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CBI Little Rock: Protecting Your Plants

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

Protecting your plants this winter is essential if you want them to last for their next bloom in the spring. Fall is the perfect time to get out in your garden and start securing your most sensitive plants. Unprotected plants can get frozen roots, foliar damage, and could possibly even die. Check out this article and the video below to find out what tip will be your best friend in saving your plants this fall.

MULCH

Mulching for the upcoming winter in Fall can have its positives and negatives.  It’s super convenient to get your mulching out the way instead of waiting until the next spring. It’s also a great way to control your weeds. Even though weeds aren’t as prevalent in the Fall, the ones that do sprout can be thwarted. It’s also a great way to prevent plant-lifting from soil freezing once those winter temperatures hit. On the flip side, mulching in Fall can cause your mulch to color fade, then come spring it’ll be a dull grayish tone. Even worse, mulching in the Fall, before a hard freeze, can encourage root-rotting and delay plant dormancy. BUT, All in all if you keep an eye on your plants you should be in good shape. Our tip: MULCH, MULCH, MULCH.

 

TYPES OF MULCH

There are two basic types of mulches; organic mulch and inorganic mulch. Organic mulch is mulch made from natural and plant byproducts.  If you put any of these into your soil they can improve fertility, aeration, structure, and drainage as they decompose. Because they do decompose so quickly they must be replenished on a regular basis. These mulches are preferred by professionals because they bring so many benefits to the soil.

Organic Mulch

  • Wood chips/Bark – This mulch is a byproduct of the lumber and paper industries. The wood chippings are aged and dried, sometimes the chips are dyed red or black.  Shredded hardwood creates a natural look and can last from one to three years.
  • Straw – This organic mulch is a favorite among vegetable gardeners. When you purchase, make sure you ask for the weed-free straw.  Straw is the stalk of grain plants and is not supposed to contain viable seeds but sometimes it does. You don’t want to accidentally add weeds to your garden!
  • Grass clippings– Grass decomposes quickly and makes a perfect top layer of mulch for your vegetable garden or your shrubs. It’s a gardening best practice to mulch grass as you mow!

Inorganic Mulch

  • Weed Fabric – This inorganic mulch is often used under other types of mulch and is ideal for situations where you want long-term coverage for years. You must make sure you stay on top of weeds when you use this type of mulch. If you allow them to grow they will take root in the fabric which will turn into a weed nightmare!
  • Lava Rock – This is a lighter weight traditional stone which can add a spot of color to your bed. This rock lasts forever so you’ll get your money’s worth! Note: this type of mulch is very difficult to remove so make sure you plan to keep it before you install.
  • Pea gravel – This mulch is a stone that has a nice smooth surface. It comes in a range of natural colors and looks great around trees, containers, and garden beds. The plus side of inorganic mulch is that it doesn’t decompose which makes it ideal for landscaping.

Between this article and the awesome video at the top, you should have your garden good and ready for the Fall and upcoming winter season! Protecting your plants is essential for continuing to enjoy your beautiful shrubs, flowers, and even vegetables.

Community Builders of Little Rock: Update your home

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

Community Builders of Little Rock Home Makeover Sweepstakes is in full swing! It’s your Final Chance to enter to win a chance at upgrading your home!  If you’ve been wanting to do away with that old rusty tub now is your chance! Been thinking about cutting your energy bill by installing new windows? Enter to win!

The contest ends September 23, 2018, and the random drawing will be conducted on or before September 30, 2018.

One Grand Prize winner will receive $25,000 in Community Builders, Inc. home improvement products. That means you have the chance to turn your house into your dream home!

One second prize winner will receive $5,000.

And one third prize winner will receive $2,500!

How exciting! It’s not every day you get the chance to WIN a home makeover! This is a big opportunity to bring the inside, or outside of your home up to WOW standards! Enter to win today at cbilittlerock.com.

Check out winners from last year!

First Prize Home Makeover Winner Donna Brown from Collinsville, OK

Second Prize Winners Mary and Ray Kliest from Stillwell, OK

Third Prize Winner Reba Nation from Sapulpa, OK

Community Builders Little Rock: Add Re-sell Value to Your Home with A Bath Makeover

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

Potential home buyers, whether a family or individual, are very interested in how many bathrooms a potential home might have AND in what condition they are in.  Remodeling your bathroom can be one of the most expensive home improvement projects you will ever make. Now that doesn’t sound very promising, but because bathrooms are so important to potential homebuyers some sellers can see over a 100 percent return on investment. That me­­­ans one of the first places you should update is your bathroom. The question is…. what upgrades can give you the most bang for your buck!

 

BATHROOM MUST HAVES

It’s very tempting to splurge on fancy tile and bathroom amenities that are more for flair than function. It’s very important to realize that if you have intentions of selling your house, you should not remodel your bathroom based on what YOU like. Keep things universally likable and use materials that are low maintenance such as:

Bigger Tiles: Bigger tiles mean less grout, and fewer places for things such as mold, mildew, and grime to build up in. The less grout you have, the easier it will be to keep the bathroom clean.  Families and individuals will love knowing that it won’t take ALL day cleaning and maintaining their new bathroom. Tile is very easy to clean so the more space it takes up the better. Bigger tile also is more modern and tends to be more attractive than smaller tile these days.

Tile Types: Tile comes in different materials such as vinyl, ceramic, and stone to name a few.  Vinyl tiling is the most common type of tile used in bathrooms.   It is inexpensive and easy to install. It’s lower cost than ceramic tiles but not as attractive. Ceramic tile is relatively inexpensive and doesn’t absorb water. It’s also very durable and comes in a huge variety of colors and designs. This makes it a go-to for a lot of remodelers. Stone tiles such as marble, granite, and limestone are becoming more popular but are more expensive and require more maintenance. They give off a very high-class sophisticated look and can make any bathroom feel like a million bucks! Just always keep in mind to choose a tile that would appeal to the masses and not just your own sense of taste.

Durable Fixtures:  When remodeling consider that the next owners of the home might have children. So fancy faucets aren’t a necessity nor is it a need if they are hard to turn on for children.  Find something that is durable, easy to maintain, and simple to turn off and on.

Tub-shower combo: If your home’s main bathroom is a place that EVERYONE will use. Consider a tub-shower combo.  The tub will be great for small children to get clean and have a little fun, while the shower is perfect for teens and adults. The fact that you can have both of these things in the same space at the same time is simply amazing! And will benefit you in the long run in terms of resell value for your home.

Toilet Types: No one ever really thinks about the different types of toilets, but a great toilet can be a great investment. Growing in popularity is the dual-flush toilet. It uses a combination of a gravity-feed toilet (most common toilet, uses gravity to flush down waste) and a pressure-assisted toilet (pressurized air helps flush waste down, more efficient). These toilets help conserve water by using the gravity feed method for flushing liquid waste (half flush) and pressure-assisted method for eliminating solid waste (full flush). It’s quickly gaining in popularity and is estimating to soon surpass gravity-feed and pressure assisted toilets.

Toilet Styles: There are 3 major toilet styles to choose from. One-piece toilet, two-piece toilet, and wall-hanging toilets. The one-piece toilet design is one solid piece, usually ceramic, that is easier to install and clean. There aren’t a million nooks in crannies for things to hide in. The two-piece toilet is the most popular toilet style. Although it’s a little harder to clean than the one-piece design, it’s usually more efficient. The Wall-hanging toilet isn’t as popular but is ideal for small spaces. It can save up to a foot of space because its tank is hidden behind the wall it is mounted too. It’s also easy to clean around because it’s mounted.

Sink Styles: There are several different types of sink styles but the most common are top-mount, or drop-in, sinks; Undermount sinks, pedestal sinks, and an all-in-one sink and countertop. The all-in-one sink and countertop combo are what’s commonly purchased from your local home improvement store. These sinks are easy to clean and come in many sizes. Its main flaw is that it will leave you with little countertop space. Pedestal sinks are just how they sound, the sink bowl sits atop a pedestal. These sinks are great if your pipes go through the floor and can’t be changed, not so great if you expected counter space. Undermount sinks give a seamless look because the actual sink is mounted under the countertop. Spills can be wiped into the sink without any obstruction. These sinks tend to cost more, as well as the countertop space around it. You don’t have the option to go cheap with a laminate countertop because they don’t hold moisture well. Top-Mount sinks are the most common of all sinks. This sink is great for almost any countertop material, including wood and laminate. They have a rim that sits on top of the counter and most of the sink is under the counter-top.

All in all, a bathroom remodel is nothing to take lightly. On the cheap side, a complete bathroom renovation can cost about $4,000. On the high end, around $14,000. Again, those numbers might be shocking, but a bathroom remodel gives an insane amount of return on investment.

If you’re thinking about selling your home and want added value, or even if you don’t want to sell and just want an upgraded look Community Builders of Little Rock is here to help. In fact, going on right now is your chance to win up to $25,000 in Community Builder Home Make Over products during our Community Builders, Inc Home Makeover Sweepstakes. Enter today at http://cbilittlerock.com.

CBI Little Rock: Don’t Let Your Money Run Down the Drain

Posted on: July 20th, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

CBI Little Rock: Don’t Let Your Money Run Down the Drain

Earth’s surface is 71% water and only 2.5% of that water is fresh. Unfortunately, only 1% of fresh water is accessible, and the remaining water is frozen in icecaps and glaciers! So, scientists really mean it when they say, “Hey world! Let’s conserve water!” You can do your part to conserve and keep the world green by taking the right steps to save water in your home. Even if you’re not a big nature freak, we all enjoy money, and right now you’re letting your money run down the drain! You can take baby steps in water conversation that lead up to bigger projects! Those steps can make a huge impact on your pocketbook, and the world!

Baby Steps to Save Money

• Plug the tub before you run your water

• Wash your pets outside in a place where the yard needs watering

• Check to see if your toilet has leaks.

• Drop tissue in the trash and skip flushing

• Check faucets and showerheads for leaks

• While your water is heating up, collect the running water to use to water plants

• Teach children to turn faucets very tight after every use

• Wait till your washer and dishwasher are full before you run them

• Defrost Food in the fridge instead of using running water

• Check outdoor faucets for leaks

• Don’t let the water run when your washing dishes by hand.

These steps are just the tip of the iceberg in adjustments you can make in your daily life to start down the path of being water savvy. Not only will you save water, you’ll save money. Want to make an even bigger change?

Turn It Off

In the modern world, showering every day is typical and expected.  American’s average 8 minutes per shower which uses about 17 gallons of water. Let’s think about all the things you do when you shower. You lather up your body, wash your hair, and even shave among other things. When you do those things, take shaving for example, how much time is spent under the water? None! You shave, then rinse. So, a great money saving tip would be just to TURN IT OFF.

Turn the water off when you do things that don’t require the use of water until you’re done. This goes for the sink as well. Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth or lathering your hands. It may seem like you’re only saving minutes of running water, but those minutes add up to gallons, and those gallons are dollars added to your water bill!

 

• Turning off the water when brushing your teeth saves 200 gallons of water a month.

• Save 6 gallons of water per day when you turn off the sink to scrub your hands.

• Handwashing dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water per wash, whereas an energy efficient dishwasher can use as little as 4 gallons.

• Watering your yard uses about 50 gallons of water a day!

• A leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons of water a day…. find the problem, and turn it off!

 

Upgrade Your Shower

Another great way to conserve water while helping your pocketbook is to invest in a new shower or bath. Some might ask, “How is that saving money? You’re spending money on a new shower!”  Let’s just say it’s the type of investment that pays for itself repeatedly.

Don’t just piece together energy upgrades with your old outdated tub. Give your bathroom a facelift! A new tub with a new energy saving shower head could be the perfect water saving technique that you need. You’ll feel better in a new tub, and Mother Earth will thank you for being kind to her water reserves.

You can save water AND money by giving your bathroom a facelift by Community Builders.  We have a variety of colors, and styles to choose from, as well as bath fixtures. We even carry handicap accessible options to meet every need.  Our products are also naturally resistant to mold and mildew which is even better for the environment! You won’t have to use harsh chemicals that go down the drain to clean your shower! Plus, our products are made from very durable material that won’t chip, crack, or peel!

Need help being water efficient while keeping your bathroom attractive? Contact Community Builders of Little Rock today at 501-683-8777! We’re gonna save you a lot of money!

 

3 Reasons We Love USA Made Products

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

No matter what summer home improvement project you are considering, the first step is to choose an experienced and high quality home improvement company. Here at CBI Little Rock, we are that company. We have 30+ years of experience providing the highest quality home improvement solutions to homeowners throughout the Little Rock Metro. No matter what product or project you are considering, we are extremely proud to only put our name on the very best of the best. The bottom line is that our products are the highest quality in the industry and are all made in the U.S.A.

Our product line is vast and includes energy efficient replacement windows, Green Energy Barrier insulation, insulated 26 Gauge composite steel metal roofing, Gutter Pro gutter systems, Cedar Ridge composite vinyl siding. We also specialize in Bathroom remodeling, handicap accessible bathrooms, sun-rooms and pergolas. Every single one of our products is of the highest quality you will find and they are all 100% made in the U.S.A. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have our name on them. It’s as simple as that!

At CBI Little Rock, it’s important that all of our products are made in the U.S.A. This is important to us as a company because we want to keep jobs where they belong, here in America. Choosing to carry only U.S.A. made products creates job opportunities in America and keeps our workforce out of the unemployment line. When you support U.S.A. Made products, you are creating better labor standards in America and promoting American independence. It’s a win-win situation because supporting American made products improves our economy.

If you want a company that only carries the highest quality made in the U.S.A. products and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, look no further than CBI Little Rock!

Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

If you’re in the market for high-quality vinyl siding, it’s important you choose an experienced and respected siding company. Community Builders is that company! With over 30 years’ experience here in Little Rock, we’re proud to offer the highly acclaimed, Cedar Ridge composite vinyl siding, the very best of the best! It provides a tough, seamless exterior with foam-backed panels that absorb the impact of the elements, and block outside noise. Cedar Ridge composite vinyl siding is the only Energy Star rated vinyl siding available in the US with an R-value of 4.5. So, give your home an energy upgrade, and your wallet a break from those summer cooling bills! Cedar Ridge composite vinyl siding will keep your home cooler more comfortable this summer!

Cedar Ridge Vinyl Siding Benefits Include:

*Hand-milled cedar grain appearance

*Comfortable all year & reduces energy bills

*Highly resistant to impact

*Wind resistant up to 160 mph

*Provides instant curb appeal and a polished look

*Reduce outside noise by up to 45%

*Never needs painting or scraping

*Available in 23 colors

*Transferable lifetime warranty

With Community Builders of Little Rock and our high quality Cedar Ridge composite vinyl siding, we believe in our product and know it is the best in the industry, which is why we proudly offer a transferable lifetime warranty. Our siding installers are expertly trained to provide you house with an airtight seal, with no gaps or leaks. You will absolutely love the cedar grain appearance of your new siding and all the comfort and compliments it brings you. For the very best Cedar Ridge composite vinyl siding, look no further than Community Builders Little Rock.

Why You Need Energy Efficient Window

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

When trying to decide whether or not you should invest in energy efficient windows, you should first ask yourself a few important questions. First and foremost, are your energy bills extremely high? Next, is your home hot in the middle of the summer and cold and drafty in the winter? When the weather starts getting humid do your old winters fog up? And finally are your windows old, out of style and just plain old unattractive? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, investing in new, energy efficient windows would be a very smart use of your money. Not only will your home be comfortable all year long, you will love your lower energy bills and the look of your gorgeous new windows.

Here at Community Builders of Little Rock we are extremely proud to carry the highly acclaimed EnviroView windows. Our windows are extremely energy efficient and contain a low-E coating and airtight installation. This guarantees an airtight fit with absolutely no gaps and leaks. Our windows will keep your air conditioned air in place in the hot summer and your heated air inside in the cold, winter months. Our energy efficient windows also block out harmful UV rays.

Our selection of high quality, energy efficient windows is large and includes our popular and versatile Double Hung windows. We also carry Bay, Bow, Picture, Casement, Garden, etc. Our EnviroView windows are also available in a large selection of designer colors to match any style. We even offer a selection of beautiful woodgrains to coordinate with your home. Our windows are also incredibly durable and made to stand up to any and all weather conditions. They will never rot, peel or fade. When the time is right to invest in new, top of the line replacement windows, we hope you choose a trusted and respected company, like us here at Community Builders Little Rock.

Why a Sunroom/ Pergola Makes a Great Addition to any Home

Posted on: March 21st, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

Are you looking to add some valuable square footage to your home without breaking the bank? Sunrooms/Pergolas are great way to do this. Here at CBI Little Rock, we make the entire process simple and worry-free. The most you will ever have to do is pick up the phone. The first question most of our customers have is, what exactly a Pergola is. This is a great question. Basically, a Pergola is an outdoor space/room with cross rafters and no walls. It provides a light and airy oasis for you and your family to relax in. You can sip coffee, serve dinner, create a game room, or just relax and admire the great outdoors in. You will absolutely love enjoying the great outdoors in the comforts of your new space. Many tell us they love to watch the birds and squirrels play but can’t take the intense temps of summer. The same is true in the cold winter months. With your new space, you will be able to enjoy the great outdoors from the comforts of indoors while sipping your favorite beverage.

Pergolas are larger than arbors and are generally free standing. However, they can be attached to another building very easily. Our Sunrooms/Pergola’s are available in five beautiful, designer styles including Elizabethan, Classic, Vaulted, Solarium and Contemporary.

Sunroom/Pergola Benefits include:

*Added Square Footage.
*Affordable
*Increases Value of your Home.
*Gives you a Retreat to melt the day’s stresses away.
*Offered in several styles/designer colors to blend seamlessly.
*Virtually Maintenance Free.
No need to worry that your Pergola/Sunroom is going to look out of place and like an “add-on” to your home. Here at CBI Little Rock, we work very hard to blend your Pergola/sunroom seamlessly into your existing home. In fact, we custom build our Sunrooms/Pergolas so that they will coordinate beautifully with the style of your home. Local home improvement experts here in the Little Rock Metro, all agree that adding a Sunroom/Pergola is a great investment. They also say if you ever try to sell your home, a Pergola gives you the advantage over homes that don’t have one! Remember the most work you’ll have to do is picking up the phone and calling us here at CBI Little Rock. We’d love the opportunity to give you the Sunroom/Pergola you’ve always wanted.

 

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Transform your Shower with LuxStone™ Shower Styles

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

If you are looking for a way to really create a gorgeous spa like retreat in your shower, look no further than LuxStone™ Shower Styles. You will not believe how this one product can enhance your entire bathroom. If your shower is dull and drab and you’ve just turned a blind eye to it, we can help. Many homeowners leave their ugly showers “as is” because they fear a lengthy remodel will have to take place or a full demo project. Not the case with our LuxStone™ Shower Styles. Our gorgeous shower transformations can be completed in as little as one day! That’s right, one day!

Our LuxStone™ shower walls come from the high quality Kohler® brand of bath products. Our LuxStone™ shower walls are incredibly low maintenance and high quality. No matter which style you choose LuxStone™ does not support the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Cleaning LuxStone™ is a breeze. Just wipe down with a wet, soft cloth, and it’s original sparkle will return. Plus, we can customize any design configuration you have in mind, including different designs, styles and patterns with shower bases, wall accessories, fixtures and hardware. Our beautiful shower walls are available in designer styles like, White Brick, Veincut Sandbar and Veincut Dune, etc.

Bathroom remodeling has come so far. If you have always wanted a shower that helps you melt away the stresses of the day, LuxStone™ Shower Styles is your solution. We can transform your dark and dingy shower and turn it into a spa like retreat in as little as one day! The only thing you have to lose if your ugly and depressing shower. If you want to once and for all have a shower you look forward to, give us a call here at CBI Little Rock. Many of our thousands of satisfied customers tell us the only thing they regret is waiting as long as they did to make the call.

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Relining Vs. Reglazing Your Bath

Posted on: January 23rd, 2018 by commAdmin No Comments

If you are living with an old and ugly bathtub, stop turning a blind eye and get a bathtub you are proud to show off. This isn’t your parent’s era anymore. The bathroom remodeling industry has come a long way. Now that the year is 2018, you have some affordable choices when it comes to your unsightly bathtub. Many home improvement companies will try and sell you on reglazing your old bathtub. Here at CBI Little Rock, we instead offer the highest quality custom fit acrylic bath liners.

Our bath liners will solve all of your ugly bathtub problems quickly and affordably. Most of the time we can have your job completed in as little as one day. You can have a beautiful new tub without having to deal with a time consuming, messy and expensive tear-out! Plus, our bath liners are made 100% in the U.S.A.

Our bath liners are also made of acrylic so you will never have a problem with peeling, cracking, mildew or mold. They are simple to keep clean and sparkling and are built incredibly strong so they will last for many years to come. We believe in our bath liners and know they are high quality which is why we stand behind them with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Here at CBI Little Rock, we want our customers to understand why we don’t offer bathtub reglazing. Sure, bathtub reglazing can temporarily restore the look of your old bathtub, it just doesn’t last. You see, plastic reglazing coatings are a lot less durable than your original bathtub enamel or porcelain finish. Reglazing your bathtub is not very durable and is definitely not as chip and impact resistant as your original tub finish.

So there you have it. Everything you need to know about relining vs. reglazing your bathtub. We would love to come out and take a look at your bathtub and show you our bathtub liner options. Our liners come in many designer colors and styles and because they are custom fit to your tub, we will give you the perfect fit! Remember, in as little as one day, CBI Little Rock can transform your eyesore tub and give you a tub you love using and showing off!

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