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Choosing The Right Window

Choosing The Right Window

Window
Window Styles Choosing a window style is typically a matter of personal preference. Do you prefer windows that "crank" out or windows that slide up and down or left or right? Here's an overview: Crank out windows come in two styles: casement and awning. Casement windows open from one side, like a door; awning windows open at the bottom. Single and double hung windows are very popular for their traditional look. They have two separate units (sash) inside a single frame. The bottom sash moves up and down in a single hung; both sash move in a double hung. The sash can often be easily released and removed from the frame to be cleaned from inside. Gliding or rolling windows have one or two sash that slide side to side…
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Better Roofs Are Less Expensive

Better Roofs Are Less Expensive

Roofing
The ultimate question for roofing is: “What is the best roof?” The accountants will tell you that the answer is simple: It is the roof that costs the least over its life. It really does not matter what material is used or how the roof is attached; the answer is the same. If the roof fails, then the cost of a new roof is added to the cost. When most Pittsburgh homeowners look at roofing, they look at the materials and the systems, and the only part of the cost they consider is the initial cost. But the cost to install a roof is only a portion of the total cost of owning a roof. The practice of examining the cost of owning a roof over its entire life is…
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Five Tips To A Better Lawn

Five Tips To A Better Lawn

Lawn
There is no doubt that when landscaping one wants to save money, as well as have an attractive property. Not only can landscaping help you beautify your home, but it can also provide a source of satisfying exercise in the fresh air. When you take care of your yard on your own, it is possible to save money and to improve your physical conditioning. But if the landscape turns out to look bad, then that is so much time and money wasted. However, it is possible to ensure a better-looking landscape by following a few tips that can help you take better care of your yard. Know your soil type. Some plants thrive in soil with more acidity, and others prefer a little more alkali. Additionally, sandy soil and clay…
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Seven Tips To Slash Home Energy Bills

Seven Tips To Slash Home Energy Bills

Home Energy
1. Have your duct system tested for air leaks. Many assume that windows and doors are the major cause of a home’s energy wasting air leaks. But according to recent research by the Department of Energy (DOE), gaps, joints and disconnections in the typical home’s duct system are much more significant. The DOE states that the typical duct system loses 25 to 40 percent of the energy put out by the central furnace or heat pump. Authorities recommend having a heating contractor test for leaks and then seal them with a brushed on fiber-reinforced elastomeric sealant. Duct tape usually dries out and fails. It turns out duct tape is great for many things, but sealing ducts isn’t one of them! 2. Ask your contractor to perform an Infiltrometer “blower door”…
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Choosing Exterior Paint Color For Your Home

Choosing Exterior Paint Color For Your Home

Exterior Paint
So the time has come to repaint the outside of your Pittsburgh house, but you're tired of the old color scheme. If you'd like to try something fresh and new that suits your style, some simple homework will help you get off on the right foot. First of all, you might be interested to know what the rest of America is doing. According to a poll conducted by the Rohm & Hass Paint Quality Institute, the most popular exterior color is white or off-white, which was selected by 34 percent of the poll's respondents. Way too boring? If you were thinking of red or pink, you're at the other end of the poll, and can place yourself among only 4 percent of the people. In between, in descending order of…
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Kitchen Cabinets Are The Soul Of Your Kitchen

Kitchen Cabinets Are The Soul Of Your Kitchen

Kitchen
Kitchen cabinets reflect the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh homeowner. The cabinets you have in your kitchen have the greatest impact on a kitchen's look. They come in many shapes and sizes as well as in a rainbow of colors. Only your imagination and your bank account limit the color and design of your cabinets. You can buy cabinets pre-made at your local home supply store or have them custom built. You can also give your kitchen a fresh, new look with a makeover for your older kitchen cabinets. If you're happy with your existing cabinet layout, and the cabinets are still in good condition, then cabinet re-facing is an alternative to replacing them. Cabinet re-facing can be accomplished in a number of ways. Kitchen cabinet doors can be…
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Five Basement Remodeling Must Haves

Five Basement Remodeling Must Haves

Remodeling
One of the easiest ways to "add a new room or rooms" to your home is to better utilize the space you already have. Most basements are dark areas where we store seasonal decorations, old toys, sporting equipment and anything else not used on a regular basis. But, perhaps it is time you reconsider how you use your basement? Remodeling the basement is a cost-effective way to greatly expand your home's living space. Suddenly you could have a guest room, a children's play room, a home office, a recreation room–the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Below are five easy steps to reclaim your basement. 1. Solve Basement Water Problems First Even if your basement rarely has problems with dampness or flooding, it's best to solve the problem completely…
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What You Need To Know When Working With A Contractor

What You Need To Know When Working With A Contractor

Contractor
Are you in the process of planning to remodel your home? If the answer is yes, here are some tips on how to establish and maintain a good working relationship with your remodeling contractor. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Everyone who begins the remodeling process has visions of the "dream" home they'll have when it's completed. Few, however, give much thought to the dust and dirt, noise, inconveniences, scheduling delays, and slight problems, which will need to be dealt with along the way. These elements are part and parcel of any remodeling job and every client needs to be realistic and accept the fact that there will be some inconveniences. How inconvenient and unpleasant the process will be depends a lot on the working relationship we create right from the beginning. A good…
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