From the category archives: Window World


Hiring a Contractor: Check Their Credentials!

When it comes time to hire a contractor, there are a number of ways to go about finding one. Nearly everybody has a cousin or a friend of a friend who does contract work, or a recommendation from a neighbor, or perhaps a flyer was left on your front door some time ago. These are all perfectly good ways to initially find and contact a contractor, but then you want to check their credentials to assure they plan to do a great job, on time and professionally, and offer a fair price for their services.

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How to Evaluate a Potential Contractor

When the time comes and you need a great contractor, there are tried and true methods toward choosing one who can do the job, on time, and do it right so you can continue your life with as little disturbance as possible. If you’re fortunate, you’ll already know that contractor when you need him. If not, you have to find one you feel you can trust and work with.

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Considerations toward Home Efficiency

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably considered how you can improve your home’s efficiency by lowering bills and increasing your comfort while inside. You may have replaced appliances to use EnergyStar rated pieces that use less electricity and you may have installed water saving plumbing fixtures. Those concepts are helpful and worthy of applause, but more importantly is to consider the overall structure and how the house functions as a whole.

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Let's Get Technical: How Windows and Siding Affect Your Bills

You’ve bought a house you like. It passed inspection, you got a good deal comparative to the appraised value, the floor layout works well for you and your family, lighting is great, and you’ve even taken the time to get it decorated according to your tastes with furniture and artwork. Unless you’re a contractor yourself, you probably haven’t thought about other aspects of the home. Consider how windows and siding affect the home’s value whether you intend to resell it in the future or would like to lower your bills in the present.

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New Windows Are both Practical and Beautiful

New windows provide cosmetic and structural value to your home. Old windows are notorious for being little more than a hole in your wall while new windows are well known to provide better insulation and reduce your bills of heating in winter or cooling in summer. Whether you live in a new or older home, there are times to consider new windows, understand why windows are well worth their value, and understand both practical and cosmetic features new windows offer.

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Top Signs That Your Windows Were Installed Incorrectly

While you put in a great deal of effort into finding the right style and color of windows for your home, you also need to invest some time in finding the right window installation company. Not doing so could result in your windows exhibiting some of the issues outlined below. 

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How Your Gutter System Works, and Why It's Important

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never thought about your gutter system other than if it looks nice and provides curb appeal to the exterior of your home. If you’ve ever had a leaking or clogged gutter you may have noticed the inconvenience of water pouring over from your roof in a steady stream in a place water isn’t supposed to be. Without fail, it always happens to be in the same place as where your head is when you step outside during a rainstorm.

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Choosing a Contractor for the Exterior Maintenance of Your Home

Buying a home is exciting, you’re making the heaviest investment in your future you’ll likely ever make. Owning a house is yet more exciting, you’re taking care of the home where your family lives and where you spend the majority of your time. Not so much fun, but something that has to be done, is the continued maintenance of the home. You have to assure it stays up to your standards as not only a safe and comfortable place for you and your family, but also assure the exterior meets the standards of your HOA and according to your lifestyle is inviting for guests whether they’re enjoying an afternoon visit, a dinner party, or staying overnight. Exterior maintenance of your home may not have been your first thought when making the purchase but has to be done occasionally.

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Get Ready for Winter With Replacement Windows

Whether you are a lifelong resident of Minnesota, or you have moved here recently, you have either experienced its brutal winters firsthand or you have seen and heard news reports that attest to this fact. Due to its proximity to Canada, the Minnesota area experiences some of the country's most devastating snow, ice and plummeting temperatures during the winter months. These bone-chilling conditions can wreak havoc on your utility bills as you inch the thermostat higher and higher to ensure that you and your family are as comfortable as possible.

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The Importance of Siding on a House

Many people have been known to think siding on a home only makes the house look nice but no other true value or reason. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the exact siding choice may depend on cosmetics and the personal taste of the homeowner, it does in fact serve a significant purpose as part of the home’s overall design and function.

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