Garden Patios Costs, Plus Pros & Cons in 2017

Patios are traditionally made with natural stone, concrete, or gravel. Pavers are an option composed of concrete and a color additive to form a tile, stone, or brick-like piece. Patios are similar to decks as both provide outdoor space, usually in the rear of a home, for relaxing, dining and entertaining guests.

Decks Vs. Patios

While decks are often elevated structures made from wood or composite materials, patios are routinely installed at a ground level.

Patio Pricing Information – Part 1

Size, of course, is the main cost factor. A small patio, say 7 by 7 feet provides a cozy place for two to share a drink. If desiring a place to dine, at a table with 4 chairs, then a mid-sized patio around 12×12, or larger, is the size to consider. Large patios offer an outdoor living room, coming in at 15 by 15 or larger. Nothing says a patio needs to be square in shape, and rounded edges, or rectangular patios are quite common.

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The price to install is based on material times square footage. On average, patios cost from $1.50 to $30.00 per sq. ft. installed. That’s a huge gap, but the median range is closer to $6.00 to $12.00 per sq. ft. installed. Generally, the least expensive material is a gravel patio, while flagstone fetches the highest prices.

Before any work begins, planning is the first step. In some areas, you may need a building permit and a site plan to provide your local zoning office with the patio design you seek to implement. As approval can sometimes take weeks, other planning considerations include what accessories you may wish to furnish your patio with, along with how each item will lay out. Since everything is at ground level, you might consider laying items on the lawn to get a feel of layout in a three dimensional way that a site plan won’t readily convey.


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Hail Damage Restoration vs. Roof Improvement

Hail Damage Restoration Time is Time for Improvements

In many states in the US we are approaching hail season.  For those that live in areas that are prone to these storms, they know that in a matter of minutes their house could be torn up.  Hail the size of golf balls can come down smashing windows, siding, and damaging asphalt roofs.

After the storm, people are frantic about how to fix their home.  Too many of them, however, go through the restoration process and put the same product onto their home that was just damaged.  The next storm to come could well destroy that new roof. 😉

Hail damage restoration is necessary, but upgrading to a better product is even more important.

Hail Damage to Asphalt Roofs

In the U.S., around 80% of roofs are topped with asphalt shingles.  They are cheap, quick to install, and for the most part they look pretty good on top of houses.  The problem, however, is two-fold.  Asphalt roofs will wear out over time, and they are susceptible to hail damage (as they get older, smaller and smaller hail stones can damage them).

With hail storms increasing in frequency and intensity, the likelihood of your newly replaced asphalt roof being damaged in a storm is pretty high.

Fortunately, there is a better way; instead of restoring your roof, improve it!

Upgrading to a High Quality Metal Roof


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Top 15 Flooring Ideas, Plus Costs Installed & Pros and Cons in 2017

Installing new flooring is a big decision. Because the floor is often the largest uninterrupted space in a room, the look and feel of the flooring can set the tone all by itself: is this a warm room, or a cool one? A place to hang out and relax, a place to eat, or a place to work?

On top of this ability to dominate the mood of a room, the installation of new flooring is often a time-consuming and expensive project. Generally, people choose flooring with the intention of keeping it for many years. No one wants to hate something they’re going to look at for the next decade, so below, you’ll find a list of the best flooring ideas for 2017, along with a rough estimate of how much each type of floor would cost to install.

  1. Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is one of the hottest flooring options this year, even in places where you wouldn’t traditionally see wooden floors: for instance, wood flooring has become the most popular kitchen flooring choice. This is especially the case for open layouts, where consistent flooring between the kitchen and living area helps the space to flow seamlessly.

There are a wide variety of hardwood options – from traditional hardwoods like oak, noted for its timeless beauty; to the newly popular bamboo, a renewable resource that is twice as hard as traditional woods; to the oh-so-trendy reclaimed wood, as famous for its unique look as it is for its sustainability.

The most popular choices this year are darker in color, gray, or otherwise aged-looking, as more and more people go for a vintage or rustic-inspired look.

Pros: Wood is beautiful and naturally warm, and can be sanded and refinished when damage is an issue. Some wood flooring is extremely green-friendly – look for wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Cons: Wood does not respond to dampness or humidity well, and can warp, discolor, or shrink, although some finishes may have less problems with this.

Cost installed: $5.00 to $10.00 per square foot, depending on the type of wood.

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