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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.


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Need A New Toilet? 3 Things You Should Consider Before Purchasing A New Throne

by Kent George

If you're in the market for a new toilet, you might be surprised by all the features available on today's models, especially if it's been a while since you've looked at plumbing fixtures. From toilets with touch-free flush mechanisms to high-efficiency bowls that use very little water, you have a lot of choices when it comes to your new toilet. The special features you choose will depend primarily on your personal preferences. However, there are three basic things you should consider before deciding which special features you can't live without. Following are three things you should consider before purchasing a new throne. 

Flush Rating

You want a toilet that gets the job done in a quick, clean and efficient manner without clogging up every time you turn around. To purchase a toilet that will do just that, you have to research the flush rating of any particular model you're considering. Available at Consumer Reports, flush ratings will give you a general idea of how well a certain model will perform. Generally speaking, toilets with the following features are more reliable, more efficient flushers:

  • A 3-inch flush valve
  • A 2-inch trapway
  • A fully-glazed trapway

If you look for these features, you will have fewer issues with flushing and keeping your bowl clean. 

High Efficiency

High-efficiency toilets use less water than standard toilets. Since almost 27 percent of water consumed in a household goes down the toilet as flush water, high-efficiency models can save you a great deal of money. To be considered high efficiency, toilets must not use more than 1.28 gallons of water per flush. When compared with older models that can use up to 7 gallons per flush, efficient models can save more than 10,000 gallons of water per person each year. 

Comfort Considerations

You should also consider the shape and height of your new toilet for comfort purposes. Many of today's toilets are a bit taller than older models, which makes them more comfortable for most people. Additionally, elongated or oval bowls are usually more comfortable than standard round bowls. However, comfort is subjective. A toilet that someone else finds extremely comfortable might be very uncomfortable for you. That's why it's always a good idea to check out the height and shape of any model you're considering. 

As you can see, there are numerous things you should consider when shopping for a new toilet. If you have any questions about how certain features will affect your bathroom experience, ask a plumber or sales rep at your local plumbing showroom (such as Aurora Plumbing and Electric Supply, Inc).