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Protect Your Home from the Texas Heat

What’s better than staying cool in the heat? During the hottest days of summer, we like to stay in our homes and enjoy the air conditioning. The sun could be devastating to many things, including our skin, our gardens, and of course, our homes. During this summer, you need to keep an eye out for protecting two things: your home’s exterior paint job and your air conditioning unit.
After years of damage, the sun is going to dry up your exterior home paint job, but that is an easy fix. On the other hand, if your A/C unit breaks, that could cost you a large amount of money. Take these tips to prevent your A/C from overworking!
● Insulate your attic: Your attic needs to be properly insulated. This helps to keep the heat in during winter and keeps the heat out during the summer. Proper insulation also assists with saving money on your bill.
● Consider installing an attic door cover: Most of the heat that travels between the attic and the house is through the doorway. Proper insulation will help but an attic door cover will reduce the heat even more.
● Caulk your windows and doors: Caulking is beneficial in keeping the right temperature in your home. Poorly sealed windows allow for warm air to seep through. The same goes for doors. Make sure to weather strip them.
● Some other helpful tips with helping keep the warm air out include purchasing a programmable thermostat or a multi-stage air conditioner.
Liberty Builders can help with insulation. If your home is over 10 years old, it may be time to consider requesting this service. Keep your house cool and your energy bill down by calling us today for a free in-home consultation.

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Is Your Patio Summer-Ready?

There’s no time like the present to redevelop your backyard or porch patios. The weather is getting warmer and it’s the season to get-together with your family and friends to spend time outdoors and have a bar-b-que. But you can’t have a good ol’ summer cookout without a new and improved patio. Liberty Builders can help restructure your patio in the style you want.
If your patio is looking like it should just be demolished, don’t give in to that thought. There are plenty of reasons to have one, especially in the summer.
● Patios supply a great spot to lounge while the kids play in the yard.
● You can easily decorate them to make them look appealing.
● They add value to your home.
● They provide a place for entertainment.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor patios. We will walk you through our strategy of renovating your home’s exterior, including the rebuilding, color, design, and energy-friendly results of our work. Call Liberty Builders today for a FREE in-home consultation.
But wait! What is a patio without a cover? It’s hot outside, after all. Protect yourself from the sun and rain with an energy-efficient patio cover from Liberty Builders!

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How to Prepare for a Remodel

In honor of National Home Improvement Month, Liberty Builders would like to share some tips on how to prepare for a remodel. While Liberty Builders is the leading exterior home remodeling company that focuses on energy efficient products and services, some of our exterior work goes into repairing a lot of interior parts of the home. That’s why we’re here to offer you some planning advice when you’re ready for an overall remodeling of your home.

  • Research: Research projects, products, and companies to compare price and to gain an understanding of what you’re looking for in a remodel. Research property value to make ensure that your projects are in line with the other homes in your area.
  • Plan: Ask yourself how long you might live in your house or if you plan to make your family bigger in the immediate future. Use long and short term questions to figure out the projects you need to focus on now.
  • Budget: Set a realistic budget for your projects. Include projects, products, and incidental expenses. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler. Professionals will be respectful of your budget and will create a strategy around that.
  • Review your Contract: Once you find the right professionals, ask the right questions. Ask about time, cost, their specialties, background, and issues with previous clients. Finally, ask them about their plan to move forward with your project. A true remodeling professional won’t intentionally mislead you, but they might occasionally miss something, so thoroughly read your contract and if something looks different from what was originally discussed, let them know immediately.
  • Final Selections: Make your final project decisions based on quality, style, function, availability, and price.
  • Communicate: Again, ask questions. It’s okay to be on top of your remodeler. This is your home so you should know when the project should start and when it should end. A professional will be honest with you and will communicate with you to ensure they stay on your good side.

We hope this information helps, and when you’re ready, please be sure to give Liberty Builders a call for a FREE in-home consultation! Although we cater to exterior home maintenance, we would be happy to assist you with questions you have about your interior remodeling.

Energy Efficient Siding!

Learn How We Do Siding Replacement

Liberty Builders has successfully completed more siding installations than any other company in San Antonio. Our skilled crews have restored some of the most complex residing projects from windows to doors and garages. We are the largest Mastic Siding applicator in the state of Texas and in the United States.

Want to know exactly what our process is for replacing siding?

  • We locate and replace all the rotten wood and trim of the home’s exterior walls.
  • Then, we insulate the wall with our ¾” Dow Styrofoam Insulation.
  • We replace rotten window and door trim with our custom fit lifetime trim.
  • All overhangs are replaced with our lifetime Soffit panels.
  • Following that, we custom fit the new lifetime Fascia trim.
  • Then, we add custom made and color matched drip edge to shingle flashing.
  • Finally, we install Liberty Elite Siding to complete the job.

Call Liberty Builders for a FREE in-home consultation. We’ll be glad to assist you with your home repair and replacement necessities.

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Plan for a Beautiful Patio Cover this Spring

Protect yourself from the April showers this month! What better way to do that than with a new patio cover? While it warms up out there, you can also protect your eyes and skin from the sun. There are many reasons to add a patio cover to your home, including the fact that it will increase your property value and add curb appeal. If you’re thinking about it, consider Liberty Builders to help, we’re the patio cover experts.

Patio Covers are a necessity in the San Antonio area. They provide shade from the sun and can protect other property during inclement weather like springtime thunder storms. Although Liberty Builders of Texas can build you a conventional wooden construction patio, patio roof systems and carports, most of our customers decide to move forward with a more energy efficient and maintenance free system.

Our patio covers are designed and constructed from a high quality structural aluminum panel. These panels are permanently laminated to an expanded polystyrene foam core. The insulated covers that we build will insulate against the heat and cold giving you the ability to enclose them into a screened porch or glass sunroom in the future.

We have multiple color options available for your new cover. Don’t forget to use some of our upgrades like ceiling fans, floodlights, fluted columns, and even stereo speakers. Just like all of the products we offer, they come with limited lifetime product and labor warranties. And remember, all our covers are also maintenance free!

We’re here to help you achieve your patio cover goals and will recommend the best options for you and your house. Call Liberty Builders for a free in-home consultation today.

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6 Biggest Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

When considering renovation, you are free to dream big! You can have all the trending home styles and apply a more modern look to a tired house. But if you’re selling or flipping, you may not want to go overboard. Consider the buyer in search of a new home. Will they enjoy the extra room you added in place of a garage? Will they enjoy a pool in place of a big yard? You don’t know what the prospective buyer will want and chances are they will renovate the home once purchased. When renovating a home, balance is key. Follow these tips to avoid renovation mistakes that could hurt your property.

  1. Pay attention to the demands of your market. Adding a basement to a Texas home may not do much for the property value of your home, but adding a screened porch will. If your neighborhood caters to families, skip the luxurious restorations and stick with something simple. What you think works in your house may actually not work for another owner.
  2. Avoid open space. Opens areas and larger rooms may be the current trend but this might make your home appear smaller. To avoid this, use a half-wall with built-in shelving or widen a doorway into an archway. A large master bedroom is appealing to anyone but not at the expense of other bedrooms. Consider investing in a master addition instead.
  3. Don’t build that pool. Pools are simply a never-ending buildup of maintenance costs or a highly dangerous area if you have kids. If you’re selling your home after a renovation, a pool will not be a good investment, especially if you live in an area with a neighborhood pool.
  4. Updating one room on an old house is useless. Save renovation costs by selling your home as is and they can do the dirty work. If your home is outdated, tackle the entire home as one single project as your budget allows.
  5. Build back, not up. If you’re going for room additions, adding a second floor is costly, time consuming, and will create less space on your lower level by adding a staircase.
  6. Don’t settle for trendy. Nothing stays the same in the world of design. Eco-friendly restorations won’t do too much to increase your property costs and the latest sink design will eventually get tired. Be creative with your renovations but don’t settle for what’s popular now.

Want more tips? Give Liberty Builders a call. We can help!

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Protecting your Home from a Hail Storm

The month of March marks the start of hail season! 2016 was one of the most severe hail seasons in our state’s history. According to CoreLogic, the April hail event in San Antonio affected over 263,440 properties and resulted in an estimated $334.5 million in damages. Overall in Texas, hail damage resulted in total losses of $689.6 million. This time of year, focus on preventing exterior property damage before it happens.

There are a few ways to protect your home and outdoor items from hail:

  • Have your roof inspected to ensure there isn’t anything that could make it susceptible to hail damage. The best way to repair your roof is when the problems are found, and not when multiple parts need to be repaired. A strong roof could prevent hail damage.
  • Keep your home free of surrounding dangers. Trim the trees that surround your house regularly or you might experience branches falling and damaging your home during a storm.
  • Remove all valuables out of the open area. Before a hail storm arrives, move all outdoor valuables (patio furniture, barbeque pits) to a covered area like a carport or a garage. Not only can those valuables be damaged, but the weather can cause those items to seriously damage your home as well.
  • Don’t forget the windows. Hail can break your windows so close your drapes, blinds, and shades in the event of a hail storm. This will prevent broken glass to blow into your home and cause more stress for you.
  • Protect your vehicles. Park your cars and other vehicles in your garage or under a carport.

Call Liberty Builders today and ask how we can protect your roof and the rest of your home from a damaging hail storm.

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Signs you need to replace your Roof

Before hail season begins, take the time to get your roof inspected and see what repairs it may need. By making your roof stronger, you are preventing any further damage from taking place. If a hail storm creates as much damage as it did in San Antonio last year, you might be looking at a higher cost to repair the damages. If the storm creates more damage than you anticipated, it may be time to replace your roof.

Do you know what signs to look for when it’s time to replace your roof?

  1. Age: A typical roof lasts between 20 and 25 years. If your roof was installed over another layer or layers and it’s over 20 years, it’s time to call us for a free consultation.
  2. Bad shingles: If your shingles are curled or buckling, this is another sign of roof replacement.
  3. Roof valleys: These are the folds or angles of the roof, and are the most important areas of the roof. Snow and rain flow through these areas. If they are damaged, you are susceptible to roof leaks. Checking if shingles are missing from this area is a major sign of valley damage.
  4. Chimney flashing: Flashing aids to protect your roof from water intrusion where your roof meets a wall. If your flashing consists of cement of tar, it needs to be replaced with metal.
  5. Cracks: When you’re on your roof and feel like you’re standing on a trampoline instead of a roof, this means the underlying decking is weak and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Check your attic to see if there’s any sunlight peering from the roof boards.
  6. Moss: Moss growth means that sunlight is not reaching those areas on the roof, Moss holds moisture, and moisture is bad for your roof surface.

Call us today if you feel you might need your roof replaced. We’ll give you a free in-home consultation.

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Replace Your Gutters with Liberty Builders

February is a great time to clean out those gutters full of debris from the fall and winter weather. If you find yourself cleaning gutters that might need replacing instead, think Liberty Builders. If you’re not sure how long you’ve had your current gutters, we’ll help you with figuring out if you need new ones. Here are some ways to figure out if you need new gutters on your own:

  • If your gutters have a large number of cracks, holes, or rust damage.
  • If your fasteners are broken (those are the pieces of metal that connect your gutter to your roof).
  • If you’re constantly finding nails and screws on the ground that have fallen off your gutters.
  • If you see gutters pulling away from the roof or if they sag.
  • If you see the paint peeling off.

At Liberty Builders, we use Leaf Relief gutter guards by Ply Gem to protect against leaves, twigs and other debris from blocking your gutters. Leaf Relief® is not only the most effective gutter protection system on the market, it is also the most invisible. Leaf Relief® lays flat and fits snugly on top of your gutter. We back it with our exclusive 10-Year Limited Warranty, which includes the repairing or replacing of the product if the product is defective and the product is covered for 10 years.

Call Liberty Builders today for a free in-home consultation. For new gutters, call (210) 714-1655.

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist for February

February is the time to start planning many things, such as your spring cleaning plans and summer vacation plans. But, before you get to those things, you have some home maintenance chores to do before the start of spring. There are certain things to replace and clean before a change in weather, or you’re bound to see the negative effects of not caring for your home.

Follow these home maintenance tips for the month of February:

  • It’s time to replace the air filter on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system in order to keep the air in your home clean and flowing freely. A high quality air filter is the best choice to remove mold, pollen, and other particles from the air. You’ll want to replace your filter every three months or you might damage your HVAC system.
  • Clean your walls, floors, and interior windows. A midwinter cleaning could cut down on dust. This is especially important for allergy sufferers.
  • Plan your yard and patio projects for the spring. Maybe it’s time to renovate your patio or add onto it. Also, consider building a carport over your driveway. Now is a great time to plant shrubs and fruit trees in your garden. If you’re planning to add onto your home, think twice about where you keep your garden.
  • Winter isn’t quite finished yet but clean your gutters frequently as leaf build-up could cause damage to your gutters, which could then cause damage to the roof of your home.

Keep following Liberty Builders for your monthly home maintenance checklist. Give us a call if the winter weather has affected your home negatively. We’ll be able to help with exterior home repair. Call us at (210) 714-1655.