seat as many as 5 to 6 people. Most popular type of couch is sectional which is preferred type of seating specially for large families. Aside from larger seating choice it also offers comfort. A sectional couch is usually made up of two or more pieces and is accompanied by large pillows to afford comfort and ease. Decorating around sectional couch is easy. You can use accent color pillows and utilize side tables for food and drinks. If your living room is large enough you can also add accent furniture such as coffee table as well as an antique or modern chair to add additional seating and décor to the room.

Once the seating selection of your couch is decided then the material used on your couch needs to be considered as well. If you have young family with child or children or you have pets then you may want to consider the ease in which you can clean your furniture. Therefore; you may want to consider selecting a leather couch or micro suede. Both materials have been popular due to the ease in cleaning. Whereas upholstered couches provide more color and pattern selection but are not as easy to clean, and usually are not stain resistant. Keeping these options in mind helps in decorating your home with beautiful décor that provides both style and comfort.

Make Home Quieter Place

  • Cut down on noisemakers- Consider buying quiet appliances for your home including house fans, kitchen appliances etc. Buying quiet appliances is even more beneficial if they are to be kept nearby living or sleeping areas. Maintenance of existing appliances is also an important part of the equation. If you find something unusual, get it checked or repaired by the technician as soon as possible.
  • Use sound absorbing materials- The material that helps to reduce and absorbing the unwanted sound are something that every house owner would love to have. There are a lot of things that will work as a barrier that reflects and absorbs the noise entering your house. These acoustic barriers are quite helpful in minimizing the outdoor noises and absorbing the interior sounds. Ensure getting a spec sheet prepared by the tradesman so that you can check and approve it before its installation.
  • Install sound blocking doors- The largest opening in a house is its doorway. And a lot of sounds enters from this way. Thus, it is better to install weatherstrip or solid doors to effectively block the unwanted sound rays entering your house. The solid doors are quite expensive because of their thickness and are also available in a broader selection of elegant designs.
  • Weatherstrip interior doors- The actual sound doesn’t come through the door, it comes around the hollow spaces left between the doors. Thus, it is beneficial to install weatherstripping or door soundproofing to seal that space using adhesive-backed high-density foam tape. This will block the noise coming from outside.

Blunders to Avoid Exterior Shutters

1. Not taking professional help:

First of all, for picking up the right shutter, it is always advisable to consult a professional in order to make the best decision unless you have a flair for decoration. Professionals can recommend the best possible exterior shutters based on your need.

2. Not taking proper measurement:
Avoid installing shutters that don’t fit the window openings. Shutters should be properly sized and shaped to cover the window opening totally when they’re shut. Properly sized shutters overlap firmly between the exterior window casings, leaving only a limited spacing at the border.

3. Not installing and designing shutters properly:

Shutters if not properly installed, can ruin the entire appearance of your house. Try not to introduce louvered screens backward. Louvers should be constructed in a fixed and open position so that it allows a certain amount of air and light to circulate. Shutters should be able to shed water far from the window when they’re shut in order to obstruct the water from entering the house. That’s the reason louvers must be slanted to the outside of the house when they’re closed to let the water flow outwards. In the vacant position, shutters should have louvers with their driving edges pointing up for shedding water far from the window.

In an earnest effort of keeping water off houses, some molded vinyl shutters violate this obvious rule, and builders often make a huge blunder by installing shutters in the wrong orientation i.e. shutters mounted flat to the house, simply against the siding. Shutters joined simply to a house can gather water, prompting untimely decay of the siding. This should be kept in mind while fitting shutters. Authentic hardware should be used with proper spacing while fitting shutters. Proper shutter height and width should be maintained and at the same time, it also must match the shape of the window.

4. Avoiding cheap material:

If you use cheap shutters, there is always a chance that it might hamper the durability and the effectiveness of the shutter. You’ll want a shutter that will function and accent your home for the long run. Therefore it is sensible to spend more money to buy shutters made from durable, all-weather material despite the higher cost as your quality shutters will last longer. So it is always wise to spend money on quality and buy shutters from renowned companies.