Driveway Highlights 101

Different Types of Driveways Believe it or not, there are a multitude of options available to homeowners when it comes to driveway styles. Some are more popular than others, and as is always the case, there are pros and cons to all types. Concrete Driveways: Concrete driveways are very popular among builders and homeowners -- for good reason! They are extremely durable, they last a very long time, and they are able to withstand a lot of wear and tear without requiring much maintenance over the years. The primary disadvantages of concrete driveways are that they easily become stained and discolored, and they are prone to cracking if frequently exposed to freezing temperatures. In other wo

The Ins and Outs of Downspouts......

What is a downspout? Simply put, the purpose of a downspout is to direct water -- from rain, condensation, melting ice, or melting snow -- away from your house. Every house has a system of gutters that run horizontally along its roof line to catch water. Downspouts are essentially hollow, vertical tubes that connect to the gutters (every 30' - 40') and carry rainwater down into the yard and away from the foundation of your house. The importance of downspout extensions Downspout extensions help to carry water further away from the foundation of the house, re-directing it to a specific location in the surrounding area. In other words, they allow you to exert more control over exactly where

Foundation Review 101

Some might say that the foundation is the most important part of a home -- it is what everything else rests on, after all! When it comes to a home's foundation, there is much to know, learn, and watch out for in terms of cracks/problems, different types of foundations, and red flags indicating that it's time to call a foundation specialist. Keep reading for pertinent information that will allow you and your home to rest easy for years to come. Foundation Types: CONCRETE SLAB As the name suggests, a concrete slab is a block of concrete (usually 4" - 8" thick) upon which a home is built. Inside the slab are steel rods for reinforcement and drainage pipes for water. Slab foundations are ver

What the heck is a chimney liner, and why do I need one?

Most likely, chimney maintenance isn't something that crosses your mind frequently -- if ever! -- but it is surprisingly important to the overall safety, integrity, and efficiency of your home and something to keep in mind when completing your annual home maintenance checklist. So, what exactly is a chimney liner? Although it seems obvious, the first and most important thing to know about your chimney is that it exists solely to carry heat and dangerous gasses (from the fireplace) out of your home. In other words, it allows you to safely enjoy that cozy Winter fire that you love so much. A chimney liner sits between the walls of the chimney and the flue, creating a barrier of protection fo

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