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Projects Inexperienced Homeowners Shouldn’t Try

02 October 2021

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 651-461-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 10.2.21.

The cost to have new windows installed in your home can vary greatly.  One of the most critical factors that impacts price is the installation technique used.  Many contractors cut corners and only offer insert window installation instead of full frame window replacement.  In insert window replacement, the only parts that are replaced are those that are operational.  This approach shrinks down the glass size.  It also does not take into consideration any of the water or air infiltration problems that can happen on the window frame.  Full frame window replacement takes longer but allows a contractor to fully address any underlying issue that might be occurring with a home’s windows.

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Another project that should only be entrusted to an experienced contractor is attic insulation.  Without the proper skillset and installation techniques, a poorly insulated home can lead to costly ice dam damage.  Experienced contractors understand the importance of attic air sealing in addition to insulation.  Discoloration on insulation can signal that there is attic air movement occurring which can cause ice dams to form.  Using diagnostic tools, like infrared imaging and blower doors, reputable contractors can understand where your home is losing energy.  This will allow them to create a plan to make your home as energy efficient and comfortable as possible.

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Before opting to have a new roof installed, it’s important to understand the type of warranty that accompanies it.  Many homeowners are surprised to learn that GAF asphalt shingles are accompanied with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.  This warranty is even longer than what most metal roofing manufacturers offer.

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Siding is another home improvement that is offered in an array of materials.  Popular selections include vinyl, metal, cement board, and engineered wood.  Out of these four, vinyl is the least desirable because of its shorter lifespan, ability to fade, and limited durability.  Some contractors choose to push vinyl siding over products like LP® SmartSide® and steel because it is easier to install.

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