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Winter Remodeling Is a Hot Topic

Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Winter Remodeling Is a Hot Topic

Winter is a great time to tackle your home remodeling project. Yes, the days are shorter – leaving you less time to work. Yes, it’s colder and the weather may not always cooperate. But on the sunny side of things, here are a few reasons why winter remodeling is a hot topic.

Winter Remodeling Is a Hot TopicVacations. Many people migrate south for the winter to find warmer weather. If you’re one of many people who prefer to thaw out down south during the winter, then it could be the perfect time to have your project completed by a trusted contractor. Let’s not downplay the advantage of avoiding the racket and  associated stress of living through a remodeling project. You’ll want to be away from your home during your winter remodeling project, so why not take a vacation?

Pricing. Because contractors are not as busy during the winter months, they tend to lower prices to pick up more business. Likewise, contractors may raise prices during the spring and summer months to correspond with the demand. Get the best bang for your buck and hire a trusted contractor to knock out your winter remodeling project before the prices begin to go back up.

Manufacturer incentives. Many manufacturers offer incentives to contractors to buy more product during the winter months. In turn, contractors may offer deeper discounted rates and extended warranties to make your winter remodeling project even more advantageous.Winter Remodeling Is a Hot Topic

Planning and scheduling. Winter remodeling allows more attention to be focused on your job, because contractors don’t have as much work during these “down times.”  The pace of most business slows during winter – especially if Jack Frost has his way with things. It’s easier to find quality contractors to plan your project, and schedule the work at your convenience.

Exterior remodeling. Ok… So it’s not advisable to paint the outside of your house during the winter because it tends to be wet in most areas of the country. But there are plenty of other exterior projects that are perfect for winter remodeling. Ideas for winter remodeling are things like, putting up a privacy fence, adding a deck or enclosing a porch.

What’s on your wish list for a winter remodeling project?

Winter Remodeling | Insulated Vinyl Siding

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Winter Remodeling | Insulated Vinyl Siding

Winter Remodeling | Insulated Vinyl SidingWinter in parts of the United States can be harsh. There is nothing like a bone-chilling draft in the house to remind you about that insulated vinyl siding remodeling project you’ve been meaning to do. Energy costs continue to soar and can be quite a strain on any budget. Fortunately, insulated vinyl siding is quite affordable and can help to significantly reduce energy consumption and lower your electric bill.

An older home can lose a fair amount of heat through the walls and can feel drafty during high winds and storms. You can eliminate the drafts and heat loss by installing insulated vinyl siding made with sheets of rigid foam insulation. The insulation will help hold in the heat while the siding helps keep the wind and cold out.

So now you’re wondering… “Can I install insulated vinyl siding as part of my winter remodeling project?” The answer is YES… but proceed with caution.

Winter Remodeling | Insulated Vinyl Siding

Insulated vinyl siding can be installed as a winter remodeling project, but there are a few things you will want to keep in mind. According to expert insulated vinyl siding installers, it takes more skill to install vinyl siding once the temperature drops near freezing. Vinyl siding becomes brittle and can easily break when struck hard. It requires experience to install vinyl siding without a large amount of cracked material.

Vinyl siding installed in extremely cold weather will expand slightly when temperatures rise, a fact experienced contractors keep in mind when detailing corners and windows.  When installing insulated vinyl siding as part of a winter remodeling project, prepare for a half inch expansion in length when summertime roll around. If not you could be dealing with some warped siding when things heat up.

Winter Remodeling | Insulated Vinyl SidingAlthough installing insulated vinyl siding as a winter remodeling project may have its challenges, if professionally done, it can last a lifetime and provide substantial comfort as well as reduce your energy costs.

Share comments and photos/videos of your insulated vinyl siding winter remodeling project with us.

Stop Winter from Entering Your Home

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014

Stop Winter from Entering Your Home | Check Windows Doors and Siding

It’s not too late to winterize your home’s exterior. The first thing you’ll want to do is a thorough inspection of your windows, doors and siding. You may discover your home is ready for winter. But many times you will find areas that need minor repairs. Here are a few easy ways to stop winter from entering your home.

Check Windows Doors and Siding

Stop Winter from Entering Your Home | Check Windows Doors and Siding

Test for drafts with a candle

Test drafts with a candle

  • Inspect your home’s siding and trim. Look for ways that winter can find its way into your home through cracks and any gaps or other open areas.
  • Check around pipes. Not only can cold air get in, but let’s not forget about those little critters who would love to snuggle up to you by the fireplace.
  • Use paintable caulk to winterize your home’s exterior by sealing small cracks and gaps.
  • Use expanding foam to seal large exterior gaps up to ½ inch wide.
  • Plug very large exterior gaps with fiberglass insulation and then fill with expanding foam.
  • Inspect all windows and doors for drafts inside your home. Using a lit candle can detect even the slightest of drafts.
  • Lock the windows to give them a tight seal.
  • Use weather-stripping around doors and caulk windows to prevent winter drafts from entering your home.

Unless you’re inviting Disney’s Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen over for dinner, then you’ll want to perform these winterizing techniques every year to stop winter from entering your home. Best to do it before winter settles in, but it’s never too late. If you’re unable to stop winter from entering your home by using these easy to do tips, you may want to consider new energy efficient windows, doors or siding.  The investment will be well worth the money in energy savings, longevity, and peace of mind. Is your home winterized? Share your tips for keeping winter out of your home.