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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Back to School Energy Saving Tips

Fall is in the air and the kids are going back to school. With shorter days on the horizon and bigger energy consumption due to cooling temperatures and more indoor and school-related activities, here are a few tips from Liberty Builders to help you and your family save energy. While it may be fall on the calendar, it’s still summer weather for most of Texas when it comes to temperature. Keep the air conditioner off during the day while you and the kids are away from home and then turn it on when everyone’s home to feel the cool air. Use fans to keep cool air circulating around the house. Tell your kid’s to keep electronics plugged into a surge protector to keep electronics safe from electrical surges and keep homework safe. For fall backyard activities, try using cost-effective lighting like torches, candles or LED lights. Take advantage of the still long hours of sunlight and try to keep the lights in your home off for as long as possible; an unobstructed window can easily light many rooms in the average home. Finally, check your home for any leaks or gaps in doors and windows that let out cold air: even a small leak can turn into a big draft as the weather gets colder. Seal any gaps or cracks, and if the job is too big for you don’t worry, just give the pros at Liberty Builders a call and we’ll come right over to inspect your home for cracks, leaks and gaps.
For more energy saving tips, be sure to follow Liberty’s Builders’ blog for more helpful energy saving tips.

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Energy Saving Tips for the Whole Family

The kids are going back to school and that means their electronics won’t get a moment of reprieve. This zealous use of energy and resources can cause a serious spike in your energy bill. These tips are designed to help teach the whole family how to be a little more energy efficient. Make sure that kids close the refrigerator and freezer doors. More than a third of the cold air in your refrigerator can escape every time the door is open. Summer is not over in Texas and that means the days are still hot. Keep curtains closed during the day to keep the sun at bay and adjust the thermostat by about 10 degrees in the summer months. Remind children that an adult should be the only one to adjust the thermostat. When your family leaves the room, turn off any lights or electrical devices: encourage kids to remember to turn off their laptops, video game consoles and TVs when they’re not in use or when they’re not in the room. Use a timer to help teach your kids how to take shorter baths and showers that will help reduce on water usage and waste. Encourage your children to report any burned out light bulbs so that they can be replaced with compact florescent bulbs, which save about $30 dollars in energy cost over the life of the light bulb. When organizing chore charts set any chores that involve the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer until after 8pm. This will keep your home cool despite the heat that can be put out by washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. Only run complete loads of dishes or clothes and any smaller loads of dishes or clothes should be air-dried on the counter or outside on a clothesline.

These energy tips can help keep your electric bills low and teach the whole family invaluable lessons on energy management and energy efficiency. Contact Liberty Builders if you suspect that your home may not be as energy efficient as possible: we can help seal any cracks doors or windows that can waste energy.

 

Sources:

http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/energy-saving-for-kids.php

http://www.alliantenergykids.com/EnergyandTheEnvironment/SavingEnergy/022391

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Keeping Your Summer Electric Bill Cool: Energy-Efficient Ways to Cool Your Home

Summer’s heat can be oppressive in South Texas and high heat and longer days can mean soaring electric bills. High heat forces us indoors with air conditioning units cranked up to the coolest possible settings, and the drain of increased energy consumption isn’t just felt on our wallets: it takes a huge toll on power grids and the nation’s energy consumption as a whole. There are plenty of incentives to finding more energy-efficient ways to cool your home down in the summer that go beyond lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint. Here are a few tips on keeping your home cool while keeping an eye on your energy consumption.

Turn off as many electrical appliances and devices as possible when not in use or if you’re out of the house. Keeping the lights on may be a force of habit but only 10-15% of the electricity used by most conventional light bulbs is used to produce light – the rest is simply turned into heat. The longer summer days produce a great deal of sunlight that can be an effective method to light most rooms in many houses and apartments. Run appliances like dishwashers and washing machines when they’re full. Running half or small loads of laundry or dishes simply eats up valuable energy and these appliances can generate a great deal of heat in the rooms they’re in. Turn your air conditioner off when you’re out of the house. While it may be nice to return to an ice cold home, leaving the A/C running during the day with no one to enjoy its benefit is a massive drain of electrical energy. Ceiling and box fans can be a great way to help circulate cool air but leave them on just long enough to cool a room to the desired temperature. Opening windows during the late afternoon and early evening can be a fantastic way to cool off a home but if you keep the windows open but sure to keep the A/C off otherwise the cool air is simply being blown out the window. Check your home for cracks and gaps in windows and doors. These gaps and cracks can let warm air leak in and cool air leak out making your A/C unit work harder to cool a room and that strain on the A/C unit will increase your electric bill.

For more green solutions to cooling your home and checking for cracks and potential building concerns give Liberty Builders a call. We’re here to help.

Source:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips

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6 Signs You Need To Replace Your Windows

Now that Spring has arrived, it’s time for some home improvements. The winter can provide some damage to your home, especially to your windows. Be aware of how winter weather can affect them. If you didn’t take any precautions for winter or if you are not aware of how to notice window damage, here are some warning signs.

  • Condensation: Can you see out of the window? Condensation, fading, and discoloration can all affect your windows. Ugly windows will lower the value and appeal of your home. If you can’t see inside or outside, it is time for replacements.
  • Energy Efficiency: Is your energy bill higher? If your HVAC unit is working harder than normal, it is because your windows are old and are letting outside air in. This leads to higher electric bills. You’ll be able to tell this is happening if your windows appear to be leaking and it’s not condensation.
  • Cracked / Damaged: How difficult is it to crack a window open? A definite sign that you need your windows replaced is when you struggle to open and close them. If you can feel or hear a draft seeping through, this might be a sign that your windows aren’t shutting properly either and it is time to replace.
  • Exterior Noise: Can you hear your neighbors fighting? Good windows should be able to reduce exterior noise. An improved window design can drown out those loud car horns and neighbors.
  • Insects / Critters: Have you found more insects indoors? If you spot mice and other outdoor critters crawling about your floors, they could be coming in through cracks found on your window glass or sill.
  • Rotting: How old is your house? When living in an older home, the window wood might be rotting and the window design look could be outdated. Update the look of your home by replacing the windows, while also lowering your energy bill and complementing your home’s exterior with something more attractive.

To be sure about window damage, call our local window services for an in-home consultation.

 

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