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May 15

Window Shopping? Check Out These Tips for Choosing New Windows

Whether you’re building a home, planning a remodel or it’s time to replace your windows, the idea of choosing new windows can be daunting. At the same time, choosing new windows provides you opportunities to improve the aesthetics and energy efficiency of your home. Follow these tips to help get you started. Learn the Window Buying Process Windows take a lot of abuse and must provide shelter against strong winds, heavy rains, winter storms […]

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May 15

Here Are Six Bargain Home Improvement Ideas

Homeowners often think that home improvements and repairs require major renovations and a substantial budget to accomplish but in most cases, it’s just not true. You can improve the efficiency, aesthetics, and value of lots of different spaces in your home with a few inexpensive tweaks. Here are some ideas for bargain home improvements. 1. Stop Clutter from Your First Step Inside The entryway of any domicile carries the heavy responsibility of providing a welcoming space but often […]

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May 15

2018’s Top Green Building Trends Look to Disaster – Resilience, Smart Home Tech, and More

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible throughout a building’s life-cycle–from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. Most emerging trends in green building have tended to focus on energy conservation and sustainable building practices. But in 2018, Earth’s changing environment and emerging technologies have caused quite a seismic shift in the way architects and community planners look at green building […]

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May 15

Learn Some Roofing Lingo Before You Hire a Contractor

When you’re working with a construction professional, it can seem like they speak a different language. This is no truer than when working with professionals to install a new roof. Whether your roof is hip, gabled or shed, it can be tough to figure out just exactly what to ask for, and to understand what is being done to your roof and what it can cost. Understanding Roofing Styles There are many different kinds of […]

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May 15

How to Prevent Fire Sprinkler Systems from Freezing

Even though much of the country is starting to thaw out from all of our winter storms, there is still the significant chance of freezing weather, especially through the Rocky Mountains, Midwest, and Northeast. Those freezing temperatures present a great risk to homes and businesses that employ fire sprinkler systems to help keep them safe from fires. But a frozen fire sprinkler system can present just as much threat as a fire and can cause an […]

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May 15

How to Maintain Your Furnace for the Winter

Winter is a miserable season for most of the country, but doubly so for families who fail to maintain their furnace ahead of the frigid days and nights. Staying ahead of furnace maintenance not only helps avoid problems but also extends the lifespan of your furnace. Here are some steps to help prepare your home furnace to operate efficiently without wasting energy or risking harmful emissions. Start Your Maintenance Early If your furnace is going […]

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Feb 12
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Check Out These Six Easy Home Repair Jobs to Beat Those Winter Blues

There’s just no denying that this post-holiday, frigid, and dismal period during the first quarter of the year is a drag. The lack of natural sunlight can cause a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and result in depression, the weather is often unrelenting, and the news is pretty dreary in general. One of the best ways to clear away the winter blues is to get busy, and there’s no better way than to choose a few moderate home repair jobs and […]

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Feb 12
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What in the World is a “Bomb Cyclone”?

Much like the ever-popular “polar vortex,” it’s become increasingly common to refer to a specific type of super-storm as a “bomb cyclone.” Well, that sounds bad, doesn’t it? Don’t worry — there’s nothing exploding or detonating here. As it turns out, “bomb cyclone” is something of a misnomer, a shortcut for popular scientists and meteorologists to shorten meteorology-speak for the formation of a type of storm. The phrase combines the word “bomb,” used by meteorologists dating back to […]

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Feb 12
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Five Annual Home Checkups that Save Headaches Later

Home maintenance is important — in fact, experts recommend that homeowners save one percent of their home’s value annually to use for upkeep. That said, there are plenty of annual home checkups that homeowners can perform to save themselves time, money, and aggravation later. Here are five annual checkups that can prevent major impacts on your home. 1. Have the HVAC system professionally cleaned and serviced.  One of the biggest losses of energy for any structure can come from your […]

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Feb 12
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The Hidden Value of Cleaning Gutters

Cleaning out the gutters of your home is just no fun at all. That’s why the majority of homeowners list this tiresome, messy chore as one of their least-favorite tasks. If you hate gutter cleaning, or you are not able to properly clean out your home’s gutters because of physical or structural challenges, you should hire a professional cleaning gutter service to do the job for you. If you’re up to the task, cleaning out the […]

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