Winter Remodeling Ideas in Salem Oregon


 Winter remodeling should have a purpose that corresponds with the season. 

 If you have a home improvement project and it is getting into the winter season, this may be the best time to get started.

Busy Contractors Might Be More Available

With V.A. and Sons Construction, we get booked up in the summer months, and after the summer we have more time for selected projects. We have more flexibility with dates, and once accepted, can focus our attention on your project to get it completed sooner than later.

Discounts on Materials

In addition to materials being more available and in stock, we offer discounts on these in our projects. We can pass through some savings to you and help keep the cost of the overall project lower.

Permits Might Get Approved Faster

Fewer permits are applied for in the winter months as as a result delays might be avoided compared to the summer months.

Painting is Better in the Winter Months

New paint can dry faster in winter months and as a result this can also help with your project.

Winterizing Your Home Saves Energy Costs

Energy costs can increase substantially in the winter months with heating. The State of Oregon has some tips for saving energy in heating your home.
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1) Ductless Heat Pumps

Ductless heat pumps, sometimes called mini-split heat pumps, move warm or cool air without needing ductwork. These heat pumps are an efficient option for homes with baseboard heating.

Make it efficient: a good measure of efficiency for ductless heat pumps is a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) rating. Aim for a rating of 10.0 or higher. You can also search for efficient models in the AHRI Directory .

 2) Air-sourced ducted heat pumps
Air-sourced ducted heat pumps move air around existing ductwork, but use significantly less energy than furnaces. 

Make it efficient: a good measure of efficiency for heat pumps is a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) rating. Aim for a rating of 9.5 or higher.

 3) Check Your Furnace Efficiency

Furnaces ​heat air using electricity, natural gas, or other fuel, and distribute the heated air throughout a home using ductwork. Upgrading to an efficient furnace can save energy and money. 

Make it efficient: A furnace is rated by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score. The AFUE measures how efficiently a furnace uses its fuel. For example, an AFUE of 95 percent means that 95 percent of the energy in the furnace's fuel becomes heat for the home (the other 5 percent escapes up the chimney or elsewhere).

4) Insulation
Insulation saves energy and improves comfort, keeping your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. Home performance contractors can assess your home and recommend cost-effective insulation and air leak sealing.

Make it efficient: insulation is assigned an R-value, which is a measure of thickness. The higher the R-value, the better! Aim for a minimum R-38 for attics, R-30 for floors, and R-21 for walls. 

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Windows - The Photo Above Shows Energy Loss
from Milguard Windows - How Window Performance Improves Energy Efficiency

"The red areas demonstrate that this house is losing most of its heat through the windows. Generally, heat loss occurs in three ways: infiltration, natural ventilation, and mechanical ventilation.

  1. “Infiltration” occurs when outdoor air flows into the house through openings, joints, and cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, and around windows and doors.
  2. In “natural ventilation”, air moves through open windows and doors.
  3. “Mechanical ventilation” systems circulate fresh air using ducts and fans, rather than relying on airflow through small holes or cracks in a home's walls, roof, or windows.[1]

Air movement associated with infiltration and natural ventilation is caused by air temperature differences between the indoors and outdoors, and by the wind.

The air exchange rate, which is the rate at which outdoor air replaces indoor air, can be low and pollutant levels can increase when there is little infiltration, natural ventilation, or mechanical ventilation." from Milguard = https://www.milgard.com/blog/how-window-performance-improves-building-comfort-and-energy-efficiency

Making Your Winter Remodel Happen

Contact V.A. and Sons Construction for a free estimate.
Remodeling Salem Oregon, one home at a time.

503-851-5279

 

Remodeling Salem Oregon - Licensed Contractor since 1996

Looking for a "Contractor Near Me"?

Welcome to V.A. and Sons Construction web site. On this site you can order a free estimate, learn more about our variety of services with remodeling, and read testimonials from Salem residents about our work.
Testimonial
"
After getting 6 repair/painting bids for residing and painting our West Salem home, we chose VA & Sons Construction and are so pleased with our choice and their work. Their bid was thousands less than any of the others, very complete and easy to understand. Communication between the time they were hired and the time the job started was great. When work started Gene's crew showed up on time every day, worked diligently all day and cleaned up every evening before leaving. The finished job was done on a very timely basis and final clean up was excellent. My wife and I highly recommend VA & Sons Construction. They will certainly be our FIRST call whenever future work is needed on our house. Again THANK YOU GENE MAKARENKO AND YOUR EXCELLENT CREW FOR A JOB WELL DONE."

Ten Tips for Kitchen Remodeling


With the virus crisis going on and many deciding to stay in their homes for an extended period of time, it might be a good time to have the kitchen remodeled if it has been on your mind for a while. Here's ten tips to help keep your samity in the process.

1) Plan early - Remodeling professionals get busy as we get into the "remodeling season" - Spring and Summer - by starting now with the planning process, you will get an edge on the best times for scheduling.

2) Do your research before meeting with a remodeling contractor the first time. The more ideas that you have and questions, the more you will get out of the meeting. There are so many variables involved. Make sure that your preferences and general ideas are at least in formation.

3) Don't get bogged down with details. Yet. Planning is important, but don't worry about all the details until you have met with a remodeling contractor. Once you have some feedback on options and ideas, then the details will start to become more important.



4) Details of  Materials. Don't sweat the details of materials yet until you have an idea of what the project involves. Ideas and plans change sometimes once you have a meeting. Materials can be discussed after the overall project is established. You may have a preference for a certain material. Great ! Bring that up in the first meeting.


5) Review the remodeling contractor's background. Do a CCB check with the State of Oregon. What about testimonials and reviews? What is your general impression of professionalism after your first interview?


6) Look at the web site. You can see completed projects on the remodeling company web site. These will provide an idea of the quality of work, and the diversity of projects that the contractor has. Read the About Us section page of the site. Usually, it provides some good background information.



7) Ask for references. Clients, real estate brokers, the Builders Association. If you feel a need to do some due diligence, these are a few ideas to help in the process. 



8) Think of the resale value of your remodeling project. Will it help the resale of your home if and when that happens? Will it increase the value? Kitchens and bathrooms are the most popular remodeling projects for this very reason. Usually they increase value. However, there are also other remodeling projects that can add value to a home. Ask the remodeling contractor about some ideas.


9) Baby Boomer Friendly. Since many home buyers will be baby boomers who are downsizing and possible relocating, does your home make it easier for this target market?  Accessibility is a big plus for buyers who need these features. Ask how and why your home can be more "baby boomer friendly".



10) Enjoy the process. Making changes in your home is not just for resale and baby boomers, but your own enjoyment and lifestyle. enjoy the process from start to finish. Having the right remodeling professional will also make this a reality rather than a possibility.

Need a free estimate? Save up to 40% on materials. 503-851-5279
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About V.A. and Sons Construction

We are an established and preferred remodeling contractor favored by both homeowners and realtors in the Salem area.

> Established and doing business in the Salem area since 1996

> We are family owned and operated

> We have established three construction businesses,
including Comfort Homes LLC, well known in the area for new construction.

> We started out with remodeling, siding, windows, and painting, and over time we have become experienced in building homes from start to finish, so we can handle any project that you need.


Siding Contractor - Salem, Oregon

Looking for a "Siding Contractor Near Me?"


  As a  Preferred Contractor with JamesHardie, the Most recognized Siding Manufacturer, we offer free estimates for your Siding needs.

"V.A. and Sons replaced the siding on my house and painted the entire house. They did an outstanding job. Gene and his crew were courteous and considerate. They completed the job quickly and the price was very reasonable. Much lower than the estimates that I had received from other contractors. I was having difficulty selecting colors for the house and Gene provided helpful advice. I love the job that they did."

V.A. and Sons Construction combines years of siding installation experience, an excellent reputation, and top quality products to continue to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations for their siding projects.


We provide the full range of siding solutions and help you to make an informed decision on what works the best for your needs and budget. We have experience with a large selection of James Hardie Hardieplank siding products.
James Hardie developed the most popular form of siding – cement board – and continues to develop products that meet consumer needs for sustainability and protection

We also handle shake, window trim, corners and belly bands all made out of fiber cement. In addition to cement siding we can install masonry , brick, real stucco, cultured stone, and real stone. On house fronts and fireplaces, we also do tile, granite and marble.
Green Siding - As more and more homeowners become focused on materials that are sustainable, this becomes  important in an element of a home that protects it from moisture, mold, and water damage, especially in a wet state like Oregon.

  One product that is favorable for a wet climate like Oregon is HardieBacker™, with MoldBlock™ Technology – that offers the most comprehensive and flexible strength available, while providing superior protection against moisture and mold damage. James Hardie products are as close to “Green” as you can get in a building material used for siding. The ingredients are easily renewable and they last longer than other products.

FREE ESTIMATE - Call 503-851-5279 or send in a request form

Looking for a Painting Contractor in Salem, Oregon ?

Professional Interior and Exterior Painting
It's all about color, texture, coating and especially, a professional job. You deserve it and we provide it !

A newly painted room can make a huge difference in the look and feel of the room. Thanks to our network of professional painting contractors in the area who we know do the best job, we can provide you with the interior or exterior painting solutions either stand alone or as a part of a remodeling project.


Professional house painting is becoming even more important for many homeowners because of the combination of aesthetic enhancement of interior colors as well as the curb appeal of an exterior paint.


At V.A. and Sons Construction, we combine years of contracting painting projects as a Salem Oregon painting contractor, an excellent reputation, and top quality products to continue to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations for their painting projects.
What is the best brand that we recommend ? How you can receive it at a discount ? 
Read our blog 

Salem Painting Contractor Uses Sherman Williams with Reduced Costs about why we use this brand and can provide reduced costs to homeowners. full story >
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Welcome to V.A. and Sons Construction Inc.

Welcome
to V.A. and Sons Construction web site. On this site you can order a free estimate, learn more about our variety of services with remodeling, and read testimonials from Salem residents about our work.

May 1, 2020 testimonial
"
After getting 6 repair/painting bids for residing and painting our West Salem home, we chose VA & Sons Construction and are so pleased with our choice and their work. Their bid was thousands less than any of the others, very complete and easy to understand. Communication between the time they were hired and the time the job started was great. When work started Gene's crew showed up on time every day, worked diligently all day and cleaned up every evening before leaving. The finished job was done on a very timely basis and final clean up was excellent. My wife and I highly recommend VA & Sons Construction. They will certainly be our FIRST call whenever future work is needed on our house. Again THANK YOU GENE MAKARENKO AND YOUR EXCELLENT CREW FOR A JOB WELL DONE."

  Winter remodeling should have a purpose that corresponds with the season.   If you have a home improvement project and it is getting into ...