Posts Tagged ‘Home Improvement’

New Windows and Doors Boost Curb Appeal & Make You Money!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

25 to 30% of the energy used to heat or cool the typical Canadian home escapes silently through its windows and doors. Replacing drafty old models with energy-efficient designs is one improvement project that pays off right away, and the savings are printed in black and white on a homeowner’s energy bills.

6 Great Reasons to Replace Older Doors and Windows:

  1. Superior Curb Appeal: Renovating with good-looking classic or modern styles can add architectural distinction or personality.
  2. More Comfortable: New technologies reduce air flow between the interior and exterior which helps to maintain a more consistent temperature inside your home.
  3. Lower Maintenance: Durable designs and modern materials minimize upkeep and may be covered by manufacturer warranties for many years.
  4. Safe and secure: Some models offer multiple-point locking systems and have been designed to resist forced entry.
  5. Peace and Quiet: High performance windows can stifle some traffic sounds, commercial clatter or other types of noise from outside.
  6. Higher Resale Value: All of these benefits may also appeal to potential buyers, so a significant portion of the cost could be recovered when the property is sold.

Replacing inefficient windows and doors can produce a return of 50-75% of your initial investment. Energy savings, in addition to the time savings associated with lower maintenance materials can also help offset your costs.

The front of your home is what neighbours, guests and buyers see first. Installing a new insulated entry-door or garage door is a relatively quick and easy project that can have a dramatic impact on the look of your home’s exterior.

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Is Your Home Ready for More Severe Weather?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
A photo of a home improvement contractor.

Sever weather can bring new challenges to homeowners who need to protect their property from damage.

Many meteorologists agree that extreme weather situations are becoming more frequent, although not necessarily more predictable. Whatever the cause, sever weather can bring new challenges to homeowners who need to protect their property from damage. The following quick checklist for winter-readiness will help you prepare against unnecessary heat loss and unwanted surprises caused by extreme weather conditions.

Heat Retention

-         Get a furnace efficiency checkup, and replace dated parts, including filters, etc.

-         Install or upgrade weatherstripping around windows and doors, both inside and outside.

-         Ensure you have adequate attic insulation and proper roof venting.

-         Invest in an automatic setback thermostat.

-         Keep an emergency kit with a portable heater in case of power failure.

Storm Protection

-         Check that all roofing components are secure, including shingles, flashing and fascia boards.

-         Clean out all eavestroughs and downspouts.

-         Make sure rain and melting snow does not collect near the foundation of your home.

-         Inspect all windows and doors for smooth operation and snug fitting closures.

-         Consider installing storm shutters in high risk situations.

Our Home Owner Resources Page lists several home improvement contractors you can contact to help you with your home improvement needs.

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