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The Home Improvement Blog
- 10 ways to spruce up your home (part 2)05.03.2014see more
Outdoor spaces can make a huge impact on people’s first impressions and regardless of whether you want to spend a little or a lot – you can polish up the appearance of your home and make it more appealing. Strong Life is dedicated to offering expert advice on how to get the best out of your home – we don’t just do roofing and guttering installation. Beyond the house Money to Burn Keep your Cash Driveway A gorgeous driveway sets the tone for your home and is a great way to make a good first impression. You can make a statement with beautiful slab paving stones, or opt for a cheap(er) and cheerful asphalt job – whatever you decide, make sure you use a reputable company. You do not want to fork out for a new driveway, only for it to look worse than the original within a few days or stormy weather. If your budget won’t stretch to a new driveway, then you can repair any problem areas – plus, using a powerful jet wash can really make a difference as it will lift off ground-in dirt. Finally, don’t forget to dig out any weeds that might have grown. Some companies will do repair work and this will generally cost less. Garden Opt for a professional landscape gardener to design, plan and manage a complete overhaul and transformation of your outdoor space. Done properly, you could be adding real value to your home. Mow the lawn and use a strimmer to define the edges to make it look really neat and tidy. If you don’t have defined flower beds/lawn, then you can use a trowel to create a border. Trim back overgrown shrubs, and prune trees (or hire a tree surgeon to do it for you). Put in more planting to add splashes of colour and to make it look more appealing. Garage door Installing a new garage door can make your home sparkle. With a huge range of designs to choose from, you are sure to find one that suits your home’s personality and style. And if you really want that extra “wow” factor – you could upgrade to a fancy remote controlled version, so you don’t have to get out of your car on those rainy days! Do a paint job (at least 2 coats). We’d recommend that you sand down the wood and frame to create a smooth finish first. If there are structural problems (like cracks, holes), you might be able to get away with adding filler prior to painting, but that depends on the size and depth of the problem. Outdoor areas With sufficient outdoor space, you could consider adding a decking or seating area, as well as a manageable lawn. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from installing your own pool – if that’s what you want, just make sure you have the room to also have a bit of greenery too. Can’t afford to do anything extra? Tidying up can still make an impact. Hide away toys, tools, and rubbish. Placing a couple of planters outside your front door or around the back can add warmth and colour, as well as tantalising fragrances to your outdoor spaces. Outdoor furniture You may already have decking, but is the furniture looking a bit tired and out of date? Replacing outdoor furniture can add an extra layer of luxury and style that will get your neighbours going green with envy. Instead of replacing, try redressing your outdoor furniture. Make or buy some new cushion covers (weatherproof), repaint any woodwork – or even go scouting around vintage/antique stores, you may find a bargain! Call Strong Life now on (33) 9310 4455 and see what they can do to improve your home.
- Strong Life Gutters and Roofing March Newsletter03.03.2014see more
Welcome to the March edition of the Strong Life Home Improvement Newsletter. We are pleased to report that last month was a busy month for us. During the month we installed roller shutters on several new clients’ houses and continued to both replace and install new guttering and roofing on numerous properties across Melbourne. Our Patio and verandas side of the business has also been busy, despite the warm weather presenting harsher conditions for our trades people to complete jobs. March brings with it the start of Autumn, which means it’s time to start cleaning out those gutters again in anticipation of the wet and windy times ahead. It’s also a good time to check over your roofing and guttering for any leaks or cracks. Should you be in any doubt about the condition of your guttering or roofing please do not hesitate to give our team at Strong Life a call on (03) 9310 4455. We would also like to mention that we have recently added a ‘Gallery’ page to our website http://www.stronglifeguttersandroofing.com.au/ that displays ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of recent jobs we have completed. Be sure to check it out some time by click on this link here. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can keep up-to-date with all our latest news by following our Twitter and Facebook pages. Until next month, Todd Jordan
- 10 ways to spruce up your home (part 1)26.02.2014see more
There are many ways you can add value and curb appeal to your home, and not all of them have to cost the earth. In this first of a two part series, we’re looking at ways to improve the appearance of the house itself. Whether you have the funds to spare so you can go the whole nine yards, or you want ideas that won’t break the bank – there’s always something you can do to make your house a better to place to be. On the house itself Money to Burn Keep your Cash Roof Replace your old, tired-looking roof with a shiny new one. Not only will it look good, but if you opt for quality materials and an installation company like Strong Life that offers warrantees on their products and workmanship – then you can not only create a wow factor for your home, but you will have significantly added to its resale value. Rather than replace your entire roof; you can always do a repair job. If you know what you’re doing then you might be able to do this yourself - although the repairs won’t be covered by a warrantee if anything goes wrong. If in doubt, use a reputable company to do any repair work for you. Guttering If you’re guttering has seen better days and its condition is beyond repair; then you can give your home an overhaul and get creative with your replacement guttering. From ultra-sleek and modern, to colonial style – picking the right guttering can transform the look of your home. Get on a ladder and clear out any debris and dead vegetation from your guttering. Treat any areas showing signs of rust or flaking paint on your gutters, downpipes and drains, then touch up with suitable paint. Exterior Re-paint or re-clad your entire property. Go for products that are durable, can withstand anything the Melbourne climate can throw at them and have a professional do all the hard work. Re-point any brickwork, repair any visible cracks and give the front of your house a quick coat of exterior paint yourself (two coats would be better). Windows Windows can be a key feature of your home if they’re in good condition. If it’s time to replace them – or if you want to upgrade to double or triple glazing there is a tremendous level of choice available to suit the style of your home and your personal tastes. If you can’t afford to replace your windows then a cheaper option is to give your windows a clean and the frames, and windowsills a scrub down. If your frames and sills are wooden, you can sand them back, use filler for any cracks and repaint with two coats of paint. Front door Nothing beats a solid, beautiful front door. It’s the entrance to your home and makes a statement about you. Installing a new front door allows you to add a touch of class, colour and even extra security to your home. Say goodbye to squeaky hinges and rusty letterboxes and say hello to the envy of your neighbours. A wooden front door can look flaky and worn after time; give it a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint and new door furniture – all the look of a new door without the price tag. If your door is UPVC, then giving it a good clean with a jet wash to get into all the nooks and crannies can make it sparkle again. You can buy PVC paint from most hardware stores if you decide to go down the repainting route – be warned: it can be tricky to work with. No matter what improvements you’re thinking of making to your home, talk to Strong Life on (03) 9310 4455 and see what we can do for you.
- Are Wide Bottom Fascia Gutters the right choice for your new gutters?17.02.2014see more
Wide bottom fascia gutters aren’t necessarily right for every home, and there are few things you ought to consider before opting to go with this style of guttering. Your Roof You need to take an objective look at your own roof and think about whether or not it is big enough to handle wide bottomed fascia gutters; this is because they are approximately 30% larger than the average guttering - if your roof is on the dainty side, it will look disproportionate and top-heavy. A quick way to know if your roof could handle wide bottom fascia gutters is if your existing gutters are the larger K-Line or K-Style guttering. Alternatively, you can call Strong Life, and we’d be happy to come and appraise your roof – we’ll even give you a free, no-obligation quote to have the work done. You need guttering that can handle deluges As we said earlier, wide bottom fascia gutters are around 30% bigger than the average gutter. This means it can handle a good deal more water (perfect for autumn/winter downpours!); this type of guttering also uses fewer drainpipes, which can be more visually appealing. You want your guttering to look nice The deep, square shape of wide bottomed fascia gutters gives your home a modern feel, as well as being able to cover any unsightly rafter tails. You want Colour With 24 different colours to choose from – you will be spoilt for choice with wide bottom fascia guttering. You want value for money Wide bottom fascia gutters are usually only around 20% more than your standard guttering; and with all the added benefits, they can be an extremely valuable asset to your home. If you’d like to know more about your guttering options and whether wide bottom fascia gutters are for you, you can call us on (03) 9310 4455. Strong Life makes your house a home.