Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Christmas is either one of your most favorite seasons or just another holiday to get through. If you find yourself feeling festive, then you are probably itching to get your house decorated and a Christmas tree put up already. It can take lots of planning to go all out with Christmas decorations! It’s best to start off by slowly getting into the Christmas spirit by starting to welcome the snow with some Christmas touches throughout your décor.

Festive Candles

The first and easiest way to bring the holidays to your home is by celebrating the smell of the holiday festivities. Start by getting some scented candles and placing them in your sunroom and keep them lit for a few hours on and off. This way if your more in the mood to be festive then grab a book, make some tea light a candle and bring a blanket and cozy up in your Sunroom for a few hours.

Festive Center pieces

This is a simple and easy to do DIY. All you’ll need are a bunch of various sized vases or jars, water, American & Michigan holly & floating candles (the candles are optional). Simply fill the jars with water and stop just a few inches below the brim then place a branch or 2 of holly in each jar. Add some floating candles for a warm bonus. Adding some of these centerpieces to your kitchen, living room or Sunroom will bring in the festive spirit and add warmth to each room without going overboard.

Mini Christmas Trees

Now, you might be thinking by adding some Christmas Trees will bring you into full on Christmas spirit, but done right these trees can add some greenery and a small amount of holiday spirit to your home. All you’ll need to make this decoration is a small wooden box, cranberry garland, mini Christmas trees and some battery operated fake candles. Depending on how big your wooden box is put 1 – 3 mini Christmas trees spaced evenly apart with the candles in the middle of them and take the cranberry garland and wrap it around the trees and candles. Once you’ve made 1 you can continue to make a few more and place them all around your house.

For more great ways to decorate your home & Sunroom this holiday season contact Grey Bruce Patio. If you have any ideas of your own, let us know! We’d love to hear your ideas.

Unique Sunrooms | Stunning Sunroom Applications

Find Your Inspiration With These Unique Sunroom Applications

 

Sunrooms and Porch Enclosures offer the best of both worlds. Bringing the outside in and extending the use of space and style in your home or cottage. There are so many different options when choosing the type of room that will best suit your needs, but they don’t have to be plain or ordinary. Check out these unique and stunning sunroom applications that just might help you find the inspiration you’ve been looking for.

1. Beautiful Boathouse Sunroom

Ever consider adding a sunroom to your dock or boathouse? This sunroom makes the perfect addition to this lakeside retreat.

 

2. Lovely Hilltop Sunroom With A View

Here’s a stand-alone sunroom built to really enjoy the hilltop breezes and unparalleled views of the countryside.

 

3. Wooden Sunroom In The Woods

This beautiful timber-framed sunroom nestled in the woods really makes a statement. High ceilings and wall to wall windows allow for full enjoyment of the environment around it.

 

4. Sunroom Reaching New Heights

We think Superman was on the job with this sunroom! With heights of over 2 stories, this sunroom is really taking things to the next level.

 

5. Lap Pool Needs A Sunroom

What a great idea for your jacuzzi or lap pool. A custom built sunroom can be the perfect solution for deck or patio enclosures.

Sunroom Pool Enclosure

Sunroom Pool Enclosure Sunspace

There are so many unique ways that a sunroom or porch enclosure can be designed for and utilized. If you are struggling with a solution to an available space that you have, call the experts at Grey Bruce Patio. With years of experience designing and building sunrooms, you are sure to find the perfect build for your home or office.

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Replacing or Repairing Windows

A Checklist of Things to Consider When Dealing with Damaged or Broken Windows.

 

Homeowners are often faced with the decision of repairing or replacing a damaged window. The truth is, repairing a window can sometimes be more costly than actually replacing the entire thing. Depending on the age of the window and what manufacturer, you may have difficulties finding the parts you need for repairs. At least a new install comes with a warranty.

Here are some tips to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your windows.

 

Are Your Windows Scratched or Have Broken Panes

 

Scratched window panes are often an easy DIY fix. Check out YouTube for lots of Do It Yourself videos on how to repair and buff out scratches on vinyl and aluminum window frames. In the case of broken window panes, this can be a safety and security issue for your home and your family. It is always wise to replace broken window panes immediately.

 

Need new windows? Contact us today for a free estimate!

 

Do You Suffer From Draughty Spaces

 

There is nothing worse than feeling that draught coming from the window, having all of your efforts to keep your home warm and cozy rendered futile as that cold air just keeps slipping in. The major causes of draughty windows are old and worn-out sashes, peeled or damaged caulking, wood rot and weather stripping. You can fix the peeled caulking by just reapplying caulking to those areas in need of attention. This is often the case with older and vintage windows, where a repair may be desired over window replacement. But if these draughty spaces are caused by deteriorating sashes, then you might want to consider replacing the entire window since sashes can often cost just as much as a whole new window.

 

Wood Rot is Never a Good Sign

 

Wood rot is caused by prolonged exposure to excessive moisture. A major cause of wood rot is poor sealing and finishing. Once that paint finally cracks, water gets in and then mold can begin to form. Wood rot is most often found on the frames, sashes, and dividers of the window opening and its assembly. Most homeowners would prefer repairing just the wood where original window settings exist, but again, if it’s not a vintage product, replacing the whole window should be more cost-effective.

 

Do You Struggle With Stubborn Windows

 

Investigating the root of what is causing your stubborn window problem will help you determine if your window is in need of repair or actual replacement. If you discover the sashes and frame are stuck together due to layers of paint and dirt, then you can consider cutting through the paint layers to correct the issue. It is highly recommended to have a professional inspect and do such repairs as these types of repairs are often tedious and require precision craftsmanship. During such invasive repairs, even small mistakes can be costly, sometimes even requiring a replacement in the end anyway if your frame and seals are accidentally damaged during the repair process. Another cause of stubborn windows is contraction and/or expansion between the sashes and frames, typically caused by prolonged exposure to moisture and wear and tear over decades in your home. In this case, replacing the window is most often your best option.

 

Broken Window Seals Limit Options

 

Window seals become worn over time which can lead to cracking and breaking. Once a seal is broken, it is very difficult to repair. This is because the entire pane of glass must be removed to create a fresh new seal. So, therefore, in this case, buying a new window is usually the best solution.

 

Grey Bruce Patio can help you find the windows that will best suit your needs. Check out our Windows page!

Painting Your Porch or Patio

5 Steps for Professional Results.

Your front porch is the face of your home. Your back patio is entertainment central in warmer weather for family and friends to gather. When it comes to painting these areas of your home, there are many factors to consider. Here’s a handy list of things to keep in mind when undertaking such a project.

Make a List.

Having all of your materials ready will save you time and effort. Make sure protective equipment is available and used when required. Having gloves, eye protection and face masks are always a good idea when working with corrosive materials and dust. Always choose safety first!

First Steps.

Clearing the area of any furniture, gazebos, planters or BBQs is the first step. Then start with a good sweep so you can assess any areas in need of repair or special attention prior to paint or staining. Ensuring poles, beams and joists remain in good condition is important to the longevity of your porch or patio. Check for any rust or rot, and repair or replace any areas of concern as needed.

 

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Cleaning for Success.

Ensure you clean up any repair or maintenance tools and debris once you are finished so you are ready to move on to the next phase of your project. Making sure that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned prior to any application is critical. After all scraping and sanding of old paint or stain is completed, consider scrubbing with a mild cleaner suitable for wood or even a power washer. Properly prepping your surface is key to achieving the best possible results.

To Paint or Stain.

There are many things to decide on when refinishing your porch or patio. Paint or stain, colour, texturing and technique. The list goes on. The first place to start is by looking at your surface. If there is any residual stain or paint, then priming and painting may be your best bet. How much traffic will your deck or patio see? A durable paint might be the answer. If you have a lot of imperfections, then again, paint is the best choice. When your deck is new or in good condition, then absolutely, a stain would be a great option. Then there is the huge selection of colours to choose from. Having paint swatches of your home’s existing exterior finishes will help you find the perfect match when out researching colours and products.

Priming is Key.

After all repairs and cleanup of your project are completed, the surface is now prepared to accept paint or stain. If you plan to paint then now it’s time for priming. Priming allows the paint to adhere well to the surface while hiding repair work and any other imperfections. Allow the primer to completely dry before cleaning the surface and proceeding to painting or staining. Priming before paint will take your project to the next level with a professionally finished look.

 

Looking for Railing Options? Grey Bruce Has a Sunspace Solution.

 

Ready for Paint.

Once you have chosen your product to apply to your porch or patio, you need to decide on how to apply it. For the long flat surfaces of your board, a sturdy roller will do the job efficiently. Then a good old paint brush is your best bet for getting in between all of your boards and finishing around corners and edges. Always check manufacturer and product recommendations to ensure you are using the appropriate materials and products for your project.

Once the surface has dried and cured completely, all you have to do is setup and enjoy your new space!

Considering a Patio Cover or a new Sunroom? Learn More!

For more helpful tips on painting your porch or patio or getting a professional to do it, contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosure at 519-376-9241.

10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 3

If you enjoyed Part 1 & Part 2 we have the final 4 tips for your next Home Renovation project. Let’s get into it!

Plan, Plan, Plan

Have a plan for where your electrical plugs and outlets will be. If the renovation project is creating a Sunroom that you will be using for an office, plan out where you anticipate you’ll want your desk and all of your electronics to be and have your contractor install enough electrical outlets in that area. You will also want to be sure that there are enough electrical outlets in the room that are in different areas so you’re not limited to having your electronics only in 1 area of the room.

Large Spaces

If your looking to add square footage to your home then think big. You want to make sure you are creating enough extra usable space that is versatile enough to be seen as a room with endless possibilities, especially if you plan on selling your home in the future.

Kitchen Reno

If your thinking of re-doing your kitchen, try to maximize the space available and give the kitchen a fresh open modern look. The heart of a home is in the kitchen, that’s where your family comes together to spend time and to eat. Make this space an area that you and your family want to be in.

Home Inspections

This is probably one of the first things you’ll want to do. Having a home inspector do a thorough inspection can give you a heads up on whats going on in your home that you may not be able to see. Completing a home inspection ensures that you are prepared for unexpected situations.

10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 2

And we’re back! We are back to give you the next 3 tips to use on your next home renovation project. These tips are the perfect way to create a checklist before starting your next renovation project and to help you be more prepared for the project if you enjoyed Part 1 then you’ll love Part 2 and be sure to check back next month for the last 4 tips in 10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 3!

Vaulted Ceilings

Having a Vaulted ceiling can prevent water damage to your home during the winter months, especially in areas where there are large amounts of snowfall. Having a vaulted ceiling can also add to the character of your home while also providing a more open feeling to the room.

Paint your cabinets

Dust is less likely to settle on a painted surface than on a wood stained surface. While painted cabinets and stained cabinets don’t have any real benefits in choosing one over the other it’s all based on personal preference. Ensure that when you stain or paint your cabinets you use a high-quality finishing product to maintain the look and durability of the cabinets as well as protecting them from damage.

Install East-facing windows

Having your contractor install windows that are facing the east is the best way to maximize sunlight in your new area. This is also helpful when keeping your room warm during the winter months as we all know that the bright shining sun is very nice and warm, not to mention that you’ll be able to get more natural vitamin D!

We just have so many great tips for all of you that we had to keep this going into a 3 part series! Check back in March for the last 4 Tips for your next Home renovation project. Visit www.greybrucepatio.com for information on all of our products, services, and helpful information.

10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 1

Many people are starting to think about spring renovations. And many of us know a bit about some minor fixes and we probably know our way around a toolbox. However, they are large gaps in the areas where we know absolutely nothing about. We’ve compiled a small list of 10 renovation tips to know before starting your spring/summer renovation project read Part 1 today and stay tuned for Part 2 & 3 over the next 2 months.

Choose classic pieces

Going for classic pieces when furnishing your new area is always the best way to go. Purchasing furniture and furnishing your room with pieces that are “In trend” look great for the first year but these items may not still be in style in 2 years which will make you want to go out and purchase all new furniture. This can cost you a ton of money in the long run.

Quality Flooring

Spend the extra money on quality flooring. This will not only increase the resale value of your home and save you money on repairs and upkeep, but it also looks and feels better. Yes, the initial investment will cost more then maybe you are wanting to spend, but it pays off and will cost you left to maintain.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Using a Heat Pump Water Heater can cut your costs by 50%! If your unsure of what the difference is between a normal water heater and a heat pump water heater is let us give you a quick rundown of what they are. Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. This is what makes them more energy efficient and passing the savings along to you.

For more tips on your next home renovation project stay tuned next month for 10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 2! Visit www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on all of our products and services & check back next month!

Get your Home Ready for Fall – Part 2

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year with all the changing colours of the leaves and the sun shining through while still being warm enough to spend a few hours outdoors without being to cold. The one thing that we all dread is what follows after all the leaves have fallen off the trees… winter & snow.

Check your windows

If you have violent winter storms it might be a good idea to make sure you have good windows. If you are worried still you can always install storm windows or doors. Be sure to check the caulking and seals around the window and repair anything you may be unsure of.

Stock up on Firewood

If you have a fireplace or are planning on getting a fireplace for the winter now is a great time to start gathering fire wood. Make sure you stock up enough for the winter and store it in a cool dry place away from your house. You will also want to make sure you clean your fireplace and chimney before it’s to late.

Sunroom prep

Closing your Sunroom for the winter is one of the moments you probably leave for last, but it is still just as important. Cool drafts can sneak in from your Sunroom just as easily as having a small draft around a door. Regardless of when you plan on closing your Sunroom for the winter, there are still a few things you may want to do now to help you prolong the enjoyment of your Sunroom. Add an area carpet to keep the floors warmer, or bring in an extra heat source like a heater with a couple of heated blankets. You will still want to ensure that the entrance from your Sunroom to your home is well insulated so make sure there are no cracks or drafts around the door.

For more helpful tips and ways to get your home & Sunroom ready for winter contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures at 519-376-9241 or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com.

Build A Beautiful Retaining Wall in your Landscape

A retaining wall is a large part of planning your backyard oasis, and not many people think about the design of them until it’s already in and they are looking at it after and are unhappy with that one part. Plan ahead and make sure you are happy with the end result. We have put together a few ideas to help you design something you will enjoy for many years.

When it comes to the overall look and feel of your backyard oasis the design step is one of the most important – and probably takes the longest. When deciding what to think about and look for when you start to design your wall consider this:

  • What is the best wall type for your needs?
  • What type of material should you use?
  • Think of how the wall will look and fit in with the rest of your design or existing landscape
  • Think about hiding your wall behind other plants or screens
  • Think about how to use the wall to maximize your outdoor area

How to turn your Retaining wall into something beautiful

Many of you may think that all the retaining walls you have seen aren’t very attractive, don’t worry we have some great ways to help you make your retaining wall a piece of art that fits perfectly into your dream landscape.

Here’s some food for thought that will help you to design a beautiful retaining wall:

  • What do you like/dislike about retaining walls?
  • How much do you want to spend on one?

There are many benefits of adding a retaining wall to your property, they add a focal point to your garden and they add equity too. There are many ways to make your retaining wall a piece of art, literally. Paint a mural onto it, use outdoor tiles or incorporate your plants into it with some climbing Clematis Montana or Clematis Armandii.

However you decide to build your backyard oasis be sure to think through everything and consider the benefits of adding a retaining wall. For more great ideas and ways to spruce up your property contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures via our website or call us at 519-376-9241.

New Year, New Kitchen?

With the New Year upon us, why not start fresh with a Kitchen remodel project? Many of us don’t think that the winter months are the best time for a renovation, when in fact, it is probably one of the best times to start a renovation or remodeling project.

Although, the winter may not be an ideal time to add a home addition to your house or replace your windows, there are many other home improvement projects you can still do to spruce up your living space. Why not start with a kitchen remodel, nothing to drastic but start with giving your cabinets a facelift or replacing your cabinets. Another great project to start during the winter is finishing up your basement, no matter what you may be thinking spend the winter getting you and your home ready for the warm weather and spruce up your home.

A renovation or remodeling project in the winter has many benefits, such as:

  • Saves you money, contractors are not as busy right now and will usually have some promotions on to encourage homeowners to purchase
  • Less stress, your contractor will have more time to spend with you ensuring you get exactly what you want

These are just a couple of benefits to renovating your home during the winter, and once summer comes and all your neighbours and friends are worried about their kitchen renovation or the construction going on to have their basement finished you can sit back and enjoy the warm weather.

Contact Grey Bruce Patio today to get your next home improvement project started, or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on our products & services.