Many homeowners think that sunroom installation should be a straightforward job in the sense that there are no delays and no disagreements during the process. But this is not so, unfortunately, because we are all-too-human in our professional dealings. And then there is also the fact that a communication gap exists between a Knoxville contractor and homeowner regarding the expectations and realities of the project. On one hand, a contractor rolls his eyes at the naiveté of his client in the technicalities involved in the sunroom installation especially when near-impossible demands are being suggested. On the other hand, a homeowner fears that he is being taken advantage of and, thus, interferes with the process to safeguard his interests. To avoid such a communication gap, both the contractor and the homeowner must speak the same language where the project is concerned.
Understand the Terms
We are referring to two things here, namely, the terms of the contract and the terms of the construction. When you have a clear understanding of the basics of these terms, you as the client gain a better understanding of where the Knoxville contractor is coming from. Before signing on the dotted line, read the contract in its entirety. Ask for clarifications from the contractor regarding the terms that may be questionable in your eyes just so you can lay your cards down on the table as early as possible. Keep in mind that there are many aspects to the sunroom installation beyond your main role as the client – to pay for the finished work – and you must get involved in these areas, too.
Then you must also educate yourself on a few basic technical concepts of installing sunrooms. This should be easy considering the quantity and quality of resources at your fingertips – books, online sites offering video tutorials and text instructions, and your Knoxville contractor himself. With your information, you will then be able to discuss your issues, ask relevant questions and have a good working relationship with your contractor. You will even learn a thing or two from the professional.
Understand that Delays Can Happen
Construction projects are subject to delays. This is as true to sunroom installation as it is to high-rise building construction for similar reasons – not everything can be planned for, much less controlled, by even the best contractor. The delays can be caused by several factors, a few reasonable, a few not so. These factors include inclement weather, unforeseen structural issues with the main house, undelivered parts, and inexperienced staff sent by the contractor for the job, to name a few. The bottom line: delays in the project can happen so you must set realistic expectations about the timetable.
If the delays in the sunroom installation are reasonable – inclement weather, for example – then you must adopt a reasonable approach as well. The sunroom will be installed but it will take a few more days to do so. If the delays are caused by inefficient personnel, undelivered parts and other factors that the contractor should have prepared for, then talk it out with the contractor. You will be surprised how even the biggest issue can be resolved with calmly discussing it with the contractor.
Ultimately, the sunroom installation project should be a pleasant one on both parties. Work on it!read more
The do-it-yourself movement continues to gain ground among homeowners for several reasons. These include the desire to save money on hiring skilled professionals to do the job and the desire to learn new skills, both of which are valid. But when it comes to the installation of vinyl replacement windows, it is best to get off the DIY bandwagon and leave it to the professional specifically your trusted Knoxville contractor.
The emphasis here is on a trustworthy professional in the contracting business. Admittedly, the industry has suffered via an unsavory reputation in the past years but not all Tennessee contractors are shady in their business practices and dealings. The trick is in looking for the most trustworthy contractor you can find and then sticking to him for future home improvement projects.
You are well-advised to do your research in finding the most trustworthy Knoxville contractor – ask around your family and friends, the local chamber of commerce, the local chapter of the industry organization and the State Licensing Board of Tennessee; secure at least 5 quotes for your planned installation of vinyl replacement windows from different contractors; and educate yourself on the terms and provisions of the contract.
When you have identified a Tennessee contractor that you can actually trust, your efforts will be well-rewarded. You may be paying for his services but you are also getting the best service – truly, a great value for your money.
But why hire a professional contractor to install the vinyl replacement windows when you can do it on your own? The reasons are many but suffice it to say that you can make so many mistakes during the installation, which will result to wasted time, effort and money. Of course, you will something along the way mainly that there are certain things that only your trusty Knoxville contractor can do and you cannot.
The most common mistakes that a DIY amateur can make in the installation of replacement windows include:
• Not using the right tools and techniques, thus, wasting many of the windows. The money wasted on the windows could have been used to pay the professional installer – and with less hassles on your part, too.
• Not using the right J-mold. Said mold creates a finished look for the vinyl replacement windows, not to mention allow for expansion in the future.
• Not using a level during the installation. You instead used the window as your level guide, which is a big mistake considering that these are not hung perfectly even.
• Not allowing for changes in the size of the windows in accordance with the changes in temperature. Keep in mind that the windows will contract and expand such that room must be made for these changes.
And the list goes on and on but the bottom line is: You should leave the installation of vinyl replacement windows to the professional and, in the end, get your money’s worth and enjoy the benefits of these sidings. Said benefits include better appearance, higher energy savings and lower environmental noise infiltration.read more
Insulated vinyl siding is increasingly becoming the go-to material instead of the traditional vinyl siding. But just because many a Tennessee contractor is recommending it does not necessarily mean that you must also have it installed in your home. Riding on the bandwagon has its risks and you want to avoid spending money on an overhyped item. But then again, if your Knoxville contractor highly recommends it, you must consider its merits. The experts know better most, though not all, of the time.
Insulated vinyl siding is similar to traditional vinyl siding but with a major difference – it has an extruded polypropylene or polystyrene foam that provides effective insulation and strength to the installation. But such desirable properties come with a cost – it can be 25% to 30% more expensive to purchase and then to install than the traditional vinyl siding.
Many a Tennessee contractor, nonetheless, has good reasons to recommend insulated vinyl siding despite its higher prices. Among its benefits are:
• It increases efficiency in energy use, thus, lessening your energy costs.
• It provides higher levels of insulation to your home’s exteriors even in places where substantial heat loss occurs.
• It is a good acoustic insulator, too, which means that wind sounds and other environmental noises can be lessened by up to 45%.
• It can usually handle wind impact four times stronger than the regular vinyl siding. Studies have even shown that it can withstand wind speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
• It is as beautiful and yet more durable than wood sidings. You can even choose from various colors, designs and grains mimicking wood itself.
• It is easy to install considering that an insulated vinyl has higher levels of rigidity than their regular counterpart. It then becomes easier to measure, cut and fit.
Indeed, insulated vinyl siding may be more expensive than regular vinyl siding but the abovementioned benefits make it the best value for your money. Your Tennessee contractor was, indeed, right in his recommendation.
Although insulated siding is best installed by a professional, many homeowners still want to make it a do-it-yourself project. This is possible, of course, but you must have the right tools and techniques to do so – or at the very least, you must have the following tips in installing insulated vinyl siding working for your purpose:
• Use the manufacturer-recommended starter strip for best results. Place it over the house wrap.
• Use a fine-toothed circular saw blade to cut the insulated siding. Apply a reverse direction pattern for safety as well.
• Look at the panel locks to ensure that these are fully engaged. Doing so will ensure the longevity, beauty and strength of the siding.
• Place a water-resistant layer below the insulated siding as protection against water entering your house.
No matter how you have the insulated vinyl siding installed, the most important thing is that it was installed properly. You can always have the professionals install it to be on the safe side and to get the best results out of the siding.read more
Gutter protection is the best solution to virtually all of the issues arising from the maintenance of gutters. Said issues include long-term damage to your house from its roof to its foundation as well as its indoor confines, no thanks to defective gutters. Indeed, why subject your entire house to these risks when you can install an effective system to protect your gutters?
What exactly is a gutter protection system? It is a guard installed over the existing gutters, which then prevents dirt and debris (i.e., leaves, bird droppings) from entering the gutters. The result: Rainwater and other liquid like melted snow flows through the gutters and, thus, away from your home’s exteriors and interiors.
Take note that such a system should be custom-fitted by a licensed Knoxville contractor for best results. Of course, you can also do it as a DIY project but the results will be more than likely inferior. Pay for the services of a reliable Knoxville contractor and enjoy the benefits, we always say. Now let’s move on to the benefits of installing a gutter protection system in your roofs.
Unless you are Spider-Man, going up and down ladders to clean the gutters is dangerous because of the high risks for falls and, consequently, of injures. These injuries can range from simple bruises to fatal concussions and fractures, all of which you will not want to suffer from at any time. With the system in place, you can avoid going up and down ladders because your gutters are not clogged with dirt and debris. The rainwater can easily flow through to its proper place instead of showering the house’s exteriors and, thus, damaging it in the long run.
A gutter protection system also prevents gutter damage brought by ice. During the winter season as well as during cold nights, the water in clogged gutters will freeze to form heavy masses of ice. When the ice begins to melt during warmer weather, the water soaks the fascia, thereby, damaging it. But that not’s all either. The gutters are damaged (i.e., cracks) because these are not designed to handle heavy solid masses of ice while the fascia is damaged yet again when the water refreezes during the night. Think of it as double trouble for your home and your pockets, which can be avoided with the installation of a gutter protection system.
When the gutters overflow because of the accumulated debris, the water is pushed inwards into the fascia and soffit boards. This results in rainwater soaking the wood and leading it to rot prematurely. Your house will then be subject to greater damage that will necessitate a full-on renovation. Your basic cost-and-benefit analysis will reveal that it is cost-efficient to install the system than to spend for an entire home project.
Other benefits to installing a gutter protection system in your home are to keep your yard with its healthy plants beautiful (the rainwater coming from the gutter will not overflow to drown the plants down below); to keep pests away (insects love the damp, dark environment of a poorly-maintained gutter; and to prevent mold, mildew and fungi growth in the attic, basement and crawl spaces.read more
Even when you hire the best Tennessee contractor for your home improvement project, there will be issues, concerns and problems related to it. The issues can include failure to deliver on the agreed timetables and results as well as disagreements between the crew and the client. Both parties to the contract will then be subjected to inconveniences such as filing of formal complaints, reworking on the project, and even refunding on the contract price, among others. Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid – or at the very least, significantly lessen – the possibility for issues, concerns and problems. Here are the most effective.
Review the Contract
Of course, the assumption is that you have chosen the most reliable Tennessee contractor that your money can afford for the project. If you chose the contractor with the cheapest professional fee, you cannot expect to be provided with the best service. Now, when issues arise, no matter how small or big it may be, your first step is to review the contract. You may have project expectations that are not stipulated in the project’s written contract in the first place.
For example, you may be expecting that the sunroom installation should be finished in 3 working days but it has been 4 working days and still no finished sunroom. Upon checking of the contract, you find that it clearly states 5 working days. You can then avoid getting into a quarrel with the Tennessee contractor over nothing.
Discuss the Issue ASAP
One of the main reasons you hired a local Knoxville contractor is that you can easily contact him and he can just as easily attend to the matter in question. Take advantage of it now! You must discuss your issues regarding the progress of the project (i.e., time elapsed, materials used) as soon as it crops up. Time is of the essence here for several reasons – it is cheaper to replace a single defective material than to replace the entire project, for example. Don’t wait until such time that the Tennessee contractor has finished the project, packed his bags and called it a day where the job is concerned.
Adopt a Professional Approach
But just because you are in a hurry to discuss the issue with your local Knoxville contractor or that you are paying for his services do not mean that you can be rude. You will achieve better results with a professional, calm and clear-headed approach; honey, after all, attracts more flies than sour wine.
Tips during your discussions with the Tennessee contractor:
• Treat him as your partner in your home improvement project. Both of you want to enjoy the best results after the project is completed – you as a homeowner want the best-looking vinyl replacement windows while the contractor will want the positive reference and repeat business.
• Be specific about your issues without blaming anybody. The contractor can perform his work when he has a specific thing in mind and when he values your trust.
In the end, the quality of work of any Tennessee contractor partly depends on the client’s willingness to work with him on several levels.read more