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We would first like to thank you for the interest that you have expressed in our services. As a general contractor in the remodeling and maintenance industry, we offer many services to our clients, both commercial and residential. for the last thirteen years  Gulley Remodeling & Maintenence Inc. has proudly served the Bluegrass area's needs in the   ,Roofing, Painting, , Concrete, Sidding, Vinyl, Soffit, Drywall, Driveway, Carpet, Tile, Kitchen remodeling, Bathrooms remodeling, HAVC, Plumbing, Windows & doors ,footer, Electrical work,carpentary works and much more for Home improvment...We are also recoginzed as one of the areas leading contractors in room additions, remodeling projects, deck , patio and general installation.
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Ask Gulley"
The section where Calvin Gulley will  answer all of your remodeling and construction questions!

We know remodeling projects can be confusing. Especially if it's your first project.  Below you will see some of the most frequently asked questions, along with their respective answers.  We hope this helps you with the early stages of your remodeling journey.  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to ask Brian and he will answer your question as soon as possible.  Brian can be reached by simply filling out the form below.  Type your questions in the message box and check back soon to see your question posted with an educated answer. This is our way of providing professional expert advice and answers at no cost to the public. In these days, not even information is free.  Take advantage of this free offer and have any and all of your remodeling questions answered.


Q: How much is my project going to cost ?


A:Price varies upon many different things.  The size of your job, the grade of materials, etc... can all have bearings on where your project cost ends up.  The best way to find out is to have someone look at your project and give you exact pricing.  This the one and only way you can be sure of your project cost.  And also, beware of any contractor who feels capable of giving you an estimate by simply "eyeballing", or "looking over" your home.  When it comes to project estimating, there is a due process that has to be completed.  Then, and only then, will you receive an accurate estimate.



 Q:  Why are my floors sagging in certain spots?


 A:  To fully understand why your floors sag, creak, or have slight movement in them, you must first understand how your floors are constructed, and how they are framed.  The first thing you need to understand is that your homes' floor is sort of a "floating" structure.  Underneath your floor you will have either support piers or basement walls/columns.  This, of course, depends on whether or not your home is built on a crawlspace or a basement.  Either way, there are supports that help hold your floor up.  What you have to realize is that these supports are also being supported by another structure.  Whether it be the slab in the basement, or a pier slab in the crawlspace, there has to be support.  What happens over time, is these supports, and the supports' supports begin to settle.  The extent of the settling varies upon the age of the structure.  Of course, if you have a home that is 150 years old, compared to a home that is 5 years old, the older structure is going to experience more settling issues.  You can compare it to the human body.  A 90 year old man is going to experience more health issues than a 9 year old boy.  It goes to say the same for your home.  As these supports begin to settle, they move.  The thing about this is that all the supports may not settle at the same rate.  What then happens is some of your piers or columns settle more rapidly.  We then go back to the old quote everyone remembers from high school, "With every action there is an equal or greater reaction".  The same goes for your floors.  If your floor supports move, then your floors themselves are going to move.  What you end up with is "sags" or "sways" in your floor.  Repairing the sags can be an issue.  Usually what we do to repair these structural defects is implement a jacking system.  We actually raise the sagging section of your floor back to it's original position and re-support the floor with either another pier/column or a load bearing wall.  Sound's easy huh?  It's not that simple.  There's a lot more specifics that go into the process.  But I won't go into that much detail.  This is a common problem, we see it all the time, and it is very repairable.  It's definitely not the end of the world ! 




Q:   How will I know when it is time to replace my roof?


A:   This can be a tricky subject.  Really, it varies according to the customer.  Some may replace their roof sooner than others.  The real way to tell that it's time to have your roof looked at is when you start seeing tabs of shingles beginning to peel or "raise" up off of the roof deck.  Also, if you start seeing more granules than usual, it may be time to have a professional look at your roof.  If you start seeing shingles laying around the yard, then it's definitely time to have your roof looked at.  One serious misconception that a lot of contractors will tell customers is that if you develop a leak, it's time for a new roof.  Not true.  A leak can simply come from poor installation, or a defect in one spot.  Granted, it is hard to pinpoint the exact location of a leak, but sometimes it's well worth the effort if you can prevent replacing the entire roof.  You want to do all you can to save your roof before replacing it.  You don't want to end up with a huge cost that could have been avoided.  Ask a trusty professional and definitely get more than one opinion.  Always.






Q:  How long will my project take to complete ?


A:  Each project is different.  Different in style, different in taste, and different in price.  The length of your project will be determined by a little of each of these.  The more elaborate your project is, the longer it may take.  If your project is very large in size, it may take longer.  There's really no way to tell how long your project may take until the exact size, extent, and style is determined.  When someone actually takes a look at your project, then you will get a good idea as to how long the task may take.






 Q:  Can you just give me a ball park figure?


 A:  This is  one that I, as an estimator, hear quite often.  See, the thing about this, is that whatever ball park figure is thrown out there, the customer is gonna keep that figure in mind.  The problem is this: once the accurate estimate is figured, if it's far off from the ball park, the customer's gonna flip.  The last thing I want to do as an estimator is tell someone their project is going to cost $20,000 and then the estimate comes in at $50,000.  That's a problem.  My objective as an estimator is to provide the homeowner with an accurate depiction as to what their project is going to cost.  I want to be sure that the price I give a customer is true and accurate enough to work off of.  Plus, if I quote a ball park figure, then my estimate comes in way over or under the initial figure, my credibility has completely been thrown out the door.  So, in the end, I always steer clear of "shooting from the hip".  What I usually tell people is this: instead of me giving you a price I'm unsure of, give me a day or so and let me accurately price your project.  At least that way I maintain the credibility of our company and I don't throw the project away.  Overall, everything we do, no matter what it may be, we make sure that the information we give is accurate, true, and has plenty of backing.  When I give an estimate I am more than wiling to break the price down and let an individual know how I came to the overall price.  Hopefully this helps, but I know the occasional "just give me a ball park" call is going to come through. 





Q: How do I know I am hiring a trustworthy contractor?


A: Many factors come into play when choosing a general contractor.  Some of the things you must keep in mind is that the contractor you choose is going to be in your home each and every day.  So the first thing you want to make sure of is that he is bonded.  This ensures your security as a homeowner.   Next, keep in mind that depending on the size of the project, there are many things that can go wrong with a remodeling project.  You have to make sure that he carries insurance.  This protects you and your home.  If a wire gets cut and it burns your home down, if the contractor doesn't have insurance, you are basically "out of luck".  Next, research the contractor and see what credentials and accreditations he has.  This goes to show how long the contractor has been in business, special training he may have had, and it also says a lot about the company in general.  Besides these reasons, you as a homeowner must use your best judgement.  One thing to keep in mind is this; if you are shopping for price you may want to reconsider remodeling your home.  If price is the only variable you are taking into consideration then you are totally overlooking quality and value, which is most important.  Look at it this way, would you rather save a little money and end up unhappy with your project, or spend a little more money and end up totally satisfied?  You do the math.  This is the best answer I have for this question.



What equipment would a do-it-yourselfer need?

You would need basic demolition tools to begin the project. Such as sledgehammers, prying bars, and drills. This will serve as the necessary equipment to remove mirrors, and fixtures. To proceed with the remodeling of the bathroom, you will need lumber, drywall, drywall tools (screws, nails, scraper, etc.), drill, hammer, saw, level, nails, screws, and the preferred fixtures to accentuate your bathroom.


How do you figure out how much tile you might need?

To determine square footage of the bathroom, you measure length x width (5x7) and accordingly choose your tile. This varies, depending on the space in which you place the tile (walls, backsplash, etc.)


The man in the story used Epoxy paint to spruce up the bathtub, which they did not replace. Is this a good idea?

This depends on the tub. You should not paint the inside of a tub, due to the natural wear and tear of the area. Eventually the paint will chip and peel, creating issues. If you have a Claw foot tub that is not framed, there should be no problem painting the outside of the tub, for a better look.