Choosing the Right Front Door

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Are you building a new home and are in need of a new front door? Or perhaps you simply don’t like your old one and want to change your home’s look. No matter the reason, choosing a new front door can be a little intimidating – especially since your front door is one of the first things that visitors see.

Consider these topics before you make your decision:

Energy Efficiency

The material of which your door is made can play a role in how energy efficient it is. For example, doors made from steel or fiberglass are usually more insulating than traditional wooden doors. Also, doors with lots of glass (that isn’t double-paned or triple-paned) can mean less energy efficiency.

Maintenance

If you take care of your front door, you shouldn’t have a problem with maintenance, however, certain door materials are lower maintenance than others. Fiberglass, for example, is very low maintenance because it resists dents and scratching and doesn’t need to be finished to be protected from mold or deterioration.

Cost

If you’re on a budget and looking for a new front door that is affordable, you may want to choose steel. A steel door is usually cheaper than wood or fiberglass, and it also preserves the value of your home. Just remember, however, that a steel door has a shorter lifespan than wood or fiberglass and can be expensive to repair if damaged. Next on the cost list is a fiberglass door, then a wooden door as the most expensive.

Look

Aside from the cost and material, the look of your front door is something you really want to consider. Your front door is the portal to your home, and what gives your visitors their first impression. Think about what you want to say with your front door – do you want to make a statement with a bold color? Do you want a lot of windows? Do you want to keep the look classy with wood or wood grain? Do you want to make an impact with an oversized door? Talk to our door installation specialists. We can help you choose your perfect front door.

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Trivia Tuesday

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This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. In the Game of Thrones Universe, name the animal present on the sigil of House Baratheon.

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How to Tell If Your Home Has a Leak

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Think you may have a leak in your house? They can be difficult to track down and many times, you won’t know you have one until you see the physical effects of it. Here are some things to look for:

Paint Problems

Inspect your paint for water lines (flat paint will show these better than gloss) and areas of sagging. Also look for discoloration, bubbling, and peeling.

Caulk can also give away water damage – look for broken caulk lines on your trim. When the wood gets wet, it expands and your caulk is likely to crack under the expansion.

Utilities

Compare your current and past water bills. If you’ve been using the same amount of water, but your bill is higher, you may have a leak.

Check your water meter when you know no one is going to be using the water for a few hours. Then check it again. If it’s gone down, you probably have a leak.

Mold/Mildew

Mold and mildew can only grow when there’s moisture, so if you find either of these (or you smell an odor of dampness/mustiness), check the surrounding area for water. In the issue of mold or mildew, you’ll want to take care of the water problem quickly because their growth can cause health problems.

Crumbling Areas

Inspect your molding, baseboards, and the areas around your windows. If you see crumbling wood, there’s a good chance that water infiltration is causing the wood to fall apart.

Listening

Listening for the leak is always worth a try. Wait until it starts to rain, then turn off everything possible in your house (your HVAC system, laundry machines, televisions, etc.) and listen closely in the areas you think you may have a leak. If you hear water, you’ve hit the jackpot!

If all else fails and you’re still not sure if you have a leak, you can buy a moisture meter. It will give you a reading of the moisture content found in your wood, concrete, and other building materials.

Once you find your leak, and depending on where it is, you may be able to fix it yourself. If you can’t, however, our home improvement experts are always here to help. Give us a call today.

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5 Benefits of a New Roof

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our home improvement experts know that your roof is the most important part of your home. We also know that selecting and buying a new roof is a big decision and a big investment. When your new roofing installation is complete, however, we assure you that you’ll be very happy.

Here are five benefits that our customers often experience:

Energy Savings

When your roof gets old, its shingles often start to curl, peel, or even fall off, which can allow the air in your home to escape. With a new roof, your home will be well insulated and the air will stay inside. This means you won’t have to turn your air conditioning or heat up just to stay comfortable and in the end, you’ll spend less on energy.

Resale Value

A new roof is a great way to add to your home’s resale value. If you ever decide to sell your home, you’ll be able to list it at a higher price and interest many buyers with the feature of a new roof.

Safety

Old roofing can cause issues like water damage, which can lead to health-harming mold and mildew. They are also more likely to be damaged during storms and could cause problems to your gutters, walls, insulation, and more. A new roofing installation will keep your home dry and will stand up to natural elements.

Curb Appeal

A new roof can be like a face lift for a home. If your roof is run-down, outdated, or just plain ugly, you ca improve the entire look of your home by installing a new roof. With many different styles and colors, you’ll be able to find the perfect look.

Peace of Mind

We know your family is the most important thing in your life and a new roof is the best way to keep them all safe. You’ll be able to relax knowing that your home is structurally sound and that you’re well-protected from the elements.

If you’re interested in a new roofing installation, we encourage you to talk to us. We’ll discuss your budget, types of roofing available, and what we think would be best for your home.

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Trivia Tuesday

Remember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. What was the name of David Hasselhoff’s character in the television show “Knight Rider”?

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Trivia Tuesday

Remember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. Name the most recent actor to take on the movie role James Bond.

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10 Not-So-Average Spring Cleaning Tips

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It’s that time again – the snow is melting, the days are getting warmer, and you can just feel the spring in the air, which means spring cleaning is right around the corner. This year, there are plenty of ways to clean your home with common household items you probably already have! Check it out:

1. Clean your toilet with Kool-Aid.

It sounds crazy, but Kool-Aid is actually non-toxic, and the citric acid in it will get rid of stains. Sprinkle a packet in your toilet before you go to bed (the orange and lemon flavors work best) and swish it around with a toilet brush. In the morning, just flush!

2. Use newspaper instead of paper towels.

When cleaning glass, our window repair experts can tell you that your cleaner may leave streaks. Most of the time, it’s because of the oil that’s on the glass. Paper towels often smear the oil, however, newspaper will absorb it. Just spray your glass with cleaner, then lay newspaper over it. Give it a little time to absorb, then wipe away.

3. Add vinegar to your laundry.

Hate sorting your laundry? Just pour 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar in your washer along with your detergent and it will help preserve colors and remove stains. You can also use it as a fabric softener – just add 1/2 cup to your washer’s last rinse cycle.

4. Wax your air vents.

After you’ve cleaned your air vents, put some car wax on them. The dust won’t stick as quickly and the air will flow through better.

5. Use white bread to clean your walls.

To get smudges off of your walls, dust the wall with a soft cloth, then roll a piece of crustless white bread into a ball. Rub the bread on the smudge, making sure to go in the same direction so you don’t cause streaks. The sponginess of bread will lift the dirt.

6. Use salt & vinegar to clean fixtures.

Make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 teaspoons salt. Then, apply to your sink’s hardware fixtures and rub in with a cloth. The salt will buff away lime buildup and the vinegar will clean. Just rinse when you’re done.

7. Clean mirrors with shaving cream.

Get a can of the old-fashioned foamy shaving cream and rub some onto your mirrors using a cloth. Then, thoroughly wipe away the shaving cream with a clean cloth. Not only will your mirrors look great, but the shaving cream will prevent them from fogging after a shower.

8. Use a pillowcase to dust your fans.

If you have an old pillowcase, slip it over your fan blades and press down lightly as you pull it off. The material will collect the dust and it will stay in the pillowcase!

9. Polish (varnished) wood with lemons.

Mix a few drops of lemon juice and 1/2 cup warm water in a spray bottle. Then, spray on a slight damp clean cloth and wipe down your furniture. Not only will the lemon make the wood shine, it will leave a fresh, clean scent!

10. Make your own dishwasher detergent.

Combine 2 cups washing soda, 2 cups borax, and 25 drops of essential oil (try a citrus scent like grapefruit or lemon) in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with your hands to eliminate any clumps. Use 2 Tablespoons per wash in place of your store-bought detergent.

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Trivia

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This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. The rings of Saturn are predominantly made up of what material?

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Trivia

Princess LeiaRemember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a pair of movie passes to Regal Cinemas. In the Star Wars Universe, what was the name of Princess Leia’s “homeworld” that was blown up by the Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope?

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Trivia Tuesday

Remember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. Who was the first credited with conceiving the idea of Daylight Saving Time in 1784? He published an essay on it.

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