Renovation

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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Quality Vinyl Casement Windows at a Reasonable Price

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

Looking for vinyl replacement windows doesn’t need to be a hassle.  It’s great when you can find a business that has credibility and an 98% rating with the HomeStars.com We supply the features that our clients ask for. When they are looking for double hung vinyl replacement windows, we naturally offer maintenance free vinyl trim. Quality means convenience. And that means never having to paint these windows again. Making sure that your windows don’t add to your carbon footprint is another advantage we offer. Vinyl Windows in Canada That Are Energy Star Rated Our windows are all Energy Star certified. There are a few other items we like to call The Manalco Contracting. Number one is our installers. These folks are all highly skilled and knowledgeable. Each and every one has over a decade of experience. They put their best foot forward on every vinyl window installation job they work on. Custom Options Our suppliers offers a leading brand. That means that you’re getting the finest in vinyl windows and some outstanding custom options. You won’t find some of the things we offer anywhere else. Investing in vinyl replacement windows is a big cash outlay. You want to make sure to get all the information so you can make the right decision. Deciding to work with a company that has experience is important. Manalco Contracting Ltd has been in business since 1975 serving the Toronto area. We have an 98% rating with Homestars.com. Get A Consultation Our vinyl windows process starts off with a consultation. Helping you understand all of your options is a priority. Some windows might not need to be replaced. We can walk you through the benefits of a repair or new seal where that applies. Check out the different styles of vinyl windows that we have to offer. These come with a variety of outstanding features like a multipoint locking hardware system. Heavy-duty handles and dual interlocking rails are just a few of the other noteworthy items we have. Customer Testimonials Take a few minutes to look through our reviews on Homstars. These are from folks just like you who have taken advantage of the high standards for vinyl windows in Canada we offer Why not get in touch so we can show you a lineup of vinyl replacement windows today? Call Kevin at Manalco Contracting Ltd Today!...

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Winter Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019 in Renovation | 0 comments

Winters are increasingly harsh, and a single winter storm can cause over $1 billion in damages. If you want to avoid costly repairs, make sure that your home is ready for the winter. But isn’t always easy to know what you can do now to help prepare and protect your property from the cold weather. Don’t worry, we are here to help. Read on for our top 10 winter home maintenance tips. 1. Check Your Gutters and Drainage With winter comes increased rainfall, so you want to be ready. While cleaning out the gutter isn’t a fun job, it can save you money in the long run. Well maintained gutters can reduce the need to replace them, and the chance of roof damage. A clogged gutter can overflow and break, putting strain on the roof itself. It can also fill with ice, which will cause thawing damage and strains the guttering. Whether you have special tools or are doing it the old-fashioned way, here’s how to go about it: Firmly set your ladder against the side of the house. Preferably have someone hold onto it and make sure it is on even ground. Scoop out the dirt with a small shovel. Dump it into a bin bag or onto tarp — don’t put it on your lawn. Flush out the gutters with a hose for a full clean. Gutter guards often aren’t worth bothering with. They can make your gutters impossible to clean, which is more hassle than it’s worth. Once clean, give a check for any other signs of drainage issues. Check your basement for water damage stains and your attic for mildew. Both mildew and water damage indicate that your drainage system isn’t taking the water far away enough from your house, particularly in older homes. If water is getting back into the foundation, your attic and basement will start showing signs of damp. To fix this, try extending your downspout to direct the water further away. 2. Test Your Sump Pump Sump pumps act as the last line of defense against condensation buildup, floods, and water from drains. Test the pump before winter hits. You want to make sure it works; otherwise, you could end up with a flooded basement and foundation damage. Once you locate the exit pipe, check it for any dirt and debris. If there are any clogs, remove them. Make sure that the water is being directed well away from your home’s foundation. If you have a dual cord pump, both cords should be unplugged. If you can hear a humming sound when you plug in the pump cord, this means that it’s working as it should. Remember to plug everything back in though after testing. If you have a single cord pump, pour 20 liters of water into the pump pit until the float rises. You should hear the pump turn on. While on, make sure the water is pumping out as it should, and the pump turns itself off when the water is removed. It may be worth investing in a water detector to further protect your basement from moisture. 3. Check Your Window Wells Window wells are a great way to let natural light into your basement and provide ventilation. They also help keep soil away from the window fixtures. But if they are not maintained well, they can put your basement at risk. One of the major reasons for window well flooding in liner failure. If your liner becomes detached from the foundation wall, soil pressure can widen the gap between the loose liner and the wall. This gives water an opportunity...

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