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Aug 15

2016

How To Repair Your Window Screens


While badly damaged window screens should be replaced entirely by new ones, small patches and holes resulting from small accidents such as pet scratches can be repaired before they get bigger and eventually irreparable. It is not only a sure way to put one’s skills to practice, but it is also an excellent approach towards maintaining your home at a low cost. Holes that can be replaced are those of up to three inches in diameter. If done properly, the resultant patch is barely visible and can last for years without showing any signs of wear and tear. Holes larger…

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Aug 8

2016

Why Are Energy Star® Windows Preferred For Canadian Houses?


ENERGY STAR® windows, as the name suggests, are windows that have been rated and qualified as energy-efficient by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), which is also proof that they have been manufactured by an ENERGY STAR® partner. To obtain an ENERGY STAR® certification, a door or window must meet requirements set by a bureau of the government of the United States for particular weather or climatic conditions. The requirements differ by location, meaning a window installed in British Columbia is different in structure and requirements from one installed in Ontario. What is Energy Star®? The ENERGY STAR® program started…

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Aug 1

2016

9 Tips To Find Great Eco-Friendly Products To Clean Your Window


Household cleaners are among the most notorious contaminants of air, water and soil that humans and animals ultimately come into contact with. Asthma cases have in many instances been ascribed to continuous exposure to cleaner-related chemicals, some of which contain traces of carcinogens and developmental and reproductive poisons. The American Thoracic Society warns against regular use of household cleaning sprays as they could lead to adult asthma, an assertion that has unfortunately not been proven. Nonetheless, it is always better to stay safe than take chances when your health and that of your family is at stake, especially when the…

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Jul 29

2016

11 Tips To Remodelling A Home With A Cottage Feel


As much as contemporary design aesthetics seem to be the norm these days, and despite the beauty and ingenuity of many contemporary design options, there is something to be said about a home with a more rustic, or cottage feel to them. “Homey” homes utilize warm colours, retro looks and soft lighting to create appealing spaces that are ideal for relaxing and unwinding in ways that contemporary edges, metal and lines simply can’t. If you are trying to incorporate a touch of the cottage into a remodelling project, below are 11 tips to help you get keep that cottage feel…

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Jul 25

2016

6 Easy Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home


In the 21st century real estate market, many homeowners are doing everything they can to take advantage of the new design and technology upgrades available to them in an attempt to increase the value of their homes. There are handful of upgrades and projects that will always increase the value of your home, but some are able to provide much bigger returns than others. Below are six recommended home remodelling projects to help you add value to your home. Kitchen remodelling. The kitchen is probably the most often used and most heavily inspected area of the home. It is the…

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Jul 18

2016

Which Kind Of Storm Windows Are Best For Canadian Climates


Canadian climates are typically defined by extreme variations in weather conditions throughout the year. From freezing cold temperatures in the winter, to hot and humid weather in the summer, our windows are put to the test all year round by the ups and downs of Canadian seasonal changes. Below are some suggestions regarding the types of storm windows that are best suited to Canadian climates. Exterior. Exterior storm windows made from durable material, mounted on the outside frame of the window, when properly maintained, are good at keeping the elements out. However, because a drainage hole must be left for…

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Jul 11

2016

4 Window Treatments For The Perfect Sunny Bedroom


The second worse thing after a perpetually dark cold room, is a perpetually sunny hot room. Trying to find the right balance of shade and energy efficiency to make the best use of both the light and the heat can be a chore, especially in the hot summer months, if the sun bedroom faces the sun. If you are considering a window treatment for your bedroom to make the most of the sun and its rays, below are some window treatments for the perfect sunny bedroom as well as some design tips to help you make the most of your…

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Jul 4

2016

Outfitting your cottage with new windows


If you live in a cottage-style home or own a cottage and are looking to install some new windows in it, you will want to make sure you are choosing the right styles. This does not mean you have to choose all the same types, as you can definitely mix and match windows. However, if you are going for the traditional look and want to keep the original architectural appearance, cottage-style windows should be on your list. There are a number of other options available for cottages and cottage-style houses. Here are a few great choices to consider when shopping…

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Jun 27

2016

How To Fix Sticky Doors Before Summer Starts


There are many causes for sticky doors. Humidity can cause wood to swell and expand, hinges can become loose with overuse and your house itself can shift resulting in changes to the doorframe. Humidity is usually the culprit when it comes to sticky doors. In the winter months, the humidity in the atmosphere is low because cooler air can’t hold that much moisture. Most people complain that their doors are sticking in the summer, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t stick in the other months as well. If you can fix a sticky door before summer hits it’s less…

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