Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hurricane Season is Here

                                                                                                                                               The official start of Hurricane Season is June 1st, and the end is November 30th, although hurricanes and severe weather can certainly occur outside these six months.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Be prepared, and make sure your home is ready to withstand hurricane force winds and rain intrusion damage.   


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Think About a Garage Addition for Your Home

Besides protecting your second most valuable asset Рyour car- from the elements, you can eliminate the worry of constantly removing items that would attract an overnight opportunity of passing theft. Even in the best of neighborhoods, thieves can intrude and car windows are often broken to snatch electronic equipment, cell phones, attach̩ cases, or purses and packages.

Adding a garage to your home is a also a good way to make your home more livable by giving room to keep useful, bulky items accessible. Consider areas in the garage for storing sports equipment to free up inside closet space. Often these items can be hung on the garage wall.  Smaller items like balls and gloves can be stored in bins stacked together.  Also, lawn maintenance and gardening items can be stored all together and a work station set up with tools hung in sight and handy on a pegboard. 

By adding some simple racks, bikes, skateboards, and such can be kept lined up and secure along one side of the garage.

Garages also provide a good indoor, out-of-the-weather location to work on large projects and on projects that will take a while to complete and which would be in the way on the dining room table. Storage can also be set up to keep seasonal items such as Christmas decorations and free up inside closet storage space, making the main house much less cluttered.

Garages also add value to your home in giving square footage, under roof and with floor and windows, that can be seen as an easy way to add living space to a home if another room is needed. Most garages are easily converted and in general, garages are an excellent value as additions to an existing home.


Thursday, March 10, 2011


Replacing old carpet with laminate wood flooring is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to upgrade your home.  Laminate wood flooring, particularly in the living/dining area provides a highly valued contemporary remodel.  This flooring is low maintenance and durable and also adds considerable value and attraction to any possible future resell.

There is a wide range of laminate flooring available to suit every need and décor.  Laminate comes in many shades from beech and light maple to dark walnut and mahogany.  Durability is exceptional and options are many. Installing these floors now takes less time with new installation systems, and subflooring, if needed, also has improved with appropriate choices available for individual needs.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Florida Insurance Regulations

Proposed Florida law may require 4 Point Inspections to be made prior to home loans and refinancing by financial institutions.

As a homeowner, it is certainly a good idea to keep yourself aware of the condition of important components of your home, often your most expensive investment.  

Just as periodic checks and maintenance are recommended for automobiles and computer systems, they are recommended for your roof, electric, plumbing, and A/C & heat systems.

Call a Florida Certified General Contractor, such as Butler Builders Inc, to complete the inspections and follow up with a proposal for any needed repairs to bring your home up to standard for insurance purposes.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sun Damage to Florida Homes

There’s been a lot of talk recently about extreme weather causing water and wind damage to homes and the necessity of being vigilant for weaknesses in home structure that could lead to this water and wind damage.

But don’t forget about sun damage over the long haul.  Florida’s sun can dry up caulking and lead to energy loss from heating during cold weather and from air-conditioning during our long hot summers (remember them!)

Also decks, fences, and other outdoor wood need periodic waterproof painting/staining to maintain their value and integrity

So we encourage homeowners to have overall inspections to insure that they keep their homes in top shape for all of our Florida weather.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recent severe windstorms

The severe band of windstorms that crossed the state this week is a reminder of how damaging Florida’s weather can be and how quickly it can change.

Be prepared by knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your home’s construction.  Some weaknesses can be easily and fairly inexpensively remedied.  Have your home inspected by a certified builder, such as Butler Builders, who can advise you on safety improvements.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Window & Door Safety

The official Hurricane Season ended almost two months ago.  Now is a good time to have a certified contractor, such as Butler Builders, evaluate your home for Florida weather safety.

The following is Information from the State of Florida website about the value of having good safe windows and doors to minimize storm damage.

FACT: Impact-resistant glass and shutters are specifically designed to meet a combination of impact and continuous pressure from the wind. Windows are a critical barrier to protect your home from wind, wind-borne debris and water. If your windows are breached, this can exert pressure on your roof and walls, causing the collapse of the home. Much of the damage that occurred from Hurricane Andrew resulted from failure of windows and doors. These failures frequently lead to interior wall failure and sometimes roof failures. (NOAA)

FACT: The openings (doors and windows) are your homes primary defense against a storm. A garage door is the most frequent source of damage due to collapse or failure from storm surge or wind.  A reinforced garage door will prevent the largest opening in the house from being compromised during a storm. If the garage door gives in, the home is defenseless against the wind and rain of the storm. 

In addition, remodeling to update windows and doors to today’s standards can result in substantial energy efficiency, saving greatly on cooling and heating costs.