Subcontractor Work vs the Stability of In-house Employees

Pros and Cons of Subcontractor Work vs the Stability of In-house Employees If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you probably do some of your own home repair and renovation. There’s certainly a wealth of information on YouTube that can take you a long way in the do-it-yourself (DIY) process. But at some point, you may need some work done that exceeds your capabilities, whether in terms of tools or skills. Or maybe it’s just such a huge project that you don’t have the time to complete it on a reasonable schedule. The question then becomes what kind of contractor

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Why It’s Important For Your Home to Have a Reliable Gutter System

Gutter systems are the unsung heroes of a home. They keep your home’s foundation intact, prevent your basement from flooding, sustain the lifespan of your siding, and so much more. A reliable gutter system should collect and direct water away from your house, protecting the structure of your home and the features surrounding it. Not all homes need a gutter system – particularly those in arid climates – but here in the Midwest they are a necessity. If you haven’t inspected your gutters recently, it may be time to do so. Keeping an eye on the effectiveness of your gutter

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Take Your Outdoor Space to the Next Level With These Budget-Friendly Tips

By Bret Engle | DiyGuys.net bret.engle@diyguys.net Take Your Outdoor Space to the Next Level With These Budget-Friendly Tips - As a homeowner, you take pride in your home, spending countless hours designing, shopping (and returning), rearranging, and cleaning your home until you achieve that desired look. However, maybe you’ve neglected the exterior reflection of your home – the outdoor space. And with summer here you know you’ll want to make some changes. At this point, your funds might be running a little low, but updating your outdoor space can be done both beautifully and budget-friendly with these tips.   Photo

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Costs and Lifespans of Different Types of Roofing

Costs and Lifespans of Different Types of Roofing - Installation of new roofing is one of the most expensive home improvement "repairs" that a homeowner may face. When homeowners find themselves in need of roofing replacement, they often struggle with the decision between quality and cost. Here, we will seek to help consumers understand the cost and quality comparisons of many common types of roofing to aid in the decision-making process – you may be surprised at some of the results! Calculation of Costs Before we begin, let’s note a small disclaimer. The costs we disclose for the purpose of

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Home Repair: Which Projects Always Require a Pro

By Bret Engle | DiyGuys.net bret.engle@diyguys.net Which Projects Always Require a Pro Home repair projects are a huge source of stress for homeowners, in part because of the financial commitment involved. They’re also intrusive, especially big projects that require a lengthy timeline to complete, and if you attempt a DIY project without proper research or knowledge, you risk making a mistake that could cost you thousands of dollars to fix. That’s why it’s so important to know when to call in a pro for your home project, and how to plan for the expense. Doing a bit of research will

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Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

How to Choose the Roofing That is Right For You Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles - The roof is one of the first lines of defense in protecting your home and everything and everyone inside. But how do you decide what type of roofing is best for you? Which one is the most durable? Which will look the best on my home? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of roofing? With all of the types of roofing out on the market today, it can tend to get overwhelming. Well sit tight, because we're going to help you

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Deck Maintenance 101

Getting Your Deck Ready for Spring For those of us in the Midwest, our winters can be pretty brutal. So once spring rolls around and we can finally survive in the outdoors again, we don't waste any time getting back outside. Decks are the ideal spot for us Midwesterners to spend time relaxing, enjoying one another's company, and even having a meal and a refreshing drink. If you're lucky enough to have a view of a gorgeous lake, stunning rolling hills, or even a wonderfully landscaped yard, having an inviting deck is a must-have space in order for you to

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20 Ideas for Your Next Exterior Home Remodeling and Renovation Project

The exterior of your home plays a very important part of your home’s value. A well-maintained and updated exterior not only increases the value of a home but also dictates a home's style. The appearance of your home’s exterior not only affects its own worth but the worth of your neighbors’ homes, as well. When a remodel or renovation is being done to the exterior of a home, the style and architecture of the home should influence the updates being made. For example, steel features would be perfect for modern homes with sleek structures, but probably wouldn’t look right on

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Why it Pays to do Your Homework Before Hiring a Contractor

How to Find a Dependable Contractor – A Checklist You’ve probably heard a horror story or two about someone hiring a contractor and, when all is said and done, the work ended up being a shoddy job; maybe they even took the money and run. This is why it is absolutely critical to do thorough research before you hire a contractor for your next renovation. Before You Hire a Contractor… Step 1: Ask For References Come up with a list of potential contractors by asking trusted family and friends for references. Were they happy with the outcome? Is there anything

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Welcoem to Above and Beyond Roofing and Construction's Blog Page Custom Windows and Doors...When looking to begin replacing your windows and doors, you are faced with two different options – standard or custom. While standard windows and doors are often the more popular, lower-priced options, we’re here to show you why you should seriously consider... Read More... Roofing 101We don’t think about the roofs over our heads much, but really, every roof is doing an essential function in keeping us safe and secure. We take roofs for granted yet they’re everywhere we go. The roofs we have at home should

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