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Organizing Your Home Remodeling Project

drywall installation orlando planning your home remodelWhile remodeling your home is an exciting project, it can also bring about a great deal of stress. Between finalizing your plans, finding the right contractors, and nailing down your schedule, it may seem like the end is never going to be in sight. The best way to avoid the home remodeling jitters and to make sure every part of your home receives the attention it needs is to create a detailed and organized schedule.

Putting every part of your remodeling down on paper may seem like an insurmountable task, but once you get started, the pieces will start falling into place. Here’s how we suggest you organize your home remodeling project:

 

  • Work from the top down. If repairing your roof is part of your home renovation plan, that should be the first task you undertake. That way, you’ll be able to take a look at any structural damage and make sure the rest of your renovations won’t collapse on you. If you put a new roof on your building before you start adjusting the rest of the home, you’ll protect your work from the elements as well.
  • Next, it’s time to demolish. If you’re knocking down walls to open your floorplan or expand a room, that should be your next step. When you’re planning your demolition, don’t forget to rent a sizeable waste container to clean up the debris. If you won’t be staying in the house, it’s a good idea to knock out as much as possible to make the rebuilding easier.
  • Install your structural pieces. If you need to add any support structures for new drywall, it’s time to add those in next!
  • Turn the lights on. One more step before you install your drywall – make sure your electrical and plumbing systems are set up correctly. Once these systems are ready to roll, you’ll install insulation just before you:
  • Install your drywall. Once the drywall is in place and you have all the windows and trim ready, it’s time to bring in your texturing and paint professionals. It’s a great idea to have the same company that installs your drywall take care of the texturing as they’ll leave your walls ready to paint and decorate.

 

When you choose a drywall installation company in Orlando for your next renovation project, opt for one that can take care of the installation and texturing quickly and professionally so you can keep right on schedule. Choose New Ceilings and you’re in great hands. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call 407-378-6040.

Building Materials Through the Years

drywall repair in orlando building materials throughout the yearsHome construction technology has come a long way since the first residences were built. As people continued to build homes and the list of readily available materials expanded, builders found new and more efficient ways to create houses that not only protect their residents but also have a smaller impact on the environment and help save money. Now, many neighborhoods are constructed similarly, with some older homes making way for new construction.

We do still see plenty of brick and plaster houses in existence, but for the most part, general contractors have selected drywall as their building material of choice. Take a look at common building materials in years past and learn how drywall has improved the state of the house:

 

  • Brick. Brick in its many forms has been used as a construction material since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Initially formed by drying rectangles of mud in the sun, brick can now refer to any rectangular unit of building material laid in mortar. These literal building blocks are commonly made from clay, concrete, sand, and lime, and provide insulation and a pleasant, somewhat old-fashioned appearance.
  • Wood. Many homes and buildings still begin as wood frames, although those methods are quickly shifting toward rebar and metal. Wood is an excellent insulator and can help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, meaning that you save money on electricity. Keep in mind, though, that wood isn’t the best choice for Florida homes as it can be susceptible to water damage and rot.
  • Drywall. No matter the materials that make the frame of your home, there’s a good chance you’re surrounded by drywall on all sides. Drywall is one of the easiest wall materials for contractors to install, on top of being more environmentally friendly to make than other materials. Drywall is versatile and provides solid structure while giving homeowners flexibility.

 

We think it’s no wonder that drywall is the material of choice for modern-day construction. Some estimates say that 20 billion square feet of drywall is manufactured every year in the U.S. It’s lightweight and doesn’t cost much to produce. When you need drywall repair in Orlando, work with the team that knows the material. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

What’s the Difference Between a Handyman and a Contractor?

Orlando Drywall Repair difference between a handyman and a contractorAs you’ve been searching for the right person to take care of your drywall repair, you’ve probably come across a number of listings for local handymen. A slightly old-fashioned term, a handyman’s title says it all – he’s handy around the house and can help you fix a variety of issues around the house. You’ve probably also noticed that the handymen’s fees are lower than those of the general contractors you’ve found – so who should you pick to do your repair work?

Here at New Ceilings, we always recommend that you don’t make your selections based on price alone. The key difference between a handyman and a drywall repair contractor is the licensing required by the state. According to the state of Florida, a handyman does not require a license to perform basic repair and maintenance tasks for homeowners. This allows them to keep their costs lower.

That’s not to say that a handyman’s work is lower in quality. The handyman you’ve found are hopefully backed by a handful of positive reviews, whether online or by word of mouth. Working as a handyman is a good way to provide homeowners with affordable repairs around the house. The licensing really comes in for bigger jobs, i.e. those that require the person doing the repairs to work with plumbing or electrical systems.

So when should you hire a handyman for your home? In general, we would say you can easily use a handyman for smaller jobs. Think a couple small nail pops, a clogged disposal, or installing a ceiling fan. When it comes to repairing, replacing, or installing larger sections of wall, however, it’s best that you leave the work to the licensed professionals like the drywall repair team at New Ceilings.

Are you ready to find the right drywall repair professionals for your needs? Checking their licensing and credentials is a good place to start. Always make sure your selected drywall repair company comes out in person to give you an estimate so they know the full scope of the project and you’re not nickled and dimed when the bill comes. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

Why do Drywall Repair Companies Get Negative Yelp Reviews?

drywall repair companies orlando yelp reviewsIf you’ve been searching for the perfect drywall repair contractor for your home’s needs, we’re betting you’ve seen a couple of cringeworthy reviews. Even the highest-rated drywall repair companies have one or two off days.  It seems that customers tend to turn to review sites like Yelp and Google Plus when they’re upset and seeking assistance; however, if you dig a little deeper, you may see a common theme among a handful of the negatives.

Here at New Ceilings, our service to our customers is just as important as the quality of our work. The following three reasons seem to be the most common complaints consumers have when working with drywall repair companies:

 

  • Lack of communication. The top complaint you’ll see on Yelp is a lack of communication between the contractor and the customer. Beyond high quality materials, communication is the most important part of any drywall repair job. You should work with a contractor who sets clear expectations about budget and timeline and keeps you informed along every step of the way.
  • Scheduling issues. Sometimes it can be difficult to set up your schedule so you can meet with your drywall team as necessary, and your drywall repair contractor should understand that. However, if your chosen company has to reschedule appointments multiple times, you might want to search for someone else. Outside of emergencies, there’s no reason for your team to cancel with you.
  • Poor customer service. The third most common complaint is overall poor customer service, which covers the first two points. In general, your drywall repair company should treat you with respect and display professionalism from start to finish. You should be able to get a feeling for a company’s work ethic within your first meeting.

 

A company that has repeat customers and lots of customer referrals is probably a good choice for your project. Look for reviews that discuss your selected company’s promptness, professionalism, and ease of communication. New Ceilings is a great place to start. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call us at 407-378-6040.

Should I find my Popcorn Removal Team on Amazon Home Services?

popcorn removal Orlando amazon home servicesIn a few of our previous blogs, we’ve discussed the benefits and the pitfalls of finding a home improvement contractor on some of the major home contractor review sites out there. Websites like Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, and Thumbtack each have proprietary algorithms that help users find the right contractor for the job while boosting views for the companies that pay to play. But what about the newer or less publicized review sites? Are they worth checking out?

One that you may have come across while browsing the web is Amazon Home Services. A fairly recently added feature of the online retail juggernaut, home services allows consumers to shop for home improvement contractors much the way they would with other items. According to Home Services’ home page, all of their approved contractors are required to have liability insurance and proper state/national licensing for their services. But what else do they have to offer?

One feature of the service that seems very helpful is that it suggests contractors for you based on your recent shopping searches. For example, if you’ve recently been looking for a drywall repair patch kit or a new set of brushes for your walls, there’s a good chance it will recommend a few good drywall repair contractors or interior painters in your area. The only problem with that is that with a project that’s meant for the pros, like popcorn removal, there aren’t too many related searches to go on.

For the most part, the services you can select on Amazon Home Services are part of a prepackaged deal that the contractor lists with Amazon. This makes it easy to select a contractor to help you install a new appliance you purchased or to make room for a new installation. Amazon notes that it has a thorough background check protocol in place for each of its trusted contractors, so you can be sure that your home is safe – but you may not be getting the best service for your unique needs.

For more complicated jobs like popcorn removal in Orlando, the team at New Ceilings recommends sticking to trusted review sites like Angie’s List and Yelp to help find the right team for your job. If you’ve received a word-of-mouth recommendation, that’s even better! Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.

How to Make Your House a Home for Life

drywall installation orlando make your home a home for lifeYour house isn’t only the setting for your present; it should also be the scene of your future, a place where you and your family can grow and thrive for years to come. Even if you’re perfectly comfortable in your home at the present, you may find it lacking in conveniences as the years go by. As we age, certain everyday tasks become difficult or impossible to do without assistance. But there are measures you can take now to prepare for your future.

The team at New Ceilings wants you to love your home and thrive in it for years to come. According to the AARP, here are a few ways you can make your home accessible for the future:

  • Widen the doorways. Lack of mobility is the most common disability in Americans aged 65 and over. As of 2014, over 10 million Americans reported using wheeled transportation devices (wheelchairs) on a daily basis. Wheelchairs usually need at least 36” clearance to pass through a doorway.
  • Install handrails on both sides of the staircase. Stairs can pose a particular challenge for adults over 65. Make sure your stairs have handrails on either side to help you keep your balance as you climb. You might need to install handles in the bathrooms, as well.
  • Make sure there’s adequate lighting. Vision tends to decline with age, as well. What serves as good lighting for you now might not cut it in 10 years or so. Make sure your house is bright and well-lit throughout, especially in places like bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Install cabinets that can be reached from lower heights. Even if you don’t need a wheelchair for mobility, reaching can become troublesome later in life. Install kitchen and bathroom cabinets that aren’t too much of a struggle to reach, perhaps just higher than eye level.

Making your house a home for life isn’t a difficult task with the right planning and the help of the right team. As you make lifetime improvements around your home, work with the drywall installation team you can trust in Orlando. Call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

3 Reasons Why You Should Take a Home Maintenance Class

orlando drywall repair take a home improvement courseWhen it comes to big jobs like drywall repair, roof replacement, or constructing an addition on your home, most people adopt the policy to leave it to the professionals – and they’re not wrong. Calling on a professional when your home is in need of repairs or maintenance is a good way to save on time and make sure the job gets done right the first time. However, it’s still a good idea for homeowners to have a good working knowledge of their homes.

The Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings wants to encourage every homeowner to take a home maintenance course, or at least to watch a few YouTube videos on basic home repair skills in your free time. Here are 3 good reasons why:

  • You’ll be able to control the conversation. Many homeowners dread the day when they have to hire a home repair contractor because they get lost in the conversation. When you have a basic knowledge foundation when it comes to your home repair procedures, you’ll be able to actively participate in the conversation and ensure your selected contractor is taking the right measures for you and your home.
  • You can patch up an issue to tide you over until the big repair. We’ve mentioned before that any serious drywall repair should be left to the professionals. But if you’ve got a serious situation on your hands, depending on the type of issue, it might be helpful to do a quick emergency patch while you wait for help to arrive. Knowing your stuff about home improvement is a good way to make sure you take the proper first steps when an emergency arises.
  • You’ll be able to note small problems before they turn into big ones. Familiarizing yourself with common household issues is the best way to get acclimated with the warning signs of major trouble. You’ll probably find that you have greater attention to detail as you get more comfortable with all the inner workings of your home.

You don’t have to change your life course and become a home repair professional to keep your home in good working order, but a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to keeping your family safe and happy. If you’re ready to talk with the pros about your upcoming Orlando drywall repair project, get in touch with the team at New Ceilings. Call 407-378-6040 to learn more today.

How New EPA Regulations Affect Popcorn Removal

orlando popcorn removal new EPA Significant New Use RuleIn the 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Air Act, outlawing the use of “spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing materials” like popcorn ceiling texture. Up until that point, asbestos was a crucial component of many construction materials, known for its sound deadening and insulating properties. While the CAA didn’t mandate the removal of asbestos-containing materials, it did stop their future production.

You may have seen in recent news that President Trump passed a measure that would once again allow the use of asbestos in new construction. This measure, called the Significant New Use Rule, allows the government to evaluate asbestos use on a case-by-case basis. While this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing a new wave of popcorn ceilings coming in vogue, it may indicate some changes for the average homeowner.

Sarah Dodge, senior vice president of Advocacy & Relationships at the American Institute of Architects, notes that risks are “significant for anyone who disturbs the materials once installed, whether homeowners, contractors, facilities staff, or others.” No interaction with asbestos is a safe interaction.

Over 60 countries currently ban the use of asbestos, given its dangerous nature. Between 1999 and 2013, between 189,000 and 221,000 people in the United States died of complications related to asbestos exposure. As we mentioned above, this new rule does not necessarily mean you will be seeing asbestos in your newly-constructed homes in the coming years, but it does call for homeowners to take extra precautions.

If you need to schedule popcorn ceiling removal sometime soon, be sure to have your ceiling tested for asbestos before you begin. The presence of asbestos will require the assistance of a team that specializes in removing hazardous materials. If your ceiling is asbestos-free, the team at New Ceilings can help you. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

What’s Missing from Home Advisor’s “Best 5” Lists

popcorn removal in orlando on homeadvisor 5 bestIf you’ve been shopping around for a home improvement contractor, you’ve probably come across HomeAdvisor’s “Best 5” reports for contractors in your area. HomeAdvisor does have this proprietary system as an advantage over other review sites like Angie’s List and Thumbtack, allowing potential customers to get a broad overview of what their project might look like. But even though the presentation is neat and tidy, there may be a few things missing.

The Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings wants you to be totally prepared for your upcoming project – that’s why we only provide estimates in person. If you’re only going by the information HomeAdvisor gives you, here’s what you’re missing:

 

  • The scope of the average job. One of the sections you’ll find in HomeAdvisor’s “Best 5” report is a graph of the average price for the project. While this is a handy figure to have on hand, it doesn’t take into account the scope of the jobs they recorded, or how many ceilings needed to be knocked down. You’ll probably get a price with a huge range: a current search for Popcorn Removal in Orlando brings a range of $350 to $3,700.
  • All of the contractors in your area. As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the contractors who come to the top of the list on review sites are often the ones who pay for account. This means you’re probably missing a number of the highly regarded companies in your area who just haven’t signed up for a professional account yet.
  • Photos of reviews. Sure, reading that someone had an enjoyable experience with their popcorn removal is good enough, but seeing the results takes you to an entirely new level. HomeAdvisor’s reviews are devoid of photos, and for something like retexturing a ceiling, you want to know that the team you choose can apply a smooth finish just as expertly as drop trowel.

 

When you’re looking for a popcorn removal team in Orlando, looking online is one of the best places to start your journey. The team at New Ceilings recommends using a blend of resources like Houzz, HomeAdvisor, Thumbtack, and Angie’s List to get a clear picture of the company you’re working with. To learn more or to schedule your popcorn removal consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

Ceiling the Deal: This Year’s Most Popular Ceiling Designs

orlando popcorn removal team popular ceiling designsCeilings across America are working hard to lose their title as the “forgotten wall.” As you’ve probably seen in some of our most recent blog posts, ceilings have become a big focus in contemporary interior design. Now that popcorn ceilings are a thing of the past and contractors have improved equipment and technique, we’re seeing all kinds of architectural features and textures arrive on the scene.

Whether you’ve taken the plunge and removed your popcorn or you’re still thinking about it, we’re sure a little design inspiration will help you along your journey! From the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings, here are 3 of the most popular ceiling designs we’ve seen in 2018.

 

  • Coffered ceilings. Coffered ceilings are nothing new, to be sure, but they’re making a huge comeback this year. Design professionals have created ornate patterns with coffered ceilings, giving the room a great deal of movement and visual interest. Coffered ceilings give you plenty of opportunities to play around with color and lighting and can act as an appealing focal point for any room.
  • Smooth ceilings. Smooth texture is the most difficult to pull off, as any underlying blemishes will still be visible at the surface. But if you’re feeling brave and you’ve partnered with a quality painting team, we highly recommend you give this bold look a try. Smooth ceilings reflect the natural light coming in, making your rooms seem larger and brighter. Try experimenting with color!
  • Wood beams and panels. This is one ceiling treatment that doesn’t require you to remove your popcorn first, but we think it’s a good idea in case you decide to switch it up. If you want to create a natural, earthy inspired look inside your home, installing thick wood beams or panels is a great way to achieve the look. Again, feel free to play around with color on the ceiling behind the beams for interesting design with a lot of depth.

 

Here at New Ceilings, we’re excited to see our clients pay attention to the forgotten wall! Dressing up the ceilings in your home can help you bring your interior design game into the future, and can even help boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell. Ready to learn more or to schedule your free consultation? Call the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings today at 407-378-6040.

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