Category 'Home Improvement'

SPRING SPECIAL - 12’ x 12’ Wood Deck for $4,000 Folks often ask how much does it cost to build a deck.    I wish the answer was simple, but whenever I am asked that question, I have to counter and ask a few questions myself to determine what they really want. For example – I can build a 12x12 pressure treated deck at ground level for this spring’s special price of $4,000. This includes the County building permit, footings, posts, support structure and 5/4 pressure treated decking screwed down t the joists and clean up and haul away all construction debris. If you didn’t want just a plain 12x12 ground level wood deck, here are the questions that I would ask you.

  • Do you want a pressure treated wood surface for the decking or synthetic or even an exotic wood like Ipe?
  • Do you want railings? Wood, synthetic, Plexiglas or metal?
  • Is the deck higher than 8” to 1’ off the ground?
  • Do you want steps?
  • Do you want any part of the deck enclosed and screened in?
  • Do you want the decking to be installed so no screws or nails show [called hidden fasteners]?
  • And of course, what size do you want your new deck to be?
These questions are for you, so if you are considering a new deck this spring, it gives you some food for thought so the deck project can be exactly what you want it to be. If you already have a deck but it is old and needs a face-lift, we can help. deck-11 I also offer a complete custom design service if you have something more elaborate in mind. deck-21multi-level-deck-1 This spring is a great time to finally have that new deck built or that old deck refurbished. Also, if you do need design service, again, for a limited time, I will supply that service absolutely FREE provided you contract with me to have the deck built within 30 days of the completion of the design. So why wait another day, call now and I will personally come to your home to review and discuss your project, no obligation, no pressure, just a friendly chat to see how I may be of service to you. Roger Blitz, president Mercury Home Remodeling

The roof or attic is without a doubt the most important area to insulate in your home. The diagram below shows the average heat loss through various points of the home. Though the average heat loss through the attic is 26%, it can be as great as 60% or more in many homes. Structural heat loss occurs through the roof and attic, all because heat rises. Adding attic insulation can be one of the most cost effective ways to reduce your energy bills and add to the comfort of the home. attic-1 This is a project that should be carried out by a professional. It is vitally important to add or maintain the proper ventilation in the attic with baffles. Also there are special devices that need to be added to many recessed lights, fans etc. If these are not inspected and taken into account, there can be a host of problems from mold growth to even fire hazards. Recommended Levels of Insulation Insulation levels are specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The table below shows what levels of insulation are cost-effective for different climates and locations in the home. Recommended insulation levels for retrofitting existing wood-framed buildings attic-2

Zone Add Insulation to Attic
Uninsulated Attic Existing 3–4 Inches of Insulation
1 R30 to R49 R25 to R30
2 R30 to R60 R25 to R38
3 R30 to R60 R25 to R38
4 R38 to R60 R38
5 to 8 R49 to R60 R38 to R49
Mercury Home Remodeling will come to your home, no obligation and no cost for the visit. At that time we will inspect your attic and then provide you with a comprehensive analysis and cost of what insulation improvements are recommended for your attic. Additionally, we also offer a full line of energy efficient windows as well as insulated siding. So call me and let’s get the process started toward reducing your energy bills and increasing your comfort in your home. Roger Blitz, president Mercury Home Remodeling

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May

Decks

SPRING SPECIAL – 12’ x 12’ Wood Deck for $4,000 Folks often ask how much does it cost to build a deck.    I wish the answer was simple, but whenever I am asked that question, I have to counter and ask a few questions myself to determine what they really want. For example – I […]

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Jan

Energy Conservation – Attic Insulation

The roof or attic is without a doubt the most important area to insulate in your home. The diagram below shows the average heat loss through various points of the home. Though the average heat loss through the attic is 26%, it can be as great as 60% or more in many homes. Structural heat […]