Ideas from Top Plumbers

Maybe you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom or just give it a facelift. There are lots of way to add great design touches to this room of your house that is more than just a necessity.  A bathroom is a retreat in a sense. It is a private space in your home where you can go to take a hot, soothing shower or soak in a luxurious bubble bath and let go of all the day’s stresses. Following are some ideas to help give you some information and inspiration for creating your dream bathroom.

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

A good tip for getting started is to put your ideas down on paper first. Once you’ve designed your ideal bathroom, set yourself up with a budget. Make sure to include costs for contractors, electricians and plumbers if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer. Even if you are, some remodeling projects can still require a need for outside help. If you know the basic cost of things, you can be sure to not get taken advantage of when the time comes for estimates and once the work begins.

Discount Bathroom Accessories

Dressing up your bathroom with discount accessories is a great way to add some nice detail to your décor and will also save you money in the process. Consider sinks, faucets, bath mats, shower curtains with coordinating rings, or how about a new tub with a water level alarm? There’s plenty of online resources available to purchase any type of discount bathroom accessory you are looking for.

Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

There are some very beautiful vanity cabinet styles available online. Starting with high-end elegant designs to the more casual and contemporary. They come in a variety of finishes and you can also select from different materials for the top of the vanity. These items can be a little pricey depending on your tastes, so do some comparison shopping on the internet because if you can afford it, the right vanity can add such a great design touch to your bathroom.

Kids Bathroom Accessories

As you are probably all too aware, getting the kids into the bathroom for things like brushing their teeth and taking their baths can be quite a task. But turning your child’s bathroom into a room that they enjoy being in can be a big help to you. Sitting down with the kids and looking at several websites for ideas will be a great way to get them involved with this process. Allowing the kids to choose the look and theme they like best for their bathroom will almost guarantee you less tugging and pleading to get them in there. Now wouldn’t that be nice?

Whatever the size of your particular bathroom undertaking might be, keep in mind that there’s probably going to be some degree of a mess and stress, especially with the plumbing. But try to stay focused on the result because it end up being so rewarding and something that you will enjoy for a long time to come.

This article was submitted to us by Jersey Home Renovations.

Make the Right move

America is always on the move—literally. Experts estimate that one out of five households move to a new residence each year. If you do the math, that amounts to a whopping 1.5 million moves every month. Those are some amazing stats, especially if you consider how trying and stressful such moves can be. It’s a wonder that one household—let alone millions!—can pull it off.

If you’re part of this statistic and on the verge of a big move, though, don’t be daunted by the whole process of packing up your stuff, loading it, and dragging it to your new home. There is a way to move without losing any valuables, too much money, or your mind, whether you’re moving across town, or across the continent. With some common sense, some help from professionals, friends, and loved ones, and the essential “Do’s and Don’ts” list in this article, you can be successful and avoid all of the mishaps and stress that usually come with moving.

We’ll start with the positive—the Do’s on our list. Make sure to check off all of these before you even start stuffing boxes with your stuff. Do:

• Line up help for packing and moving your stuff. It depends on your budget whether you hire professional movers or call in the volunteer brigade (your friends and family). Either way, round up somebody.

• Have a chat with your post office, making sure they know to forward your mail to your new address. In many cases, you will need to fill out a mail-forwarding form.

• Purchase brand-new moving boxes from your moving company or truck-renting company. They’re worth the money. Bugs and vermin can stow away in old boxes. No need to give them a free ride to your new digs.

• Sort through your stuff for old valuables you don’t need anymore to sell. Be honest with yourself, and you may be able to pay for your move with the money you make—especially if you sell them at convenient and easy marketplaces like online classified sites.

• Drop off old valuables that aren’t worth selling at a Goodwill or other charity thrift shop.

• Think comfort and safety on move day. Pack a first-aid kit with medicines and hygiene products, as well as a change of clothes and light snacks.

Now onto the Don’ts. Avoid these missteps, and your move will feel like an exciting adventure, not painful torture. So don’t:

• Take on the entire move without any help and worse, without any planning.

• Forget to find out your local post office’s rules for transferring mail. And while you’re at it, don’t let it slip your mind to change your address, as well.

• Move without your kids and pets or leave them home alone during trips to and from your old and new residences. For pets and small children, your best bet is a sitter.

• Grab a few used vegetable boxes from the supermarket or grocery store. They may be cheap, but bugs and dirt may be hiding inside them. You want to start in your new home with a clean slate, not an infested one.

• Haul old kitchen junk, like worn-out plastic containers and chipped glasses, with you to your home. You can save yourself a lot of heartache, and muscle aches, if you use the move as a chance to get rid of this kind of stuff.

• Pack expired canned foods, leftovers, and perishables. Anything that can spill, go rotten, and cause a mess in any way is not worth the effort. Again, think clean slate.

• Throw a garage sale, sell what you can, and save the leftovers for the garage sale you tell yourself you’ll have next spring. Truth is, this stuff will probably be clogging your storage space for years to come. If you want to sell it, try an easier and more profitable way, such as online classified ads.

• Forget to unpack box after box after you move in and then when you can’t find something (because it’s buried in a box somewhere), go shopping for it. Unpack as quickly as possible. You won’t feel at home in your new place until you do.

These Do’s and Don’ts will help you have a “moving” experience when you settle into your new home. But instead of tears of frustration and anguish pouring out your eyes, they will be tears of joy.

 

How To Choose A Fireplace or Heating Stove For Your Home

A fireplace is an added bonus to your home and in some areas a necessity, especially if you live in colder northern climates. Perhaps you do not have a fireplace, but it sounds like it would be a great improvement you would like to have in your home.

THE RIGHT KIND OF FIREPLACE FOR YOUR HOME

If you are considering the addition of a fireplace to your home, then the first thing you need to decide is which kind of fireplace would best suit your home.

Natural gas inserts and freestanding stoves help to not only keep your home warm, but also burn cleaner and help maintain indoor air quality. Despite today’s high natural gas prices, these sell better than wood burning fireplaces and create less outdoor pollution problems.

Gas fireplaces, gas inserts, and pellet stoves are popular among today’s consumers in providing efficient zone heating. When you think about these types of fireplaces as a supplemental heat source, you will see utility bills drop, due to the fact you do not have to keep the thermostat set as high as you would without it. A natural gas fireplace can efficiently heat up to 1,000 square feet of living space in your home.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR FIREPLACE CHOICES

Before deciding the type of fireplace that would be best for you and the model that you would like to own, keep in mind some of the following points:

* Masonry wood burning fireplaces can lose up to 85% of their heat through the chimney. They are also considered to be high polluters of the outside air and create problems with air quality and cleanliness in the home. Gas fireplace inserts can be installed in almost any existing masonry fireplace. Masonry fireplaces also come in a wide variety of styles and designs.

* Other factors that should be considered are the climate you live in, the location of your home, and the age of your home. Also consider the construction of your home, as well as the amount of heat that is required to keep it warm.

* If you are thinking of purchasing a fireplace for zone heating, consider gas fireplaces, gas inserts and pellet appliances. It is recommended to purchase gas fireplace units with an A.F.U.E. (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating.

* Direct vent gas fireplaces are required to be kept close to an outside wall. They require air from the outside to feed the flame, while relatively cool gases are exhausted through a wall mounted or roof vent.

* Vent free fireplaces do not require outside venting. This kind of fireplace is not recommended in newer homes, because they can produce condensation within the home over time. These are also open fireplaces that do not have doors on them.

* Class B vents are required for conventional gas fireplaces. The Class B roof vent flue helps carry away hot combustible gases and most have operable doors.

* Pellet appliances are free standing stoves or fireplace inserts that burn wood based pellets made mostly from compressed sawdust. These are mostly used for zone heating and were designed to use waste wood produced by manufacturing companies. They are a highly efficient way to burn these waste wood products that can be purchased in 40 lb. bags. These pellet appliances can be designed to burn alternative fuels including corn and grains. One benefit of pellet fuel is the ability to lock in fuel costs at the beginning of the fall and winter seasons.

IN CONCLUSION…

So if a fireplace sounds good to you and you are looking to save money on high energy costs, a fireplace or stove could be a good investment. Just remember to take into consideration your location, preference and lifestyle. If you make the right decisions now, you will enjoy your new fireplace or stove for many years to come, without the regrets that many people face after they have made a ill-informed decision.

Building a Room Addition – First Develop a Room Addition Plan

Building a Room Addition can be one of the best investments you can make in your home. Building a room addition, such as a family room addition, or bonus room can add wonderful new living space to your home. However, prior to starting a room addition, a homeowner should first formulate a room addition plan. There are several key factors that should be considered prior to breaking ground.

Developing a room addition plan should include both interior and exterior considerations. With many room addition projects a homeowner can draw up the basic room addition plans, including the floor layout and the physical exterior shape and size of the addition. However, if the roof lines and/or foundation footprints on the existing home or the new room addition are complex, an architect may be required. An architect may also be required to ensure that the finished room addition aesthetically melds well into the existing home. This is a key factor for resale value. If a room addition appears as an afterthought to the home it will be aesthetically unappealing to the neighborhood and to someday prospective home buyers.

When planning a room addition, the permit / inspection process will typically include an overall building permit, as well as electric, plumbing, and insulation permits. In order to complete the building permit process you will need drawings or sketches of the room addition. Besides overall sketches of the room addition with overall dimensions, the drawings will also need to include cross-sectional views showing the framing type and physical sizes of floor joists, roof rafters, and wall framing construction. You will also need a bill of materials and a cost estimate for the construction. The building inspector will use this information to determine if the construction will meet all construction and safety codes. The building inspector also uses the Bill of Material and cost information to assess the amount of the permit cost.

During the building of the room addition, inspections should be completed after the:

· Foundation is poured

· Rough framing completed

· Rough Electric completed

· Rough Plumbing completed

· Insulation completed

· Final Inspection / Occupancy Permit (Electric/Plumbing are complete)

Whether hiring a general contractor or planning to be a do it yourself carpenter and general contractor a budget and time table should be developed prior to starting the room. Not only is it necessary in the permitting process, it will help in identifying long lead items and provide the information necessary for financing the project if required. In addition, if acting as your own general contractor creating the time table will help assist you in determining need dates for sub contractors.

With room addition building plans and permits secured, as well as a solid Bill of materials and a timetable completed, a homeowner can begin the room addition project with a high likelihood of a smooth and successful home building project.

Below is a great video with a timeline of an addition being built.

Determine Roof Slope

If you want to determine roof slope, it isn’t as difficult as you may think. In fact, it’s quite simple and can be done in a very short amount of time with minimal inconvenience. This is not a project that should be intimidating, even though home improvement work can sometimes be stressful. The slope of a roof is measured as the length that a roof rises vertically over a 12” horizontal distance. You can do this job yourself, ask a friend to help or call a roofing professional if you are not comfortable doing the work yourself.

Determine Roof Slope, But Maintain Ladder Safety

To determine roof slope, place a ladder at the side of your house so that you may easily access the down slope edge of the roof. At this point, you should be in line with the roof’s peak, which means the roof should slope up from left to right or from right to left, but not away from you. Before you begin, make sure that your ladder is secured. You will need to use both hands to determine roof slope and will not want to be distracted by a shaky ladder. This can be bothersome, but also very dangerous. When working on a ladder, make sure that it’s perfectly safe. If you have trouble with heights and do not wish to climb the ladder yourself, ask a friend to help or call a roofing professional.

How To Determine Roof Slope Accurately

Now that you’re ready to get started, it’s important to know that you will not need to be on the roof to do this, which is ideal because walking directly on the roof can be dangerous. Begin by holding a framing square onto the roofline while making sure that the long end of the “L” is pointing toward the roof’s center and the short end is pointing down toward the ground. The long end of the framing square should meet the edge of the roof at the 12” line. Level the square horizontally and read the measurement on the short end.

To determine roof slope, remember that rise is the measurement on the vertical leg while run is the 12” measurement on the horizontal line. If you are using a framing square, keep in mind that some have measurements on both edges. If that is the case with your framing square, consult the measurements on the inside edges for an accurate number. Remember that, if your roof rises 8 inches vertically for every 12 inches horizontally, then you can determine roof slope to be at 8/12.

A Few Options

If you do not have a framing square to measure roof slope, a ruler or tape measure will also work because the slope is measured based on a 12” horizontal distance. If you are using a tape measure, look for one that has a push lock. This will help avoid unnecessary problems with constantly having to pull the tape measure back out to double check the slope measurements.

Guide to Installing Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fan installation involves two main aspects: mechanical and electrical.

Before the actual ceiling fan installation procedure starts, consider a few constructional aspects of your home.

First of all, get the wiring of the house examined by a professional electrician. You have to make sure that proper wiring for ceiling fan installation is available in the house.  Also remember that some ceilings may need to be braced to support the additional weight of a ceiling fan. So a ceiling bracing must be inserted during the time of construction itself.

Now mark the area from where you intend the fan to hang. Hanging the fan from the middle of the ceiling ensures best air circulation. Avoid ceiling fan installation directly over a bed. The actual ceiling fan installation can be broadly divided into assembling the fan and mounting it.

Assembling the fan

-The assembling procedure varies with different brands. In order to assemble the various parts of a ceiling fan you have to follow the manual provided with the unit.

-If the fan blades are less than 10″-12″ away from the ceiling, there is no harm in installing the blades before hanging the fan.

Mounting

-Fix the mounting bracket to the electrical box tightly with the screws.

-In the time of the wiring, use the “working hook? provided with the mounting bracket to hang the fan on.

-Match the wires by following the standard color coding system (white to white, black or blue to black or blue and so on). Each connection should be covered with a securely screwed-on wire nut.

-Push back all extra wiring up into the electrical box.

-The fan should be electrically grounded to the metal box with the green or bare copper grounding wires. Connect the ground wires from the box, the fan and the power supply together with a wire nut, or a pigtail like wire which you have to attach to the box with a screw.

-Next slip back the ceiling cover to its full height and make it tight so that it does not move from its place.

-If you have a beamed ceiling you have to use a special beam mount for ceiling fan installation.

Below is a great video showing more information on how to install a ceiling fan.

 

 

Thanks to Philadelphia Appliance Experts for lending a hand in this article.  You can view their website here:  http://www.philadelphiaappliancerepairexperts.com/

Choosing the Right House Plan

Everybody would like to live in a mansion or a sprawling ranch but there are many factors to consider when choosing a house plan. There are also a few pitfalls that can be avoided by doing your homework and  making the right choices.

Before you commit to buying a stock or custom house plan, you should know how much of a house you can afford to build. A good place to get this information would be the bank that you might use to get your loan from.

Once you know what your budget is, you can determine how much house you can afford and pick a house plan that fits that budget. One way to accomplish this is to call several homebuilding contractors in your area. Ask them what the building costs per square foot are. Not all contractors are willing to volunteer this information, but you will find enough of them that are willing to help at the prospect of gaining a customer.

With this information you will be able to determine the square footage of a house plan you can afford. If your budget is $200,000 and the cost per square foot is $100, then a 2,000 square foot home is in your budget($200,000/$100= 2,000).

Another consideration is the size of the lot you intend on building your home. You don’t want to invest in a blueprint for a house that won’t fit on your lot. Check with your municipality or county on the distances you must have between the building and the lot lines. Most have  rules on how much backyard you must have and how much your house must be set back from the street or building line.

Some towns and subdivisions also have what are called covenants. These are rules that dictate what you can and cannot build. Some of these covenants might include the minimum square footage house you can build, brick or frame construction, minimum roof pitch, and types of building materials you are allowed to use.

These are some of the important things you must consider. Building a new home the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Doing a little homework will keep you from getting an unwanted surprise and wasting time and money on a plan you can’t use.

Why Hiring a Painting Contractor Makes Good Sense

When deciding on whether or not to hire a painting contractor, there are several things to keep in mind. At the top of the list is the fact that a licensed house painting contractor has two things many homeowners do not; experience and expertise.

Painting and decorating projects require specialized skills. One good reason why persons pay for the services of a professional painting contractor when it comes to painting the interior or exterior of their home. Time restraints, convenience, safety, and health are among other considerations.

Safety and Health Comes First

Climbing on ladders and painting can be hazardous work; so is working with solvents and dust inhalation. Professional contractors are “safety conscious,” and experienced to handle these situations. Home owners who opt to do the painting themselves risk unnecessary injury.

Houses built before 1978 may have been painted with lead-based paint, proven to pose serious health risks when scraped and sanded in preparation for repainting. Dust and paint chips from lead-based paint are a health threat to exposed individuals; working around lead-based paint, therefore, represents another safety hazard.

A licensed, professional contractor painting commercial or residential buildings that have lead-based paint have been trained to take precautions to protect you and your family from these health risks. They are also trained to protect themselves and their employees.

Quality Work Guaranteed

Finally, a house painting contractor will prepare surfaces properly for painting. Poorly prepared surfaces affect the appearance and quality of the new paint. To properly prepare surfaces for repainting is time consuming, but yields great end results, and increases durability of newly painted surfaces.

A qualified painting contractor is also familiar with the different types of paints, when to use what product, and how to apply each.

 

How Exactly Do Septic Tanks Work?

A sewerage drain field and a septic tank make up a small scale sewage treatment system. A septic tank is basically a rectangular shaped underground receptacle for wastewater. It is watertight, made of concrete, and consists of tanks that are divided into chambers. The first chamber has twice the volume as the second and the majority of the organic solid matter, referred to as sludge, gets settled here. The second chamber further purifies the wastewater.

The septic tank collects wastewater from toilets, showers, sinks, etc. Due to the absence of a current the sludge quickly settles down to the tank floor. Anaerobic bacterial digestive activity on the sludge leads to the generation of methane and carbon dioxide; the sludge is stabilized and does not rot anymore. Particles of stabilized sludge stay settled, some may float to the top as scum.

A septic tank should be constructed by a professional plumber such that there is maximum contact time with the microorganisms so as to enable swifter digestion of the sludge. This is achieved by placing the inlet, overflow, and outlet diagonal to each other and by making the streams flow in vertically placed pipes.

The semi-purified water moves to the second chamber via the overflows that are constructed such that the upward motion of water prevents larger particles from flowing into the second chamber. The feeding, digestion, and settlement of organic matter continues in the second chamber. The retention time in the second chamber is half that of the first chamber because of its size and the fact that the amount of organic matter to treat is less. The outlet is constructed in the diagonal corner to the overflow.

The treated wastewater is directed to a drain field, also known as a seepage field, where any impurities that still exist get decomposed naturally, the water is taken up by the plant root system or it may even become a part of the groundwater. The large sized drainage field is required if the soil is not very porous. A septic system can be made to work entirely by using gravitational forces; at some places, however, a pump may be required to overcome topographical limitations.

The rate of sludge generation in septic tanks is around 0.05 cubic yards every year for an individual. Septic tanks need to be emptied every few years so that there is enough reaction space for the microorganisms to attack the wastewater and for the sludge to settle.

The septic tank may be emptied every 5-7 years depending upon the amount of wastewater it processes. The tank is emptied using an exhauster truck manned by trained personnel. The sludge that is sucked into the exhauster truck is released into public waste water treatment plants, sanitary landfills, or sludge drying beds.

Properly digested sludge can be used as a natural fertilizer; this is possible only if no fresh wastewater is added to the tank for at least one week.

The design of the septic tank should be such that the wastewater always flows in its designated path and no short circuits in the water flow occur. T-pipe-connectors with inflow and outflow openings under the water level should be used for inlet, overflow, and outlet pipes. This prevents the floating scum from clogging the pipes. A grease trap should be provided for the wastewater inflow pipe.

This article was submitted by Essex County Drain Cleaning Pros.

 

Basement Ideas for your home

Being banished to the basement doesn’t always have to be punishment! Nowadays, owners of homes with a basement consider the space to be prime square footage. Everything from hobby rooms, play rooms, media centers, music rooms, poker parlors, exercise areas, office space and of course, it’s original purpose, storage space, is finding new life in the space “down below.”

The definition of a basement is an area that is either fully or partially below ground level. This is not to be confused with the crawl space of a house, since another part of the definition is that a person should be able to stand upright in the area.

The amount of square footage in the basement is generally equivalent to that on the ground floor. In most homes, it’s like having another entire level of living space, which can add up to quite a bit! The options for utilizing that amount of space really are limited only by the imagination since the space usually will have electricity and plumbing.

The basement can be partitioned off into different rooms or it can be one huge open space. If this part of your home is “finished” then consider yourself lucky. If not, or if the space is on the remodeling To Do list, there are issues to consider before proceeding with the project. First, it’s important to identify “trouble” spots such as lowered ceilings, enclosed boiler rooms, and ductwork. Second, the space must not leak. Uncontrolled moisture will cause a number of dangerous and damaging problems including the growth of mold.

Once the identification and remediation of basement problem areas is finished, the next step is determining a layout for the space. The task can be overwhelming, and a good way to begin is by determining the activities that’ll likely take place in the space. Looking at pictures or at what others have done always helps jump-start the imagination.

Keep in mind that the basement will have little or no natural light so consider this when planning the layout. Slowly but surely this space will spring to life and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
Next time you think it’s no big deal, remember that over time, excessive exposure to UV rays can lead to the onset of eye conditions including retina damage and even cataracts. So do your eyes a favor – eat your carrots and be sure to carry your sunglasses with you at all times!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most expensive items in home remodeling. Cabinetry costs more than replacing the kitchen furniture in many cases. If you can afford the expense, there are a wide variety of designs and styles available to update your cabinets. You can add extras like a kitchen island, lazy susan, or built-in appliance centers.

If replacing the cabinetry is too expensive for your budget, refacing is a less expensive alternative. Refacing involves replacing only the cabinet doors and exposed wood areas of the cabinets. The insides are left as they are to save money on the job. Painting is the least expensive option and can give the room new life. The job can be easily done over a long weekend with the right preparation.

You will need to decide if you will paint the entire kitchen cabinet, inside and out, or just the outside and the doors. To save time, consider leaving the inside of the cabinet alone, you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Preparing the Cabinets

Start by removing all hardware from the cabinets and remove the doors. Mark the doors, so you will remember which door goes on which cabinet. This will save you time and prevent aggravation later. Protect the countertops and floor with drop cloths, old bed sheets or plastic sheeting. These can be taped in place, especially on the floors. If you will be replacing the flooring, paint the cabinets first.

Clean the cabinets thoroughly before painting. This is important. Grease and oils from cooking will prevent the paint from adhering properly. You could end up with an uneven color. A wood cleaner with orange oil works well for breaking down grease residue. Be sure to let the surface dry thoroughly before you begin to apply the primer.

Primer is an important step in the process. It provides a smooth, even surface for the paint to adhere properly. Use a roller for larger areas and a brush for small areas. Be sure to coat all areas, including the underside of the cabinets. Consider using sawhorses for priming and painting the doors, for an easier time and a more even coverage.

Allow the primer to dry thoroughly before you begin to paint. Overnight is generally sufficient for the primer to dry. Apply the paint in thin coats. It’s better to apply a few thin coats than to use one thick coat. Allow twentyfour hours between coats for the paint to dry completely. Sand with a fine grit sandpaper between coats.

When the paint has dried completely, you are ready to put the doors back on and replace the hardware. Consider updating the hardware to match your new look. Door handles and hinges are inexpensive and can make a big difference in the look of the room.

Choosing Paint for Kitchen Cabinets

Don’t skimp on the paint. Use high quality paint that is right for the surface being covered. This will be different for wood or metal cabinets. If you’re not sure, ask for help at the paint store.

In general, you will want to use enamel paint. You have a few choices in the finish. Gloss, semi gloss or satin finishes are most commonly used. The higher the gloss, the stronger the finish and the easier it will be to clean. If you want less shine, consider the semi gloss finish.

Safety When Painting

Be sure to paint in a well ventilated room. Do the job when the weather is warm enough and leave the windows open.

Wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt to protect your skin from the paint. Plastic gloves can be worn to protect the skin on your hands.

Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from paint and fumes.

 

A Thermostat That Speaks To A Consumer’s Needs

If you have a question about how to make your home more comfortable, you may want to ask your thermostat. An innovative, programmable “talking” thermostat has been designed to make it easier for you to control your home comfort systems.

The EZ Talk feature of the “Talking Thermostat” from the Coleman® brand of York, a Johnson Controls Company, audibly guides homeowners through every step of programming a heating/cooling system thermostat. A Coleman Heating and Air Conditioning dealer can even customize the prerecorded messages in either a male or female voice.

If service is required, the thermostat can say the name and contact information of the dealer or contractor who installed the equipment. This provides homeowners with an easy, one-touch dealer locator that takes the guesswork out of who to call and saves time.

Separate weekday and weekend schedules allow you to set four different time/temperature settings each day, while a manual override feature makes it possible to change these settings. The thermostat is designed to protect your home comfort system with a number of alerts:

• A low-battery warning informs you when it is time to change the batteries, helping to maintain the efficiency of the system.

• In the event of a power outage, the backup battery saves the schedule and saves the homeowner from resetting the schedule.

• The Talking Thermostat automatically turns on the heat at 40 degrees, even if the batteries are dead or not installed. This is a great feature for vacation homes or when you are on vacation or away from your house for a long time.

• The Talking Thermostat reminds you when it is time to clean or replace a filter.

• Another alert reminds you to perform annual maintenance and routine service to keep the system performing at optimum efficiency.

The user-friendly Talking Thermostat from Coleman Heating and Air Conditioning offers a number of additional features that will appeal to homeowners/tenants, including an easy-to-read, lighted LCD display that shows current temperature, set points and the heating or cooling mode of operation.

The most important decision you will ever make when roofing your home

Homeowners understand that good roofing is the most excellent protection for a house. A roof keeps out wind, rain, snow, hail, and the sun’s glow and warmth. However, knowing when to restore a roof and with what type of roofing material is often a complicated choice.

A new roof is a large asset and it’s also one of the most significant things you can make for the shelter and overall worth of your home. To achieve this, a roof’s exterior must be watertight and tough as well as supple enough to adapt to heat changes without cracking or otherwise losing its reliability.

Roofing shingles come in many styles and are made of many different materials. They vary in their layer materials and design, but the majority roofs consist of wood framing, flashing wood, roofing felt, and the surface roofing material.

Most homes nowadays have contemporary asphalt shingles that come in many varieties that give different looks in the shape of architectural shingles. There are also accessible from roofing suppliers different roofing systems such as steel roofing, copper roofing, slate roofing and composite roofing systems.