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The Great Vinyl Siding Refresh: To Paint or Replace?
We’re proud of our homes—and that means we do everything possible to make them look as good on the outside as we feel nestled safely under the roof with our families on the inside. Every home must also protect us against nature’s elements. And vinyl siding takes the brunt of the load against our exterior… Read more »
6 Signs It’s Time for New Gutters
The unsung heroes of every home’s first line of defense against Mother Nature, gutters—and downspouts—answer the call every time it rains to combat the natural enemy of any manmade structure: storm water. The average residential gutter system gets the job done for decades—often without a hiccup. But like anything you build or install on a… Read more »
Replacement Windows: 10 Things to Know
Homeowners replace windows for many reasons: to increase comfort inside the house, elevate curb appeal outside the house, fix a draft or water leak, or dampen disturbing outdoor noise. Aged home windows lose their energy efficiency. Shady contractors cut corners and install windows that fail to open, close, or vent. Whatever your reason for making… Read more »
The I.O.U. Method: Inspect Your Roof Like a Pro
Human beings are creatures of habit—and our lives require regular maintenance. We schedule annual health check-ups, semi-annual dental cleanings, and quarterly oil changes for our vehicles. And since our roofs protect our homes—and everything we love that lives inside—a (semiregular) roof inspection belongs on our home maintenance calendar. Plan to inspect your roof at least… Read more »
Bay Window or Bow Window? Pros, Cons & Costs
There comes a time for homeowners to upgrade their living quarters. Two stylish and functional options—bay and bow windows—create one simple but impactful way to boost the appearance, energy efficiency, functionality, and value of a home. More expensive—but also less common—than casement, awning, or picture windows, bays and bows create a unique beauty guaranteed to… Read more »
Triple-Pane Windows: Worth the Extra Cost?
The market is chock full of products designed to satisfy today’s energy-conscious homeowner. Modern green home upgrades range from tankless water heaters and low-flow plumbing fixtures to insulation retrofits and smart home systems. Like any product, newer, better options continue to emerge. Energy-efficient home windows are no exception. First, we swapped our single-pane windows for… Read more »
Beware of the Inexperienced Roofing Contractor
Experience matters in the roofing business—where the tried-and-true roofer triumphs, the inexperienced roofer stumbles. Even minor roof repairs are rarely a DIY project for homeowners. Roofing is complex and complicated—and there is no substitute for the knowledge gained over decades of doing the job right. The least experienced contractor usually offers the lowest bid. However,… Read more »
Reasons to Get Proactive About Roof Care
There are two main ways to take care of your roof: proactively and reactively. Both are similar in their ability to keep your roof in good health and protect your home and your loved ones. However, the two are drastically different in terms of quality, frustration, and effectiveness. The proactive approach is vastly superior and… Read more »
Want New Home Windows? Consider This First
Every homeowner has a reason to consider installing new windows. New windows make your home quieter, more attractive, and less drafty. Modern windows boost your home’s curb appeal (without the need for paint) and protect the furnishings inside your home, all with lower maintenance than old windows with combination screens and storm windows. Built for… Read more »
How to Spot (And Avoid) Common Roof Scams
In a perfect world, a customer pays a business for a product or service—and everyone goes home happy. But shady business lurks in our imperfect world, sending scammers searching for their next opportunity to squeeze a few more unearned dollars out of naïve customers with their manipulative maneuvers. The home improvement industry houses some of… Read more »
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