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Examining the ROI of Vinyl Window Replacement

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on May 14, 2020 2:13:00 PM

Replacing the existing windows in your home is a project many property owners forget to prioritize. To new homeowners, it may seem daunting to plan and execute, especially if you have never been responsible for large improvements before. Even if one has experience in home upgrades, concerns over the expense can dissuade even the most confident renovators from taking the steps - which are easier than one might think - to take on the task. But can you afford to wait?

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Topics: Windows

How To Clean A Sliding Glass Door

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on May 8, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Sliding glass doors add beauty to your home while offering efficiency and convenience, a perfect recipe to add value to your property. Once you've installed one, you'll need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance to keep the door functioning and sliding correctly. Regardless of manufacturer, a part of these instructions will surely be regular cleaning. Sliding glass doors will become difficult to slide or jam completely if not cleaned regularly due to debris and dirt settling in the sliding tracks. A stuck sliding door can be a hazard if you try to open it forcefully, with the potential to cause injury, especially to children. Besides being dangerous, poorly maintained sliding glass doors are bothersome and unattractive. Grime, smudges, and dirt become more visible on a glass door than conventional wooden ones.

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Topics: Doors

Summer is Coming. Is Your Deck A Gathering Place?

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on May 1, 2020 11:17:15 AM

We do love our Minnesota winters, but summer is coming! With better weather comes outdoor activities, gatherings, outdoor birthday parties and backyard playgrounds. However, arguably the most used outdoor structure we own will be our deck. We use it to cook and eat our food, watch a sunset, birdwatch, and a hundred other things. If customized, it can even be used year-round. 

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Topics: Decks

What Type of Roof is Best for the Twin Cities Area?

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Apr 24, 2020 4:18:23 PM

The material you choose is a major consideration when preparing to update a roof. Expense, durability, and ease of installation all come into play, not to mention the visual appeal a well-designed roof can lend to your house. The local climate and weather considerations are a lesser known --but essential-- factor that builders and homeowners must weigh as well. Asphalt, slate, tile, and metal are all viable options, but which will suit your home and the climate of the Twin Cities best?

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Topics: Roofing

Why Roof Maintenance is Important

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Apr 17, 2020 12:25:00 PM

It's not an everyday thing for you to mull-over roof maintenance. However, the roof over your head is the most important part of your home. After all, it protects you and your loved ones from all kinds of external elements and threats, such as inclement weather, heat, and cold. Therefore, it's important to stay aware of any needed repairs.

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Topics: Roofing

How To Measure for Door Replacement

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Apr 10, 2020 11:14:00 AM

There is no rocket science involved in measuring for a door replacement. Whether you are measuring an empty door frame or an old door that needs replacing, it is a relatively simple process. All you need is a tape measure and the knowledge of how to use it for accurate measurements. You can measure the door in use, just the door frame, or the entire opening of the door.

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Topics: Doors

What Is The Best Roofing Material For A House?

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Apr 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Choosing the best roofing material is a priority for every homeowner in the process of building or replacing a roof. There are some critical factors that you must consider when reviewing your options: durability, cost, sustainability, style, and energy efficiency of the material. While comparing materials, you'll have to balance the short term benefits associated with lower cost materials with the long term savings of more durable and energy efficient materials.

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Topics: Roofing

When Should a Roof be Replaced?

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Mar 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM

How will I know when it is time to replace my old roof with a new one? What sort of materials are best for a roof replacement? Many homeowners ask similar questions when it comes to roofing repair and replacement. It is a common belief that a roof only requires replacement if external damage occurs due to an accident. However, there is a possibility that it may spring a leak due to normal wear and tear as it completes its lifespan. Sometimes a roof may function just fine but may look worn out, requiring a makeover to maintain curb appeal and resale value.

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Topics: Roofing

Why You Should Choose Vinyl Siding

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Mar 20, 2020 3:00:00 PM

The material you select for your home’s siding affects more than just the visual aesthetics of your home. Siding provides layered protection to the exterior of a house or a building. Think of it as the first line of defense, shielding against elements such as weather, winds, and UV rays. Siding is also responsible for maintaining a consistent and comfortable environment on the inside of your home.

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Topics: Siding

What Are the Signs That It's Time for Home Window Replacement?

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Mar 13, 2020 2:16:07 PM
It isn’t always predictable when you’ll need to replace your home’s windows . High-quality, well-maintained windows can last for 20 years or more. However, window longevity is subject to factors such as design, climate, moisture, and sun exposure. Window replacement can seem like a daunting and costly task, and many homeowners attempt to save money by putting off installing new windows until it’s absolutely necessary. However, it’s very important to watch for certain symptoms that yours have outlived their expiration date. Neglecting a house with old, ill-fitted or damaged windows can lead to far more time-consuming and costly expenses.


10 Signs That You Need to Replace Old Windows

If you know what to look for, it doesn’t take a professional to know when you’re due for an update. When diagnosing if it’s time for home window replacement be watchful for these ten indicators.

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows