Reason of the Season

Why you should consider an off season home improvement project

Plastic window profile with a cap of Santa Claus on a white backgroundMany may think plunging temps and flying snowflakes means they have to halt on their home improvement projects, but what many don’t know is this is a perfect time of year to tackle projects and save some serious dollars.

Here are 5 key reasons why you might want to consider an off season home improvement project: [Read more…]

Replacement Doors: Big Advantages and High Value

ProVia entry door

Your entry door is the gateway to your home. Whether you want to update for style or make sure your home is ready for colder weather ahead, now is a great time to replace your entry door. Investing in a sturdy entry door will increase your home’s value and give you a cozy place to relax all winter.

According to REMODELING Magazine’s 2015 Cost-to-Value Report, replacing your home’s entry door with a steel entry door has a whopping 101.8% Cost-to-Value ratio, and replacing your door with a fiberglass door equals a 72% Cost-to-Value ratio. In fact, replacing your entry door with a new steel door was #1 on this year’s list of remodeling projects that bring the highest value. [Read more…]

Fall is here, winter is near

FallWith an official start date of September 23, fall has arrived. The arrival of fall means that winter is inevitably on its way. It’s hard to think about cold weather and snow, but it will be here before you know it. September, October and November are the perfect months to take time and make sure your home, garage and yard are prepared for the winter ahead.

To help, we’ve provided a checklist you can use as you get ready. [Read more…]

A safe solution to unwanted clogged gutters

Gutterglove gutter guardWhen was the last time you climbed up on a ladder and cleaned out your gutters and downspouts? This can be a dangerous task, as more than 300 people die from ladder falls each year, according to the World Health Organization.

If you can’t remember the last time your gutters were cleaned or if you want to avoid using a ladder, you’re not alone. Most homeowners intend to clean their gutters but will keep pushing it to tomorrow or simply don’t have enough time in the day to do it. Cleaning your gutters can be an annoying project, but if ignored can seriously harm your home. Gutters can get plugged with wet leaves and sludge, and create dangerous water build up which can accumulate and damage your home’s roof and ceiling and even crack your foundation.

A smart solution to avoid unwanted damage to your home, the nuisance of routine cleaning and the risk of climbing on a ladder altogether is to invest in GuttergloveTM gutter guard. Install Gutterglove gutter guards and you’ll say goodbye to debris and leaf clogged gutters. You’ll never have to clean your gutters again, which means you can stay off that rickety ladder.

Gutterglove’s revolutionary design fits on virtually any existing roof and gutter system and is 50 times more efficient than the competition, filtering over 150 inches of hourly rain. A foundation made of 10-gauge anodized aluminum and topped with a 316 surgical grade stainless steel mesh, Gutterglove provides needed strength to withstand the heavy snow and ice that comes with a Minnesota winter.

So the choice is up to you, but we think the best option is clear. Find out more information about ordering your Gutterglove gutter guard system here, and save 20 percent on orders placed before October 31, 2015.

Fall Home and Yard Checklist

larson builders hutchinson mn fall home checklistHere is a list of things you want to make sure you do this fall, while the weather is warm to prepare your home, yard, and garage for the winter ahead.

Home

  • Change furnace filter, have ducts professionally cleaned, and schedule your fall furnace maintenance check-up.
  • Reverse ceiling fan blades to push warmer air down.
  • If applicable, install your storm windows.
  • Clean dryer vent, pellet stove vents, fireplace chimneys, and make sure exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom are working properly.
  • Change filters in humidifiers. Clean and store dehumidifiers.

Garage

  • Replenish sidewalk salt supply and re-discover the shovels
  • Properly dispose of household hazardous waste such as used oil, cleaners, solvents, and other items you no longer need.
  • Move items into the basement that should not freeze such as paint and caulk.

Yard

  • Detach garden hoses from your outside faucets before it freezes so you don’t break the faucet and deal with leaks.
  • Check your sump pump hose for leaks and make sure it’s attached securely.
  • Fertilize yard with slow release winter fertilizer
  • Mulch leaves and grass when possible.
  • Clean the debris out of your gutters and downspouts.
  • Trim branches growing close to power lines and call in the professionals if they are too close. Also trim branches close to your roof.
  • Put reflector stakes in the ground along your driveway or landscaping before the ground freezes.

If there is anything on your fall “to-do” list we can help with, give us a call!

Larson Builders