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Door Styles for the Modern Home

Choosing a new door for your home can be an overwhelming experience because if you're like most people, there are several design styles you really like and realize you have to pick one and live with it for years to come. The first step is to determine the use of the door, whether as the front entry, a side door which you may use on a daily basis or stand alone. , and extra back door which is rarely used, or patio access doors. At that point, you'll need to decide whether security or cosmetic appeal is more important, and how you need the door to function and whether it is going to include a screen or storm door. There are a few basic types of door which most homes tend to have, and the home design may determine which options you have to choose from.

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A Beautiful Home Exterior

A beautiful home exterior is something everyone wants, and can obtain with proper planning and design skills. Whether you're renovating an older home or upgrading a relatively new house, there are proven means to make your house have curb appeal and offer an inviting welcome when you have company. Certain aspects of the house are noticeable from the street or as someone pulls into your driveway, other parts of the house become obvious as a guest walks along the sidewalk from the driveway to your door. Once you understand what's important, you can design your home in a way that will make all your friends want to come visit.

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Why You May Want New Siding

Siding on a home, and especially vinyl siding, is expected to last forever outside of a disaster situation of fire or a fallen tree. In general terms and practical consideration, if the vinyl siding is cleaned annually and repaired when problem arise after storms or other physical damage occurs, it will last “forever” regarding the homeowner's lifetime. However, everything on Earth has a breaking point, and even siding can reach a point at which it needs to be replaced to maintain your home's appearance and continue to provide the function for which the siding was designed of protecting the rest of your home from the weather.

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Does Siding Ever Need to Be Replaced?

Vinyl siding is sold as a lifetime solution to a home's exterior. Whether it covers or replaces an existing siding system on an older home, or if it is in fact the outer covering of a new home, vinyl siding is the most efficient system available in today's building systems for efficiency and permanency. However, sometimes siding needs to be replaced. It may be due to storm damage, it may be due to repeated damage over the years, or you may simply want a different style of appeal applied to the outside of your home. Although siding is designed to maintain its structural integrity and protect your home, there are situations in which you may want to replace it.

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Should You Buy Grid Windows?

When buying new windows, it’s a good idea to determine your home’s needs. A lot of homeowners consider grid windows, contacting their provider for a quick, professional installations. Also referred to as grilles or muntins, grids are window strips—made from vinyl, wood, aluminum or PVC—which divide a pane’s glass into smaller panes. If you’re considering buying grid windows, or if you want to know more about them, read on.

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How Long Does Insulation Last?

If your energy bills keep going up, you might have an insulation problem. Over time, insulation wears down. Weather, critters and general age can degrade your home’s temperature protection. That said, you can find out how long your insulation will last before a swap-out is needed. Depending on your home’s insulation type, you’ll be protected for a few decades. That said, a few factors can greatly reduce your insulation’s lifespan.

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The Problems You May Face With DIY Siding Projects

Siding is one of the most popular options when it comes to home exteriors. Millions of people love the flawless, finished look siding gives their home come compared to brick. Unfortunately, the desire to have siding on their homes encourages many homeowners to install their siding without the help of a professional. If you are one such homeowner, consider the following problems many homeowners run into when they install their siding.

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5 Things You Should Consider When It Comes to Window Replacement

If you are like most homeowners, replacing your windows is a big home improvement project. You want to get the most energy-efficient windows your money can buy, while not breaking the bank. Beyond that, there are many other aspects you should consider before you swipe your credit card to ensure your windows are efficient. Keep reading to learn the five most important factors you should be considering when it comes to replacing your windows.

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Why Seamless Gutters are Better than Traditional Gutters

If you drive down any neighborhood in the North St. Paul area while it's raining, it is not uncommon to see gutters with water leaking through the sections. Although there are several reasons why the gutters could be leaking - poor assembly, corrosion, and weather damage - the fact is, they are still leaking. For years, homeowners had to deal with this agitation and continued to pour money into their gutters with little results. It wouldn't take long before they were leaking again.

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3 Ways Your Windows, Doors and Siding Cost You Money

The average U.S. home loses 30%-50% of its heating and cooling energy due to air leaks around windows and doors and drafts penetrating the siding. Over time, even the highest quality home materials will show signs of wear and tear. A comprehensive evaluation from a trained window and door installation specialist will reveal critical areas in your home where air and moisture are getting in, and your money is leaking out.

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