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Gutters That Fight Hunger

It is often possible to breathe new life into old gutters. This time, Alu-Rex proposes a smart solution for gourmets. The ideal project for small spaces. Do as we do and add flavor to your summer dishes.

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Gutter Protection – A Long-Term Investment

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How exciting it is to buy a new home! Every new homeowner has a head full of projects to improve his or her property: renovate the kitchen, make a garden or paint the living room.  However, you will never think about checking the condition of your gutters! As they are often neglected, make sure to check whether they are well protected when purchasing a new home. If such is not the case, this could cause considerable damage to your property. You will then have to kiss your new HGTV kitchen goodbye! Here’s what you need to know.

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A Homeowner’s Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Autumn

Canadian homeowners are too often hostages to their own homes a few weekends per year, overwhelmed by a plethora of issues caused by the changing seasons. Dead leaves, winds, the cold weather and heavy rains all provide frustrating experiences that can cause a range of problems and headaches for those who only wish to enjoy October’s Sunday afternoon football. Continue →


Disconnecting Gutters From The Sewer System

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Disconnecting Gutters

For several years, Canadian municipalities have been part of a program intended to reduce the amount of water treated by water treatment plants. At the same time, they are helping to reduce the frequency of overflows that cannot be filtered at municipal stations and that would otherwise be discharged into nearby bodies of water. The program offers several solutions such as green roofs, porous asphalt, adding a retention pond and disconnecting gutters from the sewer system. Continue →


Benefits of Having an Insulated Garage Door

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A well-insulated garage door allows for both style and savings. When chosen adequately, a well-insulated garage door helps reduce cooling and heating costs, makes your house and garage more comfortable, increases the performance of your car and improves the resale value of your home.

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New Constructions: What Is and Is Not Included

house-being-builtWhen buying a new home, you may wonder what exactly the final product comes with. The truth is that the answer depends on your contractor and where you live. It is important to read the contract carefully and to add any items you would like to include.

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Avoiding Surprises: 5 Expenses to Plan for When Buying a New Home

canadian-dollar-billsBuying or building a new home is an exciting and often thrilling process. However, to prevent your dream from becoming a nightmare, it is important to plan for all related expenses so that you don’t end up over budget.

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6 Steps to Oversee the Construction of Your Home

When it comes to self-building, supervision is a task that should not be overlooked. Owners should be available at all times and daily visits to the site are essential to ensure that the work is progressing as planned. Tasks should be well-organized and it is important to check that everything is going as planned on a daily basis. Here are the key steps to follow when overseeing the construction of your home.  1- Supervise regular construction operations.  The owner should be on site to sign for materials (doors, windows, wood, etc.) and to supervise workers.    2- Monitor the quality of the work.  It is important that you check the accuracy and quality of the work done. Surveyors and trade contractors must all meet the established requirements. Pay close attention, because work is often considered to be acceptable if no comments are made when it is being completed. As a result, changes are often carried out at an additional charge.  3- Ensure compliance with standards and contracts.  The person in charge of overseeing the work must ensure that everything is running smoothly. It is therefore necessary to make sure that current regulations and contracts are being respected and that payments are made on time. You must also make sure that the work meets any and all standards required for warranties.   4- Make sure that the plan is being followed.  When overseeing the work, it is important to make sure that all plans and specifications are being followed. If you don't stick to the plan, you may encounter problems down the line. Check that everything is as it should be and that events do not deviate from the plan. Moreover, by keeping close tabs on the construction site, you will be able to change your mind if you notice that some of your previous decisions are not getting the desired results.   5- Make critical decisions.  During construction, you should remain available to make urgent decisions. Equipment failures and other unforeseen events can sometimes disrupt the flow of work, and someone has to be there to decide what to do.  6- Respond appropriately to weather conditions.  Torrential rains and early snowfalls can occur during construction. You need to be on site in order to deal with these issues quickly and effectively. Serious problems can arise if you fail to respond to weather conditions, including flooded basements and warped floors. When it comes to self-building, supervision is a task that should not be overlooked. Owners should be available at all times and daily visits to the site are essential to ensure that the work is progressing as planned. Tasks should be well-organized and it is important to check that everything is going as planned on a daily basis. Here are the key steps to follow when overseeing the construction of your home.

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3 rules to follow before you dig a foundation

Dig-FoundationThe foundation is the base that will support all the weight of your house. The various steps to build the foundation should be carried out carefully, as they can cause innumerable problems if they aren’t done according to the rules of trade. It’s better to spend a little more at the time of the construction than to have serious problems down the road. Below are a few pointers to guide you before you start doing or supervising the construction of this part of your new house.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Home Builder

home-builderBecause choosing a contractor to build your home is a complex task, and because the possibilities can seem endless, it is important identify your needs and take the time to research your options. Here are some things to consider to help you make the right choice.

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