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Common Home Repair Projects That Require a Professional’s Touch

AN ARTICLE BY RAY FLYNN- DiyGuys.net

When something goes wrong with your home, your first instinct might be to take matters into your own hands. Sure, it sounds easier than having to schedule an appointment with a pro, and you might think you can save some money doing it yourself. The truth is, there are some projects that require a professional’s touch to ensure it is done properly and safely the first time.

Stay Off the Roof

The roof is one area you need to stay away from. Whether it is a broken shingle or a full replacement, trying to do it yourself is a bad idea. For starters, climbing up and down the ladder juggling materials and tools is a feat, and any sort of fall, regardless of how low your roof is, will mean a pricey trip to the emergency room. Manufacturers aren’t going to offer a warranty for products that weren’t handled by a professional either. In addition, if you try to make an insurance claim and your home insurance company discovers that the damage could be due to the fact that you compromised your roof’s structural integrity, they might not accept the claim. On average, for roof repairs, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $1,100 depending on how extensive the repair is. A new roof will cost $7,500 or more.

Don’t Mess with Termites

If you’ve ever had experience with termites, you know how much damage these tiny pests can do. The first telltale sign that you have termites chewing their way through your home is their droppings. When termites burrow, they push their excrement up through the holes. It looks like a small pile of sawdust, which is why so many homeowners overlook it. Another sign is small pinholes in window sills, door sills, trim, and your porch. You may even see the winged termites themselves. It is important to have your home inspected once a year, but if you suspect you have termites, quickly find a termite control professional near you to mitigate the problem. You can probably expect to pay $146-$296 in Redmond just for treatment. Depending on the infestation, it could cost more.

Don’t Mess with the AC

Warmer months are approaching so you’ll likely be adjusting the thermostat to keep you and your home cool. When your AC stops working properly, you want to get it fixed stat, but you shouldn’t make repairs yourself. Your AC system runs on 220 to 240 volts of electricity, which can be fatal if you get electrocuted. Tinkering with it is not only dangerous, but it could void your warranty completely, meaning you’ll be responsible for the bill should an issue ever pop up. Chances are your AC stopped running properly due to several issues, not one minor problem, so it is best to have a pro assess and take care of the problem. The cost to repair it all depends on the problem you are having, but House Logic breaks it down for you here. To ensure your HVAC unit stays in tip-top shape all year, change the air filter on a regular basis (a subscription service can deliver them right to your door so you won’t forget).

Re-Piping is for Plumbers

Plumbing issues tend to creep up at the most inopportune time, but there are signs you can look out for to detect plumbing problems before they come serious business. Listen for noises that aren’t your typical toilet flush or shower draining, including your toilet constantly running or hearing water running through your pipes. A sudden change in water pressure or the odor of sewage or natural gas is often a precursor to a plumbing disaster as well. The average cost to fix or replace your pipes depends on the type of pipe it is. Copper pipes cost more than PEX and PVC pipes. For example, according to CostHelper, re-piping a two-bathroom house that costs $3,499 in PEX would be more than $5,000 with copper.

Stay Away from Glass

The windows in your home let in natural light, provide great views, and are aesthetically pleasing, especially when you add interior drapes/shades and/or exterior shutters. However, cracked, foggy glass is an eyesore, not to mention both a danger and a money waster if the glass continues to crack, letting out heat and air. It might seem like an easy fix, but installing new windows takes precision, skill, and special tools, plus it’s extremely easy to break glass. It’s best to hire experienced glaziers such as those at KB Glass and Metal who are not only familiar with and skilled at fitting glass, but can ensure your frame is in good condition to prevent future problems down the road.

Home repairs are a nuisance, but trying to fix it on your own could exacerbate the problem. When it comes to roof repairs, pest control, plumbing, and HVAC, call a pro. You’ll save yourself time, money, and a major headache down the road.

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Frameless Shower Glass

The full height, frameless, shower slider is a sweet looking option for your next bathroom remodel/upgrade!Thanks to…

Posted by KB Glass and Metal on Friday, March 4, 2016

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Adding Glass to your Favorite Antique…

Adding glass to your favorite pieces is a great way to make decorations functional while adding elegance. The concept of the “garage sale” has changed dramatically in the past two decades. Sites like Ebay, Craigslist, OfferUp, and online auctions now own the antiquing industry. For all the pickers out there, we know nothing can really beat being the first one to a Saturday morning rummage sale, but maybe there is a better way to transform your treasures!

This is a picture of a what was once a basket!

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Redmond Hyatt

Posted a new project!! #tenantimprovement #glazing #construction

Posted by KB Glass and Metal on Monday, January 18, 2016

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Maximizing Your Tenant Improvement Allowance

TENANT IMPROVEMENT, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “TI”, IS DEFINED AS AN ALLOWANCE PROVIDED BY THE LANDLORD TO BUILD OUT OR RETROFIT A COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR THE TENANT’S SPECIFIC — USE.

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Things tenants should know for their improvements…Storefront

When starting any new project it is important to first establish a budget. TIs are no different. Tenants should negotiate an allowance or a budget from the landlord prior to inking the tenancy contract. For example, if a tenant is looking to build a Dentistry inside of an office building, the tenant should go through what exactly needs to be added. The Dentist can do it themselves, and we encourage that! However, we also understand that no everyone’s specialty is creating an effective affordable floor plan. That’s where we come in. Here are certain questions to ask yourself as you think about updating your space.

  • office TI, TI, Tenant ImprovementWhat is your TI allowance?
  • What would you like your floor plan to be?
  • What functions would you like your new space to perform…(hospitality, medical, office, etc.)?
  • What design or style will your completed TI provide your business/space?
    • If you’re doing exterior work, are there any energy codes that should be adhered to? If so, How can you maintain the energy standards?

     

Popular services KB Glass and Metal can provide TI clients with…

  • Storefront SystemExterior storefront – changing storefront layout including doors, sidelites, transoms, entrance packages or fire rated material
  • Interior doors – framed aluminum doors with glass infill, frameless glass doors, sidelites and transoms with custom powder coated finishes available
  • Interior storefront – This service is especially popular in car dealerships, office buildings, gyms and club housesWall to Wall Mirror
  • Glass wall partition – office spaces, conference rooms, entrances and lobbies
  • Interior sliders –  framed or frameless stacking systems or traditional sliders for offices, conference rooms, or room dividers
  • Mirrors – framed or frameless for gyms, lobbies or bathrooms

 

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Adding a Custom Door to Your Project

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MAKE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS STAND OUT FROM THE REST, A CUSTOM DOOR OR ENTIRE ENTRANCE PACKAGE ADDS CURB APPEAL AND IS THE FIRST SIGN OF A WELL THOUGHT OUT BUILD/REMODEL.

Custom Doors and Entrance Package

Before you pull the trigger on a custom door…

  • Decide what look you would like to accomplish with a custom door. Many think a custom door is what they’re looking for, but most of the time it turns out to be an entrance package with flashing, side-lites, and transom glass.
  • Ask us for ideas, sketches, material previews, and pros/cons about each custom door or entrance package set up you’re interested in. You would be surprised the different intricacies we can do to accomplish your goals so there’s no need to settle.
  • It is important to be inspired by something. Make sure to take a look at different custom doors and entrance packages and take a few ideas to make it your own!
  • An entrance package includes a custom door! It also might include the windows on the side and on top of the door. In addition to the windows and the custom door, it may include a railing system, a canopy or awning (typically made from metal and glass nowadays). Figure out whether you’re looking for a custom door or an entrance package.

What separates us from the rest…westridge3

  • We are able to make what’s called thermally broken systems for your custom door or entrance package.
  • This means you’re not limited to standard painted wood for your custom door material. We specialize in taking commercial metal and glass products, retrofitting them, and installing them in a way that ensures the same energy expenditure each month.
  • We have the ability to make the ENTIRE ENTRANCE PACKAGE (including the custom door) custom powder coated colors. A powder coated metal product will keep its color much longer and fade less in the elements.
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AFC Market – North Seattle

2" x 4 1/2" Storefront
Recently we were asked to take on a project for investors and owners of the AFC (Asian Food Center) in Bellevue, WA. Their plan was to replicate the same design proven to be efficient in the Bellevue location with one difference. They’re plans were also to create four retail spaces available to different restaurants and add a common area in the middle of the market where shoppers can grab a bite to eat before entering the massive grocery store.
We gladly accepted the challenge of transforming this once run-down K-mart into a cultural cornerstone for the Oriental population of Seattle and Greater Seattle Areas.
PROJECT DETAILS:
The original storefront only allowed for one double door with side-lite system in the center of the entire storefront. Instead, five different storefront double door systems with framed 2″ x 4 ½” glazing  and automatic sliding doors for entrance to the main market were installed. Here are some before and after pictures which should explain a bit more.
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2" x 4 1/2" Storefront
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Upgrading Aluminum Windows to Vinyl Windows

REPLACING ALUMINUM WINDOWS ANVinyl Windows and SliderD SLIDING DOORS TO VINYL WINDOWS AND VINYL SLIDERS IS WELL KNOWN AS THE FIRST STEP TO TAKE WHEN YOU’RE READY TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF YOUR HOME. 

We work directly with the manufacturer to cut out the middle man and make sure you get the best value when replacing aluminum windows and installing vinyl windows.

 

Benefits in replacing your windows…

  • Your house is warmer in the cold winter
  • Not interested in purchasing an air conditioning unit? New windows help keep your home cooler during the hot months
  • Drafts and cold surfaces reduced
  • Replacing aluminum windows helps reduce noise coming from outside of your home
  • Installing vinyl windows cuts energy costs down helping the environment without missing out on style
  • Replacing your windows increases the value of your home and adds curb appeal

Contact PSE for Energy Rebates

 

1How you know if you should replace your aluminum windows for new vinyl windows…

  • If your house is older than 1990
  • If your windows have aluminum framing
  • If your windows become foggy or generate condensation
  • If you can feel a draft coming from the window when it’s closed
  • If your home cools down rapidly during the winter

 

 

Keywords to know when shopping for vinyl windows and sliding doors…

  • U-Value: The rate at which energy transfers through the material installed. You’re shooting for anything under a .30 U-value (.30 being the industry standard).Window details keywords
  • Low-emittance (Low-E) windows: Windows that have clear coating that reflects the heat inside your home, back into your home. They are highly recommended for larger windows.
  • Single Pane windows: Windows that have a single piece of glass between your house and the outdoors.
  • Dual Pane windows: These windows have an insulated glass unit (IGU) within. It enables the purchaser to fill the IGU with different gases making it more efficient.
  • Flashing: Materials that make water drain to the outside of your home rather than the inside for moisture control.
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