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Monthly: February 2017

siding

When Do I Need New Siding?

As a homeowner there a comes a time when it’s necessary to upgrade various portions of your home. From a new window or a new roof people are often generally aware when these assets are at the end of their lifespan. As contractors we see that home siding is very much an unknown aspect that people are sure when they need an upgrade. Because of this we wanted to develop a blog post with signs that you should look into new siding.

Bubbling Siding: When siding breaks down and is exposed to high levels of heat then it can start to bubble or blister. If it wasn’t there when the siding was brand new then it certainly shouldn’t be there now.

Frequent Painting: If your home needs to be painted once every 5-6 years then that is a red flag. Your siding should keep its color for much longer. If you are investing in new siding this often thne you are most likely losing money. A new siding installation means that all other issues are resolved and you don’t have to spend money every 5-6 on a complete new paint job.

Increased Heating & Cooling Bills: When your heating and cooling costs start to rise, that is usually a sign that air is making its way into your house. Whether it be from your windows or doors or siding you need to find out. If your siding is letting in air you are then paying much more money then you should to keep your house a comfortable temperature all year long.

Peeling Paint Inside: Peeling paint or wallpaper inside is often a sign that moisture has made its way behind your walls. This is a direct sign that your siding has wholes or leaks within it.

Loose Siding: Head outside and make sure that all your siding is firmly intact. Loose siding can certainly not protect your home and must be immediately resolved.

For more information about United Better Homes and help inspecting your siding please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

 

windows

When Should I Replace My Windows?

There comes a point in a homes life when the windows that were installed with the home just aren’t cutting it anymore. We recently wrote a blog about the importance of high quality windows but we now want to dive into knowing whether you need new windows. The windows are a crucial asset to a house and it’s important to recognize when it’s time to install new ones. Of course if you’re windows are looking unappealing that’s is a factor but there are actually many more. Here are some of the many reasons that should convince you that your windows are in need of a complete replacement.

Lifespan: If your home is really old and your windows haven’t been replaced since your home was built then there is a good chance they aren’t performing to the ability that they should.

Poor Performance: When simply opening and closing your windows becomes a difficult task, air starts to leak through, condensation & fog builds up or if windows are even nailed or painted shut then your windows are on their last life cycle.

Looks: Simply put, you want to look at your windows and not feel embarrassed. Windows shouldn’t have chipping, deterioration, water stains or an outdated style that clashes with the style of the rest of the home.

Noise: Do you live in a noisy part of town? If so and you feel like you can hear everything that is happening outside it could be in part because of your worn down windows. Homeowners are often shocked with the difference that simply new windows can make.

Energy Bills: Over the years have you seen your energy bills start to climb? Check the quality of your windows and during a cold day see if you can feel a draft coming into your home. United Better Homes has so many different window options that will help you stop wasting money on heating and cooling.

For more information about replacement windows or repair window services, please feel free to reach out to United Better Homes. We can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

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