What to expect when getting your deck repaired

Spring is the best time of the year to get your deck repaired. Decks make a great outdoor area to relax or entertain guests. If your deck is in need of repair, here are some things you can expect from a professional to make your deck safe and ready for the warm weather.

A professional will check the deck flooring and railing for damage. You may need some pieces replaced or all pieces replaced. This will typically depend on the wear and tear of the boards and the age of the deck. A contractor should be able to tell you what areas need to be replaced and which places are in good condition. Keep in mind that there may be unforeseen damage in places that may not come up during the initial consultation.

Once you have decided what places may need repair, the professional will do his best to ensure that the other pieces can be salvaged. However, sometimes during the process of demolition, boards may split or become damaged. If this happens, the contractor will notify you and a new plan will be put into action.

Most deck professionals prefer to use screws instead of nails to support flooring and railings. Although screws cost a little more than nails, they are better at keeping the boards anchored over time. Your contractor will discuss this option with you during consultation.

Once your deck has been successfully repaired, you will need to have it painted or stained. A professional should be able to paint or stain it right away or you may schedule it at another time. Don’t wait too late to have it stained and sealed. You will want to have it stained and sealed within a month of repair to avoid weather damage.

A total deck renovation, including repair and staining, can take up to a week depending on the size of the deck and the amount of repair needed. Don’t wait until summer to get your deck repaired.  Jeremak Handyman Services can make sure that your deck is ready for spring weather with a free consultation. Contact us now to schedule.

Custom Shelving for your home, office, or business

Shelves add functionality and beauty to any home or business. However, finding the right style and size for a room can be tricky. We can make any size and any style shelf that fits your needs. 

Check out these shelves we made for a customer. We built and installed over 25 shelves of varying sizes and styles. This satisfied customer now has elegant-looking displays for books and products of all different sizes.

Besides, free-standing shelves we also build cubed shelving and built-in shelving. Not sure what you are looking for? We can help with that, too. We offer free consultations to determine the size and style that is just right for any area of your home or office.

If you decide to choose us to build your shelves, you control the type of wood, dimensions, style, and color. We will not limit your options. We only make what you want, the way that you want it.

Whether you need custom shelving for your home, office, or business, we can make it happen. Contact us today for a free quote.

Is your home ready for the winter?

When the outdoors are cold, you want to stay warm indoors. Keeping your house warm and cozy during the wintertime means more than just a well-working furnace. You must also keep that warm air in and the cold air out. Check out these suggestions for keeping your home energy efficient.

Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones

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Outdated windows and doors allow unwanted cold drafts to enter your home.  The simplest and most energy-efficient solution would be to replace these windows and doors with newer ones.  Windows and doors on the market today are double or triple-paned to keep the cold out during the winter and the hot out during the summer.

If you want a more budget-friendly option, try installing a glaze or film over your windows.  Instead of replacing your doors, you could install storm doors which will add an extra layer of insulation from the cold. If you are not sure what your windows and doors need, call a professional for a consultation.

Seal doors and windows to prevent drafts

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When doors and windows are not properly sealed, cold drafts can affect the temperature in your home.  Doors and windows should be sufficiently insulated with the proper sealant and weather stripping. 

Sealing windows could be as simple as caulking the gaps around the frame or ensuring that windows are able to latch and close properly.  Exterior doors should have weather stripping around the edges to seal the door from the outside air.  Rotten or worn-out weather-stripping can make your house lose a lot of warmth during the cold season.

Properly insulate your home

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If it seems as though your heating unit struggles with warming your home, there could be a problem with the insulation in your home.  You will want to make sure that the attic and crawl spaces of your home are evenly insulated.  You may even consider adding extra insulation to your attic since hot air rises and can escape through the attic.  

Another consideration for insulating your home is to install insulated vinyl siding. Not only would this be a great way to make your home more energy efficient it can also add a new look to your home. If insulated vinyl siding is not in your budget, try replacing your rigid foam insulation with one that has a higher insulation factor.

It is important to make sure that your home is properly winterized before or during the cold season. The upfront cost for replacing windows, doors, and siding or to maintain proper insulation can save you money in the long run. Save money on your heating bill during the winter months, contact us today for a free consultation.

Remodeling a Veranda into a Closed-in Porch

Enclosed porches make spending outdoors more comfortable all year round. During the summer, a screened porch allows you to get fresh air and enjoy nature without the annoyance of the hot sun or biting insects.  When the weather gets colder these covered porches provide some warmth from the bitter cold.

Jeremak’s latest project involved converting a 12 x 12  deck into a 12 x 16 screened-in porch with composite flooring and a gable roof.  These projects are very technical and timely but the results are worth it.  The transformation came out beautiful and our customer couldn’t wait to adorn the area with furniture.  Check out our before and after pictures below.

Whether you are transforming your porch into a portico or enclosing your veranda, we can help make your remodel a reality. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Home Improvement Projects for the Fall

With the biggest holiday season on its way, fall is the perfect time for those interior remodeling projects. Whether you are preparing for a big family get-together or playing it safe with your immediate family at your house, you will want your home looking its best. Let’s take a look at some ideas for any budget.

New Flooring

If you are considering new flooring before guests step foot in your home, there are a variety of options to fit your budget needs.  The type of flooring you choose will depend on where it will be placed, how durable you need it, and how much you want to spend.

  • Laminate Flooring: Can be used in any room; Inexpensive, easy to maintain but not as durable as the flooring it replicates i.e. hardwood or tile
  • Hardwood Flooring: Can be used in any room; Expensive but durable
  • Linoleum and vinyl sheets: Best for the kitchen and bathroom areas; water resistant, inexpensive but vulnerable to tearing
  • Ceramic or Porcelain Tile: Best for the kitchen and bathroom areas; water resistant and durable but more expensive

Open Floor Plans

Taking out the wall between your living room and dining room can open up space to accommodate large gatherings and can make the best remodeling project for the holidays.  Although this renovation project is costly, it also adds more value to your home. It is important to have a professional help you with this project due to the technicality and skill level of the work.

Chair Rail Molding

Adding a 3 foot high trim molding along walls makes a beautiful and functional option for bare walls.  Chair rail molding can make walls look elegant and more eye appealing.  They also provide some protection against scuffs and dings made by furniture close to the wall.

Kitchen Countertops

The kitchen gets a lot of attention during the holiday season. Not only are you entertaining in the kitchen but you are also cooking and preparing meals for guests.  If you need more counter space, a kitchen island may be a great solution. Depending on the space, an island can also provide additional seating for guests. If counter space is not an issue in your kitchen, you may consider an update to your countertop with granite, marble, chop block, or polished cement.  A least expensive option would be to resurface old countertops with an epoxy coating.

Is your home ready for the holidays? If not, now is a great time to start preparing. We can help by finding the project that fits your budget and also makes your house look nice and welcoming. Contact us today for a free consultation.