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!

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.

Summer Exterior Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is here and you need to make sure your house is ready to handle the unpredictable South Texas weather. A change in season comes with a new set of maintenance to-dos for your home and the exterior. Maintain your home now to prevent any future problems and prepare for the fall.

• Touch-up your exterior. Make the exterior of your home more presentable with a simple paint job.
• Analyze your deck. Check for signs of rotting. If it’s an older deck, it may be time to repair or replace altogether.
• Inspect your hose. Examine your hoses and faucets for leaks, as this could lead to a big waste of water and a higher water bill for you. Applying some electrical tape around the hose could easily fix the problem.
• Inspect the air-conditioner. This is the busiest time of year for your AC. Clean the filter and make sure it’s still running in top shape. You still have one more month of warm weather to get through. While you’re at it, keep the shrubs that surround your AC unit trimmed and pruned.
• Check the crawl space. Moisture in the crawl space of your home can cause mold and rotting. Cover the space to prevent moisture from coming up through the ground.
• Inspect the attic as well. Look for signs of pests, insects, water leaks, or mold. Also, turn off the lights and check for signs of daylight seeping through. If you spot this, it’s time for an attic repair.
• Repair your driveway. Examine the driveway and other concrete areas around your house for cracks and holes. Use concrete repair caulk and asphalt crack sealer to repair the cracks.
• Finally, clean your house’s exterior. From the roof to the exterior windows, window screens, to the patios and sidewalks. A good power washer should do most of the work.

Keep following Liberty Builders blogs for the latest in exterior home maintenance care.

Pave Your Way with Liberty Builders

Liberty Builders offers a large list of services to our clients in order to assist them with the remodeling of their home’s exterior. Consider a concrete project to add to your home this summer. We can either replace the current concrete you have in your exterior spaces or add new concrete to improve your home’s curb appeal. All it takes is one phone call to start the process!
Liberty Builders offers two forms of concrete projects: Stamped Concrete and Stained Concrete.

• Stamped Concrete is concrete that replicates stones such as tile or brick. It is also referred to textured or imprinted concrete. You can gain a high-end look of stone pavement at a low cost. In recent years, stamped concrete has become a popular choice.

• Stained Concrete is created from acid-based chemical concrete stains to achieve color schemes that resemble stone, marble, wood, and more.

There is no limit to where these services can take place. Liberty Builders can provide either concrete service to your porch, backyard patio, or driveway. Give Liberty Builders a call today for a FREE in-home consultation at 210-714-1655.

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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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Protecting your Home from a Hail Storm

The month of March marks the start of hail season! 2016 was one of the most severe hail seasons in our state’s history. According to CoreLogic, the April hail event in San Antonio affected over 263,440 properties and resulted in an estimated $334.5 million in damages. Overall in Texas, hail damage resulted in total losses of $689.6 million. This time of year, focus on preventing exterior property damage before it happens.

There are a few ways to protect your home and outdoor items from hail:

  • Have your roof inspected to ensure there isn’t anything that could make it susceptible to hail damage. The best way to repair your roof is when the problems are found, and not when multiple parts need to be repaired. A strong roof could prevent hail damage.
  • Keep your home free of surrounding dangers. Trim the trees that surround your house regularly or you might experience branches falling and damaging your home during a storm.
  • Remove all valuables out of the open area. Before a hail storm arrives, move all outdoor valuables (patio furniture, barbeque pits) to a covered area like a carport or a garage. Not only can those valuables be damaged, but the weather can cause those items to seriously damage your home as well.
  • Don’t forget the windows. Hail can break your windows so close your drapes, blinds, and shades in the event of a hail storm. This will prevent broken glass to blow into your home and cause more stress for you.
  • Protect your vehicles. Park your cars and other vehicles in your garage or under a carport.

Call Liberty Builders today and ask how we can protect your roof and the rest of your home from a damaging hail storm.

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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.

Redone gutters of a house

Replace Your Gutters with Liberty Builders

February is a great time to clean out those gutters full of debris from the fall and winter weather. If you find yourself cleaning gutters that might need replacing instead, think Liberty Builders. If you’re not sure how long you’ve had your current gutters, we’ll help you with figuring out if you need new ones. Here are some ways to figure out if you need new gutters on your own:

  • If your gutters have a large number of cracks, holes, or rust damage.
  • If your fasteners are broken (those are the pieces of metal that connect your gutter to your roof).
  • If you’re constantly finding nails and screws on the ground that have fallen off your gutters.
  • If you see gutters pulling away from the roof or if they sag.
  • If you see the paint peeling off.

At Liberty Builders, we use Leaf Relief gutter guards by Ply Gem to protect against leaves, twigs and other debris from blocking your gutters. Leaf Relief® is not only the most effective gutter protection system on the market, it is also the most invisible. Leaf Relief® lays flat and fits snugly on top of your gutter. We back it with our exclusive 10-Year Limited Warranty, which includes the repairing or replacing of the product if the product is defective and the product is covered for 10 years.

Call Liberty Builders today for a free in-home consultation. For new gutters, call (210) 714-1655.

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist for February

February is the time to start planning many things, such as your spring cleaning plans and summer vacation plans. But, before you get to those things, you have some home maintenance chores to do before the start of spring. There are certain things to replace and clean before a change in weather, or you’re bound to see the negative effects of not caring for your home.

Follow these home maintenance tips for the month of February:

  • It’s time to replace the air filter on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system in order to keep the air in your home clean and flowing freely. A high quality air filter is the best choice to remove mold, pollen, and other particles from the air. You’ll want to replace your filter every three months or you might damage your HVAC system.
  • Clean your walls, floors, and interior windows. A midwinter cleaning could cut down on dust. This is especially important for allergy sufferers.
  • Plan your yard and patio projects for the spring. Maybe it’s time to renovate your patio or add onto it. Also, consider building a carport over your driveway. Now is a great time to plant shrubs and fruit trees in your garden. If you’re planning to add onto your home, think twice about where you keep your garden.
  • Winter isn’t quite finished yet but clean your gutters frequently as leaf build-up could cause damage to your gutters, which could then cause damage to the roof of your home.

Keep following Liberty Builders for your monthly home maintenance checklist. Give us a call if the winter weather has affected your home negatively. We’ll be able to help with exterior home repair. Call us at (210) 714-1655.