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Sensible Remodeling

Adding Living Space

Adding living space is one of the most expensive improvements you can make, but it can also be one of the best. You’ll benefit from the additional space, and in most cases you can count on getting your money back. For many home buyers the number of rooms in a house is a key consideration, ranking close to or even ahead of the kind of neighborhood and the general condition of the house. You can have a pleasant house in an ideal neighborhood, but if it is short of living space—if it has only two small bedrooms and a tiny living room and lacks a family room—it is not going to appeal to the vast majority of families. You’ll have to wait until you find the one buyer who will want just that particular size of house.

Rooms

The number of rooms in a house interests almost every buyer, not just heads of families with dozens of kids. Rooms represent living space, and the more rooms you get for your money, the better, up to a point. If you check the real estate ads in your local newspaper, you’ll see that most of them mention the amount of living space in the house, not by the number of square feet but by the number of rooms. You’ll find ads reading, “ten rooms,” “four comfortable bedrooms,” “living room plus family room” It’s not the total number of square feet of living space that’s important, for few people can visualize 1,800 or 2,000 square feet; it’s how many rooms there are.

One Of The Ways Value Is Determined

Comparing the number of rooms in a house is the basic way to determine value. If one house has eight rooms and another has six rooms and they are both in the same price range, it’s obvious to most people that the eight-room house is the better buy, other things being equal. You are less likely to run the risk of over improvement when you add space because only in the strict sense of the word are you making an improvement. What you are actually doing is increasing the size of the house rather than improving one particular area of it.

More Space Is and Objective Reality

There is little room for a negative reaction to added space if the addition is handled well. You can see it, and you can measure it, and what you end up with is more living space. Added space is not like a super-glorified kitchen or a bath that might appeal to you but might not strike the fancy of someone else, or at least not enough for a prospective buyer to pay extra money for it. Space can only be viewed more or less objectively and positively. Just about everybody appreciates it and wants it. But you’ve got to use some good common sense about the kind and amount of space you add. If you have a four-bedroom house and add another bedroom, the chances are you won’t get your money back, simply because there is not great demand for a five-bedroom house. And if you add a family room large enough to throw a party for sixty people, you may have trouble finding a buyer with exactly the same needs.

Demographics Are a Factor

You should also keep in mind that families are becoming smaller. Fewer and fewer couples are having a lot of children. It costs too much money to raise them and send them to college. For years we have considered the average family to consist of two adults and two children, but the way things are going it may be safer to assume that the family of the future will consist of only three members. That means that four bedrooms may be the maximum.

 

Roof Repair Is Not A Remodel

Remodeling Contractors in Houston

It sounds easier than you think to have the best-looking house on the street. For those thinking about remodeling their homes in Houston there are contractors who specializes in remodeling and handyman services. Drywall installation is more affordable than ever. A new look and updated features not only helps your home’s curb appeal, but it increases the value of your house. Not to mention it how it feels when you walk into your gorgeous new living space.

A Real Company

You’ll want a company that employs an in-house crew of remodeling contractors who are prepared to handle all your remodeling and home improvement needs in a timely manner. Whether you’re looking to prepare your home for selling or just want a fresh start, you’ll want the same people to be there for you from start to finish for all your home improvement projects. You want a company that gives you the opportunity to remodel your home and turn your dreams into reality! One that can help with any home improvement project you have in mind! Anything from full scale projects or extensions to minor repairs.

The We Do It All

There are so many companies in Houston that claim to specialize in providing home improvements and repairs, interior and exterior painting, carpentry, sheet rock, fencing and deck repair. They try to offer a variety of services, including bedroom, kitchen and living room remodels, deck installation, room additions, fencing installation and repair, window and door installing, electrical and plumbing work, drywall repair and drywall installation and Roofing.

Roof Repairs

Roofing is a whole different ball game. You can’t repair a roof standing on the ground. You don’t want some handyman fooling around on your roof. There are OSHA safety requirements for being on a roof. You don’t want to be forced to deal with uninsured, unqualified individuals who get injured falling from your roof. So if you have a roof problem contact one of a the real residential roofing contractor get yourself a free roofing inspection and get your roof properly and safely repaired.

Why Put On A Metal Roof?

Shingles Have Become Costly

Why put a metal roofing on, instead of shingles? Shingle roofing costs have doubled every 10-12 years. Historical and projected costs for a 30 square shingle roof

  • $940 in 1976
  • $2000 in 1991
  • $7200 in 2008
  • $15,000 in 2023
  • $34,000 in 2038

A 30 square Houston metal roofing with Mar Rib (Key West) style metal would cost approximately $12,000. Then you have peace of mind and no putting away for the next roof(sorry, you’ll be dead).

PLUS

Metal roofs are energy efficient. They reflect the sun and lower your energy bills.
It improves the value of your home 6%-9%.A metal roof qualifies under Florida Wind Mitigation for an insurance discount (each insurance company gives a different discount so check with your insurance company for more information).

LONGEVITY

It’s time to look at longevity. When we retire, do we need to, or can we afford to, put another roof on our home? Where are we going to get the money for the roof? I’m sorry, but it’s true – we have to look after ourselves.slider-5 If you are 40 years old today and you put on a shingle roof and continue to put on shingle roofs until you’re 70 years old, that one should last until you’re 85 years old. These roofs will cost you approximately $57,000. Now that is an outlay of $57,000 in 30 years. In other words, you have to save over $1900 per year to pay for your roofs. If you put on a metal roof today for approximately $20,000, that’s it! You now have a roof that will last. No more putting money away for a new roof. Just think of what you could do with the extra $45,000 during your retirement! OR an extra $1900 per year for holidays, vacations, etc. Wouldn’t that be nice?

DON’T FORGET

Energy Savings
Insurance Discounts
Peace of Mind

Asphalt Roof Fails

Why Asphalt Roofs Fail

You may be expecting to get 20 to 25 years out of a new asphalt roof but we’ve got some bad news for you. The asphalt content in today’s shingles has fallen to an all-time low–and it’s a simple equation – lower asphalt content equals lower quality. As a matter of fact the quality has gotten so bad that new shingles begin curling, cupping and shedding granules in just one year–and the asphalt shingle industry is in a panic trying to figure out how to keep fooling you. Investment grade Houston metal roofing, on the other hand, is impervious to the elements that often destroy asphalt roofing materials. So not only will you enjoy the increased durability of metal, but you’ll also gain the benefit of its eye catching beauty too.

Read what the experts have to say:

Bob Vila Says Buyers Beware

“When it comes to shingles, the drawbacks center on service life. While asphalt shingles come with warranties ranging from 20 to as long as 45 years, roofers and builders remain skeptical of those warranties. Since warranties are a marketing device, they are not a reliable predictor of lifespan. In the past decade, there have been many complaints of asphalt shingle failure long before warranties expired. Many homeowners have been dissatisfied with warranty payouts that didn’t cover all the costs of repair or replacement as well.” – BOB VILA

Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers Say:

“Due to the severity of the roof environment, even a one year old roof may look different from a roof that was just installed. While you may have first noticed the cracks or blistering from the ladder as you were cleaning the gutters, please be mindful that these normal weathering characteristics may not be visible when you view your roof from your front lawn or driveway.” – COPYRIGHT 1999 CERTAINTEED CORP. – THE LIFECYCLE OF YOUR ROOF

Roofing Consultants Say:

“The pressures placed on large, public companies to maintain profitability brought forward good old American ingenuity, reduce fiberglass mat weight (fibers were expensive) and increase filler content (asphalt was also expensive)” – DWAIN BOUTON, PRESIDENT – CERTIFIED ROOFING CONSULTANT

Laboratory Testing Facilities Say:

“Failed shingles that we have tested contain approximately 30% asphalt by weight. New shingles contain less than 25%. This asphalt is mixed with sand and fine mineral matter and then has granules embedded in it. There is no separate asphalt binder for the filler. What coating exists on the back of the shingle appears to have bled through the mat from the top side during manufacturing. No wonder shingles “weep” water after only a few years.” – RICHARD TIPPET – APPLIED ROOFING TECHNOLOGY

The Solution

If you want a roof that will stand the test of time you want a metal roof. They usually last at least twenty years and can sometimes last up to fifty years. They are almost not affected at all by harsh weather. It can take the harshest rainfall, wind, and sun.  Normally, they will withstand any weather condition. In addition to weather, they also resist mildew, insects, fire, and rot that commonly affect other roofs.

Is Do It Yourself Water Damage Restoration Right For You

Can You Do It Yourself?

So you had a home or business water damage experience, and you want to restore it yourself right? if it’s minor situation you may save some of money by doing it yourself and dodge the high risk of your insurance policy rates going Up or lessen the chance of a policy cancellation altogether.

You need to have a few basic abilities prior to tackling this job yourself, so let’s get into those abilities.

  • Be in Good physical condition (Lifting Furniture, Heavy Wet Carpet Pad/Carpet)
  • Being a good handyman or having a friend or relative to help you with remodeling skills.
  • Dry, Warm Weather, for 3 days minimum, the less humid in the outside climate the better!
  • $100.00 minimum to Rent Air Movers or Air Blowers at your local rental yard (not always available).

How to talk to insurance adjusters: (Insurers record incoming calls, Not a scare tactic)! Use the term FLOOD and not Water Damage and your on your way to a most likely denial of reimbursement costs for water damages. What you say can be held against you for possible claim denial! Your homeowners insurance does not cover damage from a flood.
If you have serious water damage you are going to need professional help, otherwise you might end up costing yourself a lot more money in the long run. Failing to completely remove all the water and moisture is setting up an ideal situation for mold growth. This will require professional technicians to complete the drying and the mold remediation of the mold that has taken hold.

Is Your Austin Family Already Suffering From The Effects Of Mold?

Austin Is Allergy City

Many Austin homes have mold problems without even knowing it, and family members are suffering the consequences, not knowing why. Hidden leaky pipes, undetected roof leaks, condensation or faulty drain systems can result in mold growth inside of walls, under floors or carpets and inside of your HVAC system. Mold left undetected can continue to grow and create major health problems even in an immaculately clean home with no visible problems or the tell-tale musty odors. Recent Berkeley Lab, EPA Studies confirm the enormity of the public health and economic impact of dampness and mold. They estimate that the number of asthma cases alone attributable to home mold exposure is 4.6 million, at an annual cost of $3.5 Billion. In addition to Asthma, mold has been a proven cause of Allergies, Pulmonary Problems, Respiratory Problems and even certain Cancers.

Have you noticed any of these symptoms?

• Flu-like symptoms
• Diarrhea
• Headaches
• Rashes
• Hair loss
• Allergies
• Respiratory ailments
• Sinus problems
• Burning or itchy eyes
• Depression
• Memory loss
• Fatigue or Dizziness
If you or family members suffer from any of these symptoms and medical attention doesn’t seem to help, it might be a good idea to have an Austin mold inspection.

The level of danger depends on the type of mold.

Children, the elderly and anyone with immune sensitivities are the most at risk to the effects of mold. The effects can vary depending on the variety and quantity of mold present in your home. You may think that you know what to look for, but there are thousands of varieties of molds and finding the mold is not always easy. For instance, a small leak in your roof can allow enough water damage and penetration and provide a perfect environment for mold growth in the attic and inside the walls. Toxic gases and spores may be produced when certain types of mold are disturbed by changes in temperature or humidity. The results can be dangerous, for your family and for your home.

Houston Storms

Roof Damage Houston

After a significant storm your roof may sustain some damage. During an inspection your contractor may find that they need to refasten some shingles as they check the entire roof area for other issues such as damaged flashings, ventilation, siding, gutters, etc. Any problems found should be put in writing and presented to you for approval before any work.

Serious Roof Damage Houston

Normally any roof that receives more damage than shows above is an indication of extreme storms, poor installation or material failure and will require much more work than simply replacing or refastening a few shingles. In these cases your contractor can assist you in your dealings with the Insurance Company and Material Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Studies On Shingles

There have been numerous studies done on residential asphalt/fiberglass shingles over the past few decades. These studies have shown the average 30 year shingle will fail (at least in part) in the time frame of 15 to 20 years. The most common reasons for this pre-mature failure:

  • Poor Installation: With poor workmanship issues you can do very little in most cases.
  • Improper Roofing Ventilation:Roofing ventilation situations are correctable and normally at only hundreds of dollars,not thousands.
  • Lack of Routine Maintenance after Installation: Routine common maintenance in some cases can be done by the home owner themselves or a local handyman.

Best Practices

Recommended Schedule For Routine/Common Maintenance:

    • Twice per year in a wooded area.
    • Twice per year in a high wind area.
    • Once per year if neither 1 nor 2 apply to your area.

If your roof was installed properly, you can get away with less frequent maintenance, but your roof and gutters still collect debris throughout the year. This means routine maintenance is a very important part in achieving the full life-span of your roofing system. The company that installed your roof may offer a free annual roof inspection. If they do not find a contractor that does. Having your roof inspected and maintained on an annual basis will go a long way in sustaining the long life of your roofing system.