McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

How to Clean and Care for Skylights

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 5, 2011

Last week we posted a blog about skylights. Homeowners often ask us how to care for and maintain skylights after they are installed. Skylights require cleaning once or twice a year and should be inspected to assure they are functioning properly.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Skylights

Painting Your Home’s Exterior: Choosing the Right Paint

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Apr 19, 2011


Today's guest blogger is Paul Jones, Project Consultant for HomeRepair by McClurg. Paul has worked in the residential construction business for 12 years. Prior to that he worked for 20 years in commercial construction. He has been with the McClurg team for over five years and specializes in small- to medium-sized home repair projects.

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Topics: Lead Paint Safety, How-To Tips, Painting

It’s Spring! Inspect Your Roof and Repair Winter Damage

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Mar 29, 2011


Today's guest blogger is Paul Jones, Project Consultant for HomeRepair by McClurg. Paul has worked in the residential construction business for 12 years. Prior to that he worked for 20 years in commercial construction. He has been with the McClurg team for over five years and specializes in small- to medium-sized home repair projects.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, Roofs, Skylights, HomeRepair by McClurg

A Winter Warning for CNY Homeowners: How to Prevent a Roof Collapse

Posted by Scott McClurg on Thu, Feb 24, 2011

Winter 2011 has caused considerable damage to roofs of Central New York homes. It seems like we’ve had snow on the roof continually since the first of December. Weather conditions in our region have been particularly harsh due to unprecedented lake effect snowfall and cold Canadian weather systems which have caused freezing on roofs and don’t allow for melts that we normally experience. Roofs are not designed to hold up to several tons of weight. On roofs that have collapsed, snow build up has been 2 to 3 feet thick.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, Roofs

How to Thaw and Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

Posted by Brian Ciota on Mon, Jan 24, 2011

With temperatures this morning well below zero, we expect to be getting calls about frozen water pipes. It's not unusual after a bitterly cold night like we had last night for homeowners to turn on the water and see a trickle of water then nothing. If this happens to you, your pipes may be in danger of bursting and will need to be thawed. We've outlined steps below on how to thaw frozen pipes. If in doubt, we recommend calling a professional.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, HomeRepair by McClurg

How to Prevent Ice Dams on Roofs

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jan 18, 2011

December 2010 set records for snowfall in Central New York. Along with lake effect snows, there have been periods of thawing and refreezing causing problems for homeowners by creating ice dams - ridges of ice that prevent melting water from draining off the roof. Ice dams cause water ponds on roofs which can back up under shingles, seep into insulation and leak into the attic or along exterior walls. This water infiltration can lead to mold, mildew, interior wall/ceiling damage and rot.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Roofs, HomeRepair by McClurg

Losing Sleep Over Clutter? Ideas for Bedroom Storage and Closet Organization

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 2, 2010

If you’re planning to add or remodel a bedroom, or just need to better organize your personal belongings, think about storage options.

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Topics: Storage, Home Remodeling, How-To Tips

How to Re-grout Ceramic Bathroom Tile

Posted by Brian Ciota on Fri, Apr 16, 2010

Cracked or missing grout not only looks bad but it can cause water seepage and mildew growth. 

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Topics: Bathrooms, How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, HomeRepair by McClurg

How to Caulk Like a Pro

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 13, 2010

Caulk is used to fill gaps and seal areas. Caulk applied around windows and doors reduces drafts and prevents water leaks. Around bathroom and kitchen fixtures, it provides a water proof seal. Caulk is applied around counters for aesthetics, and is also used by painters to eliminate gaps between walls and trim. 

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Topics: Kitchens, Bathrooms, How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, HomeRepair by McClurg

How to Prepare a Room for Painting

Posted by Brian Ciota on Sat, Apr 10, 2010

Every home needs to be painted periodically. Paint is the best way to freshen a home. Home improvement magazines and television shows make it seem so easy, but before you paint do a little research. What the magazines and TV shows don't tell you is how to select paint, how to prepare a room for painting, the tools required for your job and the steps that lead to a good paint job. They also don't tell you how long it will take to complete the job, especially if you're painting solo. 

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, Painting, HomeRepair by McClurg