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Replace Your Windows with These 6 Popular Window Styles

If you want to invest in your home, window replacement is an excellent option and an upgrade you might want to consider. Replacing your old windows with new, beautiful ones will benefit your home in many ways. There are countless models to choose from and they each have their own list of pros and cons. If you feel overwhelmed with your decisions, don’t fret. Liberty Builders of Texas is here to help you choose from the list of most popular window types.

  1. Awning. Awning windows are hinged at the top and swing outward from the bottom. The construction of these windows helps to add more natural light and fresh air into your home.
  2. Double-hung. Double-hung windows are a common and popular choice of window. They contain movable upper and lower portions for easy adjustment and improved ventilation, which helps with energy-efficiency.
  3. Single-hung. Single-hung windows are a classic choice for your home. They are stationary and raised from the bottom to allow air into your home.
  4. Casement. Casement windows swing outward with the turn of a handle.
  5. Bay. Bay windows can require additional construction and structural upgrades to your home. They consist of a large window at the center surrounded by double-hung or casement windows. With three-way viewing, natural light won’t be hard to come by. They make an elegant addition to your home.
  6. Garden. Garden windows extend out from the home’s construction and offer the perfect place for growing flowers and herbs indoors.

Windows, doors, and siding are the core products that Liberty Builders of Texas has built the company around. We’re proud to distribute and install Simonton Generations Windows and Doors all around the city of San Antonio. With so many options in color, hardware, grids, and window styles, the possibilities are endless. Give Liberty Builders of Texas a call today for a free in-home consultation.

Home Maintenance Tips for Fall includes cleaning gutters

8 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall

Fall is the perfect time to care for big exterior home repair projects before the shorter days of winter come along to make things more difficult. The hazardous winter weather can limit your time outdoors so make the move now and improve the appearance of your home’s exterior before it’s too late. Liberty Builders of Texas is here to help give you an idea of what to look for when it comes to exterior home care. Check the following items off from your list of fall home maintenance repairs and projects.

  • Care for Trees and Shrubs
    The fall of leaves from existing trees on your property is about to take place. Rake them up, but first, inspect your trees for any dormant or dead areas and trim them away.
  • Examine your home
    Look for signs of damage to your home by taking a walk around your property and inspecting your roof, siding, and foundation. If you spot something out of the ordinary, act on it now before the winter takes effect.
  • Replace your Siding
    Update your exterior paint job before the season changes if you feel your home needs an updated look.
  • Seal Gaps
    Critters, such as mice and raccoons, tend to find shelter indoors during the colder months. Make sure areas like your laundry room, garage, and pantry don’t have gaps and holes that lead outside.
  • Clean the Chimney
    Schedule a chimney cleaning and maintain the cleanliness of it throughout the cold months. Add a cap to your chimney as this will prevent critters from entering your home through the roof.
  • Maintenance the Heating System
    Ensure your heater is in working order before turning it on.
  • Check Weather-stripping
    If the weather-stripping on your windows and doors are damaged, it’s time to replace them to cut energy costs and improve heating in the house.
  • Clean Gutters
    Keep this task on the end of your checklist because after most of the leaves have fallen from the trees, you’ll want to start cleaning your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can damage your roof and siding.

Keep following Liberty Builders for seasonal exterior home maintenance tips! If you’re in need of exterior home repairs, give us a call today.

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Is a Radiant Barrier Beneficial for Your Home?

Radiant barriers are installed in the attics of your home and their primary function is to reduce the amount of summer heat and reduce the cost of air cooling. Could you and your home benefit from having a radiant barrier installed?

The San Antonio’s climate is one of extremes. Help your home’s ability to fight the elements with the Liberty Builders Radiant Barrier. Designed to be maintenance and hassle free, the material used in making Liberty UV Radiant Barrier kept NASA astronauts from losing body heat in the intense elements of space. The Space Shuttle’s outer heat tiles and many other areas contain radiant barrier protection against heat and cold. This same technology is incorporated into our Liberty Radiant Barrier product line, giving you cutting edge materials and performance.

You may also be in need of attic insulation. If energy costs continue to rise, then it’s time to take action. If your home is over ten years old, there’s a good chance it’s not well insulated as it should be. Not having enough insulation results in major energy loss and, whether you realize it or not, your home is constantly leaking energy and most of that energy loss is coming from your attic.

Did you know that up to 40 percent of a home’s conditioned air escapes through the attic? If your cooling and heating energy cost are going through the roof, there’s an easy solution: Adding Owens Corning attic insulation and sealing air leaks can help cut heating and cooling energy bills by up to 20 percent.

Liberty Builders looks forward to helping you lower you’re A/C bills. Keep the heat out and A/C in. All while helping the environment and your pocketbook! Call Liberty Builders of Texas today to get Radiant Barrier installed in your home. Contact us today!

Make Your Outdoor Space More Attractive by adding a backyard grill

5 Features to Make Your Outdoor Space More Attractive

Outdoor features make your home feel attractive, larger, and more expensive. Create an outdoor space to compliment your indoor space. With new and attractive characteristics to add to your home, you’ll be the envy of your neighbors and you’ll have the most attractive house in the neighborhood. Here are five features that benefit your home’s exterior.

 

  1. Outdoor Lighting. Adding outside lighting, other than on your front porch or backyard, boosts your willingness to spend time outdoors and will also make your yard more attractive. Add some magic to your home’s exterior with outdoor string lights installed over your deck or porch, walkway lighting, wall lanterns, or landscape lighting directed path lights.
  2. Gathering Space. Your family and friends will love you for providing a spacious area that is designed for parties and gatherings. Add a permanent feature like a gas fire table, a BBQ area, a pool and/or hot tub, an outdoor bar, or a wooden fire pit.
  3. Landscaping. Treat your lawn well and you’re yard will encourage people to spend more time outdoors. Add color to your landscape with plants and outdoor art. Create a garden, install a fountain, or build a new fence.
  4. Outdoor Structures. Structures help boost the value of your home and provide storage and additional living space to your home. Active-use structures include a patio, deck, shop, gazebo, playhouse for kids, or an area for sports. Storage structures include a shed, carport, and garage.
  5. Covered Area. Covered areas protect you from the extreme heat of the sun and also from the rain. Add a large umbrella to your patio, a sun sail, or an awning and spend more time outdoors.

Liberty Builders is here to help you make your home’s exterior to more attractive. If you need a structure installed at your home, give us a call today.

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!

Keep The House Cool Without Using Air Conditioning

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.

backyard patio in the summer

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.