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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.

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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.