Vinyl Siding & Stonework: A Match Made In Heaven

Vinyl Siding & Stonework: A Match Made In Heaven

By | Siding

Whether you’re trading in your beloved cedar shake for a low-maintenance vinyl alternative, or you’re simply looking to upgrade your existing vinyl with a new style or color, your home improvement options don’t end there. Vinyl is a durable, cost-effective and (in our humble opinion) beautiful siding selection but some of the most beautiful homes get a little help from the addition of stonework. If you’re planning a home makeover, let your imagination wander over the possibilities before you commit. These are just some of the types of stonework that can enhance the beauty of your home. Why Include Stone?…

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What Does Your Home’s Exterior Say About You?

What Does Your Home’s Exterior Say About You?

By | Home Improvements

Are you adventurous? Bold? Creative? Conservative? And did you know that these character traits are written on your home’s walls, in its windows and doors and by the colors and shapes you choose? They say you can’t judge a book by its cover but there’s no doubt that everyone from passersby to family and visitors are measuring you up by the size and shape of your cultured stone. You may think that selecting a vinyl siding or door option is a matter of budget or simply taste, but your home’s exterior can say a lot about your own values and…

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If You Can Defer Your Home Improvement Project Until Spring… Do It!

If You Can Defer Your Home Improvement Project Until Spring… Do It!

By | Home Improvements

If you’ve got a leak or see other serious signs that your roof is about to enter retirement, if your windows are in serious trouble, or if you’ve got other structural problems that need attention, then don’t delay in calling your contractor. But if it’s one of those projects you’ve been tossing around in your head – whether your siding has seen better days, you’re tired of staining those aging cedar shingles, your doors are looking a bit 1982, or you’re in the market for a great bay window to add curb appeal and bring more light into your home…

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5 Ways Your Windows Are Begging You To Replace Them

By | Windows

(Scroll to the bottom to see the “after” version of these windows!) While you’re going about your business day to day, whether it’s work or play, entertaining friends or enjoying time with family, watching TV or working on your Great American Novel, you’re probably not thinking much about your windows. But once in a while they make themselves known in some very obvious ways, and when that happens it means only one thing: time to replace them! Here are five ways that ailing windows act out and let you know in no uncertain terms that they’ve thrown in the towel….

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3 Patio Door Styles That Look Great And Improve Your Home

3 Patio Door Styles That Look Great And Improve Your Home

By | Doors

Doors and windows can make a huge impact on the beauty, comfort and functionality of your home. And when you combine doors with windows into the patio styles we’re about to tell you about here, you can create stunning effects that not only look great but make it so easy to get into and out of your house that you’ll almost forget they’re separate spaces. Windows – and the doors that ensconce them – play a unique role in your home. They can be seen from both the inside and outside, which means you can appreciate them whether you’re relaxing…

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4 Beautiful Vinyl Siding Options To Improve Curb Appeal

4 Beautiful Vinyl Siding Options To Improve Curb Appeal

By | Siding

Vinyl siding as a building material is less than three-quarters of a century old, but the debate over using it seems as timeless as the universe itself. Proponents praise its cost-effectiveness, ease of maintenance and beauty. Detractors insist that the only truly beautiful building material is wood. You can probably guess where we stand on the subject! While wood, and even other siding types like brick, stone and stucco are all beautiful in their own right, only vinyl affords you the flexibility in colors, styles, and shapes. And it’s the only siding type that you can keep looking beautiful for…

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Benefits Of Composite Decking Vs. Wood

Benefits Of Composite Decking Vs. Wood

By | Home Improvements

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

By | Home Improvements

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?

By | Windows

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

By | Home Improvements

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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