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Survey: Exterior Home Improvement Projects Offer Highest Returns

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Survey: Exterior Home Improvement Projects Offer Highest Returns
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), exterior projects are the most important aspect of home improvement for sellers in this current market. The reason? Curb appeal. "With many factors to consider such …
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Craftsman Direct Handyman Home Improvement Named Expert Outdoor
RALEIGH, NC, February 02, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Craftsman Direct Handyman Home Improvement, named by the Winston Salem Journal as experts in wooden deck, patio and porch building continues to lead the way in custom outdoor living …
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Radio Ads Influence Home Improvement Projects; Radio Station Personality Ads

Radio Ads Influence Home Improvement Projects; Radio Station Personality Ads
Findings from RAB's F.C.T. Report show that when consumers are determining their next home improvement project, radio ads influence that decision. Also, listener trust is positively influenced when a favorite radio station personality promotes a …
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How to reduce home improvement project waste
The home improvement industry has grown considerably over the last several decades, as homeowners increasingly took steps to turn their homes into personal oases. But such projects often produce substantial amounts of waste, negatively impacting the …
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Siblings who lost parents in Sandy get home makeover
"Mother Nature was not our friend this week," said George Oliphant, host of the NBC home improvement show. "But the kids have been in the hotel for three weeks, and we didn't want them to wait any longer. We worked days, nights and snow days to get …
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Synergy Design & Construction Receives Remodeling-Industry Awards for Two Washington, D.C.-Area Projects

Reston, VA (PRWEB) January 29, 2014

On January 18th, the Synergy Design & Construction team joined a sold-out crowd of remodeling professionals at the Pooks Hill Marriott in Bethesda, Maryland, for the NARI Metro DC chapter’s Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards ceremony. Held every year in January, the gala event honors members with Finalist, Merit, and Grand awards in 37 renovation and construction categories. The 3rd-largest NARI chapter in the US, NARI Metro DC has traditionally received the largest volume of CotY project entries of any chapter. Awards are hard-won in all categories, especially those dedicated to mid-range kitchens and bath, residential interiors, and whole-home renovations.

This year, Synergy D&C, a design-build firm located in Reston, VA, was honored to receive the Grand award in the Commercial Interior category for a complete revamp and expansion of the Palmercare Chiropractic main office, as well as a Merit award for Residential Interior Under $ 250,000 for an open-floorplan kitchen and family room.

Mina Fies, Synergy Founder and CEO, is delighted with the recognition the firm has received for the two projects. “Winning not only one but two CotY awards is a huge accomplishment,” she shares. “The projects are judged very meticulously based on function, aesthetics, improvement of the space, craftsmanship, and creative solutions. We are very honored to be recognized for Grand- and Merit-level projects amidst such a talented group of remodeling professionals.”

The two renovation projects, both in Loudoun County, were designed solely by Synergy D&C, with work including space planning, materials selections, construction documents and more. The construction of the residential interior remodel was also completed by Synergy, which provides project management services, trade coordination, carpentry, and thorough project-long communication.

The two newest awards will join Synergy’s three previous CotY awards from 2010 through 2012, which also recognized both commercial and residential interior work.

About Synergy Design & Construction, Inc.

Synergy D&C is an award-winning woman-owned, Class A General Contractor serving Virginia and Maryland. Committed to excellence in customer service and innovative strategies for remodeling success, Synergy D&C launched at the height of the recession, and has garnered recognition through several Master Design and Contractor of the Year awards and has been featured on HGTV’s “Bang for your Buck.”

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Vinyl and Steel Siding Contractors for your Home Improvement Projects

Houses, like their inhabitants, need protection. There’s the roof to keep out rain and the sun’s heat, the windows to regulate the light, and the door to keep out unwanted visitors. Then there’s the siding.

The siding covers and protects the walls of the house. It is made of sheet materials, boards, or shingles. To keep away the elements, the joints of siding materials are overlapped, covered, sealed, or interlocked. Two materials used as siding are vinyl and steel.

Vinyl siding is one of the popular siding choices in cities like Amarillo, Texas. In places like Amarillo where blizzards are common during the winter season, durable siding like vinyl is needed. Vinyl has several styles and comes in several colors. These styles include the beaded seam, barn style, straight edge, staggered edge, and more. Because vinyl is colored, there is no need to paint the material. Vinyl is also affordable and easy to install because some variants are perforated for the nails. The material is resistant to damage, wind, water, and others. Vinyl can be washed only once a year, which makes it a low-maintenance siding material.

Building materials like vinyl tend to expand and contract with changes in temperature. If the cutting process for the vinyl is done properly, the material is less likely to buckle. Tools like the tin snips are used to cut vinyl. To remove the vinyl pieces when needed, you can use a zip tool. To keep the materials in place, especially underneath windows and beside doors, you can install flashing. Vinyl sidings are best cut short, and the nails to seal them in place should be slightly loose.

Another durable siding material is steel.

Like vinyl, steel can resist rain, wind and hail, among others. Amarillo siding that is made of steel also comes in a variety of colors for customers to choose from.

Amarillo siding that is made of steel is also low-maintenance. You can wash it thoroughly with water every now and them. The paint on steel siding also lasts longer compared with the paint on other types of sidings. The most commonly used paints for steel materials are latex and oil paints.

Other siding materials are wood, brick, and asphalt. You can install vinyl or steel sidings yourself, or you can hire an Amarillo roofing company to do it for you. Roofing companies can also serve other home improvement functions, and installing sidings is only one of them. For information on choosing the best siding contractor for your home, you can read sidinghub.com/articles/how-to-choose-a-good-siding-contractor.html.

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