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10 Home Renovations That Affect Insurance Rates

Some home improvement projects like a new roof or storm-proof windows will help lower your insurance costs, but others can have the opposite effect.

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How to Use and When to Replace Roof Tarps

Roof tarps are only temporary solutions, so make sure you install them properly and don't leave them on past their...


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20 Home Renovations Increase Home Value Instantly

These are the top renovations that increase home value. Some are easy and inexpensive updates that you can do over...


How to Prep Your Roof for the Fall

Don't wait until the first snowfall to get these tasks done! Keep that roof in tip-top shape by running through...


Estimating Software Technology

What? You’re not using geospatial generated estimates? Read this article to find out why you should start.

Roofing Material Options: What’s New in Residential Roofing Materials

Your home's roof isn't just functional, it also adds style. From shingles and tiles to solar panels and green materials,...


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12 Exterior Home Trends You Can Forget About

See what's going on in exterior home trends so you can create more curb appeal for your home.

12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately

A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...


How to Install Aluminum Soffits That are Maintenance-Free

You'll never have to paint the roof overhangs again!


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How to Clean a Chimney

Cleaning tips for a wood-burning fireplace chimney.


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Winterize Your Gutters Now to Avoid Regret Down the Road

Now's the time to prepare your gutters for the winter. We'll show you our favorite (and easiest!) way to clean...

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Do Light Colored Shingles Last Longer?

Opinion is mixed about color affecting shingle longevity, but unanimous about the importance of good ventilation under the shingles.


How to Fix a Roof Drip Edge

Felt over roof drip edge or drip edge over felt? Get the correct answers here.


Metal Roofing Installation: How to Install Metal Roofing Over Shingles

Metal roofing installation: What to consider when putting a steel roof over asphalt shingles.


How to Roof a House

Our pros show you how to do it right—and save thousands!


Comparing Flat Roof Vents and Turbine Vents

Is one type better than the other?

Long-Lasting Metal Roof Panels

DIY metal roof panels that look great!


How to Shingle a Roof

Pros and cons of two popular roofing methods for a how to shingle a roof project.


How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

A gabled roof looks great from the outside and adds space and light inside.


Does Your House Have a Mullet?

A mullet may be most commonly known as a hairstyle, but homes have adopted the look as well!


Do You Need a Gutter Cleaning Robot?

Cleaning gutters is a daunting, unpleasant, yet important, task. Have you considered having a gutter cleaning robot do this work...


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The Best Way to Clean Gutters

Doing your annual gutter cleaning? Here's the best way to do it—from prep work to gunk and debris removal.


What are Seamless Gutters?

Seamless gutters are just as the name says, seamless. And, unless you own the right machine, they require professional, onsite...


What is a Chimney Pot?

Although the top of the chimney isn't often on your mind as you sit in front of a fire, you...

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5 Downspout Upgrades All Homeowners Should Know About

Water puddling around a foundation from an ineffective downspout can create major problems, ranging from damp basements to structural damage....


Is Collecting Rain Water Illegal? If You’re in One of These States, Maybe!

It's fine in most states, but some have stricter rules!


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How to Remove an Ice Dam From Your Roof

Combat ice dams this winter to prevent water damage in your home.


Installing Chimney Flashing

Leak-proof your chimney using this traditional, time-tested flashing method.


How to Build a Cupola

Decoration, ventilation and a hangout for your rooster!


This Hack for Getting Rid of Ice Dams is a Total Bust

This Hack for Getting Rid of Ice Dams is a Total Bust