7 Steps to Winterize Your Home

December 7th, 2020|Categories: Gutters, Insulation, Roofing, Windows|

Winter is here, but it isn’t too late to take a few steps to winterize your home and make it comfortable before the Minnesota winds and winter storms ravage your home heating system. These seven essential, yet straightforward steps will help ensure your castle is a warm and comfortable home.  #1 — Clean Out the Gutters Now that most of the leaves have fallen, get your gutters cleaned to ensure debris and leaves don’t clog your downspouts. When your downspouts get clogged, the rain cannot drain off, and the winter cold will freeze it in the gutters. Before you know [...]

Could Adding Insulation Save You Money?

October 5th, 2020|Categories: Insulation|

Have you ever wondered if your insulation was adequate? Many homes and businesses do not have enough insulation and could save thousands per year in energy costs simply by adding insulation. The Department of Energy at energy.gov recommends a home energy assessment. Call the professional insulation and energy technicians at Signature Home Services to get a free and comprehensive energy assessment. You may be surprised to learn how porous your home is and how much energy is flowing out.  After we do an energy assessment of your home, we will suggest methods to strengthen your home’s energy-saving system. Several methods [...]

Rising Energy Costs are Difficult to Pin Down Without an Inspection

August 26th, 2020|Categories: Insulation, Roofing, Windows|

If you have noticed your energy bills going through the roof, it is not unusual to assume you know the reason. It is your home, after all, and you know the general condition of structures such as windows and doors.  However, before you hire a contractor to repair or replace the offending feature, it makes sense to have the property fully inspected. You may find that heat is escaping from an entirely different place or a combination of places.  The Roof The roof is the go-to suspect when there is no clear problem with windows or doors. You can’t fully [...]

5 Tips for Minnesota Homeowners with Storm Damage

July 28th, 2020|Categories: Contractor, Gutters, Installation, Insulation, Remodel, Roofing, Siding, Storm Damage, Windows|

Minnesota weather is nothing if not unpredictable. Minnesotans know that a sunny day can quickly change into a hail, wind, or thunderstorm that can cause all types of damage to homes, buildings, vehicles, and properties. While most storms roll through quickly and may not damage property, there is always a handful that results in branches or trees falling or hail damage to property. For Minnesota homeowners who have dented roofs from hail or broken windows from falling branches, here are five tips to ensure your damage is quickly repaired. Assess Damage for Emergency Repair The first concern for homeowners should [...]

Winter – Again! Is Your House Well Insulated?

November 21st, 2019|Categories: Insulation|

Here we go again, Minnesota! Winter is rolling in and the temps are dropping. It feels cold already, and it’s only going to get colder. Once again, we’ll be bundling up, snuggling in and just trying to stay warm. On top of that, if we can survive the heating bills, we will call it another win, right? In the interest of those heating bills, we need to ask you one question. How’s your insulation? Does Your Home Have Enough Insulation? How much insulation is enough? It’s a question bound to cross your mind at least once during January in Minnesota. [...]

Why Now is the Time to Up Your R-Value in Your Attic

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Insulation|

If saving on your heating bills is important to you, there is no time like the present to up the R-value in your attic. Insulation is a home improvement that instantly starts paying for itself by putting money back in your pocket. The simple fact is, heat doesn’t just trap itself. For that to happen you need to add insulation where it matters. Why the Attic? It is estimated between 30-50% of the heat that could be keeping you cozy and warm is lost through the attic. Many homes have a minimum R38 in the attic. Older homes even less. [...]

4 Ways to Tighten Up Your Home for Winter

September 24th, 2018|Categories: Insulation, Roofing, Windows|

Winter is coming and it will cost you if your home is not quite ready for the challenge. If you spend the money now to tighten up your home, the improvements will stand by you and may end up costing much less than it would to repair winter damage. Here are four suggestions for ways to tighten up your home for the coming winter. […]

3 Unexpected Areas to Look for Hail Damage on Your Home

August 17th, 2018|Categories: Insulation, Siding, Storm Damage|

When there is a storm, most people think about checking windows and having the roof inspected. The problem with that is, hail has a habit of not conforming to traditional convention. Your entire property may need to be inspected for damage. These three unexpected areas to look for hail damage on your home should be obvious, but they are often overlooked. […]

How to Choose the Right Insulation for your New Home

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Contractor, Installation, Insulation, Remodel|

Building a new house is an exciting endeavor. If you are lucky, you get to customize aspects of your home. A custom-built home gives you a great opportunity to ensure your home is efficient starting with your walls. Before the builder encloses your walls, you should choose insulation that will help you conserve energy so that you can reduce your monthly expenses. WHY YOUR INSULATION IS IMPORTANT? Heating and cooling your home is one of your largest expenses. Experts estimate that the average homeowner spends $1,900 each year on utility bills. By choosing the right type of insulation, you can significantly [...]

How Efficient is your Home?

August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Contractor, Insulation, Windows|

On a daily basis, you likely think more about how nice your home looks and how much you enjoy the layout and floor plan of it. Then when the power bill comes each month, you wonder about your home’s efficiency. Of course you can’t install a full solar system for a reasonable price nor can you feasibly switch to a woodstove for heat and no air conditioning in the summer. There are, however, a few common sense upgrades you can make to your house which really aren’t very expensive in the overall scheme of home ownership and will pay for [...]

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