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Recent Bathroom Remodeling Trends

The bathroom is a room in the home that is often easy to remodel because of its small size. You can change something as simple as the tiles on the bathroom floor or get into a larger bathroom remodeling project that involves replacing the shower and tub or the sink and cabinets. If you aren't sure about what you want the bathroom to look like, consider some of the recent trends that are seen in new and updated houses. Smaller Design You might think that a dream bathroom is one that is spacious enough for a Jacuzzi tub and a large vanity. That's not among the latest bathroom design trends as smaller is what works better for many homes. Luxury and efficiency don't have to take a back seat to the smaller design with careful planning and the right color combinations. Use every inch of space that you have available, installing...
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Benefits of Having a Finished Basement

If you have a basement you don't use but want to get the most from it, you are likely wondering about the benefits of finishing your basement. You will probably be surprised when you discover the advantages a finished basement can provide, and you will be pleased with the outcome if you move forward. In addition to adding an extra bedroom or family room, remodeling your basement can also help you save a lot of money on your energy bill. Add a Bedroom Adding another bedroom to your home can be an expensive project, and you won't always know what you should do. If you would like to install a bedroom but don't want to pay all of the related fees, turning your basement into a bedroom could be the perfect solution. This option also makes sense if you live in a zoned area and don't want to apply for a...
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Most Common Types of Home Siding

Siding can improve the appearance of your home, reduce the time you must spend maintaining the exterior, allow you to be more creative with your home's appearance or reduce your energy bills. Over the years, many different types of siding have been developed, but most of them have declined in popularity or disappeared completely due to cost, lack of durability or other issues. For example, composite siding's decline was due largely to the ease with which the siding could rot, manufacturers stopped producing asbestos siding because of potential health risks and aluminum siding proved to be easily dented and difficult or impossible to paint. Modern siding choices are plentiful, but here are the types that are commonly chosen by homeowners in New Jersey. Vinyl Siding Vinyl siding typically carries the lowest cost. Virtually no routine maintenance is required; spraying it with a garden hose occasionally to remove dirt is usually all...
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What New Jersey Homeowners Need to Know About Roof Repair

If you have noticed problems with your roof, you are likely wondering whether or not you need to act fast, which is understandable. Allowing your roof to fall into disrepair can present a range of issues that you don’t want to overlook if you care about the value of your home. When you don’t respond to the problem soon enough, you increase your odds of facing additional complications that will cost you money. Considering the benefits of repairing your roof will help you understand that doing so is an investment worth making, and you will then be able to move forward with confidence. Roof Repair Can Save You Money During the spring, summer and fall, rain can get under your damaged shingles and cause your roof to rot. If you don't take action to prevent that problem from occurring, you could experience a leak that will cause water damage. In addition...
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2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

The kitchen is a room in the home where everyone usually congregates at some point during the day. It's a room where you prepare meals for the family and where you entertain. Instead of a plain kitchen with simple cabinets and counters, consider one of the 2018 remodeling trends that add color and life to the room. Hunterdon Siding & Window Co. can update your kitchen by installing new windows or other details that will enhance the appearance and the function.  When you look at many kitchens, you probably see white cabinets, counters, and drawers. White is a color that does blend well with other colors and themes, but one of the latest trends is painting the cabinets navy or gray. Gray is still a neutral color, but it offers a subdued appearance instead of the brightness that white offers. Gray also pairs well with either natural or bright colors in...
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What you need to know about home siding before buying

If you're considering upgrading the exterior appearance of your home, you may have thought about purchasing new siding. While siding is a very popular choice for homeowners, selecting the type that is right for your needs can be overwhelming. Below are five essential things to keep in mind as you narrow down your selection in a vast sea of siding options.  Five Things to Consider Before Buying Siding  * What type will work best for your home? Vinyl siding is one of the most common types chosen by homeowners, but it is far from the only choice you have. Wood, brick, stone, stucco, and fiber-cement siding are all possible options depending on your unique needs and the budget you are working with. Each type of siding material has both positive and negative features to it, so be sure to carefully analyze the pros and cons of each before making a decision....
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Energy Star and Why We Provide Their Certified Products

If you have bought any of the products we promote or plan to do so, you are likely wondering why we choose Energy Star products to meet the needs of our clients, which is understandable. Our team strives to improve the community and to provide each person who comes to us with the best possible results, and our decision to sell Energy Star products is a reflection of our goals.  Not only do they help people save money on their energy bills, but they also work wonders for the environment by lowering our carbon footprint. If you would like to reduce your energy bill and protect the atmosphere, you won't want to miss your chance to get Energy Star windows and doors installed in your home. Save Money on Your Energy Bill From keeping their doors and windows closed to turning off their lights when they leave the room, people often...
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U-Factor and SHGC: How They Impact Your Windows

Energy bills and windows – they have something to do with the other. Single-pane, outdated windows let warm or cool air escape from the home and allow solar radiation to enter through the glass, causing the heating and cooling unit to work harder. As it does, it requires more energy, thus raising your utility bill. Not all modern windows are the same: Some are energy efficient while others were designed with lower costs in mind. When it comes to choosing the right windows, it pays to know something about U-factor and SHGC. What is U-Factor? U-factor, or U-value, is a term that's given when estimating the heat loss of a window. Windows with lower values provide greater insulation and heat resistance, helping to keep the interior at the proper temperature and to reduce overall energy costs. Some double-pane and triple-pane windows have a U-factor as low as 0.15 and provide maximum...
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What kitchen and bath trends are becoming popular

Whatever your remodeling or redecorating budget and needs, kitchen and bathroom updates can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your home. Whether you're looking for a complete overhaul or want to make minor changes, these upgrades deliver visual appeal and, in some cases, improved functionality. Space-Savers and Smart Storage Kitchen design right now is focused on smart storage solutions. With the current interest in smaller homes and space maximization in general, it isn't surprising that homeowners want to make the most of the busiest room in the house. A trend has emerged toward fewer cabinets, so clever storage ideas are a must. Some of the most interesting concepts include custom built-in appliance "garages" and hydraulic cabinet doors that tuck away for minimal interference in bustling kitchens.  Kitchen Tech for Next-Level Meal Prep Everything about today's kitchen updates is designed to help you work smarter, not harder....
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What is an R Value and What Does it Mean for Your Home

When you think of the most important parts of your home, what comes to mind? Many people may think of flooring, doors, or windows. There are many vital parts of turning a house into a home. However, the majority of homeowners give little thought to the insulation that lines various parts of their house. Perhaps an unsung hero of the building industry, insulation serves the vital function of regulating your home's temperature and protecting it from the outside elements. Insulation is measured in a numeric R value. What is an R Value?  Insulation is measured by a number referred to as an R value. The R value of insulation measures its thermal resistance. This means that the R value refers to the ability of the insulation to transfer heat from one area to another. In general, the higher the R value of a type of insulation, the better it is at...
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Understanding and Preventing Thermal Bridging

When it comes to energy efficiency, many homeowners are aware that it's important but are not experts on the ways to keep energy costs under control. If you see your heating bill increase, you will notice, but you may be less certain about what to do to mitigate the problem. Is your insulation insufficient? Should you replace your windows or doors? Is the issue an outdated and inefficient furnace? It might surprise you to hear that the culprit in many homes is a rarely discussed principle called thermal bridging. What is Thermal Bridging? In the simplest terms, thermal bridging is when there is a gap in the R-value of your home - an area where heat and cold more easily penetrate your home's envelope. If you stripped your house down to the studs, it would be relatively easy to see how this happens. When you frame a building using traditional methods,...
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