Prevent Winter Storm Damage

  Winters in the Northeast can bring sudden, unpredictable weather. Freezing temperatures, blizzards, sleet, and freezing rain all have an impact on your home’s exterior and for some, their interior. Whether you are a homeowner, commercial property owner or property manager, you can take steps to avoid costly damage to your property. Below are a number of ways to prevent Winter storm damage. Roof Prevent damage to your roof and the inside of your home by removing snow off after each storm. This can be done by either raking or shoveling it off. Its best as an ongoing task because when the snow accumulates, excess weight puts pressure on the roof, causing damage, and for some, at risk for collapse. If you decide to clear your roof, please do not do it alone. Take safety precautions by being aware of ice, making sure someone is there to guide you up … Read More

What to Look For When Shopping For Replacement Windows

Are you feeling a draft? Do you have fog or condensation between the window panes in your home? Are the frames around your windows rotting? If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to update your windows. With so many choices out on the market, the decision to purchase replacement windows shouldn’t be made without thorough research. After all, this investment is a once in a lifetime expense and shouldn’t be regretted after the fact. Not sure exactly what type of replacement windows to buy? Below are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for replacement windows. Safety First If you have young children or pets in the home, consider investing your money in double-hung windows. Not only are they the most popular window in the United States, but they’re also the safest. Now, that’s not to say that single-hung windows aren’t safe, both … Read More

6 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are never fun. Not only will it cost you time and money, but it’ll cost you a lot of wasted energy as well. No one wants to go running for a bucket every time it rains or snows. Roof leaks occur on both old and new roofs. In an effort to save you time and energy trying to figure out why you have a leak, Graves Bros. Home Improvement has compiled a list of the 6 Most Common Causes of Roof Leaks. 1. Broken Shingles Having broken shingles is one of the most common causes of a leaky roof. It’s very important that whenever a major storm with high winds are in the forecast, you check your shingles’ integrity. 2. Broken Flashing Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof in order to create a water-resistant barrier. When … Read More

Cheap Replacement Windows Isn’t The Way To Go

Purchasing cheap replacement windows isn’t always the best option. We’ve all heard that replacement windows are more efficient than old ones, but will buying cheap replacement windows pay for themselves? One would argue, that energy costs will stay the same and to avoid investing in replacement windows all together. Even if you take away all the benefits replacement windows offer, installing ENERGY STAR qualified replacement windows will lower your energy bill and save you money in the long-run. There’s also a misconception that you can recoup window costs with energy savings. This is highly unlikely, unless, that is, you plan on settling down in your home. If this is the case, you’ll recoup your investment within 35-40 years. If settling down isn’t for you and you spend at least $10,000 on replacement windows, you can increase the asking price on your house about $8,500, for an 85% ROI. Looking to … Read More

Things to Consider When Purchasing Solar Panels For Your Home

If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly way to use energy, you’ve come to the right place. Solar panels help produce electricity from sunlight, which can then be used in your home. By going solar, you can reduce demand for fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce your carbon footprint. Using solar energy may also help you save money on your electric bills each month. Here are 7 things to consider before installing solar panels on your roof. 1. How Do Solar Panels Work Solar panels that are installed on your home’s roof, are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which harness sunlight and transform it into energy. PV cells are typically made from silicon, surrounded by a protective material, and connected into panels. To learn more about how solar panels work, please go to https://www.energy.gov/eere/solarpoweringamerica/solar-powering-america. 2. How Much Power Will Solar Panels Generate This will vary based … Read More