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Colorado Springs blog focusing on replacement windows, home improvement and James Hardie cement siding.

This is the blog of Heart House Windows and Siding of Colorado Springs. This blog is dedicated to providing tips and ideas to home owners about replacement windows, home improvement suggestions and tips, as well as care and tips for HardiePlank cement siding.

As if we needed another reason to recommend James Hardie “Hardie Board” cement siding, there is one important benefit that doesn’t get a lot of publicity from the building community - it is the fire safety of fiber cement shingles.

As a Colorado Springs cement siding contractor, I am often asked by homeowners which siding material is the most ecologically friendly, and which one returns the highest resale value. The answer to both of these questions is cement siding.

The line of Hardie Board fiber cement shingles. While resale value and “green” building are both excellent reasons to choose fiber cement, making your home more fire safe is an important consideration. 

While there is no way to guarantee a “fireproof” home, Colorado Springs cement siding is an excellent way to protect your home from serious fire damage.  On the James Hardie web site, homeowners can find a wealth of information about the fire safety organizations who recommend fiber cement building products. 

No matter which area of the country you call home, the weather can take its toll on your siding. This rings no truer than in Colorado Springs. With high-highs and low-lows, Colorado Springs is the perfect storm of tough weather for your siding. So when you decided to choose a siding company to invest in for your home, you want to know that it will hold up to the Winter chill and Summer heat.

That’s why James Hardie® siding is created with your climate in mind. They have come up with a way to help customers in Colorado Springs buy Hardie Board® siding based on specific performance attributes that relate to the “HardieZone” where they live.

james_hardie_siding__fiber_boardWhether you plan to make improvements to your home because it is in desperate need of updates or because you want to improve the home's value to sell it, often times making a list of what should be fixed helps homeowners to evaluate which improvements are the most important.

Picking a project like updating the kitchen or bathroom can be costly and inconvenient to the people who live there, and small changes like painting the living room may not be as much of a change as you'd like. While these projects do improve the look of a home, consider replacing the siding on your house with James Hardie siding. Not only will getting new siding for your Colorado Springs home make the house look better, it will also give the homeowner a return on investment when it comes time to sell. 

colorado_springs_hardie_board_productsIf you’ve ever asked a contractor about the best material to use on outside of your home in Colorado Springs, Hardie Board® was probably included in their recommendation.

Until they learn about the benefits of Hardie Board, most people don’t realize how different this material is from basic vinyl siding.

When you buy a home, whether it’s your first house, or one in a line of many you’ve owned, you’re making an investment. As with any investment you may make, you want to take care of it and not only make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, but also making money on it when possible.

This is why maintaining your home is so important - a well-maintained or updated home can not only help you to make back your money when you decide to sell, but it sometimes can increase the value of the home too.Especially in a city like Colorado Springs where there are wet winters, high altitude, rough winds and dry summers, the maintenance of your home is important because it can prevent further damage and more costs.

Making timely home improvements can lower your energy costs, beautify your home and increase its resale value, but it is important that you search out the best quality materials. For projects like replacing siding or windows, it’s best to talk to a Colorado Springs window contractor to not only get a professional’s opinion, but to learn up front about the various grades of windows and how to know you’ve found a quality material. One home improvement that can get you a good bang for your buck is investing in vinyl windows.

Home repairs and updates aren’t always fun. Especially when the change is something that doesn’t seem like it’s going to make a big impact in your everyday life, like a kitchen renovation does, it can can be hard to be excited about repairs and replacements. Window repairs can sometimes feel that way. It’s difficult to fully understand why you should spend the time and money to buy new windows, but there are plenty of benefits to it, especially if you invest in vinyl windows. Colorado Springs vinyl siding is something most people are aware of, but vinyl windows can also be a great investment for your home, especially if you’re truly aware of the benefits of them.

When it comes time to get replacement windows, if you’re not an expert it can be a tricky and confusing process. Where does one even begin looking for window contractors and how do you know which ones are good, which ones are bad and who to use for your home? If it is well past time for you to get Colorado Springs replacement windows, here are some things to ask your contractor about. Being thorough in what you ask can help you to understand what you’re getting from the company, create clear expectations and overall save any money or trouble from any miscommunications.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Are there advantages to Vinyl Siding?

When it comes to installing siding on your Colorado Springs house, sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether or not you want to keep the working materials as real wood or if switching materials to vinyl would be a way to help the house with its longevity. Vinyl siding is appealing to Colorado Springs contractors because it installs quickly, is cheaper and doesn’t require paint, however vinyl isn’t watertight, the material can fluctuate with temperature changes and vinyl trim has to be pre-made so there are sometimes limitations when they’re installed or to how they’re applied. In fact, for both homeowners and contractors alike, deciding between vinyl siding and other building materials is one of the biggest battles and has been since vinyl siding was introduced in the 1950s.

One of the smartest home improvements you can do for your home is to get all new vinyl replacement windows. And if you live in or near Colorado Springs, the best replacement windows to get are from Simonton.

Simonton is known for making energy efficient vinyl replacement windows that are both attractive and affordable.

Simonton offers three very popular product lines that are designed to be used by local Colorado Springs window contractors. Some are even designed for certain regions of the country.

Simonton windows are an excellent choice for your Colorado Springs replacement windows, and they offer a product to meet every homeowner’s needs.

The cold weather can leave homeowners fretting if they have windows that need to be repaired or updated. Windows from older houses can let cold air in, causing your home to be chilly and your heating bill to rise. If your windows are sticking and it’s hard to open them or close them, you can be stuck with an open window while the snow falls into your house. Maybe your windows easily slide open or don’t latch, and you don’t feel comfortable leaving town for the holidays with an unsecure house. No matter your reasoning, needing your windows replaced only gets more stressful as the weather gets colder, the holidays get nearer and you get busier. By finding a window replacement company in Colorado Springs to evaluate and replace your windows, you’ll be able to spend your time enjoying family and friends rather than worrying about one more home project.

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