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3 Reasons to Get Siding Replacement This Summer

There are many things we take for granted when dealing with our homes. The spring and summer seasons are when we might have the time and energy to plan that next home repair, however, siding is a project that often gets overlooked. Siding repairs and replacements are equally critical to the overall maintenance of your home. Take advantage of this time to contact a siding expert like Liberty Builders and talk about options for your home. Liberty Builders offers 3 reasons to get siding replacement this summer.

• Improve Energy Efficiency: Siding plays a big role in keeping a large amount of heat inside your home just like your roof does. Damage, such as leaks and cracks, can go unnoticed for months and even years as they may not be fully apparent. Over time, you may notice your energy bill increasing with these damages to your home so it’s best to prevent that now with siding replacement.

• Increase your home’s value: Any repair that you do to your home is going to boost its value in the event that you need to sell. When homebuyers shop for homes, they normally look for houses that require very little repair. Vinyl siding is a popular choice for homes because it is low maintenance and can last for years without repair. Homebuyers will love this expense.

• Boost Curb Appeal: Boost your curb appeal by improving the look of your home with siding replacement. It will help make your house look new at a cost effective price and without the hassle of repainting. Make your home stand out in the neighborhood!

Liberty Builders offers mastic siding replacement and has successfully completed more siding installations than any other company in San Antonio. Our skilled crews have repaired some of the most complex residing projects in the area. Call Liberty Builders today for a free in-home consultation today.

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5 Benefits of Having a Patio Installed

Is your house ready for summer fun and barbecues? Consider adding on a patio to host parties or to just lounge outdoors. There are many benefits to having a patio built onto your home. Liberty Builders offers 5 reasons to get a patio now for a summer to remember.

• Increase the value of your home. Adding on to your home will benefit you financially if you ever need to sell. Entertainment areas, such as patios, can add a significant value to your home while boosting your curb appeal.

• Patios extend your living area, giving you and your family more space for the summer. Also, patios will help make your home look bigger externally. And while the kids are running around the house, you’ll have an outdoor area for them to roam around.

• Patios will help provide entertainment space and summer time is the perfect time to have barbecues, birthday parties, and so much more. Become the party host with the most by adding a patio and making the most out of the additional outdoor space.

• Patios are so low maintenance when it comes to cleaning, maintaining, and even repairing. Patios are made with materials that withstand tough outdoor weather so repairs are minimal and cleaning is simple.

• Lastly, patios help you by providing fun in the sun without the heat. They protect you from damage to the skin and eyes, and can even keep you cool. Even your patio furniture will be protected from sun damage and other drastic weather.

Liberty Builders provides patios, patio covers, and carports that are high quality and energy efficient. Although Liberty Builders can provide a conventional wooden construction patio, most customers decide to go with a patio that is energy efficient and maintenance free. Call Liberty Builders today for a free in-home consultation for a new patio.

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Try These Four Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

Our homes are very important to us. We spend much of our time and income on our homes. They take so much upkeep, and since we’re living in a time when our actions have a detrimental effect on our planet, we need to upkeep our homes in more eco-friendly ways. Eco-friendly homes and home improvements aren’t just beneficial to the environment, they are beneficial to the homeowners as well. What are the most eco-friendly home improvements?

Window Renovations. Your windows play the biggest role in how natural elements enter and exit your home. Replacing the windows on your house is one of the best eco-friendly home improvements you can make. Replace your outdated windows with Generations Windows from Liberty Builders. Installing these windows shows a 40 percent decrease in energy costs.

LED Lights. Utilize natural lighting whenever possible and turn lights off when you exit a room to save energy and money. When it is necessary to use lights, replace regular bulbs with energy-saving bulbs. LED and CFL lights both use about 80 percent less energy than standard bulbs. They last longer all while producing the same strength of light and they are a very cost-effective and eco-friendly home improvement tool.

Radiant Barriers. San Antonio’s climate is extreme when it gets hot. Radiant barriers protect against the heat and cold. Keep the heat out and air conditioning in all while helping the environment and your wallet.

Attic Insulation. Did you know up to 40 percent of a home’s conditioned air escapes through the attic? Your house may not be properly insulated. If your energy bill continues to rise or if your house is over 10 years old, it may be time to take action, save 20 percent on your energy bill, and get Owens Corning Attic Insulation from Liberty Builders.

If you’re looking to be more earth-friendly with your next home project, Liberty Builders can help. Home improvement products are constantly changing to help minimize the negative effects of home repair that go into the environment. Liberty Builders offers eco-friendly products including energy efficient doors, windows, patio covers, carports, and insulation. Liberty Builders offers eco-friendly services that benefit the environment and save you money. Call us today for a free in-home consultation!

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4 Exterior Home Inspections for Spring

Finally, the weather is at a point when it’s not as cold and wet as it was in the winter. That means it’s time to get some spring cleaning done and start inspecting your home for damage caused by fall and winter weather. Here are some tips on what to look out for this spring that may need your attention as soon as possible!

  1. Clean the Gutters: Your gutters should be cleaned out at least twice a year. Now is the time to rid your gutters of the fall and winter collection of leaves and gunk that have been left behind by rain and winds of the season. Keeping your gutters filled with debris could cause damage to your gutters and will put a hole in your pocket. Plan on cleaning them before the heavy rains of the spring come in.
  2. Inspect Your Roof: While inspecting your roof for damage caused by winter winds, look for curled or missing shingles, cracked caulk, or deteriorating roof flashing. If you see signs of damage, call a maintenance professional to help with repairs. Repairing a roof by yourself could be dangerous.
  3. Repaint Your Home: Keep painted areas of your home in good repair by scraping off chipped and peeling paint. If you spot exposed wood, it needs to be covered in a fresh coat of paint as soon as possible or it will start to rot. Begin with a good exterior pressure wash on your house and then look for any chips in the paint.
  4. Clean Foundation Vents: Homes with a crawl space has vents alongside the foundation walls, which provide air circulation that helps dissipate excess moisture and prevents the spreading of mold. Vents also help with preventing critters from entering underneath your house. Remove leaves and other debris with a shop vacuum and replace if you see damage as soon as possible or you may start hearing rats crawling about at night.

If you are in need of a professional for exterior home repair, call Liberty Builders today. We offer a free in-home consultation!

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Homeowners Spend $2,000/Yearly on Maintenance

The cost of homeownership is more than just a monthly mortgage on the home of your dreams. Along with the down payment, insurance, utilities, a new homeowner is also shelling out money for home maintenance services in order to keep it running smoothly month to month.

According to Bankrate.com, homeowners on average spend $2,000 a year on home maintenance, which includes landscaping, housekeeping, and plumbing services. Additionally, 63 percent of homeowners use at least one recurring home maintenance provider while another 35 percent use at least two!

Homeowners tend to spend the most on housekeeping at $285 per month, followed by homeowner’s association dues, and landscaping. The next most popular services were home security systems, pool care, snow removal, septic service, and trash and recycling collection services.

With that being said, owning a home is not cheap! Homeowners have to prepare for major repairs, such as roof leaks or blown-out air conditioners. Budgets need to be set for property taxes, which can cost over $200 each month. Maintenance services are convenient and will save time but they are a detriment to a homeowner’s bank account if the budget does not exist.

To avoid running into a financial crisis, Liberty Builders recommends two important factors for maintenance costs:

  • Create a home maintenance fund to go along with other savings accounts and avoid using credit cards or loans for unexpected home repair costs.
  • Make better short-term and long-term housing decisions by factoring in the $2,000 estimated maintenance costs when deciding if buying a house is affordable.

Agents should focus their clients toward homes they can comfortably afford, however that is not always the case. Ask an agent to help with this dilemma when house hunting.

At Liberty Builders, you can rely on reasonably cost effective services for your exterior home. We will even throw in a free in-home consultation and take you step-by-step on costs to avoid a hole in your wallet.

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Three Big Reasons to Choose Vinyl Siding

Choose Vinyl Siding with Liberty Builders

Vinyl siding is the number one choice of homeowners in the United States for exterior cladding, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Contractors also prefer vinyl siding because it’s easier to handle, store, and install. Today’s vinyl siding offers all the character and charm of wood siding without maintenance worries, rotting, splitting or insect damage. Choose Liberty Builders for our vinyl siding services! Our siding gives your home the classic look of freshly painted wood with exceptional durability. Here are a few other reasons to choose Mastic Premium Vinyl Siding.

1. It’s Easy to Clean

Unlike other exterior cladding, vinyl siding only requires simple, periodic cleaning with mild soap and a garden hose. Easy-to-Clean Vinyl siding is cleaned with a soft cloth or soft bristle brush. For textured surfaces, the brush keeps the grooves in the texture stain-free. For larger sections, many homeowners use a solution of vinegar and water with great results.

2. It’s Cost-Effective

Minimal maintenance does more than save time, it saves money. With fewer materials to purchase, vinyl siding reduces the life cycle cost of maintaining the home. The money saved could go on other exterior home maintenance repairs and replacements in order to benefit the curb appeal of your home.

3. It’s Diversified

The benefits of low maintenance extend to the architectural trim and accessories necessary to complete an exterior design. Virtually any type of trim or accessory that has been traditionally produced in wood is now available in vinyl and other low maintenance materials, relieving the wood-based worries of painting, swelling, cracking, warping, or insect damage.

Liberty Builders’ Mastic Premium Vinyl Siding is backed by a V.I.P. Limited Lifetime Warranty as well as a Limited fade warranty. We offer a free in-home consultation. Call Liberty Builders to find out more information about siding today!

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Home Exterior Trends for 2018

The exterior of your home is arguably the most important part of your home. It’s the first thing family, friends, and neighbors see when they approach your home. The exterior is also the most important part of your home to keep up so that it doesn’t falter in curb appeal. That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of popular styles and trends for the exterior of your home. Here’s what’s trending in 2018!

Color

When talking color trends, your best bet is for your home’s color palette to complement its architecture, along with the landscaping and surroundings. But in 2018, it’s all about making a statement while complimenting those features. Create a combination of light and dark over the exterior rather than using a subtle color palette. Make your home look bold and dynamic by using colors like blue, gray, and black on your siding and mix it with a bold accent like white on your trim to make it pop. And, finally, use a different color altogether for your door. In the example of white on dark, we suggest red or light green.

Texture

Blending different textures and styles is a booming trend for 2018. For instance, use different sizes and styles of cedar shingles in the same color as part of your exterior. If your house was built with brick or stone, they should not be the defining feature of your exterior. Instead, it should be mixed with as many complementary styles as possible to create a dynamic texture but isn’t necessarily defined by it.

Eco-Friendly

A trend for 2018 is something that has been trending for years and that’s reducing your carbon footprint, reducing your maintenance, and just being as friendly to the environment as possible when it comes to your home. When choosing to repair or replace on your home’s exterior, make sure you’re utilizing products and services that cater to the benefit of the environment. This can include anything from using eco-friendly paints to energy-efficient patio covers.

Trends for 2018 aren’t too far off from what you’ve probably been seeing in neighborhoods where remodeled homes are being sold. But there’s definitely a shift toward more dynamic colors, mixtures or siding and textures, and eco-friendliness. If you need assistance with exterior home maintenance, call Liberty Builders today! We offer a free in-home consultation!

Improve the Value of your Home!

As the New Year begins and you look to fulfilling all your 2018 resolutions, we hope that you remembered to include home improvement among them. Home improvement projects that increase the value of your home are beneficial for many reasons, whether you’re looking to sell or stay, raising your home’s value is not as difficult as it seems. Here are some great tips to help get you started.

Make a plan. List all the things you want to change and improve on your home and research how much time and money will go into each project. After that, prioritize your list and focus on your cheaper or easier tasks first and leave the more challenging projects for last, as they may be less easily achievable due to time or cost.

Focus on one room at a time. Rather than working in several projects at once, focus on one, finish it, and then move on. Don’t stress yourself by overworking or leaving no room available for some R&R. Also, don’t forget about the little upgrades that will increase your home’s value such as replacing old faucets, doors, and outlet plates.

Keep up home maintenance. A well maintained home easily improves its value. Prevent mold before it spreads unchecked and stay on top of maintenance issues before they become expensive problems. This includes your home’s curb appeal. Accentuate your walkway or yard with flowers and lanterns and keep lawn and bushes well-trimmed and healthy.

Don’t forget the bathroom. One room that suffers the most over time is the bathroom. Take care of it or watch your home value decrease drastically. Watch out for mold, dirt, and grime as they can become embedded in surfaces quickly. Under-mount sinks are trendy right now so replace your faucet with those. Also, if you can, replace your countertop with marble or granite and replace your overhead lighting with wall mounds to add a relaxed mood.

Whether you’re looking to sell or stay, your home worth will increase dramatically with these simple tips. Your house will look newly renovated and have amazing curb appeal. Call Liberty Builders today, we can help!

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Get your Home Ready for Cold Weather

It recently snowed and we couldn’t believe our eyes! Normally in South Texas, however, the bitter cold doesn’t arrive until January and February, so now is the time to prepare our homes from cold damage. Prepare your home now and don’t delay because if you’re a native Texan, then you know the weather is never predictable. Cold temperatures can damage certain parts of your home and could dig a hole in your pocket. Follow these steps to ensure your home is ready for what the winter brings this season.

  1. Seal windows and doors. Caulk around windows and install weather stripping around your exterior doors. Gaps that are found in windows and doors make it difficult – and expensive – to keep your house warm in the winter. You could save a lot on heating costs by taking on this task before the cold weather hits.
  2. Protect your pipes. Watch out for busted pipes this season as the water in your pipes could freeze. Especially in older homes, it’s a good idea to leave faucets dripping in very cold weather. Disconnect outdoor hoses and store them away, and cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators.
  3. Check the heat. Turn on the furnace to see if it is operating normally. Change your furnace filter before continuous use of your heater.
  4. Clean and store lawn equipment. It’s time to store away equipment usually used for summer days, such as your lawnmower and other motor-operated devices. Empty the fuel tanks because gas can degrade and damage the fuel line and other components. After cleaning, store them in a dry and warm place to avoid winter damage.
  5. Inspect your fireplace and chimney. Soot and other debris can collect in the months that you’re not using them. Make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean before you light up the first log of the winter. When you aren’t using it, keep the flue closed all the way. This will prevent cool air from entering the house.

For more home maintenance tips and other tricks, continue to follow Liberty Builders. If you have any questions or are in need of home exterior services, call us today. We offer a free in-home consultation.

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Every homeowner wants their house to be the best looking one in their neighborhood. Not every homeowner currently has the budget for big home improvement projects. We have searched to find 4 things you can do to easily boost your home’s curb appeal while being on a tighter budget. Follow these tips and watch as your home becomes the talk of the neighborhood.

1. Paint your front door, shutters, and trim. This may seem obvious but a new nicely fresh coat of paint can make your house stand out from all the others.
2. Keep up with lawn and garden maintenance. A fresh cut lawn and a weed-free flower garden with multiple colored succulents will complement your home.
3. Changing or painting lights and door fixtures. Getting or painting fixtures that match in color is a small change that can give your home new life.
4. Power wash your siding, walkways, and porch. Over time, dirt and grime start to build up on these surfaces. A power wash can clean them right up and make your home look brand new.

Whatever you decide to do with your home (sell or improve the exterior look), these tips can help upgrade any houses curb appeal. When you decide it’s time and you have the budget for larger home improvements, call us for a free in-home consultation.