Benefits Of Composite Decking Vs. Wood

Benefits Of Composite Decking Vs. Wood

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Few things embody summer like a back yard deck, conjuring images of family barbecues and lazy afternoons lounging in a hammock or on a chaise. But maintaining a wood deck can be a pretty major chore, from scrubbing and staining to repairing and replacing damaged boards. You’re probably also no stranger to splinters in your feet, which can really put a damper on your summer fun. Wood decks have a certain charm, but if you’re not up for the endless power washing, sealing, staining, repairing and replacing that goes along with keeping it looking great, why not replace your old…

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The Unsung Benefits Of A Portico Over Your Home’s Entryway

The Unsung Benefits Of A Portico Over Your Home’s Entryway

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The humble portico, that under-appreciated covering above your front door, has a rich history in ancient and classical architecture. Porticos have their roots in Greece, where they served as the entrance to temples, and have been featured in some of the most memorable landmarks in the world – from the Greek Parthenon to the Roman Pantheon and the United States Capitol! These days, porticos grace the front doors of homes in suburbs everywhere, in styles ranging from rustic to modern, short to towering, narrow to sprawling the full length of a porch. If the last time you thought of your…

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Spring Cleaning Checkup: Are Your Windows A Victim Of Glass Failure?

Spring Cleaning Checkup: Are Your Windows A Victim Of Glass Failure?

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The photo above is a “before” shot. These windows suffered from their age. Scroll to the bottom to see the “after”! As soon as the weather warms up it seems like everyone comes out of hibernation to begin the season’s customary cleanup. Siding gets washed, decks get stained, leaves and lawns get tended – and if you’re like most of us, windows get a good washing after a winter of snow, rain, storms, and grime kicked up from roads full of salt and sand. But as you wash your windows, you may notice that they just don’t seem to be coming clean….

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Prepare Your Home For Winter With This 5-Point Inspection

Prepare Your Home For Winter With This 5-Point Inspection

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The days grow darker, the winds bite harder, and all the leaves are brown. There comes a point, no matter how hard we try, when the shift from fall to winter can no longer be ignored. Just like your wardrobe and your car, your home must be prepared to weather the coming storms. Checking the following five points in and around your home will give you peace of mind in the coming winter months. #1: Gutters If you noticed a lot of icicles last year, it may have been a sign that your gutters needed clearing or replacing. Before the…

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Are Energy Star Windows Worth It?

Are Energy Star Windows Worth It?

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It’s late October and those blustery fall winds have started. This is when you notice it: they’re not just stripping your trees bare and swirling dead leaves around outside. They’re also leaking into your house through windows past their prime. You want to watch those winds go by—not feel them! So, to save on heating bills and make your home a cozy haven in the coming months, you start thinking about window replacement. You start looking around and that’s when you notice them. They’re everywhere! Energy Star stickers. But what exactly do they mean? More importantly, is it worth the…

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The Perfect Time To Start Your Home Improvement Project Is…

The Perfect Time To Start Your Home Improvement Project Is…

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Remember how you felt in April? Spring had just begun and summer days stretched before you, promising family, fun, time spent outdoors… and those home improvement projects waiting on your list, collecting dust. Now fall is fast approaching. Where did the time go? What’s worse is that somehow, yet again, those projects didn’t get done. But don’t worry that they’ll have to wait another year or beat yourself up for letting the spring and summer slip by. We’ve got some good news for you, because the best time to install vinyl siding, and replace roofing, windows and doors is right…

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Thinking DIY For Your Vinyl Siding Installation? Think Again!

Thinking DIY For Your Vinyl Siding Installation? Think Again!

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It can’t be that hard, can it? You watched an episode of your favorite home renovation TV show and you know what to look out for. You’re confident that they covered all the bases, but still you did your own research, just to be sure, and the YouTube videos all made it look like child’s play — one guy even whistled while he worked. You found a reputable vinyl siding manufacturer, picked a color, and have credit card in hand. You’re ready to start your DIY project! But before going any further, consider the following. It just might save you…

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How Much Does Vinyl Siding Cost?

How Much Does Vinyl Siding Cost?

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Do a quick Google search and you’ll find lots of calculators that will let you estimate the cost of installing or replacing the vinyl siding on your home. The formulas are based on square footage, number of floors and sometimes “house difficulty”, a rather abstract term that a homeowner may not know quite what to do with. You’ll also find plenty of “average siding costs” that can range wildly. If you’re looking to budget for your home improvement project, not only can the task of pricing out vinyl siding be frustrating, but it can also end up fruitless. The problem…

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Pros And Cons of Vinyl Siding (And 5 Other Siding Types)

Pros And Cons of Vinyl Siding (And 5 Other Siding Types)

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Choosing a new siding for your home can be a dizzying experience. There are  a number of options to sort through, each with pros and cons, from cost to maintenance and more. If you’re thinking about tackling a home improvement project that will beautify your home and add resale value, you’re going to have to do your research, and that starts with understanding what the different siding types have to offer and which options best fit your personal aesthetic, lifestyle and budget. 7 Points To Consider As You Choose New Siding Before delving into the pros and cons of each…

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Five Tips To Keep Your Vinyl Siding Looking New

Five Tips To Keep Your Vinyl Siding Looking New

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Imagine: you’re relaxing outside on your porch on a beautiful summer’s day. Looking around your yard, you can’t help but admire your wonderful landscaping. The trees are in bloom, the flowers are colorful, and your house’s siding looks… green? Pollen, dirt, and all sorts of grime can build up over time, leaving your home looking like a lackluster version of its former self. Luckily, for homeowners who have a house with vinyl siding, this problem is easily fixable… as long as it’s done right! One of the great things about vinyl siding is its beauty, durability and ease of maintenance….

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