Sealing out Stink Bugs -- Lancaster, PA

Sealing out Stink Bugs -- Lancaster Pa

Stink bugs are horrible!! They are pesky and make a home feel dirty. After you have had your home treated for Stink Bugs by a good pest control company like Dominion Pest Control, it is time to start sealing the cracks.

Contact Brookline Builders to search out and seal those cracks. The stink bug entry points can be around windows and doors or around utility holes, such as those for oil fill pipes, gas and water spigots. If you have loose trim or even small holes in your roof ridge vent, these stinky pests will come in to keep warm. Keep the stink bugs out. Contact Brookline Builders for all your home remodeling needs, including sealing out stink bugs in Lancaster Pa.

Jonathan Owens owner of Brookline Builders Inc in Lancaster County Pa, is a Lancaster County native, started Brookline Builders 21 years ago. Although Brookline Builders will complete all your residential and commercial construction needs in Lancaster as well as surrounding counties, Jonathan personally enjoys the challenge of building small homes and historic restoration.

Imitation Cedar Shakes -- Lancaster, PA

Imitation Cedar Shakes -- Lancaster, PA

For complete installation of imitation cedar shakes, contact Brookline Builders. Although real cedar shakes are beautiful, they don't last as long as imitation cedar.

Imitation cedar shakes are made out of a composite material and offered by several companies, DaVinci, and Tamko's Lamarite Shake, Enviroshake and Carlisle.

Imitation cedar shakes can be installed in a random pattern or in traditional styles.

Contact Brookline Builders for all your composite or imitation cedar shake installation needs.

Storm Damage Repairs -- Brookline Builders

Storm Damage Repairs -- Brookline Builders

Brookline Builders will work with you to repair all of your storm damage. If your roof has been blown off or damaged by a hail storm, contact Brookline Builders for temporary repairs as well as a quote for replacement.

When lightning strikes your home or an adjacent tree, the damage can be catastrophic. Brookline Builders will provide temporary repairs along with a complete plan of action for the process of repairs.

When a tree has fallen on your home or business, great care must be taken not only by the tree removal company as they remove the tree, but also by a highly qualified contractor on standby in case of hidden damage.

Contact Brookline Builders for all your storm damage repairs.

Termite Repairs -- Wall Studs

Termite Repairs -- Wall Studs

Hidden Damage to structural wall studs is a critical issue that must be dealt with as quickly as possible. If the saying "out of sight, out of mind" is your approach with hidden termite stud damage, just wait until we get high winds or a heavy snow. Wall studs are meant to give your house a skeleton; when the skeleton is compromised, collapse could occur with little or no warning.

In order to evaluate the extent of termite damage to the wall stud, the first action is to cut open the interior wall plaster or drywall in the area of suspected damage. Once an area is removed, you will see the extent of the damage and will be able to fully evaluate what repairs are needed.

If it is just the bottom few inches that have been eaten away by the termites, simply adding a 'sister' stud next to the other may be sufficient. The new stud needs to have at least 24" of good, original, solid stud to fasten to. Fasten the 'sister' stud using an appropriate glue and nailing schedule.

If the damaged stud must be replaced and there are mechanicals such as electrical wiring or plumbing that are running through them, Brookline Builders suggests that you call the appropriate trades to temporarily remove these obstructions.

Once the mechanicals have been removed, replacing the stud may require temporary support members in various locations, This depends on where the damage is. If the termite-damaged wall stud is on a gable end wall and there are no bearing joists, usually not a lot of temporary support is needed before removing the termite-damaged studs. If the area of termite repairs is a roof or floor joist bearing wall, supports will most certainly be needed.

Don't forget to obtain a building permit and consult a structural engineer for all termite damage repairs to wall studs.

Selling My Home in Lancaster, PA

Selling My Home in Lancaster, PA

These days it is a bit harder to sell my home in Lancaster, PA, for top dollar compared to just a year or so ago.

Jonathan Owens, owner of Brookline Builders, suggests hiring a team for the sale of your home. he does not suggest the typical realtor team, but rather a team comsisting of a realtor, a pest control company and a builder.

First, you need a good realtor like Alex Reedy to give you a market analysis, and Alex is one of the best in Lancaster, Pa.

Next, you need to contact Dominion Pest Control to rid your home of such things as spiders and stink bugs; this will help your home show much better, after all who wants to buy a home that is full of stink bugs and spiders? Dominion Pest control will also do a termite inspection so you can offer your home free of all pests, and potential buyers will know you are not trying to hide anything.

Finally, if you have a good idea of what your home's value and no longer have bugs, contact Brookline Builders Inc to fix up all those little things that you have never gotten around to. Brookline will offer a second set of eyes to evaluate things that potential buyers will be looking at, and that may help your home sell more quickly.

Selling My Home in Lancaster, PA, has never been easier than with Alex Reedy, Dominion Pest Control, and Brookline Builders.

Structural Floor Repairs -- Brookline Builders, Lancaster, PA

Structural Floor Repairs -- Brookline Builders, Lancaster, PA

Structural repairs of any type can strike fear into the heart of even the most careful of homeowners. Needed structural floor repairs can be terrifying because ofthe risk of falling through the floor simply by walking on your own floor. Often it is the terrible termite that has silently eaten away, making a meal of the structure of your home.

How can I complete that floor repair without ruining the finished flooring? Depending on the situation, structural repairs can be completed without ruining the finished flooring. With any luck, you will have complete access to the underside of your floor, that is hopefully if there isn't finished drywall hiding the damage.

If you carefully support the flooring and other structural members around the area to be repaired, the offending member can be removed including any the damaged subfloor. Set your saw blade to just the right height and cut out the damaged subfloor.

To reinstall new sub-flooring, cut a new piece of just the right size, and then apply construction adhesive to the top side. Install either 'sister' joists or sleepers on the joints using both more construction adhesive and screws. Install the new floor joist using the appropriate hangers and fasteners as per the engineered plans.

If you had to remove any plumbing or electrical components, be certain to use a qualified builder to rework any of these systems, or you may run the risk of even greater damage in the future such as plumbing leaks or electrical fires.

If you are in need of structural repairs, contact Brookline Builders, and we will assist you in obtaining engineered plans, permits, and complete repair and construction services.

Termite Damage Control -- Lancaster Pa

Termite Damage Control -- Brookline Builders

If termites have eaten the floor out from under you it is time you get those horrible bugs under control. There is no reason to repair the damage done by termites until the termites have been under control for a few weeks. If you make repairs to the damaged areas that termites have destroyed and the termites are still active, they will eat up the new wood and within no time flat and the repairs will be dust.

Contact Dominion Pest Control of Lancaster Pa to terminate termites before the termites terminate your home. Only after the termites are gone should you think about the damage repairs and contact Brookline Builders for a complete evaluation and cost estimate for the repairs.

Brookline Builders has been a Lancaster Pa contractor since 1990. We specialize in all types of structural repairs included termite damage control in Lancaster and surrounding areas. Whether it is just a door or window jamb that has been eaten by termites or an entire floor structure, Brookline Builders will evaluate, obtain plans, obtain building permits and complete the entire repair.

Save Thousands of Dollars on your Next New Home in Lancaster, PA

Save Tens of Thousands of Dollars on your Next New Home in Lancaster, PA

Of course if your next new home costs less than a thousand dollars this will not apply to you!

If you are planning to build a new home, Brookline Builders suggests that you take a second look at why you are planning to build a new home. The answers to some soul-searching questions may make you think twice about what you are planning to build and you could save tons of money!

Here are a few important things to ponder:

  • Do you want a new home to escape problems you have in your present home. A new home is only new for a very brief period of time. This is the time of the final walk through with the builder right before settlement. As soon as you start the moving process, your house is not new and will require maintenance to keep it from falling into disrepair. If your present house is in disrepair, it may not be long until your new house will be in the same predicament. Why not stay where you are and repair?
  • Do you want a new home because your present home isn't big enough? If the family has grown in size, and now you are faced with the fact that you need more bedrooms, play areas, storage areas, den areas, workout areas, and entertainment areas, stop and consider that families who are relationally close like to spend time together and don't need a lot of room. They are always communicating and playing games together. If you have a family that enjoys spending time together, all those extra rooms will go to waste. Why not spend time improving family communications and save lots of money by not escaping to private spaces. When arguing, stay and work it out; it could save lots of money.
  • Do you want a new home to impress your friends? True friends are happy in a tent eating peanut butter fold-overs. If a big house is needed to get more friends, these friends could cost you o furtune over the next thirty years. Ask yourself, "Is it worth the mortgage payment, insurance payment, maintenance costs, property taxes and decorating costs just to impress your friends?" The best friends you will ever have are the ones that visit you in the hospital, not the ones who will only visit you in your big home.
  • Do you want a new home to make your energy bill a bit lower? Staying in an existing home and remodeling to meet green energy standards will always make less of an impact on our environment than building a new home. There is a huge amount of unsustainable energy that goes into a new home, including things such as all the fuel needed just to dig the foundation! If you stay where you are, add a second floor, insulate, upgrade windows with storm windows, upgrade to energy star appliances, have an energy audit completed, and insulate again, you will save money and the environment. These items are huge long-term money savers.
Brookline Builders suggests that you stay where you are, upgrade, remodel, or build upward, so you will save tens of thousands of dollars. Oh yes, don't forget to simply turn off the lights!

Historic Homes for Sale in Lancaster, PA

Historic Homes for Sale -- Lancaster, PA

There are many historic homes for sale in Lancaster, PA! You can take your choice from many homes within a wide array of conditions.

If you desire to buy any of the historic homes for sale in Lancaster, PA, and find that the one you want is in need of repair, contact Brookline Builders.

We are full service historic home specialists. We offer everything from full design to completion services for entire restorations or sympathetic additions. There are so many historic homes for sale in Lancaster, PA. When you find the one you want and are ready to restore it to its former beauty, we can help. Brookline Builders also offers an interactive website with a complete scheduling tool. It is designed to communicate with our customers througout the complete construction schedule.

Brookline Builders since 1990: Build Green, Build Small, or Restore the Existing!

Jonathan Owens, owner of Brookline Builders Inc in Lancaster County, PA, is a Lancaster County native. He founded Brookline Builders 21 years ago. Although Brookline Builders will complete all your residential and commercial construction needs in Lancaster as well as surrounding counties, Jonathan personally enjoys the challenge of building small homes and restoring historic homes.

Historic Porch and Balcony Railings -- Lancaster Pa

Historic Porch and Balcony Railings -- Lancaster Pa

Old historic railings in Lancaster are a very important aspect of your home. There are almost as many different types heights and styles as there are of homes.

The old porch railings were usually built out of old growth fir. This old growth wood has tighter growth rings therefore will last much longer in the demanding environment on the edge of porches, such where railings are located.

Although many of these old growth historic porch and balcony railings are still in use today, many are failing due to poor maintenance. If these old railings are maintained properly they will last a life time, but once the paint starts peeling and they are not quickly repainted, old railings won't last more than a few years.

For the replacement of your historic porch and balcony railings in Lancaster Pa, Brookline Builders suggests the use of Spanish Cedar or Mahogany for the top and bottom rails and Sassafras for the balusters. Spanish Cedar and Mahogany are both wood types from Central America with higher density and natural oils than the new growth wood of North America. Sassafras tends to last longer as a baluster than any new growth fir and it is very workable on a lathe.

Contact Brookline Builders to repair or replace in like kind, all of your historic porch and balcony railings. Serving Lancaster, York, Reading, and Chester County.

Jonathan Owens owner of Brookline Builders Inc in Lancaster County Pa, is a Lancaster County native, started Brookline Builders 21 years ago. Although Brookline Builders will complete all your residential and commercial construction needs in Lancaster as well as surrounding counties, Jonathan personally enjoys the challenge of building small homes and historic restoration.

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