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How to 'Keep up with the Joneses' This Winter

Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 4, 2018 5:48:00 AM

When your neighbors find ways to manage winter weather that you might not have thought of, it could be more than a case of envy or curiosity that makes you take note. “Keeping up with the Joneses” when it comes to improvements that make your home safer in winter not only can protect your family from slip-and-fall accidents, they also have the added benefits of increasing wintertime curb appeal and saving you money.

Below are five ways you can make your home's winter-weather strategy something even the Joneses will envy:

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Topics: Snow Melting, Winter Safety, Snow and Ice Management

Entrance Mats are Critical for Senior Safety in Winter

Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 11, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Each year, some 2.8 million seniors are treated in emergency rooms for injuries due to falling, a good percentage of which occur during the icy, slippery months of winter. If you have older folks in your life, you know how worried they can be about slip-and-fall accidents.  One of the best ways to protect them from this danger is with entrance mats.

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Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Senior Safety

Shoveling Increases Heart Attacks, Study Shows

Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 4, 2017 12:00:00 AM

A recent Canadian study proves what homeowners in cold-weather climates have always suspected: the risk of heart attack increases following a snowfall.

The study was conducted in Quebec from 1981 to 2014 and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Researchers studied 128,000 heart attack cases and some 68,000 deaths and found that eight inches of snowfall raised the risk of a heart attack in men by 16 percent and the risk of dying by one third.

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Topics: Heated Floor Mats, Shoveling, Health

How to Remove Snow from Decorative and Stamped Concrete Walkways and Driveways

Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 23, 2017 12:00:00 AM

One of the most attractive and impactful improvements you can make to enhance the curb appeal of your home is a decorative and stamped concrete walkway or driveway. The transformation of an entire driveway or walkway, or the outdoor living potential of a patio area covered in this material, can upgrade the appearance of your house and landscape perhaps like no other home improvement project. And unlike brick or paver stones, stamped concrete offers versatility in installation and is often a more cost-effective option than stone.

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Best Snow Shovel Techniques for Seniors

Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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Topics: Shoveling, Snow

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Heated Driveways: 5 Facts About Heated Driveways

Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 15, 2017 12:00:00 AM

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Topics: Driveway, Heated Floor Mats, Heated Driveways

The Quick but Handy Guide to Buying a Snow Shovel

Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 31, 2017 8:18:16 AM

In recent years, innovations in snow shovel technology have led to a wide range of new and unique shovel types. These innovations are a blessing, but they can also make finding your ideal snow shovel more difficult.

Here are 3 tips for choosing the best snow shovel for you:

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Topics: Shoveling, Snow and Ice Management

What Does the Old Farmer’s Almanac Say About U.S. Winter 2017/18?

Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 31, 2017 7:56:44 AM

As a homeowner, your life would be immeasurably easier if you could predict what type of weather conditions are headed your way with each incoming winter season. You’d know what kind of precautions to take, whether to invest in certain equipment, and how to plan for your snow removal efforts.

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How to Drive in Snowy Weather: Five Tips for a Safer Commute

Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 24, 2017 4:30:00 AM


Driving on our nation's highways is challenging enough during the springtime, summer, and fall, but when winter arrives, the dangers of the road increase dramatically. Learning how to handle the snow and ice is crucial when you need to commute on a daily basis, so it is important to follow winter driving tips, such as the five given below, to best understand how to drive in snowy weather, and minimize the risks of your winter drive.

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Topics: Winter, Winter Driving, Winter Car

Five Ways to Heat Your Deck This Winter

Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 9, 2017 4:31:00 AM

In regions of the country that see cold and snowfall in winter, enjoying your deck, patio, or outdoor kitchen is an activity that usually remains off-limits until the arrival of warmer weather. 

But with a little ingenuity and a modest investment, you can have year-round use out of these outdoor areas. Here are some things you can do to make your deck a great place for living and entertaining even in the winter months.

Winter heating for your deck

There are many types of outdoor heaters that work well in keeping you and your guests warm while on the deck. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you might want to consider using a combination of options. 

Here are five methods for heating your deck area during the winter months.

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