Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 1.16.21.
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that siding installation can be completed in the winter months as long as the temperature restrictions on the caulk being used are adhered to. An advantage to winter siding installation is that there is less concern about wind-driven rain that can contribute to water infiltration. Contractors also tend to have lighter schedules in the winter, making their lead times less for siding than they would in the summer months. Another argument for having siding installation take place in the winter months is that homeowners can forego the manufacturer price increases that often happen in the spring. 2021 is predicted to have substantial price increases on building materials because of COVID-19 causing factory shutdowns during a time of increased demand.
When deciding which type of siding to have installed on your home, lean on your contractor to make a recommendation, since they have a working understanding of the best siding match for your home’s architecture. One of the more popular siding materials recommended by reputable siding installers is LP® SmartSide®. This material is offered in a variety of colors and profiles, allowing for a truly custom home exterior. Minnesota homeowners can appreciate that LP® SmartSide® is manufactured in-state in Two Harbors.
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Winter is also a great time to plan a spring or summer decking project. One component that deserves careful consideration is the deck railing. While a wide variety of materials are available, some work better than others. Cable systems that attach horizontally or vertically can seem like a modern, trendy idea. However, children can climb the horizontal cables, making them dangerous. When installed vertically, they are less aesthetically pleasing than other options. For homeowners wanting to make a statement, glass deck railings can be an excellent choice.
Many homeowners utilize the winter months to have a kitchen renovation take place. If a home’s kitchen cabinets are in fairly good shape, but the homeowner wants to update their look, they can be refaced. During this process, the cabinet and drawers are replaced with luxury doors. The sides are coated with veneers. To round out the look, new hardware is often installed. This approach saves homeowners a substantial amount of money, as new kitchen cabinets are often the most expensive part of a kitchen renovation. Homeowners that opt for builder grade kitchen cabinets are often quickly disappointed because they rarely hold up long-term.
Countertop selection also plays a sizable role in the resales of a home’s value. Quartz, particularly from Cambria® are a highly sought-after option because of their beauty, durability, and the minimal maintenance they require. Homeowners looking to support local businesses also appreciate that Cambria® is a Minnesota-based company. Granite is still a popular option, but one disadvantage it has over quartz is that it must be refinished in order to restore luster and remove etching and scratching.
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