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Use Tax Free Weekend to Get Home Improvement Projects Done

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

There is a sales tax holiday coming up in Massachusetts. If you have any home improvement projects that need doing: gutters, insulation or fireplace inserts or stoves, this is your opportunity to save some money.

Gas and Wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts save you money on your heating bills. If you want a more efficient way to heat your home while adding ambiance, a fireplace is the answer. Many older homes in Worcester are drafty or inefficient, fireplace inserts and stoves increase your heating efficiency and add beauty to any room.

Speaking of those older drafty homes; new insulation is another way to improve your homes efficiency and decrease your heating bills. Insulating crawl spaces, attic spaces and drafty areas with either blanket, spray foam or blown-in insulation keeps your home the temperature you want it.

Need new gutters? Good, because tax free weekend will be the perfect time to get them. Weather you want aluminum gutters, a gutter guard system or copper gutters, a new gutter system will better protect your home.

For your home improvement projects, contact Custom Insulation.

Copper Gutters Increase Your Curb Appeal

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 06, 2012

The housing market is starting to look healthier in Massachusetts, however, competition is still fierce in real estate, and home prices are still lower than in years past. In this market, you need to differentiate your home to make it stand out from the competition. Curb appeal is more important than you would imagine. There is a way to boost your curb appeal and increase the character and value of your home, copper gutters.

Copper gutters give a home unique character. They add significant curb appeal, but they are functional as well. They even add more functionality than traditional aluminum gutters because of their low maintenance, and long life.  Copper gutters are reliable and will make your home stand out.

The many benefits of copper gutters include low to no maintenance, they can last on your home from 80- 100 years, and the fact that they are considered a green product because it is natural and recyclable.

Want to set your home apart from the others in your neighborhood? Choose copper gutters and contact Custom Insulation.

Gutter Replacement Rules

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Often homeowners spend weeks agonizing over which color and style shingle is best for their new roof. Then, after going to all this effort, they let the roofing company to install any old piece-of-junk gutters.

Since rain gutters and downspouts can be even more conspicuous than the roof itself, you should choose new ones with at least as much care as you chose the shingles. But before you do, make sure you actually need replacement gutters. Too often, you don't.

In the course of bidding on a roofing job, many a roofing contractor will say, “As long as we're at it, this would be the time to replace your gutters.”

Installing new gutters in conjunction with roof replacement is simply a way for roofer to make a little extra money, and freeing their workers from having to protect the existing gutters from damage during the job.

Worse, the quality of most replacement gutters and downspouts supplied by roofers is typically worse than that of original gutters in sound condition. So, homeowners who agree to lump in gutter replacement with their new roof often wind up with a flimsier, less attractive and quite unnecessary “improvement.”

The rules of thumb regarding gutter replacement are simple:

1. If your original gutters are straight, solid and don't leak, they don't need replacement.

2. If they do leak, there's a fair chance they can be repaired. In the case of steel or copper gutters, contact your local sheet metal shop.

3. If you do decide on replacement gutters, demand gutters that are at least equal to the originals in quality. Have gutter replacement specialists, not the roofer, recommend the best gutters for your home.  Consider copper gutters as well.

4. Put at least as much thought into choosing the gutters as you do into choosing the roofing material. Don't let the contractor make this choice for you. Many will simply fall back on the style of gutter that's the least trouble to install.

To find out if your gutters need to be replaced, or for help choosing and installing new gutters, contact Custom Insulation Company.

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