Window Replacement Part 3: Marvin, Andersen, Pella

- They offer stainable interiors or the low-maintenance Fibrex. . They feature a more rounded, contemporary look and customers I’ve ran across have been very positive on the product in their home. Just tell them you are getting several quotes and leave it at that. Almost every salesperson knows where Renewal is priced, so this tells them they can price their own product higher than normal yet still be less than Renewal. Renewal products are made from a composite material called Fibrex, which is part wood and part vinyl. This is very smart by Andersen, as they use up all the by-products of their other lines (which are made of wood and vinyl separately). Renewal products are not available to contractors like their other lines; you must purchase the install straight from Renewal. So what about Andersen Renewal? Talk about a company that advertises everywhere! Renewal by Andersen is it’s own company, separate but obviously owned by the main company. With pricing being quite high-end, always remember this: NEVER tell a salesperson from another company that you’re also getting a quote from Renewal, even if you are ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2014

-  This winning caption was submitted by Eric Aune. “Call us if the mountains turn blue” – from our recent caption contest. ..More

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Radon Testing Clowns

- Even better yet, insist that the person doing the test is certified by one of the two agencies listed above. If your home is going to be tested for radon as part of a real estate transaction, make sure that the person doing the test will be following EPA protocol for radon testing. . This is consistent with what the Minnesota Department of Health already advises for radon testing; it’s solid advice ..More

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How to Prevent Basement Water Intrusion

-  Dirty, overflowing gutters are worse than no gutters at all and can actually cause roof leaks. Of course, gutters need to be cleaned as well. ..More

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Sprinkler Systems to be Required in All New MN Homes, Existing Homes by 2016

- Next week I’ll be discussing other portions of the 2012 IRC, which includes a provision for added fall protection ‘safety zones’ for dropoffs greater than 30″ at decks, which includes options for rubber mulch or ball bits. ..More

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