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Do you feel confident that you can protect your home, your belongings, and even your data in the event of a disaster? More importantly, how easy will it be for you and your loved ones to survive and then recover from a fire, tornado, flood, earthquake, or hurricane? September is Emergency Preparedness Month, which makes it a perfect time to assess… Read more
Flat roofs may seem untraditional, but they’re actually prominent on homes in the Southwest United States—or any arid region. The drier weather of these regions means architects don’t need to worry as much about water stagnating and causing roof damage. However, flat roofs are known to leak more often because water doesn’t roll off the way it does on pitched… Read more
Ignoring the warning signs that your roofing is in trouble will end up costing you in many ways, so it is important to learn how to spot the trouble signs around your house before the damage is done. Here are some tips on what to look for and when it may be time to find a local roof repair contractor… Read more
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
While energy-efficient appliances and daily energy-conserving practices are effective when it comes to saving money, there’s another way to get at the problem. Choosing efficient building materials for your new construction or retrofit can reduce the load on your heating and cooling system. Unless your home is located in a shaded area, your roof is exposed to direct sunlight for… 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