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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.

colorado_springs_home_showsIt seems like every couple of years we see new trends emerge in home remodeling, kitchen design and landscaping products.  But how does a homeowner find out about the latest innovations for the home?  Sure, there are plenty of “shelter” magazines and DIY web sites, but it’s hard to see everything all in one place unless you visit a home show.  Over the past 25 years, home shows have gone from an annual event in big city convention centers to several informal suburban shows.

What are the advantages of visiting a home show?  My favorite reason to walk the aisles of a home show is to get a full picture of all my options for a project and a first-hand look at the materials. I try to visit the show early in the day so I can spend time learning more from certain vendors.

green_home_improvementsOver the past twenty years, Americans have made significant changes in how they view the environment.  They’ve started taking recycling seriously, stopped using plastic shopping bags and started purifying their own water.  Businesses have become “green” by reducing pollutants, making sustainable products and working with eco-friendly vendors.  But what about homeowners?  Have we successfully carried our passion for the environment into our home energy choices?

If you are stuck with a traditional energy company for your electricity, you may have a choice of energy suppliers.  Find out what the options are for selecting one that uses wind power to generate energy.  On the other hand, if you have the option to build a home from the ground up or retrofit an existing building, you will be able to choose green energy products or install solar panels.

window_and_siding_contractorRemodeling the exterior of your home or business can be hassle-free when you choose the right window and siding contractor.  However, if you hire the wrong one you may need to live with the consequences of that decision for many years to come.  Perhaps this explains why there is so much information available online to help you find the right contractor for your next big project.

Every contractor will say they use top quality products and that they offer honest and reliable service, so how do you determine which window and siding contractor to hire?  Some of the obvious first steps include ensuring that the contractor is licensed and insured, or that they have favorable ratings with the Better Business Bureau.  But you will also want a contractor with several years of experience in your neighborhood.  They should be able to provide you with a list of references and several addresses of homes they have recently remodeled.

james_hardie_sidingIf you’re in the market for new siding or building a new home, you’ve no doubt heard many arguments for and against vinyl siding.  Perhaps you have even considered switching to wood siding, but then heard just as many negatives about that.  Have you ever wished there was a “middle-of-the-road” option; one that combined the best of wood and vinyl siding into one product?  Well, James Hardie® siding might be the perfect answer.

One of the most durable building products available today, James Hardie fiber cement siding is made from a combination of wood fibers and cement, pressed into a mold that takes on the character of wood grain, and offers the ideal surface for any color paint.  The James Hardie Siding Company is a leader in manufacturing and developing technologies for strong, long-lasting building products.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Vinyl Siding – The Benefits

vinyl_sidingIt’s that time of year again – time to go outside and look up at your house and determine if you can really afford to wait another year for new vinyl siding.  Most local siding contractors say this is their busiest time of the year because the weather is nicer and homeowners want to invest their tax refund in beautifying their home.  But is vinyl siding really the right choice for your home?

The benefits of vinyl siding go far beyond its good looks and affordability.  Vinyl siding also protects and insulates your home, helping it withstand punishing storms and other harsh weather.  It is built to last for many years to come while resisting scratches, cracks, rusting, and sagging.  Because it is entirely weather resistant, vinyl siding is perfect for homes in hot or cold areas of the country, whether it’s cold air or warm air coming into the home.

If you are looking for a way to spend that tax refund, then replacement windows might be the perfect home improvement.  But even the best laid plans never come to fruition unless you find a good contractor.  In Colorado Springs, Heart House Creations has built its reputation on being one of the most reliable contractors for replacement windows and siding.  They believe that when it comes to choosing a contractor it’s important to ask a lot of questions.

replacement_windows__contractorsGetting new windows is not just a simple matter of finding a contractor and writing a check.  You will need to be involved in some very important decisions about the windows you choose.  One of the most important reasons to have replacement windows installed is to improve the energy efficiency of your home by decreasing the loss of hot and cold air through the windows, but with so many brands on the market today and hundreds of options to choose from, the number of decisions can be mind boggling.

Every window manufacturer claims to have insulated glass and weather stripping available on all models, but keep in mind that all models are very different from one another.  An experienced contractor can explain to you the different technical terms to look for in your search.

siding_contractorsSpring has arrived, and it’s time to start paying attention to the exterior of your home.  For many homeowners, all the landscaping and flower baskets won’t hide the fact that their siding needs to be replaced.  If this sounds like you, then you will need to start talking to siding contractors in your area.  Once you have decided on the type of siding you want, take the time to interview several different companies who specialize in this type of siding.

Hiring the right team of professional siding contractors is crucial to your satisfaction with the job, and only intensive research will give you the confidence you need to move forward.  Ultimately, you will want to hire a contractor who guarantees their work and offers repair and replacement services in addition to the installation.  Look for a company that has been in business for many years and has a strong reputation in the area.

colorado_springs_replacement_windows_2Spring is in the air, and it’s time for homeowners to decide how to spend their annual tax refunds.  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.  It is much less time consuming and it eliminates the temptation to choose installers based solely on their salesmanship.   Asking a few simple questions first will ensure that the contractor really has the experience you need for the job.

As much as you might want to start firing away with questions as soon as you get a contractor on the phone, they will first need information from you.  Be prepared to share some details about the project, such as the type of window you are looking to buy, the number of windows, your budget and timeline for the project.  Only after they know the scope of your project can they answer your first round of questions.  Keep in mind that as you speak with a replacement window installer on the phone, they will be trying to set up a home appointment.  Remember, this is your fact-finding mission and you don’t need to set an appointment to get answers to your questions.

window_contractor_colorado_springsIf you’ve been a homeowner for a number of years, this may not come as a surprise to you; but one of the wisest home improvements you can make is to get new windows.  Believe it or not, the main reason people delay this project is because they don’t know of any good window contractors in Colorado Springs.  If you live in the Pikes Peak region, take this advice:  look for window contractors who use Simonton windows.  Known for their energy-efficiency and their affordability, these are also some of the most attractive windows you can buy.

Some of the most attractive and reliable vinyl windows from Simonton can be found at Heart House, a team of window contractors in Colorado Springs.  Heart House Creations has been helping homeowners with improvement projects like windows, siding and doors since 1987 and they are one of the most respected contractors in the region.  In addition to their superior windows and experienced team of installers, Heart House is also the only preferred installer of James Hardie siding products.

replacement_windows_colorado_springsBuying replacement windows in Colorado Springs isn’t always easy.  With so many companies competing for your business and so many different types of windows, homeowners often end up paying too much for the wrong windows.  Buying new replacement windows can add a lot of value to a home and are often one of its most attractive features, but beyond that they also provide convenient ventilation, easy cleaning features and superior natural light.  In an older home with inefficient windows, it’s easy to spend 30 percent more for heating and cooling than you would if the windows were replaced.

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