3 Steps to Successful Windows

Windows are a make-or-break feature of your home, and optimizing the quality of new windows depends on three things: Recognize efficient windows from wasteful ones before they get installed. Know about innovative window features so you can look for them as you shop. Understand what a good installation is and how to ensure it happens.

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4 Window and Door Trim DIY Tips

Chances are good that if you’re in the middle of a do-it-yourself home renovation right now, it probably involves your basement. Finishing basements is the number one wintertime DIY project with us Canadians, and every basement reno from St. Johns to Victoria involves window and door trim of one kind or another. So do major

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Eliminate Winter Window Condensation

Does condensation build up on the inside of your home’s windows during the heating season? If it does, you’re not alone. Winter window condensation is a growing problem in regions that get cold winters and its root has a surprising origin. As homes are sealed better against air leakage, natural ventilation to the outdoors is

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Choosing Windows and Doors Wisely

Of all the tricks engineers use to overcome the fact that glass is a poor insulator, smart low-e coatings may be the most interesting. They’re like a one-way door for trapping and holding energy. The letter “e” in this case stands for emissivity – a thermodynamic term that refers to the tendency for a material

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Rejuvenating a Wood Floor the Easy Way

Does your badly worn wood floor need to be completely refinished or even replaced? Probably not, and depending on how finicky you are about how the floor looks, refinishing does not necessarily mean sanding everything back to bare wood in preparation for new stain and new urethane. It’s sometimes possible to re-establish a pretty good

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The Right Kind of Laminate Flooring

Laminates were originally developed in Europe and are based on a high density fiberboard core covered with a visible, outer layer that simulates wood, stone or tile. Some laminates are available in plain colors, too. Neighboring pieces fit together with tongue and groove edges, without attaching to the underlying floor at all. Original designs required

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How You Can Finance Your Home Renovations with Ease

Thinking about renovating your home?  You must determine your budget prior to making any major home renovation plans.  Consider speaking with a lender to discuss all of your options. Ask how you can be pre-approved for a loan and then discuss it with your renovator. Although you may have assets to liquidate, or savings to

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