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Refresh Your Back Yard For Spring With Stamped Concrete

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Decorative and stamped concrete are one of the hottest trends for patios, driveways, concrete floors, entryways, countertops, pool decks, and much more. Decorative concrete is a very unique element that can bring beauty and design to your new or existing project. No better way to refresh your backyard just in time for summer!

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Owens Corning Offers Fashionable Advice For Your Roof

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We have been Owens Corning Preferred Platinum Contractor for years, and we love installing their full line of products. Lately they have brought a touch of fashion and color trends to their line of shingles and we are loving homeowners reactions to them.

Watch the video and find out if you are a spring or a fall when it comes to roofing!

Call us or click today to find out more about all the options we can offer you at Sela Roofing!

Winter Home Improvement: Tackle That Closet!

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Is getting more organized on your to-do list? You can start with your messiest closet…and have a fun winter home improvement project! There are tons of things you can do to customize your closets for your needs that are fairly inexpensive with high impact. To start, consider adding shelving or and over-the-organizer so that everything has its place in the closet.

 

 

This is also a great time to pare down your belongings and donate things you no longer use or need to a local charity. Get some more ideas here!

Spring Dreaming: Skylights

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During the coldest months is a great time to get your plans together for spring. One of the elements that winter can curtail in your home is natural light – so why not consider adding a skylight so that you can enjoy the enhanced light and a feel of openness year round?

 

Plus they are a gorgeous feature that increases the value of your home when it comes time to put it on the market!

Find out more about our skylights & installation process!

Vinyl Siding For Minnesota Weather

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The siding on your home protects the structure from the wind, rain and other elements. Although there are many different materials that can be used as siding, vinyl siding is one of the most popular options for many homeowners due to the advantages it offers. Our team at Sela can help determine if new vinyl siding is a good option for your home.

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Your siding needs to be able to withstand high winds and protect your family against the cold winters and hot summers. Vinyl siding is incredibly durable and is able to withstand wind speeds of up to 200 mph and more. Depending on the manufacturer, you may even be able to get a lifetime warranty on your new siding due to its durability.

Another reason that vinyl siding is so popular among homeowners is its cost. Not only is this material affordable, but it is also quick to install. This means that homeowners also save on labor costs. Additionally, replacing the old cladding with vinyl siding can improve the home’s value at the time of resale, meaning homeowners could potentially recoup the cost of the new siding.

Vinyl siding is incredibly diverse. There are no limits to color options, textures and profiles. In fact, vinyl siding can mimic wood, stone and even slate, giving your home a unique look and improving the curb appeal. This type of siding is even occasionally used on historic homes that are being renovated because they mimic the original materials so well. Choosing textured vinyl is a great way to increase your home’s value without having to use real stone or wood.

Finally, vinyl is often chosen when new siding is needed because it is extremely easy to maintain. Vinyl siding never needs to be painted. Because it is made from manmade materials, the vinyl will not rot or become damaged due to insect infestation or rot. The siding will need to be cleaned with some mild soap and water once or twice a year, but this can be easily done by a siding contractor.

When your home needs new siding, vinyl siding has proven time and time again to be a great option for many homes. If you opt for insulated vinyl, you will not find that your home is well protected against the elements, but you may also see your heating and cooling costs lowered. If you are considering having new vinyl siding installed on your home, give us a call today!

Siding Color Confusion?

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When choosing colors for your new home exterior, having so many great options can be overwhelming. Our partner and vendor James Hardie has a great article on how to choose your home colors wisely.

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Is Stamped Concrete The Right Choice For You?

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If you are looking for a unique, durable flooring material stamped concrete may be right for you!  In the past, homeowners could only choose between hardwood floors, tile, or carpet.  Today, there are a host of products on the market to suit your needs.  Stamped concrete offers a variety of patterns and an unending list of possibilities.

 

What is stamped concrete?  Stamped concrete involves using patterned stamps that are applied to wet concrete to produce the design of your choice.  Some popular pattern choices are brick, flagstone, slate, and tile.  While the concrete is wet, Sela will apply the stamps in a set pattern over the area.  When the stamp is lifted from the surface, it has imprinted the concrete with the design.  Multiple stamps can be used to create any combination you can imagine!

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Where can this product can be used?  The most common areas for stamped concrete involve outdoor areas such as driveways, patios, decks, and walkways.  However, the technique is being transferred to indoor areas as well.  Kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms are popular choices.  In some instances, homeowners are using stamped concrete throughout the home.  The product provides an easy to clean surface, does not stain, and does not harbor allergens.  If you are building or remodeling a home, consult with your contractor and manufacturer on approved installation guidelines.  Each manufacturer will have specific recommendations on suitable substrates that can be used with their product.  For example, concrete overlays can be easily applied to already present concrete slabs.  However, applying it to plywood surfaces may require specific deflection ratings.  A deflection rating measures the amount of “bounce” produced with live and dead loads on a floor system.  If the floor “moves” too much, it can produce cracks in the concrete overlay and create problems.

 

Once the stamping is complete, the area can be colored to any color scheme you choose.  The contractor will apply acid or water-based stain products to the floor.  Multiple colors can be applied in two or three stages to create depth within the stamp.  The tools required to color stamped concrete are relatively simple: sprayers, brushes, and the stain itself.  If you have never worked with concrete stamps and stains, it may be advisable to hire a trained professional.  However, if you are a true do-it-yourselfer, a little practice can help you create an amazing floor!  Consider stamping a walkway in the backyard or patio before proceeding on the home.  This will allow you to perfect the techniques required to produce a custom flooring pattern

Would Your Home Benefit From A Sunroom?

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A sunroom addition to your home can be one of the best home improvement investments that you can make. Not only will a well-designed sunroom add to the value of the home, it will also provide extra living space and beauty as well. Before beginning construction, you should decide what your needs are as well its projected uses.

Questions to Answer Before Designing Your Sunroom

When you decide to add a sunroom to your home, you will need to decide what you expect from it. Answers to these questions will help you in your planning:

Do you want year round use?

Do you want to use it only during the warm months?

Will you use it as a lunch or breakfast nook?

Will you use it to grow plants?

Do you want it to provide solar heat to the residence?

The answers to these and other questions will decide what type of design you choose for your sunroom.

 

Benefits of a Sunroom

A well-designed sunroom can add many things to a home. The sunroom can mean extra living space, a cozy breakfast nook, and a growing area for plants or a combination of all these things. The sunroom can also provide solar energy to warm the home on sunny winter days. The sunroom can also showcase a view of a garden, patio, or any other restful scenes outside the home.

If you would like an estimate on how to add a sunroom or building addition, Just Say Sela!