Celebrate a New Look for your Home in the New Year

(ARA) – Each year about 70 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution and most soon forget they ever made one. Time for a change? Why not resolve to give your old house a new look in the New Year? Start the new decade with a new attitude about your home’s makeover. 
* Here’s one you can stick to. Many home improvement projects can pay dividends and save energy. For example, in 2010, U.S. tax credits abound for energy-efficient upgrades like windows, doors, insulation, water heaters, roofing and certain appliances. 

* Paint a room to renew it. Apply new interior paint to brighten up your home and brush away the winter blues. Hot colors for 2010 include bright or warm yellows, lavender for bedrooms and slate or charcoal grays to replace tan and beige tones as popular neutrals. 

* Home built decades ago? American homes built before 1978 may include paint containing lead. Lead poisoning can pose a health threat, especially to young children. Contact your local health department for advice on lead paint removal or visit www.epa.gov/oppt/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm. 

* Front and center. While you’re painting, remember the front door. A fresh coat of paint or polyurethane on a fiberglass or wood entry door can refresh the new look and luster. Consider whether the door still closes properly or if you can feel air leaks around it. If so, it’s time to replace the weatherstripping or the door itself. Choose factory-built entry door systems like those from Pella for added reliability. Adding a storm door can also boost to your entryway’s energy efficiency by helping keep cold air out. 

* Make it easy with prefinished options. Many home improvements, like woodwork, windows and doors can be factory prefinished, saving you time and the hassle of finishing. Pella Windows and Doors offers prefinished products in a variety of prefinished tones. That way you can match your window and door finishes to cabinets, flooring or furniture and enjoy your windows and doors from the moment they’re installed. 

* Add an element of surprise. A touch of the unexpected makes each home unique. So include colors or decor that reflects your personal style. Incorporate color and texture and add privacy with window and patio door treatments between panes of glass. Pella Designer Series windows and patio doors feature optional removable blinds or shades in vibrant colors like garnet, marine, Bordeaux, tomato, charcoal and pewter along with popular neutral tones. 

Practicality trumps all … especially when it comes to energy-savings. Select the products that fit your renovation style and budget. Choose energy-efficient wood, vinyl or fiberglass windows or doors like Energy Star-qualified options from Pella. For more information, visit www.pella.com or call (888) 847-3552. 

Ring in the New Year with a new attitude on how to refresh your home inside and out. Once the home improvements are complete, invite guests over to help relieve cabin fever and celebrate your home’s new look. Cheers to your home. 

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