Why Vinyl Siding With An Insulated Foam Backer Is An Investment Worth Making

h13Is vinyl siding an investment worth making in your home? We are happy to tell you that not only is it worth making but it’s actually the best investment you can make, increasing your home’s value more than any other improvement you may have planned. In addition to adding value to your home you are also improving the energy efficiency as almost all siding comes with an insulated foam backer, keeping the cold air out of your home lowering your heating bill through the winter. The foam backer also keeps the home cooler in the summer so you may actually enjoy being inside on a hot and humid day!

How great of an investment is it? The average homeowner received an 80% return in investment when their house was sold. Now I know you are thinking that spending money on vinyl siding doesn’t seem as exciting as granite counter tops or a whirl pool in the bathroom, and this may be true, but when it comes to the buyer’s preferences vinyl siding ranks as the top must have for the majority of homeowners.

Now you must be asking what type of vinyl siding would be the best investment and give you the results you are looking for. As I said earlier the number one thing to look for is a vinyl siding with a foam backer. It’s the foam backer that leaves your wood, steel, or aluminum siding looking like a money drain. Most people think of insulating their attics and calling it sufficient, but to truly insulate your home you have to wrap it, and the most convenient, effective and affordable way is to tear off the wood, steel or aluminum wrap and wrap the house in vinyl siding with an insulated foam backer.

So there you have it, before you pick out granite, or remodel your home office, think about the first thing buyers see, your siding. It is well known that home buyers make snap judgments about a home based on the curb appeal. When purchasing the biggest investment of their lives they want to make sure that it’s maintenance free and easy on the eyes! Don’t let your ugly siding be the next person’s problem, because it very well may end up being your problem when your home sells for less than you hoped for.

I hope you have found this article to be informative and a resource for your next home remodeling project. Once the vinyl siding is up and the home is insulated by the addition of an efficient insulated foam backer, then start looking at those counter tops and your out dated bathroom. You’ll thank us later, get in touch today and we can get you connected today!

Does Your Siding Have Storm Damage

h6Unless you are a very heavy sleeper, you certainly heard the volatile rainstorm that occurred in Central Indiana the other night. Although falling asleep to the soft drizzle of rain is relaxing, the thunder from our most recent storm was not something anyone could have easily slept through. But the surrounding community of homeowners are no longer losing sleep from thunder so much as they are losing sleep over the amount of storm damage to their home’s siding. The next day, did you see signs of storm damage on your siding? If so, it is important to have storm damages repaired properly, and within a speedy time frame, in order to protect your investment wisely.

Signs of Storm Damage

Heavy winds, rains, hail, and sleet can all occur during an aggressive rainstorm. These occurrences can all cause a wide spectrum of storm damage, especially to siding. Whether you have stucco, vinyl, aluminum, wood, or laminate siding, it can be vulnerable to storm damage. Examples of damages include holes in stucco, missing boards, broken clapboard tiles, cracks, dents, chips, abrasions, and more. But fortunately, all of these damages can be reversed with the help of a qualified general contracting company.

Signs of Storm-Damaged Siding:

  • Missing Clapboard Tiles
  • Broken Boards
  • Missing Sections
  • Chips
  • Dents
  • Holes
  • Dirt
  • Rips and Tears
  • Abrasions
  • Loose Siding
  • Structural Instability
  • And More

Although siding is designed to last decades, it is not entirely resistant to damages caused by heavy wind and rainstorms. Trees and other debris can be tossed into your yard and rip holes in your home during severe storms. Be sure your homeowners’ insurance policy covers storm damage in the case that a tree or large limb falls onto your home, or your siding is destroyed by wind and rain.

Get Professional Siding Repair

It is important to repair damages to your home’s siding in order to protect your investment. This is because siding damage causes exponential damages, like rust, fungal growth, pest infestations, insect infestations, water damage, and more. A licensed general contractor has the training, knowledge, and resources to provide outstanding siding repair, replacement, or installation in a convenient time frame. Always do your research, and choose a general contractor that has experience with siding installation and repair. Choosing to do it yourself can not only put you at risk of injury, it can jeopardize the structural integrity of your siding if done improperly, and even worse, it may cancel your siding’s warranty.

Investing in Quality Furnishings for Your Bathrooms and Kitchens

h5It is important to consider good quality fixtures and fittings when designing and constructing your bathrooms and kitchens. This may sound as a cliché, but you really get what you pay for. Getting the right type of tile or faucet for these areas should be chosen with several factors in consideration beside cost alone. Remember, not all fixtures are created equally and not all are made to last.

Here are a few standard items you should consider spending a little bit more when it comes to constructing your bathrooms and kitchen.

Plumbing fixtures

Getting standard with plumbing fixtures that are not only safe but durable at the same time is essential to prevent early damages and potential contamination in the water supply that you have at home. Water is very essential in the bathroom and kitchen area, thus having the right fixtures, lasting fixtures in these areas should be considered. Style on the other hand can be achieved through the different styles available for faucets, showers and the like for your water supply needs. Always go for the quality and durability of these fixtures and consider aesthetics as a least important factor that will influence your decision in purchasing accessories for your plumbing and water supply system.

HVAC System

It is also very important to get a professional contractor for your HVAC systems at home. This ensures that your air, gas and exhaust ducts are of the right size and material that will help them function efficiently and correctly all year round. Doing so ensures that clean air is always available inside your homes. Taking extra care of your gas lines and exhaust lines at home protects you from possible leaks you may encounter in the future. Proper and timely maintenance is also required for these areas in your home.

Windows

Your windows also play a big role even in your kitchen and bathroom areas. Make sure that your windows are covered with the appropriate treatments to function efficiently in these areas. It would be better to have tinted windows for your bathrooms to keep them private. However, these windows should be versatile enough and can be opened wide in times of cleaning or to simply allow fresh air to enter your bathrooms. Windows on the kitchen area should be big enough to provide a bright and relaxing ambiance to your kitchen areas.

Tips for Keeping Your Books in Good Condition

h3A few weeks ago, my friend came to my house, and she found out surprisingly that my books have been kept in good condition. Yes, I have lots of books in my house, and I always try my best to keep all of them in good condition. Compared to e-books, I love books more, which give me a more satisfying reading experience. However, as I know, there are people who have already left books behind and turn to the e-books, while there are still many people who would love to have paper books. If you love books as much as I do but have no clues about how to keep them in good condition, this is exactly the article you have been looking for. I would love to share some tips with you about how to keep them in order and in good condition.

First, how many books you have in your house? And do you have enough bookshelves for keeping your books in order? If there is not enough space for keeping your book, you might have to add a new bookshelf to your house or throw away some old books. However, I bet that most of you are not willing to throw those precious books away.

The second problem might be the dust. If you don’t take this seriously, it might cause you lots of troubles. To keep the books away from dust, the most important thing is to make sure that you have kept them in a proper place instead of a drafty room. If your room is drafty, you could purchase a bookshelf with glass so that to keep the bookshelf always clean inside.

There are many factors will make a great big difference to your books as you keep them in your house, for example, sunlight, humidity, and heat. In view of that, it’s important to choose a proper place to keep your books away from the sunlight. And if there is excessive moisture, which will affect the paper seriously of the book in your room, you might need to keep the books away from the window and the desiccant will be quite helpful. As to avoid the heat do damage to your books, just make sure your books are far away from any heat source.

There is a little trick for you to arrange your books as you got lots of books so that you could find the book you want to read in a few seconds. Most of you might just put the book back on the shelf randomly, which is exactly the reason why you have to spend time on looking for the book you want. Just start lining up your books in your own way. For example, you could keep the books in the same color together.

High Tech Home Automation Upgrades

h2Bring your home into the 21st century with some high tech home automation upgrades.

Many people have already advanced their property with home automation upgrades, but may be completely unaware that they have. You may already use products such as the Nest thermostat or the Amazon Echo, these products are in fact technologies that are part of the home automation revolution that is changing the way people live in their homes.

Today’s market provides a home automation device for each and every room in your home. Below are some of the top home automation products to upgrade your home.

In the kitchen

Bluetooth thermometer

You will never mistakenly burn your meal again with a helpful smart meat thermometer. It works by sending the information from the thermometer to your smart phone via a Bluetooth connection, showing you when your pork, chicken, turkey, or fish reaches the right temperature.

Slow cooker

You can start dinner before you leave the office with a Wi-Fi enabled crock pot. By simply swiping your finger across your smart phone you can turn the cooker on, set the temperature, or turn it off to make sure that your dinner isn’t burnt if you are delayed in getting back to your home.

Wi-Fi enabled kettle

Set the kettle to boil remotely by using an app on your smart phone. Whether you want the kettle to be boiled before you get out of bed or ready for you when you get home from work, the Wi-Fi enabled iKettle will boil your water and even hold its temperature for up to a half hour.

In the bathroom

Bluetooth speakers for the shower

Sing along to your favorite songs with the Aqua-tunes waterproof speaker and add some entertainment to your home automation upgrades. The speaker connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and enables you to stream music from your device that is played in the shower. Simply hook the speaker on to your shower rod and press the sync button to link up with your mobile device.

Heated toilet seat

LumaWarm offer the heated nightlight toilet seat. The seat is illuminated by a blue LED light and is equipped with multiple temperature settings that warm the seat within a couple of minutes.

In the bedroom

Smart bedroom lighting

Smart lighting can help you relax at the end of the day, and even help you fall asleep, with lighting that is personalized to you, with dimming and variable color temperatures. There are several types of smart lighting products available for home automation upgrades, with some set by timers that can be easily accessed and changed through your smart phone, while others utilize motion sensors to adapt the lighting to your nightly routine.

Smart windows

Equip your windows with smart window film, or adjustable blinds that operate by a motor, which can be accessed on your smart phone. Smart blinds and shades can adapt and respond to the lighting level outside and are a must for your home automation upgrades. Smart window film offers the ability to transition your window from clear to opaque by simply tapping a button on your smart phone.

Home automation for any room

Smart sockets/plugs

Smart plugs are a simple and easy way to make a start upgrading your home. The smart socket device plugs into your existing power outlet and enables you to remotely control the power usage and keep an eye on your energy usage. There are several manufacturers of smart plugs, iHome, TP-LINK, Belkin, and D-Link to name a few, and the devices are an affordable way to start upgrading your home with prices ranging from as low as $30.

Humidity detector

The Humidity Sensor and Fan Control by Leviton can identify the level of humidity in your home and automatically react to it by turning on a ventilation fan. The smart device can be used in the bathroom and any other area of your home to reduce moisture in the air.

Room by room upgrades

If you still don’t really know where to start with your home automation upgrades, there are several home automation upgrades and smart home upgrade kits on the market.

The main purpose of home automation upgrades is to make daily tasks easier for the user. You don’t need to rush and try to upgrade everything in your home at once. Identify areas of your home or exact tasks where you would appreciate some technological help, then research what home automation options are available to fulfill your needs.

Erika Bentley

Keeping Real Estate Simple