As of the end of 2010, the $1,500 tax credit for energy efficient home upgrades that was included as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will expire. From the perspective of many home owners and home improvement companies, this tax credit was a great idea as it stimulated an industr...

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Last year I wrote a blog entitled "Remodeling and the Holidays." The purpose of this entry was to point out how December is typically a time of year when even quality remodelers slow down. This in turn suggests an opportunity for savvy consumers to find some genuine savings while still working with...

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Today I'd like to focus on which factors to consider when choosing to remodel, something we at Legacy refer to as the "remodeling equation." In this morning's Pittsburgh Tribune Review there was an article about how spending a lot of money on high end bathroom fixtures generally will not pay off lat...

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In the course of running Legacy Remodeling, one product that I am being asked about more and more over the past year is siding made of something called fiber cement. Fiber cement is produced by mixing sand, cement and wood fiber. The resulting boards or panels can then be used for a variety of appli...

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As we move into October, the mornings and evenings are getting cooler. The leaves are changing and soon dew will give way to frost. Never far behind that is the winter weather that will grip the area from sometime in November until spring breaks months later. With the memory of last years late winte...

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Save while you can!

As we head towards winter, this is the time of year when many people begin to consider replacement windows, doors and insulation for their home. Memories of last years cold weather, high energy bills and cold drafts begin to reappear in peoples mind and for that reason, companies like mine often see...

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Today's posting has to do with the Home Star program that is currently being debated in Congress. Sometimes referred to as "Cash For Caulkers", Home Star is a federally funded program meant to provide support for homeowners to invest in making their homes more energy efficient. While legislation sup...

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Today I wanted to talk a little bit about "composite materials" as they relate to home improvement. Put simply composite materials are engineered materials that are made up of more than one component.  There are number of different types of composite materials that are in use which cover a variety...

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Just as with the economy at large, 2008 and 2009 were extremely difficult for the remodeling industry. Many companies, both contractors and manufacturers alike, were forced out of business. A tremendous number of jobs were lost while consumers seemed to have gone into hiding. As the stock market c...

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While it is obvious that good windows make a big difference in the winter, many people are unaware that this applies in the summer in much the same way. When a home has leaky, inefficient windows, the air conditioner has to work much harder to maintain the set temperature, costing energy and money....

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