Do You Repair Or Replace Your Old Doors?

Do you repair or replace your old doors?

If you are living in an older home, you may begin to notice the high traffic parts of your home, and noticing the entry doors are beginning to show wear and tear.  Over the years, doors can become troublesome to open and close and become increasingly drafty.  So, many homeowners are faced with the question of whether to repair or to replace the entry doors.  Although it may seem like an easier solution to repair since it’s already there, you may be surprised to know that replacement doors could end up saving you a lot of time and money down the road.

Energy efficiency is perhaps one of the best ways to save money with a door replacement.  By replacing old, drafty doors with new doors that fit properly and contain energy efficient materials, you will be able to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter; all while using less electricity.  

Not only will you be saving money and the environment through energy efficiency, but you will also be increasing the value of your home by replacing the entry doors.  Did you know that you can actually increase the perceived value of your home by tens of thousands of dollars from adding a new entry door system?

Knock, Knock: 5 Signs That You Need a New Door

People generally spend time thinking about doors, and as a result, they’re often taken for granted.  But, doors have a lifespan, and it’s important to look for signs of wear.  Otherwise, that old door may let  more in that it keeps out.  If you notice any of the following problems, it’s time to start looking for new doors for you home.

  1. Drafts are a big sign that a door needs to be replaced. When the seals around a door age, they can shrink and/or crack.  If you’re wondering why your house gets so cold at night, check around all your doors for drafts.
  2. Squeaky hinges aren’t just annoying – they’re a cry for help. Maintenance and oiling can only go so far.  Hinges that are wearing down indicate that the door itself may not be that far behind and loose hinges mean that your door can be easily forced open.
  3. If you see visible cracks in your door, you should wait another day to start looking for a replacement. Not only do cracks let in bugs and drafts, but they mean that the old door is structurally weak, which poses a safety concern for you and your family.
  4. A door that scrapes along the floor or ground when you open or close it should be examined. Old doors can warp or sag, causing damage to your floor every time you use the door.  Patio doors that scrape in their tracks should also be checked.
  5. If you’re finding an excess amount of ants or other pests inside, they might be waltzing in right through your front door! A door that doesn’t close properly anymore can let in insects, which are not only annoying but can also cause damage or bring germs into your home.

 

Whether it’s your front door, back door or patio door, wear can be detrimental.  While drafts and cracks can raise the power bill, structural damage or warping can compromise the safety of your home.  If you need to replace an old lock or you need an entirely new door, we can help.  We specialize in doors, windows, and roofing in the South Jersey area.  We can assist you in finding a new door that’s secure and compliments the style of your home.

Deck Remodel

Deck Remodel:

We at Ayars take remodeling decks seriously. And when I say deck remodeling, I mean tearing down old decks and building new, not even keeping the original frame or footings. While it’s obvious that a deck remodel would probably include replacing the railing and decking, many people expect that the structural bits can stay. The fact is that it’s rare for much of an old deck to be salvageable.

 

As you can see from the picture that we provided of the old deck,

It was connected to the house. Aires-deck-Remodel Many older decks aren’t adequately bolted to the house, and many more are poorly flashed to keep out water.  While it’s easy enough to add more bolts to the deck ledger, it’s nearly impossible to be sure that the original flashing was done correctly and that there’s no rot due to bad flashing.

 

(As you can see from this picture provided, there was a lot of rot)
Aires-deck-Remodel-threeThe only sensible thing to do here was to remove the old frame completely.  I mean, at that point it makes the most sense to replace the framing because even treated lumber has a finite lifespan.  Why would you install new decking and railing on an old frame that might not outlast them?

 

I know what you’re thinking, “The old footings are still good.  If they were good originally, they probably still are.  Not much happens to concrete below the ground.”  Well, the old deck had no footings.  I’m sure your next question is; “How did it pass inspection?”  Well, your guess is as good as ours.  However, they may have been lucky and the inspector either overlooked it, or passed it based on the codes for that era and time that that deck was built.

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However, codes have changed. Lumber isn’t what it once was, and the spans allowed for joists and beams are shorter than they were even ten years ago. So, the old footings may not be spaced for the joist and beam spans allowed today. We installed the new footings, concrete, and joists.  Everything is up to code and passed inspection with flying colors.

 

The last picture provided is of our beautifully remodeled deck that was properly installed.  Our customer is extremely satisfied and so were the inspectors.

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**Side note:  Experience has taught many jurisdictions to require deck footings to be sized to carry not only the load of the deck as planned, but to be larger to accommodate the load from a roof that might be added later on.

 

Increase Your Home Value with 8 Home Remodeling Ideas

Increase Your Home Value with 8 Home Remodeling Ideas

Did any of your home upgrades pay off when it came time to sell?  There are many things you can change and remodel in your home, but these 7 key home improvements are guaranteed to increase the value of your home.

  1. Remodeling the Kitchen

The kitchen is usually the first room in the house that needs updating.  After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  I’m not sure about you guys, but the hang out spot at my house is usually the kitchen.  Remodeling continues to have the highest budget allocation.

 

For many families (mine included), this room is where everyone gathers around or entertains their guests.  Holidays, birthdays, a little family get together; this room is definitely utilized the most in a home.  For this reason, you can expect to recoup 60%-120% of investments from remodeling a kitchen, as long as you stay within your budget.

 

  1. Adding a Bathroom

You can never go wrong with having more than one restroom in your home. This is why you can recoup 80%-130% of investments from adding another bathroom. Most homebuyers will use any room with underutilized space or take an extra room to upgrade it into a master bathroom.

 

  1. Reinventing a Room

This home improvement can be the most expensive upgrade to a house. Adding more square footage to your home can easily accumulate costs but it can bring you a 50%-83% return on investment.

 

  1. Adding Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient home improvements not only recoups 60%-90% of investments cost, but it can also reduce energy taxes as well!  When you replace your windows or doors with energy efficient models, you can receive a tax credit and 10% of costs, up to $200.00 per window.

 

  1. Adding a Deck

Outdoor living spaces, otherwise known as staycations, can significantly increase the value of your home.  As more homeowners are adding decks and patios to their backyards, it instantly becomes more appealing to prospective buyers when the house is for sale.

 

  1. Energy-Efficient Insulation

It’s about that time everyone has basic insulation installed, otherwise the cost to live in and maintain an unmodified home can be a burden.  Most potential buyers make sure to include this home improvement into their reports.

 

*One way to ensure your house is well insulated is with the right masonry.

 

  1. Basic Updates

Making basic updates to your home is a no-brainer.  Making small improvements such as fixing a leaking roof, replacing rotting wood and keeping paint fresh will always add the most value to your home.  A solid and safe home is always appealing to homebuyers.

 

So if you plan to remodel or make improvements to your home, remember that even the smallest of projects can make a big difference to the value of your home.  Also, focus on making your home safe and energy-efficient because it guarantees lower energy costs in the future.

 

  1. Flooring

Take a look at your home’s soft flooring. Are your carpets and area rugs stained or worn? Ideally, you may want to replace them all, but if a limited budget puts a snag in that plan, start by replacing the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear and replace the others as your finances allow.  Hardwood flooring is also an upsell.  Visually it’s beautiful, and gives such a natural feel to your home.

To Repair Or To Replace Your Door

DO I REPAIR OR REPLACE MY OLD ENTRY DOORS?

If you are living in an older home you may begin to notice the high traffic parts of you home including the entry doors are beginning to show wear and tear.  Over the years doors can become troublesome to open and close and increasingly drafty.  So many homeowners are faced with the question of whether or repair or to replace the entry doors.  Although it may seem like an easier solution to repair hat is already there, you may be surprised to know that replacement doors could end up saving you a lot of time and money down the line.

Energy efficiency is perhaps one of the best ways to save money with a door replacement.  By replacing old, drafty doors with new doors that fit properly and contain energy efficient materials you will be able to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter all while using less electricity.  Your home will stay more comfortable all year round and save money on your heating and cooling costs. 

Not only will you be saving money and the environment through energy efficiency, but you will also be increasing the value of your home by replacing the entry doors.  Did you know that you can actually increase the perceived value of your home by tens of thousands of dollars from adding a new entry door system?

 

Knock, Knock: 5 Signs That You Need a New Door

People generally spend time thinking about doors, and as a result, they’re often taken for granted.  But doors have a lifespan, and it’s important to look for signs of wear.  Otherwise, that old door may let more in than it keeps out.  If you notice any of the following problems, it’s time to start looking for new doors for your home.

  1. Drafts are a big sign that a door needs to be replaced. When the seals around a door age, they can shrink and/or crack.  If you’re wondering why your house gets so cold at night, check around all your doors for drafts.
  2. Squeaky hinges aren’t just annoying – they’re a cry for help. Maintenance and oiling can only go so far.  Hinges that are wearing down indicate that the door itself may not be that far behind and loose hinges mean that your door can be easily forced open.
  3. If you see visible cracks in your door, you should wait another day to start looking for a replacement. Not only do cracks let in bugs and drafts, but they mean that the old door is structurally weak, which poses a safety concern for you and your family.
  4. A door that scrapes along the floor or ground when you open or close it should be examined. Old doors can warp or sag, causing damage to your floor every time you use the door.  Patio doors that scrape in their tracks should also be checked.
  5. If you’re finding an excess amount of ants or other pests inside, they might be waltzing in right through your front door! A door that doesn’t close properly anymore can let in insects, which are not only annoying but can also cause damage or bring germs into your home.

 

Whether it’s your front door, back door or patio door, wear can be detrimental.  While drafts and cracks can raise the power bill, structural damage or warping can compromise the safety of your home.  If you need to replace an old lock or you need an entirely new door, we can help.  We specialize in doors, windows, and roofing in the South Jersey area.  We can assist you in finding a new door that’s secure and compliments the style of your home.

Concrete Steps

Poured concrete steps:

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An obvious advantage of poured-in-place stairs is that established contractors like us are familiar with the installation procedure through years of experience with this traditional method. We are equipped to install these concrete steps in an optimal manner and troubleshoot any problems that may arise.
Steps that have been poured in place will be extremely sturdy. Because we dig down into the earth to set the bottom step; there is no need to worry about supplementary bracing as there is with precast. They also have the necessary strength to support handrails, providing both good looks and safety. This is especially important for accessibility in households with elderly or frail members.
Poured in place steps are easy to connect and to repair. They also offer you flexibility, since any adjustments may be made on site as necessary.
Concrete is a versatile material, which can be formed into an enormous variety of configurations. You will be able to work with us to choose the size and style you want.

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Front Porch Remodel

Front Porch Remodel

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Porch construction is fairly straight forward; however, it pays to understand how the different components are installed and the many options you have.

Porch foundations aren’t that much different than foundations for homes. A foundation has to safely bear not only the weight of the porch substructure but also the roof, railings, columns, and more as well.

Before building your front porch consider the following:

  • Geography: Where do you live? Unstable water or soil conditions may require deeper porch footings, thicker walls, or reinforced concrete. (Silty-clay soils, as an example, have an extremely poor load bearing capacity). In addition, if you live in areas with prominent frost heaves (which have tremendous force) footings must be placed below the frost line.
  • Weight: How much does your porch structure weigh? The foundation must be strong enough to support its weight and the weight of your furniture and guests. We’ve all heard of accidents where a deck gave out because there were too many people on it.
  • Slopes: Foundation construction is also determined by the slope of the area. Flat areas or very slightly sloped areas, still need a good foundation. Even if you have a patio porch, the slab still needs to be stable. Any shifting of the roof can cause consider damage to the home.

In addition, regardless of the slope, always build to ensure water runs away from the structure. Soil structure is also important and will dictate how deep your footings need to be. For steep slopes, you will need either piers (columns of reinforced concrete) that sit on concrete slabs deep into the ground or perhaps even an engineered foundation.
Footings and Pier Foundations:

These usually consist of short columns of either concrete block or poured concrete (piers) that rest on concrete pads called footings. Often these are poured as one unit. Typically, wood posts are then anchored to the piers which in turn support beams that are attached to the posts.

Footings

Footings carry the weight of the porch directly onto the soil. Depending on your specific geographical location, footings must be a minimum distance below grade to extend beyond the frost line and be sufficient in size to spread the load. The load includes the weight of your structure (known as the dead load) and people, furniture, and snow (known as the live load).

When building footings consider the total weight they will carry. If you are planning to install heavy objects like hot tubs, stone fireplaces, etc., be sure to address this with your codes department or a construction engineer before you pour your footings.

Piers

Like decks, piers are an essential part of porch foundations. Piers are short concrete columns on top of footings that support posts. It Piers, which are normally below grade, are meant to transfer porch loads to the footings. In the photo below, footings and piers are poured simultaneously. Note a piece of sonotube is used to form the pier.

Posts

Typically, posts are usually treated 4x4s, 4x6s, or 6x6s. As a general rule, concrete and wood don’t mix so I almost always try to avoid mixing the two,i.e., placing my posts directly into or onto concrete.
PegIn this diagram, an additional beam is shown to depict situations where the joist span is too long for the length of the joist. In those cases, installing additional beams adds stability to your porch. No matter which structure you choose, space your joists 16 inches on center (o.c.). Measure from the center point of one joist to the center of the next.
You could also choose to space them 12 or 24 inches apart. (If you space them 24 inches apart you may need to add bridging to keep the platform from swaying). The closer together, the more stable your platform. Check with your local codes department to determine specific requirements for your area.