Attic and Insulation

We are writing this blog about a way to save you money on your heating and cooling bills. When we think of our attics we think about  storage and maybe the unknown area of the home. But the attic is really a place for the house to breathe. So lets begin.

Back in the early days the attics were sealed off. The soffit was plywood and you had small vents to control. The area was just there. Then later on, as building technology came upon us, the attics were becoming a storage area. Some were becoming more additional rooms. But this was not helping with the transfer of heat or cool. In your attic, a lot of builders are using blown insulation instead of the traditional rolled insulation. Now, both will give you the same R value, but which is better.

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The rolled type of insulation is your traditional kind and you can usually finish the attic with. The blown type to obtain the same R value you will need higher thickness, like 9″ of insulation through out the attic. Additionally the insulation has to stay pliable. Meaning you can not walk on it. Nor store items on top of it. The advantage of the blown type, it is a bit more economical then the rolled. (I prefer the rolled type as to finish off the attic.)

Now, lets talk about the remainder part of the attic. You have a ridge vent, maybe gable vents and your eaves. Its important to make sure that the vents are not clogged. Additionally, if you have a power vent or cyclone make sure the area is not full of debris. The other vents are important to allow the air flow from ground up. And yes it is normal for the attic to be over a 100 degrees in summer but allowing the other vents to be open it will help cool the home. Remember, you do not want to over insulate your home either. This will cause condensation and possible failure of other elements in the home.

Lastly, the insulation you choose, should be environmental friendly and I recommend that a pest deterrent be applied or is added to the insulation. Varmints will try to get in the attic someway and the insulation with the deterrent will help keep them out.

And we at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, are starting this new service for Zephyrhills, Holiday, Land O Lakes and Lutz Florida. For more information feel free to call us at 352-437-5300. Or look us up on the web at www.pascoremodel.com  Thank You.

 

Pavers

Good Day Everyone and Happy New Year. Today’s blog is about Paver’s. Alot of homes have them. And just recently I had the opportunity to visit an apartment complex that the entire walk way for 12 buildings uses them. In the beginning when they first came popular it was great for a small walk way or patio. Now they have grown in popularity to an option instead of concrete. So lets begin.

Concrete Paver’s have definitely become a source for walks, patios, decorative ways for the landscape and just an alternative feature instead of concrete or a wood plank walk way. Paver’s have a lot of versatile functions and can be economical in certain purposes and then maybe the new walk instead of the traditional concrete or stone ideas.

Homeowners in general will use Paver’s as a do it yourself project for the new patio or walk way in the backyard. And yes its the norm instead of concrete. Now I am not trying to persuade anyone to go with concrete to Paver’s or stone or whatever, the purpose of an idea for your home is to make it unique and appealing to your liking. Yes, I have seen in Florida, California and Maryland many home owners will have Paver’s and one will have a wood patio or concrete deck or the opposite. One will have Paver’s patio and others concrete. And my favorite, concrete patio with Paver’s as a decorative feature with a walkway to the Gazebo. So as you can see there are many options. The cost is a different story. Doing a Paver’s area can be done as a d.i.y. Doing concrete not so much. The prep work is similar and similar in time. However, when you pour concrete you normally need a few skilled people compared to few neighbors to help with Paver’s. Then there is other factors that imply. For example, concrete is permanent and can be painted for decorative finishes. Paver’s, need to be sealed every so many years as concrete just clean. Again the selection is up to the homeowner.

But the one thing that Paver’s require is maintenance and care. If the prep work is not done right you will get weeds thru the joints. Also remember Paver’s are not solid. They move so occasionally they will shift and require new underlayment or need to be replaced due to cracking. This is actually minor. The biggest thing is sealing Paver’s every few years. Paver’s will stain and need to be cleaned and resealed. Alot of homeowners and some contractors will not think about this. Cleaning the Paver’s is not just using a power-washer and then spray some sealant down. Trust me this will not last and you will get a milky coat on them. The process is very unique and companies that take the time to explain the process and are certified are the ones you want to use. They have specialty equipment and will be experienced as well.

So, if you have Paver’s that have not been re-sealed in awhile you may want to look into this process. If you are thinking of the next project for the backyard consider your options. At Pasco Remodel, we have installed Paver’s and cleaned them for sealing. We have additionally talked to homeowners that know the options. For more information contact us anytime. We provide this service throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area. Especially in Lutz, Brandon, Largo and Hudson Florida areas. www.pascoremodel.com or 352-437-5300

Contractor Financing

I wanted to share with you a brand new feature we have for clients. Sometimes we may be a bit short of cash and need repairs to our home. Or we maybe waiting on payday but need some minor maintenance done to our home. Or while in a contract, the budget may run over of unexpected costs. There are a lot of different ways that a home remodeling project can be financed. We at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair take pride in offering services that not only are reputable, easy, convenient and cost effective for the consumer and for the contractor.

As of today we have partnered with PayPal for financing. Its easy to sign up. No waiting, no long lines at the bank and no interest for 6 months on projects over $99.00. We feel that this is a great benefit to our clients to assist in getting that project completed quickly. On our website, www.pascoremodel.com, there is a special window for terms and faq’s about this program thru PayPal. Or if you have any questions feel free to call us anytime at the office at 352-437-5300. Remember at #PascoRemodelin, we are the can do contractor.

 

fall maintenance

Fall Project Planning

Good Day All! Well now that we are on the eve of 9-11, the storm Hermine and our 1 year anniversary. Lets get back to blogging. As you may had experienced with the tropical storm, some projects may need more attention now. September is the best month to start your project planning for the fall. A lot happens with weather and the seasons changing. So we wanted to share some helpful tips with you to keep in mind that the holiday season is going to be knocking on our back door. So lets begin.

The exterior of the home and yard is a great place to start. Look on the roof for debris and branches. Check your gutters as well. In the next few months we in the Florida area will still experience more storms. Drainage systems must be cleared all the time. While checking around the home, trim back the bushes and shrubbery. A great project may take about 18 inches of width around the stone and place stone as again to assist with drainage away from the home. And if you have a fence, now is the good time to check your fence posts and gates. During heavy rain and wind  these may become out of align.

Now for the interior. These items on any fall maintenance and project planning are always over looked. So we thought we would share. To start, check your all your screening. This includes your lanai or screen porch. Get these repaired as we are entering the fall and will be using more fresh air then a/c. Then clean all your window tracks of debris. During the storm you may had notice some moisture intrusion. This maybe why. Now lets take a look at your bathrooms and kitchen. Check all your caulking and grout. If the caulk does not look fresh, now is a great time to redo it. Ask your self, when is the last time your grout was sealed. Is the grout color turned or black. Again, this maybe a great time to redo this as well.  Lastly, as the cooler temperatures are among us. This is a great time for us to think about up grading insulation in the attic. And checking the drywall for any water stains that may have occurred.

So this may seem alot as far as what to do on your home. But it really is not. Make a list of items that you may see that need attention. If you a bit of help. Give us a call. We will be more then glad to assist you in any manner we can. From Dade City to Holiday and from Hudson to Wesley Chapel Florida we are here for you. 352-437-5300 or www.pascoremodel.com

 

Gutters

Sunday’s blog is about gutters. It seams that down here a lot of homes do not have gutters installed or are installed later. Gutters are the number one way to stop land erosion, flooding, and inconvenience. Additionally an improper gutter system is more defective then none at all. So lets begin about this theory of transferring rain water to a different location.

The main purpose of gutters is to direct the rain water off the roof and discharge to an area away from the foundation. This may sound simple. But if you have a gutter system installed and it is not the appropriate type you are wasting your money. For a typical residential home, a lot of gutters are 5 or 6 inch. The 6 inch gutter is definitely ideal for areas that get some rain but not a lot. 5 inch gutter I would recommend if you live Southern California or Arizona where the rain is very small amount. Living along the east coast like Florida, Maryland, Delaware there is a lot of precipitation that gets in the gutter. In certain states they work constantly from rain to snow. Here in Land O Lakes Florida the rain season constantly works the gutter. So you may ask what is the answer. Its easy.

If you have a gutter system installed it has to contour with the roof. For example you should not install a 5″ gutter on a church roof that is 12-12 pitch. Totally defeats the purpose because of the roof pitch. The gutters are over loaded. But for a single family home like in Clearwater Florida a 6 inch gutter may work for a single family home with a small pitch. Then you have the down spouts to discharge the water. Again, you do not want water going back toward the foundation. Why? Erosion, leaks, issues, and just a plain headache.

The best way to discharge water off the roof is to have the rain water discharge away from the property. Sounds easy but you do not want the rain water discharging in front the garage or your side entrance. Additionally, you can have a #frenchdrain installed as well for your gutter systems. So lets think about this. Do you want to have a system that does not work properly but say we have gutters. NO. If the pitch of the roof in #Florida is above 4-12 pitch then you need at least a 6 inch gutter. If not the water when it rains down here will defeat the purpose. A lot of manufactures will use a 7 inch gutter with a leaf guard so you do not need to clean anymore. This is good, but check other manufactures too.

Make sure if you want to do the investment of gutters they are seamless and check the warranty. Also ask about the gutter covers. Trust me. For more information check our website at; www.pascoremodel.com or call us anytime at 352-437-5300

Differences Between Small Jobs & Handyman

I wanted to take this time to share the difference between what a contractor does when performing small jobs and the local handyman. There is a big difference. Now I am not taking anything away from people who perform odd or small jobs. They may have the experience or are retired. However, there are ones out there that are just not informed or trained properly. The blog this week will inform you the difference and what to ask when selecting someone to do a small job. So lets begin.

We get calls all the time to perform small jobs for clients. Just today we completed a variety of tasks for a property owner who is renting a small town home in Land O Lakes, Florida. The jobs were small and we itemized the billing so the owner knew what he was be billed for. At the end of the day, the renter stated that one bedroom door was not closing properly.  On the initial walk thru it was never mentioned about this. So in attempt to fix the door, we found that the door is a 32″ door and not a 30″ door which would had properly fit the frame. This is an example of a person not knowing the proper way to install doors. Also very un-professional for everybody.  We installed the new door and everything was fine. On something like this contract, the jobs were small and were done correctly. We made sure the renter was satisfied and if they had any questions. After our job is complete we warranty that contract for 2 years, not 1 year as required.  And yes  if there is issues, then we make sure its taken care of. Sometimes hardware fails. Sometimes humidity will play factors and we will have to plan the door down from winter to summer. No charge to the client.

Now lets talk about the local guy. Biggest question is to ask is the experience.. Like I said before, some are near retirement and just want some small jobs to keep busy. That is fine. But in the example above, would he had been able to install the door properly? Or would he cut about an inch off each side and try to make it fit. Another thing to ask people is license and insurance. And lastly, the local guy may not have a warranty. Will he come back if the caulk shrinks up on the tub? If the door swells will he plan it down that 1/16″ if need be?

So in closing, there are handyman that do small jobs but may not be properly experienced or reliable for that job. And there is contractors that do small jobs for clients and will stand by their work. So next time you are looking to hire someone, ask them. After all, the in home estimate is like a short interview. Both parties want to be a good fit for each other. We provide these type of services and others in Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Bayonet Point and Holiday Florida all the time. Feel free to call us at 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web; http://www.pascoremodel.com  Thank You.

Moisture Intrusion

With the rain storm we are experiencing in Florida this week, I wanted to share about water leaks and what you can do to prevent and/or repair the area.

Water leaks are a mess, this we all know. It cost money, time, aggravation and most of all it can ruin some family heirlooms.  So you may noticed water getting in crevis and cracks that you never thought of.  So if you notice after the rain, the water getting in thru windows, maybe water stains on the drywall, or into the garage. Also, if you have a modular home the crawl space is very important to make sure that that area is dry. So, lets begin about this topic.

If you notice water getting in the windows when they are closed there is likely the window seals have expired or the window is not closing all the way. Some windows with the balances control the window to stay closed and used to keep up. The balances may need replacing, the tracks need cleaning, the caulking on the exterior needs to be re-done. This is just few examples of what is occurring. Now if the that is not the case, there is times where especially on modular/mobile homes the water gets behind the siding and can cause damage to the framing and drywall. If that is the case, then normally there is no flashing around the windows or moisture barrier on the sheathing.

So, with heavy rain, we also get roof leaks. If the shingles are about to expire and heavy rain is occurring  this will be a sign to replace the shingles. Additionally, the vents and the flashing on the roof may need to be re-tarred or replaced. Alot of times, with heavy rains, the drip edge and soffit is not secured to the home.

Lastly, we all will experience some water entering the garage. This can be prevented with either sand bags, a drain in front of the door, or the rubber seal not being dry rotted.  Also, gutters on homes will assist with land erosion around the foundation and diverting the water away from the foundation.  Making sure the gutters are not clogged is essential for this rain season.

So, I hope this helps with any issues. Of course feel free to call my office if you notice any issues with your home. We always provide free estimates and schedule our work in a timely manner. www.pascoremodel.com or 352-437-5300 We service areas from Zephyrhills to New Port Richey. From Holiday to Dade City. We are centrally located in Land O Lakes, Florida.

Fascia & Siding Boards

Hello everyone. As we are approaching spring we maybe noticing some exterior repairs. Especially about siding and fascia boars. This weeks blog is about that. In addition we will mention about different products that maybe cost effective to help repair certain items. So lets begin.

Depending upon the architecture of the home, we all have different styles of houses. We may have the traditional thick stone or brick that is structural and went on to be a a facade. We may have vinyl or wood siding, very common in many areas. And then we have a new product that came on the market about 10 years or so and that’s a composite type. As industry and manufactures have changed with the time we also have vinyl trim products too. (Yes vinyl decking is from those manufactures) But lets talk about the composite and vinyl style products. Vinyl siding is very economical and is mostly used around the country. The composite has been coming around more and more. They are low maintenance and just as economical, until you have a repair. We have a contract in New Port Richey, Florida to repair/replace the siding that is a composite. The style can be very attractive to the home and economical too. However there are maintenance items that need to be adhered to because of the environment.

For example, a type of siding that is fiber cement siding with wood grain is 5/16″ thick. But it is brittle when installing. The top is more durable then other products. This type of siding may need to be painted in time as routine maintenance. The ends do need more attention. For example, there has to be spacers installed because of moisture and to secure the planking. Additionally, this type of product does not have an insulator like the vinyl products that can be applied too.

There are as well trim boards that are similar. A fiber cement board that is a 1×6 has to be installed to precise level. The best part, these boards aren’t as warped like a true 1×6 primed wood trim board. There are vinyl types as well but a bit more expensive.

So with repairing trim boards, I definitely recommend a composite style. This is because of the durability. The siding, well that is a homeowners preference. We perform this type of carpentry thru out #PascoCounty Florida. For example, Zephyrhills, Holiday, Hudson to Wesley Chapel. If you like to learn more about this type of product, call us anytime @ 352-322-2700 or email @pascoremodel@gmail.com

Tile Grout & Caulk

This weeks blog is about the grout in between your tile. Also the types of caulk you should and should not use. So without delay, lets begin.

The grout between the tile serve many purposes. One is used as a filler between the tiles. Also, it keeps water from getting below the tiles. Not only does grout fill the voids, it makes the floor, wall, or counter-top stronger by bonding the tiles together and preventing the edges of a tile from chipping and cracking.  A common misconception about tile and grout is that grout will somehow assist in stabilizing a tile installation. It does not. Unless you use epoxy grout it will add no significant structural elements at all.

Now that you know a bit of history on grout, it is important that if the grout is for a back splash, floor, or shower wall you have to maintain it. Grout can break down from cleaning chemicals and just plain age. A few tips to maintain grout are listed below.

  • When you are done showering you should squeegee the water off the tile as this will help keep the grout from turning color.
  • Always read manufacturing cleaning instructions. Wrong chemicals can void warranties and also destroy the grout.
  • 2 times a year its good to apply a sealant to the grout. This will help preserve the grout and maintain its color.

Alot of times you will have to re-grout the tile every 2-5 years depending upon the type. Bathrooms typically its every 2 or 3 years. Floors can vary because if they used epoxy or standard sanded grout.  The easiest way to tell is that the grout is flaking and small chips of the grout are coming up.

Now lets talk briefly about the caulk. As any of us have walked thru a home center there are dozens of caulk. Some for painting, some for gutters, some are just for windows. Then you have silicone and some are also have an adhesive mixture.  When we caulk or re-caulk an area we use only silicon caulk. The caulk does not color or break down like others. Also, its made for water protection better. So when selecting caulk, remember to read the tile manufacture recommendations and also the caulk instructions. The caulk tube for $1.98 you probably do not want to use for a wet setting.

In closing, if you have any questions about caulk, grout and tiles, feel free to call or email us anytime. And lastly, at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, like to wish everyone a Joyous Happy Easter.

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