Are your water bills sucking you dry? Don’t let your money run down the drain!
Cutting back on water use in your home is easier than you might think. Minor changes can help you save tons of water every year, and you can also help save the environment. The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that with at least forty states anticipating water shortages by 2024, the need to conserve water is critical. Here are some tips to conserve water at home:
1. Shorten your showers. According to the EPA, showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of indoor water use in American homes.
2. Turn water off while brushing your teeth.
3. Wash your pets outside in a place where your yard may need watering.
4. Defrost food in the fridge instead of using hot water.
5. Repair any leaks in your home.
6. Turn faucets as tight as possible after every use.
7. Don’t let water run while washing dishes by hand.
8. Use the trashcan instead of flushing when possible.
9. Water your lawn or garden in the morning to reduce evaporation.
10. Set sprinkler systems to water necessary areas only, not the street or sidewalk.
11. Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn because it increases its need for water.
12. Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are fully loaded before running them.
13. Invest in low-flow shower heads and faucets. https://www.epa.gov/watersense/shower-better
It may not feel like you are saving much water by making these small changes, but they can add up to gallons, and those gallons add up to savings on your water bill!
If you’re thinking of switching over to water-efficient showerheads and faucets, it may be time to give that bathroom a total remodel! With Community Builders of Tulsa, we can give you your dream bathroom at an affordable price. Whether you’re looking for a barrier-free shower, tub-to-shower conversion, walk-in tub or bath, Jacuzzi walk-in bath or shower, we can completely transform your old bathroom!
Most of our bathroom products can be installed in as little as one day. All of our products are resistant to mold and mildew and easy to clean. With our lifetime warranty, we can guarantee the quality of our products.
There are many reasons to support U.S. made products but the top three are simple. 1.) Supporting U.S. Made products keeps America working. 2.) Buying American creates better labor standards here in the U.S. 3.) While buying American-made products keeps our workforce out of the unemployment line, it also creates job opportunities right here in America. No matter what summer home improvement project you are considering, it’s best to do some research before choosing a company. Make sure you choose an experienced and highly respected one.
At CBI Tulsa, we’ve been providing the entire state of Oklahoma with the highest quality, American-made products for well over 30 years. No matter what home improvement project you are thinking about having done at your home, we carry the highest quality, 100 percent made in the U.S. products. If you do your research, you will not find very many companies that can say that.
CBI Tulsa specializes in many different home improvement projects ranging from energy efficient windows, 26 Gauge composite steel metal roofing, Cedar Ridge Vinyl Composite siding, Green Energy Barrier insulation, Bathroom remodeling, Handicap Accessible Bathroom remodeling, pergolas and more. We do great work and have been recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. The choice is simple. If you want an experienced home improvement company that has earned the highest rating with the Better Business Bureau, give us a call here at CBI Tulsa.
If you’re considering vinyl siding for your home, you know there are lots of choices out there. Siding has changed so much! Back when your parents were putting siding on their home, there weren’t very many choices. There was basically one or maybe two color choices and that was it! Nowadays there are many choices of siding. Some types are energy efficient and some are not. Some are high-quality, and some are not. The key to choosing a high-quality vinyl siding is to choose an experienced and well-respected siding company. Community Builders of Tulsa, Oklahoma is that company. We only put our name on the highest quality product and we are proud to carry the highly acclaimed Cedar Ridge Vinyl Siding. There are so many benefits to our Vinyl Siding product.
Cedar Ridge Vinyl Siding Benefits:
*Energy efficiency: Saves you on monthly energy bills
*Incredibly durable: Withstands winds up to 160 mph
*Reduces outside noise by 45%
*Adds curb appeal
*Available in many designer colors
*Never needs painting
By choosing our Cedar Ridge Vinyl Siding, you’ll be choosing a vinyl siding that is incredibly energy efficient. Our Cedar Ridge siding contains foam backed panels that give it an R-Value of 4.5. You will not only save money on your monthly energy bills, you will love how your home is nice and cool this summer. It will also be warm and toasty when the cold winter months get here. You will also love its durability. Our top notch vinyl siding withstands high winds while your neighbor’s siding may be laying in their front lawn after a strong storm barrels through.
Our siding installers are expertly trained to provide you house with an airtight seal, with no gaps or leaks.
If your energy bills are extremely high and your home is also uncomfortable, it’s time for new, energy efficient windows. The problem with your old windows is that they are leaky and not made to be energy efficient. Back when they were made, there really wasn’t a lot of information about energy efficiency. Therefore, windows, siding, you name it, was not made to be energy efficient. Times have certainly changed. If your house is uncomfortable all year long and your bills are high, those are two very big nudges towards investing in new, energy efficient windows. In fact there really aren’t bigger reasons as to why you need energy efficient windows. No matter what make and model of windows you choose, the most important thing you need to do is choose a reputable and experienced window company.
Here at Community Builders of Tulsa, Oklahoma we have been providing our great state of Oklahoma with the highest quality windows and home improvement products for more than thirty years. We are extremely proud to carry the highly acclaimed Enviro View windows which are as energy efficient as you will find. They are also incredibly durable and built to stand the test of time. Our selection is large and includes Double Hung, Bay, Bow, Casement, Garden, Pictures, etc.
By choosing an experienced and respected company like Community Builders, you get actual employees that come out to install your windows. Not freelancers that many companies use. As soon as they book a job they call up one of their freelancers. This is not how we do business here at Community Builders. All of our installers have been with us for years and are incredibly skilled. They will install your new, energy efficient windows so that they can perform to their highest level. That means you will never have to worry about gaps and leaks. Just an airtight fit and new, energy efficient windows that not only look incredible they perform incredibly. Your home will be the most comfortable it’s ever been and your energy bills will be lowered. Our windows contain a low-E coating and block out damaging UV rays that can fade carpet and furniture. Our Enviro View windows will never rot, peel, crack or mold.
If you want to choose a respected and experienced company with the highest quality windows, give us a call here at Community Builders Tulsa. It’s time you enjoyed a comfortable house and lower bills.
If you would love to add an affordable space to de-stress in your home, a Sunroom is a great investment. At CBI Tulsa, we custom build our Sunroom/Pergolas so that they blend perfectly with your home. No one will ever think it was added after your home was built. That’s how good our work is! So before we go any further. What exactly is a Sunroom/Pergola? Good question. It is simply an outdoor space without any walls and rafters. You will love enjoying the outdoors without having to deal with mosquitoes, other pesky bugs and extreme temperatures. With your new Sunroom, you can sip your favorite beverage while enjoying a panoramic view of the outdoors, from the comforts of your couch.
We offer many Sunroom/Pergola options including Classic, Elizabethan. Solarium, Vaulted and the popular Contemporary. While many of the Sunroom/Pergola’s that we build are free standing, some our customers choose to have their structure attached. Whatever option you choose you will end up with your new favorite space to unwind in.
Sunroom/Pergola Benefits include:
*Gives you a Great View/Space to Unwind in
*Offered in Many Styles
*Very Low Maintenance
*Adds Square Footage While Increasing Home Value
*Makes Home More Attractive to Potential Buyers
You can see that there are several benefits to adding a Sunroom/Pergola to your home. Many of our customers tell us their only regret is that they waited so long to make the investment. We would love to give you your new favorite room in your house. Give us a call here at CBI Tulsa and we can get started on helping you choose which style speaks to you. We use the highest quality materials, most experienced contractors and have the best prices in Oklahoma.
Stop turning a blind eye and living with your ugly shower. You don’t have to grit your teeth when you step into your shower and count the seconds until you can step out! Not anymore with CBI Tulsa’s LuxStone™ Shower solutions. Our LuxStone™ shower wall panels are gorgeous and many say look like something you would see at a high-end hotel without the high-end price tag. With our LuxStone™ shower walls you get the quality and engineering you have come to expect with the Kohler® name. A name that goes hand in hand with quality and experience backed by over 140 years in the bathroom business.
Our LuxStone™ shower walls are extremely low maintenance. Simply wipe them down with a soft, damp cloth and they will sparkle. No matter which style you choose, none of our LuxStone™ shower walls will support the growth of mildew, mold, and bacteria. Our LuxStone™ shower products can be completely customized. Available in many designs including four high style themes including Earthy Neutral, Cool and Clean, Sleek Minimalist and Urban Chic. Our wall accessories are definitely not a forgotten afterthought. These beautiful wall accessories, fixtures and hardware are available in designer styles like, White Brick, Veincut Sandbar and Veincut Dune, etc. The possibilities are endless.
When you choose to say goodbye to your old, grimy and impossible to clean shower, and choose to upgrade to a LuxStone™ shower you are choosing to elevate your bathroom to a relaxing, spa like retreat. Stop putting off dealing with your ugly shower. With CBI Tulsa and LuxStone™, we can have your depressing shower transformed into a relaxing retreat in as little as one day! When we are finished, you will kick yourself for putting it off for so long!
Stop putting up with a cracked, chipped, moldy, and just plain old ugly bathtub. Here at CBI Tulsa, we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners throughout the Tulsa area transform their bathrooms into spa-like retreats. If you are embarrassed to have company spend the night because you know they are going to see your bathtub, our bath liners are the answer to your prayers. Typically, in as little as one day, we can have your custom fit bath liner installed and you will never have to look at your unsightly tub ever again!
Here at CBI Tulsa, our bath liners are of the highest quality in the industry. They are made of an extremely durable acrylic that is U.S. made. Our product will never crack, peel, mold or mildew. They are also incredibly easy to keep clean and sparkling. We know you will absolutely love your bathtub when we are finished with it which is why we confidently back it with a Lifetime Guarantee.
At this point in your bathtub research, you may have heard about reglazing. Some companies go to great lengths to talk up the reglazing process. Here at CBI Tulsa, we offer the highest quality custom fit acrylic bath liners instead of bath reglazing. You see the problem that we have with reglazing is that it’s just a temporary fix to your bathtub’s cracks, stubborn mold and impossible to remove dirt and grime. Reglazing simply does not last! The bottom line is that reglazing coatings are not very durable. What happens when a homeowner opts to have their problem tub reglazed is that the finish comes loose after a short amount of time and the problem areas you were trying to cover up start to reappear. Reglazing is a problem because it just isn’t very durable. Many homeowners report problems with chips, dings and other marks you don’t want all over your bathtub.
There you have it. Everything you need to know about relining vs. reglazing your bathtub. We would love to come out and show you our large selection of designer colors and styles that will coordinate beautifully with your existing space. If you are sick and tired of staring at your ugly tub, give us a call here at CBI Tulsa.
Metal roofs have been afflicted with an unwarranted reputation for being lesser than their asphalt counterparts. Their lackluster reputation can largely be attributed to several common misconceptions about their character. Today, we’d like to go over some of the more prominent metal roofing concerns and discuss just how much validity they hold.
Lackluster style selection/aesthetic
A common deterrent for homeowners when it comes to metal roofing is the belief that metal roofs are ugly and lack the strong selection of styles that other roofing materials have. This is most assuredly a misconception. Metal roofing has come a long way since its inception. There remains the tried and true style of the vertical seam roof, as well as a bevy of others, including metal tile, metal shake, metal shingles, stone-coated, and many more. Furthermore, metal roofs are available in a variety of gorgeous colors, making them perfect for enhancing or accenting the style of your home.
Increased Noise Level
Metal roofs have the misfortune of inheriting the myth that they produce increased noise levels when it rains. Thanks to cinema, it’s more common to imagine rain producing excessive noise if it comes down on metal rather than if it were raining on asphalt. However, in reality, metal roofs are actually no louder than a standard asphalt roof. In fact, they’re often been quoted as being quieter since metal roofs are usually installed over an existing shingle roof. To further get away from this myth, many metal roofs are accompanied by a solid sheathing attached to the underlayment for increased noise reduction.
Prone to Lightning Strikes
Metal roofs being prone to lightning strikes is one of the more far-fetched myths. It’s well known that metal is a strong electrical conductor, however, that does not mean lightning is immediately attracted to your home. Lightning tends to strike the highest object around. Whether it’s a tree or a lightning rod, it will strike the highest point first. If your home is the tallest object or structure during a lightning storm, then the potential for a strike is higher regardless of which roofing material you use.
Hopefully, we’ve dispelled enough of the more popular metal roofing myths that you’re now able to objectively consider it as a strong roofing option. Metal roofing has a number of strong benefits that make it a great investment for your home. Perhaps the greatest benefit of a metal roof is its lifespan. Metal roofs have been quoted to last 50+ years, which easily makes them the last roof you’ll ever have to install in your lifetime as a homeowner. A secondary benefit they provide is energy efficiency. Granted, a metal roof by itself will not dramatically reduce the energy consumption of your home but they do tend to have a better energy performance than asphalt roofs under the same conditions. To learn more about what makes metal roofing a great option, contact CBI Tulsa today!
Making sure that your home is energy efficient throughout the year is very important, especially during these winter months. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware that a vast amount of energy loss occurs via heat transfer through windows. This can be attributed to a number of things, including poor insulating factors, poor construction, age, physical damage, etc. If you have windows that succumb to any of the aforementioned issues, then you should consider window replacement. Make sure you consider the following features when window shopping for energy efficiency.
· Multi-Pane Construction: Any energy efficient window worth having is going to have a multi-pane type construction. Multi-pane construction serves as the basis for an energy efficient window since it creates the potential for multiple other energy efficient features. Typical constructions are double and triple paned systems that serve as providing extra barriers between the interior of your home and the outside.
· Insulating Gas Fills: To have insulating gas fills, your windows must be multi-pane. The gas is vacuum-sealed in the space between the glass panes to create a denser barrier than what you would get without. The gas, combined with the extra panes of glass, help halt the process of heat transfer. The gases most often used are Argon and Krypton, with the latter being the premium choice due to its density.
· Low-E Glass: Insulated glass, also referred to as Low-E glass, has the benefit of being coated with multiple layers of low emissivity film. The film aids in slowing the heat transfer process as well as blocking harmful UV rays from entering your home. If you have a multi-pane window construction, you can equip each pane with a Low-E film to compound the effects.
· Multi-Chamber Frames: A multi-chambered frame construction provides similar benefits to that of multi-paned window construction. The difference being that instead of having the thermal break occur between the panes of glass, it occurs within the frame. The multiple chambers within the frame create a thermal break by using dead air as a barrier. The chambers can also trap any loose air trying leak through the frame, which is then added as an insulating factor.
· Spacers: Spacers help keep any insulating gas from leaking out of the construction and keep the glass from moving out of place during extreme weather conditions, in which the frame has potential to expand or contract. We suggest staying away from windows using a metal/aluminum spacer as there are many other spacers available that are far more efficient.
Now that you know a bit more about what to look for with regards to high-performance windows, it’s time to start shopping around. Windows with the above features are going to provide you with greater energy efficiency than standard single-pane window systems. If you’re in doubt about a windows’ energy efficiency, observe the NFRC Label or look for the Blue Energy Star Label. To learn more about how replacement windows can improve your home, contact CBI Tulsa today!
Choosing to replace the siding of your home is one of the best investments you can make. Replacement siding can give your home a beautiful new look and style, as well as provide an energy upgrade. Here at CBI Tulsa, our goal is to ensure that you find the perfect fit for your home. There are several siding types from which to choose, so it’s important to make sure that you know what you’re getting before buying. Below is a brief rundown of the different siding types.
Vinyl siding has become the “go-to” option for the majority of homeowners. This is largely due to the fact that it is one of the most affordable options available without sacrificing quality. The siding is made using a vinyl polymer that provides exceptional durability and beauty. Furthermore, vinyl siding is low-maintenance and never requires painting since the color is ingrained in the panels.
At CBI Tulsa, we carry a special type of vinyl composite siding that is fused together with a foam backing. The insulated foam backing aids in keeping your home’s interior at a comfortable temperature throughout the entire year. Additional benefits of the foam backer include increased exterior noise reduction, durability, fuller aesthetic, and elimination of unsightly seams where the panels connect.
Wood siding is a tried and true structural form. The greatest benefit of wood siding is its unmatched beauty. There are many types of wood species from which you can choose, each with its own charm and distinct look. Despite its exceptional beauty, wood siding does have its fair share of drawbacks, the most notable being its higher cost. Wood siding, like most other wooden constructs, cost more to produce and require more time. Additionally, it requires far more maintenance than its less costly siblings.
Fiber cement siding is more recent development and has made great strides in catching up with the popularity of vinyl siding. It’s made using a composition of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers, which give a strong amount of durability and makes it resistant to pests. Furthermore, it doesn’t rot, is impact resistant, and somewhat fireproof. The downside of this siding product is its higher cost when compared to its vinyl composite counterpart, which offers much of the same benefits. Another con of this type of siding is that, unlike vinyl, it does require painting and other maintenance details as time passes.
Aluminum siding used to be very popular as it was a cost-effective alternative to the more expensive wooden siding. However, with the advancements in siding composition with regards to vinyl and fiber cement, aluminum siding has fallen behind. Though it is still cost-effective, it doesn’t possess the stellar energy efficiency of its counterparts and is susceptible to impacts, which leaves a distasteful aesthetic on your home. In short, aluminum siding is hardly a viable option for any modern homeowner.
Don’t fall victim to investing in an inferior siding for your home. At CBI Tulsa, we make sure to carry only what we believe to be the best products for Tulsa homeowners. That’s why our primary type of siding is foam-backed vinyl composite siding. It gives your home a fresh new look, an energy upgrade, impact and noise resistance, impeccable style, and a wealth of other benefits. To learn more about how our brand of insulated siding can benefit your home, contact us today!