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How to Prep Your Deck for Fall

You love your deck, right? You’ve spent the better part of spring and summer out there, enjoying everything your deck has to offer with your friends and family. And while there’s still plenty of summer left to go, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking ahead to the fall. You can’t just leave your deck unprotected when it gets cold outside. Without proper preparation, the harsh weather of autumn and winter can damage your deck to the point where it will take serious time and money to get it back to a usable condition again. Here’s how you can prep your deck for the Fall: Inspect The first thing you want to do is inspect your deck for any problems. Loose boards, rotting planks or any other type of damage will only get worse once summer is over and the deck is allowed to sit untouched during the rain and...
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Best Ways to Keep Your Deck Clean This Summer

During summer, there might be nothing better than sitting on your deck and enjoying the warm air. Maybe the family is playing in the backyard. Maybe you have a beverage in hand -- with a deck, anything’s possible. This is why it’s important to keep your deck looking clean all season long. There are several things you need to do to make this happen. Inspect Your Deck At the beginning of the season, it’s important to give your deck an inspection. This doesn’t need to be anything more than a visible once-over, but it’s important you take the time to do it right. Check the railings, the floor and the supports underneath to make sure that everything still looks good and is in solid condition. If you spot an issue, it’s essential to take care of it as soon as possible, otherwise, one bad board can lead to more as others...
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What to Look For When Buying a Front Door

Front doors, sometimes referred to as entry doors, serve an important purpose in terms of safety, while also setting the tone for the look of your home both inside and out and impacting the efficiency of your home. Choosing the right front door can be a challenge as there are a lot of factors to consider. Here is what to look for when buying a front door. Style and Personality A front door is a focal point and usually draws the eyes of visitors and people passing by. It should look inviting and welcoming. The front door needs to match and complement the style of the home and any surrounding landscaping. Additional features, like sidelights, or glass panels surrounding the door, and hardware, like a door knob, lockset or a door knocker, all contribute to the look of your front door and your home. Construction The material the door is made...
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How to Get Your Windows Ready for Summer

Summer is almost here, and with it comes beautiful days and the opportunity to let in the fresh air. Before you can do that, though, it’s important to get your windows ready for the season. Below you’ll find some excellent ideas to prepare your panes for the warm weather ahead. Check the Hardware Before you do anything else, check to make sure your windows are safe. They need to open and close without much effort. If you have trouble with this, try lubricating some of the moving parts to reduce friction. The windows should also stay open on their own. If they can’t, this is a serious problem that may require professional help. Lastly, make sure the window locks work. If they don’t, repair or replace them immediately, as this is a serious safety concern. Clean the Glass Springtime is the perfect time to have the windows open. While they’re open,...
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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Siding

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see. When you are looking at the exterior of your home, especially the siding, there are certain things that can help you determine if it needs replacing. Some of the signs are very evident, while other signs are more subtle. Weather Damage One of the signs to replace your siding is the damage from the weather. Some damage is visible like dents from a hail storm. Other signs from the weather may include loose siding panels. The loose panels may show right away or can even take a little time to see. If the damage to siding on your home is not fixed, your home can have other problems later. The problems that can occur from the damaged siding include loss of heat or cooling and water damage. Cracks in the Siding Over time vinyl siding can crack. If the cracks...
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Signs You Need a New Roof

Most homeowners don’t give their roof much thought until they find a leak. However, by the time you discover a leak, probably around the time you climb up in your attic to grab Christmas decorations, you might already be dealing with water damage to other interior parts of your home that require costly repairs. Knowing the condition of your roof in order to take preventative measures can save a lot of headache and further repair costs. The good news is homeowners can check the state of their roof without special equipment or professional help. You just need to know what you’re looking for. Here’s a handy guide with signs that indicate a roof replacement might be in your near future. Inside Signs Climb up into your attic or crawlspace and start your search here. The most obvious sign is light filtering through the eaves, indicating you have larger holes in your...
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The Top Exterior Home Trends For 2019

At Hunterdon Siding and Window, we’re often a little bit ahead of the curve when it comes to spotting the newest trends. Why? It’s our job. We take careful note of the styles and colors our clients are choosing, and make sure that we’re prepared to meet the demand. We’ve noticed some design trends that started back in 2018, but really started to pick up speed as the year goes on. Due to the requests we have for these items, we predict they’re going to be the biggest trends in exterior home design for 2019. Read on to find out what’s going to be hot this year and for the next few years. Colors For 2019, there’s a bit of a dual trend. On one hand, cool neutrals are grabbing all the attention in exterior home colors. In the paint world, neutral has expanded to include subtle shades of green, blue...
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Why You Should Remodel Your Kitchen in the New Year

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, prime time is rapidly approaching. There’s no reason to shop for a new house if you love your neighborhood and the community where you live, and remodeling your kitchen actually increases the resale value of your home should you ever need to move in the future. Most homeowners plan renovations in the summer when they can take additional time off and the weather is nice, but the best time to is actually right at the start of a new year. Here are four reasons to wait until after January 1st to start home renovations. More Cash On Hand January brings higher consumer confidence, lower unemployment, and annual raises. For those homeowners who get an end of year bonus for performance, that check should already be set for direct deposit in the near future, too. Most importantly, your home equity and property value have likely increased...
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Ways to Get Your Windows Ready for Winter

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...and needs to stay outside. It is not a crazy idea to want to keep the warmth inside, after all, you paid to warm up that air. With windows being one of the biggest heat sinks in a home, they need special attention to guarantee that they let nothing more than light through. No, you don’t have to completely renovate your house and acquire the latest multi-paned, energy-anything-certified windows. In fact, there are a few simple fixes that you can do yourself. Caulking Caulking is possibly the first thing to come to any handyman’s (or handywoman’s) mind, and for good reason. By simply cleaning away any existing caulk (if applicable) and paint chips, to ensure a clean seal, you can pump a bead of caulk around the outside frame to create a seal on any gaps between the window frame and the house. It is recommended...
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Great Kitchen Design Ideas for Thanksgiving

As the holidays approach, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can upgrade your home. Although Christmas decorations are usually on everyone's mind, the fact is that Thanksgiving offers the perfect opportunity to add design flourishes that are both practical and eye-catching. Since this holiday is all about getting the family together to enjoy some delicious food, we want to focus our attention on the kitchen. The most important meal of the year should be crafted in a space dedicated to both hospitality and tradition. So, with that in mind, here are some excellent kitchen design ideas that will make this Thanksgiving even more memorable. More Storage Space One issue that most people have in their kitchens is that there's not enough space to put everything. Over time, we accrue all sorts of cookware, utensils, and dishes, but what happens when you run out of room? Now...
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Top 5 Reasons to Get a Finished Basement

All home renovations are exciting and daunting at the same time. When it comes to basements, you may be wondering if the investment is worthwhile. The fact is that a finished basement has more positive attributes than most people realize. If you are on the fence about finishing your basement, consider these five reasons to start the renovations today. 1. Value Simply put, a finished basement will increase the value of your home. By adding square footage, your home will instantly be worth more. This value can be increased by the quality of the renovations and the nature of the renovations. For example, adding a bedroom and a bathroom can be a great way to take your home to another value bracket. If you are looking for ways to invest in your home, the basement is a sure bet. 2. Space A finished basement is additional square footage. In addition to...
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Modern Kitchen Design Trends

The kitchen is one of the focal points of your home. It’s more than just an area where food is prepared. Remodeling your kitchen can create an exciting atmosphere for your friends and family. Let’s check out some of the latest trends in kitchen design. Two-Tone Cabinetry Don’t underestimate the importance of your kitchen cabinetry. Two-tone cabinetry can definitely help liven up the mood. With such a wide range of colors and textures available, you’ll be able to choose the perfect combination to match your kitchen’s design theme. The use of natural-looking wood can create an especially cool look. Mixed Metals More and more homeowners are starting to use mixed metals. From your kitchen chairs to light fixtures, mixed metals can add visual interest to the entire room. Bronze and brass have become especially popular. However, aluminum can also help your kitchen to stand out from the crowd. Smart Kitchens If...
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How Many Years is a Roof Good For?

A concern that bothers homeowners more than any other is wondering how long a roof is good for and how long it lasts. As one of the most important aspects of home ownership, the roof provides more than protection from the elements. The materials that affect its longevity contribute to a home’s architectural and aesthetic values while creating a focal accent for the façade. The number of years of use that a homeowner can expect from a roof depends on the choice of material. Hunterdon Siding & Window Company uses the highest quality of asphalt, wood, clay and slate roofing materials. Asphalt As the most popular and among the least expensive roofing materials, asphalt shingles may last for 15-30 years, and a range of colors makes them blend well with the exterior of a home. Wood More expensive than asphalt, wood shingles may last for 30-40 years. They create a unique...
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What Goes Into Building a Deck for Your Home?

Building a new deck can give your family a relaxing place to gather for cookouts with friends and relatives. A new deck can also give you a sense of pride while adding value to your home. The process of building a deck can require a significant amount of time for planning, buying materials, and building the deck itself. Since each aspect of building a deck requires significant expertise, professional home builders often rely on a team of specialists who understand how to build a deck that is safe and complies with local ordinances. Planning Stage The first step in the process of building a deck is to complete thorough planning so that the deck with achieve its intended results. Professional home builders usually start by consulting with a homeowner about how the prospective deck will be used and the aesthetic style that the homeowner desires. Local ordinances will be investigated to...
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Recent Bathroom Remodeling Trends

The bathroom is a room in the home that is often easy to remodel because of its small size. You can change something as simple as the tiles on the bathroom floor or get into a larger bathroom remodeling project that involves replacing the shower and tub or the sink and cabinets. If you aren't sure about what you want the bathroom to look like, consider some of the recent trends that are seen in new and updated houses. Smaller Design You might think that a dream bathroom is one that is spacious enough for a Jacuzzi tub and a large vanity. That's not among the latest bathroom design trends as smaller is what works better for many homes. Luxury and efficiency don't have to take a back seat to the smaller design with careful planning and the right color combinations. Use every inch of space that you have available, installing...
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Benefits of Having a Finished Basement

If you have a basement you don't use but want to get the most from it, you are likely wondering about the benefits of finishing your basement. You will probably be surprised when you discover the advantages a finished basement can provide, and you will be pleased with the outcome if you move forward. In addition to adding an extra bedroom or family room, remodeling your basement can also help you save a lot of money on your energy bill. Add a Bedroom Adding another bedroom to your home can be an expensive project, and you won't always know what you should do. If you would like to install a bedroom but don't want to pay all of the related fees, turning your basement into a bedroom could be the perfect solution. This option also makes sense if you live in a zoned area and don't want to apply for a...
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Most Common Types of Home Siding

Siding can improve the appearance of your home, reduce the time you must spend maintaining the exterior, allow you to be more creative with your home's appearance or reduce your energy bills. Over the years, many different types of siding have been developed, but most of them have declined in popularity or disappeared completely due to cost, lack of durability or other issues. For example, composite siding's decline was due largely to the ease with which the siding could rot, manufacturers stopped producing asbestos siding because of potential health risks and aluminum siding proved to be easily dented and difficult or impossible to paint. Modern siding choices are plentiful, but here are the types that are commonly chosen by homeowners in New Jersey. Vinyl Siding Vinyl siding typically carries the lowest cost. Virtually no routine maintenance is required; spraying it with a garden hose occasionally to remove dirt is usually all...
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What New Jersey Homeowners Need to Know About Roof Repair

If you have noticed problems with your roof, you are likely wondering whether or not you need to act fast, which is understandable. Allowing your roof to fall into disrepair can present a range of issues that you don’t want to overlook if you care about the value of your home. When you don’t respond to the problem soon enough, you increase your odds of facing additional complications that will cost you money. Considering the benefits of repairing your roof will help you understand that doing so is an investment worth making, and you will then be able to move forward with confidence. Roof Repair Can Save You Money During the spring, summer and fall, rain can get under your damaged shingles and cause your roof to rot. If you don't take action to prevent that problem from occurring, you could experience a leak that will cause water damage. In addition...
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2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

The kitchen is a room in the home where everyone usually congregates at some point during the day. It's a room where you prepare meals for the family and where you entertain. Instead of a plain kitchen with simple cabinets and counters, consider one of the 2018 remodeling trends that add color and life to the room. Hunterdon Siding & Window Co. can update your kitchen by installing new windows or other details that will enhance the appearance and the function.  When you look at many kitchens, you probably see white cabinets, counters, and drawers. White is a color that does blend well with other colors and themes, but one of the latest trends is painting the cabinets navy or gray. Gray is still a neutral color, but it offers a subdued appearance instead of the brightness that white offers. Gray also pairs well with either natural or bright colors in...
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What you need to know about home siding before buying

If you're considering upgrading the exterior appearance of your home, you may have thought about purchasing new siding. While siding is a very popular choice for homeowners, selecting the type that is right for your needs can be overwhelming. Below are five essential things to keep in mind as you narrow down your selection in a vast sea of siding options.  Five Things to Consider Before Buying Siding  * What type will work best for your home? Vinyl siding is one of the most common types chosen by homeowners, but it is far from the only choice you have. Wood, brick, stone, stucco, and fiber-cement siding are all possible options depending on your unique needs and the budget you are working with. Each type of siding material has both positive and negative features to it, so be sure to carefully analyze the pros and cons of each before making a decision....
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