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Insulating Your Home Properly

When it comes time to prepare for the Winter season, it’s absolutely vital that you take the necessary steps to insulate your historic home properly and safely. Ensuring your home has sufficient, updated insulation is important because when the air outside begins to get colder and drier, you can have massive energy loss and non-efficient HVAC systems that can drastically increase your overall heating and cooling bills. Having a home contractor come to your house and checking over or replacing any needed insulation, in both your crawl space or attic space, can have huge benefits in the long run.

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Deciding to invest in a properly-certified home contractor for your insulation replacement is critical! If you decide on replacing your insulation as a do it yourself project, it’s important to take the time to review and research not only the instructions on how to properly replace insulation, but the safety and security procedures you should follow as well, especially if you decide to use a material such as fiberglass or another material that can be inhaled into your lungs through the small particles.

Fiberglass in particular is very hazardous because the material tends to break down into very small particles, which in turn are very sharp and corrosive. Wearing the proper equipment when working in your attic or crawl space is just as important as the replacement process itself.

Some of the necessary items to prepare for replacing your insulation include:

  • A fiberglass-rated mask: this is important because if you use just a typical “surgeon mask”, the micro-particles of the fiberglass can come through the thin paper filter, leading to you inhaling the particles, which is bad for your lungs.
  • Baby powder: a surprisingly common tool of the trade, some contractors rub baby powder over their skin before they deal with fiberglass insulation, because it helps to prevent the particles from entering your pores and skin, causing irritation and potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Insulation replacement tools: you should have some basic tools ready to go for the insulation replacement process, such as hammers, saws, nails, levels, wood slats, and of course, the proper insulation material that you prefer for the job.

Once you have all of the necessary items, and have taken the required steps and preparations for replacing your insulation, you can begin.

Some of our most important tips for replacing fiberglass insulation include:

  • Checking the R-value of the insulation: this is the number on insulation that represents how much insulation-strength the material has. In general, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
  • Verifying fire safety conditions: if you happen to have any specialized lighting such as recessed lighting, it’s important that you keep the insulation at least 4 inches away from the light fixture, to ensure there are no issues in the future. Insulation material is very flammable, and is prone to catching on fire quickly.
  • Check for venting before replacing insulation: it’s vital that you leave all vents open and free in your attic/crawl space when you replace insulation.

If you decide to go through with a DIY insulation replacement process, following the tips we laid out, as well as doing your proper research beforehand, can be the difference between a seamless, easy project, and a potential nightmare in the future.…

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Restoring A Historic Rug

Choosing to renovate or restore an older home can cause a lot of potential headaches, especially because more often than not, the furniture and various products within the home have aged and become extremely worn and fragile. In many cases, these items are completely replaced and often thrown out. If you’re under a tighter budget, or want to keep as much of the historic value of the property as possible, you may want to pursue the option of simply restoring your older rugs and carpeting to their previous shine, which maintains the history and antiquated look of the rug, and helps modernize and breath new life into your home!

If you decide to restore your old rug’s fabrics, rather than replace the rug, you can go with a couple of options: attempting to restore the antique rug yourself with a variety of home-solutions, or going through a carpet cleaning company that specializes in the delicate fibers of rugs and carpets, such as Chem-Dry of the Unifour.

1. Option One: Restoring the Carpet Yourself

This, while obviously being the more frugal option, can be a way longer process, with more potential for damaging your historic rug. If you are up to the job, it’s best to generally look up a few guides online beforehand, so you can ensure that you aren’t causing any sort of permanent damage or other problems with your rug during the restoration and cleaning process.

It’s extremely important that the cleaning solution you decide to use to restore your rugs is not harsh or toxic, which could cause permanent damage or irreversible problems with your carpeting and rug fibers. We recommend utilizing a very low-strength combination product of white vinegar, combined with a small amount of a dish-soap such as Dawn or Dial, and equal parts water. This combination is great for washing all types of older or more fragile furniture, because the cleaning products within it are very gentle.

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2. Option Two: Hiring A Cleaning Company

If you happen to have the budget for it, this is by far the superior choice to pursuing a hand-wash of your historic rug or carpet. These companies have spent decades perfecting the art of the clean carpet, without leaving any residue, build-up, or potentially harmful toxic product in your fiber. There are many businesses that specialize in antique and historic fabric cleaning, but many of the local carpet cleaning companies can take care of these products as well. One of the biggest tips for hiring a carpet cleaning company is to make sure you read through their reviews to ensure that others who have gone through their process were satisfied with the end results.…

3 Things to Avoid When Renovating Historic Homes

There are lots of charms in historic homes. However, they are old and you can have hidden troubles for that. With good planning, you can renovate a historic home without any hassle. Here are some of the things you should avoid when renovating historic homes.

Don’t make the decision before you inspect the home

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Before you decide, you should do a standard inspection of the house. You should hire a professional who specializes in historic homes to do a good home inspection. They should look out for lousy wiring, inefficient windows, bad foundations, plumbing areas, etc. You should get the estimates from a few contractors for the repair works. This will let you know the extra time and cost you need to bring the home to shape.

Don’t create a strict budget

With historic homes, you should be always prepared for unexpected things. So, you must keep room for extra costs involved. You should keep 10% extra money on your budget for the unexpected problems that may arise.

Don’t ruin the place’s character

Historic home is appealing for its uniqueness and history. You should preserve those characteristics when you renovate these homes. There are some design elements in these homes that are hard to replicate, like ornate fireplaces. You should try to design around those details.

Living in a historic home is something amazing. You should always focus on keeping it’s unique appeal and value while renovating it.…

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