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Home Improvements That Still Deliver The Best Return

September 14, 2010

Updating Your Existing Space

It pays to know which upgrades will deliver the best return when you sell your home.  The annual remodeling report finds 4 basic replacements are likely your smartest choice.

Replacement projects included in the Cost vs. Value survey all cost less than $20,000 and most cost considerably less.  They instantly enhance curb appeal, boosting a home’s marketability, and they require little maintenance once installed.  A bonus: Most of these replacements qualify for a federal tax credit for energy efficiency (not included in Remodeling Magazine’s ROI calculations).

1. Replace the front door.

  • The absolute best return on the money of any of the projects surveyed — 129% of cost — is gained by replacing a beat-up front door with a $1,200 steel-shell door filled with foam insulation.
  • A new fiberglass door (more expensive, at $3,490) returns less, about 65%. (Fiberglass is the new chic building material because it’s rugged and durable, can be painted and will mimic almost any wood. Unlike wood, it doesn’t crack, warp or shrink and needs zero maintenance.)
  • Spend about $7,500 on an entire new entrance, including a widened opening, a solid-core wood door and high-end glass, new lighting and better locks, and you’ll recoup 69%, on average.

2. Replace home siding

  • Replacing old siding with a durable fiber-cement product ($13,287) recoups about 84% at resale.
  • Use vinyl siding ($10,607) to get an 80% return.
  • Foam-backed vinyl ($13,022) costs more and earns back less — roughly 79% — but it is much more efficient at insulating a home.

3. Replace windows. Three of the four window-replacement projects considered in the survey pay back about 77%:

  • Wood-trimmed windows ($11,700).
  • Lower-end vinyl windows ($10,728).
  • Windows trimmed in higher-end vinyl ($13,862).
  • The fourth project, higher-end wood-replacement windows ($17,816), has a return of about 72%. Fiberglass windows weren’t included in the study.

4. Replace the roofing: Spend $19,731 on new fiberglass asphalt shingles and you’re likely to recoup about 67% of the cost.

  • A higher-end roof replacement using standing-seam metal ($37,359) pays back about 61% of the cost, agents told the survey.

Contact an Experienced Home Remodeling Contractor in Minnesota for your next remodeling project!

Source: realestatemsn.com
Remodeling Magazine: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2009/costvsvalue
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Energy Efficient Window Options

November 5, 2009

Choosing The Right Glass

Where you live has a lot to do with the type of glass you should purchase.  Thermal performance options like Low-E glass and argon gas can be added, but selecting the right combination is as important as selecting the right window configurations for your home.

When a room faces the sun for the majority of the day, we recommend one type of Low-E glass for maximum solar control.  Other rooms with less exposure can use less expensive Low-E glass.  If your home has “cold spots” or “hot spots” we recommend using windows with insulating argon gas for maximum energy efficiency.

If you have year-round shade from trees and shrubbery, you may not need a glass option that further reduces light transmittance, so your selection should be a literal reflection of your home and rooms’ locations.

Contact United Roofing today at 612-617-1717 for a free consultation on how we can transform your home.

For more information, visit the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit site
Fact Sheet for selecting energy efficient windows in Minnesota

Replace Your Inefficient Windows

October 20, 2009

The Importance Of Energy Efficient Windows

Every winter we all begin scoping out hardware and home supply stores for the latest in replacement windows to keep our heating bills down and our homes cold-air-free.

Rarely do we consider our window’s efficiency when it starts to get hot outside and we crank up the air conditioning.  Replacing your windows in the hot summer months can save you money and make your home a pleasant escape from the heat outside.

Leaving the doors and windows wide open may work in the early days of summer, but eventually you will want to turn on the air conditioning.  If your windows are leaky and inefficient, you wallet will feel it. Replacement windows that are energy-efficient can save you a good deal of money on your home air-conditioning (and heating) costs.  Replacing your windows now can save you money on your air-conditioning and heating bills.  Plus, higher-quality new windows will also add value to your home.  What’s not to like?

United Roofing has been a window, siding, and roofing contractor serving Minnesota homeowners for over 20 years.  With our many years of hands on personal experience, we are knowledgeable in all areas of home and property improvements.  Please call us at 612-617-1717. We would like the opportunity to discuss your needs in further detail.

Check www.efficientwindows.org for more information on what qualifies for tax credits

Thermally Efficient Windows Resist Condensation

October 8, 2009

Energy Tax Credit Incentives For Doors and Windows

When it comes to windows and doors, making the right choice begins with having the right information.

Technology today has made it possible to manufacture windows that are more energy efficient, producing higher R-Values and lower U-values.  The R-value is the resistance a material has to heat flow.  The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance.

The U-value is the total amount of heat transferred through a material.  The lower the U-value, the slower the rate of heat flow, and the better the insulating quality.  This adds up to a more a door or window that is more resistant to condensation.

Uncle Sam wants you to save energy, and he is putting his money where his mouth is.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes tax credits for making your home more energy efficient.

For all your replacement window needs, contact United Roofing today at 612-617-1717!
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