Home Siding, Know the Basics and Beyond

Just like your roof, siding is an important investment for your home. Home siding comes with many purposes other than enhancing your curb appeal. It protects and insulates, but also has an environmental impact and cost so much less than other material options like wood, stucco, brick, stone, and metal. Siding comes in many styles, colors, textures and types, and choosing the right one can feel very overwhelming. Below are your basic need-to-knows before moving forward with your new home improvement project. Know the Basics Traditional siding is where great looks and low maintenance harmoniously live together. Styles such as clapboard, beaded and Dutchlap bring the quaint to Cape Cods and Colonials. Insulated siding adds energy efficiency, UV resistance and colorfast fade resistance to the aesthetically pleasing side of things. This is great because it’s low maintenance. Shake & shingles siding gives you through-the-roof curb appeal and looks perfectly at … Read More

4 Reasons Your Shingles are Curling

The roof is arguably the most important component of your house. If the shingles on your roof curl that’s an indication that something is wrong. Below are 4 reasons why your shingles are curling. 1. The shingles on your roof were improperly installed. If the shingles on your roof weren’t put on correctly, this is the main culprit for shingle curling. Whoever installed the roof probably didn’t use enough nails or placed them inadequately. When this occurs, the shingles work themselves out over time, leaving them loose or curled. If the adhesive strip or tar line, isn’t lined up next one another, those shingles will eventually curl or even fall off. 2. Your attic space is not properly insulated or ventilated. A roof ventilation system works by pulling in outside air from intake vents placed on the lower part of the roof. In your home, hot, moisture-filled air typically rises … Read More

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Patio Door

Want convenient access to the outdoors? Need extra natural light in your home? Summer is here and one of the best upgrades you can make for your home is a new patio door. Here are 5 things to consider before making your patio door purchase: 1. Know your budget. Before you start picking out your favorite doors, determine your budget. The cost of patio doors can vary depending on details such as size, quality and features. 2. Choose a style and design that fits your home and personality. Choosing the right patio door has an equally big impact on both the interior and exterior appearance of your home. 3. Know the functionality and restrictions. Sliding patio doors are great for condos and/or homes where there isn’t much space around the patio door. If you’re looking for a traditional look, keep in mind that hinged patio doors swing in or out, … Read More

5 Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows During the Summer

Not only are energy-efficient windows great for keeping the drafts out during the winter, but they’re also great for the warmer months. We all want to keep our homes cool in the summer and having energy efficient windows installed will help you do that. Not only will your home be comfortable, but you’ll also save on energy and other costs. Here are the 5 benefits of having energy efficient windows installed in your home: Energy efficient windows are manufactured with a thin coating of invisible metal. This invisible metal reflects harmful UV Rays, allowing only the sunlight to come in. This in turn will protect everything in your home. Long term exposure of sunlight will fade and/or deteriorate fabrics and other materials. Energy efficient windows are manufactured with thick glass that has gasses inserted between the window panes. This helps reduce outside noise from traffic, neighbors and even nature. If … Read More

Enhancing Your Curb Appeal

They say first impressions last forever – so how’s that curb appeal working for you?!? If it’s drawing (good) attention, great, if it’s only mediocre and you’re looking for some tips, we’ve got you covered. If you’re thinking of selling your home, and aren’t sure where to start, we can help you out too. One thing to always remember is potential buyers see your home’s exterior when driving by. Your home’s exterior includes the front entryway, yard, driveway, and even sidewalk. Boost your curb appeal with these cost-effective makeover tips! Even on a fixed budget, there are a multitude of ways to draw attention to your front door. Your front door is your exterior’s focal point, so why not create a new look? One of the easiest things to do is paint the door a rich hue. Like bold colors? Just keep in mind that you run the risk of … Read More