Don’t Be a Victim of Water Damage This Summer

While the summertime means vacations, pool-side activity and an all-around good time to many, to a contractor, it means an increase in the incidences of water damage. Not only can water damage ruin carpet and various other types of flooring, but it can also really do a number on a home’s air quality, its walls and its foundation, on the whole. It’s also not always the easiest thing to spot.

Below is a quick guide from to help you spot water damage when it’s not so obvious.

  • Look for water stains. Water leaking into a home will leave a trail; one that you’ll eventually see. Be especially observant in the bathroom around the tub and in the kitchen around the dishwasher and refrigerator.
  • Find mold, mildew or stains left behind. These are obvious examples of water damage in your home and may be present even though you don’t have an actual leak. Check the ventilation in the room with the mold to ensure moisture can escape properly.
  • Watch the floor for signs of buckling. If your floor appears warped in any area, water damage is the likely culprit.
  • Check the drywall. Anywhere you find a buckled floor, check the walls. Drywall will be soft to the touch after exposure to water and will have a swollen appearance.

Bordner Featured in “the Independent” for Dedication to Quality

The Independent takes great pleasure to introduce our readers to six very important movers-and-shakers in Our Town’s home design-and-improvement community: Scott Bickford of the R.S. Bickford & Company architectural firm; Bernie
Madden of Madden-McFarland Interiors; Steve Reiff of Great Plains Pool & Spa Products; landscape architect Reed Dillon of Reed Dillon & Associates; Jerry Fleenor of Bordner; and Marc Lonesk of Sturgis Materials, Inc. Each of these six men bring decades of hands-on experience to each project. Is it any wonder they each agree with the famous opinion of the philosopher Aristotle: “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”

Dress Your Yard up with Bamboo This Summer!

As we inch our way closer into summer, chances are, we’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors, whether bar-be-queuing on our decks or hosting a cool evening soiree by the pool. If you don’t already have a privacy fence up and are trying to decide what type will work best for your home, Bordner encourages you to consider bamboo fencing. Not only will a bamboo fence provide you with the privacy you’re looking for but it also furnishes your yard with a beautiful summery theme, year-round.

Take a look at some work from designer Toshio Abiko’s latest bamboo fence project. For more information on Bamboo fencing, contact your local Bamboo Fencer.

Epa Challenges Manufacturing Industry to Improve Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized the first group of manufacturing sites that have met the Energy Star Challenge for Industry and reduced their energy intensity by 10 percent within 5 years or less. The U.S. manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and spends almost $100 billion annually on energy. Under the umbrella of the Energy StarChallenge for Industry, EPA is working with individual manufacturing sites and their parent companies to fight climate change and save money through improvements in energy efficiency.

Click here to read the entire release from the EPA.

Bordner Installation Group: Home Improvement Leaders for More than 20 Years!

A Kansas City home improvement leader for more than 20 years, Bordner scores a customer satisfaction rating of an incredible 9.78 on a scale of 1 – 10, compared to a national industry average of only 6.29. More than 40,000 clients across the Kansas City Metro area have learned to trust their commercial and residential roofing, siding, and window installation projects to Bordner.

If you haven’t already had a chance to take a look at Bordner‘s work, visit the gallery!

Out with the Old and in with the New: Energy Smart Cfls Are Here to Stay

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will begin phasing out traditional incandescent light bulbs, starting January 1, 2012. More and more Americans are buying energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and are aware of the energy-saving benefits. GE says its Energy Smart CFLs use a quarter of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs, last as much as 10 times longer and give off less heat.
According to GE’s research, about 75 % of 1519 homeowners surveyed were not aware of the impending federal requirement for greater energy efficiency that starts in two years. This Act will lead to the phase out of 100-watt incandescent bulbs starting January1, 2012.The next phasing out of seventy-five-watt traditional bulbs will be in 2013, followed by 40- and 60-watt bulbs in 2014.nergy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and are aware of the energy-saving benefits. GE says its Energy Smart CFLs use a quarter of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs, last as much as 10 times longer and give off less heat.

Armed Service Members Have Extra Year for Home Buyer Tax Credit

At Bordner, we like to keep our customers as informed as possible on all things home-related — especially opportunities for savings through this year’s tax credits.   In fact, if you take a look at our website, you’ll find a Tax Credit Countdown clock. Below is some of the lates news form the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on new information on the Home Buyer Tax Credit for members of the Armed forces.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) wants members of the military, foreign service, and intelligence communities to know that they may have an additional year to buy a home and claim the home buyer tax credit, which expires for most Americans on April 30.

The law provides qualified service members who served on official extended duty outside of the United States for 90 days or more at any time between January 1, 2009, to April 30, 2010, another year to buy a home and claim the credit. They have until April 30, 2011, to sign a sales contract, and until June 30, 2011, to settle and close on the home. Both the $8,000 first-time and $6,500 repeat home buyer tax credits are included in the rule.

The rule that requires buyers to repay the credit if they move out of their home within three years has also been waived for qualified service members if they have to sell their home due to receiving government orders for extended duty service.

For more information from the NAHB on their consumer website, click here.

How to Hire a Reputable Home Improvement Contractor

When you’re looking for someone to repair or install roofing, siding, windows, doors, stone, stucco or installation, we know you may decide to compare us to other companies. So we’ve out together a list of some common ways people evaluate contractors to make sure they choose the right person for their home improvement project.

The list includes everything from how to request all information in writing to what types of references and certifications to look for.

Click here to view the entire list at our website. If you still feel unsure as to how to make your decision, feel free to contact us or ask your Bordner representative for additional assistance.

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Attic Insulation: The Perfect Complement for Your New Roof

Whether it’s a frigid winter night or a sweltering summer afternoon, many of your energy dollars may be escaping through your roof. That’s why attic insulation is the #1 way to save money on your energy bills. It’s also one of the most cost-effective ways to increase the year-round comfort of your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Installing a new roof on your home is the perfect opportunity to insulate your attic, as work on both can happen concurrently. Besides being more convenient, installing attic insulation and a new roof at the same time can also save you time and money.

Blown-In Fiberglass: The Perfect Material For Your Attic

While there are many types of attic insulation, one of the most cost-effective and adaptable is blown-in fiberglass insulation. One of the reasons homeowners love blown-in fiberglass attic insulation is its unique ability to match the unique contours of your attic, ensuring better coverage and savings.

Blown-in fiberglass insulation also:

  • Does not settle, maintaining its energy-saving R-value
  • Is non-combustible and meets all building codes
  • Will not absorb moisture, which can reduce insulation effectiveness
  • Is highly mold resistant
  • Will not rot or decay

Bordner: The Perfect Team For Your Project

Lowering your utility bills and raising the comfort level of your home or building is easy with Bordner’s innovative attic insulation system. That’s because Bordner uses high-quality blown-in fiberglass insulation that shields your home from the Kansas City area’s extreme temperature variations.

By working in conjunction with the replacement of your new roof, Bordner’s professionals can quickly install your attic insulation, at no discomfort or inconvenience to you. Unlike other products and systems, Bordner can complete your attic insulation job within just a few hours, with minimal to no dust. In fact, you may never realize that your attic insulation has been installed…until your next utility bill!

Contact Bordner for more information or a no-obligation roofing and attic insulation consultation.