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on 08/28/2014 - 10:23 am
Category: Kitchen & Bath
By Kevin Elkins
Cabinets & Granite Direct
Sleek granite countertops add beauty and style to modern kitchens. Luckily for busy homeowners, maintaining the just-installed glamour of this natural stone boils down to three simple steps: seal, clean, and respect.
Most, but not all, granite countertops require sealing prior to installation. If yours is among them, the manufacturer is likely to apply a resin sealant that is diophobic, meaning it will repel any water, oil, or fat that spills on the granite. This reduces the chances of causing a permanent stain. Fortunately, many factory-applied sealants last up to 15 years.
But if your granite is not sealed before delivery—or, if ...
Ron Kaye from RFK Home Improvement has done his fair share of insurance work, and he's noticed that many insurance policies are nuanced to the point of major confusion. And two often-important coverages are sometimes overlooked. Before your next claim, ask about two things: code upgrade insurance and depreciated value coverage vs. total replacement value.Here's what all that jargon means:
Code Upgrade Insurance
Instead of protecting you against the effects of a disaster, code upgrade insurance protects your wallet against something much scarier: bureaucracy.Building codes are fundamentally a good thing. They keep homeowners safe, and ensure that contractors are all providing a basic level ...
on 08/20/2014 - 03:55 pm
Category: Kitchen & Bath
N-Hance Revolutionary Wood Renewal prioritizes convenience and speed of their service. Homes are busy places, and sometimes it's not realistic to ask a family-on-the-go to stop using their floors for a couple days so the paint can dry.That's why N-Hance developed the Lightspeed Ultraviolet Curing System.Resurfacing is already a speedy process. After choosing a custom color, the new layers are applied along with a top coat designed to seal in the fresh new look. That top coat is what protects floors and cabinets from scuffs and scratches, but it needs to develop a tough outer shell, a process called curing. There are several ways that top coats can cure, and most of them involve a lot of wait ...
Landscapers across Northeast Ohio know about Smith Bros. The Smith family has been providing Northeast Ohio with wholesale mulch, soils, stone & gravel, and compost for over 50 years.But if beautifying gardens and landscapes is your thing, you know there's more to it than mulch. That's why Smith Bros. opened their Garden Center in Bath, complete with everything a green-thumbed gardner needs to create, maintain, and decorate gorgeous outdoor spaces.Hardy perennials, bright annuals, hanging baskets, and a wide variety of shrubs and trees make the Smith Bros. garden center a one-stop-shop when filling out the bare spots in your beds. The inventory isn't only of the growing variety. Smith B ...
Every homeowner has at least one room in their house that they'd like to give some TLC—a cluttered basement, a 1980s wallpapered dining room, or an outdated kitchen. While getting to work on those projects as soon as you have the resources might sound ambitious, Ron from RFK Home Improvement recommends taking a step back and asking yourself one simple question."How long will I be in my home?"Unless it's something simple like adding a coat of paint or patching a hole, home improvement projects can be a major undertaking. It's important to consider your unique situation and run some numbers to ensure that you're getting the best value for your time and money.First, ensure that major expe ...
When working with a home remodeling contractor, communication is key. We've discussed the importance of effectively communicating your budget BEFORE the contract is signed, but what about after the project starts? Increasingly, home remodeling contractors are using web-based communication portals to track progress, costs, and communication from start to finish. Here are some of the benefits.First, it just makes things easier. When a large job is designed and revised—and revised again—over an unorganized series of emails, phone calls, texts, and personal conversations, keeping things straight can be hard.Second, it makes communication effortless when it comes time to work. Communi ...
on 07/17/2014 - 04:30 pm
Category: Kitchen & Bath
There's something classically beatuiful about stone countertops. Cutting, shaping, and installing a slab of stone that came out of the ground just seems like something every home needs. But not every home needs or wants granite, marble, or quartz (which is actually an engineered mixture of natural stone and resin). These traditional options are more expensive and require some additional maintenance and attention. For instance, marble is vulnerable to being "etched" by common household acids like lemon juice, and discolored by wines and juices. If you don't mind paying a little extra attention to granite or marble countertops, or you're ok with your countertops developing a litle extra charac ...
It’s hard to find a great home improvement contractor. Word-of-mouth and Google searches can bring up a few businesses, but how can you find one to match your home improvement needs?Bob Gallese, owner of One Man and a Hammer, offers some guidelines for choosing a contractor who’s reputable and can cater specifically to your remodeling project.
1) Start Online Doing a generic Google search may bring up more results than you need, but it is a good place to start. Having a large online presence is important because it means that the contractor has done a lot of work and is well known in the industry.But beware. Google searches can be misleading because they provide a general list ...
Our own Chelsey Alltop covered the 2014 Cleveland Choice Awards presented by the HBA of Greater Cleveland last weekend at the Cleveland Convention Center.Watch her red carpet interviews with the nominees and winners.
on 05/02/2014 - 10:09 am
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Décor & Lighting, Energy Savings, Garage/Basement/Storage, Home Exteriors, Home Technology, Kitchen & Bath, Lawn & Garden, Windows & Doors
We asked some of Cleveland's top home improvement professionals, "What's the number one question you should always ask a contractor?" Here's what they said:
1. How long have you been in business?
2. Are your products energy efficient?
3. How do you communicate during the job?
4 What about clean-up during and after the job?
5 Do you have reviews from other customers?
6 Would you explain your warranty in detail?
7. Who manufactures your products?
And for the rest of the list, we'll leave it to the pros to tell you: