The Barn Door – New Style Trend

I am sure you’ve heard the term…”close the door, were you raised in a barn”? If you watched the popular garden, DYI, and fixer upper television shows, you have probably seen a big trend toward stylish sliding barn doors. So, what are the benefits of using a barn door. A sliding barn door can be used for more than just closing the entrance between rooms, it can also be used as space saving, functionality, or just because of the aesthetics of the design. Not only is it stylish but by using a barn door you could save up to 9 sq. ft. of valuable space.

Installing a barn door versus a traditional door is more expensive but you will see a much better investment along with a much bigger return. So, when you compare the cost of a barn door to that of a traditional door, you will see that not only does it look better, but it also offers more styles to choose from. Whether you are deciding to install a barn door because of space issues or because of a design element, either way you can’t go wrong.

So, before you install that interior sliding barn door, here are some things to think about. What hardware will you be installing (stainless steel, aluminum flat rail, round rail, etc.); where are you going to install the door (closet, dining room, bedroom, etc.); make sure you measure the area (remember the door must be wider than the doorway); structural support is required (barn doors can be very heavy, sometimes up to 200 pounds, so have a sturdy structure is very important); and the last item is what kind of handle do you want (latch, deadbolt, steel door pull, etc.). Installing a barn door doesn’t just add beauty to your property but also functionality as well, and a great way to make a statement in your home.

Smart Homes – Conroe Texas

The demand for smart home technology is rising with the development of homes. “While still a growing trend, smart home enhancements have the potential to increase savings, safety, and resale value.” Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate, said in a statement about the franchise survey findings.

This growing technology is not just for luxury homes. The technology can be upgraded and installed into any home. There are a variety of devices that can be installed from smart thermometers to locks and light bulbs. As stated by Melissa Dittmann Tracey in the article, Prep Agents with Six Smart Home Facts, “70 percent of consumers who own smart home technology say buying their first connected product made them more likely to buy another, according to the Coldwell Banker survey.” The greatest reasons for using these technologies is to benefit from added security and energy efficiency. Emmco Builder Inc. will custom build a home to meet the need of the customer. If building a smart home interest you, contact Emmco Builder Inc.

What to do Immediately Following a Flood in your Home

A home flood can be caused from a water system malfunction, falling water, or ground water that has risen and come into your home. Always follow precautions if told to evacuate during a storm and make sure the structure is safe when returning home.

Before removing any water,  photos and notes need to be taken to document all damage. You will need to contact your insurance agency. In most cases, typical home coverage does not cover your home when the damage is caused by flooding. It is always a good idea to have a flood insurance policy on your home. If the flood is caused by a storm, check to see if your home is in a disaster area by government authorities. If so, you can contact FEMA, a financial assistance service provided for disaster areas.

A process of removing water from the home, mitigating mold growth, and then restoring your home can be a burden on a family. It can be overwhelming and scary due to the fact that if not completed properly, your home could suffer more significant damage later with the spread of bacteria and mold.  Emmco Builders Inc. can complete the tasks needed to restore your home in a timely and professional way.

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What Does Hail Damage Look Like?

The first signs of damage to your roof may not be on your roof. But as in this photo on the bottom right, hail dents to lamps or soft metals and fencing are indicators or collateral evidence of hail.


Hail is just one way a roof can be damaged. Wind, heat, improper installation, age and normal wear and tear are some other ways your roof can be damaged.


The Importance of Installing a Complete Roofing System

Emmco Builders believes in using complete and matching roofing components when replacing a roof. Don’t let the other guys tell you that it doesn’t matter?

When it comes to roofing, homeowners often miss out on the opportunity to fully optimize their homes. Most are unaware of the many different steps and layers it takes to build a complete roofing system. From starter strips to underlayment to shingles and the hip and ridge, there are a number of different levels that make up a home’s roof. If you are unaware of all of these components, then there is a good chance your home will be layered with a potpourri of roofing products. It is important that you don’t accept random parts put together to complete your roof. By purchasing a complete roofing system from one manufacturer, you get the opportunity to fully optimize your roof and provide yourself a complete peace of mind.

Don’t Mix and Match Your Home

You wouldn’t walk out of your home in plaid and stripes, would you? Why would you dress your home up in a mix and match group of products? For the fashion conscious, you wouldn’t wear a Nike shirt with Adidas pants…while sporting Under Armour shoes. Well, let’s hope not. The same can be said about the various layers that make up your roof. Don’t style your home with random brands and think that they will look good or work cohesively together.

And while style matters, it’s more than just a fashion statement. When you make the decision to go with a single roofing manufacturer for your roofing system, you know that the individual pieces, when installed properly, will complement one another. It’s not just pulling random puzzle pieces from a variety of boxes and hoping they will fit neatly to give you a perfect picture. You know exactly what you are getting. And it is because of this many manufacturers have clauses that could void your warranty if the shingles, underlayment, or other components aren’t installed with the correct specifications. This is one reason why it is important that all the pieces fit together correctly.

Upgraded Warranty

Not only do some warranties get voided if you mix and match roofing products from multiple manufacturers, but you are also rewarded on a more positive level warranty-wise for getting the complete roofing system from one. When you have all four pieces (starter shingle, hip and ridge, underlayment, and shingle), there is confidence with the knowledge that all the pieces of your roof fit together correctly. Now you can have your warranty upgraded from just a standard warranty to a signature warranty. What this means for you is that you can increase the warranty coverage of your roof by possibly five to ten years, depending on your shingle style. So it pays to have a complete system that you can trust as you add a little security.

When you purchase a complete roofing system from one manufacturer, then you know that every piece was built to work seamlessly with one another. This added security works in your favor, as the company is so confident in the reliability of the grouping that it will add years to your warranty. And if nothing else, you now have the perfect fit of all matching pieces. The complete roofing system is the only way to go when it comes to covering your home.

Are Vanishing Deductibles Legal in the Construction Business?

Nationwide Insurance, on the auto insurance side of the business, has promoted a service plan called Vanishing Deductible for drivers who do not have an accident. The general idea is to reward good, safe driving by reducing auto policy deductibles by $100 (up to $500) every year the driver does not have an accident. Vanishing Deductibles may be new with insurance policy decision makers but it is not a novel idea. Most respected roofers have experienced a scenario in which a homeowner had a competitive contractor propose to take care of all repairs…

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