• Picking The Perfect Patio To Enjoy All Summer Long

    If you want to make the most of the outdoors this season, consider adding a patio to your property. There are many options in terms of style, spacing, and materials, so talk with paving contractors to determine the best approach for your home's inherent features. Some types of patios are: On-grade patios. On-grade patios are perhaps the most common kind to find in yards and gardens of homes, and they are usually flush with the ground and terrain around them. [Read More]

  • Four Ways Underpinning Techniques Are Used To Support A Second Floor Addition

    With prime real estate for building new homes becoming more scarce, you may opt to buy an existing home in a desirable location. This can present many problems, such as a home with no room for additions. Instead of building out, building up with an additional floor may be the only option to get the space you need. With a second floor, there are also additional loads, which are carried by the foundation of your home. [Read More]

  • Preventing Ice Expansion And Pest Infestation Around Your Foundation: Temporary Patches For The Cracks

    If you currently have some cracks in your foundation, you may have also encounter issues with pest infestations and ice expansion of the cracks in winter. To prevent both bugs and the widening of the cracks due to freezing water, you can request foundation crack repair from a contractor, but it may prove more costly than a temporary solution. Thankfully, the following temporary solutions will save you some money and help you get through the fall and winter months until you can afford more costly repairs. [Read More]

  • Replacing Your Driveway: Different Concrete Options For You

    When you find that the time has come to replace your current driveway, you may find yourself wondering what you should do to ensure that you install a driveway that you like and that will last you for as long as possible. If you have already decided on concrete over asphalt, your decision-making process is not quite over yet. There are actually several different types of concrete that you can choose from when you are installing your new replacement driveway. [Read More]

  • Preparing Your Small Business's Exteriors For Winter

    When fall is in full swing and winter is swiftly approaching, your thoughts as a small business owner shift to making sure that your building and the outdoor areas of your business are ready for the cold and snowy season to come. If this is your first year running a small business, you may not know where to begin in the preparations process. Get to know some of the steps that you should take to make your small business ready for the winter months to come and you will be able to start your readiness procedures sooner rather than later. [Read More]

  • New Homeowner's Maintenance Guide: Sealing Your Concrete Steps

    One of the big differences you face as you move from an apartment into a new home is that you are responsible of the daily upkeep and maintenance for your new home. Now it is your job to make sure the property is prepared for winter, and one way you can do that is to seal your concrete steps. Unsealed steps can allow water from melting snow and rain to penetrate the pores in the concrete during a thaw cycle. [Read More]

  • Concrete Maintenance 101: Tips For Removing 4 Common Stains

    Concrete is a fairly durable and affordable material, which makes it popular in home garages. However, it's also becoming increasingly popular inside homes. If you have concrete inside—or outside—of your home and it has become discolored due to stains, have no fear. You can easily remove most stains from your concrete. Here are some helpful tips for removing the four most common types of concrete stains: 1. Gasoline and Oil [Read More]

  • Back Pain: How To Break Up Your Damaged Concrete Walkway Safely

    If you plan to remove and replace your damaged concrete walkway yourself but suffer from back pain, you want to do so in the safest way possible. Concrete breaking is a tough job that requires handling large tools, such as a sledgehammer. If you use the hammer incorrectly, you can injure your back. Using a lightweight sledgehammer is a good way to break apart your walkway without straining your back. Here's why. [Read More]

  • 4 Key Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Driveway Sealing Contractor

    If you have a concrete or asphalt driveway that's more than a few years old, then it might be time to apply a new layer of seal coat on top of it. More than likely, your driveway was sealed when it was first poured, but many sealants begin to break down after a few years. If your existing sealant has a white, chalky appearance in some areas, this is a sign that it's time to re-seal. [Read More]

  • How to Design a Great Outdoor Entertainment Area for Your Country Home

    Are you moving into a new country home or are you making plans for an outdoor entertainment area in your present home? Consider including a hardscape in your design. Flagstone, brick, and cement are good choices for your entertainment area because they are affordable and virtually indestructible. A good contractor will have the training and the experience to help you establish a focal point for your entertainment area. Consider flagstone, brick, or pebble stone for your flooring. [Read More]