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Serving Wisconsin and Minnesota
As the warm weather starts to die down, and the cold air of winter begins, homeowners start to find difficulty in preventing the cold from entering their homes. Frequently, this breach is caused by drafty windows. Like all parts of a house, windows age with time and replacements may be deemed necessary. In the meantime, however, there are several ways to help winterize windows and better reduce the effects of drafts.
Instead of addressing the drafty window itself, some homeowners opt for an interior design solution that helps block cold air from intruding too far into the home. One method is through the use of proper window treatments. Window treatments are easy to obtain and can be changed out according to the season. During warm months, simple window curtains can suffice. During the colder season, changing out lightweight window treatments for heavier drapery can help block cold air as it comes through the drafty window. For additional reinforcement and maximum benefits, choose specialized thermal drapes, double up on standard curtains, and/or use fasteners to draw drapes closer to the wall.
The cause of drafty windows can often be tied to air leakage around the trim. Therefore, finding a way to block airflow around the trim or between the frame is a quick way to lessen the breach. Window caulking is an easy way to fill in these types of gaps. Though it is a simple way to winterize windows, it will need to be repeated over time. Ideally, non-toxic latex caulk created for indoor application should be used, however, for older windows, it may be necessary to scrape out old caulking and thoroughly clean the area before any new product is applied.
Whether the window is old and the seal has worn out, or it is a newer vinyl or aluminum model that has begun to leak, adding new weatherstripping can help with winterizing preparations. Various types of weatherstripping are available, each with its own positive and negative aspects. The amount of installation expertise needed varies depending upon the stripping chosen. Some common options include:
Felt stripping is inexpensive and easily self-installed, but less efficient or durable than other options. Tension seals, or v-strips, are a type of plastic weather stripping that can fill in gaps by springing open. Metal, vinyl, or rubber stripping is commonly used as a weather stripping solution, due to the combination of effectiveness and cost.
The use of storm windows for increased energy efficiency is a popular and moderately priced option for homeowners seeking to keep out the cold. Storm windows are a year-round solution and also help reflect heat in warmer months. Although not as effective as double-pane window installation, storm windows can significantly reduce air leakage and provide solar control. Storm windows vary in type, from thin plastic sheets or film to thicker glass products. Many products can be installed either on the exterior or interior of the window providing a versatile option for the owner.
In spite of attempts to seal out the cold, older windows or windows in disrepair can sometimes not be salvaged. Though replacement windows are an investment, they are an investment often recuperated through energy efficiency savings and resale value. If the usefulness or safety of a window is in question and attempts to repair any damage have been unsuccessful, contact All Exteriors, LLC. We will provide the necessary resources for your window replacement, making the decision-making process that much easier.
Do you wish you had a relaxing space to hang out and enjoy your yard? Does water drip from your second story deck make it impossible to use the space below when it is raining? If you want functional space that stays dry and doubles as a finished outdoor entertaining area, adding an under deck gutter system may be just what you need.
Underdecking ― the process of attaching material to the underside of a deck ― can help create a covered space that can be used year-round.
The area under a raised first-floor deck is typically damp, with mold or mildew forming on the slab and beams underneath. Use a deck roof to keep the area dry and usable for storage. Additional benefits of implementing a deck roof include:
An aluminum under deck ceiling system acts like a dropped-ceiling and channels rainwater and snow away from the space between the decking planks. The overlapping panels attach to a framework that angles water, snow, and debris into seamless gutters and downspouts. By moving moisture away from the house and foundation, your patio, furniture, and other contents stay dry. Depositing the water in specific areas prevents the ground around your home from becoming oversaturated.
Clearance requirements for underdecking are minimal. On the high end, the deck roof hangs about two inches below the beams with the slope dropping an eighth of an inch for every foot.
The temperature fluctuates significantly throughout the year in Minnesota and Wisconsin, from scorching hot summers to frigid winters. Snow and ice may thaw and freeze multiple times in a single season. Unlike vinyl, aluminum alloy does not contract and expand with the temperature. This means that the deck ceiling will not develop gaps or cracks over time. Here are three more reasons why aluminum is a better choice:
Once your under deck system is in place, give your home a finishing touch that reflects your personality with concrete patios and hardscaping. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Completing your yard with design details can enhance curb appeal and increase property value by up to 25 percent. At All Exteriors, we work with you to create your perfect outdoor space, from concrete patios to retaining walls and driveways. For more information on creating the yard of your dreams, contact us today!
One of the best money-saving moves any homeowner can make when it comes to cutting costs in the winter time is to prepare all windows for the freezing temperatures to come. Sealing and weather-prepping your windows is a great way to cut heating costs as temperatures begin to drop. If a home is old, or the seals around the windows and interiors have not been updated/checked, contacting a professional is the first step to lowering the cost of bills. ― Many different methods can help prevent air leakage through windows.
While considering weathering windows, it is important to understand the external and internal methods for doing so to get a better idea of what treatment your windows may need. Caulking is the most well known and popular method for protecting windows from the outside. Any residue from previous caulk, dirt or grime is cleaned away and a new residue, usually made of sturdy but flexible material like silicone, is lined around the window’s perimeter instead.
When it comes to weather stripping, there are five popular methods to do so. Using a foam with an adhesive is a quick and temporary way to fix a draft in a window as it blocks any crack between the window and base when the window rests. Tubular gaskets are similar in the way that it blocks out air and keeps air in, except it is made from a tube that conforms to the shape of the window. V-Seals are also another great way to seal windows but may need some specified trimming and tools to fit it correctly for different window sizes. Felt is one of the oldest methods for protecting your windows. Attaching felt with an adhesive or finding adhesive felt can help pad any additional space between a window and the base for a quick fix.
With so many ways to protect a home from the onslaught of winter leaking in, it can be an easy and quick fix for professionals to help homeowners save on costs during the busiest season. Contacting a professional, experienced with not only sealing windows for winter but dealing with all interior and exterior home maintenance, ensures that your home is properly winterized for the oncoming cold. Contact the professionals at All Exteriors today to prepare your home today and save tomorrow.
Preparing your lawn for winter weather can be easy when you follow our top-5 tips. This guide will help you prevent lawn damage and death, setting your home up for a much healthier, low-maintenance yard come springtime. There are several different steps and methods that a lawn-owner can take to ensure their greens are ready for the cold temperatures. Here are a few:
Being a lawn-owner can take a lot of planning and responsibility as far as keeping it healthy and well-groomed. Preparing and knowing what to do when it comes to the colder seasons is all a part of being a successful and proactive lawn-owner. We know that maintaining the exterior of a home can be a lot of work, therefore, seeking the opinion and help of a professional is typically the best option. Contact All Exteriors for all lawn, home repair, and update needs!
It may seem like winter is still far off, but if you want to set your lawn up to look its best next year, it’s best to think a few seasons ahead. The better you take care of it now, the faster and healthier it’ll come back. Here are a few things you can do for a beautiful lawn next spring.
It may be tempting to stop mowing as the weather cools down, but believe it or not, your lawn needs your attention now more than ever. Letting the grass grow too long could cause it to smother itself or put it at risk of fungus damage. Grass needs to be kept a little longer during the worst heat of the summer to prevent it from becoming scorched, but as the weather cools down, a shorter height is ideal.
You’ll also want to make sure you clear fallen leaves as temperatures slowly decrease. Allowing leaves to pile up on your lawn can smother your grass, leaving large bare spots when spring arrives. To prevent bare spots, rake and remove leaves, or mulch them, breaking them up with the mower and redistribute them into the grass.
If you are going to aerate, before winter sets in is a great time to do so. Aerating helps your lawn breathe throughout the winter and absorb nutrients. Plan on aerating if your yard feels hard-packed, if it sees a lot of foot traffic, or if the grass or mulch is thick enough that it could suffocate the roots of the plants.
One of the last things you should do when winterizing your lawn is to fertilize it so that you give it the best chance of coming in thick and healthy next spring. This is also a great time to look for any bare or even thin patches in the lawn, and reseed as needed.
This is also a good time to start thinking about winterizing your garden. As the days get a little shorter and a little cooler, it’s time to start pruning perennials and mulching the garden to protect the plants through the winter. This is also a great time to give your yard a quick assessment to make sure it’s benefiting your curb appeal. Need professional landscaping to really make your yard shine? Contact All Exteriors today to find out more about landscaping in New Richmond.
There’s a reason why smaller yards, xeriscaping, and urban living are all becoming popular trends: Taking care of a lawn can be a lot of work, and with the speed at which the world turns, it may feel like your life is too busy to afford you the time to take care of it yourself. When it comes down to it, is it worth it to mow your lawn yourself? Here are some of the advantages to hiring a lawn service vs. doing it yourself.
The most obvious benefit of having someone take care of your lawn is not having to do it yourself. Especially if you’re busy, if you work a lot or have a family to spend time with, you may benefit from freeing up some additional time. Also, it’s one less thing for you to have to worry about learning and managing. You can let someone with more knowledge and experience take care of it.
Of course, the major drawback is the expense. However, consider that if you don’t already have the equipment and supplies to care for your lawn, this will entail a substantial upfront investment before you could save any money by doing it yourself.
If you already own a mower and other equipment, no upfront investment is needed, and maintenance and gasoline are pretty cheap. It’s generally pretty fast and easy work when compared with other professional landscaping services, so it might be worthwhile for you to spend an hour (give or take) every week to save a little money.
Some people choose to have everything done for them, from mowing to landscaping and gardening. Others prefer to have some of it done for them so they can focus on the easy parts or the tasks they like the most. For instance, if you enjoy gardening but detest mowing, you might have the lawn services while you spend more time focusing on your garden. Another option is deciding to mow and garden yourself while maximizing your home’s curb appeal by hiring a professional landscaper.
Whether you decide to mow your lawn yourself or not, professional landscaping is a perfect way to improve curb appeal and provide a finishing touch to your home’s exterior. From landscaping to patios and custom fences, All Exteriors provides all the services you need to turn your yard into your perfect, private oasis. Contact us today for more information about our services.
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