How can new siding increase the value of your home?

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1.) Improves Curb Appeal
The façade of your home is the first thing guests’ see as they pass by, without mentioning the first thing you see each time you come home. The new shapes and patterns from CertainTeed and James Hardie enable us to enhance the appearance of your home, creating a great first impression.

2.) Weather Protection
Siding is actually considered a rain shield on today’s more technically & efficiently designed homes. A water/air infiltration barrier such as GreenGuard underlayment will act as a barrier to the changes in weather and protect your home.

Safety tips for holiday decorating when kids are in the home

decorationsDecorations are one of the highlights of the holiday season but there are a number of safety hazards, especially when there are young children in the home. Candles, Christmas trees, and other decorations can pose fire and poisoning hazards.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top four days for candle fires are between Christmas and New Year's. The National Fire Academy reports an estimated 250 home fires each year involving Christmas trees, 170 home fires involving holiday lights and several others involving decorative lighting.

Creating a Kid-Friendly Garden

Kids love dirt. Mud pies. Messy hands. Bugs. But to most parents, dirt is the enemy. Your daily routine overflows with cleaning, scrubbing and putting things in order while your kids dig up another earthworm and lay it down flat on your nice, tidy floor.

Here’s the thing. You have the ability to turn your kids’ love of dirt into passion for the planet. And those of you who feel too overwhelmed to worry about the future of Planet Earth can still transform their delight in all-things-muddy into an enjoyable and healthy experience  for your family.
Forget about mucky footprints and smudged faces for a moment. Instead, think about the ways that soil, plants and bugs can educate and inspire your kids, right in your own backyard.

How to start a family garden with kids

Mockingbird Winterberry AllenSparks 219x219Spring isn't just a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors, it is also a great time to get outside with your kids and start your own family garden.

A new guide, titled "Get Your Family's Garden Growing" released by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) shows just how easy and fun it can be to garden with your kids. The new guide is part of the National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There movement and is being released in celebration of May is Garden for Wildlife Month.

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