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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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Breathe Easy With Mastic Siding

The very first thing people see when they visit your home is the exterior. Let Liberty Builders of Texas help you make a great first impression with Mastic Siding! Liberty Builders is the largest Mastic Siding applicator in the state of Texas and the only Mastic Elite Contractor in the San Antonio area.

This distinction tells homeowners that the industry leader in home exteriors has confirmed us as a professional that follows reputable business practices, uses highly-trained installers and has proven product knowledge. Your exterior siding project will be in good hands with our highly trained and certified company.

When choosing Mastic siding to remodel your home’s exterior, you get the classic look of freshly painted or stained wood with exceptional durability. So you get a beautiful exterior product that’s built to last and easy to maintain, which means you’ll spend more time enjoying your home, and less time working on it. Unlike fiber cement siding, vinyl siding allows you peace of mind because it will never need painting, caulking, or patching and it won’t peel, rot or split over time – saving you thousands of dollars in maintenance costs.

Here are just a few of the reasons why we recommend and are proud to sell Mastic vinyl siding:

Industry Preferred

There is a reason why professionals and homeowners prefer the low-maintenance of vinyl siding to wood, fiber cement, brick or stucco options. Vinyl provides a safe, eco-friendly option that is easier to handle, store, and install. When installing vinyl siding, contractors can breathe easy and do not have to wear face masks since it is free of silica dust – a powder found in fiber cement siding that is known to cause silicosis and increase the risk of lung cancer when inhaled.

Durability & Beauty

You can have both! Each panel is manufactured from the highest quality materials and engineered to last a lifetime. Mastic siding stays tightly attached to your home in high winds, resists minor impacts, and performs beautifully—even in the harshest weather conditions. And with 35 colors, including solid and weathered cedar, Mastic has more options than anyone in the industry. But better than that, Mastic products ensure that your home’s colorful new appearance stays that way. Our rich, deep hues are engineered and tested to resist fading.

Going Green

Mastic vinyl siding contributes points towards green building programs and is green-approved by the NAHB Research Center. No painting, sealing or caulking also means that no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are added to the environment during installation or maintenance. Mastic Structure® EPS Insulated Siding also covers the entire wall with a blanket of insulation helping to reduce energy costs.

With beauty that’s more than skin deep, backed by a history of industry-changing innovation and proven quality, it’s easy to see why Mastic vinyl siding is the best choice for your home renovation. And to top it off, when purchasing Mastic siding, you’ll be supporting American-made products from an American-owned company. Now that you know the facts, the choice is yours. Give us a call to get a customized quote and transform your home exterior!

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Is Vinyl Siding Good for the Environment?

There are many reasons that vinyl siding is the most popular exterior home covering. Beauty, durability, and value are just a few. The fact that it is also low maintenance may be home owners’ favorite reason. But did you also know, vinyl siding is good for the environment?

Vinyl siding does not require painting or staining so there are no harmful chemicals released into our atmosphere when it comes to maintaining the beauty of your home exterior. This means that adding vinyl siding to your home can earn points in leading green certification and discount programs.

In our busy lives, keeping a beautiful look without the effort of maintaining wood can save a lot of time that could be spent in more valuable ways. Imagine owning a home without ever having to worry about wood rotting, splitting, or insects. Your new siding only needs to be rinsed periodically with mild soap and a garden hose. This minimal upkeep does more than just save your precious time, it saves you money. With fewer materials to purchase, vinyl siding reduces the life cycle cost of maintaining the home and lasts for years to come.

We offer FREE in-home estimates. Give us a call to see how we can help you beautify your home and free up your time!

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Ten Reasons to Invest in Insulated Vinyl Siding

Did you know that twice as many homeowners in the US surface their homes with vinyl siding than any other material out there?  And what’s the most cost effective way to do that?  With Insulated Vinyl Siding.  This product is not only durable and attractive, but can save you money on heating and cooling your home.

Here are some good reasons to choose Insulated Vinyl Siding:

  1. Many options to choose from – the product comes in a variety of textures, fashions and colors so that you can find the style that best suits your tastes
  2. Energy efficient – The product provides the industry best energy savings for homeowners
  3. Less seams – Our long siding panels will show a straighter, cleaner exterior and even reduce wall irregularities
  4. Return on investment – The product can yield  higher than an 80% return on investment due to increased energy efficiency and lower energy bills
  5. Aesthetics – The siding can add beautiful curb appeal and a clean look to your home
  6. Weather durability – Vinyl siding can handle virtually all types of weather including high temperatures like we experience in South Texas.
  7. Maintenance requirements – The product needs little to no maintenance
  8. Quick installation – The product is quick to install, proving a stress-free experience for the homeowner.
  9. Reparability – in the rare case of damage, siding is easily replaced.
  10. Durability – insulated vinyl siding doesn’t rot or become water damaged,  You will not have to deal with mold or long-term sun exposure.

We are here to help.

Give us a call!

210-714-1655

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New Siding will add Value to your Home

Getting rid of rotten wood or outdated siding will definitely improve the curb appeal of your house but did you know you can recover a large portion of the cost if you decide to sell your home?  According to a study by Remodeling Magazine, depending on the materials that you choose, you can recoup up to 75% of your siding replacement costs in a home sale.   The type of siding you choose of course depends on your taste and budget.  

Liberty Elite:  Liberty Elite Siding is extremely low maintenance and in most cases, has the lowest costs.  It comes in a variety of colors and is the most popular choice in exteriors, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute.

Liberty Builders of Texas has successfully completed more siding installations than any other company in San Antonio. Windows, doors, and garages can be complex to work with but our crews are skilled at even the most complicated projects.

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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Create a Remodeling Strategy

Summer is here.  Now is the time to begin updating the small things around the house and maybe, plan for the bigger remodeling ideas you may have thought about, but never completed.

As with most projects, time and ideas are needed to be successful in your planning.  The best thing you can do is be prepared and know what you are getting into before you get started.  First things first…complete a planning and routine maintenance checklist.  If you want to listen to an expert, start with Martha Stewart!  Check out her spring cleaning planning strategy by clicking here.  You can use this great Summer Cleaning Checklist as well.

After you are comfortable with your routine maintenance, start thinking about all the updates and upgrades you have dreamed about completing on your home.  Some may be  cost effective and others may be a large scale remodel where square footage is added or rooms re-finished.  It is alway best to examine your budget and sit down with your family to really prioritize what is best for you and your home.

Better Homes and Gardens offers a great month by month Home Improvement Plan.  Use this as a guide and remember to always find a good balance between cost and quality.  Additionally, it is always wise to think through your investment from a cost/benefit analysis perspective.  For instance, replacing your windows with energy efficient, energy star rated windows decreases your energy consumption and lowers your monthly energy bill.  This is money back in your pocket that can offset your initial cash outlay for the upgrade!

When it is all said and done, the best you can do is take care of the basics up front.  Simple routine maintenance and spring cleaning can go a long way.  Once that is done, focus on the big ideas and make it a family effort to build and customize your home!

San Antonio’s Home Remodeling Market On The Rise

Let’s face it, the real estate market hasn’t been very favorable the last few years.  Banks are tightening their credit standards and making it harder to find financing for new home purchases.  Our economy has seen hard times as well and this has affected people’s income and budgets.  In short, buying a home has never been harder.  However, signs are pointing towards a resurgence in lending and a focus on home remodeling has come to the forefront of our housing market.

People get the “itch” to move when their home becomes routine or they outgrow it.  In the past, when their home became impractical or an eyesore, instead of fixing the problem, people would move and “upgrade”.  When banks were giving away loans, this wasn’t a problem.  Nowadays though, families can’t find the financing to buy and upgrade.  So now we are seeing a return to remodeling as the best option to build value in a home.  The ticket prices for a remodel are far smaller, the credit qualification isn’t as rigorous, and people will be able to customize and create a new look they can be proud of.

According to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the remodeling market is poised for a big rebound.  Click here to view the website and report.  Here is just a small part of the rationale from the JCHS:

“After languishing near the bottom for several years, the remodeling market finally appears to be pulling out of its prolonged downturn, and renewal of the nation’s housing stock is getting underway. Previously foreclosed properties are being rehabilitated. Sustainable home improvements are gaining in popularity. Older homeowners are retrofitting their homes to accommodate their future needs. And the future market potential is immense, as the emerging echo boom generation is projected to be the largest in our nation’s history.”

Families are realizing the investment in their home is an investment in their future.  From energy efficiency upgrades to adding additional square footage, the money invested in a remodel adds value to the home’s appraisal and to the bottom line budget every family lives with.  Homeowners should be very careful to select projects that add value and are cost effective.  For instance, the initial cash outlay for upgrading to energy efficient windows is measurable and quantifiable.  Windows add value and reduce energy consumption.  Replacing the siding and adding square footage also offer greater return on a home’s value than say painting or new carpet.

Bottom line…it all comes down to what matters most to you…the consumer.  If a new coat of paint or a deck makes you happy  and content than do the research and find the best you can afford.  If you shopping for energy efficiency products than some due diligence and research will help you go a long way to finding the right products and the right company to meet your needs.

 

Extreme Makeover:Home Edition Update Video

Liberty Builders of Texas was proud to participate in the Extreme Makeover:Home Edition series.  We volunteered our time, manpower, and resources to helping the Zdroj family rebuild their lives.

Quality work.  Quality service.  Quality craftsmanship!  That’s what Liberty Builders is about and any chance we have to give back to our community makes us a better company.

To learn more about our products and our team, please give us a call: 210.657.7777.

 

 

Another Satisfied Liberty Customer

Liberty Builders of Texas prides itself on taking care of our customers.  When you ask us to do your home improvement, you not only get your home upgraded, you become part of our family.

Mr. Clay Britt is a great example of what we stand for here at Liberty.  Take a moment to read his comments and then ask yourself if you want this kind of service as well.  If you do, we are here for you!

Clay Britt Thank You