The Advance Inc. Blog

Preparing Your Home for Spring this Season

With warmer weather and sunshine just around the corner, it is time to prepare your home for the Spring and Summer months. Winter weather can cause unknown and unexpected damage to home structures, roofs, and windows. This is especially true for our coastal Delaware...

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Eliminating Weather Damage to Your Roof

Eliminating Weather Damage to Your Roof

With unpredictable weather, many of our clients along the coast of Delaware are concerned about maintaining their roofs. We estimate that homeowners should have roof inspections about twice a year to assess structural health. Summer is the best time so that any...

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Fixing Drafty Windows this Spring

Fixing Drafty Windows this Spring

Are you finding your home is still chilly on these cooler days of early spring? Is your energy bill climbing? One culprit to both of these issues is drafty windows. For our Delaware customers along the coast, wind chills coming off the water can infiltrate any weak...

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What Type of Flat Roof is Best for your Needs?

What Type of Flat Roof is Best for your Needs?

A flat roof is sometimes your most practical option for your structure. Not only are the materials cheaper, but they’re easier to install, require significantly less upkeep, and have a longer lifespan. They’re a great way to save money and reduce stress. But when...

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An Easy Guide to Creating a Victorian Style Home

Victorian homes are among the most classic, striking designs for a home. The aesthetic dates to the early 1800s with Queen Victoria’s reign. The design is defined by steep roofs, high ceilings, round angles, decorative woodwork, bright colors, and even towers. This...

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Picking the Right Material for Your Front Door

Picking the Right Material for Your Front Door

Your front door is one of the most important features in defining the look and style of your exterior and it defines your day to day more than anything else. As the aspect of your home you’ll be interacting with the most, it sets the tone for the overall personality...

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The Guide to Creating Your Rustic Home

The rustic-style home emphasizes rugged and natural beauty. This means earthy textures, simple colors, and simple, warm designs. The goal is to feel honest and unpretentious. The rustic home is a classic for a reason; it’s one of the most immediately recognizable ways...

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How to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

How to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

As a homeowner, you have probably heard a lot about natural light. It’s commonly ranked as one of the top priorities for families looking to buy a new home. After all, not only does natural light have aesthetic benefits, but it also has a huge impact on your overall...

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Creating a Cozy Cottage Style Home

Creating a Cozy Cottage Style Home

A cottage style house is perfect for turning your home into a safe, comfortable place. If you’re looking for something warm and personable, this style is characterized by graceful lines, weathered finishes, natural earthy colors, and textural elements like baskets and...

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How to Create a Sleek Contemporary Home

How to Create a Sleek Contemporary Home

Creating a bold visual identity for your home can be daunting. You want everything in your home to contribute to a cohesive style, so you’ll need to select every fixture carefully. Luckily, we’re here to help. Here are a few of the basic components that will give your...

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How to Safely Clean Your Gutters

How to Safely Clean Your Gutters

With spring fast approaching, you’ll need to start with your major gutter cleaning projects to ensure that your home is ready for the rain and melting snow. If not completed on schedule, you could be looking at damage to your roof and siding. However, you need to take...

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The Best Deck for a Coastal Home

The Best Deck for a Coastal Home

Whether you’re building a new deck for your coastal home or putting together your perfect beach house, the deck is among your most important features. It’s how you enjoy the cool ocean air and the sweeping vistas from living near the water. But you need to select and...

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Which Patio Door is Right for You? French vs. Sliding.

Which Patio Door is Right for You? French vs. Sliding.

When selecting or replacing your patio door, you have two primary options to choose from: a sliding patio door, and a French patio door. Both of these options come in a wide range of styles and configurations, but this is going to be your first and most important...

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What Kinds of Shutters are Right for My House?

If you’re looking to do some exterior remodeling to your home, installing or replacing shutters is a great option. With the right shutters, you can change the character of not just your windows, but your entire home exterior – without the costly expense of replacing...

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What Kind of Deck Style Is Right for Your Home?

What Kind of Deck Style Is Right for Your Home?

Your deck is a major aspect of your house’s exterior and plays a part in defining the personality and living experience of your home. So, when building or remodeling your porch, no homeowner should take the decision of style and layout lightly. Here’s our guide to...

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How to Choose the Color of Your Roof Shingles

How to Choose the Color of Your Roof Shingles

How to Choose the Color of Your Roof Shingles When remodeling or designing your home, the exterior color scheme will be a top concern for any homeowner. Studies show that one of the greatest challenges for these projects is matching shingle colors to your overall...

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How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Is your energy bill a problem no matter how much you adjust the thermostat? Do you find that you have less and less control of your temperature every year? The energy efficiency of your home might be the culprit, as an aging house can let air escape and fail to...

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Is A Vinyl Deck Right for You?

Is A Vinyl Deck Right for You?

Up-Front Costs The immediate benefit of a vinyl deck is expense. On average, vinyl decks cost significantly less per square foot than other materials, especially wood. Larger homes often require more expansive decks, so wood can suddenly turn into a massive up-front...

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