Add Value to Your Home With a Garage Floor Epoxy Coating

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To sell a home today requires every edge possible. Remodeling the garage is an inexpensive way to get the edge. When a prospective buyer opens the garage door seeing a nice floor, cabinets and wall organization shelving they get excited. The house has credibility giving the prospective buyer confidence that the home is solid.

Start With A High Performance Coating

There are lots of options available. You may have seen kits available at home improvement stores. Don’t be fooled by the nice labeling on the box with a nice yellow or red car sports car. Inexpensive epoxy paint doesn’t have the capability to perform on most concrete floors. Moisture which is in every piece of concrete is continually emitting a vapor and pushes salts to the surface. This is what causes chipping and demanination. It’s caused by capillary pressure or in extreme cases hydrostatic pressure.

The inexpensive coatings are very thin with every blemish bleeding through. A high performance epoxy is a thick coating of approximately 11-15 mils. Thin, inexpensive floor paints might be only 4-5 mils when wet and less when they dry. Ask about mil thickness before you buy.

Surface Prep Is Critical For Long Term Performance

80% of all floor coating failures is due to improper surface preparation. Make sure that you use a high quality crack filler or patch product. Cutting corners on quality means problems later. If your patch or crack delaminates so will your coating. Again, just because the product says crack filler on the label doesn’t mean it works.

Make sure that you etch the concrete surface first. Professional applicators use a shotblaster which is a walk behind machine that shoots tiny ball bearings at the surface. This abrades the concrete making the surface feel and look like coarse sandpaper. This process increases the surface area for the epoxy to adhere to.

As effective is etching the concrete with an acid. There are two types, gel and liquid acid. Liquid acids are typically very weak, inconsistent and overly saturate your concrete with water. Again moisture is the enemy of any coating. You can get the same result etching your concrete with a gel acid. Gel acids have been a big breakthrough for the Do It Yourself epoxy market. They are safe and easy to apply by just rolling on and they work. The results are just like shotblasting.

Hot Tire and Chemical Resistance

You’ve probably seen painted garage floors that are peeling off the floor where the tires travel. Some times you’ll even see a path that follows the tires with extreme failure where tires stop. Tires get hot from friction with the road. This extreme heat will cause all but high performance epoxies to break down. When epoxies are mixed the chemicals cross link like a chain which gives them strength. Inexpensive products don’t have the capability to handle the extreme heat from tires. Their cross linking is weak.

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Home Mosquito Control – Turning Your Yard Into Hostile Territory For Mosquitoes

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Ready to get rid of those mosquitoes around the house? Great. But there’s one thing you should know about home mosquito control right up front.

There’s no silver bullet to mosquito prevention, no one product or tactic guaranteed to clear them out of your yard. And you will never be able to get them all; it’s just not possible. The best you do is thin out their numbers and lessen the odds of getting bitten when you go out of the house.

To accomplish this, you’ll have to use a combination of approaches. That includes ferreting out the possible mosquito breeding sites around your house, making the yard as inhospitable as you can, and attacking the adult swarms with everything from mosquito traps to mosquito spray.

It will take some time, and yes, cost you some money, as well, but when you’re done, you will be able to relax outside your home, confident that you’re as safe from the marauding bloodsuckers as you possibly can be.

Effective mosquito control starts with a thorough inspection of the potential battlefield, so let’s head outside for a look around.

Is your yard a breeding ground for mosquitoes?

On your way out, check all the doors and windows in the house. Every window that opens should have a screen that fits tightly into place – no gaps around the edges – and is in good repair, without cuts or holes.

Same for entrances. You need a good screen door for each. When closed, the screen door should be snug against the door frame, and the screen should not have any damage that would allow mosquitoes to get inside.

Of course, they don’t do any good if you raise the window screens along with the windows, or leave the screen door propped wide when the house door is open. Mosquitoes can and will come into the house any chance they get, so make sure to always keep the screens in place.

Outside, you need to look for standing water, in both the obvious places and the not-so-obvious. The folks at the Alameda County (Cal.) Mosquito Control District put it best on their website:

“The main rule when it comes to breeding grounds for mosquitoes is that they need stagnant water in order to lay their eggs. What most people don’t realize is the surprising number of areas around their own house where mosquitoes can find the stagnant water they need. The main rule: If it can hold water for more than a few days, it can breed mosquitoes.”

Female mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as an inch of water. So look for these likely places where mosquitoes can breed:

  • Tree holes – Some mosquitoes favor laying their eggs in hollowed-out places in trees where rainwater collects. Dealing with these can be tricky because insecticide might harm the tree, as could removing part of it. You may want to consult a landscaping expert or tree service for help.
  • Yard equipment – An upright
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Smartest Flooring Choices For Home Resale Values

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Popular flooring choices per region is what should guide you when deciding what type of flooring to install in your home in regards to resale value. There are several factors you need to consider to make a smart choice. The value of your home and location are the most important. Also, you need to choose a flooring style that is popular in your area. Here is a list of the most popular flooring choices for various areas in the United States.

It is almost impossible to make overall generalizations, so I am going to break down the most popular flooring choices in several ways; by home value, home locations and specific rooms. As far as flooring color, it is always important to go with a light to mid range color, and not something too exotic. The specific flooring color and species needs to match your home design.

For homes that range from 50,000 – 100,000; the most popular flooring choices are Vinyl and Carpet. For homes that range from 100,000 – 200.000; the most popular flooring choices were some kind of tile or stone and carpet.

For homes above the 200,000 dollar range there was a dramatic increase towards tile, hardwood flooring and area rugs.

Installing flooring for specific rooms: Vinyl is most popular for kitchens and bathrooms, and Carpet for bedrooms and living rooms. In the past the most popular flooring for living rooms has been Carpet, but the last 10 years has shown a definite change in the amount of Hardwood Flooring installed in these spaces.

As far as geographical location there were some areas that showed specific trends.

Northern California; in this area there is an increase in the sale of eco friendly flooring. Bamboo, Cork and Reclaimed flooring are constantly gaining in popularity. Upper scale homes in California are seeing an increase of installations of Antique French Limestone.

New York; Parquet wood flooring has been very popular in New York City. But, recently there has been growth in Stained Concrete. Stained concrete is gaining in popularity in New York Loft apartments.

Florida; Beach communities are specials areas in consideration to flooring. Because of moisture, Engineered Hardwood Flooring is recommended. But also, Tile, Marble, and stone are big sellers.

North Carolina; Reclaimed Hardwood flooring is growing in popularity among high end home owners, especially Reclaimed Pine Flooring.

Tennessee and Georgia; most popular flooring choices are Vinyl and Carpet, but Engineered Hardwood flooring is gaining in popularity.

Chicago is seeing a growing tend toward Luxury Vinyl Tile instead of Ceramic Tile. There is an increase in sales of luxury wood look products. Vinyl is more durable than Hardwood and is not as cold as Ceramic or Porcelain Tile. Hardwood Flooring is very common in upper middle class homes. Solid Hardwood is the largest seller.

Colorado and Utah; increases in the sales of Engineered Hardwood Flooring, but Carpet is the most popular flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is second for higher value homes.

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