McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Take Your Home’s Curb Appeal to the Next Level with These Exterior Renovations

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The old saying goes that first impressions can be the most lasting. While keeping the inside of your home up-to-date and comfortable is important, have you considered the outside of your home? The exterior is the first—and sometimes only—thing that people see when they lay eyes on your home. When it comes to exterior renovations, much can be done to improve the appearance of your home, including updating your entry way, residing or painting your home, and replacing old windows. Below we’ll cover exterior design ideas that can take your home from ordinary to the envy of the neighborhood.

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Topics: Home Renovation, Entryways, Windows and Doors, Painting, Siding, exterior renovations

Does Your Home’s Exterior Need Replacement? Vinyl Siding May Be The Solution

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 30, 2010

If your home needs an exterior upgrade or replacement, you’ll want to look at vinyl siding. Vinyl siding was introduced in the early 1960s and has been a popular product due to its durability and easy maintenance. Vinyl siding is made of polyvinyl chlorate (PVC), a material that is strong, rigid and impact resistant. For more information about PVC, check out the Vinyl Siding Institute.

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Topics: Renovating, Home Renovation, Siding

Fiber Cement Board Siding: Preserving Your CNY Home Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Oct 12, 2010

If you visited the 2010 Central New York Parade of Homes last month at Mallard’s Landing in Manlius, you were probably impressed by the "curb appeal" of the eight homes on display. These newly built homes were designed to reduce maintenance and remain attractive for years to come. Several of the homes were sided with fiber cement board siding. We love this product. Fiber cement siding was developed over a hundred years ago in Australia to withstand harsh climates. There are many advantages to using it on Central New York homes:

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Siding

New Home Siding Products

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Today's technologies have produced new products for home siding that are both attractive and durable. Two popular options for home siding are fiber cement and vinyl siding. Both products have been around for a while and innovations in manufacturing have improved the performance and look. If you're thinking about siding your home, here's some information to consider. 

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Green Building, Home Renovation, Construction, Siding

10 Trouble Spots: A Spring Check Up for Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Mon, Apr 5, 2010

Spring has finally arrived! The ice has melted from the rooftops and milder temperatures encourage housebound Central New Yorkers to inspect our homes for winter damage and start "spring cleaning." Here are ten areas of the home you should check for problems:

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance, Windows and Doors, Decks, Skylights, HomeRepair by McClurg, Siding

Payback: Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 23, 2010

The majority of home owners view their home as their most important investment. We're always considering ways to improve our homes to accommodate our lifestyles. Popular remodeling projects include new kitchens with up-to-date appliances, luxurious bathrooms, home offices or media rooms. In Central New York, with our frequent cloudy days, many people add a sunroom to ease the drudgery of winter. Basement renovations add living space and improve a home's function. But which projects add value to a home investment when it comes time to sell?

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Basement Conversions, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Media Rooms, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Renovating, Home Renovation, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor, Windows and Doors, Additions, Siding