Home Improvement Blogs – South Bay

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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Your WindowsGood windows contribute to the lighting and beauty of a home while also helping that home maintain its energy efficiency. Windows can last for decades, but only if they're properly maintained. Knowing when windows need maintenance, what kind of maintenance to perform and when to replace windows is an important part of maintaining a property.

Maintaining Windows

There are many things that homeowners must do to maintain their windows.

  • Cleaning. Washing the windows at least once per quarter helps the inside of the home stay light and bright.
  • Caulking. Occasionally, windows need to be re-sealed with caulk; this happens every few years as the caulk deteriorates.
  • Repairs. A broken window is a hazard and also bad for energy efficiency,
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Should You Refurbish or Replace Your Cabinets?Refurbishing kitchen cabinets is a common practice among homeowners who are trying to improve their home's value without breaking the bank. New kitchen cabinets are a big attraction for home buyers, so this is a good project for homeowners who want to sell their property. This is also an excellent project for a homeowner who wants to upgrade their kitchen without getting involved in an extensive remodeling project.

When To Refurbish?

It's time to refurbish when the kitchen cabinets are starting to look their age, the kitchen is out of date or the cabinets have sustained cosmetic damage. Many homeowners decide to refurbish their cabinets when the cabinets have become scratched, stained, yellowed or are simply very dated.

Paint or Stain

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Pool Maintenance: A Reality Not to IgnoreSome homeowners consider a backyard swimming pool a mixed blessing. A pool is typically an attractive focal point and a social gathering spot during the season. In some parts of the country, owners enjoy year-round use of a pool and adjacent patio. In addition to the pool, many homes have professional landscaping around the pool to enhance the functionality and beauty of the backyard.

However, every pool requires regular maintenance: In addition to thinking about the fun it will provide, also consider the time and expense to keep a pool in prime operating condition as well as assuring that it is always visually attractive and safe for use. Although they are not normally an overwhelming concern, a homeowner must also be aware of the need for

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What to Know About Installing a DeckInstalling a deck can be an exciting new project for any homeowner to take on. They picture summer evenings sipping beer or serving dinner to all their friends. But there are a few factors to keep in mind before measuring or hiring contractors. The rules of decks vary across the nation, depending on where a person lives, what materials they're using, and how the land slopes beneath their feet. Keep these tips in mind for better results.

Check for Permits First

Whether owners are subject to HOA rules or not, they still need to check with their local authorities to learn more about what they can and can't do. In some El Segundo neighborhoods, owners can install their decks without permits or governmental permission. In others, they may only be

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What to Do If You Need to Defer Your Home MaintenanceTo defer maintenance on a home is to postpone necessary upkeep or repairs. At times, deferred maintenance is unavoidable due to financial or time constraints, but it's easy for homeowners to get carried away when it comes to putting off their to-do list. They may gravely underestimate just how important the repairs are to the integrity of the home. Here's how to mitigate the long-term consequences of deferred maintenance.

Understand the Consequences

Postponing repairs is primarily a safety issue at its core, but it's also a financial one as well. Experts claim that homeowners can spend up to four times as much on deferred maintenance than on the original repair. If wiring needs to be replaced, the home will be prone to electrical fires. If

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Popular Home Styles in 20th Century AmericaIt can be hard to differentiate between the many architectural styles still found in different areas of the country today. While some styles may be captured in registered and recognized historic homes, some styles are more recent and may be spotted while driving through town. It is also interesting to note that certain architectural styles only become prominent after particular man-made materials became available. While other architectural style attempt to bring elements of nature indoors, integrating natural materials in the construction and aesthetics of a home.

Common Home Styles of the 20th Century

There are a range of architectural styles found in residences that continue to inspire builders, contractors and potential homebuyers. Simpler

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5 Siding Choices for the HomeReplacing home siding is a great way to improve the look and value of the entire property. Since there is such a wide variety in styles and prices, people should carefully think about siding materials before making a choice. Here are five of the most popular options homeowners could consider.

1. Vinyl Siding

In bang for the buck, there is little that beats vinyl siding. That is why vinyl takes up almost a third of the siding market. Vinyl siding came out in the 1990's as an inexpensive material that is pretty simple to maintain and can keep its color over time. Unlike wood, vinyl does not absorb water. Homeowners do not have to worry about the color flaking off due to weather or wind. The paint color is applied to the siding before

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5 Bathroom Upgrades With a Good ROIChoosing a home improvement that improves both the enjoyment of the home and the market value, is an important decision for homeowners. What home additions or renovations increase the resale value of a home? or should a seller sell and market the home as-is? One of the most popular, other than kitchens, is a bathroom extension or renovation.

Bathroom Renovation or Extensions

When speaking of bathrooms, the decision is often to either add a bathroom or to renovate or make larger an existing bathroom. In an existing home, the decision of either often relates to the benefit and then potential cost of the work. In the case of an unfinished basement, adding a bathroom where there is none could present quite a bit of convenience and advantage for

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Consider basic needs to assemble the right tools for home repairsJust as it's unwise to drive a car without a spare tire and working jack, no home should be without basic tools to make simple repairs—whether it's to do simple maintenance around the house or to DIY larger projects. A home repair kit is easy to assemble. Use a collapsible fabric bucket, a plastic tote or a metal lunchbox as a portable tool kit, and buy only necessary items rather than spending big bucks for a coordinated set.

Here are the items every homeowner should have:

Hammers & Screwdrivers

There are many different types of hammers, but a basic clawfoot hammer is indispensable. Use it to hang artwork or pry off an old piece of trim, build a deck or pound a garden stake into the ground. Look for a hammer with good balance and one that

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What to Know About Spray Foam InsulationHomeowners looking to address drafts and improve the envelope of their home may be looking to add a home insulation product, especially if they live in an older home. While there are many types of home insulation on the market, only a few can improve energy efficiency in a home while being able to be used on irregular or hard to reach areas. Spray foam is one of the products worth considering that may help homeowners address cracks, leaks or gaps in an existing or newly constructed home.

Even those not currently interested in the high return on investment that may be derived from improving insulation in a home may appreciate the additional comfort and lower bills associated with heating or cooling a home with properly installed home insulation.

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