Ryan Carey's Guest Posts in the Star Tribune:

November 22, 2013 - Siding Choices: Cutting through the Clutter
Our first blog with the Star Tribune!  Here, we discuss the pros and cons of various
types of siding including vinyl, steel, and composite boards.  All three have their advantages and disadvantages, but contractors will often spin their sales pitch towards ones
they prefer working with or that are more expensive, rather than what’s most
appropriate and affordable for your home.

December 13, 2013- Window Replacement Part 1: The Dog and Pony Show Comes to Your House

January 21, 2014 - Window Replacement Part 2: Materials and Methods

February 21, 2014 - Window Replacement Part 3: Marvin, Andersen, Pella

This is a three-part series of blogs on various aspects of window replacement.  Because windows can be a complicated thing, yet we all need them and want the best windows we can, we thought it was important to thoroughly go over the emissions standards (Part 1), materials used (Part 2), and manufacturers we trust (Part 3).  Part 1 is important to read as it reminds us all of the importance of good windows – they do not just open and shut, but instead help control home’s temperature and feeling.  Part 2 is about materials: windows and frames can be made with a lot of different materials, so it could be difficult to figure out which one you want and how it can fit into your price range.  We try to help you decide as you research.  As far as manufacturers (Part 3), we discuss Marvin, Pella, Weather Shield, and Andersen’s approaches to window production and their quality control.

March 21, 2014 -Knock, Knock! How to Navigate Through Storm Damage Contractors

Storms often come at the worst times and the more destructive the storm, the more frustrating and overwhelming it can be.  This post is about what to do in cases of storm damage such as how to avoid storm chases that are looking to make a huge profit, how to navigate issues of contractors and insurance, and the questions you should think about after a destructive storm.  We even include a discussion on window issues and replacement, as they can be things most likely damaged in a hail storm or powerful winds.

May 9, 2014 -Home Improvement Financing- Many Options, Even If You're Underwater

Perhaps a little more technical than the others, our blog about home financing tries to parse out the vast array of financing services in Minnesota.  This blog is an excellent resource and full of link to prominent organizations like the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) and the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE).

June 17, 2014- Siding Replacement Wars: James Hardie vs. LP SmartSide in a Battle for Contractors, Builders, and You
Homeowners love the traditional look and increased longevity in composite board siding products.  This blog shows points out the differences of the two most popular products in this category and gives the history of their battle against each other.


August 25, 2014
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Roof Replacement Part 1: Should Contractors Use GAF, Owens Corning, or IKO?  
There are many asphalt roofing products out there, and this blog gives some pros and cons of three high-profile brands.  Picking the correct contractor is even more important when it comes to the roof over your head!

December 2, 2014 - Window Replacement Part 4: (Vinyl) Lindsay, Alside, Simonton, Soft-Lite  
The cost of window replacement can be quite a shock to homeowners. It is a huge business in the
Twin Cities with the extreme weather we have, and customers almost always ask about a window's energy efficiency first.


March 10, 2015 -How To Control Window Condensation  
Condensation can turn wood windows black and make a mess of window sills.  It's a very common occurrence here in Minnesota.  Learn about the causes and effects of window condensation, as well as strategies to prevent it from happening.


July 28, 2015 -Is Metal Roofing Worth The Extra Cost?

Asphalt roofing shingles dominate our market. Simply drive through almost any neighborhood in the Twin Cities area and you will find overwhelming evidence to back this up. Another kind of roof has been slowly gaining steam over the past several years- metal. Learn about the advantages of metal roofs.


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