Monthly Archives March 2014

How to make your wood siding last longer

The antique look of wood siding and the accompanying boost to curb appeal render such siding appealing to many homeowners. However, there are environmental threats ready to suck the life out of your wood siding. Of all of the things that affect the lifespan of wood siding, moisture and water are probably the two of which you need to be most aware. The good news, though, is that there are many more ways for you to protect your wood siding. The best treatments for wood siding include paint, oil or staining. All of these finishes will work in a similar,
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How to keep your windows free from unsightly mildew

Wooden windows are a classic. They will make your house more secure compared to glass windows. They also have a rustic aesthetic that increases the curb appeal of your home. However, when cold weather blows in, the windows in your home will suffer from condensation. This usually leads to the appearance of ugly mildew stains on wooden windows. There are several ways of dealing with mildew that grows on windows, but preventing mildew from appearing in the first place is always the preferable approach. To prevent mildew from appearing on your windows during the cold season, ensure that your house
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Tips to make your windows more energy efficient

Have you ever paused to wonder how energy–efficient the glass windows in your home are? Is there room for improvement, or is every crack and leak sealed? There is little doubt that energy efficient glass windows contribute significantly toward bringing down the electric utility bill. More importantly, saving energy is the strongest safeguard against environmental degradation. The less energy you use in heating or cooling your home, the less greenhouse gas that power plants have to generate—and the safer and healthier the earth becomes. Here are a few tips that might have escaped you as you try to make your
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Front door styles that will give your house irrisistible curb appeal

Your front door says - or shouts, as the case may be - the most about what kind of person you are, your socio-economic status and so much more. It is the first thing that visitors see when they come calling at your home. Its style and color greet visitors and impart an immediate impression on them about your home. The style of your front door can also increase or decrease your home’s curb appeal. Another important, related way to increase curb appeal is to install a garage door on your home. Since many houses are designed with a garage
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How to make your windows more private: helpful tips

If you think that the only window in your house requiring total privacy is the bathroom window, try living in a bustling neighborhood or in a home that’s squeezed together tightly with the neighbors’ houses. Privacy under these circumstances can be a real problem; and unfortunately, throwing blankets, blinds or drapes over the windows will not give you a lasting solution to your predicament. You need to know how to make every window in your home completely private under such circumstances. Frosted windows are one of the most common solutions to this problem. You can also use stained window film,
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Repair or Replace Damaged Siding?

Infrastructures, including the siding on your house, eventually get old. They become damaged and broken, leaving you with two options: either do a full replacement or repair the broken sections. Damaged siding can cause numerous problems in your home, including the entry of dirt, air, pests and polluted air into the house. When the siding on your house becomes damaged, then, you might ask yourself: Which is the better option: to repair or replace? A few factors will determine your choice between repairing and replacing your broken house siding. The first consideration is the base material that the siding is
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Get your windows ready for spring: 4 trends in windows coverings

If you’re planning to redecorate your home for spring, a change in window coverings can do wonders for any room. Want to try this extremely easy makeover trick? Here are four window treatment trends to consider trying this season on your windows: 1. Velvet – Velvet might seem like a wintery material, but it ideal for spring draperies because of the unique way it catches the light. To keep things from looking too heavy, go with a pastel color or light grey. 2. Sheers – Strong yet neutral colors like dark grey and deep brown make beautiful sheer window coverings in
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Glass door designs

Are you planning to renovate or update your home? Are you planning to build a new house? You can easily "pimp your crib" by replacing your interior doors with glass doors. You will end up with an elegant and sophisticated-looking space. For doors that open into areas where there is not much need for privacy, consider using glass doors as you plan your new house or remodeling project. Why Choose Glass Over Other Material? Glass makes the rooms appear larger than they really are. In addition, glass lets more light into the room, making the room brighter and full of
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