Gutter Repair: DIY or Professional?

Jul 29th, 2019 // Uncategorized
Gutter repair is a favorite DIY for homeowners looking to save some money on their home improvement projects. With all the hardware and tools available at your local hardware store, it’s tempting to think Yeah, I can definitely do this myself.  If you’re an experienced handyman or have replaced to repaired gutters before, you may … more »

What is the best material for my roof?

Jul 17th, 2019 // Uncategorized
Choosing a roofing material is a balancing act. With cost, longevity, and appearance in the mix, homeowners have to pick their battles. Here, we’ll dive into the pros and cons of five common types of roofing materials to help you make an educated decision for your next roofing project.    Asphalt Shingles The most common roofing … more »

The Past, Present, and Future of Solar Energy in Indiana

Jul 8th, 2019 // Uncategorized
Just three years ago, Indiana had one of the fastest-growing solar energy industries in the United States. It created 1,100 solar jobs in 2016 and doubled its residential capacity from 2016 to 2017.  Senate Bill 309, passed in 2017, heavily curtailed net metering incentives for Indiana homeowners. And the industry started too slow. Since 2017, … more »

Does My New Roof Need a Ridge Vent?

Jun 25th, 2019 // Uncategorized
So, you’re replacing your roof. That’s awesome. Your contractor advises you to have a ridge vent installed as well, to lengthen the life of the shingles or to maintain your shingle’s warranty. Are they just blowing you smoke? Or are ridge vents as important as they say? More importantly, what is a ridge vent and … more »

Chim Chim Cher-Wrong: Busting Chimney Cleaning Myths

Jun 18th, 2019 // Uncategorized
Home heating equipment leads to 15 percent of all house fires in the U.S, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Twenty-seven percent of those are started by chimneys. That’s about 14,053 fires annually. To say American homeowners don’t clean their chimneys enough would be an understatement. If the phrase “chimney sweep” conjures images of … more »

Gutter Replacement vs. Gutter Repair: Which One Do I Need?

Jun 11th, 2019 // Uncategorized
Gutters are the glue that holds your home together. They protect against the number one threat to your home’s integrity: moisture. Problem is, gutters often suffer from an out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality that leaves them in disrepair—or worse—completely useless. When properly maintained, gutters can last a lifetime. Often, homeowners don’t think about their gutters until it’s too … more »

Preparing Your Roof For Winter

The health of your roof is important all year round, but especially during winter. The opportunities for water to seep into your home and heat to escape increase with whipping winter winds and the onslaught of piling snow.   Here’s what you can do as a homeowner to kick-start your roof winterization.   Start Roof … more »

Do I really need renters insurance?

Sep 26th, 2018 // Uncategorized
Renters insurance is an under-utilized product that has the ability to save you (and your stuff) a thousand times over. A growing number of property management companies require renters insurance of their tenants. But for many, the ball is in the renter’s court. So, do you really need renters insurance or is it a gimmick? … more »

Spotting Common Chimney Problems

Chimneys are that out of sight, out of mind part of your home. Especially for first-time homeowners. Worse yet, many common chimney problems are hard to spot. Not only can chimney repair get very expensive, neglecting signs of a problem can lead to a house fire.   Here we’ll cover the four most common chimney … more »
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