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Water Heating Systems – The Difference Between a Boiler vs. Water Heater

There are key differences between boilers and water heaters. Before deciding between a boiler vs. water heater for your home, carefully consider your needs. Boilers are expensive and difficult to install, but they can be a long-lasting option if the home doesn’t currently have a dedicated heating source, and can also be used to heat water for use throughout the home. Water heaters are a more affordable choice that can be installed with relative ease, though these appliances cannot function as a heating source. Learn about differences in functionality and maintenance between boilers and water heaters that could impact which type of water heating system you install.

2023-12-29T20:55:36-05:00

Basement Flooring – The Cost for Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is an ideal material for specific situations, including moisture-prone areas, such as basement floors, kitchen floors, and bathroom floors. And, while thick cork flooring is more expensive, it lasts longer and stands up to daily wear and tear. Learn about cork flooring and the benefits it offers in a finished basement and bathroom or kitchen remodel.

2024-01-22T19:27:18-05:00

Basement Floor – The Cost of Concrete Resurfacing

Concrete is a common option for unfinished basement floors, and decorative concrete and polished or stained concrete are often used for finished basements. Concrete resurfacing typically costs $3 to $9 per square foot, with most homeowners spending $6 per square foot or up to $20 per square foot for decorative overlays. If cracks or wear in the existing basement floor are minimal, resurfacing a basement floor can be done quickly at a cost of approximately $3 to $5 per square foot, or for about $4 to $7 if adding a decorative design. The cost to resurface concrete can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the size and type of surface area, prep work needed, labor rates, additional repairs, staining or overlays, and more. The most important cost factor when homeowners are putting together a budget is the surface area. Learn about planning for a concrete basement floor resurfacing project and costs associated with resurfacing a basement floor.

2024-01-21T21:17:01-05:00

HVAC Systems – Factors That Impact Installing a Heat Pump vs. a Furnace

When considering home HVAC heating and cooling options, homeowners will find two popular choices - a heat pump system and a furnace heater - each with advantages and installation considerations. There are several factors that impact selecting a heat pump versus a furnace, including the higher up-front cost of a heat pump, higher energy costs to operate a furnace over time, lower maintenance costs for heat pumps, and heat pumps tend to have a longer lifespan than furnaces. Learn about heat pumps and furnaces and considerations that could impact which type of HVAC system you install.

2023-10-04T21:21:42-04:00
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