Protecting Your Investment

  • Fall Gutter Maintenance

    9/6/2013 1:09 PM

    Without periodic gutter maintenance, your rain gutters may begin to cause you problems. Leaky seams, incorrect gutter slope, clogged downspouts, or poor drainage at the end of the downspouts can all lead to damage to your roof, walls, foundation, and landscaping.

  • Your Home and Hurricane Season: How to Prepare

    8/30/2013 1:22 PM

    The mid-Atlantic area has been lucky so far this year. Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30, but we haven’t experienced any major storms this summer in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. In fact, a series of cold fronts off the east coast next week should protect the mid-Atlantic from any possible tropical action for the next few weeks.....

  • Turn your Dirty Windows into Clean Windows

    8/28/2013 3:57 PM

    Having clean windows results in a dreaded chore for many. Following the tips we’ve posted in recent articles can make the task a bit easier and improve your results. But there’s great satisfaction in standing back and admiring your work once you have sparkling clean windows.

  • Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

    7/10/2013 8:16 PM

    Many homes include at least one patio or sliding glass entry door, often at the back of the house with access to a deck or back yard. Deciding on a window treatment for your sliding glass door can be tricky

  • Backyard Barbeque Safety

    7/3/2013 4:55 PM

    Cookout season is in full swing for homeowners in Maryland and Virginia. Backyard parties often involve the use of a grill, whether charcoal or gas. But grill use poses potential risks that homeowners need to be aware of.....

  • Easy Maintenance Tune-Ups for Sliding Doors

    6/14/2013 4:06 PM

    Summer means lots of time spent outside, whether you have a swimming pool or they are just enjoying the great outdoors playing in the yard. If you have sliding doors leading to your yard.....

  • Replacement Vinyl Siding: What to Expect

    6/12/2013 3:35 PM

    The siding on your home might need to be replaced for a number of reasons. But how do you go about researching your alternatives as well as installation? When looking for a replacement vinyl siding manufacturer what are...

  • Walkout Basements - Thompson Creek Windows Reviews All You Need to Know

    2/15/2013 1:47 PM

    Many homes in our area include a full basement rather than just a crawlspace underneath the first floor.  A crawlspace is the area between the ground level and the bottom of the house’s first floor. A crawlspace may be preferable than a home that sits on a concrete slab foundation, especially if the area is prone to flooding or has a high water table. A crawlspace also makes it more convenient for the homeowner to access any plumbing, electrical or ductwork located underneath the floor. But the crawlspace area is unusable as a living area in the home.   A full basement gives homeowners a lot more flexibility than a slab foundation or crawlspace. Even an unfinished basement provides lots of storage space. HVAC equipment, including the furnace, is often located in a basement, making access for maintenance an easy task.  Water heaters are typically located in the basement as well.

  • Eradicate Damp-Basement Complaints by Checking Your Gutters

    1/14/2013 6:49 PM

    A wet basement should be a concern for any homeowner. Moisture in your basement or crawlspace creates high humidity levels, which can lead to condensation, mold and unhealthy air. This moisture can also deteriorate the home’s interior structure including floor beams and joists, insulation, and your electrical and mechanical systems. If you have water sitting for a prolonged period around your foundation, the soil surrounding it will eventually weaken and be unable to bear the weight, causing foundation settlement and cracks. Many people think that wet basements are most often caused by rainwater finding its way into the basement because of lack of yard drainage, poor grading, or water seeping in through the foundation block. But the first place to look for the source of the problem is your gutters.

  • Is it Time for New Siding?

    11/19/2012 3:58 PM

    Home exteriors can be clad in various materials, including brick, stone, cedar, wood and shake siding made from vinyl, aluminum or a composite material. Depending on the age of your home, your siding may have seen better days. Weather-related damage, cracks, warping, missing sections and sun fading are all signs your siding material needs to be repaired or replaced. You may also have damage that is noticeable from inside your home – peeling paint or sagging wallpaper can be caused by old siding allowing moisture to seep behind it and into your interior walls. Dry rot, especially common with wood siding, is another problem that may not be readily noticeable. It’s also an important problem to address since dry rot can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Since its introduction in the 1960s, vinyl has become the number one siding in the United States because of cost, versatility and low maintenance. If you have an area of damaged vinyl siding on your home, you’re faced with a decision. Do you try to repair the area of damage or replace all the siding on your home? Initially, just repairing the damaged area certainly seems less expensive. But the problem you encounter is that you can rarely find an exact match to the color and style. If you replace a few sections of vinyl siding, the repair area will be very obvious.  

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