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Spring has sprung (at least officially, though some parts of the country are still waiting for warm weather to kick in), and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. One outside task you shouldn’t forget is cleaning out gutters. Here’s what you need to know about it:
Why You Should Clean Out Gutters
Most homeowners probably know, in theory at least, why gutters and downspouts are so important to maintaining a home. They are designed to move water away from vulnerable areas of the home, such as the roof, siding and foundation, so that it flows harmlessly into drains. But in order to actually accomplish this task, gutters need to be clear of debris. That means getting (more…)
Gaining in popularity as a more sustainable source of energy, the solar industry is on track to complete its millionth solar panel system installation this year in the United States. Over the past several years, countries have been increasing their potential for the use of solar panel systems, installing capacity at an annual growth rate of 147.3% between the years 2008 and 2011. Have you ever wondered what steps go into installing solar panel systems? Here are some of the necessary procedures for installing a solar panel system.
#1. Assess and Choose a Location
The first step that businesses take when wanting to install solar panel systems is determining an appropriate site. There are several different (more…)
One of the most important parts of landscaping is determining the location and design of driveways and walkways, as well as the types of mulch used. While many people prefer shredded bark, sidewalks, and paved driveways, landscaping rocks and gravel are also excellent choices, and can tie in nicely with the overall appearance of the landscaping designs.
Marble chips are a popular choice for mulch in flower beds and around trees, and for drainage beneath downspouts and next to building foundations. The classic white appearance of marble chips is very aesthetically pleasing, and bring a unified look to the area.
Crushed stone gravel is the most common type of gravel for use in driv (more…)
The United States is slowly but surely warming up to renewable energy. Although there are many eco-friendly energy projects underway, the U.S. still has much to do in order to make our energy consumption cleaner, sustainable, and more efficient. Of the several up-and-coming renewable resource industries in the country, solar power is leading the way for better sustainable energy. The U.S. now installs one photovoltaic solar panel ever four minutes. The solar panel industry grew by an annual rate of 14% from 2009 to 2014. There are more than 2,200 businesses that offer solar panel services. The panels themselves are more accessible than ever before. From 2009 to 2013, the average cost of a solar photovoltaic panel has decreased by a formidable 80% and signs point to even lower prices in th (more…)
Now that the days are getting longer, the snow is melting, and you no longer have to wear your heavy winter coat — for now — you may be starting to feel the itch of cabin fever. There’s no way better way to keep cabin fever at bay than to begin fleshing out your spring or summer bathroom remodel.
Planning the remodeling process for new bathroom can be an exciting time. Between visits to the hardware store to pick out different fixtures, rifling through different paint swatches, and browsing home improvement websites, the entire process can be pretty fun. However, before getting too caught up in the excitement of designing something new and shiny, it’s important to consider one important thing: cost.
In the remodeling business, as with many other industries, time is money. The more lab (more…)
In general, homeowners tend to favor hard flooring designs rather than soft ones. For example, two-thirds of homeowners in 2011 who had floor restoration work done chose hard surface materials, such as wood, travertine, or terrazzo, over soft materials such as carpet or wool. In fact, about 56% of all homeowners prefer hardwood over carpet. Hardwood and travertine floors are very popular but for truly magnificent and resilient flooring, terrazzo will get the job done.
Why terrazzo? A few reasons. First, terrazzo has been around for quite a long time — as in before the dawn of civilization. Terrazzo has been used by humans for as long as 10,000 years. (more…)
When it comes to the modern conveniences included in homes, water and sewer services top the list. Despite this, most homeowners don’t pay nearly enough attention to water pipes and sewer lines, either when they’re choosing houses or maintaining their homes — and that can lead to big water and sewer problems down the road. If you own a home, you can save yourself a lot of grief (and money on plumbing contractors’ bills) by asking yourself five questions before your pipe-related problems spiral out of control:
- How Old Are the (more…)
Not all cleaning companies are created equally. Many will leave you with a beautiful, spotless home. However, many others might leave you with a really big headache. It’s important to ask your cleaning service for references. Whether it be a residential cleaning service or a professional cleaning service targeting larger companies and offices, referrals and references are key.
It is understandable for a small home cleaning service to lack extensive clientele. However, it is always a risk to choose these small residential cleaning services. For example, in one case despite extremely competitive (more…)
If you own your own home then you know how exciting it can be to start thinking about and planning remodeling projects. This is especially true in the springtime, when it can feel awesome to give your home a new look and feel that will update your whole lifestyle and routine. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends that consumers or homeowners devote up to six months for the processes of evaluating, thinking about and planning before beginning work. This is because the overall final cost can be very expensive and you want to make sure that you get everything exactly the way you want it.
You might also consider hiring a professional designer who can advise you on things like how to best incorporate the most modern bathroom designs or (more…)
Refurbishing or redecorating your floor is a popular and beneficial tend in the United States. One strong indicator of the trend is how much floor installation actually makes. Flooring installation services generate roughly $14 billion a year! The industry also happens to employ thousands of Americans for thousands of projects throughout the country.
Is floor installation right for you? To better understand the benefits that come with installing a new flooring inlay, here are three advantages it offers:
Do It Yourself Repair
Incredibly ubiquitous, modern style furniture allows us to sit, recline, lay, and simply enjoy our surroundings. Whether we use folding chairs at the beach or a rolling chair in the office, we use furniture everyday. In fact, it seems very nearly impossible not to use furniture during the day! Standing throughout the day can be [...]
Camping is one of the most popular summer vacations in the United States. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, approximately 8.9 million households own an RV alone. This does not take into account the number of campers who choose to rent cabins or stay in ground tents. As you prepare for your camping trip [...]
Is it time to have your roof inspected? Under normal conditions, it should be inspected at least once or twice a year. If you live in an area that experiences heavy storms and winds, however, you’ll want to have it inspected more often. Do you currently have an asphalt shingle roof? Approximately every 4 out [...]