In the often blistering heat of the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley having a shaded outdoor space allows homeowners’ to enjoy their outdoor space and a bit of fresh air. With this summers temperatures regularly exceeding 100 degrees many of us tend to forget about our backyards, myself included. That is, until the recent installation of our solid, insulated,aluminium patio cover.
Our backyard patio is on the South side of a white, two story home. In other words, it is in full sun all day long. The white stucco would reflect that all day sun onto the patio, adding to the heat and ultimately making our patio a no-go zone during Lancasters hot summer days. That same sun would also beat through the windows forcing the air conditioning to run almost non stop to keep the inside temperature comfortable.
As I sit on our now covered patio to write this blog our "alumawood” style, aluminum patio cover makes this outdoor living space one of our favorite “rooms” of the house. We opted for an EliteWood insulated patio cover (JNR Home Improvements is an authorized dealer) which features a very nice, deep driftwood, wood grain texture. Our covered patio also has three ceiling fans built into it, installed seamlessly as the awning was built with the electrical lines hidden safely inside of the roof panels. With the fans on now, a thermometer reads a full 25 degrees cooler in the patio shade than in the sun just outside of the shaded patio; yes 25 degrees cooler! That difference is what makes our patio such a nice place to relax instead of somewhere to avoid. An added bonus is the shade provided over our family room windows cooling that room as well.
Our covered patio was engineered and built for the excessive wind seen on the westside of the Lancaster/Quartz Hill area. While most aluminum patios are attached directly to an existing concrete patio slab, we had a beautiful new stamped and colored concrete patio poured. JNR Home Improvements was able to design our patio covering with fewer posts by engineering concrete footings into the City approved and permitted building plans. We also chose upgraded columns over the standard posts to better match our homes architecture.
Aluminum patio covers and pergolas by JNR Home Improvements can be custom designed to fit with the architecture of your own home without sacrificing any of the benefits that building with aluminum offers. Not only do our patio covers look great, they never need to be repainted. That statement is backed by a lifetime warranty on the finish. You never have to re-roof a metal patio cover and, if you choose to go with the insulated option, the shade beneath an EliteWood patio by JNR is cooler than any other option. It is no wonder why JNR Home Improvements builds more patio covers and pergolas than any other contractor in the Antelope Valley.
With virtually unlimited design options and almost as many financing options, having a high quality, professionally built and engineered patio cover or pergola by JNR Home Improvements is attainable for most homeowners. In fact, why would anyone settle an inferior wooden patio cover? JNR is your premier patio cover builder and authorized dealer for the industries top manufacturers. JNR Home Improvements has won many awards including this years AV’s BEST award, voted on by readers of the Antelope Valley Press.
CallJNR Home Improvements at 661-544-8567 to schedule a free design consultation.
Whether you call it Xeriscape, Dryscape, Desertscape or something else, Drought Tolerant Landscaping has become far more popular recently in Southern California. It has become far more common to see that your neighbors have removed their water guzzling front lawn opting instead for their curb appeal to be derived from a low maintenance lawn alternative. A beautiful, virtually maintenance free curb appeal can now be realized with a well designed drought tolerant landscape and we understand why this type of curb appeal is so...appealing!
Our company, JNR Home Improvements believes the popularity of desert landscaping stems from a combination of the desire each of us has for a beautiful home and the lack of time most of us have to maintain one. Yes, a drought tolerant yard saves water but, we feel it is equally important that it saves time. Time that is so tough to find in today's busy world. Our company helps you take back the time you would have spent on maintenance giving you more time for the important things. One of our core tenants include enriching the lives of both client and employee and we believe that has led to JNR Home Improvements being routinely recognized for our amazing, low maintenance, time saving, outdoor living spaces. Our company has received accolades and awards from online websites as well as local newspapers for both design and service.
We truly believe that a well designed, professionally installed, low maintenance outdoor living space that includes desert landscape or virtually maintenance free artificial turf improves our clients lifestyles. This type of design makes a home stand out amongst a sea of partially yellow, unkempt lawns that line the street in most neighborhoods. The difference this type of style makes, when done by a pro, is tremendous.
Our clients feel a sense of pride and relief coming home from work or their children's soccer practice to see a yard that makes their home look more like a dream than a to-do list. This sense of pride swells once you realize you're not paying a gardener to maintain it each week or, better yet, knowing you won't have to spend your only day off fighting to start a lawn mower before sweating as you cut the grass instead of watching the game. Our extensive list of happy desert landscaping clients know their yard will look just as beautiful even though they haven't worked on it all month. This time saving aspect should be enough but wait, there's more!
Most homes in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita use as much as 70% of their monthly water on outdoor landscaping. Once an incredibly efficient drip irrigation system is installed or the sprinkler system is eliminated completely, depending on how far you go with your low maintenance design, the difference in your water bill will be immediately noticeable.
The bottom line is this. Desert landscaping, when done right, can be beautiful. A well done drought friendly landscape design and installation adds value to the home, saves precious time, saves water, meets watering restrictions and can make your home the neighborhood envy.
With incredible financing options available, a monthly payments that are often lower than current water and maintenance costs, it is a no brainer. Your budget benefits, the whole family benefits. Desert landscaping is a win-win and that is why it has become so popular.
JNR Home Improvements was voted the best landscaping company in the Antelope Valley by readers of the AV Press. Call us NOW to find out how we can help you.
You're considering a patio cover to define your outdoor space and make it more usable but unsure of the best material choice. JNR Home Improvements would like to help you make an informed decision.
This is how wooden and aluminum patio covers compare in the areas that make the most impact on buying decisions.
Most patio covers main function is to provide shade and define the space. While both wood and aluminum patios or pergola can do this, there are some distinct differences.
When comparing the most common type of basic wooden construction, wood patio covers typically come with a cheaper price tag than aluminum. This is quickly offset however by considering the cost of maintenance in just the first few years of ownership.
Although a high quality aluminum patio can have a higher upfront cost, the idea that it will not require additional maintenance, always look great and have a greater impact on the resale value of your home should be considered.
If you are planning to live in the home for more than a year after the patios construction, aluminum covers are a the clear, long term solution. You will eliminate typical patio maintenance, always have a great looking outdoor living space, have cooler shade, never get a splinter or have to worry about bug infestations.
For a free quote on your new aluminum patio cover, contact JNR Home Improvements.
With all the options available for synthetic grass, it can get difficult to know which questions to ask. As an authority in the artificial turf industry, JNR Home Improvements wants to help you become an informed consumer. We are highlighting a few of the important questions you should ask to reduce your risk before choosing a company and product.
Questions about the company:
Are they a licensed contractor?
In the State of California, any project with a combined labor and material cost over five hundred dollars needs to be performed by a licensed contractor. As virtually all artificial grass installations will exceed that amount, checking an installers contractor’s license should be your first question. After confirming they are licensed, be sure to check that the company carries workers compensation insurance. It is CA law to do so and it protects you, the customer as well. Unfortunately, installers get hurt sometimes on the job. If the company you have hired does not have workers comp insurance, the medical expenses can wind up being the homeowners responsibility.
Do they specialize in turf installation?
Many gardeners have added fake grass as a sideline. While they may be good at trimming grass, pruning plants, and fixing sprinklers, they are likely not very experienced at installing artificial grass professionally. A proper installation is much harder than it looks and requires a very experienced installation crew to ensure a lasting synthetic grass installation.
Can you visit previous installations?
A reputable turf company will have a list of installations you can see before making your own decision. Our company is happy to give out a list of front yard “showcase” locations ranging in age from very recent up to more than ten years old. Our high-quality turf makes it practically impossible to tell a ten-year-old installation from a ten moth old installation.
Questions about the turf:
How does it drain?
Most synthetic turf products available today utilize a perforated or “hole punched” backing. What this means is the faux grass has a solid backing with small holes poked through it every 4”-6” intended to allow rain or other fluids to pass through. If the area is going to be used by dogs or kids, this type of backing falls short. A 100% permeable backing is of vital importance for most artificial grass installations in order to allow fluids like dog urine, spilled soda or your BBQ condiments to completely pass through into the base material beneath. It also allows air to penetrate which reduces the chance for nasty mold or mildew to form under the lawn. In fact, many municipalities have adopted a rule requiring air and water permeability on synthetic lawns.
Where is it made?
Our EasyTurf artificial grass is made in our own FieldTurf factory right here, in the USA. EasyTurf is the residential arm of FieldTurf, the industry’s leading sports field turf manufacturer and installer. FieldTurf is on more recognizable professional sports fields than any other product. With over 25 years of research and development, FieldTurf has patented many of the most innovative synthetic grass technologies used in their state of the art manufacturing facility in Georgia.
Many other products are shipped from over seas and simply do not have the same level of quality control as products made in the USA.
What type of infill will be used?
Infill is an essential element to all artificial lawns. The infill weighs down the turf, provides necessary cushion and acts as a ballast, keeping the turf fibers erect. If an infill is not used, a synthetic lawn will mat down, and look worn out in a very short period.
The traditional infill used for decades in our own EasyTurf synthetic grass has been a combination of sand and crumb rubber. This combination gives an incredibly soft and natural underfoot feel. In recent years, the most common infill type has been sand. We also offer an acrylic coated sand that is a wonderful option for yards with heavy dog use. The coated EasyFill offers a built in anti-microbial agent making it a perfect match for dog runs or areas that kids and dogs will frequent.
How will it be installed?
Base preparation is one of the most important factors to a long lasting synthetic lawn. “Failure to prepare is preparation for failure” ~ While local soil conditions and availability may cause the exact ratio and type of base materials to change, the overall concept does not. A proper base requires the use of an angular aggregate that varies in size to allow for both drainage and compaction. This base material should be at least 2” deep after compaction for virtually any installation with certain areas and soil conditions requiring additional depth.
The actual turf needs to be secured with using proper spikes around the perimeter as well as staples, seam tape and glue at the seams. The weight added by infill on top of the turf assists in securing the artificial turf to the ground.
Guinness on Artificial Turf transcript
Fake Grass News interviews a dog about his experience with synthetic grass to get the real scoop
FGN: I’m here with Guinness, the happy pup, along with our world renowned animal linguist to translate, and
he’s going to tell us about this incredible synthetic grass he’s come across. Hello Guinness, and thank you for
being with us today.
Guinness: Anything for a treat!
FGN: So Guinness, when did you first notice that you weren’t walking on any old grass anymore?
Guinness: You know, I didn’t actually notice it right away. The sun was shining last summer and I just thought that the grass was getting greener (that is, if I could see the color green…). But it just seemed so healthy and alive! And then winter rolled around and the grass still felt so good on my paws. But the thing that really made me wonder, was that no matter if the rain sprinkled or I tinkled, I would never come into the house with muddy paws.
FGN: Wow, I bet your owners were quite happy about that!
Guinness: They LOVE it. My owners spend more time than ever with me out there now. They throw the ball for me and I catch it. Then they throw it again and I catch it.
FGN: And it doesn’t get torn up with your claws running around all the time?
Guinness: Not at all. Don’t tell my owners, but I’ve really put this yard to the test. I’ve tried to bury my bones in it, but I can't dig through, that grass seems indestructible.
FGN: Guinness, can you tell me how it handles “your business”?
Guinness: When I piddle, it just disappears. I can't even sniff out where I went last. My homeowners just pick up solids, easier than before.
FGN: Well there you have it folks, EasyTurf Pedigree dog turf from JNR Home Improvements is both owner
approved and dog approved.
Guinness: Bye guys! Bye! See you later! Come back soon! BYEEEEEEEE!
The results are in: Children prefer playing on nice lawns
A new study by Fake Grass News shows that as many as 11 out of 10 children prefer playing on nice lawns instead of the dying yellow lawns that have become so popular with the CA drought.
Johnny, 10years old, says “nice lawns are definitely nicer”. Johnny is accompanied by a close friend of his named Timmy who concurs, “yup” says Timmy.
This study is the result of several minutes spent by a team of amatuer scientists compiling data and conducting interviews with experts in playing. These experts all seem to agree that nice lawns are nicer. “We found the best way to have a nice
lawn” says Bob, a researcher in the study, “is to have a synthetic one. Artificial turf is always nice and, as our studies show, people like that. Especially kids”
JNR Home Improvements named the best landscaping company in the Antelope Valley by the Antelope Valley Press Newspaper.
Newspaper article text:
AV’S BEST LANDSCAPING
JNR Home Improvements, Inc.
39450 3rd St. East, Suite #127, Palmdale, (661) 544-8567
JNR Home Improvements has been the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley’s premier outdoor living space expert for over six years. The readers of the Antelope Valley Press have named JNR Home Improvements as AV’s Best Landscaping for 2018, which they can add to their number of awards for design and service that decorate the walls of the JNR showroom.
JNR Home Improvements can help you reimagine your yard, and make your yard the most enviable by your neighbors. From EasyTurf artificial turf and xeriscape, to concrete and interlocking paving stones, they take care of it all. And they’ve heard their clients loud and clear regarding the high demand for energy saving solar. In addition to their highly popular patio covers, they can even custom engineer a solar patio cover to fit your lifestyle. Many financing options are also available to meet your needs.
JNR Home Improvements has partnered with the best manufacturers in the country to become the only exclusive, authorized dealers and installers in the area. This allows them to provide the highest quality products, services and craftsmanship at an unmatched value.
“We offer high quality, low-maintenance, water-saving options that our clients can enjoy for many years. We save them money and time so they can get back to the things they love.”
JNR Home Improvements - enhancing lives, communities, and the environment one project at a time.
JNR Home Improvements will have a booth at this years California Poppy Festival in Lancaster. Stop by our booth to find out about our special promotion being offered to those who sign up for an appointment while at the event.
The Antelope Valley's Poppy Festival is held yearly in Lancaster at the Sgt Steve Owen memorial park. This event coincides with Earth Day each year.
Lancaster is known for its abundant California Poppy blooms that, each year, attract thousands of visitors to view the beautiful blankets of vibrant orange that cover the rural areas near the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.
While there aren't many Poppy blooms at the Steve Owen Memorial Park, the Poppy is celebrated with family friendly rides, musical performances, delicious food and vendors. After you have visited the JNR Home Improvements booth, feel free to take in all of the festivities.
See JNR Home Improvements at the California Poppy Festival April 21st and April 22nd at SGT Steve Owen Memorial Park. Located at 43063 N 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA, 93534 between 10AM - 6 PM. Our event booth will be staffed with friendly, knowledgeable employees that can help you schedule a design consultation on the spot. They will be happy to explain our very special Poppy Festival Promotion available to those who schedule an appointment while at the event.
The drought continues in Southern California
Despite what seemed to be weeks long storms drenching the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys in March, we have actually had a shortfall in measured precipitation in these areas. Using this seasons’ rainfall measurements taken at Lancaster, CA’s Fox Airfield, we can see that the Antelope Valley has only had approximately 30% of the rain necessary to be considered normal. We would have needed four times the amount of rain we saw just to begin pulling out of our drought. In fact, the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita are currently experiencing a moderate to severe drought. (March 27th U.S. Drought Monitor)
Water, a precious resource being wasted on natural lawns
On average, Californians’ outdoor landscaping soaks up 55%-70% of a households total water usage. Our weekend stealing, gopher breeding, maintenance headache of a lawn (2,000 s.f. average) is using more water than anything else we do at home. In order to keep your lawn alive, you will need to water approximately 1” of water per week. 1” of water equates to roughly one gallon of water per square foot. An average 2,000 square foot lawn will require over 100,000 gallons of water each year just to stay alive. We can double this number to keep it lush and green. To put that amount in perspective, you could fill the average 15’X30’ in ground pool eight times with that same amount of water. When you see huge, City water storage tanks as you’re driving around, they are rarely larger than 50,000 gallons or, 6 months worth of your lawns water needs.
The bottom line is our lawns are wasting tremendous amounts of water. Water that we simply do not have to spare.
Drought tolerant landscaping saves water
Beautiful, low maintenance, drought tolerant landscaping can help save enormous amounts of water. A well designed xeriscape, dryscape or, desertscape style landscape can be very attractive. With natural looking dry river beds, artificial grass, decomposed granite walkways, decorative rock and drought tolerant plants, your yard can be more visually appealing as well as lower maintenance. Your yard would no longer commandeer your weekends with mowing, edging and fertilizing. A drought tolerant yard requires only a few minutes of maintenance per month, not hours per week.
Our company often utilizes artificial turf in our designs to soften the sometimes rigid look of a drought friendly yard. EasyTurf synthetic lawns require no water at all. Really, no water. Not only can we create a professionally designed yard that you can love, we can help you reduce or completely eliminate the need for water, fertilizer and pesticides. Installing our exclusive EasyTurf fake grass ensures that you can have a drought tolerant landscape while retaining a natural, lush green look and feel. Our “Backyards just got better” concept creates drought tolerant, family friendly yards. We can help you do your part to save this resource and look great doing it.
Jeromie Roberts was interviewed this morning on Santa Claritas Hometown morning show with Tori & Kyle "The Jellyman" Jennings.
If you were commuting this morning and listening to your favorite morning show on 98.1, you may have heard us on the air. KHTS invited the President of JNR Home Improvements in to talk about being Santa Clarita's Exclusive, Authorized EasyTurf dealer and installer. We talked about our synthetic lawns realistic look and feel as well as how great it is for families with dogs. Our EasyTurf artificial grass is the only product available with our proprietary, patented, permeable backing making it the ONLY choice for homes with pets or commercial pet facilities.
Listeners may have been interested to find out that our EasyTurf synthetic grass products are manufactured right here, in the US, by EasyTurfs parent company FieldTurf. FieldTurf is proudly featured on the football fields at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, AV College in Lancaster as well as many college and NFL football stadiums around the World. Our turf is not only great for dogs but, it can handle whatever abuse the kids can throw at it, too. Since our synthetic grass is tested on the football field, it's long term durability is trusted for your home.
Much like the Antelope Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley is also experiencing a severe drought. Even after the recent rain storms, the drought continues. Our drought tolerant landscape designs, along with our ultra realistic, water free lawns, can help keep your curb appeal and outdoor living spaces looking beautiful while helping you do your part in reducing water usage. The Santa Clarita has a goal of reducing water consumption 20% by 2020 and we can help that goal be realized.
Call us at 855-376-3330 or email INFO@JNRHomeImprovements.com to schedule a free design consultation.
You can also find us at the Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show next month:
2018 AV Press Business People
A recent interview with JNR Home Improvements President, Jeromie Roberts, was published in the 2018 Antelope Valley Press, Business People special edition.
Find the full article text below the scans of the article.
Full Published Text
JNR Home Improvements
"Authority In Our Field"
The customer experience is fundamental to a business’ success. This is the idea that drove Jeromie Roberts to found JNR Home Improvements, a construction firm focused on expertise, quality, and customer satisfaction.
“I knew if we started a business built on integrity and rooted in biblical principles, it would be successful and have a positive impact on anyone involved” Roberts expressed. “We want to enhance the lives of both client and employee.”
JNR Home Improvements is the AV’s leading authority in low-maintenance, energy-efficient outdoor living spaces and home improvements. The company offers services to install artificial turf, xeriscape, aluminum patio covers, concrete, and vinyl replacement windows. In 2018 they introduce custom engineered solar patio covers.
JNR Home Improvements stands out from the competition because of its organized, systems-based approach to ensure consistency while offering the highest quality products to clients. The company is the only exclusive, authorized EasyTurf dealer and installer in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita, and is also the exclusive dealer for Four Seasons Building Products, Duralum, and several window manufacturers.
“It is because of our experience and procedural systems that we are able to offer promises to customers instead of estimates,” states Roberts. “We have partnered with the leading manufacturers in our industry, allowing us to offer exclusive products as an authorized dealer to our clients. Working directly with manufacturers cuts out the middleman and assures our clients that they are getting the best quality available. We do things differently. We offer our clients a better experience by assuring them that every step is taken to complete their project professionally and with precision.”
Roberts has more than 20 years’ experience under his belt. After completing his first year of the Los Angeles Apprenticeship program while still attending Quartz Hill High School, he spent 10 years after graduation in the finish carpentry business. The following decade was in the design, sales, and installation of EasyTurf synthetic lawns, aluminum patio covers, and swimming pool construction for companies outside Antelope Valley. Ultimately, in 2012, he decided to take all his experience, skill, and passion to create JNR Home Improvements.
“Our field employees have extensive, ongoing training in their specific departments.” Roberts adds, “The office management and administration team features talent with extensive experience in office management and HR.”
Roberts concludes with this: “We offer solutions to people’s busy lives. When your beautiful, low-maintenance yard is always ready for you to enjoy, your quality of life improves a bit.”
JNR Home Improvements is located at 39450 3rd St. East, Suite 127, in Palmdale. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For more information, call (661) 544-8567 or visit www.JNRHomeImprovements.com.
By JNR Home Improvements