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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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Five Big Benefits of French Doors

Sure, French doors look nice, but they pack a few much-needed home benefits. They can completely transform a room, become window substitutes and redefine your home’s natural lighting. Available in many designs, French entry doors are incredibly valuable for a few reasons.

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Does Your Siding Match Your House?

Although to some extent the idea of your siding is to set the tone for your house and if doors, windows, and shutters don't match they trim is what doesn't match, there are sometimes an exception to the rule. Of course white or off-white siding is going to match any building it is on, but does it match the personality of you and your family? A tan or gray siding may suit you better if you live on a wooded lot and decorate toward an informal cottage or cabin décor. A brighter colored siding may be more suitable if you're a known fun loving extrovert who throws lots of parties. Then again, the white may be best if you want a sleek formal look of clearly divided clean lines.

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Choosing a Home Design and a Contractor

Whether you're building a new home or buying an older house to renovate, you likely have several styles and designs you love and wish you could buy them all. Unfortunately, you have to decide on the one which you like best as it suits the needs of you and your family. Don't forget how valuable a resource your contractor can be as to advice concerning which options tend to end with the best results and what can be done to incorporate various design styles through mix and match to suit your tastes and needs.

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