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Grand Forks Herald's Spring Home Improvement: Exterior improvements enhance home's visual appeal and market value

Local businesses offer many options for upgrading the home's appearance, function and outdoor living enjoyment

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New siding can greatly enhance the beauty of a home, such as this property which was re-sided by employees of Don's ABC Seamless. (Submitted photo)
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The article was written for the Herald's Spring Home Improvement special section.

Homeowners who are thinking about improvements to their house’s exterior would be wise to take a look at all the products and services that Don’s ABC Seamless has to offer.

The long-time Grand Forks company can provide and install siding, roofing, windows, doors and gutters to improve the looks and functioning of the home.

Don Linnertz, who has owned and operated the business for 43 years, said his customers want to maintain and keep up the appearance of their property and add to their home’s value with new siding.

Homeowners who are in the market for new windows are drawn to the vinyl windows because they are permanent, Linnertz said. “You don’t have to monkey with it again.”

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Some upgrades that have come on the market include gutters that are now available in larger sizes to accommodate more water, and don’t run over as quickly as past products, he said.

Also, steel roofing has gained popularity, edging out asphalt products because the cost of the latter continues to rise, he said. Asphalt must be replaced in 15 years, but steel is permanent.

And “for people who are looking to buy a home, you don’t want to buy a home that has got to be fixed up in the next year,” Linnertz said.

For siding and gutters, especially, the options have multiplied, he said. Those products are now available in more than 30 colors.

Don’s ABC Seamless enjoys a “pretty good following” among people in this region, he said. The company serves customers in a wide geographic area, from the Canadian border to Langdon, N.D., to Fosston, Minn., and south to Mayville, N.D.

Almost all, about 99%, of his customers are homeowners, Linnertz said, and most projects can be completed within two weeks.

A lot of customers visit the Don’s ABC Seamless website to research services and products -- and “by the time they call, they know what they want,” he said.

Linnertz, who grew up on a farm near Red Lake Falls, Minn., bought the business 43 years ago, he said. At the time, it had been open for a couple years. He added the word “Don’s” to the name.

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Over more than four decades, the business has grown to the point where, in the busy summer months, it employs about 20 workers, he said.

Don’s ABC Seamless is located at 1175 N. 62nd St. The office phone number is 701-746-7246 or 800-301-7246.

Sunrooms Plus

At Sunrooms Plus Inc. and Fireplace Design Center, there are lots of options for those who are considering a sunroom addition and other home improvements.

Altogether, the employees have more than 50 years of experience, so they are well-equipped to ensure that the project is done to the customer’s specifications. They are ready and able to help clients with a project from planning to completion, and can supply all the needed materials or install them for the customer.

In addition to a three- or four-season sunroom, the business can add a deck, a patio awning or a fireplace feature. Its staff can also help homeowners choose patio furniture and outdoor play-system structures.

A new app gives customers the opportunity to design their own environment by selecting a fireplace model, accessories and extras, then snap a photo of their room and upload it to the app to see what their new fireplace will look like in the room.

Prospective customers are welcome to get a free estimate on the project they have in mind.

To learn more about Sunrooms Plus, Inc., and Fireplace Design Center, or to view dozens of home improvement ideas for inspiration, go online to www.sunroomsplusgf.com or stop in and see the numerous displays of all products at the business headquarters, 4224 Gateway Dr., Grand Forks.

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For more information, or to make an appointment to discuss your project, contact Sunrooms Plus Inc., and Fireplace Design Center at 701-746-8684. The business hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Employees at Sunrooms Plus Inc. and Fireplace Design Center in Grand Forks can create outdoor living spaces, such as the enclosed sunroom pictured, that increase customers' enjoyment of their home and add to its value. (Submitted photo)

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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