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What’s the Actual History of Halloween—and Why Do We Celebrate It on October 31?
Oct09

What’s the Actual History of Halloween—and Why Do We Celebrate It on October 31?

It’s a longer story than you might think. BY BLAIR DONOVAN AND MARISSA GOLDSEP 4, 2019 GETTY IMAGES The history of Halloween goes all the way back to a pagan festival called Samhain.The word “Halloween” comes from”All Hallows’ Eve” and means “hallowed evening.”Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween...

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How to Protect Your Home in a Zombie Invasion
Oct02

How to Protect Your Home in a Zombie Invasion

Admit it: The zombie apocalypse is inevitable. Here’s a step-by-step guide to keeping the undead out of your houseBy ThisOldHouse.com We See Dead People VIEW AS SLIDESHOWPHOTO BY EVERETT COLLECTION Whether it’s because the (new, rescheduled!) endtimes are here (thank you, Mayans!), or just because TV shows, movies, and books are telling us so, a zombie world takeover is inevitable. So how can you protect your home and...

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What’s Causing the Roof to Leak?
Sep25

What’s Causing the Roof to Leak?

By Christophor Jurin Roof leaks present multiple challenges for homeowners. They never occur at a time which is convenient and they can lead to significant damage to the interior of your home. Their effects can linger long after the repair has been made in the form of mold growth on the interior surfaces of your home. Sometimes determining the source of the roof leak can be an even greater challenge. The source of the roof leak...

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Tips To Maintain Your Home’s Exterior
Sep18

Tips To Maintain Your Home’s Exterior

By Jaclyn Crawford As you already know, to keep your home in the best shape possible, you must take the time to maintain it. This goes for both inside your home and outside. In fact, exterior home maintenance can help to avoid interior issues in some cases. If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled some time to maintain your home’s exterior, now is the time to do so. It can make a huge difference. Here are some exterior home...

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4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks
Sep11

4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

A leaking roof causes more trouble than an annoying “drip drop” from your ceiling; it can damage your attic insulation and roof deck and lead to mold and mildew growth and reduced energy efficiency. Roof leaks can be due several causes, all of which will require the immediate assistance of a professional roofing contractor. Here are some common roof leak culprits: 1. Loose, Cracked or Rotting Shingles: If your roof is 20 to...

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ANIMALS AND YOUR ROOF: DEALING WITH THE DAMAGE
Sep04

ANIMALS AND YOUR ROOF: DEALING WITH THE DAMAGE

Seeing an animal on your roof could at first be a delightful sight. Upon further consideration, though, you might wonder whether they could damage something up there. In fact, you should get a ladder out and go check. Even a small animal could do substantial damage. Here are some of the most common culprits. SQUIRRELS: CHEWING ON VENTS AND SHINGLES Squirrels seem harmless, but they are commonly found nesting in attics for a reason....

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The Worst Hollywood Roofing Fails
Aug28

The Worst Hollywood Roofing Fails

Hey, you ever wonder, “What’s up there on the roof? The Roof… The roof is, indeed, no laughing matter. Roofs demand respect and are to be taken very seriously. The last person who tried clowning around on this roof found himself in quite the predicament: Alan Rickman, “Die Hard” But not every roof fail ends in a timely (or untimely) death. You can just as easily find yourself falling through a roof. Tim “the Toolman” Taylor didn’t...

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How to Avoid Roofing Scams
Aug21

How to Avoid Roofing Scams

One of the most charming and storied elements of the Wild West was the snake-oil salesmen who would roll through town. Peddling their miracle cures from the back of a brightly colored wagon. They would collect their cash and get out of dodge as quickly as possible, before anyone discovered the farce. When it comes to contracting work, homeowners might find that the Wild West is alive and well. Contractors can show up, overcharge and...

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Everything You Need to Know About Roofing, Part 2: Estimating Roofing Materials
Aug14

Everything You Need to Know About Roofing, Part 2: Estimating Roofing Materials

Raise the Roof, Not Your Stress Levels Talking to contractors can be nerve-wracking, especially when it comes to roofing projects. Since roofs can go years—even decades—without needing work, many homeowners aren’t familiar with roofing terminology or what the typical job should cost.  That’s why we put together this handy guide for calculating how many shingles and other roofing materials your project will require. This basic...

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What Makes Up a Roof – Your Roof Components
Aug07

What Makes Up a Roof – Your Roof Components

Saturday, June 30th 2018 Your home’s roof sheds water, but a raindrop that starts out on the top of your roof doesn’t just encounter shingles on its way down. There’s a series of roof components that protect your home from the rain, wind and snow. It is critical to understand all of the parts of a house roof in order to explain a problem to a roofing professional and understand what he or she is talking about when he or she is...

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