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Posted by on 7:28 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking at the Benefits and Beauty of Stone Veneer Siding

Homeowners that want to have their homes renovated and covered with stone siding may wonder how to fit stone siding into their budgets. Real stone siding is expensive and for many people not an affordable option for their homes. However, the good news is you can choose stone veneers that look exactly the same as real stone while also offering many of the same benefits. Learn more about the benefits of choosing stone veneers for your home’s exterior. Long-Lasting, Affordable Beauty and Protection Homes sided with stone veneers have the same protection as those sided with real stone. Stone veneers are manufactured using concrete (Portland cement), a mix of light aggregate, and iron-oxide pigments for adding color. Stone veneer is durable and can last for several years. Stone veneers also offer great protection for your house against moisture, and they are great for increasing the insulating energy efficiency of your home as well. Stone veneer is also less costly than real stone siding, being up to $10 less per square foot than the real thing. Affordable Installation                                                                                   Stone veneer siding is much lighter than real stone, making it easier and faster to put on. The installation costs of veneer are less because the installation process takes less labor and time. Real stone is extremely heavy and must be fit together according to a time-consuming process that is expensive. If you have real stone put on your home’s exterior, you will need to hire a skilled masonry contractor, another expensive aspect of having real stone put on. With stone veneers, you don’t need special footings or supports to help keep it on. Choosing stone veneers will give you the same look and decorative appeal without breaking the bank. Fireproof and Virtually Maintenance-Free Siding Fake-stone veneer siding is fireproof, a great benefit that’s a plus when it comes to your homeowner’s insurance. Also, stone veneer is maintenance-free. The most attention you will need to give to your stone veneer siding is washing it when you think it needs it. You do not have to worry about painting it or replacing pieces of it when the wind blows really hard like you may have to with vinyl or aluminum siding. Adding the special decorative look of stone siding to your home can be easy with stone veneer materials. For an old-style look without the cost of today’s real-rock installation, you can enjoy the look without worrying about how you will pay for...

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Posted by on 9:43 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answers to a Few Common Questions About Land Surveying

Land surveying is an essential service for anyone that owns real estate. However, it is an unfortunate fact that you may not be particularly informed about these services if you have only recently acquired your first real-estate property. As a result, you may benefit from having the following couple of questions about land-surveying services answered. Why Would You Want to Have Your Property Surveyed? When a land survey is done, the precise measurements of the property will be marked. This can be essential for anyone that is considering an improvement to the property that will come close to the legal boundary. If you make the mistake of encroaching on your neighbor’s property during these projects, you may be required to pay for any damages or the costs of restoring the property. Additionally, you may want to have any potential property that you are considering buying surveyed. It is possible for the seller and the real-estate agent to be somewhat misinformed about the actual boundaries of the property. By having it surveyed, you will be able to ensure that you know exactly what the property encompasses before you decide to make the purchase. How Is a Survey Completed? The process of surveying can be rather complex. It will typically start with the surveyor researching local real-estate documents and other historical items to determine the legal boundaries of the property. To translate this information into the real world, the surveyor will use natural landmarks and other features to clearly delineate the boundary of your property. Depending on the size of the property being surveyed, this process can take several days or longer to complete. Is It Inconvenient to Have a Land Survey Done? Some individuals may be concerned about their land survey being extremely inconvenient. Luckily, you will not be required to be home during this work, which can greatly reduce any inconvenience you may experience. However, if you will not be home when the surveyor is working, you will want to ensure that you leave a key so that they can open and close any gates that may inhibit their access to your property. Land surveys can be something that most homeowners will need to have done at some point or another. However, if you are not informed about these services, you may not be sure of when to use these services or what to expect. By understanding how these services can help you, the way that a surveyor will determine the boundaries of the property, and that you will not have to be home for the surveyor to do their job, you will be better able to make informed choices about using these...

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Posted by on 12:59 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A French Drain Might Be The Solution For Your Wet Basement Or Yard Flooding

If water accumulates in your yard every time it rains, it can create all kinds of problems for you. Standing water is a hazard because it could cause your basement to get wet if the pools of water are near your foundation. In addition, water attracts mosquitoes, snakes, and other pests to your yard. Not only that, your kids and pets have to avoid the wet area until it dries out, so you lose a portion of your yard to the water. The easiest solution to this problem is to have a French drain installed. This is how it works. Digging The Trench A French drain is buried in the ground. To install it, the contractor has to dig a trench in your yard to contain the pipe. The trench runs from the sunken area of your yard to the street or some other drainage area. If the water gets in your basement, the contractor may position the drain near the foundation of your home so the water is drained away before it can seep into your home. Digging the trench is a disruptive process. You will lose part of your sod and maybe some landscaping plants. It is easier and faster to dig the trench with trencher machine, but if space is tight, it is possible to dig the trench by hand. The trench must be several inches deep so it can contain the drainage pipe. The trench must be made at a sloping angle so water naturally flows through it using gravity alone. Inserting The Pipe The drain used in the system is a large plastic hose that has perforations on top of it. When it rains, the water seeps through the grass and falls through the holes into the pipe. Since the water doesn’t have to soak all the way through the soil, it disappears quickly rather than pooling in the yard. Once the water is in the pipe, it flows to the street or into a pond, so it is out of your way. The pipe is covered with landscaping fabric so roots won’t clog up the holes. Then, a thin layer of gravel is added to make it easy for water to drain through the soil. After that, a thin layer of soil fills in the trench, and you can plant grass seed or put sod over the bare soil. Once the grass grows back, there is no evidence of the trench or the drain left behind. Your new French drain should keep your yard from flooding and protect your basement from water damage as a side benefit. If there is some reason you can’t install a French drain in your yard and a wet basement is your primary concern, then your contractor may opt to install a French drain in your basement instead. It works in the same way as an exterior drain. The only difference is that it removes water with a pump rather than gravity. An interior drain won’t do anything about the standing water in your yard, but it will at least keep your basement...

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Posted by on 11:43 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things To Remember When Building A Home By The River

If you love the water, living by the river might seem like an ideal situation for you. If you plan on buying land and building a home near the river, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind. Know Your Boundaries After buying land, you need to make sure you know the boundaries of your parcel of land. By knowing this information before you even begin building, you can save yourself time, money, and a lot of headaches down the road. When you get boundary surveying done by a licensed surveyor, it will most likely cost you money. Some factors that might influence this cost include: Accessibility of the land The size of the piece of land The shape of the piece of land When building a home, knowing your boundaries is important as it can alleviate landowner disputes with neighbors, make you aware of any zoning restrictions, and let you know if there are any underground utilities. Understand Flood Levels When building a home by the river, you will also want to ensure you are not building on a floodplain. Floodplains usually experience some flooding when the river is unusually high or when the water threatens to go above the flood stage. Most areas near a river are susceptible to flooding anytime the river goes over its banks, but flooding causes more problems on a floodplain. Understanding flood levels is important, and if you’re unsure of the elevation of the land you’re building on, check with your municipal government about obtaining a flood elevation certificate. State-licensed surveyors also do flood elevation certificates. Get Flood Insurance If you are building near a river, you may be required to obtain flood insurance. The cost of the insurance may depend on the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). If you live in a place that is at risk for flooding, the policy cost will lower as the BFE rises. Some of the things that are covered by flood insurance include: The home and its foundation Electrical and plumbing systems Detached garages Removal of debris Whether it’s required or not, having flood insurance when you live near a river will help give you a peace of mind and could save you money down the road. Building a home near the river can be a wonderful experience, but in order to make it even better, it’s best to be aware of these three...

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