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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.

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Liberty Builders is your Room Addition Professional Expert

Looking to expand on your property? We’re exterior renovation company you’re looking for. Liberty Builders focuses on three types of room additions for your home: insulated glass patio enclosures, porches and screen rooms, and the Eze-Breeze sliding panel porch enclosure. Keep reading to find out which option is best for you and your home.

Insulated Glass Patio Enclosures
Although Liberty Builders of Texas can build you a conventional wooden construction addition, most of our customers decide to move forward with a more energy efficient and maintenance free system. Whether you have an existing roof or patio that you want to convert into air conditioned space, Liberty Builders can help design the perfect enclosure to fit your needs. Not only do we use the insulated aluminum roof and wall panel system in your sunroom enclosure, we build around our premium energy saving windows and doors. Doing this helps your sunroom achieve the best performance in energy loss prevention while benefiting from the best product warranties in the industry. There are multiple color options available for your new room addition, as well as many styles and configurations for your room enclosure so make sure you contact Liberty Builders for a free design consultation.
Porches and Screen Rooms
If you have been looking for a great way to upgrade your current patio cover or need to build a complete patio enclosure, then consider a screened enclosure. We can help you create a great outdoor room to enjoy those bug infested summer days or cool fall breezes. Like our patio covers and carports these screen rooms are installed using an aluminum insulated panel to cover the porch and can even be used as a knee wall that creates a barrier between dirt and debris.
The Eze-Breeze Sliding Panel Porch Enclosure
The porch enclosure system gives you two ways to enclose your outdoor spaces. Vertical Four-Tracks open up 75% of your window area for ventilation, while side sliders open half way. These panels are custom made to fit any space, complementing any style home with clean lines and pleasing proportions. The lightweight, vinyl-glazed panels can be raised to open up 75% of the window area to the breeze, or can be easily removed and stored, leaving screens in place. Panels tilt for easy cleaning and can be ordered in clear, bronze, and gray tints to reduce the sun’s glare and solar heat gain.
For an attractive, spacious and wide-open look, nothing beats the slide slider. Available in two and four track versions, these full-length panels move back and forth at the touch of a finger on corrosion-resistant nylon rollers. Like Vertical Four-Tracks, they can be lifted out easily for storage or cleaning, and ordered in clear bronze, and gray tints. The Eze-Breeze Garage Door screens are an affordable way to get more use out of your garage. Their rugged screens slide across the garage door opening at the touch of a finger, creating a well-ventilated, screened-in area where you can work or play in comfort without losing the ability to park your vehicles. The Eze-Breeze system is lighter and more affordable than conventional glass sunrooms. The tough vinyl glazing returns to original shape within minutes if distorted.

Do any of these projects sound appealing to you? Call Liberty Builders for your free in-home consultation.

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Increase the Value of Your Home

As the New Year begins and you look to fulfilling all your 2017 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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December Home Maintenance Tips

Seasonal home maintenance helps to keep your home running smoothly, protects your investments, and may decrease your home repair costs. Since winter is the un-friendliest season of the year, you shouldn’t allow winter maintenance to go by during the busiest time of the year. Follow these December home maintenance tips before things get rough around the house.

• Disconnect all your garden hoses and wrap all exterior pipes and spigots.
• Find cold drafts seeping in through windows and properly seal with caulk or weather-stripping.
• Clean out your chimney or hire a professional chimney cleaner if you’re unsure how to properly clean it yourself.
• Clean out your dryer vents or this will create a big fire risk.
• Change your air filter as this will ensure your system is running more efficiently and will cut down on allergens.
• Clean your gutters from the fall buildup of leaves.
• Check that all your exterior electrical components are working properly.
• Check for loose or broken shingles on your roof.
• Survey your attic and insulation in order to lower your heating bill.
• Replace the batteries to your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Finally, if haven’t already, safely set up decorations and Christmas lights around your home.

Keep following Liberty Builders’ blogs for your monthly home maintenance checklists.

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Replace Your Windows before winter

Replacing your windows during the fall is essential for many reasons. The autumn weather is a great time to prepare for harsh weather conditions to come. Fall is the end of the busy season for window installers. Damaged windows can have broken frames, cracked glass, or improper sealing. By replacing your windows now, you’re ensuring a lower energy bill in the winter months and more secure protection from burglars.
According to a report done by CNN, burglary rates increase in the summer and in December. And, some cities experienced their greatest number of burglaries in the two weeks following Christmas. You can help protect against break-ins by purchasing Generation Windows from Liberty Builders. The Generations Secure glass package will help provide security protection 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since this tough glass can stand up to repeated blows from common burglary tools like bricks, bats, hammers and crowbars, it is backed by a $1,000 break-in protection warranty.
The plastic interlayer in our Generations Secure glass package acts as a filter hat blocks out more noise than ordinary glass by as much as 50% resulting in a quieter and more comfortable interior home environment. Other benefits include lifetime protection on vinyl components, hardware, screens, and glass seal failure, and lowering your energy costs by at least 40%.
Act now as the colder temperature weather can present unique window installation challenges, such as caulk not settling well or difficulty accomplishing a tight seal. However, if you choose to replace your windows during the winter, it is the slow season for window replacements and you could schedule based on your availability.
No matter when you choose to have your windows replaced, we can get the job done. Give Liberty Builders a call today to determine the best needs for you and your home. We also provide free in-home consultations.

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Get Easy Financing Assistance from Liberty Builders

Liberty Builders can help you navigate your home improvement financing needs. We aim to find easy, affordable financing options for all customers’ important home improvements. In over 30 years of business, we have helped our customers finance over $60 million dollars in home improvement loans. From small projects to total makeovers, through our preferred network of lenders we can find easy affordable options for any budget.

For more than 25 years, Liberty Builders has worked with The San Antonio Credit union. They have financed over 11,000 of our contracts with no major complaints on workmanship or materials.

In today’s economy, Liberty understands the importance of investing in your most prized asset, your home. Don’t let money be an issue when it comes to making important decisions on home improvements. While some home improvement projects are purely for cosmetic purposes, others can truly change the look of your home while protecting your pocketbook and safeguarding the environment. Liberty Builders of Texas prides itself in offering money saving, energy efficient products that can change your home’s curb appeal and your general cost of living.

If you are thinking about investing in your home or business, it will only take a minute to get the ball rolling with our easy financing questionnaire and lenders who are ready to work with you and your budget. Our financing process is simple. Fill out the form or give us a call. We are excited to work with you and make your home improvement dreams a reality!

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5 Easy Home Projects to do Before Winter

November is the month to ensure your house is ready for the winter. With the cold weather now in place, you’ll want to finalize all exterior home maintenance so that your energy costs are lowered during the winter months. Here are five things to do to your home in November.

1. INSULATE YOUR ATTIC
Whether you live in a hot or cold climate, your attic floor is the most important area in your home to insulate. This fully insulated area will not only help keep heat where you want it, but will also keep the lid on your energy costs. The basic principle of good insulation is that you want to keep heat energy from escaping.

2. PUT LEAVES TO GOOD USE
Don’t leave autumn leaves untouched on your lawn or they may smother the grass and lead to a variety of insect and disease problems. Put them through a leaf shredder, rake them up and use them as fall mulch on flower or vegetable beds with a little fertilizer.

3. HANG A BIRD FEEDER
Food is scarce in the winter so human assistance is especially important. Feeders also provide pit stops for birds on the way to warmer climates, or returning home when spring finally arrives.

4. ORGANIZE YOUR GARAGE
With colder temperatures, it will be necessary to get your car into the garage. Take a weekend to clear the clutter.

5. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
Electronic programmable thermostats allow you to set target temperatures for each day of the week and each period of the day, depending on your schedule. According to the Department of Energy, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill by turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours.

Keep reading our blogs for all your home repair tips!

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Improve Your Home’s Look with New Interior Doors

It may be easy to overlook interior doors, but they’re part of your home’s overall look and greatly impact its appeal. If your interior doors are all different, or if they’re different colors, you should consider replacing them. If doors don’t match, the entire home loses cohesion. Also, consider replacing interior doors if they’ve become damaged or no longer sit properly in their frames. Minor damage to solid wood doors can be more easily corrected by sanding and then staining or painting again, but these heavier doors are also more prone to moving out of alignment with their frame. A wood door that won’t close properly and has significant damage may be better used elsewhere in a home.

Remember, each type of interior door offers its own benefits and there are a number of interior door types to choose from, including:

  • solid wood doors
  • faux wood doors
  • engineered wood doors
  • bi-fold doors
  • fire-resistant doors
  • pocket doors
  • accordion doors
  • French doors

If you choose to replace some or all of your existing interior doors, you’ll discover they come in two varieties: pre-hung and blank, or slab. Pre-hung doors have their jambs pre-attached, and space in the wall was made to accommodate door and jamb together. Blank, or slab, doors are crafted to fit into a jamb already set in the wall. Once you’ve purchased a new blank door, the next step is to remove the old one, lay it on top of the new door, take measurements and cut them to match. Replacing a pre-hung door means removing the door and jamb, but you won’t have to worry about cutting a new door to the proper size. It does have to fit perfectly in the wall opening, however, which means using wooden shims and a great deal of patience to get it just right.

One simple way to update the look of an interior door without replacing the entire door is to change the door trim. Removing and replacing door trim can typically be done in the space of an afternoon. You’ll need a pry bar to remove the old trim, and new trim to replace what you’re removing. There are many trim types available including flat, easy-paint options to larger, flared crown molding. You can also find decorative corner blocks or lintels to match your tastes.

If you have questions, or if you’re ready to replace some or all of your interior doors, give Liberty Builders a call to see how we can help.

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8 Home Maintenance Tips to Follow Before Winter Comes

You’re never really done with exterior home maintenance and the start of another season means different things for your home. For fall, the weather will be cooler and the leaves are sure to fall everywhere, meaning it’s time to plan your fall home exterior maintenance checklist before winter arrives.

  1. Clean gutters.Gutters require constant upkeep, especially in autumn. Leaves and other debris can clog your rain gutters, causing leaks and other problems. After the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
  2. Wash windows. Also, have your windows and screens washed if you did not do so in the spring or if they now appear dirty after the summer months.
  3. Inspect and maintain your heating system.Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor to be sure that the system is clean and in good shape. Replace and clean your furnace and humidifier filters at least every 30 days during the heating season. When properly serviced, heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems.
  4. Repair your roof and siding. Have a Liberty Builders professional inspect your roof and siding for any missing and loose shingles. It’s better to find and repair the damaged areas in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during the winter. Also, trim any tree branches that interfere with your roof and siding.
  5. Shut off outdoor water systems.Freezing temperatures can cause damage to hoses, pipes and your sprinkler system so make sure to shut off all exterior faucets, and winterize your sprinkler systems before a potential freeze. Drain all hoses and store them inside your home.
  6. Check safety devices.Take a minute to change the batteries to your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to ensure they are in working order.
  7. Apply weather stripping and caulk to doors and windows. Inspect weather stripping around doors and windows. Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Caulking helps keep your house weather tight and lowers your heating bills. Proper sealing and insulation can save up to 20% on winter heating costs.
  8. Inspect and clean your fireplaces and chimneys. Have your chimneys cleaned by a licensed professional.

 

Good luck with your winter preparations, and if you need any exterior home repairs done, be sure to call Liberty Builders – we’re here to help!