How to pick a decorative mailbox

November 7, 2017 by  
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The mailbox is the first thing that anybody sees when they approach your home, and it says a lot of about the appeal of your home. Now, to add more curb appeal to your house, you can move the mailbox from the street to your garage, porch, or your outer wall. Here are some tips for moving and selecting decorative mailboxes for the house:

First of all, before you physically relocate your mailbox, contact your local post office and request permission for the move. You can change your mailbox as long as it is USPS approved, however, you will need permission before you move the mailbox to another location on the same property.

Next, think about where you want your mailbox. For a lot of people, getting mail is an exciting prospect. Do you want to walk to your mailbox in the morning as part your morning ritual? Or do you prefer to have your mailbox on your porch for a quick grab-and-read?

When it comes to size, it depends on your mail volume. When you get a lot of package deliveries a larger mailbox, with a locking feature is more practical. However, if you only get letters and small parcels, then you only need something smaller. You can order from a variety of sizes from stores like California Mailboxes.

Quick tip: Before you place your order, pick one out on the site and use tape to mark out the size of the mailbox on your wall (or garage). You will then see if you need more space for the mailbox.

How Choosing the Right Mailbox Can Significantly Raise Curb Appeal

April 19, 2017 by  
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Summary: Your ideal mailbox should complement the exterior design of your home.

Adding the right mailbox to your home can create significant curb appeal. But, with so many different models and styles out there, how can you choose the right one? There are several factors to consider which is why this guide will help you choose the perfect mailbox for your household.

Style Guide

Whether you’re looking for brass mailboxes for a vintage look or aluminum for that modern appeal, know that whatever you choose should reflect the style of your home. Now, mailboxes are typically categorized by either contemporary or traditional, depending on the overall shape of the mailbox. There are some styles that combine both styles for a modern fusion type of feel.

Mounting

Mounted mailboxes are usually installed at your home’s front curb. These types of mailboxes require a post and a mounting board for installation. Wall mounted mailboxes, on the other hand, are usually installed near the front entry door of a home. These require mounting screw and anchors when installed. Prior to choosing your mailbox, be sure to consider the requirements of both styles – you don’t want to purchase the wrong hardware. California Mailboxes, Orange County’s premiere mailbox supplier, can provide you with all the assets you need to decorate your home’s exterior.

Finish and Color

As you’re most likely aware, mailboxes differ in color and finish. Painted finishes are categorized by flat, semi-gloss, high gloss and textured. Take the time to visualize your preferred mailbox in front of your home as it should complement the external appearance. The last thing you’ll want is a mailbox that sticks out like a sore thumb. Choose wisely and carefully.

Upgrading Your Bed: What Smart Shoppers Need to Know

June 6, 2016 by  
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Written by: The Foam Factory

upgrading-mattressLearn the facts about buying a bed in the modern furniture market.

When you want to upgrade your bed, there is no shortage of choices. If you read blogs on furnishings, you’ll quickly discover that sleeping isn’t as simple as buying a bed frame, a box spring and a mattress. Toppers, natural and organic materials, and how you personally sleep all play a role in choosing the mattress of your dreams.

Materials Matter

Many people are opting for mattresses made of flexible polyurethane foam over the traditional spring variety. Springs aren’t as resilient as natural latex, which doesn’t degrade much over time. Springs also don’t provide the same support. Often, spring mattresses are coated in chemicals that are meant to prevent the mattress from catching fire, but actually harm your respiratory system as you sleep.

Order Online to Save

Order a mattress from Canada and save a lot over the retail price of any big-box store. You can have the pad cut to size, and shipped directly to your home for easy assembly. Shipping is often free when you order online. The only drawback is you can’t feel the mattress until it arrives, so it’s best if you do some reading on foam density before you jump in headfirst.

About Mattress Toppers

Mattress toppers are a good alternative to the natural latex mattress. While ordering online saves money, the mattress is still more expensive than a topper. Plus, toppers are great for those who are moving into a furnished domicile (like a college student). It provides comfort on-the-go, without making permanent changes to the space you’re living in.

The Many Uses of Foam Around the Home

May 19, 2016 by  
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Polyurethane foam from Canada can be one of the most useful substances to keep around the house. It’s in nearly everything you use throughout the day, from your bed to your patio furniture. If you learn how to work with it, you can repair almost anything in your home. If your old couch is sagging, your dining room chairs aren’t as comfortable, or you’re looking to touch up old patio furniture, these tips for using foam will help.

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Bedding

A polyurethane foam mattress has multiple advantages over the standard cloth kind of mattress. For one, the durability is almost double or triple what you’d expect from a regular bed. If you purchase natural latex, it doesn’t have “off-gassing” typically associated with memory foam mattresses. That means no strong scents left over from the manufacturing process.

It’s also quite comfortable, with a firm surface area designed to cradle the body to sleep without leaving an imprint.

Upholstery

Polyurethane foam sheets are also found in sofa cushions, where they provide the back support we need to relax and unwind. If your sofa is starting to show its age, consider revamping it with some foam sheets. They can be cut to size, even custom shapes like t-cushions. Order the zie and thickness you need, unzip the cover and toss the old foam. You might even consider re-upholstering if you plan to sell your old couch.

Outdoor foam varieties with open cells are also valuable for patio upgrades. Outdoor foam allows moisture to pass through, and makes the material extra breathable. Outdoor foam is also anti-microbial, which prevents mold and bacteria from growing. If left outdoors, it can withstand prolonged exposure to the elements.

Soundproofing

Acoustic foam is an innovation designed for studios, but it works well in homes that have entertainment centers and home theaters installed. The various designs each have different effects on sound, ultimately helping to insulate the room. Those in apartments might want to upgrade just to eliminate neighbors complaining about the bass in loud movies.

Special designs also work well to reduce treble, or reflect sound elsewhere around the space. If you’re considering podcasting, you’ll want foam inside of a small space (like a room or a closet) so you can get high quality recordings.

Final Thoughts

Foam is one of the most versatile materials on Earth, with a variety of uses inside and outside the home. If you’re considering some upgrades, it can be quite cost effective to custom cut foam shapes.
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Preventative maintenance tips for garage doors

April 18, 2016 by  
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1Written by Superior Garage Doors

Do you suspect that something is wrong with your garage door? Does it not open and close like you remember it?

The garage door is one of the most used things in the home. In some cases even more than the front door when there are multiple cars involved. With that sort of use there is going to be a lot of wear and tear over time.

Unless you have been doing preventative maintenance on your garage door regularly, then you should:

Check for any odd noises when the door opens and closes. Often times the simplest method can be used to identify issues. Sound is one such method. An unusual click, a grating noise, can all be signs of larger problems. This can cause issues and you might have to call in a garage door opener repair atlanta.

Also check the level of the door. Using either a level or a just simple eye test, check that neither side is higher than the other. If one side is, then that could mean several potential issues down the road. The first, and most likely is that one of the motors will be working harder and at a different load level than specified, this can result in a failed motor. The other is uneven wear and tear that could result in unnecessary replacements.

Prevention is better than cure, so conduct some regular maintenance and checks and prevent any untimely problems or call in garage door services atlanta to check it for you.

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Superior Garage Doors are experts in garage door repairs, maintenance and installation. Call them for you next garage door installation atlanta.

Economic Materials to Help You Create the Best Custom Cushions

March 14, 2016 by  
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Economic Materials to Help You Create the Best Custom CushionsWritten by: Foam Factory, Inc.

Summary: Learn how to create quality cushions with good back support for a fraction of the cost.

Making your own cushions for whatever purpose has many advantages. Firstly, you can create the best cushion possible for the situation at hand. On top of that, DIY cushions are easy, inexpensive and fun to make. Here are just a few cheap yet durable cushion materials worth buying in bulk.

Vinyl Covering

While a handmade cushion can be clad with any material, polyvinyl (PVC) fabric is one of the best due to its toughness and water resistance. It can be used for everything from outdoor patio cushions to dog beds in Canada depending on your desired performance requirements.

Foam Filling

Naturally, the core of any good cushion is the foam inside. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find good foam in Canada that will make any cushion perform exactly as you desire. Standard polyurethane foam comes in a range of densities and can be up to 8 or more inches thick.

Welting

The final piece of the puzzle is welting, otherwise known as cording or piping. Welting cores can be plastic, rubber or even hemp depending on what you want. Having plenty of it on hand will make cushion creation a lot easier as you’re tinkering with various formulas.

Experimentation Is the Key

Nobody makes perfect custom cushions on their first try. That’s why it’s so important to have a lot of hardware on hand to make mistakes with. Keeping a lot of the aforementioned material around will save you time and money in the long run

Add Color this Summer with Cushion Replacements

March 14, 2016 by  
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Add Color this Summer with Cushion Replacements

Written by: The Foam Factory

Summer is right around the corner, and you may already have thoughts of grilling out and lounging in the sun on your mind. Now is the perfect time to take stock of your outdoor decor and see if an upgrade would help you make the most of your outdoor oasis. If you are ready to upgrade your outdoor look, consider starting with your furniture. A cushion replacement is a cost effective and easy way to add color and personality to your outdoor furniture.

Re-upholstering your seat cushions rather than investing in buying completely new furniture, choosing new cushions can keep your style current and help you keep any wear and tear in your outdoor furniture nicely covered up and out of sight.

One of the current trends to keep an eye out for while picking out new cushions is a mix between solid colors and geometric prints. This season will bring fewer floral and tropical outdoor prints and more geometric and linear designs. Often times, a solid color cushion will be paired with a designed or patterned ones with a completely different base color paired together. Do not be afraid to branch out and embrace bright colors for your outdoor decor this season.

If you only do one thing to get your patio or deck ready for the warmer weather, consider replacing your furniture seat cushions with some bold and bright colors or patterns.

Security Still Remains an Issue with Homeowners Today

March 4, 2016 by  
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Security-Still-Remains-an-Issue-with-Homeowners-TodayHome invasions remain a prevalent issue in today’s security concerns. Not only are many Americans ignoring the fact that their home remains a security liability but they’re also inviting burglars and crooks into their property by keeping a lax frontal set up. If you feel like you are one of the many homeowners that need to tighten up their security features, then here are some tips that will definitely help keep you and your family safe.

Reinforce Your Door

By reinforcing your door, you’re removing one of the biggest entryways on your entire home. Because burglars will naturally try to fiddle with the lock and handle, if they’re allowed to, they’ll try and kick your door in as well. It’s important that you keep it intact by installing a solid deadbolt lock. One that extends fully into the opening of the door jamb is ideal. You can also combine that with a metal strike plate, which you can find at any local hardware store, to further increase the security.

Install Motion-Detecting Lights

Intruders are often scared off when they have a bright light shone on them. They’re exposed and their actions can be seen. By installing a light source near the entryways of your doors, you’ll give them reason to leave your home. Be sure to install lights in the backyard of your home as well. You’d be surprised at the many ways that an intruder can get into your home. Don’t take any chances when it comes to home security.

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This Tip Will Save You Hundreds on Your Next Front Door

February 4, 2016 by  
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This-Tip-Will-Save-You-Hundreds-on-Your-Next-Front-DoorWritten by: ETO Doors

These days, you can buy just about anything online and save money. The same holds true even when shopping for a new door. Whether you’re searching for modern arched mahogany front doors, or you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, shopping online provides you with a wider variety and more competitive prices.

Where the Savings Comes From

When you buy direct from door manufacturers, you can compound the savings. Part of this has to do with the lack of middle man, which means no one is making a profit on top of the cost of the product. So, the costs involved with selling the door are much smaller. Couple that with the exponentially larger customer base available online, as opposed to only those that are within driving distance, and a manufacturer can pass some of the savings on to you to sell the doors at below wholesale price.

Custom Doors

One big advantage is the ability to order custom doors at a substantially lower cost. Not every manufacturer can offer this service, but you can give them your blueprints and watch your ideas literally come to life. These doors also come pre-hung, which is helpful when it comes time to install them. Double doors, customized to fit the dimensions you need with the designs you want, end up costing substantially less when you find the right manufacturer to work with.

 

Energy Efficient Products are Saving Homeowners Hundreds

January 29, 2016 by  
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Energy-Efficient-Products-are-Saving-Homeowners-HundredsIf you’re one of the many homeowners that haven’t switched over to energy efficient products, then it might be time for you to make a change for the better. By upgrading your heating and cooling equipment, windows, and other areas in your home, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars each year through reduced utility bills.

Cost-Efficiency

The cost of homeownership is a financial burden of its own. The fact that you have to pay additional fees can make you sacrifice comfort to lower your bill by a couple percent. By making the switch, you’ll save a significant amount of money in the long run, make your home a healthier place to live, and even increase the resale value of your house.

The opportunity for home values to significantly increase through energy efficient home upgrades has driven investors to pay close attention to “clean” renovations.

For example, by upgrading your furnace and air conditioner and ensuring the ductwork is sealed properly, you could be reducing your cooling and heating costs by over 55% – depending on your climate and home construction. Also, you might not be aware that windows can be energy efficient as well. High performance windows can save up to $300-$400 per year through their specially-designed glass panes and frames.

Final Thoughts

As a homeowner, you’re swamped with mortgage payments, year-round bills, and other costs that life throws at you. Take action and switch to energy efficient products to maximize your house’s capabilities and save hundreds during the process.

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