Tips & Advice
How do you keep pond water clean?
To keep pond water clean, you have to control the algae levels. Be sure to skim and remove debris from the skimmer regularly. Also, the aquatic plants in the pond need to be trimmed, and fish properly cared for. In warm weather, it is important to keep the water aerated, exposing more of the water to oxygen, and releasing the carbon dioxide. In the fall, put netting over the pond to protect it from dropping leaves.
Is a permit required for building a patio cover?
Different cities have different requirements when it comes to determining whether a permit is necessary for building a patio cover. Check with your City Hall to learn the requirements in your neck of the woods. If a permit is required, a building inspector will need to take a look at your property before construction begins. A second visit is usually scheduled after construction is complete to ensure that the job was handled correctly.
Do patio covers need to have gutters?
If a patio cover is solid, it needs to have gutters. These gutters are usually integrated into the roof panels, and they work to steer water away from the patio's foundation. If your patio doesn't have a gutter system, you can have one installed. An effective gutter system for your patio cover can spare you the expense of costly foundation damage.
What is the most common type of patio cover?
Metal patio covers are the most common type on the market today. They're easy to assemble, provide supreme durability, and they're also available in colors and sizes to match a wide range of design motifs. Certain metal patio covers mimic the look of wood while offering the type of resilience that only metal can provide. Other materials to consider for your patio cover include wood and vinyl.
What Is the cost of building an enclosed patio?
The cost of building an enclosed patio depends on whether you choose to construct a full enclosure, a partial enclosure, or a sunroom. Full enclosures can cost upward of $20,000, while partial enclosures usually run $5,000- $10,000. If you're building a sunroom, expect to pay $15,000-$22,000.
How much do retractable awnings cost?
The cost of a retractable awning will depend on whether you choose one that is manual or motorized. A manual retractable awning can cost anywhere $250-$1,000 or more. For a motorized retractable awning, expect to pay $1,000-$4,000. Custom motorized awnings are more costly, and can run $2,000-$12,000. The larger the awning, the steeper the cost.
What are the advantages of a metal awning?
Because of the material’s durability, metal awnings are sturdy enough to provide decades of service. They can withstand extreme heat and cold, and they're able to resist rust even in moist and humid conditions. Metal awnings come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes to suit any decor.
How much does it cost to build a patio cover?
The cost of building a patio cover will depend on the design. If you choose a pergola-style patio cover, the cost of materials can run from $3,000- $8,000 or more. Also factor in labor expense, which can cost from $500-$1,000 or more for a pergola. The average total cost of building a lean-to patio cover is about $1,400. If you choose to build a solid-roof pavilion patio cover, expect to pay $300 per square foot.
A pergola is an open outdoor structure that essentially resembles a room without walls. With a pergola, columns support a roofing grid. The roofing grid may be left open, or it may be covered to provide shelter from rain and snow. Pergolas tend to be fairly large, and they can either be freestanding or attached to a structure.
How can you remove a vanity top?
To remove a vanity top, first shut off the water supply and disconnect the P-trap. You might need to remove some fixtures next. Then, use a utility knife to cut through the sealant (also known as caulk) that binds the vanity countertop to the wall. Next, go under the sink and disconnect all the hoses and valves for the sink plumbing, including the P-trap. After these are all disconnected, you should be able to lift the countertop, including built-in sinks, off the base of the vanity.