• How Electric Generators Work

    Types of electric generators

    If you know how electric generators work, then you can not only save money on your electric bill, then you can also keep your family and business safe, as well. That is because by maintaining the wires and managing the amount of energy that is released from electric generators, you can lower your bill and keep fires at bay.

    Knowing how electric generators work is important because there is a big difference between the different types of electric generators, including the difference between commercial generators and residential generators. By getting the wrong generator installed, you could win Continue Reading

  • Residential Fencing Adds Value to Your Home

    Fence type

    More and more homeowners are starting to see the outdoors as an exterior living space. Decks, patios, gazebos and screened porches all extend your space and give you more room to relax, entertain and just enjoy the fresh air. Many homeowners also choose residential fencing for greater privacy and security. A residential fencing service can help you to design and install outdoor features that will increase the value of your home and make it a safer place.

    Who needs more outdoor space?

    For homeowners with children or pets, safety cones first. A residential fence is not only a design feature, it serves the very practical purpose of protecting your privacy and keeping your children and pets Continue Reading

  • Commercial Plumbers can Save You From High Repair Costs

    Plumbing repair services

    Sewer line repair is one of the biggest issues that commercial plumbers have to deal with. Sewer lines can be easily damaged in a variety of ways including age, crushing, and tree roots. The result of sewer line damage can be tremendous and very expensive to repair. Catching sewer line problems early is essential.

    First, it is important to understand that there are two types of sewer systems; storm water systems, which carry away rain water and sanitary systems, which carry away waste water. When storm water systems leak or break they can cause flooding, water back up, and sink holes among other problems. When sanitary systems leak or break, they can cause waste water backin Continue Reading

  • The Hidden Dangers of The Holidays – How Steel Windows and Doors can Help

    steel windows and doorsThe holidays are upon us, bringing tidings of joy and cheer. With all the excitement of the holidays, many people do not consider some alarming, yet common instances that may happen during this time. If your home is installed with steel windows and doors or you are thinking about making the upgrade, here’s how they can help shield you from the dangers of the season in unexpected ways.

    Lower temperatures outside call for more heat inside
    In the coldest months of winter, you’ll want to trap heat inside. About 15-22% of heat loss occurs through the windows of a typical home. Instead of cranking up the heat and increasing your heating bill, consider investing in steel windows. Thermally broken steel windows are praised for their narrow sightlines, but can also help you save money by being the most energy efficient. This type of steel window with low-e coatings can reduce energy loss by up to 50%!

    Holiday lights are fun and festive, but there are some hidden dangers
     When the holidays come along, many households like to put up grand displays of lights to get in the holiday spirit and dazzle their neighbors. Unfortunately, the increase in electrical output means possible wiring errors or an overloaded system. An electrical malfunction from holiday lights can lead to a residential fire.

    Did you know that one house fire was reported every 85 seconds back in 2013? If your home is equipped with steel windows and doors, you are already better protected from this potential problem. Fire rated windows and doors made from steel have a high heat tolerance and prevent a fire from spreading to other structures in your home.

    The holidays are opportune times for home intruders
    During the holidays, it’s likely you’ll be travelling more frequently to visit your family and friends. Home intruders take that likelihood and use your absence as an opportunity to burgle. On top of that, the holiday season fills homes with gifts and new electronics, all of which give home intruders another reason to attempt a break in.

    Consider this scary statistic: a home intrusion is committed every 13 seconds. The metal structure of steel windows and doors are near impossible to bend and break, providing added security for your family. The strength and structure of steel will help keep your family safe and keep intruders out.

    For this holiday season and the many more that will follow, steel windows and doors may just be the best investment you can make for a happy and safe holiday for years to come.

  • Don’t Lose Your Cool! Literally, Keep the Cold in Your House With a Good Air Conditioning Unit!

    Air conditioning

    When you think of summer, things like ice cream cones, warm sunny days, and afternoons spent by the pool probably come to mind. But what about those hot, hot days spent in the shady shelter of your home? If you’re outside, you can take a dip in the pool to keep the heat at bay, but if you’re inside and your air conditioning (AC) unit is broken, you’re just plain out of luck!

    The good news is that you can prevent your AC unit from ever breaking down on you! The answer? You need to create an AC maintenance schedule. Over two thirds of all homes in the United States alone have air conditioning units installed, but less than 50% of those homes practice regular AC maintenance. In fact, only 42 Continue Reading

  • Our Favorite Custom Book Shelf Ideas (DIY and Professional)

    Chicago home bar

    Few ideas get a lifelong reader going faster than custom built bookshelves. We’re pretty sure Pinterest alone has thousands of pictures dedicated to our paper bound friends. If you decide to look to professionals for your custom built bookshelves, you’d be in good hands. The custom cabinetry industry employs nearly 100,000 people and generates 20 billion in revenue a year. However, if you just can’t envision absorbing the cost of a remodeling job despite the significant return on investment, it is possible to cut cost by attempting custom Continue Reading

  • 4 Tips to Using Window Treatments to Change the Look of Your Home

    Roller shades

    Window treatments can do wonders for your home. Beyond the design value and ability to transform the look and feel of a home, they also can make a big difference in terms of energy costs. Without proper window treatments blocking the elements, a home can lose up to 50% of its heating and cooling through the windows. Additionally, blinds and curtains make a home more private and make it possible to bring more light into a space while keeping out harmful UBV rays. Curtains and blinds come in such a large variety of colors and textures it is possible to fix the right look for any home. The experts at Hunter Douglas blinds offer these tips for finding the best window tre Continue Reading

  • Tips for Picking the Best Cabinets for Your Kitchen

    Cabinets

    Remodeling your home is a great way to increase its value or turn what we have into a dream home for you and your family. Kitchen remodeling projects are some of the most popular and can add the most to a home?s resale value. At the end of the day however, most Americans opt to redo their kitchens because they are looking to make them look and feel better to them, nearly 80% list that as their main reason for making any changes. As kitchen cabinets make a big difference in the look, feel and utility of a space, deciding what kind to buy can be an important decision. Often custom wood cabinets cost more than other kinds but there are reasons to look at both options.

    Tips for Picking the Right Cabinets for Your Life and Continue Reading

  • Top kitchen remodels for increasing home value

    Custom gun cabinets chicago

    Anyone who has owned a home knows that at some point you are going to want to remodel it. That might be right away to get rid of the outdated kitchen and baths or it may be later on, after wear and tear and changing styles have left your home looking like the way you remember your grandparents home looking. There also may be a feature you just have to have, such as custom gun cabinets. With any remodel you do, you should be cognizant of how much value you are adding to your home vs. what you are spending.

    Kitchen remodels are among the most popular, because the kitchen is a room in which most people spend a lot of time, and it’s also one of the rooms that are most important to buyers. The key when remodeling your kitchen is to go small. Minor kitchen remodels are among the best remodeling project Continue Reading

  • The Importance of Choosing the Right Window

    Residential windows and doors

    There is a lot to consider when designing and building a structure that is not only safe, but also convenient and secure. A lot of planning goes into the design of the building, including the flooring, the wall texture and color, the design of the home and the type and design of the windows and the doors. Oftentimes, the windows and doors can be overlooked, simply being added as an afterthought only because entrances and exits are required in a building. Sometimes, the cheapest option is added and the metal windows and doors are not thought of again. This is a common mistake, as the windows and doors of the structure are just as important as the rest of the design.
    Things such as placement, durability and material should all be factored into the window and door planning.

    Metal windows and door Continue Reading

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