Monday, January 25, 2021 / by Gary Semeniuk
It may seem like a small thing to replace your garage door. After all, it’s just a door, isn’t it? Well, according to Remodeling Magazine, which has kept tabs on the value common home repairs and remodels can return yearly since 2002, a garage door replacement is 2020’s second best returning project, recouping a whopping 94.5% of the costs involved. That’s huge! So maybe a garage door isn’t just a garage door after all.
Why Buy an Insulated Garage Door?
When it comes to choosing your next door, there’s a lot to consider, but one of the biggest decision points is whether or not to opt for an insulated garage door. Insulated garage doors can be a huge benefit to your home, whether you’re getting ready to sell or intend to stay the course for many more years.
Here are just a few of the reasons to choose insulated:
A more durable design. In order to insulate a garage door, additional layers ar ...
Monday, January 18, 2021 / by Gary Semeniuk
People don’t always appreciate all the roles that windows fill in the home. They provide natural light, give you a way to open up and let in some fresh air, and even help regulate indoor temperatures. Many homes even use windows to add a decorative element that is hard to achieve with other forms of decoration. With that said, not all windows are created equal. Some windows use cheap materials to keep costs down. Your old windows may have started out in good shape but ended up showing their age as time goes by. They may have even become damaged or otherwise in need of repair. Regardless of the reason, you might have windows in your home that just aren’t doing what you need them to do. Should you replace them? Here are a few things that you should consider to help you make this decision.
What’s Wrong With Your Windows?
Before rushing in and replacing windows, stop and think about the actual reason that you want to replace them. Do yo ...
Monday, January 11, 2021 / by Gary Semeniuk
As smart devices become more common, it’s no surprise to find homeowners who have opted to upgrade to smart thermostats or replace some of their lights with smart LED bulbs. While gadgets like these and virtual assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home are great ways to make the home a bit smarter, these are not the only ways. There are a variety of sensors and smart devices that can make your daily life more convenient, including several smart security devices that can help keep you and your home safe and secure.
Smart Home Security
Traditionally, there were two ways that you could improve your home security. You could buy and install static items like deadbolts or reinforced door jams that that made it harder for someone to enter the home, or you could install an externally monitored security system that you typically paid a monthly or yearly fee for. With the rise in smart home devices, though, there is now a third option. A number of secu ...
Monday, January 4, 2021 / by Gary Semeniuk
When the weather outside is frightful, a fire can be so delightful. That’s what the song says, anyway. But loads of homeowners tend to agree with the sentiment, so surely they can’t all be wrong. Adding a fireplace to your home can seem like a big undertaking, but there are several options for homeowners looking to add a little snap, crackle, and pop to their living spaces.
Fireplaces: Beyond the Chimney
Long, long ago, there was only one way to have a fire indoors: you had to have a brick chimney to contain the flames and keep everybody safe. However, that was back then; today there are lots of options for adding fireplaces to your home without having to also add a new chimney or repair an old one that’s no longer in use. This is great news, especially if you really want a fireplace for ambiance, rather than to be used as a primary heating or cooking source.
While wood burning masonry fireplaces have a sort of rustic, nostalgi ...
Monday, December 14, 2020 / by Gary Semeniuk
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside… and inside, too, if you’re standing close to a drafty window, door, or mysterious source of outside air. Persistent drafts are funny things. They can be massive pains when the wind blows just right, and almost unnoticeable when it’s still, making it both difficult to locate the problem, and hard to keep front of mind as you go about the rest of your week. But if you’ve got a persistent draft, transient or not, this can be the year you solve it. You’ll also save yourself a bundle in home heating and cooling costs throughout the year, so bonus.
Locating a Persistent Draft
Generally, people think to look at windows and doors when a draft is noticed, but what happens when the window doesn’t seem leaky and the door seals tight? Try:
Running your hand along the trim where it meets the wall. Sometimes windows aren’t properly weatherproofed when they’re instal ...