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 [...]

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 [...]

Drafty Windows? Spend Now and Save Immediately

January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized, Windows|

There is nothing like a cold, blustery day in January to remind you that your windows might need replacing. Frost buildup on your windows and a drafty room does not promote the warm thoughts of home you want to experience after trudging through the winter weather.  Will Replacement Windows Cost Too Much? While replacing your windows may cost more than you’d like upfront, the savings are almost immediate. Lost heat and even lost cool air in summer adds up more than you realize. Newer windows with multiple E-values to choose from can make an incredible difference in your heating and [...]

How Replacing Windows Helps Prevent Condensation

June 21st, 2019|Categories: Windows|

Do you have a problem with condensation in your home? You may have noticed that condensation collects on one or more of your windows. This may or may not be a problem, depending on the quality of your window insulation and ventilation. If you see condensation on the outside of a window, sit back and relax. Your windows are preventing heat transfer when the affected panes are slightly cooler than the outside air. Your home is likely well insulated if you only see condensation on the exterior of your windows. If, on the other hand, you spot condensation occurring on [...]

Feeling a Breeze by Your Windows? It May Be Time to Replace Them

February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Windows|

“Hey, baby, it’s cold outside!” And if you can tell because of the breeze coming from the area of your windows, you may want to consider replacing them. Your windows will give you signs that they need replacing. Ignore the signs and replacement costs may increase over time. Aging Windows If you have high-quality windows and you maintain them appropriately, you can expect them to give you good service for at least 20 years. There are several factors that can affect their life span. If your windows are protected from the harsh rays of the sun and the ravages of [...]

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. […]

How the ENERGY STAR® Rating on Windows Helps Your AC

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Windows|

Is the effectiveness of your AC hit-or-miss, depending on what the weather decides to throw at your home? You would expect that well-maintained air conditioning units would perform exactly the same under relatively identical conditions. However, unless important structures such as doors and windows are working with your AC, you will never get value for your money. […]

3 Reasons Replacement Windows aren’t a DIY Project

September 19th, 2016|Categories: Contractor, Installation, Windows|

As a homeowner, you look for ways to save money on home improvement projects. If you are like many homeowners, cost savings seems to trump quality, which isn’t a rational way of thinking. In fact, in recent years, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects have become mainstream because homeowners perceive they save money by doing home improvement projects themselves. Some homeowners have tried to DIY replacement windows, with no experience in home improvement. On the surface, it may seem like replacement windows are cost-effective, but DIY projects can cost you extra money and countless hours.   DIYing Replacement Windows Can Lead to Increased [...]

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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