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Privacy Screen Fence Options

Privacy Screen Fence Options

The first image that comes to mind when discussing privacy fences is that of a high-rising, solid wood or stone wall. While that, in a very literal sense, is a definitive privacy fence, there are myriad options that should also be considered.

Materials that run the gamut from cloth to green-growing fencing, from lattice to bamboo, or from PVC to concrete provide viable privacy screen fence options. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, and applications for which some are suited while others are not. Many of the best privacy fence designs incorporate a combination of two or more options.

The first of these is the “green” screen fence. That buzzword may intimate either a growing, shrub or plant-based divider or an eco-friendly concept. In as many instances as possible, eco-friendly considerations should form a part of your decision-making. However, pure green-growing fences have the advantage of being almost maintenance free, and generally more economical to plant. However, long growing times may mean that your “fence” may not be truly private for a decade or so! In winter, all but evergreens will shed their foliage and leave you exposed to the outside world.

Eco-green fences are a bit more nebulous, with some claiming that only a wood fence is “green,” while others insist that the materials used must be recycled and reclaimed, as well as requiring sustainable installation processes. The reality is that even PVC fencing can claim to be “green,” due to its very low maintenance regimen, the dearth of painting required, and the low demand for equipment for installation.

Bamboo is one of the “green material” choices that has exploded in popularity recently.

Bamboo is used for dinnerware, window shades, flooring, walls, fences even clothing. In the proper climate and environment, it is durable, and offers a distinctive natural look. However, simple bamboo pole construction is not as sturdy as is needed in extreme environment conditions, and requires special care in design and installation.

Shade cloths and semi-transparent natural cloth or manufactured materials are excellent choices for patio dividers and for toppers on fence segments. While great accent pieces, they are not generally recommended for exterior standalone fencing.

Commonly, homeowners are choosing lattice fencing, lattice fence toppers or lattice used as a net for climbing plants. The choice of materials runs from softwoods to light low-grade wood to vinyl. Low-grade wood lattice is inexpensive, but very fragile. While vinyl materials often are 400-500% more expensive than inexpensive wood, they are far more durable, low maintenance and equally easy to install.

Stone, manufactured stone, concrete or cement decorative block fences can be quite costly, labour-intensive to install, and sufficiently heavy to result in sag and shift over a period of time. However, there is such a range of attractive materials and design that many homeowners prefer these types of privacy structures.

One of the considerations when contemplating a solid, transparent or semi-transparent “privacy” fence is the impact it will have on the surrounding vegetation, if sunlight is blocked. The concept of “privacy” is, for the most part, a two-way street, and if the fence blocks out views from the outside looking in, it will similarly block views from the inside looking out. When planning your fence, consider to what purpose it will be put, and what the ramifications of your chosen deign will be.…

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Home Improvement Ideas – Upgrading Your Home To Enhance Looks and Value

Home Improvement Ideas – Upgrading Your Home To Enhance Looks and Value

Are home improvement projects really as easy to accomplish as shown on television shows by do-it-yourself amateurs? That would depend on whether you have the creative ability to address the various issues that crop up when upgrading your home. Home improvement involves a tremendous amount of planning and an eye for details.

Every home improvement project starts with a detailed plan. You must have the details broken down to the basic and advanced requirements of each and every room. It is not entirely possible to do it all yourself. Professional help will be required at many stages if the final result has to look good. You can identify a group of contractors, plumbers and other service providers for assistance whenever the situation arises.

Kitchen and bathrooms are two areas of your home that demands the maximum attention and best effort. A kitchen improvement can look like a truly daunting task but once you break down the tasks to its simplified form, handling them on a time-bound basis can make the task seem more manageable. Kitchen flooring, countertops and wall tiling requires special attention. The cooking area must be designed, taking care of the provisions for proper ventilation and exhaust.

Bathroom improvement is all about choosing the right tiles and color shades. If you are going to retain the fixtures, them your color scheme must complement the fixtures to enhance the looks of the bathrooms. Tiles can be laid in a creative style using striking color combinations and textures. Using the same color for the walls and the ceiling can create a feeling of continuity. If you do have to change the fixtures, you can focus on replacing the faucets, showers, taps and other similar fittings with the latest styles available in the market.

Other areas where you can concentrate on to give your home a new improved look are the windows, doors, and its accessories. Something as simple as new stylish curtains and freshly polished windows can make your home better than before. Using contemporary hard wood flooring or laminate flooring can be great to enhance the looks of your living room and bedrooms. Vinyl, linoleum and textured rubber are also some of the attractive options that you can consider for the flooring.

Choosing the best modeling and redecorating options can not only improve the looks of your home but also add to their long-term value.…

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Affordable Home Improvements for Safety

Affordable Home Improvements for Safety

Do you live in Florida and are terrified of hurricanes having been trapped in a storm once before? Do you want to remain where you are, but need to feel safe in the event of a hurricane or a tropical storm? Hurricane shutters is the most economical way to protect your windows, your family, and your house during a storm. They also increase the value of your home, especially as buyers notice the increase of hurricanes in Florida and into Alabama. Safeguard your family and protect your investment by installing attractive and affordable hurricane shutters.

Majors Home Improvement has installed these shutters since 1997, and will have a presence when the storms die down. Here are some benefits of hurricane shutters.

• Hurricane shutters are locally manufactured for residents in Florida and Alabama.

• They offer customized configuration to meet aesthetic standards.

• Shutters are built to meet Miami-Dade County Building Code requirements.

• In-house installers improve installation time and ensure proper installation.

As installers are in-house, you don’t have to worry about hiring a contractor who might know a lot about other projects, but maybe not enough about installing these shutters, because he has no experience with it. A family’s safety is involved. Go for the best hurricane shutters from manufacturers who know the devastation that can be caused by hurricanes and tropical storms. You don’t want to be caught in the path of a hurricane, but if you are, you want to feel secure in the knowledge that you are protected.

There are five kinds of hurricane shutters

• Rolling hurricane shutters

• Colonial hurricane shutters

• Bahama Hurricane shutters

• Accordion hurricane shutters

• Hurricane storm panels

These shutters when properly installed have minimum impact on the architectural integrity of your property. They can be stored in an enclosed box above your window when not in use, but at the first warning of a storm you can manually lower them with crank handles from inside or outside the building – or automatically lower them with a motor, in which case manual overrides are included. In addition to storm protection, rolling shutters function for security, light and sound control and installation. In a nutshell, features include automatic deployment, easy operation by a single person, it aligns with the architecture of your home, no storage is necessary, and it makes for an excellent theft deterrent.

You may also be interested in hurricane storm panels, which are secured to the outside of the house using bolts or tracks. These storm panels provide excellent protection for doors and windows without changing the look of your house. These storm panels are made of aluminum and provide an economical, yet highly effective alternative to conventional steel hurricane panels, which can be heavy and more likely to corrode. Clear storm panels are also available and provide effective protection, as well as allowing light inside your home. In addition, these storm panels are inexpensive, removable, simple to store, easy to install and easy to clean. Most of all, you are feeling safe.…

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Save the Planet – Going Green on Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

Last year, my daughter decided that she was going to go on a “Save the World” binge and do everything she could to save the planet. This meant that we had to sign up for recycling pick up, buy products with responsible packaging, only use recyclable products or products made of recycled materials, and remodel our bathroom. Yes, Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling can save the planet. After consulting with a contractor who doubled as an ecologist, I realized that some people might need a Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling guide- for going green.
Replacing the Windows
Believe it or not, you can save on energy costs by replacing old bathroom windows. As windows age, the seams that keep the weather outside will slowly spread open allowing for cold winter air and hot summer heat to find their way in. When you replace your windows you cut back on the cost of heating and cooling because you don’t have to have the AC and heater on quite as much. Saving energy saves on resources, and this can help save the planet.
Using Recycled Products in Your Salt Lake City Bathroom Remodeling Project
You’d be amazed at the amount of building materials that are being created out of recycled materials. There are wood floors made of reclaimed wood. There are custom countertops made of recycled glass.
Wasatch offers many renovation and remodeling services stores that offer these products for reasonable prices. If you have any green ideas that you want to turn into a renovation or repair project go right ahead and design your heart out. Creating an indoor haven out of recycled outdoor materials can save the planet by allowing the decrease in logging, a reduction in toxin producing processes, and less dependence on harmful energy production.
Reusing What you Already Have
In some cases, you don’t have to completely replace everything. You could opt for cabinet re-facing rather than cabinet replacing. Reuse the cabinets you already have but give them a new look but changing the color and putting on new fixtures. In Utah, Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling isn’t all about gutting and replacing- reusing is always an inexpensive way to remodel a bathroom and save a little bit of the planet in the process.…