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  1. How should I stain and seal my deck?

    Your deck represents a sizable investment in your home, so regular maintenance is essential to keep it in good repair. If your deck is made from composite materials, it should last decades with basic cleaning, but if your deck is built from wood, it needs to be stained and sealed every few years for optimal long-term performance.

    Even the best-quality stain and sealant will eventually wear away under outdoor conditions, and once sealant wears away, your wood is at the mercy of the ...
  2. How can I improve my energy efficiency?

    The period following Earth Day is a great time to think about the impact our homes have on the environment. But beyond lowering your environmental impact, increasing your homeís efficiency will also increase your comfort, lower energy bills and improve your homeís valueó all at once! Here are five quick tips to make your home a model of efficiency.

    Protect south-facing windows

    The biggest impact on your homeís heat level in the summer comes from the south, where sunlight ...
  3. How can I minimize water damage?

    With the advent of spring and the rainy season, many parts of the country are heading into the wettest part of the year. Water damage ó whether from rain, flooding or a plumbing leak ó can be swiftly damaging and quite expensive. The average water damage restoration job costs about $3,100. Two efforts can save serious amounts of money: preventative maintenance and fast cleanup. Hereís a rundown of how to protect yourself.

    Prevent the leaks

    Your most effective tool against ...
  4. Peeling paint

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ID:	11414Peeling paint is a burr under the saddle of many homeowners, Iím afraid, and the causes are numerous.

    The best way to understand why paint peels is to think about all of the things you have that do hold their paint without peeling. How about your car or truck, or your aluminum siding, gutters and downspouts? Even lawn mowers, snowblowers and other outdoor tools fall into that category. So does the outside of my 20-year-old house, which has fiber cement siding. ...
  5. How can I find a reliable pro?

    So, letís look at eight questions to ask when hiring a pro to make sure they take your home as seriously as you do.

    1. What are my options?

    Be sure to consider offers from multiple pros and understand what adjustments can be made to each before settling on one. Even if youíre in a hurry to finish a project, itís worth it to take your time to do thorough research on potential pros. The cheapest option may ultimately cost more in damages or repairs, so if it sounds too good ...
  6. Maintain your homeís health through the years

    When it comes to home-improvement projects on your house thatís coming of age, thereís no denying that your roof, windows, and air conditioning and heating units might be getting moody, temperamental or give you the silent treatment altogether.

    As your home ages, it will require more upkeep and improvements. Itís especially important to stay on top of some of the more potentially troublesome elements of your home ó ones that can cause you massive headaches and put a huge dent in your ...
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