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 8.7.21.
Window replacement in historic homes can be a tricky endeavor. That’s because many window manufacturers do not have options that work well with older homes. Realizing this, Infinity® from Marvin created Everwood® Engineered Finish. This patented wood grain finish can easily be mistaken for wood, but does not require the maintenance. Everwood® can be stained to match a home’s preexisting woodwork. It’s worth knowing that rotten exterior wood trim around a window can be replaced without having to replace the entire window. However, if there is wood rot on the window’s operating sash, window replacement is necessary. The best house windows in today’s market bring additional natural light and energy efficiency that older windows cannot offer.
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Before committing to a contractor to work on your home, it’s vital that you do your due diligence to make sure the company is licensed and reputable. It can be a red flag if a contractor shows up at your door stating that you have hail damage. Many times, these companies are from out of the area and do not have a commitment to excellence. Reading online reviews and talking to their past customers can provide insights on whether a contractor will perform quality work.
Homeowners wanting the most energy efficient and beautiful siding and underlayment on their home should consider using a combination of Insultex™ house wrap and LP® SmartSide®. Insultex™ is rated R-6 and is only 5 mm thick. The product’s evacuated cells retain their energy efficiency no matter how much it is compressed. LP® SmartSide® is offered in a variety of colors and profiles, allowing homeowners to customize their curb appeal. To assist with visualizing what LP® SmartSide® looks like on a home, many reputable contractors offer free digital 3D renderings. Midwestern homeowners can appreciate that LP® SmartSide® is manufactured in Two Harbors, MN and Tomahawk, WI.
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