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Whether you live in a brand new home that was just finished being built or your home was built years and years ago, at some point or another you will require the services of a handyman. Having a handyman in your contacts is a great way to ensure that any minimal issue with your home can easily be taken care of through the services of this convenient asset. Some homeowners make the mistake of taking on a task by themselves, without having any idea of what they are really doing. A handyman is skilled and experienced in a variety of areas that will benefit the wellness of your home.

Handyman Plumbing, Appliance Installation

There are a handful of tasks that are not generally connected to the services of a handyman. Becoming familiar with exactly what your handyman is capable of can end up saving you a great deal of time, energy and money as well. Handymen typically are less expensive than hiring a specific trade repairman to come in to do the job. If you are experiencing issues with your kitchen or bathroom plumbing, a handyman is a great person to call to come and fix the problem. Not only can they repair, but they can also assist in the installation of major appliances like your refrigerator, dishwasher or oven.

Exterior Home Repairs; Fencing, Deck Building & More

A handyman is also a great contact to have when you are working on the exterior of your home. Whether you have decided to put up a new fence, install a deck out back or put up new railing on your patio, a handyman is a great way to save money. Rather than hiring a construction crew to come and do the job, a handyman can handle your exterior jobs just as well. Not only will you save time, but also save on expense too. Handymen are generally less expensive when compared to other services.

Pressure Washing & Gutter Cleaning

Another service that a handyman can provide is cleaning out your gutters and repairing any leaks that you may have on your roof. Take a thorough inspection of your home and decide what is in need of some TLC. When you hire the service of A&E Painting & Renovations, you can be sure that any job you need done will be done right.

Whether you need the exterior of your home painted or a door that needs repairing, A&E Painting & Renovations is your number one source for efficient and skilled handyman work in Katy, Houston, Tomball & Stafford Texas

There are many DIY projects you can do to improve your home. Many of these tasks are best accomplished in warmer temperatures, but some projects such as tending to the broken tile found in your shower could be easy enough to do in these cooler months.

A&E Painting & Renovations would like to offer a few tips on repairing and replacing your broken and damaged tiles

1. Remove damaged & broken tiles. You will want to take special care in accomplishing this job. Removing a broken tile could cause damage to the adjoining tiles in the process. Be very careful when removing the broken tiles.
– Removing the tiles and tile adhesive or cement under the tiles should be done together. A grout saw is a great choice, but something similar could work as well. Begin by extracting the grout surrounding the blemished tile. There is a waterproof counterpart behind the tile. Use caution so as to not disrupt that part of your shower.
– For smaller tiles, drill 1-3 holes using a masonry bit in the middle of the broken tile. Larger tiles may require more drilled holes. Again, don’t puncture the waterproof sheetrock or membrane behind the tile.
– With a hammer and chisel, break away the damaged tile.
– If there is any tile adhesive left behind, you will need to remove it with a putty knife or something similar. To adhere a new tile onto the surface, the space needs to be smooth.
2. Water damage control. Before moving on, inspect the waterproof sheeting for any damage. It is crucial no cuts, holes, or any other damage has affected it. If there has been accidents, make sure they are sealed with either a vinyl or rubber sealant to ensure water doesn’t escape behind it.
3. Tile adhesive or thinset mortar. Depending on the area in need of work, ceramic tile adhesive or thinset tile cement will be called for when setting the replacement tile in place. Larger areas are better repaired with the thinset tile cement.
– Apply your choice of adhesive thoroughly in the designated area. Make sure it is spread evenly.
4. Ceramic Tile Application. By pressing the tile firmly into place, ensure you are applying enough pressure that the tile itself is embedded in the adhesive. Ensure the tile is in place straight and even with the surrounding tile.
5. Tile Set Time Before Applying Grout. Once the adhesive is dried, and tile is secure, apply the grout to the surrounding edges. Have a bucket of water and sponge handy to wipe away the excess and give it a clean appearance. If the grout dries in unwanted places, it is very difficult to remove.
6. Caulk Around Shower Faucets & Hardware. Grout is generally not used around the edges of hardware and faucets. Seal the newly replaced tile around the edges with a waterproof caulk or sealant.

When to hire a professional tile flooring contractor

– If you don’t possess the necessary equipment for replacing tile, especially if the tile needs to be cut.
– If you don’t have enough time. There are plenty of folks out there that have a lot on their plates. Hire a pro to make sure it gets done efficiently.
– If you don’t have much experience. Where replacing tile is simple enough, it could also be difficult for someone with little to no experience. A professional tile contractor might be better suited to ensure nothing receives further damage.
– If you lack the motivation. Not everyone has the desire to do tiling. Allow a professional to do it for you.

Professional Tile Installation, Repair & Replacement, Interior & Exterior Painting, Handyman & Home Remodeling in Katy, Houston, Tomball & Stafford Texas

A&E Painting and Renovations has skilled, trained, and experienced experts equipped to handle replacing some broken tiles, or even remodeling your bathroom. Call us today to get started!

Did you know that painting the exterior of your home can add value to the resale of your property? When the paint is chipping and faded, it will rightly seem like the owner has not taken good care of the house. The potential buyer may also assume that any repairs needed to be done on the inside have been neglected as well. A fresh coat of paint also increases curb appeal and makes the whole neighborhood a better place to live. There are a lot of things to consider when you decide to paint the exterior of your home; like what color scheme to use and what prep work needs to be done. Another big thing to consider is the what the weather will be like during the painting process and how it will affect the end result.

A&E Painting & Renovations has prepared what type of weather to watch for and how it can affect the exterior paint job on your home.

How Sun & Heat Affects Exterior Painting

When the sun is resting on the surface of the house, it can actually raise the temperature in that area by more than 20 degrees. The heat will cause the paint to dry too fast and can that can cause damage to the new paint. The best way to stop the paint from damaging is to work around the home and paint in the shade as much as possible. The paint will start to crack and bubble up if it gets too hot too fast. The paint needs to cure at the same speed around the entire home and if there is an area that has too much sun it will dry faster than the rest and that is where the damage comes from.

How Wind Affects Exterior Painting

The wind can cause trouble when you are trying to paint your home just the way that you would expect. When you have an area prepped, it is cleaned up and the dust and dirt is eliminated before you start … that is until the wind starts blowing and adds a new layer that you definitely don’t want to paint over. The other problem is that after the paint has been added to the house and the wind starts up, it can bring on the dust and dirt that will then stick to the fresh coat of paint.

How Rain Affects Exterior Painting

The rain not only can cause damage to the fresh coat of paint by hitting it and causing dents but it also brings with it humidity. The rain can make it impossible to start painting and if it comes soon after the job is done it can ruin it. The humidity can make the drying process take a lot more time.

Make sure that when you are ready to paint the exterior of your home in Katy, Houston, Tomball & Stafford Texas by calling A&E Painting and Renovation to do it for you.

This time of year many home owners host family and friends during the holiday season. Having house guests can be fun and exciting this time of year as gifts are exchanged, festive meals are prepared and fun parties are enjoyed. Making sure your home is comfortable and inviting to each guest is important and essential to being a gracious host. One issue that many home owners run into when hosting family and friends over the holiday season is simply not having enough room for everyone to stay. Having only so many rooms to sleep in can be frustrating when you are hosting a larger family or group of friends.

Expanding a Room & Addiing Square Footage

One way to make your home a better place to host family and friends is to build an addition onto your home. Not only will you have more space for people to stay, but you will also be making more room to store your belongings. Items like bicycles, work out equipment, old photos and other belongings can easily be stored away in your newly constructed home addition. Adding onto your home doesn’t always have to include putting on an additional room, but it can also include expanding your kitchen, creating more space in a bathroom or adding more square footage to your living room space. While large additions make a significant difference, small additions that are only three or four feet of a difference can also make quite an impact in a smaller area.

Building an Extra Room on your House

Another benefit of building an addition onto your home is the option of making a little extra money by renting out the space. If you build on an additional bedroom and bathroom, you could house a tenant and make extra money each month. It is a great way to keep up with the building costs and have a little extra cash in your pocket each month. Another popular option is having a family member live with you long term. Many adult children are moving back home to stay with their parents until they can get a place of their own or until they finish school. Building on extra space provides privacy and comfort for both you and your permanent house guest.

Professional Painting, Remodeling & Home Additions in Katy, Houston, Tomball & Stafford Texas

Building an addition onto your home is a great way to add value to your home. The more square footage your home has, the more appealing it will be to potential home buyers that are in the market for a spacious home. If you are ready to build an addition onto your home to provide more space for guests, make your kitchen larger or make your living room more spacious, contact A&E Painting & Renovations today.

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