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Building for Bad Weather: Homes that are Safer and Stronger

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The Atlantic storm season runs from June 1st to the end of November. In the past few years, the country has experienced an above average number of storms that have wreaked havoc on homes and buildings in the path of hurricanes and tornadoes.

Thankfully, this year will see a brief reprieve thanks to the El Niño effect which makes it difficult for hurricanes to form. Predictions from Colorado State University put the number of tropical storms around 7 with 3 expected to develop into hurricanes. This is well below the average of 12 named storms and 6 hurricanes.
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9 Top Strategies for Improved Energy Efficiency in a Retrofit

Amvic Blog - Energy Efficient RetrofitWhether you are retrofitting your existing home or thinking of a new addition, you can take this opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Having an efficient building envelope will save on your monthly bills, increase your resale value and it’s great for the environment.

Older homes and those built as recently as the 1980s are usually under-insulated and have gaps and holes that don’t stand up to modern efficiency standards. You want to make your home more efficient, but it’s important to know where to spend your retrofit money to get the most bang for your buck.
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4 Tips to Construction Site Conflict Resolution

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February 10, 2015

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Tips to Construction Site Conflict ResolutionConstruction site conflict is a familiar refrain; site managers may get frustrated at changes to the building plans or delays caused by homeowners while they, in turn, may not be getting what they asked for. So many prospective homeowners have their dream homes turn into construction site nightmares that there are whole TV channels devoted to this theme. But there are some precautions you can take to ensure that your home build goes off without a hitch.

Choose wisely

The success of your build is dependent on the efficacy of your contractor. When selecting contractors, ask friends and family members for referrals or search online for options. Search business rating sites like the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List to read reviews from previous clients.
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8 Ways to Save on Energy this Winter

Save money this winterAs Jack Frost starts to really sink his teeth in this winter, you may be tempted to throw caution to the wind and crank up the thermostat. You can offset your higher winter energy consumption with these easy energy-saving tips and tricks that will help keep your bills low. Check with your local government to see if your energy-saving measures qualify for rebates.

Plug those Holes

Homes are usually riddled with holes, cracks and gaps that allow your precious indoor air out and cold winter air in. The Earthworks Group estimates that if you added all the gaps in an average sized home, you would get a 9-foot hole in the wall and that’s going to let in a whole lot of cold air! Use caulk to seal all openings to ensure that your home is snug and warm.
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Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

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December 8, 2014

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Amvic Blog - Prevent frozen pipes at homeFrozen pipes are a ubiquitous part of the wonder that is winter. If you are a home builder or a home owner, no doubt you have experienced the mayhem burst pipes create. Even on new builds, burst pipes continue to be a major cause of damage to the home and can be exorbitantly expensive to replace or repair.

Burst pipes often occur after extremely cold weather. Water in the pipes freezes and expands, pressing up against the walls of the pipes when until they burst. When this happens, pressure is released and water can flow from the pipes until you are able to shut it off, possibly causing extensive secondary damage in the interim.
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Preventing Winter Ice Dams

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November 7, 2014

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amvic-blog-ice-dams-1Jack Frost is on his way and it’s time to get your home ready for the winter chills. One prevalent winter problem that can cause damage to your roofing is the formation of ice dams. Luckily, there are a range of precautions you can take to prevent the ice dams from damaging your shingles this winter.

What are ice dams?

During the cold winter months, small gaps in insulation can let warm indoor air out. This heats your roof which, in turn, melts snow that has gathered there. If the melted snow has nowhere to go, water can pool on the roof during the day. When temperatures drop at night that water freezes and, as it expands, it pushes up under your roof shingles. This can leads to leaks, water damage and the formation of mold and mildew.
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