Thursday, February 25, 2021

Keep Your Head In The Gutter?

 They used to always tell us to keep our heads out of the gutter. But truth is, especially if you are a homeowner, that you better keep your head in the gutter...meaning it's important not to forget about your gutter system when doing routine home repairs and maintenance.

Sometimes an afterthought, gutters are a very important piece to a home or building. The main goal, if not obvious, is to collect water runoff from the roof. Preventing damage to the structure but also the ground and landscaping below. Especially for those in regions where you get a lot of rain, or potentially heavy thunderstorms where a lot of rain comes down. Any damage to the ground, such as soil erosion, can cause potentially costly damage. Especially those that are in regions where homes have basements or other crawl spaces. The gutter system itself can add value to home, and help keep your flower beds and grass down below better maintained.

Seamless vs Traditional Gutters

This is a slightly unknown difference in gutters these days. If you have somewhat of an older home, the traditional gutters that you are used to come in sections. Which means they come in pieces that have cracks when joined together that are required to have sealant. This also requires normal maintenance to make sure the sealant is still in place. If not, this is where you begin to have leaks.

Seamless gutters are exactly that. Longer gutter lines without any sections. Which typically makes them more expensive, but it's the overall new way to go. They will look and sit better on your roof, and again lack the gaps where you normally can find a leak.

The difference in pricing is one thing for seamless gutters, but you also need to factor in the material itself. Aluminum are the traditional type that most homes have, but you can also get steel and copper (both at more of a price). Our Gutters Tyler TX partners let us know of some average pricing that you can expect.

  • - Aluminum: $5-$9 per square foot
  • - Steel: $8-$12 per square foot
  • - Copper: $15-$2 per square foot
It's also recommended to consider adding gutter guards. Even to your existing gutter system, gutter guards can prevent a lot of clogging and a lot of manual cleaning for you. It can also help for those in the heavier winter regions where snow and ice can accumulate inside.

Contact your local roofing company or gutter specialist to learn more about the different types of systems, as well as things to look for or consider in your region.

Monday, November 9, 2020

New Plumbing Technologies

We are all professional DIY plumbers right? I know I am! 

Joking aside, there are some elements that are commonly known to be an easy fix for a DIY person. Simple toilet clogs, maybe even that running faucet. But there's plenty of plumbing issues that aren't, and of course large scale plumbing jobs such as a new home build that will require extensive plumbing. 

This is why we have trained technicians like plumber Allen TX who can help with jobs large and small. And with any profession, the ability to adapt and change with technology. Plumbers go back to the beginning of home building, but now things are changing and there are new technologies to help boost their business.

A tankless water heater just sounds weird doesn't it? But they exist and now are ever so popular with new neighborhood builds. Instead of a large tank, a "tankless" water heater uses heating methods to a continuous water flow. The big deal here, is the convenience of never running out of hot water. In addition to the tankless heater itself, is a new method of hot water recirculation. Which is exactly what it sounds like. The hot water that comes in from the heater is constantly circulating throughout the pipe for instant hot water!

You ever see those million dollar mansion shows with the amazing sinks and faucets? Well now you too can provide an upgrade to your kitchen with a touchless faucet. They do have touch faucets so you don't have to pull or turn a handle but new touchless faucets starts the water flow with a simple sensor.

In addition, we're now in the world of "smart." Smart phones, smart cars, on and on. With it now are smart appliances and smart showers and even smart toilets. With automatic flushing, better water control and water saving.

Hey, and while you're at it, go ahead and grab that bluetooth shower head so you can listen to your tunes while taking a shower.

There are plenty of other examples that we can get in to, and some of these are simple upgrades a homeowner can make. But also new aspects that plumbing companies need to be aware of and up to date on.


Friday, October 9, 2020

Buying Land? What Should You Know

 Buying land for your dream home sounds like an exciting adventure, and it should be. But, it can also be a chore and could also come with complications and issues if proper research isn't done ahead of time. We've put some aspects together that may help:

1. Visit the property. Pretty self explanatory perhaps, but it's important that you walk the property and not take in only virtual tours. Regardless of your current location, take the time to travel to your potential property. 

You never know what you may find, especially if it's a large amount of land where you may not know what sits behind.

2. Always check on zoning and deed restrictions. Pretty important here actually. You need to know what type of zoning restrictions you may have if you're lookin to build a new home on new property. 

This is also important if you're considering different types of structures (multiple houses, barns, etc).

3. Mineral rights. Make sure you loop in the previous land owner to see if the property comes with any mineral or water rights.

4. Financing. Obviously very important, and you'll want to discuss this in detail with your agent because there are different ways for you to finance and insuring the land.

When it comes to Wimberley real estate or any real estate purchase, it's extremely important to think through every possible scenario. Meet and connect with your agent on a regular basis and don't be afraid to ask the questions!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Winter Is Coming...Prepare Your Roof

 Ok sorry...bad Game of Thrones pun.

But it's actually a valid point. The most common time to replace a roof is during the spring and summer. Which makes sense, the weather is normally better...except for those strong spring storms which may be the reason for your roof to need repair anyway.

However, we need not to forget that we will also get bad weather in the winter time. Some areas get more rain, some of course will get a lot of snow that will pile up and sit on a roof for a long period of time. 

Leaves are falling off the trees and potentially clogging up your gutters.

While it's always important to monitor the roof and other aspects of your home to ensure they are not damaged, it's worth spending a little extra time before it gets cold to make sure it's ready to go. The last thing you need is to not know there is small damage to the roof, only for the snow to come and cause a leak as it sits and melts. 

Your small issue just became a big issue.

Experts in Roofing San Antonio have said the same. Even with drastic summers and winters down in the South, they urge their clients to make sure they understand that roof damage can occur at any point in the year. A hot summer sun, mixed with strong thunderstorms and hail, and set you up for a rough winter if you aren't prepared.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fence Repair or Fence Replacement?

 It're wooden fence isn't going to last forever. Depending on what part of the country you live in, it may deteriorate faster than expected. Especially if you have neglected it with a proper stain or sealant. But the question is, when a piece of your fence get's it worth repairing it or should you splurge for a new fence?

It's not an easy question, and we've checked with our Austin Fence Supply specialists for some tips and ideas.

First off, it's best to just go ahead and call a company that does both repairs and replacement. They'll be able to give you the best advice, and hopefully the best options (not just saying you need to drop hundreds for a full new fence).

Secondly, you need to consider what type of fence you have and how much damage it has taken. If it's just a few pickets, and nothing around the main fence posts, it's easy to have those replaced at a low cost. Once it gets to a panel or two (groups of pickets), then it's worth considering a new fence.

Lastly, the age of your fence is a big factor. If it's a fairly new fence that you've just added that has sustained storm damage, small repairs is a good idea. But if it's already been sitting out in the weather, aging for years, it's probably time to go all out. The last thing you want is to pay for a small repair or two, and then have the rest of the fence fall down shortly because it already old enough to not stay up.

Do yourself a favor, if you think your fence needs attention, don't wait around. Go ahead and call a fencing specialist to come out and take a look.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Live It Up With A Limousine Rental

Thinking about renting a limo for that special occasion? Do it!

There's plenty of reasons why the average person may want to get a limousine for a night or weekend, and we get questions from time that we want to try to help with. Every limousine company can be different, so we spoke with our Frisco Limo Now friends for some tips.

When To Reserve Your Limo?

A pretty common question we get, and it depends on the occasion and need. But regardless, the answer is normally the same: ASAP

The bigger the occasion, the earlier you should reserve. Especially for things like a wedding. The last thing you and your new partner need to worry about is having to scramble to get you a ride after the reception. Think about the info you need ahead of time (how many people, how far are you going, etc), to make the reservation as quick and easy as possible.

Should I Tip My Limo Driver

While it's not required, like other similar services, it's a good "unwritten rule" to tip your driver. Especially if the service is warranted. It's up to your discretion on the amount, but 15-20% of your overall ride cost is a good rule of thumb.

Plenty of other questions that can come up, but if you are considering renting a limo, reach out to your local company and chat!

Keep Your Head In The Gutter?

 They used to always tell us to keep our heads out of the gutter. But truth is, especially if you are a homeowner, that you better keep your...