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September 17, 2013
How to Maintain Your Vinyl Siding
At JJ’s Renovations we are proud to be able to provide vinyl siding installation services to our customers.  
Vinyl siding can add greatly to the look and value of any home.  One of the main gripes with siding is that 
it becomes difficult to maintain.  However, by taking a few extra steps to care for your vinyl siding, you can 
ensure that maintenance is simple, pain-free, and increases the life of your siding.

The first thing that you need to be aware of with vinyl siding is that most problems come from the 
installation of the product, not the product itself.  At JJ’s we provide a flawless installation that will meet 
your highest expectations.

Next, it’s imperative that you keep your vinyl clean.  Leaving dirt or stains on the siding can cause it 
to stain or age faster than it should.  You can clean your siding with a soft-bristle brush and a product 
like Simple Green.  Alternatively, you can opt to use a power washer on your vinyl.  If you go this route, 
ensure that you keep the nozzle of the power washer a safe distance away from the siding in order to 
prevent damage to it.  In addition to this, spray the power washer at eye level so as not to get water 
behind the siding.

Cleaning your vinyl siding multiple times per year is ultimately the best thing that you can do to maintain 
it.  However, there are certain things that can damage your siding that you should be aware of.
Extreme heat can damage vinyl siding and cause it to melt.  That being the case, keep heat-producing 
products away from your siding.  These include things like grills and fire pits.  In addition to this, extreme 
cold can cause your siding to become brittle.  If you are experiencing a particularly harsh winter, take 
precautions to ensure that your vinyl will not be struck with any debris such as rocks, branches, etc.

Whatever you choose to do with your siding, ensure that you do not paint it with a dark color paint or 
stain.  These dark colors can absorb sunlight and cause your siding to heat to dangerous levels and 
possibly melt.

There is also a possibility of chemical damage to the siding.  Certain gardening products can be 
damaging to siding and you should avoid using them near your siding.  These include things like 
insecticides and herbicides.
There is nothing quite like a home with well-maintained vinyl siding.  It contributes to a classic look that 
is simply unbeatable when compared to many modern homes.  Although beautiful and inexpensive, vinyl 
siding will require you to put in a few extra hours in order to maintain it.  However, take it from us here 
at JJ’s: it’s worth it.  If you are experiencing problems with your current vinyl siding and would like us to 
come take a look and provide a quote, please do not hesitate to contact us.

July 25, 2013
Hiring a Remodeling Company: A Step-by-Step Guide for Effective Results

Once you’ve decided to renovate an area of your home, it would seem that the process is as simple as picking up a phonebook and calling the first remodeling company you find.  While this will certainly enable you to find a contractor for the job, odds are, it won’t find you the best company possible.  If you want superior results, you’ll have to put in a little extra effort.  To make the process as simple as possible, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you select the best contractor for the job.

 Step 1: Determine what exactly you would like to have done.

 Let’s say you want to renovate your bathroom.  What will you tell the contractor?  Will you simply say that you want your bathroom remodeled?  Not unless you want to be surprised by the results!  Be prepared to give as many details as possible; say you want a new bathtub in a certain style, you want granite countertops, and overhead lighting that has the ability to be dimmed.  You get the idea.  The goal here is to be as specific as possible.  When you know exactly what you want done, you’ll have a better idea as to the type of company you’re looking for. 

 Step 2: Begin the search!

 Talk to people you know who have had their homes remodeled to see if there are any businesses that they recommend and what their experience was with local companies.  If you are unable to find a recommended company from a friend, get online and search for remodeling companies within your area. 

 It’s important in this step to use local review sites like Angie’s List.  This allows you to hear about the abilities (or inabilities) of a local company from previous customers.  Ideally, you are looking for a contractor with the highest rating possible.  In addition to checking local reviews, be sure to check whether or not the company is licensed.  Many renovation companies carry a certified general contracting license.  Licenses like this assure you that the company is capable of completing renovations effectively.

 Once you find a company, give them a call!  Tell them exactly what you are looking for, i.e. what you determined in Step 1.  This will enable the company to determine whether they will be able to take on the job or not.  If the company seems interested, continue to Step 3, if not, keep searching!

 Step 3: Invite the company to your house!

 Tell the company that you’d like to have them come to your house to determine a price for the job.  This will allow you to show them, in person, exactly what you are looking for with your remodeling project.  Show them what you want redone or replaced and see what they have to say about the project.  In this meeting, you will get a feel for the confidence level of the contractor.  If they seem confident in their ability to make you happy and quote you a reasonable price, hire them!  If they seem unsure about whether or not they can complete the task, or quote a price that you believe to be highly unreasonable, move along to the next business until you find a compatible one.

 Finding a company to complete renovations is not always the easiest task.  However, if you take your time and do the recommended research, it will be evident in your newly-renovated home.


July 25, 2013
What to Know When Building a Deck

What to Know When Building a Deck

 

A deck can be an incredible tool for expanding the square footage you are able to enjoy at your home.  It can be a place of excitement, refuge, and total relaxation.  In the summer, a deck is a man’s best friend, second only to a good dog.  However, when a deck is built hastily and all the intricacies of the build are forgotten, decks can pose big issues.  Refer to this guide for tips on how to build, or have a deck built as easily and pain-free as possible.

 -Codes and Regulations

 Many areas have restrictions on adding decks to a house or a backyard regarding the type, height, and/or square footage of the deck.  Before you begin building, consult your local laws or an established builder to learn exactly what codes and regulations you must adhere to; doing this will keep you from having to tear down that beautiful deck as soon as it’s finished.

 -Uses for your deck

 It’s incredibly important to consider exactly what you plan on using your deck for.  A deck that seems large with no furniture on it can shrink pretty quickly once you incorporate a swing, a fire pit, and a few chairs.  If you plan on using your deck to entertain guests make sure you have enough room for furniture, places the guests can place drinks, etc.  Alternatively, if you are simply using your deck to view the landscape around you, all that’s necessary to account for may be standing room and a swing. 

 -Materials

 While pressure-treated cedar is undoubtedly the classic staple for deck wood, there are many other options to consider as well.  As time goes on, hardwoods are becoming more and more popular amongst homeowners.  Hardwoods like ipe and jarrah provide a longevity and elegant look that cedar cannot match up to.

 -Covering

 While you may intend to spend all of your time during the summer on your new deck, that hope will quickly dissipate if you do not provide yourself with any shade.  The wood on decks with no shade often becomes overheated, making it uncomfortable to walk on.  In addition to this, sitting in the sweltering sun may be enjoyable if you are trying to catch a quick tan, but it’s simply not feasible if you actually want to enjoy being on your deck.

 -Maintenance

 While a deck is a beautiful addition to any home, it does not come without a price.  Eventually, your deck will need to be washed, re-sanded, stained, and maybe more.  These things are done to preserve the quality of the wood, as well as to preserve the quality of your feet and keep them from getting splinters.  While these things may only need to be done once every 5 or 10 years, this maintenance is an important aspect to keep in mind when considering a deck.

 A deck can be a beautiful tool for you to socialize, escape from the world, or simply spend some time with your family.  Following these steps will ensure that your deck provides an aspect of relaxation into your life, rather than an introduction of more stress.


July 25, 2013
Benefits of Home Renovation

Pulling the trigger on a home renovation project is often easier said than done.  The idea of an updated house is great, but the idea of dropping money into a project can be an unsettling one.  While it sometimes seems like home renovations only serve to drain the dollars from your pocket, there are numerous advantages to spending a little extra cash for the home you truly want.

 Your home is a place that you find refuge.  It’s the foundation that grounds your life.  It’s the only place in the world where you can do exactly what you what, when you want.  Your home is a place that is intended to bring you unparalleled amounts of comfort and happiness.  Many times, when a home is outdated and needs repairs we find that it saps happiness from our lives, rather than adds happiness to them.  Spending the money on a home renovation will greatly increase your happiness, as your home becomes the home you’ve always dreamed of, instead of a house you have to deal with every day.

 When you spend countless hours trying to maintain a failing area of your home, it takes away from the time you can spend doing things that you actually enjoy.  The main point of life is to spend it doing what you love, but if there’s always the dark cloud of home maintenance looming over your head it becomes difficult to focus on your passions.  Renovating your home drastically decreases the amount of maintenance that you have to do to keep it standing.  When this happens, you are free to spend your time as you choose.  Isn’t it a beautiful thing?

 If you are considering an addition to your home, the benefits come in leaps and bounds as well.  The extra square footage gives your entire family plenty of space to spread out, relax and breathe without feeling like you are on top of each other constantly.  This extra space adds an element of comfort that may have been previously unknown.  Moreover, an addition such as a deck can give your family an opportunity to come together and enjoy your home in a new way with backyard barbeques, a campfire, or anything else you like.

 While it may initially seem like a home renovation is a money pit, this couldn’t be any further from the truth.  Renovating your home will increase its monetary value to potential buyers; so if you do decide to sell, you’ll recover your renovation costs and then some.  However, if you don’t decide to sell, the increase in personal value that comes to you and your family from a renovation is well worth the money spent.

 A home renovation is a big decision, and in the end, that decision is yours to make.  It’s understandable that the idea of spending money may initially strike fear into your heart; however, what’s important to realize is that while a home renovation may take some cash out of your pocket, it certainly sets a new standard for happiness, comfort, and convenience in your life. 




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