10 Evergreen Flowers to Spruce up your Outdoor Space

10 Evergreen Flowers to Spruce up your Outdoor Space – Today’s guest blog is by CORY ROTH LAW OFFICE. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Screen and Patio.

Outdoor Space

10 Evergreen Flowers to Spruce up your Outdoor Space

If you are planning to transform your backyard or create a breathtaking outdoor escape, you should use flower power to your advantage. They will add a natural element and color to your space, whilst benefiting the environment. Flowers are known to enhance aesthetics and freshen up the air with their scent. Fortunately, there are kinds that bloom throughout the year, so you won’t need to invest too much in gardening or file for bankruptcy:

1.      Sunflower

Sunflower is a classic annual flower, which is available in different shades of yellow. Some varieties look like miniature suns that quickly brighten up a dull outdoor space. Their rich nectar also attracts different birds, butterflies, and bees, which makes them ideal to bring nature close to home.

2.      Zinnia

The perky pink zinnias will never let you down if you live in a tropical region. They grow easily anywhere and possess high endurance. They only become dormant during hard frost, but re-blossom as the temperatures go back to normal.

3.      Snapdragon

Snapdragons are one of the toughest plants out there that can survive in subzero temperatures. They come in so many different colors that they can grant your garden a rainbow effect in all seasons.

4.      Pansy

Pansies are another classic that hardly wither all year round. You can find them in a variety of hues, but I personally favor purple shade pansies, which symbolize royalty. Pansies have such a fresh and piquant fragrance, resembling that of a crisp salad.

5.      Sweet Alyssum

The sweet alyssum thrives in winters but does well in warmer temperatures as well. The tiny clustered flowers take the form of bushes as they spread and mimic clouds. The white ‘Snow Princess’ variety can make your real estate look like a winter wonderland. They are available in shades of pink as well.

6.      Bachelor’s Buttons

Bachelor’s buttons are as cute as their name and put on quite a show through spring and winter. These flowers self-sow, which makes them ideal for the lazy gardening enthusiasts out there. Moreover, they make a stunning addition among beds of roses and poppies.

7.      Marigold

These adorable bright flowers are tougher than you think. They can transform your backyard or lawn into a glorious field of flowers that will encourage you to break into song. If you maintain a vegetable garden, adding these flowers to the beds can help fend off pests.

8.      Nasturtium

If you are looking for evergreen edible flowers, Nasturtium is right up your alley. The plant can be used to create stunning foliage and climbing cover as well. The deep orange and yellow flowers are divine in taste and appearance.

9.      Petunia Hybrids

Petunia hybrids are wonderful perennial flowers, available in a plethora of combinations. They are popular for their fast growth, low maintenance, and high weather tolerance. You can opt for unique assortments that include blossoms of different colors, shapes, and sizes.

10. Spider Flower

Nobody beats the summer heat and the winter chills like the gorgeous spider flower. The plant’s color, form, and texture will add a great deal of character to your garden, aside from bestowing elegance. Spider flowers are tall plants (roughly 4 feet) that can be used to build a lovely garden hedge for show or criminal defense.

Steel Roofing

The Benefits of Steel Roofing

The Benefits of Steel Roofing – Today’s guest blog is by Roman & Associates, PLLC Attorneys at Law. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Screen and Patio.

Steel Roofing

The Benefits of Steel Roofing

Houses and commercial buildings are made very differently than they were in the past. Layout, structures, and designs have developed over the years, which calls for a new and improved range of base materials. Today, builders and contractors consider a range of factors before initiating a construction project; all risks and hazards are calculated to minimize the costs of worker’s compensation insurance. They have a better understanding of building material properties and advanced technology to implement their ideas. Brick, concrete, and asphalt are a few of the conventional choices in the construction industry, but the use of metal is a growing trend. Steel panels have become a popular choice for roofing houses and buildings worldwide, given their undeniable benefits:

Durable

The longevity of steel roofs is probably the number one reason why it is rapidly replacing asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are still rather prevalent in places like North America, but more people are moving towards materials that do not have to be replaced after fifteen or twenty years. Steel panels can last more than 50 years due to their extreme durability and tensile strength. High-quality and well-maintained steel roofs could last about 100 years, granting them a lifetime warranty. The hardness and resilience of steel make it ideal for building in hail and hurricane-prone areas.

Steel tends to rust when exposed to air and moisture, which would be considered a major drawback. However, galvanized coatings of elements like aluminum and zinc help get rid of that problem easily. Not to mention, steel can be layered with acrylic or oil-based paint as many times as required, hence the process of rusting can be greatly diminished.

Energy Efficient

Steel roofs are deemed more energy efficient than traditional kinds because of their reflective properties. In summers, the rays of the sun from the outside will be reflected off a steel roof, thereby decreasing the amount of heat that penetrates the house. In winters, the heat generated inside will not be able to escape the house easily because of the same reflective feature. As a result, your home remains warmer during cold weather and cool in the scorching summers. Your artificial cooling and heating systems will not have to work too hard, thereby allowing you to save some money on utility bills. However, don’t forget the reflective index of steel panels can vary with the choice of color.

Eco-friendly

As discussed earlier, steel roofs are long-lasting; you shall not have to replace them within the span of a single lifetime. They are practically safe, as they do not pose any hazards to human life and the natural environment. In contrast, common roofing materials like asphalt shingles are manufactured using toxic chemicals, which raises concerns regarding product liability. They wear within twenty years or less, and cannot be repurposed. Their ultimate fate is a landfill, which does not do any good to the ecosystem. Steel panels stand strong and solid for an extensive period. In addition, they can always be recycled or remolded to restore their integrity.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Steel roofing is the epitome of modern architecture. The sleek, shiny, and radiant appearance add to the aesthetic value of a building, granting it a futuristic demeanor. Steel panels can increase the economic value of real estate as well, by making it stand out in the neighborhood.

Home Renovation

Home Renovation Terms – 10 Renovation Terms You Should Know

Home Renovation Terms – 10 Renovation Terms You Should Know. Today’s guest blog is by New York State lawyer. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Screen and Patio.

Home Renovation

Home Renovation Terms – 10 Renovation Terms You Should Know

There’s a first for everything, so renovating or remodeling your home could be one of those things. Before you hire a contractor to take on the job, you must do your research over the matter. Apart from going over the changes you want to make to your home’s layout or design, you must learn the common terms used in the business. Your contractor might say a lot of things you don’t understand, which could lead to dire misunderstandings. You might hesitate to ask them to elaborate something at the time or they might fail to explain something to its full potential. Therefore, it is upon you to protect your real estate by educating yourself in advance. Learn the following terms to simplify the conversation with a contractor:

1. General Contractor

This is the person you will be talking to for getting your home renovated. He/she is the central person in charge of the project, so make sure that he/she is licensed and insured. This person will assign workers do get the job done and shall receive the payables from you.

2. Sub-Contractor

Your general contractor is responsible for undertaking construction tasks, but additional tasks such as management of electric wiring and sanitation pipes are not included in his/her expertise. Therefore, the general contractor will call in qualified personnel to take care of the extra work; these qualified personnel (electricians, plumbers, etc.) are the sub-contractors.

3. Mechanicals

Mechanicals refers to all the systems built inside the walls of your house, i.e. wires, pipes, vents, etc.

4. Pull a Permit

Home remodeling or renovation that involves any form of demolition or construction requires a legal permit. The building inspector in your area should review and approve the plan before you initiate the project. The act of acquiring consent of legal authorities is known as ‘pull a permit’.

5. Gut a Room

When the contractor says that he/she will have to gut a room, it means they will strip off everything. This includes removal of wall and floor covering (tiles/hardwood), so everything within is exposed. Think of it as removing skin to reveal the flesh and bones.

6. HVAC

This acronym simply spells out Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It will come up because the heating and cooling system of your home need to be considered before making drastic changes. Now you won’t feel embarrassed when the contractor mentions it.

7. Blueprint

If the contractor demands a blueprint, he/she is, in fact, asking for a technical illustration of the renovation plan. The blueprint provides instructions for building a project, including specific details like dimensions and materials.

8. Footings

Footings are the rebar (reinforcing steel) and concrete that support the foundation of your house.

9. House Footprint

The footprint of a house is its overall dimensions. The house footprint is altered when you opt for additional construction. If you are remodeling a rented space, make sure not to violate the Landlord-Tenant law

10. Moving a Wall

If the contractor tells you that that renovation will require moving a wall, do not take it literally. What he/she means is that a wall will have to be demolished and a new one will be built on a different spot; this step is often required to expand an existing room.

Home Renovation Terms – 10 Renovation Terms You Should Know

Why Your Home Needs a Patio Deck

Why Your Home Needs a Patio Deck

Why Your Home Needs a Patio Deck – Today’s guest blog is by Anthony Ranken & Associates. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Screen and Patio.

Why Your Home Needs a Patio Deck

Why Your Home Needs a Patio Deck

If you live in a tropical region and enjoy long summers, a deck should be a great addition to your home. Building a deck is much cheaper than a fully enclosed area, and the extension adds aesthetic value to the exterior of your house. Conventionally, decks were made out of wood, but nowadays you can choose from a variety of composites, hardwoods, and even plastic/glass decking.

Although wood is the preferred option for decking, a concrete one is favorable for regions that receive considerable rain and/or snowfall throughout the year. A wooden deck adds more value to the house, but the maintenance costs are much higher compared to other amalgamated constructions. If you are living in a rented place, make sure to review the Landlord-Tenant Law before making any alterations.

Currently, so many different types of outdoor spaces are trending and people get confused differentiating between a patio, deck, veranda, terrace, and balcony. While patios and verandas are house extensions intact with the ground, the other three are elevated. The ground floor roof underneath supports a balcony or terrace, while a deck covers extra space. It is not necessarily on the same level as upper stories of a house, but often just a few feet above the ground.

It can be connected or completely detached from the original structure of your home. Many people add a deck to their house to increase its resale value. Several home buyers fancy a house with a deck, over another that may feature an extra sitting area indoors. It is important to pick the correct side of the house for building a deck. It should blend well with the rest of your house’s peripheral, and not get in the way of anything. If your deck interferes with a neighbor’s property, it may provoke Civil Litigation.

The capital needed to build a deck depends upon the size and materials you select; hiring professionals to do the job will obviously cost more. Most home sellers are able to recover about three-quarters of what they spent on decking. However, a deck that clashes with the overall aesthetics and comfort of your home can potentially decrease its monetary value.

A deck can become the most popular area of your home for throwing parties and having get-togethers; an ideal space for relaxing in the sun, enjoying the fresh breeze, and sitting under the stars at night. It is definitely a must-have if you regularly host barbecues and dinners. Depending on the space, you can add an array of furniture to accommodate all your guests.

Decks are great for basking in nature, and the space below may well be utilized for storing outdoor equipment. You can decorate it in a number of ways and use it for diverse activities in every season. Hiring an experienced contractor and obtaining a construction permit is legally the best route. This will save you from causing potential damage to your home’s existing edifice, and breaking any laws.

Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces – Today’s guest blog is by DCD Law Firm. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Screen and Patio.

Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

Have you ever looked at your patio or barren outdoor space and wished that it did not look the way it does? Looking through several outdoor decorating catalogs might have sparked the interior designer within you. Scrolling on Instagram, one frequently comes across people posting picture-perfect backyards and patios. Why envy others when you can transform your own neglected space into something just as spectacular?

It’s time to do something about that ignored outdoor space adjoining your home and turn it into your personal dream space for entertainment and relaxation. No matter how small your patio, there’s a lot you can do to make it cozy and beautiful at the same time. If you are able to do the work yourself, don’t worry, there are professionals you can turn to for help.

Before you start brainstorming for ideas, remember that your patio must feel like a part of the rest of your home. Do not let this extension of your home appear unrelated to the rest of your home and the rest of the home’s exterior.  Your patio should be a combination of indoor and outdoor elements. Greenery can be a great effect, so don’t hesitate to surround your space with plants. It would be best not to overdo it though unless you appreciate a rainforest or jungle theme.

Add cozy outdoor furniture so you can sit and lounge on your patio with friends or family. There are exclusive varieties of furniture available all over the market that were specifically designed to decorate the outdoor parts of your home. But, you do not necessarily have to stick to those trends and should definitely do your own thing. You can mix and match different pieces of outdoor furniture and even add a rug to make it look like another room of the house.

If you’re among the fortunate ones who have a large outdoor space for a patio, there’s actually so much you can do with this extra space. You can divide it into multiple segments: a space for dining, a place for reading, and even a small pool or hot tub if it is feasible. A large patio is great for throwing parties and family gatherings involving barbeques and board games. But, do not attempt to expand a small patio by trespassing on your neighbor’s property; the mere extension will not be worth the legal charges you could face.

For those who have neighbors close together, you can always put up a fence or a partition to add comfort and privacy. If your patio isn’t as roomy as you would like, you can still rearrange stuff to make it look more spacious. Try your best not to trespass on your neighbor’s property because trespassing is a punishable offense!

Finally, yet importantly, get the lighting right. Hanging lanterns and fairy lights will make your outdoor space look exquisite, however, if that’s not doable then you can use different sorts of exterior lamps as well. When you’re using your patio for get-togethers, you can always increase seating by keeping several cushions around. this not only allows to house a bigger audience but also gives the place a more comfy vibe.