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Guide to Clogged Gutters: Understanding Why They're Dangerous

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Jan 12, 2021 8:48:43 AM

As homeowners ourselves, we understand how much time and effort goes into maintaining a home. That being said, sometimes it’s the little things that end up meaning the most in the end. Continued maintenance, attentive care and a little bit of effort go a long way. A perfect example of this is your gutters. Maintaining gutters is a relatively painless process, but it's one that can make all the difference in the long run. 

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Jan 4, 2021 12:25:58 PM

Changes in seasons will often cause homeowners to pour more money into their electric bills. Heating expenses rise, while changes in sunset times create a heavier reliance on electricity for lighting. However, as a homeowner, there are a few things you can do today that can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars down the line on your energy bills. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Siding, Doors

Best Windows for Cold Weather

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Dec 17, 2020 11:04:48 AM

As winter descends on the Northern Hemisphere, homeowners search for ways to keep their living spaces warmer, while managing reasonable energy efficiency and utility bills. Some may not realize how important windows are to keeping the heat in through a frigid Minnesota winter.

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Window Features

Performance Ratings for Windows and Doors

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Dec 15, 2020 12:04:14 PM

When it comes to the overall performance of your windows and doors, it is vital to understand their efficiency, which means understanding how to read performance labels.  Performance labels are applied to a window or door at the point of manufacture, and they indicate the results of individual tests. These tests indicate the efficiency of a product, and these ratings are some of the most important factors when it comes to replacing windows and doors. Performance ratings grade efficiencies like U-Factor, VT, and Air Leakage, all of which impact monthly energy bills and living standards. These ratings are best used when compared to ENERGY STAR's map for ideal ratings based on different geographic regions. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Window Features, Siding, Doors

How to Keep your Energy Bills Low this Winter

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Nov 18, 2020 9:07:47 AM

Without proper care and attention, energy bills in the wintertime can grossly exceed what we actually have to spend to keep our homes comfortable. The sheer variety of ways that energy efficiency can be leached from a home is one of the greatest problems facing the diligent owner. Improperly sealed windows, old siding, inadequate insulation in the walls  -- there is, unfortunately, a plethora of little escape routes and crannies for the heat to leave and the cold to work its way in. In this article we’ll talk about some of these routes, and go over some practical ways to address them. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Roofing, Siding

How Cold Weather Affects Your Roof

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Nov 5, 2020 2:07:34 PM

Cold weather can put a massive strain on your roof. Whether it's from moisture accumulation, snow, or freezing temperatures, the toll winter can take on your roof can have widespread consequences.  It's important to evaluate your roof before the winter rolls around, and ensure that it's ready to take on any challenges it may present.

What Cold Weather Does to Your Roof

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Topics: Roofing

What You Need to Know About Different Siding

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Oct 15, 2020 5:03:55 PM

As the outer layer of your home, siding has a large impact on insulation, weather protection and exterior design.  Thanks to advancements in the siding manufacturing process, homeowners today have more options than ever before.  Factors such as brand, material, R-Value, design options and ROI can help narrow the list of choices for a homeowner, and ultimately make the comparison process easier.  We’ve compiled an analysis of siding options to help you.

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Understanding the Different Types of Windows

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Oct 13, 2020 3:23:19 PM
Thanks to evolutions in the manufacturing and design processes of windows, homeowners have more choices today than ever before.  While this selection is convenient, it also means more decisions need to be made. Typically, factors such as style, aesthetics, energy efficiency, durability, and the ROI of different window types all come into play during the decision process. The bottom line is that choosing the right replacement windows can depend on a lot of different factors. That’s why it’s important to understand the available choices. 

 

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7 Signs to Replace your Siding

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Sep 25, 2020 9:50:40 AM

Siding is the protective material attached to the side of a home that protects against wind, rain, snow and debris.  It also has a major impact on quality of insulation, and total energy efficiency of a home. However, siding is one of the most consistently overlooked aspects of a home when it comes time to budget for renovations.  Siding may wear down, grow old, or even become a liability for home energy efficiency over time.  As such, make sure to consistently evaluate your siding for signs that it may be time to replace it.  Below is a list of some of the most common signs that it’s time to have a local siding company come take a look. 

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Topics: Siding

Why Builders & Remodelers for your Next Minneapolis Door Replacement

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Sep 16, 2020 10:39:49 AM

When looking for the best exterior door companies in Minneapolis, it is vital to take a few different factors into account.  Product selection, door materials, security and installation efficiency are all critical aspects of any local door replacement company.  Overall, your entry doors serve as a main focal point for exterior design, impact total home energy efficiency, and even improve security.  Selecting a company that can match you with the right door is crucial.  

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