Go Green in 2019

How to Go Green with Home Maintenance in 2019

As children, we’re taught that we should leave a place as clean as when we found it, if not nicer, and as adults that idea morphs into the desire to leave more for our children than we had for ourselves. While that concept is often applied to money, it’s also very easily applicable to the earth itself, for what greater gift can we leave to the generations who come after us than a healthy, thriving planet on which to grow and prosper? Based on climate science, the earth is changing because of human influence, and while that idea can be daunting, small green changes in our home maintenance projects do have an impact, both on the world and on your immediate finances

Insulation is Your Best Friend
The harder an HVAC system has to work to heat and cool a home, the more CO2 is potentially being pumped into the air, ultimately contributing to a vicious cycle that could easily be nipped in the bud with a little bit of insulation. Insulating your attic will save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime in heating bills during the winter, and insulating your basement will do the same for you during the summer. However, insulating your walls and ceilings will only help you so much if your windows and doors aren’t as properly insulated; but that task is not a difficult one. You don’t have to immediately replace old windows and doors in order to achieve a greener home, though if you are in the market for new windows, double paned windows are the greenest choice; however, older windows can be made green by using a tube of caulk and a tin of glass putty to seal up any gaps where air can be felt flowing through. As for doors, adding some inexpensive weather stripping or a fun draft blocker will quickly eliminate the issue; your wallet will thank you at the end of the season.

Outdoor Projects
An extremely easy way to make your home green on the outside is to plant trees. It raises your curb appeal, can lower your heating and cooling bills by protecting your house from the elements throughout the year, and help the environment, because the world needs more trees. Evergreen trees on the North and east sides of your house will help keep your home cozy during the winter months, and deciduous trees on the south side will protect the house from the sun during the summer. If you want a more involved project, manufacturers have begun creating non-VOC exterior paints, or you can add stone facings to the exterior of your home, which will add an additional layer of insulation year-round. If you’re in the market for a new roof, look into metal, slate, or ceramic tiles instead of the traditional asphalt. They are kinder to the environment overall, can be recycled if damaged, and will keep your home cooler during the summer. And don’t turn your back on the idea of mounting solar panels on your home either. The price for solar energy has dropped significantly in the past few years, and they will help take your energy bills down year-round.

Going green doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive; in some ways going green is about being thrifty and finding new ways to use what you already have. There are short and long-term benefits to going green, and you and your children deserve to benefit from those changes. If you need help getting started going green, call us at Liberty Builders. We’re standing by to help you with all of your exciting future projects. 

Insulating of attic with Radiant barrier

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!

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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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.

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Counting the Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

If your neighbors are boosting their curb appeal, you need to join the bandwagon. Don’t allow your home to fall behind on the maintenance everyone else is managing to do to their homes. Renovations to your home not only boost your curb appeal, but also allow your home to sell at a higher price and attract businesses to your neighborhood. Here are three ways to boost your curb appeal.
DIY: Do-it-yourself projects are projects you can do on the cheap. They will boost your curb appeal, provide a great workout for you, and a fun bonding experience if you include your family in the projects. DIY projects could help lessen the amount of maintenance needed on your home if you’re looking to sell. You’ll also end up spending more money. Yearly DIY repairs are recommended.
Some DIY tasks to boost your curb appeal include touching up paint, sealing cracks in the driveway and sidewalks, pressure washing your home’s exterior, and replacing damaged windows.
Hire a professional: If you have bigger projects to complete, you’ll need to get with a reliable company to help with these tasks. Your home should be inspected every seven to 10 years to check for repairs or replacements.
Call a professional when you need services done that include siding replacement, painting, and replacement of gutters, windows, and doors.
Learn to Landscape: If you already don’t know how to garden, you need to learn to boost your home’s curb appeal. This includes keeping your lawn cut and watered. Pull weeds, fertilize, trim your bushes, remove dead wood, and fill your garden with beautiful flowers and plants.
Liberty Builders can help with some of these services. We’ll be glad to go throughout your home’s exterior with you and examine the repairs it needs. We offer a FREE in-home consultation. Give us a call today!

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Cut Energy Costs with a New Door

The front door is your first impression of your home and should be a reflection of your personality and your home’s style. At Liberty Builders, we’ll replace your exterior doors because it is one of our core replacement products. If your doors are old and starting to rot, it may be time to look into replacing your exterior doors with something more energy efficient.
Door replacing is not something everyone thinks of when it comes to enhancing the appearance of a house, but there are many good reasons why you should look into it. Replacing your old door can help to improve your home’s appearance and curb appeal, drastically! Also, having a quality exterior door will help you save money on your energy bill, especially for those of us dealing with the high temperature of the San Antonio weather.

Liberty Builders provide energy efficient doors to their clients because it benefits them and their home in many ways.

• They reduce drafts and cut energy bills.
• They provide up to 4 times greater insulating value than wood.
• They have tight seals.
• They have an adjustable sill and threshold.
• They are Energy Star and National Fenestration Rating Council certified.
• They have insulated decorative glass options.
• They have low-E glass available in select styles.

Liberty Builders also offers a wide-range of exterior doors to choose from including fiberglass doors, sliding glass doors, and patio doors.

Call Liberty Builders today for a FREE in-home consultation.

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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.

Outdoor remodel progress

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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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.