The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating

 With the hot Georgia summer starting to wind down, you can be sure that it won’t be long before the brisk chill of fall and winter blow in to Atlanta, causing every homeowner to shiver — both literally and figuratively — at the increased energy cost of heating their home. 

The battle to keep a home comfortable and properly heated, however, is more than just forcing warm air into a space. The key is actually how to maintain ambient warmth, which in turn helps to avoid the need to heat more air unnecessarily, which wastes money and resources.

What is Radiant Floor Heating?

One great way to maintain a room’s ambient warmth is by using radiant floor heating. Basically, radiant floor heating is a heating system that’s hidden under the floor that conducts heat through the floor’s surface — either via electric wires or hot water tubes — rather than through the air, like a traditional forced-air heating system. Of course, because a radiant floor heating system requires installation under the floor, it’s a wonderful addition to a renovation or remodeling project that includes new flooring. 

The Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating

Not only does a radiant floor heating system give you the wonderful benefit of warm, heated floors that will surely feel oh-so good under your bare tootsies on a chilly winter morning, but because heat rises up all the way from the floor, it also helps to keep the room warmer, more evenly, and more effectively. In addition, because it heats a room more evenly, that means that it requires a lower temperature to do so, which results in not only less energy used, but a lower heating cost, overall. 

Your One-Stop Contractor

For a comprehensive look at all the benefits a radiant floor heating system offers, make sure to consult with a local, licensed contractor with a track record of experience and integrity that you can trust when it comes to what is ultimately your largest lifetime investment — your home. 

With an extensive list of satisfied clients in and around the Atlanta area, Green Remodelinghas made a name specializing in nearly every aspect of home renovation and remodeling for well over a decade. Whether it’s a basementkitchen,bathroom, or even your commercialproperty, contacta member of the Green Team for a FREE estimateon your next home renovation project.

Stop the Mud (and the Madness) with an Organized Mudroom

With all the torrential rain and afternoon thunderstorms we’ve been getting lately, it’s a pretty safe bet that there’s some mud and dirt being tracked unnecessarily into your home. Sure, you’ve equipped yourself with an arsenal of brooms, dustpans, vacuums, and mops to battle the mess, but it’s an endless fight that you’ll never truly win.

Mud Stopper

One option that goes a long way in helping to gain an advantage in fighting the mud and dirt from getting into the recesses of your home is a mudroom. A mudroom is basically a room or designated space between your primary point of entry and the rest of the home – usually just inside the garage and preferably adjacent to the laundry room/area  – that usually incorporates seating, storage, and a mud-friendly floor.

Seating & Storage

Since you’ll be stopping in your mudroom to remove your shoes, rain/snow boots, and the like, you’ll be best served by putting some bench seating in the area. Bench seats can incorporate storage space underneath that can be used for shoe and boot storage. Consider using overhead storage shelves to keep frequently used items within convenient distance of the door and within easy reach. For added convenience, use hooks along the walls to catch jackets, bags, backpacks, and other necessities.

Extra Amenities

In addition to the basic features, you can also maximize the available space by adding some custom amenities that add form as well as function. Some mudrooms go the extra mile when it comes to organization by incorporating individual “lockers” or cubbyholes that can be assigned to each member of the family for personalization and convenience. Basically, you’re limited only by your imagination when it comes to renovating or adding on a new space. Whether it’s a space for an umbrella stand to hold your wet umbrellas until it’s time to head out again, a floor length mirror to catch one last look before leaving the house or, for the ultimate in convenience, a tiled, mini-shower with drain that can double as a pet-bathing station and kid-rinsing room to get the extra mud off after a dirty day playing outside. And last but not least, make sure to go with a tile or laminate floor that can withstand the elements and is easy to sweep and mop.

Adding a mudroom to your existing space doesn’t just make your life easier, it also adds value to your home, which is always a great thing when it comes to home renovations and upgrades, which makes it a win/win. Trust Green Remodeling to make the most of your budget and your available space, whether it’s a mudroom or any other space inside (or outside) your home.

Contact the home remodeling and renovation experts at Green Remodeling for your free estimate today!

Spring Preening: Repainting Your Home Exterior

Quick – when was the last time your home’s exterior was painted?

Chances are, if you can’t recall, perhaps it’s been a little too long. Experts recommend that wood siding get a fresh coat every 3-7 years while stucco can go anywhere between 5-6 years between coats. If you’re doing the math and finding that your house exterior is due for repainting, here are a few reasons why there’s no time like the present to repaint your home.

Spring Means Optimal Outdoor Conditions

Just as the blooms come out in spring, it’s recommended that the paint, brushes, and rollers should, as well. Springtime – especially late spring – brings along with it the best outdoor conditions for painting your home’s exterior. First off, exterior latex paint provides the most protection and durability and is best applied when the temps are neither too hot or too cold. Secondly, spring tends to be a little drier, meaning that there’s less moisture, humidity, and precipitation, both enemies to a successful repainting job.

Pre-empt Costly Future Repairs

Repainting your home’s exterior welcomes in the unique opportunity to give the outside of your home a great and detailed close-up look that you don’t always get. Preparing the house for a repainting can uncover the smaller, sometimes overlooked, issues that require attention before a coat of new paint is applied. Issues such as wood rot around doors, windows, and chimneys and fastening loose shutters should be addressed prior to repainting.

Provides a Protective Coating

Without a proper coat of durable paint, your house is susceptible to the fierce climatic conditions without the necessary protection, leaving your house to essentially fend for itself when it simply cannot. The swing between hot and cold temps stresses paint, causing it to potentially crack and peel, therefore exposing the sensitive wood underneath, then allowing moisture in the form of rain, snow, ice, and frost to permeate, shortening the life of the wood dramatically, inviting mold and mildew in. Keep it covered with a fresh, thick coat of durable exterior latex paint that’s professionally applied.

Boost Curb Appeal

When people think about spring cleaning, thoughts often lead to the interior of the home. But just as necessary is the upkeep of the outside of the home. Curb appeal is essential when you want your house to look its very best. Without the time and financial expense of renovation, the easiest and cheapest thing you can do for your home’s curb appeal is to give it a fresh coat of paint. It instantly boosts curb appeal (and helps to increase home value) and its wonderful results should never be underestimated.

Green Remodeling understands all too well the need for repainting the exterior of your home. Not only do they realize how important it is to the life and well-being of your house, but how important it is that it’s done in a professional manner under optimal conditions so as to give it the best look and protection possible. At Green Remodeling, we don’t cut corners and don’t take shortcuts. Our skilled painters have the experience and seemingly artistic ability to transform your home exterior from drab to fab.

Contact Green Remodeling today for a free estimate and consultation before the hot, humid days of summer kick in.

 

 

Which Countertop is the Top?

One of the biggest ticket items for remodeling projects is often the countertops.  Historically granite has been the most popular choice; however, many are turning to quartz because of new advancements and how well quartz has been mimicking other countertop types such as marble, concrete, granite, etc.  So, what are the difference between granite and quartz?

Granite is a 100% natural material thus every slab has unique color and pattern. Granite will last a lifetime and will not lose the natural pattern of the veins or color.   However, granite as a natural stone contains air and can therefore harbor bacteria and stain if not sealed on an on-going basis.

Quartz is a manufactured stone and therefore color and pattern are very consistent from slab to slab and even over time.  Quartz will never need initial or continued sealing and is much less likely to stain or crack due to the presence of man-made resins. Should a quartz countertop be chipped, it can simply be repaired instead of needing replacement.  From a “green” aspect, quartz uses waste materials rather than quarrying new stone materials.  However, you wouldn’t want to install it next to a window unless it was an outdoor rated quartz (such as Dekton), because there is a possibility of discoloration due to UV light.

Normally the decision comes down to one of two things: price or pattern.  A common granite is less costly than a standard quartz; however, exotic granites can be much more expensive!  Quartz manufacturers have been trying hard to have products that mimic the look of granite, but some feel these man-made stones can never replicate the beauty of a natural stone.  Either will be a good choice if you are well informed and know how to care for your countertops!