Concrete Cutting: Shedding Light On Your Basement Remodel

Written by Robert Short

Basements or cellars (depending on which part ofrepparttar country you are from) are primarily seen as dark and dingy parts of a home. In most cases they are considered a useless area or are used as a “catch all” for family discards that haven’t quite made it torepparttar 118026 curbside for trash pick up yet. Well, withrepparttar 118027 skyrocketing prices of real estate these days andrepparttar 118028 lack of any substantial property to use for an addition to our homes,repparttar 118029 basement, after years of being ignored and neglected, is finally being recognized as a useful, cost effective resource for adding more living space to our beloved homes.

Several factors that have to be considered before any serious basement renovations take place include ceiling height, stair pitch or steepness and emergency egress. All three of these requirements can differ considerably depending on where you live. You can call your local building department and they can tell you these requirements. As for what emergency egress is, it is basically an emergency escape. A door of at least 30” wide in most areas is considered a very safe egress but a window has to be a certain size and a minimum distance fromrepparttar 118030 floor in order to be considered safe. Believe it or not,repparttar 118031 wayrepparttar 118032 safe size and height of a basement window is calculated is by determining how easily an overweight elderly person (considered worst case scenario) can open and climb out of in case of a fire or another emergency. In reality, these building codes were put in place because no one is going to get out of one of those old metal framed 18” X 30” pull in basement windows very easily (especially an overweight elderly person) and they would probably die trying inrepparttar 118033 unfortunate event of a fire.

Most local building codes require both a door and a window egress in order forrepparttar 118034 basement to be considered safe enough for a living area. In many cases building codes require an emergency egress be placed in every bedroom in a basement as well. If you are inrepparttar 118035 habit of doing home remodeling or repairs withoutrepparttar 118036 proper building permits, it is very important for you and your family’s safety that you find out whatrepparttar 118037 code is in your area and adhere to it.

Granite is Tough; Taking Correct Care of It Isn't

Written by Edward Green

Granite is Tough; Taking Correct Care of It Isn't

Crystal like granite countertops and spa type bathrooms built with natural stone are allrepparttar rage in home interiors, but not surprisingly it will lose its investment value fast if not properly maintained. Up to now, only ammonia based cleaners wererepparttar 118025 granite cleaning choice outside of soap and water for homeowners, regardless ofrepparttar 118026 fact that these products in reality damage natural stone.

Marble Master’s stone cleaning product line safely cleans and conditions countertops, floors and wall surrounds made of granite, marble, travertine and other natural stone. For more information, visit

"Ammonia-based products removerepparttar 118027 seal of natural stone, allowing stains to penetraterepparttar 118028 surface and set more easily," said Edward Green, Technical Director of Marble Master. "The damage caused by these products increasesrepparttar 118029 chance thatrepparttar 118030 stone will have to be refurbished or replaced, which is a costly undertaking."

Natural stone is hard-wearing, but still needs appropriate care to continue its inherent beauty. When treated correctly, it is a low maintenance surface that will hold its gleam longer than any other surface known to man, and can enhancerepparttar 118031 value of your home.

Marble Master's set of non ammoniated, inexpensive products features its Daily Cleaner, Daily Cleaner Wipes, Polish/Protector, Stone Soap and Penetrating Sealers. The line protects and extendsrepparttar 118032 life of stone countertops and gives customers high quality cleaning power. The line is non toxic, safe on all food preparation surfaces, features a streak-free formula and is easy to use.

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