Looking to Update Your Patio Doors Before Winter?

Looking to Update Your Patio Doors Before Winter Wholesale Home Improvements DenverIf you’re looking to update your patio doors before winter arrives, the team at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver has a few suggestions for you. The type of material that the doors are made out of is a good thing to be thinking about as you are deciding what you would like to do for this significant home improvement. 

There’s a myriad of patio door styles and colors to choose from. While it’s always fun to focus on style and adding flair to your home, the best place to start is choosing a patio door material. If you’re looking to update your patio doors before winter, here are a few considerations when choosing a material. 

Wood

Wooden patio doors create a timeless, classic look that can’t be beaten. Besides visual appeal, it is also easy to repair minor damage like scratches. On the downside, however, wood is a bit more expensive and requires maintenance to keep it in good shape. Environmental factors such as the sun and heat can have a substantial effect on the wood, causing warping and damage. 

Steel

Steel is a great option if you want something sturdy and energy efficient. It’s less of a hit to your pocketbook than wood and requires less maintenance to keep it up. Though it won’t warp or bow like wood, if it does get scratched it can rust and start not to look so good. So, be sure to keep up on the paint and repair scratches as they happen. 

Aluminum

If you’re looking to update your patio doors before winter and considering aluminum, which is a similar option to steel (but more lightweight), you’ll have to keep up on maintenance since this material is even more susceptible to scratches and dents. While inexpensive and fairly sturdy, this exterior door material may not be suitable if you have active kids or dog friends that tend to scratch at your door to be let in or out. 

Vinyl

Vinyl is a great, all around option. Many styles are made to mimic other materials, so vinyl can provide style while being sturdier, less expensive and easier to maintain. They’re also relatively energy efficient, so it can seem like there’s no downside. However, be aware that extreme shifts in temperature can cause the vinyl to crack and vinyl is more flammable than other materials. Most people find these downsides minor in comparison to the benefits of vinyl patio doors.

Fiberglass

Finally, fiberglass is an excellent option for your patio doors. Fiberglass doors can be made to look just like wood and provide all the elegance that this traditional material offers without the downsides. Fiberglass patio and exterior doors are energy efficient and virtually maintenance free. It can even handle environmental stresses like changes in temperature without warping or deteriorating like wood. The best part is, you get all this for a reasonable price.

So if you are looking to update your patio doors before winter, be sure to come and see us here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver. We’ll help you decide on the perfect material, design, and style for your home. Our experienced staff will also install the doors quickly and efficiently and leave you to enjoy your new home improvement.

Fall Is a Great Time to Replace Your Windows

Fall Is a Great Time to Replace Your Windows Wholesale Home Improvements DenverThe experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado assure you that fall is a great time to replace your windows. When the leaves begin to turn bright colors and the days start getting cooler, that’s your cue to start picking out the materials, design, and colors you want to use for your home’s new windows. There are a few practical reasons that make fall a great time to replace your windows. Let’s take a look at each one a little more in depth.

Energy Efficiency

The cold winter months are when energy efficiency becomes most important as you want to keep the heat in and the cold out. If you wait until springtime, to replace your windows, you will lose out on taking advantage of that energy efficiency all winter long. This is even more of an issue when your current windows are of the old, single paned variety and keep about as much cold air out as a sieve. Of course, it depends on what windows you buy (and the state of your current windows), but people generally see a 17-25% drop in energy prices when they install new, Energy Star windows. 

Enjoy the Fall Air

Old wood and aluminum windows often don’t open, either because they weren’t made to open or because they are so old that their opening mechanism isn’t what it used to be. Some might even have swelled in their frames and are stuck, or it’s so much work to open or close them that you don’t even want to bother. With Denver often seeing warm days well into October, installing new casement windows, you can maximize your home airflow. 

Protect Your Health

Old, poorly sealed windows make for cold drafts wafting about your home which can make you and your family members more susceptible to sickness. Sure you can always bundle up to protect yourself, but the whole point of heating your home is so that you don’t have to bundle up against the cold when you’re inside. If you know it’s time to replace your windows, makes more sense to do it now before having to go all winter with those cold drafts plaguing you.

No Time Like the Present

Perhaps the most compelling reason that fall is a great time to replace your windows is the fact that we are just now entering autumn. There is never any time like the present to get a project underway. If your windows are older and in need of an upgrade, give us a call at Wholesale Home Improvements. We’ll not only help you pick out the perfect replacements for your home but also install your windows quickly and efficiently.

As you can see, fall is a great time to replace your windows. So, contact Wholesale Home Improvements to give your home the upgrade it needs before the chill sets in. When you’re enjoying a warm home and potential energy bill savings, you’re sure to be thanking yourself!

Egress Windows for Your Basement

About Egress Windows for Your BasementToday’s helpful information from Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado covers egress windows for your basement. If you’re not familiar with the term, egress means “to go out” or “an exit.” Egress windows, therefore, refer to windows you can use as an exit. By law, any sleeping room is required to have a window large enough that occupants can easily escape or rescue workers can easily enter in case of a fire or other emergency.

If you are adding a bedroom or rental unit to your basement, you will have to comply with regulations for egress windows. Even if you don’t plan to have anybody sleeping down there, it is still a good idea. You never know if this simple addition could end up saving someone’s life.

Size Requirements

So, what comprises proper egress windows for your basement? The newest regulations call for a window that is at least 20 inches wide by 24 inches tall. The minimum net clear opening should be 5.7 feet square. The sill height should be no more than 44 inches from the floor. If you have a basement window that doesn’t meet these requirements (they were different in the past) it is a good idea to update it for maximum safety.

We understand that it is an expense to enlarge an opening and install a new egress window, but the money is well worth the possibility of saving someone’s life.

Function Requirements

Proper egress windows not only have to meet certain size requirements but also certain functional requirements. For example, they must be operable from the inside without the use of any special materials like a tool or key. Obviously, if you are trying to get out in a hurry, you don’t want to be looking for specialized equipment to get the window open. You are still allowed to have bars or grills, but they too must be operable without special equipment.

Types of Windows

There are several different types of windows available. Let’s look at what works well for basement egress.

  • Casement Windows: This is the ideal basement egress window. The casement window takes up less wall space, and the side hinges make opening the window and escaping easy.
  • Double-Hung or Sliding Windows: These popular windows can be used for basement egress, but are not as common. When opened, a double-hung or sliding window still has glass covering half the opening, so to meet the size requirements for egress, you’ll need a big window.

One type we do not recommend using as egress windows for your basement is awning windows that swing upward and out. Awning windows are generally not used as egress windows as they can be awkward to get open and crawl through.

One last note about egress windows for your basement, be sure that nothing is blocking your escape route on the exterior. Underground basements will require a window well and possibly even a ladder to get out easily if the well is deep. The experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements can help you with any questions you have about the requirements and ensure that your windows are installed correctly.

Should You Choose Insulated Vinyl Siding

Should You Choose Insulated Vinyl SidingAt Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado, we’re here to answer the question, should you choose insulated vinyl siding for your new or replacement siding. Vinyl siding, in general, is a great product and offers many advantages over other types of siding–not the least of which is versatility and cost effectiveness. However, you may be wondering if it is worth it to make the bump up to insulated vinyl siding instead.

Advantages

So, what are the benefits of insulated vinyl siding? Let’s look at some of them, and hopefully, this information will help you decide should you choose insulated vinyl siding.

  • Higher energy efficiency

The main difference between insulated siding and regular vinyl is, of course, the insulation–which makes for better energy efficiency. Some homeowners prefer insulated siding based purely on this advantage. Sometimes you can even get some great tax credits by choosing this option!

  • Better impact-resistance

Again, due to the insulation, this can make the siding more durable and last a bit longer depending on your location.

  • Greater weather resistance

Often, the most intense beating your home will face comes from the weather and insulated siding has a marked advantage over traditional vinyl siding in its ability to stand up to the elements.

  • Greater ability to muffle sound

This is a great benefit if you live close to a busy street or some other area where there is a lot of outside noise. Having a quiet oasis inside your home can be just what the doctor ordered on a particularly stressful day.

  • Install over existing siding

In some cases, you won’t have to remove your existing siding to install insulated vinyl siding. This can save you a lot of money in removal and waste disposal fees.

  • Easy maintenance

Insulated vinyl siding is very easy to maintain, and if a section is damaged, it is easy to replace only that portion.

  • Color schemes

There are a huge variety of colors and styles you can choose from to create virtually any look you want. You can even simulate the classic look of wood siding without the extra cost or maintenance that traditionally comes with it.

Disadvantages

While it’s a great product and comes with an impressive list of positives, it does have a few downsides to think through when deciding should you choose insulated vinyl siding. The majority of issues have to do with moisture. The siding must be installed correctly, or it is prone to moisture and mold problems. This is because the nature of insulated vinyl siding lowers its ventilation and ability to breathe. However, the good news is that virtually all issues with this siding can be avoided if installed by a knowledgeable team.

So, we hope that this information has been helpful in your decision about whether you should choose insulated vinyl siding. Of course, as we pointed out if you do go with this product you should always have it installed by professionals that know what they’re doing–like those here at Wholesale Home Improvements. Whether you’re going with insulated, traditional or any other siding product, we have over 25 years of know-how and many happy customers in the Denver metro area to back up our work.

Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your Old Windows?

is it time to repair or replace your old windowsHow do you decide is it time to repair or replace your old windows? The professionals at Wholesale Home Improvements have this information to offer. With our almost 25 years of experience with windows and other home improvement projects in the Metro Denver area, we are certainly qualified to help you decide.

The idea of new windows is certainly an appealing one. When you replace your windows, you get to pick out a fresh style for your home. If you have any foggy windows, you get to swap them out for a crystal-clear view of the great outdoors. Then, of course, there’s all the money you will save on your energy bills with modern, energy efficient windows. Plus, even if your windows are only a few years old you could see improvements in function, like smoother opening and closing, less maintenance and easier cleaning.

It might seem that there is no downside to getting new windows. Installation, when handled by professionals, is quick and easy and shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience. Well, the downside comes when talking about your wallet. It is true that new windows can often save you lots of money on energy bills over the long term (particularly if your current windows are pretty old or single paned) but the upfront investment can be significant, and that’s where you have to decide if it’s worth it or not.

So, to help decide is it time to repair or replace your old windows, here are a few questions you can ask yourself. And, of course, don’t forget that you can talk to our friendly staff for a bit of honest advice.

Are Your Current Windows Working Properly?

There are a number of indications showing whether your windows are (or aren’t) working as they should be. Let’s take a look: 

  • Ease of Use

Are you able to open and close them easily or do you find yourself shying away from opening them on a warm spring day because they are such a hassle?

  • Maintenance Level

Older, painted wood windows require periodic repainting; otherwise, they can begin to warp and rot. More modern vinyl, aluminum, or composite materials are a great option to cut down on this undesirable chore. 

  • Condensation

Do you find that water droplets are condensing on your windows regularly? You may even find that the trim is getting soaked and cloudiness is significantly limiting your view. Modern windows with high-efficiency glass generally eliminate these types of problems. 

  • Storm Windows

Do your current windows require storm windows? If they do, how much do you mind the work that goes into cleaning, maintaining, and putting up/taking them down? Also, inspect the storm windows themselves as they may need replacing also.

  • Cleaning

Newer models are specifically designed to make cleaning a breeze. Do you find that cleaning your old windows is a real pain and a new model would be a welcome relief?

Do Your Current Windows Maintain Your Home Comfortably?

Single pane windows are not very good at regulating temperature. Therefore, rooms may feel drafty and cold during the winter (especially near the windows themselves) and stuffy and warm during the summer. Newer, more energy efficient double pane windows drastically cut down on this type of discomfort. They also help tremendously with condensation problems and give you the ability to maintain the level of humidity inside your home at a comfortable level without fogging up the windows. 

Is it Worth it to Repair Your Old Windows?

Repairing your current windows will cost you significantly less money than replacing all of your windows. So, if you have decided that something needs to be done about your windows, you will now have to decide if repairing your current windows is sufficient or if they are in bad enough shape to justify the expense of replacing them instead. Let’s look at what constitutes major issues that call for replacement over reparation. 

  • Rot

Once wood windows have begun to rot it is complicated to stop the progression. Plus, even if you just try to replace the affected area and make them work you will have to perform constant maintenance to keep the wood from continuing to rot away.

  • Sagging Casement Windows

If it’s just that the crank mechanism seems to be worn out on your casement windows, you can get away with replacing it and continuing on your merry way. But if the hinges are bent or worn, you would be better off replacing the window in its entirety.

  • Fogged Up Double Pane Glass

This is different than condensation in that it happens between the two layers of glass in a double pane glass window. This ‘s hard to get rid of and replacing the glass is the only repair option. It’s not a cheap job, and by the time you get done paying for the glass replacement, a new window altogether may end up making more sense.

  • Ease of Finding Replacement Parts

This depends solely on the model of windows currently installed in your home. Check with us, and we can help you find out the availability of parts for your model windows. Even if they aren’t readily available in a store or showroom, parts can often be found online inexpensively. If they prove to be difficult or impossible to find, new windows may be your only option.

If you’ve ever wondered is it time to repair or replace your old windows, hopefully, this article has helped you determine which is your best option. If you are still on the fence about which is best, feel free to talk to a knowledgeable representative from Wholesale Home Improvements. We are a locally owned and operated company that has been dedicated to serving our neighbors in the Metro Denver area for almost 25 years. We’ll help you pick out the replacement parts or replacement windows and perform the installation quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to enjoying the view.  

How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

How to Add Curb Appeal to Your HomeThe experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements have some great ideas on how to add curb appeal to your home. This article will explore some of our favorites, as well as show what you could potentially get in return for your time and money. We know that even if you aren’t planning to sell soon, you’re probably still thinking about what impact any home improvements you make now will have on your selling price in the future.

Curb appeal is significant. As human beings, we are naturally attracted to beautiful things. The same applies when it comes to houses. Just ask any real estate agent. It’s not unusual for the look of a house to have a much bigger impact on the sale than how it functions. A perfectly sound home with no flaws but painted an ugly color can easily be beaten by a charming home with defects needing repairs.

So, let’s look at how to add curb appeal to your home with a few home improvements . Remember, even if you don’t necessarily plan to sell soon, you get to enjoy these updates for the time being and feel proud to have guests over to see your beautiful home. 

Replace the Siding

Siding is not only a large part of your home but also makes up a huge part of its curb appeal. Cracked, rotting, or peeling siding looks downright terrible and makes any home look unkempt and old. Depending on how badly the siding is damaged you might even be throwing money away as cracked or rotting siding is of course not as energy efficient as it could be.

If it’s damaged, you should replace your siding, but in some cases, you can just refresh it with a fresh coat of paint. Just be sure to ask an expert’s advice on color choices because the wrong color can have the opposite effect that you’re looking for. You might love the idea of a neon green house but there will be a smaller pool of potential buyers that would agree with you, thus hurting your chances of selling.

Windows

Sparkly clean windows are also a large part of curb appeal. If you have a broken window, taping it over is NOT going to cut it if you’re looking to up your home’s curb appeal (not to mention the effect that will have on your energy bill). Better to just replace it and keep your house looking lived in and cared for.

Big beautiful windows are popular, and if you have the extra cash, it may be a good idea to replace a few with larger ones to add some pop. Or a cheaper option would be to decorate your windows with shutters or even garden accents. Whatever you do, be sure that your windows are functional. Windows that don’t open right are a fire hazard and windows that don’t lock correctly are a security one. 

Beef up the Garden

Not everyone has what it takes to be a great gardener but when it comes to how to add curb appeal to your home, successfully utilizing your landscape is a great way to go. Everybody loves a little bit of nature, and nothing makes a more beautiful accent piece for your front yard than lovely flowers and stately plants. If you don’t know what to plant, try looking up gardening blogs online in your area, or visit a local nursery to talk to the experts there. Another option is to simply stroll around your neighborhood and see what types of plants are working for your neighbors.

Add a Front Porch

A front porch, especially one with tasteful decorations or comfy furniture, is a great way to make your home look cozier and inviting. Comfortable and inviting are both factors that up your home’s curb appeal. It also doesn’t necessarily have to be super expensive to install a front porch; even a small one can make a big difference. Or if you already have one just make sure that it is nicely maintained. For bonus points, your porch remodel can add a beautiful cushioned rocking chair or maybe a couple of colorful potted plants for decoration.

Little Bits that Go a Long Way

Last, but not least are a random assortment of extremely low-cost ways to up your home’s curb appeal and make your home a more inviting place overall.

  • Trash: Don’t ever leave trash or clutter lying around. It makes your home look unnecessarily unkempt and uncared for, not a good first impression on buyers. It also doesn’t cost a thing, and your neighbors will appreciate you for it.
  • Fence: If you have any fences, ensure that the paint looks nice and there aren’t any holes or rotting portions. Get repairs done as needed.
  • Pets: If you have pets, or if some random neighbor’s pet uses your front lawn as a bathroom be sure to clean up. It doesn’t affect the functionality of your home at all but as we mentioned earlier, unsightly little things have a big impact, and pet waste on the front lawn is just nasty.
  • Cars: Don’t leave broken down or scrap vehicles sitting in your driveway. Get rid of the heap or park any broken vehicles that you plan to fix in the garage. Even your everyday car should be kept clean and shiny if you park in your driveway.
  • Lawn: Keep it nicely mown and any leaves or other debris raked up.

We hope this article has given you some useful ideas on how to add curb appeal to your home. If you need any more suggestions, you can always talk to one of our experts. Here at Wholesale Home Improvements, we have almost 25 years of experience helping people in the metro Denver area with home improvement projects. We know what works, and what doesn’t, and how to get creative even on a tight budget. Just ask any of our satisfied customers and see for yourself the great work that we do!

Home Improvements that Increase Property Value

Home Improvements that Increase Property ValueIf you’re looking for home improvements that increase property value, this list from Wholesale Home Improvements has a few handy ideas for you. Home improvements are a great way to spruce up your home and make it more comfortable for the time you live there, as well as put a little extra money in your pocket when the time comes to sell.

However, make sure to choose the right kind of home improvements. Some offer a better return than others and some even detract from your selling power. And some energy saving ideas even help you recoup money on potentially lower energy bills while you’re still living in the home for a double bonus. So now that you’re getting excited, let’s get started on that list of ideas!

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodeling, construction and repairs are an excellent investment. If you do it right, you can recoup 60-120% on your investment, plus you get to use a cool kitchen for the remainder of the time you live in the home. Just make sure you don’t overdo it! If you make the kitchen fancier than the rest of the house, it won’t fit and buyers that are looking at your home style (and price range) are not going to want to pay extra for an overdone kitchen.

Instead, choose simpler options that aren’t as expensive and will still help in a big way. For example, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room, including kitchens. Update with a modern color combination for an inexpensive, time-efficient remodel option. It’s amazing how much just changing the color scheme can change the way a room looks.

Another great option for kitchen remodeling is to update your appliances, particularly if you have older ones. This is a great way to lower your energy bills by replacing older models with new energy efficient designs. Plus, it is a highly attractive quality to buyers when looking at a new home.

Add a Bathroom

Adding another bathroom is a great option, particularly in houses that only have one. At least two bathrooms in a home is a highly desirable feature and it is estimated that you can recoup 80-130% of your investment, plus you get the convenience of an extra bathroom while you live there.

To add a half-bath to your home, you only need about 18 square feet of space, which you might already have unused and available. Take a look at underutilized spaces, closets or under the stairs. If you want a full bath you’ll need something roomier, about 30 sq ft with a shower and 35 sq ft with a bathtub.

The cost on this one can vary widely and primarily depends on how fancy you want to get. Again, keep in mind to maintain the style in step with the rest of the house.

Reinvent a Room

Actually adding square footage to your home is generally pretty expensive. You can probably recoup 50-83%, which is decent but not that amazing. Instead, home improvements that increase property value may require you to get creative and reinvent an underutilized space.

For example, you can convert an attic into a bedroom, game room or play room. If you have an unfinished basement, you can finish it – maybe even make it into its own apartment. Or you could build a room/apartment over the garage that you could rent out to earn a little income that pays for the reno. Get creative and think about how you, and potential buyers, could better use a space in your home.

Replace the Windows with Energy-Efficient Ones

Energy efficient windows are not just a buzzword these days, they are actually something potential buyers are extremely interested in and drafty, single-pane windows are, simply put, a huge turnoff. According to Energy Star, windows with their stamp of approval save homeowners an average of $500 a year on their energy bill and many buyers won’t even consider a house that doesn’t have them.

You can typically recover about 60-90% on your investment and possibly qualify for a tax credit. Also, check to see if your state or utility company offers credits for even more savings. If you plan to still be in your home for a few years, you can often recoup your entire investment with the credits and energy savings combined. The extra desirability your home receives for resale is just icing on the cake!

Add a Deck

With the popularity of staycations (at-home vacations) on the rise, outdoor living spaces have become even more desirable. Sprucing up your backyard by adding a beautiful area to relax is a surefire way to add value to your home. You may recoup around 65-90%, and your backyard barbecue game will get a strong boost.

Decks can get pretty expensive, so keep it simpler if you want to keep costs down – either way, you will see an increase in home value. Again, just be sure to maintain the style and luxury level consistent with the rest of the house. People may not be interested in paying extra for a deck that’s bigger or fancier than the house itself!

Routine Maintenance

The easiest, most cost-effective home improvements are simply the regular maintenance that a house always needs. Buyers want a home that has been well-cared for because then they know that they are buying a house that is not going to be falling down around their ears within a few years.

So, if your roof starts to leak a little, get it repaired before it gets to be a bigger problem. Keep up on fresh coats of paint and replace your home siding when needed to make a great first impression on potential buyers. Also, check for any problems, either with your roof or near your foundation, allowing excess moisture to get in and facilitate mold growth.

We hope that this list of home improvements that increase property value has been helpful to you as you are looking for profitable ideas. But remember, you live in the home right now and think about undertaking projects that not only add value but also you and your family will enjoy for the rest of the time you live in the home. If you need extra help or ideas, feel free to talk to the friendly experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements and we’ll be happy to get you started.

Get Started on These Summer Home Improvement Projects

Get Started on These Summer Home Improvement ProjectsThe weather is heating up, are you ready to get started on these summer home improvement projects? Wholesale Home Improvements offers these 5 ideas to get you thinking about what projects your home could use this season. Now is the time to get them done, before you start inviting all your friends and family over for barbecues and outdoor parties.

Replacement Windows

If you have noticed that your energy bills seem high (well, higher than normal), it is a good idea to check your windows. Excessive condensation, mold, mildew or ill-fitting windows that are difficult to open and close are all signs that your windows may no longer be up to the task they were meant for.

We know that replacing your windows can seem like a daunting and expensive task, but here at Wholesale Home Improvements, we make it easy! Our expert staff can help you pick from our huge variety of styles, colors, and materials to customize the look for your home easily. Then, our crew will work quickly and efficiently to get your windows changed out before you know it!

As far as the expense goes, while new windows can be a significant upfront investment, it is not money wasted. Not only do new windows improve the resale value of your home but also if your current windows are letting an excessive amount of energy escape you’ll end up saving a lot of money on your energy bill. Plus, you can feel good about doing something to lower your energy use and help out the environment.

Depending on what type of windows you had before, you might even notice a marked decline in street noise with the better insulation provided by new windows. That will make your home, even more, the peaceful oasis that it should be for your family.

Add a Deck or Screen Room

Take your summer entertaining up a notch with a remodeling project like a deck or even a screened-in room. A deck is ideal for barbecues and outdoor entertaining, and if you build a covered one that helps to shade your home and keep it cooler. Plus, it gives you and your guests a nice shaded place to relax during the heat of the day and even protects it from any summer showers that might come along.

A screened-in room is an excellent way to keep enjoying the outdoors well into the evening without all the mosquitoes feasting on your exposed skin. It also acts as a barrier and helps keep your home cool. Plus, you won’t have to turn up the air conditioner because you’ll get the benefit of the gentle summer breeze wafting through and keeping things fresh.

A New Entry, Storm or Patio Door

Are you happy with your entry door? Entry doors are necessary for two reasons. Aesthetically, they are one of the first things your guests will see up close upon entering your home. Practically, it is the safeguard for your home. It keeps you safe not only from the elements but also from unscrupulous individuals that might be looking at your home with bad intentions.

If your entry door is sufficient for these two tasks, you might also consider a storm door or French doors out to the backyard. A storm door will further protect your entry door from the elements, and you can choose the perfect style to add a bit of pizzazz to your entryway. And a patio door will bring in light and provide a better flow for both indoor and outdoor living.

New Landscaping

Go even greener with new, specially designed landscaping. This can be an excellent way to shade your home and use natural elements to save on energy costs. Also, the right combination of beautiful flowers, trees, and even vegetable plants can make such a distinction in the look of your home and its wow factor. Soon everybody on the block is going to want to come and hang out at your house to enjoy the beautiful garden during lazy summer afternoons.

It might sound like a lot of work to maintain, but actually, properly designed landscaping shouldn’t be that much work at all. Once you get the initial installation over with you’ll find that the benefits outweigh the effort you must put into it. Plus, if you install a well-designed sprinkler system with a timer that will take care of a lot of the daily work that you would have to do.

Insulated Siding

Here’s another great project for if you’re looking to lower your energy bills. It can be a hassle to install, but if you rely on the crew at Wholesale Home Improvements, it is as easy as picking up the phone and scheduling an appointment!

Insulated siding is useful particularly if your home is older. It may be adequately insulated already, but insulated siding can give your home an extra blanket making sure it is sealed up tight. It is also an excellent way to truly change the look of your home if you’ve gotten bored with it, or your current siding is a bit sad looking. There are so many colors, textures and designs to choose from that you can pick what you want exactly to make your home look amazing and fresh.

We hope that we have inspired you to get started on these summer home improvement projects. Depending on the state of your home (and your pocketbook) you may even want to choose more than one to put some love into your home this summer. The wonderful thing about investing in your home or garden is that eventually, you will see a return on investment when you sell and get to enjoy the benefits in the meantime.

For answers to any questions you may have, or even more ideas for home improvement projects, don’t hesitate to call us here at Wholesale Home Improvements. We have ample experience with our staff holding an impressive combined 108 years of home improvement expertise. While you might feel like you are floundering, we’ll come alongside and offer the right suggestions and advice to get you grounded solidly again. So, don’t wait, give us a call today to get started!

10 Signs that You Need New Siding

10 Signs that You Need New SidingThe experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements recommend looking for any of these 10 signs that you need new siding. Siding is not something the typical homeowner spends a lot of time worrying about. Particularly with the long-lasting materials that are typically used, siding isn’t something you as the average homeowner need to worry about very often. However, even siding that is made with the best materials in the world doesn’t last forever, so take a look.

  1. Frequent Repainting

Of course, this time-frame will vary depending on the type of siding you have on your home, but typically if you must repaint every 5 or 6 years, that may be an indication it is time to install new siding. Any quality siding should easily provide 8-10 years of use (in some cases more) before needing to be repainted. If you’re getting a lot of chipping, peeling, or cracking, your siding might not just be asking for a fresh coat of paint.

  1. Energy Bills Go Up

Many factors can cause your heating bill to go up, so if you have noticed an increase, be sure to put your siding on the list of things to check while looking for the culprit. Usually, a visual inspection is all you will need to determine if your siding is the cause. Pay particularly close attention to the seams as you inspect and if you find cracked or open areas where heat (or cold) are escaping, you have found your energy bill inflator.

  1. Rotting or Warping

Well, it goes without saying that rotting and warping are obvious problems with your siding. However, they may not be so obvious to the casual observer. To determine if your siding is rotting or warping you should take a screwdriver along with you during the inspection. If you find siding that looks obviously warped or even just a little bubbled up, start poking around underneath with the screwdriver to see if the layers underneath have become soft and are rotten.

  1. Siding is Cracked or Loose

Again, these are obvious problems and good indicators that your siding needs to be replaced. Keep in mind, though, that if a few boards come loose or get damaged during a storm, that is not necessarily an indication that you have to replace all of your siding. You might be able to make the repairs only to the affected areas, and that will be sufficient. A reliable way to determine the extent of the damage is through careful inspection.

  1. Loose Wallpaper or Paint Peeling on the Inside

Occasionally there might not be solid indicators on the outside but if you are noticing loose wallpaper or paint beginning to peel on the inside of your exterior walls that is an indication that moisture is somehow getting into the wall. The fault may lie with your siding, and you will need to take quick action to prevent extensive damage to the walls. Obviously, leaving water in the walls for an extended period is a dangerous prospect.

  1. Mold, Mildew, or Fungus Growing

Another of the 10 signs that you need new siding is if you notice that you have mold, mildew or fungus beginning to grow on your siding, investigate further. In many areas, these growths are not indications of problems with the siding but merely a result of the climate. However, they can be signs of moisture being trapped inside the siding, causing it to grow. This is most notably the case if you notice that the growths appear mostly around the seams. Even if you find that mold, mildew, or fungus is common for your area, keep an eye on it as it could turn into a problem at any time.

  1. Fading Color

Good quality siding lasts for a very long time, but not forever. Changes in the color of your siding can indicate that the siding is reaching the end of its effectiveness even if the other problems mentioned in this post are not present. Just as with the other issues, faded siding does not necessarily mean it is too old but rather is an indication that you should investigate further.

  1. Bubbles

Bubbles are fun for kids to play with, but they are not fun when they appear in your siding. Unlike the other signs mentioned, this one is almost a certain indicator that you have some serious problems with your siding. Virtually the only reason your siding will start to bubble up is that there is moisture trapped inside and most assuredly is causing damage.

  1. Holes

Holes may be difficult to spot and require close inspection to find. If you do find them, know that they are definitely a bad sign. Usually, this is an indication that insects are burrowing into your siding and making little homes. In addition to the damage they will do, eating junk inside your wall, the holes they make create pathways for the ever-dangerous enemy, water, to get inside and start wreaking havoc!

  1. Dry Rot

Dry rot is another tricky problem that does not make itself readily noticeable. The rot begins in the innermost layers, often leaving the top layer intact, and can eat away a significant portion of your wall before becoming visible from the outside. If you suspect dry rot problems, the best thing you can do to confirm is, start tapping on the siding with the handle of a screwdriver. Areas with dry rot will break easily. You may be able to replace only a portion of your siding, but if the damage is extensive, it is a better idea to replace all of it.

Sometimes homeowners want to replace their siding simply for aesthetics. Maybe the siding still has some life left in it, but you are looking for a nice change and feel that siding replacement is a good idea. Keep in mind that replacing your home’s siding is not an easy task and one best left to professionals, regardless of whether you are fixing an issue or just changing things up a bit.

Wholesale Home Improvements has been operating in the Denver, Colorado area for over 25 years. We consistently offer great products at great prices with quality service and installation. If you notice any of these 10 signs that you need new siding, but aren’t sure how extensive the damage is, call on one of our experts to help you determine the best course of action.

Buying New Construction Windows

Buying New Construction WindowsWhen building your dream home, start with this handy list of 6 things to consider when buying new construction windows. At Wholesale Home Improvements, we know you want everything to be perfect. Did you know that lighting is ranked as one of the significant areas where homeowners make mistakes? Not only are we talking just about lamps and electrical outlet placement, but also positioning windows and optimizing to bring natural light into the home. To avoid a misstep, this list can keep you on track. 

  1. Choose the right window type

Windows come in two forms, being new construction windows and replacement. The first is what you should choose for a new building. Replacement windows lack a nail fin for nailing the window directly into the frame, the purpose being a less invasive method of installation, so that siding or trim doesn’t have to be removed to install the new window. This one is an easy choice so you can just move on to the next step.

  1. Choose the right window material

There are a large variety of materials used to make windows, the three most common being wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Each type of material has its set of pros and cons which will undoubtedly be deciding factors in which type of material you choose.

For example, wood windows are very energy efficient, but require a bit more upkeep and tend to land on the pricier end of the spectrum. Aluminum windows, on the other hand, is very inexpensive but is severely lacking in the energy-efficient department. You might pay less upfront, but you will certainly make up the difference in your monthly energy bills over time.

Vinyl windows makes a nice compromise between the other two by being energy efficient, relatively inexpensive, and also come with easy maintenance, but you lose a little on style. You can choose from a variety of colors but you can’t change your mind later like with wood.

Determine the factors that are important to you and base your decision on that. It will be different in every situation and depend primarily on your budget and sense of style. 

  1. Choose your window style

When buying new construction windows, there are a variety of styles to choose from, and each offers various benefits. For example, double-hung windows are highly popular for the ability to open them from both the top and the bottom, making cleaning and maintenance very easy. Plus, the design goes well in any room of your home.

Other options to choose from include single-hung, casement, awning, slider, bay, bow, picture, geometric and garden windows. Casement windows are similar to single or double-hung, but the hinges are on the side, and there is a crank to open them, making them ideal for difficult to reach places like over the kitchen sink. Awning windows also have a crank but are hinged at the top, meaning you can open them in the rain and the window itself will act as an awning to keep out the rain.

Sliders are like double hung windows on their side. They open from side to side in both directions and are ideal for rooms where you want a wide view. Bow and bay windows both project out from your home adding dimension and character to the outside and even space for seating and storage to the inside. Garden windows also jut out but are smaller, and people often use them in kitchens and put potted plants or herbs in them to take advantage of the extra light.  

Picture and geometric don’t open, which makes them more energy efficient than other types of windows. They’re perfect for rooms where you want a big window, but airflow isn’t your primary concern. You don’t have to choose the same window style for your whole home but rather can change it up depending on the window’s location and the mood you are trying to create in each room. 

  1. Choose the level of energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is a remarkably important topic in our culture today. Not only are people interested in how they can help with protecting the environment, but also, they are interested in effective ways to manage their heating and cooling bills, what with the rising costs of energy these days.

There are various options for improving the efficiency of window glass. Argon or Krypton gas can be injected into the space between the panes to offer better insulation than just plain air. Windows most commonly are double paned, but if you have the extra cash to spend on triple-paned windows, you will enjoy an added boost to energy efficiency.

You can also use Low-E window coatings to help reflect infrared light. This helps keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. It also has the added advantage of contributing to the prevention of your furniture and drapes from fading as a result of exposure to UV light.

Also, look for an Energy Star rating when buying new construction windows to know that the government has approved the efficiency of that window model. There are various levels of energy star performance and you can choose the one that best suits your needs. 

  1. Choose custom options

Building new construction is the perfect opportunity to design a house exactly the way you want it and give it your creative flare. Custom window options like colors, added grids and window shape are all great ways to add character to your home and make it stand out from the rest. With all the options available today, the sky (and your budget) is the limit for how creative you can get with your windows. 

  1. Send your choices to the builder

Once you have settled on your choices, be sure to share those with the builder so they can do their job effectively. Also, be open to any suggestions or modifications the builder might offer. At the end of the day, you want to end up with the best results for your new home, so don’t be afraid to take advice.

If you have any concerns or don’t know what you should choose at any point in the process, know that you have friendly experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements who can answer all your window questions. You may not be an expert in buying new construction windows, but we are! Our 25 years of experience selling and installing new windows in the Denver area gives us a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be yours when you enlist our help in choosing windows for your home. Call today!