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    Garage floor damaged by de-icers? Here's how to repair it

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 28, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    If you live in a snowy climate and routinely park your vehicle inside a garage, you know that winter weather impacts more than just your driveway and outdoor pavements. It also affects garage flooring by leaving salt stains and other marks on the concrete surface.

    Below, we take a look at how de-icing agents get inside your garage and do damage to the concrete flooring, how to repair the damage already done, and how to prevent the damage from recurring.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Concrete

    The Safest Way to Remove Snow from Your Roof

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 20, 2018 11:54:51 AM

    A big part of protecting the investment you have made in your home comes in the form of protecting your roof. Once winter hits, homeowners need to think about how to remove snow from this large surface. Just as there are dangers to letting snow accumulate too deeply or heavily on your rooftop, there are dangers involved in removing it.

    When should you begin to remove snow from your roof, and what is the safest way to do it?

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    Topics: Roofs, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance

    Snow and Ice Removal Strategies for 'Do-It-Yourself' Homeowners

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    It’s important to keep your driveway and the pavements around your home clear of snow and ice to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents on your property. When winter storms threaten, DIY homeowners have three approaches to snow management from which to choose: chemical agents that clear these hazards away after the storm passes (de-icing), chemical agents that preempt them before a single snowflake falls (anti-icing), and non-chemical alternatives. Below, we take a look at these approaches.

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    Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance

    Are You and Your Family Prepared for Winter Storm Season? Six Questions to Ask Yourself

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    AccuWeather is predicting above-average snowfall for the East Coast this winter, and a long winter for the entire U.S. What this means is: if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get ready for winter storms (especially if you live in an area where storms like these are a possibility).

    If you want to make sure your home, car and family are prepared for winter, there are six important questions you need to ask yourself:

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    Topics: Winter Safety, Winter Car, Home Maintenance

    18 Ways to Save Electricity (or Go Green) this Winter Without Sacrificing Warmth

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 24, 2016 8:02:00 AM

    Winter readiness can mean many things, but the desire to "go green" and save on your electric bill must be balanced with the desire to stay warm and comfortable. To put it "colorfully," you want to find a way to go green without turning blue.

    Below we have 18 winter readiness tips: most of them are simple and fast to implement, and can help you accumulate significant energy savings:

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    Topics: Winter, Home Maintenance

    Getting Ready for Winter with Chip Wade, Celebrity Craftsman

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 27, 2016 4:01:42 PM

    Images provided by: Wade Works Creative

    Let’s take a peek into the life and work of Chip Wade, a home designer and craftsman who’s built a career doing what he loves -- serving as a creative vehicle to design homes of his clients’ dreams. Thank you, Chip, for sharing your story with us!

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    Topics: Home Maintenance

    Keeping Your Home Energy Efficient, Eco-friendly, and Environmentally Safe this Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 27, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    With the rising costs of electricity and home-heating fuels, homeowners are more concerned than ever before about maintaining an energy efficient home. Concerns for safety and for the environment are also high priorities among many homeowners, and thankfully, the very same actions that curb the high costs of home energy usage often also tend toward "eco-friendliness" and environmental safety.

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Winter Safety

    Top 5 Reasons your Driveway is Covered in Cracks

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 18, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    If your driveway is covered in cracks, littered with potholes, and spotted with "rash-like" surface erosion, you will have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair or replace it. If it is your neighbor's driveway in this condition, on the other hand, or if you have just installed a brand new driveway, you will want to know how to prevent such a fate from befalling your concrete or asphalt driveway.

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    Topics: Driveway, Home Maintenance, Winter, Concrete

    3 Reasons Outdoor Heated Floor Mats are Worth the Investment

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 3, 2016 2:44:00 PM

    With so many snow removal methods on the market, it can be overwhelming to understand which is the best method for you. While deicing solutions can be tempting to use in the winter due to their effectiveness they are time consuming, environmentally hazardous and break down the materials of your driveway and walkways. Although they can be great short-term solutions, in the long run they rack up serious damages and costs! Here’s the top three reasons that outdoor heated floor mats are worth the investment for next year!

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats

    Tips to Maintaining Your Driveway Year Round!

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Your driveway is one of the most important aspects of your property maintenance. Whether it’s where you park your car, shoot hoops or watch your children play, a maintained drive is critical for homeownership.

    The bad news is that all this usage means wear and tear, regardless of your driveway type. The good news? When it comes to keeping your driveway in top condition basic driveway maintenance is easy to do yourself.

    From having a good snow removal plan of action to reapplying sealants in summer, these expert tips keep a driveway looking its best during every season.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Concrete

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