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How to Prepare Your California Home for Winter: Exterior Maintenance

Posted on November 13, 2018 by James Florence

California winters may be mild compared to what other parts of the country experience, but the weather can nonetheless take a toll on local residences. When a home isn’t properly winterized, the heavy storms and occasional freezes can cause everything from dry rot and roof leaks to cracked water pipes and crawl space flooding. That’s why, even in California, it’s crucial to perform preventative winterization measures on your home and property in the fall. Read more

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Radiant Barriers: Are They Worthwhile?

Posted on September 04, 2018 by Guest Blogger

Will a radiant barrier benefit you? The answer depends on several factors.

Guest post by Paul Proctor of R E Roofing and Construction, Inc.

If you’re concerned about your home’s energy efficiency, you’ve probably heard about radiant barriers. But what do you actually know about them? Do they really work? And how should they be installed? In the following article, we’ll address these and other questions about radiant barriers. Read more

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How Cool is Your Roof?

Posted on July 12, 2018 by James Florence

Everybody wants to be cool, and in more ways than one. Besides sporting stylish clothes and a laid-back attitude, we all want to maintain a comfortable body temperature. However, just as it’s tough to look cool in outdated attire, it’s difficult to stay cool when you have an outdated roof, especially during summer. The question is, how cool is your roof? Read more

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Yard-Wise: 6 Ways to Improve Your Property’s Exterior Efficiency

Posted on August 22, 2017 by James Florence

Like many Bay Area homeowners, you’ve probably taken measures to reduce your home’s water and energy usage, such as installing water-saving plumbing fixtures and switching to LED lighting. However, you may have overlooked another part of your property: your yard. From your garden to your pool, there are several areas where you can save water and energy by improving your exterior efficiency. Consider the following measures:

Improve irrigation
If you’re using an outdated sprinkler system to water your lawn and garden, you may be wasting water every day. Traditional sprinkler heads are known for their inefficiency, losing a substantial amount of the water they distribute to wind and sun evaporation. Fortunately, you can easily upgrade your system for a surprisingly low cost. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Keeping in the Heat

Posted on November 08, 2016 by James Florence

One of the biggest concerns during winter is maintaining a comfortable climate inside the home. However, if your home lacks sufficient insulation, this can get expensive. Heat is an expert escape artist, which means the more escape routes your home contains, the more money you’re going to spend replenishing what you lose. To address this, we’ve asked seven Diamond Certified Experts to give their advice on keeping in the heat during the winter months. Read more

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Home, Smart Home: Integration, Automation and the Future of Domestic Living

Posted on February 09, 2016 by James Florence

Thirty years ago, if you conducted a survey about what technological advancements people expected to see in 2016, answers would have likely included flying cars, computer-controlled homes and colonization of other planets. Well…at least one of these futuristic forecasts has come to pass: home automation. The “smart home” is here, and it’s revolutionizing the mode of modern domestic life. Read more

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