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How To Interview A Potential Contractor

by on 10/20/2014 - 03:48 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, D├ęcor & Lighting, Energy Savings, Garage/Basement/Storage, Home Exteriors, Home Technology, Kitchen & Bath, Lawn & Garden, Windows & Doors

HGExpo attended the Ohio Home Expo September 20-21 at the North Olmsted Soccer Sportsplex. We asked the industry's top experts how to interview potential contractors.
What questions need to be asked? What answers should homeowners look for?

Retrofitting Your Home With Zoned Hea...

by on 10/15/2014 - 12:02 pm
Categories: Energy Savings, Home Technology, Kitchen & Bath

By Bryan Rutkosky
Owner, BERS HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing
After a long day of work, it’s finally time for bed. You put your pajamas on and snuggle under the covers only to discover your room is far cooler than the rest of the house. Sound like a familiar story? If so, a solution awaits that will create comfort zones, ensuring balance during those chilly nights or hot summer days.
At BERS HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing, we carry a product called Arzel Zoning that enables different rooms to be different temperatures. Just like one light switch does not turn on lighting for an entire home, Arzel’s pneumatic zone system provides you with the ...

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Done-Right Ron: How To Spot A Fire Ch...

by on 10/13/2014 - 03:43 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath, Windows & Doors

RFK Home Improvement's Ron Kaye is back with more tips for homeowners dealing with the complicated world of insurance. Here's what you should do when looking for a contractor after a loss.
Take your time
The frequency of storms in Northeast Ohio doesn't make being on the receiving end of one any less traumatic. Losing part of your home is an emotional experience, and taking immediate action seems like it's a good idea at the time. However, letting the situation cool down before committing resources to a course of action is almost always the way to go. That's why Ron recommends giving yourself a couple days (depending on the scope of the loss) to calm down and gather information. If a large ...

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Solid Or Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

by on 09/26/2014 - 10:29 am
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

Once you've decided to go with real hardwood flooring, you're not done making decisions. You'll be confronted with a choice—solid or engineered hardwood?
The Candidates
Solid hardwood floors are continuous slabs of wood (and only wood) that have been cut and treated for use in the home.
Engineered hardwood floors are composed of a top layer of "display wood," and then multiple thin layers of wood underneath that have been arranged and bonded with heat and pressure. The top "display wood" layer is what the product will be sold as (oak, maple, cherry).
There is absolutely no difference in the top-down appearance of solid and engineered hardwood floors; you'll need to look at a cross- ...

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How To Install A Cat Door

by on 09/23/2014 - 01:53 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Garage/Basement/Storage, Kitchen & Bath

Brent Moore and the Moore Home Remodeling crew recently finished a penthouse renovation in Rocky River. The last item on the to-do-list was a little unconventional: installing a cat door.
The Tools
While this is a relatively simple job, it's important to ensure that you have all the tools you need.

1. Tape Measure (optional, but accurate measurements can only help)
2. Speed square, or a comparable straight edge.
3. Screw gun or screw driver
4. A tool to saw with (oscillating multi-saw, jigsaw, any tool you can cut safely with)

The Procedure
Most commercially purchased cat doors come with a guide inserted in the box that lays out the size and shape requirements for the opening. Us ...

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5 Ways To Refresh Your Bathroom

by on 09/17/2014 - 01:33 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

By Michele Raeder
Owner, N-Hance Revolutionary Wood Renewal
With fall approaching, now is a perfect time to redecorate your bathroom with simple changes, like fresh towels and live plants, in addition to bigger changes, like cabinetry and flooring updates. Certain changes can make a dramatic difference—and they don’t have to break the bank.

Cabinet Renewal
If you love your existing bathroom cabinets but feel like they’re beginning to look a little dated, N-Hance cabinet renewal is a perfect option. With renewal, N-Hance completely revitalizes the look of cabinets without the frustrations associated with typical wood refinishing. Moreover, renewal costs a fraction of ...

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Guhde Flooring America: Meet The Team

by on 09/09/2014 - 01:33 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

For three generations, the Guhde family has been supplying Northeast Ohio homes with flooring and installation. What started as a one-man-operation in 1950, has grown to a full-scale showroom with multiple installation teams.

How To Care For Granite Countertops

by on 09/03/2014 - 10:23 am
Category: Kitchen & Bath

By Kevin Elkins
Cabinets & Granite Direct
Sleek granite countertops add beauty and style to modern kitchens. Luckily for busy homeowners, maintaining the just-installed glamour of this natural stone boils down to three simple steps: seal, clean, and respect.
Most, but not all, granite countertops require sealing prior to installation. If yours is among them, the manufacturer is likely to apply a resin sealant that is diophobic, meaning it will repel any water, oil, or fat that spills on the granite. This reduces the chances of causing a permanent stain. Fortunately, many factory-applied sealants last up to 15 years.
But if your granite is not sealed before delivery—or, if ...

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Done-Right Ron: The Importance Of Bei...

by on 08/20/2014 - 02:51 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Home Exteriors, Kitchen & Bath

Ron Kaye from RFK Home Improvement has done his fair share of insurance work, and he's noticed that many insurance policies are nuanced to the point of major confusion. And two often-important coverages are sometimes overlooked. Before your next claim, ask about two things: code upgrade insurance and depreciated value coverage vs. total replacement value.Here's what all that jargon means:
Code Upgrade Insurance
Instead of protecting you against the effects of a disaster, code upgrade insurance protects your wallet against something much scarier: bureaucracy.Building codes are fundamentally a good thing. They keep homeowners safe, and ensure that contractors are all providing a basic level ...

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Introducing: The Lightspeed UV Curing...

by on 08/20/2014 - 03:55 pm
Category: Kitchen & Bath

N-Hance Revolutionary Wood Renewal prioritizes convenience and speed of their service. Homes are busy places, and sometimes it's not realistic to ask a family-on-the-go to stop using their floors for a couple days so the paint can dry.That's why N-Hance developed the Lightspeed Ultraviolet Curing System.Resurfacing is already a speedy process. After choosing a custom color, the new layers are applied along with a top coat designed to seal in the fresh new look. That top coat is what protects floors and cabinets from scuffs and scratches, but it needs to develop a tough outer shell, a process called curing. There are several ways that top coats can cure, and most of them involve a lot of wait ...

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