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Repair Of The Day: How To Replace A Broken Clay Roofing Tile

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Clay roofing tiles can make your home look like a Mediterranean villa, and while your tiles can last up to seventy years in good conditions, individual tiles may get damaged from time to time. When one of your tiles breaks, you should be able to make the repair on your own with the right guidance.  Don’t Make the Damage Worse Clay roofing tiles tend to be brittle, and if you step on the ridges in S-shaped barrel tiles, you can break them. Read More»

How To Change Weatherstripping On Windows

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As windows age, they inevitably become less efficient. This is especially true with movable and sliding windows, because the insulation can wear down over time. This is usually due to the friction between the window sash and frame caused by constant opening and closing. If you walk by a window and feel a slight breeze or cool pocket of air, you might just need to update the weatherstripping. Luckily, you can change your own weatherstripping and instantly make the fixture more energy efficient. Read More»

Cockroach Culprits: Two Outdoor Species Are Headed For Your Home This Summer

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You might be primed to look for an increase in flying insects as the weather heats up this summer; after all, mosquitoes, bees, and wasps are perennial picnic wreckers. However, this year you will need to look down just as often as you look up, because two traditionally outside-living cockroach species are now seeking to get into urban homes. Since the best defense is a good offense, now is the time to spray proactively around your house or apartment complex. Read More»

Three Ideas For Adding Built-In Shelving To Your Home

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Perhaps you just moved into a new home, and upon unpacking, you’ve found that there’s not enough storage room for all of your items. Maybe you’ve lived in your home for years, and you’re tired of piling items on the floor when you run out of space. In either situation, adding some built-in shelving for storage is a great solution. Here are three ideas to use as inspiration as you consider built-in shelving for your home. Read More»

Top Tips for Picking the Perfect Patio Doors for Your Home

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If you have always wanted patio doors, there is no better time than now to make it happen. Of course, before you start shopping and schedule an installation, you need to review the following tips. This way, you will be sure to get the best door for your style, needs, and for your home. Select the Right Glass Finding the best patio door is more than just finding a design that you like. Read More»

4 Unique Glass Shower Doors To Consider

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If you are planning on updating your bathroom, you might want to consider adding new glass shower doors. Glass will protect the rest of your bathroom from water, but also provides a sleek look for your bathroom. Here are some of the more unique types of glass shower doors. Frameless Door The first type of glass shower door you can get for your bathroom is a frameless door. The traditional glass sower doors are sliding doors that have a metal frame around them. Read More»

A Durable Cedar Roof Is A Well Maintained Cedar Roof

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A natural, organic material like cedar has a beauty that you just can’t get with any other roofing material. While you can get cement and metal roofing tiles that are designed to look like natural wood, there simply is no replacement for the real thing. The way cedar weathers, the way the grain will start to stand out over time, the way it smells after a rainstorm—these are qualities that simply can’t be duplicated. Read More»

Why Crack Sealing Is Important For Your Asphalt Driveway

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Taking good care of your asphalt driveway will help it look its best and will allow you to enjoy it for a long time to come, which can help improve your home’s curb appeal and save you a lot of money over time. One important part of taking good care of your asphalt driveway is having it crack sealed, which involves filling in the cracks and holes and topping them with a sealer that will help protect them. Read More»

How To Clean Oriental Rugs Made With Synthetic Fibers

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If your Oriental rug is made of a sythentic fiber – not real wool or silk – you should be able to clean it yourself at home using non-toxic items. Many Oriental rugs that are constructed with durable synthetic materials look as if they’re made of traditional wool or silk but are much easier to clean and maintain. To keep your indoor rugs as clean as possible, place mats by each outside door in your home to prevent people from tracking in dirt and debris on their shoes. Read More»

Holy Batcave! Crazy Things Can Happen When Roofers Encounter An Attic Full Of Bats

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Being on top of a house is dangerous enough, but there are some situations that roofers encounter that can be deadly. One of those hazards is a rotted roof and an attic full of bats. Bat Habits Bats sleep during the day, and if disturbed, they head for the nearest exit. In the case of a roofer tearing off sheathing, this may be the hole they just opened in the roof. Read More»