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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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Reduce Your Exterior Home Maintenance Costs

Your house is an extension of you. If the exterior looks bad, so do you. The outside of your home should be attractive, inviting, and not appear to be in need of major repairs. If it is, however, don’t worry too much, and keep in mind that cost-effective exterior home maintenance is definitely possible. It just takes time, research and the right amount of motivation.

Taking the time to choose just the right materials for your home exterior projects will cut down on future frustrations and repetitive replacements. Here are some great options:

Metal roofing is a great investment because it protects against fire and bad weather. It’s also great for reflecting sunlight to reduce cooling costs in the summer and insulate in the winter. Met roofs can last up to 60 years.

Vinyl siding is a cheap, low-maintenance substitute for traditional wood when choosing a siding material to protect your home. Some perks to vinyl siding are that it’s perfect for larger houses where painting would be difficult, the material is synthetic and doesn’t require any finishing, and it is also unaffected by insects and water.

A fiberglass or metal door offers an attractive alternative to your entryway with minimal maintenance. With its weather-tight fit that seals out water and air leaks, you’ll reduce your energy bill, and by choosing a fiberglass or metal door, you’ll protect your home from intruders, extreme weather conditions, and pests.

Your final alternative to reduce exterior home maintenance is opting for a composite deck, which will prevent splintering, warping, and rotting. Made from a mix of wood and plastic, composite decks don’t lose their strength and beauty over time as a result of age or weather damage. Upkeep will be minimal as you’ll won’t have to repaint or sand your deck.

Check out our website to see if we can assist with your exterior maintenance needs or give us a call at (210) 714-1655.

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The Importance of Fiberglass Sliding Doors

The best time for outdoor events is here. As warmer weather approaches, so are the days to leave the doors open for fresh air. If your home has a beautiful backyard that’s just perfect for outdoor activities, you may want to think about investing in fiberglass sliding doors, which provide unobstructed views and easy access. Here are three other great reasons to consider fiberglass sliding doors:

Energy Efficiency: While maximizing air ventilation and space illusion, fiberglass sliding doors open up a small area to widen the view outside and will also fulfill energy efficiency needs. Sliding doors are a great solution for allowing safe ventilation. And with a mesh screen installed, the use of natural ventilation allows to save on energy costs as well as keeping bugs from entering through.

Space: Due to their design, swinging doors consume more space than fiberglass sliding doors. Usually attached to the living room, sliding doors make your room appear larger. Sliding doors take up no radius and provide you with a wide open view to the outdoors. They are the link to your backyard or patio so the exterior looks as though it is an extension to the room.

Lighting: Allowing natural light into your house is perfect for energy saving and there are options for having several different door panels. For the interior designer in you, cover your sliding doors with shutters or drapes when natural light is unnecessary. This will add an attractive design solution for your home.

If you think fiberglass sliding doors might be a good option for your home, give us a call now for a free in-home consultation at (210) 714-1655 and we’ll help you determine the best options to meet your specific home needs.

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5 Things to Replace and Repair This Spring

Winter can cause some serious damage to your home. That’s why March isn’t just for spring cleaning anymore, it’s for home repairs too. Wall cracks, gutter damage, and window damage are all signs that your house endured a rough winter. If you’re experiencing post-winter damage to your home, here is what you need to be focused on for repairs and replacements this Spring.

1. Replace your windows. Cold weather will make it easier to leave your windows with smudges and streaks. Replacing them could be costly so you should also invest in caulk or weather strips. However, gradually replace windows in every room to avoid the large bill.

2. Repair your gutters, downspouts, and roofs. You should have gutters and downspouts cleaned come spring so that water can flow through them easily. Gutters should be facing away from the house to stop water pooling around the foundation. Gutter covers may also be helpful. Check for leaks coming from the roof. Patch newer roofs but older roofs over 20 years need more maintenance.

3. Paint the house. Rain and snow are big detriments of paint. For better curb appeal, repaint your home or select a brand new color for some difference.

4. Install a new heating system. It may be time to install a new one depending on the age of the house and unit. For best results, find a system that carries the EnergyStar label. Have your filters checked and replaced if your existing systems are still in good condition. Replace filters when they are dark and clogged.

5. Install more insulation. To reduce heat loss or gain, you’ll want to begin with the attic. Adding insulation will reduce your utility bills. If you install more where you already have some, you will save energy as well. You can save greater amounts of energy if you install insulation into places in your home that have never been insulated. Radiant Barriers would be a a great cost effective upgrade. This type of insulation includes a heat reflective material that will keep your home cool during the upcoming summer months.

Checking these 5 items off your home repair list will keep up the value of your home and save you heartache in the years to come.  Now is the time to start your home repair before it’ too late. If you are looking to help don’t forget to contact Liberty Builders. We offer free estimates for a variety of home improvement services.

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Renovations Engineered for Efficiency

When remodeling, homeowners are looking for ways to increase the value and functionality of their home. And what better way to do that than by upgrading to the latest and greatest in home efficiency?

Plugging up leaks that allow cold and hot air to slip into your house and drive up your energy bill is an important first step in creating an energy-efficient home. These leaks are often found around doors and windows, but could also be hidden in your attic.

That’s where we come in! From attic insulation to energy-efficient windows and room additions, Liberty Builders of Texas has the knowledge and training to install the best products on the market. Products that will not only impress potential buyers, but will help you live comfortably and save you money in maintenance and energy costs year after year. Here are just a few ways we can help:

  1. Windows – Replacing old, leaky windows with higher-efficiency models can make your home greener to begin with. Add in Liberty’s Generations Windows and you’ll experience up to a 40% decrease in energy costs! And if that isn’t enough, at Liberty Builders all San Antonio windows and doors are upgraded with our Secure Glass Package to protect against break-ins and reduce outside noise by 50% when compared to ordinary glass.
  1. Doors – Having a quality exterior door that isn’t wood or a heavy metal can help reduce drafts and cut energy bills drastically while improving your home’s appearance. At Liberty Builders, we believe in Therma-Tru fiberglass doors because they offer 5X greater insulation value than wood and more than 2X the air infiltration performance of high-quality steel.
  1. Patio Enclosures – Whether you have an existing roof or patio that you want to convert into an air-conditioned space or are starting from scratch, 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 enclosure, we build around our premium energy-saving windows and doors to help your sunroom achieve the best possible performance in energy loss prevention.
  1. Attic Insulation – “It turns out that about half of the homes in the United States are under-insulated,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. With those odds, there’s a good chance your home isn’t as insulated as it should be, resulting in major energy loss. Our offering of Owens Corning attic insulation can cut heating and cooling costs by up to 20%, keeping your home comfortable all year round.

Renovating for efficiency can seem like a daunting and expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. Plan your renovation in stages with Liberty Builders of Texas and your home will be energy efficient in no time! Give us a call today at (210) 714-1655 for a free in-home consultation!

(Source: Realtor Mag & Money.USNews.com)

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The Ultimate Revelation Of Unbreakable Glass

Have your ever heard the term “unbreakable glass?”  More and more homeowners are replacing their current windows with what is being marketed as “unbreakable” windows, or better-termed, “impact resistant” glass.

Glass really isn’t unbreakable in the true sense of the word.  More likely these types of windows are shatter proof.  They can provide safety to your family members, pets and furnishings when there is a mishap to your window. Years ago, windows would easily shatter when hit with a rock, tree limb, baseball, wind, and in unfortunate circumstances, a bullet. Today, the more modern style windows may allow one small hole at the point of impact and, instead of the glass splintering and falling into the house, the window will stay in relatively one piece, revealing shatter lines where the blow was made.  They are made to safeguard the occupants of the home, very much like the way car windows are manufactured.

These unbreakable kinds of windows generally come in two different varieties.  One is essentially glass that is fit with a clear plastic film overlay.  It has the ability to actually stretch at impact.  Though the glass may shatter, it will not fly out in the direction of the force.  The other type is actually polycarbonate, a type of plastic. Double paned polycarbonate, sometimes called a “sandwich window”, allows for terrific security, lower energy costs and is exceptional in letting in the right kind of light.  To the naked eye, it cannot be distinguished from regular glass.

These popular protective glass windows are now standard in building codes in areas prone to hurricanes and earthquakes.  They are both very strong, quite light and are perfect for homes and businesses.

Liberty Builders of Texas can help you find the right updated windows for your home and save you money in the process.  Keep your family and valuables safe by considering protective windows for your home.  Our in-home consultations are free of charge.

(source: homeguides.sfgate)

 

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Why Your Home Needs a Fiberglass Door

Your front door is likely the cornerstone of your house.  It’s the first thing that guests and family see when they pay you a visit and it can convey your personal style and taste, as well as give great curb appeal to your home.

There are quite a few mainstream choices when it comes to focal entry doors.  From wood and steel to fiberglass, you might be surprised what type of material holds up best and makes the most practical choice.

Fiberglass entry doors have come a long way in the past 20-30 years.  These days, most consumers can’t even feel the difference between fiberglass and wood or steel.  Manufacturers have become good at creating heavy duty, insulated fiberglass that simulates the same look, feel and heaviness as the other competing materials.

These fiberglass doors are made from the same substances as cars, surf boards, and even airplanes.  They are ultra-resilient to staining, weathering, insects and even the force of a good door slam.  Other benefits are that they will not ever rot or shrink.  They are resistant to moisture so that will keep them from separating or cracking.  They can be installed with decorative glass and even matching flanks on their side.

The latest models now come with different “skins” to choose from.  These skins showcase different finishes to fit your style and various types of finishes and insulation that can lower your energy bills.  These improved doors also are a perfect compliment to just about any architectural style or trend.  And the best part?  Fiberglass doors are the most affordable!

If you are looking to update your front door, consider fiberglass.  Rest assured, they can handle the pressure and truly require the least amount of maintenance.

Call Liberty Builders of Texas, we’ll give you a free quote and great financing.

(sources: thisoldhouse.com, consumerreports.org)

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Exterior Doors

Liberty Builders of Texas replaces front doors and exterior doors more than any other product.  Not only do new doors change the face of your home, but they can also increase your energy efficiency, ultimately reducing your energy costs.  This kind of replacement is never more important than in the hot, Texas summer.  Older exterior doors are well known for decaying and losing thier productivity.

You can  click here and take a look at our gallery of door projects.

Here are some Good Reasons to Replace your Exterior Doors with Liberty Builders

  • Reduce your energy bills
  • New doors create tighter seals
  • Many are adjustable to your threshold
  • Liberty doors are ENERGY STAR® rated
  • Insulated decorative glass options
  • Add beauty to your home and patio

You Don’t have to Wait to Update your Home!

Have you always wanted to update your home but have never taken steps to do so because the task is just too daunting and you don’t know where to start? We can help! Liberty Builders invites you to “Ask Our Experts”! Our dynamic and creative employees are ready to listen to your ideas and budget and see what we can do to bring them to fruition.

From new windows and siding, updating your patio, adding a room, changing out your doors and even lowering your energy costs with Radiant Barrier, we will sit down with you and listen to your concepts and help come up with a custom plan that fits your needs.

And the best part is that our initial evaluation is free! And easy financing is available for those who qualify. What are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose in making your house your home!

Call us for a free in-home consultation. We look forward to serving you!

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Energy Efficiency Savings for LBOT Customers

Liberty Builders of Texas is committed to taking care of its customers.  We always say “Quality work is our mission…taking care of people is our Passion!

At Liberty Builders, we realize the every penny counts and we have been focusing on energy retrofits of our customer’s homes.  We can help you reduce the amount of energy you use and put money back in your bank account!  We can help you SAVE MONEY today!  Our composite siding products, windows, and insulation may decrease the energy consumption of your home by up to 40%!  Think about reducing your energy bill by 40%…what would you do with that extra money and savings?



This savings has already happened for many Liberty Builders’ customers and it can for you if you call Liberty Builders of Texas to find out how you can increase the value of your home and put money back in your bank account today!