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Top 10 Tips to Maintain Your Tile Roof

There are several advantages tile roofing has over other types of roofing material. It comes in many different styles with Old World charm, and with proper tile roof maintenance, according to the National Parks Service, it will last for over a century. Tiles can withstand harsh weather and are fire and pest resistant. They are made from natural clay and are environmentally friendly by reducing the ambient temperature on the roof deck. The top six tips for... ❯❯❯

5 Garage Door Storm-Proofing Tips

Often when we think about storm proofing, we think about preserving and protecting our indoor living spaces first. Too often the garage is forgotten, however the garage is extremely susceptible to the impacts of a storm and the damage can potentially be severe if you are not well prepared. Here are 5 garage door storm-proofing tips to help reduce damage to your home during a storm. It is quite common that storms with high winds can actually pull a... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Finding a Quality Residential Painting Contractor

Painting is an excellent way to transform your home by adding a fresh, new style to any space. While a new coat of paint can make a huge difference, sometimes painting your house can become a hassle that you don’t want to get involved with. Instead of painting your home yourself, you may want to hire a residential painter to relieve you of the responsibility and provide you with the piece of mind you need to know the project will be done properly. Here... ❯❯❯

The Best Type of Flooring to Install over a Radiant Heating System

For those that live in temperate climes, the implementation of a radiant heating system in the home may be a relative rarity. In fact, most people probably never even consider it as an option. But anyone who lives a fair distance from the equator and has to deal with harsh winter weather is no doubt familiar with the concept of radiant heat in the floors, and if they don’t have it already, they’re probably keen to install it. Many high-end homes in... ❯❯❯

Building a Solar Powered Home: 5 Things to Consider

If you’ve been thinking about building the home, in the midst of selecting a layout plan, the amount of rooms that you want and the kind of roofing and flooring that you’d like, have you stopped to think about how great it would be if it was solar-powered? Aside from the fact that solar power gets its energy from the sun (which means that it provides free and renewable energy to its users), it also significantly reduces the amount of greenhouse gases that... ❯❯❯

Should You Repair or Replace Historic Windows in Your Home?

For a home, or any part of a home, to become “historical,” it must be deemed so by the city council that represents a particular community. Perhaps simply the age of a home – usually before 1900 – will make it historical. Also, if any historic event took place at your home, it can be deemed historical. With every historical home, there are many historical “period” pieces, like lampshades, fixtures and windows. When it comes to renovating historical homes,... ❯❯❯

How Much Insulation Does Your New Home Need?

When it comes to insulating or reinsulating your home, you need have as much insulation that is required based on the region you live – amongst other factors. Usually, the type of insulation is determined by your geographic location. Also, many people believe that just because you live in a warm or tropical region you don’t need as much insulation, but this is a fallacy that will get you in a lot trouble. All regions – hot and cold – need insulation.... ❯❯❯

5 Major Benefits of Seasonal Home Maintenance

When you purchase a home you are probably aware of the fact that you’re going to have to engage in all kinds of seasonal maintenance in order to keep your property in ship shape. But you might not really know why it’s so important. The next time you find yourself grumbling, though, you may want to take a moment to consider all of the benefits that this seasonal work can provide. Here are just a few good reasons to grab your wrench or rake and get going on... ❯❯❯

HVAC Terminology Every Homeowner Should Be Familiar With

Aside from the roof and the utility lines that run into your home, the most important piece of a house is the HVAC system. You can easily paint the walls, redecorate, switch out the fixtures or install new carpeting, and though all of them are fantastic options they won’t make a huge difference practically speaking. The HVAC, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is basically the arteries of livability in your house. It’s what keeps you cool... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Having a Brick-Exterior Home

If you’re planning on building your next home from scratch, chances are you’re getting recommendations from almost everywhere. Even the proudest of homeowners has a couple of gripes about his property, which he’ll be happy to share once he discovers your plans. And you probably wouldn’t be going down this path if you didn’t have particular tastes concerning your living situation. But regardless of the choices you make, you would do well to follow the... ❯❯❯

5 Attic Conversion Tips to Add Value to Your Home

If you’re considering selling your home in the near future it is worth it to plan some renovations that might put a little more money in your pocket. This is a buyer’s market, and there are no shortage of options for anyone with a mortgage and a down payment in hand. You’re going to have to put your house in the best possible light if you want to compete in this marketplace, especially if you’ve driven around and noticed that there are plenty of other... ❯❯❯

5 Commonly Overlooked Ways to Keep the Heat Out of Your Home in Summer

In the old days, people didn’t have air conditioning. Your only respite from the incendiary heat was to luxuriate in a cold pool or head to the closest park and sit under the shade of the trees. People also started to find other creative ways to beat the heat until the incredible invention of the modern air conditioning unit – as the old say goes: “necessity is the mother of all invention.” Yet, today many of the old methods of beating the heat have gone... ❯❯❯

How to Select the Right Modular Home Builder

If you’ve done your research on modular homes, you know there are a ton of options out there. A prefab house no longer has the ‘cheap’ stigma it once carried, and is a truly affordable and beautiful option for millions of Americans. But as with any home construction, you’ve got to choose the right partners to make sure the job is done properly the first time. Otherwise you could be in for years of costly repairs that basically counteract most of the... ❯❯❯

Costly Home Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It’s always a good idea to keep looking for ways to improve your home. After all, a house is often the largest investment you will make in your lifetime. It’s not just the place you relax after a hard day at work and raise your family over the passing years. It’s also a reliable piece of capital that you will eventually call upon to help you afford important purchases, buy another, larger home or perhaps retire with a bit more comfort and security. Those... ❯❯❯

5 Simple Thermostat Adjustments to Save You Money

Whether you are heating or cooling your home, it is important to know how to properly manage and regulate your thermostat. Not knowing how to set and adjust your thermostat can result in wasted energy, which can be harmful to the environment. In addition, using extra, unnecessary energy to heat and cool your home can dramatically increase your monthly energy bills, costing you lots of extra money. Follow these 5 simple thermostat adjustment tips to help... ❯❯❯

Why Protective Eyewear is So Important

As employees we’re often given a book or sheet containing a number of guidelines and regulations that encourage us to wear certain items of clothing when working in certain environments to help keep us safe. Many see these guidelines as “over the top” and “unnecessary”, while others follow them to the letter to keep themselves safe from harm. Those working in industries using lasers, flames, sparks and hazardous materials should all be wearing safety... ❯❯❯

Building Your Dream Bathroom

Before constructing a new bathroom spend some time thinking about the layout. Time spent with design really does save you effort at a later date. Dream bathrooms should not be just about replacing your suite with a new one and keeping everything else pretty much the same. For a completely refreshed look you will need acomplete set of washroom essentials including mirrors, tiling, light fittings and new flooring. Bathroom accessories, such as a matching... ❯❯❯

The Importance of Good Indoor Air Quality at Home

The average homeowner never thinks twice about the quality of interior air. Unless you start to notice mysterious odors or you begin coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and exhibiting other symptoms of respiratory distress, chances are that you’ll have little reason to ponder the content of the air that you breathe in your home. And yet, even if you’re not yet experiencing problems, there are several reasons you might want to have your HVAC system checked... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Non-Toxic Paint for the Interior of Your Home

If you’ve been thinking about doing a bit of remodeling in your home but you’re on a tight budget, there is one thing that you can do that doesn’t cost a lot of money but can make a drastic difference: paint it. Whether you want to go with a neutral hue like white or tan in your living room or something a bit more vibrant like an orange or red in the master bedroom, you can definitely change the total decor of your home with a few coats of paint. If... ❯❯❯

3 Do-It-Yourself Fixes That Save You A lot of Money

There are some things that you should hire a professional to do. Building your house is one of them. However, these projects will keep houses looking and working great while saving you money.  How to Install a Stone Paver Walkway Image via Flickr by AntonPree If you're as ambitious as a lot of other home owners, the Stephen Dent Construction team has barely started building your house before you start plotting out the next project: a quaint stone... ❯❯❯

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