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Vinyl Siding: The Earth Friendly Choice

When most homeowners choose vinyl siding to don the exterior of their homes, they are focused on the material's most popular benefits. These include its beauty, low maintenance and ability to increase your home's value. Did you also know that vinyl siding is an cladding material that is earth friendly?

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The Benefits of Installing a Bayer Built Exterior Door

A new exterior door is a perfect addition to your home. More specifically, a Bayer Built exterior door can enhance your curb appeal and help you keep your home nice and cozy during the severe Midwest winter months.

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What to Consider When Converting Your Deck to a Porch

Decks are great additions to your home. They provide one of the best places to grill and entertain family and friends. However, decks have limitations. For one, you can only enjoy your deck if the weather is permitting. If it rains, snows, or sleets, you are confined indoors. On the other hand, a porch can be used for the same purposes as a deck, and more.

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3 Maintenance Tips to Make Your Vinyl Siding Look Better for a Longer Period of Time

One of the biggest benefits that homeowners see in choosing vinyl siding as an exterior cladding material is its reputation as being maintenance free. Unlike wood cladding materials, vinyl doesn't need to be painted on a regular basis in order to remain looking good and to freshen it up. Since painting is a time consuming task if you undertake it yourself -- and it can be costly if you hire professional exterior painters -- this gives you the opportunity to spend more time doing what you love. 

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4 Simple Ways to Secure Your Property With Entry Doors

When you are at home, you want to be safe so that you can relax and be at ease. Unfortunately, entry doors can be a way for many burglars to enter your home. This New Year, we want to make sure both you and your family are safe. Consider these four ways to safeguard your door and prevent burglaries.

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Hiring a Contractor During the Winter Months

If you're like most people, you probably don't consider hiring a contractor during the winter unless there is a dire need for emergency repairs at your home. People have an idea the cold weather may prevent contractors from performing outdoor work, or may think of winter as being the off-season for construction. These are not true, contractors work throughout the year. A different aspect of not hiring a contractor is people wait until they're doing spring cleaning or begin spending time outside to realize aspects of the house which may need repair or renovation. Although that's a valid philosophy, it's not always the best reason to postpone meeting with a contractor.

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Your Home's Been Damaged by a Storm, Now What?

Even storms that seem to be routine can be surprisingly violent and result in damage. You might be confused and frightened to discover that your home has been damaged by a storm. You might also wonder what steps you need to take next if your home has sustained any type of storm damage. 

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Can You Use Your Deck in the Winter?

During the spring and summer, your deck can almost seem like an extra room to your house. You may enjoy reading, caring for plants, watching movies, or any other hobbies you have. It might even be a place for older children to play so you can have peace and quiet to fix supper after helping with their homework. You aren't going to use it as often in the winter, but it doesn't have to completely close down if you want to maintain the extra space.

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Fiber Cement or LP Siding: Which is Right for Your Home?

The type of siding that you choose for your home is something that should not be taken lightly. Not only is it a huge investment in terms of money and time that it takes to have it installed, this siding is the only thing that is standing in between the often brutal weather and the materials that comprise your home and that protect its integrity. Because the exterior of your home is the first thing that people see when they arrive at your house, it is also the most important element in terms of curb appeal. 

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Maintaining Your Home During Winter Weather

You already know the winter weather puts a different type of strain on your house than the summer hail and thunderstorms cause, but you may not realize the extent of different approaches toward preparing your home and maintaining it during the winter freeze. The single most important aspect of properly maintaining your home during winter weather is awareness, that is to say, to make visual inspections of the exterior after a storm and to pay attention for any drafts around windows and doors or cold spots in the house.

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