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In the event of a hurricane, windows and doors can be among the last lines of defense between you and heavy, potentially deadly winds. Choosing the best possible windows can make the difference between preservation and destruction for your home. Additionally, energy efficient windows are not only eco friendly by saving energy, but friendly to the environment by saving money. So: what exactly should you look for when choosing windows for your latest improvement project?
Hurricane-Resistant Windows: What To Look For
Did you know that there are windows in existent that can resist Category 5 wind conditions? In recent years, impact r (more…)
The selection of what kind of roofing will protect your business is one of the most important decisions you?ll make as a ?boss? and business owner. The proper roofing ensures that you and your employees are safe; that the building is protected from the elements; and that a professional, attractive image is projected to all potential clients visiting the site. These, among other reasons, is why so many commercial roofing contractors have recommended metal roofing. Let?s delve into what makes metal roofing so appealing to those who need commercial roofing.
1. Metal Roofing Lasts
A big issue with commercial roofing is durability. Nobody likes to think about their roofs wearing out, but for a business owner it?s just another worry and cost piled on top of many others (more…)
When pulling up to a home it’s inevitable that one of the first things anybody will notice is the exterior — specifically the siding. In recent years there have been a lot of innovations that improve the materials available as well as offer more options in style and color.
Having to spend all day walking up and down a ladder to repaint and repair siding is a time consuming and exhausting process. Let’s face it, everyone hates doing it. Fortunately, new types of house siding replacement offer versions that guarantee longevity as well as low maintenance.
Likely the most popular option is vinyl siding replacement wh (more…)
When the weather gets colder, it’s time to bust out those sweaters, pull on those stockings and turn up those thermostats. However, it can be difficult to stay warm and save money at the same time. If you find your heating bill is a little too high, you might be in need of calling a professional. There are many hidden ways of losing heat and increasing bills that we’re not aware of and a little knowledge goes a long way toward a more tolerable winter. Keep reading to learn more about air-conditioning in the States and how you can save more on your energy bill.
Heating And Air-Conditioning In The U.S.
The HVAC industry in the U.S. is worth over $70 billion dollars — you can imagine that figure gets a lot higher when the weather gets chillier! The heating industry g (more…)
Does your small business, church or school facility need an upgrade? When was the last time you repainted the exterior walls or interior rooms of your salon, gift boutique or workout gym and weightlifting club? Painting surfaces and needs of a small business are not the same as upgrades that you might need at your own home. Business owners who plan to update their indoor or outdoor walls and other surfaces, need to work with a company that provides professional workers and quality commercial painting supplies.
The first thing that makes a business remodel or new space preparation different from a project at an individual residence is the time factor. While you may be able to complete some remodeling and repainting tasks at your home on your own leisurely schedule, businesses, churches, school (more…)
If you’ve been considering investing in steel doors and steel windows for your home or business, you’re probably already aware of the added safety benefits they can bring you. (Especially considering a home break-in happens every 13 seconds, and 30% of them happen due to unlocked residential windows and doors.) So since you already know a bunch about steel windows and doors, here are some things you DIDN’T know about steel!
Your car is made of it - From the door latches, to the safety buckles, to the safety cage itself, your car is made of the real strong stuff. Even the motor is made from steel! You can be sure that this makes your car as safe as possible, because steel is resilient, fire-proof, and…
It’s highly recyclable - In 2006, over 14 million cars were recycled for their steel. In fact, that same recycled steel was used to make 13.5 million new cars. In North America, more than 80 million tons of steel are recycled every year. That’s a lot of cars!
It can save you money - Because steel is so well insulated, it not only can save you from one of the 1,240,000 house fires reported yearly, it can also save you money on your energy bill. By installing steel windows and doors, you can save anywhere from $126 to $465 every year.
With more reasons than ever to take advantage of the safety and stability of steel, ask your local retailer how to get your custom steel windows installed today.
Although many residential homeowners make the decision to remove all trees from their properties due to the cost of maintenance, landscaped homes that include professional tree care are actually worth up to 15% more and can sell much more quickly. The value added by attractive trees on a residential property can offset the cost and time needed to take care of the trees themselves.
Not only are trees an attractive option for homeowners who want to upgrade their “curb appeal,” they can also cool a home, reducing overall energy costs. A fifteen-year-old tree can cut energy costs by over 10% and homeowners who plant a large group of trees can often expect lower ambient noise, along with lowered cooling costs.
Professional tr (more…)
With football season on the horizon there’s no time like the present to get your barbecue gameday ready. Nothing says football Sunday like using outdoor decks and patios for grilling with friends and family. Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to make sure you are getting the most from your outdoor decks design this season.
Make sure that your Deck is Party Ready
Before you invite the gang over for the big game, you want to make sure that your deck is in good working order. Check for any loose boards or jutting nails. Are there any areas that seem to be warping or splintering? If your deck is in need of a new coat of sealant you may want to get it taken care of before it is subjected to a higher amount of foot traffic than normal. If you have any gate (more…)
Good landscaping design can greatly improve the value of your home. The return of investment on a good landscaping job can be as high as 100% according to Money Magazine. It can also be add value in other ways. Home owners can save up to 30% on energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, (more…)
Early in 2015, America became known as renovation nation as more and more homeowners decided to improve their current housing situation as opposed to relocating and purchasing new property. Ironically, you can thank the Great Recession of the mid 2000′s for that.
Yep, the silver lining of the Great Recession was that its hardships only served to highlight the resilience of the American people by forcing them to look inward. This resulted in a growing number of DIY-ers (do it yourselfers) who by educating themselves on basic decorating and home improvement projects, decided to tackle odd jobs around the house. As such, home renovation and improvement retail giants such as Home Depot and Lowe’s have experienced — and enjoyed — record breaking sales throughout
2015 with no signs of slowing down.
Do It Yourself Repair
Water usage has significantly increased within the United States. From 1950 to 2000, for example, this amounted to a 200% increase. In 1992, toilet tanks were upgraded to contain 3.5 gallons of water. If this hadn’t been done, it is estimated that the average annual water usage for this essential piece of plumbing would be [...]
Remodeling your kitchen can be costly and time-consuming, but in the long run, it often proves to be a worthwhile investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel averages a return on investment of 82.7%, and that doesn’t take into account all of the time you get to spend with a better kitchen design. So, what minor [...]
Your exterior design needs a little work. Where do you get started transforming your home into something truly impressive? Hardscaping is an art form in of itself. Not only do they require a keen eye for aesthetic, they rely on a careful balance between natural materials and a cautious hand to give you the very [...]