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2018 Tax Credits You May Receive for Home Improvements

Every year, the Federal government gives homeowners tax credits for specific home improvements. Although the official 2018 tax credits for window installation have not yet been officially released, we know they’re coming. And there’s a good chance they’ll look much like the tax credits over the last five to seven years. Tax credits are a great incentive for making necessary window replacements to your house. Here’s a brief overview of what you may expect based on last year’s numbers.

Why Vinyl Siding Outperforms All Other Types of Exterior Wall Siding

Thirty percent of all homeowners in America choose vinyl siding to protect their home from wind, rain, UV rays, and sub-freezing Minnesota winters. Vinyl siding is also the wall covering that Window World contractors prefer over all other types of covering. Let’s explore all the reasons why.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer Storm Damage

As if the heat of summer wasn’t hard enough on you, the thunder and hail storms which happen in the evening when the temperature drops can really do a number on your house. You and your family worked so hard, saved money, built credit, searched the market, and found the perfect home. You hired a contractor to customize the house to suit your specific needs. Then a storm hits and causes a bunch of damage. You want to sit down and cry, but relax, you don’t need to do that. Instead, make lemonade as you realize it’s the opportunity to make the upgrades you wanted and your house is going to be, better, in just a short bit of time.

Siding and Shutters: The Face of Your House

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a new home, buying an older home, or have lived in the same home for quite some years. You’ve considered and discussed with friends what you’d like to do to make the house prettier. Siding and shutters are the first project to approach as they provide a structural advantage to the home while making it much more appealing from the road and as your guests arrive.

How it Works: Your Home Top to Bottom

When you walk in your house, you have expectations of it being comfortable and safe. The temperature is how you like it and the rooms are dry. Electric outlets work and doors aren’t a nuisance which swing open or shut when you aren’t holding them. It’s more than just four walls and a roof. The entire house is a well thought out design plan in which each piece serves a specific function to protect you and your personal possessions against the elements in the shelter of a home.

Design Ideas: How to Match Siding, Shutters and Doors

Home design may seem a wizardly craft to some, but it really isn’t so complicated with a few basic concepts. Keep in mind, there’s always an exception to the rule and you can generally trust your instinct to confirm what you think looks nice. The rules generally apply to define what is commonly determined as nice looking and can change with trends over time. The first and least arbitrary rule is if you plan to flip or rent the house, you want to appeal to what most people can appreciate. If you plan to live there forever, the final decision is based on what you and your family wants to call home.

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