McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

5 Home Remodeling Ideas to Make Winter More Bearable

Posted by Brian Ciota on Fri, Jan 26, 2018


It’s been a long, cold winter here in Central New York. The bad news is we’re not even halfway through the season yet. The good news? Luckily, you can think of your home as an oasis to get away from it all. There are plenty of remodeling ideas that will make your home both comfortable and cozy.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Walk-In Showers, Windows and Doors, Skylights

Let the Sunshine In: 5 Ways to Let More Natural Light Into Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 23, 2017

As spring is turning to summer, the days are getting longer in Central New York. This means more hours to enjoy the sunlight—a welcome sight after a long winter. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sunshine outside, but what if you want to bring more of this natural light into your home so you can capture that summery feeling indoors?

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Topics: Lighting, Windows and Doors, Skylights

How Sun Tunnels Bring Natural Light to a Room

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 20, 2011

Sun tunnels are a relatively recent innovation. They’re designed to bring light into dark hallways, bathrooms and interior rooms that have little or no natural light, and for areas where glass skylights are not an option. A sun tunnel is a skylight that captures daylight at the roof, carries it through a tubular shaft and delivers light into your home.

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Topics: Energy Star, Tax Credits, Skylights

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

How Skylights Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Many homeowners can save on their energy bills by incorporating some very basic elements of passive solar building design into their remodeling plans.

The key to passive solar heating is to take advantage of the local climate. One way you can improve the efficiency of your home is by installing skylights and south facing windows. Skylights allow heat from the sun to enter the home during the day.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Designs, Energy Star, Tax Credits, Skylights

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

10 Trouble Spots: A Spring Check Up for Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Mon, Apr 5, 2010

Spring has finally arrived! The ice has melted from the rooftops and milder temperatures encourage housebound Central New Yorkers to inspect our homes for winter damage and start "spring cleaning." Here are ten areas of the home you should check for problems:

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance, Windows and Doors, Decks, Skylights, HomeRepair by McClurg, Siding

Let There Be Light! The Facts about Skylights and Sun Tunnels

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 16, 2010

Skylights and sun tunnels provide daylight and warmth to a home, especially in dark rooms with small or few windows. New designs now give homeowners a wide variety of options for adding natural light and ventilation. No leak skylights have now replaced the dripping units of the 1960s and the acrylic bubbles of the 1980s. Today's skylights have added layers of water protection and better flashing design. New glazes help to improve energy efficiency. Venting can be done at the touch of a button.

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Topics: Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Star, Skylights