How Window Shutters Can Add Style and Curb Appeal to Your Home

In addition to giving the house a more “complete” look, adding shutters to the windows of your home can give a big boost to its overall curb appeal. It’s also an easy and cost-effective way to improve the house’s appearance. But, as many experts in the home improvement field will tell you, you shouldn’t be automatically adding shutters to every window. Just as shutters can beautify a home, if done incorrectly, it can also be a decorative mess. There are important considerations and rules you should follow for successful shutter use. The History of Window Shutters Shutters have been used for hundreds of years. Long before there were screens on window openings, wooden shutters were the … [Read more...]

6 Questions to Ask Before Switching to a Metal Roof

You may have heard about one of the latest home improvement trends — moving away from a traditional asphaltroof and upgrading to a metal roof. But why are many homeowners (and business owners) so eager to do this? What are the benefits in terms of durability and longevity and how do you even know when it’s time to replace your roof? Here are 6 questions you should ask before you switch to a metal roof, for either your home or business. 1) How Do I Know if My Roof is Past its Prime and What Damage Can Occur If I Don’t Replace It? A roof doesn’t have to leak to be at the end of its functional life. Warning signs might include missing shingles or missing granules in the shingles that show … [Read more...]

4 Window Treatment Ideas for Arched Windows

Arch top windows do more than just let light into your home. They also serve as a bold design element that capture the eye and complement everything around them. Simply put, arched top windows are the kind of thing people notice from both the outside and inside of your home. The only real drawback of this window style is that they are a little more difficult to pair with window treatments. Since they have a rounded rather than straight shape, many traditional windows treatments offer either too much or too little coverage. In many ways this design challenge is part of the appeal. Arch top windows are something out of the ordinary, and their window treatments should be too. The good … [Read more...]

Comparing Sliding French Doors and Patio Doors: Which is Better for You?

Doors that separate the inside of the home for the outdoor elements have to serve a number of purposes. They should look great, especially since they are likely to be seen by the largest number of people. They should provide a strong barrier to keep your HVAC captured and the extreme outdoor temperatures isolated. And, as much as possible, they should complement the lifestyle and flow you’ve established in your home. Meeting all those requirements can make it difficult to choose between sliding French doors and patio doors, which is why we have put together this simple comparison guide. Sliding French Doors Traditional French doors offer a large opening with two matching doors that swing … [Read more...]

What Type of Siding is Right for My Home?

The purpose of siding is to protect the sensitive outer structure of your home while upgrading its aesthetic appeal. There are lots of options available, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. That means not every option will be appropriate for your home. This overview will help guide you towards the right choice. Cement Siding You are probably picturing a rough gray texture on your home, but cement siding is a lot more stylish and versatile than that. It can be manufactured in a wide range of colors and styles that mimic the look of stone and even wood. As you would expect, cement siding is extremely durable and can stand up to harsh weather and blowing debris. It also requires … [Read more...]

How to Ventilate Your Home’s Attic

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program provides detailed information about how to properly ventilate your attic for maximum energy efficiency and cost savings. An effectively ventilated attic, along with proper air sealing and insulation, will make your home more comfortable and energy efficient while preventing roof damage that can be caused by heat and moisture. This could take the form of mold and mildew, damaged roof decking, damaged shingles, and, in colder regions, ice dams. Ice dams can prevent water runoff, which may lead to water backing up underneath the shingles and possible leaking. For the integrity of your roof in addition to energy conservation, air sealing, … [Read more...]

5 Clear Signs Your Home’s Siding Needs to be Replaced

One of the biggest advantages of siding is its durability and longevity. But nothing lasts forever, and after years or even decades of standing up to rain, sleet, snow, debris, and glaring sunshine your siding is going to wear out. Once it does it will not provide the looks or protection that you depend on it to. Watch out for these five clear signs that your home’s siding need to be replaced: Repainting Your Siding Regularly Another big advantage of siding is its ability to hold and protect paint. Quality siding covered in high-quality paint can last 15-20 years. If it has been less time than that since you last repainted but your paint is already peeling, chipping, and fading it’s a … [Read more...]

4 Benefits of Stone Siding

You have lots of options for home siding – vinyl, brick, wood, stucco just to name a few. But one that often gets forgotten about is stone, which is unfortunate because it's one of the most appealing options and offers advantages you can't get from any other material. If you have overlooked or dismissed stone as an option, wait to make your final decision until after you've considered these four major benefits: Stone Siding is Aesthetically Pleasing Look at most homes and the siding is completely uniform. Stone siding, by contrast, is dynamically different across every square foot. It features a variety of colors, textures, patterns, and impressions, giving any home it's installed on a … [Read more...]