Honoring All Who Have Fought for Our Freedom

In honor of all members of the Armed Forces of the United States, Look At My Homes, Mr. B’s and its affiliate businesses will be closed on Monday, May 29th. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 30th at 8:00 am.
 
We remember and are grateful to those who have sacrificed for our freedom. Please take a few moments this weekend to reflect on those who have paid the ultimate price so that we can live in peace and prosperity. 

Four Unexpected Uses for Spray-On Bed Liner

Spray-on truck bed liners have been popular for years to protect pickup truck beds from wear and tear while improving the looks of the truck bed. But there are plenty of others uses for this versatile material, particularly if you’re looking for a product that meets a lot of durability requirements. A top quality, spray on bed liner like that offered by American Guardian Protection gives you all this:

Good looks. The black finish covers up scratches and dings and can easily be hosed clean whenever it gets dirty. It doesn’t show wear and tearing, keeping its good looks for years.

Stain coverage. So you spilled a bucket of paint or varnish in your truck bed? No problem – our spray-on bed liner will cover the entire area, making it look like it’s brand new.

Corrosion control. You’ll never have to worry about corrosion from salt or the elements when our liner covers your truck bed.

Do these advantages translate to other applications?  Absolutely! Think about the many kinds of equipment that could benefit from a waterproof coating that protects from the elements:

You can protect your boat against moisture damage or wood rot by applying American Guardian Protection’s liquid protective coating, and it will give you improved traction on deck.

Do you use an ATV with a dump bed for hauling loads where trucks can’t go? Our spray-on bed liner can protect your ATV’s dump bed just like it protects your pickup’s bed.

Horse and livestock trailers take a lot of abuse.  Acids from urine and feces can corrode metal quickly. A spray-on bed liner will protect against that kind of damage and is easily cleaned with a garden hose.

Your garage, basement or barn floor. That’s right! By applying American Guardian Protection’s spray-on protective coating, you can instantly update an old concrete floor that can be quickly hosed down. There’s no need to worry about cracking or peeling and it will resist stains, looking great for years to come.

American Guardian Protection prides itself on providing the most versatile and easy-to-apply bed liner product on the market. It’s easy to apply and you can do even a sizable job in a weekend. For more information, visit American Guardian Protection or call 800-346-1116.

 

VOTE!

Voting is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of the United States. It’s a right that very few people have in this world. At Look At My Homes, we urge you to consider all of the candidates and vote for the one who will best represent you and help you provide a safe and loving home for your family and a life that is free from oppression.

Every vote counts, every voice matters. Please take some time out of your day and VOTE so that your children will have the opportunities that you’ve had and then some. Your vote will make a difference!wavy-american-flag-1399556474e68

Ice B’Gone Magic Clears Your Driveways & Sidewalks of Dangerous Ice & Snow

When the temperatures drop and we start thinking about the holidays, most of us think about how beautiful it will be when snow falls. While trees robed in winter white are beautiful and the sparkle of icicles can be enchanting, there is a down side to Mother Nature’s artistry. Ice and snow can create a hazardous condition on your property.

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Prevent accidents by keeping your driveway and sidewalks clear of ice and snow with Ice B’Gone Magic

Don’t Let Anyone Get Hurt on Your Property This Winter

Homeowners should always be aware of the dangers of letting driveways, steps or sidewalks get covered in ice or snow. Just imagine how you’d feel if your grandmother slipped and fell on an iced-over step on Thanksgiving Day and ended up in the ER. Or what if the UPS delivery person fell because he had to navigate around snow covered sidewalks trying to deliver your latest online purchase? In either case, you’d feel terrible, but your homeowners’ insurance policy could take a hit as well.

Only your insurance agent can tell you if you’d be legally liable for injuries sustained if someone falls on your property, but if you let snow and ice build-up, you’re more likely to be at fault. And if it’s your grandmother, you’ll no doubt want to pay her medical bills regardless of the legal situation. But don’t feel badly after the fact – make sure you, your family and your guests are all protected from winter’s snow and ice by keeping your driveways, sidewalks and steps clear all season long.

Ice B’Gone Magic Makes Keeping Sidewalks Clear Easy

Keeping your property clear of ice and snow can be time-consuming and some of the traditional products used to keep surfaces clear can be difficult to use or dangerous to animals and children. Rock salt, the most popular granular ice melt, can cause skin irritation and even chemical burns. At Look At My Homes, we use Ice B’Gone Magic to keep the driveways, sidewalks and stairs clear of snow and ice. It’s safe for people and pets and does a better job than rock salt. What’s so special about Ice B’Gone Magic?

What’s So Special About Ice B’Gone Magic?

Ice B’Gone Magic begins as regular rock salt, but it becomes something much more when treated with Ice B’Gone Magic liquid, which transforms the traditional product into one that works better, lasts longer and costs less to use. Ice B’Gone Magic is also less corrosive than traditional rock salt, so it’s safe concrete and brick surfaces and is even safer for the environment!

Bag photoAdvantages of Ice B’Gone Magic Granular Formula:

  • Less corrosive than rock salt
  • Safe for people and pets
  • Works better and lasts longer, so you’ll use less of the product
  • No need to put down sand on driveways to improve traction
  • Works to temperatures as low as -35˚F
  • No residue left behind after ice and snow melts away
  • Ice B’Gone Magic won’t cause rust or damage doors, carpets or flooring
  • It’s safer to handle and won’t cause burning or irritation to the skin

Fortunately, it’s easy to get Ice B’Gone Magic for personal or business use in and around the Ellwood City, PA area. Just call Mr. B’s Lawn Care at 724-752-5551 or email admin@amguard.us to place your order. At just $15 plus tax for a 50-pound bag, you’ll be able to afford to keep your sidewalks and driveways clear and safe all season long!

 

Seven Spring Chores for Homeowners

There are a multitude of weekly and monthly chores for homeowners to worry about, but there are also seasonal chores. These are jobs that don’t have to be done more than once or twice a year, but because they aren’t done as frequently, they take on more importance. Skipping or missing them just once can lead to expensive or time consuming repairs farther down the road. Now that Spring is here in the Ellwood City, PA area, you should try to mark off all or most of this list in April

1. Check & Repair Your Gutters

 

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Wear gloves when cleaning your gutters to prevent cuts and abrasions from sharp twigs or other debris.

 

Water damage is one of the most expensive problems you can deal with as a homeowner, so be sure your gutters are free of any debris before those “April showers” set in. Use a garden hose to flush water down through  your gutters to make sure they are flowing freely. If they aren’t, take the time to carefully clear out the leaves and other debris. Also test them to make sure they are securely fastened and don’t have any unexpected holes in them. Finally, make sure that the downspouts are pushing any water away from your foundation and adjust them as necessary.

If you have some extra cash to invest in your gutters, it might be time to have gutter guards installed. These are mesh or vented metal covers that go over your gutters so that rain can get through but dirt and debris can’t. They can prolong the life of your gutters and can mean fewer trips up a ladder to clean them out.

2.  Check & Clean Your Roof

You’ve probably seen houses in your neighborhood that seem to have long, dark streaks on the roof. These streaks aren’t actually dirt. They are a type of algae that develops on some shingles because they feed off of the limestone in the shingles. Your best bet for this it to hire a professional for safety reasons. If you try to clean your roofing yourself, be sure to have a partner to hold and steady your ladder. Replace any loose or curled shingles as well to prevent water seeping in under them and causing more problems.

3.  Walk Around Your Home’s Exterior to Check Wiring

There are several things you need to do on the outside of your home before warmer weather hits. First, check all outside wiring (such as telephone, Internet, cable…) to make sure they are properly grounded. Check for signs that they have been chewed on or destroyed by animals who may have been gnawing on them. If they are damaged, have a professional come out and fix them.

4.  Service the Air Conditioning System

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Make sure plants are trimmed away from the air conditioning unit to prevent overheating and potential damage.

 

This is also the time to check your air conditioning unit. Make sure that you trim back any shrubs or other plantings that could interfere with the performance of your AC unit. Install new filters and replace them monthly as long as you’ll be using it. You’ll also need to clean the coils and condenser unit so that the air conditioning runs smoothly and doesn’t get overheated. Changing the filter in your air conditioner monthly is also a good idea if you use it most days during hot weather.

5.  Get A Jump On Your Lawn

Even if you haven’t mowed your lawn yet, you do need to start caring for it by mid-April. A pre-emergent weed control application and some fertilizer designed for this climate and type of soil is essential. This will kill off the weeds and encourage new grass growth so that by the time summer is here, your lawn will be a thing of beauty. If you aren’t sure what applications you’ll need, call PennTurf at 724-758-3647 to get a quote from professionals who have been doing this kind of work for years. They can suggest the right blend of ingredients for optimal lawn performance.

6.  Check Your Appliances

When you’re doing the spring cleaning, check all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors in the house to make sure they are still working properly and that no repairs are needed. It’s a good idea to change the batteries, even if they are functioning right now. It’s easy to forget when you last put new batteries in them, so changing them every April is a good way to make sure they will work when they have to. And be sure to replace all the batteries, not just one or two that you think might be bad. Mixing old and new batteries in the same appliance can shorten their life.

Also check your kitchen appliances such as the oven and refrigerator. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum or dust off the coils. Dusty, dirty coils will make the fridge work harder to maintain the cold temperatures, costing you money and shortening the life of the appliance. Vacuum beneath all of your appliances and make sure you check the clothes dryer hose to see that it isn’t clogged with lint.

7.  Clean & Seal Your Deck

Wood decks take a beating in the winter, particularly in colder climates where there is a lot of snow and ice that melt, refreeze and thaw. Do an inspection to see whether any nails or screws need to be tightened or replace, then brush loose dirt off. Renting a power washer is the best way to get a grimy deck really clean. After it has dried completely, either paint or stain it, then wait a few days for it to completely cure. After that, apply an all-weather sealant to prevent peeling, cracking or warping of the boards.

Now get a cold drink, kick back in a lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful weather!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tranforming Your Lawn with PennTurf

garden3PennTurf is western Pennsylvania’s premier lawn treatment program. In this area of the country, it can be difficult to maintain a lush, green lawn. While you can try to fertilize it and apply weed control yourself, these are tedious chores and if you use the wrong products, you could do more harm than good. That’s why it’s so important to use a professional lawn care service to properly treat  your lawn, including using scientifically developed weed control that focuses on killing the specific types of weeds and undesirable plants known to thrive in this area. The right blend and balance of fertilizer for your specific type of grass is also needed to encourage strong growth and a deep root system so that your lawn will thrive from spring through fall.

PennTurf (www.pennturf.com) provides everything you need in four easy applications beginning in April and running through September or October. PennTurf also offers additional services such as de-thatching, aeration and grub control. They offer a variety of service plans to suit every need, lawn size and budget. To learn more about the various services offered, visit the PennTurf Services page.

If you would like a PennTurf professional to take a look at your lawn and give you an estimate, call 724-758-3647 to schedule a time for a consultation. PennTurf will begin Early Spring applications next week, so call today!