As summer days shorten and the daylight disappears earlier, you will need to rely on backyard lighting to enjoy your outdoor living area on fall and winter evenings. Upgrading the lighting outside your home is the perfect way to expand your space without having to spend thousands of dollars on home renovations. With carefully placed outdoor lights, you can enjoy the ambiance of your yard well into the evening.
Single garden lights are good for illuminating pathways, but when you are entertaining, you need more light in the backyard. This is where adding overhead lighting will provide the most benefit. If you want to mount a light fixture on a tree, use a strap-mounted system rather than nailing the light directly on the tree. With this option, a strap is wrapped around the tree to hold the light fixture in place. The strap can be adjusted as the tree grows, helping to prevent damage to the light fixture and the tree.
If you would like to highlight a single item in your backyard, such as a pergola, fountain or shed, consider using multiple landscape lighting fixtures with lower-intensity bulbs placed at various angles and distances. Avoid using a single bright spotlight on the object because this will create harsh shadows.
Outdoor LED lighting is the preferred option among lighting designers and homeowners because the bulbs last so much longer and they produce a brighter light for better illumination. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50 000 hours, which means when used 12 hours per night, LED bulbs will last about 11 years! In addition, LEDs are made of durable materials instead of glass like traditional outdoor bulbs, so they can better handle harsh weather conditions.
Sheds can serve as an interesting focal point in a backyard when enhanced by lighting. Hanging lights around and in a backyard shed can contribute to a cozy ambiance. By adding lighting to a shed entry or the shed interior, you also enjoy the added benefit of being able to use your shed during the nighttime hours. Lighting also enhances home security since poorly-lit sheds are more susceptible to burglary.
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January and February typically usher in the season's coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it's often the freeze/thaw cycle--cold days followed by quick warm-ups--that can cause significant damage to a home's siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?Continue Reading
With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let's explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.
With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.
It's a new year-and perhaps also time for new siding! The start of a new year always brings resolutions and goals, and when it comes to your home it's the perfect time for an exterior refresh. Whether your current exterior material is worn or you're just looking to try new siding trends, updating your siding can transform your home with a longer-lasting, premium aesthetic.