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Many people today use their patio as an extra space extension for their home. While the patio can be a beautiful open area, some homeowners choose to add an adjustable patio cover that extends over part of the patio or the entire area. An adjustable patio cover can provide protection for plants, patio furniture, outdoor entertaining, and other relaxing family activities.
In recent years, patio covering innovations have been introduced that include an electronically controlled covering that rotates slats to open for sunlight and ventilation a well as close for weather-related protection. This type of patio cover is simple, flexible, and easy to use, especially in quickly changing weather conditions.
Adjustable patio covers are built with electronic control systems that are part of the initial installation. The adjustable patio cover is typically a louver system that can span across approximately four meters. The louvers can be installed as a roof only or a roof with vertical side screens, depending on the requirements of the patio structure. With a click of a remote control button, the louvers can be opened or closed to control wind, sunshine, and shade in the summer as well as provide overhead protection during adverse weather conditions. Interlocking louvers offer complete protection when closed, allowing the party or barbecue to continue as planned, even if a storm blows through the neighborhood.
These adjustable patio coverings are not only ideal for patios, but also for open-air style restaurants and courtyards that might need protection during the day and evening from a variety of weather conditions. Some homeowners even install these wonderful covers over outside kitchens, swimming pools, spas, and play areas for their children. Typically, louvered systems have very strong, insulated slats that have sensors that respond to water; in case of rainfall, they close automatically waterproofing the patio, patio furnishings, and everything sitting under it. During the California summer, sitting in direct sunlight can become extremely hot and uncomfortable; this type of adjustable patio cover can provide ample shade when the louvers interlock to make a solid roof. In addition, during mild winters when sunlight is preferred, tilting open the slats of an adjustable patio covering can keep the glare away, while ensuring ample warmth is filtered through the louvers.
The good news is that adjustable patio covers are completely customizable to create the perfect ambiance for your outdoor living experience. They can be built to integrate with your existing architecture, complementing your home and landscape. The all-metal materials used are much more durable than coverings made of wood or cloth, so these covers are built to last.
If you live in the Southern California area and you’re considering an adjustable patio cover, call S&S Construction today. Our team of professionals will answer your questions, help you in the project planning stages and build a patio cover to meet your expectations.
Fire can be the most destructive force on your home. What is not destroyed by the fire can be damaged or destroyed by smoke and water. Repairing fire damage requires careful attention to detail. Your home is most likely your largest asset and you cannot cut corners when it comes to rebuilding and restoring your investment. Repairing fire damage is not a job for the average contractor.
Contract the services of S&S Construction Restoration Inc. to restore your home and request a detailed estimate. Rebuilding the home will require several additional steps to ensure that safety issues are taken care of and the home’s structure is as safe and secure as it ever was.
Should the worst happen, S&S Construction Restoration Inc. will take every step necessary to make your home as safe and beautiful as it was before the fire. Contact us (760) 559-2667 as soon as your home has been affected by smoke or fire and we will evaluate the damage and prepare an itemized estimate. As with all disaster restoration (storm, water, smoke or fire) we provide 24 hour emergency service – 7 days a week.
Our last bit of advice is to be prepared before a disaster strikes your home. Of course you have insured your investment, but you need to do more. Creating a home inventory before disaster strikes is an excellent way to expedite the insurance claims process after a fire loss. This record of your insurable assets will not only help you in the settlement of a covered loss or claim, but will also help verify tax-deductible property losses and determine the right amount of insurance coverage you need.
Having a patio enclosure installed on your property doesn’t have to be a time intensive process that disrupts your daily routine and makes a mess of your backyard. When you turn to the patio products experts at S&S Construction Restoration, your new patio enclosure will be installed by a quality-driven team that is able to complete most projects in no time at all. We are also dedicated to making the installation process as stress-free as the time you’ll spend relaxing under your new patio enclosure.
S&S Construction is your full-service, premiere contractor in the High Desert. Fully licensed, bonded and insured, S&S Construction can handle all of your custom patio and construction needs. Providing, custom designed patio coverings, pergolas, curbing, sidewalks, custom driveways, stamped or textured concrete finishes, if you can imagine it, S&S Construction can build it.
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1. Structural deficiencies in the floor framing:
It is very common when doing a bath remodel to find floor joists that have been notched by plumbers in a manner that leaves the joist too weak to perform properly. This is particularly problematic when installing a new tile floor which will crack if the floor is not stiff enough!
2. Old corroded plumbing:
Doing a bathroom renovation is a great time to deal with old corroded cast iron or galvanized drain lines and galvanized water supply lines. Even copper water supply lines can be hidden problems if there are corroding joints.
3. Tile tub surrounds and Tile showers that aren’t waterproof:
Modern plumbing codes require that showers have waterproof walls be waterproof, however, even many modern installations are not properly waterproofed and certainly older installations were not typically built with any type of waterproof membrane. Since tile and grout are not waterproof in and of themselves, this leads at best, to problems with water vapor moving around inside your walls, and at worst, to outright leaks and deterioration.
4. Mold loves old bathrooms and cheap contractors:
I have never done done a full gut bathroom remodel and found mold free wall cavities. Lack of waterproofing behind tile, insufficient ventilation and other design and installation issues, combined with lots of moisture on a daily basis, make bathrooms a mold prone problem spot.
5. You’re lucky enough to have a vent fan but it’s not doing squat:
It never ceases to amaze me how many times a vent fan is installed without a duct, installed with a duct that dumps moist air into the attic or the basement, or installed with a duct to the exterior but the ducting is leaking like a sieve.
6. Someone made a board game out of your load bearing wall framing:
In a previous remodel, an evil genius or a complete moron cut, hacked and generally butchered the wall studs in a load bearing wall and by some miracle your house is still standing. This is something that is much less fun to find out after the ceiling or roof caves in.
7. Your plumbing may not be vented properly:
Modern plumbing codes have changed the ways plumbers run vent lines for your sink, tub, shower or toilet. Insufficient venting can cause drains to gurgle or traps to be sucked dry, and can contribute to drains stopping up.
If your are doing a major upgrade to your bathroom consider doing a “full gut.” Removing all the plaster from the walls and ceilings, and removing the sub-floor, allow years of accumulating problems to be dealt with in one fell swoop. When done by S&S Construction, with expertise in bathroom remodeling, you end up with a zero problems bathroom that will function flawlessly and add tremendous value to your home for many years to come.
Whether you’re looking to hire a plumber, flooring expert or general contractor, there are definitely things to consider before doing so. The following are some recommendations to help your renovation run a bit smoother.
Its always a good idea to start by asking your friends and family. You can also talk with a building inspector, who will know which contractors routinely meet code requirements. Also, visit your local lumber yard. The associates there regularly see contractors and know which contractors buy quality materials as well as those that pay their bills timely.
Once you have assembled your prospect list, make a call to each and ask them the following questions:
Answers to these questions will provide information on their availability, reliability, the attention they will be willing to provide to your job as well as how smoothly the work will go and the timely completion of the job.
Based on your telephone interviews, select three to four contractors to interview in person. A contractor should be able to answer your questions satisfactorily and in a manner in which it puts you at ease. At the same time, do not let personality fool you. Contact the Better Business Bureau to verify contractors do not have a history of disputes with clients or their subcontractors.
Payment schedules often times will speak to the contractor’s financial status and work ethic. Be cautious if they want half the bid up front: it could possibly mean they are experiencing financial troubles or perhaps they are afraid you won’t pay the rest after you’ve seen their work. Large projects usually start with a down payment of 10% of thee contract value, three payments of 25% spaced over the duration of the project and a the final payment of 15% after you feel they have completed all the punch list items.
Throw out the low-ball bid. These type of contractors often times try to cut corners. Beyond technical competence, comfort should play an equal to or greater role in your decision making. The single most important factor should be the level of communication between you and the contractor. All things being equal, its better to spend a little more on the job and be comfortable with the chosen contractor than the alternative.
Draw up a contract detailing every aspect of the project: payment schedule, proof of insurance, including worker’s comp insurance, start and finish dates, products and materials to be used as well as a requirement that the contractor obtain lien releases, that will protect you if he doesn’t pay his bills, from all suppliers and subcontractors. Insisting on a clear contract doesn’t speak to mistrust but rather insuring a successful renovation.
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Pergolas are a freestanding structure usually placed within the landscape. They can cover a pathway and define the walking space, or can cover a patio or entertaining space outdoors. A pergola usually has open sides, and either a slatted or solid roof.
Patio covers are similar to pergolas, except they are attached to the house. This can be an advantage, because the patio cover can use the home for support and thus may cost less to build than a freestanding structure.
Gazebos are an eight-sided structure with a solid roof, most commonly used in traditional garden styles like English or French. Gazebos have gotten a bad name since so many of them have been built from cheap kits and placed poorly within the landscape, yet they can be an attractive addition if the style of the surrounding landscape works with the structure.
Screened porches are built directly onto your house, usually off the back door for easy access. Instead of glass windows, they have large screens that protect from insects. Screened porches are great for dining, since you get the experience of being outdoors without having yellow jackets landing on your burger.
Sunrooms are also built directly onto the home. Because a sunroom can be fully-insulated and built with dual-pane windows, it’s a four-season structure that acts as an addition to your home. They’re fully weatherproof, so you can watch birds and wildlife in comfort, even in winter. A sunroom is really only different from the rest of your house in that it has so many windows to enhance your experience of the outdoors.
With the change in seasons, specifically Winter into Spring, we naturally begin to think about our outdoor living space. Wow, what a mess its been left from the Winter rains and storms! A quick way to spruce up the space is by pressure washing/power washing the patio surface. However, in order to do it successfully, requires some skill and knowledge. Following is a list of do’s and don’ts that will help you.
Use this helpful video to assist you in choosing the right patio cover for your outdoor living area.