Add Value to Your Home with new siding

Add Value to Your Home with New Siding

If your home is showing its age, it may be time to get new siding or the value of your home will drop exceedingly. When considering to add siding to the exterior of your home, look out for paint that is faded, chipped, or peeling. One call to Liberty Builders, and the exterior of your home will look more appealing and the value of it will skyrocket.

Look out for signs of bad siding as it can create several problems for a homeowner. Chipped and peeling exterior paint ruins your home’s curb appeal. If you want to put your house up for sale in the near future, old paint will lower the value of your home, or worse, lessen the chances of it selling. Outdated siding also lowers the value of your home.

The best option for improving the look of your home’s exterior is siding. Not only are you giving your home a face-lift but you are adding value to it. Siding gives your home the classic look of freshly painted wood with exceptional durability. While repainting or staining can cost up to $6,000 every four years, siding by Liberty Builders never needs painting, caulking or patching because it won’t crack, peel, or split.

Liberty Builders of Texas is the largest Mastic Siding applicator in the state of Texas and is one of the top dealers in the United States year after year. We are the only Mastic Elite Contractor in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Liberty Builders of Texas has successfully completed more siding installations than any other company in San Antonio. Windows, doors, and garages can sometimes be difficult to work with, but our skilled crews have restored some of the most complex residing projects in the area. If you are interested in our siding services, give Liberty Builders a call today!

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7 Ways to Keep The House Cool Without Using Air Conditioning

It is hot outside and we still have August left to experience the worst of the Texas heat. Instead of overusing your air conditioning, there are other ways to help keep your home cool for the rest of the summer. Here are some neat tips and tricks for saving money on your energy bill and staying cool inside your home.

  • Keep Blinds Closed. About 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. By keeping your blinds closed, you can lower your indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees and save up to 7 percent. In addition to this, purchase blackout curtains to block out sunlight from seeping through.
  • Keep Doors Closed. Close off unused rooms to prevent cool air from permeating throughout the house.
  • Utilize Ceiling Fans Instead. Ceiling fans use a lot less energy than A/C units and will lower your energy bill significantly. Set them to turn counter-clockwise to create a wind-chill breeze effect.
  • Crack the Windows Open. At night, if the weather isn’t too warm, try sleeping with the windows open for a refreshing night’s sleep. Addition to this step, heat rises so the lower you sleep the cooler it will be. Move the mattress to the floor of the room or even to a room downstairs.
  • Switch out the Lights. If you’re using incandescent lights, make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to make your home a little cooler and to lower your electric bill, too.
  • Minimize the Use of Your Stove. Using your oven and stove will make your house hotter but it’s summer. You should be outside grilling, anyway.
  • Make Some Long-Term Improvements to your Home. You can make some changes that will keep your house cooler such as installing insulated window films or planting trees that will shield your home from the sun.

Stay cool this summer and keep following Liberty Builders for more tips and tricks.

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Painting in the Summer with Liberty Builders

The summer is when most people want to take care of exterior home maintenance duties, like repainting their house. However, extreme hot weather like the type we get down here in San Antonio, is not beneficial to your paint job. Weather has a significant effect on your home’s exterior. As the days get warmer, the sun will have an impact on your home’s paint job among other things.

Humidity and heat have an influence on the time it takes your paint to dry. Don’t paint in the sun when it’s hot outside. Painting in the heat of the sun is not recommended because the paint will dry too fast. This may lead to lap marks, which happen when you paint large areas and it dries too quickly. This leaves striations, a series of ridges, furrows or marks, on the surface, and will ruin the paint’s appearance. Paint in the early morning when it is less hot and allow for double the drying time the paint label states. Also, paint in small sections and not large ones for the best results.

Painting in the damp, rainy environment is not any better than painting in the heat. If you’re having a wet summer (which could be rare for San Antonio), you are bound to fail if you paint over any wet surface. When you paint over a wet area, you seal in moisture and enclose it. When the sun hits the area, it tries to dry the moisture out, causing the paint to life and ruining the paint job. If you’ve ever seen peeling paint, this is a big sign of that. To make sure you’re not painting on a moist area, use a hygrometer to measure the amount of moisture on the exterior surface of a house. For best results, paint on a dry, warm day.

For additional exterior home maintenance tips, keep reading blogs by Liberty Builders.

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10 Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Summer is the perfect time to step outside and make sure your home is in good shape. There are many tasks you can do that will help spruce up your home. Use a weekend to apply some time to exterior and interior home maintenance tasks. Here is a list of simple summer projects you could do.

  • Check Detectors. Make sure your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
  • Exterior Paint Touch-Ups. Touching up the paint on the outside of your home is a quick and fun way to boost your curb appeal.
  • Clean Exterior Windows. Use a summer day to wash the outside of your house’s windows as it is something that doesn’t get done very often. If Windex doesn’t do the trick, fill a bucket with hot soapy water and scrub them by hand.
  • Replace Your Window Screens. If your window screens are too filthy to be cleaned, you might just want to replace them.
  • Inspect Your Patio, Driveway, and Walkways. Check these areas for cracks and weeds, and use a pressure washer to wash away dirt and residue.
  • Clean Your Home’s Roof. A pressure washer is a good item to have to clean your entire house from the roof on down.
  • Clean Gutters. Rid your gutters of leaves and debris. It may be time to replace your gutters altogether.
  • Inspect Your Hoses. Check your hoses for leaks and wear and tear. Replace your hoses every 3-5 years.
  • Inspect Your Attic and Basement. Check your attic and basement for any signs of pests or insects, water leakage, and mold.
  • Add or Replace Exterior Décor. Liven up your yard or porch with new décor and make your home a sight to see.

Stay hydrated while you’re working on your summer maintenance tasks! Happy a safe and happy summer from Liberty Builders.

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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!