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The nice temperatures of fall are setting in, yet on the horizon are the chilly winds of winter. If you’ve found yourself feeling chilly inside your home despite the heater working overtime in the winter months, your windows might be the silent culprits. Aging or damaged windows can often lead to cold drafts and increased energy bills. But did you know that winter is perhaps the best time to address this issue?

Why Windows Matter in Winter

A huge portion of our home's heating gets lost due to inefficient windows. When your windows are compromised, they let warm air out and cold air in. This not only makes your indoor environment uncomfortable but also pushes your HVAC system to work harder. Result? Skyrocketing energy bills.

The statistics say it all: Over half of a home's energy consumption comes from heating and cooling. So, if you're wondering why your energy bills are so high, it's time to inspect those windows.

Winter: The Perfect Time for Window Installation

Contrary to popular belief, winter isn't a hindrance but rather an opportune time for window replacement:

But what about the cold? Well, professional window installers, like those on our team, ensure the installation process is swift and minimally disruptive.

Installation Techniques for Winter Comfort

Six Reasons to Say 'Yes' to Winter Window Replacement

  1. Prevent Mold and Mildew: Old windows can be breeding grounds for mold, especially if they're exposed to moisture.
  2. Save Money: Damaged windows can significantly increase your heating costs.
  3. Detect Window Faults: As mentioned, winter makes it easier to find problematic windows.
  4. Better Pricing: Enjoy off-season discounts and deals.
  5. Enhance Aesthetic Appeal: Improve the look of your home, especially during the holiday season.
  6. Flexible Installation Dates: With fewer bookings, you can choose a date that best suits you.

Signs You May Need New Windows

Why Invest in Window Replacement?

New windows not only offer immediate benefits like reduced energy bills and enhanced comfort but also add value to your home. In fact, homeowners can expect up to a 74% return on investment upon selling.

At TrueSon, we pride ourselves on delivering top-quality products coupled with expert installation, regardless of the season. Our commitment to home improvement ensures your utmost comfort. Reach out to us for a free quote.

A kitchen remodel can feel like a big undertaking. That’s why it’s important to have a trusted team that can listen to your vision and must haves and make it happen. Stacey, our professional interior design consultant on our team is here to guide you through the process and bring your dream kitchen to life. We’re sharing eight design trends that can transform your kitchen into a stylish and functional space.

Eight Design Trends for Your Kitchen Remodel

1. Embrace the Timeless Elegance of White Kitchens

The classic white kitchen never goes out of style. White cabinetry, countertops, and backsplashes create a clean and bright atmosphere that opens up the space, making it feel more expansive. This trend is versatile and complements various design styles, from modern to traditional. Add a touch of warmth with wooden accents or create a bold contrast with black hardware for a modern twist.

2. Incorporate Smart Storage Solutions

A cluttered kitchen can be frustrating and inefficient. Smart storage solutions are a game-changer, maximizing every inch of your kitchen and keeping it organized. Consider pull-out pantry shelves, deep drawers, and corner carousels to optimize storage space. These features not only enhance functionality but also add a touch of modernity to your kitchen remodel.

3. Introduce a Vibrant Pop of Color

Injecting vibrant colors into your kitchen design can breathe life into the space. Consider bold-colored cabinets or a colorful backsplash to make a statement. Jewel tones like emerald green or sapphire blue add a luxurious touch, while pastel shades create a soft and soothing ambiance. Use colorful accents in decor and accessories to tie the look together.

4. Go Green with Sustainable Materials

As environmental awareness grows, sustainable kitchen designs are becoming increasingly popular. Opt for eco-friendly materials such as reclaimed wood for your cabinets and countertops. Additionally, energy-efficient appliances not only save the planet but also reduce long-term energy costs. Going green in your kitchen remodel is a win-win for both style and sustainability.

5. Embrace Open Shelving

Open shelving is a design trend that allows you to display your kitchenware and decor, adding a personal touch to your space. Not only does it provide easy access to frequently used items, but it also gives the illusion of a more open and airy kitchen. Mix and match your favorite dishes, cookbooks, and plants to create a charming and personalized kitchen display.

6. Focus on Natural Light

Ample natural light can transform the look and feel of your kitchen. Consider adding larger windows or installing a skylight to flood the space with sunlight. Natural light not only makes the kitchen more inviting but also enhances the overall aesthetic of your design. It beautifully complements various design styles and adds a touch of warmth to the space.

7. Blend Old and New Styles

Combining old and new elements can create a unique and inviting kitchen design. Consider blending vintage décor and modern appliances for an eclectic look. Vintage lighting fixtures, reclaimed wooden beams, and antique accessories can add character and charm to your kitchen. This approach allows you to infuse your personality into the design and create a space that feels truly yours.

8. Upgrade Your Kitchen Island

The kitchen island is the focal point of the room and serves as a hub for various activities. Upgrade your island by choosing a stylish countertop material such as quartz or granite. Add bar stools for additional seating, and consider built-in features like a wine rack or cookbook shelves. 

A well-designed kitchen island enhances both functionality and aesthetics.

Your kitchen remodel is an opportunity to express your style and create a space that caters to your needs.

Whether you choose to embrace timeless elegance with a fresh white kitchen or add a pop of color to make a statement, your kitchen should be the right blend of form and function that suits your lifestyle. We specialize in kitchen remodels of all sizes and budget ranges. Most importantly, we’re here to walk with you every step of the way during your remodel. If you want to talk more about your kitchen remodel, reach out to us whenever you’re ready. 

Shopping Windows & Doors Can be Tricky–We Can Help

Let’s talk about windows, and why it might be beneficial to avoid the pressure tactics we’ve been seeing in our market lately. By pressure tactics, we mean the window companies that are spamming your mail with various coupons, fliers, and mailers jockeying for your attention. Their hope is that you will see that advertisement and you’ll schedule an appointment for them to come to your space. Once they enter your home, the goal is to stay until you sign a contract. They might occupy your space for a few hours as they slowly “sweeten the deal” and offer you a buy-one-get-one deal, or a sizable percentage off your purchase. This can obviously be effective especially if you don’t have time to educate yourself on this subject. We are here to help.

Be Cautious With the New Guy in Town

Every few years, we see a trend of manufacturers sending sales reps to certain regions for a period of time. Their goal is to sell as many windows in the area as they can. They don’t always stick around. It could be that these manufacturers believe our area is worth setting up a permanent shop. It could be that they’ll leave once they feel like they have sold everything they can sell. The truth is, we just don’t know. We’re not here to disparage the product they are selling; however, we want to discourage you from jumping into a deal without looking at your options. 

We’ve received a lot of phone calls lately on this specific subject matter. We’ve even had a customer tell us they just signed a contract to get a sales rep out of their home. Luckily, we were fortunate enough to have a few solid customers share their experiences and window quotes with us. What we found was astonishing and that’s why it’s important to compare your bid.  We found that even with a “heavily discounted deal” from a window manufacturer, TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors is still coming in close or even under those quotes.

TrueSon is a Pella Platinum Elite Certified Contractor

Our craftsmanship/labor warranty is what sets TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors apart from most of our competition. It means we stand behind the work we do. This warranty is on top of an already solid manufacturer’s warranty. That means if you have us install your new windows and there is a factory defect with the product, we’ll help you get your product replaced or fixed and we will cover the labor to do so for up to five years from your installation date. Some window manufacturers will only cover the product warranty, so if something goes wrong, you could still be on the hook for the cost of labor to fix the issue, and that can add up fast.

You might have the impression that a window manufacturer probably has the very best installation crews to put your windows or doors in. The comparison we would like to point out is that many of our competitors sub out their work while TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors utilize in-house production teams. This helps us control our quality with your install. In fact, we utilize a bonus structure with our production teams that place value on not having any call-backs. In other words, we are trained to do it right the first time. We are a Pella Certified Platinum Elite contractor, meaning we are in the top 1% of sales worldwide and we have years of window and door installation experience to show for it.

Whole Home Remodeling With TrueSon

One thing that sets us apart from our window and door competition is that we can do everything. We are a whole-home remodeling company. If your project turns into more than just windows and doors, we’ve got you covered. We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, doors, decks, kitchens, bathrooms, additions and remodeling. We have a wealth of experienced project specialists and production team leaders that have your investment in mind–we are more than windows and doors. 

TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors is a Pillar in the Community

We are locally owned and operated. That means, if you do have an issue, you don’t have to search for a contact that might be out of state to come fix your issue. We are a phone call away. Your business also means a lot to us. We care about the communities we serve because we live here too. TrueSon can boast over 12+ years of business with a stellar reputation for being the best, and that’s not by accident. Our communities trust us to conduct business the right way. You can count on TrueSon to bring you the best quality, but in those rare instances where we might make a mistake, you should also rest easy knowing we have a reputation for fixing things and making things right for our customers.

If you want more information on replacing your windows or doors, reach out for a reliable assessment so that you can make educated investments into your home.

A Perfectly Built Quarterly Newsletter

Read The Issue

Cheers to to the TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors second ever issue of On the Level! This issue will have a little more content, a little more in-depth analysis, and a whole lot of the same stuff that makes us who we are. I’ve poked the experts enough that they are starting to avoid me in the hallway (mostly joking).

We’ve got everything from a 2022 outlook to a guide on replacing windows in your home. We even grabbed our in-house hunting expert to provide some quick tips for Turkey Hunting this Spring. And if you can’t find what you are looking for here, please know that you can always reach out to me and we’ll
try to fit it in the next issue!

Condensation Chart That shows what could be going wrong when you see condensation on your windows
Illustration of how condensation can occur in the colder months. Considering Home Window Replacement? We've got your covered.

How do I know when it's time to replace my home windows?

When Fall and Winter weather starts ganging up on the those summer days, a person can learn a lot about their home if they know what they are looking for. Have you ever seen the windows in your home start sweating (condensation)? This may or may not be an issue related to your window's efficiency. A common misconception is that a window that sweats should be replaced, when in actuality you might just have a very humid house. If there is fogging in between window panes, this could indicate a faulty seal. When you walk by your windows do you feel a draft? If yes, you probably need to have someone come out and look at your windows.

Home window replacement can seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help. Josh, resident window and doors expert at TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors, Columbia Missouri says homeowners should answer some questions before they jump into a window replacement project.

In short, there are plenty of reasons to look into having your windows replaced, but if you are considering an upgrade, let us help guide you!

How long do home windows last?

Most window professionals believe a quality window should last 15-20 years. Getting straight to the point, windows haven't aged well in the past. The technology in just a short amount of time has really improved over the last 10-20 years. Even the cheapest windows made today are likely better than that 20-year-old window I your home. Improved energy efficiency and build quality are one thing, but even the best windows simply wear out over time.

Should I replace my windows if I plan to sell my home?

Believe it or not, the internet can be a wonderful resource. Take, for example, the various cost vs. value reports like the one Zonda releases yearly that can be found at places like www.remodeling.hw.net. Their data supports that window replacement is No. 3 for greatest return on investment for homeowners for exterior projects (replacing garage door is No. 1 and replacing siding is No. 2).

While the initial sticker shock of buying all new windows might be difficult to get past, replacing windows brings a 69% of cost recovered on resale which is really good. And you are likely to see real savings on your utility bills with new windows. Do you plan to stay in your home for a while? I mean no disrespect to the next owner of your home, but I'm not sure you'll get your return if you plan to move within a year or two of replacing windows.

Will replacing home windows make my home more energy efficient?

My wife drives a Prius. And one time she caught air jumping some damned railroad tracks - somewhere rural Missouri (true story). That was intense! It felt so wrong, yet so right at the same time. I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but maybe just to say "I get it". And as much as I didn't want her to buy a Prius initially, I have grown really fond of being able to drive anywhere in America on a full tank of gas. Windows are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home therefore extending the mileage of your paycheck.

Did you know if you live within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri you are eligible for a free residential energy assessment? Someone will come to your house for an onsite visit. They will look at your habits, equipment and structural issues so you can figure out just how good (or bad) your windows and doors are performing. They do this really cool air-tight test that checks for drafts in your home. You can find more information by calling them at (573) 441-5528.

Does my home insurance cover the cost of replacing windows?

We generally see windows being covered out of pocket by homeowners. Barring any natural accident of the weather-related variety, windows aren't typically covered under home insurance if they are just "old". Normal "Wear & Tear" isn't a category insurance generally covers. Insurance won't take into account the efficiency of your window, or the quality of the window in most cases.

Does a Home Warranty cover the cost of replacing windows?

This is a great question! The simple answer is, all home warranties vary. It would be best to check with your realtor or facilitator of your Home Warranty.

What type of window material should I choose?

There are generally 3 types of windows: vinyl, fiberglass and wood. Here are some things to consider for each:

Vinyl Windows

Fiberglass Windows

Wood Windows

What should you look for in a home window?

There are several factors here that one should consider. We highly recommend being diligent in your research if you are considering replacing windows. You will want to find a window brand that has been in the business for a while. A quality window will have a solid warranty but a warranty is no good if a company doesn't stay in business. You should find a company that puts their windows through rigorous testing, especially if you experience all the seasons in your area. What happens when it's 75 degrees one day an 30 the next? There are several manufacturers that fit this mold, but let me tell you why TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors likes to use Pella Windows and Doors.

TrueSon is an Elite Platinum Pella Certified Contractor Window Installer

The fact that TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors is an Elite Platinum Certified Contractor puts us in the top 1% of Pella's sales, nationwide. This means Pella values the work we do and they want to help maintain that relationship with us. Since 1925(you read that right), Pella has been one of the leading residential and commercial window and door leaders in the industry. Pella has been awarded more than 150 product and design patents which tells us they are always on the cutting edge. Pella is backed by one of the best warranties in the window and door business with a limited lifetime warranty which pairs well with the TrueSon Installation/Labor warranty.

The bottom line is that Pella is a brand that will always be there for your biggest investment. Whether that means finding a part for a window, new technology to keep up with the demand of energy efficient products, or trying to find that stylish look that Pella is also known for. It means that if you do your window or door business with TrueSon, you're going to have a quality product with a phenomenal warranty also backed by a labor warranty in a local company you can trust! Contact us today through our easy-to-use contact form!

Window Installation Near Me. Home Window Replacement Near Me. Pella Certified Contractor.
TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors Elite Platinum Certified Pella Contractor

Hurricane Clip - Construction Term or Band Name?

The actual meaning: Metal straps that secure the roof rafters and trusses to the top horizontal wall plate.

Verdict: I can't get the image of my wife jumping things in her Prius out of my head. "Hurricane Clip" is the perfect rap name for someone that has reached a certain level of street credit in the Prius game. "Hurricane Clip" spitting bars and jumping cars.

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We are always looking for skilled workers with a strong work ethic that are self-motivated and can
thrive in a family environment.

Must be hard working and reliable and have your own vehicle to drive to and from job sites.

Preferred but not required:

NOTE: We will provide on the site job training for the right fit!

At TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors we offer all of our employees the following:

Call 573-442-7292 or come by our office M-F 9am – 4:30pm.

Warranties Are Dumb, Until They’re Not

We’ve all been there.  You finally pull the trigger on that expensive item you’ve been saving for.  Not even a year down the road, the item fails!  Luckily, you have that small peace of mind because you bought the warranty.  Only to play the “who’s going to fix it, the store or manufacturer” game.  It is maddening! 

Believe it or not, I have a Blog Pledge written on the whiteboard in my office.  Part of that pledge is to be true to myself and true to our readers.  When I say I have little to no faith in the word “warranty” or “guarantee”, this is the truth.  I owe it to you to be honest about the topic.  I can’t tell you how many times I have allowed someone to tack on an additional line item on my receipt for an extended warranty just to be completely let down when I needed that warranty the most.  So how reliable is a warranty in the construction world?  I’m learning that just like everything else, the devil could be hiding in the details.  I want to help you avoid some potential pitfalls in the construction world.  To help this process, I am going to include a 10 Questions Every Homeowner Should Ask About Their Construction Warranty below that you can utilize the next time you meet with a contractor.  This can serve as a jumping off point for really great dialogue between you (the Owner), and any company you might work with on your next project.

What makes a Limited Lifetime Warranty… Limited?

That’s a fair question, right?  First, let’s start with the word “Lifetime”.  This definition varies among manufacturers.  Lifetime can mean for as long as you own the home or the life expectancy that the manufacturer assigns to that particular item.  Ask for clarification!  Let’s say “Lifetime” means for as long as you own the home.  I like this scenario, if I have no immediate plans to move.  What happens if you move?  It’s good to ask if that warranty is transferable to help the next person down the line.  What happens if you just bought a home that has recently been updated with a new roof or new windows?  Many of these Lifetime warranties can be transferred to a new owner, but usually only once, and that process usually comes with a 30 - 60-day deadline from the purchase date of your home.  Meaning, you would need to work with the original homeowner and/or realtor and have them help you transfer that warranty to you, and within the allotted timeline before it expires.  If you are buying a home, check for a list of updates the homeowner may have recently made to the home.  If new items exist, consider asking if anything is still under warranty so you can see if it can be transferred to the new buyer.  You would be surprised at how many times this step falls through the cracks!

What if “Lifetime” means the life expectancy that the manufacturer assigns to that particular item?  I encourage you to get an understanding of what that specifically means.  Maybe it’s a 15-year shingle on your roof?  That means the manufacturer is stating that the shingle is only expected to last 15 years.  Anything past the 15-year mark is no longer covered or could be prorated, depending on age at the time it needs to be replaced.  Who knew just one word could be so confusing?  But we aren’t done yet!


Let’s look at the word “Limited” in Limited Lifetime Warranty.  Limited could mean that the manufacturer only honors certain parts of an item under this warranty.  It’s absolutely worth asking for clarification on this point.  When it comes to windows, there could be a lot of moving parts.  This is important because maybe that limited warranty only includes the locking or opening mechanisms.  Limited could also mean that the labor is not included even if a part is covered under the warranty.  It’s really worth diving into the weeds to figure out what those limitations are under the limited warranty! 

Things You Should Know About Construction Labor Warranties

Labor Warranties are another way to hopefully put the consumer at ease, and protect your investment.  Labor warranties cover the workmanship of someone like TrueSon contracted to install the project.  Like everything else mentioned above, you really do have to read the fine print.  TrueSon Exteriors | Interiors, Columbia MO utilize a FREE 5-Year Express Workmanship Warranty.  This warranty warrants the installation of products to be free from defects in workmanship from the date of installation of the product for a period of five (5) years thereafter.  This means we agree to repair or replace, without cost to the Owner(s), any defective work and any damages cause by faulty workmanship and/or faulty installation done by TrueSon Exteriors or by persons under contract to TrueSon Exteriors for five (5) years following completion.  If you read through our warranty, we are specifically talking about the workmanship, again, not to be confused with defects from the manufacturer which would be covered under a manufacturer’s warranty. 

TrueSon Exteriors | Interiors Labor Warranty can be found Here


As I read through our warranty, I have to admit, I was looking for any loopholes that could spell bad news for the homeowner.  I’m just not finding any.  To sum it up, the TrueSon warranty is straightforward and based on common sense.  TrueSon isn’t going to cover something under the Labor warranty that was caused by neglect from a homeowner.  They aren’t going to cover something that was caused by “an act of God” – you would probably need to check with your insurance.  TrueSon also won’t cover all of the siding of your home if we are called out to repair a couple pieces (if we weren’t the original installers of your siding).  We can put a bandage on your repairs, but we aren’t going to cover projects we didn’t originally install under our warranty if we’re just helping to fix an issue we didn’t create.  One item of note that I find extremely important is that the owner is to provide notice within thirty (30) days of discovery of the alleged defects and prior to performing any permanent repair by the Owner or some other entity and/or person.  In other words, TrueSon doesn’t want a problem to be ignored and neglected which could potentially exacerbate the issue, making it worse.  And they don’t want you to try and permanently fix it yourself or have someone else do it, before our team can verify it’s a workmanship issue and provide the fix ourselves.  The issue here is that a permanent fix over our workmanship could make identifying the initial cause extremely difficult.

*It should be noted that this blog is in no way a substitute of the verbiage in the signed warranty.  This blog is not a legal document.

Why the TrueSon Construction Labor Warranty is Special

TrueSon Exteriors | Interiors, Columbia MO just celebrated a pretty big achievement recently for winning Gold as The Best Home Remodeling Company in Columbia, Missouri.  This award is presented by Inside Columbia Magazine’s issue – The Best of Columbia.  If you aren’t familiar, this award is a pretty big deal in our city.  It takes being nominated and then a public vote to be recognized.  A bit of a “humble brag”, but this achievement was built on a decade + of hard work and dedication to our customers.  Afterall, it was our customers that voted. 

Over this past decade, TrueSon has vetted the best vendors and suppliers for the products and materials we use.  If you buy a Pella window or door, you are buying a product that is backed by a great company.  They take care of their customers with an outstanding warranty, and they do a great job of taking care of us when we need to step in and help a customer with their product.  The same can be said about LP Siding.  The LP Siding brand is a brand we trust because they are going to take care of their customer and the quality of their product speaks for itself.  And at the end of the day, if you are a customer of TrueSon, we are going to take care of you to the best of our ability.  The best way to foster great relationships is to do what other companies aren’t willing to do, and that’s what we do with our Labor warranty.  One of the best things about our TrueSon Labor warranty is that it is FREE!  We aren’t tacking on any additional fees for this warranty.  It’s standard because we stand behind the work we do, and we’ve been here a long time.  We aren’t going anywhere.

I’ve mentioned before how important it is to avoid those fly-by-night "Chuck and a truck" companies that promise the world but can’t be found when something goes wrong.  Frankly there are too many of these companies and they do nothing but cause distrust in our industry.   Some of these companies will promise a 10-year labor warranty, but if you do your homework, you’ll see that they’ve only been in business for a year or two.  A labor warranty is only as good as the company that backs it.  If they aren’t going to be around in a few years, your labor warranty is worthless.  Choose a reputable local company to start building a relationship with.  That’s why we are here.  That’s why we are the best in Columbia at Whole-Home Remodeling and Construction.  With that in mind, here is a Questionnaire that can help you through the process, especially if you aren’t in an area TrueSon Exteriors | Interiors, Columbia MO serves.  I hope this helps you find the right company for your project!

10 Questions Every Home Owner Should Ask About Their Construction Warranty

1.     How long is the manufacturer’s warranty?

2.     If a “Lifetime” warranty, can you specify if this means the product is covered for the rest of the home owner’s life, or does this mean the manufacturer has a life expectancy assigned to this product (and how long is that)?

3.     What are the specific limitations of the “Limited Warranty”?

4.     Does the Manufacturer’s Warranty cover all parts or just certain parts?

5.     Who covers the cost of labor or cost of disposal if I have to have something replaced or disposed of under a Manufacturer’s Warranty?

*Remember, things like siding or shingles can really add up if you have to pay for labor and a disposal service

6.     How long has this specific manufacturer been around and what is their reputation?

7.     Why do you prefer this manufacturer or material?

8.     Tell me about a time you’ve had to replace a manufacturer’s defect with this company.

9.     How many times can the warranty be transferred?

a.     If I sell my home, how do I transfer the warranty to the new buyer?

b.     If I buy a home that is still covered under your warranty, how do I transfer it into my name as the new home owner?

10.  Tell me about your Labor Warranty? 

a.     How long have you been in business?

*Hopefully you are choosing a reputable local business to take care of your project like TrueSon Exteriors | Interiors

Addressing these 10 questions will help get you started on the right foot.  This is one of those areas in life where it pays to do your due diligence.  Ask for a copy of everything.  Know the small details of your warranties (Manufacturer & Labor) before diving head first into a major project. The last thing you want to play is the “who fixes it” game, or even worse… the “who pays for it?” game.

Calcareous Clays – Construction Term or Band Name?

The actual meaning: Clays containing at least 15 percent calcium carbonate.

Verdict: If you have more than 1 “Clay” in your band, you should already be using this band name.  In fact, if you don’t have any “Clay(s)” in your band, nobody needs to know.  Just refer to each band member as “Clay 1, Clay 2, etc.” at every show and you will win.  You can’t lose with this band name.

**Want to learn more about a specific topic with me? Let’s have some fun and learn some things together along the way! Reach out to me at jeff@truesonexteriors.com.

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Midwest homeowners are no strangers to extreme seasons and the damage they can cause to our homes. With harsh winter weather looming, there are important steps you can take to protect your home’s exterior. Now is the time to assess your roof’s condition and ensure it is ready to withstand imminent snow and ice. Read our roofers’ top five tips for roof maintenance during your home winterization this year!

Top 5 Roof Maintenance Tips From TrueSon Exteriors’ Roofing Contractors in Columbia, MO

1. Clean gutters and downspouts.

Maintaining clean gutters is an important step in household care, especially before snow and ice accumulate on your roof. Gutters exist to lead water, like rain, melted snow and ice away from your home and roof. If gutters are clogged with leaves, branches and other debris, you could experience significant issues like water damage. 


It’s important to clear your gutters when conditions are not hazardous or icy. Even if the weather is decent, it’s not a bad idea to enlist in a professional to safely do the job for you during a roof inspection. That way you are prepared for when harsher weather hits! Whether you hire help or do it yourself, ensure all debris is gone, the drains and downspouts are unclogged and your gutters are tightly secured.

2. Invest in a roof rake.

Roof rakes are a handy snow removal tool that help relieve your roof from excess weight snow and ice can cause. Plus, they’re easy and safe to use! Just keep a few things in mind: 

Use a roof rake for winter roof maintenance in Columbia, MO.

3. Inspect your attic and ensure it has proper ventilation.

Don’t overlook the important function of your attic when thinking about your roof. During the winter, heat from your home can escape through the attic if it’s not properly insulated and ventilated. You’ll be left with chilly air and higher energy bills as a result. Additionally, your roof can be subject to water damage, shingle issues and the formation of ice dams, which are thick ice ridges indicative of poor ventilation. 


Make sure your attic’s insulation is evenly distributed and air can be circulated properly throughout the seasons. Not sure where to start? Your local roofing company can help! TrueSon Exteriors’ roofers can offer professional expertise, fix ventilation problems and perform roof repair in Columbia, MO.

4. Examine your roof's flashing.

Flashing is a thin material made of aluminum or galvanized metal that’s used in the seams of your roof and around vents, chimneys and skylights. Its primary purpose is to direct water off your roof, preventing it from getting into your home and causing water damage. 


Extreme weather can weaken your flashing and cause it to tear and loosen. In order to prevent costly leaks and water damage from winter snow and ice, it’s important to have your roof’s flashing inspected. This kind of roof maintenance can seem small, but it’s crucial to preventing more expensive roof repairs later down the road. 

Contact a professional mid-Missouri roofer to safely inspect your roof’s flashing and make sure it is sealed tightly enough to prevent your home from damage.

Before winter, have a Columbia, MO roofing contractor inspect your roof's flashing.

5. Get roof repair for any damaged shingles.

Just like flashing, your shingles experience normal wear and tear throughout the seasons. Look for shingles that are curling, loose or missing entirely. If your roof has damaged shingles, it is in your best interest to repair them before winter weather hits. 


Another way to spot damage is to inspect your gutters for granules. Granules are the grainy materials used on shingles to protect them from UV rays and add fire resistance. If they’re rubbing off of your shingles and winding up in your gutters, your roof will be less protected from the elements. 


If you spot any of these signs of shingle damage, call a roofing company quickly. Shingles are an important line of defense on your roof, and you may face leaking and roof replacements if they’re neglected. Call our professional mid-Missouri roofers to inspect your shingles and provide any roof repair you need to prevent further damage.

Choose TrueSon Exteriors as Your Roofing Company in Columbia, MO

Mid-Missouri's Top Roofing Contractors & Roof Repair

Your roof is a huge investment for your property, so taking care of it should be a top priority! The team at TrueSon Exteriors can take care of everything when it comes to your home’s exterior, including roofingsidingwindows and more


Our roofing contractors in Columbia, MO can install and repair any kind of roof, including: 


Please remember to not perform roof inspections yourself if it poses a danger to your safety. It’s better to be safe than sorry and allow a professional to assess your roof’s condition.

In need of an inspection or roof repairs in mid-Missouri? Call our roofing contractors in Columbia, MO for a free estimate on your project! (573) 442-7292

Home improvement projects are incredibly exciting! Whether you’re ready to renovate your outdated kitchen or interested in a home addition, remodeling brings new life to your home. However, the process can quickly turn stressful and burdensome if you don’t have a quality remodeling contractor. Take the time to choose a trustworthy, quality team with the following tips.

5 Tips for Picking the Right Contractor for Home Remodeling in Columbia, MO

1. Ask for recommendations. Turn to your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers for referrals to great remodeling contractors in the area. Chances are at least some of these people have hired a home remodeler recently, or know someone who has. The value of word-of-mouth recommendations and a contractor’s reputation can not be overstated! Get the inside scoop on remodelers in the Columbia area when you talk to friends and family. 


As you begin to look into contractors, consider the following points.

2. Read reviews. An abundance of positive reviews is the true sign of excellence! Once you have a number of contractors in mind, read and compare their reviews. TrueSon Exteriors has several five-star reviews on Google and Facebook for home remodeling services in Columbia, MO. We’re proud to have provided mid-Missouri with great service over the years, and hope you’ll take the time to see what our past customers have had to say!


3. Get detailed bids. 
After you’ve narrowed down your choice of contractors based on word-of-mouth referrals and online reviews, it’s time to get price estimates on your home remodeling project. It’s not a bad idea to get bids from a handful of contractors to see how they compare, especially if your project is a larger investment. 


Bids should be detailed and break down the estimated costs, scope and work schedule for all facets of your project. When choosing your contractor, you should feel very confident in the proposal the chosen contractor provided, and feel assured that no stones have been left unturned. As a courtesy, TrueSon Exteriors provides free estimates on all of our home remodeling projects in Columbia, MO. Whether you need exterior or interior remodeling, our team is happy to visit your home and provide you with an accurate price estimate. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

4. Interview candidates. At this stage in the process, hopefully you’ve gotten to meet some contractors you feel comfortable with and confident in. Before making your final decision, be sure to interview your top candidates about their remodeling process. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most important questions to ask:


5. Ask for referrals. 
Finally, don’t just take contractors’ word for their great service — talk to their customers! In addition to seeing photos of recent projects on contractors’ social media platforms and websites, ask if they have any recent clients who would share their experience or provide a testimonial. This should be the final seal of confidence before selecting your home remodeling team and moving forward!



Columbia's Top Home Remodeling Services

From home additions to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, TrueSon Exteriors is your one-stop shop for home remodeling in Columbia, MO.

The team at TrueSon Exteriors has been providing exceptional remodeling in Columbia, MO for over 10 years. We’re the experts in exterior and interior remodeling, including the following services: 

Why Choose TrueSon Exteriors for Home Remodeling in Columbia, MO?

At TrueSon, we know there is no substitute for quality, and nothing is more important than customer satisfaction. Not only are we thorough in our communication and skilled at our craft, but we also strive to exceed your expectations. We provide an unmatched five-year labor warranty on all of our services to ensure you get the results you deserve. To learn more about our home remodeling in Columbia, MO and schedule a free consultation, contact us today or give us a call at (573) 442-7292!

Seasonal transitions can feel very abrupt in mid-Missouri. One day it feels like summer, and the next it’s brisk enough to put on a parka. It's already started snowing this season, so it's crucial to start winterizing your home if you haven't already. 


Your house’s exterior is the first layer of defense against snow, ice, sleet and bitter cold. Don’t overlook properly winterizing your Missouri home. It’s important for it to be in good enough shape to withstand winter weather and keep your family warm. 


One way you can winterize your home’s exterior is by taking care of your siding. TrueSon Exteriors’ siding contractors in Columbia, MO are here to help you spot potential problems with your siding and complete any home exterior maintenance you may need.

How to Prepare Your Siding for a Mid-Missouri Winter

5 Tips for Home Exterior Maintenance From TrueSon Exteriors

1. Thoroughly clean your home's siding

It’s likely your siding accumulated dirt and other built-up debris over the course of spring, summer and early fall. During winter months, melting snow and ice create growing conditions for mildew, mold and other unpleasant problems. Get ahead of these issues by scrubbing your siding clean both before and after winter. Cleaning your home’s siding may seem unnecessary before snow hits, but it’s something you should do as seasons change to reduce the chances of costly damage. A deep clean won’t just keep your home’s exterior in good condition, it’ll also boost your home’s beauty ahead of hosting guests for the holidays. Double win!

2. Check for siding damage

Thoroughly inspect siding by looking for anything out of the ordinary. Cracks, holes, or areas where siding is pulling away from your home are all signs of damage needing attention before the brisk winter months. Not only does this damage cause moisture buildup and rot during wet, snowy months, but it can also lead to worse insulation performance and higher energy bills. Ask the siding contractors at TrueSon Exteriors about insulated vinyl siding and how it can reduce your heating and cooling costs throughout the seasons.

3. Repair damaged siding

Once you’ve spotted signs of damage in your siding, it’s time to get your problems fixed. This may involve siding crack repair with caulk or siding replacement, depending on the extent of the damage and the age of your siding. Contact our professional siding contractors in Columbia, MO to inspect your home’s exterior and determine whether you need siding replacement. We’ll provide you with a free consultation and ensure your home has durable, high-quality siding to get you through the changing seasons for years to come.

4.  Clean your home's gutters

Leftover fall leaves clogged in your gutters can cause grimy water to leak down your siding. Not only is this an eyesore, but it can contribute to moisture damage and improper drainage of precipitation. Make sure your gutters stay clean to prevent mold, mildew, foundation damage and other structural issues.

5. Trim overhanging vegetation

Another way you can prevent moisture from accumulating on your siding is by clearing nearby debris and plants. Overgrown trees branches or plants can not only break and fall onto your home during storms, but they can also drip melting snow and ice onto your siding, causing moisture damage.

Need a Siding Replacement for Your Columbia, MO Home? TrueSon Exteriors Can Help!

The professionals at TrueSon have been installing siding in mid-Missouri for over a decade.

If you’re worried about your siding’s performance during winter months or have spotted extensive damage, it may be time for new siding. TrueSon Exteriors’ siding contractors in Columbia, MO have extensive experience in siding installation. We can install different types of modern siding, including vinyl siding, one of the most popular choices for homeowners. Vinyl siding is low-maintenance, affordable, beautiful, and even can be insulated! Contact our team of exterior contractors to discuss any questions you may have and install siding built to withstand diverse weather.

Other Ways to Winterize Your Mid-Missouri Home's Exterior

Cleaning and inspecting your siding is just one way you can perform home exterior maintenance. Missouri homeowners should also be aware of necessary roofing and window repairs ahead of winter months. 


Leaky roofs can cause major moisture damage and heating and cooling issues, no matter what season it is. Similarly, outdated or poorly-insulated windows can cause chilly drafts and increased energy bills. The team at TrueSon Exteriors will inspect your home’s entire exterior and provide the right roofing and window replacement solutions for your home. As you begin your home winterization efforts, contact our team with any questions or help with your home’s exterior!

Need help winterizing your home? TrueSon’s exterior contractors in Columbia, MO can help with siding, roofing, windows and more. Call 573-442-7292 today!

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