Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

  • 4 Problems That Can Arise From Poor Gutter Maintenance

    28 February 2017

    It is just as important to maintain your gutters as it is to maintain the rest of your home's exterior. Damaged gutters can cause significant damage to your home's roof, siding, and foundation, so it is important for every homeowner to understand the risks of damaged gutters and how to avoid them. Here are four problems that can arise from failing to maintain your home's gutters. Falling Gutters Naturally, the part of your home that is in direct danger from poor gutter maintenance is your gutters themselves.

  • Six Selection Tips To Help You Make Decisions About Paint Colors

    28 February 2017

    Painting is an inexpensive, yet dramatic way to change the look of a room, and it can also be done easily and quickly. However, knowing what colors to choose may be the hardest decision you will make when preparing to paint. The choices are nearly infinite, and standing in the paint aisle can be overwhelming. The good news is that you can make decisions about paint colors if you know just a few simple principles and guidelines.

  • Your Roof Needs To Breathe – Fascias, Soffits, And Roof Vents Provide That Needed Ventilation

    28 February 2017

    Together, soffits and fascias form a protective but breathable barrier around the edge of your roof. When combined with ridge line and other roof vents, they provide attic ventilation. The following contains information on fascias, soffits, and various roof vents, along with a description of how a completed ventilation system works. Your professional roofer will advise which combination works best on your roof. The Fascias Fascias are the vertical finishing pieces found along the lower edges of the roof.

  • How To Clean, Prepare, And Paint Your Home's Fiber Cement Siding

    27 February 2017

    Siding installed on your home can give your home's exterior a uniform and attractive appearance while making its up-keep low or maintenance-free, depending on the type of siding you have installed. Fiber cement siding is an increasingly popular type of siding for homes, as it has the look of wood, but is resistant to rot and insects and can be relatively inexpensive compared to other types of siding. Fiber cement siding is made of Portland cement, sand, wood pulp, and other binding materials, which makes it easy to paint and allows it to hold the paint well to prevent peeling and flaking.

  • 2 Options To Help You Repair And Replace Your Home's Sewer Line

    23 February 2017

    Home sewer clogs can be caused by three main reasons: flushing the wrong materials into your toilets, tree roots growing into your sewer line, and an aging sewer line that has collapsed. Taking care to only flush sewer-appropriate products into your line can help prevent the first cause, but you may not have much control over the other two. Tree roots naturally seek out nutrients and moisture within your sewer line and can easily enter through a small crack or unsealed connection.

  • 3 Ways To Make Your Asphalt Driveway Summer-Safe

    23 February 2017

    As the hot summer months approach, you may not be thinking too much about your driveway. But it's the one thing that can benefit from some simple early planning. From making sure it's protected from the elements all the way to ensuring some new summer shrubbery doesn't damage the surface, here are three ways to make sure your asphalt driveway is summer-safe.   Apply a Seal Coat Changes in the weather can affect paved driveways, whether they're made of asphalt or concrete.

  • What Are Your Best Heating And Cooling Options For A Modular Home?

    22 February 2017

    If you've recently agreed to the construction of a modular home on your own lot or plot of land, you're probably excited to move in and begin installing key appliances and adding your own personal touches to your new place. However, modular homes—due in large part to their air-tight construction in a climate-controlled environment—can hold onto more moisture than site-built or manufactured homes, making humidity control key to keeping your new home mold- and mildew-free.

  • Flying By: Quiet Roofing Options for Homes Near Airports or Flying Zones

    21 February 2017

    Living near an airport comes with easy traveling solutions, but it can also bring on numerous problems. One of the biggest complaints that people may have is from the constant noise that airplanes bring overhead. Windows and insulation can help reduce some of the noise in your home, but noise reduction can also take place with the roof on your home. By using a variety of roofing supplies, you can help limit the noise, vibrations, and interruptions that come when planes are flying by.

  • Installing A New Light Fixture Safely - Tips For An Inexperienced Homeowner

    21 February 2017

    Most people are scared or at least intimidated by the idea of completing an electrical job on their own. This is completely understandable since a mistake can cause a fire or an electrocution problem. If you are scared and worried about one of these sorts of issues, then it is wise to contact a professional who is a residential electrician, such as Advantage Electric. If you want to get over your fears and complete a simple job, like installing a light fixture, then keep reading to learn about some tips that will help you complete the task in a safe manner.

  • 4 Signs You Need To Waterproof Your Crawlspace

    21 February 2017

    Owning a home can be challenging. From the actual purchase process and moving in to decorating and maintenance, it is likely that you will feel a good amount of stress while living in a house. Mowing the lawn and vacuuming your floors may be priorities, but you should also place time and energy into your crawlspace. Considering a small amount of humidity or moisture in your crawlspace can lead to unhealthy and costly problems, inspecting this space under your home periodically is imperative.