Painting

This weeks blog is about painting . As we get into colder temperatures a lot of home owners will be thinking about sprucing up a room like the dining room or even a complete home paint task. And yes this includes the outside painting. So, as we end 2016 and are just shy of 2017, we wanted to share some thoughts about painting.sash-brush  Also, I want to let everyone know this will be our last technical blog until 2017. So lets begin.

When you decide to select your contractor that is performing your painting project the first thing you need to ask is, have you done multi room colors. This requires the experts to shine. Then ask them how they cut in with different trim, do they use painters tape and my favorite what we do, ask them do they have a sash brush. A sash brush is the painters favorite. We use them all the time for cutting in corners, around windows and just that odd spot where you have 1 or 2 inches of wall next to the door. If they do not use one well you have your answer.  Today’s painters have really advanced with technology and how the industry has progressed. Originally, back in the day the painter would make the colors on site where as now you pick the color on a swatch. The original principles still apply whether its a professional contractor or a couple looking to spruce up the dining room themselves. If it is a professional ask if you can buy the paint. This will save you a bit a of money. But make sure you do not buy the $9.00 gallon of paint and expect the beauty of a customized paint job. And yes there are paint companies that have at retail $65.00 gallon paint. Unless our clients want that type of paint, we use a great grade of paint that will be durable and withstand the environment and look just as good.

So, lets say you decide to take on a bathroom or the dining room and want to paint. You will see blemishes from older paint streaks, nail holes, or just a bit of cracking of drywall that needs to be repaired. Even if you are going to place the pictures back in the same area. You will want the walls perfect. That picture with the new paint may look different at that area. So remove them hangars for the pictures. Do not cut corners, treat the walls to be perfect. Besides, there are newer style hangers to improve the picture hanging. And, those areas can be filled and corrected.  There is a lot of preparation before the actual brush or roller hits the wall or ceiling.

Now that you are ready to paint and selected the color you probably went to a box store or maybe a painting company store. Paints have different grades and sheen’s. Some use cute retail names like “Velvet Flat” reminds me of the 70’s when i was in grade school, or you have the typical Eggshell or Satin. Then you have oil base and latex or some know of alcohol base. And here is one, you have exterior and interior grade and different levels. It can be confusing like figuring the rubic’s cube.  But really it is not. I always suggest for living areas use an eggshell sheen. If it is an accent wall for a purpose, lets use a higher grade paint but flat sheen and lets consider the lighting. For bathroom and kitchens I suggest for the walls use an exterior grade paint and use a semi-gloss or at least a satin sheen for easy cleaning and steam. For ceilings apply flat paint but make sure its gonna be a color to reflect to absorb light. And finally the trim.For crown molding to show the detail we use high gloss sheen and sometimes for the baseboard trim.

So in closing, a simple paint task can be very complex. Every know and then it may pay to have an expert consultant to just assist you on the way. But bottom line the cost of a gallon of paint depends on what you want to do. We will be gladly to even help home owners with painting. For example taking care of them blemishes and nail holes. And just being there to get them going. Remember, a contractor that is going to help you with that little project for you gratification is the contractor you want for them bigger jobs. At Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair we will take that time to work with home owners. When it comes to painting feel free to call us anytime at 352-322-2700 or look us up on the web at; www.pascoremodel.com   Thank you everyone for following us. Happy Holidays and we look forward to blogging in 2017.

 

Happy Anniversary

Good Day Everyone. This weeks blog is gonna be a short one. We at #pascoremodel want to share some updates about our company and some future plans. Next week we will have an informative blog about interior framing.

It has been 1 year since we began. We originally started in Dade City Florida and then moved to Land O Lakes, Florida. Now being in Land O Lakes we can service all of Pasco County and Pinellas County. Which brings me to the newest update. We have submitted our application for Pinellas County for reciprocity for our license.  Additionally, we are adding new employees as well.

Lastly, I wanted to share that we are a proud member of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. As we feel this helps to give back to the community. And in closing we are giving anybody that reads our blog 10% off if you sign a contract on any of our services before 14 September. Call our office to find out more details. 352-437-5300.

Thank You Again For Your Support and Trust and looking forward to many years providing our services to you and your family.

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

Framing

I wanted to write this blog today about framing. When you look at structures the back bone of the structure is the framing. Whether its metal or wood. With out it you don’t have interior walls and the drywall is not going up. So lets talk about the good and bad jobs of framing.

When you are framing walls, they are usually 16 or 24 inches on center. Floor joists are normally 16 inches on center but can vary from 12 to 24 inches depending the application. And yes your roof trusses are 24 inches on center. Ok that is the basics that you learn as a carpenter the first day on the job.  But over time you learn more and more. I have been doing framing for over 20 years and I like to say I am still learning. But seriously. When a carpenter is framing out for interior walls, structural membranes or just furring strips for a room that is converted to a family room from the 3 season room. The framing membranes have to be straight, dry, not cracked or warped and also have to hold the weight of the item you are placing on the wall. Which means it has to be self supporting or attached with fasteners.

Alot of people think that they can take wood and put it up and call it framed. Not true. The true carpenter will know what to use and how to use certain hardware and how to use even the bad wood for certain items.  Now there is a difference from the true carpenter to just a novice. The novice may not take in consideration the extra prep work of framing the walls. Additionally, as odd as it may seem, using a level for framing walls is not correct. Plumb bobs and tape measure or laser levels.  Lastly, when a consumer wants something framed, they should asked have you done this type of work before. Framing a deck, stairs, or just a small wall. Also framing a wall with wood will not be perfectly level. Close but not perfect. The reason is because the wood will always be a 1/16″ different from each. Check it. The nominal measurement for a 2×4 is 1 5/8 x 3 5/8 but will vary.

So in closing, when framing out an area or hiring someone the quality control on the project of selecting the best framing members is essential. Installing them correctly is also essential because of one reason. With out them being plumb the drywall will not attach right and you will see imperfections.  And also the framers will take pride in building what you want correctly the first time.

We perform framing of all types throughout Pasco and Pinellas County. From Clearwater to Zephyrhills, from Hudson to Wesley Chapel. For more information, call us at 352-437-5300 or visit our website; www.pascoremodel.com

 

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

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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Mobile Home Remodeling

This weeks blog will be about Mobile Home Remodeling and the differences between mobile homes and stick built homes. In Florida, we are known as the mobile home capital. For example in Clearwater, New Port Richey, Hudson and Land O’ Lakes  Florida, that are full of these type of communities.

So, lets get started. A mobile home is a home brought in on a chassis. Some are normally single wide. There are a few that are double wide’s and there becomes a difference mobile homes and modular homes. For reference a modular home is still brought by truck but probably no landing gear and are more modernly built. I wanted to bring up that when remodeling on a modular/mobile home the key points to remember are small in detail but can save you headaches and hassles.

For example:

1. Most of your interior walls will be 2×3 walls instead of 2×4 walls.

2.  The decking is usually made of pressboard or o.s.b. instead of plywood.

3. All  your plumbing drains are P.V.C.

4. Your door lock hardware is different in characteristics and the “off the shelf” hardware at a local store will not fit properly the style of the door. This is for the metal doors and the inserts.

5. For double and triple wide trailers, there is a “Y” used for the ductwork. You will have this to allow the supply air for all ducts. If there is no air on one side of the home, this is the first place to check.

6. Your foundation is setting on concrete block piers. Its always a good idea every so often to check on them, to make sure they are not sinking. Also your ground straps should have tension on them and no corrosion.

7. Carports are usually metal pan roofs. These are a maintenance item and need to be re-coated every 8 years approximately.

So as you can see that there is differences in these homes. When working on a mobile home, double check the item you are replacing. It may look similar as you may see in the store, but a lot of times there is small differences. For more information about this topic or schedule a free in home estimate to take care of those repairs, call us anytime at 352-437-5300 or our website to schedule an appointment, www.pascoremodel.com

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Handyman Repairs

Have you ever wondered about the term “Handyman?” A handyman is typically a person that can dabble in alot of repairs. For example, they may have some knowledge of roofing, electrical, plumbing and minor carpentry.  They probably will do those odd exterior maintenance tasks such as power washing and raking leaves. However, is the handyman really handy or are they an oaf.

Depending upon your locality government in Florida, a lot of registered businesses are not handyman entrepreneurs. They are usually contractors and have a handyman division. Only one place in Florida, can you be a licensed handyman and that is Cape Coral Florida. Other counties may allow a handyman occupational license. This means “Joe The Handyman” is registered as a business for that county, for tax purposes. Not for the fact of being a licensed, registered company to perform repairs and alterations to a home. For example Pasco County, you can have a specialty contractor for carpentry. That license can be reciprocated to other counties such as Pinellas, Hernando, Citrus and Polk Counties. Or you can have a county Builder, GC or Residential Contractor or State Certified company. Either way depending upon how the business gets licensed and insured and bonded then they can perform the work, legally.

So, the next time you are looking to have company perform the a task in your home. Make sure they are properly licensed, insured, bonded and skilled to do that task. Ask for references. Any reputable company will provide an insurance certificate for you. And ask about the warranties. Remember if something does not sound right to you as the consumer, then it probably is not.

At Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, LLC we are Specialty Licensed Contractor for Carpentry, in Pasco County. We are in the process of reciprocating our license to Pinellas, Hernando, Citrus, Polk and Sumter Counties to expand our client base. We offer a Full 2 Year Warranty and never compromise on materials or labor. For more information on our divisions and services, please go to; www.pascoremodel.com or call our office anytime at 352-437-5300.