Are Your Windows a Clear Choice?

Andersen100-Gliding-3Are Your Windows a Clear Choice?  I mean do you know the differences in the different windows and window manufactures?  Most people do not, they see a window for what it is.  It’s clear and protects the inside of the home from the elements.  Well, there is a lot more to a window than meets the eye.

andersen_replacement_doors_folding_la_skyline_sWindows have come along way from what they used to be.  The older windows consisted of wood frame & sashes with single pane glass with weights.   Overtime the windows aged by rotting if the painting wasn’t kept up.  The energy efficiency performance of the old windows are extremely low.  If that stuff didn’t bother you then try operating them after 40 years of being painted, a lot of them are painted shut.  Things changed, the industry noticed the importance in the efficiency of doors and windows.  I have seen testing on new windows where they shot a 2×4 through it, to see if meets certain new requirements.   There are many choices of windows and brands to choose from, which one should you choose?  I would say it depends on what you want in the window.  Do you want the best there is?  Is interior or exterior colors important to match?  Cost is usually a factor.  How efficient do you want it and so on.

The options vary on each brand of window, however there are some standards offered by all manufacturers.  For instance, they will ask you if you want a vinyl or wood window.  Vinyl is usually cheaper & you can have some of the benefits of the wood windows, such as Low E glass, double pane, with grills.  Low maintenance, longevity, & efficiency.  The wood windows are more sturdy, they don’t warp or sag like vinyl can.  You can get more color options & wood interior choices.  The efficiency, longevity, & resale value are there as well.  There are different types of glass that you can get, some offer a double pane Low E glass which is efficient & there are some that offer more panes such as a three pane.  Most people go with the double pane and don’t spring for the extra cost on the added glass panes.  There are some neat features that manufactures offer as well.  For example, blinds inside the glass or storm proofing such as Andersen Window’s StormWatch.  The wood windows and doors today are either wrapped in vinyl or metal so the wood doesn’t touch the elements.

Andersen%20Windows%203AndersenPella, & Marvin are the some of the biggest names in residential & commercial windows & doors.  Each manufacture has their own high & low-end products.  You should choose which brand you believe is going to make you happy over the long run.  However, we are an Andersen Certified Installer, which means we know how to install them properly & we give a two-year installation warranty on their windows & doors.  We tend to lean toward Andersen as the brand we use, but everyone has their own preference.  Each manufacture has their specific way they recommend to install their window.  However, there is a set pattern all of them follow.  Installing windows & doors correctly plays a major part in how the window or door functions.  Nowadays, installers & builders must meet these new requirements.  If they don’t meet the requirements of the window or door manufacture & the window fails.  The manufacture says, sorry the installer installed them incorrectly & the warranty is void.  That would make anyone mad.  You are buying the installation as much as you’re buying the window or door.  The correct installation means you have a manufactures warranty.

Your window & door checklist should go as follows:  What do I want or expect in the product; price, efficiency, colors, & etc.? Do I want vinyl or wood windows?  Choose a manufacturer who you feel is what you want.  Who is my installer; the cheapest or Certified by the manufacturer to make sure you get your warranty?

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Just because you are getting a new house or remodel doesn’t mean your windows or doors are going to be what you want.  Make sure you find out the details and choose accordingly.  Windows and doors are a really big part of efficiency, which means how much money is saved.  Like I stated before you are buying the installation as much as the window.  We are an Certified Andersen Window & Door Installer, we have been through their hands on training in Minnesota (granted it was in February, I had never saw trucks drive across a frozen 80 ft river before then).  We have insurance, a member of Springfield’s Home Builders Association, & are a member of Springfield’s Best.  Give us a call @ 417-887-7134.

Is your Deck up to Spec?

75Have you wondered if your deck is up to spec?  Does it meet the current building codes?  If it is 7 to 10 years old then probably not.  We have had several clients who had scary decks before we took them down and built new ones.  Some of the decks couldn’t hold more than two or so people at one time.  Some shook when you would walk on them.  Some had to have temporary bracing so it didn’t collapse.  If you have a deck and that sounds similar, then you could potentially have problems.

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Most people don’t even give it a second thought of their deck collapsing.  People need to look at the warning signs such as those mentioned above.  Even if your deck seems to be fine, but is older, you must check certain things on them to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for a lawsuit later in life with friends.  Let me give you a checklist of sorts to go by to check out your deck to avoid problems.

The Checklist:

  1.  Check the first row of deck boards closest to the home.  If they have rot, that is not a good sign.  Right below that board is the ledger and it should have flashing.
  2. Check the ledger board, Check for rot, check for minimum 1/2in lag bolts every 12 to 16 inches.  If you do have rot or just nails holding the ledger on, the ledger is vulnerable to failing.
  3. Check the posts, do they have rot on the bottom, are they fastened to the ground or concrete.
  4. Check the stairs make sure no rot is found.
  5. The deck boards should be free of rot or curling.  You don’t want a trip hazard or fall through the deck.
  6. Check to see if the deck is warping, such as sagging in the middle.
  7. Check hand rails and pickets to ensure rigidity so no one falls off the deck leaning on it.mcm-deck-connections
As a rule of measure I will give you some of the major points on the decks we build today:
1. 6×6 posts for support with no more than 8 ft. spacing.
2. Minimum 2×10 joists for smaller spans, also they have to have joist hangers.
3. The spacing on the joists are 16 inches max.
4. The stairs usually have 4 stringers  and are made out of a 2×12, (they hold the stair treads)Maximum 7 inches tall.
5. The ledger has flashing behind it and the ledger lag bolts are 1/2in  spaced in between each joists  in a certain pattern.
6. Then posts are on a post base fastened to a concrete pier and notched to the deck band boards.
7. The hand rail varies, but cabling or picket spacing can not be more than 4 inches in between.
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After learning of a local homeowner that had a deck collapse from KY3 news in Springfield, MO. This needs to be known to all homeowners with decks.  The Home Builders Association has names of local professionals that can evaluate your deck if you are concerned.  If your deck sounds similar to what is currently built, then you should have nothing to worry about.  If you do have a deck that is a problem or need to change the way it looks, then give us a call  @ 417-887-7134 to set up an appointment.  We are Friga Construction Co., Inc. “where you’re visions become reality.” 

Race to find Space

de8b94bc99900dc77f1278eae71bd52d Are you in a race to find space?  Are you constantly buying things and don’t know where to put them, then here is a blog for you.  Many people buy things and they buy it thinking they’ll use it, need it, or just like the way it looks.  You might think you have to spend a lot to create some space, but there are  other ideas that make space from unused space.  You can go on pinterest and find many ideas, you might find one the can work for you.  Of course, we like the other way of creating space by remodeling, business or home additions, or simply building a new bigger building.   indoor-dog-house-under-stairThe ideas can be quite clever, such as the dog house or room under the staircase.  A great idea that incorporates unused and usually wasted space.  It’s also not that expensive to do.  Creating cabinets out of the stairs is also a neat idea, however, it would be a little more expensive.  There are many ideas of utilizing wasted space under staircases.  The next area to save some space is the bathroom, yes that’s right, you’re bathroom.  The different ideas range from organizers in existing cabinets all the way to building a hidden closet drawer behind your tub. 7501542a804f67ed03bba8094bdb5c64To save space in the kitchen you can turn cabinets into a pantry system, instead of have to build a new pantry.  The garage usually has space above your car.  You can use tote bins, label them and hold everything from Christmas decorations to sports equipment. a3a6239d2e772a19b9c0fae00fc482e0  Hopefully this gives you some incite into finding creative ways to free up some space that would otherwise have went wasted.  However, if you need that other method such as adding on space give us a call we can help you out, just check out our website @frigainc.com and give us a call.

Build New or just Renew.

Should I build new or just renew an existing building or home?  That is a question that comes up a lot in business owners’ and homeowners’ minds.  By renew, we mean remodeling an existing building or home.  Remodeling might entail an addition for more space or just an update or face lift.  This blog will go over the pluses and minuses of building new versus remodeling. Land_for_sale,_Omagh_-_geograph_org_uk_-_869589 Building new has its advantages and disadvantages.  The advantages of building a new buildibusiness-locationng like an O’Reilly’s, Comfort Inn, etc. are; a new appearance, usually less maintenance, can be a better location, more efficient, and most people enjoy shopping or staying in a newer building.  Which could mean more revenue for your business.  The Disadvantages of a new building versus a remodeled building are; can be more expensive, higher costs do not guarantee a more profitable return.  The hassle of dealing with a city or county on zoning issues, stormwater drainage, and impact fees. If you know you want to build new and just need a property to look at, Murney & Associates or Plaza Realty can be a place to look.

IMG_0027    The advantages of a remodeled or addition on to an existing building are; usually cheaper than building new.  If you have a existing business running in that location, you can usually keep it open when the building is getting remodeled.  You usually do not have to get the city or county zoning involved, just the plan reviewers and inspectors.  The Disadvantages of remodeling are; Sometimes a city or county makes you upgrade the electrical, plumbing, or hvac to current codes.

Building a new home has a lot of advantages.  You can live where you want, build what you want.  Make it more efficient from the start.  Include new technologies in the structure, storm room, alarm system, vacuum  system, and home automation.  Everything will be new and updated.  There is of course a down side to new as well.  You have to buy the lot and it’s harder for financing.  Everything will have to meet current codes.    Remodeling is what a lot of homeowners choose to do, it’s advantages are; live in the same home where you are familiar with neighbors and the neighborhood.  Make your home how you want it.  Cheaper than building new, depending on what is being upgraded.  On the flipside, remodeling a home has its disadvantages.  You live in your home while its being remodeled.  Inconvenience of not being able to use the certain areas being remodeled.  It can cost more than you think, you would never believe how some homes were built years ago.

It all boils down to the individual and what he or she wants and can afford.  At Friga Construction Co., we build what our clients want.  If you want to remodel your home or business, we will try to make it less inconvenient as possible & give the clients ideas to make your dream a reality & the Meeks Design Center helps.  If you want to build new, we can direct you to an architect and work with you through the whole process.  Remember we are “where your visions become reality.”  Give us a call today.logoframe

Maintenance Free Home? Ideas for free.

Have you ever heard of a maintenance free home?  Most people would laugh at the thought.  Thinking you are selling ever sharp kitchen knifes or always clean dishes.  A maintenance free home is becoming closer to reality.  The products I’ve listed are longer lasting and more durable than products of back in the day.  You must tackle this challenge by getting a game plan together.  Step 1.  Think about what is your maintenance issues in the interior and on the exterior of  your home. Step 2. Make a list for interior and for exterior.

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Interior maintenance issues usually include countertops, flooring, painting, and fixtures.  Countertops: Corian or solid surface countertops are a very popular choice.  They are fairly easy to fix scratches, many colors, and easy to clean.  Another popular choice is granite countertops.  They are easy to clean, nice colors, and it’s hard to scratch.  Of course, as with anything that is usually easier and less maintenance, it tends to be more expensive.    However, they typically last longer and bring better home sale values.

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Flooring:  Laminate flooring is very popular and requires less maintenance than carpets.  There are many color choices and they resist scratching very well.  Painting:  Sherwin Williams has some new latex paints that make cleaning splatters of food or whatever on walls easier and it hides previous dark colors with one coat.  Fixtures:  There are a multitude of fixtures out there that claim to be under warranty and cheap.  However, there’s a catch, you might be fixing that faucet once a year.  Sure it’s cheaper, but the hassle of fixing it is a pain.  Opt for brands like Kohler, Moen, and Delta and shop at plumbing supply stores for the better quality.  There are different models for Lowes and Home Depot stores.

Exterior maintenances issues, there are many, however I will address the three biggest issues:  Windows, Siding, and Roofing.  Windows:  Not all windows are created equal and each brand holds its own claims.  I am a big believer in Andersen windows and doors as a great product.  One, because we are a Certified Andersen window installer and I have seen the testing and the longevity of the windows.  Pella does make great windows as well as I’m sure Marvin does.  You want to pick a higher grade of window and one with Low E or better of glass for efficiency.  Siding:  Vinyl siding, Hardie siding, and prefinished metal siding.  Vinyl is easy to clean, however is more brittle with age and weed eaters usually like to bust the bottom row.  Hardie siding is becoming more common like brick.  It can be unfinished or prefinished for long durability.  Metal Siding durable, has several colors, and it lasts a very long time.

Roofing:  Architectural shingles are becoming the more popular choice in roofing.  They last longer than 3 tab shingles and look better.  Metal roofing can last a very long time when properly installed.  However, it is not typical on homes.  They are always coming out with new products for roofing.  They have some roofing materials that are composite and last longer than shingles.  There is a newer shingle that is supposed to be more energy efficient by reducing the heat from the roof.

If you are having issues with maintenance in your home or business, give us a call.  We can fix your maintenance issues and give ideas about which product is best suited for you.  If this article still leaves you lost about maintenance free products, do an online search for maintenance free home products.  If you do know what you want then give us a call at Friga Construction, “where visions become reality.”