Are You Considering Floor Heating Systems?

March 25, 2012 by · Comments Off on Are You Considering Floor Heating Systems? 

If you are considering having floor heating systems installed in your house, then it’s time to do a little bit of research so that you know what you are getting into.  The first thing that you need to understand is that not all homes can have electric radiant floor heating systems installed, either due to the layout or age of the home, so you really need to have a consultation done on your home before you get your heart set on floor heating, in order to ensure that you can actually have it installed in your home.  Once you have found a company, or companies to do a consultation on your home, it’s time to get down to business and see if you can have floor heating systems installed in your home, and if so, exactly how much it would cost to have one installed.  The reason for having more than one company out to look at your house and give you a quote is that some companies have more competitive pricing than others, and you want to make sure that you get the best deal when you get your floor heating systems installed because systems like this tend to cost quite a bit of money and you want to try to save money wherever possible.  When you have gotten a good quote on a hydronic floor heating system, the next step in the process is to actually have the system or systems installed in your house

Patio Furniture Outdoor Cushions

March 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on Patio Furniture Outdoor Cushions 

Whether it’s a quiet early morning cup of coffee, catching some sun during the day by the pool, or unwinding on a cool summer evening, patio furniture can provide some of the most enjoyable and relaxing moments during warmer months. Not all patio furniture is created equal though, and a rigid surface covered with thin, low-quality or old furniture foam can send you back inside on even the nicest day.

Outdoor foam, with a quick-drying cellular structure is perfect for a patio furniture cushion. Water drains out of these porous forms and air passes through and dries them. When covered with the right aerating material, like Phifertex or Sunbrella Cushions, they can be left outside, with the only upkeep needed being an occasional rinse with a hose. If you want to enjoy your time outdoors, picking your patio furniture with the same standards you would living room furniture is important.

When we sit on a couch in our living room, we notice the comfort because we’re only doing one or two things. In the patio or backyard, we’re grilling, watching the kids, tossing the ball and getting in and out of the pool. When we get the chance to take a breath and sit down for the sake of sitting down is when we notice the comfort. Choosing high quality padding materials that are durable against both use and the elements is what will make the difference between that moment being relaxing or a disappointment.

The Best Glass Fencing

March 18, 2012 by · Comments Off on The Best Glass Fencing 

Whether you are installing a new pool  or updating an old one, choosing the right type of fencing can have a major impact on the visual appeal of your pool area. While some homeowners might lean toward a more traditional wood or stone enclosure, frameless fencing made of glass from Dimension 1 Glass is a great way to add a gorgeous modern touch to your outdoor entertaining area. Your new or renovated pool area will be more visible and the beautiful frameless fencing provides protection without obscuring the view of the pool area.

Dimension 1 also offers glass fencing for use in other locations throughout the home and outdoor areas. Frameless glass balustrades, for instance, can help provide a beautiful, safe barrier around the edge of your porch or balcony. Dimension 1 Glass’s frameless glass balustrades can also be installed on and around staircases and landings, making sure that your home’s architectural details can be seen from all angles. The company offers a variety of installation options for its frameless glass, including spigot mount, face fixed, channel set or semi frameless fixing posts.

Your frameless glass pool fencing from Dimension 1 Glass can be customized to fit your needs and your aesthetic vision for your pool area. Whether you are interested in standard panels or curved frameless glass, Dimension 1 has the product for you. The glass fencing can be mounted with hardware in a variety of metal finishes, including anodised aluminum, aluminum nickel coated, and stainless steel.

Outdoor Wicker Still Looks Classy!

March 17, 2012 by · Comments Off on Outdoor Wicker Still Looks Classy! 

Rarely is a product as multifunctional and as pleasant to use as wicker furniture. Most wicker is very tough and is used for patio furniture but, because of its excellent look, it can be used indoors as well. Outdoor wicker very often has chemical sealant and other treatments that help the material to not rot and wither. Many different types of stains have these protectant chemicals in them and provide a very long lasting seal against the forces of nature.

 Wicker patio furniture comes in many different styles, sizes, and colors. You can get almost any look from very classical and beautiful to very zany, bright, and gaudy. The mistake that many people tend to make is to get wicker furniture that is suitable for remaining outdoors but cushions that do not. Make sure to always double check that the cushions you get will last a long time outdoors and also dry efficiently. There’s nothing worse than sitting down on a pillow and realizing that it is still soaked from the rain the night before.

Although not many people are aficionados in wicker furniture brand names, many people consider Seagrass wicker furniture to be one of the top brands. It looks so good that people use it in their homes to give a rustic yet classy look or on their porch for the same effect. You can compare many different styles of seating online for this brand and many others.

Why you should consider container gardening?

March 16, 2012 by · Comments Off on Why you should consider container gardening? 

Container gardening is not just for those who live on limited space. It is also for those with ample space to grow plants and vegetables. There are several reasons why you should consider container gardening.

You can grow on containers regardless of the season. You can easily move containers to get ample sunlight. You can’t get this benefit from a traditional garden. Weed and disease control are other advantages with container gardening. Insect damage is also less with containers. It is also easier to maintain moisture that is much needed for growing plants and vegetables.

One big disadvantage is that containers are unable to support large trees. However, you can use dwarf varieties such as citrus.

Containers come in various colors and size, and made of many different materials for appearance, durability and ease of move. You can use container plants to enhance entrances to your home, patio, pool and decks. You can also grow edible plants on containers. Your favorite vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, celery, tomatoes as well as rosemary, basil and oregano will grow happily on containers.

Create your own mix of plants and enjoy container gardening all throughout the year.

Ways to Insulate Your Ceiling For Sound

March 9, 2012 by · Comments Off on Ways to Insulate Your Ceiling For Sound 

For individuals attempting to reduce noise or sound in a space, the first places usually treated are the walls. But in multiple-story residences, offices or large rooms, you may want to look up as well, and consider acoustical ceiling treatment.

Ceilings are often forgotten spaces when it comes to sound treatment, but when you have multiple floors in a building, sound can travel up just as easily as out. They can also be thought of as a lid on a room, containing all the sound made. In places like offices, this can create noise and distractions that hurt the bottom line. In a classroom or auditorium, just a few people talking can combine to make hearing lessons or information difficult for others in the room. For these reasons, insulating sound in a ceiling is very important. Luckily there are many ways to do this, with foam products being some of the most affordable and easiest to implement.

Foam material takes on many forms that can be used to treat sound. Acoustical ceiling tiles are a great basement foam solution for clarifying sound and reducing bouncing waves if you have a drop ceiling setup. These can also be implemented in offices or classrooms to cut down on noise and increase productivity and focus. The background noise of coworkers’ phone calls will be reduced in offices, and in schools, teachers and professors can be heard more clearly, even to the back of the room. Acoustical drop ceiling tiles are great additions to home studios as well.

Foam can be factored into the construction of rooms as well, with thicker closed-cell foam sheets added between floors for a sound isolation barrier. Some varieties, like polystyrene (also known as EPS), add insulation characteristics to the home, not only keeping your space quieter, but more comfortable as well.

If you have sound problems and have looked all over for a solution, perhaps the problem was hanging over your head all the time!