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Ways You Can Upgrade Your Porch Without Breaking The Bank

Posted by on Apr 10, 2020 in Renovation | 0 comments

Spring is finally here and we can enjoy a bit more sun. This is the best time for us to make the most out of our outdoor living spaces! If you have a porch, then read the blog entry below and find out how you can make the most out of it! When it comes to your porch, there are tons you can do to make the most out of it. Turn it into your very own nook to getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life or create space where friend and family can come together! Whatever you fancy, these design tips will surely make your porch cosier. 1. Invest in outdoor furniture Homeowners tend to overlook the need for quality outdoor furniture. A wide seating area instantly makes any space appear more comfortable without doing much. You want to create a space where people can be instantly comfortable and having enough seats and tables will do just that. Be more adventurous and try to stick to white outdoor furniture pieces for a fun and updated look! Whether you want to make it more intimate or spacious for everyone, choosing the right type of outdoor furniture is key. Make sure to find one that is easy to maintain and move around – this gives you the freedom to update the seating arrangement from time to time. 2. Decorate Now that you have proper seating area for everyone, you can now start thinking about décor. This is the best time to bring out your old vases and start making fun little arrangements you can scatter around the area to give your porch a brighter look. You can make it a family affair and ask everyone to make their own floral arrangement and see who makes the best one! 3. Add some colour Do not be afraid to play around with colour. Typically speaking, most outdoor furniture pieces are more one the neutral side. This gives you the freedom to choose key pieces in bright colours for a fresher look. You can opt to bring out bright-coloured throw pillows and scatter them all over the place and watch your porch come alive! These are only a few tweaks you can make to your porch to make it a cosier space for you, friends and loved ones! Let your imagination run wild and turn your porch into a reflection of your style. Does your porch need an upgrade? Give us a call at George Kent! We have been providing home improvement services since 1949! Our dedicated team of contractors are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. When it comes to your home, trust only Kevin at Manalco Contracting Ltd...

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The Perfect Patio Door for Your Home

Posted by on Mar 7, 2020 in Renovation | 0 comments

Is it now the time to turn your patio into everything you have always wanted it to be? If that is the case, then you will definitely need professional help choosing the best patio door for your residential property! Here at Manalco Contracting Ltd., we want to help you decide how you can bring your patio to life. Here are some tips that can help steer you in the best direction: SIMPLE, SLIDING PATIO DOORS Patio doors do not have to be gaudy, overly-embellished or imposing for it to make a statement. Although it is true that your doors should represent you, keep in mind that the purpose of a patio door is to connect your interior and exterior worlds seamlessly and beautifully. What does this mean? Perhaps a simple sliding door with large glass panels and clean lines is the perfect addition that can help bring your patio back to life. Nowadays, a simple and clean look is the best fit for contemporary, modern, or mid-century home styles. If this sounds like your ideal home, then you should definitely go for sliding patio doors! VINYL PATIO DOORS Vinyl patio doors are arguably the most famous choice on the market, and they have been for the longest time! Why, you ask? Simply because they are the most cost-efficient and durable one on the market. That goes a long way with homeowners who are looking to spend their money wisely. Just think about it: if you know that your patio door will not easily dent or corrode, wouldn’t you be convinced to select that door for your outdoor living space? In addition to that, vinyl already has a great reputation amongst building products. It does not rot, rust, pit, or warp. It is also scratch-resistant and it can weather storms very well. Vinyl has been recognised for its thermal performance and its energy-efficiency. To top it all off, vinyl is the easiest material to maintain – may it be for doors or windows. GARDEN PATIO DOORS This style is best suited for every setting you can possibly think of: suburbia, country home, condo in the city, urban location – you name it! Garden patio doors are a very stylish option which can blend well with various home styles and decor perspectives. So, whether you are after a modern, contemporary or classic home style, you can be sure that a garden patio door will do your outdoor living space justice. HOW WE CAN HELP So, if you are interested in upgrading your patio door, we here at Manalco Contracting Ltd. can definitely help you! Reach out to us today for more details. We hope to hear from you soon! Call Kevin at Manalco Contracting Ltd Today!...

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10 Things You Should Know How to Do

Posted by on Feb 18, 2020 in Renovation | 0 comments

Are you tired of having to call your local handyman every time something goes amiss at home? You don’t have to. Believe it or not, there are a number of basic home repairs that you can actually conquer with ease. Here are 10 of the things you should learn how to do: Fixing Your Toilet That Won’t Stop Running It is very common to encounter a toilet with running water that won’t stop. It’s time to lift that toilet tank cover and familiarize yourself with what you find inside which by the way is the flush valve assembly. Weatherstripping If you feel like air leaks around some of your doors and windows, a quick solution would be to weatherstrip. Air-sealing is a great way to save your home about 15% of your costs for heating and cooling Locating Your Main Water Shutoff Valve Coming home to a flooded floor is not something anyone anticipates but it should definitely be something you are prepared to deal with. Shutting off the water supply to the entire house as soon as possible is crucial, especially if you cannot tell where the leak is primarily coming from. Painting Your Room This is really something you can do on your own. For you to achieve excellent results, you just need to know the basics and to have really good tools.  Do not forget or skip prepping your wall. Installing a Wall Anchor When there is something heavy that you really want to hang and there’s no wall stud that is needed for sturdy support, you should consider drywall anchors. Cleaning Downspouts and Gutters Gutters could get clogged and water could get trapped on the board right behind the gutter. Water could be forced under roof shingles, damaging them. Clean them at least twice a year. Inspecting Your Attic Most attic disasters are the result of your refusal or reluctance to go up there. Your attic is an area that you should not ignore. Visit once in a while, especially when there is a downpour to check for ay leaks. Dealing with Garbage Disposal Stink If you are done cleaning your sink but there still is that awful smell, chances are, your garbage disposal is the culprit. Turn off your disposal and drop one to two cups of ice into it. Turn the water on to dislodge the gunk stuck to some of the blades Silencing Squeaky Doors Not everyone has a WD-40 handy whenever something metal squeaks in their house. If you are in a squeaky-door trouble, try some petroleum jelly or cooking oil! Fixing Your Doorbell If you have been missing deliveries or friends’ visit, it’s time to fix that doorbell. Remove the pushbutton of your doorbell, disconnect the wires, and check if you hear the doorbell when you touch those wires together! If it does, it’s an easy fix! For projects that are beyond your DIY skills, call Kevin at Manalco Contracting Ltd Today! 289.404.4481 Ltd. to see how we can...

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Window Condensation and Ice Buildup: What Your Home is Telling You

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Renovation | 0 comments

Have you noticed window condensation and ice buildup on the inside panes of your windows over the winter? It’s related to the dew point, and this is the temperature at which you will get window condensation due to the level of moisture in the interior air of your home. There are a number of factors which affect the dew point temperature and when you will notice condensation. Window Condensation and Ice Build-up: Factors that can Cause this Situation Most windows let a lot of heat escape from the home. Low thermal performance is an issue, even with double-paned windows. With a double-paned window, the outside temperature can be 0 degrees F and it can be 70 degrees inside the home. The interior surface on the glass will continue to drop, resulting in condensation. Humidity is one factor that is responsible for window condensation and resulting ice build-up. Everyday activities like cooking can increase the humidity levels in your home. The more moisture in the air, the more condensation you will get on the cold surface of your windows. Older or improperly-installed windows will leak air from the inside of the building. Cold air leaking through the window opening or around the sash will lower the interior surface temperature and make it more likely that you will see condensation and ice inside the window. Potential Impact of Condensation and Ice on the Window Not only is condensation and ice buildup on your window going to mean higher energy bills and create cold spots in your home, it can also lead to other problems. Moisture in the wood can lead to warped frames. In some cases, the glass may even crack. Moisture creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. If it becomes airborne, it can lead to a number of lung and sinus issues. The Solution Dealing with Condensation and Ice Issue If you have noticed condensation and ice buildup on the inside of your windows over the winter, the solution to the problem is to upgrade your windows to ENERGY STAR certified products. Replacing your windows with a more energy-efficient product will lower the risk of developing this type of problem and keep your energy costs down too. Call Kevin at Manalco Contracting Ltd Today!...

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Vinyl Siding Installation Questions to Ask Before you Buy

Posted by on Dec 28, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

If you are considering having vinyl siding installed on your home, you should be familiar with the product before you make a buying decision. Be sure to ask your contractor about anything you are not sure about before the contract is signed so that you know exactly what you are getting and how the installation process will work. Vinyl Siding Installation Questions What is Vinyl Siding? Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This building material is being used instead of metal as the main material for a number of commercial, industrial and consumer products. PVC has been used as a construction material for a number of years due to its strength, rigidity and ability to resist impact. Does the colour flake off or peel over time? Unlike a painted surface, vinyl siding will not flake or peel off due to exposure to the elements. Why should I install vinyl siding or replace my existing siding with vinyl siding? New siding will give your home an updated, modern look. It will reduce your outdoor maintenance costs and help to protect it from the elements. By choosing to have vinyl siding installed, you are also saving on the time and expense of exterior painting every few years. If you are thinking of selling your home, the addition of new vinyl siding can be an important draw for potential buyers. You may be able to get a higher sale price for your home by having the work done before you put it on the market. Does vinyl siding cause moisture buildup or rotting in my home? The siding will not cause moisture buildup or rotting, but it will not cure an existing problem, either. The siding itself will not rot and is designed to allow for proper ventilation. The pre-punched holes at the bottom edge of the siding (weep-holes) allow condensation to drain out. How does the price of vinyl siding compare with other siding materials? Vinyl siding is competitively priced when compared with other siding options. When you consider that you won’t have to spend time repainting your home and that you will recover a good percentage of your investment in higher property value if you decide to sell, vinyl is a good choice. Call Kevin Today at Manalco Contracting Ltd....

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