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Replacement Windows & Cement Siding Blog - Page 2

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.

The siding of a house is not a cheap investment, and people want to get the best bang for their buck. Especially because Colorado Springs is in a higher elevation, choosing a siding that will work for your house and last is difficult. If you’ve ever talked to a contractor about the best materials to use on the outside of your home, it’s likely he or she recommended Hardie Board. There are so many different brands, materials and features for the types of siding available, and to the average person it’s easier to talk to a Colorado Springs siding professional to really understand your options - Hardie Board being one of them.

When a person decides to renovate or update their home, one of the most important things to consider is how the updating will become a return on investment for the seller. When you begin renovating or updating a house that you know isn't your forever house, it's hard to separate what you want done to the house for the rest of the time you're living in it and what you can do that wouldn't necessarily be your number one priority but will increase the resale value on the home.

 

Deciding where to put windows or and what type of lights you’ll use in a building or house can be a complicated process. Factors to consider can include the view outside, how much lighting is necessary, and any glares that could be on computers and televisions.

Although adding in extra windows takes more planning, natural light is a great way to add personality to a space. Natural light plays a big role in creating comfortable and enjoyable spaces in a home.

Whether you’re building a new home or contemplating adding a window to a new area of your house, here are some benefits of adding windows for natural light rather than using only artificial light.

With record-breaking rainfall in May, golfball sized hail in June and flooding in streets, yards and parks throughout the city during the past few months, the weather in Colorado Springs has been unusually wet during the past two months.

Although the much needed rain comes with its benefits, like being able to keep your sprinklers turned off or avoiding washing your car because you know it will rain just minutes after you've dried it, excessive moisture doesn't always leave room for celebration.

In an area with many hills for water to run down and low land for water to gather, the potential for a home to flood in a basement or on its ground level is high.

With the huge amount of rainfall Colorado Springs has had this May, it’s hard to believe spring is in full effect and summer will be starting soon. Aside from the typical spring cleaning, spring is a great time to get a jumpstart on home improvement projects.

Now that the sun is beginning to shine, it’s time to think about some important maintenance and improvement projects for your house. Getting spring home improvement projects done early will leave you with more fun in the sun.

If you’ve had an idea to enhance your curb appeal or do a major (or minor) home makeover, now is the perfect time to get started.

How to find the right contractor to install replacement windows in Colorado Springs

Spring is in the air and it’s that time of year that many Americans are trying decide which home improvement project is the best way to get the most bang out of their annual tax refund buck. Of course we are a bit biased, but we believe you should, if you live in or around Colorado Springs, install replacement windows or new Hardie board cement siding with your 2014 refund. 

Fortunately, the science is on our side because year after year new vinyl replacement windows and cement board siding are in the top five home improvements for their return on investment. If you hardly even notice your windows, you’ll be amazed at how much fresher your home will look with new replacement windows. It’s like adding a touch of bling to give your house some serious curb appeal. 

If you are thinking about getting new windows this year, now is the time to contact a replacement window installer. Before setting up appointments with window contractors in Colorado Springs, it is important to prescreen them over the phone.  Calling ahead is much less time consuming and it eliminates the temptation to choose installers based solely on their salesmanship on the showroom floor. Asking a few simple questions first will ensure that the contractor really has the experience you need for the job.

How will vinyl siding affect the value of my Colorado Springs home?

For most of us, a home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make. It’s also a purchase that all of us hope will be one of the best investments we make, so it just makes sense that we want to take good care of our home’s exterior.

A well maintained home is much more likely to retain value and sell more quickly than a similar house that has been neglected. If you’re wondering how installing vinyl siding to your Colorado Springs home will affect the value of your property you’ll be happy to know that adding new siding consistently makes it into the top 5 home improvements for return on investment and few other home improvement projects do as much to increase a home’s curb appeal the way vinyl siding can.

Understand Energy and Efficiency Rating Before You Shop for Vinyl Replacement Windows

At Heart House we understand that your home improvement dollars are limited and that your priority as a homeowner is to always make sure you get what you expect when you pull out your wallet. We want you to understand exactly what you are getting when you consider purchasing replacement windows for your home in or around Colorado Springs.

New windows, as I’m sure you know, are much more than two ordinary pieces of glass held together in a frame like they were in the distant past. However, you may not realize that windows have evolved even over the past few years as research and development have delivered more efficient products to the home improvement marketplace. Modern window glass is actually quite high tech so they do a lot more for your older home than provide a nice windbreak with a view.

home improvement winterHave something to show for your tax refund this year: Spruce up the outside of your home.

It’s tax season and if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets a refund this year give yourself a gift that pays you back every time you arrive home. Freshening up the exterior of your home will not only give the neighborhood a lift, it will lift your spirits every time you pull into the drive. Here is a list of tried and true ways to increase your home’s curb appeal no matter what your budget. I’ve started with siding and windows because that’s what I do, but hang on because I’ve also listed some great ideas that can make a big difference with a few dollars and some elbow grease.

colorado springs cement sidingEvery year around this time, homeowners across the country look for ways to save money on energy bills. Of course, it’s probably a little late to cut energy costs this winter season, but maybe it’s time to consider replacement windows as your next home improvement. If you live in Colorado Springs, it is important to realize that windows are more than just a way to beautify the exterior of your home. Sure, they can dramatically improve “curb appeal,” but more importantly they provide a shield from the elements.

If the windows in your home no longer enhance the façade, filter out noise or protect you from extreme weather conditions, it may be time to replace them with new ones that will reduce energy costs while complementing the architecture of your home.

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