How to Buy Blinds

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If you’re in the process of choosing window treatments, you likely have a number of questions, ranging from where to buy blinds to how to measure your windows. Fortunately, with a few simple tips, this process can be a relatively easy process, especially when it comes to a convenient choice like window blinds. Read on to learn how to choose the right window blinds for your home.

First, Measure
You can technically do this step at any point, but if you’re going to be looking at different residential window treatments, you need to be prepared if you find the right ones. The trick is to measure exactly where you want your blinds to cover: if you’re looking for outside-mounted styles, Continue reading “How to Buy Blinds”

Three Common HVAC Problems You Should Never Try to Fix Yourself

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The average heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is designed to last anywhere from 12 to 15 years — when properly maintained. Over the course of your home’s heating and cooling system’s lifespan, you’ll need to perform regular repairs and maintenance to keep it working to its full potential and efficiency.

While you can usually perform a minor heating and air conditioning service on your own, some of these HVAC repairs will require the skills that only professionally-trained HVAC contractors have. It’s better to invest in repair work that’s performed well than to attempt it yourself and make the pro Continue reading “Three Common HVAC Problems You Should Never Try to Fix Yourself”

A First-Time Homeowner’s Guide to Maintaining Sewer Lines

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Owning your first home is pretty exciting — until you realize all of the important things you’re going to have to start looking after and maintaining. One of the most important is the sewer system, since many of the modern conveniences of living in a home depend on it — like having running water and indoor plumbing. There are a few key parts of making sure that your sewer system is in good repair. Here’s what every new homeowner should know.

Prevention
Good sewer care starts with prevention. Experts recommend having sewer lines checked out before even buying a house, but if you didn’t that’s okay. Make sure that you get them checked as soon as possible to make sure there are no issues. From inside the house, it’s important to make sure that you’re not putting grease or Continue reading “A First-Time Homeowner’s Guide to Maintaining Sewer Lines”

Why To Consider Upgrading Your Doors and Windows

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Are you looking for a way to freshen up the look of your house? Are you thinking about how to order a new entry door that will brighten up your house or getting a vinyl window installation to replace your old ones? Both of these options are good ones for a quick makeover if you don’t have time to do a full scale rehaul of your house’s interior or exterior. Doors and windows can make a surprisingly large difference in the aesthetic of your house. Replacing old or outdated doors and windows can add more light, making your house feel bigger, and even save you money.
Figuring Out How to Order A New Entry Door
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What You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring

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Tile and hardwood floors are highly sought-after by homeowners who wish to renovate their homes. Unfortunately, both hardwood and tile flooring can be prohibitively expensive, and difficult to install. Homeowners who wish to achieve the appearance of these floors without spending a small fortune are able to install laminate flooring instead.

Laminate flooring is easy to install, able to be placed by most homeowners without the use of special tools. If the flooring becomes damaged, homeowners can simply remove the damaged planks and replace them with new ones without having to take up the entire floor. Laminate flooring’s durability a Continue reading “What You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring”

How to Keep a Sewer Line Healthy From Your Bathroom

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Keeping a healthy sewer line is one of the most important things a homeowner can do. Experts say that you should always have a sewer system inspected with a camera before you buy a home, but sewer care starts any time — and prevention is as important as repair. Sewer line repair prevention starts in the home. Here are a few things to look out for in the bathroom that can mean the difference between a healthy sewer system and an unexpected sewer line replacement cost.

1. Don’t let hair go down the drain.
One of the major players in drain and sewer line problems is hair that goes down the drain from the shower — especially long hair. Hair can tangle around itself and other debris that Continue reading “How to Keep a Sewer Line Healthy From Your Bathroom”

Save the Environment (and Your Money) With Solar Panel Installations

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Americans are increasingly turning towards renewable energy. Recent changes in the climate have lead scientists to believe that our consumption of petroleum, natural gas, coal, and other non-renewable sources of energy is contributing to global warming. The recent drought in California is a startling indicator of how volatile our global climate is becoming. For these reasons and more, Americans are slowly but surely leaning toward environmentally-friendly forms of energy such as hydroelectric power, wind power, and solar power.

The latter is especially on the rise. The solar power industry in the United States makes an estimate revenue of $492 million every year. The industry grew more than 50% since Continue reading “Save the Environment (and Your Money) With Solar Panel Installations”

What You May Not Know About Flat Roofs

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Roofing a building is an enormous undertaking, with safety, weather, and cost all making an impact. There are many different roofing options, from pitched to flat roof types. Because flat roofs are less expensive than pitched roofs, they are the roof of choice for many commercial roofing companies. Of course, there are many different flat roof types, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are the most common flat roof options used in commercial construction today.

Single-ply roofs are the most popular flat roof option. Single-ply roofing is the application of one layer of a waterproof membrane or surface. Different materials used in single-ply roo Continue reading “What You May Not Know About Flat Roofs”

Starting from the Bottom How to Upgrade Your Room with New Flooring

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Every now and then, your home needs a design refresh. The realization that it is time for some upgrades or improvements often leads to a crucial next question: where do you start? While your answer may vary on the current state of your home and furnishings, one great idea of how to begin is by thinking about your flooring options. Replacing your carpet or refinishing hardwood floors can majorly improve the look and feel of a room. For five great ideas of how to give your floors an face lift, keep reading.
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Before You Replace Your Old Bathtub, Consider This!

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Spring is here, which means it’s time to get cracking on planning out your spring and summer home renovation or remodeling project if you haven’t already. Fleshing out and brainstorming ideas for a bathroom or kitchen remodel — the two most common areas of a home to be remodeled since this is where the most time is spent — can be an exciting time. However, if you’re not careful, you can easily blow your remodeling budget.

Sure, picking out paint colors, shopping for fixtures, and browsing interior design and decorating magazines or websites can be fun, however, it’s important to create — and stick to — a realistic and comfortable budget that allows you to create the look you want without overextending your finances. Therefore, it’s equally important to consider cost-effective Continue reading “Before You Replace Your Old Bathtub, Consider This!”

Travertine The Best Mineral You’ve Never Heard Of

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When deciding on building or refurbishing a home, one thing to consider is the floor materials you want to use. Though we tend to overlook floors (literally), they are actually an essential component of any household — and not just for the look. Floors, especially in high-traffic areas, collect considerable dirt, dust, germs, and other particles. Over time, these things can accumulate, blemishing the floor and perhaps more importantly affecting the quality of the air. Soft flooring materials such as carpet and rugs generally collect more dirt than hard surface materials such as wood, marble, limestone, granite, terrazzo, travertine, etc. It’s no wonder, then, that in 2011, two-thirds of floor replacement pr Continue reading “Travertine The Best Mineral You’ve Never Heard Of”