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Planning Your Exterior Home Renovation

18 April 2020

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 4.18.20.

While the technology exists to get dimensions of your home’s siding, windows, and roofing, it’s imperative that a reputable contractor complete a visual inspection of your home prior to a contract being signed.  This lessens the chances of unforeseen project expenses due to extenuating circumstances that would have been identified during an in-person estimate.  Each home presents its unique sets of challenges and you’ll have the greatest chance at a successful outcome if you partner with a reputable contractor that shares this ideology.  Quality contractors can also provide clarification on the manufacturing process and warranties that accompany the products you’re having installed, as they can vary widely.  For example, GAF offers a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.  Other manufacturers may make similar claims but reading the fine print can reveal a lesser warranty.  Seek out warranties that favor time of incident and not time of install.  Time of incident warranties take into consideration that pricing of labor and materials has likely increased since install and allow the homeowner to be compensated at present day rates.

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If you’re considering full frame window replacement, it’s advantageous to have a working understanding of the technical aspects of the windows, including air infiltration ratings, condensation resistance, and solar heat gain coefficient.  Homeowners that opt to have Infinity® from Marvin and SeasonGuard windows installed experience high levels of satisfaction because of their aesthetics and energy efficiency.  Special care is taken during the manufacturing process to ensure that the weather-stripping is long-lasting.

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If new deck construction is in your near future, it’s wise to research the variety of maintenance-free decking and railing options.  Westbury® aluminum railings come in an array of colors and designs.  They are custom manufactured to withstand nature’s elements and do not need to be refinished.  This type of railing can be used regardless if the decking is wood or composite.  Popular low-maintenance decking products include TimberTech® and Zuri®.

gutters

For homeowners with open gutters looking to convert to leafless gutters, the installation of a topper device can seem like a straightforward solution.  However, these add-on devices rarely match the home’s preexisting gutters, creating an eyesore.  Even more frustrating is the fact that contraptions can cost as much or, more, than a brand-new gutter system.  LeafGuard® Brand Gutters have a high consumer satisfaction rate because they are guaranteed never to clog.  They are a complete one-piece seamless system.  In the unlikely event they do, the installing contactor will come out and clean the gutters for free.  This warranty even transfers to the next owner of your home.  Even more impressive is that LeafGuard® Brand Gutters have earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal of approval.

 

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