Is replacing your roof the right home improvement project for you this 2013 summer season? If you answered yes to the previous questions then it may be that you are looking for greater insulation on their home or a more maintenance free home. From level of comfort to maintaining one of your most valuable material assets the benefits of roofing are numerous. But before a you choose to move forward with remodeling with an energy efficient roof, take the time to consider a few additional factors in order to make the best decision for your home.
Budget - According to the 2013 Remodel Magazine Cost vs. Value report, roofing home improvement projects have a 62.9% potential recoup value. In order to recoup that cost, consider how long you will be in the home and how much you are likely to recoup over the life of the home.
Color - With the technology available, there are many colors and types of roofing to choose from to apply to your home. Due to the durability of a roof, this is a product that will be on your home for years to come so make sure that you take the time necessary to choose the right color and type for you.
Contractor - Choosing the right contractor for your home improvement project will make the difference between a smooth project and one that will cause headache throughout the project. Ensure that your contactor has a good rating with the BBB. Also, get references from prior customers. Does the contractor have the correct licensing and permits for the project?
American Exteriors has been working as a licensed window and siding manufacturer for over 25 years and now we offer roofing! If you would like additional information on your roofing project, please contact us www.amext.com.
Many homeowners have reservations about working to improve their home, especially when there may be custom work that needs to be done. American Exteriors has developed a process over our 38 years of working with homeowners that allows us to complete a project to the customers satisfaction.
Dont take our word for it, here is an excellent testimonial from a homeowner in Indianola.
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American Exteriors LLC – Earning The Better Business Bureau Longevity Award
American Exteriors has worked for years in order to create a process that the homeowners we partner with can appreciate and enjoy. American Exteriors has found that by creating such a process we are able to continue our phenominal growth and expansion.
From energy efficient windows, replacement vinyl siding and replacement roofs, the products and service that American Exteriors provides has earned us the attention, respect and acolades from such respectable establishments as Angies List, Energy Star, Green Seal, Qualified Remodeler and, of course, the Better Business Bureau to name a few.
If you would like additional information on your home improvement project, we invite you to contact us at www.amext.com.
With the arrival of springtime, homeowners are taking full advantage of the opportunity to work with American Exteriors for their home improvement projects. With over 29 years of experience, homeowners have found working with American Exteriors an experience worth talking about.
Dear American Exteriors,
We had all new siding put on our house in the historical area of the city. The house was built in 1890. The wood was too dry to scrape and re-paint. We had lots of design and scallops on the house. We did not want to loose all the old charm to the house. American exteriors did a two color siding, grey with white trim, corners and freize board. In addition, they put scalloped siding on the front of the house to keep some of the historic charm to the home. The home looks amazing. The workmanship is very good and the work was completed in a short time with no inconvenience to us.
Pat, Donald and DJ Tille
American Exteriors Transformation
American Exteriors Transformation
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According to the Energy Star Most Efficient 2013 list, American Exterios is moving up the ranks to the second position for the most energy efficient vertical slider windows in the nation.
Toping such companies as Pella and Marvin Windows and Doors, the American Exteriors vertical slider ranks number two on the list of energy efficient windows. For years American Exteriors has continually improved the product we manufacture for the homeowners who partner with us for their home improvement needs. Bringing top of the line service and products to our customers, American Exteriors continues to rise to the top of the home improvement industry.
We look forward to the 2013 home improvement year as we continue to expand across the nation, helping homeowners to conveniently develop their home improvement needs.
Look for American Exteriors in 2014 to top the charts
An unexpected benefit many homeowner have enjoyed from energy efficient replacement vinyl windows from American Exteriors is the ability the windows have to reduce outside noise. This is extremely beneficial to those who may work in the evening and sleep during the day or have infants who nap during the day. Although this is unexpected from the standpoint of the homeowner, American Exteriors gives thought and care into the type of products which may be best for your home.
Dear American Exteriors,
We have been very pleased with our new windows. The noise level has dropped a lot since thy have been installed. This ia a great benefit because my husband works the graveyard shift and sleeps during the day.
I am also extremely happy with how easy they are to open and clean. No more bent screens or aching back from having to fight to get them out so I can clean them. We are eager to see what kind of difference they will make in our utility bill. We have yet to receive a bill since they have been installed but I can feel a considerable difference in the amount of heat from them.
All in all we are most satisfied with the service as well as the product we have received.
American Exteriors LLC continues to grow through strong partnerships with homeowners and business partners throughout the Midwest and Rocky Mountain region and is excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide high performance replacement windows.
Omaha, NE – Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
American Exteriors LLC is proud to be selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity for recent projects in the Omaha, Nebraska areaa.
While other home remodeling companies are busy dealing with complaints and product failures because of using cheap builder grade products, American Exteriors is happy to provide our high performance products that receive great reviews to such a reputable and selfless company as Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
“We are proud to be a strong partner in each community we work in and are always looking for ways to make a positive difference in our own neighborhoods. Our reviews speak for themselves and we were very excited to provide the replacement windows for Habitat for Humanity in the Omaha area and throughout the Midwest.” American Exteriors Vice President, Greg Garcia
And the feeling is mutual.
“Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is proud of our continuing partnership with American Exteriors LLC. Through their generous donations, American Exteriors will provide windows on renovated homes, homes that Habitat will sell to low-income families in need,” said Michele Shearer, Gifts in Kind Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. “Windows are a vital component to every house, helping to keep utility costs reasonable and providing families the opportunity to see the yard they worked so hard for, the flowers they planted with care and the driveway that will greet guests to their new Habitat home. This significant contribution allows Habitat Omaha to minimize costs, and keep mortgage payments low for families in need of affordable housing.”
About American Exteriors LLC American Exteriors LLC manufactures and sells replacement windows, siding, and other products that improve the energy efficiency and appearance of an existing home. Established in 1993, American Exteriors offers a replacement process that begins with in-home consultation and ends with the certified installation of a custom manufactured product.
As a privately held organization, American Exteriors LLC has grown to be the western state’s largest vinyl replacement window and siding company because of their strong history of commitment to customers, employees, community, and the environment. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality, most energy efficient products in the industry.
According to an article in the Replacement Contractor magazine, referral business can account for up to 42% of a company’s business. Those referrals come from many sources, from family, from friends, co-workers and neighbors, the acquisition of a referral is as powerful as a billboard along a busy highway – and more. Leveraging the relationship of the customer with their network provides those in the network of people whom they may know who have had the work done with the company and their experience with the company. It literally pays to ensure that each customer have an experience that exceeds their expectation.
This is the process that American Exteriors has developed in our 25+ years in the industry. American Exteriors does not rely on the traditional methods of advertising such as billboards, television commercials or news ads. American Exteriors realizes that a much more valuable resource of expanding is the customers whom we have satisfied with our product and our processes. Customers such as Tim and Kristi Carson:
Dear American Exteriors,
We have been impressed with the quality and service of our new windows so far. The initial contact with our salesperson was friendly and there was no pressure. He gave a price quote and explained all of the advantages of replacing our windows. We had a couple of windows that really needed to be replaced as there as some wood that certainly needed to be replaced. We were promised that any bad wood would be replaced and not merely covered up.
The installation crew showed up right on schedule and did a marvelous job. All of the windows in the house were replaced in one day. The crew was courteous and cleaned up extremely well.
One of the first things we noticed was the difference in temperatures. Preciously there had been a marked difference between the basement and the main floor. This difference is now almost non-noticeable. We’ve also noticed the difference in the noise level from the outside.
We have been very pleased with the temperature difference already. With the daily temperatures above 100 degrees, this is easy to keep track of. We are anxious to see what impact these new windows have on our utility bills.
The new windows look great and really compliment the exteriors of our home. We are pleased with the product and experience so far and will gladly recommend American Exteriors to our friends and family.
Tim & Kristi Carson
“Gladly recommend American Exteriors to our friends and family.” This is what American Exteriors looks for from each and every homeowner we partner with.
If you would like more information for your next remodel, please contact us at www.amext.com.
Have you considered having your windows replaced but have just not moved forward? Here is a great homeowner review from just a customer and her advice on when the best time to replace your windows is.
My name is Elaine and American Exteriors did my windows. They did them in February. From the time that the representative came out to place the order to the time that they measured and installed was a very reasonable time. The young man that came out, there were two of them, to install the windows – they were very professional and to me they were quick and I have no problem with the way they installed the windows. They did it very well and I could tell the difference right away, in the drafts in the windows, it’s just not there that we had before. The ventilation in the house now in the summertime is much better. The house stays cooler and I notice that even in the short time that I had them during the winter and even now the house is warmer. Sitting in the wintertime, you can feel more of the cold than when you are gone for 8 hours or more a day that I just decided that I needed to do that, I needed to get windows, so… If you are in the market to buy windows, do it! Because the sooner you do it the more energy you will save whether its winter or summer on the air conditioning. It helps keep the heat out and in the winter it helps keep the heat in. Because those old windows, I had them, this house is 45 years old and I had never got windows before so it’s made a tremendous difference in the heating bill. Of course, I got a new furnace too. When my brother came to visit, he goes, ‘oh you got new windows’! I mean, that’s the first thing he said when he walked in the door. So they could see a difference on the outlook of the front of the house. How much nicer it looked! And they were inquiring, how was it, have you had them in the winter time yet? They wanted to know how the windows were working. We don’t get the sun in that window anyway so he isn’t freezing his butt off in the winter anymore. There was frost inside the window and it would be wet so he would touch it and now he loves that window, that’s his spot where he watches everything.
Improperly sealed window frames are generally the most commonly noticed aspect of a faulty air barrier as the affects are more noticeable. Such aspects may be manifested in drapes or curtains moving due to the breeze coming through gaps in your home envelope. Sealing these leaks not only contributes to utility savings but also increased comfort.
How do you know if you have leaky windows? Here are a few simple ways to determine if you have a faulty air barrierk out for in your inspections:
window frame for cracks in the caulking, on the top of the window sill, or commonly overlooked, under the window sill.
On a windy day, using an incense stick, move the device around the frame to observe if there is movement indicating air leakage, this could occur from wind blowing into the home or out of the home as well.
Here are a few DIY solutions you can take in order to seal the windows in your home. For best results, prepare the area to be caulked or weather-stripped as follows:
Caulk to plug any areas of leaky air.
First, prepare the area:
• The temperature outside should be above 20°F (-7°C).
• Before application, remove dirt, grease or oil which will interfere with adhesion using a mild dishwashing detergent and water.
• If pressure-sensitive weather stripping was previously applied, it can be removed with an adhesive remover, found in local home improvement stores
• Remove any old caulk and paint using a putty knife or large screwdriver.
• Make sure to wipe all surfaces down for best result.
• Make sure all areas are dry so moisture isn’t trapped inside.
• Hold the caulking gun at a consistent angle, usually 30°-45°, to force caulk into the crevasses.
• Caulk in one continuous line. Avoid stops and starts as this can cause unseemly irregularities and gaps in the caulking bead.
• Make certain that the caulk sticks to both surfaces.
• Release the trigger before pulling away to avoid applying too much caulk.
• To clean up any excessive waste use mineral spirits or water (depending on type of caulking)
Weather stripping is another easy DIY method to ensure that your home is sealed against the elements:
• Calculate how much weather stripping you will need.
• Measure the perimeter of all of the windows and doors which will need application and then add 5%-10% to account for waste. Use the old adage, measure twice – cut once.
• Using the weather stripping obtained from a local home improvement store, apply the weather stripping between the sash and the frame of the window.
• Do not remove all of the backing at once; slowly peel off the backing as you adhere it to the surface. The material should compress when the window is closed.
These are two very easy DIY simple solutions to effectively stop your energy dollars from flying out the window. By utilizing these and other techniques, you will make your home more comfortable as you seal the leaks in your home.