• How to Refresh your Flooring

    Some home improvement projects may seem daunting at first, but there are many things you can do on your own if you have the right equipment. If you’re tired of your flooring, for instance, there are many ways to achieve a new look, and most of them can be DIY projects. All you need is some time, some instructions, and the right tools.

    Why resign yourself to the same tired carpets and flooring you’ve been looking at for years? By the same token, if you’re moving into a new house, there’s no need to live with flooring other people chose. Consider the possibilities! There’s a wealth of flooring out there, just waiting for you to discover it.

    • Lay an engineered wood floor. Do you love the look of hardwoods? They give a warm, cozy feeling to any room, and engineered wood makes it easy to achieve that hardwood look. It’s quicker and easier to install than traditional hardwood, and it’s also extremely durable.
    • Put down some cork. Cold floors are uncomfortable, and one reason people choose carpet is for warmth and cushion underfoot. Cork is another stylish option, resilient, attractive, and easy enough to install that you can finish a room in as little as an afternoon. Cork is available in floating-floor systems that work well over plywood, concrete, or even your existing flooring.
    • Think about different styles for painted floors. Don’t have the budget for a whole new floor? Paint is an inexpensive way to change the entire aesthetic of a room. You can paint over wood floors, concrete floors, and even vinyl, tile, and laminate.
    • Refinish your hardwoods. If you’ve got traditional hardwoods that are showing their age, you can refresh them by refinishing them.
    • Update a concrete floor. You can polish up a concrete floor, paint it in solid colors or patterns, or stain it to give it the look you want. It’s a cost-effective do-over and can result in a truly stunning look.
    • Give your carpets a good cleaning. If the only problem with your carpets is that they’ve seen too much traffic, it may be time to rent a carpet cleaner. Cleaning your carpets yourself is cheaper than hiring someone to do it for you, and it only takes a matter of hours to clean it and let it dry.
    • Rethink linoleum. Linoleum may seem like a throwback, but this durable, eco-friendly flooring is making a comeback. Available in a wide variety of colors and design options, it’s resilient and requires very little maintenance. It’s biodegradable, too, and doesn’t release VOCs. If you’re doing linoleum as a DIY project, snap-together tiles are the easiest way to go.

    Are you ready to tackle your floors and try something new? A-1 Equipment Rentals has everything you need to take on the project, with the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

  • When Summer Storms become a Problem

    In the heat of summer, rainfall can be a welcome change. It breaks up the sweltering heat, cooling us down and refreshing us. Summer rain can also help keep your lawn green and lush, and there’s nothing like a lazy, rainy summer day for the sheer nap potential. On the other hand, sometimes summer storms can be problematic. From high winds to pounding water to rising floodwaters, the problems that a storm can bring can put a damper on your summer. Fortunately, there are rental tools to resolve any issue you might face.

    • When you see that a storm is coming, you can prevent damage to your property by being proactive. Trim trees to keep branches from falling on your home and damaging it, and inspect your roof before and after storms. If you find any damage, make the necessary repairs in a timely manner to keep them from becoming larger and more expensive issues. Keep your gutters clean, and repair any cracks or leaks in your foundation and walls that might let water into your home. You might also consider a sump pump for your basement, to keep excess water from creating problems.
    • If a storm gets the better of you, and there’s damage to your house and landscaping you can rent tools that will help you repair the damage. You may need tools for roof and home repair, or garden equipment to keep hedges and trees under control. If you’ve lost power, a generator can keep you running while you wait for the utility company to repair damage to power lines done by the storm.
    • If the problem you’ve experienced is a flood in your home or basement, there are rental tools for that, too. You’ll need a shop vac for cleanup, a carpet dryer if your carpet has been soaked, and submersible pumps and discharge hoses to remove water from the basement.

    Whether you’re prepping your home to weather the storms, or cleaning up after the damage has been done, A-1 Equipment Rentals has the tools you need. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

     

     

  • Improving your Home’s Curb Appeal

    If you’re interested in selling your home, your realtor may have mentioned curb appeal. Making your house look appealing to people who are approaching it is a great way to attract a home buyer. However, even if you’re retaining your house, it doesn’t hurt to give the outside of your home a boost. Fortunately, you can give your house a facelift and it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

    You may not be in a position to hire a contractor to repaint the house, replace the garage door, or do some other major work to the façade, but there are several steps you can take on your own, with no contractor required.

    • Clean up your lawn. The first step in making your house look better from the outside is to make sure your yard is neat and tidy. Mow it, pull any weeds, rake any leaves, and get rid of anything that detracts from its appearance, like scattered toys or worn-out lawn furniture. While you’re at it, spend a little time and elbow grease cleaning out your gutters.
    • Install some new greenery. Putting in new plants and flowers is a great way to give your home a fresh look and boost your curb appeal. You don’t have to spend the time, money, and effort required to put in a garden because you can get the same effect with planters or window boxes. Hanging plants are cheerful on a porch, and even one pretty plant arrangement can make a big difference in the look of your home’s exterior.
    • Pressure wash the house. Not only will this make your home look better, but it’s a very satisfying chore. It’s easy to rent and run a power washer and watch the dirt and grime peel off of your siding, walkway, driveway, and porch.
    • Touch up the paint. You don’t need to repaint the whole house, but if there’s any peeling or flaking, now is a good time to fix those minor issues. You might also consider repainting your front door in a bright pop of color, to create an eye-catching entry.
    • Make small repairs. Ripped screens, burned out bulbs, and other little flaws can detract from the overall look of your home. Walk around your house with a critical eye, making note of anything that needs a repair, and then secure the tools you need to do the work, taking an afternoon to make things perfect.
    • Create a clean path. An attractive walkway is a perfect way to lead people to your front door. If you already have a well-defined path, clean it up and consider lining it with lighting or plants. If you don’t have one, it’s not too difficult to make one out of stone or brick.
    • Brighten your fixtures. Your light fixtures and hardware can probably use some sprucing up. If you’re happy with your light fixture, clean any cobwebs or debris from around it to help it shine more brightly. If you’re not happy with it, change it or augment it with some porch string lights. If your front door’s hardware is dull or dated, replace it with something new and bright.

    When you’re ready to give your home a fresh look, it’s easy to find the tools you need to do it yourself and have the project go smoothly. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

     

  • Keep your Lawn Healthy This Summer

    It’s summer, and your lawn has probably grown rapidly throughout the spring. The summer is a strange time for lawn care because the grass continues to grow quickly, but the excessive heat may prove damaging. What’s the best way to keep your lawn healthy and thriving?

    • First, make sure you’re cutting it properly. Schedule your mowing based on the weather, because when it’s raining and the grass is growing quickly, you may need to cut it at least once a week. On the other hand, if it’s dry and hot, the lawn will not need to be mowed as often. No matter how often you mow it, make sure to leave it long, because doing so keeps the roots cooler and promotes growth. How much should you take off? A good rule of thumb is to never remove more than one-third of your grass’s height at one time.
    • Feed your lawn. A lawn needs regular watering, but it also needs fertilizer. Fertilize when it’s not too hot and dry because fertilizing in the heat of summer can burn your lawn and encourage tender new growth that will have trouble surviving the hot weather. As to watering, it’s important to avoid overwatering, so don’t irrigate your lawn if it’s already been raining.
    • Consider reseeding if your yard does not fare well over the summer. It’s best to wait for fall to reseed, but if circumstances arise that make you reluctant to wait, you can reseed in summer with a warm-weather variety like Bermuda grass. If you choose to do this, make sure to keep the new sod moist, so that it has a chance to get established.

    If you need tools to take the best care of your yard, A-1 Equipment Rentals has everything you need, from mowers to fertilizers to weed eaters and more. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

     

     

     

  • Comparing Our Small and Large Carpet Rollers

    If you are planning to install some new flooring, a carpet roller is the perfect equipment rental to help. Carpet rollers can be used for both carpet and linoleum. Using rollers helps you avoid the appearance of seams on the floor and allow the final result to look smooth and clean, without any bumps, lumps, or uneven edges.

    Both our small and large carpet rollers have detachable wheel assembly kits, so you can transport it easily. They also both have upright support and segmented, chrome rollers that apply even pressure. The axels are inset to prevent wall scuffs. The small roller can support 75 pounds of carpet of linoleum, while the large one can support 100 pounds.

    A-1 Rental Center has everything you need to complete both large and small flooring projects, including rollers, steamers, and strippers. Our huge collection of equipment rentals in Redwood City also includes drills, generators, and moving equipment to shift furniture during your flooring work. To reserve your tools, call (650) 369-2992.

  • Setting Up an Outdoor Quinceanera Celebration

    When you’re planning a quinceanera, or quince, think outside the box when it comes to your venue. Instead of going for a traditional quince in a restaurant or event venue, hold your celebration outdoors. With a tent and table and chair rentals, you can create an upscale party that is fitting for the celebration. Here are some ideas for setting up your outdoor quince.

    Make Your Event Rental Reservations Early

    Event rentals, like tents, tables, and chairs, can go quickly. That’s why it is smart to make your rental reservation as soon as you know your party date. This will help to ensure that you get exactly what you want. Your rental list depends on the style of your event and the size of your guest list, but tents, chairs, tables, linens, and other party supplies should be on your list. Choosing your color theme before you make your reservations will also help you determine exactly what you need for your event.

    Choose the Best Party Tent for Your Needs

    The most common kinds of party tents are pole tents and frame tents. Pole tents are supported by poles that come up at different points from the floor. This creates peaks along the top for a dramatic look, but it also means that there are poles in the center of your party space. Frame tents are supported by metal frames, so there are no center poles, but they don’t have the same kind of dramatic look on top. These are pros and cons to both kind of tents, so choose the one that fits your quince vision the best.

    Use Lighting to Set the Scene

    If your quince will go into the evening, lighting can be a beautiful part of your design. Dangling strings of light, colored lights, and fairy lights are just some of the ideas for using lights as part of your design. Don’t forget to include functional lighting inside your tent for dancing, eating, and more.

    A-1 Rental Center has all of the party rentals in Redwood City that you need to create your dream quince. Make a rental reservation today by calling us at (650) 369-2992.

  • Reasons You Might Need to Use Bolt Cutters

    When you’re putting together your list of equipment rentals, you might wonder why you should add bolt cutters to the list. Bolt cutters can do many different jobs besides just cutting bolts, so they can come in a handy in a variety of projects.

    Watch this video to learn more about some different uses for bolt cutters. They are ideal for cutting wire and other heavy-duty materials used in projects, allowing you to get a smooth cut with precise measurements using a minimum of force.

    A-1 Rental Center has all of the equipment rentals in Redwood City you need to complete your project, whether you have a small repair to make on a Saturday afternoon or a weeklong remodeling job to do. Call us today at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

  • Proper Site Preparation for Your New Walkway

    If you are adding a new walkway to your landscaping, proper site preparation is essential for getting the best results. Be sure to add the right tools to your list of equipment rentals for the job, so you have everything you need for each phase of the project when you begin. Here is what you need to know about preparing the site for the installation of your new walkway.

    Find Out if You Need Building Permits

    In some areas, installing a pathway requires you to have a permit for the project. Call your town council or local building inspector to see what the requirements are in your area. If the town or county doesn’t require a permit, your homeowner’s association may also require you to apply for approval. Be sure to check all of these guidelines in advance, because failing to do so could lead to your project being shut down in the middle, not to mention fines.

    Excavate the Work Area

    Before you excavate, lay out the exact space, size, and shape that you want your pathway to have. Use stakes with strips of siding attached to them to mark the area. A spacer bar will help you to keep everything even. Excavate the area, including any tree roots and rocks that will make it uneven. If the pathway is going through an area of your outdoor space in which water tends to puddle, dig that portion of the pathway shallower than other areas.

    Compact the Dirt

    After you’ve excavated the space, make sure it’s smooth and ready for concrete by compacting the soil. Compaction ensures that the concrete you pour will be adequately supported, which in turn will reduce the risk of cracks and uneven pavement.

    You can find all of the equipment rentals you need to prepare the space and complete your walkway project at A-1 Rental Center. For rentals of concrete equipment, excavators, and compaction tools in Redwood City, call us today at (650) 369-2992.

     

  • Making Sure Your Wedding Tent Is Comfortable for Your Guests

    A wedding tent is a must-have feature for an outdoor wedding. Not only does a tent give you a plan B if the weather doesn’t work in your favor, but it also gives your guests some place to go if they feel like escaping the elements for a while. However, whether you’re only spending part of your wedding inside the tent or you plan to host the entire affair inside of it, the comfort of your guests is paramount. Here are some of the things you can do to make sure your wedding tent is comfortable and inviting for your guests, including some things to add to your party rental list.

    Flooring

    Anyone who has ever walked across grass in heels knows how annoying—and dangerous—it can be to sink into the ground with every step. Renting flooring for your tent will take care of that problem, so your guests can walk and dance comfortably. If the weather turns, you will be glad you have flooring, so that the ground doesn’t turn to mud underneath your guests’ feet at your reception.

    Climate Control

    Even if your wedding is planned for a time of year in which temperatures are usually moderate, you can’t predict what the weather will be like on the day of your ceremony. Likewise, even if it is comfortable outside, being outdoors for extended periods of time can still leave people feeling chilly or hot. You can prevent this by getting heating or cooling for inside your tent. There are a number of different portable options you can use easily and safely under your wedding tent.

    Lights

    If your wedding will extend into the evening, you will want lighting inside your tent to keep the party going. Strings of lights along the top and sides of the tent look pretty but they may not be enough. Consider adding a variety of lighting sources to capture the mood.

    Are you looking for a wedding tent in Redwood City? Contact A-1 Rental Center to learn more about our party rentals, including tents, tables, and chairs. Get answers to your questions by calling (650) 369-2992.

  • Advice for Pruning Your Bushes

    Pruning is one of the tasks that is required if you want to keep your landscaping looking its best. By renting garden equipment, you can get everything you need to complete the pruning process without having to invest in tools you only use a few times.

    This video offers advice for effective pruning. Start by making sure you know why you’re pruning, as your approach will be different depending on the end goal. Avoid pruning in the spring, when most bushes are in a new growth phase.

    For garden equipment rentals in Redwood City, call A-1 Rental Center. Our large selection of equipment rentals is right for home DIYers and professionals in need of a special tool for a job. Learn more by calling us at (650) 369-2992.