Fall is coming to a close and Winter is fast approaching, but there’s still time to get done a few Fall projects that will see you through this next cold season. Consider some of these options before you run out of time.
1. Maintain your Deck
Your deck is about to see a lot of wear and tear. You’ve just spent the Summer enjoying it, why not spend some time preparing it for Winter by cleaning, stripping and refinishing it? Your best bet here is a durable finish that will protect your deck material, especially if it’s hardwood. In the Spring you can touch this up again to make it look brand new for Summer but what you want to do in the Fall is maintain your decking material, so it lasts for years to come.
2. Upgrade your Flooring
All that time spent on patios this Summer is coming to an end. You’re going to be spending a lot more time inside so you might as well enjoy it. Consider replacing or refinishing your flooring as a great option to spruce up a home. Replacing your flooring also allows you to look into modern options like heated flooring and will ultimately save you money in energy consumption by maintaining the insulating qualities of good flooring materials.
For something, a little extra spicy consider refinishing your concrete floors by polishing and grinding them. The finish is durable and hard-wearing and looks beautiful too. We can help you with any of your floor polishing needs if you have any questions.
3. Upgrade your Insulation
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer. It’s getting colder inside, and ideally, you’re staying warm inside. Consider replacing your old, worn, or outdated insulation with something newer. You can often get energy rebates from the government just for installing more efficient insulation. If you have an unfinished basement now is the time to think about insulating and refinishing it. Also, don’t forget attics, crawl spaces, and garages, which often lack full insulation and can benefit tremendously from a little hard work.
Summer is behind us and Winter is fast approaching. Now is the time to tackle those maintenance projects that will prepare you for Winter before it gets too cold. Here are a few to consider.
1 Maintain your heating system
You’re going to be using your heating system again this Winter. I know, you’ve gone months without touching it, but you’re going to be happy to have it in a short while. Maintaining your heating system will ensure that you can reliably heat your house and it will save you money too. This can be as simple as replacing dirty old filters, or as big a project as putting in a new furnace. Either way, you should seriously think about this one. And if there’s any coring needed for exhaust lines, etc. you know who to call.
2. Remodel your kitchen
I’m sure that there are lots of great seasons to remodel your kitchen, but in the Fall you can get your kitchen ready for the use and abuse you’ll put it through over the Christmas holidays. There’s a lot that can be done here, from a full remodel, to the addition of an island, to just replacing backsplash or a sink.
3. Clean your gutters
Arguably best done in the Spring or Fall, cleaning your gutters will ensure that they work reliably when the snow starts to melt at the end of Winter. And yes, the end of Winter is coming, it’s just a long way off. By cleaning your gutters in the late Fall, you can get rid of the accumulation of dead leaves from the season and keep your gutters running smoothly for those unpredictable Chinooks.
There are many varieties of concrete cutting, and in this series, we’re going to focus on different types of concrete cutting and teaching our customers how to understand them. Core drilling is one of the simplest forms of concrete cutting, but also incredibly versatile. It’s one of the first tools that a new concrete cutter will learn.
Core drilling involves the use of a hydraulic or electric (hi-cycle, or regular voltage) motor either mounted or handheld. Handheld core drilling can be useful for smaller holes, and it has certain advantages like being fast and easy to manipulate. It also requires no mounting which reduces cosmetic damage to structures. Mounted core drilling involves mounting the drill motor to a stand with a rail system that allows the drill to be moved along the rail pressing it into or pulling it out of a drilling surface. This stand is then mounted into the surface by the use of inserts (essentially expanding threaded slugs) that allow the drill stand to be bolted down. Typically this work is done in concrete, but we can also mount and drill in asphalt. Finally, attached to the motor is a drill bit. The drill bit is a hollow cylinder of metal with diamond segments welded to it. Unlike much smaller drilling (like the kind you would expect in wood) a core drill bit does not remove material from the center of the bit, but only from the circumference of the diamond segment path. This leaves behind a solid core of material which is why it’s called “core” drilling. The entire process is lubricated using water that travels through the motor and into the bit. This leaves behind slurry as the waste material from the drilling process.
That’s it for a start. Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll have some articles about other forms of concrete cutting and even what to expect when a particular piece of equipment is coming to be used on your project.
Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. may have been started from the ground up by Darryl Romaniuk, but it survives and thrives today because of its family of employees. Darryl wanted to take a moment to mention those people who keep the doors open and keep the business going. When customers are satisfied, he owes it to his employees. When a situation needs to be rectified, it’s those same employees who step up and fix the situation. Darryl is proud of each and every member of his family of employees, and he wants them to know how much they mean to him. But he also wants our customers to know just how much he appreciates his employees and how much he owes to them.
Often we emphasize the importance of our heritage. On our 20th anniversary, we can’t help but remember that this company started with one man. However, today Rodeo is the company it is because many employees have proven their value, reliability, and dedication to Darryl and Rodeo. This translates to a better experience for the customer and a business that’s easier to run.
So, while we may celebrate our heritage today, we are proud to be a company of employees who all work hard to make us the company we are. We owe an enormous debt of thanks to them, and we want everyone, including them, to know how much they mean to us, and to Darryl especially. Thank you.
We’re coming to the end of Summer and the end of this series so some of these projects are going to be just a bit easier to take on in the last weeks of the heat.
- Build a firepit
It’s not too late to enjoy a beautiful bonfire with friends and family. Building a firepit can be as simple or as complex as you like. You can use stone from a home renovation store made just for this purpose or you can pour your own concrete. Whatever you do make sure to be safe and check any building codes in your area. This project could be a simple day of work or a full week of building the most impressive firepit around. The choice is yours. If you need any help cutting stone you can always give us a call or bring the stones to our shop where we’ll be happy to cut them to your needs.
- Install ceiling fans
This one’s easy enough, but maybe a little late in the year now. Fans can be an affordable and beautiful way to help circulate air in your home. This can make heating and cooling more efficient. If you didn’t take our suggesting and install a new A/C unit this might also be your best bet at keeping the heat bearable for the remainder of the summer. You can pick up fans and wire them easily. Just make sure you have a licensed electrician check the work or do it for you.
- Paint the Exterior of Your House
Now is the best season to paint the exterior of your house. It’s hot and there are plenty of clear days. A fresh coat of paint can cover unsightly damage, help to keep your house cool (if you paint it a light color), and help to prevent future wear and tear from taking its toll. Plus, a fresh coat of paint just makes your house look beautiful and there’s nothing wrong with that.