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Ever wonder which roofs will stand up best to smoldering summer heat? If you live in an area with high summer temperatures, think twice before you choose asphalt or wood as roofing materials because they may not stand up to the triple digits. Instead, consider metal, slate or clay tiles, or rubber roofing, all of which we’ll detail below. All of… Read more
The Best Heating & Cooling Systems – 2019 Has the summer heat got you sweating? When the weather runs to extremes, and your HVAC system is outdated, old, or just plain poor-performing, you probably feel the need for an urgent change—and wish you knew what kind of unit would best beat the temperatures. Or maybe you’ve just witnessed an astronomical… Read more
      Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a smart move. High-performance appliances and materials can significantly reduce your energy bills and fuel costs, making these improvements high on ROI. However, some projects have more to offer than others. Choosing an energy-efficient project requires some research, since you want to make sure your improvement makes sense economically. Additionally, it’s helpful to… Read more
It may seem like a cliche, but having a solid roof over your head is one of the top priorities of home ownership. A quality roof provides shelter, warmth, and protection for homes and can withstand years of wear and tear with minimal maintenance. When a roof becomes damaged or leaky, however, this security is compromised—and repair and replacement can… Read more
  Whether you live in an older home that needs renovating or you just want to improve your home’s energy efficiency rating, there are plenty of reasons to replace your windows. While new energy efficient windows will do wonders for your home’s comfort levels and energy bills, window replacement can be a time consuming and costly process. In fact, the… Read more
“Does it feel hot in here to you?” If your air conditioning is on the fritz, you may find yourself asking this question a lot. Heating and air conditioning units are the silent workhorses of the home, quietly working to keep your spaces comfortable and cozy. In fact, you may not even think all that much about your HVAC unit—until… Read more
Home Improvement Financing Options It’s no secret that home improvement can be expensive. Depending on the type of project you’re trying to accomplish, your job could easily run five figures or more. On the more affordable side of the spectrum are simple, inexpensive projects like a new entry door or new garage door replacement, both of which average under $3,500,… Read more
If you’re considering a solar panel installation for your home, you’re in luck. Costs for solar hardware have dropped by as much as 60% since 2010, meaning that solar is more affordable than ever. Using the energy generated by their systems, many homeowners are able to significantly reduce or even offset their utility bills, meaning that solar panels will eventually… Read more
Whether it’s a backyard pool or a set of new windows you’re saving up for, planning a remodel is exciting. But that anticipation can fade pretty quickly when you start adding up expenses. Home remodeling costs can rack up fast, especially if you haven’t adequately budgeted your project beforehand. Unexpected costs can catch you off-guard, too. Your contractor pulls up… Read more
Did you know that the typical American family spends close to a whopping $2,000 on home energy bills every year? Even worse, much of that is wasted through leaky windows and doors, poorly insulated attics and crawl spaces, and inefficient appliances. But there are plenty of ways you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses. These 12 tips will save… Read more