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Seamless or Sectional Gutters: What’s the Difference?

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Gutters and rooflines can be some of the most under-appreciated and misunderstood features of a home, but they work together to accomplish an important goal: protecting your home from the elements. While they quite obviously shield your interior from direct rain, what many people don’t realize is how destructive the sheer weight of water and debris can be to every part of your home — right down to the foundation.

The choice of gutters, however, always seems unclear. There are various styles or seamless or sectional gutters, and several types of screens and guards to help protect them. While much of the difference comes in terms of the cost of installation, maintenance, and repairs over the life of your home, the nature of the environment your roof and gutter systems are protecting your home from has a lot to do with which choice will really net you the best protection. We’ll cover some of the general advantages of seamless and sectional gutters below (and you can read more about gutter guards here) but a local gutter contractor like Aerotech in St. Louis can tell you more about the environmental considerations specific to your home.

Ok, so sectional or seamless?

In the past, gutters were mass-produced according to specific lengths. As a result, when they were installed, they had to be installed in sections and joined with sealants. But as with all things, these sealants with time become corroded, resulting in leakages. However, when seamless gutters were introduced, they completely eliminated the need for these sectional gutters, as one piece can be molded and installed in to fit your roofline.

That said, we’ll be frank: all gutters leak. This is due, in part, to the fact that there will always be junctions where you’ll need to join with another side or feature of your gutter system.

Minimizing Leakages

In any gutter system, joints will require the application of sealants to ensure that the gutters stay leak-proof. With seamless gutters, there will be fewer joints, and fewer leaks for that reason. And, luckily, any leaks that occur can generally be fixed without removing anything, so the size and length of seamless gutters tends to only factor in when having to make larger repairs.

Minimizing Repair Costs

For most gutters, repairs often center on rotting, leaks, and corrosion caused by stagnant water or the weight of melting ice. Sectional gutter systems, with more joints, will tend to suffer the weight of this abuse more than seamless gutter systems. In more extreme cases of damage, the larger seamless gutters may become more complicated to repair or replace but this becomes less of a concern if they are regularly cleaned and maintained.

Ease of Cleaning

Seamless gutters are generally much easier to clean, and that’s a real help, since you’ll never want to fall behind on cleaning them. The disadvantage to sectional gutters is the fact that their joints tend to produce a lot of hard-to-reach areas that can start to collect debris or ice. Being more troublesome to clean and more prone to clogs and the like can contribute to higher maintenance investments, though this can vary depending on the type of foliage in your area and how far away from your roofline the nearest trees are.

Ease of Installation

In spite of their bulk, seamless systems are pretty easy and cheap to install. With sectional gutters, you or your contractor would end up spending a lot more time trying to get the right fit and adding sealants.

In the end, seamless gutter systems do tend to come out on top. But the performance and life of your roofline and gutter systems still hinges on keeping them clean and taking your environment into account. If you’re unsure of the system that works best for your home, it’s worth a little more research, and at least a phone call to a licensed contractor.

Four Things That Home Improvement Shows Don’t Tell You About

Home improvement shows! We all love them. So you are flipping through the channels on a lazy Sunday morning and bam! You come across a reality show where the parents are in the middle of a blazing argument. The kids are screaming in the background because the garage doors fell off their hinges. The whole family is at the point of breaking apart because their home was old, creaky and hasn’t had a renovation in ages. There is a lot of name calling and blame shifting. As if by magic, the host of your home improvement show appears at their doorstep magically, with his magic home renovating wand. After the entire family cries on his shoulder for a good fifteen minutes, everything seems to take an optimistic edge. From there onwards, everything seems so easy and uphill. So you find yourself slouching on the sofa, watching more episodes of the show back to back. Well, while it is good and sometimes educational to watch such shows, sometimes they can be a little misleading. So before you get inspired by such shows and tear apart your house to renovate it, here are things that the nice people on the reality TV show never told you about. Before you try any of these jobs on your own contact a professional like Summit Point Roofing first.

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Timelines are Bogus

In your favourite reality show, everything seems to be done within a space of three days or so. Since they don’t claim to do it within the duration of the show, you somehow believe that all it took to revamp that entire house is only three days. Well, it doesn’t work that way. Renovating a house takes a lot of planning and effort. It cannot be done in three days, for sure. Experts in the construction trade say that in order to renovate and revamp an average sized home, it takes at least 6 weeks. This may vary depending on the condition that the house is in. Whatever said and done, you simply cannot renovate a house in three days. So if you were having big plans to renovate your house over the weekend, think again.

Renovation Budgets Can Stretch

In most reality shows, they simply do not show the budgeting bit. They seem to stick to particular budget up to the nearest penny. Well, the thing is, renovation budgets are not permanent. They change all the time. They change if you change your mind about the floor or if you decide to fire your plumber. So, it is best to work with a buffer. If you calculate a certain amount to be your renovation budget, keep at least 30% extra. Keep scrupulous records of everything. Whenever you pay a contractor, write it down. File the receipt. A lot of people go over the budget simply because they have no idea how much of it they have used already.

Not everything is utterly useless

In many home improvement reality shows you can see the host gleefully tossing away everything in the house. Well, the thing about reality TV is that it is made for drama. By tossing out everything in a house, the show achieves its dramatic effects. Well, but it doesn’t have to be that way for your own house. You need not toss every single thing in your house in order to revamp it. You also need not do it in a frenzy. If you indeed plan to renovate your house, go through each and every item of your house carefully. Think of what can be used and what really cannot be used. You will find that a lot of the items in your house are actually re-useable. Especially when it comes to antiques. So take your time and choose what stays and what goes.

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You need not have a fight

Reality TV shows cater to people who live vicariously through other people’s drama. So almost all of them involve some sort of a fight or the other. When you are doing your own house, try not to get carried away. Everything does not have to end in a fight. Your children need not behave like screaming monsters. While renovating maybe portrayed to be a difficult time, in reality it is just the opposite. It is fun, interesting and can be an experience for the entire family. So talk to your family, get excited and plan the new house together. You may even involve your kids in some of the restoration work after school.

A World of Budget-Friendly Shopping

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Not all of us are rich and can afford to shop til we drop. A lot of us work hard just to be able to pay bills, eat delicious food, buy the things we need etc. To make ends meet, we do all sorts of things to save money and we often browse the internet for the best deals when we want to buy something. I’ve wanted to buy a smartphone for the longest time but I need to save up some more. Good thing I saw this coupon code which will give me up to 50% off when I purchase an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Lazada, and this code I saw at the iPrice Coupons Philippines website. I’ll really be able to save a lot. There’re tons of other coupons, discounts, and voucher codes that can be used at popular online stores like Zalora, Lazada, Wego, Bebe, and Foxysales.
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Shoppers have it easy at iPrice. They help you find whatever you want and then hand you over to their trusted e-commerce partners to actually buy those products. It’s a platform where you’ll find all the products from the most trusted online stores in Asia. They have a variety of categories like Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Beauty, Home and Living, and Electronics. You may also buy Accessories like watches, sunglasses, gloves, jewellery etc. and Gadgets that’ll put a smile on every techie’s face.  Important sales, offers and promotions are brought to alongside the products you’re browsing so you don’t have to visit other online stores to look for your desired item, everything’s at iPrice – “Your One Stop Shopping Destination“.
They’re likewise known as Asia’s best source for discounts, coupons, and voucher codes because they only post free vouchers and coupons and it’s not necessary to become a member just so you can have access to all those coupons. Finding your way through the website is easy because it’s simple. If you’re having a hard time looking for a specific item, you can narrow your search by brand, store, price, and gender. They have no expired coupon codes and vouchers and once the code is expired, they’re marked “Recently Expired’.

Let’s Light Up the House

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People often said that a bright home will be safer than the dark one and it seems to be explainable as thieves tend to be easier to enter the dark one than the bright one. So lighting up your house can bring you safety and at the same time, you can create an attractive decoration with these lights. Let’s create enchantment with outdoor lighting!

Before every decoration is made, planning is the starting point. Plan the design that you want the lights to be. You could light up the tree, or just install a lamppost to brighten up the driveway and even you may create a beautiful lighting cover all over your porch. Simply make a draft and estimate how much light you need.

After the planning, purchasing the suitable light will be your second challenge. You should be considering what colour do you want the light to be? The type of light whether is a bulb or LED? Of course, you want to make sure that these lightings stuff won’t cost you too much, so low voltage outdoor lightings are strongly encouraged as it is economical and easy to install.

Finally, installing these lights could be a tough one. Some prefer to request assistance from the professional while others prefer DIY. If you want to save up some penny, hands-on is your best option. Hang or fixed these lightings according to your design and it always require some creativity and imagination. For example, you can hang the lights on the tree and create a rainfall design or spread it evenly around the ground and make it looks like stars on the land. Anyway it goes; it will definitely bring your house a new life.

Headboard’s Style

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Every time you enter your bedroom, your eyes will be drawn immediately to the headboard. It is the largest pieces in the room and it reflects your style and artistic sensibilities. As a wall’s colour, a headboard design could affect the overall style of your bedroom and indirectly affect your emotional activities. So, you do want to choose a headboard that fit not only your room, but also for you.

There are various styles of headboard and the most old-fashioned one will be the wood shutter headboard. Old-fashioned wood shutters have a sense of artistic grace about them. The way the paint is delicately chipping away; the rustic demeanour of the style and the generous height they offer make for a truly original headboard design.

If you have children at home, a chalkboard headboard will be your first choice because kids are going to love it. It is a perfect place for your child to jot down notes, dreams or anything else without drawing around the walls.

If you prefer a luxury looking headboard, a tufted headboard will be the right one. This headboard has been the combination of modern and traditional headboard style and give a grand and luxurious feel that eventually upgrade your entire room’s grade.

The curtain headboard is always the ladies’ favourite. Instead of a headboard you can opt for curtains. This is a good idea, especially if you also have curtains for your windows. Then you can use the same type or something similar. The curtains will add a nice intimate feel and they will also add cosiness to the room with their texture. This is also a nice opportunity to personalize the headboard.

Make your Home a Better Place for Your Child

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Children are naturally born with curiosity and adventurous. These natural characteristics could be excellent for a growing child to discover and learn new stuff around. Unfortunately, this curiosity often results in injury or accident. As a parent, you probably want your child to be safe and have greater freedom to explore in the house. So, here are some simple and affordable ways for you to protect your little one from unwanted injuries.

Securing furniture around your home is the first step to go. Children are often being hurt by falling furniture when they try to climb on them, including dresser, closet, and tables. In order to prevent this tragedy accident, secure the furniture by installing furniture anchors. Not all furniture is necessary for that like a heavier closet that is too heavy to move, or chairs and table. Instead, you can try to avoid your children from climbing them.

Besides that, dangerous gear should be stored somewhere your children are not easy to access. Scissors, knives and tools can be fatal when hold or play by children, so keep them away from your babies. Furthermore, small pieces items can be dangerous for babies to swallow them accidentally and chock. Always keep your accessories and any small pieces stuff in somewhere they can’t reach.

Another hidden danger for your little one is the door. A door which seems to be safe and secure can hurt your children by getting their fingers caught in a door. Installing a door holder will block the door from closing all the way when your little one’s fingers are still in a jam.

The Best Bed Frames

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You may be suffering a headache for choosing a bed frame for your new home and have no idea which one is the best among all the colours, designs and shapes. Choosing the right bed frame is important, not only for a good night’s sleep, but also to enhance your bedroom’s décor.

Firstly, you will need to consider about the size of the bed. Two main factors that influence the size are the number of people sleeping in the bed and the size of the room. A single person might be fine in a single bed while two people will require a queen or king size bed. If there are more in the room, you may want to consider about a Double Decker which occupied less space. Even the size of the room is big enough for a big bed, but don’t forget to draft out the other furniture that will be in the room.

The material of the bed has been always the main problem when choosing a bed frame. There are various materials of bedframe but mainly they are made from three materials which are metal, wood and leather. A metal bed frame is the most affordable option among while a wooden bedroom gives a classic feel. Leather bed frames usually costly, but brings the modern bedroom style.

Lastly, the design and style of the bed frames that everyone wants it to be best fit in their bedroom. Always consider about the colour of the room when choosing a bed frame. If you have a dark colour wall, you probably don’t want to have a reddish or yellowish bed frame that looks weird in your room. Of course, this part will leave it to you or the owner of the room as everyone has different taste and favourite about the design and colour

Turning your Home into a Resort , Is Possible?

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Next, classic country – side home typically feature wooden furniture and wicker furniture. Wicker is a general classification of woven furniture and accents, not a specific material. The term is used broadly for any item woven from natural or synthetic hard fibres such as rattan, cane, bamboo, sea grass, even synthetic vinyl’s and resins which give you the view of natural in your home. Furthermore, wicker furniture is cheaper and easy to purchase from any furniture retailer. Therefore, if you really want your home to look a part of the country – side resort, move out the some of the old furniture and replace them with some natural material furniture to make your home a new look. On the plus side, the wooden furniture is also strong and last long makes a pleasant benefit for owners to keep it. We can leave the outdoor set out there, and termite and fungus will not damage it at all.

Moreover, change the home’s fabric colour. Along the furniture, the fabric colour should also feature in a natural colour like light brown, light blue or green. Floral fabrics in the same colour vein are popular choices for country – side home and curtain should always be willowy, light and flowing.

Lastly, there are still some little tricks to make your home more like a resort – the flower and candle. Give your home the power of scent by placing flowers in the living room and light up some candle during the night for a candlelight dinner or before you fall asleep.

Turning your Home into a Resort

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Do you still remember the last time you visit a countryside resort? Try to recall those beautiful landscapes and the relaxing – experience, the beautiful interior design of the resort that sells the image of the all family vacation. From cool fabric to sun – bleached furniture and the must – have collection of wood – made furniture, everything about the home’s design say “country – side relaxation”. But these lovely resorts are usually costly and you don’t really have time to visit them that often, so why don’t you just makeover your home to a country – side resort and enjoy the relaxing and charming experience without stepping out the door.

All you need is a little effort and some inspiration, luckily, you can only have to worry about the first part because you’re about to get inspiration and idea for transforming your home by reading this article.

Wallpaper is the largest pieces in the room which catch almost everyone’s attention when you have a really great one, so changing the wallpaper will be the first thing to consider about. Change your wall into a grass or light green colour wallpaper will make your home more like a country – side home. The calm and charming sense brings your home into another stage of relaxation. If you think these wallpapers are out of your budget, then just try covering the wall with grass cloth painting which will give your home the appearance of a classic Hawaiian hut, but of course, this process requires some technique to complete. Try to ask for assistance from the painting experts.

Right Bedcovering for You

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There are many choices nowadays when you come to decorating your bed. Picking the right bedcover not only jazz up your entire bedroom, but eventually improve your emotional activities. Before purchasing any of these attractive bedcover, always know what the size of your bed is. No one wants a great size cover for small bed and small size cover for a big bed. Even worst, the wrongly purchased covers will just be neglected in your garage and cover with a thick layer of dust. Simple measurement system nowadays makes your purchasing easier, whether is king, queen, single, or single deluxe.

Besides buying the right size, you will want to concern about the appearance of the bed cover. Bedcover comes in various designs and colour. Some design might seem very charming, but it is not always the right one for your room. You will want to consider about the colour of the wall, or the wallpaper and even the floor. If your wall is light blue, you can choose a design with light and dark blue to fit in the room. With this combination, you will feel the room itself and the bed bears to be together. In addition, pick a calm colour will improve you sleep at night.

Attention should also be given to the quality of the bedcover. Different type fabric gives different pleasure. Cotton is the most well – known choice, but you can also go with satin, flannel and silk. Flannel is curtained comfy during the winter. For making your bed a luxury one, you can go for silk or satin sheets. However, special care may be required with silk and satin sheets. Most importantly, feel these fabrics with your skin and choose the one that give you more comfort and pleasant.