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A Story in Light: Stained Window Art in the U.S.

Colored glass has been in circulation since the height of Egyptian and Roman civilization. Stained glass and architectural art glass windows, in particular, can be traced as far back as the 7th Century. The art of making glass windows crossed oceans to the U.S. by the 1600s; though it wasn’t until the 1800s that glass painting became


How to Keep Lichen off Your Property

It may seem harmless and unassuming, but lichen can cause permanent damage to outdoor surfaces when left unaddressed for a period of time. Lichen growth could speed up wear and tear on wherever it is growing, which could pose a danger for properties, particularly for roofs, as the gradual damage may increase the risk of

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Renovation Ideas to Make Homes More Energy-Efficient

When people plan on renovating their homes, they usually think about aesthetics. Will repainting walls or replacing existing flooring make the home look more appealing? Will the renovations add value to the property and result in a higher selling price in the future? Another reason people renovate their homes is to address spots in the

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The Function of Concrete Retarding Admixtures

Concrete is a widely used construction material composed of water, cement, and rock and sand aggregates. Water is the key ingredient in concrete, and when mixed with cement, creates a paste that binds the aggregates together. The water causes concrete to harden through the process of hydration. Water must be pure to prevent reactions that

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Top Reasons Why Glass Should Be Part of Home Renovations and Extensions

Home upgrades used to be such a big task for homeowners. It often felt like you were going to lose so much time and money to keep a house updated and repair any damage done to your space. Thankfully, there are plenty of innovations and options for the homeowner looking to make some changes to

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Tips for Choosing the Right Contractor for Your New Home

Dreaming big is something that everybody does, and it goes for everything, from jobs, getting married, to owning a house. While purchasing real estate is usually the answer for the last two, you might have preferences that do not come with the ready-made homes available on the market. Hiring a builder will help make that

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Breaking the Mold: How Welding Companies Tame Your Steel

Steel is a major component in many applications, from commercial and consumer to industrial. It also figures in most infrastructures in Edmonton, which is one of the major economic centers in Canada. The construction industry prizes the engineering material for its strength, corrosion resistance, and fabrication economy. And steel is weldable, improving the performance of

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Working with Concrete Masons: What You Need to Know

Stone may be one of the hardest materials to work with, yet one that can give beautiful results if used correctly. There’s a small difference in opinion over how exactly can stone benefit any building given that more advanced materials exist, but their widespread use in renovations and construction hasn’t changed a bit. From concrete stair

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No More Construction Problems: Avoiding Building Project Issues

We often hear terrible stories of construction projects gone wrong. Some of them finished late or went over budget, while others faced accidents or legal battles. These incidents are unavoidable in construction and negatively affect the contractor and the client. A delayed project will use up time, resources and money, so much so that exceeding

Heat pump outside of a building

Heat Pumps: Know the Basics for Your System

Every system at home has a lifespan. For a heating pump, the best it may do is 20 years, while the boiler can give you a couple of extra years. If you’re planning to add a new heat pump to your property, remember that this is not just about installing any heat pump. Depending on

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