5 Safety Tips for Cleaning Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters may not be your favorite chore, but it’s a must-do if you want to have an efficient rainwater drainage system this fall. Gutter cleaning only comes twice a year — sometimes a bit more if your house sits right under a pine tree. Because it will be a while before you lay your hands on your gutters again, it’s important to clean it right the first time to avoid costly trouble in the future. 1) Inspect Your Gutter from the Ground Up Gutters are located high above the ground, so the first thing you should do is to inspect them from below. Visually scan your gutter for signs of damage that may compromise your safety. For example, if you notice that the gutter is … [Read more...]

Is Summer When I Should Choose a Metal Roof?

Are you looking desperately at your energy bill and wondering how it gets that high? The answer is just a window away. Simply look at the weather outside. Or better yet, step out into the sun and feel the heat wave enclose your body. The outdoor temperature is simply unbearable. Thanks to your faithful cooling system, your home is nice and comfortable on the inside. But that comfort comes with a hefty price tag! According to Energy.gov’s updated statistics on energy use, Americans spend more than $11 billion annually on air conditioning, while releasing around 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. This kind of consumption is neither green to the environment nor to … [Read more...]

Examining the Significant Differences Between Stucco Repair & Stucco Replacement

There's stucco repair and then there's stucco replacement. Is there a huge underlying difference between the two? Obviously, as we all know, to repair something is completely different than replacing something. The terminology and the question itself may be confusing as they seem to be interchangeable. However, there are important distinctions. Stucco repair is often quicker, simpler and considered a short-term solution. Conversely, stucco replacement is more laborious but often considered a long-term strategy to deal with several occurrences of short-term incidents. The two projects could not be more varying or different and are often the bi-product of construction ideology as much as they … [Read more...]

What is Stucco Remediation and When to Consider Installing It?

Some homes are simply built to last and you may find yourself thinking that your home is impervious to the invading force of mold and moisture. If you are a stucco homeowner, your abode is protected by an aesthetically-pleasing agent that serves as a stalwart against moisture intrusion. Nevertheless, no home is impervious to such an event. However, there is no need to be concerned because there is a innovative procedure to combat the onslaught of vaporous adversaries: stucco remediation. Stucco remediation is a touch-up of your stucco and assuring the shell and all its contents are functioning properly. While the procedure may seem painstaking or daunting, it can yield great dividends. … [Read more...]

Most Common Differences Between Bay and Bow Windows

When it comes to using beautiful windows to enhance your architectural design, bay and bow windows often rank high on most homeowners’ list. There is a good reason for the obsession, too. Unlike other window solutions, bay and bow windows actually offer a unique dimension and style that make them an easy focal point for any home. Let's break down the major differences between the two types of windows: bay vs bow windows. Bay Windows vs. Bow Windows: What's the Difference? One thing that makes bay and bow windows similar is that they are both three-dimensional. Designed to protrude geometrically and elegantly from your wall, bay and bow windows are famous for increasing the curb appeal … [Read more...]

Why Switching to a Metal Roof is More Important than Ever

Recently, metal roofs have been rising above asphalt shingles and outshining this long-standing competitor in every way that matters. From longevity to personalization, the advantages of metal roof have inspired many asphalt buyers to make the change once and for all. If you are one of the fence-sitters who love the idea of a forever roof but feel hesitant about taking the leap, now it’s the time to make a decision. Switching to a metal roof is more important than ever, and here are a few reasons why: A Hard Look at the Economy (and Your Wallet) The U.S. has been climbing back from an economic recession following the burst of the infamous housing bubble back in 2007. Ever since then, … [Read more...]

Major Differences Between Replacement Windows & New Construction Windows

Windows. They are beautiful and attractive, and they often complement a room in your home: bedroom, kitchen, living room. Regardless how strong your windows may be, there will come a time when you need to replace the eyes of your home and give them a 20/20 vision all over again. If you are planning to replace your current windows, then it’s probably best for you to start “window shopping” right away. The window market offers a plethora of options, ranging from the elegant bow windows to the traditional double hung. Knowing your budget and design taste is important to making an informed purchase decision. However, before you dive into the world of window styles, you need to decide whether … [Read more...]

Why Your Windows and Sidings are Essential to Your Energy Costs

Environmentally-conscious homeowners are always on the go to make their home more energy efficient. However, saving Mother Earth has become more than reducing your carbon footprint. It’s about saving your wallets, too. Besides the obvious expenses we have to pay for not caring for the environment, choosing to ignore the energy efficiency of your home can mean plenty of dollars leaking from your pocket each month. Although energy efficient improvements may take time, here are two major elements that are absolutely essential to your energy costs: your windows and siding. What’s going on with Your Windows? Part of the effort to reduce your energy expenditure is to reduce wasted energy. … [Read more...]