By: John Damanis

Heat Cables - An Ice Dam Preventative?

Tags: Home Maintenance, Roofing

Ice dams form at the edge of a roof and prevent the water of melting snow from draining off the roof. Instead of flowing into the eavestrough, the water backs up behind the dam and seeps under the shingles and into a home - damaging ceilings and walls. If ice dams have been an issue, the first step is to seal the attic from warm air leaks. Add more insulation and be sure there's proper ventil...Read More

By: John Damanis

Thinking New Hardwood or Laminate Floors?

Tags: Home Renovation, Flooring

Engineered wood flooring has many benefits, but depending on the brand, it can also be a hazard. That's because some brands manufactured outside of Canada contain high amounts of Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used as a cheap glue in the making of laminate and engineered wood floors. The toxin, which can release into the air from flooring, is known to cause nose and throat cancer, trouble breat...Read More