One of the the best things about living in Orlando Florida is the beautiful architecture styles and Spanish influence seen in homes throughout the state. This particular tile is called Redland clay and as you can see it really adds gorgeous coloring and patterns to the roof.
We chose this picture because of its rustic appeal and beautiful blending of colors that tie into the overall style of the home. Achieving a good balance can be hard to do when designing a house and the roof is often neglected. Typically, the most common type of roofing materials we see are asphalt shingles, probably due to their lower price point, making them more affordable yet not very appealing to the eye.
Photos courtesy of: Advanced Roofing in Orlando
The Clean Contemporary Beauty of PVC Fencing
Since vinyl fencing was introduced as an alternative to wood fencing on horse race tracks, pvc (poly vinyl chloride) fencing has gradually moved from being merely an equestrian safety consideration to being a popular and viable type of residential railing.
For most homeowners, inherent problems that come with traditional privacy fencing such as wood, chain-link and hedges are even a big consideration. With an eye towards permanence and low-cost maintenance, vinyl fences in Orlando have become a popular trend for enclosing a yard. A little known fact, PVC is the second largest manufactured and sold plastic resin in the world today!
Photos Courtesy of: Osceola Fence Clermont
So Why All The Hype About Vinyl?
- Durability: Unlike wood, vinyl does not rot, rust, splinter or warp and is resistant to bugs thus giving it a longer life span, and it also rust-free. Experts say that vinyl is five times stronger than wood. This is fencing that is going to serve you for years!
- Low Maintenance: Maintenance cost for vinyl is remarkably low as compared to wood fencing. This also applies to cleaning vinyl: with water, detergent and a cloth, it is easy to maintain the sheen on the fence. It is also extremely easy to erase any unwanted writing or graffiti off the fence. Dirt and debris wash away easily with a periodic spraying from a garden hose.
- Aesthetic Value: Vinyl comes in a variety of colors, making it easy to synchronize with the color and decor of the home. You do not have to settle for anything that does not match your color scheme.
- UV Resistance: Vinyl does not easily ignite and is classified as self extinguishing with a flash point of approximately 900 degrees. The fence is also significantly resistant to fading and cracking since the color goes deep into the pith of the vinyl, unlike paint
which may peel off over time.
- Flexibility: Vinyl doesn’t snap or break off as easily as wood, making it particularly valuable in wind-prone locales or places that receive a lot of rain.
- Eco-friendliness: In an age where people are increasingly sensitive to environmental degradation, vinyl fencing offers a great alternative. Vinyl needs very little energy to make and releases lower emissions into the environment and is sustainable, lasting longer than the other more expensive alternatives. Vinyl also offers an Eco-conscious alternative to the diminishing supply of trees harvested for wood fencing.
PVC fencing is one of the safest and aesthetically pleasing fence choices especially for families and pet owners as it contains no nails or sharp edges that can harm children or animals.
Is There A Downside to Vinyl?
- Replacement Difficulty: As opposed to other fences, replacement of damaged vinyl may require professional workmanship even on a small section of fence.
- Cost: While vinyl has proved to be cost-efficient in the long run, erecting a vinyl fence is costlier compared to other fencing solutions, making it out of reach for people on a budget.
- Fluctuation: Over very extreme weather conditions, vinyl may expand or contract. However, the fabrication and installation procedures accommodates these weather-related shifts.
- Deterioration: Some PVC fencing may be susceptible to fading especially if exposed to severe weather. While recent advances in technology have largely mitigated these concerns by adding special polymers, it is important to consider whether the color will be affected when exposed to the elements.
Choosing the right decor for your Orlando home is as much a matter of preference as it is about convenience and practicality. And just like choosing your wardrobe or accessories, you want to achieve the right feel. How you decorate your home speaks volumes about your personality. It is all about merging personality and balance and getting the perfect feng shui.
The cool thing about home decoration is that it is possible to spruce up your living space without breaking the bank. It is indeed true that the best need not be the most expensive.
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Unlike in the past where home decoration was largely about practicality, trends have changed, with various considerations taking prominence including uniqueness and health. So, what do you need to consider when decorating your home? Here are some home decorating tips that will help you in decorating your home.
- Choose the right color: Ever visited a home and thought, something about the wall feels off here. Color indeed sets the tone and mood for the home. Most designers advised that when choosing the paint, tame is best. This is because the calmer the hue, the easier it is to match furniture and drapery. Also, getting the right color scheme has been known to enhance feelings, modify temperature and even create the impression of larger space.
- Use Eco-friendly material: Now more than ever, people
are conscious about the health hazards that may arise from exposure to radioactivity. And most possibly no place is as important as the kitchen. Choose non-toxic tableware and reusable energy-sufficient appliances. This also applies to furniture; from chairs to beds. Furniture made from Earth Friendly, recyclable material is preferable to help protect the environment and local wildlife.
- Less is more: The more less cluttered the room the better. This applies especially for small-sized homes where space competes
with the furniture. But even for houses with spacious floors, having minimal furniture creates an airy, relaxing feel. An added advantage to this is the freedom to change the location of the furniture, thus creating a fresh feel each time.
- Potted vs plastic: Having plants and fresh flowers give a vibrant and refreshing edge to homes. If you choose to have vegetation, then let it be real. Plastic flowers, fruits or plants are a no-no and give at best, the impression of cheap.
- Lighting: Just like color, lighting determines how bright or dull a room appears. And it is not necessarily about voltage. Use appropriate colors for each room. It is recommended to use cool colors for the bedroom and subdued for the bathroom. Also, choose less energy-consuming light bulbs. Having light bulbs
affixed to a chandelier in the sitting room adds a royal feeling.
- Wall adornments: Wall hangings give the room character. The trick is deciding what works and what doesn’t. Framed photographs, an embroidered rug or a favorite framed quote hanging add to the feel of home. One might want to hang that give-away or branded calendar, but the downside to this is that the room may come off looking like an office. Do not go overboard; just like furniture, let the wall decoration be spare.
Choosing the right decor for your home doesn’t really need to be a chore…it should be fun! With some twists and creativity, you can come up with a style that defines your personality and creates an inviting feeling in your home. Only your imagination limits you when it comes to decorating your home.