Attic Insulation

Good Day. Our blog this week is about attic insulation. Since we survived the 10 days of winter here in Florida, I am sure many of us were feeling the chill. Wondering why are we having the heat on every 20 minutes or so. No this blog will address a bit of heat loss but more about the insulation in the attic. So lets begin.

When we have insulation in our attic the normal R-value is normally R-30. When we think of insulation we usually think of the rolled type of the puffy pink insulation. You may see some that have a faced or moisture barrier and some that is not. (it should be faced to add the protection of moisture against the drywall.) Now with the insulation some may have been compromised or is dense. Some of us will add more insulation then needed. Remember the hot air still has to move through the attic and out in the environment.

Adding more insulation is very common. We have added R-19 to existing insulation for a value of R-48. Which is the max we would like to add. Some insulation companies will use cellulose to the attic for a thickness of 6-8 inches. This is good too, however, you do not want to compromise the density of the insulation as it will loose the R-Values.  But there are few different types of insulation products coming out that may suprise you. For example, expanding foam. We have seen the insulation on the rafters/trusses against the sheathing of the roof. This type of insulation is a tricky conversation. Just like any building material some professionals are for  or against this type.  I see it more and more and feel that there are other ways to remove the heat from the attic. But some say this is the new norm. We can talk more about this product in a latter blog.

Now, there is another type of insulation that is not common but have seen occasionally. Denim insulation or also known as natural cotton fiber insulation. This type of insulation is very eco-friendly. However, it does cost more. The R-Values are the same as fiberglass insulation.

So in closing, if you are thinking about adding more insulation to the attic, let us check it out. We will assist you in determining what is best or what is not best. Yes we all want the energy savings but do not want to blow the bank. We perform attic insulation in Zephyrhills, Trinity, New Port Richey and Land O Lakes,  Florida to mention a few areas. Feel free to call us anytime at 352-437-5300 or our website; www.pascoremodel.com

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We are not handyman!

This blog this week is about a clarification of handyman. Few months ago, when we started to blog we stated that we do “handyman repairs”. These jobs are small jobs usually done at an hourly rate or semi-fixed rate. But we need to clarify @Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair of a certain entity. Handyman. So, lets begin with this.

In several states including Florida, a licensed contractor who has employees must have all license and insurance requirements met with local licensing divisions.  At Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, we have employees, not daily hires.  We are licensed, insured, bonded and have workmen’s compensation insurance. Yes we are expanding and that requires additional licensing and insurance upgrades. When I started my business up north 17 years ago I have always been legal and above legal before terms of government were met. Since the one year anniversary, here in Florida for PHRR, we have had employees and are fully covered by insurance. Clients are covered by liability insurance. The owner, me, is covered with an owners insurance policy. And with that, we offer benefits to employees as well.

A typical “handyman” is one that does a small job that performs normally a verbal contract and is under $500.00 in gross sales with materials. OK, I am not putting these people down. However, as a homeowner hiring a non-licensed contractor the home owner can be fined as well as the handyman. Fines can be up to $10,000.00 or liens against a home. Now onward with what we do that is different to a typical guy in a truck.

Every job we perform, usually has an on-site visit at the home or commercial property to see this entity that the owner or agent wants to have completed. We have specials just as major referral networks but are in house which helps to keep overhead low. For example, a common term is #honeydo list. This is usually some items built into a proposal for a few hours or maybe 3 days. Our proposal is itemized and we do not discuss your budget. We do not use sales tactics. Our new clients normally receive some kind of discount for us to complete the job. Our technicians are fully trained and we go over and beyond the expectations of the client.  And when the contract is completed the owner or representative of the property receive written warranty documentation of 2 years of what is covered under our umbrella.

With this said, there is a difference between a licensed contractor doing small jobs in Zephyrhills or Port Richey and an unlicensed contractor that will go anywhere and does not care. Also a typical handyman will not offer a 2 full year warranty as we do. So when you want your next small job completed, call Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair. We are the “Can Do” Contractor For You! Our office #352-437-5300 or get us on the web at; 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.

www.pascoremodel.com     352-437-5300 or pascoremodel@gmail.com

Light Fixtures and Light Bulbs

This weeks blog is about light fixtures and light bulbs. Wanted to share some interesting information I found and why it seems the light bulb burns out quicker then it should. So lets begin.

Last week I was in Valrico Florida at a friends house and noticed few things about the light fixtures and the light bulb. Certain light fixtures actually do have a life span. The light fixture that may cost $6-20.00 at the retail box stores will probably last about 5 years. The reason being is the light socket itself. The light socket is of an economical grade then a light fixture that was about $50.00. Additionally, the economical light fixtures are not gonna last with steam and moisture in the home and the trim will start to tarnish and then corrode. Alot of newer style light fixtures come with insulation on the back with a foil to protect the light and ceiling or wall. This is because of heat and won’t leave a burn spot when you remove the light fixture. So if your light fixtures have some age on them and you are starting to notice the tarnish or the light bulb has to be replaced more then it should, it maybe time to replace the fixture.

Now lets talk about the light bulb. The world of the light bulb has changed in the past 10 years. Fluorescent tubes are made to have no mercury in them. We now have CFL’s,  LED’s and of course the standard style light bulb. So we all want to go green in someway. Save money, buy it once and be done with it. But referring to the other paragraph, you maybe replacing light bulbs quicker then they are lasting. There is a few reasons for this. If a house gets a power surge, that may cause the lights to burn out faster. But, a lot of times its a simpler fix. Lets start with the switch. The switch maybe near its extended life. Yes a switch that costs $0.98 at the retail box stores I would not trust. There are better quality switch and receptacles for a dollar or more that will not cause the the light bulb to end. Secondly, it could be the wiring. The connector may need tightening or replacing in the wall or at the light fixture. And lastly, the light fixture may need replacing.  Just like a lot of other components in the home, this is one item that we just forget about it. So, next time you replace that CFL and it last 6 months, it maybe time to think about why.

If you have this problem in the Port Richey, Eifers, Hudson or Richland communities, please call us. Remember in Florida we are the lightning capital. For more information or if you have any questions feel free to call us anytime at: 352-437-5300. Or email at: pascoremodel@gmail.com   www.pascoremodel.com

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational use only. At no time is it recommended that an unqualified person replace any electrical element or component. It is always best to use trained and licensed qualified companies that can diagnose the problems as described above in this blog.

 

National Bathroom Safety Month

This weeks blog is about how January is National Bathroom Safety Month. I found this out from a publication for senior citizens that I accidently came across is  a coffee shop. I found this to be interesting. One because its in January, two preperations for remodeling this can take a month or 2 for planning and 3there are companies that not only specialize in this but are certified. I am certified for this. However, the technical name is “Aging In Place”.

So, you maybe asking. Ok how do I make my bathroom safer. Is it just for seniors. Or I am thinking about remodeling soon, tell me more. Ok, here goes.

Alot of times, when a person has a life changing event, they may need assistance in the bathroom using the shower or toilet. In this case, a contractor may need to install “grab bars” for assistance using these appliances. It may also mean having a seat installed in the stand up shower for easement of bathing as well. However, there are other means to make your bathroom a bit safer if not having a life event as mentioned. For example, tile floors can be very slippery when wet. Having a small bathmat in front of the tub or a rubber liner in the tub maybe an economical way to go just to avoid the slippage one day. However, you maybe saying. I am in perfect health and ok.

You may say, I intend to be in my home when I retire. Great. You may not be thinking of these items being installed. But, the contractor who looks to the future maybe. When remodeling a bathroom, its a big investment. So you want it done right, efficient, practical and long lasting. Nobody can predict what happens to us tomorrow. If that was the case we all would be hitting the lottery.  So this is where the contractor who has additional certifications shines brighter then the rest. When remodeling, during the demolition process for a very economical cost, the additional framing can be added. To place this additional framing is at a set code. So the grab bars and seats can be installed at a later date without the expense of re-remodeling whether that be in a week or 5 years after contract completion.

So, when you are thinking of remodeling that bathroom, updating a few items or may need the extra means for a family member to use the bathroom with easement after a life changing event. These options we gladly can perform for modular/manufactured homes or stick built. We perform this from Zephyrhills, Port Richey, Land O Lakes and Eifers Florida to name a few communities. Give us a call or email anytime. www.pascoremodel.com 352-437-5300

 

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New Name Of Company

Well after about a month or so, we have been approved for our new trade name. Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair will be the dba for GK Construction Company, LLC in Florida. Same great service and warranty, just new name. Our new website is titled; www.pascoremodel.com We will be at this time, keeping the same social media pages on Facebook and Twitter, under GKConstruction. Our new Google+ page however, is changed. The community page is,  https://plus.google.com/communities/114235434720673378122?hl=en   and my page for google + under my name, is the following; https://plus.google.com/109878755035015992083/posts?hl=en

So, in conclusion, we will be developing the new website and continuing to offer great service to the #Greater New Port Richey, #Dade City, #Land O’ Lakes and #Wesley Chapel Communities. Feel free to call us anytime at 352-437-5300.