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  • What Type of Siding is Right for My Home's Exterior?

    Is your home's exterior looking a little worse for wear? If so, then it may be time to consider new siding installation from a trusted siding company. At Nisby Home Renovations, we provide high-quality siding for Winnipeg homes, and we want to help you make sure that you've chosen the right kind.

    The type of siding that is best for your home's exterior is the type that has the features and benefits you are looking for. Read on to learn about some common siding options.

    Vinyl Siding
    Vinyl tends to be the most affordable option for house siding. At the same time, it is highly durable and can last for 20 years or more. Vinyl can mimic the look of traditional wood siding, but it also comes in a variety of colours and textures.

    Engineered Wood Siding
    Engineered wood siding is made out of a mixture of wood fibres and resin. It can give your home a more traditional and inviting look, and is available in a variety of colours and tones. Plus, it is highly water-resistant and eco-friendly. Engineered wood siding tends to be among the more affordable siding options as well.

    Fiber Cement Siding
    Fiber cement is also made out of wood fibre, but the fibres in this type of siding are mixed with sand and cement. This makes for a siding that is resistant to fire, decay, rot and insect activity. When it comes to look and feel, fibre cement siding is almost indistinguishable from natural wood, but it costs far less.

    Stone Siding
    Stone siding, when installed properly, can last a lifetime. Made of real stone, it offers maximum durability, minimal maintenance, high aesthetic appeal, and resistance to insects, moisture and fire. Solid stone siding represents a significant investment, but many homeowners find the benefits worthwhile.

    Stone Veneer Siding
    Stone veneer siding is a popular option, because it is less expensive than stone siding and, even though it is made of synthetic materials, it provides the same look and feel as real stone. It is a durable siding option that requires minimal maintenance.

    Brick Siding
    Like stone, brick siding can last the lifetime of your home. It is resistant to the elements and never needs to be refinished. You can choose either brick masonry or a brick veneer siding. Brick veneer siding is made out of the same material, but is applied in a thinner layer over your exterior walls.

    Siding Underlayment
    On top of the siding material you select for your Winnipeg home, you can also choose to have a siding underlayment installed. This underlayment provides extra moisture resistance and makes your home more energy efficient, saving you money on your energy bills.

    Get Durable & Aesthetically Appealing Home Siding
    Nisby Home Renovations has been providing siding installation and other home renovation services for more than 30 years. We carry the types of siding homeowners are looking for, in all the right finishes and colours to enhance their homes’ curb appeal. Take confidence in our two-year workmanship warranty and strong manufacturer warranties.

    If you're looking for the best siding in Winnipeg, we've got you covered. Just contact Nisby Home Renovations today.

  • Learn the Basic Components of Your Home's Exterior

    Every homeowner should have an understanding of the components that make up the exterior of their home. Having that knowledge can help you spot signs of trouble or decide when it's time for a renovation. The home renovations experts at Nisby Home Renovations in Winnipeg have put together a guide to some basic terms you should know.

    You're likely already familiar with your home's roof, windows, and doors, so let's take a look at the components you might be less familiar with.

    - Siding
    Siding is a general term for any material that is attached to your home's exterior walls in order to protect them. Along with the roof, siding provides the primary line of defence against the outside elements. Siding also serves an aesthetic purpose. Many home renovations to replace siding are done to enhance a home's curb appeal. Read more about your options for home siding, here.

    - Insulation
    The main purpose of insulation inside your external walls is to keep your heating or cooling energy where you want it: inside of your home. This keeps your home comfortable and energy-efficient. On top of preventing air leakage, insulation can contribute to a home's structural integrity and fire resistance. It can even help reduce outside noise. Learn more about home insulation systems, here.

    - Exterior coating
    Exterior coating is a great alternative to traditional home exterior paint on vertical surfaces. The coating binds to your home's siding, making it more durable and better able to resist moisture. Exterior coating is also highly resistant to dirt and mildew. Homeowners who are considering home renovations should definitely consider protecting their investment with an exterior coating. Considering exterior coating for your home? Learn more, here.

    - Eaves
    The roof edges that overhang your home's exterior walls are known as eaves. Some eaves are fairly short while others extend quite far out. The main purpose of your eaves is to keep water from running down your exterior walls, which could cause damage to your foundation. They can also add a decorative and architectural touch to a home.

    - Soffit
    The underside of the eaves needs to be protected, and that is the function of the soffit. Without soffit, your rafters would be exposed to the elements. Though it serves as a covering, soffit is also usually vented to allow for proper airflow throughout the attic. It can be used to add some style and character to your home as well.

    - Fascia
    Fascia is the horizontal board that runs along the edge of your roof. It acts as a finishing trim that prevents moisture from getting inside of the roof and that also usually holds the gutters in place. Just as with the eaves and soffit, fascia is usually both decorative and protective. Visit our page about soffit, fascia and eaves to learn more.

    All the Information You Need About Home Renovations

    At Nisby Home Renovations in Winnipeg, we are always here to help with any questions you may have. Check out our handy renovation terminology diagram to see where all of the exterior components discussed above are located on your home. If you have questions or are interested in our home renovations services, please don't hesitate to contact us today.

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    Make Your Home Stand Out With the Right Siding

    Not only does siding provide a water-resistant barrier that keeps your home’s frame safe from the elements, it also contributes to your abode’s curb appeal. When considering new siding, it’s important to take both its material and colour into account. At Nisby Home Renovations Ltd. in Winnipeg, we can help you choose siding that provides protection that will last for years, and a style that you’re happy to come home to.

    What materials are available for siding?

    Some of the most common materials you can choose for your siding include:

    Wood: a classic choice that comes in a wide variety of styles. It can be painted or stained in almost any colour. 

    Stone and brick: for a natural look, stone and brick are great options for siding. Whether you opt for cultured stone, rock or brick there are few better ways to protect your home. 

    Vinyl: light, easy to install, and durable, vinyl siding is a cost-effective but durable material that comes in a wide variety of colours. 

    Fibre cement: a variety of siding made of cement and cellulose fibres that can withstand anything our harsh Winnipeg winters can throw at it.

    Each kind of siding will give your home a slightly different look. Be sure to choose one that will make your home stand out in your neighbourhood. Whatever kind of siding you choose, the material itself is only part of the equation. 

    How does siding colour affect your home’s curb appeal?

    No matter what it’s made of, siding comes in a variety of different colours. When picking your siding’s colour, consider the following: 

    Does your neighbourhood have a general colour scheme?

    While you want your home to stand out, you don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb. Take a look around your neighbourhood to see if there’s a general colour scheme. The trick is to pick a colour for your siding that complements the neighbourhood, but also sets your home apart. 

    Will your siding match your roof?

    The colour of your siding should harmonize with the other elements of your home. In particular, make sure your siding’s colour complements the colour of your roof.

     Don’t forget about colour accents

    Keep in mind the other features of your home that can be used to accent the main colour of your siding. The colour of your window and door frames should either complement or contrast your siding. The kind of hardware you choose (lights, doorknobs, etc.) can be selected in such a way that it accentuates your siding’s colour.

    Picking the right siding isn’t easy. Because it’s so durable and reliable, you’ll have to be happy with your choice for years to come. Contact us at Nisby Home Renovations Ltd. today to find out how we can help you get the siding that’s right for your Winnipeg home.

  • What are the Advantages of Buying Custom-designed Windows?

    At Nisby Home Renovations Ltd. we offer home renovations to everyone in the Winnipeg area. We’d like all our customers to know about the benefits of buying custom designed windows for their homes. Here are just five of the most important advantages our clients in Winnipeg should consider:

    1. Get the windows that are right for your home
      Big box stores may be able to offer lots of mass-produced options but only a local contractor will be able to make a window specifically for your home. If you live in an older home or one with unique features, you’ll need the quality and unique design of a custom-made window to do the job right on the first try.
    2. Use a contractor that knows what windows are right for the Winnipeg climate
      Your windows are one of the most important components of your home’s insulation. With the hot summers and cold winters we get in Winnipeg, our windows are especially important for controlling heat exchange between the inside and outside of our houses. A window designed specifically for your home will provide the best seal and save you money in the long run on heating and cooling bills.
    3. Have the security of a local company
      Big-box stores make money through the volume of their sales, which means each individual customer isn’t especially important to their business model. With a local home renovations company from Winnipeg, however, you’ll get a contractor that’s invested in doing great work on every job. This means that your contractor will stand by their work, so you can feel confident that your windows will last.
    4. Get a personal touch with great customer service
      Another advantage of hiring locally is the great, individualized customer service you’ll get. That means complementary in-home consultations and someone who will take the time to go over your contract with you in detail so you know exactly what you’re getting.
    5. Know where your windows are coming from
      When you get custom designed windows, you don’t just know who is building and installing them. You also know exactly where the materials are coming from. From materials to final installation, you’ll know exactly what’s going into your house.

    At Nisby Home Renovations Ltd. we’ve been a part of the Winnipeg community for thirty years. If you need new windows, why not make them custom windows from a local contractor? With all the benefits they offer, it’s the smart choice. Contact us today to find out easy it is to get custom windows.

  • Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

    If you’re looking for home renovations experts or roofing companies in the Winnipeg area, we at Nisby Home Renovations Ltd. want you to be sure that you’re getting the best people for the job. This starts before you even shake hands on the contract. Here are just a few questions you should be sure to ask your prospective contractor before you seal the deal:

    Can I contact some of your past clients?

    Home renovations or roofing companies should be proud of the work they’ve done around the Winnipeg area. They should be ready and willing to give you references for the satisfied customers they’ve worked for in the past.

    Can you provide a work schedule in writing?

    When it comes to renovating homes, we all know that we should expect the unexpected. That being said, a good contractor should be willing to commit in writing to a rough schedule before work begins so you have a clear agreement you can refer back to when the final bill comes up.

    Are you fully licensed to do this kind of work?

    You should be sure that your contractor is fully licensed before signing a contract. If you’re using an unlicensed contractor, there may be some insurance liability problems if anything goes wrong with the work after it’s been completed.

    Who is responsible for getting all the required permits?

    Paperwork might be boring but it’s important and shouldn’t be skipped. A good home renovations contractor will take care of any permits needed from the Winnipeg government, so you know the job is being done right and you won’t pay fines later.

    Will you be hiring any sub-contractors for this job?

    It’s fairly common for contractors to hire other contractors themselves for smaller parts of your renovation that require specialized skills. You should be sure, however, to know exactly who is doing work on your house so you know exactly who is responsible for which parts of your home, just in case anything goes wrong.

    How many projects will you be working on at the same time?

    Your contractors are running a business, which means they’ll probably be handling several jobs simultaneously. Be sure to ask how many jobs they currently have so you can make sure they’re committing the appropriate amount of time and attention to your home.

    Who is responsible for the clean up?

    Making sure that all the debris that is a necessary part of renovation is cleaned up is almost as important as the job itself. Your contractor should have a plan for the safe and responsible clean up of their work site.

    What kind of payment schedules do you offer?

    Home renovation and roofing companies with a reputation to maintain in the Winnipeg area won’t just want your business today. They’ll want all your future business too. That means they should offer flexible and common-sense payment plans for all their jobs. Be sure not to pay too much up-front.

    If you’re looking for experienced home renovations and roofing companies in the Winnipeg area, contact us at Nisby Home Renovatons Ltd. today. We’ve been working in the community for the past thirty years and have helped improve over 32,000 homes in the area.

  • To renovate or not to renovate: that’s the million dollar question.

    To renovate or not to renovate: that’s the million dollar question. Okay. Maybe not a million, but still, home renovations in Winnipeg can be costly. But they can also be a terrific investment!

    Let’s look at three things to consider when looking into home renovations in Winnipeg:

    Are you staying or selling? If you’re planning on putting your home on the market soon, the renovations you do in Winnipeg will likely be different from those you do if you plan on staying in your home a while. For example, adding a bedroom is not necessarily an investment with a high return value, but if your family is growing and you are staying in the house a while, then having that extra bedroom will serve you well. It’s also been shown that moderate kitchen and bathroom remodels have a good return on investment. So, though you may not be avid cooks, if you are planning to sell soon, think about updating your kitchen. It may pay dividends on the market.

    Is your home structurally sound? Whether you’re selling or staying, if your roof or foundation is leaking; your windows and doors are dated; or your siding is tired and sagging, address those issues before anything else. If you are staying in your home a while, you want to be comfortable and not running around the house with buckets trying to catch seeping water every time it rains! And if you are planning on selling, very few buyers will be impressed with your remodelled bathroom if your windows date from the 1970s or if your stucco is stained and cracked. Homebuyers are much more likely to buy a house today that is well maintained and invest in remodelling in the future.

    Curb appeal. It’s hard to overestimate the importance of great curb appeal if you are putting your house on the market. New siding or a fresh exterior coating; updated windows and doors and a new roof may not be as sexy as a $20,000 kitchen remodel, but if it’s one or the other, do the basics first! If your house looks good and is well maintained, you are much more likely to get the offers you’re looking for. And if you plan on staying in your home for a while, there’s nothing quite like the pride of ownership you will have living in a well-maintained house with oodles of curb appeal.

    Are you considering home renovations in Winnipeg? Contact us at Nisby Home Renovations! Whether it’s windows, doors, roofing or siding you need, at Nisby Home Renovations, we can help!

    Contact us today!

  • Are you considering installing new windows in your Winnipeg home?

    Are you considering installing new windows in your Winnipeg home? Wise decision! There are numerous advantages to having new windows installed in your home in Winnipeg. Let’s take a look at six of them:

    Help protect your possessions. It’s not usually the first thing that pops to mind when considering the advantages of new windows in Winnipeg, but it’s true nonetheless! The sun’s UV rays damage furniture, curtains and carpeting. Most of today’s quality windows have a special coating that effectively blocks 70 – 98% of those harmful UV rays, helping protect your furnishings.

    Save money. New Winnipeg windows with argon gas and low-E, double- or triple-glazed glass will significantly lower your heating bills in winter and your cooling bills in summer. And you may also be able to benefit from government subsidies when upgrading your windows. That’s more money in your pocket!

    Provide comfort. New Winnipeg windows help reduce outside noise, drafts and indoor condensation (and its concomitant mould issues). They also help reduce hot and cold areas in a room. No more moving away from hot windows in summer and chilly ones in winter!

    Better for Mother Nature. Another distinct advantage of having modern, energy-efficient windows installed in your home in Winnipeg is it lowers your carbon footprint… a lot! Replacing all single-pane or outdated double-pane windows in your home will reduce your CO2 output by the tonne! That’s good news for the planet and for future generations.

    Boost the value of your home. If you are considering selling your home in the near future, know that one of the first questions a prospective home-buyer will ask you is how old the windows are. This is normal, considering how quickly window technology in Winnipeg has advanced in the last decade or so. The difference between new and ten-year-old windows can make a huge difference in a house’s utility bill! New windows are so highly prized in Winnipeg, in fact, they will almost pay for themselves when the time comes to resell your home.

    Increase curb appeal. One of the most effective ways to increase the curb appeal of your home and make it stand out from your neighbours’ is to install new Winnipeg windows. Nothing speaks louder of your commitment to a superior quality of life and comfort than having new windows installed in your home!

    Do you have any questions regarding new window installation in Winnipeg? Contact us at Nisby Home Renovations! At Nisby Home Renovations, we’ve been providing Winnipeggers with expert window installation and renovations for over 30 years!

    Contact us today!

  • Doors are one of those things in your Winnipeg home that you don't think twice about until something goes wrong.

    Doors are one of those things in your Winnipeg home that you don’t think twice about until something goes wrong. But they do deserve some attention!
    Your doors are doing their job if they let you in and out, but if they also let bugs, drafts, light and thieves through, you’ve got a problem!
    Let’s take a look at four signs your doors in Winnipeg may need replacing:
    1. Difficult to open and close. A sure sign your doors in Winnipeg need looking after is if they are difficult to open and close. Maybe they stick, scrape or don’t latch properly. In any case, you should have a pro look at them because doors that are difficult to open or close could be symptomatic of more serious structural problems. They could also pose a security risk. Doors that don’t latch properly are much easier for thieves to force open.
    2. Drafts. You’re not cooling and heating your home for the birds! Drafts can come in through cracks in your doors in Winnipeg, around doors that don’t fit well in their jambs or around casings. You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger waste of energy in your home than leaky doors! Replacing them will pay big dividends by way of lower utility bills and increased comfort. Cracks in your doors are also ideal entrance points for insects, which can wreak havoc in no time at all if they establish themselves in your home.
    3. Ugly. Over time, doors get pocked and scratched, look dated and weathered, fade, peel, and their windows get fogged up. They can be puttied and painted only so many times before they need to be replaced. This is a particular consideration for your front door, which is so vital for creating a welcoming first impression.
    4. Outdated. Maybe your doors still look okay, but if they are of a certain age, you should still consider replacing them. New doors are more secure, more energy efficient and just plain look better. For increasing the curb appeal of your home and making it more welcoming, there’s nothing quite like a new front door!
    Do you have questions about your doors or general home renovations in Winnipeg? Contact us at Nisby Home Renovations! At Nisby Home Renovations we’ve been doing home renovations in Winnipeg for over 30 years. When we do the work, you can count on it being done right the very first time.
    Contact us today to take advantage of our complimentary in-home consultation!

  • 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 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.




    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:
    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.
    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 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.
    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.

  • Top 1o Remodeling Projects


    Top 1o Remodeling Projects

    Top 10 Projects

    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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