DIY WAINSCOTING TIPS

Wainscoting installation can really help you maximize your rooms potential at making it look great. If your interior walls are dull and your room needs a boost, installing wainscoting can do the trick to any room in your home.

Home remodeling can be fun especially if you are looking to better your home’s appearance. Wainscoting can be the answer to many home improvements needs. You can take a plain dull room or hallway and make it look beautiful. You don’t have to be very experienced to install wainscoting. Some basic tool handling knowledge is necessary but once. you get started installing wainscoting, you will learn it in no time.

Wainscoting can be installed 2 different ways. You can install wainscoting by purchasing a kit or you can design and create your wainscoting from scratch. Kits can be pricy but if you shop around you can find wainscoting kits for a fairly reasonable price. Kits come in sections anywhere from 5′ – 10′ sections. You would need to cut the sections as needed and install accordingly. Creating wainscoting from scratch requires just a bit more wood working knowledge. You would also need to figure the lumber or stock needed for your wainscoting home improvement project. Each piece of stock would need to be cut and installed individually. This method actually works out a bit easier when wainscoting needs to be installed on a wall that has light switches and outlet plates as well as any other obstacle that may be in the way. The kits  are a little less accommodating for the novice installer.

When deciding on which type of wainscoting style you would like to install in your room, 90% of the time, you will  either be choosing between a wainscoting beadboard or a wainscoting raised panel install. The Wainscoting beadboard usually comes in sheets of plywood that you would cut to size or  you can get precut planks.  Precut planks will usually come packaged with a certain amount of planks covering a certain amount of square footage.

Between the 2 styles of wainscoting, the raised panel style is harder to install. The wainscoting beadboard sheeting can be cut to size installed, then add a chair rail and your basic wainscoting beadboard in its simplest form is installed. Raised panel wainscoting can get very detailed. As you look through and view pictures, you will notice all the different styles of raised panel wainscoting. It is amazing how many different styles you can create.

Installing wainscoting will require certain trimwork tools needed to install your wainscoting. Whether you are experienced or a novice molding installer, owning the necessary tools can be a wise purchase. If you want to save a lot of time, purchase a basic air compressor kit. Many small air compressor kits include nail guns that shoot small trim nails that would work perfect on your trimwork or molding. Also consider purchasing a basic mitre box chop saw. This saw will make all the necessary angle cuts perfectly and easily. A caulking gun will be necessary in order to apply construction adhesive to the molding  and glue it to the walls. A level and tape measure will also be needed.

Once you get these item, get started with your wainscoting and you will create some beautiful, exciting wainscoting.

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TRIM and MOLDING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

TRIM

  MOLDING

    TRIMWORK

 

Molding

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, I can tell you that choosing the right molding for your home improvement project changes the look of your home drastically. Just by adding molding, your remodeling project will change the entire look of a room or rooms without changing the actual dimensions of  the room. Moldings come in many shapes and sizes. It is possible to add molding to your doors, windows, floor perimeters, ceilings or even walls. Purchasing and installing  moldings can be one of the smartest home improvement choices any homeowner can make when looking for ways to bring your rooms to life.

Trim-A Lost Art

Homes built long ago were created with grandiose molding schemes. If you have ever visited a home built before the 1950’s or so, you understand what I am talking about. Where windows these days are trimmed with 4 pieces of molding, one for each side, back then a window was trimmed with between nine to thirteen pieces of molding. Floors had minimum six inch base molding, a 1 3/4″ base cap and a 3/4″ quarter round where the floor meets the 6″ base. These days, you are lucky to have a 3 1/4″ base molding.

This molding style was lost somewhere in the 1950’s and molding became more simple. Gone were the chair moldings that brought to your rooms so much character. As it created a horizontal divider throughout any room it was in, many times the lower half was  a different color from the top half or one section had wall paper. Inside the lower half many people installed wainscoat  wall treatments which  could have been created in many different styles.

Wainscoting

Wainscoting moulding can bring any room to life. With it’s many styles and design’s, you can create so many different variations of patterns with wainscoting. The traditional style of creating the lower 1/3 of a wall with a wainscoting pattern, then the remainder of the upper wall can be painted of wallpapered. As you can see, wainscoting can make any room look amazing.

Are you interested in having wainscoting installed in a room in your home?

Door and Window Trim

Door and window trim has become a very important part of many remodeling. People are now removing old trim and replacing with new moulding assembly’s with much more detail. The focus has shifted from the standard 2 1/4″ window and door trim and the 3 1/4″ floor trim. Homeowners are inquiring and requesting larger, wider more detailed moldings. Rightly so, since the look is much more appealing for all to see. Changing over and installing newer more  detailed moldings is not very complicated. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, we have removed and replaced moldings on thousands of windows and doors. People like the look of a room that is more detailed. Replacing and or installing from scratch, new door and window trim can really make your rooms stand out. The great thing about installing mouldings is that its’s really not that complicated. With the assistance of a book or video, one can learn to trim very easily.

Are you interested in Door and Window Mouldings?

Contact Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor For More Information

 

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REMODELING YOUR HOME- ENERGY SAVING TIPS WHEN YOU REMODEL

REMODEL

        HOME IMPROVEMENT

               NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR             

Are you remodeling your home now or  planning to remodel in the future? These days with the costs of natural gas and oil skyrocketing, it is very expensive to heat and cool your home. You may want to consider consulting  with your home improvement contractor regarding upgrading the exterior walls to your home addition from 2×4’s to 2×6 construction for your home improvement project.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, many times when we start a home renovation, we will remodel with 2×6 exterior walls. This is beneficial when building new homes, home additions, raised levels or any time you put up new exterior walls. Up until recently, all exterior walls traditionally have been designed and built using 2×4 douglas fur stud framing. An R-11 insulation would be fitted into the bays between studs placed 16″ on center. This has been sufficient for many years.

With skyrocketing energy costs, rules and regulations have been put in place to make home building procedures geared toward producing more energy efficient homes. These rules and regulations vary from place to place but the idea will work regardless of where you are located. If your renovation project is designed with 2×4 construction, discuss with your home renovation contractor what extra costs are involved in order to install the 2×6 framing.

By upgrading your remodeling project, there will be more upfront costs involved. Obviously, you will be paying for the difference between a 2×4 and a 2×6. This method will only be applied to the exterior walls and not all the walls such as the interior. Since these wall will go from 3 1/2″ thick to 5 1/2″ thick you will now be able to upgrade your insulation from an R-11 batt insulation to an R-19. What does all this mean with your energy bill? Well, that is simple. You will be protecting your interior from any exterior element’s better. Almost 1  1/2 times better which means you will be locking in the heating and cooling.

By applying this strategy when you remodel, you will be paying more to upgrade with the 2×6’s and the better insulation BUT you will be paying less monthly for your heating and cooling bills. I myself have built entire floors for myself and my customers. My own home is amazingly efficient in both the summer and winter. The feedback I receive from my customers is positive as well. So sure, it does cost more to build this way but you will make your money back within 3 years or less in most cases pending the size of the remodeling job.

Another item to remember is that with the larger walls, your home improvement contractor will need to factor in the extra trim material needed to extend your window jambs to compensate for the thicker walls. Not to worry, this is standard procedure. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, I can tell you that the extra cost to extend your window jambs is minimal.

Discuss your remodeling options with your home improvement contractor for your next home addition or home improvement project.

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NJ Home Improvement Contractor- Steps To Help You Find A Remodeling Contractor in NJ

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR- Remodeling Contractors

Are you interested in hiring a raised level contractor, bathroom contractor, kitchen contractor or any type of NJ Home Improvement Contractors? Where do you start, who can you call?

The first thing you have to figure out is what type of home improvement are you looking to accomplish. For example, if you are going to have a new kitchen installed, you  would want to call kitchen contractors. If you are interested in bathroom remodeling contractors, you would call bathroom contractor.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Home Addition Contractors

Let’s say you have decided to go ahead and hire a home addition contractor. You don’t have any friends that had additions built. The same goes for your neighbors. How and where do you start to look for your home addition contractor. The first place I would start would be to search online for local NJ Home Improvement Contractors that specialize in Home additions. Gather  some names and numbers. Develop a list of home addition contractors that work out of your area.

Next, go to your local building department and inquire about some of the NJ home improvement contractors on your list. Ask if they have ever heard of any of the companies on your list. Your building department can provide you with some great information on home renovation companies and who has done work in that area. After you have developed a list of bathroom contractor, remodeling contractors, siding contractors, home addition contractors etc, start to call the contractors you are interested in. You don’t want to hire a contractor that is located to far from your home. Twenty thru thirty minutes the most. Reason being is let’s say If by chance something happens on the job such as a rain storm blows off a tarp, you want your remodeling contractor to be able to arrive at a moment’s notice and be able to cover the job up again at anytime no questions asked. If your home addition contractors are located too far, they won’t be able to arrive quickly in case of emergencies like this.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Other Sources

Here are a few more simple ways to gather information whether you are hiring a bathroom contractor, remodeling contractors, home improvement contractors or even home addition contractors.

Let’s say for instance you are interested in hiring a NJ siding contractor or NJ home remodeling contractors. Go online and simply Google the NJ remodeling contractors name and see what information appears. You can find loads of useful information on NJ home addition contractors…etc. Obviously you can accumulate your research and develop an opinion based on what you see hear. Mostly negative reviews would steer me away while articles, advertisements and postings would show me that that company is clearly working hard at spending time and money to make themselves your home improvement contractor.

One other way I would like to mention at helping you research  remodeling contractors  would be to call the Better Business Bureau or better known as the (BBB). This simply involves placing a call and asking them if there are any reports or filings on any particular NJ Remodeling contractors. If there are, then chances are the report will be listed at this organization. It’s worth a simple phone call. The agent would let you know over the phone any past cases on that contractors history.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for answers.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling Information For Your Remodeling Project

Have you hired a NJ Home Improvement Contractor that is about to tile your bathroom, laundry or kitchen?. What about your foyer?. If you have recently  built a raised level, addition or are just remodeling, you will need to figure out what type of tile products you are going to install throughout your home renovation. We are going to briefly discuss Ceramic, marble and porcelain tile products for your home renovation project.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor- Tiling with Ceramic

Your Bergen County NJ Home Improvement project has been running smooth.  At this time, you will now need to pick out your tile products for each bathroom renovation, kitchen renovation or any other room that will need tiling. Using ceramic tile can be a cheaper more inexpensive way to go when tiling your home.

Ceramic tile is a very durable material and tends to be less expensive than porcelain, marble or slate and easier for the tiling crews to work with as well. It is also highly resistant to staining which makes it very attractive  for your installations.  Tile installers are able to cut and bore ceramic more easily than other exotic material such as marble, slate or porcelain. Ceramic tile comes in many different  colors as well as textures. Different types of edging such as bull nosing can be purchased as a set with your ceramic tile. As an example, when your tile installation gets close to a corner, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will install the bull nosing  which has a slightly tapered end. This will create a nice finish. Since the ceramic tile is easy to work with, its labor costs tend to be cheaper  than when using Porcelain or Marble.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling with Marble and Porcelain

Contrary to common thought, porcelain tiles are extremely durable. They also have an absorption rate at 100 times less than most ceramic tiles. Also they can be quite costly as compared to ceramic. Porcelain tiles are formed very similar to ceramic tiles but fired at much higher temperatures. With the addition of extra ingredients as well as higher firing temperatures, porcelain tiles are extremely durable and highly stain resistant. Porcelain can also be polished to a high gloss finish.

Marble tile is a very hard durable stone. Like porcelain, marble can be highly polished for  high gloss finish. Also, it can also be tumbled for a natural, more worn look. Marble is very porous which makes it easy to be stained. Sealing your marble is highly recommended to prevent staining. When installing marble tiling, you can purchase custom manufactured saddles , bath shelving, decorative nosing or any other fabricated pieces you can think of. It can match your  marble tile installations. When my customers are purchasing  marble at my supply centers, I will instruct them to seek out slabs of marble that match the actual marble tile they have chosen. Also, they can use the matching slab to fabricate vanity tops or countertops.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for answers.

 

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Hardwood Flooring In Your Home Renovation

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Hardwood Flooring Installation

Hardwood flooring, sure we install it in almost every job we build. Are you interested in having your Home Improvement Contractor install hardwood flooring in your Bergen County NJ home renovation? Let’s talk

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: New Construction

As a NJ Home Improvement contractor, Many of our customers request hardwood installations in their entire home renovations. In almost all of our new raised level packages, hardwood flooring installations seems to be almost mandatory with the homeowners. We will install new #1 red oak or select grade on the entire upstairs less the bathrooms and laundry areas. We will then treat the flooring with polyurethane and a final buff coat and within 3 days the flooring is ready to walk on. Remember, that was the new top floor or even a new addition area. Everything is new so it a simple procedure for the install. Let’s go to the first floor and talk about your hardwood flooring installation in the existing renovated area.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Hardwood & Your Home Renovation

Many of our complete home renovations  include both a new raised level in addition to a completely revised first floor plan with a first floor extension. The existing first floor usually always has the original hardwood flooring. We will remove several walls during the home renovation. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will then be left with a decision. How  will he be able to repair and install hardwood on the first floor. Remember, the original walls were removed. On the floor will be  4  1/2″ wide gaps from where the walls used to lie. If a twenty foot wall was removed then there will be a 20′ x 4 1/2″ gap in the floor. There  are 2 choices. The first is to remove ALL the hardwood flooring throughout the first floor. Then reinstall the new. If you are not worried about the budget and or the numbers work out, then this option is fine. The second choice is to feather the old hardwood in with the new hardwood flooring. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will use a staggering or weaving process. He will remove the nearest pieces and fill with new hardwood accordingly. When ready, he will sand the entire floor and the weaved areas all together. When completed, your first floor will look absolutely brand new. The positive here is that you  were able to salvage the existing hardwood and saving you a good deal of money.

 

If you are interested in installing hardwood flooring in your renovation project, Ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for his opinion.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR:Tips To Make Your Raised Level Floor Planning Easier.

Are you planning on hiring a NJ Home Improvement Contractor in Bergen County NJ to build a raised level as well as renovate your entire home? If you are planning on a complete home renovation then here’s a way to help make your floor layout planning a little bit easier.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, many times when we renovate an entire home, we have to design the floor plan around the existing chimney as well as the staircase. If in fact you are completely renovating your existing first floor in addition to adding a new raised level, you have a few options to make your floor planning a bit easier.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Staircase Option

First, ask your NJ Home Improvement Contractor if it is more beneficial to relocate your existing staircase. Sometimes the location of the existing staircase which leads to the basement puts you at a slight disadvantage as far as the new raised level floor plan falls into place. If it is possible to relocate your staircase to a more centralize area of the home such as more towards the center of your house then you can have a more evened out raised level floor plan. More than likely your home improvement contractor is going to renovate your first floor by opening and shifting existing walls. Now would be the time to relocate your stair location. The end result is that it will create a better flow on both your first and second floor

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Chimney Option

Another way to make your floor layout planning a little easier is to consider relocating your chimney. A few things have to be considered here. The chimney is used to direct the fumes released from the utilities that are connected to the chimney. They are usually located in the basement such as the hot water heater as well as the furnace. Many times when we renovate a home, we include installing a new furnace and hot water heater. What happens here is that if you can replace these utilities with new high efficiency utilities, you can install direct vent systems. The direct vent systems directly are vented to an outside wall that must be certain distances from openings such as windows and doors. Now, since the systems are now directly vented ( Direct vent), the existing chimney can be removed. This now opens up the ability to move the layout around a bit easier. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will remove the entire chimney from the roof down to the basement. It now eliminates any obstacles in the basement , first floor and the new second floor.

Talk to your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for more information.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: NEW GARAGE IDEAS

NJ  HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: New Garage Ideas

You live in Bergen County NJ and you have been thinking about calling a NJ Home Improvement Contractor and having a garage built on your home? Is your garage old, run down or just too small for your SUV. Do you have too many vehicles in your driveway and possibly you want to get your car indoors from the harsh weather more often. Well let’s look into the different addition options that you have for your home improvement project.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: I ALREADY HAVE A GARAGE:

You own a cape, ranch, split or other and the home already has a garage.
The garage can’t fit your car or truck inside or it’s just too small. Many of the older homes current garages are a bit too narrow. You can pull your car in but opening the door is a task. After you get the car inside, there’s no place for the bicycles or lawn mower.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: BUILD A NEW 1CAR GARAGE

This would solve all your problems. You can knock down your existing garage. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor can install a brand new garage attached to your home. A full size single car garage size starts at twelve feet by twenty thru twenty two feet.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: BUILD A TWO CAR GARAGE

If you are thinking of an even bigger garage home improvement or the existing is not up to par, knock down the existing garage and have your NJ Home Improvement Contractor add a new two car garage. If you have an SUV, install an eight foot high automatic opening garage door.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: GARAGE STORAGE

Many times you can make the garage deeper in order to allow for storage. A typical
garage length is twenty feet. Make your new garage at least twenty four thru twenty six feet long. This will make it possible to install shelving and or an area for larger items like bicycles and lawn mowers.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: GARAGE ADD A LEVEL

Another option to consider is adding another floor above your garage. Consult with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor regarding making even a master bedroom suite, or even two or three bedrooms above your new garage. This can really solve  your problem with lack of bedrooms.

Call your NJ Home Improvement Contractor and have your NJ Garage Builder discuss some options that you may be interested in.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Your NJ Kitchen Renovation 1.2.3

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: Your NJ Kitchen Renovation 1.2.3

Does your kitchen need a face lift? You have been putting your kitchen renovation off long enough and it’s time to decide if you are going to do it yourself or hire a NJ Home Improvement Contractor to renovate for you. Either way, it’s gotta get done.

Let’s say you pass on doing the renovation yourself and decide to call a NJ Home Improvement Contractor. How does the project unfold from the time the contract is signed until the last screw is set. It goes in stages which are fairly straight forward.

NJ KITCHEN RENOVATION: Let’s Get Started

First the existing kitchen will need to be removed. Yes, that means anything in your kitchen renovation within the four walls will be discarded. We have renovated many kitchens. If you hire a qualified NJ Home Improvement Contractor, your kitchen renovation will be completed in no time.

NJ KITCHEN DESIGNERS: Get What You Want

After the kitchen and all it’s contents are removed, you will need to seek out the assistance of a kitchen designer you feel comfortable with. Depending on which NJ Home Improvement Contractor you hire, each has their own method of handling the kitchen design. Some contractors have  a kitchen designer in house and others have kitchen designer’s that they work with from independant  companies. It will usually work out where the homeowner works with the contractor recommended kitchen designer. This way the builder and designer are on the same page as the project progresses.

NJ KITCHEN CABINETS: Many Choices

Now is the time you will sit down with the kitchen designer and go over the kitchen cabinet layout as well as the kitchen cabinet style, and appliances. There are many different styles and choices of kitchen cabinets to select from so this can be a very time consuming process, so be prepared. When this selection of the kitchen cabinet session is finalized, you will be presented with a floor plan and elevations of the new kitchen cabinet layout. Usually the elevation drawings are in 3D.This clears any guessing where the kitchen cabinets, fixtures and appliances may need to be placed.

NJ KITCHEN REMODELING: A New Kitchen

As soon as the kitchen floor plan is in hand, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will install all the necessary utilities where they need to go. The original kitchen layout maybe different from the new such as the sink or oven location. You may have added more utility locations such as an ice maker, pot filler, vegetable sink. These new or relocated utilities will be installed promptly.

This is a great time to add new lighting. The ceiling can get 1 or 2 zones of recessed lights. You may even want to add under cabinet/cabinet lighting. Many times, we install low voltage floor lights or kick plate lights which act sort of like a night light. They look very nice at night.

Once the utilities are set in place, it is mandatory to get the necessary inspections. Your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will make arrangements for the inspectors to view the work that has been done. For an experienced Kitchen Renovation pro, this process is routine. Within a day or two and the kitchen will receive an insulation inspection also. From here things go back together fairly quickly. You Home Improvement Contractor will then sheetrock the kitchen renovation and spackle. Within three – four days again you are ready to advance.

NJ KITCHEN FLOORING: Hardwood or Tile?

Are you adding hardwood or tile? At this point is when your NJ Home Improvement Contractor would need to know. Your flooring will be installed just prior to the cabinetry. The flooring will be installed wall to wall so your cabinets will rest on a even level surface.

NJ KITCHEN CABINET INSTALLER: Cabinet Installation

You got the call from the cabinet supplier and your order is in. Depending on whether the home improvement contractor or the home owner is handle the orders delivery, the cabinets will be set up for delivery to the site. Once on location, your kitchen cabinet installation lasts about two – three days. Remember this is only the cabinets and any trim you may have. Also, during this time, there may need to be some coordination efforts made between your NJ Home Improvement Contractor and the utility installation crews such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical. As an example, if you have an island which requires a GFI outlet, the cabinet installation crew must be notified that a receptical and its components will need to be installed in a certain section of the cabinetry. We don’t want wires, piping or HVAC to be covered or installed the wrong way.

NJ KITCHEN RENOVATIONS: Home Stretch             

Okay, cabinets are installed and things are starting to look nice, right? At this time your countertop’s will be measured up and a template will be made. We have installed many kitchens over the years. We will have your countertop templates fabricated and installed inside of one week. After we install the countertops, our utility connections are made. these include the oven and or stove top, dishwasher, refridgeator ,ice maker, microwave etc. These final connections are made within three – four days after the countertop installation.

I believe that about covers it. There are little tidbits that could have been mentioned her and there but for the most part I covered it. If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for any questions.

 

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Popular Roof Styles For Raised Levels

NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Popular Roof Styles For Raised Levels

During the planning process you consulted with your NJ Home Improvement Contractor because you were unsure about which roof style you wanted to build on your raised level. There is a lot if information to absorb as you and your Home Improvement Contractor prepare to move forward with your new raised level project. The two roof styles used the most are gable style and hip roof style. Let’s take a look.

As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor, the gable style roof is the roof style that I have built the most and happens to be the most requested from my customers. From your street, a gable style roof has a very nice look. When we build our raised level projects, we also accentuate the gable roof style with smaller accent gable roofs which we place above the front upper windows . As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor,we also like to add a new front portico. The portico roof then matches the upper front window accent roofs. From the street, the accents add a lot of character. Ask your home improvement contractor about building a portico for you. Another benefit with the gable style roof is the attic storage space. Since the left and right side walls of your home extend up to the roof peak, you gain this area in the attic as full storage and makes it a better home improvement project in the end. When building a gable style, the builder benefits also because it is an easier, faster style to build. Once your NJ Home Improvement Contractor creates a single rafter template and tests it out, he can then cut the remainder of the rafters immediately. This allows us to complete the framing of your raised level much quicker. Remember, timing is critical when  you are building your raised level. The new roof must be installed as fast as possible so that your NJ Home Improvement Contractor and your house don’t get affected by bad weather.

The second roof style is a hip roof. You see less hip roofs than gable style. A hip roof is also a beautiful style roof that looks very nice from the street. Many times, the hip style roof is built to be higher than a gable roof. Where a gable roof basically has two sides that slope to the peak, a hip roof has all four sides sloping to the peak. Even though the hip roof is usually higher than a gable roof at the center of the attic, there tends to be less storage space since all four sides slope inwards. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor,I can’t stress enough the importance of building your raised level quickly. Weather conditions such as rain and snow can wreak havoc on the interior of your existing basement and first floor if the new roof isn’t installed right away. The hip roof is more labor intensive.  A hip roof takes twice as long to install as a gable roof. More labor means the cost is more as well. So now you can see why there are many more homes that have a gable style roof rather than a hip especially when you decide to build your raised level.

What style roof do you prefer? Talk to your NJ Home Improvement Contractor about your options.