How New Windows Can Make Your Summer Better

Buffalo is known for a lot of things, and the weather is one of them. We are known for frigid winters, but our summers can get pretty hot! Homeowners want to feel comfortable in their home during every season, especially without paying an arm and a leg for heating and cooling bills. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%-30% of residential heating and cooling use. 


Home Renovations You Want A Professional For

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are great ways to learn something valuable and save money. As we inch closer to summer, DIY home projects will be coming out of the woodwork all over home improvement blogs and HGTV. While a lot of these ideas are worthwhile and increase your home’s value, it’s important to note that some projects require expertise and need to be done properly to ensure safety and performance.


Adding A Pop of Color to Your Home For Spring

The spring sun has just started to come out in Western New York and it’s shining a light on our dull yards that are gray from months of ice and snow. What’s a homeowner to do? Spring home trends are all about bringing color back to the home. Keeping your home exterior fresh, trends or not, will always increase the value of your home if you ever choose to sell. If you plan to stay in your home, brightening it up does wonders for its appearance and how you feel about it.


Dealing With Wind Damage in Western New York

It’s been a difficult winter in Western New York. It may be spring, but it’s hard to tell! We’ve dealt with a lot of storms this past season; so much so, that homeowners around the region sent in photos of wind damage their homes had to endure. When a strong storm hits, homeowners may find that their siding is damaged or their shingles ripped from the roof. Wind damage can prove to be a serious problem for homeowners. The damage might not always be as identifiable as you’d think, either. So how should Western New York homeowners deal with wind damage?


Getting Your Gutters Ready For Spring

It may seem like spring is arriving slowly in Western New York, but as the weather begins to warm up, lots of changes occur. Flowers bloom, birds chip and your gutters need to be taken care of. Wait, gutters? Spring is a great time for homeowners to do some maintenance -- including cleaning or replacing gutters. Depending on the type of gutters you have, you may only need to do some minor cleaning; however, for some, snow and ice buildup cause gutters to sag and become dysfunctional. Here’s a few things to know when getting your gutters back on track for warm weather:


How to Find The Right Contractor

Home renovations are exciting ventures that add value and a new perspective to your home. Whether you want new windows in your living room, a more stable roof above your head or maybe even a jacuzzi in your master bathroom -- you need a contractor that you can rely on to do a professional job at a reasonable price. Every year, more homeowners are choosing to remodel rather than relocate. There are two things every homeowner cares about -- their home, and their budget. Take the time to hire a contractor who sets up and shows up for an appointment; one that has references, relevant experience and the proper insurance. So, how do you know you’ve found the right contractor? Here are a few tips:


The Benefits of Installing VELUX Skylights & Roof Windows

It’s no secret that we treat our customers like family. That’s why, at Stockmohr, it’s important to us to keep our customers up-to-date on the latest technology and features in the industry. We won’t keep you in the dark any longer -- VELUX skylights and roof windows are quality products that we are proud to offer. For the past 75 years, VELUX has perfected manufacturing their industry-leading window products. Have no mistake, these roof windows do what they say and more -- provide daylight, ventilation, energy savings and even solar tax credits! 


Attic Ventilation and Why It's Important

Unless you’re a longtime homeowner, you may have never thought about the airflow in your attic. There’s a lot of factors to consider when you need a new roof, but have you considered what’s happening directly under your roof? The attic area is one of the most important aspects of a properly installed roofing system.


Energy StarĀ® Performance In Your Home

When you see the ENERGY STAR® symbol, you know you can count on a product to save you money. After all, it’s the label established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to show that a product is energy efficient, without compromising on performance. A product can earn the ENERGY STAR® label by meeting a number of specifications, such as a window providing significant insulation standards. To earn the label, products must provide a significant amount of energy savings over the course of use, while offering the same capabilities as competitors. 


Owens Corning: Features & Benefits

To provide the best of the best in roofing services to homeowners in Western New York, we know that the products we offer matter. With that being said, it’s no surprise that Stockmohr uses America’s #1 shingle brand, Owens Corning. Since 1938, Owens Corning has been the “cornerstone” of roofing and insulation. After finalizing their first fiberglass shingle patent in 1965, it flipped the entire shingle market. Striving to provide the highest quality of roofing services in the Buffalo area, Stockmohr is an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor -- this means we’ve met or exceeded standards set by an industry leader. So, what can homeowners expect from Owens Corning products?
 


Controlling Condensation And Humidity in Your Home

All homes have moisture in them. Many daily activities add moisture to the air, from cooking to bathing to even breathing. Unfortunately, there are a number of problems associated with too much condensation or humidity in your home. Fortunately there are steps that can be taken to reduce the potential for damage.


ProVia: Benefits & Features

At Stockmohr, we strive to provide all of our customers with the highest quality building materials for each and every project. That’s why we offer ProVia products with our installation of entry doors, storm doors, and vinyl siding for Western New York homes. For over 40 years, ProVia has been known for their product quality, old-world craftsmanship, and dedication to customer satisfaction.


Staying Draft-Free This Winter

Living in Western New York during the winter can prove to be a challenge. With intense snowfall, freezing temps and icy roads… there’s a lot of maintenance to keep up with. As a homeowner, this means you’ll be removing snow and managing ice to make sure your property is safe. Once you’ve made a clear path to your home, what happens when there’s a draft inside?


How to Prevent Ice Dams

It’s a well known fact that the snow and cold that accompany a Buffalo winter can cause a multitude of problems for homeowners. Once such problem is ice dams. Left untreated, these large ice patches can cause major damage to roofs and ceilings.


Gutter Care & Leaf Protection

Have you cleaned your gutters recently? Gutters are a vital part of every home, working to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape. Gutters provide many protective benefits to homeowners, but neglecting them can produce very expensive problems


Installing Solar Skylights & Receiving The Solar Tax Credit

Skylights can be a beautiful addition to any home. Solar powered skylights in particular offer a variety of unique benefits to homeowners.  A solar skylight from Stockmohr will not only add value and style to your home, but they will also make you eligible for the Federal solar tax credit! 


Why You Should Let The Factory Stain Your Door

As a homeowner, you probably enjoy a good do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement project every now and then. A lot goes into staining and finishing an entry door, so before you make the decision to do it yourself, there’s a few things to take into consideration. 


Double Pane vs. Triple Pane Windows

When installing or replacing windows, it’s important to consider whether double pane windows or triple pane windows will be right for your home. While this may seem like a small decision, there’s actually a lot to consider when choosing the type of window that’s best for you.


Entry Doors: Fiberglass or Steel?

Choosing the right entry door for your home can be a big decision. As a homeowner, you want the absolute best in quality and value when it comes to your entry door. Fiberglass and steel entry doors offer huge advantages when compared to other materials, like wood, which requires heavy maintenance and will often warp, chip or shrink. With fiberglass and steel doors, there’s no need to worry about durability; not only are they more resistant to the elements, they're lower maintenance than wood doors.


Why Proper Siding & Home Insulation Is Important

Siding and insulation are a powerful duo that every homeowner should take full advantage of. Proper siding and insulation will protect your home, provide superior moisture management and create a comfortable environment during any season. Not only will the pair add to your curb appeal, it'll help you save on energy bills while increasing your home's resale value. There are a lot of benefits that siding and insulation work together to produce!