Consider the Benefits of Off-Season Home Improvement Projects

Consider the Benefits of Off-Season Home Improvement Projects

Spring and summer are popular seasons for home improvement projects, which is why tackling these projects in the winter may be a good idea. While it may seem that more people tend to relax and stay warm inside their homes during this cold season, home improvement professionals are in business year-round. Winter is an excellent time to catch these busy professionals at a time of year when they may have room in their schedule for your project.

Here are a few projects to consider during this winter season:

Get a new roof. Even though winter and roofing can seem counterintuitive, replacing your roof in the winter may make the most sense. The light schedule might just be your ticket into getting your roof replaced before the peak seasons of spring and summer.

Replace your windows. If your windows need replacing, winter reminds you of it every day, so why not tackle it now? It might take a little longer as the contractor takes steps to minimize heat loss in your home, but you will feel the results as soon as the job is done.

Paint a room. Spending more time indoors might draw your attention to dingy walls. For the “do-it-yourselfer,” the dry winter air makes it an ideal time to paint. If you don’t want to do the painting yourself, you may find a few painting contractors with openings in their calendars. Make sure the walls and the paint are warm enough so that the paint will stick well. Paint cans will tell you the temperatures for best adhesion.

Refinish wood floors. As with painting, you will want to somewhat ventilate to manage the fumes from the product that the refinisher will use. If you plan to stay in your home during the project, be sure to check out refinishers who use sandless techniques.

Tackle your fading landscape. In the Upstate, our winter weather is generally not that harsh. Now is a great time to contract with a landscaper to build the hardscape you have been planning, or to renovate your lawn.

Start Planning for the Southern Home and Garden Show
The professionals who can help you with your home improvement projects will be exhibiting at the Southern Home and Garden Show March 1-3 at the Greenville Convention Center. Make plans to attend now by visiting

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FTC Warns Replacement Window Marketers to Review Marketing Materials; Energy Savings Claims Must Be Backed by Scientific Evidence

The Federal Trade Commission warned 14 window manufacturers and one window glass manufacturer that they may be making unsupported energy savings claims for replacement windows. The warning letters are part of an FTC effort to ensure that environmental marketing is truthful and based on solid scientific evidence.

Each letter states that the FTC reviewed the company’s website and found claims similar to those challenged in administrative complaints the FTC filed earlier this year against five companies. Those companies agreed to orders barring them from making exaggerated and unsupported claims about their windows’ energy efficiency and how much money consumers could save on their energy or heating and cooling bills by having them installed.

The warning letters highlight claims that consumers will save more than 30 percent on their energy or heating and cooling bills by installing replacement windows. The letters state that the FTC has made no determination whether the companies are violating the law, but urge the recipients to review their marketing materials with the following in mind:

  • Energy-savings claims must be backed by scientific evidence.
  • Be specific about the type of savings consumers can expect.
  • Avoid deception when making “up-to” claims.
  • Avoid deception when selecting home characteristics for modeling.
  • Clearly and prominently disclose any assumptions.
  • Exercise care in using testimonials or “case studies.”
  • Manufacturers may be liable for misleading or unsubstantiated claims made to dealers or retailers, in addition to claims made directly to consumers.

The letters were sent to glassmaker Cardinal Glass Industries and window manufacturers Acadia Windows & Doors Inc., Nationwide Window & Siding Corp., Newpro, Pace Window & Door Corp., Pal Windows, Ringer Windows, Sierra Pacific Windows, SureGuard Windows, SwissShade & Security, Inc., Thompson Creek Window Company, Value Windows & Doors, Vytex Windows, Weather Shield (and its glassmaking component), and West Window Corp.
To learn about factors affecting the energy savings replacement windows are likely to provide, read Shopping for New Windows.

The Commission vote to publicly disclose the warning letters was 5-0. Copies of the letters can be found on the FTC’s Web site at