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Options abound when shopping for home siding Home improvement projects run the gamut from minor repairs to complete overhauls. Replacing exterior siding is one of the most significant home improvement projects homeowners can undertake. Such a project can give homes a completely new look, which is why choice of siding is such an important decision. Homeowners have many siding options to choose from, and the following guide can help them make the best choice for their homes.

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FIBER-CEMENT SIDING The home improvement television network HGTV notes that fiber-cement siding has grown in popularity among homeowners in recent years. This material does not require much maintenance and it’s non-flammable and resistant to termites. HomeAdvisor notes that fiber-cement siding can create the look of wood, stucco or masonry, making it a versatile option capable of creating various looks. In addition, fiber-cement sidVINYL SIDING ing is known for its durability, with some Vinyl siding is easily maintained and among products coming with warranties lasting the more budget-friendly siding options. as long as 50 years. According to the home improvement resource HomeAdvisor, vinyl siding is made WOOD SIDING from a PVC plastic that does not rot or Homeowners have many choices if they flake. Siding professionals note that the prefer wood siding on their homes. Cedar, technology used to create vinyl siding has cypress, fir, pine, and spruce are just a changed considerably in recent years, mak- handful of the many wood siding options ing this option more diverse than tradi- homeowners can choose from. HomeAdtional vinyl siding. So homeowners turned visor notes that cedar shingle siding offers off by the potentially plastic look of vinyl a natural look that blends well in wooded siding might be surprised at how different and waterfront landscapes. Wood clapmodern vinyl siding looks compared to the board siding is another popular option,

Common household accidents and how to avoid them

Some of the most common and dangerous emergency situations occur at home. The National Safety Council says that 25 million in-home injuries occurred in homes in 2018. Accidental death is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the NSC says the home injury death rate increased by 150 percent between 1999 and 2018. The top five most fatal household injuries in the United States are poisoning, falls, choking or suffocation, drowning, and fires/burns. Recognizing the threat these accidents pose can compel people to make every effort possible to prevent them from happening. • POISONING: Poisoning can be attributed to exposure to household chemicals, but illicit drugs and alcohol use, as well as prescription drug overdoses, have become major contributors to accidental poisonings. Keeping medicine and liquor cabinets locked can prevent children and teens from accessing items that are off limits. Disposing of unused or expired prescriptionmedicationcanhelpremovedrugs from the home. • FALLS: Falls can happen at any age but they’re most common among the very young or very old. Installing grab bars in bathrooms,

improving indoor lighting and removing tripping hazards like area rugs or toys from high traffic areas can reduce the likelihood of falls. • CHOKING/SUFFOCATION: Children often put objects in their mouths and swallow them, resulting in choking. Eating too quickly and failing to chew adequately at any age can cause food to become lodged in the throat. Older adults may lose the ability to chew or swallow adequately due to cognitive disorders or other conditions. Keeping a home clean, monitoring children and seniors while eating and learning the Heimlich maneuver can help prevent injuries. • DROWNING: A young child can drown in just inches of water, but pools, bathtubs and other standing water can be of greatest concern. Install fencing with self-latching gates and supervise children at all times when they are around water. • BURNS/FIRES: Install plenty of working smoke alarms and hold fire drills to reduce the risk of fire-related deaths and injuries. Turning down the temperature of a home water heater to avoid scalding and exercising caution in the kitchen, where many fires originate, also is key. Never leave food unattended on the stove.

though it tends to require more maintenance than cedar shingle siding. Homeowners who want wood siding should discuss their options with an experienced siding professional, as many factors, including the choice of wood, must be considered before making a final decision. STONE AND STONE-VENEER SIDING Many homeowners fall in love with the natural appeal of stone, but the price tag, which tends to be costly, may not be as awe-inspiring. HGTV notes that stone can be difficult to add to an existing home, and doing so may drive the price up even further. Stone siding is durable, and there are many options, including solid stone and natural stone cladding, that make this an option capable of providing an array of looks. Stone-veneer siding is less expensive than natural stone and also comes in an array of styles. As is the case with wood, stone siding options are so extensive that homeowners are urged to discuss each one with a siding professional before making their decisions. These are just a handful of the many sidSCAN HERE TO SEE MORE

ing options homeowners can choose from. Siding can give homes a competely new look, making choice of siding a significant decision worthy of careful consideration. - Metro Content



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3BR/1.5BA historic farmhouse situated on just under 1 acre in quiet country setting. Home features hardwoods plus pine flooring under existing carpet, pantry, and French doors with original glass knobs. Well maintained landscaping and lots of privacy. Relax on the full wrap-around porch. Call Tahaia (Kunny) 531-1872. MLS#100268365.

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Storage solutions for pet supplies Pet owners soon learn that having a pet means carving out a portion of home real estate for all of the supplies necessary for keeping companion animals healthy and comfortable. From food to toys to bedding, many pets require a laundry list of items. Developing a storage strategy means keeping items within reach but potentially out of sight. These suggestions can help individuals calm pet-related clutter.

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FOOD STORAGE Many dry pet foods are sold in bulk, which can be convenient for pet parents. Buying in quantity not only reduces the number of shopping trips, it also can help keep perunit costs down. The U.S. Food & Drug Adminstration notes that proper storage of pet food and treats helps maintain the products’ nutritional value and prevents spoilage. It also can keep pets from getting into their food and eating too much. Purchase a food grade and BPA-free plastic storage container that can accommodate the volume of food and has an airtight lid to maintain freshness. If you are pouring the food directly into the container, save the product UPC code, brand name, lot number, and “best by” date from the packaging in case you need to file a complaint about the food. Small containers can be used for treats or other edible items. Store all food in a cool, dry place.

TOYS IN USE Many dogs and cats (or other small animals allowed to roam the house) will want access to their favorite toys. An easy solution is a ground-level basket that is slipped under a side table in the living room or den. It’s easily accessible but kept out of sight. Clean-up means a quick sweep of toys that quickly can be tossed in the basket.

MEDICATIONS Store medications separately from products used for children and adults in the house. Keep medications in the original packages so labels can be referred to as needed. Place them in a sealed container so they’re not easily opened by children or pets.

TOYS AND MORE Investing in some similarly sized clear storage containers makes it easy to wrangle all of the accessories that come with pet ownership. Label the containers and fill them with the items you need, such as rubber balls, pet waste bags, coiled leashes or collars, squeaking toys, grooming brushes and combs, extra bird cuttlebones, fish nets, warming stones, or whatever other supplies are needed for pets large and small. Devote a shelf or shelves in a storage closet for these items so they’re

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BEDDING Depending on the animal, bedding may mean a cozy stuffed fabric bed or a pile of shaved cedar. Both can be bulky. A designated spot for storage helps keep the home organized, and dog and cat beds can be coordinated to the color scheme of the house so they blend in. Pets require many different supplies that, when properly stored, will not seem like they’re intruding on pet owners’ space. - Metro Content


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Brook Valley $629,000

524 WESTMINSTER CIRCLE. Stunning French Provincial House custom built by Joey Cherry with many unique features. Situated on a large lot of almost an acre surrounded by brick pillars and care free no rust aluminum fence. Make a grand entry into the 2 story foyer and go forward into the gorgeous wall of windows in the family room. Entertain your guests in the open kitchen with designer chef quality Dacor gas stove and Thermador vent. There is also a warming drawer and a pot filler tap. The kitchen also features a very large walk in pantry. In the master suite there is a custom designed trey ceiling in master bedroom, an enormous master closet and his and hers separate vanities in the master bathroom. The 2nd level has 3 bedrooms each with its own attached bathroom, a large bonus room and a large unfinished storage/ optional 4th bedroom ( unfinished storage room has electrical outlets, drywall and baseboard - all it needs is carpet and paint to be finished). A large entertainment center is on the 3rd floor with built in storage. All the windows and doors in this house are Pella brand. This chateau has been freshly painted, the wood floors have been sanded and re-stained, new carpet on 1st and 2nd floors installed. The exterior of the house has classical french architectural features e.g. quoins in walls and wing walls. Extensive brickwork and pink stone line the front walkway and back patio. Please call Carol Leong. #100268453

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Tyson Farms $295,000

Manning Forest $133,000

3500 LENA LANE. Immaculate & move in ready on almost a half acre cul-de-sac lot in centrally located Tyson Farms. Clean, well-kept & maintained home with unique floor plan. Exceptional natural light and hardwoods make this home sparkle. Entry with soaring ceilings opens to formal living room. Adjacent, you will find a large formal dining perfect for holiday dinners. Spacious kitchen with ample cabinet and counter space, sleek black appliances, pantry and breakfast nook open to a cozy den. The den features fireplace and access to large deck. Second floor owners suite with dual closets, double sink, walk in shower, jetted tub and linen closet. Three sizable bedrooms, large hall bath and laundry room with washer and dryer connections round out the second story. Large deck overlooks backyard with woodline and is perfect for relaxing or entertaining. New hot water heater in 2019, new gas pak and heat pump in 2020. Lakeforest Elementary School, E.B. Aycock Middle School and South Central High School. Please call Sarah Weir. #100268353

1504 B1 MANNING FOREST DRIVE. 3 bedroom, 2. 5 bath townhouse with fireplace. The open concept living plan is perfect for entertaining on the first floor and outside on the fenced-in patio. The second floor has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with tub/shower combos. Enjoy living close to Vidant Medical Center, East Carolina Medical campus, and the new Hwy 11 Bypass. Please call Jim Weese. #100269192

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Hookerton $185,000

48 ORMONDSVILLE ROAD. SELLER WILL REVIEW ALL OFFERS ON FRIDAY APRIL 30TH AT 10:00 AM. In all my years of real estate, I don’t think I have ever seen a house as adorable as this one. From the time you enter the bright and cheery sunroom into the open kitchen, dining and great room you feel at home. The main house offers updates in roof, HVAC, kitchen, baths, flooring, paint and fixtures. Two bedrooms and one full bath adore one side of the house while you have another full bath, laundry room and flex space. Multiple purposes for this space. Once you adventure outside to the ‘’shop’’ you will be greeted with a bonus room entertaining space. This room features seating area, walk in storage and half bath. This space was previously used as an at home beauty salon. There is ample room to add a shower to make another full bath. Adjoining this bonus/recreation room is a workshop and garage. All of this located on half an acre lot. Did we mention the beautiful landscaping, patio and two vehicle carport? Please call Connie M. Corey. #100268553

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Cape Point $120,000

Forbes Woods $85,000

205 CAPE POINT LANE. Great property for anyone looking for cute and cozy. 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath. Family room with vaulted ceilings, open to kitchen. Patio in rear of home with fenced in area for privacy. AC is 5 years old, Roof is 3 years old, and Electric Hot water heater is 5 years old. Please call Brad or Renee Carter. #100268827

3002-E MULBERRY LANE. Cute condo in Forbes Woods! 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Spacious great room with soaring ceilings and fireplace. The large bedroom includes a walk in closet, jetted tub, and step in shower. Private back porch with storage closet. New water heater in 2019, new HVAC in 2017, new dishwasher in 2021. Please call Jessica Snyder. #100269008

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Kittrell Farms Duplexes $153,500 4100-B DIXIE COURT. Move in ready is this home in popular Kittrell Farms. Located in desirable Wintergreen, Hope, Conley school district. This home offer first floor master bedroom and master bath with double vanities, tub shower combo and walk in closet. Beautiful laminate wood flooring in Dining, foyer, half bath and kitchen. Kitchen has granite counter tops with bar overlooking into family room with corner fireplace. Upstairs offers 2 spacious bedrooms, and full bath. Outside has fenced in yard, covered patio and storage. Please call Brad or Renee Carter. #100269049


Vancroft $253,500

3654 BELFAIR DRIVE. Beautiful new construction by EH Blount in poplar Vancroft subdivision. Large family room offers fireplace. Kitchen open to family room offers granite counters along with stainless appliances. Flooring throughout home include luxury vinyl planking, luxury vinyl tile and carpet in bedrooms. Oversized master on first level suite has a custom tray ceiling & private bath with double cultured marble vanities, garden tub, separate shower and walk-in closet. Additional 2 bedrooms on first level. Finished bonus room/4th bedroom with full bath, large laundry room, maintenance free exterior with vinyl siding and large double garage. Please call Brad or Renee Carter. #100267641

Parmer Place $495,000

428 FORREST PARK. Exquisite home in Parmer Place! 3 bedrooms, 31/2 baths, and bonus. Fabulous open floor plan. The foyer leads you into the Great Room that boasts a fireplace and builtins. Awesome sunroom off of the Great Room that overlooks the private backyard and patio with fire pit. The kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances (new refrigerator), gas cooktop, and breakfast nook. Dining room and laundry room also on the first floor. Beautiful hardwoods throughout the first floor, second floor hallway, and upstairs office. Large grand suite includes walk in shower, whirlpool tub, spacious walk in closet, and double vanity sinks. Covered screened in porch. New HVAC upstairs. Please call Jessica Snyder. #100269402


Vancroft $246,500

3700 BELFAIR DRIVE. Beautiful new construction by EH Blount in popular Vancroft subdivision. Spacious family room offers electric fireplace and exit to rear porch. Versatile kitchen features custom granite counters along with stainless appliances and breakfast area. Flooring throughout home include luxury vinyl planking, luxury vinyl tile and carpet in the bedrooms. First floor Master suite has a custom tray ceiling and private bath with double cultured marble vanities, garden tub, separate shower & walk-in closet. Additional 2 bedrooms on first level. Other features include a maintenance free exterior with vinyl siding, finished bonus or 4th bedroom, full bath and large double garage. Please call Brad or Renee Carter. #100267638

Washington $160,000

331 E. 13TH STREET. Lots of great things to do in beautiful Washington! If you are looking to move to the area, consider the possibilities with these warm and inviting spaces! Lots of original character and evidence of great care in the many original features found in this home. Much of the home has been updated with beautiful tile floors and painted knotty pine walls that have been so well maintained. Located in the center of the home, the large kitchen features stainless appliances, built-in microwave, original built-in hutch with glass doors and great storage. The rear of the homes features a large covered porch designed with the breeze in mind! In addition, a large den featuring lots of windows, beautiful tile floors, fireplace with gas logs, and open to the kitchen. You will find a laundry room, 2 bedrooms and a full bath located just off the kitchen. The front of the home features a large foyer, another full bathroom, bedroom, small flex space for home office, school or play and a large living room with original glass doors, fireplace, and hardwoods that are in need of your design. You will also find a full house fan still in working order. Finally the care and innovation of days gone by can be found in the multiple shelters, barns and workshops found in the back of the home. A great place for plants, storage or a place to discover your new hobby! Convenient to Medical area, shopping. Use Covid restrictions, home currently occupied. minimal touching, wear mask. Please call Tracy Skinner. #100269064


Irish Creek $549,000

4461 GALWAY DRIVE. Incredible opportunity! Amazing location on Galway near end of cul-de-sac. Stunning curb appeal & fabulous potential. Awesome floor plan, extensive trim work, and expansive backyard and garden on the right side of the yard. The master suite includes double vanity sinks, a walk-in shower, and two spacious walk-in closets. 4 bedrooms/4.5 baths. Hardwoods throughout the first floor. Circular driveway. 3 car garage. Home sits on a 1 acre lot! Fresh paint! Please call Jessica Sn der. #100263949

Tucker Estates $339,900

Falkland $575,000

1600 WOODWIND DRIVE. Beautiful, all brick home in desirable Tucker Estates! Great floor plan with 4 bedrooms and a bonus room. Downstairs bedroom could be office/study or additional living space. Kitchen with granite countertops, center island and large pantry. Hardwood floors throughout much of the downstairs and upstairs except for bedrooms. Very large bonus room with lots of built- ins. Huge attic space with cedar closet and permanent walk up stairs . Screened in back porch overlooking a large, fenced in back yard. Beautiful trim and moldings throughout. This home is a must- see! Please call Kevin O’Sullivan. #100269182

7322 NC 43. Moonbeam Farm - this wonderful home is located on 39 private and peaceful acres. Deep wrap around porches and a cozy screen porch provide maximum views of the natural habitat and the perfect places to enjoy its serenity. Upon entering the home you are greeted with natural wood beams, ceilings, walls, and flooring. The spacious kitchen boasts walls of windows that provide incredible views and natural light. Crowned with wooden beams and boards the kitchen includes a pantry, island with overhang for seating, gas cooktop, and abundant countertop workspace. The expansive library can be divided into two separate work spaces with its glass paneled wood pocket doors. Retreat from your work and studies to the private screened porch for your morning coffee and afternoon tea. Enhanced by a vaulted ceiling, the main living area is spacious, bright, and open. A full bath and additional office space complete the main floor. The second floor includes 3 bedrooms, a craft room, and 2 full baths. Amazing grand suite boasts plenty of windows to enjoy the awesome view. Large attic space on the third floor. Incredible basement! Plenty of room for a workout area, work space, etc. Laundry room and half bath in the basement area. POST & BEAM construction. Please call Jessica Snyder. #100256592



Rock Springs $799,000

753 PINEPOINT ROAD. Wonderful estate on Pinepoint Road situated on nearly 1.5 acres! The two story foyer welcomes you into the home. Home boasts offices on both first and second floors, bonus/exercise room, and an amazing custom theatre room with snack bar! Gourmet kitchen with large center work island, large breakfast nook, and stainless steel appliances. The grand great room features soaring ceilings, built ins, lighted niches, and wet bar. Grande suite includes an amazing walk in closet, additional closet, double vanity sinks, marble tile work, whirlpool bathtub, and large walk-in shower. Three car attached garage. A MUST see! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100260914

Pinecrest $130,000

0 PINECREST ROAD. Stunning deep water access lots side by side in Bath. Both over half an acre, cleared with stone bulk heads in place. Perfect to build your waterfront property. No septic permit or soil study on file. Seller is willing to sell together or separate. Please call Sarah Weir. #100245984

Country $799,500

4666 KINGS CROSSROADS ROAD. Phenomenal farmhouse in a peaceful country setting. This home originally was an early 1900s farmhouse that has been completely renovated top to bottom, inside and out and added onto to make it a truly remarkable and boastful home. Elaborate architecture, trim work and moldings throughout with all the bells and whistles. Smart home technologies. Lots of built-ins, coffered ceilings and attention to detail. Gorgeous 2-story living room, gourmet kitchen and extravagant master suite. 4 bedrooms plus a magnificent bonus room! Screened-in back porch overlooking a beautiful countryside. This home sits on 1.76 acres, but additional acreage can be purchased. Absolutely stunning - a must see! Please call Kevin O’Sullivan. #100222035


Pineridge $150,000

1439 HUNTERS LANE. Absolutely adorable and turn key contemporary home in the Pineridge subdivision is situated on just under a half an acre private lot. This three bedroom, single story, split floor plan home boasts updates throughout including fresh paint, new LVT flooring, new carpet and a renovated kitchen. Guests are greeted into a cozy den with painted brick fireplace and gas logs. The kitchen features new cabinets, granite countertops and tile backsplash. First floor owners suite features walk in closet and new carpet. Two additional bedrooms and bath. Large side entry and laundry room (washer and dryer to convey) houses Rinnai water heater. Outside you will find a huge shed. The exterior was painted in 2019. Roof was replaced in 2019. Please call Sarah Weir. #100268171

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Safety a vital component of DIY projects

Many homeowners enjoy DIY projects around the house. Weekend warriors should recognize that having the right tools and using them in a correct manner is essential to successful, safe projects. Tools are vital for projects, but without proper understanding and usage, they can cause grave injuries. Studies published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that certain tools are more likely to cause injuries than others. Power nailers, for example, are among the most dangerous tools DIYers can use. Chain saws, table saws, circular saws, and riding mowers are some additional tools that have very high injury rates. The following are some safety guidelines all DIYers should heed when using power tools. • Use tools that are the right size and right type for the job. If you are uncertain about which tools to use, watch online tutorials, contact tool manufacturers or seek advice at home supply stores.

• Always wear eye protection and the right safety equipment when manufacturers recommend doing so. Gloves, sturdy work boots, hearing protection, and hard hats can protect DIYers from injury. • Keep cutting tools sharp and in good condition to reduce kick back and potential injuries. • Regularly inspect tools to make sure they are in working order. • Never carry tools up a ladder by hand; use a bucket or bag to hoist tools. • Never leave tools lying out in any area where they can present a hazard. Unplug power tools when not in use. • Secure work with a clamp or vice grip when appropriate to keep things from slipping. • Ensure that the handles of tools like hammers and axes fit tightly into the head of the tool. • Keep work environments tidy to avoid clutter, as cluttered workspaces can contribute to accidents. • Read the manual and operate the power tool as instructed.

• Do not force open a safety on a power Let common sense prevail when using tool or modify a tool to override safety tools. If it doesn’t seem like a good idea, it features. probably isn’t. Safety is important to avoid • Cut away from yourself when using chis- injuries and help prevent delays on the job. els and other edged tools. - Metro Content

Explore your travel options, including staycations Daily life was upended in March of 2020, when most of the world was first introduced to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. People from all walks of life were adversely affected by the pandemic, and certain industries, including travel and tourism, had an especially difficult time as the pandemic wore on. TOURISM GREATLY AFFECTED Travel was largely restricted in early 2020, with some countries prohibiting tourism from travelers from critically impacted areas. As the second wave of the virus arrived in late 2020, many nations returned to full or partial lockdowns to combat virus transmission, further hurting the travel and tourism industry. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the tourism industry accounted for 330 million jobs in 2019. Estimates now suggest that approximately 121 million of those jobs have been eliminated due to the pandemic. Countries whose economies relied primarily on tourism either continued to stay open to travelers or have reopened to make ends meet.

inhospitable, people often seek out warmer climates. Though travel figures to decrease dramatically in the winter of 2020-21, there may be some tourists who are willing to leave home for the promise of beaches and sunny skies. As of December 2020, Mexico had no entry restrictions for Americans, apart from limiting land-border crossings. Visitors can get a temperature check on arrival and will be schooled in basic information about social distancing. John TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS Spence, president of the tour company When the weather becomes colder and Scott Dunn USA, says Kenya is a relatively

safe East African destination to visit, and the country has been transparent about its reopening conditions. Costa Rica and Caribbean islands have been cautiously reopening to tourists, starting with nations reporting lower infection levels. Anyone who chooses to travel is strongly urged to quarantine for at least 14 days upon returning home. HOME MODIFICATIONS Individuals who prefer to stay close to home may want to invest their vacation

dollars into home renovations that can simulate getting away. While they may not serve as a substitute for a sandy beach, home renovations may make riding out the colder temps a bit more tolerable. Here are some ideas to make staycations more enjoyable. • Improve lighting. Increase bright, indoor lighting to simulate longer hours of sunlight. • Invest in a hot tub. You may not be able to swim outdoors in the winter, but sitting in a hot tub can chase away the chill and prove very relaxing. • Renovate a bathroom. Create a spa resort experience with a bathroom overhaul that includes multi-jet shower heads, towel warmers and ultra-plush linens. • Join a gym or indoor pool club. A chance to swim even when it is cold outside can be refreshing and make for great exercise. • Visit an indoor water park. Indoor water parks can include wave pools that recreate the conditions of beach resorts, but all in a climate-controlled environment. It’s the time of year to escape the cold, and people are weighing their options as they try to decide if they will travel or stay home this winter. - Metro Content

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We also offer Handicap Ramps! We Build Covered Porches Too!

Serving North Carolina and Beyond

*All financing & SAC options based on approved qualified credit. 5.9% financing only on select products/ services, rate is good for 12 months with a 1% payment factor on revolving account. After 12 months, rate increases to 13.99% with a 1.5% payment factor; Examples given in ad: 12x20 total cash price $8374 installed on level ground, 20x26 total cash price $12,822 installed on level ground, 30x30 total cash price $21,727 installed on level ground, 34x36 total cash price $25,891 installed on level ground. All roofing removing one layer, up to 1400 sq ft, Lifetime Shingle Roofing $8425, 25 Year Shingle Roofing $5496, Metal Roofing $9973. Ridgevent, Vent Boots, & Rake Extra, some roofs may be higher or may not qualify; Windows: Pre 1978 houses subject to lead test per E.P.A., 10 Window Special is vinyl, dual pane, tilt-in, installed at $4988, some homes/double-wides may be higher.; Siding: $4918 includes 1200 Sq ft of wall siding, white j-channel, and basic installation, most surfaces should qualify; Decks: 12x12 ground level deck - $6985, some homes may be higher. Fencing: 100 lf of: 4’ Chain-Link $3530 installed in most cases, Wood Privacy $5250 in most cases, Gates are extra; Single Color Decorative concrete patio 140 minimum sq ft $4921 in most cases; Concrete Driveways poured & finished, Up to 401 sq ft $5953 in most cases; No-Leaf Gutters: $2870 includes up to 200 lf of custom gutters with No-Leaf protection installed. Gifts up to $800 retail value max, available on initial visit only as first call incentive. Minimum & Qualified purchase required. Limited time offer, may be withdrawn at any time. Buildings priced w/ all discounts. We love our customers! Especially the nice ones:-)

.18* a month

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Decorative Concrete Patio



as low as

NEW Concrete Driveway


as low as


.53* a month

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10 Lifetime Tilt-In Windows Installed as low as

Ask about our beautiful composite upgrade with a 25 year warranty!

First Responder and Military Discounts Available!!!

Patent Pending

as low as

Beautiful Custom Built Decks - $69.85 a month!*

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Discounts for Senior Citizens, Military, and First Responders!

New No-Leaf Gutters Installed

as low as

25 Year Shingle Roofing - as low as $54.96 a month* Beautiful and Energy Efficient Metal Roofing As low as $99.87 a month**

a month

Custom Built Wood Privacy Fence $52.50 a month*

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PLUS: Choose Free Custom Gutters or Shutters for your Home With Select Products!

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.21* a month

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