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Below you will find a collection of news that we have found interesting or useful. Come back often for updates
  • Protect your Home

    Choosing windows for your home can be a daunting task. With so many styles, materials, colours, build qualities and prices to consider you should get expert help when selecting your windows in Winnipeg.

    Winnipeg weather is hard on windows. With some of the most severe climate extremes on the planet, windows in Winnipeg have to both help keep the heat in in winter, and the heat out in summer—no small task!

    Here are three tips to help you select windows in Winnipeg:

    Choose the style. Style has both aesthetic and practical implications. Naturally, you want windows that will enhance the beauty of your home and give it maximum curb appeal. But you also have to consider safety, your lifestyle and the function of each window. For example, casement windows, which hinge at the side and open out with the turn of a handle, are a breeze to open, but don’t work if you plan on installing flower boxes. Awning windows, which are hinged at the top and open from the bottom, are practical for ventilation because they can be left open in moderate rain, but may not be allowed in basement bedrooms where emergency exits are required.

    Select the window frame material. Most window frames today are made of wood, vinyl or aluminum-clad wood. Each has its merits. Vinyl windows are usually the least expensive, require little maintenance and are exceptionally energy efficient. Wood’s unparalleled beauty and warmth make them a favorite, but they tend to be more expensive and require more maintenance. Wood is an excellent insulating material by nature. Aluminum-clad wood windows offer an exceptional variety of colours, making them a designer’s dream. The outside is protected with aluminum and the inside boasts the warmth of wood, which can be painted or stained any number of colours.

    Window glass selection. Today’s window glass selection is a far cry from what it was even 20 years ago. Low-E glass, for example, offers the triple benefit of insulation and UV and infrared reflection. The double or triple glazed windows may be argon-filled to boost the insulating value of the glass. The special transparent coatings on the glass reflect harmful UV rays from the sun which fade interior curtains, carpets and upholstery, and heat the house in summer. In winter this coating reflects infrared rays emitted by warm objects in the house back inside to keep heat in. The double and triple glazing can also help reduce outside noise.

    Selecting the right windows in Winnipeg can be a confounding job. Call us at Nisby Home Renovations and let us help you. We’ve been installing windows in Winnipeg for over 30 years!

    At Nisby Home Renovations we’ll sit down with you and explore all your options when it comes to windows. We even have custom shape, size and finish options to offer you!

    And we’re proudly locally owned and operated. Contact us today and let us help you with your windows!

  • Roof Replacement

    Your roof is not something you think about every day—after all, your home is dry and free from leaks, right? But your roof does deserve some TLC!

    Treat your roof right and it will return the favour—ten-fold. 

    A reputable roofing company in Winnipeg like Nisby Home Renovations can help you determine whether your roof needs replacement. And if it does, we’ll ensure the job is well done, on time and on budget.

    Here are six tips to ensure your roof replacement is a quality job:

    Know your roofers! What is their track record? Are they a seat-of-your-pants operation or are they established with good references? Do they know how to handle an insurance claim if your roof has been damaged by a hail storm or high winds?

    You might not need a replacement, after all! Sometimes all your roof needs is repairs. A reputable roofing company in Winnipeg will let you know your choices clearly—and might save you a bundle in the process if replacement is not necessary!

    Okay, you’ve decided to go ahead with your roof replacement—should you install a new roof over the old one, or start from scratch? Most roofers will recommend spending the extra couple of hundred dollars to remove the old layer of roofing first. This will allow the roofer to examine your decking, valleys, eaves and other elements of your roof, and replace anything that needs to be replaced.

    The extras—that aren’t luxury! Select the best quality roofing materials you can fit in your budget. Also make sure to discuss with your contractor your roof’s ventilation and pay a bit more now to avoid the condensation and rot that can result from inadequate ventilation. A little extra invested today will pay off in the long-run.

    Make sure your roofer is qualified in the required trades. Does he have professional sheet-metal workers to produce quality eaves, drip edges, valleys, fascia and gutters if needed? Does he have qualified carpenters available in case structural elements have to be repaired or replaced?

    Taking out the trash. A quality roofer will not only discuss waste removal with you, but also the steps he will take to safeguard your plants, lawns and driveway. He should commit—in writing—to pick up every last bit of trash before he calls the job done.

    Looking for a quality roofing company in Winnipeg? Call us at Nisby Home Renovations.

    Nisby Home Renovations is locally owned and operated and we’ve been doing quality roofing for over 30 years. We are your go-to roofing company in Winnipeg! 

    What sets us apart from other roofing companies in Winnipeg is that we also do complete home renovations in Winnipeg. This means we will put extra care in doing right by your roof because we want you to call us back for your other home renovation needs in Winnipeg!

    Contact us now and let us help you with your roof!

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    How Siding Can Beautify and Protect Your Home's Exterior

    When considering renovations for your Winnipeg home, siding may not be the first thing you think about. Windows, doors and roofing often get considered first. But did you know that siding can make a huge impact when it comes to both protecting and beautifying your dwelling’s exterior? Here at Nisby Home Renovations, we invigorate old homes with siding options that are both practical and pretty.   

     

    Protection from the elements

    Siding is your Winnipeg home’s first line of defense against the extreme elements our northern climate produces. From snow, hail and extreme winds, to temperatures that drop well below zero, Winnipeggers are incontrovertibly hardy and robust, and their homes need to be as well. Siding is the stalwart armour that keeps cold, moisture and harsh prairie winds out.

     

    ThermoWall Underlayment

    At Nisby Home Renovation we often recommend ThermoWall® as an additional layer of protection for your home. This insulating foam sits underneath your siding, preventing it from buckling. ThermoWall® also helps keep the rooms of your house cozy and warm. You’ll save money on the energy costs that come with heating your home, and as an added bonus, external noises will be dampened. 

     

    Curb appeal

    Siding is a bit like a winter coat. You want it to live up to it’s inherent promise of keeping you warm and dry, but you also want it to look good. Nisby Home Renovations offers a range of siding options that are as fetching as they are functional. These include:

     

    ·         Rock and brick veneers. This siding type is a durable, low maintenance choice. Aesthetically, it suits a wide range of house styles. It is a more costly option but will certainly last a lifetime and beyond.

    ·         Faux stone. More reasonably priced than real stone, but just as appealing and nearly as long lasting. Easy to maintain.

    ·         Engineered wood. Real wood is lovely, but prone to decay, damage, and insect infestations. Engineered wood is designed to circumnavigate these flaws while retaining the beauty of natural wood. It comes in a range of colours and styles, is easy to maintain and durable.

    ·         James Hardie Fiber Cement. A versatile, affordable choice that can mimic the appearance of wood, stucco, or masonry. The life expectancy of fiber cement siding is 25 – 50 years.

     

    How you decide on the right siding for your home will largely depend on two things; budget and taste. The first is a matter of practicality, the second a subject of personal style. When you give us a buzz, we’ll be happy to discuss which options will best suit your home’s needs.

     

    Nisby Home Renovations has provided Winnipeg homeowners siding instalment services for the last 30 years. Our commitment to quality craftsmanship and products has made us an award winning Manitoba company. We stand behind the work we do by offering a two-year guarantee on all workmanship in conjunction with included product warranties. Call us today for a free estimate. 

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    How to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof

    Winnipeg winters are notorious for their sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfalls, leading to snow-capped roofs with icicles hanging from the eaves. It’s a sight as pretty as a postcard, but one that may lead to ice dams that cause roof damage. Many roofing companies love it because it means more bucks in their pockets. But we at Nisby Home Renovations know that ice dams and their ensuing damage can be entirely prevented, if the proper measures are taken.

     

    What exactly is an ice dam, anyway?

    An ice dam is a long unbroken chunk of ice that materializes in the margins of a roof. It forms when a snow covered roof warms due to air escaping from the attic, creating water that becomes ice when it reaches the still cold edges of the roof. That chunk of ice then catches all the new melt-water that drips down. Eventually, the moisture could seep under the shingles and cause damage to the roof. Not a good thing for a home.

     

    Signs you have an ice dam

    So how can you tell if you have an ice dam? Most often, people twig when they notice the internal effects on the ceilings of their home. Indicators include:

     

    ·         A line of condensation appearing on the ceiling

    ·         Mould on the ceiling or elsewhere

    ·         Rust stains

    ·         Peeling paint

    ·         Sagging drywall

    ·         Stains around windows and doors

     

    Unfortunately, by the time you notice the signs of an ice dam, the damage is already done. It’s therefore absolutely in the best interests of your home to take preventative action that can thwart ice dams from forming in the first place.  

     

    Preventive measures

    It may seem counter-intuitive, but the key to keeping your roof free of ice dams is to keep its entire surface cold. The basis for a cold roof is a cold attic. This means taking three important steps that we at Nisby Home Renovations would love to help you apply to your home.   

     

    1.     Ventilate. A well-ventilated attic should both let cold air in, and push warm air out, thereby keeping it nice and cool.

     

    2.     Insulate. Added insulation may be needed to regulate the temperature of your attic.

      

    3. Seal off air leaks. The space between your ceiling and your attic is the most vulnerable to air leaks. Cracks near pipes, chimneys or light switches may also need to be plugged.

     

    At Nisby Home Renovations we offer roofing services throughout Winnipeg. We’ve been providing quality home renovations to Winnipeggers for over 30 years. We stand behind the calibre of our work by offering clients like you warranties on the labour we do to improve your home. Call us today for all your roofing and renovation needs. 

  • Home Renovations in Winnipeg

    Home renovation complaints are the second-most common complaint the Manitoba Consumer Protection office receives.

    Home repairs and renos gone wrong can be a costly nightmare. The provincial government says it has a plan to help, and it comes in the form of a questionnaire.

    It hopes by reviewing your answers it will be able to draw up new rules to protect homeowners.

    There are 16 questions in total. The province wants to know things like, how many permits were needed for your renovation, and who got them?

    The answers will be used to write up future legislation for the province.

    "Has it been good? Has it been so-so? Do they feel like they've been ripped off and taken advantage of by some not very reputable contractors?" said Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux.

    Jim Rutledge of Nisby Home Renovations has been in the contracting business longer than he can remember. He says a consumer should always invest in something they'll be happy with, but over the years, he's seen his fair share of shoddy renovation work.

    "I find a lot of consumers hire a lot of people that aren't really qualified to do the job," he said.

    The Consumer Protection Office says they receive an average of 80 renovation and repair complaints a year from both customers and contractors. Those in the industry say they've needed regulation for a long time.

    "The consumer needs some kind of output and legislation that will protect them in helping them make decisions in renovations and the type of renovations they need," Rutledge said.

    The Consumer Protection Office has recommendations for homeowners looking to make renovations and repairs.

    "Contact different contractors, get different quotations, ask for references, check those references. It's important to have a written contract," said CPO director Gail Anderson.

    The government has already received orders against contractors to repay customers in the past, so there are some provisions in place to protect consumers. The hope now is that further changes could determine when a customer is obliged to pay certain costs to a contractor, but only when certain parts of the job are done.

    The CPO also says a homeowner should never give all their money for the job up front, because there have been stories of contractors disappearing before doing the job.

    To have your input, log on to Consumer Protection Office website or email consumers@gov.mb.ca by March 31.

    Right now there is no timeline as to when or if any legislation will be put in place.

    With a report by Cheryl Holmes


  • Are your gutters and downspouts doing their job?

    Are your gutters and downspouts doing their job?

    It can be easy to forget your home’s rain gutters. They may seem solidly attached and appear to be doing their job properly, but are they? And incidentally, do you know what that job is?

    Mission: protect your home

    At first glance, everything may seem to be flowing along just fine:

     

    ·                          The rain gutters (also known as roof gutters or eavestroughs) show no signs of leakage at their joints.

    ·                          They are perfectly aligned.

    ·                          There are no muddy splash stains on the foundation parging or exterior cladding at the base of the walls (which would indicate surface soil erosion).


    All these are good signs. But they don’t necessarily mean that your gutters and downspouts are fulfilling their primary mission: to collect all water running off the roof and channel it a sufficient distance away from the house and thus protect the foundations from excessive groundwater pressure. Homeowners sometimes misunderstand this essential function, and neglect gutter maintenance. 

    A rain gutter must have one or more downspouts that direct water at least 2 m (6 ft. 6 in.) away from the foundations—into a drainage pit, for example. Otherwise, excess stormwater is likely to flow into the foundation drain.

    When things stop working…

    Overloading of the foundation drain results in the following problems:

     

    ·                          Inside, humidity levels will rise, leading to discomfort, but also water infiltration and efflorescence (whitish deposits) on exposed concrete walls—or, worse, mould.

    ·                          Outside, the soil near the surface of the lawn will be soaked.

    ·                          The foundation drain system will also wear out prematurely: it can be infiltrated and clogged by fine particles or by ferrous ochre (in some sand-soil mixes that are rich in iron).


    For more information on these issues, see the Tips & Tricks instalment Foundation drains: Problems and solutions.

    Preventing problems at the source

    Your house is a system, and roof gutters must properly play their protective role in that system. The following sections provide details of options you can consider to prevent problems at the source.

    Plan A: Connect the downspout to a drainage pit

    This method is very useful for ensuring that rain gutters are fully effective. 

    Also known as a dry well, drainage well, or soakaway pit, a drainage pit is an excavated section of soil partially filled with 20 mm (¾ in.) crushed stone. The pit is connected to the downspout by a length of underground pipe (make sure it is non-perforated). The crushed stone must be covered by geotextile membrane before being backfilled with soil and grassed over.


    Conditions for installation
     

    ·                          The bottom of the pit must be above the groundwater level.

    ·                          The soil around the pit must have high water-absorption capacity.

    ·                          The distance between the pit and the foundation wall must be at least 2 m (6 ft. 6 in.).

    ·                          The pit dimensions must be calculated based on the volume of water that will be channelled there from the downspout.


    In all cases, you must check with your municipality regarding the residential stormwater management standard—for example, compliance with lot lines. 

    Many municipalities strongly recommend that property owners install drainage pits. They cite the following benefits: 

    ·                          Less risk of problems for homes;

    ·                          A reduced burden on wastewater treatment plants and municipal sewer systems;

    ·                          Incentives to build in compliance with sustainability principles.


    Plan B: Direct water from the gutters away from the house by other means

    If a drainage pit is impractical, there are other ways to divert water from your rain gutters and channel it a sufficient distance away from the foundations—to a hedgerow, a vegetable garden, or a flowerbed, for example. These include:

    ·                          Connecting a vinyl extender to the end of the downspout


    This can be a rigid but flexible length of tubing, similar to a clothes-dryer exhaust hose. Another option is a length of plastic tube that retracts, but opens out as soon as water flows down the downspout (the mechanism is similar to that of a children’s party horn).
     

    ·                          Installing a plastic or concrete diverter, also called a splash block


    Water flowing out of the downspout strikes the diverter, which is placed on the ground, and splashes a sufficient distance away from the building.

    ·                          When possible, extending the downspout by means of an elbow and sloping section that directs water farther away onto the lawn


    A fence running away from a corner downspout can be used to support such an extension.

    ·                          Connecting a downspout to a rainwater collection barrel


    The water can then be used to irrigate flowerbeds, a vegetable garden, etc.

     

  • IT PAYS TO GO WITH A NAME YOU KNOW!

     “IT PAYS TO GO WITH A NAME  YOU KNOW”

    There are many reasons Nisby Home Renovations has been in business for 30 years.  Flawless installation of Humphrey windows is one of them.  “We do the homework for you,” says Vice General Manager Jim Rutledge.  “We have selected the best quality manufacturer, one that is in keeping with our reputation

    Constructed from high grade PVC that will stand the test of time, the triple-pane windows are competitively-priced and maintenance free.  The PVC returns to its original lustre with a simple washing.  Windows and doors can be painted to match any colour inside or out.  “Quality products & pride of workmanship are your twin guarantees of satisfaction” 

    He warns that not all PVC is created equal, which is why Nisby screened various products to be sure they offer only the best.  “We want to be the one you can trust for all your exterior renovation needs,” he explains.  The award-winning company is renowned for its superior work on siding, soffits, fascia, eaves troughs, decking and fences and stucco coatings. With a focus on combining curb appeal with enhanced energy efficiency, Nisby Home Renovations Winnipeg’s favourite home renovator can also help inform clients about Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Loan & applying for home renovation grants, loans and tax credits from various government programs.  

  • What Will Curb Appeal Do For Your Home Exterior Renovation


    Is it time you had a home exterior that makes you proud to call yours?  Curb appeal is critical, why wait until you are ready to sell before you understand how true this statement is, enjoy your new home exterior and get creative!  Consider that your exterior is the first impression given to anyone that arrives to your home, and actually, with the invention of Google Maps street view, it’s literally seen by the entire world.   So what’s in it for you?

    Well, here are 3 reasons to consider a home exterior renovation project;

    1. If you are looking for a home exterior renovation with resale in mind, studies show that a home buyer often won’t step out of their realtor's car if your exterior is in poor shape, and with most listings previewed online, lacking exteriors likely won’t even reach the stage of consideration.  Proven to add great value, when your money is spent strategically, you can achieve a great return on investment.  With the right home exterior changes your potential buyers will be anxious to walk in your front door and smiling ear to ear because the curb appeal has created the anticipation for what is to come inside, they might even overlook a few interior needs since their mind set is in such a positive state.
    2. Have you had enough of the drafty exterior doors and ice build up on your windows?  This is an excellent opportunity to add insulation to the walls; when the old siding is removed, insulation can be added and the new siding material installed over top.  This is best when done as a complete home exterior renovation because new windows can be ordered to accommodate your new wall size, followed up by new siding installed.
    3. You will benefit by eliminating the exhausting upkeep on your home exterior with revolutionary low maintenance products that are energy efficient and look incredible.  The value of your home will increase dramatically and put that smile on your face as you come and go day in and day out.  You can have all of this, and it’s easier than you think!




    Still not convinced?  Look up the top 10 remodelling projects that pay back the most and you will find siding on the list three times – Fibre Cement Siding is first (James Hardie or CertainTeed), followed in eighth using insulated vinyl siding and ninth using mid-grade siding applications.  Second on this list is a new front door, and in my opinion literally one of the easiest upgrades you can do to increase value.  Tenth is complete window replacement, and since we are on a roll here five and six are new garage doors.  This is curb appeal and this is achieved with a home exterior renovation.  In case you are wondering, the other items to round out the list are additional living space including a bathroom at third spot (be it through an addition, attic or basement renovation).  Fourth is a mid-range kitchen remodel and Seventh is a new deck.

    I will be the first one to say that for many home owners this can seem overwhelming, would you believe that most exterior renovations are completed entirely within 1-2 weeks?

    How do you go about this?

    • You will learn the options available in home exteriors today and have the information to be able to make informed decisions for your renovation project.
    • Your one-stop source for a home exterior Face-Lift.  Renovating your home exterior can be complicated and overwhelming, you will be explained step-by-step how the renovation will happen and what to expect.
    • How to choose the right products within your budget to provide the best value for your home today.
    • Take advantage of a home exterior package that is tailored to your needs.
    • Have comfort in knowing that your home is better insulated, there are no water leaks or mold issues that have been hidden within the walls.

    Whether your project is an entire home exterior renovation or you prefer baby steps and would like to take it in small stages – there is no job too small.  We offer free estimates to help you make informed decisions.


  • Preventative Maintenance for Home Exteriors

    To protect the investment you made when you bought your home, it is important to do regular preventive maintenance. By inspecting your home’s exterior regularly, you will run into fewer unexpected repairs and major problems. Here are the main things you should check when doing a regular inspection of your home:
    Foundation
    It is essential that you carefully inspect the home’s foundation to make sure water is not getting in. Any crack wider than 1/8 of an inch could be a problem. When inspecting the foundation, look for cracks in the basement walls and floor, paying special attention to corners and the areas around windows. Also inspect the driveway, garage, and outside the home wherever you can see the foundation. Then look at the grade to make sure rainwater flows away from the foundation.
    Siding
    At least twice a year (in spring and fall), you should inspect your siding to make sure there are no cracks that could let water or pests into the home.
    Gutters and downspouts
    Gutters move water away from the roof, fascia, and foundation. They must be inspected regularly to make sure they do not overflow when it rains. If they do overflow, it is usually because the gutter or downspout is clogged. To prevent clogs, you should clean your rain gutters regularly or use a rain gutter protection. You should also make sure your downspouts move water away from the foundation to prevent water from infiltrating. You can also use downspout extensions to prevent infiltration.
    Windows
    Windows should be properly sealed to keep water and snow out of your home and to keep heat and cool air in. It is important to check your windows regularly and paint, repair, or replace them as needed.
    Patios, porches, and decks
    To prevent injuries, watch for signs of deterioration. Shifting soil may also crack patios over time. Wood decks should be varnished or painted to prevent rotting and weathering.
    Roof
    It is important to inspect your roof because it can let in water if damaged. Cracked, torn, or missing shingles should be repaired or replaced. Inspect the attic, ceilings, and skylights inside the home to look for signs of water. In the attic, make sure you cannot see daylight through the roof. Seal the roof as needed to keep it watertight.
    There are a lot of things to check to ensure the exterior of your home is in good condition. You may want to use a calendar or list to make sure you check all these items regularly. Good preventive maintenance can spare you a whole host of extensive repairs in the long run!

  • Sliding Patio Doors For Your Home

    If you have gorgeous outdoor space, you need the perfect patio door to set the tone and create an inviting entrance for you and your guests.

    Usually, the decision comes down to french doors, which open and close via hinges, or sliding patio doors, which open and shut horizontally along a sliding track.

    While these doors are more expensive than a typical single exterior door, the payoff is usually 100% worth it.

    What Are Sliding Patio Doors

    Traditionally, sliding doors consist of two large glass panels; one panel remains fixed and the other slides open and closed, providing a wide entrance to a yard, patio, or deck.

    Nowadays, patio sliders come in a variety of styles – some of which even mimic a french door look – so it’s up to the homeowner to choose the best door for their home and location.

    Some of the most typical materials used for a sliding patio door include wood, vinyl, and fiberglass.

    Wood: Wood sliders give a traditional and high-end look. While these doors are attractive, wood requires regular maintenance through the course of its lifetime. They are also one of the most expensive material choices.

    Vinyl. Vinyl is an excellent choice for sliding patio doors. Vinyl is exceptionally energy efficient – especially when paired with high-quality glass. Vinyl sliding doors can be matched to virtually any paint color and require very little maintenance.

    FiberglassFiberglass doors match vinyl in terms of their low-maintenance and high energy efficiency. They can be painted any color. One of the biggest differences is that fiberglass is a stronger material.


  • Why Choose Nisby Home Renovations


    Why choose Nisby Home Renovations as your Window & Door Supplier?

    Nisby Home Renovations has been established for over 29 years and we only deal with quality, well established suppliers. We have expanded our product line to suit our customer wants and needs. We are conveniently located on Ferry Road, West of Polo Park. Our Showroom is full of our product lines. Feel free to come down.

    Do Not Purchace on Price Alone

    Doing it right the first time saves you time, money and frustration. That is why it is so important to hire a professional with an established record of accomplishment, references and the proper insurance. Do your homework. Compare products and installation. Please remember to ask for references and verify labor and material warranties. 
    The time invested will be worth it.

     We represent more than 10 manufacturers

    In order to provide our customers with various choices, Nisby Home Renovations offers a broad range of products from a variety of manufacturers. We are confident that we will have the right product for your particular needs. Not only do we supply and install windows and doors, but we also do Insulated Siding, Insulation, Soffit, Fascia, Eavestrough, Roofing and Stucco Restorations.

     We only deal with Manufacturers with a proven track record.

    Being a window and door supplier for over 29 years, we at Nisby Home Renovations know the importance of dealing with manufacturers that have stood the test of time. We represent proven manufactures that have withstood the test of time: We want our customers to feel confident in not only our products, but also in their warranties.

    We choose full-time industry Experts

    Nisby Home Renovations has always employed Full-Time industry experts focusing on completing all work to our high standards. Installations by Nisby Home Renovations are guaranteed.

    We have a beautiful showroom where products can be viewed

    As part of the decision making process, we believe seeing and touching the product is necessary. We welcome you to visit our showroom. Nisby Home Renovations wants your window and door choices to be informed ones. By evaluating your needs and concerns, we can determine the products and services best suited to your project, allowing you to buy with confidence.

    With the variety and selection for your window, door and home renovation needs, we can provide you with more than one quote so there is really no need to waste time and energy when all products can be viewed and priced under one roof. 
    So why shop anywhere else?

    Nisby Home Renovations thanks you for considering us for your next project.
    We look forward to working with you in the near future.

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    Top 10 projects

    Here are Remodeling's top 10 projects. You'll notice that these are not ambitious, vanity jobs. All are projects that replace worn or aged home components, bring parts of the home up-to-date or add living space without expanding the home's footprint:

    Replacing exterior siding with upscale fiber cement. Siding pays back a whopping 78%, on average, of the $13,461 average cost. The most cost-effective thing you can do to your home this year is to replace old siding with new, higher-end fiber cement.
    Replacing an entry door with a midlevel 20-gauge steel door is an inexpensive upgrade at $1,238 on average, but it pays back 73% and greatly improves curb appeal.
    A midrange attic bedroom remodel involves popping out a dormer for a 5-by-7-foot bathroom with shower, insulating and finishing the walls and ceiling, adding four windows, extending the heating and air conditioning and improving wiring and lighting. The payback is 72.5% on the $50,148 expenditure. More living space is being sought as adult children are driven back to their parents' homes by the shaky economy and as older parents join the households of their adult children. (The Census Bureau says 18% of American households are doubled up now, up from 17% in 2008.) An attic remodel is the cheapest way to add space and a bathroom within the house. A basement remodel is the next most cost-efficient way to add living space, although code requirements for headroom and exterior doors make that project more complicated and more expensive, Alfano says.
    A midrange minor kitchen remodel paid back 72.1% of the $19,588 investment. Included are new laminate countertops and new sink, faucets and appliances. The floor is untouched and cabinets are kept in place but refaced with new hardware added. "You're taking what's there and giving it a face lift," Alfano says. "The kitchen really looks good and the average cost for this is under $20,000 – less than what a lot of people would pay for a car." In today's austere climate, kitchen and bath remodels are pale imitations of the lavish vanity projects from the housing boom. Most consumers are shunning the expensive spa baths and chef's kitchens that involve moving electrical services, plumbing and walls.
    A midrange garage door replacement may not be high on many wish lists; it's one of those jobs that you do because it's needed. But it adds curb appeal and function, and it pays back 71.9%, on average, of the $1,512 average cost.
    A high-end garage door replacement recoups almost as much: 71.1% of the $2,994 average cost.
    A new wood deck earns back 70.1%, on average, of its $10,350 cost at resale this year.
    New foam-backed vinyl siding replacement keeps the house warm and pays back 69.6% of its $14,274 average cost. The average project involves 1,250 square feet of siding, including trim.
    New midrange replacement vinyl siding upgrades the look of the home and pays back 69.5% of the $11,729 average price.
    Upscale vinyl replacement windows have a 69.1% payback on the $14,328 cost. The project involves replacing 10 double-hung 3-by-5 windows. The new windows are low-emissivity glass and are insulated with simulated wood-grain trim.

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    A history of Nisby Renovations

    Renovation Innovation
    More than 29 years and thousands of successful home renovations have helped establish Nisby Home Renovations Ltd.'s reputation as a thriving Winnipeg business.

    Company founder Ed Nisby has proven to be one of the city's most respected and successful entrepreneurs,winning several impressive awards and countless accolades from loyal customers, and being an active participant in the community.With more than 1,000 renovations performed annually, Nisby also continues to lead the city as a pioneer in home renovations.Homeowners can be confident that their home will receive the very best renovations possible with the workmanship of Ed Nisby and any of the company's skilled staff.

    Nisby, a native of Thunder Bay,Ont., came to Winnipeg following a career in the Calgary real estate market. In 1984, he founded Nisby Home Renovations Ltd. The company' s specialties included exterior renovation projects, such as siding,windows and doors. With positive referrals and a growing reputation,roofing business quickly progressed and the company made $200,000 in its first year. An assuring five-year workmanship guarantee became an added incentive to customer satisfaction. Outside of Winnipeg,several hundred cottage projects have been performed as far away as Lake of the Woods, Clear Lake,Gimli, Winnipeg Beach and in Northern Ontario.

    The company's knack for innovation remains true with its products,and has helped in the technology realm, as Nisby became Winnipeg's first home renovation company on the World Wide Web, with the customer-friendly www.nisby.ca.Ed Nisby is easily available atednisby@nisby.mb.ca.

    With a modest yet impressive St.James showroom and a skilled team of 30 staff members and tradespeople,Nisby Home Renovations, a member of the Better Business Bureau, has an excellent reputation in the community. In fact, Ed Nisby is extremely proud to say that more than half of all the company's business is derived from there ferrals of satisfied customers.Winnipeggers have also become familiar with seeing the Nisby  logoin various places around the city,an animated character that is always ready to tackle a project with his trusty hammer.

    Nisby services have expanded from a specialization in vinyl siding exterior work, to becoming the ideal one-stop home renovation centre. The enthusiastic staff is willing to tackle a number of home renovation projects, offering complete retrofit and specialties with windows, doors, roofing, stucco coatings, fences and decks.

    Happy homeowners aren't the only people recognizing the work of Ed Nisby. Maintenance-free products,quality workmanship and excellent customer service have won Nisby Home Renovations various remodling awards. The business is a favourite of the Manitoba Home builders' Association, which has awarded Nisby with Renovation of the Year nods in 2003 and 2004,and Gold Awards in 2000, 2001 and2005. Also, the Vinyl Council of Canada awarded Nisby with the1991 Award of Distinction for its work on an Osborne Village home at 108 Pulford Avenue....

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    Designing with Windows and Doors

    Nisby customer service representatives are trained to assist you in planning window renovations.

    The sun's energy is free. Solar energy can improve the lighting and comfort of your home, and it can cut your fuel bills; it can also provide too much warmth and cause overheating, both in summer and winter, this is especially true in Manitoba, as any good Winnipeger knows. Decisions you make at the planning stage about the number of windows, their size and location, particularly in relation to the sun's orientation at different times of the year will be as important a consideration in determining your window requirements as their insulative properties or how they look.

    For example, increasing window areas on the south side of a building can increase the contribution that the sun makes to heating the home in the winter, which may offset your heating costs. But be sure to plan for sufficient eave overhang to shade these south-facing windows in the summer months to prevent unwanted solar gain.

    Until recently, an established rule of thumb in window placement was to install fewer and fixed windows on the north side of a home, to prevent excessive heat losses in the winter. Another rule of thumb recommended keeping east and west exposures to a minimum except when needed for aesthetics and daylight, in order to prevent excessive solar heat gain in the summer.

    But over the past several years the rules for window placement have changed with advances in window technology. The arrival of high-performance windows has given consumers more choice in window selection ñ whether it's for an existing home renovation or for specifying in a new home.

    Remember the following rule of thumb: keep the ratio of window area to floor area at about 1:10. That is, for every square metre of window area, make sure you have at least ten square metres of floor area. This will prevent overheating in the living space due to too much solar gain. There are also code requirements in many areas for kitchens, and dining and living rooms. 

    If you combine traditional passive solar design principles with high-performance windows you can get much greater net solar gain while reducing your energy consumption for space heating and cooling.

    And remember, doors also play an important part in the energy performance of the home, especially if you have a lot of patio doors. Depending on the condition of existing doors, energy-efficient replacement units may contribute to increased comfort and reduced energy bills. An added bonus of energy-efficient doors is that they tend to be heavier and more robust than conventional doors, thus enhancing the security of the home.

    Nisby customer service representativeís are trained to assist you in planning window renovations.

     

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    Vinyl Sidings and your home

    How can I justify an investment in vinyl siding? 
    When compared to wood, brick or stucco, vinyl siding is an economical alternative that's growing in popularity around the country for homes of all sizes and styles. In fact, it's the siding of choice in 44% of installations today. If you love the look of wood, you can achieve a natural appearance with vinyl siding, without wood's maintenance costs and hassles. Its low maintenance, durability and attractive look add value to your home that you'll feel good about for years to come. 

    Does vinyl siding provide insulating protection for my home? 
    Our products are available with Fullback Thermal Support System that have a 5.0 R rating, thermal efficiency and significant energy savings) The money you save with this improved energy efficiency  each year can actually pay for new siding with Fullback that adds to the lifetime value of your home. Note vinyl siding with Fullback Thermal Support System maybe eligible for the Power Smart Residential Loan . Please contact us for further information.

    What about long-term maintenance costs?
    Vinyl siding doesn't need painting, so you save time and money in maintenance costs. There's never a need to scrape paint, patch stucco or replace rotting boards. To keep your vinyl siding looking like new, simply spray it occasionally with a garden hose. For tougher dirt, we recommend cleaning with a mild soap solution. 

    How does it react to temperature change?
     With dramatic changes in temperature, vinyl siding will expand and contract -- approximately one-fourth of an inch for every 12-foot panel. However, a professional installation guards against noticeable changes due to expansion and contraction. That's why it is essential that vinyl siding be installed correctly. 

    Can I install vinyl siding myself? 
    Installing siding is not a simple "do it yourself job" and is better left to siding installation professionals who have the necessary skills and equipment to do the job right the first time. If vinyl siding is installed incorrectly, you may notice buckling or warping over time due to incorrect nailing. 

    How many colors do I have to choose from? Will my home have an attractive distinctive appearance with  vinyl siding? 
    Our product line offers many different vinyl siding lines. Design options include horizontal and vertical siding; traditional clapboard and authentically detailed "shaped" sidings; wide and narrow panel exposures; and smooth, subtle and deep wood grain textures. Plus you can choose from a wide assortment of traditional and contemporary colors. 

    What accessories are available? 
    When you design the exterior of your home, you should think about more than just siding. You'll need trim for windows and doors, and at inside and outside corners. You also may need soffit to finish the underside of eaves, or for a porch ceiling or entry overhang. 
    Nisbyís  offers a wide range of accessories, including trim and J-channels, available in colors to match your vinyl siding. Or choose accessories in complementary colors to give your home a more distinctive look. 


    What kind of warranty do your vinyl siding carry? 
    The Mitten and Royal Building Products have a Lifetime non-prorated Warranty to the original owner the warranty is transferable to a pro rated warranty for new owners. The warranty includes labor and installation (Authorized Installers ìNisbyî ) Please see the Mitten Warranty or Royal Building Products Warranty 

    Will the vinyl siding scratch and show a different color? 
    The color you see on the surface goes completely through the vinyl siding - so you will not see a different color if the siding is scratched. 

    Will vinyl siding look as good years from now as it does today? 
    Durable construction means from our manufacturers ensures vinyl siding will stand up to the elements, no matter what type of climate. Over the years, you won't have to worry about additional upkeep costs because vinyl siding won't rot, peel, warp or harbor insects like wood or dent like aluminum. 

    Can vinyl siding withstand harsh weather conditions? 
    Vinyl siding is known for its ability to withstand the elements, so it is an appropriate choice for a variety of climates -- from intense sunlight in the to freezing winters with snow storms . Unlike aluminum siding, vinyl resists denting or other damage from hail or harsh weather. 

    How much does it cost to side a home? 
    Because we offer siding at a number of price points to fit any need and any budget, and because every home and siding job is unique, there is no way to immediately answer this question. The best thing to do is call Nisby Renovations to visit your home so we can measure it accurately and discuss other needs you may have.  FREE ESTIMATES


     Isn't it less costly to just repaint my home? 
    If you plan to move within the next two to three years, the answer is probably "yes." But if you plan to stay in your home longer than that, you should be strongly considering vinyl siding. According to Remodeling magazine (October 1996), investing in new siding can prove to be an excellent choice in terms of payback. In the Winnipeg market , a homeowner can sometimes recoup more than the cost of siding in terms of resale value.  


    Are there any other materials that are better than vinyl? 
    Not when it comes to siding. Vinyl siding's outstanding features and benefits have made it the most popular siding material in North America today. And because vinyl is the preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its installed cost . 

    My home is partially brick and partially wood siding. Can I still use vinyl siding? 
    Yes. Vinyl siding is extremely versatile and can be used with just about any exterior building material --brick, cinder block, even natural logs and field stones. 
     

    Is one season better than another to have my new siding installed? 
    No. You can have your vinyl siding installed in any season, as your schedule and budget allow. 
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    1 Double-Thick Cyclone System™ Nail hem provides extra rigidity to withstand winds up to 251 mph.
    2 Richmond Ultra™ self-aligning locking system is designed to snap together for extra fastening strength.
    3 Protection from harmful UV rays, Richmond Ultra™ color doesn’t fade and has a fade resistant warranty.
    4 Heavy gauge thickness and double sized insulated panels reduces noise by up to 30%.
    5 The extra thick paneling and insulation keeps air and insects out and its superior insulation keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
    6 The Richmond UltraTM mechanical fastening system allows for a more resilient insulated siding that protects your home from extreme weather conditions.


  • PORCELAIN TILES OF DIFFERING SIZES, SUPPLIED BY AMES OF WINNIPEG, COVER THE WALL THAT SURROUNDS THE INSET FIREPLACE AND ADD A MODERN FLAIR. THE OLD BRICK FIREPLACE BEFORE THE RENOVATION, BELOW, WAS DATED.

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    PORCELAIN TILES OF DIFFERING SIZES, SUPPLIED BY AMES OF WINNIPEG, COVER THE WALL THAT SURROUNDS THE INSET FIREPLACE AND ADD A MODERN FLAIR. THE OLD BRICK FIREPLACE BEFORE THE RENOVATION, BELOW, WAS DATED.

    RENOVATIONS: Up for the challenge

    There's a big difference between renovating a house and building one from scratch.
    "Renovations tend to be more challenging because there is always a glitch," said Kim Schroeder, owner of Charisma Design in Winnipeg.
    For example, her company is remodeling a 25-year-old home in St. Vital that requires new hardwood flooring and an up-to-date fireplace, among other design changes. The flooring seemed a straightforward job until a large hump was discovered in the floor, hidden by the dining room table.
    "When we removed the table, it became evident that the crown in the floor would have to be leveled before new hardwood could be laid," Schroeder said.
    Jen Derrett, of The Floor Show in Winnipeg, said the problem was fixed by removing the original sub-floor, then replacing it with sheets of plywood shimmed along the joists to create a level area base for the new floor.
    "We used American black walnut manufactured in Canada by Mirage because the people at Charisma Design are perfectionists who demand the best-quality materials available," said Derrett, adding her company refers to Mirage products "as the Lexus of hardwoods."
    The 3ü"-by-3/4" tongue-and-groove solid walnut is pre-finished with a special elastic "nanotechnology" coating that will absorb the impact of a dropped object without smashing or shattering, and also contains UV protectors.
    Moreover, Derrett said American walnut is easy on the feet as it is a medium-dense hardwood weighing about 40 pounds per cubic foot compared to 45 to 50 pounds per cubic foot for Canadian rock maple, another hardwood used extensively for flooring.
    Freshly cut walnut is a cocoa colour that turns a rich black-brown when a finish is applied. The sapwood from the outer layers of the tree is a creamy colour that contrasts handsomely with the dark heartwood, evident in the 1,200-square-foot floor installed in the St. Vital residence. With the floor problem solved, another glitch appeared when the traditional brick fireplace was removed, Schroeder said. "We uncovered a wall that looked as if it was either charred or covered with black mold."
    The area was sealed with six-mil poly to prevent the substance from spreading. "In the spring when the weather is warm, we'll cut through an outside wall so we can extract the sooty-looking material," she said.
    The new fireplace was installed by Alsip's Building Products and Services of Winnipeg. The natural gas unit, manufactured by Montigo, is capable of cranking out 80,000 BTUs or the equivalent of an average-size furnace, said an Alsip's spokesman.
    With the unit's linear design, the exhaust can be power vented under the floor and out a side wall, so there is no bulky chimney required inside the house, he said. Also, fresh air is drawn into the burner from outside the house, making the unit energy-efficient.
    The Alsip's spokesperson said the model installed in St. Vital residence is considered a luxury unit with a 61-inch-long by 18-inch-wide glass opening, and glass stones to refract light from the burner's flame. The price for this model is $12,500, plus about $5,500 for installation, he added.
    Porcelain tiles of differing sizes, supplied by Ames of Winnipeg, cover the wall that surrounds the inset fireplace. Depending on a person's point of view, the burnished tiles reflect copper and bronze hues that complement the black walnut floor.
    "We also installed a series of pot lights on the underside of the fireplace frame to draw the eye to the area and to illuminate tiles that form a ledge in the front of the Montigo," said Charisma designer Brennen Bilyk, adding that a small alcove to the right of the fireplace and lit from above is intended to showcase a sculpture or special piece of art.
    Bilyk said a 60-inch flatscreen TV will be installed above the fireplace, but without the normally conspicuous array of audio-visual devices.
    "The electronic devices are hidden in a nearby cupboard where they can be controlled by a single remote control. This leaves the screen with a clean, modern look that echoes the stark lines of the fireplace."
    Other renovations to the home include the addition of a larger black granite countertop to an existing kitchen island, the removal of wallpaper from most of the downstairs, and a foyer highlighted by a curved stairway with red oak rails and banister.
    Since most of the lower floor was being renovated anyway, owners Ruth and Ted decided to redo a small bathroom close to the home's front entrance and, for good measure, replace two chandeliers. Ruth said the final decision on what the new chandeliers will look like is still being debated.
    "We suggest to clients what we consider are the most appropriate options," Bilyk said. "But we are more than willing to listen to and accept their proposals."
    "It's a business of compromise and overcoming those inevitable glitches," added Schroeder. "But that's what makes it interesting."
    With more than 30 renos currently on the go, she and her staff of two can look forward to many more challenges.
    For her part, Ruth said she's pleased with Charisma Design's attention to detail, quality of workmanship and top-of-the-line products and materials.
    "I only have one misgiving," she added. "If I'd known how much dust and noise was involved in a renovation, I'd have moved to B.C. and stayed with my sister for the duration."

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    Richmond Brick Red vinyl siding is another local product manufactured by Winnipeg's Kaycan.

    Selecting the right siding

    This may seem an odd time of the year to discuss the type of siding you plan to use in renovating the exterior of your house come spring.

    But considering the manifold choices of vinyl, wood and composite sidings available to today’s homeowner, right now is an excellent time to review, consider and possibly decide on the cladding that fits your budget and esthetic requirements.

    There are many things to contemplate when choosing a house covering, such as maintenance, cost, personal taste and the curb appeal of your home. Let’s look at a few of the choices available.

    Vinyl siding has been on the market since the late ’50s when an inventor discovered how to extrude polyvinyl chloride (PVC) into long lengths that resembled wood siding. But the early attempts to create a colour-stable, maintenance-free product were not particularly successful, because the siding was manufactured as a single layer or mono-extruded piece.

    It wasn’t until the late ’70s. when  double-layer or co-extruded PVC siding was perfected, that vinyl gained a reputation as a reliable, stable and inexpensive product. Today, it’s the most commonly used cladding in North America.

    Project estimator Graham Stewart of Windsor Plywood said his store sells more vinyl than any other siding.

    “It’s one of the least-expensive products on the market, and it’s a DIYer’s dream material because it’s so easy to install,” he said.

    Moreover, because installation can be done quickly, professionals can complete an average-size house in a few days, saving homeowners on labour costs associated with other cladding products.

    Vinyl siding retails for about 80 cents to $1.10 per square foot for light colours, and about $1.60 and up for dark or mixed colour combinations. These prices don’t include corners, J-trims, starter strips, sill trims and other pieces sold separately.

    On the downside, darker colours such as reds, deep browns and blues will fade more quickly than lighter colours such as white, sage and clay. And though most vinyls come with a no-maintenance guarantee of about 25 years, the UV protectors will eventually break down, resulting in an faded, chalky finish. When this happens, the siding may have to be replaced or painted with a water-based acrylic paint, available at Cloverdale Paint in Winnipeg for about $40 per gallon.

    Chris Legault of Cloverdale recommends washing down the old vinyl with TSP or a mild soap solution, then rinsing well with water before applying the paint.

    “People should know that you can’t cover light-coloured siding with dark paint because solar-heat absorption will cause the vinyl to sag and warp,” he said. “However, you can put a light-coloured paint on a dark siding.

    Many consider wood siding, especially western red cedar, to be one of the most beautiful claddings available. Windsor Plywood sells a tight-knot cedar with a bevel profile that is very much in demand.  

    “Our eight-inch-wide cedar was so popular that it sold out this year, but we will be well-stocked with it again in the spring,” Stewart said, adding the siding is also available in six- and 10-inch widths by special order.

    Priced at about $2.50 per square foot, the eye-catching cedar is competitive with most other sidings on the market. Natural oils also make the wood rot-resistant — that’s why those West Coast totem poles have survived outdoors for centuries.

    Stewart said the downside to cedar is maintenance — if the homeowner wants to retain the natural colour of the wood by applying a clear or semi-transparent finish.

    For fans of oil-based protective coatings for wood, a few choices are still available from Western Paint in Winnipeg, according to a company spokeswoman.

    “We’ve got a stock of a linseed-based product called Para TimberCare which, assuming supplies last, will be available until 2014 when the government will ban the sale of oil paints and stains,” she said.

    A hybrid product, Flood CWF-UV, composed of oil and water, is an alternative to oil-only stains and has the advantage of cleaning up with soap and water, she added.

    Both products cost about $43 per gallon and will protect the natural look of wood siding for about two years before re-coating is required.

    There are also several composite sidings on the market that vary in price, durability and longevity.

    Hardie board, a fibre cement-based product, is an attractive siding that can be purchased either primed or pre-painted with a baked-on finish.

    “This product has a lot of good things going for it,” said Chris Rioux, president of Xcalibur Roofing and Siding in Winnipeg, noting that his installation business has doubled every year since he began installing Hardie board.

    Hardie board is fire-resistant and is manufactured in numerous shapes and profiles that can resemble anything from lap-board siding to cedar shingle siding.

    The siding also comes with a 50-year limited transferable warranty if it’s installed to Hardie’s specifications, which include properly sealed joints, a Tyvek-covered substrate and 16- to 24-inch on-centre strapping if foam insulation is installed behind the siding. 
     
    Problems with the material are its weight and lack of flexibility, making it difficult to heft into place on a wall and easy to snap a board or panel in half in the process.

    Also, the product “usually requires repainting every 15 years with an environmentally friendly water-based paint like Ecologic,” said Rioux.

    Though the cost is higher than some other sidings — anywhere from $7 to $10 per square foot installed — you won’t find a more weather-resilient and, at the same time, esthetically pleasing cladding on the market, according to Rioux.

    There are a several engineered sidings on the market composed of wood fibre or strands, exterior-grade resins and zinc borate to discourage insects and rot.

    Kaycan Nature-tech KWP is available installed from Chateau Roofing and Siding in Winnipeg.  
    President Gerry Laurin said in his opinion, Kaycan’s KWP will last as long as Hardie board and comes in similar profiles and shapes.

    “The installed price for KWP is about $8 per square foot, depending on the size of the house and the number of corners and gables,” he said.

    Engineered siding is easier to handle than Hardie board and the pre-painted material does not have the blotching and other paint defects often associated with cement-board products, he said, adding KWP comes in about 16 colours. 

      Windsor Plywood will order in many of the engineered sidings on the market.

    L.P. SmartSide is a quality brand that retails for $3 to $3.50 per square foot, depending on the amount ordered, Stewart said.

    For homeowners with large budgets, there are real stone sidings available that can be installed for $25 to $30 per square foot, said Laurin.

    There are also faux-rock products made of pre-painted, high-density moulded foam that come in 18-inch by 36-inch panels that are considerably cheaper and easier to install than their real counterparts, according to Stewart.

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