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2015 St. Louis Home & Garden Show

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February 26th – March 1st

Come see our display at booth 4013!

The St. Louis Builders Home & Garden Show is produced by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, and is one of the largest quality consumer home shows in North America. The Show has been in existence for more than 35 years, and is the place for area consumers to see, touch, compare and buy everything they need for their homes, yards and gardens. Approximately 500 exhibitors in 1,800 booths fill almost 400,000 square feet of America’s Center in downtown St. Louis to create this must-see event!

The Builders Home & Garden Show is actually six complete shows in one – Lawn & Garden, Pool & Spa, Kitchen & Bath, Interior Design, Green Products and Building Products. This massive show gives visitors the chance to shop all the newest and best products and services that are available in the marketplace. Exhibitors and sponsors have an opportunity to put their product or service in front of tens of thousands of potential customers at this high-quality event.

The six showcase areas offer a great shopping experience. Enormous feature gardens, local and national celebrity speakers and family fun areas are just a few of the reasons this show is a must-see.

2014 St. Louis Home & Garden Show

37th Annual Home & Garden ShowHome Builders Association

March 6th – March 9th

Come see our new and expanded roofing display at booth 3426!

The St. Louis Builders Home & Garden Show is produced by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, and is one of the largest quality consumer home shows in North America. The Show has been in existence for more than 35 years, and is the place for area consumers to see, touch, compare and buy everything they need for their homes, yards and gardens. Approximately 500 exhibitors in 1,800 booths fill almost 400,000 square feet of America’s Center in downtown St. Louis to create this must-see event!

The Builders Home & Garden Show is actually six complete shows in one – Lawn & Garden, Pool & Spa, Kitchen & Bath, Interior Design, Green Products and Building Products. This massive show gives visitors the chance to shop all the newest and best products and services that are available in the marketplace. Exhibitors and sponsors have an opportunity to put their product or service in front of tens of thousands of potential customers at this high-quality event.

The six showcase areas offer a great shopping experience. Enormous feature gardens, local and national celebrity speakers and family fun areas are just a few of the reasons this show is a must-see.

Contracting and Hiring Contractors Infographic

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36th Annual St. Louis Home & Garden Show

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February 21st – February 24th

Don’t forget to visit St. Louis Gutter & Siding at booth 3504!

The St. Louis 36th Annual Builders Home & Garden Show returns to America’s Center Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24. One of the largest quality consumer home shows in North America, the Home & Garden Show is the place to see, learn about and buy the latest home products and services from reputable companies you can trust. The show is produced by the Home Builders Association.

The Builders Home & Garden Show is actually six shows in one, showcasing the latest in Lawn & Garden, Kitchen & Bath, Interior Design, Pool & Spa, Building Products and Green Products. Nearly 500 exhibitors in 1,800 booths fill nearly 400,000 square feet and provide consumers with an excellent buying opportunity, competitive pricing and side-by-side comparison between companies.

Welcome spring as you stroll through six beautiful feature gardens filled with fabulous flowers, water features and the newest ideas for your garden. And don’t miss the centerpiece of the feature garden area – the Amazing Living Fountain! This mesmerizing entertainment experience returns to the Show to captivate visitors. The haunting music begins, and with magical elegance, a statue of a beautiful woman animates into a living fountain. Delicate jets of water appear from her fingertips and a shimmering halo cascades from the crown of her head in this beautifully choreographed display.

Visit the Belgard Landscapers Challenge to see a stunning landscape built with Belgard hardscapes. Show visitors can dream of a new outdoor living space and register to win a $6,000 brick oven for their own yard. Learn how to create the yard and garden you’ve always dreamed of by attending seminars at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Green Thumb Theater. Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson will bring his own brand of frank, humorous gardening know-how to the show in seminars about container gardening, landscape design, and common gardening myths and the mayhem they cause! Additional experts will present seminars about vegetable gardening and enhancing your home’s curb appeal.

Learn how you can save money, breathe easier and help the environment at the GeoComfort Green Products Pavilion & Stage. Get information from nearly 20 companies and attend informative seminars from local and national experts, including HGTV’s Jeff Wilson. Jeff has appeared in nearly 200 episodes on HGTV and diy Network. He also has more than 25 years of experience in home building and remodeling. He will share information about how deep energy retrofits on older homes and buildings can slash energy use by 50-90% and save money and resources. He will also present seminars about green kitchen and bath trends. KMOX Home Answer Man Scott Mosby will reveal the best place to spend your home improvement dollars to increase your home’s value and save you money at the same time. And visit the Mosby Solution Center where experts can give you answers to all of your home improvement questions.

The Better Living Theater features seminars on a variety of home improvement topics by local experts. Get valuable information that can help you design or remodel your kitchen or bath. Learn about the newest design ideas and hottest trends for these high-traffic rooms in your home. And identify the countertop styles and materials that will work the best for your home and lifestyle.

The Home Show is always a family-friendly destination. Kids and adults alike will love the Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show. The show offers upbeat, family-oriented music, engaging narration and choreographed routines that will amaze audiences. World-class Frisbee dogs will fly high while catching Frisbees, plus show off fancy footwork and trick dog dancing. Kids will also enjoy the Children’s Garden Club, with free hands-on projects they can make at the Show and take home, brought to the show by St. Louis County Parks. The Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show is sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and all Family Fun areas are sponsored by Suburban Journals.

Don’t plan or remodel your kitchen or bath until you visit the Kitchen & Bath Showcase to see the newest styles and design ideas in cabinetry, appliances, plumbing fixtures and countertops. The Interior Design Marketplace features furniture, window and wall treatments, flooring and accessories from across the country, with many products new to the area. A wide variety of pools and spas are on display and ready for purchase in the Pool & Spa Showcase. The Lawn & Garden Marketplace features the largest selection of lawn equipment and landscape supplies under one roof. See the newest equipment from most major manufacturers. And don’t miss the 11th annual Flower Show for amazing floral design and impressive horticultural specimens. The School Days Flower Show is presented and juried by the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri.

Attendees can register to win the Ultimate Dream Play Backyard from Dream Play Recreation, a $5,000 Value! Your backyard could be transformed into the ultimate playground for your family with this fabulous prize package. Imagine the hours of fun and enjoyment your family can have playing together on a Dream Play Recreation play system, basketball goal and springfree trampoline. The prize package includes installation. Some restrictions may apply.

Show hours are Thursday, February 21 through Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, February 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission price is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages six to twelve, and free for children five and under. Special show discounts are available with coupons from Schnucks. Pre-purchase tickets online to receive $2 off adult admission any show day and included is a full year’s subscription to Better Homes & Gardens (a value of $6).

3,500 parking spaces are available at Laclede’s Landing and the Arch garage. Visitors may park at participating lots for $3-$4 with parking validation and catch a free shuttle to and from America’s Center. The shuttle, sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will run in five-minute intervals throughout the show.

The St. Louis 36th Annual Builders Home & Garden Show is happy to have Dish Network as the Show’s Official Satellite Provider.

For more information, visit www.STLHomeShow.com.

Winter Gutter Maintenance

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Winter has finally arrived and if you haven’t already, it is important to perform certain maintenance steps on your gutters to prevent problems.

  • Unclog. Hopefully, you completed this step before winter set in, but if you didn’t, consider doing this now. If your gutters are clogged, it can restrict water flow, which can build up and freeze in the lower temperatures. This can weigh down your gutters and cause damage.
  • Protect. If you would like to avoid the maintenance of cleaning out your gutters, consider gutter protection options, such as E-Z Step Down, Leaf Relief, or LeaFree.
  • Secure. The weight of ice or snow can also cause your gutters to come loose, so ensuring they are tightly secured is important.
  • Downspouts. Making sure your downspouts are properly aligned is also important, so that water does not end up running down the side of your home.
  • Water Flow. If water is not flowing properly away from your house, it can cause problems. If too much water freezes around your house, it can put pressure on your foundation and even cause minor shifting.

When to Consider Replacing Your Windows

With cooler weather here, it’s important that your windows are in top shape to keep the cold air out and keep your home warm without wasting unnecessary energy. Not sure if it’s the right time to replace your home’s windows? Here are a few things to look for.

  • Check the trim. If your window trim is rotting, missing or cracked, your windows are no longer airtight. Depending on its condition, you may need new trim or new windows.
  • Look for cracked or broken glass. This can be dangerous as well as let the elements into your home. Consider having the broken pane or entire window replaced.
  • Watch for condensation or frost on your windows. Drawing in the condensation on your windows can be fun, but it can also mean it’s time for window replacements to keep your home warm and dry.
  • Gauge the temperature near your windows. If it is colder in the winter or warmer in the summer than the rest of your home, consider replacement windows.
  • How is the ease of use for your windows? If they are very hard to open / close, it could be because of age. The ease of use for your windows isn’t the only thing that can be affected by age – older windows can be drafty, damaged, have rotting trim, etc.

Interested in replacing your windows before the real cold comes to the area? Give us a call at 636-296-8900 for your free estimate.

Quick Tip: Why Choose 3”x 4” Downspouts Instead of 2” x 3” Downspouts

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3×4″ vs. 2×3″ Downspouts

Downspouts are the part of your gutter system that actually carry the water from your gutter down to the ground. A 2”x 3” downspout has a maximum capacity to carry 6 square inches of water at any given time – 2 x 3 = 6. A 3”x 4” downspout can carry a maximum capacity of 12 square inches of water, doubling the drainage capacity of the downspout. So no matter what size your gutters are, if your downspouts cannot drain them quickly enough during heavy rain, they will overflow. Downspouts are “the rubber to the road” of your gutter system.

Copper Downspouts

Copper Downspouts

There are many types and styles of copper downspouts – round, square, smooth, corrugated and custom. Most copper downspouts are made from 16-ounce standard copper, as this is the most common copper used. Downspouts can be made from 20-ounce copper, but this is very expensive. Almost all custom copper downspouts are soldered at each turn (elbow) with 50/50 solder.

To hold the downspouts to the wall, special pipe bands or cleats are used. They vary in size, profile and style. From a very simple flat band to very decorative shapes and sizes, almost anything the mind can think up can be made. The bands are held to the wall with special copper plated screws if going into wood, and pin-bolt drives if going into brick or stone.

Copper downspouts can beautifully accent a copper gutter system.

Leaking Gutters

Leaking Gutters

There are many reasons why you could have overflowing or leaking gutters. Primarily, we find that leaking gutters have occurred as a result of inexpensive caulk that was used to seal the end caps or the miters (the corner pieces that turn either 90 degrees or 45 degrees). There are many kinds of cheap caulks available. We use only Geocel 2300 for the sealing of our end caps and miters. Geocell 2300 is designed to hold in heat or cold, on either extreme.

There are three ways to construct a miter on a gutter for a house. There is the hand tabbed method, where the miter is screwed together by tabbing the pieces together. This method looks clean but can pull apart with expansion and contraction and cause leaking gutters. Then there are pre-fab box miters. These are for the most inexperienced gutter installer. They require sealing the corner in three places. Because they are pre-fab, they do not always match the profile of the actual gutter, and this causes leaking gutters almost from the outset. The best method of doing miters is the strip miter. The strip miter is a narrow piece of aluminum, made to fit the corner as the two pieces of gutter come together. It allows for the actual expansion and contraction and looks very clean and works great. That is the method we use at St. Louis Gutter & Siding, Inc.

Another reason for overflowing or leaking gutters could be the age of the gutters. If the house has had gutters for 15-20 years, the house can shift ever so slightly, thus knocking out the drain possibility in the gutter. At that point then the water will overflow at the closest point where it cannot flow any more. This requires the replacement of guttering to give proper drain.

One last thought. If the gutters have not been cleaned recently, they may have debris in them causing the outlet tube to be clogged and not allowing water to flow into the downspouts. It can be as simple as a small stick and a leaf wedged in the outlet tube to cause them to overflow. Keeping them cleaned and free of debris is important to help avoid leaking gutters. If you have areas that are too high to reach safely for gutter cleaning, gutter protection should be considered.