What Causes a Home Chimney to Leak?

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Any number of problems can cause a chimney to leak. A chimney that is compromised by cracks and fissures will lead to water getting into a home, where it can cause extensive problems and property damage.

It is important to watch out for signs of chimney leaks, particularly during times of heavy rain, and have any signs of trouble checked out by a roofing professional, as soon as possible. Keep in mind these six common issues that can cause a chimney to leak. […]

Best Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

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What does it mean to be a good neighbor? While each neighborhood has its own personality (and things are different if you live in a city compared with the suburbs), there are some commonalities to note. Here are six ways you can be a good neighbor.

Follow neighborhood rules

Official or unofficial neighborhood rules, such as those of a homeowners’ association, should always […]

Chimney Maintenance Tips

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Since chimney maintenance keeps your chimney in good working order, which ensures the unit can be used safely, it should be performed every year before you begin using the chimney for the season. Use this maintenance checklist to keep your chimney safe.

Check the damper

The damper regulates the flow of air in your chimney. It should be closed when not in use, to prevent drafts from entering the house. If the damper is not tightly sealed, you’ll use more energy to heat the home — which means a spike in utility bills. If the damper can’t open properly, smoke can […]

The Pros & Cons of Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is one of the most common options for home siding, and while it can be a convenient choice, it’s not without flaws. Explore the pros and cons of vinyl siding, which is made from a plastic resin, to determine if it’s the right choice for your home.

Pros of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is inexpensive and low maintenance: once it’s installed, you won’t need to paint or stain it, although a periodic scrubbing is necessary to prevent mildew development.

Vinyl siding can last for as long as 40 years and holds up well in a range of weather extremes: rain, snow, ice, heat, and humidity. The material is durable enough to […]

Best Skylight Covering Options

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Skylights brighten your home by allowing more natural light to come in, but sometimes the level of light can be too intense. During winter months, chilly air can leak in through the skylight while in the summertime, the extra heat can be unwanted. Skylight covering options provide the best of both worlds by allowing you to block light when you don’t want it. See below for some of our favorite skylight covering options.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades have a signature honeycomb design that prevents solar heat from entering the home. This keeps your house cooler during summer months; in winter, when you want extra solar gain, you can leave the blinds open. If your primary concern is insulation, this is the best type of […]

Exterior Siding Materials to Consider

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Your home’s siding protects your home, but it also bestows curb appeal. When thinking about a siding replacement project, find out what types of siding work well in the Cincinnati area and how each type of siding affects curb appeal.

Wood

Traditional wood siding is a classic option, but it requires routine maintenance and has a high price point. When you need to replace wood siding on a home, the cost may be prohibitive.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood offers the […]

Renovation Ideas for Your Commercial Property

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Renovating a commercial property is a bit different from renovating a house. When considering renovating a commercial building you own (or are considering buying), here’s how to think about renovations so you invest in the future of the building.

Understand Possible Property Violations

Whenever you get a building permit for commercial renovations, any past property violations will come to light. If you own the building, you’ll be on the hook for paying for them but if you are renting, you might be able to get the landlord to cover the cost of bringing the property up to code. Either way, it’s smart to know which violations you might need to […]

Ways to Insulate Your Home This Winter

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If your house is not adequately insulated, you’ll feel the chilly winter weather as well as the pain of higher heating bills. Find out techniques you can use to insulate your home so you save money and feel comfortable this winter.

Weatherstrip Doors

Air often leaks in under doors, creating drafts. Weatherstripping creates a tighter seal around the door, to block air leaks. Install weatherstripping yourself or use a draft stopper, which blocks air from passing underneath a door.

Seal Windows

Drafty windows benefit from sealing to block off air leaks. A simple solution is to use […]