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Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

When to Have Bamboo Floors Installed

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Engineered bamboo flooring pros and cons, Flooring made from eucalyptus, Strand bamboo flooring

Any house or public building is going to have some flooring in it. A building’s flooring may often be taken for granted, but damaged, dirty, or warped flooring will quickly gather some unwanted attention. Any responsible homeowner or public building manager will hire contractors to put down new floorboards, whether they be traditional hardwood planks or their new competitor: different types of bamboo flooring. Premium bamboo flooring can match traditional hardwoods in many ways, and bamboo hardwood flooring may be tough, attractive, and easy to maintain for most homeowners. The cost of bamboo flooring may vary, but overall, the cost of bamboo flooring may be close to that of hardwood, giving bamboo a place in the market. This eco-friendly material can do a lot of good for environmental protection as well, making it an attractive option for many. When the cost of bamboo flooring is fair, a homeowner ma

3 Important Reasons to Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Uncategorized

Our homes have numerous ducts and vents, such as the dryer vent that runs from your dryer to the exterior of your home. All other vents are referred to as ducts. For your family’s safety and health, it’s essential to keep these ducts in top condition.

What happens if you don’t?

Routine duct and vent cleaning can prevent serious problems in the future. Here are three reasons to take this advice.

1. Fire Prevention.

The lint screen in your dryer only catches about 25% of the lint that is present. The other 75% accumulates along the walls of your dryer vent, posing a serious fire hazard. Statistics back this up. In fact, 34% of dryer fires in residences are caused by failure to clean the dryer vents, making this the number one reason for such fires. The United States Fire Administration also states that each year, 2,900 dryer fires result in approximately 100 injuries, five fatalities, and $35 million worth of property damages and losses.

Professional dryer vent cleaning and floor vent services performed on a regular basis can prevent this from happening in your home or business.

2. Better Health.

Five to seven times every day, pet dander, dust, chemicals, and other impurities in the air are drawn into your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, then recirculated. As time passes, this recirculated matter builds up in your air ducts, causing potential health problems. This is especially true for individuals with allergies or asthma.

Thorough cleaning of your ducts, including floor vent services, minimizes this issue. The ROTOBRUSH system used by Duct Squads has 90% more vacuum power, enabling them to eliminate the most severe build-up in duct systems and floor vents. Knowing that your family is breathing clean, pure air also gives you peace of mind.

3. Energy Savings.

The annual cost of utility bills for an average family in the United States is $1,900. Cooling and heating account for 54% of that cost. Sadly, anywhere between 25% and 40% of the energy used to cool or heat your home is wasted, according to the United States Department of Energy. Part of the reason for that is because the build-up of impurities in your HVAC system causes it to work less efficiently.

For maximum cost-effectiveness and efficiency, it’s recommended that the air ducts in your home be cleaned every three to five years.

Routine maintenance and cleaning of the ducts and vents in your home, including floor vent services, reduces the risk of dryer fires, improves the air quality in your home or business, and saves you money on your energy bills. When you consider these three reasons for having professional air duct and dryer vent cleaning done on a regular basis, picking up the phone to schedule this service just makes sense.

What Flat Spline is Used For

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Golf ball proof screen, Golf ball protection screens, Mesh screen fabric

Screens and meshes are commonly used to control what can go in and out of a window, and large screens and mesh nets can be used to protect an outdoor area from unwanted insects. Most American homes have screens made of plastic or metal wires on their windows, and for good reason. Mesh screen fabric can allow breezes, sunlight, and sound to pass through, but these screens and their flat spline sealant will prevent larger objects such as insects or birds from getting through. Flat spline, meanwhile, is the vinyl, ribbon-like material used to seal a screen into its frame, and flat spline should be replaced when damaged so that the screen won’t fall out. Good flat spline can not only keep mesh screens in place, but also prevent gaps from forming that could allow insects to get through. A homeowner might also find flat spline for sale at a local hardware store if they need some. And what about a bug screen for patio activities?

Screens on the Windows

As mentioned above, many w

Peel and Stick Wood Paneling for DIY Home Designers and Others

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Peel and stick wall planks, Vinyl wall trim, Wood plank wall paneling

Wood panels are beautiful inside your home, whether they are those that must be installed by hammer and nail process or if they are peel and stick wood panels. There is no reason to forego home renovations because the installation process is difficult, especially with the many different peel and stick options that offer interior design improvements in an easy fashion.

Peel and Stick Wood Panels and Others

Wood panels are available for the decor of any part of your home, from walls to floors and more. However, when looking at the walls, flooring, and cabinetry that come from peel and stick wood panels, it can be just as beautiful as the paneling that is more expensive and takes longer to install.

With the strength and lifetime availability of wood, many different options are available when it comes to decorating your home. There are additional options when it comes to completing these projects on your own. These may include wood paneling, flooring, and others. Some co

Why Your Home Needs Radon Testing

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Colorado radon mitigation, Radon system inspection, Radon testing denver co

Most homeowners are not aware of the dangers of radon seeping into their homes, though it can put them and their families at risk. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that cannot be detected without special equipment. It has been called the silent killer with good reason, because it has been associated with deaths due to lung cancer. If your home has not been tested for radon recently, it’s a good idea to call your local radon mitigation and abatement services for some professional advice and help.

What is radon and how does it get into homes?
Radon is an inert gas: heavy, colorless and odorless. It occurs naturally in all parts of the country, and seeps into homes through basements, crawl spaces, sump pits and water pipes and drains. Radon can be found in old homes and in new construction. Overall, it is estimated that one in fifteen homes in the U.S. may have radon levels higher than the 4 pCi/L which is the level recommended for action by the EPA.

There is a Great Importance to Both the Local Move and The Long Distance Move

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Local mover, Long distance moving companies, Movers

Most often, couples and families state their reason for moving as wanting a new or better home or apartment. While that may cover a broad range of reasons, it covers the desire for a local move while you are still happy with your community and school district, among other characteristics. With all of these family moves, the moving companies of 2016 built an industry of almost $86 billion. And with over 35 million Americans moving each year, the need for local movers continues to rise.

The Local Move

As of 2017, the local move was one of the most common, with well over half of movers staying in the same county. This added up to about 62% of movers who wanted those new or better homes within their same county. Most movers include a family that is made up of a couple between the ages of 18 and 34 along with two children. However, as people get older they are less likely to move.

The Long Distance Move

Given the numbers across the country, long distance movers

What’s the Difference Between a 3 Season Room and a 4 Season Room?

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Uncategorized

The 2016 Houzz Landscaping and Garden Trends Study reports that about 50% of homeowners who upgrade their outdoor spaces spend at least six hours there per week. But depending on where you live, lounging in your yard may not be an option year-round. To enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while staying sheltered from the elements, a three or four season sunroom is an excellent room addition. Which home addition design is best for your lifestyle is up to you. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two.

 

Construction

 

A three season room is a true home addition. It’s often added to an existing patio or deck, which means it is separated from the rest of the house by an external wall. On the other hand, a four season room is constructed to be more integrated with the rest of the home, built in to use the existing HVAC system (which we’ll discuss in a moment).

 

Insulation

 

The insulation — or lack thereof — used in this room addition constitutes the main difference between a three season room and a four season room. A four season room is constructed with insulated walls, floor, and roof, which keeps the room comfortable all year long, regardless of the weather. A three season room may be built with little to no insulation, limiting the times of year it can remain in use. Of course, if you live in a mild climate, a three season room may still be the best option since the outside temperatures will rarely drop to uncomfortable levels.

 

Heating and Cooling

 

A three season room can still benefit from a heating and cooling system, though the unit will operate independently from the rest of the home’s HVAC system. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that the lack of insulation will make it difficult to heat the room during the colder months. Because a four season room is built into the home, the climate can be controlled in accordance with the rest of the house.

 

Ultimately, when considering a home remodeling job that involves a room addition like a sunroom, it’s important to take climate into consideration. Warmer year-found climates don’t require extensive heating in the winter; if you live in an area like this, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the comfort of a three season room. If you need some extra warmth in those colder months, you’ll benefit from the insulation and HVAC capabilities of a four season room.

 

To get started on your home addition today, contact us today. We’re ready to help you create your ideal living space!

 

Installation and Care for Elevators

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Commercial elevator installation, Elevator safety company, Residential elevator repair

A common mode of indoor transportation is elevators, and ever since the 1800s, elevators have transported people and cargo up and down many buildings. Until the late 1800s, elevators were hardly even necessary, since buildings were never more than four or five stories tall. During the Industrial Revolution, however, steel beams and other new construction method allowed buildings to reach literal new heights, and indoor transportation had to keep up. Walking up stairs to the 20th floor would be tiresome, so residential lifts began to appear, and a commercial elevator or cargo elevator may be found in a factory or other commercial site. These elevators may be installed when an elevator company plays its part during construction of a building, and residential elevator repair may be done with an elevator safety company. What might an elevator safety company do t make elevators more

Many Efficiency Lighting Systems Including Induction Grow Lighting

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Acorn light fixtures, Parking garage lighting, Wall pack light fixture

Induction grow lighting has many benefits over standard lighting systems. This is because these systems do not have electrodes or filaments, the parts that often make traditional lights burn out quickly. Therefore, induction grow lights are able to last up to 100,000 hours.

The History of Induction Grow Lighting

Original induction lights were developed by Nikola Tesla in the 1890s. While it may not have been the most efficient system at that time, further development has brought it to the point of the highest efficacy. Sometimes these lights are able to provide over 70 lumens per watt, along with the ability to last as long as 100,000 hours. This makes the induction light a quality bulb for cars today, well over a century after the initial technology was developed.

Other Strong Lighting Systems

Some other lighting systems that are often used for different buildings include HID and LED lighting, beneficial and long-lasting in different ways. Either of these c

Steps To Take To Lower That Energy Bill

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Benefits of an energy efficient home, Cooling system, Eco-friendly energy conservation

Every time your energy bill comes around, you can’t help but notice the heating and cooling costs are taking chunks out of your savings. Why? It might be time to schedule maintenance on your home’s HVAC systems.

What is HVAC? HVAC is an acronym that means heating, ventilation and air conditioners. It encompasses all the different and unique systems that heat and cool your home.

What’s Hiking My Bill Up?

It can be one thing or a number of things. Has the sealing and insulating in your home been properly installed? With properly installed insulation and sealing, your heating and cooling bill will thank you when its cost has been decreased by up to 20 percent. As a rule of thumb, your insulation thickness should be anywhere from 12 inches to 15 inches if your home has an attic.

How about your windows? Your energy bill can see another decrease in its cost between 7 percent to 24 percent by investing in Energy Star qualified windows.

What about your HVAC systems