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Close up of a man's arm and hand holding a paint brush and painting white latex paint on an interior window frame How to Refresh Fading or Dirty Vinyl Window Frames
It’s no secret that replacement windows are one of the smartest investments you can make as a homeowner. After all, they mean better sound-proofing, reduced energy expenses, and improved comfort. But they’re also a big financial investment, so if you haven’t had to worry about any of these issues, it may be worth trying to salvage the windows you already have, while Continue Reading
New Windows Ask an Expert: Everything You Need to Know About a Window Replacement
A window replacement is a sizeable investment—but it’s well worth it, in terms of making your home more energy-efficient, visually appealing, and comfortable. We sat down with Jeff Ludy of Houston Window Experts to ask your top questions and make the window replacement process more manageable. Here’s what he had to say. How can you tell that it’s time to Continue Reading
Boy in Sunny WIndow Ask an Expert: How to Find a Windows Installer You Can Trust
It can be hard, as a homeowner, to know that you’re getting quality workmanship and products for your money. Often, the difference between a good installer and a bad one lies in technical know-how that takes an industrial professional to spot. To help sort through these issues, we spoke to John Litsey, of Houston’s Window City. John clued us into Continue Reading
Young Man Repairing Air Conditioner Standing On Stepladder Ask an Expert: How to Perform HVAC Maintenance
Homeowners can save themselves a lot of time, energy, and money by performing some basic regular maintenance on their HVAC systems. To get a feel for what that entails, we enlisted James Richmond, of Richmond’s Air in Houston. He runs us through the basics of HVAC upkeep, plus some information on how to choose a contractor and what to expect when Continue Reading
solarskin on terra cotta Ask an Expert: What’s Next for Solar Power?
Solar is definitely taking off across the country—but California, which leads the US in residential installations, has some of the most cutting-edge energy options available. Today we sat down with Ruben Ugarte, the Director of Business Development at Horizon Solar Power in Temecula, California, to talk financing options, the future of solar, and just what makes Californians so good at Continue Reading
local roofing information Ask an Expert: How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof
There’s more to your roof than just the shingles. And regular upkeep is essential for long-term roof health. Today, we talked with Sam Amstill, Vice President of Amstill Roofing, and learned about how often you should have your roof inspected, and everything you need to know about hiring a reputable contractor. What do you wish homeowners did differently in regards to their roofing? Continue Reading
Ask an Expert: What Are Some Ways to Afford Solar Energy?
Many homeowners who are new to solar energy don’t realize how many purchasing structures exist to help them afford solar panels. Leases, loans, and PPAs allow homeowners to install solar on their homes with little to no money down, and reap all the benefits of a reduced monthly utility bill without a costly upfront purchase. There are subtle differences between Continue Reading
fixed point HVAC contract Ask an Expert: a Brief Guide to HVAC Replacements and Repairs
Sometimes you just need the basic information about your system, without a lot of extra fuss. Today we spoke to Chris Strand, the CEO of Stan’s Heating and Cooling here in Austin, Texas, for a no-frills guide to residential heating and air conditioning replacements and repairs. We covered everything from what to expect from your contractor, to how much to Continue Reading
Screened in Wooden porch overlooking backyard pool Heating and Cooling Ideas for Screened-in Porches
A screened-in porch is the best of both worlds—all the comfort of the indoors with the fresh air and exterior views of the world beyond the windows. But extreme temperatures can make it difficult to use your porch year round. After all, sweating or shivering is no way to enjoy the outdoors! Thankfully, there are ways to take your dining, Continue Reading
wood shingles Ask an Expert: Some Information about Materials from a Roofing Supplier
Most homeowners go right to a roofer when they’re looking for a new roof. But a select few opt to take on the project themselves—or do a little research on materials and options before they hire someone to perform the labor. That’s where a roofing supplier, like West End Roofing, comes in. West End sells a huge variety of roofing Continue Reading



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