3 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Vinyl Siding

Home exterior and facade

Vinyl siding can be an attractive and durable choice for home siding, provided you take care of the material. Learn three easy ways you can keep your vinyl siding not only looking great but protecting your home for years to come.

1. Check things out

Once or twice a year, walk around your home and look at your siding–really look at it. You’ll want to make sure all the siding is intact (not hanging loose or chipped), free of mildew and mold, and in good condition. Damage can occur underneath the siding, so get up close. If the siding looks stained or streaky, there could be water damage underneath.

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How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom Home?

Custom home being built

Building a home from scratch is one way to get everything you want in a house, but the process is not for everyone. Building a new home often costs more and takes longer than anticipated–but exactly how long are builders talking?

Average Time to Build a New Home

New homes take an average of nine months to build when they are custom. Choosing a production home will decrease the build time to six months on average.

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Top Maintenance Services to Hire Out as a Commercial Business

Commercial business landlords have a lot on their plate. Outsourcing can reduce the burden while keeping commercial property in the best shape for tenants and guests. Yet what services should be outsourced? These are popular maintenance services commercial businesses choose to hire out.

Landscaping

Landscaping is among the most popular services to outsource, because commercial tenants and their guests appreciate curb appeal. A landscaping company can take care of the grass, water established plantings, and create low-maintenance plantings that accent the building’s entrance and make everyone feel welcome. […]

Signs You’re Working with a Quality Roofing Contractor

Tool belt sitting on a roof

The integrity and professionalism of your contractor can make or break your roofing replacement project…but just how do you verify that a contractor is reputable before you hire them? Look for these six traits to know you’re in good hands.

They provide information you request

When bidding on a project, a contractor should provide you with any information you request, whether it’s a scope of work, fully fleshed-out bid, or references. If someone drags their heels or defers getting you something you’ve asked for, they’re not a good choice. […]

How to Prep a Fireplace for Winter

Winter fireplace

Fall is the perfect time to prepare the fireplace for winter, so you know everything is ready before you intend to use it. This checklist will help you prep your fireplace for a full winter of regular use.

Hire a Chimney Sweep

A chimney sweep removes all the debris from your chimney, so it’ll burn clean. Once the chimney is clean, you can assess its condition. Note that chimney sweeps tend to get booked up during the holiday season, so set up your appointment early to get in before the rush. […]

Do Falling Leaves Damage Gutters?

Fall weather is here, and that means leaves are falling all over the Cincinnati area. Whether your home has maples, oaks, hickories, or elms, falling leaves wind up all over the roof and gutter system. As they fall, you might be wondering if those leaves damage gutters.

Discoloration From Falling Leaves

High winds and heavy rains naturally wash leaves off branches and onto the roofing system. As the leaves decay, that dark brown color can actually wash off onto your roof and gutters, causing discoloration. Once in the gutter, those leaves act like tea leaves: they discolor the rain water and create a tannic stain. The discoloration is difficult to remove from the gutters. The best way to prevent discoloration is to […]

Signs Your Home Has Curb Appeal

Houston home with curb appeal

Curb appeal sells homes: it generates interest, gets home buyers to take a tour, and can even increase an offer because buyers have already fallen in love with the property. But how do you know when your home has curb appeal?

Manicured Lawn

A lush, green lawn is one of the most important signs of curb appeal. If the grass is patchy and dead, home buyers will wonder what else in the house has been neglected. Sow fresh grass seed to rejuvenate a tired lawn, or invest in a landscaping service who can tend to the lawn so it looks lush. […]

Can Installing Skylights Save You Money?

Home sketched out in white on the top of a grassy hill

Skylights are one of the best ways to brighten up a home that’s low on natural light, but one of the first questions most people have is “how much will this cost?” While skylights do have an upfront cost you’ll need to budget for, in many cases they often save you money over their lifetime.

How Skylights Save Money

Skylights aren’t guaranteed to save you money, but they can save you money if you understand how to position them and how to use them to reduce energy expenses. […]