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Make Your Front Door a Great First Impression

More than perhaps any other architectural element, the front door gives visitors a good idea of what they can expect when they enter a home. Every aspect and detail of the front door--i.e., the size, color, shape, hardware, materials, etc.--provides clues regarding...

How to Let the Sunshine In, but Keep the Cold Out

It's that time of year again--the cold weather is moving in, and with it comes the unwanted spike in heating bills. Drafty windows and doors can wreak havoc on wallets by allowing cold air to blow in, and conditioned air to seep out. According to the U.S. Department...

Interior Trim Checklist: Four Things to Never Forget

You've probably heard of the old saying "The devil is in the details," and this is especially true when it comes to trim work. As you well know, the main job of interior trim is to provide an aesthetically appealing "cover" for various intersection points where...

How to Tell When It’s Time to Recommend Replacement Windows

Contractors are often called upon to offer professional opinions to homeowners who need various types of repair work done on their houses. One of the most common repair needs for many homeowners is windows, and while there are some cases where the need to replace a...

A Guide to the Advancements in Modern Exterior Doors

It wasn't too long ago that home builders and contractors were quite limited in the materials and designs they had to choose from when selecting exterior doors for their projects, but this is definitely not the case today. Over the past few decades there have been...

Ways to Get Energy Efficiency Tax Credits with Doors and Windows

It's pretty safe to say that none of us enjoy handing our hard-earned money over to Uncle Sam during tax season, but fortunately there are ways for homeowners to trim a few dollars off their tax bill by knowing which home improvements enable them to qualify for energy...

How to Choose a Decking Material

When it comes to selecting the right kind of decking material, there are several options to choose from. The decking industry has come a long way in recent years in terms of product development, and now more than ever, builders and contractors have access to a wide...

Just How Important is the Material a Door is Made Out Of?

The type of door you choose for a particular entryway, whether interior or exterior, will influence several other aspects of the living space including aesthetic appeal, accessibility and even energy efficiency. As a builder or contractor, there are a number of key...

4 Kitchen Design Deal Breakers You May Not Have Considered

Renovating or remodeling a kitchen is always an exciting time, but you have to be careful not to get so caught up in the thrill of the moment that you forget to account for some important design details along the way. Most people are aware that they need to keep track...