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ComponentsOfAMetalRoof

Spring is right around the corner and with that comes severe thunderstorms. Your roof is one of the most important components of your home and takes the brunt of wind and whatever is falling from the sky. That is why many people are opting for a metal roof. It is one of the strongest, most long-lasting materials on the market when it comes to roofing materials.

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Effects of snow on your roof

This past week had … dare I say it … “unprecedented” winter weather. It seems as if we have had to use the word “unprecedented” for pretty much everything that has happened this past year. Although we could all use just some plain, old non-precedented times, no one can argue with that crazy winter weather felt over approximately 75% of the country.

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Thermometer

Many products advertise energy efficiency. This all sounds well and good and like something you want,  but how do you know what you are looking for and whether it’s a good rating or not?

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Snow Covered Roof

The cold winter months are on their way. Is your roof ready for the potentially severe winter weather? Here are a few ways to make sure your roof is winter ready:

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Have a nice smooth replacement window install cover small

Replacing house windows is one of the best ways to update a home as well as improve energy efficiency. With that being said, selecting the company and the windows can seem like a daunting task. To have a nice smooth install making your experience a good one, follow these tips:

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"good" and "bad" written on paper

 Making major home improvement decisions such as selecting siding can feel overwhelming and sometimes even impossible. In addition to making the perfect complementary color selection, you need to consider key factors such as energy efficiency, durability, cost, and installation.

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TheImportanceOfReplacingYourRoofCoverRS

A leaky roof will turn into more than a nuisance and shouldn’t be a home improvement project that is put off taking the highest priority on your list of home maintenance projects. A bad roof can pose not only structural issues but also many safety and health risks.

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Quality as defined by Dictionary.com is:

 1“An essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute.  2 Character of nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing. 3Character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence. 4High grade; superiority; excellence.”

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house exterior

Your home is at the top of the investment list for most people and maintaining and updating it are among some of the best ways to protect that investment. When it’s time for some of those bigger and more expensive projects like replacing the roof, windows or siding you want to make sure they are done by a quality and reputable company. How do you know you are hiring the best contractor for the job?

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windows in a bedroom

Choosing the right window for your home can be overwhelming and it is often hard to know if you are making the right choice or not. Windows are a crucial part of any home's appearance and efficiency. Mel Harris Company offers a variety of windows to best suit your tastes and home needs. Double-hung windows are a popular choice for many homeowners as they offer many benefits.

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lightening hitting a house

Storm season is here. Are you ready? How will you know if your roof sustains damage during one of those storms? A storm doesn’t have to produce a tornado or hail to cause damage. Wind alone can cause enough damage to require repair or replacement. In fact, I distinctly remember a time that our home sustained severe enough roof damage from strong winds on a clear day to warrant a new roof. That particular day the Oklahoma winds were stronger than normal, causing damage throughout the town. Keep in mind that you should always check the condition of your roof after a tornado, thunderstorm, hailstorm, or just a windstorm. You can opt to check it yourself or hire a professional to inspect for damage. Personally, I like to hire a professional to look for damage because they not only know what they are looking for, but they also know the proper way to get off and on a roof without injuring themselves. A professional roofer is also able to document any problems and necessary work needed to file a claim for your insurance company.

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woman looking out of window

Who would have thought that when we were making our spring to-do lists that we would have to be making them while quarantined in our homes? Many are not only worried about the spread of the novel coronavirus itself, but also what type of long-term economic impact this will have. In the beginning, many used the sudden time at home to binge Netflix, but as the quarantines are appearing to be lasting longer than hoped and now we’re all binged out on the latest TV series, what should we do now? How about tackling all those long-avoided home projects that never seemed to find themselves in your scheduled to-do list? Here are a few low- to no-cost ideas:

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windows

Spring is knocking on the door and pretty soon, the sun will be shining to offer warmer days allowing us to get on those outdoor chores we have put off all winter. One of those outdoor jobs will most likely be cleaning those windows, especially if you live in an area that received a lot of rain and snow. I like as much natural light as possible in my home, so the only windows I cover in my house are the bedrooms, everything else I leave uncovered. The big windows are stunning … when they are clean. Cleaning the windows can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are my simple tips for sparkling clean windows:

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house with all its windows lit up

Replacing your roof is a big long-term investment and you want to be sure that you choose the right type of roof and color that compliments your home as well as something you will love looking at every day. Aside from the exterior walls of your home, the roof is one of the most important and noticeable parts of the exterior. 

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happy new year

The New Year is fast approaching and that embodies a fresh start for all things from mind, body, spirit finances and even home improvement. You know all those projects that never quite got finished the year before. Some of the most popular projects include:

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Lights-decorated house

The holidays are here and that often means additional outdoor tasks like hanging colorful Christmas lights. It’s a tradition that many go to great lengths to participate in, but sometimes that can result in serious injury. No one wants to start the holiday season off with a Christmas-related injury.

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Getting Your Home Ready For Winter

We are already into the last 90 days of the year and it is time to start thinking about winterizing your home. Now is the perfect time, because the weather is still decent enough that you don’t have to risk frostbite when working outdoors. Make yourself a little checklist to do the following before the temps dip below the freezing mark:

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Roof Replacement

One of the most important, but often neglected parts of your home is your roof. It is what shelters you from the weather and, in all reality, is what holds your house together. Without it, there would be no shelter. It takes the brunt of storms whether it be the weight of snow from a snowstorm, a beating from a hailstorm, windstorms and the daily heat from the sun.

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Have you been thinking about replacing your old windows? Not only will replacing your windows give your home a facelift and add value, but you will also benefit from lower utility bills. One of the most effective ways to reduce the summer heat or cold drafts in your home is to replace old windows with new, energy-efficient ones.

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Many people often have a preconceived notion that vinyl siding is not as durable as other exterior materials. They don’t realize that vinyl siding will stand up to harsh weather conditions, season changes and temperature fluctuations.

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