2015

Why Your Windows Fog Up In Winter And What You Can Do About It

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If you miss the view from your living room window because your windows have a permanent layer of condensation during the cold weather months, you'll be looking for a solution. Fortunately, you don't have to live in a perpetual steam house; there are some things you can do to reduce the formation of condensation on your windows. Why do windows get foggy in winter? Usually, windows fog up because your house is too well built.

23 December 2015

Care Home Managers: Is Your Fire Alarm Loud Enough?

Construction & Contractors Articles

If a fire breaks out in your care home, your first priority is to make sure all your residents, staff members and guests can evacuate as quickly as possible. Your fire alarm plays a vital role in this situation because this sound is often the first indication that people get that something is wrong. As such, having the right type of alarm at the right volume is critical. Learn more about the legal requirements for fire alarm system notification systems, and find out if you are doing enough to keep your care home safe.

11 December 2015

Finished With Fiber Cement? Nope! Clean And Condition To Renew Your Home's Exterior Siding

Construction & Contractors Articles

Cleaning and conditioning your home's interior and exterior is important for its overall look, function, and value. Unfortunately, proper cleaning and care of the home's exterior siding is not always a priority. If you have fiber cement siding on your home, you may think it is indestructible or impossible to stain. However, dirt, dust, and mold can quickly build up on your fiber cement, leading to a decreased curb appeal and value.

19 November 2015

Leaking Back Porch: How Can A Rubber Roof Protect It?

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If your back porch leaks water whenever it rains, install a rubber roof over it. Although your back porch is an extension of your home, it can develop holes in the roof and leak water into the room if you have the wrong roofing material installed on it or if the weather conditions in your area are too hot, humid or wet. The porch can also develop problems, such as rot and mold, in the foundation, wooden posts and other areas that add to the problem.

29 October 2015

Grand Opening For Your New Store A Bust? Attract Customers With Customized Signs

Construction & Contractors Articles

Although it takes time to establish a continuous flow of customers when you first open a new business, it can devastate you if no one shows up for your grand opening. You advertised your store in the local ads and passed out flyers to people in the area. But unless you take your marketing strategy to the next level, such as placing customized signs on your building, customers who don't read the local ads may not notice that you're open for business.

1 October 2015

4 Ways To Prevent Construction Equipment And Tool Theft

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Construction managers often have a lot on their plate to deal with, such as ensuring a job well done and the safety of their crew. As a construction manager, you also have to prevent the theft of equipment and tools. In 2012, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that theft lead to the loss of between $300 million and an estimated $1 billion worth of construction equipment and tools. Fortunately, there are four ways you can fight back against construction property theft.

17 September 2015

4 Reasons Why The Shingles Are Buckling On Your New Roof

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Have you recently had a new shingle roof installed on your home? Have you noticed that some of the shingles are already distorted or buckling? If so, read on for 4 reasons why this might be happening. There Were No Spaces Left Between The Plywood Sheathing It can be expected that at least a little moisture will make its way underneath your home's shingles. In fact, according to The Engineered Wood Association, there should be an eighth of an inch space between each plywood sheathing edge to accommodate moisture, and any experienced roofing contractor will make sure that those spaces are there.

2 September 2015

2 Ways to Give Your Roof a Little Sparkle

Construction & Contractors Articles

When you need to sell your home, curb appeal matters. To make a good impression with potential buyers, you might focus on shining your windows or fixing up those flowerbeds. Unfortunately, those elements pale in comparison to the impact your roof can have. Believe it or not, your roof accounts for as much as 40% of your home's visible exterior, which is why it is important to make it look nice. Here are two ways to give your roof a little extra edge so that your place can stand out:

17 August 2015

Four Mistakes To Avoid When Maintaining And Updating An Original Craftsman Bungalow

Construction & Contractors Articles

If you own an original Craftsman-style bungalow from the early 1900s, chances are good that you are spending, or plan to spend, some time and money maintaining and updating the home. Unfortunately, a lot of people who purchase these homes make mistakes or oversights that end up taking away from the home's character. To ensure your Craftsman home stays looking as authentic as possible as you update and maintain it, be sure to avoid these common mistakes.

29 July 2015

What Summer Can Do To Your Plumbing (And What You Can Do About It)

Construction & Contractors Articles

In most areas of the US, the summer months bring hot temperatures and good times, both of which can stress your home's plumbing system in various ways. Here are some seasonal issues that can plague you at this time of year, along with coping and prevention tips. Lawn Watering Woes Watering your lawn is a must in the summertime if you want to keep it alive and healthy -- and that's why a problem in your lawn sprinkler or irrigation system can pose an urgent problem this time of year.

14 July 2015