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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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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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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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Get Easy Financing Assistance from Liberty Builders

Liberty Builders can help you navigate your home improvement financing needs. We aim to find easy, affordable financing options for all customers’ important home improvements. In over 30 years of business, we have helped our customers finance over $60 million dollars in home improvement loans. From small projects to total makeovers, through our preferred network of lenders we can find easy affordable options for any budget.

For more than 25 years, Liberty Builders has worked with The San Antonio Credit union. They have financed over 11,000 of our contracts with no major complaints on workmanship or materials.

In today’s economy, Liberty understands the importance of investing in your most prized asset, your home. Don’t let money be an issue when it comes to making important decisions on home improvements. While some home improvement projects are purely for cosmetic purposes, others can truly change the look of your home while protecting your pocketbook and safeguarding the environment. Liberty Builders of Texas prides itself in offering money saving, energy efficient products that can change your home’s curb appeal and your general cost of living.

If you are thinking about investing in your home or business, it will only take a minute to get the ball rolling with our easy financing questionnaire and lenders who are ready to work with you and your budget. Our financing process is simple. Fill out the form or give us a call. We are excited to work with you and make your home improvement dreams a reality!

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8 Home Maintenance Tips to Follow Before Winter Comes

You’re never really done with exterior home maintenance and the start of another season means different things for your home. For fall, the weather will be cooler and the leaves are sure to fall everywhere, meaning it’s time to plan your fall home exterior maintenance checklist before winter arrives.

  1. Clean gutters.Gutters require constant upkeep, especially in autumn. Leaves and other debris can clog your rain gutters, causing leaks and other problems. After the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
  2. Wash windows. Also, have your windows and screens washed if you did not do so in the spring or if they now appear dirty after the summer months.
  3. Inspect and maintain your heating system.Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor to be sure that the system is clean and in good shape. Replace and clean your furnace and humidifier filters at least every 30 days during the heating season. When properly serviced, heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems.
  4. Repair your roof and siding. Have a Liberty Builders professional inspect your roof and siding for any missing and loose shingles. It’s better to find and repair the damaged areas in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during the winter. Also, trim any tree branches that interfere with your roof and siding.
  5. Shut off outdoor water systems.Freezing temperatures can cause damage to hoses, pipes and your sprinkler system so make sure to shut off all exterior faucets, and winterize your sprinkler systems before a potential freeze. Drain all hoses and store them inside your home.
  6. Check safety devices.Take a minute to change the batteries to your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to ensure they are in working order.
  7. Apply weather stripping and caulk to doors and windows. Inspect weather stripping around doors and windows. Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Caulking helps keep your house weather tight and lowers your heating bills. Proper sealing and insulation can save up to 20% on winter heating costs.
  8. Inspect and clean your fireplaces and chimneys. Have your chimneys cleaned by a licensed professional.

 

Good luck with your winter preparations, and if you need any exterior home repairs done, be sure to call Liberty Builders – we’re here to help!

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Drought and Your Foundation: Learning About the Cracks in Your Home

Texas is known for its hot summers, and drought can be massively destructive to your lawn, landscaping and your home’s foundation. Foundation issues are costly and can be expensive to repair and potentially damaging to more than just your home. Dry soil and hot conditions can be devastating to your home’s foundation and the signs are times are rather innocuous. The signs of foundation damage include: sloping floors, gaps in door ways, gaps in set in features like fireplaces, cracks in walls and any sticking or gaps in doors.

The causes of foundation issues during the summer heat are not quite as simple as dry soil. Trees and shrubs will try to grab onto any residual moisture from the soil and dry soils makes for shaky foundations. In addition to dry soil, Texas is full of less than ideal soil types: high amounts of clay (almost 50% clay) can be difficult to build a solid foundation on.

There are a few ways to check on your home’s foundation before costly repairs need to be considered. Rolling a marble down a floor to test for slopping can be a simple way to make sure your floors stay level: the faster the roll, the deeper the slope. Check your home’s exterior and interior for cracks. These cracks can start off as hairline and small at first and by the time they are more noticeable serious damage to your foundation may have already occurred. Check the soil around your home: dig about 6 inches down and if the soil is dry water the ground around your home.

If you’re worried about your home’s foundation, contact Liberty Builders. We have plenty of experience dealing with the foundation concerns that are all too familiar to Texas residents and builders. If you suspect your foundation may be in danger, don’t delay: call for a consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/your-house-sinking-drought-could-be-cause/

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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