Thursday, October 13, 2016

Preparing for Old Man Winter!

Preventing ice dams will make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient. At Father and Son Building and Remodeling we feel learning how to prevent ice dams comes from understanding how ice dams form and knowing why it is important to air seal, insulate, and ventilate your home. do ice dams form in my gutters on my roof?

As snow on your roof melts, it runs down to the roof’s overhanging bottom edge, the eave. There water refreezes on top of the shingles, forming a ridge. This ice blockage, called an ice dam, prevents melting snow from flowing off your roof. As the ice dam grows, an increasing volume of water backs up under the shingles and leaks into exterior walls, into the undersides of the eaves, or indoors.

Yes, you can prevent ice dams by properly air sealing, insulating and venting your attic. Energy efficiency professionals, like Father and Son Building and Remodeling, are highly trained to take a thorough approach to air sealing your attic and properly venting your roof. Remember, proper Insulation and ventilation is like putting a thick sweater on your home!

If your home is located in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan - Call Father and Son Building and Remodeling today for a free home estimate for your next remodeling project by calling 419-471-1191 or visiting our website at to learn more about us today!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Top 3 Questions Answered About Siding!

Every day we meet with homeowners wanting to replace the siding on their home. Today we are going to cover the top three questions asked in hopes to help you discover your new home improvement with much more ease!

1. Why should I choose vinyl siding for my home?
Vinyl is the leading material used for siding in the United States because of its cost efficiency, durability, color selection and the minimal maintenance required. Vinyl siding is superior to other exterior options when it comes to weather resistance as well. Vinyl siding can withstand extremely high winds and is resistant to heat, cold, and moisture. Additionally, vinyl siding has the best performance when it comes to reflecting rain away from your home. This repellent property greatly reduces the amount of water that accumulates on and around your home.

2. How much maintenance is involved with vinyl siding?
One of the greatest advantages to selecting vinyl siding for your home is vinyl siding requires very little to no almost no maintenance through the different seasons. First, and foremost, if you choose vinyl siding, you will never have to paint it! In order to maintain the fresh look of vinyl siding, the siding only needs to be washed once or twice a year depending on the landscaping around your home. That benefit alone should be considered a huge bonus when making your decision to purchase vinyl siding for your home!

3. What causes discoloration in vinyl siding?
Vinyl siding may be susceptible to discoloration, if and only if you do not properly care for it throughout the many seasons. Chemicals, sunlight, mold or dirt can discolor vinyl siding. Not to mention, many home owners are not even aware of the fact that vinyl siding may become discolored from things including: repainting a deck, liquid lawn treatments or gardening. And although it will occur slowly over time - Sunlight may also cause slight discoloration to your vinyl siding. Especially if you are in a a very dense sunlight area. And, most importantly, if you do not clean your vinyl siding at least once a year, mold and mildew may also grow. Vinyl is made from organic materials that make it easy for mold to grow. Plus, if your home is nestled in a heavily wooded area where it is prone to grow mold and mildew it will accelerate the process. Lastly, if your gutters are not kept clean it can also cause mold and mildew to grow as well on your siding at a fast pace. Gutter cover protection and regular cleanings are highly recommended when considering siding of any type if you do not already have them!

If your home is located in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan - Call Father and Son Building and Remodeling today for a free home estimate for your next remodeling project by calling 419-471-1191 or visiting our website at to learn more about us today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are You Losing Energy Thru Your Windows?

Overlooking energy-efficiency could cost a lot more than you think! Here is a quick list of questions you should consider before you decide if you need new replacement windows or NOT!

Simply Answer YES or NO

  1. First touch an inside wall of your home, then touch a window. Is the window hotter or colder than your wall?
  2. Are your windows a hassle to open and close or keep open?
  3. Are your windows made of metal or wood?
  4. Are your windows original builders’ grade windows or are the replacement windows more than 7 years old?
  5. Are your windows drafty? Are your windows painted shut? Do you see any cracks or breaks? 
  6. Do your windows leak, form condensation, or show signs of mold and mildew?
  7. Do your windows allow bugs into the house?
  8. Can you hear outside noise or traffic?
  9. Are the colors in your floors or furniture fading?
  10. Do your locks deadbolt into wood? Could they be forced open?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're windows are at risk for costly energy loss. You should contact a window professional today to find out how to better protect your home and family from further energy loss and start saving today!

If your home is located in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan - Call Father and Son Building and Remodeling today for a free home estimate for your next remodeling project by calling 419-471-1191 or visiting our website at to learn more about us today!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ok! So Let's Get Started On Your New Bathroom!

This is the final part of our bathroom remodeling series. Today we wan to focus on the 5 Essential Steps to a Successful Bathroom Remodel! The following 5 areas are key when we meet with new bathroom remodeling customers. We find these 5 areas of focus helps us to develop a clear picture of what is needed to make this home improvement a success from beginning to end!

Step 1. Determine Your Goals

  • What is the bathroom’s current condition?
  • If you could only change one thing about your bathroom, what would it be?
  • How many people will be using the bathroom?
  • Who will be using the bathroom?
  • How long will you be using the bathroom?
  • What is your budget for the project?
  • Can any existing fixtures or cabinets be used?

Step 2–Avoiding Common Mistakes By Planning Ahead

  • Underestimating Costs
  • Overlooking Limitations
  • Miscalculating Capacity
  • Letting Small Things Slide
  • Disregarding General Design And Decor
  • Forgetting The Users
  • Making Quick Choices

Step 3–Choosing Your Tub and/or Shower

  • Size and Shape
  • Material
  • Options
  • Built-In Features
  • What About Bath Liners

Step 4–The Other Bathroom Elements

  • Tub and Shower Enclosures and Doors
  • Faucets
  • Flooring Types
  • Heated Floor
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Cabinetry
  • Bath Accessories

Step 5–Choosing The Right Contractor

  • Getting Estimates and finding your connection
So there you have it! All the secrets to discovering success on your next bathroom remodel! Call today for a free home estimate for your next remodeling project by calling Father and Son Building and Remodeling at 419-471-1191 or visit to learn more about us today! We service Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Do I REALLY Need It?

Home improvement has become one of our country’s greatest enjoyed pastimes. According to the US Census Bureau, Americans spent a whopping $260 billion on home improvements, maintenance
and repairs in 2006. This figure rose to over $350 billion in 2015 and this year it is projected to rise another 4%!

Of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom represents the fastest return on any remodeling investment according to realtors and remodelers alike. According to Remodeling Magazine, more than 86% of your bathroom remodeling expenses can be recouped within a year of resale of your home. Please note, not every room in the house offers such a high return as remodeling your bathroom.

On the flip side, everyone agrees there are few spaces like the bathroom which are as personal and needed as the bathroom. I suppose it is because the bathroom serves a number of functions, and for multiple individuals. Therefore, designing a bathroom and completing a home remodel of this caliber can be challenging. BUT, hiring a professional to insure your desired changes are feasible given the age and location of your existing electrical and plumbing, the general design of your existing walls and floor can be even more difficult! BUT DO YOU REALLY NEED A NEW BATHROOM?

Here are 5 Signs You NEED A New Bathroom!

1. Things Start Going Wrong and Breaking Down
2. Your Bathroom’s Hopelessly Outdated
3. Your Bathroom’s Not Your Style
4. You’re Thinking Of Selling Your House
5. Your Needs Have Changed

Call today for a free home estimate for your next remodeling project by calling Father and Son Building and Remodeling at 419-471-1191 or visit to learn more about us today!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Considering a Bathroom Remodel? Set the stage for success!

As with any home improvement project, communication is always critical from the first call to the final install day when you do a completion walk thru your new home upgrade. Here are a few key items you might want to discuss or ask questions about with your home remodeling contractor. Being communicative is crucial for a successful home renovation.

At Father and Son Building and Remodeling we always cover these areas, so you never have to worry. However, in case you want a head start when planning your new Bathroom remodel or other home improvement here is a top list of considerations when planning!

  • Are you planning to live in the house during renovations, or do they need you to leave for safety reasons? If so, be prepared for minor interruptions to your normal day to day routine. Especially if you have children in school.
  • Will any water, sewer, gas, or electric utilities be turned off or disrupted. If so, ask to be provided with notification of at least 24 hours ahead of time so you can make other arrangements if necessary.
  • Is a permit needed for your renovation? If so, ask the contractor to handle permit acquisition.
  • What are the start and finish dates for the renovation? How is rain or inclement weather handled. What about product delays or unforeseen issues worked around? Are these issues specified in the final contract?
  • What are the working hours for the project? Are you ok with any specific work occurring on weekends or does your city not allow any work on any specific days of the weekend?
  • When was your home built? If it was before 1978, all painted surfaces or materials to be removed or disturbed must be tested for lead based paint by a Lead-Safe certified contractor per EPA regulations. Additionally, the contractor completing the demo or removal work must be EPA Lead-Safe certified.
  • How does the contractor handle dust containment? Ask if the contractor hangs plastic sheeting over doorways and openings to help contain as much dust as possible.
  • Is the contractor planning to have a portable toilet delivered to the job? Or, will they be using your bathroom?
  • How will the jobsite debris be dealt with? How often is the debris removed from remodeling site?

And finally after the project has been completed, and the final payment is due, it is always best to create a final punch list of items that need attention or touch up and give a copy of this list to the contractor. Remember, no matter how good a home remodeling crew is there are bound to be something in question! So don't panic, just be COMMUNICATIVE! Like we said in the beginning, communication is critical for a successful home improvement project! Good Luck!

If you are interested in learning more about how Father and Son Building and Remodeling can help you with your home improvement project call us today at 419-471-1191 or visit our website at!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Considering An Attic Conversion

At Father and Son Building and Remodeling we have discovered in all our years of experience in building garages and pole barns a missed opportunity is finishing the attic in your home or above your garage. This type of home addition idea is an interesting alternative to building a full blown home addition.

Again as we have been stressing home additions and this type of remodeling requires a professional. In order to convert an attic space some structural strengthening may be required for the attic floor to support additional home living space of this type, especially if it will include a bathroom of any size. Bathtubs, toilets and vanities are not very light weight. However, frequently attic conversions are designed to develop additional bedrooms, offices, art studios, exercise rooms and fourth bedrooms.

Call today for a free home estimate for your next remodeling project by calling Father and Son Building and Remodeling at 419-471-1191 or visit to learn more about us today!