Granite is More Common Than You Think

Kitchen Remodel

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Granite prices have decreased but the richness of the stone is as beautiful as ever and should be considered in your kitchen remodel.

When you’re contemplating a kitchen remodeling plan in Madison WI, you have a lot to ponder. With options like tough concrete and recycled glass, picking a counter material is one of the biggest decisions in a remodel. These days, it is normal for people to use granite for their kitchen counters. It really is standard to use granite in homes now.

Homeowners are choosing granite over other materials to complete their kitchen designs. Ganite’s growing popularity has become more affordable for a reason.

In recent years, granite, which was once pricey and only for the wealthy, is no more afforadable than many other counter materials. With granite prices trending steadily downward, and other unique materials coming into the new home and kitchen remodeling markets, you find granite installed in moderately priced homes and for upgraded kitchen remodels more often than ever before.

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Kitchen Remodeling – Upscale Your Home

Even though it is becoming more commonplace, the look and feel of granite is often still unequaled by any other material. A kitchen design that includes all new granite countertops can provide the visual impact that sets your home apart. The granite industry has been busy trying to keep up with the growing wants of the customers by coming up with new looks for granite.

Kitchen Remodeling – As Green As They Get

Granite is an eco friendly option. Because granite is quarried and not manufactured, there is no release of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and granite countertops can be reused with no negative environmental impact. Quartz is a great example of a material that is not eco friendly, being held together by potentially harmful substances. Plastic and glue is used to create corian and laminate, which cann hurt the environment.

Consider how using an Earth friendly material will impact your lifestyle. There are also other options should you decide to use not-so-green materials in the rest of your kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Remodeling – Recycle The Old

Kitchen Remodeling

Granite countertops in you kitchen remodel can be almost any color you can imagine.

If you’ve already got granite, but you need to change it out, you can even recycle what you’ve already got. Granite can be reused outside or inside. You could use your existing granite to make tables or benches for your backyard. Since granite s naturally occuring, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals getting into the ground if you dispose of it. Better yet, you can take it to a local resale store in Madison WI where it may find a home in someone else’s kitchen remodeling project.

If your Wisconsin home is in need of a kitchen remodel, and you are in the Deforest, Sun Prairie, Madison, or any other areas nearby, let Sims help you out.…

Add A Perfect Patio To Your Backayard

Having new patio pavers can make it exciting when Spring and Summer arrive. People love to enjoy the warm weather outside on their patio.

The installation of patio pavers in the fall have inspired our customers to use the winter months to plan various ways to use their beautiful patio when spring arrives. You don’t have to worry about a long wait when you begin the project ahead of time. It can take up to three months to complete a patio with the amount of people we have waiting.

Fall Installation is the Way to Go

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If you are looking for a big change to your backyard, add pavers in the Fall.

When you do install a patio using brick and stone patio pavers in the fall, the other landscaping around the patio usually benefits. Landscaping such as planting shrubs, trees and perennials, tend to be stronger and more robust for the next growing season when planted in the fall. During the cold months, roots become stronger.

Christmas Comes Early With Your Patio Pavers Installation

A patio doesn’t just have to be used in the Summer.

A completed patio is fun any time of the year, but if you wait until spring, you may not be able to control the timing of when your patio is actually completed. Proscapes LLC has always had more flexibility in autumn. There have also been times we have been able to offer incentives for our customers to help them enjoy their patio even more.

Try Out These Patio Ideas

Borders for driveways

Walkways and patios

Entrance to a yard or home

Many more

Choose a Good Paver Contractor

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Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to din the best person to install your pavers correctly. It’s hard to picture how your patio will look once it’s finished. Contractor aren’t always as up front as they should be. Here are some tips to follow when deciding who to go with –

You project should come with three year waranty. By having a warranty, it is almost garanteed that your foundation is solid. If the warranty isn’t that long, it is possible that they skimped on that step.

How Base gravel Is Used – not enough gravel will allow settling and shifting of the patio pavers in a relatively short time frame.

Correct Compacting – part of the preparation needed is to have the base compacted thoroughly and uniformly. Without a solid base, settling will occur and cause uneven patio pavers. And, in wet areas, washouts can occur.

Over time, your patio will settle and uneven if there is not correct drainage.

For a solid landscape and beatiful yard, our help is necessary. We serve all of Dane County including Madison WI, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg Oregon, McFarland and Cottage Grove.…

Holiday Decoration Self-Storage

Self-Storage

Typically, holiday decorations take up a lot of space when they aren’t in use, so why not keep them in a storage facility?

Self-storage is a great way to keep your holiday decorations fresh and like new each and every year.

Make the decision to take your decorations to a self-storage facility as soon as you take them down. Self-storage units with extra space and shelves are perfect for your holiday decorations. By puttng your holiday decorations in a storage facility, you are lengthening their total life.

It’s common for homeowners to not have enough space for their decorations. At any of our self-storage locations, we, at A Storage offer several different types of storage. At A , we have a number of fairly priced storage options to help you save space in your home. It costs less to use self-storage than adding a storage space to your home.

Storage Units

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If your belongings aren’t stored correctly, they can be ruined.

How to Organize Decorations in Self-Storage

With shelves available, you can easily keep everything you have organized in your self-storage unit. Keep in mind, when storing your holiday decorations, don’t forget to –

First you want to label everything, then put the biggest boxes down so you have a sturdy base, and you need to keep your most frequently used items up front.

In order to find everything without hassle, keep your unit tidy. The less searching and jostling around you do, the better you holiday decorations will keep. So that you will be able to move through your unit, place boxes along the wall neatly.

Holiday Decoration Self-Storage

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If you have other items to keep but little space in your home, you can keep them in your storage unit as well.

Using A Storage of Madison, Sun Prairie and DeForest for self-storage of holiday decorations opens up your home for daily living. You will have extra space in closets, your attic and your garage.

The possibilities for storage are endless at A Storage. We are available for storage in areas including Fitchburg, Monona, Cottage Grove, and many more.…

Conventional Dent Repair Basics – Madison WI

Dent Removal

When your paint has been damaged in addition to a dent, the conventional repair method is to pull to damaged part of the car as far over to the non-damaged part.

It is common for people to think the two methods of dent repair are the same.

Most people just want their cars fixed and the dent repair completed. They would also like to have a high quality dent repair and spend as little money as possible.

It seems easy to just pop a dent out of a car. There are different factors that decide which way the dents in your car should and can be removed.

ONE: The entire surface must be intact aside from the dent. The surface is likely to rusk if there is not a solid finish on the vehicle.

Two: The metal must be stretch free. Nothing will fall back into place if the metal is stretched, which will leave your car with a big ole’ bump.

How Much Dough are we Talking to Use the Conventional Method?

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If coventional dent repair is the method for your car, great skill and time will be needed. Some of the most important steps include –

This method takes much longer than a couple hours

New paint needs to match

The dent needs to be filled in

A final finish will need to be applied once everything has dried

Paintless repair is much less expensive than the conventional method…costing about ten times less. That is why the repair costs are dependent upon how much and what kind of damage your car has seen.

Avoiding Conventional Dent Repair Expense

Frequently, the paintless repair is an option. There can be no damage to the car’s original finish. The process requires a technician to:

Certain tools need to be used to reshape the metal and some panel need to be moved around so the dent can be accessed from behind

Technicians will have the necessary tools needed to re-mold the metal

The technicians will also reach the dent from behind some panels

Some panels will likely be shifted in order the the repair person to get to the dent from different angles, and the metal will be sculpted using some special tools

Check out one of our Madison locations for more info on the best repair option for your car.

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Warmer Weather Means it’s Time to See How Well Taken Care of Your Pump is

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If you don’t want to waste your time and money dealing with water damage, go ahead and take care of your sump pump now even though it’s not very exciting.

Water may seem harmless when you drink it, but if a leak occurs, much more harm than good will be done. Your walls, floors, furniture, and more would be facing damage if your pump ever gave out. Of course, sometimes you don’t notice that you’ve got a leak. It is common, when you’ve got undetected water in your home, for mildew and mold to begin to grow.

Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance

You shouldn’t really need to do much to your sump pump since they are pretty low maintence. There are just a couple things to look out for if your pump has been reliable in the past few times you’ve needed it.

Dry motors can seize – Cold weather can prove to give homeowners problems because the pump is not able to move, and keep things loose…it is a pump afterall, it’s used to moving around a lot.

Gummy components can stick – Just because you aren’t using it, doesn’t mean your pump isn’t in water. When idle, parts get gummy as particles in the water settle. It is tougher on the motor and increases the chances of it seizing when started after a long period.

Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI

It really doesn’t matter what the reason is, you never want your pump to fail. It’s unavoidable that every pump will give out at some point; but there are some tips that can help your pump live a little longer.

Sump Pump Maintenance Options

Using these guideline frequently (3-4 times annualy) will extend the life of your pump.

Vinegar is a great substance to run through your pump. This will to clean gummy deposits and particles that can settle and will not allow parts to dry. A homeowner can do this.

To keep your pump from turning on by itself, and to avoid flooding, keep the switch area open and away from anything that could accidentally engage it.

You also want to make sure that the pump can get plenty of air flow.

Sump pump maintenance is relatively easy and can keep your home protected. You will be able to avoid big time damage and a lot of dollars, by maintaining your sump pump just as you do the rest of your home.

Schoenwalder has all the info you could ever need on maintaining sump pumps.

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Vinyl Siding is a Great Option for Homes

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If you have an older home, it may be smart to add the insulated vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding is a durable and affordable way to improve the aesthetics of a home and its function. Vinyl siding that includes insulation is always a great option where you stand to face some cold Winters. Take a look at some ways to determine if this is a good option for you.

Here is how you can get your vinyl siding insulated:

The first (depending on manufacturer) is fused onto the vinyl siding panel

Another way is that the insulation conforms to the back of the siding.

Whichever way you choose will work fine. It is really a matter of how the manufacturer can most efficiently produce the insulated vinyl siding. Do sounds from the outside bother you? This siding option may be the answer to your prayers. If you live in a big city, for example, this could be a huge benefit for you.

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Other benefits of include –

A sturdier suface

It can cover up any blemishes your home may have on its exterior.

When the weather gets chilly, you will definitely be more comfortable.

Will it be a waste to spend some hard earned dough on this siding?

Simply put, if your home is newer, you probably don’t need this insulated siding. Since there are new standards when it comes to building houses, insulation in homes is much better these days. Newer contruction (after 1990) will not see much of an impact from this siding.With not-so-great materials being used to frame and plaster homes in the early twentieth century, older homes will see a lot of improvement with this siding option. Not only will this siding save money in energy, but it can definitely make the exterior of the house look more appealing.

The Investment For Insulated Vinyl Siding

Manufacturers have various pricing structures for insulated vinyl siding, but in general it will cost about 20-30% more than standard vinyl siding to be installed by a qualified siding contractor.

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling has been helping people get the siding,the roofs, and windows they have always wanted for years.

If you’re looking for home improvement in Madison Wisconsin, Fitchburgm Verona, McFarland, or any other nearby areas, Sims is the place to call.…

Keep up Your Pump!

Waukesha WI

Spending your hard earned dollars on maintaining you sump pump may not be ideal, but it does ensure that you wan’t have to face water damage because of it…that can easily cost a lot more.

You wouldn’t think that water is able to harm your home, but when something goes wrong with your plumbing, there can be some serious damage done. Imagine, if your sump pump failed, what water can do to furniture, rugs, carpets paneling and appliances. On the flip side, you may not even realize there’s any water damage until way later. It is common, when you’ve got undetected water in your home, for mildew and mold to begin to grow.

Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance

You shouldn’t really need to do much to your sump pump since they are pretty low maintence. There are just a couple things to look out for if your pump has been reliable in the past few times you’ve needed it.

Dry motors can seize – Cold weather can prove to give homeowners problems because the pump is not able to move, and keep things loose…it is a pump afterall, it’s used to moving around a lot.

Gummy components can stick – Just because you aren’t using it, doesn’t mean your pump isn’t in water. When the pump sits in the water, you risk particles clinging onto pieces of the pump, which can make it tough to get the pump running.

Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI

You don’t ever want to find out that your pump is broken when you really need it. Even though sometimes pumps may fail, there are some things you can do to give it protection.

Sump Pump Maintenance Options

Using these guideline frequently (3-4 times annualy) will extend the life of your pump.

Let a vinegar mixture sit and run through your pump. The homeowner can use the vinegar solution to get rid of the residue in the pump.

It is important to keep the float switch free from restrictions so that the pump won’t start on its own.

Be sure all vents and air holes are clean for maximum effectiveness.

It is pretty simple to keep your house protected from flood when you take care of your sump pump. You will be able to avoid big time damage and a lot of dollars, by maintaining your sump pump just as you do the rest of your home.

To learn more about sump pump maintenance contact Schoenwalder Plumbing.

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A Commonly Used Material is Granite

Kitchen Remodel

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Granite prices have decreased but the richness of the stone is as beautiful as ever and should be considered in your kitchen remodel.

Redoing any part of your home, especially your kitchen, leaves many questions to be answered. For one, there are dozens of new countertop materials – from concrete to recycled glass. Now, granite countertops, once the ultimate in custom kitchen design, are becoming standard installations in kitchen remodeling projects of all sizes and within most budgets. Granite really is the new norm in kitchens.

Homeowners are choosing granite over other materials to complete their kitchen designs. It’s not a coincidence that granite isn’t as much of a splurge as it used to be.

About ten years ago, the price of granite begain to decrease. If you are on a tight budget, granite could still be an option for you since the price has decreased, and more expensive options have popped onto the scene.

Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen Remodeling – Upscale Your Home

You may think that since everyone is using granite, it may seem a litle outdated, but it still has the look of luxury. If you’re looking for a classy upgrade option, granite is the way to go. As its popularity has grown for kitchen remodeling and new construction, granite has become available in an even wider range of colors and patterns.

Kitchen Remodeling – As Green As They Get

Granite is an eco friendly option. Granite, unlike many other options is alread found in nature, and therefore, does not need to use any energy during manufacturing. Materials like quarts use substances that can harm the environment. Some other non eco-friendly options include laminates and corian.

Consider how using an Earth friendly material will impact your lifestyle. There are also other options should you decide to use not-so-green materials in the rest of your kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Remodeling – Recycle The Old

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You can get granite in just about any color you want.

As was said previously, granite can be recycled; so if you need to replace granite that you already own, it won’t go to waste. Granite can be reused outside or inside. Granite can be reused by creating furniture for an outdoor space. Since granite s naturally occuring, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals getting into the ground if you dispose of it. Better yet, you can take it to a local resale store in Madison WI where it may find a home in someone else’s kitchen remodeling project.

Sims Exteriors & Remodeling provides kitchen remodeling services to Madison WI, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and all other communities in south central Wisconsin.…

How to Extend the Life of a Sump Pump

Sump Pump

Although it’s never really a fun project, keeping up with the needs of your sump pump can save you a ton of money in the future.

Water may seem harmless when you drink it, but if a leak occurs, much more harm than good will be done. Picture the scenario of your sump pump just stopping: it would ruin all of the work you put into your lovely home. Of course, sometimes you don’t notice that you’ve got a leak. You don’t want to find any mildew or mold growing because you didn’t find the water damage.

Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance

What’s great about these pumps is how simple they are, thus needed less attention then more complicated systems. There are just a couple things to look out for if your pump has been reliable in the past few times you’ve needed it.

Dry motors can seize – pumps are made to be used. Sitting through a “dry” winter, where there are no thaws, sump pump components become dry and stiff.

Gummy components can stick – There will always be some components that sit in the water. “Gumminess” is caused by little, tiny pieces in the water getting stuck on the pump, which causes some pieces to get kind of sticky. This resistance makes starting the pump difficult, and can make it tough to keep the pump going.

Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI

You don’t ever want to find out that your pump is broken when you really need it. The good news is that while all mechanical devices will fail at some point, there are things you can do to extend your sump pumps life.

Sump Pump Maintenance Options

Using these guideline frequently (3-4 times annualy) will extend the life of your pump.

Prepare a vinegar solution and run it through your pump. By running vinegar through your pump, a homeowner can remove all of those gummy particles and let the pump dry fully.

You may face flooding if the pump turns on automatically, so make sure the switch isn’t near anything that can restrict it.

You also want to make sure that the pump can get plenty of air flow.

It’s not expensive or diffucult to take care of a sump pump. Just add this into the routine you normally have for maintaining your household, and you shou;dn’t have any big problems.

We are the people to call when it comes to lengthening the lifespand of your pump.

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Stop Eyeing The Neighbor’s Patio, and Get Your Own

Madison Wisconsin Springs give people with patio pavers something to look forward to. Wisconsinites want to start enjoying warmer temperatures as soon as they possibly can and patio pavers can pave the way to an awesome start to summer.

Winter is the perfect time to plan out your dream patio. You don’t have to worry about a long wait when you begin the project ahead of time. The wait time for new patio pavers can be anywhere between one and four months, and sometimes more.

Installing Patio Pavers In Fall Is Healthier In Multiple Ways

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You can transform your outdoor space by adding pavers in the Fall.

Normally adding pavers to your patio can help other aspects of your landscape. Plants seem to grow better when they are planted in the fall. Fall is a great time to begin your gardening because the plants tend to thrive. Plants become stronger at the base when the temperature drops.

Patio Pavers Make A Great Christmas Gift

We’ve had customers complete their patios in fall and still use them for cookouts, enjoy their fire pits and grills and have tailgate parties as well as Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations.

A completed patio is fun any time of the year, but if you wait until spring, you may not be able to control the timing of when your patio is actually completed. Since we have more free time in the Fall, Proscapes often offers good deals on paver installation.

When To Use Pavers

Outdoor Fireplaces, Living Rooms, and Kitchen

Pathways for walking

Patios

Decks for Swimming Pools

Selecting The Right Company For The Job

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It can be tricky to find the best paving contractor. Because the work is usually at a private residence, actually seeing the finished product can be tough to accomplish. Of course, testimonials are always glowing when presented by the paving contractor. Follow these guidelines to find the right contractor for you.

There should be a lenghthy waranty of 3 years or so on the paving projects. This will ensure that there is a solid foundation underneath. It is an area where corners can (and will) be cut. The shorter the warranty, the more likely the contractor is admitting they are cutting corners.

You need to make sure they use plenty of gravel underneath.

Is the base compacted right? This is important so that a washout does not occur.

Improper drainage can ruin your patio as time passes.

Our landscaping expertise will help you get more enjoyment from your home and yard. We offer service in Middleton, Oregon, and all of Dane County.…