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How to Protect Your Coastal Home from Flood Damage

The recent devastation caused by Hurricane Ida has every coastal homeowner thinking about how they can protect their property from flood damage. The best way to protect your home and possessions from sudden and severe storms is to carry out a range of preparations...

How to Read Window Energy Efficiency Labels

As the sustainability movement grows in awareness, many U.S. homeowners are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Installing energy efficient windows is one of the best ways to reduce your home’s energy usage, not only lowering your home’s...

Why Is Home Energy Efficiency So Important?

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) reports that the average household spends $1,500 to $2,500 on energy bills each year. These costs are piled on top of mortgages, property taxes, and many other household expenses. For homeowners, paychecks seem to slip...

How to Identify Energy Loss to Save Money and Protect Your Home

While you may have accepted that homeownership is not cheap, sometimes a bill can make your jaw drop. Certain expenses like your mortgage payments are fixed costs, so you can plan ahead. However, variable costs like utilities can catch you by surprise. Wondering what...

5 Ways to Reduce Energy Loss in Your Home

We’re sure that at some point, you’ve had some “sticker shock” at how expensive it has become to maintain a home. Finding ways to save money is crucial for any homeowner now more than ever. One way to lower utility costs, and potentially save on repairs, is to improve...

A Guide to Understanding Heat Damage

Homes are vulnerable to a host of threats during the summer storm season from natural disasters, accidental damages, and the regular wear and tear of the environment. While coastal homeowners may not have to worry about hurricanes or tropical storms all year long,...

How Salt Water Is Damaging Your Windows

Many people dream of living by the coast and waking up every morning to beautiful ocean or bay views. Residents who live in coastal areas, however, are familiar with the cloudy film from saltwater that often coats their windows. Salt buildup leaves an unsightly,...

Protecting Your Home against Saltwater Damage

Protecting Your Home against Saltwater Damage

Depending on geographic location, every home has a unique set of environmental concerns, from storm threats and seasonal temperature fluctuations to high humidity and moisture. For residents along coastal Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region, owning a shore home often...

Choosing Designer Shingles for Your Roof

When customizing and upgrading your home’s exterior, you want to make your home more attractive and more structurally sound — these goals aren’t mutually exclusive. Whether preparing to stay or sell, updating your roof is a great way to enhance curb appeal and improve...

Choosing Windows for a Coastal Home

Choosing Windows for a Coastal Home

Coastal homes are highly desirable for their beautiful sea views and proximity to the beach. However, severe weather conditions along coastal Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region can threaten the longevity and durability of these structures. Inclement weather like...

How to Identify and Prevent Exterior Water Infiltration

Weather conditions for most of our clients in the Atlantic Northeast and along coastal Delaware tend to be rather moist in the summer months. Delaware homes in Newcastle and Rehoboth Beach tend to deal with more humidity than Newark or Middletown areas, being situated...

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home This Summer

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home This Summer

Growing concern for the environment is driving sustainability and climate-conscious initiatives in the construction industry, influencing the materials we use for our homes. Many homeowners are now looking for sustainable material choices, such as composite decking,...

Should You Invest in Architectural Shingles?

Should You Invest in Architectural Shingles?

Owning a home is a huge investment, which is why it’s so important to properly maintain it over time. Natural weathering, aging, and environmental damage can break down many structural aspects of your home that are essential to protecting it, especially your roof....

Roof Replacement: What to Know Before You Begin

Roof Replacement: What to Know Before You Begin

With the arrival of warm weather in the Delaware Valley region, the spring season is a great opportunity to take on more complex home improvement projects, like roof replacement. Over time, natural weathering and environmental factors can wear down your roof,...

Home Window Replacement and Installation: Questions and Answers

Home Window Replacement and Installation: Questions and Answers

Windows play an important role in your home’s ability to regulate internal temperature and maintain energy efficiency. Due to warmer weather and extended daylight working hours, spring is a popular time for homeowners to replace old windows, improve energy efficiency,...

3 Exterior Home Renovations that Can Improve Resale Value

3 Exterior Home Renovations that Can Improve Resale Value

Whether or not you plan to sell your home in the near or distant future, considering the market value of your home is essential to protecting your assets. Updating your home’s exterior is a great way to improve its curb appeal while improving its defenses against...

5 Functional Home Improvement Projects this Spring

5 Functional Home Improvement Projects this Spring

Spring is an ideal time to take on home improvement projects, as milder temperatures present longer days and more optimal working conditions. With summer on the horizon, you may find yourself rolling up your sleeves and ready to prepare your home for the warmer...

Creative Deck Design Ideas to Transform Your Backyard

Creative Deck Design Ideas to Transform Your Backyard

Adding a deck to your backyard is an excellent way to create an outdoor space for relaxation and entertaining. With spring upon us, you may want to start planning and building your deck for full use this summer. In this article, we will explore different creative deck...