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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 When living in an older home, the window wood might be rotting and the window design look could be outdated.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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5 Things to Replace and Repair This Spring

Winter can cause some serious damage to your home. That’s why March isn’t just for spring cleaning anymore, it’s for home repairs too. Wall cracks, gutter damage, and window damage are all signs that your house endured a rough winter. If you’re experiencing post-winter damage to your home, here is what you need to be focused on for repairs and replacements this Spring.

1. Replace your windows. Cold weather will make it easier to leave your windows with smudges and streaks. Replacing them could be costly so you should also invest in caulk or weather strips. However, gradually replace windows in every room to avoid the large bill.

2. Repair your gutters, downspouts, and roofs. You should have gutters and downspouts cleaned come spring so that water can flow through them easily. Gutters should be facing away from the house to stop water pooling around the foundation. Gutter covers may also be helpful. Check for leaks coming from the roof. Patch newer roofs but older roofs over 20 years need more maintenance.

3. Paint the house. Rain and snow are big detriments of paint. For better curb appeal, repaint your home or select a brand new color for some difference.

4. Install a new heating system. It may be time to install a new one depending on the age of the house and unit. For best results, find a system that carries the EnergyStar label. Have your filters checked and replaced if your existing systems are still in good condition. Replace filters when they are dark and clogged.

5. Install more insulation. To reduce heat loss or gain, you’ll want to begin with the attic. Adding insulation will reduce your utility bills. If you install more where you already have some, you will save energy as well. You can save greater amounts of energy if you install insulation into places in your home that have never been insulated. Radiant Barriers would be a a great cost effective upgrade. This type of insulation includes a heat reflective material that will keep your home cool during the upcoming summer months.

Checking these 5 items off your home repair list will keep up the value of your home and save you heartache in the years to come.  Now is the time to start your home repair before it’ too late. If you are looking to help don’t forget to contact Liberty Builders. We offer free estimates for a variety of home improvement services.

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4 Home Improvements to Increase The Value of Your Home

The beginning of the year is a popular time for homeowners to consider remodeling. Whether due to a New Year’s Resolution of finally putting a home on the market or simply to make a house more comfortable and appealing, remodeling is a hot topic in the housing sector during January and February. Carefully considering which remodeling projects you choose to take on can result in a valuable investment that recoups a great deal more money than the cost of the projects themselves. That being said, here are 5 of the best home improvement projects for your return:

  1. Exterior Siding Replacement–Replacing siding is one of the most inexpensive ways to make a home’s exterior look virtually brand new. Additionally, all Liberty Builders siding replacements include the installation of a Blue foam board by Dow to ensure durability and save you money overtime due to increased insulation. According to Business Insider, siding adds an average of 78 percent return at resale. And once installed, replacement siding requires little maintenance and lasts for up to twenty-five years.
  2. Front Door Replacement–A front door not only adds to a home’s overall curb appeal, but also makes a big first impression since it’s the first part of your home that visitors will see up close. When replacing your front door, it’s a smart move is to invest in an energy efficient door. Having a quality exterior door in San Antonio can help reduce draft and cut your energy bill.
  3. Deck or Patio Addition–Outdoor living spaces have become more desirable, especially in San Antonio where the weather is rather warm year round. Adding a deck or patio will certainly increase the value of your home. HGTV claims that homeowners recoup 65-90 percent of their investment by adding a deck or upgrading a patio.
  4. Energy-Efficient Insulation–If your home lacks basic insulation and has old doors or windows that let in plenty of hot and cold air, home inspectors will include this in their reports to potential homebuyers. Homes that haven’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind cost more to live in and maintain. By updating your home, you can increase your value while saving thousands of dollars just by making a few changes. For example, adding extra insulation to your attic and replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones will save you 40 percent on your utility bill.

While adding an outdoor living space may seem like an exciting endeavor, it is important to focus on the smaller home improvement projects as well. Projects like staining your concrete, applying a new coat of paint, and replacing damaged floors are all affordable projects that can result in an increased home value down the road.

Ready to update your home? Call Liberty Builders of Texas at (210) 714-1655 for a free in-home consultation!

 

Source: Business Insider and Money Crashers

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Easy Financing Leads to Saving Money

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.

And best of all, Liberty Builders offers these products and peace of mind with competitive and valuable financing options.

We’ve been in this business for over thirty years and have helped our customers finance over $60 million in important home improvements and renovations.  These projects range from small changes to our clients’ homes and businesses to major transformations.  Liberty Builders has partnered with a trusted network of lenders that work with us and our clientele to find the right terms and conditions for the projects you find important and that will help to save you money in the long run.

At Liberty Builders, we know that your most important asset is your home and we are proud to help you improve upon the cornerstone of your family or business.

Our financing process is simple.  Fill out the online form on our website under the financing tab. You can trust that this is in no way, shape or form a credit or loan application, but instead a secure way for us to discover your needs and try to meet them on terms that make the most sense for you.

We have worked with the San Antonio Credit Union (SACU) for almost 25 years and can work within any budget.  SACU has helped us finance over eleven thousand contracts without cutting corners on workmanship or materials.

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.  Fill out the form or give us a call.  We are excited to work with you

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Is Radiant Barrier Right for You?

San Antonians know just how fast the weather can change here in South Texas.  In the spring and fall, you never know if you’ll have a heat wave or surprise cold front.  And the next day you may experience the total opposite conditions!  What we do know for sure is that summer time is HOT and our energy bills will be on the rise until is starts to cool off again later in the fall.  Radiant Barrier can help fight the elements and the bills.

Radiant Barriers are installed in houses, usually in the attic, to primarily reduce summer heat in the home and reduce cooling costs. The barrier itself is made of a highly reflective material that reflects the heat rather than soaking it up. The material used to make the Liberty UV Radiant Barrier is the same material that keeps NASA Astronauts from losing body heat in the intense cold in outer space. Even the Space Shuttle‘s outer tiles and other areas contain similar radiant barrier products to combat intense heat and cold.  Our Radiant Barrier Product line, gives YOU the latest in cutting edge materials.

Radiant Barrier is maintenance and hassle free. Once it is installed, you don’t have to think about it again, just reap the benefits of a home that’s easier and cheaper to keep cool.

Call us for a free estimate and to learn more about how to keep your COOL AIR or HEAT in  your home instead of letting it escape … along with your money . . .

We look forward to helping you!

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Patio Covers

Liberty Builders of Texas constructs durable, affordable, and enjoyable patio roof systems and slabs. In the past few years Liberty Builders has doubled its patio business as South Texas homeowners realize the benefits of maintenance free, life time materials for their backyard enjoyment.  Most San Antonio homes are not built with patio roof systems or patio slabs, and those that are, many times, are of poor quality.  Liberty Builders of Texas can take care of that problem and build you the outdoor living area you’ve been dreaming of.

 

Why Add on a Patio Cover?

  • Keep your outdoor furniture clean and in great shape.
  • Provide Shade to your family and pets
  • Patio Covers are one of the most affordable home improvement projects you can choose.
  • Liberty Builders uses a beautiful aluminum that is maintenance free
  • You can choose colors
  • You can choose add-ons like columns, screens, stereo speakers
  • Add value to your home with character and sophistication
  • Keep your energy costs down INSIDE your home

Remember our consultations are free and we offer great financing!  When it comes to patios, Liberty Builders has you covered!