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Top Home Improvement Solutions

Going green is not just a fashionable whim. Adopting a variety of home improvement solutions for green living will allow you to conserve energy and water and save money, while preserving the environment for the future generations. You should not hesitate to use any or all of the following methods to accomplish all this.

Achieve green living by replacing your old appliances with ones that save energy. It is now easier than every to find energy saving air conditioners, water boilers and radiators as well as washing machines and dishwashers. You can readily buy smaller appliances designed with the same person in mind. There are even electrical shavers that are made to conserve energy. The investment might be costly, but you can separate it into different sages, starting with the replacement of the large appliances first. Spending money now will certainly pay off in the future.

Insulating your home is one of the best home improvement solutions for green living. Use insulation panels to cover your entire house from the outside. Installing wooden flooring is another superb option. The cork wall tiles are excellent for protecting the home from the outside environment. Install insulation window frames and treatments, such as curtains and blinds to complete this home improvement task.

Conserving water is equally important. There are various fittings designed for this purpose. You are highly recommended to install showerheads, taps and toilets that save water. An irrigation system with the same purpose is ideal for the garden. Check out other water saving options, such as instant water heaters and specifically designed waste water filters.

The use of solar power in the home is synonymous to green living. You can readily install solar panels and an energy converter and connect them to the electric system of your house. The costs of the materials and the installation are not small, but you can consider getting a loan. There are preferential interest rates for borrowing money for energy saving home improvements. You can get a tax allowance as well. As a start, you can install solar powered lamps, pond pumps and filters in your garden. This is much cheaper.

There are even simpler ways to save energy and water in your home as well. One of them is to have a shower enclosure or curtain in the bathroom. Planting trees near the walls of your home is a superb home improvement solution for green living. You will get insulation and the environment will have more oxygen.

Basement Repair Through Waterproofing

Home improvement can sometimes occur in the basement through the repair of implementation of its waterproofing feature. This area of the house or building is prone to various faults which can jeopardize the stability of the structure. It is important to add or compound this feature of any underground area to prevent the entrance of moisture or wetness that can be detrimental to the stability of the building. Having moisture or water in the room or area can make the concrete, wood or whatever substance is in the room deteriorate faster. The waterproofing implementation can also ensure that insects stay out of the area if it is applied well enough. Concrete is a common material used for this kind of home improvement to make the floors and the walls of this room, it is important to make it as waterproof as it can be. There are also other substances and solutions that can be used to waterproof the basement.

Application

There are times when building contractors actually recommend treating the area with waterproofing to make sure that their work does not go to waste. This can also be a standard procedure for new structures that have basements. There are some formulas that are commercial strength and others that are usually reserved for use in dwellings. In some case, there is one form that can be used for both commercial and residential purposes. The area that needs waterproofing application needs to be clean before any solution can be used on it for first time applications and redoing of the application due to old age. Before the implementation of this kind of home improvement, any excesses of the construction materials should be cleared from it. For reapplication of older structures, any loose or decaying materials should be cleared before any application. Some repair may be necessary for older structures because the debris and decay can compromise the application. Water accumulated on the floor should also be cleared and the floor dried in order to make sure that the solution does not weaken due to contact with it. Basement repair can be expensive which is why the application should be thorough and precise.

Cracks, joints or seams need to be carefully sealed to prevent seepage. The application for home improvement in this area may need to be applied initially and a second time after the first coating has dried. It is best to read the instructions that the manufacturer is likely to insert in the package. Some of the commercial products will need to be mixed with other chemicals in order to work while others come complete with the necessary tools and materials to mix it. The amounts of each solution, for those that will need to be mixed, should be correct. Some products are already premixed and will just need to be stirred, shaken or whatever the instructions say. This will ensure that the application is done right and there will be a lower risk of seepage or a leak in the coating.

Acoustical Home Improvement Products

Urban and even suburban environments have increasingly higher decibel levels. It is a well-known fact that noise adds stress to our bodies. Our senses continually process input consciously or unconsciously. For many people body downtime is hard to come by.

Ever sat in a restaurant and you could hear everyone around you but the person across the table from you with whom you came to enjoy a meal? This is a classic problem of insufficient noise control. The good news: it can be remedied. I often wonder why restaurant designers miss this part of restaurant design. It is such an important element in the enjoyment of a place & does effect whether customers return to a place.

Are there home improvement products that dampen sound in our homes, apartments, offices and public spaces? Are there materials that can return our homes to more peaceful sanctuaries? The answer is “YES”.

Not surprisingly, there are more and more products coming onto the market that promise sound reduction. We examine them here so that you can choose the right home improvement products in your upcoming home remodels.

Essentially, acoustical home improvement products fall into two product categories: One of those that block sound from the outside and two, products which provide sound absorption.

Sheetrock: Soundproofing drywall has been around for a number of years. The level of sound dampening depends on the thickness of the drywall and also the laying given to drywall. Each drywall 4×8 sheet consist of a system of layers. Specifically, a viscoelastic polymer layer is sandwiched by traditional gypsum. Continuing this system with manufacturers commonly also sell acoustical glues to provide even more noise control.

One tip: it is best to refrain from specialty wall finishes such as faux plaster finishes. Plaster is a hard surface that deflects noise instead of allowing sound waves to get to the viscoelectric membrane where they can be absorbed or neutralized.

Windows: Windows are in the first sound deflection group of home improvement products. In the past, so-called triple pane glass would dampen noise from the outside. It used to be pretty much the only solution. For a number of years special acoustical windows featured a diagonally or angled layer of glass between two outer glass surfaces. Recently, advances in new materials have created new – and I might add – exciting options. Pleotint, Inc. offers a window film that catches the proverbial two birds in one stroke. The Pleotint sunlight responsive thermochromic film (SRT) reflects sunlight to avoid solar heat build up inside a house or office AND it keeps outside noise out. It keeps outside noise out! It is state-of-the art technology- in fact so new that window manufacturers are evaluating the product presently. Homeowners: demand it with your upcoming window purchases!

Wood Flooring: Wood is an acoustically “hard” surface. Different manufacturers produce a variety of rubber and foam underlayment products. They work! Everyone who installs a new floor should include these underlayments. Especially when kitchen and living spaces are open to each other acoustical underlayment will dampen down the clanking kitchen noise that might otherwise interfere with someone’s reading or watching TV.

Tile Flooring: Everyone would concur that tile has no noise absorption. Great noise improvement can again be achieved with underlayments. There is acoustical foam underlayment. However it should not be used in combination with electric radiant heat installations.

Insulation: If you have ever built a house or added a new structure you know how sounds is muffled the moment insulation is installed. All insulation products have this effect. It is important to avoid compression of insulation to achieve maximum noise control. There are specialty-type acoustical insulations – every effective.

Wall Underlayments: Accoustical liners are another superb way of reducing noise. They work by absorbing sound waves. Manufacturers’ specifications typically carefully list what sound wave spectrum gets best absorbed by which specific product. Once insulation is installed the layer of wall underlayment gets tacked over the entire surface prior to the hanging of gypsum wall / sheetrock.

Wall /Ceiling Treatments: Much like wallpaper, walls can be lined with special noise absorbing fabrics and fabric panels. This is best left as a professional installation. It can be an attractive looking solution and might be a good solution when the opening of walls is not an option.

Home Décor: Curtains can be lined with a certain type of fabric commonly known as “bumper fabric”. It adds quite a bit of weight to the curtain but the noise absorption is terrific especially since curtains are naturally waving structure, which breaks up sound refractions. The right materials make even an audiophile happy who set out with the impossible: convert a large living room space with high ceilings, hard plaster walls and hardwood floors into a listening room.

One final note: Constant and thus often aggravating noise in a home environment can come from unskillfully installed equipment – otherwise known as rattles. In this case vibration mounts are usually the answer. A case in point might be the airhandler in your attic. Unless it is suspended from rafters or sits on airhandler vibration mounts air-handler unit is likely to rattle day and night…talk about stress.