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Common Driveway Dilemmas (And What To Do About Them)

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A driveway is commonly dismissed as one of the most utilitarian features of a home – but problems afflicting a driveway shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some of the most common driveway problems you may face, along with advice for getting those problems under control.  Your Driveway Looks Like a Lake If you have to wade through standing water to exit or enter your car every time a heavy rain hits your neighborhood, you need to deal with this driveway defect as soon as possible. Read More»

Is It Possible To Have A Maintenance-Free Deck?

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When you are outside on your composite wood deck, the last thing that you want to do is focus on maintaining it. You would rather spend the time outdoors enjoying  your deck as much as possible. Many homeowners have therefore come under the impression that synthetic composite decking will be absolutely maintenance free. While it is true that it will not require the sealing that is necessary for traditional woods, it will still be necessary to maintain a composite deck both to make it look its absolute best and to make sure that the deck lasts as long as possible. Read More»

5 Tips For Using A Tankless Water Heater For Underfloor Heating

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Traditionally, underfloor radiant heating systems utilized water heaters with storage tanks. The water was heated in the tank and then pumped throughout the home. However, now more people are utilizing tankless water heaters for their underfloor heating. In these systems, the water is stored in the system and pumped directly through the water heater and back into the system, cutting down on heat loss during storage.  One benefit of tankless water heater underfloor systems is that they tend to work well as an open loop, meaning that the same water that is used to heat your home will eventually be used at your taps and replaced with fresh water. Read More»

How To Protect Your Waterfront Property By Installing A Three-Foot Seawall

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Owning a home on waterfront property has its benefits, with immediate access to the water and beautiful views, but it also has its drawbacks. As the water laps at your property line, it can erode away and destroy your land and put your home at risk of damage. Here are instructions to help you install a new three-foot seawall on your property to help prevent this from happening. Plan Your Seawall Construction Read More»

Before Replacing Garage Door Panels, Consider Installing An Insulated Garage Door

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The typical garage door repair isn’t too expensive. Home Improvement Educator places the average garage door repair somewhere between $200 and $300. This average, however, doesn’t reflect how expensive certain repairs can be. It’s low partly because it includes simple fixes, such as adjusting openers and realigning sensors. Replacing broken garage door panels, in particular, can cost a lot more than $300. If your garage door’s panels need to be replaced, you might want to have a new insulated door installed instead of replacing the damaged panels. Read More»