The Advance Inc. Blog

How to Prevent Energy Loss in Your Home

Fall is on the horizon. As cooler temperatures draw near, it’s time to begin thinking about how you can prevent energy loss and improve the energy efficiency of your home. The key to meeting these goals is making sure your heating system (or, in the summer, your AC)...

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How to Price Out a New Entry Door

For our final post in our entry door series, we’ll tackle what many homeowners would say is the most important factor that drives any home improvement project: cost. It’s important that when you begin looking for your new entry door, you have an idea of your budget...

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How to Choose the Best Entry Door Material for Your Home

We’ve spent the last few weeks exploring the aesthetic appeal, safety, and energy efficiency the right entry door can bring to your home. While we have touched on the upsides and drawbacks of a variety of entry door types within these posts, this week we’ll focus on...

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Entry Door Safety

Last week, we focused on the aesthetic appeal that a beautiful entry door can add to your home. More important than the look of your front door, however, is the security it offers. We know for a fact that criminals often enter through front doors, as opposed to a...

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How to Choose an Entry Door

How to Choose an Entry Door

We’re going to be spending the next few weeks focusing on the ins and outs of entry doors. Choosing a new front door is a large investment and a weighty decision, so we’ll take the time to look at each factor individually: safety, energy efficiency, options, and cost....

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The Homeowner’s Guide to Entry Door Aesthetic Options

When choosing an entry door for your home, aesthetics are going to be one of the biggest factors that you consider, alongside price and energy efficiency considerations. The entry door is one of the biggest things to affect the curbside appeal of your home,...

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What Can You Expect to Pay for New Windows?

Since most homeowners should only ever need to purchase or replace their windows a few times in their life, many window customers are first time buyers. It can be hard to make an investment that large by going in blind, so this guide can teach you what to expect when...

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Window Air Infiltration

Differences in pressure can cause air to travel through small gaps in window assemblies. (You’ll recognize the physics at work here if you’ve ever had a door slam shut to a room that had an open window.) Air can travel into your home or out of it, altering its...

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Windows and Condensation Resistance

Windows and Condensation Resistance

Condensation forms on glass whenever the temperature of its surface becomes less than its dew point temperature. The dew point temperature of a window changes based upon the amount of humidity in a room. So, in rooms with high humidity, like your bathroom or kitchen,...

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Window and Solar Heat Gain

Window and Solar Heat Gain

Have you ever lamented the fact that the rooms in your home with the most windows are almost uninhabitable in the summer? That is due to solar heat gain. Solar heat gain refers to the process by which solar radiation is admitted into your home as heat. This radiation,...

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Radiant Heat Gain and Loss

Whenever you’re considering buying new windows or evaluating the effectiveness of the ones you already have installed, you should take into account radiant heat gain and loss. Radiant heat refers to heat radiated into your home by the sun and heat radiated out of your...

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Why Hire a Professional for Home Repair?

With the internet at our fingertips, there isn’t much we can’t teach ourselves to do. So when your roof springs a leak or your siding starts to rot, it can be tempting to look up a YouTube tutorial, swing by the hardware store, and patch things up with some good, old...

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Addressing Hail Damage to Your Roof

Addressing Hail Damage to Your Roof

If your roof has been damaged by hail, it’s very important that you react quickly and take the appropriate steps to mitigate and prevent further damage. Hail damage can wreak havoc on your roof’s appearance and structure. In severe cases, hailstones can actually...

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Why Choose Energy Star?

Between rising energy costs and the enduring threat of climate change, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency. A ton of household appliances—from refrigerators to air conditioners to light bulbs and computers—consume excess energy...

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Deck Replacement Tips

Even the most well-built deck weathers over time. The elements can wear on exposed wood, causing it to warp and rot. All decks need regular inspection and maintenance in order to withstand the elements, maintain their beauty, and remain safe for homeowners and guests....

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Roofing Installation Tips

Roofing defines the appearance and value of your home, while also serving as your house’s first line of defense against precipitation. Roofing that is weak or neglected can produce leaks, causing potential damage to the structural integrity and contents of your home....

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Why Invest in Storm Doors?

Exterior entry doors do a lot for your household. They protect against the elements and intruders, and enhance your home’s visual appearance.   But exterior entry doors can only do so much. They don’t provide ventilation for your home when it’s battling stifling heat....

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