Are you a homeowner who is convinced that a cost-effective solution for repairing old, cracked, concrete surfaces does not exist? If so, you are in the right place! Because we are here to tell you that there ARE options, many of them, for restoring old concrete floors, driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks, and more. And best of all, they do not require a complete demolition, removal, and replacement of your existing concrete surface! This makes the price more affordable since the need for labor is reduced. Continue reading to review some frequently asked questions about this very topic.

What are the Different Concrete Resurfacing Options Available?

The most common methods for concrete resurfacing include concrete overlays, concrete coatings, concrete staining, and concrete stamping. These options provide infinite possibilities to mimic higher-end materials like brick, cobblestone, tile, marble, and more, as well as, customize colors, hues, seals, and finishes. You can even choose to have concrete engraved or printed with a custom emblem, symbol, logo, or picture.

What Makes Concrete Acceptable to Resurface?

Any underlying concrete surface must be sound in order to be resurfaced successfully. So unfortunately, if a concrete surface has structural implications such as several cracks, heaving, crumbling, or freeze/thaw damage, it is not a safe candidate for resurfacing. Also, soil quality is a factor in determining the suitability of concrete resurfacing. Non-structural cracks, like shrinkage and crazing cracks, can be sealed prior to resurfacing. Talk to a contractor to assess the quality of your concrete surfaces.

Which Surfaces Can Be Resurfaced?

As long as concrete passes the test for soundness, many surfaces can be resurfaced. This includes the more common areas, like driveways, patios, sidewalks, walkways, and garage floors. But it also includes unique areas like kitchen floors, basement floors, pool decks, fire pits, decks, and more. The options are virtually endless!

What is the Most Important Priority in the Concrete Resurfacing Process?

The most important factor in terms of the concrete resurfacing process is proper preparation. The underlying concrete substrate must be thoroughly cleaned and prepped before the resurfacing process can ensue. Preparation includes cleaning, crack filling, profiling, and more.

How Long Do Resurfaced Concrete Floors Last?

Decorative concrete is known for its longevity benefits, as well as its low cost and low maintenance. If you refinish your concrete floors, you can expect to enjoy the results for as long as you can foretell. Simply take care of them and they won’t let you down! A quality sealant is a big help as well.

Who do I Call for Cost-Effective Concrete Resurfacing? The answer is a decorative concrete coatings company!

When you are shopping to purchase a bathroom vanity you will quickly understand that you will purchase either a solid wood vanity, a solid wood vanity with veneers or a MDF vanity with veneers. You should first decide which type of construction is right for you. It may be that any of the types are acceptable.

A solid wood vanity is just what it sounds like. It’s wood and it will last a long time and stand up to more harsher conditions in the bathroom. Please know that because it is wood, it may also expand and contract with extreme moisture. Wood is also one of kind. It comes with all the natural imperfections like knots, veining and even discolorations. This is neither a positive or a negative. It’s a personal preference. Wood will also cost more so keep your budget in mind.

A solid wood vanity with veneers has a wood construction base but then it is covered by a veneer which is a thin decorative covering of fine wood applied on top of the wood (or MDF). It is used to improve the aesthetic of the wood but making it more consistent. Veneers also allow more variations of wood grains and colors.

An MDF vanity with veneers is a Medium Density Fiberboard. MDF is made up of very fine particles of wood that are refined and mixed with waxes and resins that glue the particles together then it is pressed into a boards that are laminated with veneers. MDF works great with dowels but doesn’t work well with screws. Some argue that formaldehyde that is used in the gluing process leaks into the room unless the piece is sealed well. There is really no way of knowing if the MDF is sealed though. These vanities mostly came from China or other overseas countries. MDF is also more susceptible to water damage. Steam showers next to an MDF vanity probably isn’t a good idea.

In my personal experience, I ordered 2 vanities when the manufacturer was switching from wood with veneers to MDF with veneers because of the cost savings. Although they said the veneer held up better on the MDF. Anyway, I have one of each type. On the outside they look the same and nobody would ever have known the difference except for the fact that I have 4 small dogs who just won’t stop marking territories. All I do is clean up pee but I love them dearly and my husband doesn’t want to cut off their ‘you know whats’. Anyway, because of my personal sitution the MDF is a poor choice. The corners of the vanities have been constantly pee’d on and the MDF vanity is now swollen with curled up veneers. The wood vanity shows no damage from pee. Please note the MDF vanity looks great where it wasn’t pee’d on.

At the end of the day, it comes down to budget, style and lifestyle. The MDF vanities are clearly less expensive. There is …

Have you thought of cleaning the house or giving the garden a new look, these are activities which can potentially generate a lot of waste as you will have to dump a lot of damaged materials. If it's a new look you want your house to have then it obvious that lots of things will be dumped. You can be sure the old things like the tables, doors and other unused things will have to go out.

This really makes it a difficult job especially if you have a lot to throw away. How do you get these things out of the house? Do you get a skip to do the cleaning or you take the pain to take them yourself.

Getting a skip to do this work comes with a lot of rewards, but most importantly they have enough space to cater for any amount of waste. So you do not have to carry them on your own on several trips. Once the skip is hired to do this job, you save time and energy and, it really cool when it really a large waste.

It really does not matter the lager amount of waste you will want to dispose, you will surely find a skip that will be able to carry it for you. All that must be done is to get out the waste into them at the set time then a track will come for it.

But if your thinking skip has no negative side then read this, it is some times very expensive to hire. Particularly if you are not able to host it on, your own compound or garden. Again because it is very often put on your grass or in your garden you will find it hard working in the garden area if you planned to.

For people who are not operating commercially. It free and that is what is great about using the local tip. And you do not really have to go germ skip when your waste is not much. In that case you can do, it yourself to save some capital.

But it becomes a problem when you do not leave closer to this facility and also if you have a significantly huge waste to clear. In this condition you have to go on several trips and that is certainly time-consuming.

But at the end it really depends on the individual and the load of waste he or she has to dump. If you have a much smaller waste, then you can do the cleaning yourself but if it is that much then hiring the skip will not be a bad option. …

A garden fence is a great way to combine the practical with the stylish, by both adding security to your garden and creating a beautiful and stylish touch to your yard. Enclosing your yard or garden can help keep pests and deer from eating the fruits and vegetables you have spent so much time on, and the fence can also be a reflection of your individual personality.

Gardening is a hobby that more and more people are starting to pursue, partly because it is rewarding and can reduce stress and partly because of the green movement. Protecting your garden with a fence can be a big deal especially if you live in an area with a lot of pests and animals that eat plants. Deciding which materials to make your fence from has a lot to do with individual preference as well as the look and style of your home.

Old country homes that could be described as rustic usually benefit most stylistically from a garden fence made from wood. There are many different types of wood available for the purpose, but one of the best and most cost effective is bamboo. Bamboo fences are usually solid and add a sense of security and privacy to your garden as well. Other wood fence styles are not solid and do not do an adequate job of providing privacy or of keeping animals out.

Modern homeowners often use vinyl to create their garden fences. Vinyl comes in numerous styles, some of which are made to resemble real wood. The main benefit of a vinyl fence is that it is very easy to keep clean and maintain. These fences can easily be made to match the style of various modern home styles.

Metal is another option when it comes to garden fences, although this option is less popular than it used to be. Metal fencing can be expensive and can rust. It does have the advantage of lasting for many years if properly taken care of, and it can keep animals out of your garden fairly effectively.

There are a couple things you can do to save even more money on your garden fence. It has become popular to “patinize” metal fencing, giving it an aged and rusty look. Visit your local salvage yard to find metal fencing panels that are already rusted. Used brick is another good option, as there is no reason for structural support with a garden fence. This can also provide a stylish aged look. Finally, if you live near a creek, dry stone is a great option for a garden fence and it’s completely free. Dry stone is also easy to maintain and will last for years.

A garden fence is a great way to add security to your yard and garden, as well as creating a bit more style in your yard. They can also be used to portion off a section of your yard where you will not be bothered by neighbors and you can relax …

Searching for a new kitchen sink for your home can be easy and pain-free if you are well informed. There are several aspects of stainless steel kitchen sinks that many consumers are not very well educated on, one of which being a sink’s gauge. The gauge of a stainless steel sink indicates the thickness of the metal that is used in its manufacture. It can be measured using a micrometer. The gauge of a sink will vary depending on brand, type, and purpose of the sink. It can be very deceiving to the uninformed consumer who finds a 18g and a 16g sink and assumes it is of better quality and thickness because the number is higher. In truth the lower the number, the thicker the sink.

If you are having granite, marble, or another solid surface countertop installed you will most likely have an undermount sink installed. Undermount sinks range in gauge from 16-20g. The average thickenss in stainless steel undermount kitchen sinks is 18g. The 18g is widely considered a good thickness for use in a kitchen sink. You should have no bending or dinging over time from an 18g sink. Twenty gauge sinks are usually not used as they are generally regarded as very thin. Obviously, the best choice would be to go with a 16g sink. A 16g sink is going to be the most durable option, and will most likely outlast your kitchen.

If you are having laminate or another type of countertop installed you will most likely have a topmount sink installed. Topmount stainless steel sinks are usually available thinner, and are generally less expensive than undermount sinks. The average topmount sink is 20g, but they can be found ranging 18-22. The same rules apply to topmount sinks, the lower the number, the thicker the steel, and more likely the better the quality of sink.…

If you drink tea and have a garden, composting used tea leaves is an easy way to promote sustainability, even if you do not compost any other material. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. The tea can be collected in a container and placed directly on your garden daily or every few days. Composting tea leaves turns a waste product into a valuable resource, which has two main benefits:

  • Reducing waste
  • Enriching your soil for free and without using any synthetic fertilizers

Composting Tea Bags:

While loose-leaf tea can be applied directly to your garden, teabags require slightly more effort. Many teabags are not biodegradable. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of nylon teabags. Nylon is a synthetic material which will not break down if added to compost. Some teabags are made of paper but are not compostable because they contain metal staples or other non-biodegradable materials.

Even with fully biodegradable teabags, one must exercise caution. Many tea companies claim that their teabags are biodegradable and compostable, but say nothing about the amount of time required for decomposition. Some teabags, especially the higher-quality ones marketed as “tea sachets”, are made of silk, which is natural but decomposes slowly. Even paper takes longer to decompose than most kitchen waste. Whereas the leaves inside a teabag are suitable for direct application to a garden, depending on conditions, the bag itself may take a year or more to fully decompose–much longer than most fruit and vegetable compost.

Break Open Tea Bags:

Breaking open teabags is a good practice whether your teabag is biodegradable or not. While in the long-run, it is best to avoid purchasing tea packed in nylon bags and other non-biodegradable packaging, if you do drink such teas, you can compost the contents of each bag and dispose of the bag in your normal trash. If you are drinking tea packaged in bags that are biodegradable but decompose slowly, breaking open the bag can allow you to separate the leaves, suitable for direct application to your garden, from the bag which will likely take a longer time to decompose. A time-saving trick for breaking open tea bags is to let them sit overnight to dry out; when dry, the leaves will no longer cling to the inside of the bag.

Drink Loose Tea:

Lastly, if you are interested in sustainability, drink loose tea. Not only does it taste better and save money, but it also saves energy. The packaging process for making teabags is involved and uses energy and materials that are unnecessary. Not only will using loose tea make it much easier for you to compost your tea leaves, it will improve your tea-drinking experience and help you promote sustainability in other ways as well.…

There is some special charm in garden furniture. Garden furniture conjures up thoughts of a sunny day in a garden, having tea under an apple tree, resting in a rocking chair on a veranda and listening to grasshoppers’ chirping. A choice of furniture depends on a garden. If there are centuries-year old trees with mighty crowns furniture should be massive, solid. Furniture should be elegant if placed among flower beds. A lush green lawn needs tables and chairs contrasting with emerald grass. A choice of furniture comes from the fact that furniture should not violate natural character of nature itself and certainly should match an overall garden style. Your lifestyle is also important: if you need furniture for privacy, choose only small cozy tables and chairs, and if you enjoy organizing home parties, you will need more solid furniture.

Wooden tables and chairs look very naturally. Manufacturers are increasingly offering different models: from trendy to traditional, classic, made in different colors. There is a massive chair with wide armrests and comfortable high back. Examples are numerous. Manufacturers of high-class furniture use special methods of wood treatment with water-resistant protective compounds which make it more durable and resistant to weather conditions. This furniture will be resistant to the caprices of the weather for at least 10 years.

Plastic furniture is modern and is not sensitive to dampness. There exists a great diversity of furniture colors. In the gardens of classical style this furniture will not look unsophisticated. We can say that this is the most economical way to solve the problem of relaxation and comfort in the garden. Low price is not an advantage. Cheap plastic cannot stand the cold. In an intensive sunlight it can fade or soften to such a degree that the legs would go apart. In several years cheap plastic products get oxidized, and the edges get covered with brown patina, giving the product completely not presentable look. It is better to give preference to more expensive reinforced plastic which uses steel or aluminum for the frame. This provides the durability to the product.

Furniture made of lasting metal is unpretentious, hardy, and ideal for staying outside and easily stands rain and snow for many years. It is the case of decorative wrought-iron furniture. Iron furniture adds to garden’s prestige and beauty. Therefore, metal benches are often used as decorative elements of a garden’s design. There is only one drawback in metal furniture: it is not very comfortable to sit on, let alone lie down. That is why it is often combined with other materials – wood, plaiting materials.

Tables, chairs and other furniture include not only traditional types. There are deck chairs, couches, tents, children furniture, tables for work in a greenhouse, beach chairs, swings, rocking chairs, sofas, shelves, racks, sofa-chest, picnic tables on wheels, two-wheeled garden sofa, and swings with canopy-like roofs. Here is present the whole range of styles – from massive and severe to style of techno. Their diversity gives us the opportunity …

Composting is a very important part of organic gardening and boidynamic gardening. It adds organic matter to the soil for earthworms and other living organisms to survive along with adding fertility to the soil.Having a soil with good structure and thriving with earthworms and other living organisms will greatly benefit your garden. A good healthy soil with organic matter not only adds the nutrients needed for plants to survive, it also defends against plant disease and unwanted insects.

Composting is an excellent way to add nutrients back into the soil to feed plant life and benefit the environment. It improves the soil structure, helps control moisture and can help protect plants from certain diseases.It also makes the soil more fertile and helps plants develop a healthier root system.

Composting is the decaying process by millions of organisms that feed off organic material such as household and yard waste by turning it into excellent organic fertilizer and organic amendments for your garden soil. It is the duplication of natures natural system that breaks down organic materials on the ground in the forest and fields. Plants grow, die off and fall to the ground and decay. This process is natures way of adding nutrition back into the soil to feed new plants and is an environmentally friendly way to reduce household trash and to turn it into a nutritious additive for your garden soil. More than half of your household waste can be composted.

There are different systems and methods that can be used to make compost. Composting systems vary in size You can build home made bins or buy a commercially made composting system depending on how much room you have and how much composting you plan on doing or you can trench compost. There is also the basic way of just making a pile and letting it decompose naturally. Whichever way you choose you will end up with the same ending product A nutrient rich humus material called compost. Full of nutrients that will benefit your garden.

Composting is an excellent way to recycle the organic waste from your household and yard.…

Using homemade roach killers in your home is an effective way to get rid of an infestation while ensuring the safety of those living in the home. These mixtures are made of items that are more than likely already at your home in your kitchen or pantry. This remedy can be used as often as needed and will only cost just a fraction of what store-bought roach killers cost.

Carefully clean up any food messes promptly after you’ve made them, to ensure that roaches don’t come looking for the crumbs. Dirty dishes can also coax roaches into the kitchen. Once you have determined that there is no mess for them to feed on, use any one (or several) of these methods and recipes to kill roaches naturally.

Boric Acid

This is one of the most commonly used homemade roach killers. Then the roaches eat the boric acid, they become dehydrated, and this eventually kills them. Those that eat it generally bring it back to their nest via the feet and the body and introduce it to the rest of the ménage. To make this mixture, combine 2 to 3 teaspoons of boric acid and equal parts sugar and water, to make a paste. Put this in the areas of your home where roaches normally live and spread it around in the infested areas of your home. Using this method usually eliminates roaches within 2 weeks.

Baking Soda and Sugar

Baking soda is one of the things that is useful in so many ways, so it is always good to have on hand. Commonly, it is used as a nontoxic roach repellent, working similar to the boric acid. Mix equal parts of the baking soda, water, and sugar. Use this mixture as bait in areas that typically house roaches- under cupboards, along the refrigerator, and around the kitchen sink. The baking soda kills the roaches that eat it, and it sticks to their feet so that they carry it back to the nest for others to eat it and die.

Soap and Water

Another simple yet effective method-1 cup of water should be mixed with 1 teaspoon of soap. Pour this solution into a spray bottle. Spray it on roaches whenever you see them. The mixture will suffocate the roaches, as the suds from the soap block their pores and prevent breathing. This mixture can be used as often as needed. You may also leave a jar of the solution in any corners that they frequent. When they crawl into the jar, they won’t be able to escape.

DIY Roach Hotel

Using an old margarine tub, cut a hole at the rim, but do not cut the lid. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup borax, ½ cup bacon grease, and ½ cup sugar. You may add honey or more grease to make the mixture moist enough to make into balls. Form into large balls and place on the margarine tub lid. Snap the bowl down onto the lid, and place …

There are numerous types of property on the market that are being advertised at any given time. Some of these names for different properties may be confusing, so it is vital that you know what to expect, here are the names of the property types and their definition.

Terraced Housing:

Terraced Housing is an old fashioned property set up where more than two (usually three or four) houses are joined together. To avoid using the phrase terraced, estate agents will now use the phrase link. A terraced house, or a mid link house is one of the properties which is between others.

An end of terrace, or end of link house is the property which is the last one in the row of houses.

Town House

Usually, the term Town House is used to describe a standard two story terraced house which is more modern. Some Estate Agents will also use this term to describe newer properties that have three or more floors.

Semi-detached House

A semi-detached house or property is used to describe of pair of houses which are usually attached in the middle. Semi-detached properties tend to offer their owners front and back gardens, with many also offering drive way space in more rural areas.

Detached House

A detached property is a solo property with it’s own land which is not adjoined by or to another property in any way. This type of property is usually more sought after by families who want extra privacy.

Bungalows

A Bungalow is a single story property which can be terraced, semi-detached or detached. Bungalows are often considered to be smaller properties, which usually have two bedrooms. Big loft spaces are commonly found in bungalows, which allow their owners to convert a second story living space if desired. Bungalow’s tend to maintain their value and can be more expensive compared to properties of similar size.

Flats

Flats essentially come in two forms. The first where an existing house has been split (usually into two separate dwellings). The second is a block of flats where there could be many separate flats in one building.

There is some terminology that you need to be aware of, a communal entrance is a main entrance that allows its residents to access their properties. Communal gardens is a shared garden, which you usually are required to pay a maintenance charge. Flats are often referred to as apartments, particularly in newly built developments.

There are also variations of apartments that you need to be aware of, here are the more commonly found variants.

Duplex Apartment

A Duplex Apartment is an apartment which has more than one floor, usually two. These can be found in converted houses or apartment blocks. Usually these types of flats are found towards the top of the buildings if they are in a block.

Penthouse Apartment

A penthouse apartment is a more luxurious and bigger apartment which is located on the top floor of the building.…