Shade trees are the ideal way to keep the sun off of a home and windows during the summer, but for many homeowners, trees are not present on their property or have not matured enough to provide adequate shade. Here are alternative shade solutions that can keep your deck or patio cooler and screen out harmful ultraviolet rays. Read more »
An herb garden, situated near the kitchen for quick access, is one of the most useful gardens you can grow. Fresh herbs require only minimal maintenance and can grow in most soil types. An herb garden may be grown in a small plot, in pots on a deck or patio, or even in a window box in the kitchen. Start with a few of these favorite herbs and reap the rewards of fantastic flavor in your cooking!
Basil. The fragrant leaves of basil can be added raw to salads, sandwiches and sauces. Basil should be planted in fertile soil in a location that receives up to eight hours of full sun each day. Basil cannot tolerate frost, so be careful to sow seeds after all frost danger has passed, then dig up and bring in before the first fall frost.
Rosemary. Rosemary leaves complement many foods, especially baked goods and roasted meat and vegetables. Growing from seeds is more difficult than other herbs, so consider buying rosemary plants from your local nursery. This perennial grows best in well-drained soil and prefers sunshine, but will tolerate some shade.
Mint. Mint adds wonderful flavor to sauces and can easily be dried for storage. It is a hardy perennial that is easiest to grow from cuttings. The root system of the mint plant is notoriously invasive in the garden, so it is best to grow it in containers. It prefers rich, moist soil.
Parsley. Parsley is a popular herb grown as an annual. It can be used as a garnish or for flavoring. The seeds take three to four weeks to germinate, so start them indoors and transplant into containers or rich, well-drained soil.
Chives. Chives, the smallest member of the onion family, is a perennial plant whose stalks add great flavor to savory dishes. The edible flowers can be added to salads. Bulbs are best planted in bunches of around five in well-drained soil or containers.
As an added bonus, an attractive herb garden can increase the value of your home if you decide to sell it. Be sure to protect your garden areas and landscaping with well-maintained seamless gutters. When combined with Gutter Helmet®, America’s #1 gutter guard system, seamless gutters protect the home you love from water damage. Call (800) 824-3772 today for a free quote on seamless gutters and Gutter Helmet®!
Whether it’s due to global warming or other factors, the frequency of extreme weather events is on the rise across North America. Summer brings a higher risk for tornadoes, high winds, wildfires and flooding in many regions. Here are some important safety tips to help you protect your home from extreme weather. Read more »
Want your home to really make an impression? With a few simple and affordable improvements, you can give a lackluster deck or a shabby exterior a punch that will knock the neighbors’ socks off! As a bonus, these projects also add value that will deliver a handsome return when you decide to sell the house. Read more »
If you are keeping an eye on the current housing market, you know that conditions are looking much rosier compared to just a few years ago. Homebuilders are again reporting solid earnings, and companies that serve the building industry are thriving. CNN Money reports that Home Depot, Lowe’s, paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, mattress maker Tempur Sealy, and home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool are again posting near-record revenues.
However, the same publication reports that the housing market has not recovered completely and could be faltering due to weak sales in the new construction and new home markets. David M. Blitzer, director of indexes at S&P Dow Jones, reports that new homes are being constructed at a rate of only one million homes per year, a level normally seen only during a recession. Some experts say the housing market is only stabilizing after a period of “runaway appreciation” that followed the housing bust. Read more »
All home improvements are not created equal. Homeowners that dream of overhauling their kitchen and renovating their outdated bathroom while neglecting basic home maintenance are forgetting an important principle of real estate: if your home is not mechanically sound, you are unlikely to recoup your investment in cosmetic remodeling projects, however spectacular. To get the most bang for your home improvement dollars, consider these five moneywise improvements. Read more »
Are you looking for durable and cost-effective gutter covers that come with the best warranty? Then you’ve come to the right place! We at Gutter Helmet® not only offer the longest-lasting gutter protection system in the industry, we also provide a Triple Lifetime Warranty for our product. This is all in line with the standards and mission of our parent company, Gibraltar Industries, a leading American manufacturer and distributor of building products worldwide. Read more »
Sunny spring and summer days are perfect for making exterior home improvements. To use your time and money wisely, it’s important to choose projects that are low-maintenance and have a good return on investment. Think about the following upgrades that will reduce your ongoing home maintenance demands.
Fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding – made of a mixture of sand, wood fiber and Portland cement – will never rot, and resists expansion and contraction as the weather changes. That means less caulking and painting for you. Fiber cement is warranted for up to 50 years.
Vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is the most affording siding material (about 20-40% cheaper than fiber cement), never needs painting, and resists rot and insects. Because it is lightweight and easy to install, installation costs for vinyl are low. It has an estimated lifespan of 35 years. Read more »
If you get quotes on Gutter Topper®, Leaf Relief™ or gutter guards from Lowes or Home Depot, be ready to ask lots of questions about how these systems work, the background of the installer and the warranty coverage. Then compare their answers to the answers you’ll get from your local Gutter Helmet® dealer.
- “Yes, we have references.” When you are considering a gutter guard installer, take a look at how past installations are working on other homes and talk to neighbors about their experience with the company. Gutter Helmet® installers are happy to provide references for you to contact. Read more »
Spring is the time to partner with your contractor to make your dream home a reality! Investing in home improvement projects requires wisdom and planning, however. Many improvements don’t add value to your home, and some can even detract from the asking price when you decide to sell (think pools and home offices). On the other hand, projects including these can add significant value to your home: Read more »