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Paint color trends for 2016

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Thinking about painting your home? What’s in style for 2016? All the way from bold to natural hues, lets talk about the beautiful palettes for 2016!

 
2016 is all about the earth. We are bringing together natural elements and clean tones. Imagine gathering fresh vegetables from the garden or dipping your toes in the ocean. Taking a walk through the forest or a fresh snow fall.

 
The colors of 2016 are inspired by all of nature such as freshly fallen leaves, fall flowers, gourds, avocados, roses, frosty winter colors, spring flowers, an ocean of teals, aquas,  emeralds, and more. These colors are all about going back to the basics with hues derived from natural elements, which complements all styles even industrial looks!

 
For more paint ideas feel free to contact us.

 

 
C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

The importance of hiring a licensed and insured contractor.

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Are you thinking about or have you hired a contractor to work on your home? If so is that contractor licensed and insured? You might think that just hiring any contractor will do. If this is the case you are very mistaken. It is extremely important that the contractor you hire is licensed and insured! Below we will discuss the importance of contractor insurance and licensing:

 
Contractor’s insurance
There are two types of insurance that a reputable contractor should have. Those are liability insurance and workers compensation insurance.
Liability insurance along with a bond covers certain situations such as unexpected damage to your property or work that was done incorrectly.
Workers compensation insurance provides  a payment to workers injured on your property for lost wages and medical care regardless of who was at fault. You wouldn’t want a worker to try to sue you because they were injured.
Making sure a contractor is insured is also insurance that you will be satisfied with your project in the long run. Make sure you ask the contractor for certificates of insurance and check to make sure their policies are current.

 

 

Contractor licensing
When you’re hiring a contractor it is also very important that you check to see if they are licensed. In many states if a contractor is not licensed they may not be able to be insured or bonded. On top of that a building inspector may stop work on a project if it’s being done by a improperly licensed contractor.
In short making sure you hire a licensed, insured and bonded contractor may seem like a lot of work, but in the end it all helps to ensure that you are protected, and working with reliable, reputable professionals.

 

 

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Types of paint

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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What types of paint are there? What are the differences? Which type should I choose? These are all questions you might ask yourself if you are looking to paint your home. Below we will discuss the different types as well as primers and sealers so you can make the best choice for your home.

 
Primers and Sealers
Primers and sealers are designed to provide either a surface for the finish paints or a clear top coat.

 

•Primers

Primers are made to seal the surface off and provide a base for the finish paint. They can be used on bare wood, metal, and previously painted surfaces.

 
•Sealers

Sealers insure your paint lasts longer and peeling and premature wear is eliminated.  This is an extremely important part in getting a long lasting and durable finish.

 

 

Finish paints
There are two types of finish paints used today. Those are alkyd and latex paint.

 

•Alkyd paint

Alkyd paint is also known as oil-based paint and provides an excellent finish. However, it can be tricky to use, it is hard to clean up, not to mention it has a strong odor and is flammable.

 

•Latex paint

Latex paint also provides a great finish and it is an easer paint to use. It also cleans up with soap and water, dries quickly, has less odor, is non-flammable, and easy to touch up.

 

 
Gloss levels
The gloss or sheen of a paint is defined by the amount of light that is reflected off the surface of a paint finish. There are four basic sheens: flat, satin, semi gloss and gloss.

 
•Flat

Flat paint has zero reflective properties providing a matte finish. This finish helps to hide surface imperfections. It is normally used for ceilings and walls and in areas that are not subjected to a lot of wear and tear.

 

•Satin

Satin paint provides a soft sheen comparable to that of an eggshell. A satin finish provides a harder surface finish which in turn is more durable and more stain resistant than a flat finish. This durability makes satin paint a good choice for walls in bedrooms, hallways, stairways and family rooms.

 

•Semi Gloss

Semi gloss paint is very durable. It is easier to clean and is more resistant to stains than satin finish paint. Semi gloss paint is most often used on heavy wear areas that are frequently cleaned such as kitchens and bathrooms. Semi gloss paint is also great to use on wood trim and cabinets.

 

•Gloss

Gloss paint is the most hard, durable, and stain resistant. It is also easier to clean than all the other paint finishes. Gloss paint is the best choice for heavy wear areas like kitchens, bathrooms, cabinets, floors, stairs, handrails, high traffic doors, and trim. However, it is important to note that gloss paint generally makes surface imperfections a lot more noticeable.

 

 
For more information on paint types and finishes please feel free to give us a call.

 

 
C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

How to keep your pipes from freezing

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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It’s cold up here in the North Georgia Mountains and temperatures are below freezing! Did you know that when temperatures drop your house can freeze too?  Below are some helpful tips to keep your pipes from freezing and keep you dry and warm this winter:

 

– Shut off the water to outside spigots.

To keep your outdoor plumbing fixtures from freezing, disconnect and remove any garden hoses. Then, drain the lines and shut off the water to your outdoor faucets.

If you have a sprinkler system turn it off then blow compressed air through the lines to drain them. When all the lines have been drained cover the outside faucets with insulating foam covers.

 
– Check the exterior walls for holes.

Even small holes where cable wires or phone lines enter your home can be an entry point for freezing air. Purchase a tube of foam insulation to close them up. Then, use weather stripping to close any cracks around your doors or windows. Also, make sure you close or cover foundation vents.

 
– Insulate, insulate, insulate!

You can help prevent your pipes from freezing by making sure your home has proper insulation. This includes insulating the exterior walls, crawl spaces, basement, attic, and exposed pipes (both hot and cold).

 

– Let your faucets drip.

If any indoor faucets are located on exterior walls that are not properly insulated let your faucets slowly drip whenever the temperatures drop below freezing. Make sure both the hot and cold lines are on since both are at risk of freezing (this also includes making sure your ice machine is running). Also, leave your cabinet doors open so your pipes will be warmed by your home’s heating system.

 

– Know how to shut off the water.

Locate the main shut off valve for your water and have a shut-off key handy. Also invest in a meter key or a crescent wrench so you will be able to shut off the water at the meter in case the shut off valve ever fails you.

 

-Keep your garage door closed.

If your garage is attached to your home make sure you minimize the time your garage door is open. This will help to keep cold air out of your house and protect your hot water heater as well as any other plumbing that you may have in your garage.

 
*IMPORTANT*

If your pipes should freeze use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape, or a portable space heater to thaw frozen pipes that have not burst. Keep the faucet open when thawing the frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it. After the weather has warmed to above freezing and any frozen pipes have thawed out turn off the dripping faucets and monitor your water meter to check for any leaks that may be unseen.

 

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Prevent water damage in your home!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Due to all the rain and recent flooding up here in the North Georgia mountains you are probably wondering how you can help prevent water damage from occurring in your home. Below you will find some helpful tips on ways you can help keep your home damage free.

 

– Make sure you have good drainage.

If you have poor drainage it will weaken your foundation causing cracks, uneven settling, and even pathways for water to enter your home! Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches away from the foundation. This will keep water from settling right next to your home where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks.

 

– Clean your gutters

Did you know that having a clogged gutter can damage your home? A clogged gutter will reroute water down the side of your house causing damage to your siding and foundation. Also make sure your downspouts direct the water 5 to 10 feet away from your house and foundation.

 

– Check for water leaks

Persistent water leaks can lead to mold, mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like soft soggy wood)!
Check for wet or dark spots under and around pipes, inside sink cabinets, ceilings, toilets, etc and repair any cracked caulking. At a minimum of once a year inspect your roof as well, repairing missing, loose, and damaged shingles.

 

– Test your sump pump

Sump pumps are a necessity during storms and that is not when you suddenly want to realize yours is not working. Sump pumps should be checked at least once a year, with several checks performed during heavy storm seasons.

 
How to test your sump pump:

1. Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the float to rise (this should turn on the pump). Then watch to make sure that the water level falls.

2. Test your backup pump in the same way, but make sure you unplug your main pump first. If you don’t have a backup pump, or a generator, and are on municipal water, get a pump that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water your only option is the battery kind.

 

 

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Winterizing your home

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Winter has begun in the North Georgia Mountains. Have you winterized your home yet? Did you know that by winterizing your home it will help keep the heat in, the cold out and unnecessary damage from happening! Below you will find some helpful tips to protect your home and stay warm and cozy this winter:

 
Heating system:
•Make sure everything is working properly! If you haven’t done so already turn the heat on to test it. You should hear the furnace kick on and feel the heat blowing out. Keep the heat set at a minimum of 50.
•Replace your air filters if they are dirty.
•Make sure your heating vents are free and clear of dust and debris.
•Check for Carbon Monoxide (Inexpensive tests are available as well as battery operated alarms)

 
Air conditioning:
•Clean the unit by removing all dirt debris.

 
Chimney and fireplace:
•Make sure the chimney is free of all animals including birds and squirrels before lighting a fire.
•Check to make sure the flue is working properly.
•Make sure there is not a draft coming from the chimney. To check this light some paper in the fire place with the flue open. The smoke should rise up, if it doesn’t you could have an obstruction and need to call a professional to clean the chimney.

 
Plumbing:

•Insulate all exposed piping that is in non insulated spaces such as attics, crawlspaces, outside etc. Make sure you insulate them at minimum with foam insulation.
•Insulate your hot water tank with an insulating blanket.
•Turn off all water to exterior water faucets and disconnect the hose.
•If you will be away from your property for a length of time make sure all water is shut off to prevent pipes from freezing, drain the water from the pipes by letting the water run out of your lowest spigot, and consider turning the breaker off on your water heater.

 
Doors and windows:
•Check for drafts around windows and outside doors. If you feel air coming in install weather stripping.

 
Roof and gutters:
•Make sure your shingles are not damaged or missing.
•Be sure your gutters are free and clear of debris. Wet leaves in the winter can add weight to the gutter and cause damage. (See the Complete Home Services blog for more on gutter cleaning)

 
Sprinklers:
•If you have a sprinkler system make sure the water supply is turned off and air is blown through the system to prevent freezing.

 

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

 

Vinyl log vs natural log siding

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Love the look of a cabin in the North Georgia mountains, but not sure if wood siding is the right material for you? Not to worry. Did you know there is also vinyl log siding which mimics the look of real wood! Below we will examine the pros and cons of each to help you determine which material is best for you.

 

 
Natural Log Siding

 
Pros:
Natural log siding is quite easy to install and is suitable for a variety of surfaces! This is because it can be easily placed over duct work, wiring, plumbing, etc. Natural log siding can even last for 25-75 years with the proper maintenance and since various wood is used it is available in many different grain patterns and textures! It can also be rounded or flat. Natural log siding is also energy efficient. By installing this siding on exterior walls it will act as insulation for your home and can even bring down the heating and cooling costs!

 
Cons:
The most common drawback with natural log siding are cracks developing. These cracks are caused due to the frequent temperature changes as well as changes in humidity and moisture. These cracks have to be sealed immediately in order to ensure that the cracks do not get any bigger and provide a home for pests, moisture, and dirt. This siding has to be cleaned frequently and treated to prevent rot and attacks by pests. It will also need to be stained and painted to provide it with appropriate weather protection. The siding can be very vulnerable to mold and mildew if it is not adequately treated.

 

 
Vinyl log siding

 
Pros:

Vinyl log siding is less inexpensive then natural log. It can be crafted into various styles and painted to any color you choose. Since it is not made of organic materials like that of natural log this siding is not susceptible to pests and rot. Maintenance of vinyl log siding is a lot simpler too and it will not rot when exposed to the elements. It only needs to be cleaned every once in a while to keep away dirt and debris.

 
Cons:

Contrary to belief vinyl log siding does not last as long as natural log siding does. The maximum life of vinyl log siding is set at about 25 years, compared to 25-75 years with natural log. Although vinyl siding offers the look of natural log siding it is still not the real thing and close inspection will reveal that it is the cheaper vinyl version.

 

 

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Garages vs Carports

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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Last week we talked a little bit about the benefits of having a garage, but what about a carport? You might be wondering how similar they are or which one is best for you. Below we will discuss the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision.

 

Carports

 
Pros:
If your looking to save money upfront the cost of a carport is significantly less then a garage. You also won’t have to consider city regulations and fire safety during construction. This is because a carport is not an enclosed space, so its not necessary to build a fire rated ceiling or walls. Depending on if you have homeowners association rules and what they are, you may be able to build a carport from a kit that takes less then a day to install. Parking your car under a carport will keep the sun from destroying the paint and can also save it from falling tree branches and hail.

Cons:
If you’re looking for space or storage a carport is not for you. Carports are just big enough to shelter a car or possibly two, so you won’t be able to set up a work area or store any items. You probably wouldn’t want to anyway. Because a carport is an open structure it isn’t secure, you can’t lock it or protect it from wind and rain. It also won’t keep animals out. While a carport can add some value to your home it’s nothing compared to a garage.

 

Garages

 
Pros:
Garages can be as secure as your home. With good door locks your garage will be a safe place to store cars, tools, lawn equipment, and anything else. You can install all types of shelving, cabinets, drawers, and even hooks designed specifically for garages to customize the area. You could also turn it into a work shop, man cave, or anything else your heart desires. Unlike a carport a garage provides complete protection from the sun, hail, rain and wind. Plus it keeps the animals out. A garage can also triple in value what you paid for it so it is a great investment!

Cons:
A garage does costs quite a bit more up front to build than a carport, and it does take longer to finish. You will also have to follow more rules and regulations when you build a garage regardless if you’re adding it to your home or having it built as a separate unit. City building codes and fire safety regulations require the walls to be fire rated to slow the spread of a fire. Contact your city’s permits office for all of the rules and regulations.

Still confused about what you should build? Feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to help you figure it out.

 

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Benefits of a garage

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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When it comes to garages it’s not simply just a space to park your car. It’s also a storage space, a work shop, or for some men a man cave. Garages are a wonderful addition to any property and if you don’t already have one, you should strongly consider investing in one because it can come with a big return. In fact did you know that if you ever go to sell your home there will be a large segment of prospective homebuyers who wont even look at your property without it. The good news though is that for anyone who doesn’t have a garage already it is a relatively inexpensive renovation. Plus your home value can go up as much as 3x the cost of the garage. That makes the renovation virtually free when you go to sell your home. A garage can also benefit you if you own a rental property. A garage that provides parking and storage space can allow you to charge more for rent. In fact some people even rent out their garages to neighbors in need of parking.

 

If you are considering adding a garage to your home feel free to give us a call and we would be happy to come out and give you an estimate.

 

C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains

Cold weather home maintenance

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

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The weather is getting cold up in the North Georgia Mountains and now is the perfect time to prepare your house for the winter ahead. Did you know that by doing a little cold weather home maintenance you could prevent costly repairs and even lower your heating bill? Below are some helpful tips to get you started:

 

•Seal any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
•Replace worn out weatherstripping around your windows or doors.
•Make sure your attic is insulated. You should have at least 12″-16″ of insulation.
•Replace windows with double pane glass or cover single pane windows with plastic window insulation kits.
•Have your heating system inspected and serviced by a HVAC professional in order to make sure your furnace and blower are working properly.
•If your heating system is over 12 years old consider replacing it with a new and more energy efficient system.
•Replace your furnace filter regularly (every 1-3 months) with a quality filter. This improves indoor air quality and allows your heater to run more efficiently.

 

 
C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains