Spring Is a Great Time to Remodel

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As the winter comes to an end, you will find that spring is a great time for kitchen remodeling. Minneapolis homeowners to look to experienced professionals for all their remodeling needs.

Every winter tends to mean more time indoors and more time in the kitchen, making hot chocolate and warm soups to help fight off the cold, but this year was especially brutal. With little else to do on those long winter weekends, you might have noticed that the kitchen countertops were starting to look a little grungy. Maybe, after making all those soups and stews, you decided that your kitchen is not designed in the most efficient way.

Whatever your reasons for thinking about kitchen remodeling in Minneapolis, now is the perfect time to get it done.  A professional local contractor can help you with designs, give you an estimate, and show you how to make the most of your new kitchen at a reasonable price.

Kitchen remodeling can be a great way to prepare to put your house up for sale, or it can be an investment in your own personal comfort. After all, you spend several hours a day in your kitchen, right?

We all know that no matter how nice the rest of the house is, when you have guests they seem to congregate in the kitchen. Make sure that when your spring graduation parties or summer barbeques happen, your kitchen is ready. From granite countertops to tile backsplashes, a custom designed kitchen is a thing of beauty that can reflect your personality and entertaining style. Start planning it today.

Tips for Choosing a Contractor

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When you want to have work completed on your home, it can be easy to fall into the trap of hiring someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Even if they are well-versed in remodeling, if they don’t have the right credentials in the way of being licensed and bonded, you could be inviting trouble into your home. Use the tips below to assess your local contractors and learn which one is right for you and your home.

  • Licensed and bonded: All building codes are getting stricter every year. Most of the time even your local codes will require you to use a contractor who is licensed and bonded. If you check with your insurance company, it is probably a stipulation of your homeowner’s policy as well.
  • Permit savvy: A professional contractor will obtain their own permits because they are already well-versed in what is required. They can also provide the schematics that are required by code enforcement so that your permits don’t get held up over something simple like a missing detail on a drawing.
  • No-pressure contract: You always need a signed contract when you have work done on your home. A professional won’t try to pressure you into a contract, because they are not trying to pull a fast scam; they simply came out to quote a job as requested.

Even if you want to help out one of your friends by offering them a job working on your house, you could be making a dire mistake. Building codes and insurance companies require specific qualifications from anyone doing work on your home. This is for your protection as well as the contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask your local contractors questions to make sure you are making the right choice. A professional won’t mind answering your questions.

Interior Signs of Roofing Issues

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If you have interior signs of roofing issues, contact your local roofers immediately. By the time you are seeing the signs of a roofing issue inside your home, it has already caused damage in other areas. The idea is to limit the extent of the damage. To do this, your roofer needs to know the signs you are seeing so that they know your issue is a top priority and can address it accordingly.

  • Leaks into the house — Water dripping on the inside of your house is an obvious sign, but the fix may not be as obvious as you think. Leave this one to the professionals.
  • Swollen walls or ceiling — If your ceiling is swollen, it could be holding water. If your wall is swollen, it may have gotten wet and the drywall could be ruined. It’s the part that you can’t see behind the drywall that is the real concern.
  • Damp floor near the wall — Sometimes the walls don’t swell, but the water leaks down the interior of the wall and soaks through to the floor. It may have even reached the beams below the sub-flooring.

These are all serious signs that there is a problem with your roof. You need to contact your local roofers immediately, making sure to use professionals and not just someone who says they know what they are doing. Remember that using anything other than professional roofers could negate your warranty or insurance policy — a costly mistake you don’t want to make with something as important as the roof over your head.

Elderly People Kept Safe with Garage Doors and Openers

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As people age, there are several things to be aware of, from failing health and eyesight, to poor balance and memory loss. As we age, some things that used to be routine become harder and harder, like carrying groceries in from the car or hurrying through the rain without falling. We become more susceptible to heat and cold, as well as getting out of breath much more quickly than we used to. Twin Cities garage door service can help make some of those challenges much easier and safer for the elderly.

With a sturdy garage door and a car remote opener, the elderly won’t be out in the open, nor will their car, while they get out and unload their items. This helps protect the person and their belongings from burglary and theft. Being able to pull into the garage without getting out of the vehicle also helps keep them dry and warm, as well as prevents them from walking across uneven lawns where they may trip and fall. Raising and lowering a garage door manually is not a fun job, even for those who are sound of body, but elderly people will have more trouble manually closing a heavy garage door.

Twin Cities garage door repair and service will help ensure that the elderly people you care about are a little safer, by making sure their garage is sound, and that the door and remote work perfectly. For younger adults, the garage door opener is a convenience; for the elderly, it is almost a necessity.

Don’t Get Stuck Outside in the Snow

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One of the things that many of us find to be convenient around the house is an electronic garage door opener so that we can get in and out of the garage without getting in and out of our vehicle. Now, this gadget is not a necessity, but it is a handy thing that we come to count on, especially in bad weather. Sadly, while these devices, and garage doors in general, are pretty reliable, there are times when you may need Twin Cities garage door service.

You will need professional service if your vehicle slides on ice in the driveway and taps your door too hard with your bumper, knocking it off track, or if you full on slide through the garage door. You may also need Twin Cities garage door service if your door mechanism or remote are several years old. These items, like many others around the house need regular maintenance to keep all the moving parts working correctly.

While this has been a really bad winter for most parts of the US, Minneapolis residents are used to the cold temperatures and high snowdrifts. What you don’t want is to have to get out of your vehicle and wade through snow and rain to get into your house, or attempt to haul in kids or groceries in blizzard-like conditions.  Regular maintenance and repair of your garage door and all the mechanics of it will help make sure you and your vehicle make it into the garage, where it is safe and dry at the push of a button — every time!

Should You Hire a St. Paul Roofing Professional or Do-It-Yourself?

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The roof over any house is easy to take for granted. It provides shelter from the effects of the sun and from inclement weather, keeping the occupants and their possessions dry and warm. Long before a roof begins to leak, however, there can be signs of damage or wear. Weather can be a serious issue in St. Paul, which is why a St. Paul roofing contractor should inspect the roof periodically to ensure there is no damage, or to catch it early before it becomes a bigger, more costly problem.

Some homeowners want to tackle roofing inspections and repairs themselves. This can be a mistake — one that can lead to more costly repairs down the road. When a professional roofing contractor accepts the job, the homeowner has the satisfaction of knowing the project will be handled by someone with the skills and expertise to do it right the first time. A professional roofer has undergone training and worked extensively in the field for years. That background allows them to conduct thorough inspections, assess damage, and spot problems a layman would never notice.

The potential for error is greatly reduced when a St. Paul roofing professional is used for the job. Signs of wear such as loose or worn shingles won’t be overlooked. The roofer knows whether or not a new roof is needed or a patch will do.

The importance of safety cannot be stressed enough. A roofer will have the tools and equipment to perform all aspects of the roofing job safely, whereas a homeowner may not. The risk of a fall or injury is much greater for someone lacking the training and resources to complete the task safely.

Choosing a Twin Cities Siding Contractor

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There are many reasons to have siding installed on your home, but finding the right Twin Cities siding professionals can be the real challenge. The contractor chosen has to demonstrate a knowledge of products and their uses, as well as possess the skills and experience to complete the job. There are several ways to choose the right siding professional that don’t involve opening the phone book and choosing the one with the biggest ad.

Getting a recommendation from someone who has used the contractor in the past is beneficial. Talk to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Often contractors will leave signs in the front yards of buildings they have worked on to help with advertising. Take a look at the work done and talk to the homeowner to see if they were satisfied.

Often home centers have contacts for contractors in various fields. You may find a bulletin board or literature display offering information on Twin Cities siding professionals you can contact. The store or a siding supplier in the area may be able to recommend one to you.

The next step is to call a few and inquire about their years of experience, and whether or not they are licensed and bonded. Timing may be a key factor, so asking about availability may be important, as well. Finally, invite several out to give quotes on the project. A professional contractor will give you a detailed and written estimate of the work to be done. This is important because it will be the basis of comparison against other bids. The right contractor is the one who can meet your demands at a price you can afford.

Signs Your Roof May Need Repairs

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Signs Your Roof May Need Repairs

The roof is one of those things most homeowners don’t give much thought to until there is a leak, but preventing a problem is much easier and less costly than repairing it. There are signs your Minneapolis roofing may be in need of some attention, if you know what to look for.

When you see buckling shingles, this is a telltale sign of a problem. It occurs when the roof is either not properly ventilated or not properly installed. Buckling in more than one place may mean you need an entire new roof.

If you find loose shingles in your yard, something is wrong. This often happens after a storm or high winds. When you notice the ceiling in your home sagging or sagging spots on the roof, it may indicate water damage. Don’t forget to check in the attic, as that is the first place sagging will show up.

Shingles that seem discolored should be examined more closely. The presence of moss or algae will be detected by a slick feeling on the shingles, and this indicates moisture is trapped in the roof. You should contact a Minneapolis roofing contractor to have the problem dealt with immediately.

Shingles are susceptible to rot. You will know the shingles are rotting when you see holes or obvious signs of deterioration. If the edges of the shingles are curling, this can be an indicator of rot.

Termites can do considerable damage to a roof long before you know they are an issue. Roofs are attractive, because the space between the shingles and insulation provides an ideal breeding ground. Annual termite inspections can help prevent this problem.

Aging and hail damage are the other main causes of roof damage. Any roof that is 20 years old or more should be replaced. If you’ve had a hail storm, bruising and wear may be visible on the shingles. You may also notice excessive granule loss collecting in the gutters. Contact your insurance company to see if the damage is covered under your homeowner’s policy.

Considerations for Your Minneapolis Window Replacements

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It’s winter and you can feel the cold drafts seeping in around those old windows. It’s time to replace them, but you don’t know the first thing about selecting Minneapolis window replacement contractors or the products available.

One question to ask yourself is whether you should repair or replace the existing windows. Replacing is definitely more costly, up front, but it may be the best choice long-term. Consider what you are spending on energy costs to cool and heat your home because of leaky, drafty windows.

Still not sure you want to replace the windows? Take a look at your original framing. Is it still square and in good shape? If the answer is yes, you can replace the window, side jam, sashes, and trim for relatively little money. But if the frame has lost its square shape or is rotting, you’ll need a new-construction window installed. This is a much bigger job and can cost 50% to 100% more than just the replacement window mentioned above. One way to save money is to do multiple windows at once. This brings down the per window cost and can save you money if you planned to replace several windows anyway.

If you aren’t sure about the condition of your windows and frames, try poking around the frame with a screwdriver. If you can push into the wood, you have rot. Still not sure? Your Minneapolis window replacement contractor will be happy to inspect your windows, testing for rot and squareness for you. He or she can recommend what type of replacements you need and tell you how extensive the job will be.

Options for Siding Your Home

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Options for Siding Your Home

There have never been more options for siding Minneapolis homes, since there are so many materials and textures available to choose from. Adding siding to your home or replacing older siding can give your home some extra curb appeal and boost its value. Both of those things are important, even if you aren’t considering selling the home.

How do you know what the right type of siding for your home is? Much of the decision has to do with personal preference and budget constraints. Here are the more commonly used siding materials and their characteristics to help you make a more informed decision.

Solid wood siding is usually in the form of lap siding, vertical boards, shingles, or shakes. Wood is durable and can last for decades. One of its drawbacks is that it expands and contracts with the weather and humidity, which can cause cracks and splitting. Its other drawback is that it needs protective coatings and maintenance.

Vinyl siding is the most popular and versatile siding material. It stands up well to weather and doesn’t rot, blister, split, or dent. Vinyl siding can be purchased with specific textures, like that of cedar boards, fish scales, or even clapboard siding.

Steel and aluminum siding comes in a wide array of colors and can be installed vertically or horizontally. Some dealers offer textures that simulate wood. Most are wind and dent resistant, and require virtually no maintenance.

Other specialty siding options Minneapolis homeowners can choose from include hardboard, brick and stone look-alikes, fiber cement, and stucco. Ask your contractor for more information on the materials that interest you.

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