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Amvic Partners with Mike Holmes

Holmes3+logo2Mike Holmes is North America’s most trusted contractor. Not only has he been a contractor for over 30 years, he has made it his personal mission to ensure that contractors and homeowners get the very best advice. On his show “Holmes on Homes” and in subsequent shows, he helps right the home improvement wrongs experienced by Canadian home owners. Now Mike Holmes is partnering with Amvic to bring you ‘Holmes Approved’ building materials that ensure you have a safer, greener and healthier home.

Amdry Basement Subflooring

According to Holmes: “I use Amdry because it’s key to building and renovating a home right—especially when it comes to basements. I see a lot of mould and heat loss in basements. A home could be losing as much 60 percent of its heat through the basement! That’s unacceptable.”

Amdry is an easy to install, one-step insulated subfloor system. One side has a moisture resistant protective surface film so that your Amdry subflooring not only reduces slab surface moisture, it also helps to insulate. The Amdry subflooring system reduces temperature fluctuations so that your home is fitted with a healthy, comfortable, warm basement flooring while reducing the chance for mold and mildew.
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Are your Building Products Really Green?

Is your home really greenAs building codes become more stringent and consumers more discerning, greener building products are enjoying increased popularity. With sustainability and energy conservation as great motivators, consumers are turning to green building materials to save them money. While leaps and bounds in technological advancements that have brought us such modern wonders as spray foam insulation and ICF building blocks, not all green building products are as environmentally friendly as they seem.

Bamboo building products (especially flooring) have been steadily gaining traction as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional hardwood options and it’s easy to see why. Not only is bamboo durable and attractive, it is also able to regenerate within ten years, which makes it an extremely sustainable resource.

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Getting your Home ready for Spring

Green House. Abstract environmental backgroundsSpring is nearly here and there is much you can do to get your home ready for seasonal flooding and summer heat. Aside from the prerequisite spring cleaning, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your transition from one season to the next is seamless.
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Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to your Home

Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to your HomeThis winter has been a hard one with polar vortexes and record snow topped only by plummeting temperatures. All this inclement weather can actually do permanent damage to your home in many unexpected ways. Here are some tips on how you can prevent your home from falling victim to the winter chills.
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DIY Furnace Maintenance Tips

amvic-blog-furnaceAs winter settles in its more important than ever to practice proper furnace maintenance to ensure that you don’t have any unexpected problems. If your furnace stops working in the coldest months, you not only face freezing temperatures but also the possibility of burst pipes.

With regular furnace maintenance, not only can you be assured of a comfortable winter, you can also look forward to greater energy efficiency and savings on utilities. Regular maintenance will help your furnace to last longer too.
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Winterize your Home in 3 Easy Steps

Winterize HomeIf winter heating is your biggest utility expense, then use these quick and easy steps to lower your bills, save money and reduce the negative impact you have on your environment. While some improvements in the efficacy of your building envelope are cheap (like caulking cracks and holes), others may be more costly (like replacing your furnace with an Energy Star one). In instances where you are spending more, check whether the government incentives and tax cuts to promote energy efficiency cover some of your costs. Read more

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