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How To Winterize Your Summer Home

If you are lucky enough to have a summer home on the Delaware Coast or a cabin nestled in the woods, then you’re familiar with closing that house up for part of the year. A home is a huge responsibility, though, so it can be difficult to keep all your maintenance...

Home Remodeling Trends to Try in 2022

Home Remodeling Trends to Try in 2022

In 2020, spending more time at home completely changed our priorities for how our home’s layout and amenities should serve us. We started using our homes in ways we never imagined we would; They became our workplaces, classrooms, restaurants, theatre, and more. While...

Double-Hung vs. Casement Windows – Which is Best for Your Home?

At first glance, windows seem to be fairly uncomplicated. New homeowners will quickly realize, however, that windows come in many shapes, sizes, and types. As you browse for upgrades, how your windows open is a much more important factor to consider than most people...

Conducting a Fall Routine Deck Inspection

Conducting a Fall Routine Deck Inspection

Autumn has arrived, and while we still have some lovely weather here in the Delaware Valley Region, the time has come to put away the outdoor furniture. While you are working on your outdoor projects, take time to check your decks and porches for safety. Deck...

The Best Fall Routine for Checking Windows and Doors

During the summer, it’s easy to forget about the chilly drafts of the fall and winter seasons. Now that fall has arrived in the Delaware Region, it’s time to take care of any problems with your windows and doors. In doing so, you’ll avoid another drafty winter. The...

How to Perform Your Fall Routine Roof Inspection

Those clear blue autumn skies are here and there’s a nip in the air. Outdoor chores and yard work are calling. While you’re out in the yard tidying up the garden and putting the hoses away, make sure to add roof inspection to your fall to-do list. You likely see your...

Fall Is Time for a Home Maintenance Check-Up

Fall Is Time for a Home Maintenance Check-Up

The weather is cooling, the squirrels are frantically gathering nuts as they plan for winter, and the leaves are changing in the Delaware Valley region! Just like the squirrels, homeowners need to start thinking about the change of season and what they need to do to...

Wet vs. Dry Floodproofing: Which Is Better?

Many people dream of owning coastal homes with easy access to the beach and beautiful shore views. However, owning a shoreside home does come with a few downsides, such as higher property taxes, saltwater damage, and expensive maintenance fees. One growing concern...

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...