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Basement Finishing – Design Articles and Ideas

If you are considering finishing the lower level of your home, adding egress windows and doors for additional entry points and natural light, or seeking home maintenance tips, be sure to search our archive of articles for design ideas and how-to’s. You’ll find suggestions for whole-house appliance maintenance as well as basement layout and design concepts which can be incorporated into your basement remodeling project plan.

Using Vinegar to Kill Mold

Vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can kill mold. For example, white vinegar can be used to clean, deodorize, and disinfect around the house, and can kill black mold which commonly results from water damage. Learn how you can use vinegar to kill mold on different surface types.

April 9th, 2021|

Causes of Bubbling Paint and How to Resolve It

Paint blistering is caused by paint losing adhesion to the base coat of paint or underlying drywall, plaster, and wood. The best way to prevent this is to identify what caused the bubbles and remediate that issue. Learn about factors that cause bubbling paint and how to address them.

March 31st, 2021|

How Long Does Caulk Take to Dry

Understand the difference between “dry time” and “cure time” when it comes to caulking. Most products become dry to the touch after several minutes, but don’t fully cure for days. Learn about factors that determine the dry-time for caulk.

March 31st, 2021|

How To Repair Tile Grout

Over time, tile grout can stain, crack, and come loose which means it's time to repair or replace it. Grout repair is easy and budget-friendly and can update the look of kitchen or bathroom tile. Damaged grout can make your tile look old and worn, and can also create an environment for bacteria and mold growth.

March 23rd, 2021|

How Much Does Hardwood Flooring Cost?

Installing wood flooring improves the overall appearance of a room and increases the value of your home. Hardwood flooring costs vary based on the type of wood, width of the planks, stain, adhesive, and style. On average, 50-75 percent of your budget will be for materials and the rest to installation. Some contractors will include the removal of old wood flooring or carpeting with the price of installation and trim while others do not. Learn more about costs to expect when installing hardwood flooring.

March 23rd, 2021|

Estimating the Cost of a Bathroom Remodel

While bathroom remodels have some of the highest ROI of any home renovation, costs can quickly escalated for this type of project. Factors impacting the cost of a remodel include room size, shape, number of fixtures, and changing the layout. Higher-end fixtures and finishes also increase the cost. Learn ways to save money and still get the look you want.

March 12th, 2021|

What Does Mold Smell Like?

Mold creates a stale, damp scent and the smell is a first sign of mold or mildew. Homeowners should identify the source of the smell and cause of the mold quickly, and remediate the mold as soon as possible as waiting to address the issue can result in a more arduous removal process.

March 11th, 2021|

Identifying Black Mold and Why Remediate

Black mold usually appears as a black stain in a high-moisture area. It is most commonly found in bathrooms or other areas with damp conditions, poor ventilation, and high temperatures; damp basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. If a homeowner finds black mold, remediation will depend on how significant the spread is.

March 11th, 2021|

The Cost to Replace a Furnace

When replacing a furnace, consider the furnace type, local climate, price, house square footage, and how your home is insulated to select the best model. Depending on the type selected, the total replacement cost will vary based on materials, equipment, and labor.

March 8th, 2021|

Differences Between Mold vs. Mildew

There’s a lot of confusion about differences between mold and mildew. Both are fungi that thrive in moisture and are often found in the home, mainly in areas damaged by water. But, while they have many similarities, some key characteristics also differentiate them and how they are remediated.

March 8th, 2021|

This Simple Tub Hack Will Make a Bathtub Much Better

When you're switching out a bathtub, insulate underneath the new one to increase heat-retaining properties. Bathtub materials vary in their heat-retaining properties, and it’s easy and inexpensive to increase any bathtub’s ability to retain heat with insulation.

March 5th, 2021|

How Much Does Water Heater Replacement Cost?

The average cost for water heater replacement is anywhere from $811 to $1,566 depending on the type and size of the water heater. Installation and labor costs will also affect the overall price of water heater replacement. Learn more about costs to replace this appliance.

February 22nd, 2021|

Tips for Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Refinishing hardwood floors is an excellent renovation project for homeowners whether you’re updating a single room or want to give new life into all of the flooring in your home. We're sharing tips for how to prepare and tackle a hardwood floor refinishing project.

January 29th, 2021|

How To Stain Concrete

Homeowners are choosing concrete floors for their indoor and outdoor spaces because of the material’s beauty and durability. From garage floors to basement floors, and for outdoor concrete patios, you can make your home look amazing with a stained concrete floor.

January 27th, 2021|

The Benefits of Cork Flooring

Although Cork flooring has been around for many years, the plant-based material is becoming a favorite for homeowners due to its durability, ease of cleaning, low cost, and sustainability.

January 25th, 2021|

Installing a Pocket Door

A pocket door is ideal for small rooms or areas where a swinging door would take up too much space. Before cutting walls and installing a pocket door, make sure you understand its mechanics to decide whether it’s the best choice for your space.

January 22nd, 2021|

The Downside of Using PEX Over Copper Pipe

There are reasons to select PEX over copper for your home's water-supply system, but PEX comes with a downside - rodents are attracted to the plastic tubing. Learn why this is a problem and what you can do to prevent damage.

January 21st, 2021|
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