Wooden houses covered in snow

Five ways to prepare your house for winter

Preparing for winter looks different for everyone. Some people are busy winterizing their boat or other summer toys, while others are simply dreading the cold weather that is approaching. However, one thing that every homeowner should do, is properly prepare their home for the impending winter weather. In order for your roof and siding to adequately protect you and your home from the harsh winter

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Five things you need to know before choosing a roofing contractor

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home as it protects you from the elements and the exterior world (e.g. snow, rain, branches and debris). A roof in poor condition can cause a lot of headaches, such as leaks, mold and mildew and several other problems. That’s why replacing or repairing your roof is a significant investment that requires careful consideration.

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The Top Benefits to Choosing Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a durable plastic that is commonly used on the exterior of residential homes for its aesthetic appeal and weatherproofing.  Vinyl imitates wood at a much lower price point and comes in a number of different colors. Vinyl siding is an engineered product primarily from PVC resin (80%), with the other 20% being ingredients for color, opacity, gloss, resistance, flexibility and durability.  It

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7 Tips to Protect Your Roof From Weather Damage

The roof is often one of the most neglected areas of the home. This is ironic as it is one of the main infrastructure protecting you and your home from weather. Your roof is exposed daily to ultraviolet rays from the sun that can cause shingles to become brittle and crack. For example, extreme temperatures can cause roofing materials to expand and shrink leading to

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7 Tips for Finding the Best Roscoe, IL Roofing Contractor

Finding the perfect roofing contractor can be tricky, but if you’ve come to Roscoe, you’re in the right place. There are many reliable options to choose from in town, and people from outside the area come here to find roofers regularly.  Roscoe is a small town in northern Illinois near the border of Wisconsin. It is home to roofing contractors with great reputations, so it

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8 Tips for Choosing a Solar Company: How to Select the Best Match

Choosing a solar company can be a daunting task. There are so many different options out there, and it is hard to know what you should consider when choosing one. In this blog post, we will give you 8 tips for how to choose the best solar company for your needs! Do your research on solar companies in the area! There are many different things

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Save the Environment by Switching to Solar

The sun is our planet’s main source of non-renewable fossil fuels (coal, gas and petroleum), which began life as plants and animals millions of years ago. For about 4.6 billion years, the sun has provided sunlight to our planet, which humans harness and use the energy produced in a variety of ways. And still, you actually use solar power every day anyway! However, most people

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You Use Solar Energy EVERY DAY Without Realizing It

You use solar power EVERY DAY. And have been for years… As a matter of fact, humans have been harnessing and using solar energy throughout time – since the 6th Century B.C. – even if it looked much different than a solar company today. In 700 B.C., curved mirrors shaped from shiny metal were used to concentrate the rays of the sun for making fire

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SOLAR POWER: An Overview by Cross Country Construction

Solar power has skyrocketed in recent years. You’ve most likely seen panels on neighbors’ homes or in their yards and wondered to yourself: what IS that? How could the Jones afford such a thing? Here, we’ll break down what solar power is and how a home solar panel system works. (Also see our “8 Tips to Choosing a Solar Company” here) What is solar power?

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7 Common Causes of Vinyl Siding Damage and How They Can Be Prevented

Good quality vinyl siding is an extremely popular choice for home exteriors due to its durability and timeless appeal. Vinyl siding can last up to 60 years with high-quality installation and maintenance. However, it is not invincible and there are some common sources of damage to vinyl siding that you need to be aware of. If you’re considering vinyl siding for your home, here are

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