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July 25, 2014

Exterior Remodeling Offers Largest Return on Investment in 2014!

For those homeowners who are looking to take advantage of the sellers market to obtain a profit on a property, exterior remodeling is one of the best ways to increase leverage. People today are looking for houses with curb appeal, and if you have one, then you should be able to move it quickly at a premium price.

Some of the more cost-effective, high ROI exterior modeling projects are as follows:

Siding – Getting your siding done adds a look of luxury to any home. For those buyers who are looking for the details, it is very important. It shows that you care for the house and that you are not only trying to sell it by making huge, ornate changes or distracting people with a good staging effort.

Replacement windows – It has been proven that one of the first things that buyers look at when judging the health of a home are the windows. Replacement windows are relatively inexpensive and can give you a great first impression.

Garage doors – Your garage is a large, easily visible part of your home that everyone will check out. Get the doors done so that you will make a good impression for your buyers.

Decks – A great deck will attract a higher quality of buyer, especially if you’re looking for a family. Having a good deck make sure home more move-in ready, which will appeal to people who do not have the time to purchase a fixer-upper. The more comfortable you can make buyers feel immediately, the more likely that they are to give you a premium for the home.

Patio – Similar to the decks, the patio is the place in which your families will be spending most of their time. Make it look good, and you will certainly reap the rewards in the buying price.

Front door – This should be self-explanatory. The first thing that your buyers will see will be your front door. Do not give them the opportunity to cross your home off of the list before they even step inside because of cracking wood and misplaced joints in your door.

April 14, 2014

Outdoor Patio Furniture Trends For 2014

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As the weather starts to warm up more and more people are getting out their outdoor patio furniture or buying new furniture for their decks, patios and porches. Outdoor furniture is great for relaxing and entertaining guests and there are colors and prints to make everyone happy. If you are planning to buy new furniture this spring or want to give your old furniture a makeover, you may want to let one of the 2014 patio furniture trends inspire you.

Furniture Pieces

This season, outdoor sectionals and conversation sets are more popular than ever. These pieces are perfect for large families or people who have a lot of parties, cookouts or get-togethers at their home. Since these pieces can tend to be expensive, it is best to choose a neutral color or pattern so you can add small details and bursts of colors with throw pillows or other accessories and easily change them when you are ready for something new. You can expect to find outdoor sectionals and conversation set prices starting at around $1200.

Colors

If you want to make sure your deck or patio is decorated with the most modern furniture, choose one of the hot colors of 2014. Black and white is always in style and a safe choice. Bold colors like teal and dark purple are also hot this year. You can even mix and match colors to make a statement on your deck or porch.

Patterns

If you aren’t a fan of the chevron pattern, you may be in trouble. Chevrons are everywhere this spring from clothing to wallpaper and even patio furniture. There are numerous colors to choose from and you can always accent your pattern with a solid colored throw pillow. Large floral prints, stripes and paisley prints are also in style, along with bold, solid colored pieces. The 2014 spring outdoor patio furniture trends are all about being bright and bold and making a statement. Of course, you can always choose to come up with your own trend or combine your own tastes with current trends to come up with something fun and unique. Mannering Ellisha (2014 March 30) Outdoor Patio Furniture Trends For 2014 Retrieved on March 31,2014 From Webpronews.com  

February 14, 2014

Snow and Ice Removal on Composite Decks

Whether you live in a northern state where snow and ice are common occurrences, or farther down south where even the hint of wintery mix sends folks in a bread-and-milk-buying frenzy, knowing how to properly remove snow and ice from a PVC or composite deck is important.

The best option for removing snow and ice on composite decking is a calcium chloride-based “ice melt” or rock salt. Look for the phrases “safe for concrete”, “safe for flagstone” and “will not kill grass.” If you have children or pets that frequent your deck in the winter, look for a product that is safe for them as well.Things to avoid:

  • Ice melt with a colorant added: while convenient to see how much and where you’ve spread, the dyes can stain decking
  • Sand: while it offers traction on slippery surfaces, this can grind into the decking and damage its surface
  • Metal shovels and sharp-edge tools: these can damage even the most resilient decking

Soon after your snow and ice melts, and that danger of slipping and falling is over, take a broom and sweep up any extra granular pieces. This will help avoid spreading it to places you wouldn’t want, such as tracking it into the house.

Build up of salt and calcium chloride from snow and ice removal is easily removed with enough water and perhaps a light scrub. When the weather gets warmer, use a garden hose or sprinkler and rinse off your deck. If you using a pressure washer, be sure to use at low pressures under 1,500 psi and at safe distances (12″ above deck or more) to avoid damaging your deck.

Following these tips will help keep you safe, and your deck looking good, to enjoy it another season!

Wilson Edie (2009 December 12) Snow and Ice Removal on Composite Decks Retrieved on January 24, 2014 from Fiberon.com

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January 6, 2014

PVC Decks – The Beauty of Wood Without All the Fuss

Choosing a deck material can be a difficult and confusing process. With so many options like wood, composites, PVC and more, it means there are many factors that weigh in the decision. Traditional wood decks are beautiful when maintained and are the most common when you think of decks. However, the PVC decking market has made great strides over the last few years to give you the same look of even the most exotic hardwoods without all of the cost and maintenance. In fact, a traditional wood deck can cost up to $3,000 every 5 years in maintenance costs alone like sanding, staining, power washing, and replacing warped or damaged boards. With PVC decking, you don’t have all of those maintenance costs. All you have to do is hose it off and you are ready to go.

To create the perfect outdoor living space PVC decking from Fiberon is as smooth as interior hardwoods (and no splinters) and extends your home’s living space. Great for enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, relaxing with a good book, or celebrating life’s special moments in a beautiful and personal space that keeps its good looks. With its patent pending Lumenite technology that helps protect your deck and make it easy to clean, PVC decking is a great solution to your decking needs.

Outdoor Flooring from Fiberon also resists stains and fading and is backed by a limited lifetime performance warranty and 25-year stain and fade warranty. It is a lighter product compared to wood and can be easily installed without the need to pre-drill holes. PVC decking has the added benefit of hidden fasteners so you have a beautiful deck without all the screws showing. It comes with a Class A flame spread rating that meets requirements for fire prone areas. PVC decking products give you the look of exotic hardwood without all of the upkeep. These decks are perfect for anyone looking for the ideal combination of beauty, durability and low maintenance.

With its patent pending Lumenite technology that helps protect your deck and make it easy to clean, PVC decks are a great solution to your decking needs. Let us help you design the outdoor living space of your dreams with a beautiful natural looking deck without all the fuss. Outdoor Flooring from Fiberon is durable, beautiful and is redefining decking as we know it.

Cummins Jennifer (2013 February 15) PVC – The Beauty Of Wood Without All The Fuss. Retrieved on December 21, 2013 From fiberondecking.com

December 20, 2013

Adding a deck: A cost-effective way to protect your home’s value

Protecting your home’s value in a restless real estate market may seem daunting. There are some easy remedies to restore strong property values on a home in today’s market. Homeowners everywhere constantly preserve their home value by focusing on a project that involves a remodel at their current property. All homeowners should consider building an outdoor living space to accomplish this task. A deck is the most consistently rewarding home improvement project that is cost-effective and improves the value of your residence. When compared to other home improvement projects, there is significantly less time involved with building this type of outdoor addition.

When a homeowner attempts to sell their house, having an outdoor structure like that can be a powerful selling point. For homeowners who plan on living on their house for many years, this space can be an excellent space utilized for parties. In many ways, this outside space is ideal for entertaining guests. And instead of spending money on expensive vacations, homeowners can spend quality time on their new outdoor addition. Typical accessories for this space include furniture, a barbecue, carpeting and flowerpots. And during the construction, some of these accessories can be built in the space when you remodel for it.

Although there is certainly some important maintenance that must be completed to preserve the beauty of this space, it is still significantly less time-consuming when compared to the maintenance of building a new room in a house. The maintenance of this outside space includes winterizing to protect against the brutally cold elements of winter. One tool that is used to clean the space is a pressure-washer. Homeowners who would like to make sure that this space is properly clean should also use oxygen cleaner instead of bleach. The oxygen cleaner will protect the wood and make the space look brand new.

This addition is the perfect outdoor living space for sustaining the value of a home. And best of all, this type of space is constructed to uniquely fit your home. A quality one in the yard of a house can add tremendous value to any home within any neighborhood.

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December 2, 2013

Deck Maintenance Tips


If your deck is showing some wear and tear after being exposed to the weather for a few years, make it look new again by applying a little first aid. Here’s the to-do list:

Wash

Before making any repairs to the deck, remove dirt and wood fibers with a pressure washer. When using one, be sure to keep the pressure stream moving. Otherwise, you could gouge the wood. Allow the deck to dry overnight.

Fix nail pops

If you encounter a nail that has worked loose from a board, remove the nail with a cat’s paw or a hammer. Use a screw that’s longer than the nail to reattach the board.

Repair split wood

If you have a board that’s split down the middle, mark the damaged board next to the leading edge of the first support joist that’s completely past the split. Be sure not to mark an area that’s directly over a joist or you could damage your saw when you begin cutting.

Cut the board with a jigsaw, remove the nails or deck screws and remove the damaged wood. Use deck screws to attach a pressure-treated 2-by-4-inch support block to the joist. The support block will hold the replacement board in position. Cut a replacement board to size, pre-drill and fasten it to the support block and joists with deck screws.

Your replacement board may appear to be higher and wider than the existing wood, but it should shrink as it loses moisture. If the board still appears to be higher than the surrounding boards after being in place for a few weeks, you can smooth it down with a belt sander. Be sure that all nail or screw heads are recessed into the wood before you begin sanding.

Stain and seal

Even though pressure-treated lumber resists insects and decay, it’s still vulnerable to moisture and the sun’s rays. To preserve it without changing the color, use s clear wood preservative that contains a UV protector, which will bring new life to the surface while protecting it from the elements. If you want to add color, use an exterior stain first. Exterior stains come in both solid and semi-transparent finishes. Always use the semi-transparent for the decking area, but try a solid color if you want to highlight railings or banisters; it ends up looking like a painted finish. Exterior stains are available in oil or latex, and both provide fade and

mildew resistance.

Wearing protective eyewear and gloves, apply preservative or stain with a roller or a brush. Let the product sit on the wood decking for about 20 minutes so that it has time to penetrate, and then go back over the surface with a brush to give the deck a more consistent finish (this also helps get rid of any puddles that will dry as shiny patches). Apply a second coat for good coverage and protection.

Allow the deck to dry for 48 hours, and then apply a sealant.

DIYNetwork-Deck Maintenance Tips. Retrieved November 22, 2013 From DIYNetwork. Click contact us for more information.

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August 28, 2013

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When the time comes for roof work to be done on your home; Tri-County Exteriors is the company to call. We are the roofing contractors in PA that have been serving four counties in the Philadelphia area as well as southern New Jersey for more than three decades. We offer the highest quality service among Doylestown roofers and all other roofers in Bucks County.

Our services include both repair and installation of new roofs. Both small and large repairs are offered, so there is no reason for a home owner to endanger themselves by attempting a do-it-yourself repair. A professional roofer from Tri-County Exteriors can come to your home and give a free estimate for the repair. Have the work done quickly and professionally. Don’t think about doing this type of work yourself, as thousands of home owners are injured every year trying to do roof work. Needed roof repairs should be done as soon as possible. Small repairs can become big repairs as the damage becomes increasingly large. In addition, when the weather turns bad, a roof can leak requiring the need for expensive emergency repairs.

New roofs are also available and can be installed in several materials. Tri-County Exteriors can explain the different possibilities as well as the benefits of each and give an estimate for the cost of installation.

Along with quality and experience, what makes Tr-iCounty Exteriors so attractive is the range of services for the home owner. Along with roofing, they offer installation of siding. This can help bring down the cost of a home owner’s utilities and by using stone facing among other materials, the homes’ value can increase by giving it more curb appeal.

The windows and doors of a home can also be replaced if needed. Both of these can be a source of leaking hot air in the winter time, and a new door or window can help insulate a home better.

Tri-County Exteriors is also an excellent choice for residents of Doylestown PA who want to have a new deck installed for their patio. Available in wood or composite materials, there are several designs available that can be built quickly and professionally to make a patio more attractive and add value to a home.

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