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How to Evaluate a Potential Contractor

When the time comes and you need a great contractor, there are tried and true methods toward choosing one who can do the job, on time, and do it right so you can continue your life with as little disturbance as possible. If you’re fortunate, you’ll already know that contractor when you need him. If not, you have to find one you feel you can trust and work with.

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Considerations toward Home Efficiency

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably considered how you can improve your home’s efficiency by lowering bills and increasing your comfort while inside. You may have replaced appliances to use EnergyStar rated pieces that use less electricity and you may have installed water saving plumbing fixtures. Those concepts are helpful and worthy of applause, but more importantly is to consider the overall structure and how the house functions as a whole.

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Let's Get Technical: How Windows and Siding Affect Your Bills

You’ve bought a house you like. It passed inspection, you got a good deal comparative to the appraised value, the floor layout works well for you and your family, lighting is great, and you’ve even taken the time to get it decorated according to your tastes with furniture and artwork. Unless you’re a contractor yourself, you probably haven’t thought about other aspects of the home. Consider how windows and siding affect the home’s value whether you intend to resell it in the future or would like to lower your bills in the present.

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Winter, Power Bills, and New Windows

Winter weather comes and you have to stay warm. Power bills go up, gas or oil if they happen to be your heat source, but you have to stay comfortable in order to call your house a home. Fortunately, there are ways to keep such bills minimal so not only is your home comfortable, but you can rest assured your bank account remains stable as well. Assuming your home is well insulated, windows are the most common factor in heat loss, followed closely by drafty doors that allow heat to leak out and cold winter weather to come in.

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How Your Gutter System Works, and Why It's Important

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never thought about your gutter system other than if it looks nice and provides curb appeal to the exterior of your home. If you’ve ever had a leaking or clogged gutter you may have noticed the inconvenience of water pouring over from your roof in a steady stream in a place water isn’t supposed to be. Without fail, it always happens to be in the same place as where your head is when you step outside during a rainstorm.

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Choosing a Contractor for the Exterior Maintenance of Your Home

Buying a home is exciting, you’re making the heaviest investment in your future you’ll likely ever make. Owning a house is yet more exciting, you’re taking care of the home where your family lives and where you spend the majority of your time. Not so much fun, but something that has to be done, is the continued maintenance of the home. You have to assure it stays up to your standards as not only a safe and comfortable place for you and your family, but also assure the exterior meets the standards of your HOA and according to your lifestyle is inviting for guests whether they’re enjoying an afternoon visit, a dinner party, or staying overnight. Exterior maintenance of your home may not have been your first thought when making the purchase but has to be done occasionally.

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When to Consider Gutter Maintenance, Repair or Replacement

As a homeowner, you may or may not realize the terms, “maintenance, repair and replacement” have distinct meanings when used as professional jargon. There are some clues you can watch for to understand which your home likely needs when your gutters aren’t working properly, although each situation can be a little different. It’s important to listen to your contractor’s advice and explanation when determining what is needed. An understanding of his lingo will help you understand what he plans to do and why.

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Top 3 Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Sliding Glass Door

If you are lucky enough to have sliding glass doors in your home, you know how convenient and beautiful they are. Not only do they make it easy to enter and leave your dining area to bring food and supplies to your patio, for example, sliding glass doors also allow lots of sunshine and light into a room. This type of door gives you a wide expanse from which to glimpse the outdoors. As beautiful and convenient as they are, though sliding glass doors can also be terribly inefficient when it comes to saving energy. You can reduce this likelihood by replacing them as needed. If you notice any of the following signs, replacing your sliding glass doors should be at the top of your home maintenance list.

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When To Repair Windows And Doors?

Anywhere you have an open portal to the elements, you run the risk of losing energy. Windows and doors fit this description perfectly. Did you feel a draft coming from a door or window this winter? How about condensation or frost? If the answer is yes, you should take a closer look at your home’s openings to the outside.

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Sliding Windows: What You Need To Know

 

Sliding windows are a very popular way to let an unobstructed view of the outside into your home. Their ease of use, low maintenance, and functionality make them a great option when purchasing new windows.

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