Renovation

How to Tell if Your Siding is in Need of a Replacement

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

Despite being a huge element in your home, your siding is easy to overlook. Most homeowners do not give their siding much thought until problems arise. These problems can be easily remedied, if caught right away. Make sure to give your siding its much-deserved inspection so it can continue to serve you for years to come. To help you spot problems before they turn for the worst, we have made a list of tell-tale signs you should watch out for. It is important to call a contractor right away if any of these signs are prevalent in your home. Loose and cracking siding If your siding is cracking, peeling or loose in an isolated area, chances are you need to repair it. These are symptoms of a deteriorating siding and require immediate action. If you spot cracking and peeling on a larger surface area, an extensive repair might be in order. Best to contact a professional who can diagnose the problem more accurately. Holes If you see holes in your siding, chances are, insects have made their way to the interiors. These critters can cause trouble and contribute to your siding’s demise. Experts say that holes are symptoms of a major problem and require immediate attention. These holes may not bother you now but can lead to a major problem in the very near future. Your home’s paint fade often If your home’s exterior paint tend to fade of easily, it is most likely your siding is nearing the end of its life. Your home’s paint should remain vibrant (despite exposure to harsh elements) for 8 to 10 years, if you notice fading, peeling or cracking before then, its time to give your siding a good hard look. Water stains Water stains are an indication of a leak within the siding’s fundamental structure. Water can only do your siding harm, as it can weaken its overall strength and cause mould to strive. Water stains require your immediate attention before they get worse. Allowing for such symptoms to prevail can affect your home’s indoor air quality and cause your utility bill to shoot up due to poor insulation. Rotting It is almost too easy to spot a rotting siding. One can automatically assume a replacement is in order if rotting has taken the best of your home’s siding. Ignoring this symptom can cost you more compared to an extensive repair – take that into consideration the next time you choose to shrug off a rotting siding. Like we stated repeatedly, ignoring these symptoms can lead to more extensive and expensive repairs in the near future. Make sure to take these signs very seriously the next time you give your siding a good hard look. The best way to remedy a deteriorating siding is by calling an expert who can provide you with a more accurate diagnosis and remedy. If you suspect your siding is in dire need of a replacement, give us at George Kent a call. We have been providing quality home improvement solutions in Peterborough, Markham, Uxbridge, Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin and beyond! Give Kevin a call at...

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Know your Rights About Estimates and Contracts for Home Renovations

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

When you are having work done on your property, make sure you protect yourself. You need to know your rights about estimates and contracts for home renovations. This important information will make the process run more smoothly. Before you Hire a Contractor for Home Renovations Make sure you get more than one estimate for the work to be performed. You should ask at least three contractors to bid on the job, and be sure to get the estimates in writing. The estimates should clearly set out the following: –  Work you want to have done–  List of materials–  Services the contractor will provide–  Prices Consumer Rights About Estimates and Contracts for Home Renovations Once you choose a contractor to do the work for you, make sure that the estimate which was previously provided is part of the contract. If the estimate forms part of the contract, the contractor cannot charge you more than 10 percent more than the estimated cost for the work unless you have specifically agreed to have new work performed or a new price and have signed a change to the contract. The contract document should include these details: –  Contractor’s name, address and phone number–  Detailed description of the work to be performed and the materials which will be used–  Total cost of the job and payment terms–  Payment schedule, including deposit amount–  Work schedule, (includes start and completion dates)–  Who will be responsible for cleaning up after job is finished–  A list of sub trades that will be contracted out on the job and who will be pay them (if applicable)–  Description of any warranties Holdbacks and Paying your Contractor The Construction Lien Act allows you to hold back an amount equal to 10 percent of the amount of the contract for 45 days after the work has been completed. Not only will this help to ensure that the work performed will be high quality, but it will also protect you in case the contractor doesn’t pay the subcontractors or suppliers working on your home renovation project. If you are interested in getting a free quote on a renovation project for your home, such as new windows and doors, vinyl siding, insulation, furnace and air conditioning or a new roof, contact...

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Is Your Door Really Welcoming?

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

Your front door has a lot of responsibilities – among them is making sure that it’s making the right first impression. Yes, your door has a lot to do with how welcome your guests would feel when they pay you a visit. You probably can recall times when you have visited someone’s house and felt really welcomed even while you’re waiting outside the door. It’s because there are certain elements there that make you feel that way. To make sure that our front door is saying “Welcome” and not “Go Away”, here are some tips for you: Give it a soft touch. Home exteriors are made up of hard structures and finishes. Soften the lines and add a nice texture by having potted plants or flowers. You’ll be surprised how big a difference a couple of plants can do.What’s your number? We mean your house number. Have them in an interesting material, font, and finish. A lot can be told about your personality just by looking at the way you choose to display those numbers. So make sure that the style you choose represents you and is a glimpse of what’s inside, too!Accessorize! Do you know how most women claim that their outfit is not complete if they’re not wearing the right accessories? The same concept is applicable to your entryway. Left as is, (and especially so if your door is bland) your front door can look a little uninviting and boring. But adding a unique element in the form of an accessory can turn that around. You can try a unique knocker or a stunning kick plate. Of course, you have to make sure that your door handle is equally awesome.Update! If your front door is looking a bit out of place, perhaps it’s time to get a replacement. Most homeowners find that after they have had a renovation or any home improvement project done, their doors simply do not match everything else. Get your home a sturdy yet aesthetically impressive front door. Manalco Contracting Ltd. carry an array of doors that will surely match varied tastes! You can even have yours customized! Remember that doors are not only there to shut out harsh elements and danger, but to also let in your loving family and cherished friends. That’s why you have to make an effort to achieve a truly welcoming front door! Call Kevin at Manalco Contracting Ltd Today!...

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How to NOT Over-Capitalize on Home Improvements

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

For most homeowners, home additions, extensions and renovations are all about making the home they love even more perfect. The cost of those home improvements is important, and some people have to be sure first that they can afford the changes they are planning on making, or they repay any extra finance they take on. However, one other consideration is just a simple, but oftentimes overlooked, idea: will the cost of improving my home increase its resale value by more or less than its work’s cost? If the rise in the resale value proves to be ‘less’, then you have ‘overcapitalized’. In theory, you will lose money if you do sell your home immediately as compared to if you had not made any changes. Nowadays, there are some properties that are both home and nest egg, so it only makes sense if you ensure that you do not fall into this trap of overcapitalization. How long should it take before you sell? The first question you should ask yourself, really, is this: “How long will I be living in this home?” If you have the intention to stay for a long time, say more than 10 years, then the chances are that the increase in your property’s value will definitely be more than the cost of your renovation. It is also important that you do not forget that you have enjoyed the extra space, better layout, or nicer bathroom for all that time. Explore Alternatives Okay, so why does one decide to renovate? Let’s face it, there’s a main reason: because you love where you live. However, even if you consider moving because you want to expand, or you want to enjoy certain sought-after features, all the costs of selling your home and buying a new one have to be taken into account such as: -Agent and marketing fees for selling your current home; -Legal fees; -Stamp-duty on your new home; -Moving expenses; -Building and pest-inspection fees. There is also the possibility that you might have to rent to cover the period between the two exchange dates. Know Your Area When buying a new house, many people have researched the areas they are buying in prior to moving in order to understand property values, and to ensure that they are paying a fair price. We advise you to do the same thing when you are planning on making home improvements. It is best that you find out the current range of values of homes in your area especially the ones that are similar both in the configuration before and after planning your changes. Get a Valuation If it has been some time since you last bought your home, its value will definitely have changed, and the only way of knowing the current value is by consulting a professional. Once you have consulted an expert, you combine whatever information you get with your understanding of the range in your area, this should inform you of the amount you would need to spend on your renovation. For more information on home improvements, do not hesitate to consult Kevin at Manalco Contracting Ltd....

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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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