The New Year is finally here. It’s time to do all those projects you have been putting off from last year or maybe the year before. The key areas in your home to start are always on the exterior: windows, doors, roofing and gutters. If these areas have problems the interior will not be nice for very long. So start with the exterior and then when all is beautiful outside and, more importantly, watertight, and then begin with the interior. Here are a few tips on how to be akamai when fixing the exterior of your hale.

Use good materials Materials are key and all materials are not equal. Most homeowners just buy the cheapest paint, roofing, windows, etc. This is usually just a temporary fix. Remember a $10 can of paint is not as good as the $25 can. Plus it may take three $10 cans to almost do the job of one $25 can. This is a good rule for purchasing all home improvement materials. There is a time to be frugal and time to be smart.

Use a licensed contractor There are many benefits to using a professional. Sure you can invite your neighbor or friend to help fix your home but if something goes wrong you have no recourse. You can put the best materials in the wrong hands and have a mess. Plus there are liability issues.

For example: Your friend is helping you install a roof to save money because he used to do this 10 years ago. He falls and breaks his back and can never work again. He may not want to but will most likely sue you, as he needs to take care of his family for the rest of his life. Or he just does it wrong and it leaks. There is no warranty available for that. You will need to reroof again. All licensed contractors have insurance and are required to warrant their work. It is always wise to cover your bases.

Buy local Tropical has been in the home improvement business in Hawaii for more than 45 years. During that time the company has seen hundreds of companies come and go in all areas of the home improvement industry. So be akamai and buy local.

Call Tropical Windows Siding and Roofing Call the professionals, Matt and Mike, at Tropical. The company is a local, family owned business and has been serving Hawaii for more than 45 years. Trop-

ical is licensed, bonded and insured. Tropical not only has the best windows, siding and roofing products that money can buy. Tropical also has the best local, factory-trained installers in Hawaii. Come to Tropical’s showroom at 1351 S. Beretania St. and let Tropical protect your hale for a lifetime.

CONTACT contact 263-1252 (Windward) • 456-4892, (Leeward) • 593-2000 and 396-0971 (Honolulu)
ADDRESS 1351 S. Beretania St. (showroom)