Don’t Let These Important Projects Fall Through the Cracks

Fall is officially here! Your friends at CQC Home wanted to remind you of the preventative maintenance you should start gearing up for to prevent damages that may occur during the upcoming winter weather. Contact us to get these following projects completed sooner than later!


Exterior Paint

We all know that North Carolina weather is highly unpredictable. It can be 85 degrees on a Monday and a high of 60 degrees two days later until sometime in November. One good thing about that, besides not storing away your summer clothes until late November, is you have some time to fit in painting the exterior of your home. This will help preserve the longevity of your home’s appearance!

Deck Protection

Sadly, the summer barbecues are over! Help sustain your deck until next year’s Memorial Day weekend party by pressure washing and sealing it for the winter months. This will help with stains from mildew, algae, rust spots, and tannin bleed.

Insulate Plumbing

Not insulating your plumbing will result in your water heater working twice as hard to heat your water. And that means a higher electricity bill, which is probably already the case in the winter months. What would make matters worse is that bursting or freezing could ever occur!

Let CQC Home identify plumbing lines inside and out that may be exposed so we can winterize your plumbing.

We know that this time of year you are focusing more on the approaching holidays. Call CQC Home so we can take care of these preventative projects for you!

Roof Inspections and Roof Maintenance

Let’s raise the roof on the importance of regular roof maintenance! The average lifespan of a roof is fifteen to thirty years. Lack of maintenance can cut your roof’s lifespan in half. Here are some tips on how to keep your roof in tip top shape.

Create a regular cleaning schedule with CQC Home

We not only renovate homes, we can also help maintain your home. Your roof can become easily stained or damaged by dirt, the elements, mold and black streaks (a form of algae and bacteria that develops on a roof and eats away at the structure of your roof). You should have your roof inspected for damage annually. But if any severe weather, such as a windstorm occurs before then, let us take a look at is as soon as possible to check for any possible damage.

Roof Boots

One thing that is commonly  overlooked when it comes to roof maintenance are the vents, most commonly called “roof boots” (they operate like exhaust pipes do on your car) which often go bad before the actual roof does.  A good thing to keep in mind is that anything going through your shingles is typically going to give way first.

Chimney and Skylight Flashing

These are the last elements that anyone would think of that could cause an issue with your roof. Surprisingly, they are more than likely the cause of a roof “leak” versus the shingles themselves.

Not caring for your roof can cause a domino effect of issues resulting in costly invoices compared to a roof inspection visit! Call CQC Home today for more details on how to keep your roof in check and to schedule your inspection today!

Why Install a Nest Learning Thermostat

There’s an app for any and everything, nowadays. And the Nest Learning Thermostat is definitely a leader of the pack. Here are some of the futuristic features this innovative thermostat puts at your fingertips.

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This thermostat is the definition of app savvy! Simply download the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why. Out and about on a blistering hot day or super chilly night? Change your home temperature from the car on your way back home. How cool is that?


The Nest Learning Thermostat is always aware. It even senses when you enter the room and instantly lights up to inform you of the time, room temperature and even the weather.

Auto Schedule

It also learns what temperature you like in your room — or rooms! Within a week’s time, it programs itself to be at your ideal temp comfort level.


Connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi and have the luxury of controlling the temperature at your fingertips — from your phone, laptop or tablet.

Home/Away Assistance

Always helping to conserve energy, a leaf icon appears when you’ve chosen a temperature that saves energy.

Have us install one of these ground breaking thermostats in one or all of your rooms. Beware of showcasing one of them in the kid’s rooms, though. They may be all to happy to continuously test out the new “toy”.

Pendant Lighting Illuminates the Heart of Your Home


When entertaining it seems inevitable that the guests always end up congregating in the kitchen.

Just when you thought you’d have ample opportunity at Thanksgiving dinner to brag on your exquisite new white oak floors, you’re instead excusing yourself past guests chatting and chuckling in the kitchen  – as you refresh drinks. So why not set an eye catching ambience in your sociably magnetic kitchen? This can be achieved by having the correct lighting style in your kitchen that is functional and ambient. There are three levels of lighting that you can use to achieve this.  pendant-lightin

  • Hanging (Pendant) Lights — This lighting style has a wide range of styles and color schemes. This being the case, it is usually the most exciting to select. Pendant lights are fitting above kitchen islands and  dining room tables. They are also optimal in foyers. These lights have the dual benefit of making your kitchen chic and contemporary or your dining room and foyer warm and cozy.
  • Down (Recessed) Lights — This particular type of lighting reduces glare and shadows. The best placements for recessed lights are in your kitchen ceiling. Think of these lights as task lights. They’re great for tasks such as cutting vegetables or washing dishes. With this type of lighting overhead your food prep and dish duties will become seamless. MR16 halogens or LEDs are most compatible for recessed fixtures. Depending on the square footage of your kitchen additional wattage may possibly be required.
  • Under-Cabinet Strip Lights —  LED strip lighting is a trend that is on the rise. These are  installed behind the fascia board at the front of your cabinets. This technique makes them out of sight but definitely not out of mind. Much like recessed lights they are extremely useful. Plus, the light shining directly onto your counter tops showcasing your new KraftMaid base mixer won’t hurt either!

With all the options of lighting and the numerous sites to browse this could become mind-boggling. From us giving you the correct sites to browse for your budget, all the way down to us suggesting the color of your bulbs-as we are installing your lighting selections. We pride ourselves on keeping the lines of communication clear and open. Understanding your vision and your budget will result in lighting up your life and your home!



Gutter Guards: Less Work for You, More Protection for Your Home

Although most of us tend to cringe at the mention of gutters, those shallow troughs fixed beneath the edge of your roof are crucial to have and maintain. Mold remediation, termite damage and deteriorating structure supports are some of the repairs you are potentially facing if you don’t. And all of these repair services sound uber expensive, don’t they? That’s because they unquestionably are!

Having gutter guards installed will lessen the amount of labor required compared to normal gutters. Plus, you can prevent possible falls and unnecessary costs. Here’s our guide to assist you with your gutter guard selection.

Five Types of Gutter Guards

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Reverse Curve • Designed to direct water downward while diverting the leaves to the ground.
Bottle Brush • Made of bristles that face upright inside the gutter, debris rests on top while water flows beneath.
Nylon • Works particularly well in the winter due to their unique design which prevents snow building up and freezing.
Foam • These are actually made of plastic that fit directly into your gutters and help stop debris from going into the gutter.

Benefits of Gutter Guards

  • They can be added to existing gutters
  • Prevent birds and rodents from nesting in gutters
  • Easier and less frequently need to be cleaned
  • Hinder build-up of stagnant water in your gutters, which could otherwise back up and overflow into your home or serve as a breeding ground for insects
  • Protect gutters from rust and rot by impeding moisture and debris
  • Facilitate more efficient rainwater harvesting by improving the flow of water and filtering out
    some impurities

Snap-in gutter guards are the most popular guards that we install. Our clients appreciate the low maintenance and how quickly we can install this style of guards for them. They are available in most brands. To guarantee your gutters are protected, properly draining, and in mint condition year round, having us spend a little time on the outside of your home is the way to go!

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