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Best Trees to Cool Your Roof

Best Trees to Cool Your Roof

Have you read this article from Forbes? As of February this year, new builds accounted for one-third of houses for sale.  Or read this statistic from Trading Economics on how housing starts saw a 12.2% month over month jump?  Here’s an interesting fact for...

Ask Vern: Can My Roof Color Save Money?

Ask Vern: Can My Roof Color Save Money?

Hey Vern,  I’m having a new roof installed! I’m so excited but I still need to choose a color. I was originally thinking of getting a dark gray shingle- but asking for ‘gray’ didn’t narrow down my choices! Then a friend of mine chose a light beige color for their new...

What are Mixed Facades?

What are Mixed Facades?

Ready to list your home? Your real estate agent will have all sorts of crazy ‘tips’ on how to make a good impression. I’ve heard it all: plating yellow flowers, painting the walls white, or even adding a colorful wreath to the front door.  And maybe there’s something...

“Can I Paint My Brick Home?”

“Can I Paint My Brick Home?”

Ever wondered why the average American replaces their siding?  Did you guess it’s due to damage?  You’d be right! A recent survey by Alside, (a siding manufacturer) found 39% of the 1,300 homeowners surveyed replaced their siding due to damage.  The shocking part? 36%...

Ask Vern: Can Elastomeric Coatings Cool My Roof?

Ask Vern: Can Elastomeric Coatings Cool My Roof?

Hey Vern,  It’s a hot one! I am looking for ways to cut back on our AC bill while still keeping the house cool.  When I brought this up to my neighbor, he said he used a “cool roof coating” on his garage. It’s a white paint coating he put on last summer and says it’s...

Ask Vern: Gutter Full of Granules?

Ask Vern: Gutter Full of Granules?

Hey Vern! While I was up on a ladder the other day I noticed a lot of build up from my asphalt shingles in my gutters. Enough that I had to wash it out with a hose. Should I be worried about shingle rocks in my gutters? I assume some might not be a big deal… but the...

Make the Most of Your Small Deck

Make the Most of Your Small Deck

Bigger means better, right?  In America- you’d think our answer would always be a big ol’ Texas-style “Yes!!”.  Our bathroom sizes have more than doubled since the 1970’s. The size of new houses has increased by 150% since the 1980’s. And the size of our decks has...

Ask Vern: When Will Lumber Costs Drop?

Ask Vern: When Will Lumber Costs Drop?

Hey Vern,  My wife and I have wanted a new deck since the start of the pandemic. But after receiving a few bids, and comparing lumber prices, we decided to hold off until prices drop They say the prices are going down but it’s been three years… and bids are still...

Tips to Keep Your Full Shade Roof Strong

Tips to Keep Your Full Shade Roof Strong

My friend Molly has the opposite of a green thumb- she kills every plant she touches. From succulents to shrubs, none stand a chance against her enthusiastic overwatering…and sudden onsets of forgetfulness in the middle of life’s chaos.  Still- she loves them. For her...

2022 Vinyl Siding Trends

2022 Vinyl Siding Trends

Hop in your time machine to 2012. Will and Kate announce their royal pregnancy, the US brings home the most gold in the Summer Olympics, and a Star Wars reboot is on the horizon.  Life is pretty good…unless you’re talking about home design trends.  Why did we all...

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