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If you live in an area with soaring summer temperatures, it is important to consider the best roofing materials for your climate. The shingles on your roof play a pivotal role in the longevity of your roof, and the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. While popular, asphalt —and wood— shingles are not best for areas that experience triple-digit… Read more
Windows can play a large role in your home’s energy use. Windows stand as the last defense against winds and heating and cooling loss— but the glass can also keep out unwanted solar heat as well. As a homeowner, you will want to pay attention to the energy measurements listed on your window’s specs. Look at the solar heat gain coefficient,… Read more
One of the most important elements of good bedroom design is windows. Well-designed window treatments allow you to cater your bedroom to your needs. Window treatments also allow for another layer of texture to complement your overall design. Below, find some notable window treatments for creating a restful, unique retreat in your bedroom. Floor-to-Ceiling Window Treatments These long, translucent curtains… Read more
Solar panels used for residential projects generally come in a standard size, which meets the needs for most homeowners because they fit on most roof sizes and produce enough energy to considerably lower the electric bill each month. Of course, if your roof is irregularly sized, your solar contractor may be able to help you find alternately sized solar panels… Read more
New England might be in a region of the US less prone to sunlight ‚ but that doesn’t preclude it from being a great place for homeowners to install solar panels. As of the end of 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked the state seventh in the country — nearly 11 percent of the state’s energy comes from… Read more
If you notice your home is not heating properly, or your heating bill has recently increased, you may need to examine your furnace and flue. Your furnace’s exhaust stack, also known as the flue, vents fumes and carbon monoxide safely away from your home’s interior as you heat your home. Over time, the galvanized metal will rust and corrode. If… Read more
For many homeowners, the potential of their home—in addition to its location or price—is one of the reasons they purchased it. Whether it’s the dream to expand the kitchen or build a covered patio, home-buyers rarely look at a home and see it as perfect or complete. There’s just always potential for something more. But what about the potential for their… Read more
Maintaining a secure and safe home is paramount for any and all homeowners seeking to improve their home safety. While best security practices encompass an entire home, having a window replacement done with energy efficient and secure home windows can play a pivotal and essential role since they are by their nature more vulnerable than a wall. Home window safety… Read more
There are many reasons why you might want to create a sound barrier in your home. Your home may reside on a busy street or intersection, or you may notice noise leaking from one room into another. If you are looking for increased privacy, quiet, and comfort inside of your home, there are ways to create a soundproof barrier using… Read more
When surveying homeowners, we often hear that ahead of a solar power home improvement project, people are often misinformed about how to determine the right amount of solar panels for their home. And that’s likely because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, if anyone is providing that kind of solution, there is likely some underlying assumption or set of assumptions… Read more