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Siding Installation: Price Vs Value


There are many things to consider when looking for a professional to transform your home. Depending on the project, some things are more important than others. But in every case, the single most important thing you’ll need to consider is whether you’ll choose the best price or the best value – they are rarely the same thing. Case in point is a homeowner that contacted me for a quote to install siding and replace the roof on their house.

I first met with this customer in September and offered our services as a roofer and siding installer. Hearing nothing back, I followed up in December to see if they had made a decision or if I could answer any more questions. At this time they said we did a great job of presenting ourselves, but they went with somebody else due to price. Although I was disappointed, I understand that this happens.

Rather than chalk it up as a loss, I decided to take the opportunity to learn more about the competition. After learning who the homeowner hired to install their siding, I took a close look at the quality of work, cleanliness, and project management. The first thing I noticed was that the siding had been installed before the roof. I always prefer to do the roof first to avoid the risk of damaging brand new siding while tearing off the old roof. Doing the roof first also allows me to cut back the old siding and make sure all the flashing gets installed perfectly – which can’t be done if the siding goes on first. It’s possible that the weather played a role in the other contractor’s decision, but I’d still prefer to wait until the weather cooperates and do what’s the best for the customer.

The siding the customer requested was popular brand of fiber-cement siding with very detailed installation instructions that have changed over time. This is why when we install this product, we print out the installation instructions the day we begin the job to make sure there have been no changes and our customers receive the warranty protection they deserve.

Like most building products, this cement siding’s warranty specifically states that improper installation can void the warranty. Unfortunately, I found two such problems in the installation that could have been easily avoided. The most glaring is that the siding was installed right up to the roofline rather than providing the “two-inch minimum clearance between the roofing and the bottom edge of the siding” that is clearly called for in the installation instructions. The second thing I noticed was that the siding was sitting out completely exposed to the elements throughout the project. “Store flat and keep dry and covered prior to installation” – again this quote is from the installation instructions.

One more thing I noticed was a tremendous amount of “face nails,” or nails where you can see them, in the siding. Although not specifically wrong, “blind nailing,” or nailing under the overlap of the previous pieces, is the preferred method of installation for lap siding products.”

I guess I don’t understand why, in a situation where it is not necessary, would they face nail that much? Yes, there are instances where it is necessary, but I can assure you this was not one of them. Lastly, I noticed that the siding was installed with a variety of “reveals,” which is to say that the exposed portion of each piece of siding varied slightly. The obvious result of this is that the siding will look crooked, and this siding did.

So, did this customer get a better value? No. They paid a lower price upfront and received a service commensurate with the price they paid. Is saving a little money worth voiding the warranty protection of the product? Or having crooked siding? I just really hope that nothing goes wrong for this homeowner because they may not have warranty protection when they need it.

Brian Buresh founded Buresh Home Solutions in 2003 and has been providing home improvement services to homeowners in Central since its inception. BHS is a full-service home improvement company, offering kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, siding installation, roofing, interior, and exterior painting, handyman services, and much more. BHS service territory includes areas within a 60-mile radius of Des Moines and over 70% of all of BHS business comes from referrals from past customers. Continue reading

Aromatherapy Diffusers – Top Tips

In learning to use the best aromatherapy diffusers in Australia it is important to first understand the theory behind diffusion. This is the process of dispersing essential oils so that the aroma will fill an area with fragrance. There are many different techniques that can be utilized for this purpose. While simple methods do exist for diffusing essential oils in a room without using a special tool, there are also many different aromatherapy diffuser devices that can be used for more elaborate diffusion.

One of the easiest aromatherapy diffusers to utilize is simple facial tissue. By placing a few drops of essential oil of your choice on a tissue and then placing it in the room, you can quickly and easily create a wonderful fragrance in your environment. It should be noted that while this method is very easy to use and be used practically anywhere, this method will only emit a slight amount of fragrance. If you want something more noticeable, it will be necessary to utilize a more elaborate aromatherapy diffuser.

A steam aromatherapy diffuser can also be utilized to place a couple of cups of boiled water and adding several drops of the essential oil of your choice into the water. This method can be used for a variety of purposes, such as freshening a room or treating a cold. There are some disadvantages to this method; however. For example, while the aroma is diffused quickly, it does not last particularly long.

Candles also prove to be wonderful aromatherapy diffusers. For this technique, any candle will work. Simply light it and allow it to burn for a few minutes and then extinguish it. Place a single drop of essential oil on the melted wax and light the candle once again. The only problem with this method is that you must be extremely careful because essential oils are flammable. You must make sure the oil is placed on the wax and not the wick of the candle.

There are also numerous aromatherapy diffuser products currently on the market that are quite safe and provide long-lasting fragrance. One of the best aromatherapy diffuser products currently on the market is lamp rings. These rings can be placed directly on a light bulb to hold essential oil. The heat from the light bulb will heat the oil and diffuse the scent into the room.

Candle aromatherapy diffusers are another inexpensive diffusion option that can offer a nice scent in practically any location. Due to the fact that they do utilize candles; however, caution should be exercised.

A nebulizer is also a good choice if you are looking for an aromatherapy diffuser that will provide a lot of therapeutic benefits in a small space.

How You Can Benefit From Traffic Lawyers


The law is a complex and varied topic and there are many different areas of the law – some of which are related and others of which bear little relation to each other. Finding the right lawyer for your particular needs is highly important if you hope to be able to win a case in court and avoid a heavy fine or other penalties or conversely if you are trying to get compensation yourself. If you need criminal lawyers for instance then this will be for a criminal court case, whereas divorce lawyers can help you in a divorce settlement of course.

It’s very important that you choose the right type of lawyer for the particular areas of the law you are dealing with because this will ensure that they have the most relevant knowledge and experience to help you win your case rather than a more broad knowledge that is less relevant and in-depth.

Traffic lawyers then will help you in cases where you are in dispute over an accident or a ticket. If for instance, you find yourself on the receiving end of a traffic ticket or speeding ticket that you don’t believe was your fault, then you might opt to use traffic lawyers in order to argue your case and avoid getting the points on your license and the nasty fine. Meanwhile, you might choose to find a traffic lawyer in the instance that you have had a car crash and don’t believe it’s your fault.

Traffic lawyers can help in either of these situations in a variety of ways. For instance, in the case of a speeding ticket, there are many loopholes that might help you to get around the matter. For instance, if the speed sign or even the road sign were to be blurred or in anyway illegible then that could help you to fight a ticket (as you could really argue that you were unaware of the limit). Traffic lawyers play an important role here because there are many cases where people end up paying for tickets that they didn’t deserve – and if you end up losing your license as a result then this can end up very drastically altering your lifestyle for the worse.

In the case of a traffic accident then you might use a traffic lawyer to either defend yourself or to prosecute someone else in a civil litigation case. Here the roles of a traffic lawyer and criminal lawyers might overlap in cases where you are being prosecuted for criminal driving – such as a hit and run.

Here there are various bits of evidence that can work in your favor if you are innocent. For instance, a mark on the road might tell the court where you started breaking or your precise trajectory. Likewise, witnesses and CCTV might be able to indicate more details, as can the nature of the damage to the vehicles and/or property. As such it can help you greatly to act quickly when you suspect you are going to need a traffic lawyer to take the names and numbers of potential witnesses and to make a note of any details that might be relevant at a later date.

Summer Time Water Slide Fun

Summertime is a great time for kids and water slides. Kids love to play and be off school during the summer. There is nothing better for creating memories for your kids than renting an inflatable slide for their birthday party, a block party, or just for your kids to have a great time!

Phoenix water slide rentals have gained in popularity over the past few years. They are a great alternative to regular bounce houses during the hot summer months of the year and are a great option for a fun and healthy children’s activity. They are a great thing to have when your kids want to cool down and have a good time with their friends.

You can set up an inflatable slide almost anywhere. Most of them fit in normal-sized backyards, but some are very massive and may only fit in the largest of backyards or at a park. Some parks, however, do not allow these big slides due to the park’s possible liability.

When you are renting an inflatable water slide it will be very important that you rent from a company that cleans and sanitizes their slides after every weekend use. This is important because these slides can be messy depending on where they are set up. Kids running around in the grass with a lot of water around means sometimes there will be mud. If the inflatable rental company you buy from does not clean their units, you will get a muddy slide!

Inflatable slides are a great way to cool down the upcoming summer! Make sure your kids have one of their own for their party!

Summer Time Water Slide Fun

Summertime is a great time for kids and water slides. Kids love to play and be off school during the summer. There is nothing better for creating memories for your kids than renting an inflatable slide for their birthday party, a block party, or just for your kids to have a great time!

Phoenix water slide rentals have gained in popularity over the past few years. They are a great alternative to regular bounce houses during the hot summer months of the year and are a great option for a fun and healthy children’s activity. They are a great thing to have when your kids want to cool down and have a good time with their friends.

You can set up an inflatable slide almost anywhere. Most of them fit in normal-sized backyards, but some are very massive and may only fit in the largest of backyards or at a park. Some parks, however, do not allow these big slides due to the park’s possible liability.

When you are renting an inflatable water slide it will be very important that you rent from a company that cleans and sanitizes their slides after every weekend use. This is important because these slides can be messy depending on where they are set up. Kids running around in the grass with a lot of water around means sometimes there will be mud. If the inflatable rental company you buy from does not clean their units, you will get a muddy slide!

Inflatable slides are a great way to cool down the upcoming summer! Make sure your kids have one of their own for their party!

Can You Really Make Money With Damsel In Defense?

What Is It?
Damsel in Defense is an MLM that focuses on selling self-defense products for women, including products for women to carry and those for the home.

Short Review
The product line of Damsel in Defense isn’t what you typically find at an MLM, but that’s where the uniqueness of the company ends. I do actually like the (idea of the) products! Essentially, the company is yet another MLM that is targeted at women and focuses on the idea of empowering. In this case, the products themselves are promoted as ways to empower women as is the opportunity. Realistically though, the chances of making money from this company are the same as most other MLMs, slim, at best.

Product Breakdown
So, the product line at Damsel in Defense is a little bit unusual. As the name suggests, the company sells self-defense items that are targeted at women.

It supports charitable causes
In line with their mission-driven marketing, Damsel in Defense supports many women’s charities and does good work for women’s causes.

Damsel in Defense Complaints
Now that we have covered what we like, it’s time to have a look at some of the complaints and see if these are deal-breakers or not.

Lots of Recruiting
To earn more, chances are you will need to recruit a lot of people in your downline in order to earn a percentage of the sales they make. This means hosting in-home parties and trying to recruit people to grow your network.

So, Join Damsel In Defense.

Stamped Concrete – Should It Be Considered for Your Home Improvement Project?

Why would you possibly want to use stamped concrete?

Are you in the market for a new concrete driveway, walkway, path, patio or pool deck? Why would you consider using stamped concrete? Do you know what stamped concrete is?

Stamped concrete is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Concrete is poured into a mold containing metal rebar or fiber frame. Once it begins to harden, the concrete is stamped with fiber molds lined up side by side or rolled on with a roller. Sounds simple enough? Well, it is. Even though the process is pretty simple, the results are actually pretty impressive. Due to the wide variety of stamp patterns, you can pretty much create any design that you can imagine. You can create the look and feel of an English walkway or a cobblestone path. Stamped concrete is flexible enough to accommodate any design scheme or landscaping look.

Some of the most popular stamps are:

Ashlar Stone

English Cobblestone

Canyon Stone

Vermont Slate

Fractured Slate

Cobblestone Running Bond

New Brick Herringbone

Another benefit of using concrete for your project is the wide variety of colors available to you. You can make use of these color options in your concrete project in a variety of ways. You can use concrete stains, color hardeners, integral color, or concrete dyes. Ask your concrete contractor which type of coloring method to use for your project. The methods used will depend on the type of project and whether it is indoors or outdoors. Some methods are not weather or UV resistant. The method of coloring and color tone that you choose will make a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your project. Do you want a soft, neutral look or a very bright and vibrant feel? Stains, for example, will give a more natural look, whereas dyes will generally give you a brighter tone. Be sure to discuss the availability of color choices and methods with your concrete contractor to ensure they have exactly what you are looking for.

Does it sound like stamped and stained concrete can give you what you are looking for? Sure it can, you say, but what about the cost?

Like most things, the cost of your concrete project will depend on several factors:

The cost of installation (labor and materials) in your area.

The complexity of your project.

The amount and type of coloring used.

A simple project with one type of pattern and color will run around $8 per square foot. If you add multiple colors and a border your cost will increase to around $12 to $15 per square foot. If you want to go all out with a variety of patterns, borders, and colors, your price will rise to around $20 per square foot.

While your initial cost of stamped and stained concrete will be higher than asphalt or plain cement, it is considerably cheaper than using natural stone and brick. Stamped concrete is also more durable and requires less maintenance (like yearly sealants) than asphalt and cement. Low required maintenance makes stamped concrete cheaper over the life of the project. Plus you must consider the benefit of a boost in home value due to the considerable increase in “curb appeal” that stamped concrete provides.