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A Reminder: Major and Minor Gutter Issues That Need To Be Addressed

Aug 31 2015

Gutters, as you know, play a key role in maintaining the structural health of your home, its roof and its foundation by redirecting rain water away from the building. However, as we’ve discussed many times before on this blog, it’s imperative you maintain your gutters regularly in order to ensure no damage is caused, regardless of how minor or major it is. Because in the end it will all add up.

These problems can sometimes be spotted with the help of other signs. For instance pealing or bubbling paint, rust or stains underneath or near the gutters as well as stains inside the home near the ceiling, windows and walls are also clear indications of problems. It’s important to also know when you as a homeowner can fix an issue or when it’s time to call in the professionals.

There are also a few preventative measures you can take to maintain the health of your gutter system as well. Things like gutter guards, screens and other items can easily be installed which will help in the long-run. (more…)

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Keeping Your Home Safe During Wildfires

Aug 24 2015

This year, British Columbia and other parts of the country, are seeing unprecedented wildfires sprout up earlier than normal.

The first and most important thing during this time of crisis is of course the safety of your loved ones. However danger strikes your home, there are several precautions you can take to keep your home and surround area safe. These tips will also help decrease the damage your home and property might get during wildfires. (more…)

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The Pros and Cons Of Copper Gutters

Aug 17 2015

These days, gutters come in a slew of different materials such as stainless steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, vinyl and of course, copper. Most homes have aluminum gutters while most commercial buildings will opt for either steel or aluminum.

For those with deeper pockets, or if you’re looking for something truly unique in the world of gutters, copper is probably for you. Below, we’ll review some of the biggest pros and cons to shelling out for copper gutters. (more…)

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Water-Saving Tips For Your Garden and Trees

Aug 10 2015

Xeriscaping (or zeros-scaping) is a form of landscaping that uses local climate conditions to determine the best plants and trees to use in order to reduce the need for water.

Last week we reviewed how to save water when caring for your lawn. And with the recent wildfires spreading across British Columbia, and affecting the air quality in the Lower Mainland, it’s more important than ever to ensure you are saving water and maintaining your garden and trees.

Here are a few helpful tips to guide you in preserving much-needed water. (more…)

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Basic cleaning supplies you should own

Aug 3 2015

When you move into your first apartment or house you have this new space you have to keep clean. It can be overwhelming at first to figure out what supplies you need and what cleaning you should be doing. Some people get by with very few cleaning supplies and make it up as they go along.

Whether having your own space that you need to look after is new to you or you’ve decided to get more serious about cleaning after a few months or years there are certain basic cleaning supplies you should own. They are easy to get together and mean you have what you need when a spill or routine cleaning is needed. (more…)

How to Pick a Siding

How to pick a siding

Jul 27 2015

There are many different options for house exteriors. Picking the right material and colour is not easy. With so many choices it can be difficult to make up your mind and know what is right for you. Whatever you go with will be the face that your home presents to the world.

There are many things to consider when picking a siding for your home. The biggest is what material you want. There are several common ones all of which have advantages and disadvantages as well as particular aesthetic looks. Types of exterior finishes include stucco, stone, faux stone, brick, faux brick, wood (clapboard, shakes, shingles, board-and-batten, split logs), metal, vinyl and fiber cement. Some are more expensive and fragile than others. You must also consider the amount of cleaning, painting and maintenance a material will end up needing.

Here are some of the main types of siding. (more…)

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8 Tips For Preparing For An Earthquake In B.C

Jul 20 2015

Vancouver and the Lower Mainland area is due to have an earthquake occur at any time. It’s a scary thought, but a reality nonetheless. And with the frightening events in Nepal just a few short months ago, we are brutally reminded how important it is to be prepared for the inevitable.

Here’s a list of 8 things you should do in order to be as prepared as possible. (more…)

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10 Water-Saving Tips For Your Lawn During The Summer

Jul 13 2015

Summer is here (Yay!) but with that means using more water. From pools to sprinklers, the increase is actually double according to the City of Vancouver. Increased use translates into increased costs for tax payers. So be frugal with your water so that we can avoid water restrictions imposed by the City of Vancouver.

These 10 helpful tips will ensure your lawn can stay lush and green even when the rain is on hiatus. (more…)

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Eliminating Leaks In Your Eavestroughs

Jul 6 2015

Water can cause a lot of damage to your home’s exterior as well as interior. Not only can it cause structural damage to the house, but it can affect your health when it turns into mold and rot. Therefore, your eavestroughs and gutters are a critical part to maintaining your home’s and your family’s healthy well-being.

There are many reasons why your gutters and eavestroughs leak. Faulty joints, overlaps, spots or more. Before you try to fix anything, it’s important you assess the situation and determine the actual cause of the leakage. This will allow you to address the problem directly, as opposed to using a Band-Aid solution. (more…)

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Don’t forget to clean these spots around your house…

Jun 29 2015

With summer coming it’s important to ensure your spring cleaning is underway. If you haven’t started already, it’s never too late. And if you have started, or finished, here are a few places around your home you may have missed, overlooked or just ignored. Regardless, these places might not be as exciting as cleaning out your wardrobe, or planting new flowers, but they are important nonetheless. (more…)

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