Friday, August 14, 2015

Product review: Beating the heat

I live in an older home (by Florida standards at least, it was built in 1980!) that has an aluminum roofed lanai that does not have any insulation on it.  Overall, the lanai is great; it provides plenty of shade and since it has the aluminum roof vs a screened roof, I can still use my grill and stay dry when it's raining.  The problem is that the roof takes on so much direct sunlight that it gets extrememly hot and heats up the entire lanai space rendering it unusable on the nicer sunny days.  I've been looking for a solution and I think I may have found it.
Gardner STA-KOOL is an elastomeric roof paint that is supposed to reflect the suns rays.  Elastomeric paints have a greater degree of elasticity and they can also help to seal up leaks.  My lanai has a couple of small of leaks in it as well so hopefully it will take care of those problems.   The instructions say that you need to put 2 coats of this paint on and it is so thick that a gallon doesn't cover a whole lot.  I used a 3/4" nap roller since the paint was so think (normal paint rollers are 3/8) and rolled it on after powerwashing the roof the night before.  I was able to do one full coat on the roof and then I decided that I would do the underside aka ceiling just to brighten it up.  I was able to get about half of the ceiling done.  After painting, I waited for the middle of the day when the sun was at it's highest to check temperatures on the roof.  I left one small section unpainted to use for comparison sake.  Results are pictured below.
Unpainted roof section

painted roof section
So far so good!  That is a 25degree temp difference.  In the past, when I walked out into the lanai, I could really feel serious heat radiating down from the ceiling, now it doesn't seem nearly as bad.  Keep in mind, this is also after just one coat.  I will be going ahead with the 2nd coat and testing again along with seeing if it solved my leak problem!  Stay tuned!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Forest Hills Investment Project Update


Seems like it just wont stop raining here in Tampa, it's been going for 2 weeks straight!  Normally in rainy season we just have 30 minutes to an hour of rain in the late afternoon 4-5 days a week.  The past 2 weeks have had rain off and on all day long.  lots of flooding and lots of lost productivity, particularly on a house that needs a LOT of yardwork done.  It's a shame we didn't get the sod laid 2 weeks ago, we wouldn't have had to use a drop of city water to irrigate it.

Fortunately, we have plenty of work to do on the inside of this property too!  Check out the open concept updates and the bathroom renovations below and stay tuned to see the kitchen and yard transformations!

Original living room

Wall blown open
View from kitchen
Elio and Gilberto tearing up the bathrooms!
Selfie with Armando the Electrician

Master shower prepped for tile

Master shower in progress
Master Shower complete
Master shower floor tile
Master shower

main bath demoed

Main bath complete

great product to add privacy to the bathroom window instead of ordering custom frosted glass

Gutters and brick painted back to white