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Feb 20

2017

Budget-Friendly Ideas That Will Increase Curb Appeal


Whether you are looking to place your home on the market for sale and want to increase its value, or just want to update your facade, there are many ways you can give your house more curb appeal without breaking the bank. The first step to improving the look of your home is taking a good look at it from across the street. When you’re paying more attention to the appearance of your house, you are likely to discover some things that may put off a prospective buyer, such as overgrown shrubs, an unkempt lawn, peeling paint, or a few…

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Feb 15

2017

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Difficult To Pick Some types of locks, like Tumbler locks, are incredibly easy to pick using a few simple tools. They are not nearly as reliable as deadbolt locks when it comes to keeping your family and possessions safe. Deadbolt locks, with their long, hardened steel bolt are nearly impossible to pick. When the lock is properly secured, with the bolt fully extended into the doorjamb hole with a metal strike place, it becomes nearly impossible for the average burglar to break in through that door. For extra protection, use double cylinder deadbolt locks on doors with glass or adjacent…

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Feb 13

2017

How To Install A Secure Storm Door


A quality storm door can be a great investment to protect your entry door from the harsh elements and still let in natural light when you need it. There are some factors to consider before installing a secure storm door, such as the direction your entry door faces. If your entry door receives direct morning or afternoon sun, a lot of heat can build up between the two doors, affecting their quality. Fortunately, such a challenge can be mitigated by building a shade for your doors, or simply opening the main door when there’s someone home. So you can proceed…

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Feb 6

2017

What You Need To Know When Replacing Your Window Awning


Awning windows are a common type of crank out windows that open outward from the bottom-up. They are most ideal in kitchens when placed above the kitchen counter because they are easy to operate. The fact that they open from the bottom also means that you can open them year round, regardless of the air condition, to allow for good air circulation in your kitchen. These windows are preferred over sliding windows because they are easier to operate (by cranking a handle to push or pull the bottom), offer superb ventilation while keeping rainwater out, are more efficient, and are…

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Jan 22

2017

How To Winterize Your Doors The Right Way


As winter approaches and temperatures continue to drop, it is time to start preparing your furnace, space heaters, pellet stove, or some other appliance to stay warm. Heating your rooms dramatically increases your energy costs, so you’ll probably be looking for ways to spend as little as possible on energy. Winterizing the openings in your home by sealing drafty doors and windows is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent heat loss, improve the efficiency of your heating system, and reduce your energy costs by up to 30 per cent. You can detect air leaks and seal…

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Jan 16

2017

Tips To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter


Many homes are designed to keep the interior cool during the hot summer months, but the same can’t be said about retaining heat during the colder months. A lot more energy is needed to keep your rooms comfortable in extreme cold than in very hot conditions, especially if you have to keep your heater on both day and night. This can drastically increase your energy costs unless you take the necessary steps to insulate your home this winter. First, you should keep in mind that heat in your home is lost in two ways: by convection to the air and…

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Jan 9

2017

Why Is It Better To Choose Patio Doors Over Garden Doors?


When it comes to replacing your doors as part of your home improvement project, there are not that many options to consider as there are with windows. For your entry door, you only need to consider aesthetics, security, and perhaps lighting. For your backdoor, your options are even more limited, especially if you have a large opening, with many homeowners having to choose between patio doors and garden doors. Both options offer function and style, but how do you choose the right door that will give you access to your backyard for the next decade-plus? Energy Efficiency Patio doors are…

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Jan 3

2017

6 Ways You Can Soundproof Your Windows


Sound is not necessarily a bad thing, but it becomes a nuisance when you are unable to control it, at which point it becomes noise. Loud and unusual sounds at the wrong place and time can be distracting and stressful, making it impossible to sleep, work, or study, and if prolonged, can be detrimental to your health. The best ways to manage noise are by eliminating it at the source and moving further from the source. But this is not always possible, like when you live near a nightclub, pub, a busy road in the city, or a construction site,…

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Nov 28

2016

5 Reasons To Use A Deadbolt On Your Door


Among the options for improving home security, many households turn to installing alarm systems or getting guard dogs. But locksmiths argue that the first line of defence is usually a working deadbolt lock that is used correctly. So, why are deadbolts so popular? They Offer Superior Protection A deadbolt is a kind of lock characterized by a hardened steel bolt that is extended into the doorjamb and strike plate in the doorframe to lock. An estimated 60 per cent of burglaries involve forced entry, and having a quality deadbolt can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. For the…

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