Sunday, April 28, 2013

How Professional Roofers Can Help

When you own a home, you are well aware that at some point just about every part of the house will either need repair or replacement. One such part of the home that may need repairing or replacing at some point in its lifespan is the roof. You are best to leave it to the professionals to identify the issues with the roof, and repair it in the best way possible. Roofing contractors specialize in repairing and improving roofs, and have mastered the skills necessary to to a good job. They have the know-how, and use specialized tools to get the job done right.

Homeowners may have different reasons to repair or replace a roof. Some homeowners may simply want a brand new roof in order to update an outdated and tired looking roof. These people may want something fresh and new, and something that has a little more esthetic appeal to it. Professional roofing contractors have access to a variety of colors and textures of roofing materials that you can choose from. They'll simply replace the old roofing shingles and replaced them with new ones that will give the home a new look.

Other homeowners may have no choice but to replace their entire roof due excessive wear and tear over time. Others still may only have to repair a large portion of their roof due to damage that may have occurred over a length of time. Professional roofers are knowledgeable and have the expertise to know exactly what to do in order to fix the roof accordingly. Regardless of what the need is, a professional roofing company can fix just about any roofing issue.

Professional roofers should offer you a warranty on the work they perform. This will give the customer assurance that the work will be performed properly and professionally, and that if there are any issues resulting from the roofers' mistakes, the homeowner will be compensated accordingly.
Roofers will also remove any debris or garbage that may result while the roof is being fixed. This debris will be removed from the premises before the contractors leave your home.

When dealing with a major component of your home, such as your roof, leave it to the professionals to properly repair the damaged area. They are experienced, and have the knowledge necessary to perform the job properly, leaving you with a good quality roof that should give you no problems for years to come.

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Call Regional Roofing  for all your roofing needs. They are a family owned and operated company in Solano County since 1989. They are state licensed (#570655), fully covered by Workers Compensation Insurance and Liability Insurance, offer a 5-year workmanship warranty in addition to the manufacturer's warranty, and they give free estimates.
Give Regional Roofing a call at 707-422-7948, and visit their website at

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Abbey Carpet & Floor - Come Visit The Flooring Experts!

Come visit the Flooring Experts!

Let the experts at Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet & Floor showroom show you how easy it is to get the perfect flooring for your lifestyle and your budget.


Monday, April 22, 2013

For Custom Metal Fabrication and Welding, Call Don Crossley of Croz Custom Metal Fabrication


Don Crossley
Phone: (707) 580-4727

Fax: (707) 435-WELD (9353)

2903 Banyan Ct.
Fairfield, Ca. 94533


Lic# 920000

C13, C23, C51, C60 - Welding Contractor
Contractors State License Board
Contractor's Bnd #10143914
General Liability Insurance Polity: #39CGL04016-00
Arch Specialty Insurance Co.
Member of the Better Business Bureau

In Business Since 2005:
Croz Custom Metal Fabrication has 22-years of experience in the fabrication and metal repair industry. If you have onsite metal crafting or repairs that need immediate assistance. C.c. accepted


  • Commercial Work , Classic restorations, Custom Exhaust, Frames, Structural welding
  • Small to large scale piping jobs that operate under high pressure and temperature service, sanitary welding
  • Platform construction and repairs including redesigning and or replacement
  • Custom fabrication of guards, handrails, safety covers and shields to comply with OSHA and Cal OSHA regulations.
  • Overlay and weld build up using stiletto and other hard facing alloy

  • Testimonials:

    "The level of service and professionalism I received was far beyond anything I had expected. Somehow, I don't think a rating of 'Very Good' is high enough. 'Exceptional' is more like it. Thank you."

    ~ Bradley M., Napa

    "Very quick to respond,and we agreed to have a wrought iron railing made for my home entry. Totally satisfied with the professional results, and have already contacted my neighbors who have similar homes needing railing repair work."

     ~ Janet L., Martinez

    "He was prompt and i was very happy to get my bed fixed. He did a good job."

     ~ Len J., American Canyon

    "What a welder! Don is top notch all the way. He is a master with the TIG gun. I wish I could include a picture of his welds. In addition to his expertise in welding, Don's was very expedient with my time sensitive project, very professional, tidy and efficient. I am glad to have meet Don and will use him in the for all my fabrication needs."

     ~ Mike Peery MK Marine Services Vallejo, Ca.

    "Very professional service from the bidding process to the fabrication and installation. Reasonably priced and completed in the time frame as promised."

    ~ John, Walnut Creek, Ca.

    "Very polite, professional gentleman. Did an exceptional job and I would highly recommend him."

     ~ Alexander, Pleasant Hill, Ca.

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    Local Suisun City Event: Earth Day Solano 2013 Is Sat Apr 20th

    Earth Day
    Celebrate Earth Day in the Suisun City Waterfront District on April 20 with an expo of earth-friendly vendors, clean-up throughout the community, a tree planting ceremony, E-waste recycling and Kayak 4 Kare sprint races, presented by Mission Solano.




    • Sheldon Plaza, Main Street at Driftwood, Suisun City Waterfront District
    • FREE Admission
    • 9:30 a.m. - Event kickoff
    • 10 a.m. -2 p.m. - Expo area open
    • 10 a.m. -12:15 p.m. - Community clean-up
    • 10 a.m. - Kayak sprint races every 15 minutes
    • 1 p.m. - Tree planting ceremony
    • 2 p.m. - Closing ceremony
    Pre-register as a volunteer for the day and get a free T-shirt. All the info at

    For kayak racer and vendor information, go to

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    For Beautiful Home Interiors Use Professional Drywall Services

    Drywall installation and repair is often undertaken by do-it-yourself home improvement enthusiasts. While drywall does have the advantage of being a fairly easy building material, it is still difficult to get excellent results without professional equipment and experience.

    A professional drywall company will bring the expertise, speed and workmanship to finish your home interior perfectly. There is no need to live with imperfections brought on by amateur work when professionals offer start-to-finish services for all your drywall needs.

    Expert Drywall Installation
    There are many different aspects of drywall installation. Drywall comes in large sheets, generally 48" wide, that are cut to size for the wall in question. These sheets are then attached to the wall frame structure. Once the drywall is hung, the joints between them must be connected. Your drywall contractor will use joint tape and a joint compound, often referred to as "mud," to bridge the pieces of drywall and create a smooth, even surface. Taping and mudding are often where amateur drywall installers can get into trouble, leaving visible seams in the wall. DIY drywall installation can also take an extended period of time for individuals unaccustomed to the feel of the work. Drywall contractors, on the other hand, will be able to create a beautiful, even wall in a relatively short time - with professionals an entire house can be drywalled in as little as one or two days.

    Drywall Finishing Done Right
    Once the drywall has been installed and joined, it needs to be sanded and primed. No matter how smoothly the mud is applied, some spots on the joints will inevitably be slightly different than the surrounding drywall panels. Contractors will be able to easily identify and sand any uneven spots. When the whole wall surface is ready, a coat of drywall primer needs to be applied. Painting drywall completely and uniformly with the primer will ensure that, later on, wall paint will go on smoothly and be absorbed evenly. Sanding and priming are essential steps to ensure the quality of the wall surface, but many amateurs either do not know how necessary they are or are unable to execute these tasks with precision. The imperfections that result from inadequate wall preparation will, unfortunately, show up on the interior of a home as long as that wall is in place.

    Regardless of what color you later paint the walls or what you decorate them with, if the wall itself is not constructed and prepared well, then the entire look of your home will be compromised. The easiest and most efficient way to make sure that you get beautiful walls is to have experts do the job. Most drywall companies offer the whole range of services that you will need, from initial installation to finishing touches. Turn to them for your drywall needs so that you can enjoy your home at its best.

    Article Source:

    Drywall by Design takes pride and ownership of each and every project, start to finish. Our goal is 100% satisfaction from our clients. We believe that our jobs will either get us future jobs or lose us future jobs. Since over 95% of our work comes from repeat or referred customers, we depend on that 100% satisfaction. But, don't take our word for it. Please check up on us. 
    (707) 359-4009
    730 Violet Lane 
    Vacaville, CA 95687 
    Lic # 875412

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    When To Call A Plumbing Service And Repair Professional

    The plumbing that is inside of a home is essential for a healthy environment and the proper functioning of many different systems. Problems with the plumbing are sometimes hard to detect. What might seem like a simple problem often becomes more serious when it is ignored or not remedied properly. The idea that these problems will somehow fix themselves is not correct and can be very harmful to the pipes. There are several common situations inside of a house that should not be ignored.

    Mold And Mildew

    There are certain homes that experience problems with mold and mildew on a regular basis because of the seasons or the climate in an area. When mold and mildew suddenly appear when there was none before, this is a potential sign of plumbing troubles inside of the house. This is an indication that extra humidity and moisture are entering the air. Extra moisture that triggers the growth of mildew and mold is frequently caused by a leak in a pipe that releases water into the walls, under the floors or into other spaces. Leaks are not easy to detect and the extent of the damage is difficult to assess without experience. This is a situation where a professional plumbing service and repair contractor should be called in to fix the problem.

    Slow Drains

    Everyone experiences some type of clog or slow drain at some point. This is normally caused by a physical obstruction in a pipe. It is also caused by problems deeper in the pipes and drains of a home. Drains that have been running slow even after cleaning the entry points in sinks and tubs usually require the attention of a trained plumber. There are several issues that could be taking place including breaks in the line, clogs that have moved down to the primary drainage point and a buildup of materials inside of the pipes. All of these problems require the special skills of a plumbing service and repair professional.

    Unpleasant Odors

    There are special mechanisms in place that are intended to trap gases, remove waste and prevent municipal sewage from entering the pipes in a home. One sign that something is wrong is when unpleasant odors begin to emanate from faucets, drains or other fixtures attached to the pipes in the house. This is a sign that there might be a very serious problem with the drainage system or the connections to the municipal system outside of the house. The only way to fix this problem is to contact a plumbing service and repair contractor who will be able to accurately diagnose the problem and stop the odors.

    Article Source:

    ABC Plumbing is a family-owned and -operated company. We specialize in all commercial, residential and industrial plumbing maintenance and repair. We proudly serve the following counties and cities with quality plumbing; Solano and Yolo counties, Napa, Fairfield, Dixon, Vacaville, Suisun City, Winters and Woodland. With our knowledge and experience in the plumbing industry, we are confident we will meet and exceed all of your expectations.

    Why Choose Us? 
    • We have over 30 years of experience. 
    • We have been in business for over 13 years. 
    • We explain all of your plumbing problems and go over all of the possible solutions. 
    • Our main priority is customer satisfaction. 
    • All of our workmanship is guaranteed. 
    •  There are no overtime charges when doing business with us.
     Phone: (707) 452-1364

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Home Elevators for Everyone's Convenience

    The perspective on home elevators has changed from an item of luxury to one offering convenience and necessity. For the elderly population and people with mobility issues, elevators are a necessity, but for others, they cater to the desire for comfort and aesthetic appeal in homes.

    Here are the important purposes served by residential elevators:

    Senior Citizens and People with Special Needs

    As one ages, climbing the stairs can become an excruciating affair, increasing the danger of slips and falls. Similarly, people who use wheelchair tend to lose their independence and freedom of movement. A home elevator resolves these issues, offering comfortable and convenient access to the various levels of their residence.

    People with Hectic Lifestyles

    An elevator can make life easier for those who have a busy lifestyle. After all the hustle you go through to reach your workplace and come back home you don't want to spend your time and energy climbing the stairs in your home. Imagine how an elevator can help you get to any level with just the push of a button and make your life much easier.

    Move Heavy Goods and Groceries

    Leading manufacturers offer elevators with good load capacity, which can help you transport groceries, laundry, furniture and other heavy stuff from one floor to another. This reduces the strain of manually lifting and carrying heavy items.

    Enhance the Aesthetic Appeal of Your Home

    A home elevator significantly increases the comfort and value of your home. An elevator company can provide various customized options that can wonderfully blend with the dimensions and interiors of your house and give it a really elegant touch. Usually, all this can be achieved without too many structural changes. Reputable manufacturers offer systems that are designed to fit into existing or new homes with the least modifications.

    Modern home elevators come with user-friendly controls and safety features to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. Moreover, many offer customization options for wall panels, floors, lighting and so on, making it easy to have your system blend with your d├ęcor.

    The advantages of home elevators far exceed their costs. While deciding to invest in one, contact a reliable dealer of accessibility equipment. This will provide you the opportunity to choose from a wide range of quality products as well as get guidance to select the most suitable option. Look for a company that offers the most competitive prices. Some reputable elevator companies also have special pricing for home elevators purchased out of medical necessity.

    Article Source:

    Inclinator Company of California (ICOC) has been installing residential elevators, stairlifts, and dumbwaiters for almost 80 years. This is decades longer than any other Company in California. In that time, ICOC has built, and continues to build a reputation second to none. That is why Otis Elevator has chosen ICOC as their exclusive distributor of their Otis at home residential elevators in our market. Having manufactured dumbwaiters since 1888, Matot respectively is the world's leading manufacturer of dumbwaiters. Among Stairlifts, Bruno sets the standard for interior and exterior, straight and curved lifts. Inclinator is proud to have been recognized to represent these leaders and innovators of the elevator industry.
    While ICOC has been known for decades as a leader in residential elevators , stairlifts, and dumbwaiters, we have added exciting new products we'd like to tell you about.

    Northern California 

    Inclinator Co. of California 
    P.O. Box 3343 
    Fairfield, CA 94533 
    TOLL-Free (800) 201-1212 
    FAX (855) 509-8596 

    Southern California 

    Inclinator Co. of California 
    P.O. Box 7478 
    Westlake, CA 91359 
    TOLL-FREE (800) 509-8596 
    FAX (855) 509-8596 

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Investing In Hardwood Floors

    If you've been thinking about investing in a new floor for your home, hardwood floors will offer the best quality and durability through the years. They will add to the value of your home, as well as lessen how long it takes you to clean the property.

    It is easy to see why some homeowners refuse the idea of installing wood flooring - the cost is concentrated up front, so it appears to cost much more than other resolutions. However, this is simply because they don't fully understand how this type of floor will benefit them. All they pay attention to is the cost, and overlook that this new flooring can be a long-lasting investment. If you ever wanted to install a new floor in your home, this is the best decision you could make. It will help save you money as well as time.

    Out of all the choices you can make in order to add value to your home, choosing new flooring is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. Hardwood floors can be stunning, and every property owner can appreciate the investment they are. They appeal to most people and add an elegance that will last decades. Investing in hardwood floor installation now is one of the things that will continuously pay off in time.

    Increase The Value Of Your Property

    If you have recently purchased a home, adding to the value of the property is one of the tasks which you may be interested in doing. It is one of the most important parts of owning real estate. It takes a certain set of responsibilities in order to protect the resale value of a house, but in order to add to it, you must continue to improve it beyond expectations.

    A quick, easy way to instantly add value to a building is to install hardwood floors. The beauty of these floors can attract several buyers when you decide to sell, and earn you quite a profit. There are no drawbacks when it comes to owning these floors, and you'll be able to enjoy the investment as long as you live in your home.

    One of the pros of installing a wood floor is that they are extremely durable. They can last for decades, and only need refinishing every few years. Sometimes, it may not need any repairing for decades. No matter how frequently you have to clean and spend money on the floor, it costs a great deal less than having to replace them entirely, as is necessary with carpeting.

    Save Time On Cleaning

    By now, it's clear that hardwood floor installation is an investment that will save and earn you money in time. However, it can also help you in several different ways. Wood floors will make it quicker and easier to keep the floor clean. Unlike carpet and other flooring, wood is easy to clean and don't absorb liquids and spills as much. They are easy to wash and clean, and you will spend less time on chores than before.

    As you should realize by now, wood floors are useful, efficient, and instantly adds value to your property.

    Article Source:

    Martin Calvert

    (707) 399-9409
    285 Dahlia Street
    Fairfield, CA 94533
    License# 863306
    Licensed, Insured & Bonded


    Sunday, April 7, 2013

    Servpro Of Fairfield

    Tom talks about the objectives of Servpro of Fairfield. A leading fire, water and smoke damage restoration company. See more at

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Choosing a New Garage Door

    Your garage door is designed to last you for many years, but eventually you'll have to think about replacing it. You may want to splurge on a more expensive door, or stay within budget and get your everyday standard one. A garage door is basically the face of your home, so you will want to think carefully before deciding on which facelift to pick. With that in mind, I've put together a list of factors you may want to consider before you decide on purchasing a new one.

    The type of door: Depending on how your garage and driveway are constructed, you may or may not be able to utilize a particular door type. For example, tilt-up style doors require a clear space in front of them to operate safely.

    New door cost: A new garage door will range from several hundred dollars to a few thousand. Most of the additional expense comes once you start adding features to the door like windows or using premium materials such as hardwoods in a custom-built door.

    Local codes: If you live in a region prone to high winds, local building codes for residences may require a door that is designed specifically to resist high winds.

    The garage door opener: If you have a garage door opener installed, you may want to verify that it will be able to handle your new door. Some custom-built doors in particular are quite heavy and it can be difficult for a low-powered door opener to lift them properly and efficiently.

    Maintenance costs: Depending on the material you choose for your door, you may be looking at regular maintenance or very minimal maintenance. Wood typically requires a lot of maintenance whereas steel is frequently very low-maintenance.

    Environmental impact: Some doors are now available in a wood composite material made from recycled wood fibers, which is both stronger and less expensive than comparable wood doors.

    Style: Modern garage doors come in a huge range of styles and colors so you can choose one that matches up with your home's exterior decor and boost your curb appeal.

    Each of these doors is going to have its list of pros and cons. It's up to you to decide which one fits your lifestyle and complements your aesthetic tastes the best. Always remember to contact a professional garage door installer, as it may be dangerous to try and install the door on your own without professional supervision.

    Article Source:

    If your garage door is old and worn out, or if you're simply getting tired of the way your house looks, it might be time for a new garage door. Ramirez Doors offers a complete line of residential and commercial door and operator products. Our trained Service Technicians repair or service residential, commercial and industrial garage doors and electric door operators in Northern California. 

    Visit our Vacaville showroom with a selection of garage doors on display. 

    Ramirez Doors offers free, no obligation, in-home estimates within the Solano, Napa, Contra Costa and Marin counties of Northern California. 

    To schedule your free estimate, please call us for an appointment date and time. 

    (707) 451-2700 

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    Universal Kitchen Design

     By Content provided by the National Kitchen & Bath Association

    Due to the number and variety of cooking appliances today, multiple cooking stations can be designed within one kitchen. Depending on a client’s habits, preferences, and needs, a surface cooking center, an oven center or centers, a microwave and/or speed cooking center, and space for smaller cooking appliances may need to be incorporated into the design.

    The following information will include a look at each in relation to sensory, cognitive, and physical abilities of the client.

    This is where safety risks and improved access sometimes conflict; the cooktop that is lowered for access by a seated cook becomes accessible also to the young child, or the knee space at the cooktop that puts access and use within the reach of a seated cook also exposes that cook to burn risk that had been out of reach. While the concepts and products here are presented as steps toward an improved accessible cooking experience, the need to discuss and evaluate decisions in this area cannot be overemphasized.

    The area surrounding and including the cooktop is referred to as the surface cooking center. In some cases, this will be the surface cooking portion of a range; but when possible, having a separate cooktop and oven(s) is more flexible and allows a more personalized approach to the placement of the appliances, so the separate cooktop will be considered first. 

    Surface cooking

    Second only to the sink center in time spent here, the surface cooking center should also be faced to the social area whenever possible, a benefit to most and more essential to those with hearing impairments or issues around eating. However, safety and ventilation needs will sometimes dictate that it face a wall. The standard minimum 30 inch x 48 inch clear floor space can be planned for either a parallel or perpendicular (front) approach, centered on the appliance. There are minimum landing space dimensions on either side of a cooktop and behind it in an island or peninsula configuration for safety and convenience. When planning for a shorter client or one who cooks from a seated position, this area may be lowered, and when it is, these minimums must remain at the same height as the cooktop, again for safety and function.

    This is an ideal place for heat-proof counters, providing a place for the cook who may not be able to lift heavy pots to slide them to the side. In addition, a pot-filler faucet and a sink or drain in the area complete a plan that allows the cook to fill and empty pots without ever having to lift them.

    Whether a plan includes a second sink in the cooking area or a single main sink, the cooktop should have an uninterrupted path to the sink and, when possible, a continuous stretch of counter to again allow for sliding heavier pots.

    As with most work areas, a knee space can increase the options for use by a seated cook, and this concept in this area generates strong arguments for and against. An open space below the cooktop can double as a knee space or as storage for a rolling cart, rolling waste container unit, or a stool. As at the sink or prep area, a knee space allows for closer access and easier use by a seated cook. This same access creates serious risk of the cook leaning on/reaching over hot elements or even open flames.
    In addition, if a seated cook is to travel from the cooktop with hot food or equipment, it is likely that cook will place the items in his/her lap, creating another hazardous situation.

    There are design considerations when the knee space is at a cooktop. When lowering the work and cooking surface, measure your client’s clearance and consider the “thickness” of the cooktop, counter, and protective panels to determine the best height, recommended between 28 and 34 inches. Although the recommended clearance for the height of the knee space is 27 inches, the exact counter height for a specific client will be determined by the height of his or her wheelchair arm or his or her knees if the wheelchair arms are not an issue. An apron and underpanel must be planned to cover any rough surfaces and to insulate the appliance workings from the cook, as well as protecting the cook from burns, abrasions, or electric shock.

    As mentioned, the cooktop knee space is a good place for a rolling cart, as the cart can help many of us transfer heavy items to and from the cooking area. While this knee space is typically supported by cabinetry on either side, it is also critical to build in sufficient support at the front edge because that counter may be used for support as one approaches the cooktop. 

    Oven placement

    Oven placement is a good example of a concept that began as access for a specific need and evolved to good universal design as it benefits so many. Where once we had ovens stacked in tall cabinets, today we see more of ovens split and designed at heights that reduce bending and lifting.
    The 30 inch x 48 inch clear floor space at the oven should be positioned so that the oven door does not obstruct it. When possible the minimum landing space should be immediately adjacent to the oven, and in the case of a side swing oven door, on the latch side (see Figure 8.35). A knee space next to the oven can benefit the user, and the space can double as storage for a rolling cart, convenient for transporting roasted or baked items. This landing surface or the top deck of the rolling cart should be heat resistant to receive hot items, even more essential for those of us with limited strength or balance. If adjacent landing space is not possible, another option is a pull-out work surface at or near the oven, provided it is not obstructed by the oven door.

    In some cases, the total space available, budget, and the cook’s preference may dictate that a range is the appropriate appliance for a given design; and in this case, an adjacent knee space can make a major difference in access by a person using a wheelchair. One of the obstacles to selecting a range is that the oven is low and the oven door can be a significant obstacle, especially for shorter or seated cooks. Newer ranges with a smaller oven just under the cooktop have made this access issue go away. 

    The article is excerpted from the NKBA Professional Resource Library volume: Kitchen Planning, Second Edition by Kathleen Parrott, PhD, CKE, Julia Beamish, PhD, CKD, JoAnn Emmel, PhD, and Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS, CAASH. Copyright: 2013 National Kitchen & Bath Association; published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.