How often should you clean your chimney?

There are many things to take into consideration when deciding to clean your fire place or chimney. Creosote is one of the leading causes of chimney fires which can be quite hazardous to your home and family. Creosote buildup is caused by use of your chimney over time and cannot really be avoided.

Creosote comes in three forms. The first form is the initial soot-like dust that is quite easy to clean and does not pose any real danger. However, it is the easiest form of creosote to clean, and that is why regularly having your chimney cleaned is the best way to prevent any future problems.

The second form of creosote is more of a cake-like substance. This substance still comes off quite easily but requires a few more tools to remove from the flue, or the duct/pipe of the chimney that conveys exhaust gases from the fireplace.

When the second stage creosote is not cleaned in time, it becomes a very hard, black, almost glass-like substance, that is quite difficult to remove. This third-stage creosote will require additional tools and equipment to be removed. Unfornately, sometimes this can be so difficult to remove that during the removal the equipment could potentially cause damage to your chimney flue.

The rest is up to having proper care from the right professional. Visit Chimney Sweep Atlanta to learn more!

Restore your Concrete Patio

Given the nature of all concrete to wear and crack, it helps to know that Rust-oleum Concrete RESTORE provides the ability to repair it yourself. Whether you are looking to simply restore the old patio or to combine and beautify the recent concrete addition, this sealer and protectant is available in 20 different colors and is much stronger than paint. A couple of simple coats can fill in cracks, covering years of damage and brightening the patio on which your favorite memories occur.

With a box containing two two-gallon buckets, it takes a few simple steps to get your patio back to new and then only 24 hours to dry before it’s even better than before. Once any concrete additions are laid out next to your old patio, thoroughly clean the entire concrete area by power or pressure washing. Remove all mold and dirt and grime that can settle down into even the shallowest of cracks because any that remains can cause nasty problems if left underneath RESTORE.

Next, combine the two two-gallon buckets of RESTORE into a larger 5-gallon bucket or painter’s tray. Start with a large paintbrush, dipping in for a hefty amount of RESTORE to fill in the old cracks. Dab thick amounts of RESTORE into the cracks to fill while leaving the rough, textured finish of the first coat. Then use the paintbrush to continue dabbing thick finishing corners all around the edges of the patio and up against the house.

Finally, a honeycomb foam roller is used to apply two complete coats evenly across the entire concrete area. The same as with the brush, be sure to apply a think amount to the roller so that the first coat serves as a thick, textured primer. Re-apply RESTORE after every five to seven square feet of patio and then start over again for a second, smoother coat. Now, with everything combined to a matching color you have the patio you desire and after 24-hours drying you are ready to bring everything back out!  These are the basics to restore your concrete patio pavers, to learn more check out our Youtube channel!


Painting is the art of applying paints, pigments, and colors onto drawings, surfaces, canvases, buildings, and other structures by use of implements such as brushes and sponges, usually as a means of decoration, protection or aesthetics. Houses are painted mainly to beautify their walls and exteriors.

The objective of the following discourse shall seek to answer this fundamental question: “How often should I paint my home exterior?”

The frequency or the numbers of times that the task of exterior house painting should be carried out depends on a number of factors which are explained in details below:

The Location of the House

It refers to the actual setting in which the respective house is placed. Locations differ in terms of climatic conditions, humidity, wind, amount of solar insolation, degree of acidity of the soil, and temperature variations among many others. Areas that are adjacent to oceans for instance do experience intense heat, salty atmosphere, and plenty of sand all of which diminish the life expectancy of the paints on houses’ exteriors. A house that is located next to an ocean may thus be repainted more often than that which is located farther away.

The Types of Materials Used to Construct the House

The materials that are used to construct the house also have a bearing on the frequency with which such a house may be repainted. Wooden structures for instance may be repainted more often than concrete structures due to the fact that they absorb moisture more effectively which have the impacts of peeling off pants from surfaces.

The Quality of the Painting Materials

Some painting materials last longer on surfaces that others, a fact that determines to a large extent the frequency with which such surfaces may be repainted. Oil-based paints for instance lose their colors and luster faster than water-based paints due to the fact that their chemical compounds degrade faster when in contact with the sun’s Ultra-violet radiation.

The Frequency of the House Maintenance

House maintenance refers to the process of keeping the house in its original state as much as possible by way of carrying out routine repairs and inspections. The more often a house is maintained the less frequent it will have to be repainted and vice versa.


Exterior house painting is a very noble and crucial undertaking due to the fact that it confers plenty of benefits such as added beauty and aesthetics to the home environment; increased home resale value; and enhanced protection of the house exterior from harsh external environmental conditions to the home owners. It should thus be carried out as often as can be practically possible.

Benefits of Using Steel Structures  

Steel structured homes are being widely used all over the world due to its properties and durability.

Both type of buildings,the concrete and steel are used in construction,concrete can withstand high temperatures for longer time periods,also it can be pre-fabricated which can speed up the construction process,thereby saving valuable time.While steel on the other hand,is cheaper,strength is very high compared to its weight (the strength to weight ratio) is higher than almost all of the building materials.

The properties of steel like versatility,strength,durability and the ability to be recycled makes it one of the most preferred materials for use.Due to this properties,various construction factors like ventilation,natural light,etc. also compatible for modernized designs.
It is also possible for future expansion,reconfiguration or renovation with minimum damage and demolition,thereby affecting the costs.
Steel is considered as an economic construction material,and by continuous development in technology,the time period of construction is reduced,better fire resistance by efficient engineering,high load capacity,and due to plasticity of steel it is able to withstand extreme loading situations like earthquake,impact explosion,etc. with minimal defect.
Along with speedy erections,it is also possible to withstand higher moment resistance and other load factors,which gives better load handling capacity.

Steel is a environment friendly,economical material which produces no dust,nuisance,wastage,etc. during construction and can also be recycled multiple times.Steel also provides with various choices in architecture,because of using of various sized steel structures,making the structures give a pleasing appearance.

Since the steel erection is done by skilled personnel,there is a minimal chance of accidents,its maintenance charges are relatively very less,the steel structures require less foundation area as compared to concrete due to their high load carrying capacity.The columns are also of relatively small size,which provides more floor area.

Steel buildings provide an ideal,cost effective solutions with life long spans,which makes it most usable material for construction.