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Hiring a Contractor During the Winter Months

If you're like most people, you probably don't consider hiring a contractor during the winter unless there is a dire need for emergency repairs at your home. People have an idea the cold weather may prevent contractors from performing outdoor work, or may think of winter as being the off-season for construction. These are not true, contractors work throughout the year. A different aspect of not hiring a contractor is people wait until they're doing spring cleaning or begin spending time outside to realize aspects of the house which may need repair or renovation. Although that's a valid philosophy, it's not always the best reason to postpone meeting with a contractor.

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Your Home's Been Damaged by a Storm, Now What?

Even storms that seem to be routine can be surprisingly violent and result in damage. You might be confused and frightened to discover that your home has been damaged by a storm. You might also wonder what steps you need to take next if your home has sustained any type of storm damage. 

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Can You Use Your Deck in the Winter?

During the spring and summer, your deck can almost seem like an extra room to your house. You may enjoy reading, caring for plants, watching movies, or any other hobbies you have. It might even be a place for older children to play so you can have peace and quiet to fix supper after helping with their homework. You aren't going to use it as often in the winter, but it doesn't have to completely close down if you want to maintain the extra space.

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Fiber Cement or LP Siding: Which is Right for Your Home?

The type of siding that you choose for your home is something that should not be taken lightly. Not only is it a huge investment in terms of money and time that it takes to have it installed, this siding is the only thing that is standing in between the often brutal weather and the materials that comprise your home and that protect its integrity. Because the exterior of your home is the first thing that people see when they arrive at your house, it is also the most important element in terms of curb appeal. 

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Maintaining Your Home During Winter Weather

You already know the winter weather puts a different type of strain on your house than the summer hail and thunderstorms cause, but you may not realize the extent of different approaches toward preparing your home and maintaining it during the winter freeze. The single most important aspect of properly maintaining your home during winter weather is awareness, that is to say, to make visual inspections of the exterior after a storm and to pay attention for any drafts around windows and doors or cold spots in the house.

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How to Winterize Your Winter Porch

With winter approaching, it's time to winterize your home to ensure your home is energy efficient. Homeowners remember to winterize their appliances, doors, and windows, but they often forget to winterize their screened porch. Screened porches are one of our specialties at C & T Siding. As such, we thought we would highlight effective ways to block out the cold air.  

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Tips and Tricks to Extend the Life of Your Entry Doors

After investing in new entry doors, you want the to last for a long time. Entry doors see a lot of traffic, so it's not enough to hope for the best. You have to take extra measures to ensure that your doors are protected. The following strategies will ensure your entry doors can stand the test of time.   

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Top 4 Ways Vinyl windows can Save you Money this Winter

Have you been wrapping your windows in unsightly plastic during winters past in an effort to make your home more energy efficient? While doing so is an effective temporary solution when dealing with older windows, at some point you'll want to make the fix more permanent. 

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4 Remodel Projects That Are Perfect for the Holidays

Do the holidays fill you with excitement and cheer as you think about seeing far-flung family members and friends?  Do you dread hosting parties and gatherings at your home because it's simply too small or the design doesn't work well with the flow of such an event? Now is the perfect time to plan those remodeling jobs that will make your holidays everything that you've always wanted them to be. 

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How to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Home

After witnessing the damage Hurricane Matthew caused along the east coast last month, it’s reasonable to step back and assess the potential damage storms can cause. Although Minnesota isn’t at risk of a hurricane, there are other ways Mother Nature can wreak havoc on our homes, including damage caused by a storm. Fortunately, there many ways you can protect your home now and prevent costly damage in the future.

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