Making the Most of a Roof Replacement

Replacing a roof is an expensive endeavor, so it makes sense to implement related energy efficiency improvements at the same time. By investing in things like roof ventilation, attic insulation and natural overhead lighting, you can increase the comfort of your home while keeping money in your pocket.

Replacing a roof is an ideal time to make related improvements to home energy efficiency. Photo: R E Roofing and Construction, Inc. (2014)

Replacing a roof is an ideal time to make related improvements to home energy efficiency. Photo: R E Roofing and Construction, Inc. (2014)

Roof ventilation
There are minimum code requirements for ventilating a roof, but it never hurts to exceed this standard. Maximizing your roof’s ventilation will not only make your home cooler in the summer, it will also help protect against moisture build-up in the winter. Continue reading “Making the Most of a Roof Replacement” »

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The 2014 Diamond Certified Directory is Here!

The massive distribution of the 2014 Diamond Certified Directory has begun, with more than 800,000 copies reaching homes and businesses throughout the Greater Bay Area. Your FREE copy should be arriving very soon (if it hasn’t already), so keep your eyes on your mailbox!2014 directory

If you’re new to the Diamond Certified Directory and would like to receive a free copy for your local area, simply visit www.diamondcertified.org/directory and fill out the required information. You can even order an extra directory to give to a friend or family member! Continue reading “The 2014 Diamond Certified Directory is Here!” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Check Your Tread Wear

Do you know how to tell if your car’s tires have adequate tread wear? Watch this video for some helpful information.

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How to Refinish Your Deck

Between winter rain and summer sun, a wood deck can take quite a beating, which is why annual maintenance is crucial to keep it looking and functioning optimally. With increases in both temperature and daylight hours, spring is the ideal time to refinish your deck in preparation of summer leisure. Here are the steps to take to achieve a properly refinished deck:

Spring is an ideal time to refinish a wood deck. Photo: Clough Construction (2014)

Spring is an ideal time to refinish a wood deck. Photo: Clough Construction (2014)

Preliminary cleaning
Start by sweeping the deck with a stiff broom. Use a hammer or drill to countersink all nails or screws, particularly those which have started to protrude. Next, fill a bucket with soapy water and use a scrub brush to scour the deck boards and railings. When finished, rinse the deck thoroughly with a water hose. Continue reading “How to Refinish Your Deck” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Small Claims Court

If you need to go to small claims court, watch this video for some helpful tips and information.

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Protecting Your Child from Identity Theft

Take precautionary measures to protect your child from identity theft.

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Spring Garden Maintenance

Everyone knows about “spring cleaning,” but not many people know that the term applies to gardens as well as houses. By taking a few preparatory measures, you can ensure your garden and its systems will be healthy and functioning properly all season long.

Take simple steps to prepare your garden for the spring. Photo: Masterpiece Gardens & Design, Inc. (2014)

Take simple steps to prepare your garden for the spring. Photo: Masterpiece Gardens & Design, Inc. (2014)

The first thing to do is inspect your irrigation systems. By the end of winter, your sprinkler and drip systems will have been inactive for several months, during which time debris may have accumulated in the apertures. Continue reading “Spring Garden Maintenance” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Teen Driving

Do you have a teenager who is about to start driving? Watch this video for some helpful tips.

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Prolong the Lifespan of Your Fence with Quality Materials

While it may not be immediately evident, the lifespan of a fence can vary significantly depending on a number of crucial details. One of the most important is the quality of materials used, from the actual lumber to anchoring and fastening materials. Here are some areas where quality is crucial:

When it comes to building a fence, small details can make a big difference in terms of quality and longevity. Photo: C & J Fencing, a Division of Mt. Diablo Lumber Inc. (2014)

When it comes to building a fence, small details can make a big difference in terms of quality and longevity. Photo: C & J Fencing, a Division of Mt. Diablo Lumber Inc. (2014)

Lumber
Wood is the most essential constitutive element of a fence, which is why it’s important to regard quality when choosing board, post and railing materials. Continue reading “Prolong the Lifespan of Your Fence with Quality Materials” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Dealing with Old Gift Cards

Do you still have leftover gift cards from the holidays? Watch this video for some helpful info about maintaining their value.

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