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Older, incandescent lightbulbs are known to use a fair amount of energy and not last as long as their newer, more advanced counterparts. Energy-efficient bulbs have been around for a while, but the general public has required some convincing due to the slightly higher price of these new bulbs. Even though these options cost a little more initially, they will help you recoup your original investment by lasting longer and using less energy than your old bulbs.
The roof: a vital part of every home and the most popular thing for people “to raise” in the 90s. For homeowners looking to buy a home, it’s often the first thing they see, since our eyes are naturally drawn to the highest point of a structure. Structurally, it keeps a house together, and protects it from the elements. Despite its importance, many homeowners fail to pay attention to their roof and simply assume it can stand the test of time.
But, they’re wrong.
Age Takes its Toll
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
These words uttered by Leo Tolstoy may not have been inspi...
If it’s time for you to install a new roof, doing research on your options is important to making the right decision for your home. One of these options is metal roofing. While asphalt shingles are common, metal has been catching the eyes of an increasing number of homeowners. While it can be stylish and useful, it’s important to ask yourself whether it’ll suit your home and budget. Here are some pros and cons to help guide you through your decision:
Pro: Metal can help you save energy.
Everyone loves saving money on their heating and cooling costs. Metal reflects solar heat, which can help ke...
In recent years, weather in North America has been unpredictable and intense (especially during the winter months). Sleet, wind, hail, ice, and snow make traveling difficult for many people and can cause significant damage to your home, particularly to your roof. Maintaining a functional, intact roof is important to the safety of your home, so you should know how to assess storm damage and repair it if you are able. Here are some tips on how to do this:
Check the interior of your home
If you’ve recently gone through a severe storm, inspect the inside of your home. Start with the attic and look...
It’s no surprise that one of the quickest lessons homeowners learn is that energy costs can rise quickly. Depending on your location, you may have to set your air conditioning unit pretty high in the summer months, with the same being true for your heating unit in the winter. On a better note, certain home renovations can help you cut down on these costs. Here are some renovations that can help you keep from breaking the bank over time:
Insulate your attic
This renovation is known to have a high return on investment, meaning that it will easily make back the money you initially spent on the pr...
Any home improvement project is an investment and installing rain gutters is no exception. However, it can definitely be worth your money on rainy days. Installing them is a great step toward being a proactive homeowner by preventing costly issues before they happen. Here are some reasons why you should install gutters if your home doesn’t have them already:
Your home may be lined with materials that are not completely waterproof, like plywood and tar paper. Since shingles and siding are put in pieces over these, they could shift and cause gaps over time, potentially leading to...
Best Attic Insulation
Let’s just face it, if you live in a cold part of the country, it can be tricky and expensive to keep your house warm enough in the winter. As gas and oil prices are consistently on the rise, your heating bills will be too. Besides bundling up in all your sweaters and blankets, there are actually more practical ways to keep your home warm and cozy in the winter. One of the simplest fixes you can do to your home is equip it with proper attic insulation. A well-insulated attic can keep your home comfortable and can also help cut hundreds of dollars off of your heating bill ...