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Should I paint my garage floor?

by on 04/25/2017 - 01:40 pm
Category: Home

By Greg Mata, Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete
With spring in Northeast Ohio well under way, homeowners are looking to spruce up their garages as well as transform them into usable recreational spaces. There are, however, a few things to think about before deciding to paint or coat your garage floor.
People who want to buy paint or some other garage floor DIY coating product are on the right path, but the product choices available to consumers are typically not the best options. Regardless of how closely you follow the directions on the can, and no matter how much prep work you do prior to the application, the success rate for paint and other DIY floor coatings is ...

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How to put a fresh face on your home

by on 04/17/2017 - 04:20 pm
Category: Home

By Scott Herceg, Kitchen Design Center
With nature waking up from its long winter’s nap—birds making nests, blossoms blooming everywhere—now is the perfect time to reset your clock to spring cleaning mode, seeing your home in the bright white light of a new day and finding ways to enhance it. 
Here are a few ideas:
• Clear the Way–Clutter in every room could be dragging you down. Pick up each item on your counters and ask yourself how much you love it. Does it really make a positive impact in your life? If not, you’re better off without it.
• Thinking Green–Add a boost of life to any room with a festive plant. Think outsi ...

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Staying active and engaged after reti...

by on 04/17/2017 - 03:43 pm
Categories: Community, Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

By Jeff Risner, Renaissance of Richfield/Bath
On the road to retirement, day in and day out, we eagerly inch closer to our reward for our life’s work. We dream of retirement as a time to relax or reinvent ourselves. When we get there, and the day comes when we can finally chuck that early morning alarm clock, reality sets in.
Now what?
The road ahead may look empty, particularly as we continue to live longer lives well past the age of retirement. We should forge ahead, and remember retirement is our time to rediscover our mind, body and spirit.
We’ve all heard it’s not the destination; it’s the journey. So let’s be there for i ...

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What does rock salt do to my concrete...

by on 02/17/2017 - 10:48 am
Category: Home

By Gregory Mata–Owner, Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete
Winter can wreak havoc on our homes, particularly when it comes to the garage. Snow, ice and rock salt make their way onto garage floors, creating more problems than simply a wet, sloppy mess. Over the years, continued deposits of corrosive rock salt cause the concrete on your garage floor to flake and chip, resulting in an unsightly pitted surface.
But the damage here goes far beyond the cosmetic. Once the top layer of your concrete starts to come off, those splotchy valleys formed continue to trap and hold the icy, salty water, allowing it to be absorbed into the concrete. The pits become deeper and m ...

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Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor P...

by on 02/03/2017 - 12:25 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
Many craftsmen have heard the statement, “prior proper planning prevents poor performance” countless times in their training. It goes along with, “measure twice, cut once” and is just as appropriate in personal financial planning.
With proper planning, you minimize costly mistakes and avoid panic when temporary disasters strike. There are small disasters such as car or home repairs, to large disasters such as the disability of a wage-earning family member. There are temporary disasters such as market declines and permanent disasters such as death of a loved one. Proper financial planning can help to reduce the e ...

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Dressing the unusual window

by on 12/06/2016 - 11:35 am
Category: Home

By Patricia Nugent, Contributing Writer
For every style of window, there are many treatment options. But with out-of-the-ordinary window styles, the process is more complicated and there are design landmines to avoid triggering.
Is a room renovation or two on your to-do list this winter? We put you in the hands of local designer Eileen Zimmerman, who, along with her husband, Don, owns Well Dressed Windows design service.
Q: What are the most challenging styles to design around?
A: I would say that arched windows—especially two story ones—give people the most trouble. One of my signature techniques for arched windows is to mount decorative holdb ...

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Invisalign Express vs. Traditional In...

by on 11/23/2016 - 01:55 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Dr. John White, Braces by White
While Invisalign Express uses the same concept and high-quality plastic material as traditional Invisalign to straighten teeth, there are some differences to note.
• Who Qualifies?
I use the Express 5 treatment (consisting of five aligner sets switched every two weeks) for only a couple of patients a year because of its limitations. It is an option if the patient only requires a very small amount of movement and only needs to move one to three teeth, or for orthodontic relapse patients who had braces but their teeth have just started to shift since going without retainers. The Express 5 is only capable of rotating a tooth three to fo ...

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How to prevent winter garage floor da...

by on 10/12/2016 - 03:35 pm
Category: Home

By Mike Padden–Owner, EncoreGarage
I know the last thing you want to think about right now is snow, ice, freezing temperatures and rock salt. But in a few short months, these wintertime warriors will be wreaking havoc on your garage floor. The time to stop them is right now—before they have a chance to do their worst. 
Some of you may already be living with the damage from previous ravaging winters, your garage floors bearing the scars of years of punishing abuse in the form of pitting, cracking and spalling. Others may have newer garage floors and wish to extend the beauty—and lifespan—of their floors before the damage can start. Regardles ...

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Do you love your family enough to pla...

by on 09/01/2016 - 01:32 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
How dare I ask how much you love your family, right?
I’m sure you love them more than anything in this world. You love them enough to provide for them, care for them and support them.
You love them enough to create an emergency savings account to cover unexpected expenses that might threaten their security. What if the roof blows off, or the hot water tank quits, or the car needs new tires?
You love them enough to save money to assist them in paying for their continued education after high school. You don’t want them to accumulate a crushing pile of debt getting the education they need to succeed, so you h ...

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TLC for your outdoor surfaces

by on 08/03/2016 - 09:50 am
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Dave Hydock,
President and Founder of Deck Rescue
All year long, your deck and outdoor structures are engaged in a constant battle against the elements. Your wood surfaces need year-round protection to have a fighting chance against the toll the weather takes on them. For many, the deck or patio is an outdoor sanctuary, a place to relax and unwind after a long week. I’m going to properly arm you with advice on how to keep your wood structures looking their best throughout all four seasons.
Deck Stripping vs. Deck Brightening
Deck Rescue offers two types of deck washing—stripping and brightening. Stripping requires the use of a 100 percent biodegradable stri ...

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