How to Choose the Right Granite Countertop

How to Choose the Right Granite Countertop

With so many types of granite out there, it is quite hard for the customer to decide what color of granite he wants. Some of the factors to consider include cabinet color and floor color. While this might seem like a simple guideline, people have different tastes and preferences, and that leads to discontent. Perhaps, that is why most suppliers encourage their buyers to take photos of their kitchen so as to determine what granite color fits in well. Taking photos is a very good idea for a majority of the suppliers are professionals and considering the experience they have, their advice will be on point. Nonetheless, it does not hurt to know the basics of granite color and matching. The fundamentals of matching granite color. Your kitchen cabinet color should be a major point of reference as far your granite color choice is concerned. One of the best ideas is selecting a granite color that compares to the cabinet color. While many people would prefer to match the cabinet color to that of the granite, there are still different ways of accomplishing a better feel and look. For instance, you can use similar colors only that you create a variation by buying granite with a darker veining or mottling. A good example of this is matching white cabinets with white spring granite. The granite has veins of brown, gray, and black, and that makes the combination unique. Other granite colors that go well with white cabinets include Labrador green, black pearl, blue pearl, silver pearl and new Azul Arron. The second option involves installing granite countertops with an...
How To Repair a Wood Fence

How To Repair a Wood Fence

Whether it is due to sun, wind, rain or snow, wood fences fall into disrepair over time. As a property owner, you want to keep your fences in good shape at all times because they are the ones that keep out intruders. A damaged wooden fence can easily be breached with even just a little force. If your wooden fence is showing signs of disrepair there is no need to get rid of it and install a new one. There are ways to repair it and make it as good as new once more. Follow the steps outlined here. To repair rails, start by covering the damaged areas with wood preservative. It stops any existing rot from spreading. You can reattach rails to the post using galvanized nails. Depending on the extent of the damage you may need to use T-braces to give the fence additional support. If an entire section of the fence is damaged you can rebuild it from scratch. Cut posts that are the same size as those on the rest of the fence and do the same for rails as well. Join these using nails and then cut equal sized fence boards and drive them into the frame that you have created using galvanized nails. It is important to use galvanized rail because they are not susceptible to rust – at least they take many years before they do. Broken screens also make good entry points for intruders. You can replace these quite easily. Just rip out the old screen and the carefully measure, cut out and install a replacement screen. Paint the new screen...
What To Look For When Choosing an NJ General Contractor

What To Look For When Choosing an NJ General Contractor

Choosing the right general contractor can be a hard task. Whether you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or just a small home improvement task, it’s important to choose someone who is honest and reliable. There are a lot of things to consider when making this decision. Lucky for you, we’ve teamed up with O’Connor Construction, General Contractors of NJ, to provide you with exactly what you need to know when choosing a contractor in New Jersey. Are they able to take on your project size? This is an important question to ask. Contractor companies come in many different size – some small, some big. Knowing that your job is going to be completed by a construction company that has the resources and team to complete it efficiently is important. Some companies overestimate jobs and are unable to complete them. That’s why people always hear about those horror stories of contractors leaving in the middle of big jobs. What types of jobs do they specialize in? Some general contractors are great home builders, some are great at remodeling. Try to find one that specializes in what you are having done. Here at Lyndale and O’Connor our speciality is room remodeling (kitchen, basement, bathroom, etc), waterproofing, and mold removal. These are the jobs we are very good at and enjoy providing for our customers. How many other projects are they currently working on? This is a question that often gets overlooked but is important to ask. Contractors are always working on more than one job at a time and sometimes they “overbook” themselves. This can lead to timelines having to...