Recent Blog Posts

20-Year-Old Decks: Repair or Replace?

The rails jiggle, the nails are popping, and Dad just limped in with a splinter. Softwood decks can last a long time, depending on how well they’re built, but it’s not uncommon for decks of cedar, pine, or redwood to hold up for 10 to 20 years, at which point they begin to disintegrate in ways that range from unsightly and inconvenient to downright dangerous.

Flood Catastrophe: 15 Coping Strategies for Remodelers

Whether you are dealing with Hurricane Harvey or a future weather catastrophe, any of us could find ourselves in the chaos of a destructive storm. If/when it happens, brace yourselves. Have a plan in place and be ready to respond. As I write this, Hurricane Harvey has raged through Texas. It is now a tropical storm that is flooding a widespread area. The coming days and months are going to stressful for remodeling contractors serving flooded areas, as well as our homeowner victims.

When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in. What they’re looking at right now is their kitchen, their bathroom, their boring den.

Make Sure to Avoid These Seven Scary Scenarios When Remodeling

Remodeling can be a long, stressful, tiring process, but it doesn’t need to be a dangerous one. You can prevent construction crises with these seven steps. 1. Know your utility lines – Some of the worst catastrophes come about when people mistakenly drill into utility lines. An easy solution to this is calling 811 a few days you before you start working—the operator will notify utility companies who will send you info of any gas, electrical or water lines. 2.

Combating Air Infiltration

Many homes experience air infiltration that results in poor energy efficiency. Air infiltration can cause an uncomfortable living environment any time of year, but its main toll can be found on a homeowner's heating bill during the colder seasons. Adding insulation alone simply isn't enough.