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Use Window Coverings To Help Insulate Your Home's Single-Pane Windows

Single-pane windows offer little insulation against the cold during winter. Homes that have single-pane windows, USwitch says, can lose up to 20 percent of their heat through their windows. In contrast, double- and triple-pane windows provide better insulation, but they cost much more than single-pane windows. If your house has single-pane windows, and you don't have the money needed to install multi-pane windows, window coverings can be used to create a comparable insulating effect.

A Splash Of Spain: How To Integrate Spanish Tiles Into Your Canadian Home Without Losing Your Heat

Spanish tiles are a type of ceramic tile with origins in Spain. They are mostly used in the bathroom and kitchen areas, but they can be adapted for interior and exterior use in any area of your home. However, ceramic tiles are designed to keep a naturally hot environment cool. It is important to think critically about this flooring choice before you have it installed in an area that has cold winters.

Simple Solutions To Clean And Maintain Your Travertine Tile

As a homeowner, you most likely are familiar with the various tasks necessary to update your home. From pressure washing your vinyl siding to replacing worn roofing shingles, it is easy to see the stressful nature of home ownership. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough effort into the cleaning and maintenance of your travertine tile flooring. Considering the installation of travertine tile can cost an average of $15 per square foot, proper cleaning is imperative for protecting your investment.

6 Things Homeowners Need To Know About Massasauga Rattlesnakes

There are many types of snakes that can slither into Canadian backyards, but while they may all terrify you, most aren't going to hurt you. The one exception to this rule is the massassauga rattlesnake, the only venomous snake in Ontario. Here are six things you need to know about this dangerous snake.  What do they look like? Massassauga rattlesnakes are fairly small. Adult snakes can be anywhere between 50 and 80 centimetres long, but their bodies are thick and heavy which can make them look more menacing.

5 Rules For Managing Your New Lawn

If you've recently had new turf installed, you may be guilty of thinking that the job is finished and you can relax now. However, this isn't the case! Your lawn needs to be nurtured and looked after in order to remain healthy and grow in to the yard you want. The first two or three weeks are the most critical, as this is where problems can commonly arise and are easier to fix.