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Thursday, July 4, 2019Norm Rousseauposted in General

Thank you to all our Past and Current customers for your loyal support and putting your trust with us in your home purchase. Norm and Sylvia

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Time to check your deck

Friday, May 17, 2019Norm Rousseauposted in General

We pull this tip out every Spring because that is the time of year we are getting ready to start using our decks again. To avoid potential accidents you should be performing a quick check to make sure that your deck areas are still serviceable and safe for your family.

Check that they are securely attached to the house and are level. Check that the support posts under the decks are plumb. Over the winter months the wood and supporting beams may have deteriorated. Check for rotten boards and replace as required. It is not uncommon to need to re-level your decks in the spring.

In order to prolong the life of the wood, wash the deck to remove any mold or mildew, and apply water repellents or semi-transparent deck stain.



Monday, April 8, 2019Norm Rousseauposted in General


Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces like homes, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family.

6 Easy Ways to Soundproof a Room

Tuesday, April 2, 2019Norm Rousseauposted in General

By Lara Ceroni

Lara is an experienced writer, editor and social strategist having spent over a decade working for major global publications, as well as national newspapers.

Whether it's noisy neighbours, bleeping garbage trucks or thudding footsteps, unwanted outside noise at home can be infuriating. Thankfully, there are several ways we can minimize those sounds so our home is a peaceful, tranquil oasis. Here are some of our favorite soundproofing solutions.

1. Use sound-absorbing rugs and carpets


Hard surfaces reflect sound waves while soft surfaces absorb them, so materials like padded carpeting will help reduce vibrations. Uncovered, hard floors—like bare wood, tile or laminate—will emphasize footsteps, so for rooms requiring extra quiet, like a study or a bedroom, wall-to-wall carpeting is your best bet. If committing to a fully carpeted room isn't your style, a few well-placed rugs will work wonders. Opt for thick, plush fabrics to absorb as much sound as possible and don't forget a carpet pad underneath. Thankfully, we hear shag rugs are making a comeback!

2. Fill in the cracks


Close-up Of Person Hand Applying Silicone Sealant With Silicone Gun On Window

Sound is like water; it can seep into any unsealed space. From gaps under doors to airflow coming through or around your windows, gaps let in clamour, so a very easy and affordable strategy for soundproofing your home is by simply filling in the cracks. A few ways to seal away outdoor sounds include:

  • Caulking around switch and receptacle boxes for a tight seal;
  • Placing weatherstrips under your doors;
  • Installing weatherstripping along the edge of windows;
  • Filling in cracks in drywall (a major cause of noise) with caulking;
  • Filling in any cracks you find in floorboards; and
  • Installing storm windows.

3. Hang heavy drapes


Windows are often overlooked as sound disruptors but they can let in a lot of noise. This is a particularly fine point for a bedroom to ensure better rest and relaxation. Spring for lined drapes, which greatly help in blocking sound from entering through the window from outside. Got a lot of noise? Heavy-duty soundproofing window treatments act as an extra-efficient barrier for reducing racket. Remember, the thicker the fabric, the better it will be at reducing sound.

4. Muffle sounds with a heavy bookcase


Here's a fun hack that doubles as storage. If you have thin walls, consider installing a built-in bookshelf as a partition. Books and other objects can help reduce sound wave vibrations and noise coming from the other side.

5. Invest in new doors


Most interior doors are hollow-core, so to reduce noise, invest in new composites, like particleboard-core, composite-core or solid wood doors. They will work much better at providing a sound barrier.

6. Install acoustic panels


Made of porous expanded polypropylene (PEPP), acoustic sound panels are meant to improve the acoustics inside a room (for example, a home theatre), but they're also great at blocking outside noise. Some manufacturers even offer custom-printed fabrics to turn your panels into wall art. Installation is relatively simple: just attach with clips and velcro.

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