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    Trends in Vinyl Siding Colors

    9/6/2016 9:58 AM

    Siding in classic white and gray are taking a back seat to the trending and less conventional deep brown, greens and blues.

  • Common Window Repairs

    9/6/2016 9:56 AM

    The windows in your home serve many functions. They protect your home and its contents from weather and the elements. Windows allow natural light to enter your home. They allow fresh air to fill your home through the screens. And they provide views of your yard and beyond.

  • How to Be Green During Back-to-School Time

    8/23/2016 2:33 PM

    Children across our area and around the country are headed back to school. While some school aged kids (and their parents) are excited, there can be feelings of dread surrounding the start of classes. New teachers, new classmates, and more challenging class work are all part of a new school year. Parents have a stack of forms to fill out and sign. And of course, there is the often-dreaded school supplies list.

  • Summer Storms: Be Prepared

    8/10/2016 1:10 PM

    For mid-Atlantic residents, summertime means cookouts, pool parties, mountain biking, trips to the ocean, and a host of other activities to take advantage of the summer months. But Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC summer weather can create a potentially deadly combination: heat and humidity. Coupled with unstable air aloft, this can make the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms.

  • Entry Door Styles for Your Home

    8/4/2016 3:24 PM

    Your front door is a key component of the "curb appeal" of your home. How your home looks from the street creates a first impression - good or bad - to visitors. While real estate agents stress good curb appeal when listing your home for sale, it's important even if you're not selling.

  • Testing a Window's Performance

    7/29/2016 11:07 AM

    In today's world, when homeowners are looking at new appliances or replacement products such as windows and doors, they all have similar requirements in mind. At the top of most lists are products that are energy efficient, which saves you money on your energy bills, improves the energy efficiency of your home, and reduces your carbon footprint.

  • Heat Wave Coming to the Mid-Atlantic

    7/20/2016 3:30 PM

    Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC have enjoyed a relatively calm and pleasant summer when it comes to weather. While we've had a few 90+ degree days, we've enjoyed many in the lower 80's with lower humidity. But that's all about to change as a heat wave approaches the mid-Atlantic region by the weekend.

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    How to Keep Your Yard Lush This Summer

    6/30/2016 10:25 AM

    Homeowners in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC have enjoyed a nice start to summer with temperatures close to average and plenty of rainfall to keep their yards and landscaping looking lush and healthy. But as summer wears on, the mid-Atlantic is sure to get its usual dose of hot humid air and long stretches with no rain.

  • Solar Heat For Home

    Solar Heat Gain: What is it and how does it affect your home?

    6/22/2016 3:42 PM

    Have you noticed that some rooms in your home get hotter during the day than others?  To find out why, look at which direction the windows in the room face. South and west facing windows get more direct sunlight, therefore those rooms tend to get warmer. The term for this is solar heat gain, or SHG. While SHG is desirable in the winter to warm up chilly rooms, it's an unwelcome side effect in the strong summer heat.

  • New Front Door

    Is it Time to Replace Your Front Door?

    6/20/2016 1:51 PM

    Curb appeal. It's what realtors stress when listing your home - how your house and yard look from the curb gives potential buyers the first impression of what might await them inside. Your landscaping, trimmed lawn, condition of your siding, and your front porch area all play an important role in good vs. bad curb appeal.