Read This Before Choosing a Fence for Your Yard

Having a home of your own comes with a lot of responsibilities, one of which is putting up a fence that meets your requirements. There are many choices as far as fences are concerned, and logistics come into play when you are figuring out the best fence for your home. Be it keeping your family pets and personal property well contained, enhancing the privacy of your home, or making a subtle boost to the value of your property, the best fence for you is that which meets your goals.

According to Keith Pickens, owner of “The Fence Guy” in Baltimore, Ohio, a lot of consideration needs to go into making the choice as to the type of fence you want before actually investing in one, for example, between opting for a wooden fence suited for privacy, and a simple picket fence. Generally though, and factoring in the fence size and type, you can have a new fence installed for anywhere from $2,600 to $8,000 on average. This is not pocket change for most Americans, so you ought to make the right decision the first time round. Additionally, the slope of your home also plays a part in dictating the overall cost of any particular fence.

Other recommended tips to consider while fencing your home by top ranked fencing organizations such as Rogers Builders are as follows.

Only opt for a fence that best suits your home

A fence is useful for a couple of reasons, ranging from privacy and keeping pets from running loose, to improving the value of your property. No matter what those reasons are, having a clear picture of them sets you on the right path during the process of choosing the best fence for you. However, it is the wise insight of Pickens that advises you to have your priorities straight, i.e. to put your needs well ahead of your wants rather than having it the other way round. For example, you might want a fence that offers you all the privacy you are looking for, but alternatively, you need a picket fence. Be wary though, the choice of a privacy fences isn’t the best one out there as it affects the resale value of your property should such a time presents itself. Pickens strongly advises against this choice. However, if you are in dire need of privacy, vinyl or wooden fencing techniques come in handy, though Jennifer Penchanec (manager with Chesapeake Custom Builders) discloses that vinyl fencing for privacy purposes isn’t the best due to its widely spaced panels.

The maintenance factor

As long as you have, or plan to have a fence in the foreseeable future, then you can never kick maintenance out the door. In this case, make a choice based on the amount of time you are willing to spare tending and maintaining your fence. Again, according to Pickens, the wooden fencing option is a superb one when it comes down to adding value to your home, but it comes with a lot of demand for maintenance. In the case of aluminum and/or vinyl fencing options, the level of attention and upkeep is less making them a popular choice among many. Nonetheless, repairing them can prove to be quite a taxing task, more than, even, the wooden type of fencing. As a matter of fact, in most cases, people who have used vinyl/aluminum fencing have had to replace the entire fence after damage due to lack of the same exact material they initially chose.

Visit your neighborhood’s HOA

The homeowner’s association has clear guidelines in terms of the right standards of materials you are to use for your fence as well as its height. Make sure you check in with their guidelines before going ahead with your fencing project.

Find a reputable contractor

For many, fencing invites a DIY option, but given the nature of the work to be done and tools required, the best thing is to hire a professional contractor who has a reputation for quality work like Rogers Builders. Always make a point of checking the organization’s licenses and status to avoid being scammed. Additionally, be sure to follow up on the acquisition of the building permits by the respective company. A professional contractor will always offer a map or layout of your property in a bid to mark out the boundary of the property for the best fencing experience.

Rogers Builders specializes in new construction, remodeling, residential and commercial building projects, and more. We guarantee satisfaction and back our work with our years of experience in the business. We have small-town values with big-town quality. Give us a call and we’ll help you with your next project.

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Simple Building Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

Let’s face it. It’s July, and that means that summer vacation is only half over. Most parents are at their wit’s ends right now trying to come up with fun and creative way to keep their kids busy so they stop saying, “I’m bored.”

A common struggle to most parents is how they can stop their kids from being too attached to their iPods, computers or the television and engage them in more productive activities. Fortunately, you can introduce them to the art of popcicle stick art, where you create unique and amazing kids wood stick crafts. Creating wood stick crafts is incredibly fulfilling and teaches kids how to follow instructions and use their ingenuity to create something extraordinary that they can be proud of. Trust us when we say, once you get them started they will be begging you for more.

Most adults certainly know how educating, fun and useful a hobby such as crafting is, and the greatest thing is that you can use these skills for the rest of your life. Crafting might be a little dangerous for younger kids, so we suggest adult supervision and the use of safety equipment. Once safety is put first, creating your project can be a great time for everyone.

If you are looking for a way to bring your family together and learn new skills in the process, then one of the following wood stick projects for kids will be just right for you.

Popsicle Stick Animals

What you will need:
· A few clean Popsicle sticks
· Some interesting animal face stickers
· Brushes and paint

· Begin with painting the sticks in a design and color of your choice, for example, if you are making bunny, paint the Popsicle stick gray or white then allow it to dry
· Make a small bunny face on a sticker and cut it out or you can buy ready-made stickers. Also make bunny feet.
· Stick the face on the edge of the stick and the feet on the other edge
· Use a double sided tape to hang the different animals you have created on the wall of your kid’s room.

Popsicle Stick Wind Chime

These instructions create a beautiful piece of art that you can hang on the corner of the ceiling.

What you will need:
· 50 Popsicle sticks
· Sequins/ beads/glitter
· Strong glue
· Strong thread for making the wind chime
· Flat, circular piece of wood

· Draw a star shape on a piece of paper and begin to place the sticks on each edge of the star then glue the tips together at every point where the sticks meet until you have used all the sticks.
· Use the same technique to make the rest of the stars, you should make five stars.
· Now decorate the starts with the sequins, beads, glitter, or any other decorative materials you may have
· Run the thread separately through each star using varying length so that each star hangs at a different length.
· Put the thread across each hook on a circular wooden hook.
· You will also need to fix another hook at the top of the circular disc so that it can hang.
· If you want the craft to chime, attach tiny bells at the edge of each star.

Popsicle Stick Lantern

What you will need:
· Several Popsicle stick
· Wax paper
· Glue
· Felt tip pens
· Stickers for decoration

· Stick 4 Popsicle sticks together to form a square shape and make four similar squares.
· Cut the wax paper as per the size of the squares with a margin of a half inch on all sides.
· Glue the wax paper to the square frame, fold the extra edges leaving only one end on each frame and glue.
· Once you have attached the wax paper on each frame, decorate them in your preferred designs.
· You can also cut different shapes of the wax paper such as baseballs, butterflies, flowers or cars.
· Glue together the Popsicle sticks on the edges to make the base of the lantern. It should be as big as four frames.
· Now place the decorated frames on the base and glue the remaining wax paper on the edge of the base to keep the frames together.
· After finishing, place a votive candle and watch the lantern light up.

You can make lanterns of different sizes and shapes using this idea.

Popsicle Stick Letter Rack

Materials needed:
· Popsicle sticks
· Good quality glue
· Decorative ribbons

· Place the Popsicle sticks side by side with the flat sides facing down and the long edges touching each other.
· Stick the sticks together on the edges to look almost similar to a miniature fence.
· Make three similar structures with 12, 6 and 3 sticks each. Place the structure with 12 sticks down then stick the structure with 3 sticks at 90 with the long edge touching the lower edge with the curved ends.
· Stick the remaining structure such that it is parallel to the structure with 12 sticks.
· Now make two stacks with 12 Popsicles, place them on the two parallel ends of the flat surface with 12 sticks so that they act like fillers between the two parallel surfaces. This closes the sides of the rack and makes it look like a nice sturdy structure.
· Using two sticks, make an upside down V shape and glue the ends to the top of the rack.
· Now paint the letter rack with colors of your choice or even use stickers and tattoos to give it a beautiful look. Create a ribbon flower and stick it on the rack as well.

The amazing thing about these projects is that they are ideal for all generations, whether young or old, there is a project that will fit your skill level.
Rogers Builders is pleased to present these kid’s crafting ideas for your little ones. For all of your building needs, visit Rogers Builders. We have an excellent team of experts who are ready to start on your next project and guarantee quality service every time.


Special Tax Week Post: Taking the Pain Out of Tax Season By Preparing Early

With this being tax week, we decided to feature a post that would be helpful for those of you who find tax season, well, taxing. Rogers Builders understands how overwhelming life can be sometimes, especially around April 15th, so we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase a few tax preparation tips that will get you off on the right foot for the 2017 tax season.


Taking the Pain Out of Tax Season By Preparing Early

Raise your hand if you put off doing your income taxes until the last minute every single year. Yeah, we thought so. If you are one of the millions of Americans who miss the tax deadline every year, then this post is for you. Tax season doesn’t have to be the hideous chore we all make it out to be. Put these simple suggestions into action and next year’s tax season will seem like a tea party.

Make Tax Time a Family Affair

Keeping track of all of the year’s expenditures, receipts, bills, payments and such can be an overwhelming job for just one person. This would be a great opportunity to teach teens how to budget and keep track of spending while they are secretly organizing your tax information all year long for you. Shhhh we won’t tell.

Double Check Everything

We realize tax preparation is one of those things that you just want to get done and over with so you can move on with life, however, one simple math error could end up costing you in the end. Take your time and get into the habit of double checking everything. You can add up receipts as the year goes by so when you reach tax time all you have to do is input your data.

Invest in a Tax Binder

We’ve all seen those scenes in movies where people are doing their taxes and they pull out 15 shoe boxes from the closet that are teeming with random papers and receipts. Trust us when we say, you don’t want to be that guy. Invest a little cash in a nice binder. That way you can keep everything in one place and even take it with you if need be as you collect documents throughout the year.

Start Using Bookkeeping Software for Your Small Business

Keeping track of expenses and spending throughout the year is a lot easier when you use bookkeeping software like Quickbooks. Dealing with your business transactions is more accurate when you do it little by little monthly rather than trying to do it all in a rush right before taxes are due. Investing in some type of bookkeeping software is one of the best moves you can make not only for your tax preparation but for your business as well.

There’s no reason that filing your taxes needs to be a huge ordeal. If you take a little bit of time every week throughout the year to take an accounting for your finances, organize receipts, and gather documents tax season should be easy like Sunday morning.

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Shreveport Custom Built Homes: 8 Repairs To Prep Your House For Spring

Spring is a time to enjoy the beauty of nature after it’s been cold and before it gets too hot. Winter weather can have harmful effects on your house, and Spring provides a good time to do any work easily before it gets super hot. It’s like spring cleaning, but for house repairs!

Here are some tips from Rogers Builders, shreveport custom built homes construction company, to prep your house for spring.

Inspect and Repair the Roof

Check the roof carefully and patiently for missing, wrapped, or loose shingles. Make sure that these are replaced promptly. The chimney flashing and seals for the skylight should be intact. Call a professional to help fix these to prevent any leaks from the roof.

Repair gutters, making sure they are well secured on the house. If the gutters are intact, be sure to clear all debris from winter storms. Blocked and loose gutters will allow water to slip into unwanted places, even destroying the trim.

Waterproof your Basement

The roof is not the only place water can enter through. Shreveport custom built homes construction company, Rogers Builders, says that water entering through the basement can severely damage your home. If you have a basement you should make sure that your basement is kept dry by sealing any leakages with waterproofing masonry paint. Areas near the foundation should be filled and compacted with soil. Spring rains are known to cause flooding. This water can not only get into the house but also create a breeding ground for insects.

Check Your Drainage

Make sure that all drainage is working properly. Poor drainage can flood the basement. Make sure that all downspouts drain water away from the house. Clear the drainage of debris to allow water to flow freely. Check and make sure that the grading leads water away from the house.

Check Door and Window Seals

Use a screwdriver to probe the window and door exteriors for any loose caulking that may let in water. Ensure that everything is watertight and held into place.

Patch up

Cracks on the steps, driveway, or sidewalk may hold water and expand if left unpatched. Before the spring storms come, ensure that you get a professional to help you patch up and keep water out.

Cut Branches

Avoid danger and damage to your house by making sure all branches that hang near the house are cut. During a storm, branches may break and fall on the roof causing damage and injuries.

Check Leaking Pipes

Make sure that there are no leaking pipes. Winter may cause pipes to burst due to frozen water inside them. When used without being repaired, they will cause leakages that can damage your property. Check all plumbing and taps to ensure that water and waste is flowing as it should. Check the gas pipes to ensure that it is working well and without leaks. Although water freezing in pipes in Southern California is unlikely, it’s still good to routinely check them.

Air Conditioning

Roger Builders recommends that you get a technician to check and fix your air conditioning to make sure you are well ventilated when temperatures soar. It is also good to check and repair all other electrical appliances.

If you need professional help with some problems you encounter while doing your Spring prep, or if you are interested in renovating or doing construction on your house, contact Roger’s Builders today. If you are looking for the best in Shreveport custom built homes, Roger’s Builders has years of experience and wants to help you reach your goals for your house.