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Interlock Winter Care Tips

Interlock Winter Care Tips

Winters can be pretty harsh with extreme temperature fluctuations, massive snowfalls, and use of salts on the streets and driveways. Interlock driveways and walkways end up being much more reliable than asphalt in our Canadian winters.  Over time road salt can lead to corrosion, interlock discoloration or even break down some of the interlock material. However there are still a few things you can do prevent damage or degradation and keep it looking new. Here are the top winter care tips to keep your interlock well maintained:

Don’t use road salt

Use a branded ice melter product on the market. Look for ones that are specifically designed for concrete pavers and brick and one that is non-corrosive.

Clean your interlock

During the warmer months, and following a harsh winter, cleaning your interlock can be as easy as using your pressure washer to remove some of those winter stains and salt buildup.

Add sand to your base

Interlock is laid with a base layer and sand. Sand helps protect your interlock from cracking from impact or natural ground shift by cushioning it. After the the snow melts, some sand can be washed away. To help protect your brick or stone, buy a special type of sand and spread it over your interlock and sweep the sand and joint sand into the paver joints. This will ensure it’s longevity.

Repair brick pavers

Following the freeze/thaw cycle of winter, you can potentially have a couple of heaved or raised pavers in your walkway or driveway. Don’t fret. The interlocking brick pavers will reset after the winter frost is fully gone. Pavers that are raised or heaved will go down. The pavers that are down won’t likely come up though. Therefore, you will have some type of brick paver repair that needs to be addressed.

Keep your driveway and hardscaping looking its best wit interlock brick, which  can be used and installed in any climate. Snow can still be plowed or shoveled like asphalt or concrete driveways. Unlike common asphalt driveways, interlocking pavers will not crack due to winter work and activity. If you’re looking to upgrade your driveway contact Synergy Contracting for all your landscaping, driveway, and patio home needs!

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5 Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

For most homeowners, the world of window replacement is a complete mystery. In many cases, it can be pretty obvious when it’s time to replace your windows, but in other situations, it’s harder to tell. If you’re on the fence, these 5 signs should give you a clearer indication as to whether or not it’s time to get the ball rolling.

You find them hard to open and shut.

Hinges and latches can rust over time and window frames tend to shift preventing the window sash (the movable panels that forms the frame) from moving. These types of problems generally necessitate a full replacement as opposed to a repair.

The glass feels cold to the touch.

While single-pane windows will always feel cold to the touch regardless of their condition, the double-paned variety should only feel moderately cold even if it is very cold outside.

You have a high energy bill.

If you are finding your energy bill to be abnormally high despite having repaired your windows, it might be time to invest in new ones.

You feel drafts in your home.

Even small fractures in the glass of your window and cracks in the frame can let in a chilly breeze in your house in the winter.

Painting and repairing them would not fix the problem.

Evaluate the condition of your windows. If the paint is peeling and the wood looks like it’s rotting and falling apart, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the windows rather than try to salvage them.

If you’re in the Burlington area and notice these signs, it’s probably time to replace your windows. Head to the Custom Window Designs to get a free quote on your new replacement windows.

Is Crown Molding Right for Your Home?

Is Crown Molding Right for Your Home?

Crown moldings are a traditional architectural style that will never go out of fashion. These features add a touch of class and can make any room in your home feel that much more cultured.

But is your home right for crown molding?

How tall are your ceilings?

You may be asking yourself if your ceilings are tall enough for crown molding. The truth of the matter is that, unless your ceilings are unusually low, crown molding will still look as traditional and beautiful as ever regardless of your ceiling height. It will add texture and depth to your ceiling, making low ceilings feel taller.

Will crown molding fit my home’s style?

Crown molding has come a long way, especially over the last few decades. No longer is crown molding restricted only to intricate designs, and traditional features. Today you are sure to find the perfect crown molding to match your home’s style, whether your home is more traditional or modern.

Can you afford crown molding?

Crown molding is now more affordable than ever before. You’ll find the right molding to match any style, and fit any budget at Crown Cornice.

Make a statement

Crown moldings make your home look and feel more upscale, and even suggest that the building itself is traditionally crafted, and solidly built.

Get crown molding fit for a a King & Queen, contact Crown Cornice to lift your home’s beauty.

Tips for Better Door and Window Casings

Tips for Better Door and Window Casings

Door and window casings can set the mood for an entire room. They are capable of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, and so-so into so beautiful.

What are door and window casings?

Casings are molding that goes around the perimeter of your doors or windows. They are installed both inside and outside your home. The job of exterior window casings is, first and foremost, to keep the wind, rain, and snow outside where it belongs. Of course exterior window casings also can have a huge impact on the curb appeal of your home.

Inside of your home, door and window casings are usually exclusively for aesthetic purposes.

Door and window casing tips

Door and window casings can define a room, so it is worth spending a bit of time to make sure that you get the right design to fit your home. Follow these window and door casing tips and you’re sure to hit the right note:

  • Match the molding: make sure that you take into consideration the molding in the room. This includes crown molding. Your molding doesn’t need to be identical, but it should definitely not clash!
  • Take into account the function of the room: having ornate window and door casing on a functional room, or a kid’s bedroom, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. You want the casing to match the purpose of the room.

Match the mood. More importantly, make sure that your door and window casings match the style of the room, including: the architecture, furniture, colours, and flooring. If you’re looking for great window and door casings, contact Crown Cornice to make your home fit for a king!